First published on Monday May 10th 2021; updated on Wednesday May 19th 2021
Whilst the large dog beds reviewed here are all of a very high standard, our favorite is The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed XL. It is a top-notch large dog bed that has an extremely durable feel to it.
(If you just want to go straight to the reviews, simply click here.)
This dog bed feels stronger and sturdier than the other beds and provides your dog with a solid 4 inches of foam support – 2 inches of orthopedic memory foam on top of 2 inches of high stability support foam.
It is very easy to wash and maintain and also comes with a waterproof mattress protector.
The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed XL is an incredibly comfortable and supportive large dog bed, perfect for Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, German Shepherds, American Akitas, Lurchers and many other large dog breeds besides.
Read on for our full and comprehensive review of some of the best large dog beds currently on the market…
This introduction is quite long! If you want to jump straight to the reviews, please click here.
Or if you want to find out the BIG mistake that LOTS of dog owners make when buying a large dog bed, then simply carry on reading!
If you’re a dog owner, then there are few things more important than a good, durable, comfortable dog bed. Just like we humans, our furry friends spend long periods of time asleep.
It’s therefore essential for our dog’s health and wellness that they have somewhere warm and comfortable to lay their head down.
One of the most important things is to ensure that the dog bed you buy is large enough for your dog. This may seem obvious, but it’s something that dog owners often get wrong.
Dog beds come in all different shapes and sizes and there’s no real consistency to the measurements provided by the different dog bed manufacturers and sellers. One company’s extra-large size is another company’s medium size.
Therefore, it’s easy to think that Molly needs a medium size dog bed, when in fact that may well be too small for her and she ACTUALLY needs an extra-large one – at least in the range of the specific manufacturer that you’re currently looking at.
Look at a different product from a different manufacturer and yes, a medium size dog bed may well be the PERFECT size for Molly.
So, in short, it’s VERY confusing!
If your dog is on the larger side, then you need to ensure that you’re purchasing a large dog bed at the very minimum and perhaps even an extra-large or XXL size. Far better for the bed to be a bit too big than a bit too small!
When you’re buying a dog bed, also consider if your pup likes lots of space to stretch out, or to be curled up when sleeping – this could also help you to decide on the size of bed that you’re looking for.
Give Your Dog Time To Adjust
Give your dog time to adjust to a new bed. Many dogs take several days or sometimes even a few weeks to get used to it!
It is well worth buying a replacement cover for your dog bed (if available), as this is often the part of the bed that wears out the quickest.
Top tip: Even if the large dog bed you are going to buy is waterproof, it’s probably a good idea to buy a dog blanket as well, to cover the bed, in case of any spillages or accidents. Or of course just use a decent quality blanket that you have already got at home.
For dog blanket recommendations, see our review here: The Best Washable Dog Blankets Reviewed
One other VERY IMPORTANT point to note with dog beds, is that the memory foam or orthopedic foam can sometimes take SEVERAL DAYS to properly rise and fluff up to its proper shape – even if the packaging says that it should do so within just a few hours. So do be patient and give the foam a chance!
Our comprehensive review concentrates on large dog beds for large dogs – breeds such as Great Danes, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, American Bulldogs, and many others besides.
We sincerely hope that you find the review useful.
Here we review some of the best large dog beds currently available:
1. The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed XL
Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (Our Top Choice)
- RRP: $169.99
- Bed Dimensions: 43.5” x 34” x 4” with 10” bolster sides (X-Large)
- Material: Solid 2” high density, orthopedic memory foam over a solid 2” base of high stability support foam
- Therapeutic bed – perfect for tripawds and dogs with joint conditions
- Bolsters provide neck support and stop your dog from rolling off the bed
Why we like it
The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed XL is a top-notch large dog bed that has an extremely durable feel to it.
Underneath the removable cover is a 2 inch thick layer of solid, high density, orthopedic memory foam that sits on the top of a solid 2 inch base, made of high stability support foam.
Due to this strong, sturdy, high-quality construction, your dog’s weight should be fully supported, without the bed sinking to the ground.
The bed is easy to wash and maintain – the cover is fully removable for washing and also dries pretty quickly. A waterproof mattress protector is also included, to help catch any spillages or accidents associated with incontinence.
The open area at the front of the bed acts as a step, providing easy access and exit, without needing to step over anything – a great feature.
This bed is perfect for Great Danes, Labradors, German Shepherds, Lurchers and many other large dog breeds besides.
The Dog’s Bed Orthopedic Dog Bed XL is a therapeutic dog bed, designed to provide relief and comfort to dogs with many different joint conditions, such as arthritis and osteochondritis.
Like many other large dog beds, the waterproof mattress protector underneath the bed can be quite crunchy and loud.
One important thing to note is that this bed may take SEVERAL DAYS to fully inflate. This is far longer than the 24 hours recommended on the accompanying instructions. So do be patient!
Minor inconveniences aside, this first-class large dog bed looks and feels fantastic.
And whilst it perhaps lacks the esthetic appeal of the Laifug and JOYELF beds, the solid, durable construction and all-round comfort of this versatile orthopedic dog bed make it a real winner and we give this our highest recommendation.
2. Laifug Large Dog Bed, Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Couch – Large
Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5
- RRP: $99.89
- Bed Dimensions: 38” x 30” x 9” (Large)
- Material: Chenille jacquard edge fabric, with a plush poly-fill bolster and a non-skid bottom
- Luxurious plush and suede sofa dog bed
- Super high quality orthopedic memory foam, providing great head, hip and bone support for your dog
Why we like it
The Laifug Large Dog Bed is a very well-designed orthopedic memory foam dog couch. The orthopedic memory foam is several inches thick, which makes it extremely comfortable.
Laifug claims that their foam will retain at least 90% of its shape support for 3 years from the date of purchase and this certainly looks and feels very possible.
This fabulous large dog bed is padded in every direction and it seems that no shortcuts were taken in the construction of this bed – it was most definitely designed with your dog’s comfort in mind. It’s also a very attractive product.
The chenille jacquard edge fabric is beautifully soft and incredibly comfortable. Your pooch will most definitely get a good night’s sleep on this bed!
The zipper, which feels strong and robust, is encased in the side wall pillows – an excellent design!
It’s very easy to take apart and clean and the removable cover is machine washable.
Due to its thickness, it can be a bit difficult to stuff the foam pad into the bottom of the washable cover, but this is a minor inconvenience. After all, it’s that very thickness that makes this large dog bed so wonderfully comfortable!
The waterproof cover underneath makes a bit of a scratchy sound that some dogs may not like.
As a result of the high-quality materials that this bed is made from, it’s pretty lightweight for its large size.
Overall, the Laifug Large Dog Bed is a first-class large dog bed that provides excellent support and superior comfort for your furry friend.
3. Bedsure Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed – Extra Large
Our Rating: 4.6 out of 5
- RRP: $79.99
- Bed Dimensions: 42″ x 32″ x 7″, with a 31” x 27” sleeping surface (X-Large)
- Material: Faux linen fabric, with a soft micro-sherpa sleeping surface
- Innovative design – 3-sided pillow-like bolsters fit all your pet’s sleep positions
- Comfortable, easy to clean, memory foam dog bed
Why we like it
The Bedsure Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed is actually a rather versatile dog sofa bed. This wonderful large dog bed is quick to assemble and simple to set up. You literally unroll it, fluff it up and insert the foam.
The pad fits snugly into the cover and it zips closed easily. The zipper itself seems sturdy.
The memory foam gives added support for your dog’s spine and it doesn’t sink when your dog lays on it. It’s soft and well-cushioned and the raised sides really help.
This dog bed is very easy to maintain. The bed cover can be machine washed on a cold water setting and dried on a low heat. However, do be aware that the foam itself is NOT washable.
The micro-sherpa sleeping surface is slightly permeable, so dirt and grime can actually fall through the bed onto the lined mattress pad underneath.
The non-skid base does a good job of preventing sliding and makes the bed a lot sturdier.
Note that, like a lot of dog beds, you MUST make sure that as soon as you take it out of the packaging, you fluff it up and work it a bit, before leaving it for AT LEAST 24 hours to give it a chance to fully reshape after being folded and squashed in the packaging during transit.
The faux linen fabric is a bit on the thin side, so do be careful if your dog has long nails! And also the waterproof liner can be a bit noisy when your dog walks on it.
Overall, the Bedsure Orthopedic Pet Sofa Bed is an excellent large dog bed and definitely represents great value for money.
4. Furhaven Plush Orthopedic Sofa Dog Bed – Jumbo Plus Sofa Bed
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
- RRP: $109.99
- Bed Dimensions: 53″ x 42″ x 9.5″ (5″ Foam; Sleep Surface: Approx. 40″ x 36″) – Jumbo Plus Sofa Bed (Orthopedic Foam)
- Material: The sleep surface is lined with ultra plush faux fur, while the bolsters are wrapped in easy-care micro suede
- Huge size for really large dogs
- Easy on your dog’s joints
Why we like it
The Furhaven Plush Orthopedic Sofa Dog Bed is a well-made and nicely cushioned large dog bed. It’s comfortable and sturdy and the solid orthopedic foam is dense and thick, offering great support and protection.
It has a good, strong zipper and the cover is removable for easy cleaning. Simply machine wash it on delicate and dry it on low heat.
The base and lip/arm/edge are zippered in two separate sections, and it is super easy to take apart and put together.
The bed provides lots of cushioning, making it easy and comfortable on your dog’s joints.
This Furhaven Orthopedic Sofa Dog Bed is perfect for American Bulldogs, Great Danes, Rottweilers, English Mastiffs, American Akitas, Doberman Pinschers and many other large dog breeds besides.
For those who like to be color-coordinated, this large dog bed is available in lots of different colors. And despite its huge size, it’s reasonably lightweight.
In recent months, Furhaven appears to have reduced the thickness of the fabric slightly, compared to a year or two ago. However, the fabric is still a decent thickness and quality.
And please note that this bed is NOT SUITABLE for pets with excessive teething or destructive chewing behavior.
If you’re looking for a comfortable, sturdy, well-made orthopedic sofa bed for your dog, then the Furhaven Orthopedic Sofa Dog Bed is an excellent choice and definitely worth the investment.
5. JOYELF Orthopedic Dog Bed Memory Foam Pet Bed XL
Our Rating: 4.4 out of 5
- RRP: $79.99
- Bed Dimensions: 40” x 30” (X-Large)
- Material: Solid memory foam base, using flame-retardant material
- Non-slip base, lined with rubber particles
- Internal liner to protect memory foam from liquids
Why we like it
The JOYELF Orthopedic Dog Bed Memory Foam Pet Bed is a sturdy, well-designed large dog bed that, surprisingly, doesn’t actually take up a lot of space.
The cushion around the edges provides great head support, whilst at the same time being soft enough that your dog can position itself however it chooses, allowing for excellent flexibility.
There is a bit of height above the ground to this JOYELF dog bed and the material on the base has little rubber bits that help to make it non-slip.
The memory foam pad is sealed inside a thick waterproof covering, which slips into a zippered pouch on the bottom of the bed.
The memory foam mattress can take as long as 2 WHOLE DAYS to properly fluff up and gain the correct shape, so do be patient with this!
On the plus side, it’s easy to assemble and the removable cover is machine washable.
The zipper is hidden, so on the plus side, your dog can’t easily get to it. However, the zipper is a little on the weaker side, so do go easy with it, else it may snag.
The seams of the bolster pillow are not the strongest or most durable. So if you need to wash the bolster pillow, it’s definitely best to leave it in the cover.
Replacement covers are available for this product.
Overall, the JOYELF Orthopedic Dog Bed is a fantastic large dog bed with many plus points.