Dog Bed Sizing Guide

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Finding the perfect sized bed for your beloved pet can be tricky.


Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and while cats are generally of a similar size, they can have varying amounts of fluff and fur that can tend to take up a little extra space in a bed.

So what is the perfect sized snuggle zone to ensure your pet has wonderful dreams?

Dog Bed Sizing Guide

It is common for a dog to curl up in one spot when asleep. This ensures that they feel safe and protected. The ideal bed might be a round bed with side padding for them to curl up against - this gives them extra padding to rest their head.

The other style of bed is the square bed either as a cushion or with protective sides which gives them a sense of security and warmth.

Dogs may be classified as small, medium, large or extra-large.


Small Dogs

Small dogs weigh anywhere between 1 to 10 kg and the recommended that size would be 60 cm x 45 cm.

Small Dog Breeds


Medium Dogs

Medium dogs would weigh between 10 to 25 kg. The typical bed size would be around 70 cm x 55cm

Medium Dog Breeds

Large Dogs

Large dogs could be classified as weighing 25kg to 35kg Their beds measure around 90 cm x 60 cm

Large Dog Breeds

  • Afghan Hound
  • Boxer
  • Golden Retriever
  • German Shepard
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Old English Sheep Dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Standard Poodle


Extra Large Dogs

Extra-large dogs would weigh in excess 40 kg and beds could be in excess of 100 cm by 65 cm

Extra Large Dog Breeds

  • Bernease Mountain Dog
  • Great Dane
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Leonberger
  • Mastiff
  • New Foundland
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • St. Bernard
  • Kangal !!!



One Size Does Not Fit All: Here are some tips to find out what size your pet will need.  Measure and weigh your pet to find the size right bed or cushion. Please be aware that doing just one or the other may result in the wrong choice. Example would be a Whippet weighting in at 25 lbs. would have a totally different body dimension than a Corgi at the same weight.  Be aware, these are approximations.

For Beds: Measure your dog in in his sleeping position; from nose to the base of the tail. Then add approximately 6” to determine bed length or diameter. This ensures that your dog doesn’t feel cramped or as if falling off the bed.  

Sleeping Style:. Does your dog stretch out or curl up when they sleep? Younger dogs tend to curl up more when they sleep because their bodies and spine are more flexible. Older dogs tend to stretch out.

Finally: Observe your dog’s sleeping habits before you choose your dog’s bed. Do they like to curl up in a ball or sprawl out? Do they always tuck themselves in a corner, or do they lie down in the middle of the room? Do they look for the most comfortable cushion they can find, or does your dog flop down anywhere, including the hardwood floor? If your dog likes to stretch out, you may want to consider buying a larger bed or mat.

When in Doubt:  Always get the larger size. A bit bigger won't hurt as long as it will fit in your room.  Look at the dimensions (not the size) and the weight load listed to double check that you are picking the right size. Again it is better to buy too big than too small.