German shepherds are amazing dogs. They are a super-protective breed that looks tough, but they are also soft and loving towards their family.
Given how devoted and loyal these dogs are, it’s no wonder that their people are similarly devoted to them.
It’s hard to find a German Shepherd owner who isn’t enthusiastic about the breed and who doesn’t want to give their dogs the very best care possible.
While owners understand they need to provide their dog with high-quality food, sufficient exercise, and vet visits to keep them in tip-top condition, many are not aware that it’s also crucial to provide a comfortable and supportive bed for their dog. Yet since Shepherds can sleep 12-15 hours a day, the quality of their bed is important.
Having the dog sleep in your bed with you is not a great option. While German Shepherds are “Velcro dogs” that want to be with their owners, having your dog steal your bed as well as your heart is not the best solution.
While you may be tempted to allow your cute little puppy to cuddle up with you at bedtime, it’s best to establish discipline early. Remember that this adorable small creature will grow into a dog that can easily top 80 pounds.
For the sake of your dog’s health as well as your own comfort, therefore, it makes sense to get your best friend his or her own bed.
Here are five beds we recommend for your german shepherd.
Are you getting a puppy, or rescuing an older dog? One thing that is advised for new canine additions to your household is crate-training.
With the addition of a pad, you can convert your dog’s crate into a comfortable retreat where she can sleep at night or relax during the day.
The Molly Mutt wool filled crate pad turns your dog’s crate into a comfortable bed. It also comes with a matching crate cover that will help create a cave-like retreat for your pet.
Wool is a great material to use as it’s very comfortable. Its natural insulative properties mean the bed will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
It’s also got anti-microbial properties and it’s eco-friendly. You don’t have to worry about any toxic chemicals around your new puppy.
In addition, you can order a unique feature – a “stuff sack” that you can fill with your old pillows, blankets, or clothing so that your dog can rest on something that smells like you.
Since German Shepherds are known to be “Velcro dogs”, this can help to minimize their separation anxiety when you go to work. Everything you need comes in their Pillow Pack kit.
- Comfortable crate pad that is durable, washable and pre-shrunk
- Wool is insulating and anti-microbial
- No chemicals so it super safe for puppies
- Mix and match patterns to create a unique look
- Comforting pillow pack addition gives your dog a headrest that smells like you
- Comes in many sizes
- Not a standalone product – you need to use with a crate
- Not waterproof
The Snoozer Cozy Dog Cave gives your dog a snuggly place to cuddle into. This brand provides an X-large size that is suitable for German Shepherds.
The bed’s pocket looks floppy but is lined with an internal wire to keep it propped open so that your pet can still keep an eye on you while she rests.
The bed is stuffed with a cedar/poly mix that allows a nesting dog to burrow into the deep comfort of the bed. An orthopedic support version is also available for older dogs, that provide a sturdy orthopedic foam base instead.
- Cedar/poly and wired flap create a comfortable nest for your dog
- Sherpa lining is warm in the winter and cool in the summer
- Machine-washable, removable cover
- Orthopedic option for older pets
- Not as durable as other options, so not suitable for a heavy chewer
- Not skid-proof on tile or hardwood floor
The Big Barker 7” Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed for Large and Extra Large Breed Dogs
The Big Barker is the most supportive bed you can find for your dog.
The Big Barker is a therapeutic mattress that is engineered not just to help older dogs with joint issues but also to help keep younger dogs feeling youthful.
Given that many German Shepherds can develop arthritis or hip dysplasia, this bed, therefore, addresses those issues.
This bed is made in Pennsylvania and uses the same foam that high-end human mattresses do. Big dogs won’t sink through the bed, and, as it is made in America, you won’t need to worry about out-gassing, which can happen with products made in China.
The bed is 7 inches thick – 3 inches of support foam is sandwiched between two different layers of comfort foam.
This allows the weight-bearing parts of your dog’s body to sink into the top layer, wrapping her joints in comfort.
The middle layer meanwhile supports your dog and helps the bed retain its shape. The bed’s construction distributes weight evenly and eliminates pressure points.
The X-Large version is designed specifically for dogs the size and weight of a typical German Shepherd. The manufacturers provide a 10-year warranty that this bed will retain at least 90% of its shape or they will replace it for free.
The covers for these beds are also very soft and comfortable. They are also easy to clean and reasonably durable as long as your dog is not a chewer or digger. They are designed to keep your dog cool.
- The 7-inch bed provides premium support for large breed dogs
- Made in America so no issues with potentially toxic emissions
- Uses the same foam as high-end mattresses
- Designed specifically for larger, heavier dogs – bed will retain its shape
- 10-year warranty
- Easy to a clean, comfortable and cool cover
- Cover not sturdy enough for a digger or chewer.
- One of the more expensive options.
The Coolaroo elevated bed is a wonderful bed for puppies as it’s extremely durable. Even the powerful jaws of an adult German Shepherd will not be able to wreck the sturdy steel frame.
Thanks to the polyethylene fabric, the bed works both indoors and out. Active families can take the dog on vacation. It’s easy to pack the bed to provide him with the comfort of home at a campsite or hotel room.
German shepherds are double-coated, so it’s important that their beds keep them cool during the summer months. The Coolaroo’s elevated construction allows airflow so even plush shepherds will find it comfortable in the heat.
The elevation also makes it easier for older and arthritic dogs to get in and out of the bed. The fabric is also resistant to fleas and mites.
Unfortunately, this bed may not provide sufficient support for some older dogs, so you may need to buy an additional foam pad.
Also, some people have found this bed tricky to assemble, and pet owners with the largest German Shepherds may find it inadequate.
- Extremely durable
- Suitable for both indoors and outdoors
- Elevated to keep dogs cool
- Easy for older dogs to step in and out
- Flea and mite resistant
- Easy to clean
- May require an additional layer of padding.
- Assembly required – some may find this tricky.
- May not be suitable for the largest German Shepherds
The Prestige Edition of this quality bed is made from human-grade memory foam, the same type that is used in baby mattresses.
It’s, therefore, a great option to choose if your best friend suffers from hip dysplasia. It is designed to cradle your dog’s aching hips.
The bed comes in two sizes that would be appropriate for most German Shepherds – the Large size is perfect for dogs up to 70 pounds, and the X-Large size is suitable for dogs that are larger.
This bed was designed with an understanding of the needs of older dogs dealing with hip dysplasia or arthritis and other medical conditions.
The mattress itself is one solid piece approximately 3.5 inches thick. It provides a great deal of support and is also very comfortable for older pets.
The bolster is amply stuffed and remains firm to provide support. It’s neither too hard nor too soft – it is comfortable but will not sag.
Additionally, the outer cover is easy to remove and can easily be washed using the cold water setting on your machine and dried using the low-heat setting on the dryer.
The removable waterproof liners keep liquids from seeping into the mattress or bolster. This is particularly important for aging dogs. Many older canines can have digestive upsets or incontinence issues.
The waterproof liners and washable covers ensure that if your dog throws up or has an accident, it will be easy to clean up.
- Plush, poly-filled bolsters provide raised areas
- Both cushioned bolsters and memory foam provide proper joint support
- Hair and water-resistant cover that is easy to wash
- A waterproof liner that is easy to remove
- Durable and tear-resistant
- The bed does not have a non-skid bottom. This makes it less suitable for tile or hardwood floors.
- After washing, the waterproof liners and the cover must be properly lined up in order to remain leak-free. So extra care must be taken.
What are the qualities you should look for in selecting a bed?
First, be aware that German Shepherds are considered a large breed in terms of both height and weight. That means that a bed needs to be both roomy and sturdy.
A bed that is soft and comfortable for a smaller, lighter breed will quickly lose its shape and sag under the weight of a robust Shepherd.
The bed should also meet his needs for orthopedic support since large, energetic breeds are more likely to have to deal with joint issues.
Additionally, German Shepherds are known to be at risk for hip dysplasia as they get older. While getting your dog from a good breeder will help avoid this, it is not a guarantee. Therefore, it’s very important that the bed provides support.
German Shepherds also come with a double coat that sheds, particularly in the spring. Plus, these active dogs may track in dirt and mud. So, a good bed needs to be easy to keep clean!
German Shepherds shed. A lot, particularly when the season changes. Plus, they are active dogs that may track in dirt. A good bed needs to be easy to clean.
Some additional things to consider – a younger dog or puppy will be more likely to chew, so it’s important to get a bed that she can’t damage or that can injure her. Also, many dogs like the feeling of security they get from a bed that provides some enclosure, like a cave.
Finally, German Shepherds always want to be close to their owners and family. Therefore, you may want to consider having two beds – one in your bedroom and another one in the family room.
Hopefully, this list of beds will provide one or more options that meet your dog’s needs!