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As the temperature drops, there are lots of ways to keep your dog warm and snuggle up together (we even wrote a guide all about it)! However, if you have a small or shorthaired dog who tends to run cold all year long, you know it can be extra challenging to keep them cozy during the winter.
While you should consider weather-appropriate dog clothing such as sweaters, hoodies, jackets, and even hats, just like humans will sometimes reach for an electric blanket when the mercury dips, a heated dog bed for your pet can come in handy for a lot of uses during the coldest months of the year.
A common-sense precaution is that “if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them,” so we strongly recommend keeping your pet inside with you during the winter, and do not recommend using any of the following heated dog beds outside or as substitutes for the warmth proper shelter provides (besides compromising the health and safety of your pet, some of these beds contain electric elements that are not rated or safe for outdoor use).
The Best Heated Dog Beds
Used indoors for an extra toasty sleeping spot on a chilly winter night, these heated dog beds up the cozy factor and then some.
This soft, cozy bed is “self-warming” with an inner layer of material that reflects heat back on your dog. In other words, it emphasizes their own body’s heat with no electric cords needed. It’s machine washable so it’s easy to clean, and as a bonus, it’s earth-friendly, too—the fill is made from recycled plastic bottles.Shop on Amazon
This classic heated electric dog pad is perfect as a crate pad or living room lounge spot. It’s topped with soft orthopedic memory foam and comes with a machine-washable fleece cover. The five-and-a-half-foot cord is steel-wrapped for safety and long enough to extend to several areas of your home.
Important safety note: This bed is not appropriate for destructive dogs who may chew.Shop on Amazon
If your small dog is a big-time burrower, this is the bed for them. Covered in a self-warming Sherpa fleece that helps reflect your dog’s own body heat, the high back walls wrap them in comfort, while the lower front and side walls give them easy entry and a cozy place to rest their heads.
The bed can be machine washed for easy home cleaning.Shop on Amazon
This pretty plug-in pet mat has an adjustable heat setting to match your dog’s needs. The outer bedding is made from durable, waterproof fabric, and the heating element is protected by thick wool.Shop on Amazon
It looks like a standard memory foam bed, but what you can’t see is the inner heating element that fully warms up once your dog lays down.
With thick foam walls for structure and a soft pillow sleeping surface for comfort, it’s the perfect place for your pup to curl up on a cold, winter day. Best of all, the cover and pillow are fully machine washable.Shop on Amazon
This self-heating dog bed looks so cozy, you’ll be tempted to curl up in it yourself!
The round, walled design creates a cozy, safe spot for your dog to sleep while the faux fur material lining reflects your dog’s body heat and resists dirt and wetness.
This bed is great for an older dog that likes to burrow, but not the best option for dogs who are teething or like to chew.Shop on Amazon
Though this heated dog bed leans more practical than fashionable, the earth-toned crate pad comes in a range of sizes to fit crates for petite to giant breeds. The self-warming pad captures your dog’s body heat and radiates back the warmth, and the topside is super-soft for comfort.Shop on Amazon
This fleece-lined corduroy bed is extra snuggly and features heat-reflecting technology that radiates warmth with no electricity required. The bed has a textured, non-slip bottom to prevent slipping and sliding, and is super lightweight, making it easy to move around the house.Shop on Amazon
We haven’t forgotten about you, shivering dog mom! While not heated, this large bean bag chair is filled with shredded memory foam and covered with soft, double-stitched microfiber. (You can buy extra foam for extra plush comfort.)
Cuddle up with a throw blanket while your furry best friend enjoys their warm, heated dog bed and enjoy one of the best things about winter: staying inside and getting cozy.Shop on Amazon
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