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If you’re looking for a pet bed that offers a lot of durability, an elevated dog bed should be on your radar. Since elevated dog beds are raised off the ground by at least a few inches, they come into less contact with dirt and dust, making them easier-to-clean. In addition, raised dog beds are generally very portable and lightweight, and some cot-style ones even boast a chew-resistant frame.
However, if your dog has joint or mobility issues an elevated pet bed might not provide him with the most support, especially if it’s a style with limited padding. If that’s not a concern though, an elevated or raised dog bed can still be comfortable for your pup. You could even add a fleece cover to make it extra comfy.
See our six favorite elevated dog beds below.
1. The Original Elevated Pet Bed by Coolaroo (Verified Review)
Raised seven inches off the ground, this Coolaroo elevated pet bed is made of breathable fabric to keep your dog cool. Its steel frame is also very lightweight and portable, making it easy to move from inside to outside. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of cushioning, the bed’s high-density polyethylene fabric is easy to keep clean and resistant to fleas, mites, and mildew.
Available sizes: Small, Medium, and Large
Verified review: “The metal looked high quality, and I really liked the color it came in. I like that this bed allows my dog a spot to chew or lay on without being directly on the grass. The dogs were all interested in it, and my Boston terrier uses it as her default place to chew on her bone. It’s still holding up well through wind, heavy rain, and direct sunshine—and it’s small enough to store away for the winter.”Buy Now on Amazon
This modern Zinus elevated dog bed is sleek and functional. It features a modern black steel frame and a thick four-inch foam mattress with a washable fabric cover. It’s easy to assemble and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
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For small dogs only, this Paws & Purrs pet bed gives the appearance of being made of espresso-finished wood but is actually made of strong melamine plastic. It comes with a comfy, three-inch mattress along with a removable and washable zippered cover. Plus, you can choose from the standard model (shown here) or upgrade to the version of this bed that contains a storage drawer underneath the mattress.
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Helpful Review: “My dogs love it. It’s nice looking, sturdy, and also big enough to fit three small dogs. However, it comes completely unassembled. They provided all the boards and screws but the instructions are just pictures.”Buy Now on Amazon
This elevated Kuranda dog bed is durable, thanks to its strong and chew-proof PVC frame. It’s available in a range of sizes to support dogs up to 100 pounds and comes in your choice of color for the abrasion-resistant fabric. While not exactly soft, this bed is easy to clean and makes a great choice for dogs who are heavy-chewers.
Available sizes: Mini to XXLarge
Helpful Review: “This bed feels very sturdy and apparently our 12-year-old Weimaraner thinks so too because she literally runs, hops onto it, and then flops down. I volunteer at an animal rescue that uses Kurandas and can say that the beds withstand frequent cleaning and being pushed around or hung up every day when we scrub out the dog runs.”Buy Now on Amazon
With this raised wicker bed from Penn Plax, you get a dog bed that’s sturdy enough to hold a dog up to 100 pounds as well as an attractive piece of pet furniture. It’s made of heavy-duty synthetic wicker material and comes with a polyester cushion. The thick cushion has a velcro attachment to keep it anchored to the bed as well as a washable and removable bright red cover.
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Helpful Review: “My dog Malcome really likes the bed. I put a thin pillow in the basket which is a bit larger than the bed. When he gets in, the pillow extends across the edges making a comfortable place to put his head. But most of the time he just curls up into a perfectly fitting little ball.Buy Now on Amazon
If you’re looking for an elevated dog bed that’s both stylish and practical, this Cozy Cama Pet Furniture bed may be for you (well, your dog, really). Designed to accommodate a standard size pillow, it comes with the bed frame as well as an organic pillow sham. Keep in mind that each bed is handmade in Texas, so it takes approximately two to three weeks to receive the bed. And, since the bed frame is made of wood, it may not be a great choice for dogs who are prone to chewing.
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Does your dog like a bed with a little extra cuddle potential? Check out our top picks for covered dog beds.