You don’t have to be barking to want a stylish place for your pet to rest; pamper your pooch with our choice of the best dog beds around. We let a panel of furry testers get their paws on samples to see what made the grade. From after-park snoozes to a good night’s sleep, which ones delivered style and comfort?
1. Mikki Reversible Magic Pet Bed: £15.39, qvcuk.com
This is a great idea for small dogs – just pull the cords to turn a flat mattress into a bed with sides. It’s made of cosy plush material so a good choice for colder months. Our Yorkie tester liked using it as flat mat on the sofa and then converted into a bedtime hideaway.
2. Great&Small Duvet Bed: from £39.99, petscorner.co.uk
This lovely duck egg blue may not be the most practical colour for a dog bed, but the cover comes off for machine washing. Its inner mattress is extra-comfortable - our three Cockapoo testers fought for space on it.
3. Kubu Dog Basket: from £99.99, gardenfurniture-centre.co.uk
If you like a twist on the tradi- tional basket, this shabby chic sofa is the dog’s whatsits. One of our younger testers may have found the arms very tasty but the padded seat proved a favourite with all the dogs in our panel.
4. Cecil Dog Bed: from £230, sofa.com
If you’re going to splash the cash on Fido, do it for a good cause. It’s available in a huge choice of fabrics, but choose a Fenella Smith fabric (in a cute pug, dachshund, pheasant or spaniel pattern) and Dog’s Trust will get 10% of its cost as a donation.
5. Wainwrights Green Check Square Dog Bed: from £28, petsathome.com
This green squishy number is super-practical. The inner pad is removable and in an extremely soft furry fleece. Best of all, it’s all machinewashable - if you can tip your dog out of it for long enough.
6. Personalised Pet Bed Crate: £39.95, plantabox.com
Suitable for smaller dogs, Plantabox’s beds are made from apple crates and can be personalised with your pet’s name. The painted pine box has a padded bed inside and the lipped front proved a favourite head-resting place for our snoozing Rover researcher.
7. Pet Teepee Bed: £95, homecandy.com
Dogs can like to have their own little den for a bit of peace and quiet, especially if you have rowdy children at home. Where better to hide out than his very own teepee with removable inner cushion? Just don’t be surprised if the kids want to squash in.
8. Fatboy Doggielounge Stonewashed: from £79, amara.com
This update on the classic nylon Doggielounge is in a soft stonewashed fabric – choose from ten colours. The bone shaped label on the front is attached with Velcro but pay an extra £19 and they’ll make it up with your dog’s name.
9. Mutts and Hounds Slate Tweed Donut Bed: from £98, johnlewis.co.uk
Made from tweed woven in Yorkshire, this tasteful donut bed proved to be a comfort- able classic choice. It comes in three sizes and the whole thing is machine washable. It keeps its shape nicely, too.
10. Charley Chaou Dog Crate Mattress and Bed Bumper Set: £102, notonthehighstreet.com
If you have trained your dog to sleep in a crate, you’ll know the benefits of giving them their own space to take some relaxing time out. Why not make it more hospitable with this set? With washable covers and an optional waterproof liner, it’ll make his life a lot more comfortable.
11. Joules Square Floral Snuggle Bed: from £24.95, joules.com
If you’re after something a bit prettier, Joules has a floral bed which comes in four sizes and is made from a super-tough cotton that can withstand some serious clawing. There’s a removable cushion and the whole lot is machine washable. It’s not as soft as some on the list so you might want to add a blanket, but this one will last you. Also comes in a tweed.
You need a bed that’s going to look good in your home but also one that’s going to make your dog as comfortable as possible. For that reason our favourite is the well-padded Great&Small Duvet Bed. But don’t discount the Cecil Bed from Sofa.com due to its price; more than just a dog bed, it’s a gorgeous piece of furniture.
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