Bernese Mountain Dogs are a hard-working dog breed, so it makes sense that they need somewhere to relax when the day’s work is done. Even if your dog is pampered instead of employed, he/she will still want a comfortable bed.
However, you can’t choose just any dog bed. There are some things you should consider before settling on a bed choice.
In this guide to the best dog beds for Bernese Mountain Dogs, we’ll give you some great bed suggestions and tell you everything you need to know to pick out the right bed. Keep reading to find out more.
The Top Five Best Dog Beds for a Bernese Mountain Dog
1. PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed
If you want a great dog bed, this is one you should really think about. The PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed combines an orthopedic mattress and a memory foam mattress into one supportive, comforting mattress for your dog.
In fact, it has all the best features you need in a dog bed for a Bernese Mountain Dog.
The cover is a summer blend that is 35% cotton so it’s breathable for your dog and it will keep him/her cool. It’s removable, machine washable, and resists water and tearing (somewhat).
The base is a four-inch-thick memory foam mattress. This thickness is great for a large dog like a Bernese Mountain Dog.
The bed also has bolstered on all sides with an “entrance” area on the front. Your dog will love lounging and being lazy on this supportive, comfortable dog bed.
- Three colors to choose from.
- Four sizes, mostly for large dogs.
- Bolsters are filled with recycled polyfill.
- Non-skid bottom.
- Bolsters not washable.
- Hard to get the liner on the mattress.
2. MidWest Homes for Pets Deluxe Super Plush Pet Bed
If your dog likes simplicity, then this is a great pet bed for your dog. It’s like a giant, plush pillow that will provide your pet with comfort all around.
The bed is four inches thick and is great for serving as a cage bed. While the bed comes in multiple sizes, the largest size is going to be the one that’s suitable for an adult Bernese Mountain Dog. It measures 46″ x 29″ x 4″ and is designed to support up to 110 pounds.
The bed is made with a polyester outer layer that has a gray ombre pattern. The cushion is tufted, and it’s filled with a poly-fiber material that won’t “pill up” after being washed. It also has a non-skid bottom, so you have a lot of great qualities in this bed for your dog.
- One-year warranty.
- The entire bed can be machine washed.
- Low-maintenance bed.
- It only comes in one color.
3. Furhaven Deluxe Therapeutic Dog Bed
This is another comfortable dog bed that can also serve as a cage bed. The big difference in this one from the previous one is that this Furhaven dog bed has a foam mattress.
It’s a great option for older dogs because it’s easy for them to step onto it and it provides ample support for aching joints and other conditions.
This bed is very interesting because you have so many options. These options allow you to tailor the bed perfectly to your dog’s needs. To start, there are five sizes although we recommend the Jumbo (44″ x 35″ x 4″) or the Jumbo Plus (53″ x 42″ x 5″) for a Bernese Mountain Dog.
After choosing your size, you get to choose from three mattress options: a cooling gel foam, a memory foam, or an orthopedic foam. The last option is your cover.
They have 35 different color/pattern combinations! You can also order extra covers so you can change colors/patterns as often as you’d like.
- Highly customizable.
- Faux fur top for comfort.
- The mattress is CertiPUR-US certified.
- The mattress is made in the U.S.A.
- Will not stand up to dog biting.
- No skid-proof bottom.
4. Furhaven Ergonomic Contour Pet Lounger
If you know the feeling of relaxing in a king-size bed, then you’ll understand how your dog feels when he/she lays on this pet lounger. This is a Furhaven bed and like the previous one, you have a lot of options.
This one comes in six different sizes with the two largest, the Jumbo Plus (36″ x 51″ x 8″), and Giant (42″ x 58″ x 9″) being suitable for a Bernese Mountain Dog.
You get to choose between 20 different colors as well as a choice between a cooling foam, orthopedic foam, or a memory foam mattress.
The ergonomic design gives dogs a feeling of being cuddled from both sides while also giving support to the head and neck.
The cover is made of quilted micro velvet fabric and is removable and machine washable. While it won’t stand up to a mouthy dog, it is strong, durable, and comfortable.
- Twenty colors to choose from.
- It has a 90-day warranty.
- Five-inch thick mattress.
- Not water-resistant.
- The zipper is not hidden.
5. Majestic Pet Poly-Cotton Sherpa Bagel Dog Bed
This is an adorable bed that is in the shape of an oblong bagel, hence the name. This is a very plush bed. If you’re looking for orthopedic support, this isn’t the best choice but if you’re looking for comfort and easy cleaning, this is a perfect choice.
The base of the bed where your dog lays is made of waterproof 300/600 denier fabric, so any “accidents” don’t seep through to your floor.
It’s stuffed with a Premium High Loft Polyester Fil, the same filler used for sofa pillows. It has a bolster for head support as well as a snuggling feeling.
The entire bed is machine washable. Not only is the bed comforting for your dog, but it’s convenient for you to maintain it.
- Made in the U.S.A.
- It comes in seven colors.
- Safe to put it in a dryer.
- Not water-resistant.
- It doesn’t hold up well to rough dogs.
How to Pick Out the Right Bed for Your Bernese Mountain Dog
When picking out a bed for your Bernese Mountain Dog, you need to keep in mind the features and personality of your dog.
While features will be somewhat universal for all Bernese Mountain Dogs, your dog’s personality will be more specific. Here is what you should pay attention to.
Consider the Dog’s Size
It’s no secret that Bernese Mountain Dogs are huge. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the average a height that a Bernese Mountain Dog grows to is 23 to 27.5 inches and the average weight is from 70 to 115 pounds.
They are also prone to becoming overweight. This means that you need a big, strong, sturdy bed that can handle these massive pets. Puppies are a different story – they need small beds, but they will outgrow them quickly.
Think About His/Her Fur
Bernese Mountain Dogs are long-haired dogs with double coats which means they have the potential to shed a lot. To save yourself a lot of work, you should aim to get a bed with fabric that doesn’t hold on to dog hair.
This makes it very easy to brush the dog hair away. Keep in mind that their hair can tangle easily so you may want to get a fabric that won’t tousle their hair too much.
Another fur consideration is the Bernese Mountain Dogs get hot with all that fur. You may want to get a bed that will keep your dog cool and comfortable.
How Easy is it for the Dog to Access the Bed
Bernese Mountain Dogs won’t have much trouble accessing a bed whether it sits up high or whether it sits low. One thing to think about is that with some elevated beds, you will need steps.
The steps will have to be large enough to accommodate your dog, which means you’d need to take up a lot of space for this type of bed.
Consider the Dog’s Personality
Your dog could be a lot different than other dogs. Maybe your dog prefers super plush mattresses while another dog prefers firm mattresses. Your dog might be in a “destructive” phase while another dog is more sedentary.
In this case you need a bed that can stand up to nails and teeth (for a while). Think about your dog’s behaviors and personalities as you choose a bed.
Most Common Mattress Types
There are different mattress types for dogs just like there are for humans. In fact, the best dog mattresses can even be human-grade materials.
You’ll be shelling out some cash for these mattresses, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good mattress. The most common dog mattress types are:
- Memory Foam
Microfiber mattresses are basically mattresses that are stuffed with a microfiber material. These mattresses are usually very plush. They are also the most inexpensive type.
Memory foam mattresses are great for providing your dog with comfort. They’re soft and they last longer than microfiber mattresses.
They can range from a low-price range to a high price range depending on the size and the manufacturer.
Orthopedic mattresses are great for older dogs who may have joint issues or other health issues. In general, Bernese Mountain Dogs usually have good health, even into older age.
However, they could still fall victim to certain health problems in which case an orthopedic mattress would be best. They can be a bit pricey as they are the most expensive type.
Most Common Fabric Types
Dog bed fabrics can be almost anything, but there are a few that are used more than others. Here are the more popular types.
- Suede – strong, resists tearing and water
- Leather – durable, resists tearing, waterproof, cool
- Summer Blend/Polycotton – a combination of cotton, polyester, and linen; cool
- Microfiber – strong, can be water-resistant, cool
- Velvet – used for a luxurious feel and look
Note that if your dog is very active and destructive, you should probably stay away from summer blends and microfiber.
If your dog overheats easily, stay far away from velvet and if your dog has an issue with peeing on the bed, stay away from summer blends and velvet.
Best Features of a Dog Bed
Ease of Cleaning
Most dog beds have removable covers that can be washed in a washing machine. This is the easiest way to clean a dog bed.
However, if a dog bed doesn’t have a removable cover, at the very least make sure it’s a water-resistant fabric that you can easily wipe clean.
You may be lucky enough to have a dog that calmly walks onto his/her bed and lays down. However, there is a good chance that at some point your Bernese Mountain Dog will get excited about going to bed and may move it around.
This is why non-skid bottoms are important. They keep the bed in place while your dog is moving around in it.
Accessories and Versatility
Some dog beds come with useful accessories. This could include pillows, dog toys, extra blankets, extra covers, and more.
Some beds could also have a two-in-one use by allowing the mattress to be removable so it can be used as a crate mattress.
While none of these accessories or the dual-use mattresses are necessary, they could simply make your purchase more valuable.