My dog, Diva, is a German Shepherd-Rottweiller mix with the largest leaning to her German Shepherd roots.
The German name for these gorgeous, loyal and extremely smart canines is Deutscher Schaferhund and yes, they originated in Germany. The breed’s officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog or GSD. This breed was officially known as the Alsatian in the UK from after WWI until 1977 when its name was changed back to German Shepherd.
German shepherds, as you may already know, belong to the herding class of working dogs. Say what? Yes, they are herders Extraordinaire!
A healthy German shepherd can be as lively as a Border Collie but is much bigger, from eighty to 120 pounds. Because of their size, these beautiful canines may suffer greater wear and tear on their joints than smaller dogs.
Thus, they are more prone to injury, growing pains and orthopedic issues like dysplasia which is a hip disease characterised by excessive laxity in the joint (the ball moves too much within its socket) or excessive shallowness of the hip socket joint.
Did you know that German shepherds can sleep up to 12 to 18 hours a day depending on age, size and working status? Having a supportive dog bed will help your dog’s need for mobility and flexibility during exercise or work.
Special dog beds for this breed should address pressure points and whether your dog sleeps on their side or stomach. Memory foam that retains its shape without sinking into floors works especially well.
Comfort – While we want our beloved Shepherds comfortable, what does that exactly mean?
Size – A good dog bed must fit your dog with enough room for he or she to lie on their side without sprawling over the side and to get up and turn around.
Support – Dog beds address this aspect in varying ways. Your dog may have a need to support arthritis for muscular issues. Number 1 is to ensure your dog can access their bed easily. Finally, blolsters, which are basically built-in support pillows or rails, are fantastic for large-breed dogs.
Material – Suede and similar fabrics are soft to the touch and can also provide high resistance to tearing. Different materials also contribute to support when talking about fillers, frames and bolsters. Polyfil and foam are supportive yet also yielding.
Ease of Care – You don’t want your dog exposed to dirty, unsanitary or unkempt sleeping conditions. Washable covers are really important and what should be considered when purchasing the coziest dog bed for your precious German Shepherd. It should be easy to clean and vacuum of small accidents, fur or debris.
Durability – No dog bed is going to last forever, but a good one can last a very long time. It should be able to survive mild to moderate attemps at tearing. It’s super important to know that your dog’s bed will not flatten in a matter of a few days.
Fit – Measure your dog from the tip of their adorable nose to the tip of their wagging tail to obtain length and measure the widest point from shoulder to shoulder to get the correct width. Add a couple inches on both measurements to get the final dog bed dimensions you’ll need for your adored German Shepherd’s movement.
Give your powerful German Shepherd the support they need with the FurHaven Ultra Plush Luxe Lounger Orthopedic Pet Bed. It’s ergonomically designed and provides therapeutic back and neck support with a unique contoured shap and features a cozy and plush sleep surface. It is made from medical-grade orthopedic foam for a soft yet firm feel for a restoring night’s sleep. The step-on design of this bed also makes it ideal for smaller, older or a disabled dogs. It has a removable cover that’s machine washable.
The KOPEKS Rectangular Orthopedic Memory Foam Waterproof Cover Dog Bed will give your pooch the support they need!
It features thick density memory foam for comfort and to relieve your dog’s aches and pains in their joints. This bed won’t flatten over time and is especially helpful for dog’s with arthritis, hip dysplasia, joint and muscle stiffness. It also includes a waterproof inner cover and an outer cover that is removable and washable. The faux-suede cover is classy to boot – just what your jewel of a dog deserves.
This dog bed contains hypo-allergenic foam for those dogs with allergies.
This bed is top of the line! It’s especially calibrated for BIG DOGS!!! It’s available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. This bed is far too powerful for small dogs.
It has a 10 year warranty! Yes, you heard that right!! The memory foam will retain 90% of its original shape and last for 10 years OR YOUR MONEY BACK.
It won’t flatten. The therapeutic foam is American made and the best quality you’ll find in an orthopedic dog bed. You heard it the first time. It won’t flatten or pancake over time.
Made in the U.S.A. If your goal is support American made products, this dog bed is for your furry best friend. Handmade by craftsmen and craftswomen in a small Pennsylvani workshop that’s been making high end furntirue and bedding for over 50 years.
Easy to Clean! Ah, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. It’s machine washable! 100% microfiber cover. Soft to the touch and looks perfect in your home.
It comes in Charcoal Gray, Burgundy, Chocoloate or Khaki. How’s that for selection?!
Your Smart and Loyal German Shepherd Will Be Forever Grateful
Investing in any of the kind of beds talked about here will give your special friend years of restful sleep and sweet dreams. Your shepherd will have a bed to call their own where they can have years of sweet dreams running in the woods, playing catch with you, working as they wish and every zzzzzz in these incomparable and classy dog beds. Sweet Dreams you Beautiful German Shepherds!!!!