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The Best Outdoor Dog Beds

🕚 Updated April 2023

Choosing the right dog bed is essential to provide your pup with a comfortable place to sleep. If your dog is a big fan of hanging outside, invest in one of these dog beds specifically for the outdoors.

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  Top Choice Best with Bolsters Best Portable Bed Best Covered Option Best Water-Resistant
Cooling Elevated Dog Bed
Original Bolster Pet Cot
Outdoor Travel Dog Bed
Elevated Pet Cot with Canopy
Orthopedic Water-Resistant Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed
Our SummaryThis raised, breathable mesh dog bed will help keep your pup cool and dry no matter the weather.This unique elevated dog bed comes with cushioned bolsters along the sides to give your pet a place to lean back on.This portable, roll-up dog bed allows you to bring a comfy spot for your pet to lie down with you wherever you go.This is a light and breathable dog bed that comes with a protective sunshade canopy and keeps dogs off the ground.This soft, comfy dog bed is made with high-density specialty foam to help relieve body aches in your furry friend.
Pros✓ Breathable
✓ Elevated
✓ Sizing options for most breeds
✓ Sturdy metal legs
✓ Removable bolsters
✓ High weight capacity
✓ Mold-resistant
✓ Machine washable parts
✓ Tool-free assembly
✓ Highly portable and lightweight
✓ Versatile
✓ Several color options
✓ Machine washable
✓ Dog hair shakes off easily
✓ Raised bed
✓ Protective canopy
✓ Several colors
✓ Tool-free assembly
✓ Breathable mesh centers
✓ Orthopedic foam interior
✓ Memory foam and cooling foam options
✓ Water- and dirt-resistant cover
✓ Multiple size and color options
✓ Also great for crates
Cons✗ Not 100% chew-proof
✗ Not machine washable
✗ Slightly pricier
✗ Bolsters may rip
✗ No elevation
✗ Not 100% waterproof
✗ Won't hold up to aggressive chewers
✗ Expensive
✗ No alternate sizes
✗ Not water-resistant
✗ Not 100% waterproof
✗ Susceptible to chewing
✗ May slide on smooth surfaces
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The Best Outdoor Dog Beds

Two Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies laying on outdoor bed.

Buying Guide for Outdoor Dog Beds

A dog relaxing on his bed on the green grass.

Why buy an outdoor dog bed?

Plenty of indoor pups love romping around in the yard, sitting on balconies watching other dogs go by, or soaking up sunlight as they nap. A dog bed in the yard also lets your pooch keep you company if you’re gardening, doing yard work, or playing outside with the family. They can run around the yard or use the bathroom whenever they want and then return to napping or lounging. That said, most indoor dog beds aren’t suited for outside use, even in the backyard. Most aren’t waterproof or water-resistant, so they’ll likely absorb any water or moisture from rain and precipitation and take a very long time to dry.

Outdoor dog beds are designed to be more durable and weather-resistant, able to withstand all kinds of weather. Some are even designed for portability, so you can bring them hiking or camping if your dog enjoys going on those sorts of adventures with you. Indoor dog beds will almost always be too big and bulky for trips.

What should you look for in an outdoor dog bed?

  • Size: As with any dog bed, your dog’s size and weight will help determine the proper outdoor dog bed for them. Most outdoor dog beds will come in at least two different size options and have a weight limit listed so that you can easily determine if the bed will support your pooch. Check the dimensions to make sure there’s enough space for your dog to fully spread out in the bed if they so choose. Factor in how much space is available in your yard or porch, or balcony and where the bed will go as well; the bed isn’t going to do your pup any good if it doesn’t fit properly in the area you have available.
  • Durability: A firm, durable outdoor dog bed is key since it’ll be exposed to the elements far more than indoor dog beds ever will. Look for beds that are weatherproof. Even if you live in a dry climate, you can’t go wrong with a waterproof outdoor dog bed—be sure it’s fully waterproof instead of just water-resistant, if possible. There are also anti-rip or non-fabric options for dogs that chew or dig into their beds. If the outdoor bed you buy is elevated rather than one that lays flat on the ground, be sure that the frame is strong (preferably made of metal) and weather-resistant. If the frame is made of metal, make sure it’s naturally rustproof or has been treated to resist corrosion.
  • Cleaning: If you know your dog can be messy, consider looking for a dog bed with a fabric cover that is machine washable. Even if your canine companion doesn’t often get wet or muddy or doesn’t drool much, a machine-washable and dryer-friendly outdoor dog bed is still the superior choice, as it’ll be much more convenient to keep clean. If the dog bed you want to buy isn’t primarily made of fabric or can’t be washed in the washing machine, check and ensure that it’s at least easy to wipe clean instead.

How do you pick the most comfortable outdoor dog bed for your pet?

If you live in a hot climate, look for a dog bed with a canopy to provide shade or one slightly elevated off the ground so that your pup isn’t lying directly on hot cement or grass. These dog beds will allow for better airflow as well. (You’ll probably want to stay away from tent or teepee-like models if you live in a hot area, as they aren’t as breathable.) Even if you live in a more temperature environment, an elevated outdoor dog bed may still be a wise choice for your dog’s comfort; you won’t have to worry about dew or rain seeping through the bottom. That said, if your furry friend is getting on in years and has trouble walking or jumping, a regular dog bed on the ground will still be the better choice for them.

Also, consider the fabric and interior components of the dog bed, especially if you’re looking for orthopedic support for an older dog. Dog beds filled with cooling gel will help regulate your pup’s body temperature in a way most fillings don’t. High-density fillings provide better support for older dogs or pups with joint pain. Thick, soft, fabric-covered beds will provide good cushioning; just make sure they’re completely waterproof so the fabric doesn’t absorb moisture. Mesh, cot-like outdoor dog beds, are more flexible, breathable, less plush, and still comfortable. There are also foam beds with removable fabric covers. Some elevated models even have bolsters or similar cushioned sides, almost like a mini couch, that your pup can lounge against while resting.

Our Picks for the Best Outdoor Dog Beds

Top Choice

Coolaroo Cooling Elevated Dog Bed

This raised, breathable mesh dog bed will help keep your pup cool and dry no matter the weather.

Pros: This model is an excellent choice if you’re after an elevated outdoor bed for your pup. It’s made out of breathable fabric, providing a comfy surface for your pet to lay on and much better airflow than a stuffed cloth bed could provide. The legs, made from durable powder-coated steel with stable nonskid feet, elevate the bed off the wet, hard ground to add more airflow and comfort. You can remove the cover at any time to clean it better. While some minor assembly is required, it’s quick and easy to assemble. And this bed comes in a range of sizes, from small to extra large, to better accommodate most breeds, as well as several fun color options.

Cons: Though stronger and harder to rip than stuffed dog beds, this model isn’t entirely chew- or rip-resistant. It’s not a great option for dogs that like fluffier, plusher beds, either. The fabric also isn’t machine washable; you’ll have to spray it with a hose or wipe it clean with a wet cloth.

Bottom Line: Comfy as plush, stuffed dog beds can be, they are not the most breathable model and come with the risk of stuffing being ripped out and chewed on. This mesh bed provides nice comfort with greater airflow and no stuffing to be torn out.


Best with Bolsters

K&H PET PRODUCTS Original Bolster Pet Cot

This unique elevated dog bed comes with cushioned bolsters along the sides to give your pet a place to lean back on.

Pros: This elevated outdoor dog bed stands out from the other raised mesh dog beds by the bolsters lining the sides. These plush cushions give your dog an extra-comfortable place to lean back against while resting and help prevent them from rolling off the sides as they sleep. The bolsters can also be removed for washing. And since the cushions and fabric cover are machine washable (cold water, gentle cycle, no bleach), they’re very easy to keep clean. The entire bed is resistant to mold, mildew, and odors, an ideal feature in an outdoor bed. The center is made from mesh, providing greater breathability and airflow. And even the small-sized bed has a high weight capacity, able to support up to 200 pounds; if you have two small or medium-sized dogs, they’ll be able to sleep side-by-side on this bed without issue.

Cons: Though not the most expensive outdoor dog bed on the market, this model is a bit higher priced than average. And as is the case with fabric-covered, stuffed dog beds, the bolsters may rip or tear if not cared for properly or if your dog is a big chewer or scratcher.

Bottom Line: This is a classic elevated outdoor dog bed with the unique added touch of bolster cushions lining three sides for greater support and comfort. They’ll look like the little king or queen they are while lounging in this bed.


Best Portable Bed

Cheerhunting Outdoor Dog Bed

This portable, roll-up dog bed allows you to bring a comfy spot for your pet to lie down with you wherever you go.

Pros: If you’re after an outdoor dog bed that’s easy to carry and transport, this model will be right up your alley. It’s available in large and extra-large sizes that roll into the convenient carrying bag. It even has a built-in handle if you don’t want to use the bag. It’s an ideal model to take on a weekend camping trip or when you visit family over the holidays. A quick shake will divest this bed of any dog hair that gets stuck to it, and you can throw it in the washer and dryer if it gets dirty, stained, or damp. It’s available in four possible colors, all of which are reversible.

Cons: This dog bed isn’t elevated and is water-resistant but not 100% waterproof, so it will absorb water if it lays on the wet ground for long enough. And the fabric is quite strong, but it won’t hold up to dogs who are aggressive chewers.

Bottom Line: If you go hiking or camping often and like to bring your pup, this portable dog bed will be a perfect choice. It’s incredibly lightweight and rolls up compactly, yet it is large enough to accommodate even the biggest breeds.


Best Covered Option

SUPERJARE Elevated Pet Cot with Canopy

This is a light and breathable dog bed that comes with a protective sunshade canopy and keeps dogs off the ground.

Pros: Keep your dog shielded from the sun and rain with this elevated outdoor dog bed and its attached canopy, providing your pup with shade and protection. The raised design of this bed keeps your pup off the ground, which, paired with the mesh centers, keeps them cool and the air flowing. This cot also features a lasting steel frame for durability. It comes with a travel bag and is extremely light and portable, and you can easily assemble and reassemble it since no tools are needed to assemble it. The bed’s max capacity is 120 pounds, and it’s available in four different colors.

Cons: The convenience of this bed’s canopy comes at a literal price, as it’s more expensive than the average outdoor dog bed. It’s also not totally water-resistant, so you won’t want to leave it outside in truly inclement weather.

Bottom Line: A unique dog bed with a protective canopy is a great choice for your pet to enjoy the sun safely without overheating. Ensure that even the largest, furriest, fluffiest pups can lounge outside in warm weather while remaining comfortable and not overheating with this bed.


Best Water-Resistant

Furhaven Orthopedic Water-Resistant Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed

This soft, comfy dog bed is made with high-density specialty foam to help relieve body aches in your furry friend.

Pros: This dog bed is made from high-quality, high-density orthopedic foam. It’s perfect for relieving your dog’s body aches or joint pain, ideal for older dogs, and a great option that supports pups of all ages. There are also memory foam and cooling foam options. The cover zips on and off for easy cleaning and is water- and dirt-resistant. The zipper on the cover is also sturdy, ensuring that it stays securely fastened even if you have a pup who is restless or likes to knead their bed a lot. Available in five different sizes and a whooping 38 different colors, it’s a great outdoor dog bed and an excellent indoor or crate bed.

Cons: Though water-resistant, this bed isn’t 100% waterproof, so moisture may seep into it if the conditions outside are wet enough or your pet has an accident. It’s also not designed to hold up to aggressive chewers and tends to slide around on smooth surfaces, which can be dangerous for your dog.

Bottom Line: This is the model for you if you’ve got an older dog or a pup with joint aches and pains who needs a bed with extra support. It’s soothing, has an easy-to-keep-clean cover, and is resistant to water, spills, and dirt, making it convenient for your pup.

Final Thoughts

There are many options for outdoor dog beds that don’t require sacrificing durability for comfort or style. Giving your dog a soft and safe space to rest on your porch or in your yard is easy when examining the many dog bed choices available for your pet’s size and age.

Rachel Shubin Rachel Shubin
Rachel Shubin is a freelance journalist who is passionate about telling stories. Along with writing reviews for LifeSavvy, she writes a book column for Cape May Magazine and is a reporter for the Cape May Star & Wave Newspaper. When Rachel is not writing, she can be found advocating for mental health awareness and animal rescue, reading novels, exploring Cape May, or working on her polymer clay jewelry business, Piper + Pearl Co. Read Full Bio »
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