The Best Great Dane Beds -
Available In Australia
Our #1 Pick
The Best Value for Money
The Barney Bed
There is a reason that Great Danes are our favourite famous dogs.
Marmaduke. Scooby Doo. These gentle giants are particularly infectious and wonderful. We can see why you love them so much!
Your Great Dane has specific needs meaning they need the best dog bed possible. We have mentioned many times before that the pet industry has a sizeism issue when it comes to dog products. Dog beds in particular often come up small, which leaves our favourite giant breeds left behind.
So, in this article, I aim to give you a complete guide to Great Dane beds. Considering your pup’s unique physiology, size, weight, and health necessities, your search needs to be particularly focused. We’ll discuss those unique needs first, then I’ll give you our expert recommendations for great beds for your Great Dane.
Let’s jump in!
What To Look For In The Perfect Bed For Your Great Dane
Your Great Dane is heavy. Your Great Dane is tall. Your Great Dane is short-haired. So we need to keep all of those things in mind when choosing the perfect resting place for your big pooch. Here are the key factors for the ideal bed for a Great Dane.
First, all heavy dogs, especially Great Danes, need a large bed that can support their weight.
Have you ever been to a really cheap hotel with bargain mattresses that bow in the middle? As you lean your body weight on the bed, you literally sink in despair, as your dreams of a restful night’s sleep slip away.
Dogs also need support as they rest. This is doubly important for the Great Dane Breed as large dogs are much more likely to develop arthritis and hip dysplasia into their older years due to heavier, more cumbersome joints.
Extra-large dogs also age much faster than small dogs. The Australian Dog Lover writes, “In general, giant breed dogs age faster than smaller breed dogs. A Great Dane is considered to be senior by roughly 5-6 years old whereas a Chihuahua would likely only be middle-aged then, and probably not considered a senior until 10-11 years.” (1)
With this in mind, it’s imperative you choose a bed that is comfortable and supportive on your dog’s joints.
For this reason, we have mostly recommended beds with orthopedic benefits in the review section of this article.
Beyond the orthopedic aspect, you need to make sure that the bed you are reviewing can support your dog’s weight. An adult male Great Dane can weigh up to 90kg (that is heavier than me!). An adult female can weigh up to 58kg. (2)
So, a bed that can take the weight of your, frankly, human-sized dog is a must!
The bigger the better when shopping for a Great Dane, right?
Well.. principally yes, but there are some nuances. The size of the bed you need roughly depends on your dog’s sleeping style.
I have two dogs. One sleeps completely spreadeagle across their beds in a comical starfish fashion. The other sleeps in a tightly coiled circle so tight and perfect. This is oddly correlated to how they are in life; one is open and free, the other is highly-strung and anxious.
When speaking about sleeping styles and bed sizes, Victoria Schade from PetMD writes “That might mean that your Chihuahua that’s fond of dog-spreading across the bed needs a bed that’s two sizes longer than his body, and your snug-as-a-bug German Shepherd will fit in a dog bed that’s smaller than you might expect.” (3)
Your Great Dane may curl up the smallest they can and sleep like that all night. Therefore, the size of the bed you need definitely needs to be large, but not elephantine.
I completely believe in getting a good deal for your money. I also believe in investing in good products. The meeting between the two comes down to durability.
How long does that bed last?
Granted, all beds eventually need to swapped due to misshapen mattresses or worn-down bolsters. You want to get the most use out of the bed as possible.
Durability is shown best through its materials. Not all memory foams are created equal. Not all covers have a hardy high thread count that can withstand consistent washing.
Also, think of your particular dog’s habits. Are they a chewer? Do they dig and scratch their beds? Were they just a bit too heavy for all the beds they loved before?
Take this all into consideration for your next Great Dane bed purchase.
Best Great Dane Dog Beds Reviewed
We’ve gone through the strengths of a Great Dane bed (all puns intended) so let’s dive into our favourites on the Australian market. We tried to keep your pup’s unique needs in mind with these in terms of support, size, and durability. We hope this buyers guide helps you find the one!
The Barney bed range is absolutely one of our favourites in camp Gentle Dog Trainers. It is definitely a high-end product that is worth its salt.
Starting with the sizing, the Barney Bed comes in an impressive range of sizes. For your extra-large Great Dane, you will need either the extra-large size or the “epic” size.
The extra-large which measures 155 x 170 cm overall, with a sleeping surface of 120 x 75cm.
This will suit a female Great Dane, depending on her sleeping style and weight.
Most will need the epic size which measures 200cm x 130cm overall. The sleeping surface is 160cm x 90cm. This is hyped as “the largest dog bed in the world” and it’s certainly the largest bed we have seen being made and sold in Australia. No sizeism here.
Speaking of size, be sure to purchase the correct size for your dog as you cannot return the bed after purchasing. They have a handy sizing guide on their website.
The Barney Bed’s most impressive feature is its orthopedic foam mattress. This is perfect for your dog’s heavy joints. It provides unrivalled support and comfort for your Great Dane at all stages of their development. You can buy this for your growing puppy to develop strong bones. Or for your resident senior canine to help soothe those rickety elbows.
This bed has an interesting structure with high four boulders around the perimeter. This is perfect for dogs who like a chin rest as the sleep, or want that added security of feeling slightly “enveloped” by their bed.
With lining is water-resistant and bite resistant. If there are any accidents, it’s no problem - the microfibre covers are completely machine washable.
Onto the durability of the bed; the cover and mattress are built to last. The manufacturer has made the mattress to be strong and supportive, not losing shape or bowing over time. The standard covers are made of thick, tightly woven microfibre to be as scratch-resistant as possible.
Now, grey may suit your home perfectly, but if you like to have colourful furnishings as I do, you may be interested in the linen covers you can purchase to customise this bed even further. They come in cream, black, pink, and deep green.
Though this bed comes at a high price point, it is a supreme quality that is worth the investment. We recommend the Epic Barney Bed as a top choice for Great Danes.
The Barney Bed is great but it is certainly pricey. If you want a good quality bed for your Dane on a budget, we recommend the Milliard Orthopedic Dog Bed.
As a cheap dog bed for large dogs, this is not a bad option at all. The extra-large size is 120cm x 74cm which is a little smaller than the Barney Bed but should be fine for your Great Dane (unless they are spread-eagle sleepers like my dog!).
This is an orthopedic bed first and foremost with egg-crate foam technology. It is unlikely to be the thickest and spongiest foam in the world, but for the price, you are getting a good deal.
Another reason we recommend this for Great Danes is that it is warm. The quilted cover is not only cozy, it is plush and warming. Great Danes are short-haired so they will appreciate this added layer of snugness.
The cover can be easily zipped off of the mattress and thrown in the washing machine whenever you need. The covers are made to withstand many washes and maintain its plush softness over time.
To top it all off, Milliard have a 100% money-back guarantee. This is a no-brainer if you want a great budget option for your extra-large dog.
Since The Barney Bed is in our top spot, we have a tight second in the luxury category. Introducing the fabulous Ambient Lounge Luxury Bed.
Supportive, large, and imperishable - this bed has it all.
As a luxury dog bed, this comes at a pretty penny, but I promise you it is worth it. This bed is heavy, with a dense bean bag like base to give your dog great support. This isn’t an orthopedic bed per se, but it will be supportive of your dog’s joints.
The base is also water-resistant so you can use it indoors and outdoors.
The Ambient Lounge is all about comfort. It has a plush, faux fur top lining that is completely removable it need be. Your Great Dane will love that extra layer of warmth during the winter months. It is also machine washable.
The XXL size measures 125cm x 150cm in a rounded oval shape. Your Great Dane can curl up, spread out, and roll around with ease. It is also 30cm off the ground. Your dog will practically be at eye level as you all lounge in your living room!
The bed is easily cleaned with soap and water. It is also 99% chew-proof ensuring this bed will last for a long time.
This is a wonderful option for your gentle giant!
In the support camp, we are going to take things up a notch! The Barney Bed and Milliard Bed are both orthopedic beds, but the Laifug is a whole other level.
When caring for a senior Great Dane, we need to keep their potential arthritic joints in mind. I have mentioned it many times during this piece but joint care is so important. I have an arthritic dog at home myself. It upsets me to see her struggle!
This is the giant slab of orthopedic foam that you need in your dog’s life. Comfort is king.
This bed measures 127 x 27cm, with a height of 25cm. So, it is long and skinny. Bear this in mind with your dog’s sleeping style - this bed is made for side loungers. It is ideal for dogs up to a weight of 90 kilos so your Great Dane should suit it perfectly.
The covers are removable and machine washable for easy cleaning. There is also a waterproof liner between the cover and the mattress to keep the memory foam fresh.
The memory foam is Laifug’s pride and joy. They guarantee that it won’t flatten in 3 years or they will replace it.
Overall, elderly Great Danes will do excellently with the Laifug. The reviews are fab and your senior pup will surely love it!
Final Verdict: Giant Beds for A Giant Dog
Overall, you can tell we advocate for orthopedic models when it comes to Great Danes. You just can’t rival the support and comfort you get from them overall. For our money, the Barney Bed is a winning combination of a durable memory foam mattress, machine washability, and giant sizing apt for your pooch. As a runner up, the Ambient Lounge is also a fabulous choice. It has that added benefit of the super soft faux fur cover for added heat and chew-proof materials for boisterous dogs.
According to the breed standard, male Great Danes can grow up to 85cm tall. Females are a little shorter at around 82cm tall. You want a bed large enough to suit their sleeping style. I would argue, however, that the weight that the bed can withstand is the most important. You don’t want your dog to sink through to the floor as soon as they lay on it. Be sure to invest in a bed that can support your dog’s weight as well as give them space to spread out.
- “Caring For Your Older Dog”. 2015. Australian Dog Lover Editorial. Retrieved November 8, 2020. https://www.australiandoglover.com/2015/10/caring-for-your-older-dog.html
- “Great Dane”. Dog Time Editorial. Retrieved November 8, 2020. https://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane
- Schade, V. January 24, 2019. “How to Find the Right Dog Bed for Your Pup’s Needs”. PetMD. Retrieved November 8, 2020. https://www.petmd.com/dog/pet-lover/how-find-right-dog-bed-your-pups-needs