The 10 Best Indestructible Dog Beds Australia: Tested & Evaluated
So, you're looking for the ultimate dog bed, but your pooch is a chewer! Then this is the article for you.
Maybe your puppy is just going through their teething phase as they explore the world. Perhaps your dog is exhibiting more destructive chewing behaviours that you’re trying to solve (1). Whatever the case may be, the unfortunate victim of their wrath is often the common dog bed. If you’re reading this, we wouldn’t be surprised if they have already torn their first dog beds to shreds.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an unbreakable dog bed. However, you can give yourself the best possible chance by finding products with top-quality and tough materials that are designed to last.
Where to start? We have gathered and reviewed the best chew-proof dog beds Australia has to offer. After weeks of testing out nearly 50 doggie beds alongside our expert team and their willing pups, we've compiled a list of our favourites. These are the pick of the litter when it comes to durable beds that are still comfy enough for your dog to enjoy. Ahead, we’ll explore what makes a great indestructible dog bed and also give some waterproof dog bed options in our buying guide.
Hopefully, this guide will help you find the right solution for your little troublemaker.
Quick Picks - The Top 3
Our Number 1 Pick -
The Barney Bed
- Heavy Duty & Weighted Material Make It Too Hard to Latch & Lift
- Chin Rests Are Too Wide & Solid For Fogs To Latch On & Rip Apart
- Non-Skid Base Means It's Virtually Impossible To Move
- If Your Dog Hasn’t Chewed Your Sofa, The Barney Bed Will Be Safe.
- Hundreds Of Genuine 5-star Reviews On Google
Runner Up -
Fur King Tough Chew Proof Dog Bed
- Extremely durable PVC mat
- Steel frame with a 10 year guarantee
- Very easy to clean
- No stuffing to destroy
- Supports dogs weighing up to 45 kg
Third Choice -
ChewProof Indestructible Dog Bed
- Extremely tough
- Great design
- Great for hot weather
- Available in 4 sizes including XL
- Made in Australia
Australia's Best Indestructible Dog Beds Reviewed 2023
When searching for a dog bed, or a puppy bed, for your chew-happy pooch, you have many options available to you. Together with our expert team, we have tested and compiled a list of the very best. Some are even soft beds that are durable enough to withstand their destructive habit.
Here is a round-up of the best indestructible dog beds on the Australian market.
What sets this product apart from the rest?
"Barney Bed is an incredibly well made dog bed that also provides great support for your dogs joints, bones, muscles and ligaments. We've tested this bed for over three years now, as a part of our ongoing quality tests, and it has stood the test of time. No a rip, tear or sagging to be seen."
The Barney Bed is our number 1 rated dog bed for a reason. It's made from a 3-layer high-quality memory foam base and reinforced easy-to-clean material for the covers. It stands out above all other competitors when it comes to quality and comfort.
The durability of the material is what makes it a great option for dogs that are adept at ruining their sleep space. The materials mentioned above are heavy-duty, and just heavy in general. This means dogs that love to chew will find it virtually impossible to latch, drag and rip. Combine this with its non skid base and you've got an almost indestructible bed (if a dog is hell bent on destroying their bed, there's not much you can do).
The Barney Bed being tested by our independent expert team.
Moving onto the comfort side of things. The memory foam base and bolsters on all four sides provide a calming feeling of security and protection, making it great for dogs of all ages and anxiety levels. Similar to our number two option, this dog bed only comes in one colour. However, since it's a pale blue hue, it can fit in with any exisiting home style with ease.
The bed comes in 5 sizes, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and the Epic Extra Extra Large (which is the world's biggest dog bed). The company provide a size guide on their website that lists all dog breeds and the best corresponding bed size. Once the dog bed box is open unfortunately they cannot accept returns so it is important that you choose the right size.
A negative of this choice is the cost since it's one of the most expensive options on this list. Nevertheless, we think it's a great choice for the above mentioned reasons. It's designed to last a canine lifetime meaning it could be the last dog bed you ever buy (and can be handed down to future pups).
This Barney Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to extra large dogs like a Great Dane.
If you're tired of watching your furry friend turn every dog bed into a chewed-up mess, the Fur King Tough Dog Bed for Power-Chewers is an absolute game-changer. As a proud owner of a spirited pit bull mix, I can't express enough how relieved I am to have finally found a dog bed that can withstand even the most enthusiastic chewing and playtime.
What sets this bed apart is its remarkable durability. The PVC mat is like a fortress, standing strong against my dog's determined chewing and rough play. I've seen my dog put other beds to the test, but this one remains unscathed and ready for more. And with a steel frame that's guaranteed for 10 years, I'm truly impressed by the level of quality and craftsmanship.
The Fur King Tough Chew Proof Dog Bed being tested by our independent expert team.
Comfort and practicality are equally important, and this bed doesn't disappoint. The raised design and hammock sling style provide my dog with a cozy spot that's not only comfortable but also offers a great view of their surroundings. The waterproof ballistic fabric ensures that outdoor adventures and wet paws won't be an issue, and the shielded fabric edges keep the bed looking neat and tidy, no matter how much my dog decides to dig or scratch.
This Fur King Tough Chew Proof Dog Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The ChewProof Indestructible Dog Bed is a new Australian product that was designed specifically for power chewers. This bed is so simple yet so effective that it’s mind-blowing.
So what is it all about? Well, this is a cot-style bed that consists of a sturdy aluminium frame and a heavy-duty mat stretched across the frame. That’s it, and it works great.
Our expert team loved the frame because it’s exceptionally stable, while also being lightweight since it’s made of aluminium. As you can imagine, our larger breed dog testers were perfectly supported by this bed, which we cannot say about other options on this list. As a plus, most dogs won’t even try to chew at it as they often find the taste of metal repulsive.
The Chewproof Dog Bed being tested by our independent expert team.
When it comes to the mat, there are two options to choose from: heavy-duty mesh cloth or riplock PVC. Our team loved the mesh fabric best because it’s breathable, but also resistant to scratching and digging, which is amazing. On the other hand, the riplock PVC version is even stronger, while also being waterproof. If water resistance is important to you, like if your dog has the occasional nighttime oopsie-daisy like mine, then this might be the right choice.
The bed is available in 4 different sizes, with the smallest one being 72 cm long and the XL being 120 cm long and 87 cm wide, which our expert researchers noted is usually enough even for very large dogs like Rottweilers.
The mats and the frame can be bought separately too in case something does go wrong, or you simply want to change the fabric on the bed. If your dog likes sleeping on a cot-style bed, then our research shows that this is the best option available.
This Chewproof Dog Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The Ortho bed from Fur King is a bed that ticks all the boxes! This bed is large, comfy, provides adequate support, and it’s almost indestructible! The secret behind it? Well, it’s not that complicated, it’s just a great design.
The rectangular base of this bed is filled with a thick layer of memory foam. For elderly dogs and those with achy joints, a problem my own dog has, the supportive memory foam can provide much needed relief. But we are sure other dogs also won’t complain! I've found that a quality bed like this is the perfect way to add a bit of luxury to my dog's life.
The Fur King Orthopedic Dog Bed being tested by our independent expert team.
Obviously memory foam is not actually indestructible. What makes this bed extra rough is the external cover. The sleek cover has a soft feel, but it’s actually scratch-resistant. Moreover, it wraps tightly over the smooth edges of the bed, so even the most determined chewers will find it difficult to find an edge to grip and start destroying the bed.
And, as if all of this wasn’t cool enough, you also get to personalize the bed with your pup’s name (or prefered title). How adorable is that? Like our number one choice, this is a plush, comfy bed your dog will love. Looking for a more outdoor-friendly option? Then stay tuned for our next choice.
This Fur King "Ortho" Orthopedic Dog Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The Ambient Lounge is a Luxury Dog Bed and is an outstanding bed for many reasons. It combines both plush comfort with chew proof technology, making it a smart choice for owners with chewing dogs.
The manufacturer claims that this bed is 99% chew-proof due to the interwoven nylon base that even the strongest bite couldn’t penetrate. Our team of researchers and their chew-happy pooches have found this to be true during our trial stage. We didn’t choose this as one of our top unchewable dog beds solely because of this though. The Ambient Lounge bed has many features we can highlight.
For dogs who sleep in a circle, this bed is perfect due to its rounded shape. I also love how the plush faux fur cover is removable, machine-washable, and cosy. The waterproof fabric on its base makes this bed suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Plus, I appreciate how easy it is to clean with soapy water when I don't feel like tossing it in the washer.
Like many of the other beds on this list, this one comes in a wide size range from small to XXL. All giant breed dog owners know how hard it is to find the large dog bed options. So our team of experts are pleased to let you know that Ambient's Extra Large Bed can suit huge dog breeds like St Bernards and Newfoundlands.
The major drawback of this choice is the cost. It is a luxurious dog bed after all. This option is not great for Australian households on a budget; it is a clear investment. Therefore, we also wouldn’t recommend it for puppies that will inevitably outgrow it. That said, the price tag correlates to its supreme quality and high ratings. It is our top choice for a super-comfy, durable dog bed for your Fido.
Raised dog beds are in general thought to be one of the most durable dog bed types given their typical construction. That is a strong, mesh or trampoline-like fabric is stretched over a metal frame to create an elevated sleeping platform. Whilst they may not look the comfiest, these strong dog beds are very pleasant for double-coated breeds who appreciate the extra ventilation, and elderly/disabled dogs with tender joints.
Similar to our third choice, this raised platform bed relieves pressure from the joints, making for a more comfortable sleep overall.
The Snooza Flea Free Dog Bed being tested by our independent expert team.
The Snooza elevated dog bed is a simple raised model but also one of the most indestructible dog beds sold in Australia. We can say this for two reasons.
Firstly, the woven mesh sleeping platform is built to be too tough for teeth and insects to penetrate. My dog also loved testing it out on a hot day, as it seemed to keep him cool and comfy.
Secondly, considering the materials, there could not be a more uncomfortable chewing experience. Steel frame and synthetic, stretched fabric sound appetising to you? Even our most rambunctious puppy bed-testers didn't have fun trying to chomp on this!
Though this is a rather simple bed, another great feature is its portability. The frame completely flat packs and is surprisingly light - ideal for travelling. Our team of experts also share that is a breeze to clean with a simple wipe down and air dry.
The con would be that there is no canopy attachment to make this bed waterproof. As a basic bed that is unperishable, however, the Snooza is a stellar solution for you.
This Snooza Flea Free Dog Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
The Rosewood Plush Dog Bed may seem like the ultimate appealing feast to naughty, chewing dogs but it is surprisingly tough. The manufacturer claims that the cord fleecing is chew-resistant and water-resistant which makes this little bed very hardy indeed.
Another huge plus is the cost. We mentioned this bed as a great cheap dog bed too because of the quality you get for the price. My dog seemed to feel that the plush material is luxurious. And I appreciate how the grey cord design is stylish. It doesn’t look or feel cheap at all. It's the perfect fashionable addition to your home that both you and your pooch will adore.
The Rosewood 40 Winks Jumbo Cord Plush Dog Bed being tested by our independent expert team
The con is that this bed only comes in one size that is suitable for small dogs. At just 50cm in width, it is limited, unlike most of the other indestructable dog beds on this list. Therefore puppies of larger breeds will likely outgrow it quickly.
Luckily, the low-cost of this bed means it is completely worthwhile as an unchewable dog bed whilst your puppy is teething. Once they have outgrown that stage, you can upgrade to a bed that will suit their adult size, like our number one option, The Barney Bed. But for toy dogs like mine, this bed is a solid option that can last them through infancy to adulthood comfortably.
This Rosewood 40 Winks Jumbo Cord Plush Dog Bed is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to medium dogs like a Blue Heeler.
Looking for the most durable cot bed with a canopy? Then this next pick from our expert team has you covered! The K&H elevated dog bed is our pick for the most versatile dog bed in this category. Its construction is completely unappealing as a potential chewing post, so your dog or puppy will likely avoid trying to destroy it.
As far as raised dog beds go, this is an all-rounder. Coming in three sizes, the manufacturer boasts that the largest size can hold a dog of up to 55kg, so most breeds will get on with this bed. With a tight woven surface fabric and strong metal frame, it is built for long-lasting comfort.
The K&H Pet Products Original Pet Cot being tested by our independent expert team.
I love how the canopy is water-resistant, shielding my pup from UV rays and light rain alike. Keep in mind that it isn’t totally waterproof however, so heavy rain and wind will seep through.
Our team notes that like the other raised beds on this list, the K&H bed is extremely easy to clean and maintain. A simple scrub with soapy water will have it sparkling. The frame is also surprisingly light which makes it a portable option too for those of you who travel with your dogs.
As a long-lasting, strong dog bed, the K&H is versatile and mobile. A top choice all round.
This K&H Pet Products Original Pet Cot is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
Is your canine companion a cave dweller? The Fur King Ultimate Orthopaedic Dog Cave Bed is the perfect choice for all dogs who like to snuggle up in their own corner.
Unlike many other cave beds, this option from Fur King is very well-made and designed to withstand the test of time.
Let’s start with the base. Our panel of expert testers note that it is not just a pillow filled with fluff, it is an actual 10-cm thick memory foam mattress. The mattress is covered with a waterproof lining, on top of which comes the removable external cover.
The cover includes the “cave” section. This upper part can be propped up with rods (included) to create a cave or left down for your dog to use as a blanket.
The main downside of this bed is that it comes in one size like our number six pick, so there is no personalization there. The good news is that the bed measures 80 cm in diameter, a size that can work great for small and medium-sized dogs.
As far as puppy crates go, generally, you want the cheapest blankets or mats as your puppy will likely destroy anything you put in there. But not the MIXJOY crate mat! This super economical and durable dog bed is ideal for crate training purposes.
I quickly discovered that this tough mat owes its imperishability to its tight stitching and high-woven fabric. Little teeth will have a difficult time tearing the fabric open to get to the cotton filling, which was the case with my dog. It may be fun for your pup to gnaw on but they won’t break the surface which is what matters most.
The MIXJOY Dog Bed Crate Mat being tested by our independent expert team.
The thick cotton padding can take a beating too, meaning the mat won’t lose shape no matter how much your four-legged friend tumbles, rolls and throws it around.
This crate mat comes in 3 different sizes ranging from 76cm to 100cm, making this bed suit many breeds. Our team of experts suggest that if you find that your dog loves the supreme comfort and quality of this bed, then you could upgrade in size to use as a floor cushion.
An added bonus is its machine-washability making it easy to clean should your puppy have any accidents in their crate. Though it is inexpensive, the MIXJOY mat has stellar reviews for its deluxe softness and long-lasting properties. Thumbs up from us.
This MIXJOY Dog Bed Crate Mat is suitable for small dogs like a Chihuahua to large dogs like a Husky.
Considerations While Searching For A Chew-Proof Dog Bed
What are the key materials?
For the ultimate indestructible dog bed, you need materials that will last your dog through the ages. Our team of experts share exactly what this means in your search for the best indestructible dog bed.
Ideally, this bed will see your dog past their chewing phase. Polyester covers with cheap stitching are not likely to last long. Hardier materials such as polyethylene plastics, waterproof nylon, rubber, and steel are much more likely to withstand wear and tear over time. Taut woven fabrics and strong velvet can work as well.
How fun is the bed to chew?
This may seem like an odd thing to consider but think about it. How appealing would it be for you to gnaw on a steel metal frame, as opposed to a soft, spongey foam?
Taste deterrents are used frequently to stop dogs chewing destructively. (2) The same principles can be applied to the comfort of chewing an object.
The materials used in the lining and exterior can be enticing to chew. Generally, the softer the bed, the more likely your pup will try to sink their teeth in. Orthopedic dog beds with memory foam mattresses are not ideal for this reason.
Now, that is not to say that only hard beds are suitable for chewing dogs. You’ll see in the later reviews that we have soft options there too. Some soft dog beds have robust stitching or a waterproof exterior protecting the uber-cosy “mattress” that lies underneath. This ensures that even if your dog does try to destroy their bed, they don’t damage the integrity of it. For my feisty pooch, this is the option I have chosen for him. And weeks after testing out Australia's best, he still hasn't damaged it. But more on that ahead!
Would it be suitable for indoor and outdoor use?
Of course, this entirely depends on the main function of the dog bed you are looking for. If you just want a soft place for your dog to lay their head whilst at home, then water-resistant properties are not so important. If you are a camping family and need a more versatile bed, it is worth searching for a waterproof dog bed too.
PRO TIP: Raised dog beds are often made of waterproof (or at least water-resistant) materials that are also light enough to transport when you need to. These are ideal for portability and comfort both indoors and outdoors.
The Final Verdict: The Best Durable Dog Bed in Australia
For a bed that would require super-dog strength to destroy, our team has done the research and the Barney Bed is a clear winner. The tough materials and impenetrable cover makes it an excellent durable dog bed.
Alternatively, the Fur King Touch Chewproof Dog Bed or ChewProof Indestructible Dog Bed are well worth the splurge too. The high level of comfort it provides whilst being truly unbreakable makes it a top choice for us. Best of all, my dog loves both of these beds! Which one will your pooch love the most?
Most owners think that chewing is just a trait of younger dogs, which it is to a certain extent. The full truth, however, is that dogs can chew for a variety of reasons. The top two are:
Teething is the process of puppies growing into their adult teeth. Like with human babies and children, puppies find this process annoying and painful, so they put all manner of things in their mouths to self soothe. This stage should only last around 6 months.
Liz Donovan of the American Kennel Club writes “Anyone who has ever cared for a teething baby knows this process is painful! You should offer your puppy safe chew toys, like a Kong or Treat Pod toy, at this point in his development. Also, ask your vet to check your puppy’s mouth to make sure everything is moving along as it should.” (3)
Destructive chewing manifests as bad behaviours either from puppyhood or as a coping mechanism later in life. It could be boredom, attention seeking or even separation anxiety that causes dogs to destroy furniture and belongings. (4)
Getting your puppy or dog to stop destroying their bed, furniture or other household items can be a struggle. You need patience and adequate replacement toys for them to chew. With calm discipline, you can teach your dog to redirect their chewing habit to chew-safe toys. It will take some persistence and vigilance on your part but you will succeed if you remain consistent with your training.
Yes and no! As we have discussed, the teething stage ends when your puppy gets to 6 months and has a full set of adult teeth. That said, if you haven’t trained them to direct their chewing efforts to toys, they could take to ripping up other items. Dogs of any age can exhibit these behaviours. Gentle training is the key to curbing this habit.
- Heuer. V. June 19, 2009. “Destructive Behavior in Dogs”. Retrieved February 8, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/behavioral/c_dg_destructive_behavior
- Humane Society of The United States. “Chewing: How to stop your dog's gnawing problem”. Retrieved February 8, 2023. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/stop-your-dogs-chewing
- Donovan. L. May 3, 2019. “A Timeline of Puppy Teething”. Retrieved February 8, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/timeline-of-puppy-teething/
- Humane Society of The United States. “Does your dog freak out when you leave?”. Retrieved February 8, 2023. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/does-your-dog-freak-out-when-you-leave