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The Best Dog Blankets In Australia -
A Review

Our #1 Pick

Snooza Calming Cuddler Dog Blanket

The Best Value for Money

Snooza Calming Cuddler Dog Blanket

  • Extra warm and comforting
  • Machine-washable
  • Very soft but durable
  • Neutral colour

Dog blankets are infinitely useful. From giving an extra bit of comfort and warmth to your pet to protecting your furniture and car seats, it’s hard to imagine life without one.

Can dogs make do with any old blanket, or should we be looking for specific materials? What blanket will offer the perfect balance between durability and comfiness?

Our Dog Blanket Australia Guide is here to answer these questions.


Everything You Need to Know About  Puppy Blankets

You are surely aware there is a huge number of blankets to choose from no matter if you are shopping online or online. Some of them are marketed specifically for dogs, but are they any different from regular blankets? Is an expensive blanket any better than the cheaper versions? Which ones are suitable for dogs, and which aren’t?

To help you deal with them, we’ve prepared a checklist of everything you should consider before settling on a blanket for your canine companion.

Material

When it comes to fabric, anything you would choose for yourself is also fine for your dog. And indeed, there will be a lot to choose from.

Probably the most common material for dog blankets is fleece in all its forms. The two most common types of fleece are coral fleece which is more dense and polar fleece which is more breathable but still fluffy and warm. Both versions of fleece are usually made from polyester, sometimes mixed with other synthetic materials. Even though it’s synthetic, fleece is a great option for dog blankets, especially if your dog needs some extra warmth. It’s warm, breathable, and fairly easy to wash and dry quickly.

Besides classic fleece, you’ll find all sorts of other options made from synthetic blends with a variety of textures. It’s up to you to choose what you think will work best for your dog. If you prefer natural materials, you can choose something like velvet, terrycloth, or various types of cotton fabric.

One thing to pay attention to when choosing blankets would be any specific allergies you or your dog have that you are aware of. However, while allergies to certain types of fabric do exist in dogs, they are fairly rare, so most pet parents won’t need to worry about that (1). If this is something you might worry about, a 100% cotton blanket is typically a safe choice.

Size

When choosing a blanket for your dog, there are no rules when it comes to size. However, we do recommend you take a moment to think about how you will use the said blanket. A full-sized 2-meter-long blanket might be overkill in most cases. For example, if your dog is small or perhaps if you want to place the blanket inside a crate. On the other hand, small blankets are convenient, but you’ll want to be careful not to get one that’s too small.

In short, get whatever you think it’s best, but make sure to check the dimensions before shopping. Blankets marketed for dogs sometimes look big in advertisements, but, they are really quite small, so just make sure to check if the size is right.

Warmth

Blankets are primarily used to provide warmth, but how much warmth does your dog need? Well, there is no universal answer to this question. Some dogs need to warm up, while others just like blankets for the feeling of safety that they provide. There is no other way to discover what your dog likes besides watching them closely.

Some pet parents worry about dogs overheating under blankets, but Dr. Charlotte Thompson from the Banfield Pet Hospital in Pennsylvania says that’s usually a non-issue:

“Our pets can thermoregulate on their own. You just have to give them the ability to choose where they want to be.” - Dr. Charlotte Thompson for PetMD [2]

So, if the blanket is too warm, you’ll notice your dog often getting up to cool down. For dogs with thin coats that crave warmth, fleece blankets and those made of similar fluffy fabrics are a great option. For double-coated breeds and the like, who do not need so much warmth, it’s perhaps better to choose a thinner, more breathable blanket made of cotton, for example.

Durability and Maintenance

Dog blankets need to be cleaned often. Even when they seem clean, dog blankets and bedding can soak up various forms of dirt and even disease-causing organisms. So, when shopping for a blanket it’s worth taking a moment to think about the cleaning.

Again, there are no right and wrong answers here, but each fabric is unique. Cotton, for example, will hold up well with frequent washes, but it usually takes a while to dry. Fleece blankets, on the other hand, are usually a bit less durable but can be washed in the machine just fine. As a bonus, they tend to dry super quickly, even when air-dried. Finally, pet blankets sometimes come with specific instructions from the manufacturers. For example, some recommend always tumble-drying the blanket and never hanging it to air-dry, while others recommend the opposite. Choose the option that will make your life easier.


Best Dog Blanket Australia 2022: Our Top Picks

Snooza Calming Cuddler Dog Blanket
  • Extra warm and comforting
  • Machine-washable
  • Very soft but durable
  • Neutral colour

This adorable blanket from Snooza is the perfect choice for dogs that need an extra bit of warmth and cuddles to feel their best. Use it as bedding on your pet’s bed to add an extra layer of warmth, or let your dog snuggle up under the blanket - whichever they prefer. Furthermore, this blanket is also a great choice if you are looking for something to protect your furniture from dog hair but still keep it looking stylish.

The Snooza Calming Cuddler is made from incredible soft double-sided plush. One side is the typical plush fabric, while the other is long-grain plush that feels just like fur. Whichever side your dog prefers, the texture of the blanket will create extra warmth and keep them comfortable.

The Snooza Calming Cuddler Dog Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

Snooza Calming Cuddler Dog Blanket being tested by our review team.

Finally, this blanket does not require any special maintenance. It’s machine-washable and holds up well even when washed often, which is not that common in soft fluffy blankets like this one (they usually tend to fall apart rather quickly). Simply wash it on a cold cycle (max 40 degrees C) and air-dry. It also dries rather quickly so frequent washes are not a problem.

Pros

Cons

  • Extra warm and comforting
  • Some pet parents found the blanket is a tad too small
  • Machine-washable
  • Very soft but durable
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  • Neutral colour
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Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Dog & Cat Throw Blanket
  • Good value for money
  • Suitable for dogs of all sizes
  • Six colour options
  • Shag design calms puppies and anxious dogs

Do you always have to fight your pooch over the best seating spot in the house? If the answer is yes, then Best Friends by Sheri has the perfect blanket model for you. Wherever you put it, you can rest assured your dog will never use any other napping spot again.

This blanket is one of the comfiest things you can get for your pooch. Soft shag is designed to mimic a mother’s fur, which can be useful for puppies learning to sleep alone. It can also help anxious dogs feel more secure at night.

The Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Dog & Cat Throw Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Dog & Cat Throw Blanket being tested by our review team.

The blanket comes in two sizes: 75x100 and 100x125 cm. The sizing is pretty nice - not too big but still large enough even for bigger dogs. Furthermore, here are six stylish colour options to choose from, ranging from oyster to dark chocolate, so you’ll always be able to find something that matches the colour scheme of your home.

You can wash this blanket in a washing machine but remember to not add any other laundry. That’s because other clothes will cause friction, which can lead to shedding and matting of the shag. After cleaning, it’s recommended to use a dryer instead of allowing it to air dry.

Verified Review - 4/07/2021
Pups love it, doesn’t wash well.
"My girl and her puppies love this dog bed and blanket. Unfortunately, the blanket didn’t wash as well as the dog bed. The fibres clumped together on the blanket."

Pros

Cons

  • Good value for money
  • Air-drying not recommended - you need a dryer
  • Suitable for dogs of all sizes
  • Six colour options
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  • Shag design calms puppies and anxious dogs
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FURRYBABY Premium Fluffy Fleece Dog Blanket
  • Comes in sizes ranging from S to XL
  • Lots of colour options
  • Doesn’t shed or fade with the use
  • Safe for machine washing and tumble drying

Our precious pooches appreciate good things in life, like soft and comfy blankets. If you have some extra money to spare, you won’t go wrong with this premium fluffy blanket by Furrybaby.

This blanket comes in various colour options, ranging from earthy to pastel shades. There are also several sizes, from S to XL. This means that no matter how big or small your dog is, you can find a suitable blanket.

The FURRYBABY Premium Fluffy Fleece Dog Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

FURRYBABY Premium Fluffy Fleece Dog Blanket being tested by our review team.

The reason for a high price becomes evident as soon as you put your hand on this blanket. It’s made of thick but soft fleece that’s inviting for cuddles. You can rest assured that even the most hyperactive dogs will start loving nap time with this blanket.

The Furrybaby fleece blanket is durable too, so don’t worry about it fading or shedding from prolonged use. It doesn’t get dirty easily, but when that happens, cleaning is a piece of cake. Just shake off the dog hair and throw it in the washing machine. After the cycle, you can tumble dry it and have it ready for use in a blink of an eye.

Verified Review - 5/07/2021
Puppy went right for it!
"We just picked up our Blue Heeler puppy today, when we got home after playing a bit and him running around he laid down on the hardwood floor. I took him the blanket laid it right next to him. He smelled it without even getting up then flopped his head right on there. I picked him up and moved him on. Now he’s sleeping like a baby. We do have a crate and a dog bed in the crate, but he’s so little and we’re keeping an eye on him so we’re not going to put him in the crate until we go to bed. Or hope for the blanket to be moved and he goes right for the blanket in the crate."

Pros

Cons

  • Comes in sizes ranging from S to XL
  • Quite expensive
  • Lots of colour options
  • Doesn’t shed or fade with the use
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  • Safe for machine washing and tumble drying
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#4: Budget Pick: PAWZ Road Pet Dog Blanket

PAWZ Road Pet Dog Blanket
  • Very affordable
  • Hypoallergenic and breathable
  • The fabric doesn’t shed or fade
  • Three size options

Who said that a soft, fluffy dog blanket has to cost an arm and a leg? If you’re shopping on a budget, you can still find some high-quality products on the market, like this model by Pawz Road.

This cute blanket comes in a warm grey shade and features colourful dots all over. It can easily fit any room decor and look good wherever you put it in the house. The blanket is made of ultra-soft plush polyester, which is hypoallergenic, breathable and durable. It does a great job at retaining heat, so you can rest assured your pooch will be warm during the nap. The blanket is also easy to clean. Put it on the cold cycle and tumble dry afterwards. That’s all.

The PAWZ Road Pet Dog Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

PAWZ Road Pet Dog Blanket being tested by our review team.

When it comes to size, there are three options. The S size is suitable for the smallest dogs like Chihuahuas. The L size, on the other hand, is suitable for dogs like Samoyeds and Rottweilers. However, it might be a bit short for very large canines.

Verified Review - 20/07/2020
My dog has found her favorite thing!
"My dog loves these blankets. In the morning, she makes a habit of pulling them out of her crate so she can lounge on them in the house during the day. She’s a chewer and they are very durable."

Pros

Cons

  • Very affordable
  • Thinner than other models
  • Hypoallergenic and breathable
  • The fabric doesn’t shed or fade
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  • Three size options
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Mog & Bone Stripe Chambray Fleece Dog Blanket
  • Reversible with fleece & chambray
  • 100% cotton backing makes the blanket very durable
  • Adorable design
  • Machine-washable

The Stripe Chambray dog blanket from Mog & Bone is stylish, comfortable, and versatile! We’ve found it’s the perfect blanket to keep in the car for your pooch, but the uses are almost endless.

Mog & Bone is a small Australian brand that focuses on designer pet accessories. Pretty much all of their products look amazing, and that's certainly the case with this blanket. One side features a subdued but delightful striped print that matches the white fleece on the other side perfectly.

The Mog & Bone Stripe Chambray Fleece Dog Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

Mog & Bone Stripe Chambray Fleece Dog Blanket being tested by our review team.

However, when it comes to our pets, it’s not just cute-looking things that we want, but those that can withstand the use and abuse of everyday doggy life. Well, this blanket will stand up to the challenge. The printed side is made from 100% cotton chambray fabric. It is lightweight and flexible, but also durable. It gives the blanket structure and helps prolong the life of the soft fleece featured on the other side of the blanket.

 All of the Mog & Bone blankets come in a single size - 130 x 90 cm. We found it’s the perfect size for the car, no matter if you need to cover the back seat in a pinch or want to let your furry friend cuddle up while driving.

Pros

Cons

  • Reversible with fleece & chambray
  • Not waterproof
  • 100% cotton backing makes the blanket very durable
  • Adorable design
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  • Machine-washable
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#6: Best Waterproof Dog Blanket: Petmaker Reversible Dog Blanket

Petmaker Reversible Dog Blanket
  • Suitable for dogs of all sizes
  • Features a PU water-resistant coating
  • Reversible sides with two materials
  • Easy to clean

It seems there’s something so appealing about eating and jumping wet on sofas. And while finding pet hair on furniture is inevitable, there’s something you can do about spills and stains. A waterproof blanket, like this one by Petmaker, will solve all your problems.

This reversible blanket comes in five earthy colours to choose from. It also comes in two sizes, with the bigger one being suitable even for very large dogs like a Great Dane.

The Petmaker Reversible Dog Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

Petmaker Reversible Dog Blanket being tested by our review team.

The unique thing about this blanket is that it looks just like a normal blanket, but it’s completely waterproof! No, a waterproof blanket does not need to have an ugly backing that looks like a plastic bag - and the Petmaker blanket is the proof. The trick is in the special water-resistant coating they put on the fleece.

Aside from keeping your furniture dry, this dog blanket will keep your pooch warm and cozy while sleeping on the couch. And don’t worry if it gets dirty. Simply throw it into the machine on a cold cycle, and the blanket will come out as new - waterproof coating undamaged (at least for a while)

Verified Review - 17/05/2021
Provides a bit of protection from dirt and dust
"Protects about third king size bed. It is soft on top but slippery so moves about and curls up so ok for minor dirt but no good in winter."

Pros

Cons

  • Suitable for dogs of all sizes
  • The waterproof side feels a bit slippery
  • Features a PU water-resistant coating
  • Reversible sides with two materials
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  • Easy to clean
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PetFusion Premium Plus Quilted Pet Blanket
  • Inner filling for extra warmth
  • Material resistant to shedding
  • Available in 3 different sizes
  • 12-month warranty on manufacturer defects

While some dogs can only sleep on cold surfaces, others prefer warm and cozy spots. If your pooch likes sitting by the fireplace or hiding under your bedsheets, then you should get a blanket like this one by PetFusion.

The blanket comes in three sizes, ranging from S to L. The former is suitable for dogs like Jack Russel Terrier, while the latter can be used by large breeds, like Labradors.

The PetFusion Premium Plus Quilted Pet Blanket being tested by our independent expert team.

PetFusion Premium Plus Quilted Pet Blanket being tested by our review team.

What makes this blanket great is the light inner fill that adds extra warmth. So no matter how cold it might be, you can rest assured that your pooch will stay warm and cozy while sleeping on it. Thanks to the quilted pattern, the fill won’t slide even when your dog is scratching and “digging” the blanket before laying down.

The blanket is made of polyester Micro Plush, which is a material resistant to stains and mildew. It has a double layer, coloured in different hues of grey. These shades are great, as paw prints and dog hair isn’t very visible. Once it gets dirty, you can wash it the same way you do other blankets.

Verified Review - 21/11/2021
Very comfy, my puppy loves it.
"My new puppy loves this blankie on his bed. He always snuggles into it. It's really great quality and nice and thick. Feels really durable and lux. Not sure how it washers yet but I would recommend it."

Pros

Cons

  • Inner filling for extra warmth
  • Only one colour option
  • Material resistant to shedding
  • Available in 3 different sizes
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  • 12-month warranty on manufacturer defects
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#8: Best Dog Blanket For Couch: Catalonia Waterproof Blanket for Sofa

Catalonia Waterproof Blanket for Sofa
  • Three sizes available
  • Reversible sides
  • Waterproof lining
  • Safe for washing machine and dryer

Our dogs will climb on furniture, whether we like it or not. So we might as well accept that and focus on protecting sofas and beds from dirty paw prints and tons of hair. For that purpose, this blanket by Catalonia will serve you more than well.

There are three size options available, so you can buy the one that’s suitable for the furniture you plan on covering, whether it’s a sofa or even a king-size bed. The blanket comes in five earthy colour options, like grey and brown.

The Catalonia Waterproof Blanket for Sofa being tested by our independent expert team.

Catalonia Waterproof Blanket for Sofa being tested by our review team.

This blanket has two sides, one being a few shades lighter in colour than the other. Two tones allow you to match it to your decor more easily. And in case you have unexpected guests, you can always flip it to the “clean” side and have a clean room in a second.

Between two layers of fleece, this blanket has a waterproof membrane insulation lining. So even if your dog jumps on furniture while wet or has an accident, you don’t have to worry about that reaching your sofa. To wash it, just put it in the machine on a gentle, cold cycle.

Verified Review - 14/01/2022
Good quality
"Really nice quality and comfy. My dog loves it and it protects the couch really well."

Pros

Cons

  • Three sizes available
  • Not as durable as we’d like
  • Reversible sides
  • Waterproof lining
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  • Safe for washing machine and dryer
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Final Verdict

When it comes to pet blankets, the Snooza Calming Cuddler Dog Blanket is our all-time favourite. This extra-fluffy blanket is the perfect choice if you are looking to create a safe and calming space for a puppy (or an adult dog).

If that’s not really what you are looking for, perhaps check out the wonderful and versatile Mog & Bone Stripe Chambray Fleece Dog Blanket.

FAQ

What is the difference between a dog blanket and a regular blanket?

Nothing, they are pretty much the same thing. There is nothing specific that makes a blanket into a ‘dog blanket’, except marketing. That being said, blankets made specifically for dogs often come in smaller sizes and are designed with dogs in mind.

Are there waterproof dog blankets?

Yes, there are waterproof dog blankets available. There are essentially two kinds: those with a liner made of waterproof fabric and those with a water-resistant coating. The blankets with water-resistant coating feel more natural and tend to work great - in the beginning. The problem with these coatings is that they will inevitably wear off eventually with frequent washing, even though the manufacturers say the blankets are machine washable.

Can dogs use heating blankets?

Electric blankets, heating mats, and the like are usually not recommended for dogs, especially if left unsupervised. In short, anything that contains electrical components poses a risk to your pet. You can simply never be completely sure that they will not suddenly decide to chew on the cable, so it’s better to keep them away.

Can dogs use weighted blankets to help with anxiety?

Weighted blankets for humans are gaining in popularity due to the feeling of calmness they create. It does not come as a surprise that some pet parents want that feeling for their pets too, especially if they are the anxious type.

However, there is no conclusive proof yet that such blankets would work for dogs. If you are determined to try this route, do it with care. Most importantly, take the weight of your pet into account. A blanket that feels comfortably heavy for you will be too heavy for a dog that has 10 times less body weight, so choose a lighter blanket. And, above all, pay attention to your dog to understand if they like the weighted blanket.

References

  1.  Rain, Kim. April 26, 2021. “Can Dogs Be Allergic to Blankets?”. Wag! Retrieved January 24, 2022. https://wagwalking.com/wellness/can-dogs-be-allergic-to-blankets
  2. PetMD Editorial. January 22, 2018. “Blanket Safety or Pets”. PetMD. Retrieved January 24, 2022. https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/blanket-safety-pets
  3. PetMD Editorial. March 01, 2016. “The Guide to Washing a Dog Bed”. Retrieved January 24, 2022. https://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_guide-to-washing-dog-bed
Vedrana Nikolic

Vedrana Nikolić is a professional writer, anthropologist & dog lover with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. Currently pursuing a Masters degree in Semiotics studying the communication between animals and humans. Vedrana is able to use her expertise to analyse and review dog products and write informative posts on canine behaviour and training.

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