The Best Bedding Materials for Outdoor Dog Beds

Choosing the right bed for your dog's needs is critical. If you're planning to put your dog bed outside, it's even more critical that you pay close attention to what it's made of and how that fabric may hold up over time. Many of the cushy fabrics that your dog will love using indoors may not be appropriate for outdoor use, and they may not hold up well when exposed to the elements at all.

What Are the Best Materials for Outdoor Dog Beds?

Pay close attention to the material used to manufacture a dog bed when you're looking for an outdoor dog bed for your furry companion. You may have a variety of material options, including polyester, shade cloth fabric stretched over a frame, or vinyl. There are several factors you may want to take into consideration when considering the material for your outdoor dog bed. You want them to be highly functional, but, of course, you don't want to sacrifice comfort! Ask these key questions when deciding on the right dog bed for outdoor use.

Is the fabric durable?

Durability is important for any dog bed, but it's particularly important when you're planning for an outdoor dog bed for your furry companion. Look for a fabric that is durable and tough so that you can clean it as needed.

Is it breathable?

Your dog may quickly grow very hot when sitting outside in the summer. While you should, of course, make sure that the dog bed is placed in a location where your furry friend can get some shade if needed, you may also want to choose a dog bed made from breathable fabric so that it won't hold on to unnecessary heat.

Is it water-resistant?

An outdoor dog bed needs to be able to withstand the elements, including the occasional sprinkle. Look for a fabric that is water-resistant. In addition, consider the importance of a mildew-resistant fabric so that even if the dog bed does get wet, it will remain in great shape over time.

Will the fabric stand up to stains over time?

Any dog bed may need to be stain-resistant, since your furry friend may bring in mud and grime when coming in from outside. An outdoor dog bed, on the other hand, may be exposed to even more dirt, so you may want to exercise special care in choosing a stain-resistant dog bed fabric.

At Animals Matter, we tailor our materials to the type of bed. For example, our outdoor beds are made with our Outdura® Performance Fabric, which is designed to withstand the many challenges that may be thrown at it when your dog enjoys that comfort and convenience outdoors. Our dog beds are also hypoallergenic and made with high memory spring Luxura-fill that is designed to be as comfortable as possible for your furry family members. Our dog beds are breathable, fade-resistant, and stain, mildew, and water-resistant for a winning combination.

Can Outdoor Dog Beds Withstand Rain?

Outdoor dog beds are designed to offer your pet a comfortable resting place when they're outdoors. They're tough and strong, but they're not necessarily made to withstand heavy weather. In general, outdoor dog beds are water-resistant, not waterproof. That means that while they can withstand a random sprinkle during the day, you shouldn't leave them outside during a major storm—just like you wouldn't want to leave your dog outdoors in those conditions. Plan to bring the dog bed inside or place it in a safe, covered location where it will stay out of the rain in the case of a major storm.

Should You Leave Your Outdoor Dog Bed Outside 24/7?

No. We do not recommend you "sit-and-forget" your outdoor dog bed. While outdoor dog beds are designed to be fade-resistant, stain-resistant, and water-resistant, they aren't intended to stay outside 24/7. Instead, take the dog bed outdoors when you let your dog outside, then bring it inside when you're ready to bring your dog in. Bringing the dog bed inside also means that it will receive proper care, including regular stain treatment and observation of any holes that might grow in the dog bed over time. Consistent attention will also let you know if your dog bed has developed any problems that may require repair or replacement.

FAQs

Are outdoor dog beds waterproof?

Outdoor dog beds are designed to be water-resistant, not waterproof. While they're fine to use during an outdoor sprinkle, and your dog can still use the bed after a quick bath at the hose or trip to the lake, you should bring your dog bed indoors during any type of heavy rain. A dog bed with a waterproof cover can offer additional protection against water exposure.

Should I get an outdoor dog bed for my dog?

Yes! If your dog spends any length of time outside, especially on their own, you should get an outdoor dog bed so that your furry family member can be comfortable no matter where they are. An outdoor dog bed helps keep your dog comfy and cozy when they aren't inside with the rest of the family. On the other hand, if your dog is an indoor-only dog who only goes outside for rare walks on a leash, you may not need a dog bed outside.

Is your dog's fur waterproof?

Some dogs do have "guard hair" with a high oil content that will help keep water off of them. These breeds, often used for water retrieval of game, may seem highly water-resistant. However, that does not necessarily make your dog waterproof. You should not leave your dog outside during heavy rain. Instead, you should bring your dog in with the rest of the family or offer your dog a shelter where they can get away from the rain. That shelter is also the perfect place to put your dog's outdoor dog bed!

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