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Dog sofas not only look chic, but are also healthy for your four-legged friend. The raised sleeping position protects against the cold and offers your dog a place to relax. When looking for the right dog sofa, you will find various models on the market. From noble leather to chic willow optics to cosy fabric sofas, you will find your new dog sofa to suit your taste.

There are a few things to consider when choosing the right dog sofa. We present some of the best dog sofas in our guide. We also explain the most important buying criteria and answer the most frequently asked questions about dog sofas.




Summary

  • Dog sofas serve as cosy and chic sleeping places for four-legged friends. In contrast to normal dog beds, they are attractive and offer protection from the cold
  • There are different types of dog sofas to choose from. These types differ in design as well as in material and price. You can choose between dog sofas made of fabric, leather or rattan. Depending on your taste, you will find simple all-round models as well as luxurious dog sofas.
  • When choosing the right dog sofa, you should pay attention to a few criteria. These include the size, the material, the planned location and the cleaning. For older or sick dogs, an orthopaedic dog sofa may also be an option.

The Best Dog Sofa: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for a dog sofa

Before you decide on a dog sofa, you should consider certain criteria.

We have compiled the following criteria for you:

Below you can read what is meant by these criteria.

Size

When choosing a suitable dog sofa, you should pay special attention to the size of your pet. Dog sofas come in different sizes from XS to XXL.

Always make sure that your dog can stretch out comfortably on the new sofa. The dog sofa must be large enough for this.

We show you how to find the right size for your dog:

  • Length: Measure the length of your dog from the muzzle to the base of the tail.
  • Height: Measure your dog's height from the floor to the shoulder.
  • Extra space: Add 20 centimetres to each measurement. This will ensure that your dog has enough room to stretch out.

The height of the dog sofa is also important. Small dogs must be able to jump from the floor onto the dog sofa without difficulty. For sick or older dogs, low dog sofas are recommended to protect the joints.

Material

You can find dog sofas made of fabric, leather, rattan or willow as well as plastic. If the material is hard, you will need an extra cushion for comfort.

Leather, rattan and wood are durable and stable. However, you will need a cushion or mattress. Fabric dog sofas are very cosy, but also susceptible to dirt and damage.

You can generally base your choice on your own taste. However, it is important that the chosen material does not pose a risk of injury.

In addition to your own taste, you should also pay attention to the quality of the material. Your dog sofa should not contain any harmful substances.

Location

In addition to size and material, the location of the dog sofa is also important. You should think about where you want to place the dog sofa before you buy it.

If you want to place the dog sofa in a corner, you should pay attention to the correct dimensions. If you want to place it against a wall or in a room, you can ignore the dimensions.

The dog sofa should be placed in a place without draughts. It should also not be placed too close to the heating.

It is important for your four-legged friend to have a place to retreat to. Only then can he relax. At the same time, the location should be close to the family. Dogs are pack animals and do not want to be alone when they sleep.

Cleaning

Especially in autumn and winter, your dog will probably bring a lot of dirt into the house.
You should therefore make sure that the covers are washable.

The amount of cleaning required varies depending on the material. A leather dog sofa is not washable, but can be wiped clean easily. Materials such as fur or cotton are very cosy for your dog, but also require a lot of cleaning.

Orthopaedic dog sofas

If your dog is older or perhaps has joint diseases, an orthopaedic dog sofa is recommended.

Orthopaedic dog sofas are made of memory foam. This ensures that the dog's body is supported and relieves the joints.

Orthopaedic dog sofas are also worthwhile for healthy dogs. They are more expensive, but can prevent illness. This is especially useful for large dog breeds, as they are prone to joint diseases.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about the dog sofa answered in detail

At this point we would like to answer your most important questions. This way you can delve a little deeper into the topic.

Who is a dog sofa suitable for?

Dog sofas are suitable for every dog owner and every furry nose.

They differ from dog beds or simple cushions mainly in their appearance. Dog sofas look more decorative and classy.

But a dog sofa can also prove useful in the cold day. The elevation means your dog is no longer exposed to the cold of the floor.

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A dog sofa is suitable for every dog. It promotes the health of your four-legged friend and is a nice alternative to a normal dog bed. You should pay special attention to the right size of the dog sofa and the conditions of your dog.
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With a dog sofa, your dog has to master a higher entrance. So for old or sick dogs, you should refrain from using a model that is too high. You should also not buy a dog sofa that is too high for puppies. Puppies have softer bones than adults and are sensitive. In addition, young puppies are usually a bit clumsy. Therefore, it can happen that your little darling falls off the dog sofa while romping around.

What types of dog sofas are there?

In your search for the perfect dog sofa, you will find different types on the market.
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. To give you an overview, we have summarised the most common types of dog sofas.

Type Description
Mini dog sofa Intended for small dog breeds such as Chihuahuas or Dachshunds.
XXL dog sofa
XXL dog sofa Intended for large dog breeds such as Labradors or Great Danes.
Leather dog sofa A dog sofa can be made of artificial leather or real leather. Leather not only looks classy, but is also durable.
Dog sofa made of rattan A dog sofa with a woven frame made of rattan or willow provides a country style. The lying surface is usually upholstered with a soft cushion.
Fabric dog sofa A dog sofa with a fabric cover is particularly cosy and soft. However, the soft material is also more susceptible to holes and dirt.
Fabric dog sofa A fabric-covered dog sofa is particularly cosy and soft. However, the soft material is also more susceptible to holes and dirt.
Luxury dog sofa A luxury dog sofa convinces with a particularly noble design. You will often find luxury dog sofas in antique style or made of leather.
Orthopaedic dog sofa For older or sick dogs, an orthopaedic dog sofa can help. It often has memory foam and supports the dog's spine.

For small or large dog breeds, you should make sure that the dog sofa is the right size.

Leather or rattan dog sofas are more stable and easy to clean. Fabric-covered dog sofas are a little cheaper and offer your four-legged friend a cosy place to sleep. If your dog is older, it is advisable to buy an orthopaedic dog sofa. This way you can support your dog's health.

When making your decision, it is best to consider your dog's needs and your own taste.

How much does a dog sofa cost?

The price of a dog sofa varies depending on the manufacturer, material and size.

Dog sofas for smaller dogs and made of fabric are usually cheaper. XXL dog sofas and high-quality materials cost more money.

When deciding what to buy, you can use the following three price categories as a guide.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 50 euros) Comfortable dog sofas usually made of fabric in small and medium sizes.
Medium-priced (50 - 100 euros) Dog sofas made of high-quality materials such as leather or in large sizes.
High-priced (100 euros or more) Dog sofas in noble designs, special sizes or expensive materials.

Dog sofas for smaller dog breeds are usually a little cheaper. Less expensive materials such as fabric or plastic also have a positive effect on the price.

High-quality materials such as leather or rattan ensure longer durability. In addition, a dog sofa in noble materials also looks better. However, you will have to pay a higher price for it.

If you want something particularly elegant, you can buy a high-priced luxury model with an extravagant design.

Can I build a dog sofa myself?

Of course, you can also build your own dog sofa.

You can customise the size and height of your dog sofa.
The best way to do this is to use wooden boards or pallets. You can find the materials for this in most DIY stores.

If you don't want to start from scratch, you can also recycle pieces of furniture such as small tables or chests of drawers.

Conclusion

When looking for the right dog sofa for you and your dog, you should pay particular attention to the size and the material. The dog sofa should offer your four-legged friend enough space and be comfortable. In addition, you can adapt your dog sofa to your taste to match the room furnishings. Whether leather, wicker or fabric, every dog sofa has something to offer.

Especially for older and sick dogs, you should invest in an orthopaedic dog sofa. The supportive function of the memory foam supports your pet's health. If you are looking for a durable and easy-to-clean dog sofa, you should go for leather or similar material. You can find particularly stable and durable dog sofas with frames made of rattan. Dog sofas with fabric covers, on the other hand, are particularly soft and cosy.

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