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While dogs might crave cool hard floors, ultimately it is better to get them up away from these types of surfaces, to help protect their joints from harmful pressure and callusing elbows (hygromas).
Raised Dog Beds are lightweight, elevated, cot style beds that generally provide firm orthopedic support. They are typically good for indoor or outdoor use, and sometimes both. These types of bed can also be great for active breeds who are in training… which never stops with Giant Schnauzers. They are easy to clean and accommodate the dog who craves the cool floor, by allowing air circulation to run beneath the bed. A great advantage to these types of dog beds is… NO STUFFING to tear apart!
There are perks to having an elevated dog bed that have great advantages over other style dog beds.
Based on design, quality, reputation, opinions, pet owner reviews, and warranty we concluded…
The Kuranda All-Aluminum is undeniably high quality in design and construction. Its chew-proof aircraft grade aluminum frame is both lightweight and strong enough to support up to 250 lbs. Have a heavy chewer? – The legs and corner fittings are aluminum as well, which makes this bed extra dependable and durable. Kuranda designed this bed in a way the fabric slides within the patented framework, so it isn’t exposed to chew on. This bed can be used both indoor and outdoor… If it happens to get wet, simply wipe off any excess moisture.
There are 6 sizes available, sized from mini up to XXL (when choosing the right size, use the inner fabric area measurements). There are a variety of fabric colors to choose from, including: burgundy, forest green, royal blue and smoke and of the four fabric materials, the Heavy-Duty 40 oz. Vinyl is the most durable and easy to clean.
For all the reasons above, this bed is a great investment for Giant Schnauzers. It provides great durability for our tough and active breed, and firm support against putting pressure on important areas such as hips and joints… something cool hard floors can’t provide. This bed seconds in as a great training tool and is preferred by many trainers. Being lightweight, it can simply be moved anywhere you need it to go and give the “Place” command.
If you are in a hurry and hunting for the right bed, the Kuranda All-Aluminum is of Supreme Quality for active breeds. It is strong, chew proof and provides support needed for large active breed dogs. If you are wanting a little extra padding, there are Kuranda Reversable Fleece Pads available.
The K9 Ballistics Elevated Dog Bed is at the top of the list in chew proof dog beds. It is virtually indestructible and a last resort for owners with power chewers and dogs who tend to destroy. To give more of a chew resistance, Military grade K9 Ballistic Rip-Stop fabric is used and pulled taut with no access edges to the fabric. There is no concern of sagging or gathered material to be chewed at. The frame is 100% lightweight aluminum, including the corner fittings, making this bed durable even against most heavy chewers. This elevated dog bed is easy to clean and resistant to water, hair, dirt and odor.
It comes in various sizes, ranging from small to XXL and a variety of colors to suit.
While some owners consider this bed on the decline, it is still one of the best in value for chew proof designs on the market.
Unlike the All-Aluminum, the Kuranda Walnut PVC Raised Dog Bed is for indoor use only. The frame is made from high strength furniture grade poly-resin with a UV resistant finish to guard against the elements. It provides firm support for dogs up to 100 pounds and comes in a variety of sizes from mini to XXL, and four different fabric colors.
Various fabrics to choose from include: Heavy-Duty Vinyl (strongest and easiest to clean), Ballistic (abrasion resistant), Cordura (provides good traction and great material for dogs with allergies or sensitive skin), and Vinyl Weave (waterproof, for outdoor use). Consider the inner fabric measurements for choosing the size your dog will need, rather than the outer dimensions.
Of all the cot style beds we really like the Kuranda raised dog beds for their patented chew-proof engineering- the fabric is formed to meet within the framework without exposing the edges. At that, it is where the fabric meets the frame that is chew resistant, not necessarily the framework itself for the Walnut PVC version. If this is something your dog needs more protection over, the all-aluminum style by Kuranda or the K9 Ballistics Chew Proof raised bed will be more suitable.
The Coolaroo Raised Dog Bed is designed with a metal frame and weave type breathable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) knitted mesh that is resistant to fleas, mites, mold and mildew. It comes is a variety of four colors: brunswick green, grey, nutmeg and terracotta and three sizes ranging from Small (34.75”x21.5”x8”), Medium (42”x25.5”x8”) and Large (51”x31.5”x8”) and supports weight limits ranging from 50-100 pounds, depending on the bed size. It has a frame made from powder coated steel, meant to be strong yet lightweight. Coolaroo has replacement covers available as well. This raised dog bed is for indoor or outdoor use and comes equipped with non-slip rubber feet to securely grip the floor or surface.
Some share this bed is not easy to assemble, nor durable, yet others are complete opposites and thrilled with their purchase. This bed is not recommended for larger dogs, diggers or chewers.
When considering a Raised dog bed, be sure to use the inner measurements to be certain of the right fit for your dog. A good size comparison might be to use your dog’s crate size. Know your dog’s behaviors and whether they chew, dig and what their activity level is. Do they enjoy being outside or would they prefer to stay inside and be a couch potato per se… or both?
These mindful thoughts will help you choose the right elevated dog bed suitable for your Giant Schnauzer.