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Orthopedic Dog Bed Review: The Big Barker

An orthopedic dog bed is an extremely comfortable mattress, designed to help cushion and support your dog’s joints and bones more effectively than a standard, low-cost dog bed can. And while orthopedic dog beds are great for young and healthy dogs, they are most valuable for older dogs and those suffering from hip or joint problems.

There is a great deal of variation among individual products in the orthopedic dog bed market, and dog owners have a number of different options from which they can choose. Some are only interested in the most affordable options, as they either have limited budgets or largely healthy dogs; but others want the very best orthopedic dog bed available.

These owners will typically find that the Big Barker fits the bill perfectly.

About the Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed

The Big Barker is a super-premium orthopedic dog bed that provides everything dogs want and owners demand.

Based around a three-layered, 7-inch-thick orthopedic foam core, the Big Barker employs a proprietary foam product that will support your dog’s weight even better than memory foam can. Big Barker is so confident in this orthopedic foam that they guarantee the bed will retain 90% of its loft for at least 10 years.

But perhaps most importantly for Canine Weekly readers, the foam used in the Big Barker orthopedic dog bed is specifically designed to support the weight of large dogs. This is an important consideration, as many lesser orthopedic beds will fail to include enough filler material to protect your dog’s pressure points while she sleeps (primarily the hips, shoulders and elbows). In fact, Big Barker discourages owners of small- and medium-sized dogs from using this mattress, as it will not yield sufficiently under their relatively modest weight.

The Big Barker also includes a 4-inch-tall bolster on one side, which will give your dog a comfortable place to rest her head. A durable, machine-washable, 100% microfiber cover protects the foam core from dirt and dander. Although the standard cover that accompanies the bed is not waterproof, Big Barker does offer a waterproof liner that can be purchased separately for additional protection. This is probably a wise purchase for owners of incontinent or poorly house-broken dogs.

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Price

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Sizes

The Big Barker is available in three different sizes:

  • Large (48x 30” x 7”)
  • Extra-large (52” x 36” x 7”)
  • Giant (60” x 48” x 7”)

Colors

The Big Barker is available in three different colors:

  • Khaki
  • Burgundy
  • Chocolate

User Reviews

Most owners who tried the Big Barker were very pleased with it, and very few could find anything negative to say about the product (aside from the occasional complaint about the bed’s high price). It appears to provide large dogs with a very comfortable sleeping surface, as it is remarkably soft, yet still provides the support they require. Many owners reported that their dog enjoyed greater mobility, reduced pain and a higher quality of life after sleeping on the Big Barker orthopedic dog bed for a short period of time.

Additionally, most owners explained that this bed was easy to set up and the cover was both durable and easy to clean. The only complaints mentioned related to the high price of the bed, but given its quality, most owners still felt that the bed provided unparalleled value.

A few owners did lament their size choice, wishing that they had chosen the next size larger. Keep this in mind when picking a bed for your canine.

The Bottom Line

Simply put, the Big Barker is the highest-quality orthopedic pet bed on the market. It features nearly every characteristic you’d want in a high-quality dog bed, and it’s made from one of the best foam products available in any dog mattress.

However, the Big Barker is also one of the most expensive beds on the market, which may cause some buyers to look for a more affordable option. Nevertheless, those with the necessary resources are sure to be happy with their purchase and are unlikely to find a better option.

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Before you go, be sure to check out our review of the best hip and joint supplements, which may provide additional value for your dog. 

All product photos courtesy of Amazon.com

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