Big Barker Dog Bed Review

According to the American Kennel Club, the average dog sleeps 12 to 14 hours a day. With that much sleep, it’s important that your dog has the best bed possible.

A cheaply made dog bed can potentially cause a variety of health issues, and they can even further worsen conditions like arthritis. If that isn’t concerning enough, there have been recent reports of cheap dog beds, specifically those made in China, containing toxic fillers and chemicals that are slowly poisoning dogs. With issues like this arising, it’s no surprise that picking the right dog bed is an important task that involves a lot of thought.

One of the most recommended dog beds is the Big Barker Dog Bed. This dog bed, which is created in the United States, has almost 2000 five-star reviews. Large and senior dogs suffer from conditions like hip dysplasia, arthritis, and degenerative joint disease. The market was severely lacking any big dog friendly orthopedic dog beds in the United States, which prompted the founder, Eric Shannon, to create the Big Barker Dog Bed for his senior dog, Hank, who also suffers from hip dysplasia.

With a price range from $100 to $400 a Big Barker Dog Bed is a serious investment, and, despite the abundance of positive reviews, it’s normal to still be on the fence about purchasing one. To help answer your questions and ease your worries, here is a complete review on the Big Barker Dog Bed – featuring everything from the materials used to make each bed to whether or not this bed is right for you to the unboxing and set up process.

Big Barker 7" Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...
  • CALIBRATED FOR BIG DOGS: Available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. Too powerful for small dogs.
  • 10 YEAR WARRANTY: Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • WON'T FLATTEN: American made therapeutic foam is the best quality you'll find in orthopedic dog beds. Won't flatten...
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Big Barker 7" Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...
  • CALIBRATED FOR BIG DOGS: Available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. Too powerful for small dogs.
  • 10 YEAR WARRANTY: Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • WON'T FLATTEN: American made therapeutic foam is the best quality you'll find in orthopedic dog beds. Won't flatten...
Big Barker 7" Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...
  • CALIBRATED FOR BIG DOGS: Available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. Too powerful for small dogs.
  • 10 YEAR WARRANTY: Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • WON'T FLATTEN: American made therapeutic foam is the best quality you'll find in orthopedic dog beds. Won't flatten...

Why Dogs Need A Bed

Big Barker 7' Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...

Before even considering an expensive dog bed like the Big Barker bed, you may wonder why your dog even needs a dog bed. In a house where your dog has access to your bed, the couch, and most likely a crate or cage, a bed can seem a bit excessive.

Much like humans, dogs need a comfortable space to call their own that they can safely retreat to. If your dog is sleeping up to 14 hours a day, there’s a very good chance that they will sleep throughout the day. Without a bed, your dog won’t have a quiet place that is just for them other than their cage – which isn’t comfortable.

Dogs, especially larger or senior ones, need a bed to keep their bodies healthy. Laying on the floor or furniture can stress their pressure points and inflame joints.

Dogs also need a space large enough for them to stretch out. In the case of most large dogs, cheap beds simply aren’t large enough for them, leading to cramped muscles and discomfort. Both of these situations can lead to future joint related problems like arthritis or hip dysplasia that cause constant discomfort and pain in your dog during even the simplest of motions such as walks.

A bed is as important to a dog as it is to you, which is why it’s so important to take the time to do the research to make sure that the dog bed you choose is the best possible for your dog. This includes making sure the materials are high quality and toxin free as well.

What's Inside a Big Barker Dog Bed

A lot of work goes into making a bed that is not only strong enough and comfortable enough to support both large and senior dogs but made completely of non-toxic materials found right in the United States. The Big Barker Dog Bed has only four ingredients.

Dog Bed Foam

Unlike the foam in cheap dog beds that are made in China and full of potentially harmful chemicals and fillers, the foam that makes up the Big Barker Dog Bed has gone through vigorous testing to make sure that it is as safe as possible for you dog. Normal dog beds, which are famous for falling apart quickly, are made with cheap fillers that don’t support your dog, as well as chemicals such as lead, arsenic, and sulfur that can slowly poison your dog while they sleep. The Big Barker Dog Bed, however, is certified by CertiPUR-US.

The Big Barker 3-layer foam bed, which the company invented, allows dogs to receive a restful night’s sleep without any excessive pressure on pressure points of joints. Big Barker is also so confident in their beds that they offer a 10-year warranty – if your bed goes flat, you can replace it.

CertiPUR Certified Foam Meaning

Big Barker Bed Fabric

A dog bed is a necessity in your home, even if your dog sleeps with you. However, most dog beds look like, well, dog beds. If the appearance isn’t enough of the downside, the smell is. Dogs can be messy animals, and, since most normal dog beds are machine washable, the bed often ends up dirty with an awful odor.

However, the fabric of the Big Barker Dog Bed must pass three tests before it is sold: it must be visually appealing, machine washable, and strong.

Chances are, your dog’s bed is the living room. That also means that it’s one of the first things people notice when they come into your home. The Big Barker Dog Bed is made out of fabric that was originally designed for high-end couches, and, thanks to this, it will quickly fit into your home just like another piece of furniture.

Even with this expensive fabric, though, the dog bed is machine washable, and, so long as you use cold water, it can last for hundreds of washes without shrinking. This is also thanks to fact that this bed is so strong. This means that no matter how much your dog adjusts, scratches, or nests, it can withstand even the sharpest and heaviest of claws.

Big Barker Zipper

The Big Barker Bed has an American made zipper that makes removing the washable fabric a bit easier. The zipper covers about 75% of the bed, rather than just one side, so it’s not as difficult to replace the foam after washing

Glue

This is the most important factor of a dog bed that is often overlooked. Most dog beds use glue that is too toxic to spray without a mask, which means that it is potentially harming your dog. The Big Barker Dog Bed, though, uses water-based latex spray, which is completely safe to spray without a mask.

Deciding Whether the Big Barker Bed is Right for You

With an investment like this, you want to make sure that you’re actually benefiting from the bed. But even with the most expensive of investments, whether it be a car, a house, or a dog bed, there will be a few negative attributes as well. It is important to consider both the good and bad before deciding if a Big Barker Dog Bed would fit into your home.

Orthopedic Benefits

Headrest Edition

Big Barker 7' Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...

Sleek Edition

Big Barker 7' Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed - Large Size - 48 X 30 X 7 - Khaki - for Large and Extra...

One of the biggest factors in purchasing a Big Barker Dog Bed is the fact it offers orthopedic benefits for large or senior dogs. That can be a little hard to believe, especially in today’s market of exaggerated advertising, but Big Barker has actually had veterinarians review its bed.

According to Dr. Matt Brunke, up to 80% of larger dogs suffer from joint related illnesses and pain. This includes conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia. In fact, when his dog Hank was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, it inspired Big Barker founder, Eric Shannon, to create these beds with large breeds and senior dogs in mind.

A large number of veterinarians recommend the Big Barker beds, especially for postoperative dogs. These beds, by offering the right amount of support and firmness for larger breeds, alleviate the pain and soreness associated with laying down. The beds are created to especially support pressure points. Pressure points, like your dog’s hips, elbows, and spine, are often the first things to experience the pain associated with a poorly supporting bed, however, Dr. Alison Birken has stated that, thanks to the Big Barker bed’s support, even dogs who are already suffering from joint issues can find relief.

Big Barker 7" Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...
  • CALIBRATED FOR BIG DOGS: Available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. Too powerful for small dogs.
  • 10 YEAR WARRANTY: Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • WON'T FLATTEN: American made therapeutic foam is the best quality you'll find in orthopedic dog beds. Won't flatten...

Smaller Dogs

With a bed like the Big Barker Dog Bed, you may be surprised to find out that it isn’t the best choice for everyone. In fact, depending on the breed of you dog, a bed like the Big Barker bed can actually harm your dog.

The Big Barker bed is made specifically for dogs that need extra support like large or senior dogs. However, if you have a smaller breed of dog, you should not purchase this bed. While a bed with too little support can be harmful, so can a bed with too much support. It can be uncomfortable for your dog, and it can cause joint problems due to strain.

However, there is a junior edition Big Barker Dog Bed that is perfect for any dog under 50 pounds (20-50lbs) – just make sure that you purchase the junior and not the regular Big Barker, which is only for larger dogs.

Barker Junior - 4" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed with Headrest for Small Dogs 20-30 Pounds
  • Same foam technology as our best-selling large beds, but specially calibrated for small & medium size dogs.
  • 10 year guarantee. Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • American made foam is highest quality you'll find in a dog bed. Won't flatten or pancake over time.
Barker Junior - 4" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed with Headrest for Medium Size Dogs 30-50 Pounds
  • Same foam technology as our best-selling large beds, but specially calibrated for small & medium size dogs.
  • 10 year guarantee. Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • American made foam is highest quality you'll find in a dog bed. Won't flatten or pancake over time.
Barker Junior - 4" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed with Headrest for Medium Size Dogs 30-50 Pounds
  • Same foam technology as our best-selling large beds, but specially calibrated for small & medium size dogs.
  • 10 year guarantee. Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • American made foam is highest quality you'll find in a dog bed. Won't flatten or pancake over time.

Multiple Dogs

Another thing to consider is how many dogs you have or plan to have in the future. Big Barker Dog Beds are pricey, and the last thing you want to have to do is buy multiples. Thankfully, considering the size of your dog, it is possible to fit more than one dog on the bed.

If your dog is a breed like an Australian Shepard, which weighs anywhere from 50 to 65 pounds, then, so long as you buy the sleek edition Big Barker bed in the size giant, you should be able to fit two dogs on the bed. This, of course, is still a bit costly in comparison to buying just the extra-large bed, but it is cheaper than buying two beds for both of your dogs.

More than two dogs on a bed is not recommended, however. In order to receive the full benefits of using a Big Barker bed, your dog needs room to stretch out while sleeping and resting. A bed that is too cramped for your dog can further worsen any joint problems, removing the benefits of using an orthopedic bed. 

In the video below you can see how a reviewer uses one big barker for both of her dogs.

Big Barker 7" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed - Large Size - 48 X 30 X 7 - Chocolate - for Large and...
  • CALIBRATED FOR BIG DOGS: Available in Large, XL, Giant XXL dog bed sizes. Too powerful for small dogs.
  • 10 YEAR WARRANTY: Foam will retain 90% of original shape & loft for 10 years or your money back.
  • WON'T FLATTEN: American made therapeutic foam is the best quality you'll find in orthopedic dog beds. Won't flatten...

Purchasing Your Big Barker

While reviewing the bed itself is important, it is also important to review how easy it is to pick the right bed, purchase it, and set it up. A bed that is impossible to pick out, takes months to arrive, or is extremely difficult to set up takes away value, and, when you’re paying as much as you are for a Big Barker bed, it’s important to make sure that none of these issues arise.

Picking the Right Bed

Big Barker Bed Sizes

While Big Barker does have other products – like a cage inlay and a back-seat pad – the company currently only offers three types of beds, making the process of choosing the perfect bed for your dog a little bit easier.

The Big Barker bed, which comes in either the sleek or headrest edition, supports dogs from 50 to 250 pounds. You can get it in three different sizes (extra-large to giant), and four different colors. While the headrest offers no significant benefits, many dogs will use it for either their heads, backs, or rears. The sleek edition, however, allows you to save money and have more space, which is good if multiple dogs will be sharing the bed.

The third type of bed, the Barker Junior, supports dogs under 50 pounds (small and medium sized dogs 20-50lbs). It only comes in the headrest edition, but it has three different sizes (small to large) and four different colors. Like mentioned before, the regular Big Barker can be harmful for smaller dogs, so this is the best choice if your dog is under 50 pounds.

After you pick out the best bed for your dog, there are also a few accessories you can look into purchasing as well. First, there is a replacement cover for all three bed types. While each bed already comes with one cover, in the case of an accident, it never hurts to have another.

While buying an extra cover will help you keep the outside of the bed clean and in good shape, you’ll need the waterproof liner to protect the foam as the bed itself is not waterproof. The waterproof liner goes underneath the cover, and it will keep the foam dry if you spill something or if your dog has an accident.

Ordering and Set Up

While you can find Big Barker Dog Beds on nearly every website like Amazon or Chewy, it’s also best to shop directly on the Big Barker website to make sure that you are not risk of receiving defected or counterfeit products.

After ordering the perfect bed for your dog, it’ll arrive a few days later in a surprisingly small box. From there, have a trash can nearby because there is a lot of packaging. Thankfully, though, the set up is easy. After opening the box, you’ll be face with a few layers of package where, inside, your brand-new Big Barker Dog Bed is folded up. Your dog’s new bed will be wrapped in a layer of tape as well, and, after removing that layer too, the foam is already inside of its cover, and all you have to do is unfold it and place it where you would like it to be.

This packaging is what makes the bed so difficult to return, however. While Big Barker does offer a 10-year warranty against the bed flattening, often times, the returning makes the process stressful. The best way to return you Big Barker Dog Bed if you find it is not what you wanted, or you would like to try a different style, is to watch unboxing videos and mimic the process. It won’t come out perfect, but it will allow you to fit the bed into a box to be shipped. Big Barker offers free ground shipping, and, upon request, they will send you a shipping label to make your part of the return easier.

Conclusion on our Review

Beds are a necessity in your dog’s life, and so it’s important to make sure that you are picking the best one possible for him or her. Depending on the age and breed of your dog, the bed you pick will require different things such as extra support or a waterproof covering.

Made in the United States out of premium materials with large and senior dogs in mind, Big Barker is a great bed that offers an abundance of orthopedic benefits while remaining functional and stylish. If you’re willing and able to make the $100+ investment, then the Big Barker Dog Bed is easily one of the best on the market with thousands of five-star reviews. Dozens of people on blogs, social media, and in magazines have reviewed the Big Barker beds, and, in each one, it is highly recommended.

Review on the Big Barker Dog Bed

Big Barker 7' Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...

What We Like

  • Made in the USA
  • 10 Year Warranty (Will Not Flatten)
  • Made for Dogs Over 50lbs and Senior Dogs as well
  • Safe and sturdy for your dog
  • Durable and Waterproof Dog Bed

What We Did Not Like

  • Pricey High Investment
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