What Is The Best Dog Bed For A St Bernard 2019 ?

This is Bruno the St Bernard.  Bruno loves his life and enjoys his bed.  So if you’re looking for the best dog bed for a St Bernard you’ll benefit from our findings below.

best dog bed for a st bernard
How can you not adore these ever so friendly cuties like Bruno above?

By Alan Levine (Flickr: Ready to Play!) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

When he is not up mountains rescuing stricken mountaineers from danger, Bruno loves nothing more than getting comfy in his bed.  Find out more about how dogs like Bruno need the right kind of bed.

Here is a quick run down of what we feel is the best dog bed for a St Bernard dog.  We’ve taken into account dog weight, sizes and length to pick the right ones.

In list order, our top rated St Bernard dog beds are:

  1. The Kuranda dog bed – chew proof and rock solid
  2. The Dogs bed – an Orthopaedic memory foam supportive dog bed
  3. The LEO4Dog XXL dog bed – just like a sofa
  4. Kozipet XL dog bed – simple and affordable

Let’s talk bed sizes first, shall we?

As I’m sure you can appreciate a big bed is going to be needed with a very comfortable base.

Your St Bernard will grow to be a huge dog that is considerably heavy.

A thin layer of fluff from a £5 bargain store really isn’t going to cut it for more than a few hours, and will amount to nothing more than an old towel being placed on the floor.  Neither you nor your dog would find it comfortable.

When choosing correctly, the best dog bed can either be a thick large piece of material (going for the likes of a memory foam bedding material will make it an even better place) that sits on the floor like most dog beds, or you could opt for a raised bed – known as an elevated dog bed.  These are handy to help cool air circulate on hot days, and also help the dog if it suffers from any joint issues (which St Bernard’s are known for).

Size wise you need a dog bed that allows for your dog to lay in various positions. 

Your dog will at times enjoy curling up, laying in his or her back, and at the other extreme he or she will like to lie at full stretch with both sets of legs pushed out (the front 2 paws out to the front, and the back 2 out to the rear) making them take up twice the space you’d think.

During hot Summer days, a cool material will feel better for them, whereas on cold days they may prefer a more box type bed that they can really get snuggled up into, unless you opt for constant heating on where the dog lies.

So to summarise what sort of size, consider this:  If A St Bernard can grow to 90cm tall, their length can easily reach double that when stretched out full, so this is why we suggest you go for the biggest size bed you can.

The BEST dog bed for a St Bernard therefore should really big a simple big wide flat foam type that sits on the floor (in most situations)

This allows them to choose any sleeping position they want – and at full stretch they could lie from corner to corner across the bed, or even have their paws outstretched over the edge of the bed if it is not quite big enough.


Doggy facts and statistics for St Bernards.

Most St Bernard dogs grow to between 70 and 90cm tall if a male dog, and 65 to 80cm tall if a female St Bernard, and their weight can fluctuate anywhere from 64 to 120kg (that’s “way” over 100 lbs!), so we need a dog bed that can comfortably accommodate these figures and keep the dog well within its comfort zone.

  • They live anywhere from 8 to 10 years on average (typically).
  • They’re not great in the heat.
  • They’re not designed for high energy and high impact exercise (so not really great for accompanying you on your morning run or cycle ride).
  • They do need regimented regular exercise – not a lot of it, but it must be consistent.  You need to do this to help protect their joints, elbows etc.
  • They are some of the most adorable, laid back loving dogs you will ever come across.  You will fall in love with your St Bernard without fail.
  • They will appear a little bit wary whenever you have strangers to the house, but once in, they’re usually fine.  You might find that they bark a little bit at first.
  • They are normally easy to train on the lead and around kids.  You don’t want them to be out of control with small kids who could easily get knocked over due to the enormous size of your St Bernard.
  • They were originally bred to be used in the mountains as rescue dogs, but the vast majority no longer do this and are simply kept as pets.  So even though their bodies were designed for these duties, they won’t be in the same environment, so this is why it is important that you take special care with exerciseVery little as puppies, but around an hour a day as an adult.  You do need to be strict with this to try and minimise health issues down the line.


Lets talk slobber.

saint bernard dog ready to rescue
Originally bred to help rescue mountaineers in Switzerland

Image courtesy of Legav [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

St Bernards slobber a LOT, especially after eating and drinking, so we need to think about this when choosing a dog bed.  Something you can clean fairly regular is a must.  So either a wipe easy surface, or one with a cover that can be popped in the washing machine once a week.


Hair shedding.

Due to their protective coats designed to help them keep warm when rescuing people off of mountains, St Bernards do shed a lot of hair, so a dog bed that cleans easy would also be of use.  That said with regular daily grooming this can be kept to a minimum.

Health issues to consider.

Not all of the scary list items below will be an issue, but it’s just a list of possible issues that “could” arise – note that many dogs are usually prone to certain ailments as time goes on, so it’s not intended to scare you off, but just something you can possibly think about when looking at a good dog bed (hint: super comfy and easy to get on and off).

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bone Cancer (sadly common in a St Bernard)
  • Ectropion and Entropion (a condition where the eyelids droop inwards or outwards) (not really relevant to a dog bed by the way)

Exercise needs

Being a large dog you have to be careful not to over exercise your St Bernard – it can cause issues later on in life if you do so.  This is important as you are raising your St Bernard from a young age.  So the key thing here is to listen to your Vet’s advice on the matter.  Some exercise but not too much.  Plus, plenty of comfortable rest.

  • As a puppy you must not over exercise your St Bernard
  • As an adult around an hour a day is the maximum


So what are we up to now?

What we want is a super comfy, strong and large bed that is also easy to clean.

Out of the hundreds of dog beds available we only found a few that we thought would suit “a large heavy dog”.  These had to be REALLY thick with plenty of foam filling or support to ensure it would hold the dogs’ weight easily.

Let’s take a look below at the dog beds we recommend.

1: Here is the Kuranda dog bed

This is a very pricey dog bed although there is no disputing how good a job it does at keeping your St Bernard well rested.

  • It’s an elevated dog bed – really good for large dogs to get up off, more so as they get older and joints can be painful.
  • It’s chew proof, and easy to clean but very well made.
  • NUMEROUS reviews state that although they were hesitant with the pricing they were extremely pleased once it arrived, and claimed that these needs are designed to last for many years.

There is a Silver framed and Khaki coloured material version like below, and there is also a Walnut framed with Smokey Cordura coloured version as well that works out a bit cheaper.

St Bernard dog beds by Kuranda, great for all large dogs
For any large dog, this elevated dog bed is perfect for older St Bernards who have painful joints

The Kuranda dog bed above is the largest in their range at 50 x 36 inches and holds up to 250 pounds (113 kg)

Good enough for all St Bernards

With the responsibility of owning a huge dog, you have to ensure their comfort needs are met and choose large comfy beds.

Due to their weight also, an elevated bed off the floor will be a welcome relief for them.  Especially more so on older St Bernards.


What we like about it:

  • We love the fact it is one of the strongest elevated dog beds around.  truly worth it’s weight in Gold for this feature alone.  Your dog will have a tough time destroying this bed.
  • It is actually REALLY comfy.  Other buyers have mentioned this, that the bed worked out to be worth the higher price tag, as it was likely to outlast other dog beds by many years
  • It will help keep your dog cooler in hot months due to the increased air flow underneath
  • It is chew proof!
  • It is simple to clean! – Just a hose pipe or water and a wipe and job done.
  • It is GREAT for any dog with joint issues (St Bernard’s are prone to issues later in life if they are over exercised both as a puppy and as an adult)

The downsides:

  • It’s mainly a USA based dog bed, and costs considerably more when sold here in the UK (circa £300!)


Check the Kuranda St Bernard bed on Amazon.  There is a Khaki coloured one above, or a Cordura coloured one that’s a bit cheaper.

2: Memory foam large dog bed

*** “Our favourite!” ***

xxl memory foam dog bed for st bernard
A super comfy XXL sized memory foam dog bed for all large dogs


Your typical dog bed.  Pretty much half the cost of an elevated XXL dog bed and will be good enough for the vast majority of situations.

Super thick memory foam holds the weight of your St Bernard with ease and helps it to stay well rested.

The one above (Available here on Amazon) is available in a handful of colour options.

It comes with a waterproof inner that helps protect the bed.

Price wise, it’s middle of the road, roughly around the £100 to £130 mark give or take.

It has a strong foam base with a thick 5cm memory foam topper and waterproof properties.

These beds are some of the most popular beds for larger dogs available to buy online.


What we like about it:

  • We actually LOVE THIS BED.  It is our favourite in so much as it covers all of the requirements of a bed for big heavy dogs.
  • It’s going to be SUPER COMFORTABLE due to the thick foam base AND the memory foam topper.
  • It’s easy to clean
  • It can help with joint issues due to the memory foam topper helping to provide extra cushioning (and this is what St Bernard dogs are known for)

The downsides:

  • There is no way for it to protect from draughty areas, but you could easily remedy this yourself by making sure the bed is in a warmer area free from draughts, or pop a couple of pillows on the bed to shield your dog from draughts.

Check it out here – it’s available on Amazon Uk here.


3: An “Amazon Basics” version of the elevated dog bed – CHEAP!

There’s no doubt about this.  It’s a brilliant low-cost entry

BUT the weight limit may put you off – it’s claimed a maximum of 60 kg which is around the weight of a small St Bernard

Typically around the £30 mark for an elevated bed is unheard of!  If you have a smaller dog this would be ideal.

Choose the XL version of this dog bed (it’s about the same size as the Kuranda bed above) for a St Bernard.


What we like about it:

  • Truly, it is CHEAP AS CHIPS and will help keep your SMALL St Bernard cooler on hot days.

The downsides:

  • The bed itself isn’t really cut out for many St Bernards sadly due to it not being able to hold the weight of most of them.  Only the smallest ones would benefit as long as they don’t exceed 60 kg.  It would do as a basic bed for growing puppies.

Visit this dog bed over on Amazon Uk.

4: An XXL Bed just like a sofa – from Leo4Dog

Quite a budget priced XXL sized dog bed at under £60 typically.

This dog bed is scratch proof and has a removable and washable cover, so perfect for St Bernards.

NOTE:  There is no memory foam in this bed, just your typical dog bed foam filling.  After some time this will become less effective (as with all dog beds), and will need replacing.

There are different sizes available but the XXXL is the version you should go for.

What we like about it:

  • We like the size of the dog bed at 150cm wide
  • It allows them to feel snuggly when their back is pressed in to the support
  • It helps them to avoid draughts when sleeping
  • They can overhang their front paws out the front if they want that extra stretch out
  • It looks great and may help your dog keep off your own sofa (when they have got their own why would they want to go on yours? :-))
  • The covers are removable and washable at 30 degrees

The downsides:

  • It dips down around the central sleeping area – a flat surface would have been better for comfort and to avoid trapping crumbs of food and small objects

Check it out here on the Amazon Uk website.

5: Kozipet XL dog bed – low cost and meets the needs of most St Bernard dogs

What we like about it:

  • We like this bed because of its simpleness.  It’s a simple basic foam dog bed at the right price.
  • It allows your dog to lie in whatever position he or she wants to
  • It’s flat, so no falling into dips or recesses that come with a funky design
  • It is cheap at way under £40 (typically closer to £30 though).
  • A simple velcro attached cover can be removed for easy cleaning.

The downsides:

  • The only negative we find is that its width is only 136cm – which is fine for almost all St Bernard’s but bigger dogs would benefit from the extra 20 cm or so to allow for that extra stretch.  Most of the time they would be ok to stretch from corner to corner (if they can figure this out).
  • It’s just your basic foam bed, so it’s simply a matter of time before it begins to compress down however you can probably live with it if you’re happy to replace every few months – so that your dog can enjoy firm cushioning to get a quality rested sleep.
  • There is no protection from draughty areas, so you may want to address this issue with room draught excluder’s or ensuring the heating is at the right setting for comfort.

Check it out on Amazon Uk here.


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Getting the best dog bed for a St Bernard is as simple as making sure it’s a big comfy bed, and then looking at your own budget.  Extra features come into play if you have a draughty room (so choose one with sides and backs on), or if your dog suffers with joint issues – then an elevated one makes the most sense.  You will also need one that is easy to clean and can hold a lot of weight.

St Bernard Resources:


PDSA – gives some great advice on caring for your St Bernard

Our full list of dog beds for all shapes and sizes of dogs

RSPCA – dog bed advice


Guinea Pig Diet 2019

guinea pig diet

With a bit of common sense, you should know that you can’t just give your Guinea Pig any kind of food.  This is where this Guinea Pig diet sheet guide comes in.

In general, we are talking about the likes of salad foods, hay, specialized nuggets or pellets and muesli mixes and so on.

This is our guinea pig fruit and veg list (and so much more!)

We are not talking processed foods we might eat.

Now lets look at the foods.  Guinea pigs cannot store Vitamin C in their bodies so they need to get it from foods.  The following list of Guinea pig foods will help you decide on what to give them.

As you look below you can see that fruits in general are not the healthiest although they do love a lot of them so only feed these sparingly.

The general mix should be mainly salad items, along with fresh hay and unlimited water each day.

SaladIceberg Lettuce (low nutritional value), but ok a few times a week. Instead go for Green leafy varieties
Salad (They love this food!)Baby Spinach
SaladBroccolli (high in vitamin C)
SaladBrussell Sprouts (high in vitamin C)
SaladCabbage (don't over feed as it can cause their stomachs to bloat)
SaladCapsicum (high in vitamin C)
Salad (They love this food!)Carrots
SaladCauliflower (high in vitamin C)
Salad (They love this food!)Celery
SaladChoko (high in vitamin C)
Salad (they love this food!)Corn (includes husks)
Salad (they love this food)Cucumber
SaladGreen beans
Salad (they love this food!)Kos lettuce
SaladPak Choy (high in vitamin C)
SaladSweet potatoes (NOT normal potatoes as these are toxic to them)
SaladTurnip (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitApple (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitBanana (Including the leaves)
FruitDried Apricot (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitGrapefruit (high in Vitamin C)
Fruit (they love this food!)Honeydew Melon (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitKiwi fruit (high in vitamin C)
FruitMango (HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitOrange (high in vitamin C BUT HIGH IN SUGAR)
FruitPawpaw (high in vitamin C0
FruitPineapple (HIGH IN SUGAR)
Fruit (they love this food!)Rockmelon (High in vitamin C BUT HIGH IN SUGAR)
Fruit (they love this food!)Strawberries (high in vitamin C)
Fruit (they love this food!)Watermelon
Herbs (they love this food!)Basil
Herbs (they love this food!)Clover
Herbs (they love this food!)Dandelion (high in vitamin C)
Herbs (they love this food!)Endive
HerbsLemon balm
Herbs (they love this food!)Milk thistle
Herbs (they love this food!)Oat grass
HerbsParsley (high in vitamin C)
HerbsRaspberry leaves
Herbs (they love this food!)Rocket
HerbsRosehips (high in vitamin C)
HerbsStinging nettle
HerbsWandering Jew


Stick to just once or twice per week with veggies as it can lead to bloating and upset stomachs for them.

Guinea Pig feeding schedule

In general make sure they have water and hay available all day long.

Aside from this, an average of a cupful of additional foods from the above list per Guinea pig is sufficient

Try to stick to the mainly salad items, with fruits and herbs being more of a treat in small quantities

Looking for a suitable Guinea pig outdoor hutch?  We have that covered with our top 10 best – reviewed.

Guinea Pig Toys In 2019

Getting a good selection of Guinea Pig toys is essential to ensure a happy piggie.

Getting a Guinea pig as a pet can be fun to watch and to hold however keeping them happy is very important.

They are very social animals and can become quite lonely when alone so in our experience it is highly recommended to have a minimum of two together.  It’s a herd mentality and they love nothing more than being part of a community.

white guinea pig in basket

Guinea pig boredom busters

While you or I go out several times a week and visit many different places, a Guinea pig has only the same space, day in day out so you do need to give your pig(s) something to do.  They can’t just pop the TV on.

You could opt to make homemade guinea pig toys or choose one of the many inexpensive toys already available online like Amazon.

Please use the arrows at the bottom of the ferris wheel below to scroll through the various Guinea pig toys


How about simple Guinea pig toys made from household items?

Homemade Guinea pig tunnels or places to hide.

These can be as simple as an old cardboard roll from leftover carpet tubes (the cardboard that comes inside a roll of new carpet).  Or you could simply get some stiff cardboard and sellotape it together.

How about a hat or cozy?

jackies guinea pigs
source: Jackies Guinea Piggies


Other ideas for home made Guinea pig fun – things you can throw in the cage to play with:

  • Ping pong balls
  • Empty toilet roll tubes
  • Cardboard box
  • Mirror
  • Corn on the cob hardened to nibble on (from a pet shop)
  • Paper bag to hide inside
  • Plastic bag
  • Rolled up ball of paper
  • Wooden sticks
  • Childrens toy trucks (Guinea pigs can sit in them if big enough)
  • A rope stretched from one side to the other with toys or treats threaded along it (circles of carrot for example with a hole in the middle (like a button))
  • Old socks
  • Hay
  • Rope


Now for some other ideas:

Fancy swinging around in this pet hammock swing??

Guinea pig hammock


When bored, your Guinea pig can happily nibble away at this Rosewood boredom breaker

What to Guinea Pigs like to do?

Well, Guinea pigs enjoy a variety of things.

Guinea pigs like to chew

Many things – a lot of the time, so be sure to put something in with them to help keep them active and busy.

They like to run.

They need a good amount of space to be able to hop around.  If you house tow or more you need to double or triple the amount of space they have.  We already have this covered.  Please look at our top 10 best guinea pig hutches available online here.

They like to forage

Taking them back to their basic animal instincts, foraging for food is something that every Guinea pig was born to do.  Why not make life interesting by hiding their treats inside a toy, or under some paper or straw.  This helps keep them active and interested.

They really want to feel protected

Because a Guinea pig is very small, out in the wild they are very much at the risk of birds of prey or other animals who feed on rodents and the like.  This in-built instinct within a Guinea pig means they should always havea special place they can go and hide.  A tube or under a rock works wonders.

Guinea pigs need toys

Yep, like many animals, a toy helps relieve boredom and I’m sure it makes them a little happier as a result.

cute guinea pigs pair

So what will you do to keep your piggies happy?

Browse a wide range of Guinea Pig toys by clicking here


What toys have you found to be of great fun?  let us know by leaving a comment below.

Best Outdoor Rabbit Hutch & Guinea Pig Hutch 2019

We tested and reviewed and found some of the best rabbit and guinea pig hutches


..  but….. did we spend a night in one of them?

Nope, when testing these, we didn’t sleep or spend time in a number of hutches ourselves –  but we did put them through their paces.  Rest assured 🙂

So… first of all, remember that Rabbits and Guinea pigs are very sociable animals.

It’s best if they can be paired up wherever possible to keep them happy.

best rabbit hutch and for guinea pigs


If you’re super busy, we wanted to let you know our number 1 (and 2) preferred rabbit hutch or guinea pig hutch that shone out was not one, but two hutches.

The Ferplast Grand Lodge and the Conny hutch.

Aren’t we cute!

cute guinea pigs pair

Most Guinea pigs get along with a fellow furry friend, so it’s usually a good idea to house two of them together.

Therefore look for the best guinea pig cage for two of them.

(Hint: bigger is always better!)

An outdoor guinea pig cage will always suit your furry Rabbits too, so try to imagine them having a bit of room to run around, and you’ll have far happier pets.

best rabbit guinea pig hutch

Where do we begin?


We had a lot to think about.  You would have assumed that hutches are pretty much the same.

But they’re not.

In fact we had to take into account things such as:

  • Size of hutch to allow for play space and sleep space
  • How long it will withstand the elements (if at all!)
  • Do we want indoor cages or outdoor cages?
  • Would it fit our space?
  • Is it easy to clean / is there a slide out tray ?

.. and so on.

So we eventually filtered out everything that didn’t meet these expectations and here is our top 10 list.


It’s Snow joke..

This handy tip will give you a few pointers on keeping your house pets including rabbits and piggies safe with the snow over winter

Our Best Rabbit Hutch (and Guinea Pigs Too)

Our Best Rabbit Hutch / Guinea Pig Hutch Recommendation:

After weeding out the poor hutches, the not so well made hutches and the strange ones, we narrowed down these 10 best hutches.

They are all “really” good however two of them edged out for us and we couldn’t choose between them.

The Ferplast Grand Lodge and the Conny hutch.

Ferplast Grand Lodge 120 Green RS 200

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Rabbit hutch CONNY TIMBO door open 200

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The above outdoor guinea pig cages are our current favourites.  Very well made, great pricing and great construction.

Remember that outdoor guinea pig hutches need to be safe, strong and warm.  Your piggies and rabbits need to be protected from a variety of things, such as them venturing out into a neighbours property, into the road, or beging taken by a predator such as a large bird or fox for example.

Take any of the above outdoor guinea pig hutch designs and they won’t let you down.  This is why they get our current highest recommendations!

Cute Spot:

There is an island in Japan where countless rabbits roam wild.  You can feed them and visit the island.  Take a look here:

Here is a breakdown of the top 10 best rabbit hutches and guinea pig hutches.

 Rabbit HutchCommentsClick To View Current Best Price
1: Bunny Ark Hutch
Handsome well made hutch. Pull out tray for easy cleaningprice-check
2: Hide House & Run (2 items)Fantastic value for moneyprice-check
3: Huge 6 Foot Chartwell HutchSuperb space, very well madeprice-check
4: Confidence pet 4 foot deluxe hutchPull out tray for easy cleaning. Superb build qualityprice-check
5: BTM 2 tier hutch for rabbits or guinea pigsWell made and easy to clean. Very good value for moneyprice-check
6: Timbo rabbit hutchMade from wood from sustainable forestsprice-check
7: Ferplast Grand Lodge
Our Choice!
Clean, tough plastic construction and pleasing on the eyeprice-check
8: Trixie Natura Premium HutchWe LOVE this. Plenty of room and even storage space in the roof.price-check
9: Timbo Conny Hutch
Our Choice!
Well made, metal lined pull out tray for easy cleaningprice-check
10: Charles Bentley A frame hutchGreat fair weather place to enjoy the outdoorsprice-check

1: BUNNY ARK – Hybrid – Double Tier Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Guinea Pig House Cage Pen Home (RH10) Review

A stunning outdoor rabbit hutch!

This is one brilliant deluxe rabbit hutch you are going to immediately fall in love with. It’s completely modern and stylish and ever so easy to clean – thanks to the pull out galvanized tray. Pull out, tap and wipe clean and all done!

feelgood uk bunny ark

Like this one?  Click here to get it on Amazon Uk


It’s a metre and a half wide, a metre high and 66cm deep.

Rabbit and Guinea pig cage bottom ideas

Think that the main enclosed bit is for them to sleep in or rest and the rest is for play and exploration.

So in the bottom of the cage you want things such as tunnels, tubes, balls to play with and so on. Here’s a number of toys for rabbits and for guinea pigs

This is equally as good in use as an outdoor rabbit hutch or for indoor use.


  • Double height hutch.
  • 2 access doors.
  • Includes slide out galvanised tray for easy cleaning.
  • Plastic and wood construction throughout.
  • Extension run available


The good bits:

  • Ever so easy to put together
  • Made using strong wood and plastic
  • Easy to clean with the pull out tray

The not so good bits:

Overall this has found it’s way into our top 10 list for a reason. It is an excellent hutch. There are literally hundreds that haven’t made it to this stage.



2: Outdoor small hide house + 1 x Large VivaPet Outdoor Octagon 55-inch Run / Cage / Playpen / Enclosure for Rabbit Puppy Chicken Duck Hen Guinea Pig, with Sun Protection Net Cover review.

Although not technically a “hutch” per-se.. we absolutely love what is on offer. A complete fair weather setup that will perform just as good for most of the year too.

Small hide house and Octagon play section with sun cover

It’s a mini hideaway with an integrated playpen area with safety net cover too making to great to be left out all year other than deep winter when you may want something a bit more heavy duty, or even take your piggies or rabbits indoors.

The hideaway is around 50cm wide, 43 cm deep and 46.2cm high.

The net is part see through to provide space to hide from the sun, and to help your pet from jumping out or even birds or cats taking “too much of an interest”!

The good bits:

  • The playpen is galvanized with a Zinc coating making it withstand rust
  • The hideaway has a lockable front flap that comes down as a ramp
  • The roof opens to allow easy access for cleaning etc.

The not so good bits:

  • Would be brilliant if the hideaway was bigger or more of a hutch, but we are just being picky!



3: 6ft Chartwell Double Luxury Outdoor Rabbit Hutch Review

The best rabbit hutch for 2 rabbits

Deeper and higher than other cages, this 6 foot “luxury” Rabbit hutch provides superb living accommodation for your furry friends! It is premium in price and generally premium in quality too, however there are a few misgivings to consider firstly!

6ft Chartwell Double Luxury Rabbit Hutch doors open


This hutch features:

  • Deeper and Higher than other Rabbit Hutches on the market
  • Double rabbit hutch – super deep!
  • Robust 10mm timber side panel construction
  • Cosy arched divided bedding area
  • 1″x ½” galvanised wire mesh doors
  • Aluminium barrel bolts
  • Wooden rabbit hutch


1,804 x 650 x 1,300 cm

The good bits:

  • We love the brilliant space that you get. Your guinea pigs or rabbits will really enjoy this.
  • The main construction is very well made with plenty of access
  • Superb as an indoor hutch with plenty of room

The not so good bits:

  • The dividing wood appears a little thin, and we wondered how long it would last especially with multiple toilet breaks soaking into the wood (although the flooring is coated with a waterproof layer). That said it withheld our testing (based on two grumpy guinea pigs!)
  • The floor sections and back panel appear to be made of a thinner wood, so if this is to be used in Winter you might want to consider a quality waterproof hutch cover.



4: Confidence Pet 4ft Deluxe Outdoor Rabbit Hutch review

Makes A Great Deluxe Rabbit Hutch Or A 2 Storey Guinea Pig Hutch

Your typical up and downstairs type of hutch. Great as a fun rabbit house or guinea pig getaway, or for ferrets etc. We feel the confidence pet 4 foot deluxe outdoor hutch is a lovely size for either 2 guinea pigs or 2 smaller rabbits. The manufacturer claims up to 5 or 6 rabbits but I’m not so sure if that is wise. A pair normally works best and this allows for room to play also.

This is one of the best rabbit hutch for 2 rabbits that are not too big

Confidence Pet 4ft Deluxe Rabbit Hutch door down

With plenty of access points, viewing areas and room, it’s an interesting space for your furry friends to play around in.

The hutch is made from quality wood with an antifungal finish to it.


  • Suitable for rabbit, guinea pigs or ferrets. Pet friendly furniture grade wood with a waterproof antifungal finish – provides a safe and durable home for your pets. 4 lockable doors with wooden latches to keep hutch secure. Bottom: 2 lockable wooden latch doors – 1 cage wiring, 1 wooden ramp door Top: 2 lockable wooden latch doors – 1 cage wiring with feeding area, 1 wooden
  • Double level hutch with ramp for rest and play. Ramp from top to bottom hutch. Top door with feeding compartment. Ramp door design for pets to exit for play. Hinged roof made from waterproof asphalt and furniture grade wood
  • High quality fox proof cage wire. Top and bottom level pull out plastic tray with wooden edges – easy cleaning . Removable plastic tray. Elevated ground clearance with 4 rubber wooden legs – support on hard floors
  • Weight: 19.01KG Overall Dimensions: 122 x 50 x 101cm. Bottom: (L) 113 x (W) 41.2 cm. Top: (L) 122 x (W) 50cm
  • Ground clearance: 112mm. Thickness of front/side/back panels from 10-20mm
  • (source amazon)
  • 4 foot rabbit hutch – great for specific areas

What we like about this hutch:

What we are not so keen on:

  • The heart shaped latches seem a little flimsy, easy to remedy with some blocks of wood if this gives you any concerns.



5: BTM 2-Tier Double Decker outdoor Rabbit/ Guinea Pig Hutch House review with Sliding Tray

One of the best outside rabbit hutches for smaller Rabbits (or Guinea Pigs).

A more compact hutch, perfect for 1 or 2 smaller rabbits or guinea pigs that even comes with a slide out tray for easy cleaning! Better suited to smaller areas.

This hutch measures 91cm wide x 45 cm deep x 92cm high (and that includes the overhang at the top so remember just for smaller animals and you’ll be fine).

BTM 2 Tier Double Decker Rabbit Guinea Pig hutch front slide tray

As you can see the top opens on a locking hinge making clean outs super easy, especially with the added advantage of the pull out tray (whoever invented this needs a pat on the back!).

What we liked about this hutch:

  • The wood is treated using a water based anti fungicidal animal and environment friendly stain
  • Access for cleaning is a doddle!

What we weren’t too keen on:

  • Part of us wishes it was a bit bigger for the same money



6: TIMBO outdoor rabbit hutch review

Made from wood from sustainable forests, this is a lovely cute hutch if you care about the environment. A fairly typical standard size (roughly 100cm wide, 100cm high and 50cm deep) it’s a cute design with pitched roof that opens out from the centre.

TIMBO rabbit guinea pig hutch top open

So, while researching and testing this hutch we noted that the English language was not native in the product description on Amazon, however from the tone displayed in the writing it was easy to see the good vibes and positivity around this hutch, and taking that into consideration.

What we like about this hutch

  • Made from sustainable forestry efforts – great for environmentally aware people.
  • Bitumen roof for weatherproofing
  • Anti fungal coating

What we didn’t really like about this hutch

  • Sadly it’s not ideal for 2 or more larger rabbits
  • The ramp is fairly steep, so if your piggies struggle, try laying some sandpaper down on the ramp and use glue to hold it in place.



7: Ferplast outdoor Grand Lodge Guinea pig and rabbit hutch 120 review, Green

This is one of our favourite hutches.

Clean lines, contemporary clean feel, and with it being tough plastic, it’s not going to rot down from bad weather or pet wee!

Ferplast are a trusted Italian company who have been into “all things pets” for more than 50 years (they started out with a simple bird cage and things grew from there)


A full hinged roof – for quick and easy access

Slide out tray for super easy cleaning (and it’s easy wipe plastic too!)


115.5 x 110 x 73 cm


What we like about this hutch

  • It’s different, and that uniqueness is captured so well in the solid plastic design that is clean, tough and welcoming.
  • It comes with a handsome array for extra’s such as:
  • Feeder, Feeding bowl, drinking bottle, 2 x wooden ladders.
  • Performs well if you want to add on a rabbit run to allow for movement through the day.

What we didn’t like:

  • Could have been a touch bigger for a friendlier size for larger pets



8: Trixie Natura Small Animal Hutch with Outdoor Run, 199 x 146 x 93 cm, Brown

A perfect guinea pig hutch and run!

This is just way too cute.  It’s one of the best hutches for rabbits due to the grand size of it.  It pretty much summarizes what a hutch should be. A nice quiet space off the ground and plenty of room down below for fun and games.

Oh and also the fact is it is a superb amount of space at almost 2 metres wide, 1 and a half metres deep and almost a metre high. Your rabbits or piggies will love their own “castle!”


Features we love!

  • Made from solid glazed pine.
  • The meshing is closely knitted so you can use this easily to rear young pets
  • There is a pull out plastic drawer for easy cleaning
  • space in the roof for storage of pet essentials – bedding, food etc.

Negatives / drawbacks

  • The bolts to close the door appear a tad on the small size. Adequate for 99% of situations however if you live where there are foxes you might want to purchase one or two extra bolts from your local DIY shop for extra strength.
  • Although very much a premium top quality product, we would liked to have seen this a touch cheaper.

To complement this hutch, here is the correct winter rain cover that allows access to doors. It fits around the hutch brilliantly, fitting snugly under the roof.



9: Rabbit hutch CONNY made of solid fir wood with outdoor enclosure, 140x65x120 cm, rabbit hutch, cage for small animals, rabbit hutch for summer & winter – TIMBO rabbit hutch & hutch for small animals

The best guinea pig cage for 2

Made from eco-sustainable forests, the 140 x 65 x 120 cm Apex hutch has neat modern features that will provide great living conditions for your furry friends.

Rabbit hutch guinea pig hutch CONNY TIMBO main

Features of this modern rabbit hutch:

Metal lined pull out tray that resists staining unlike wood or plastic ones

Ideal for one rabbit or two or more guinea pigs.


What we liked about this hutch:

  • We liked the fact that the construction is extremely good.
  • All joints are morticed for strength
  • The roof is covered with a weatherproof Bitumen felt to keep the weather out.

What we didn’t like about this hutch:

  • Nothing!

We really did like this one.  In fact it was a firm favourite among 6 of our 10 warriors.  One of our best rabbit hutches on review.  A top quality rabbit hutch (also for Guinea pigs!)



10: Charles Bentley Pets A-Frame Wooden Outdoor Portable Rabbit Hutch Guinea Pig Run (optional protective cover)

So… let’s start out by stating that this isn’t a hutch, so to speak, but it made it into our top 10 list. We feel this Charles Bentley a-framed hutch would suffice for pretty much all year round. You can of course bring your rabbits or guinea pigs indoors in Winter if you prefer.

Note… this is best suited to a single small rabbit or 2 small guinea pigs at best.

Charles Bentley Wooden Outdoor Portable Rabbit Hutch Guinea Pig Run 1

So, for a start, with it being an “on the ground” hutch, over time the wood would eventually become susceptible to the damp.

As a spring, summer and autumn hutch it’s good, however if you are considering using this during winter you might want to incorporate a bit of DIY to extend it’s lifespan. Our view would be to attach a piece of ply board to the bottom and then raise the entire thing off the ground with bricks during wet or wintry weather.  It helps air flow underneath, stopping dampness from getting to the wood.

Bear in mind if purchasing this, that the walls are made from thin wood, so extra bedding or heat pads would help during winter. Better still pop it indoors in a spare room!

Why we included this in our list:

  • Very cost effective
  • handy for use most of the year
  • Extremely well made
  • Light weight so can be moved around through the year

What we didn’t like:

  • Not really suitable to attach a water bottle, so a small bowl would be needed
  • Not entirely ideal for Winter (thin construction, sits on floor (cold!))
  • A little small, so really 1 or 2 small pets at very most

Guinea Pig Toys From Household Items

There are dozens and dozens of things you could use from home to make toys for your Guinea Pigs.  The video below will help get you started, and there are lots of related videos on there that will give you a head start too!

As a brief summary, think about things they can nibble on or chew.

  • Cardboard toilet rolls are great (it helps them nibble to keep their teeth down and stop them growing too much.
  • Doggy chews work just as well, as long as they are chewable
  • Soft cuddly toys – yes piggies love them, just keep an eye closely in case they decide to eat some of the inner fluff.

Toys for Rabbits made from household items

Rabbits have similar obsessions as Guinea Pigs and enjoy simialr toys, but can also get into slightly tougher items such as Wicker baskets, paper bags etc.  All good for their interest and helping to keep their teeth nice.

Here’s a video showing a few home made rabbit toy ideas (again there are plenty more videos after this one if you get engrossed in them).

Do you have any dogs?

We produced an EXTENSIVE writeup on the top 10 best dog beds you might find useful here.

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Best Dog Beds Review 2019 – Rated By Dog Size

Best Dog Beds Rated, Tested And Reviewed

First of all, why did I decide to write a review on the best dog beds? Well, since the addition of a new puppy into our life, it quickly became obvious.

Before we carry on, we wanted to let you know our preferred dog bed.  The one that shone out best for us was the Fur Paws Faux Pet sofa.

Say hello to our own dog!

Say hello to our Betsy!

She loves to jump up on to our settee (even now as I write this she is snuggled into my partner).

Ideally though, we want to get her to “want” to be on her bed. A place she would rather be – letting us reclaim our furniture as our own.

We had purchased a standard £5 dog bed – small and square and quite comfy, as well as an oversized large pillow she can dive onto. The trouble is, she loves our sofa more!

 best dog beds

Dog Beds – why bother?

Your dog will really appreciate a place to go to that they know is their own.  Once this is established, you can ensure that your dog stays off your sofa and stays on their own bed.

Things to look out for when choosing your dog bed:

  • Waterproof dog beds – making it easier to clean with a quick wipe
  • Fancy dog beds – for the ultimate pooch pampering, a luxury dog deserves a luxury bed.
  • Elevated dog beds – good for dogs with joint pains, and to help keep them up off cold floors.
  • and of course dog beds for small dogs or big dogs.. make sure to get the right size.

In the news:

Secretly, your dog actually loves a small bed (even the big dogs!)  Read all about it in this Dail Mail article 🙂

Our Best Dog Bed Recommendation:

After all our testing our conclusion is that the Fur Paws Faux Pet sofa is by far our favourite.

fur paws faux fur pet sofa

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Why your dog should have his or her own bed

  • Fleas – sadly dog’s do get fleas from time to time and the thought of fleas making their way up underneath your duvet is enough to make most people’s skin crawl
  • You are the master – a dog needs to know their place.  Even though they are adorable and loving, if they get away with everything they will never do what you want them to do when the time matters so setting a good basis is key to a good relationship.
  • Keep off your bed / disturbing your sleep – your dog will of course take up some room in your bed and this will leave less room for you to ensure a good nights sleep.


Your dog (as great as he or she is) needs their own place for sleeping and resting, or even to just get away from noise every now and then.

Did You Know?

Owning a pet can cost owners £3500 in the first year.  Eeek!  This Dail Mail article explains why.

 Dog BedCommentsClick To View Current Best Price
1: Knuffelwuff Cuddly Dog Bed Alidho review – L 80 x 80cm
One of the snuggliest beds we've ever seen with super high sides!price-check
2: PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge review. (Large Gray, 92x71x23CM). Premium Edition Solid 10.5CM Memory FoamMemory foam! Incredible comfort for your dog.price-check
3: Wolfybeds Luxury Wraparound Fleece Dog Bed review – Size LargeComfy, snuggly and can even be personalized for a small extra costprice-check
4: Snoozezy Orthopaedic Elevated Dog Bed review – LARGE sizeSuperb for any dogs with joint problems (arthritis, hip issues etc.)price-check
5: P & L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Oval Waterproof Softee Bed review, Large, 76 x 64 x 24 cm, Green
Our 2nd Choice!
Super easy to clean. High sides, comfy. Great value!price-check
6: Hobbydog Dog or Cat Kennel / House / Bed review – S – XL Paw DesignEasy to clean. Zippered roof panels.price-check
7: Similpelle Dog Bed / Sofa review – Artificial Leather 90 cm x 70 cm Black
Our Choice!
Just like a regular sofa - try getting your pet OFF of it! Comes from Europe so may take 4 to 7 daysprice-check
8: Fur Paws – Faux Fur Pet Sofa review. UK MANUFACTURER (Brown with paws, Large 96 x 64 x 34cm)
Our Choice!
Well made, holds it's shape, just like a sofa!price-check
9: Songmics XXL Dog Bed Pet Sofa review – Non-slip bottom 300 x 300 D Oxford cloth 120 x 85 x 30 cm PGW30H
Our 3rd Choice!
Easy to clean PP cotton. Tough with snuggly sidesprice-check
10: Chester and Wells Hampton Dog Bed review, Large, Black or BeigePremium executive product. High end top of the range.price-check

What’s wrong with the £5 or £10 beds?

Truthfully not a LOT wrong with them, but you do begin to see issues once you get into the cheapest dog beds category and we wanted to ensure we follow our rule of only showing the best things at the right prices that represents value for money.

Things that we noticed wrong in some of the cheaper beds:

Some overseas suppliers fail to deliver.   Much so being the case of the £2 dog beds like this one we wanted to feature but decided against:

cheap dog bed

Warning: For under £3 it’s a dog bed that is cute but looking at the reviews at the same time several people have complained they never received theirs (although in fairness others did get theirs) so this dog bed is not featured on this page but it deserves a mention for the price and you decide if you are willing to take a chance.

Flimsy and thin – most dogs will test their beds to destruction so you do really need something that will last a lot longer than a few nights.

Sizes not as described – sometimes, overseas sellers get their sizes wrong when manufacturing them or sending them to you.  Sadly this means your medium dog bed may only be big enough for a hamster.

The cute beds always get to us! – Sometimes you see the cutest beds around.  Take this one that looks like a strawberry – a very popular dog bed but sadly its lucky if it’s big enough for 2 guinea pigs!


So, what are the best dog beds around?

This is really a personal thing, but something to bear in mind that you may not have considered are the memory foam dog beds.  This may seem a bit “over the top”, but when you consider previous reviews you quickly see how good they are.

Dogs WANT to use them and prefer to use them.  Everyone whose ever owned one before says how GOOD they are.

Not only that but they are especially good for dogs who have muscle and joint issues – the relief from these pains is instant.

So take a closer look below and decide for yourself.



1: Knuffelwuff Cuddly Dog Bed Alidho review –  L 80 x 80cm  – £48.27

Measuring 80cm x 80cm x 30cm high this is one extra snuggly bed for your dog.

Knuffelwuff Cuddly Dog Bed Alidho L 80 x 80cm

The Alidho has all the dog requirements and hallmarks of a top notch dog bed.

  • Easy to wash
  • Easy to wipe
  • Tough and hard-wearing
  • Extra fluffy.
  • Scratch proof
  • Anti slip underside
  • High sides to keep them out of draughts
  • Free from Hazardous substances
  • German built
  • Washable removable cover
  • Inner pad is brushed cotton, so easy to remove hairs from it



The inner pad features a Union Jack on one side, or it can be flipped over for a simple matching colour.  This size (L) will suit medium sized dogs.  If you want a bigger dog bed (such as for Labradors etc.) then choose the XXL size (not available currently but you can review other Knuffelwuff xxl beds here).  This will allow them to curl up and stretch out in pure luxury.


2: PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge review. (Large Gray, 92x71x23CM). Premium Edition Solid 10.5CM Memory Foam – £89.98

Despite the seemingly hefty price tag, we were amazed by this dog bed.  The bed features memory foam, which as you may know cradles your whole body for the ultimate sleep.  During our research we found that virtually every single person had an incredible experience with this bed.

We don’t say that lightly.

petfusion memory foam dog bed main viewThis Petfusion branded memory foam dog is for those who are tired of cheap pet beds that easily tear, are difficult to clean, and don’t provide your pet the comfort they deserve.

Featuring a solid 10.5cm memory foam base that helps with joint pain issues and provides superior comfort.

Features a water resistant and tear resistant cover for added peace of mind.


3: Wolfybeds Luxury Wraparound Fleece Dog Bed review – Size Large – £39.99

Pure unadulterated luxury that your dog will thank you for.  This Wolfybeds doughnut shaped fleece bed will simply make your dog want to snuggle up and hibernate for the next few weeks.

Wolfybeds Luxury Wraparound Fleece Dog Bed Size Large

wolfybeds personalisation serviceOne thing we liked about Wolfybeds is they offer a bed personalisation service whereby you can get your dog(s) name(s) embroidered onto the bed for an extra £8 or £16 (one or two words)

You can find out more about their service here:



4: Snoozezy Orthopaedic Elevated Dog Bed review – LARGE size – £44.99

For dogs suffering from joint issues such as arthritis or hip issues, this elevated dog bed offers comfort and relief.

Snoozezy Orthopaedic Elevated Dog Bed - LARGE

Suitable for dogs up to 60 kg in weight, the snoozezy dog bed helps support the joints while taking the pressure off them.

It will help keep the dog warmer in Winter and cooler in summer.

It’s also easy to clean – simply give it a good hose down.

Here are some of the features of this particular elevated dog bed

  • Orthopedic support for dogs suffering from arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Comfortable for any dog.
  • Steel Frame suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Easy to assemble & disassemble, no tools required!
  • Handy carry bag for travel or storage
  • Flea resistant.
  • Allows air to circulate
  • The large sized bed has been on a sale price the same price as the medium sized bed since 2014!


5: P & L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Oval Waterproof Softee Bed review, Large, 76 x 64 x 24 cm, Green – £63.99

Measuring 76cm x 64cm x 24cm, there is plenty to be grateful for when your owner buys you this super snuggly, odour free heavy duty waterproof softee dog bed.

For dogs who love to get wet and dirty on a regular basis – this is the bed to handle their mischief!


P & L Superior Pet Beds Heavy Duty Oval Waterproof Softee Bed, Large, 76 x 64 x 24 cm, Green

The cover on this dog bed is a heavy duty hard wearing 100% polyester waterproof material treated with a water-repellent coating.

We found this bed to be very easy to keep clean,

Dirt and debris was easy to brush off, while we could use a wet cloth or tap to clear the bed.

Designed to keep your pet warm & comfortable. The thick base cushion (removable for easy separate cleaning) and the high walls of this bed are filled with bonded Thermal Polyester Fibre to insulate your pet from the cold floor and keep it out of draughts.


6: Hobbydog Dog or Cat Kennel / House / Bed review –  S – XL Paw Design – £35.45

Offering 4 different size options, we like this pet house – a lot!  It features two zips for the roof (as opposed to Velcro) which should help it last for many years.

dog kennel house bed

The 3rd sized house out of the 4 available ones (size 3) is a good size for many dogs such as staffies etc, however as with most beds its advised to go one larger.

In fact unless you have a very small dog we recommend the XL one.  Some large dogs might find it a struggle (such as Labradors) so for that reason you should consider the inner dimensions and whether your pet can comfortably get in and out, move around etc.

Washable with a simple wipe from a damp cloth, waterproof and very well made.



7: Similpelle Dog Bed / Sofa review –  Artificial Leather 90 cm x 70 cm Black – £45.97

Handmade, artificial leather.  The ultimate decadent indulgence for your pooch.  For the times when your pet simply wants to be just like you and lay on the same as you.

similpelle dog bed sofa

Measuring 90 x 70cm, the internal dimensions are approximately 60 x 45cm.

This is the medium sized bed, however there is also a large sized bed to consider which is plenty adequate for Dalmations, German Shepherds etc.

Guaranteed to keep your dog off your own leather settee! (our opinion)


8: Fur Paws – Faux Fur Pet Sofa review.  UK MANUFACTURER (Brown with paws, Large 96 x 64 x 34cm) – £32.99

The perfect mini settee for your dog.  The perfect dog bed, ever?

After trialling this one with our dog, we were pleasantly surprised.

The cover comes off and can be washed helping to keep it clean.

The foam really does hold its shape extremely well, making it superb for all size dogs small to large!

fur paws faux fur pet sofa


9: Songmics XXL Dog Bed Pet Sofa review –  Non-slip bottom 300 x 300 D Oxford cloth 120 x 85 x 30 cm PGW30H – £32.99

This is a nice dog bed with plenty of room.  The only minor fault we can consider is that upon opening we discovered the manufacture stats that you cannot wash it with water – only a stiff brush.

We assume quite rightly this means no washing machine, however I’m pretty sure a damp cloth would work just fine.

Made with Oxford cloth which will not harbour dog hairs.

songmics xxl dog bed pet sofa non slip luxury bed


10: Chester and Wells Hampton Dog Bed review, Large, Black or Beige – £224.55

Finished to the highest standards in Faux leather, this Chester and Wells Hampton dog bed exudes luxury like no other.

Forget other substitutes.  Forget lookalikes.  Forget dog beds that are like furniture.

this IS furniture, and your dog will appreciate the feel – that is if price is of no issue of course.

chester and wells the hampton executive dog bed black slate or chestnut brown So, the build quality is second to none.

The largest size measures 70 x 112 x 45 cm (plenty for pretty much most dogs).

The smallest size measures 52 x 67 x 40 cm (just about right for your small dog) and is substantially cheaper.


Do You Have a Rabbit Or Guinea Pig?

If so, you might find this article of interest showing the best hutches around that suit Rabbits or Guinea Pigs.


Resources you might find useful

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the best dog beds.  Now what else is there of interest?

How about learning about the right bed for a large dog like a St Bernard?  We have the facts here.