In the last 25 years we have bought and/or used many different styles of small dog beds. During this time we have lived in a city and desert foothills of Southern California and the low country of Upstate South Carolina. Having lived in such totally different areas we have encountered vastly different climates and ever changing weather conditions. Living in the city our 2 mini Doxies experienced an environment where the temperature never really got colder than about 50 F or warmer than about 88 F, so at first our pups never really cared what kind of small dog bed they had. They did however enjoy crawling under the covers when going to bed for the night. We purchased several styles; tried them and settled on a bolster type bed with plush 4 inch high sides which allowed them to rest their heads while taking a well deserved nap, watch what was going on around them or easily throw a cover over them to make a little dog bedroom. The dog beds we used were made of a synthetic cotton blend, poly filled and totally machine washable, which was a requirement of purchase. If they got a bit warm they would just lay on a thin mat on the tile floor.
After 8 years of city life we moved to the country in the mountain foothills. For the next 15 years we had 3 mini Doxies and 2 Jack Russell Terriers. They still enjoyed their bolster dog beds and mats on the tile floor. Now they got to experience temperatures from just below freezing to a desert midday of well over 100 F. In the winter time they preferred their bolster small dog beds with sheep fleece type blankets in their crates at night and pillow type with covers if needed during the daytime. We bought many different styles and materials like a donut, pouch, rectangular, square, cotton, fleece, micro suede you name it we tried it. We always ended up with a bolster of some shape because our best friends showed they enjoyed them and used them the most. The smallest Doxie also loved the pouch variety because he could easily bury himself under the covers with ease.
Now we live in the hot and humid Southeast where the mosquitoes are plentiful. Here we have just 2 Jack Russell Terriers and they still enjoy their bolster type small dog beds. When it gets just to warm for them they lay on the floor by the air conditioner vent on a thin mat. Again we’ve tried several different styles small dog beds but have always returned to a plush and puffy bolster bed because it is what our pooches enjoy the most. If you’re not sure what style to get, try several different types and your best friend will let you know which they prefer. Above all most everyone prefers a machine washable model because dogs will always be dogs and get dirty; at least ours do.