Given the hot and sticky temperatures we’ve been sleeping through recently (or at least trying to sleep through), the thought of sharing a bed with something big and hairy is far from ideal. Unless, of course, you’re one of the many people who tucks up in bed with their dog at 10pm, or finds their canine friend likes to hop in for a snooze halfway through the night.
If you love your dog enough to share a bed with them, then chances are you can forgive the downsides, such as drool patches, snoring and a whole lot of dog hair left on the sheets. However, you might be interested to know which dog breed is considered the most difficult bed pal (even if you don’t agree!)
New researched by Secret Linen Store has analyzed factors such as level of drooling, shedding, barking and energy, cross-referencing this with size, to reveal the best and worst dogs to curl up in bed with.
Bernese Mountain Dogs (above) are apparently the worst dog breeds to have in your bed, thanks to their large size and high shedding levels. These gentle giants have a lovely temperament, and are known for being affectionate and loyal, but if you have one in your bed you can expect to find lots of fur between the sheets, and perhaps a touch of drool.
Similarly-sized Japanese Akitas are second on the list. They are also known for being big shedders, and make for tricky bedfellows due to their barking and energetic tendencies. Third on the list are Leonbergers (below). These large shaggy dogs make great pets but are less than ideal to nap with.
There are a number of other large dogs that are named as the worst breeds to share a bed with, such as Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds, as you might be fighting for space in your own bed.
Perhaps controversially. two popular family favorites also make the list. According to the research, loveable Labradors are the sixth worst breed to have in the bed, and Golden Retrievers are the ninth worst. Both breeds shed lots of fur and also have a tendency to be quite energetic.
So which dogs are the best snooze buddies? Well, it seems little is best in this category.
Taking the top spot as the best dog breed to have in your bed are Maltese pooches, with their small size and lack of shedding and drooling.
Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzus are the second and third best dogs to have in your bed, though watch out for their potential barks during the night.
A surprise entry in the list of best dogs to share a bed with is British Bulldogs. With low amounts of shedding, barking and a very relaxed temperament, according to the research these pups actually make pretty great sleeping companions – but do watch out for the drool!
See the full lists below…
Worst dogs to share a bed with
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Japanese Akita
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherd
- Great Dane
- Irish Wolfhound
- Golden retriever
Best dogs to share a bed with
- Yorkshire terriers
- Shih Tzu
- Cockapoo (miniature)
Of course, plenty of people will completely disagree with the above, because as we all know, the best dog in the world is in fact the one you own.