How to Choose the Right Bed Ramp for Your Size of Dog

Choosing the best bed ramp for your dog

When it comes to supporting our beloved pets, no dog has been overlooked. We’re proud to offer 3 different dog ramps that fit an endless amount of spaces and work for a whole variety of breeds - from the teeniest pups to canines weighing up to 200lbs.!

While our couch ramps hold up to 150lbs., we offer 2 models of the bed ramp:

As the name suggests, the small bed ramp is for small dogs, but the large bed ramp is a great fit for BOTH medium AND large breeds.

However, if you happen to have a medium-sized pup under 40lbs. (or even several smaller/medium dogs), you may find yourself wondering which of the two bed ramps could be a better fit. 

To support you with making the best decision for your dog (or dogs), we’ve put together these tips for choosing the perfect bed ramp for small, medium, and large breeds!

Before we dive into the specifics, here's a basic overview covering which dogs can use each bed ramp
Small Bed Ramp versus Large Bed Ramp Comparison

The Small Bed Ramp

The DoggoRamps Small Bed Ramp is a great option for very small dogs. While it can hold a maximum of 40lbs., it only weighs 23lbs. and is narrower than our large bed ramp. The platform is 12” wide (14" wide with the frame), which makes it suitable for slender and short pups. 

Popular breeds that enjoy the Small Bed Ramp include: Miniature Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Toy Poodles, French Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, small Pugs, and Shih Tzus. 

A pug sits at the top of his small bed ramp
Smaller Dogs using the Small Bed Ramp

The Large Bed Ramp

The Large Bed Ramp is ideal for dogs bigger than the breeds listed above - including most medium-sized pups weighing 20lbs. or more. The ramp itself weighs 46lbs. and the platform is 19” wide (21" wide with the frame). These two features play a big role in providing the sturdiness and space that help medium-sized and large dogs to feel safe and confident while using a ramp. 

Popular breeds under 40lbs. that can benefit from a larger bed ramp include: Corgis, Scottish Terriers, Beagles, Poodles, Spaniels, Jack Russell Terriers, and tall Miniature Pinschers.

Popular breeds over 40lbs. that use the Large Bed Ramp include: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Huskies. 

A Labrador Retriever walks down his large bed ramp.

 Larger Dogs using the Large Bed Ramp

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Small Bed ramp vs. the Large Bed Ramp:

A chart comparing the small bed ramp for dogs and the large bed ramp for dogs

*The Small Bed Ramp has a greater range of adjustable heights. Its lowest settings (12” and 16”) account for heights that most medium and large breeds can step up and down without jumping. Standing at a maximum height of 35”, the Large Bed Ramp also features a landing platform at the top, which makes it easy for medium and large breeds to take a final step up onto a higher bed.

For a breakdown of our bed ramps’ adjustable heights and corresponding angles, check out the chart below:

Dog Ramp Angles and Heights Comparison

Additional Tips for Choosing the Best Bed Ramp for Your Dog:

Consider Your Dog’s Build

Medium-sized breeds under 40lbs. with longer bodies, like Corgis or standard-sized Dachshunds, may have a more challenging time maneuvering on a narrower bed ramp. A larger bed ramp can provide them with the space needed to comfortably use a ramp. (And the easier and more convenient it is for a doggo to go up and down a ramp, the more likely they are to use it!)

Two Corgis use their bed ramp for dogs

Corgis Doby and Blue (@dobyandblue) enjoy the spaciousness of a larger bed ramp.

Stockier pups can also benefit from the additional room offered by the Large Bed Ramp and the extra stability from the ramp’s weight. 

A medium-sized dog stands on bed ramp

Simba (@lusealdog), a Chihuahua mix just under 30lbs, proudly stands on his Large Bed Ramp. It's a perfect fit for his physique and weight!

Consider Your Dog’s Habits and Preferences

Like hoomans, some dogs don’t like tight spaces. If you’ve noticed that your pup tends to avoid moving through narrow areas, such as between two pieces of furniture or crawling under a bed, the Large Bed Ramp may be a great option!

Do You Have or Plan on Having More than 1 Dog?

Oftentimes, when you have more than one pup at home, they choose to stick together. With a larger bed ramp, your four-legged family members will be able to safely use their DoggoRamps at the same time.

7 Dachshunds and a cat sit on a large bed ramp for dogs

@yunabugs' PAWsome family (7 Dachshunds and a cat) share the DoggoRamps Large Bed Ramp during a photo op.

From providing additional training resources, set-up tips, video demos, and more, we want you and your pups to get the most out of enjoying your DoggoRamps.

While the Small Bed Ramp for Dogs is the perfect fit for small breeds, if you have the space available, the Bed Ramp for Large & Medium Dogs is always a good choice for medium and large dogs!

And if you’re still not sure which ramp would be the best option for your dog, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We’ll be happy to help!

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