The K9 Ballistics Orthopedic Tuff Dog Bed is a bed I kick my dogs off on a regular basis. It's not so much because I see them getting rough with it, either. It's more for the quality and comfort my buttocks gracefully enjoys from sitting on the high grade memory foam. The density and quality of the memory foam is by far one of the best I have tested.
The dogs who tested this durable dog bed ranged from 30 lbs all the way up to 90 lbs–jaws as soft as marshmallows and strong as vice grips.
Design & Construction
Ballistic Bed Cover
Each of the K9 Ballistics Orthopedic Tuff Dog Beds feature a RipStop Ballistic cover. Ballistic nylon was originally developed by the DuPont corporation to be used in flak jackets in World War II. This material was in no way intended to deflect direct gun fire, however, it was designed to protect against artillery and bullet fragments flying at high speeds. But as cool as ballistic nylon sounds, the strongest of our test subject were still able to cause damage to the cover. Luckily there is a 90-day, one time replacement for the cover on these beds.
The bed cover has no zipper. Instead, it is equipped with an industrial velcro system tucked on the underside of the bed. I personally love this aspect of the bed because the problem with traditional zippers is most chewing dogs love to eat the silverware from their beds.
The cover is made uniform and fits extremely taunt around the mattress. There is no excess materials or fabric on the corners of the bed for dogs to bite onto. Since dogs always start at the corners when tearing into a dog bed, K9 Ballistics was smart enough to add an additional layer of RipStop nylon in the interior corners. All interior seams are impeccably double stitched and surged.
RipStop nylon has an amazing assortment of benefits from it's construction like it being water, dirt, hair, odor, mold, and mildew resistant. However, there is no inner-liner to prevent liquids or moisture from penetrating the memory foam–the cover is "resistant" to moisture and water (pee), so one still needs to clean accidents sooner than later. (UPDATE: These beds now all have a water-resistant liner).
Memory Foam Mattress & Support
The 1.5" medical grade memory foam used in K9 Ballistics Orthopedic Chew-Proof Dog Bed is one of the best I've tested to date. The density and resiliency of the foam holds my body from hitting the hard floor–that's 210 lbs on a large dog bed designed for dogs who might only weigh 90-110 lbs.
The base of the bed is 3.5" of high density foam which holds its form extremely well. This in combination with the 1.5" layer of memory foam make this dog bed sturdy with just the right amount of give.
Washing & Drying
Washing this dog bed is no problem–the construction of the fabric, seams, and quality of stitching make it durable enough to wash for a lifetime. Avoid drying on a high setting as this style fabric will shrink. Instead, use an air dry setting or hang dry to prevent shrinking.
The 90-day Chew-Proof Guarantee
It's important to understand the difference between Chew-Resistant and Chew-Proof dog beds. K9 Ballistics advertises this dog bed as chew-resistant and chew-proof, but their 90-day, one time replacement for a cover leads me to believe this dog bed should only be advertised as chew-resistant. This tough dog bed will RESIST most things, but without monitoring, the strongest of chewers can get passed the cover and into the expensive memory foam filler.