All about dog houses
Every dog needs a home of its own. For outdoor dogs,
dog kennels are essential. If your dog stays inside, that could be a crate, a dog bed in a
corner of the room, or even a favourite spot under your bed.
Your dog's kennel should be designed to protect your dog from bad weather, keeping him warm in the
cold, dry in the rain, cool in the heat, and generally happy and safe!
Remember out door dog kennels are not for all breeds.
There are kennels to suite all tastes from simple traditional designs to log cabins and
Dog kennels should be
Designed for your climate. Choose one that provides warmth for
cold climates or that keeps your dog cool for hot climates
At least 1 ½ times the size of your dog. He should be able to move in
a circle within it, otherwise your little friend will be uncomfortable
and stiff in the mornings. Too big and your dog loses that cozy safe
feeling and may lose body heat
Off the ground so that they do not pick up moisture, cold or heat from
There should be plenty of ventilation for fresh air
both for your dog and to remove
The entrance should be protected from the wind and prevailing weather
conditions. Rain driving into your dogs home must be avoided at all
The roof or a wall should be removable to allow thorough cleaning. This
must be done on a regular basis
Ideally there should be a place for water and food bowls. Inside the dog house they
are protected but must be secure to avoid tipping over!
More on dog house size
The door height opening should be no less than 3/4 of the dog's shoulder to ground.
Large doors aren't necessary, dogs typically duck to enter a doghouse.
The width and length measurement of the house should be the same as or no more than 25% larger than the nose to flank (Tails don't count).
The height of the doghouse should be at least 25% (no more than 50%) taller than the height of the top of the dog's head to his toes.
Again, this house measurement can exceed the dog's total height up to 50% and still maintain a good body heat retention factor during cold months.
Pet Zone Cozy Cottage Kennel
An attractive and versatile home fits dogs up to 75 lbs. Snaps together quickly with no tools needed. Lifetime guarantee against cracking and breaking.
Indigo Dog Igloo-Style Kennel
Insulated dog house in an Igloo-style features an adjustable air vent and offer a five-year manufacturer's warranty.
Do-It-Yourself Flat Roof Unfinished Dog Kennel
Build your own dog kennel. Imagine the feeling of satisfaction you'll have when your dog curls up peacefully in the dog house that YOU built for him. Several sizes and styles available.
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See also: [Dog Doors]
[Dog Crates] [Dog