Top 10 Dog Houses
|Petmate||37.50 x 30.50 x 22.80||Plastic|
|Petsfit||45.60 x 30.90 x 32.10||Cedar|
|Merry||21.00 x 29.00 x 26.00||Cedar|
|Suncast||27.00 x 35.00 x 29.50||Plastic|
|Barn Home||26.50 x 18.00 x 16.50||Plastic|
|Pet Zone||45.00 x 32.00 x 32.50||Plastic|
|Pet Squeak||46.00 x 32.20 x 36.00||Fir|
|BestPet||16.00 x 16.00 x 14.00||Polyfoam|
|Always||24.00 x 30.00 x 26.00||Plastic|
|Confidence||41.30 x 38.00 x 38.70||Plastic|
Dog House Comparison
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|Vinyl Door||Rear Air Ventilation, |
|37.50 x 30.50 x 22.80||45.60 x 30.90 x 32.10||21.00 x 29.00 x 26.00||27.00 x 35.00 x 29.50||26.50 x 18.00 x 16.50||45.00 x 32.00 x 32.50||46.00 x 32.20 x 36.00||16.00 x 16.00 x 14.00||24.00 x 30.00 x 26.00||41.30 x 38.00 x 38.70|
Dog House Buying Guide
What is a Dog House?
When you have one or more dogs, chances are you either already have a dog house for them or will be getting one soon, especially if they will be spending any time outdoors. Not all dog houses are the same though, and some are better than others. The choices available in materials, designs, sizes and extra features can make choosing one a real challenge.
There are some questions that are good to ask yourself before you start the process of researching all the different dog houses that are on the market. When you know what your needs are, it’s much easier to make that choice.
Decide on Your Budget – How much you want to spend on a dog house matters because there are numerous price points available. By setting a budget range you will be able to eliminate the choices that fall outside your range.
What Size Dog House do You Need? – You will need to base the size dog house you get on the size dog you have. It’s always better to get a little bigger than what you need. Measuring your dog will be necessary to ensure you get a dog house that accommodates your dog.
What Material do You Want the Dog House Made of? – There are several different types of materials that are used for dog houses:
- Heavy Duty Plastic
What Style or Design do You Want? – Dog houses come in all kinds of styles. You can find ones that look like real little houses, like igloos, boxes and any number of other designs. Some have peaked roof lines and others have flat tops that the dogs can climb on top of if they choose to. If you have a preference on style, you can typically narrow your choices down by adding specific filters to your searches.
Types of Dog Houses
There are three basic types of dog houses: metal, wood and plastic. Each one has their pluses and minuses. We’ve outlined the basic types below with the features of each.
Metal – This type of dog house is most often used for temporary housing such as at dog shows or sporting events but they are gaining popularity for use as year round dog houses as well. They are typically going to be made if aluminum or steel. You want to be sure that it is insulated or it will be hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
They do last longer than other types of dog houses, but they also tend to cost more as well. If they are made of aluminum, there is also a good chance of them rusting unless they have been treated with something that makes them resistant to it.
Wood – Dog houses made of wood are usually the most stylish of all the choices. In many cases they look like real little houses with roofs, doorways and even windows or steps up to a “deck”. They can be stained or painted or just left as natural wood and are by far the most unique and appealing. Dog houses made of wood are usually insulated well and are great protection against the elements. One drawback to wooden dog houses is that they can be prone to ticks or other bugs that can be a problem for your dog.
Plastic – Plastic dog houses are the easiest to clean, move around and are resistant to having ticks or fleas build nests. They are also usually the least expensive of all the types. Some people really like the simplicity of plastic dog houses but they can lack the style and charm that wooden dog houses have or the durability of metal. The can also crack and for a dog that loves to chew, they can easily become a snack if the dog gets bored.
Tips about Dog House Size
As we mentioned above, making sure you choose the right size dog house for your dog is very important. If they are cramped or bump their heads or elbows trying to move around inside the dog house, they will stop trying to go into it at all. Follow these useful tips on dog house sizing.
- Make sure that your dog can turn around and lie down completely stretched out inside the dog house. You don’t want them to have to stay curled up in a ball just to be inside their own house. Measure your dog when he is lying stretched out and make note of the measurement. You will need it later when determining the width you need.
- It may sound simpler to just purchase a huge dog house regardless of the size of the dog because at least you know the dog will fit, right? No, that won’t work and here’s why. When you have a lot of space around your dog during the cold months, your dog will find it impossible to keep warm. Having a cozier and appropriately sized dog house means that their own body heat will be able to help keep them warm as well as insulation.
- If you are purchasing a puppy or already have a puppy, you will need to get a dog house that will fit the dog when it is an adult. This will prevent you from wasting money on a dog house that will only fit them for a short time. Keep in mind what we mentioned above and if your puppy will be outdoors in colder weather in a larger dog house, you will need to make adjustments to ensure his warmth and comfort.
- The doorways that lead into the doghouse are typically smaller for several reasons. By having the door smaller and not just an open wall, they are more protected from the elements and won’t experience heat loss. You don’t want a doorway the dog has to squeeze through just to get in. This is very uncomfortable for them will result in them refusing to enter the dog house.
Measuring Your Dog for the Right Dog House
This is a simple process that will help you choose the right size dog house for your dog. Make sure that you know his or her weight as well. Measure your dog’s length from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail with his tail extended. (Have someone hold it out straight if it’s down while you are measuring.)
Next, measure from the shoulder to the ground and from the top of his head to the ground. This will ensure that the dog house you choose will be big enough and tall enough for him to stand up in and turn around fully.
It’s fine for the top of the doorway to match the measurement from shoulder to the ground because many dogs will automatically lower their heads as they go through. If the doorway is taller than shoulder height, this is fine too and will not require them to lower their heads at all as they go through which is more comfortable for them.
Ideally the dog house you choose will be tall enough for him to stand in with his neck fully extended in its natural position and his or her head won’t touch the ceiling of the dog house.
Some Final Tips for the Best Results
- Look for dog houses that are insulated to help them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Choose a model that is elevated off the ground so moisture will be kept away from the dog and the floor of the dog house.
- Cedar shavings are a great choice for bedding because they are a natural repellent for ticks, and fleas. It will also prevent the growth of mildew and mold but you will need to make sure the bedding is changed regularly so it doesn’t become damp.
- Make sure that the dog house has ventilation of some kind to keep air circulating through it. This is much healthier and comfortable for the dog.
If you take care to choose the right dog house for your dog, that is the right size as well, they will love being in it. Find a good location in your backyard for their house. Preferably in partial shade so they can benefit from the shade and still get the sun’s rays in the winter months as well.
The information we have shared with you will help you decide what your needs are and will make the process of choosing that perfect dog house much easier. With the right knowledge you will save time and money and not purchase something your dog will hate and you won’t like.
Dog houses are important for the health, comfort and safety of your dog. Doing your part to ensure it’s a great choice that will fit your needs and your dog’s natural preferences will give them a house they will use for years.
- Merry Pets – http://www.merryproducts.com/
- Petmate – http://www.petmate.com/
- Petsfit – http://www.amazon.com/Petsfit-Inches-Houses-House-Outdoor/dp/B00GOJND4G