Whether your dog stays outside all the time, just while you’re at work or just likes to be out there any chance he gets, a dog house is a perfect way to protect them from the elements and give them a sleeping or resting space outside. I’m looking at what’s available and reviewing so you can choose the best dog house for your best friend.
Tips on choosing the best outdoor dog house
When choosing your ideal dog house the first thing you must make a decision on is the material that it’s made from. The options are generally wood and plastic and both have their plus points. A plastic dog house will generally be cheaper, lighter, easier to clean and can also be used indoors easily enough should you want to. A wooden dog house is much more insulated and tends to be more sturdier too, so if you’re looking to get something for winter use that might be a good option.
The next thing to consider is the size. You want it to be just the right size, too small and they’ll be uncomfortable, too big and they might get cold inside. Your dog should be able to get in, walk around and stretch out easily.
Dog house reviews
Best plastic dog houses
First up is this plastic kennel from Starplast. It’s a very basic design and the plastic panels clip together easily making this a really quick job to assemble.
It’s a really sturdy large dog house and is available in 2 colours – the beige and green version above and also a mocha colour. I’d say it’s suitable for medium to large dogs and the dimensions are approximately 78 x 84.5 x 80.5 cm.Click here to see more about this dog house on Amazon
If the dog house above is too small for your dog then this one from Easipet is another well rated plastic kennel. It’s suitable for smaller sized dogs and the dimensions are 75cm depth x 59cm width x 66cm high.
It’s a really cute little dog house in white with a blue roof with plenty of ventilation holes so they don’t get too hot and stuffy inside. It can be used inside or outside and is really good budget option.To see more, including reviews and the latest price check Amazon here.
This Ferplast Dogvilla is available in 3 different sizes so you should be able to find something for your dog unless they are really large (some reviews say the largest size is too small for their dogs).
It has an off centre door which has an aluminium frame within so is chew proof. What I also like about this product is that there are some extra options that you can buy. You can get a plastic door to add to it and also further insulation panels.
Sizes are as follows:
70 – 73 x 59 x 53cm
90 – 88 x 72 x 65cm
110 – 100 x 79 x 84 cmCheck out reviews and latest prices here.
Best wooden dog houses
This wooden dog house is a lovely traditional design with a slightly off centre door giving a bigger bit of protection at one side. It’s well made with good quality, but light oiled wood.
It’s available in three different sizes so should be fine no matter what kind of dog you have. The dimensions are as follows:
small – 77 x 54 x 66.5cm
medium – 88 x 65 x 76cm
large – 95 x 75 x 83cm
I’d say this was a really good option if you’re looking for a budget wooden kennel – check the link below for the latest prices.You can see more on Amazon here.
If you need an extra large dog house then this one from Kennels Imperial comes well rated and is a really good option. It’s also a good insulated dog house – as well as the wood being a good form of insulation, it also has a layer of styrofoam in-between the outside wood and plywood inside.
The dimensions of this dog house are as follows: external – 116cm (46″) Width x 79cm (31″) (Depth) x 81cm (32″) Height, internal – 103cm (41″) Width x 65cm (26″) Depth x 71cm (28″) Height.
It’s well made and easy to fit together, an excellent large dog kennel for dogs that like to sleep outside.Check the reviews on Amazon here.
If you’re after a nice luxury dog house that has a sweet little porch area for your dog to enjoy the shade then this summerhouse is a lovely bit of kit. It has the traditional dog sleeping area but also has a veranda out front for lazing on – perfect if you are worried about them getting enough shade on a hot day.
One downside about this item is that it’s a bit trickier to clean than some of the other ones on this page.Check out this item on Amazon here.