Choosing a high-quality dog house is absolutely essential if you’ve got a pooch who spends a decent amount of time outside. Dog houses are also a nice way to give your animal their own private space inside your home. However, the vast majority of dog houses being sold today are cheap crap. We wish that weren’t true, but it is! That’s why we created this guide. We went hunting for the best dog houses on the market, and put together a comprehensive buying guide to help you find the ideal one for you and your pet.
Below, you’ll find all our favorite dog houses currently on the market. We’ve also included some helpful buying advice to help you make a more informed purchase. Read on to find out why these models made our cut, and to see which is the best for your animal!
|Pet Squeak Arf Frame Dog House With Dark Frame||22 x 22.2 x 22.8 inches||$|
|Petmate Aspen Pet Petbarn 3||34.3 x 25.8 x 26.6 inches||$|
|Petmate Indigo Dog House With Microban||51.5 x 39.3 x 30 inches||$$|
|Infinite Ultimate Cedar Dog House||45 x 27 x 11 inches||$$$|
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The Arf Frame dog house is an inexpensive option for indoor and outdoor use. It’s a classic wood design that looks great and is easy to make cozy. While you can certainly find nicer wood houses, you have to pay a lot more for anything significantly better (such as the Infinite below). We recommend this to anyone on a budget who wants to avoid plastic. It’s relatively sturdy, weatherproof, and cleanable. You’ll probably want to add a plastic tray to protect the flooring, though. We also suggest paying more if you’re able, especially if you’re looking for something to use outdoors. This is decidedly less rugged than the Infinite model below, and the raised flooring can’t support the heaviest dogs.
The Petbarn 3 is an excellent choice for an outdoor dog house on a budget. It might not be the most attractive thing on the market, but it wins top points for practicality! The simple plastic construction requires next to no assembly and cleans as easily as anything else on the market. You can just spray it down with a hose, or scrub it out with a sanitizing cleaner if you’ve got a serious mess to deal with. While it isn’t the cosiest option right out of the box, we think it’s easy to make more snug with a washable, low bolster bed placed on the floor.
This is our ultimate outdoor recommendation for dogs, short of the premium cedar model below. The Indigo is an igloo-style house made from sturdy, weatherproof plastic. Like the Petbarn 3, it’s not particularly stylish, but it’s incredibly practical. The roof pops off for easy cleaning, and we love the moats around the edges of the floor. They drain any liquid off to the sides to prevent the worst messes. Plus, the whole interior and exterior are treated with Microban, so the house itself resists mold, odors, and other bacterial issues. It ventilates well and keeps out inclement weather extremely well. The igloo roof is also a lot safer than traditional designs in windy conditions!
Our all-time favorite outdoor house is this Infinite cedar shed. It’s not quite big enough for the largest dog, but works for most breeds. As far as fit and finish, they don’t come better than this! It’s all made in the USA from high-quality wood that’s sturdy enough to support your pooch for years. We especially like the roof panels, which overlap to keep out the worst rain. They’re UV-resistant as well, so they remain intact for a long, long time. We suggest this to anyone who wants a great dog house for outdoor use and who can afford to make a larger investment in something that will last for many years.
Indoor Or Outdoor?
The first thing to decide when you’re shopping for a new dog house is whether you’ll be using yours outdoors or indoors. If you’re just going to be using it inside, life is easy! You don’t need to worry about weatherproofing, insulation, or anything like that. Just find something that looks good and is comfortable for your pooch!
For outdoor use, it’s essential to choose dog houses that are weatherproof and reasonably well-insulated. You can always improve insulation, but you shouldn’t have to do more than basic weatherproofing on your own. Even if your dog isn’t going to spend the whole day outside, it’s important for them to have a safe, snug retreat to hang out in. And if you tend to leave them out in the yard while you’re off at work, having a weatherproof dog house is important for rainy or snowy days.
Decide On Your Budget
Dog houses can cost anywhere from $50 to $500, depending on the materials used, the weatherproofing, and the general level of build quality. We recommend spending as much as you’re able, since this will be an investment in your animal’s comfort. However, if you’re choosing something that will only see indoor use, we don’t see any reason to pay more than $100. Since weatherproofing isn’t a concern, you can get away with spending a lot less money.
Choose Something Practical
Dog houses, like dog beds, can get dirty in a real hurry. Do yourself a favor up front and buy something that’s relatively easy to clean. Plastic might be uglier than wood, but remember that it’s dead-simple to wipe down and sanitize. If you’re going to go the wood route, one trick is to add a plastic tray inside on the floor, then fit a pet bed/cushion inside that. You’ll protect the wood flooring from any drips and messes, without compromising on comfort. Removable roofs make for easy cleaning, but you can usually fit a vacuum nozzle in the door and clean the floors with no issues. Shop vacs are obviously the better choice for outdoor houses where you never know what messes could lurk.
Likewise, you want to make sure that whatever dog house you choose is rugged enough to stand up to daily use, wherever you plan to use it. If it’s going to be outside, make sure it’s UV and weather-resistant. Make sure that the flooring is rated to handle the weight of your animal, if you’re choosing something raised.
Hopefully, you’ve seen at least one or two dog houses here that could suit your needs. You can learn more about any of the models we’ve recommended above by clicking on the links in our reviews. Or, check out the rest of our buying guides by visiting our homepage, which is where you’ll find helpful links to all our content.