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Guide to Dog Houses

Dog House : What is it?

Dog Houses

A dog house is a small shed that provides a dog with shelter from the sun, rain, and wind. It is usually built in the shape of a little house. It is placed in the backyard or the front lawn.     

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Types of Dog Houses

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Kinds of Dog Houses include the following:

Wooden dog house

  • Wood is the traditional material used for building dog houses.
  • The wooden dog house remains the most popular type of dog house.
  • It is usually made of wood that resists decay such as redwood and cedar.
  • Because wood is a great insulator, it keeps a dog warm during cold days and cool during hot days.
  • It blends easily with any type of landscaping and architectural design.


Plastic dog house


  • A plastic dog house is relatively inexpensive, easy to maintain, lightweight, and ready to use.
  • It can come in the form of an igloo, barns, or a conventional dog house with a pitch roof.
  • However, it provides a hot environment during the summer and a cold one in the winter.


Metal dog house

  • A metal dog house is a rectangular unit made of aluminum or stainless steel.
  • It is heavily insulated and almost indestructible.
  • It does not rot.
  • The dog cannot chew on it.


Fiberglass dog house


  • A fiberglass dog house is made from 100% heavy-duty fiberglass.
  • It does not leak or rot.
  • It usually comes in the form of a cave that can hold two dogs comfortably.

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Choosing Dog Houses (Buying tips)

Door: Choose a dog house with an offset door that provides a windbreak and a cooler environment. The door should be installed during cold months.  

Shade: 
Look for a dog house with a porch and an awning cover over the door to get extra shade during hot days.  

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