Many people like to keep a dog as a companion. Whether it is a large dog, a medium-sized dog or a small dog, the dog breeds raised by each family are different, but the experience of helping the beloved dog to choose a dog house must be indispensable. In particular, medium and large dogs are more likely to be kept outdoors. In order to allow dogs to live comfortably and safely outdoors, it is extremely important to choose a sturdy dog house that can shelter from wind and rain, and isolate high temperature and humidity. When purchasing online or in physical pet supplies stores, in addition to considering the size and comparing prices, the material of the dog house is also the key to making the dog live comfortably. Next, this article will explain the precautions for purchasing, and select 10 popular products on online shopping platforms. Parents of hairy children are welcome to make more reference.  

Tips for buying an outdoor dog house

Dogs are also members of the family. When choosing a dog house for them, whether it can bring a comfortable life that is warm in winter and cool in summer and protected from wind and rain is also an important consideration. Readers can refer to the following content as a basis for purchasing, and evaluate the place where the dog house is placed to select the desired products.  

Small space but a sense of security

Whether it is placed indoors or outdoors, the width of the dog house is the most suitable for the dog to turn around freely. Especially in the dog house placed outdoors, it is enough to provide enough space for the dog to sleep, and a properly limited space can bring a sense of security. If the dog house has too much space, you can adjust the sense of space inside by placing blankets, flannel toys, etc. It’s just not recommended to raise it outdoors from puppyhood, and it is still recommended to wait until the adult dog needs to consider purchasing.  

Choose items that can withstand wind, rain and moisture

When raising the dog outdoors, you must think about the placement of the dog house and take into account the changes in the climate. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to choose a sturdy product that can protect against wind, rain and moisture.  

Sloping roof for good weatherproofing

Even if the dog house is placed as far as possible out of the rain, it can still get wet from the unexpected wind and rain. It is recommended to choose a product with a sloped roof or a small eaves at the entrance, both of which have a good rain protection effect. If you are still worried that the rain will splash into the dog house, you can also consider installing a plastic rain cover at the entrance as a reinforcement.  

Elevated bottom design can effectively prevent moisture

If the dog is to be kept outdoors, it is important to have good moisture protection measures. In order to minimize the impact of moisture from the ground, you can choose a style with a raised design at the bottom of the dog house, or a product that is coated with moisture-proof paint so that the bottom plate is not too thin. If you can’t find a satisfactory product, you can also use bricks and other materials to raise the dog house, and try to keep the distance from the ground to achieve effective moisture-proof.  

Common dog house material properties

Among the outdoor dog houses sold on the market, “wooden”, “plastic” and “steel” are the most common ones. These three have their own strengths and have some points to pay attention to in use, so choose and buy Be sure to fully understand the characteristics of the material before, and then I will explain it to you one by one.  

Wooden: Comfortable all year round

Wooden dog houses are always very popular. Whether it is a hot summer or a cold winter, wood can bring a comfortable living feeling, and if the material is strong enough, the durability will be relatively improved. However, if weak and inferior wood is selected, or the protective paint is not reliable enough, it will easily lead to wood corrosion and rapid deterioration and damage. In addition, due to the hygroscopicity of wood, it is also necessary to pay attention to whether the protective paint has waterproof function, especially the bottom of the dog house is most susceptible to moisture. It is recommended to choose a style with waterproof paint or a plastic lifting foot at the bottom.  

Plastic: easy to clean, affordable

The characteristic of the plastic dog house is that the material itself is water repellent, light in weight, easy to move and easy to clean; when it is dirty, it can be restored by simply rinsing with water, and there is no need to worry about rusting. In terms of price, it is cheaper than other materials, so it is quite popular. It’s just that plastic has a special smell, which is more intense and may cause discomfort to dogs with sensitive noses. In addition, the plastic material will deteriorate and deteriorate after a period of use, but as long as you avoid placing the dog house in direct sunlight, the aging speed can be slowed down. But also because the price is relatively cheap, it is recommended to buy new products every 2 to 3 years for replacement according to the use of the dog house.  

Steel: strong and reliable

If you raise a large dog with greater activity, it is quite suitable to choose a sturdy and reliable steel dog house. Because the material itself is heavy enough, it has good stability and excellent durability. It should be noted that although the style with wheels is convenient to move, it may also make the dog uneasy. In addition, due to the characteristics of metal materials, steel is easy to be cold in winter and hot in summer, so the placement must be carefully selected; in addition to the problem of water rust, choose products with waterproof and anti-oxidation paint would be ideal.  

Ease of cleaning is also important

Generally speaking, if the dog house is placed indoors, it will be cleaned frequently in order to keep the overall cleanliness and smell fresh. But when many people keep their dogs outdoors, they just feed, change the water and go out for a walk every day. In order to provide a good living environment for dogs, cleaning the dog house is the most basic condition, and it is best if it can be cleaned every day. In addition to cleaning the urine and urination, it is also necessary to remove other dirt stuck in the gaps, so as not to be more difficult to remove over time. It is recommended to choose a style with a larger opening, or a style that can open the roof directly from above, which can make the cleaning process more convenient; or choose a plastic product that can be cleaned directly by rinsing with water, which is also a good way.  

28 Inch Dog House Indoor Outdoor Pet Kennel


Suitable for small dogs: The overall size of this plastic dog house is 25in (L) 27in (W) 28in (H), which can be suitable for small dogs such as Pomeranian, Fa fight, Teddy, etc. Strong & Durable:Our dog house is fastened with snaps and screws to ensure the stability of the overall structure. A 160-pound adult can easily sit on the roof without crushing the house. The box contains two nails; you can also use it to fix the dog house on the ground. Outdoor Dog House:Our plastic dog house is ideal for use in backyard, patio, deck, etc. Double air vents ensures the circulation of fresh air, keeps your dog cool in summer. Besides, our dog house is made of heat-insulating materials; your pet will feel warmer if you put a blanket on the house in winter. Easy To Assemble&Waterproof & EASY TO CLEAN Simple tools, complete parts, clasp design and screw fixation. It only takes an adult half an hour to assemble it. Sealed connection and elevated floor to protect your dog from rain. With a detachable roof, it is very convenient for you to clean the dog house. Quality Assurance: If there are any problems with our products, please contact us as soon as possible.
Brand BestPet
Material Plastic
Color White
Item Dimensions LxWxH 27.9 x 26.2 x 27.5 inches
Assembly Required Yes

Starplast Large Dog Kennel: 1 Outdoor Plastic Pet House


OUTDOOR PROTECTION: The STARPLAST LARGE DOG KENNEL MODEL 50-701 will keep your small to large pet dry and protected outdoors; this plastic doghouse with an ample opening measures 33.8 by 33.1 by 32.3 inches; with only 6 pieces to assemble in less than 5 minutes, the durable, hassle-free home arrives in a box with printed instructions, ready to use or give VERSATILE, EASY TO USE: This STURDY LARGE DOG HOUSE looks trendy yet functional with its wide opening for animals weighing up to 50 pounds while keeping them warm and dry inside; it is lightweight at only 22 pounds so is easy to move around or clean; available in 2 non-fading color options of Browns or Beige and Green TOP QUALITY AND DURABLE: Made of a superior high-performance UV stabilized polypropylene plastic that is firm and BPA and phthalate free, it is weather, water, and rust proof; it will not fade, tear, warp, or deform; to assemble, click the 6 pieces together, and it is ready to house your canine; no tools required; clean with a damp cloth and air dry WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS: Founded in 1967 in Israel and made in America, STARPLAST is a family-owned company with a wealth of experience and a long-lasting commitment to value, quality, and innovation of products that include food storage containers and carriers, plant pots, deck boxes, laundry baskets, toolboxes, storage solutions, and houseware items SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: We know you will be impressed with our product and attentive customer service; if you are not completely satisfied, please contact us immediately so we can rectify the situation; BUY WITH CONFIDENCE the STARPLAST LARGE DOG SHELTER for your 4-legged friend and get innovative products that improve lives
Brand Starplast
Material Plastic
Color Brown/Mocha
Item Weight 22 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH 33.1 x 33.8 x 32.3 inches

PawHut Indoor/Outdoor Metal Dog Kennel


  • AMPLE SPACE: This outdoor dog kennel provides roomy space for your dogs to relax without feeling bound. The steel dog playpen assures extra security with a tall enclosure and solid lock.
  • EASY TO SETUP: This dog kennel comes with assembly instructions; all you need to do is combine the eight fence pieces. It has two rotating bowl holders and two bowls, so you can feed your pets without opening the door.
  • WATER-RESISTANT COVER: The dog crate has a wear-resistant Oxford material canopy that protects from the sun or light rain.
  • STURDY CONSTRUCTION: This dog shelter has a steel wire and solid steel frame; this cage supports a stable house for your dog and is enough for daily use.
  • DOG KENNEL INFORMATION: Overall Dimensions: 55.5″ L x 55.5″ W x 60.25″ H (includes the roof). Door Dimensions: 22.25″ W x 40.5″ H. Assembly required.
Brand PawHut
Item Dimensions LxWxH 55.5 x 55.5 x 60.25 inches
Material Steel, Oxford cloth
Number of Doors 1
Target Species Dog
Color Black, Red;

Ferplast DogVilla Small Dog House


Durable Dog House ; Made with anti-shock robust plastic that is waterproof and UV rays resistant ; Dog house measures 28.74L x 23.23W x 20.87H – inches and is ideal for small dog breeds Patented Fold-Out Porch ; Side panel opens into a porch providing additional living space and ventilation for your dog ; Dog house can be assembled w/ the fold-out door on right or left side Suitable Ventilation ; Large entry-way, fold-out porch along with built-in ventilation and drainage system provides your dog with a healthy, ventilated and dry living space Easy Assembly Dog House ; Outdoor dog house does not require any tools for assembly and can be constructed or dismantled very easily. Made of tough thermoplastic resin
Brand Ferplast
Material Plastic
Item Weight 3.25 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH 28.74 x 23.23 x 20.87 inches
Assembly Required Yes

PUKAMI Plastic Dog House Outdoor Indoor

$129.99 ($129.99 / Count)

♻【Durable & Safety Structure】Our dog house is made of high quality PP material and is fixed with clips and screws, durable and has good stability and also corrosion and weather resistance. The dog house comes with two nails, which can be used in the courtyard or other outdoor places to fix the dog house on the ground, providing a safe and stable resting place for your pet! ?【Extra Large Space】The oversize of the dog house is 34.5 in(L)×31 in(W)×32 in(H). Entrance size is 21 in(H)×13 in(W). Internal dimensions is 27.5 in×27.5 in×27.5 in. The space in the dog house is suitable for dogs up to 50 pounds. This plastic dog house is ideal for backyard, patio, deck, etc. ?【Weatherproof Structural Design】Our dog house has an airtight protective design with a 3.1″ high base and a sloped waterproof roof to prevent dirty water from flowing into the house, protecting your pet from dirt, rain, and snow and keeping the cabin comfortable and dry. This plastic house is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, providing a comfortable resting environment for dogs. ?【 Easy Installation】All accessories are included for easy installation; follow the steps in the manual, only a screwdriver can be easily assembled in 30 minutes (TIps:our screwdriver design is a two-headed design, one for the installation of large screws, one for the installation of small screws), while our installation kit also provides you with gloves, you can put on gloves for installation to prevent being scratched ✅【Easy Cleaning】 If you want to clean up the interior of the dog house, just loose the screws and take off the detachable roof. With a detachable roof, it is very convenient for you to clean the dog house. ?【Ventilation Design & Constant Temperature】PUKAMI dog houses have a vent in the front and back to ensure air circulation; your pet can breathe fresh air no matter what the weather is like outside; the thermal balance feature keeps your dog cool in the summer and warm in the winter. ?【Customer Service】If there is any problem with the dog house in 30 days, please contact us directly for a free replacement or full refund. Our customer support team will respond within 24 hours! 100% satisfactory solution if any issue! CONTACT US: Login to your amazon account > choose “Your orders” > find the order ID > click “Contact seller”.
Material Plastic
Color Red,Blue,Grey
Style 34inch
Assembly Required Yes

Funtailave Portable Puppy Playpen for Pets

$35.99 ($35.99 / Count)

High Quality Puppy Playpen–The dog playpen foldabl equipped with a travel bag is composed of high quality oxford coated material and high-grade thick mesh for convenient storage and carrying. Roomy 8 side-panels form a circular shape interior design gives your pet room to play. Playpen for Pets equipped with zippered door provides easy in/out access for your pets. Convenient to Carry and Clean– The soft pet playpen features with a handle bar for dragging is easy carry. The cat playpen is ideal for traveling, camping and relaxing travel. The waterproof and breathable dog tent & cat tent is washable to ensure your lovely pets will in a clean environment! You can put a mat at the pets playpen bottom, just wash the mat when it get dirty. Easy to Open and Fold–The pop up dog playpen is easy to assemble. It takes just seconds to open the portable puppy for pets from Folded. Comes with a Free and convenient carrying case. Pet playpen for cat can be easily placed in the storage bag when not in use, doesn’t occupy space. You will feel simple and interested to fold the puppy playpen. The portable design makes dog play pen for Pets a perfect choice for travel. Pop Up Playpen–This dog kennel house also features a mesh zippered entrance along the side you can fasten the door open with the attached Velcro. Enclosure pup dog tent gives your pet room to play or sleep. Lightweight mesh “windows” and tops provide good airflow and visibility which makes it possible for your pet to hide from the sun and breath the fresh air. Best Service and Dog Playpen–Portable Pet Playpen suitable for pregnant cat,cat mama and kittens,suitable for injured pet that was on strict activity restriction. If you have issues with quality or damage due to shipping please feel free to contact us. We will replace your Playpen or refund your money. We’ve got your back with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Big pets are not suitable for this portable puppy play
Brand Funtailave
Color Grey
Assembly Required No

Aivituvin Dog House Feral Cat House Outdoor and Indoor


★Wooden Dog House with Upgraded sturdy wire door to keep safety and prevent running away when pet is alone at home. ★100% solid Fir wood of cats condo with water based painting. ECO-friendly to protect your small animals. ★Inner size of room: 27.4″Lx19.1″Wx25.8″H, big enough for 1-2 cats up to 18lb. ★The pet house designed with balcony,rest room and side stairs, provide comfortable playing and sleeping room. ★Each part is stamped seperately, all the screw holes are aligned properly to be easy assemble.
Brand Aivituvin
Material Wood
Color Grey
Item Dimensions LxWxH 29.9 x 18.9 x 26 inches
Assembly Required Yes

Petmate Precision Extreme Outback Log Cabin Dog House


LARGE DOG HOUSE: Cabin dog house’s sealed protective coating, raised floor, & slanted asphalt roof provide protection from the elements and keep the cabin comfortable & dry. Assembles in 3 steps. Features an offset door so pets can get away from wind & rain. Dimensions: 46.1″ x 32.7″ x 5.3″ Durable: With solid wood & stainless-steel hardware, the outdoor dog shelter is strong & sturdy for long-lasting protection. The outdoor dog house accommodates large dog breeds. KENNELS & HOUSES: Crate & kennel training is vital for dog safety & comfort. We provide traditional travel carriers, wire training & exercise kennels, play pens, barn-style dog houses & more. PRECISION PET: Precision Pet offers a variety of heavy-duty products such as wire crates, chicken coops & rabbit hutches that provide pets with a cozy & safe place to rest, nest & feed. Also features litter box accessories & more. JUST FOR PETS: Petmate makes a variety of pet products for dogs, cats, chickens & other small furry friends! Check out our brands such as Aspen Pet, Arm & Hammer, Booda, Chuckit!, Jackson Galaxy & more!
Material Blend
Color Natural Wood
Style Extreme
Item Weight 8 Pounds

Frequently Asked Questions about Buying an Outdoor Dog House

After reading the above instructions, I believe that everyone has some ideas on how to choose an outdoor dog house. At the end of the article, several difficult and miscellaneous diseases that may be encountered are gathered, hoping to help you clarify your doubts.  

Can an indoor dog house be used outdoors?

Although the styles of dog house products are basically the same, most of the styles designed for outdoor use will consider waterproofing and other aspects, unlike indoor ones, which can be completely based on aesthetics. It is recommended to confirm the main specifications of the product before purchasing. If the conditions are met, it is no problem to use it outdoors. Or you can buy a pet air cage that is also made of plastic, the width is the dog can turn around in it, and the length is 1.5 times the length of the dog.  

Can a DIY dog house be difficult?

There are quite a few owners who choose to make their own dog house, and even find a lot of design drawings on the Internet. For beginners who want to try woodworking, it is a relatively easy topic to get started with. And if you want to have a unique dog house, but you are not sure whether you can control it, there are also manufacturers who provide customized services. If you are interested, you can search a lot.  

How to choose a dog house or a dog cage?

Generally speaking, a dog cage has more gates or fences than a dog house. At present, it is to prevent dogs from accidentally running out of the house. But if you have a way to keep your dog from going out, or if your dog has a stable personality and won’t run around, you can choose an open dog house to give them more freedom.  


The ideal outdoor dog house can bring the dog a comfortable and stable living feeling, but no matter what material and style you choose, you must always clean the environment inside and outside the dog house, so that the dog will be happy to live in; The independent environment of the dog house can lead to a happier and healthier life with the family. Owners who want to buy can find their exclusive fortress for their dogs through the introduction and popular rankings of this article.

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