Best Dog Houses

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 15, 2017
If you have purchased a pet, you should definitely provide a new family member with its own place. It can be a cozy pet houses where the dog or cat can relax after a walk or play with its favorite toy. Our review of the pet houses may help choose the best one! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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SIZE
MATERIAL
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PROS
Large inner space for your pet's convenience. Made of durable plastic, this house will serve your dog for a long time.
CONS
It is a little bit difficult to put some parts together. Still, the construction is very sturdy.
OUR VERDICT
This house is intended for big dogs, it is spacious and roomy. Thus, it is perfect for outdoor use.This model can really provide your pet with maximum comfort.
detailed parameters
USE
Outdoor
SIZE
38.5 x 33 x 32 inches
MATERIAL
BPA-plastic
EXTRAS
Vinyl doors preventing insects and wind, Letters to personalize with your pet's name
PROS
You can open the roof and remove the bottom floor for the quick cleaning. The off-center entrance provides more space for your pet to turn around. Available in 2 colors and 3 sizes.
CONS
Even the smallest size S will be too roomy for fancy breeds.
OUR VERDICT
This big and comfortable pet house will fit any animal. The steady frame can withstand the foul weather. In addition, the owners will definitely appreciate its design.
detailed parameters
USE
Outdoor
SIZE
(S)33.7 x 22 x 22.9 inches Available in M, L, XL
MATERIAL
Cedar wood
EXTRAS
Removable bottom floor and opening roof for easy cleaning
PROS
The divider panel is very useful since it allows you to control the crate size.
CONS
The latches that hold the doors might wear if you open the crate too often.
OUR VERDICT
The best option for transportation due to its foldable design! It is pretty roomy, so will provide ample space for your small furry friend.
detailed parameters
USE
Indoor
SIZE
42 x 28 x 30 inches Available in 6 more sizes
MATERIAL
Metal
EXTRAS
Washable plastic pan, Foldable construction, Carrying handles, Divider panel
PROS
The material of this pet house is durable and light. Thus, it is easy to clean it. Moreover, this is an ideal model for transportation. Available in 5 sizes and 4 colors.
CONS
Has a low bottom. Thus, in bad weather conditions the rain can get into this pet house.
OUR VERDICT
A really good solution for indoor and outdoor use. A range of sizes allows to select the appropriate model for pets of any breeds.
detailed parameters
USE
Indoor/Outdoor
SIZE
(XL)38 x 29 x 30 Available in XS, S, M, L
MATERIAL
BPA-plastic
EXTRAS
It can be used as a couch due to the removable roof
PROS
Made of light materials. Thus, due to the weight and compact size, this pet house is easy to set wherever you want. Available in 2 colors. Can also serve as a cat kennel.
CONS
The extremely active pets can damage its soft material.
OUR VERDICT
This is a wonderful, collapsible model for small cats and dogs. Can also serve as a soft cushion. Extremely cozy dog and cat house!
detailed parameters
USE
Indoor
SIZE
16.5 x 18.9 x 17.3 inches
MATERIAL
Soft foam
EXTRAS
It is collapsible, Soft material is convenient for storage and transportation.

What is a Dog House

We all know that a puppy, as well as a kitten, has got to have its own place. Moreover, it is better to train your pet to live in its own house from the earliest days. This should be a cozy place where your pet will feel comfortable and safe. Naturally, the pet will spend there most of its time playing and sleeping. The convenient house is the main condition for the psychological comfort of your pet. That is why we would like to present you the five most popular houses for animals that can be installed both outdoors and indoors.

We also expect you to take a look at our review of the best dog leashes. We've thoroughly examined different models, so we are almost 100% sure you’ll find the one to your liking. Moreover, they are fully compatible with any of the harnesses from this review. After that, you might want to check out our pick of the best dog beds.

What Features to Compare

Before purchasing a dog house, you should know exactly where you want to place it. The Location is extremely important. If you have a small decorative dog, a soft foam house or a small wooden one will be perfect. In addition, such dog houses will also complement your interior. As for large dogs, we suggest bigger and sturdier ones. Generally, the houses for big dogs are set in the garden. Thus, they must be weatherproof.

Once you have decided on the location, you should consider not only the Size of the pet but also the Size of the house. The size is a very important criterion because too big and spacious houses can easily scare small pets. And if you choose a tiny house, the pet will not feel comfortable. So, the house for animals must be chosen according to the size of the full, adult animal.

The next very important aspect that affects the durability of the house - is the Material. The dog house must be natural and strong, especially if it is intended for outdoor use. The houses made of soft materials are often not very durable because most dogs like burying. In most cases the flimsy material wears out faster under the dog claws.

Every house has got its own unique Features for enhanced comfort of the pet. Some houses have a hinged roof for easy cleaning. Others have a small balcony attached to the roof so that your dog or cat can enjoy the warm, sunny days. Furthermore, the additional door flap can protect your pet from the wind or insects. And, finally, the nameplate will make your pet house exclusive.

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Suncast Large Deluxe Dog House

Location

This dog's house in a classic style is designed for outdoor usage. Accordingly, it is not suitable for cats. This model can be placed on any smooth surface. In addition, the Suncast Large Deluxe Dog House has a durable frame that will protect your dog from the rain and the wind. All in all, this kennel dog will serve as a cozy shelter for your pet.

Size

This is a really big pet house. It measures 38.5 x 33 x 32 inches. Such size of the house will fit large breed dogs with the weight up to 100 pounds. We would like to emphasize that even if you have two medium-sized dogs, this house can do you a great service. So, if you are the owner of more than one pet, you should definitely consider this pet house.

Material

The house for dog is made of environmental BPA-plastic. So, a house will not harm your pet's health. Some customers say that the material looks a little bit flimsy. But, we would like to assure you, that the construction is quite sturdy. Moreover, even extremely active heavy dogs are not able to destroy it. And one more advantage of this house is the soft vinyl door included in a set. Upon installation of this door, you pet will be able to walk in and out of the house without injuring itself.

Features

This house has a waterproof roof. This is really convenient because even in the bad weather your pet will be protected. In addition, the vinyl door will prevent the invasion of insects, beetles and wasps. And the unique feature of this model is the nameplate. Just imagine, this house can be personalized with the name of your animal. Great stuff!

Suncast Large Deluxe Dog House
Suncast Large Deluxe Dog House
 

Petsfit Dog House Outdoor

Location

This pet house has been designed for outdoor use. It's weatherproof and it doesn't let the rain seep inside. If you're looking for a solid house to set in the yard, Petsfit Dog House will surely do. It will protect your pet from the direct sunlight, heavy rains and snow. Optionally, you can also purchase a Dog House Soft-sided Mat to use inside the kennel. Your doggie will surely love to cuddle up in it and get itself warm. On warm, sunny days, you can lift up the roof a bit, enabling air ventilation and letting the sun beams in.

Size

This particular kennel is rather small and measured at 30.7 x 20.9 x 22.8 inches (S size). It's a popular choice among the owners of small to medium-sized breeds. Yet, if you've got a bigger dog, you can order a bigger size of the kennel from the official website of a manufacturer. M, L and XL sizes are available. The other good thing about this house is that it's available in two colors - Red and Turquoise. On the whole, you'll surely find the one to fit into your exterior.

Material

The construction of the house is made of natural cedar wood and its exterior is layered with high-quality latex paint. This all means that this kennel is absolutely safe for animal's use. The house comes with a removable asphalt roofing so that the dog or the cat can be protected in any weather conditions. The whole set comes with a vinyl door flap. If you've never bought a kennel before and have got no clue how to put it together, Petsfit house for dog requires no effort whatsoever. All the holes are pre-drilled so you just need to get some tools and screw the pieces together.

Features

Owing to the hinged roof mounted at pneumatic struts, it's easy to open the kennel for quick clean-up and ventilation. The bottom is also removable. Whenever you see that it's got rather filthy, just take it out and wipe out with a rag or a sponge. This is the only pet house in our review based on the adjustable feet. Regardless of the landscape of your yard, you'll be able to set it just the way you'd like to.

Petsfit Dog House Outdoor
Petsfit Dog House Outdoor
 

MidWest iCrate Double

Location

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Size

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Material

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MidWest iCrate Double
MidWest iCrate Double
 

Petmate 290710 Barn Home III for Small Pets

Location

Probably, this is one of the best models for outdoor use. It is quite sturdy and roomy. Moreover, it is available in different colors: White, White/Blue, Multicolour and Samba Red/Black. Thanks to such a variety of colors, Petmate house really fits any exterior and interior! But, take into account that a low bottom may allow water to get inside after the rain. So, it is advisable to set this pet house on the veranda. And, finally, you can choose the smaller one for decorative dog or cat and place it inside.

Size

The size of this kennel for animals is XL -38 x 29 x 30 inches. However, this model is available in several size options. According to the customers' reviews, the biggest one is suitable for large dogs up to 90 pounds. So, you can easily pick up the best one for your pet. What is more, it can serve as ideal cat house as well as doggy house. Our verdict - a wonderful dog and cat kennel!

Material

The manufacturer takes care of the pets' health. For this reason, the house is made of thick BPA-free plastic. The material is durable and water resistant. The construction is quite simple. The house contains only the top and the bottom. Hence, it is easy to clean. All in all, this high-quality pet house can withstand even the most severe winters.

Features

As we have already mentioned, this dog and cat house has a removable roof, that makes it possible to use it as a cushion. You just have to lay a special mattress, which you can optionally purchase. Additionally, you can easily snap the house together for full construction. In conclusion, its special two-tone color scheme design makes the Petmate house very stylish and modern.

Petmate 290710 Barn Home III for Small Pets
Petmate 290710 Barn Home III for Small Pets
 

Pawz Road House For Medium and Small Dogs

Location

This house for the animals is suitable only for inside usage. So, you can place it directly in your room. This means that this pet house will fit even cats. In addition, this model is collapsible. Thanks to this feature, you can take it wherever you want. All in all, if you are looking for a soft and cozy pet's private place, you should pay attention to PAWZ Road House.

Size

This model is not too large in size. Its dimensions are 16.5 x 18.9 x 17.3 inches. Thus, it is obvious that the house is suitable for small pets. According to the customers' reviews, this house is mainly bought for some fancy breeds. This implies that it can also serve as a cat kennel. One more benefit - this model is represented in green and red colors. Thus, you can choose a red one for a cat kennel, and green - for a dog kennel.

Material

The Pawz Road House is made of soft foam. This is great! Your pets will definitely like this house since they can trample or burrow into the soft bottom. But, on the other hand, soft materials are easier to damage. Taking this point into account, the manufacturers provide their products with a cushioned removable mat to lay down inside, thus, prolonging the lifetime of the foam big time.

Features

Of course, the main feature of this pet house is its collapsible design. This means, that it is very easy to fold this house up and down. Hence, it is perfect for storage and transportation. Additionally, you can wash Pawz Road house in the washing machine. On the whole, this model is an ideal acquisition for the active on-the-move owners of small pets!

Pawz Road House For Medium and Small Dogs
Pawz Road House For Medium and Small Dogs
 

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