When we mention a dog house we may imagine Snoopy sleeping on the peak of his dog house or have a vision of a dog house we saw in someone’s backyard or maybe your own.
One thing is certain when it comes to dog house designs there are no rules because unlike our regular homes there are no building codes for a dog house.
So that being said dog houses can be seen in all shapes and sizes, some so bizarre one would question whether it is really for a dog!
However there are some common designs that are the norm and they are as follows:
# 1 Gable roof dog house
This is the most common design because it mimics a typical home see all across the country, it is popular because it sheds water and will not let snow build up if you reside in a harsh winter climate.
In addition the gable dog house design allows air to vent through the ridge cap (if designed properly) keeping your dog cooler during the summer months.
Featured to the right is the Western Red Cedar Dog House.
A common material used is wood, and the house can be constructed in a variety of sizes, commonly small, medium, large and extra large.
The door for this dog house may be offset rather than in the middle, this will help protect your dog from the wind during the winter months.
# 2 Slanted roof dog house
The slanted roof dog house is popular with some dog owners because many feature a hinged roof so the owner can gain access to the house interior to clean or inspect their pet.
This design is also popular with dog breeders because they can inspect their puppies without disturbing the mother.
This style of house will shed water and snow just like the gable roof does.
This dog house may also be referred to as a sloped roof dog house.
Like the gable design it has an offset door to protect from the wind.
# 3 Flat roof dog house
This design is not real common and is usually homemade by a DIY fan.
The main disadvantage to this design is it will not shed snow or in some cases water, especially if there are low spots in the roof.
The main advantage to this design is it is real easy to build because there is no framing or rafts like a gable style house would feature.
The easy construction of this design makes it the most economical.
With the flat roof design it is easy to make an over hang to protect your dog from the wind and rain.
# 4 Igloo type dog house
This dog house was made famous by a California based company called Dogloo, Inc.
Since the climate in most of California is mild this design works well.
However if it is not insulated in some areas of the country that experience extreme cold or hot weather it may not be the best option for your dog.
These dog houses are very economical for the dog owner that is on a tight budget and lives in a mild climate it may be a good option.
The Igloo is also offered in an insulated model.
# 5 Custom or designer dog house
This particular design can be summed up by one phrase… money is no object. With these designs the sky is the limit and you are only limited by a wild imagination.
Often these dog houses are owned by celebrities and will be a direct reflection of their lifestyle and what their current estate may feature.
This type of dog house usually is built just like a regular custom home, with full blown blueprints, careful planning and a professional contractor.
Along with being called designer or custom these dwellings may also be referred to as luxury dog houses.
# 6 Unique dog houses
The doghouse that falls into this category may come in any shape imaginable, from empty oil drums to concrete blocks and everything in between.
They are usually the creation of a do it yourself type that saw a shape and decided that it would make a good dog house, or maybe not.
Often these dog houses are not practical in hostile climates, but in an area that offers a mild climate all year long it could work!
The different materials used to build a dog house
The most common is wood, which may include but not limited to pine, cedar, plywood, firwood and other woods depending on who is doing the building.
Another material that has become popular in recent years is the composite materials which can be made from wood products but are also infused with resin or plastic materials.
Of course the ever popular material is plastic, it can be found in a variety of different houses, but like some woods (especially cedar) not all plastic is created equal.
The quality of the plastic is going to be determined to some degree by how it is sourced, is it virgin plastic that can be quality controlled or is it recycled plastic?
Dog house add on options
In addition to a variety of designs and material options there are also some add on options you can consider when selecting a dog house.
One very popular option is an insulation package which will keep your dog warm during the winter months and cooler during the summer months.
Another option is selecting a solid door, often most dog houses feature some type of vinyl flap or in some cases no door at all.
Finally the ultimate option would be a dog house heating cooling system; these units coupled with an upgraded door would provide the ultimate comfort for your dog.
The final word about dog house designs
Someone at this point may ask what the best design is.
There is no best design; however there is one that will be better for your dog.
When all the factors are considered there will be one dog house design that emerges, the one that is best for your dog.
Factors that would include, what the climate is like where you reside, what breed and size is your dog, how old is your dog, what if any budget do you have to consider?
Where is the dog house going to be located on your property and finally does your dog like to chew everything is sight.
For even more information go to how to buy a dog house online page!
If you are the owner (or going to be) of a huge dog well then congrats, but you also have your own set of unique problems when it comes to dog house design, go to dog houses for large dogs for some help!