There are hundreds of dog houses to choose from on the market. If you have decided you want your dog to live full-time or part-time outdoors, you will need to consider appropriate size (for the dog), personal style, and extra comforts you may want to offer your pooch. Whether you visit a big box store or look for more specialized dog houses online, you will be faced with an amazing array of options. You can expect to spend anywhere from around $50 for what is essentially a crate, to well over $450 for a designer doghouse that looks like a modern home complete with front porch, a log cabin, an A-frame house, or even a barn. There are also “green” doghouses that are made up of a composite of recycled plastics and wood fibers. You can have your dog house pre-made or assemble yourself. Many new dog house designs don’t even require tools to assemble.
Doghouse roofs: Is your dog like Snoopy?
Depending on the breed dog you have, some dogs especially enjoy being able to be on top of the dog house to survey their surroundings or bask in the warmth of the sun. You can choose a simple flat-roofed dog house, which are usually available at your local farmer’s supply store, or go upscale and get a dog house with a covered or uncovered deck (complete with stairs).
Keep in mind if you have a flat-roofed dog house or it has a deck, you’ll need to shovel it off if it snows where you live like it does here in the Boston area. If you don’t think your dog has any need to sit on top of their dog house, then a pitched roof will be the better choice in terms of maintenance. Some dog house roofs have asphalt shingles which also help with sluicing off rain and snow.
What’s good about green dog houses?
Besides the obvious earth-friendly aspect, green doghouses from such companies as Eco Concepts are also relatively inexpensive, about $99 to $270. Recycled polymer doghouses can be painted the color of your choice (if you want it to match your house for example), are very easy to assemble, durable, and easy to clean. Many come with a removable roof. They are also pest-resistant, so you'll be less likely to need to call an exterminator.