About this Site
The impetus for creating this site began when a friend asked me a
seemingly simple question: "What kind of dog house should I get for my
dog?" Well, it was quite a few years since I built a dog house for our
hunting beagle Chip so I suggested that we do a little research to see
what's out there. That's when I realized there's more to this dog house
thing than I initially thought...
Some of the questions we were confronted with: Should we go with wood
or plastic? If wood, what kind of wood? A peaked or flat roof? Wood
shingles or asphalt shingles? Centered or off-set doorway? What about
insulation and heating? Is a cooling system required? What size house is
In trying to answer these various questions, it quickly became
apparent that the relatively simple task of selecting a dog house has
been needlessly complicated by an abundance of inaccurate, incomplete,
confusing, and biased information on the Internet. There are also lots
of conflicting recommendations floating around.
For example, some web sites extol the insulating virtues of plastic
dog houses whereas others tell you that plastic stinks and wood is the
only way to go. Some say wood shingles are best, others claim asphalt
shingles are best. There are also many different "formulas" offered for
determining how big a dog house should be (this is probably the most
confusing aspect of buying a dog house).
To make a long story short, we eventually waded through the muck
enough to make a semi-informed decision about what kind of house to buy
for Rover. Now, he's happy, warm, and dry. And we both learned a few
things along the way...
This site contains much of what I learned as part of that dog house
buying experience plus lots of additional information I picked up
afterwards. I hope you find this material useful.
Note: I am not a veterinarian, certified dog trainer, or any other
kind of official dog expert. However, I am a fairly accomplished
hobbyist woodworker and I believe I have a pretty good grasp of sound
construction techniques. What I know about dogs is from growing up with
a few of them as family pets and from what I've learned in researching
the material for this site. In cases where there is no clear-cut
consensus from the so-called experts about a specific topic, I've made
efforts to present more than one viewpoint so that you're in a position
to make an educated decision based on the available data.
Best of luck in your dog house quest...
Comments or questions?