Dog House Buyer's Guide

Log Cabin Dog Houses

Here is a sampling of log cabin style dog houses from To create the log cabin effect, these houses are made from partially-rounded wooden siding - generally made from fir or a comparable softwood - and then stained to various shades of brown. They're definitely a step up from the economy dog houses but don't cost that much more.

Outback Log Cabin

The Outback Dog House features a raised floor and slant-roof that helps to keep your pet dry. The roof also doubles as a doggie sun deck. An off-center entrance provides increased shelter from the elements while allowing your pet a little extra privacy. The Outback is available in small, medium, and large sizes. 

The house is made from solid fir wood with a cedar colored stain on the walls and a green stain on the roof. These earth-tone colors allow the dog house to blend into the natural decor of your outdoor environment or backyard. A door is not provided although you could easily make one yourself from a piece of flexible vinyl.


Outback Personalized Dog House Package

Now, this is one attractive dog house! The complete package includes: an Outback Country Lodge Dog House, a Snoozy Sleeper Pet Bed, and a personalized Pet Plaque for the house. Solid fir wood construction with a raised floor, waterproof leg protectors and a peak roof design helps to keep your pet dry. Durable weatherproof liner within the roof adds protection during rainy season. Adjustable feet for rough terrain. Walnut colored stain on solid fir promotes a natural look to enhance your backyard.  You can mark your dog's territory with a Black Gold Pet Plaque that's made of recycled cast aluminum and painted with weather resistant finish.


Pet Chalet Cedar Dog House

The Pet Chalet Cedar Dog House offers some interesting features that make for a different look. The entire house - including the roof - is clad in decay resistant cedar to create a classic rustic cabin effect. The orientation of the grooves in the roof panels gives the appearance of a metal roof - another design feature often seen on cabins. The "faux" chimney, the cedar slat ventilation window, and door overhang are the crowning rustic touches.

This dog house is also solidly constructed, including a raised panel floor which will keep your pet off of the cold, wet ground. It is available in two sizes to accommodate medium to large size dogs and is very easy to assemble.

Caution: you may find yourself day dreaming about skiing in the Swiss Alps every time you look at this beauty. A slightly larger overhang is the only thing I would prefer.

Mini Log Home Dog House

This model is perhaps the most log-cabin-like dog house of all the ones featured here. The rustic look of the rounded beams and slanted roof extends to the optional front porch, perfect for lounging around and surveying the landscape. The roof is removable for easy cleaning.

In terms of construction, the house is is made from Asian fir with a cedar stain applied. Although not an option, cedar would have been a better choice of woods due to it's superior decay resistance. But the house will still likely outlive most dogs.


The Chalet Dog House

A Swiss chalet style dog house - now, there's something you don't see every day! This house is characterized by a projecting roof that provides an extra measure of protection from the elements. A front porch gets your pet off the ground and also provides a nice compliment to the rest of the structure.

The Chalet Dog House is made from fir wood and is designed for large dogs. It has a removable roof top and bottom panels for easy cleaning.

The dark brown stain on this house means the inevitable dirt and mud will be less obvious. The doorway is fairly large so you might think about adding a vinyl flap during the winter for better heat retention.


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