Cedar Dog House
Cedar is a very popular wood for dog houses for a number of reasons: The oil
in cedar is a natural deterrent to fleas, ticks and termites, the wood is very
decay resistant, it does not require painting (assuming you don't mind the
rustic gray look), it smells nice, it's fairly strong yet lightweight, and it is
inexpensive. What more could a dog or a dog owner want? Cedar chips also work
quite well as a bedding material for dogs.
Many cedar dog houses use conventional construction lumber (spruce, hemlock,
fir, pine) for the framing. Solid cedar boards are then used for the
siding, roof, external trim, and interior panels. An advantage of a cedar roof
is that it reduces the solar heat build-up compared to asphalt shingles. It also
makes for a much lighter roof, allowing the roof to easily be removed for
cleaning or otherwise accessing the interior of the dog house.
is more than one species of cedar wood so know what kind you are getting when
you purchase a cedar
dog house. Western Red Cedar is considered by many to be the best species
for a dog house. Superior rot resistance, minimal warping, and large
knot-free boards are some of the hallmarks of this wood.