Addressing the basic needs of the dog, such as sun, wind, rain and snow protection a basic outdoor dog home is good, but practical with a purpose is better – even if that purpose is simply not to be an eyesore!

How to choose the perfect outdoor dog home

by Geryn Evans

Outdoor dog homes

If your best friend resides outside then an outdoor dog house is a must! Its main aim has to be to protect from the elements, but who said dog houses have to be boring?!

Every outdoor dog requires a proper shelter — a simple, yet practical retreat that will protect him from the elements. Many of us start out with a basic dog crate or kennel with the intention of it being a comfortable space. It’s practical and low-budget – but you have to ask yourself if it serves it’s purpose well? Once you’ve discovered your dog’s true personality and you’ve determined how and where your dog’s space fits into your family’s home space, you might consider getting a dog house that looks great and is a true space your dog can call their own.

Dog houses with a purpose

Addressing the basic needs of the dog, such as sun, wind, rain and snow protection a basic outdoor dog home is good, but practical with a purpose is better – even if that purpose is simply not to be an eyesore!

Wooden dog houses offer the best in ventilation as they made from natural materials. Sturdy and build to last, they are environmentally friendly and weather resistant. Inject some fun, vibrant colour into your dog’s living quarters with the Dog Shack.

For a dog who likes to sit and watch the world go by, the Oslo Kennel has a great pexiglass front panel that stands-up to the sun and the rain and allows for two-way communication between dog and owner.

Plastic dog houses are the modern answer to easy portability and quick clean-up. The Life Time Kennel is made of chew and rot resistant material, so that it stays in prime condition whatever the British weather.

Offering the dog equivalent of a ‘man cave’, The Dog Den is the perfect option if your looking for something that ‘blends in’ to your surroundings. If your dog will be out in the hot summer sun for long periods of time, then the Dog Den will keep your dog safe and cool for hours outdoors.

Both functional and pleasing on the eye (for the humans in the family) a rustic dog home can complement any rural home, or a holiday house. The Wine Barrel Kennel reuses the original oak materials give them a certain charm that you don’t get with more modern materials.

No matter which type of dog house you choose for your four-legged friend, just remember that even the most basic dog house can have an element of fun incorporated into it. A little style and personality never hurt anyone!

Follow our fun flowchart to find a tasteful, dog-friendly style – colourful, funky, traditional, alternative or laid back – that’s right for you and your dog.