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How Much Does a Dog House Cost?

 
low costWood Dog House: $70-$470average costPlastic Dog House: $155-$270high costDeluxe Dog House: $300-$4,500
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Outdoor dog houses provide shelter from the elements during extreme weather.

Typical costs:

  • Most dog houses cost $70-$470, depending on the size of the house and type of material used to build it. Higher-end dog houses can cost thousands of dollars
  • The ubiquitous wood dog house typically costs $70-$470, mostly depending on size but also features. For example, popular wood dog house manufacturer WARE's Premium dog house[1] costs $125-$195, depending on the dog's size. Our Pets' Cozy Cottage Dog House[2] , which won a Consumer Digest Best Buy Award, features double-wall construction for better insulation. It costs for $170 at Amazon.
  • Most dog houses are built for medium and large dog breeds. Some houses, like Merry Product's Room with a View pet house[3] , $106, are available for smaller dogs.
  • Plastic dog houses typically cost $155-$270. For example, the ASL Solutions Dog Palace[4] costs $200 at Petco.
  • Metal dog houses cost $175-$350. Options Plus Kennels[5] is one company that specializes in metal dog houses. Others include K-9 Kondo, which makes the popular Dog Den[6] brand metal dog house.
  • Deluxe dog houses, featuring hinged roofs, windows and patios, cost $300-$4,500. For example, The Mansion[7] , available at Target, costs $500.
Related articles: Dog Kennel, Pet Door, Owning a Dog

What should be included:
  • The dog house should be large enough for the pet to stand up and make a tight circle, but not much larger in cold weather as the dog's body heat won't be able to warm too big a space. Length should be about one and a half times the dog's length from head to rump. The width should be about one and a quarter the dog's length. The height should be about one and a half times the dog's height. The doorway need only be three-quarters the dog's shoulder height.
  • The most common material used for dog houses is wood. Wood is sturdy and breathable. Bacteria and parasites can be a problem in humid dog houses, so the more porous the material the better.
  • Plastic is another popular material. Plastic dog houses are generally easy to assemble, move and clean.
  • Metal dog houses are long lasting, as they don't warp, crack or rust.
  • A fiberglass dog cave by Places in the Yard costs $650, is extremely durable and fits two large dogs. The Cape Cod Cozy Cottage, complete with a fenced-in patio, indoor kennel and a doggie door and human door, costs $4,500.
Additional costs:
  • If the dog house doesn't have adequate air circulation, consider purchasing a solar exhaust fan to reduce humidity. These fans, like Sundance Solar's Ventilation Fan[8] , cost about $70.
  • Heating systems can be installed for $50-$150 but should only be necessary in extreme cold weather. The Dog Palace Dog Floor Heater[9] , for example, costs $62.
Discounts:
  • A DIY dog house costs $110-$309, depending on whether the house is professionally assembled. DIYornot.com[10] offers a rundown of this process.
  • Try Home Depot[11] or other supply stores for lumber and other supplies, and directions.
  • Lowe's offers tips and instructions[12] for building and placing a dog house, such as using a raised dog house to stay warm and dry and placing the house in the shade so it doesn't get too hot.
Shopping for a dog house:
  • Doghouses.com[13] has a wide variety of dog houses.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.waremfginc.com/detaildisplay.aspx?itemno=01701
  2.  www.amazon.com/Pets-Cozy-Cottage-House-Medium/dp/B002A080LY/
  3.  www.americas-pet-store.com/merry-products-room-with-a-view-pet-house.html
  4.  www.petco.com/product/10953/ASL-Solutions-Dog-Palace.aspx?CoreCat=DogSFC_DogHouses
  5.  www.optionspluskennels.com/doghouses.htm
  6.  www.k-9kondo.com/dog-den-1-regular-unassembled-dog-house-free-shipping/
  7.  www.target.com/p/the-mansion-cedar-brown-extra-large/-/A-10267266
  8.  www.amazon.com/Solar-Ventilation-Fan/dp/B002MVIPPW
  9.  www.doghouses.com/accessories/cooling-and-heating/dogpalacedogfloorheater.cfm
  10.  www.diyornot.com/Project.aspx?ndx1=1&ndx2=10&ndx3=0&Rcd=263
  11.  www.homedepot.com/
  12.  www.lowes.com/cd_span+classsearchtermBuildendecaterm+a+endecatermDoghousespan_939249501_
  13.  www.doghouses.com/
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