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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best dog beds, dog toys, and dog accessories, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed dog houses on Amazon that will keep them dry and warm. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
“This is a great dog house. I bought it for my son who lives in Reno, Nevada. The dogs have to sleep outside and this house seems to afford the most protection with it’s slightly angled tunnel opening. I also bought a flap door to help keep out the wind (an extra) and a heated pad to go under their bed. My son is very pleased with it and the dogs are happy to go on it where they snuggle up together.”
Aspen Pet PetBarn 3
“I have bought three of these houses and I love them! They’re as durable as the igloo houses you can buy from pet stores, but a fraction of the cost! I have BIG dogs who like to chew. My dogs like to sit on top of their houses and ‘guard’ the backyard and after having two of these houses for well over a year, they are still as durable as when they were delivered, even though my dogs have chewed on the sides when they’ve been bored. I would highly recommend this house, especially if you have large breeds like I do.”
Petmate Barnhome III Dog House
“My 90-pound pitbull Chucky loves this doghouse. I will find him outside laying in it even though he has freedom to come in through his doggy door. I have to beg him to leave it and come sleep in the house at night, and sometimes he prefers to stay in it. It is sturdy, very very inexpensive compared to others, and extra roomy, with lots of space for air circulation. I just tossed a thin cushion into it and he loves laying in there. Best money spent in years.”
Lucky Dog Uptown Welded Wire Kennel
“We have a three-month old Lab that we need to contain when we’re at work. I like that it can’t quite get its mouth around the wires due to the spacing where in a chain link they would probably bend the wires. Very easy to build, my husband and I probably spent an hour. The cover is great, very sturdy and will protect against rain and sun.”
Suncast DH250 Dog House
“Great dog house, fairly easy to assemble, you just line up the panels and snap it together. Don’t worry about it feeling a little flimsy when you first unpack it, when it’s put together it has adequate structural integrity. Our 45-pound dog loves it and she has plenty of room. And not a drop of water inside when we hosed it down. The roof unsnaps (you’ll get better at this over time) for cleaning and blankie arranging.”
Petsfit Dog House
“Love the dog house. We needed something off the ground since we didn’t want our dog sleeping in a wet bed. This dog house appears sturdy, the shingle top is not only classy but functional, the lifting lid is much appreciated. Our dog took to it immediately. The bottom of the dog house is slatted so there is venting. It was a breeze to put together and is strong enough to handle the rough spinning and clumsiness of our big silly dog.”
Indoor Outdoor Dog House Small to Medium Pet All Weather Doghouse Puppy Shelter
“A really sturdy, nice looking dog house. The plastic is really strong and the lower tan part snaps together very easy. The roof then screws down to make it very solid. We really like that it was not made of wood since that will rot faster out here, the house is elevated, and has a large opening. There is even a space above the door for you to put the pets name. Overall well worth it.”
Arf Frame Dog House with Dark Frame
“LOVE LOVE LOVE … I purchased this little condo (x-small) to replace one of those worthless fabric ones of the same size, that I have indoors for a “quiet place” for my little chihuahua. I love it. He loves it. My other dogs love it. IT was a winner. I put it together in about 15 minutes, then took it outside and sprayed it with clear coat. It has little plastic feet on the bottom to protect your floors, and sits about 2 inches from the floor. ENJOY.”
Confidence Pet Waterproof Plastic Dog Kennel Outdoor Winter House
“Definitely worth the money, and they were very inexpensive! Easy to assemble, just follow the directions included. It took my Rottweilers a couple of weeks out in the rain to finally give the house a try, but now they enjoy them, and haven’t even attempted to chew or tear the houses up! I am impressed!!! My dogs are both huge dogs, 150 and 170 pounds and easily fit in this XL dog house with room to turn around without problems and lie comfortably.”
Merry Pet MPS002 Wood Room with a View Pet House
“My 4 month old Shih Tzu absolutely loves her fortress! She sleeps comfortably in the bottom room, and uses the terrace to play with her teething toys. For the price, I was surprised to find how well made and sturdy the wood was. In addition, I ditched the stairs in favor of Solvit pupSTEPS which fit perfectly onto the structure! The smell of fresh cedar was a pleasant surprise.”
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