Best Dog Houses For Winter

Welcome to our guide to the best dog houses for winter. We know that you want the very best for your dog: especially when it comes to keeping them safe, warm and healthy during the cold winter months. A good quality dog house will provide your dog with shelter from the wind, rain and cold weather whilst also looking welcoming and enticing for your pooch.

You may wish to have a dog house in your garden to give your dog the option to go in there during the day for shelter and warmth or this may be where your pet is going to sleep at night. Depending on how you intend for your dog to use the house will impact the features and style of dog house you require; we have included a wide variety so that you can find the perfect one to meet your needs.

If you plan for your pet to stay in their house overnight then we would recommend one of the best insulated dog houses or a heated dog kennel to provide extra warmth and insulation. If you want to offer your pet a dog house for winter days in the garden then we’d advise getting an extra large model so that you can place a dog bed, food and water bowl inside to entice them to get in from the cold outside weather.

Whatever your needs for your dog, we aim to meet them with our range of the best houses: we have included a detailed review of the 10 best dog houses on the market and hope you can find the perfect model for you and your pet. 

Best Dog House For Winter Reviews

1. Kerbl Deluxe insulated dog palace

Kerbl Deluxe insulated dog palace

This kennel is more like a deluxe insulated dog palace thanks to all of the added extras and high quality materials used and this is why it has gained our top spot. This dog palace with floor heater insulation will allow your dog to be cosy, protected and warm throughout the winter whilst also looking good in your garden thanks to the neutral cream and brown colouring and the traditional house dog design. The best feature of the Kerbl dog houses for winter has to be the unique insulation technology: the double walls are lined with 3 inches of styrofoam creating a cosy environment for your pet in both summer and winter. The door of the house features a curtain made of transparent blinds for protection against the elements once your dog is inside whilst also being easy for your dog to get in and out of on their own. There is plenty of space inside for dog beds, bowls and blankets; you can make this a really comfortable space for your dog to relax in and enjoy. The bitumen roof is weatherproof to keep dogs sheltered from the rain whilst inside. This would be a suitable house for your dog to relax in day or night: you could even use it to assist with dog training purposes. The dog house arrives disassembled in the box with assembly instructions and is straightforward to fully assemble ready for your dogs.  This is the best dog palace with floor heater and wall insulation: your dog will be keen to get through the door and into their cosy home. Of our 10 best dog homes: this is number 1. 

2. Starplast Large Dog Kennel Starplast Dog House 

Starplast Large Dog Kennel Starplast Dog House

This specialist plastic dog kennel has been designed to keep your beloved pets safe, warm and protected in all weathers. The Starplast dog kennel is made from high quality plastics that have been carefully manufactured to create a stable and sturdy dog house for winter. Construction of this dog house is simple and really straight forward to assemble: simply click all of the parts together, place in your desired outdoor location and the dog house is ready for your dog to enjoy. Unlike a wooden dog house, the plastic Starplast dog kennel is straightforward and simple to clean: no mess is absorbed into the kennel like it would if it were made from wood. To clean the dog house simply rinse with water and wipe down if needed – these dog houses can be kept clean for years.  In terms of size, the Starplast dog houses are perfect for large and small dogs: the entire winter dog house is 86cm x 84.5cm x 82cm. There is space for a dog bed within the dog house to ensure your dog is more comfortable and warm during cold temperatures in the winter. The Starplast plastic dog house is best if you’re looking for a plastic easy to assemble and straightforward to clean dog house that will shelter your dog from the wind and rain this winter. 

3. Click Large Outdoor Wooden Dog Kennel  Click Dog House Large 

Click Large Outdoor Wooden Dog Kennel  Click Dog House Large

This classic looking wooden winter dog house has been designed to keep your dog cosy, warm and dry outside in the cold weather this winter.  This wooden dog house by Click has a strong floor and integrated legs to raise the base of the house up a couple of inches off the ground to prevent rising damp and to help keep adequate air circulation throughout the pet house.  The legs of the raised floor are covered by rot free and weather resistant plastic caps to protect the wooden legs from the soil. The opening of the dog house, where your dog enters and leaves, is shaped to provide a greater area of shelter from the cold temperatures during the winter months. The entrance is intentionally off centre so that your dog can curl up in the corner of the house to keep warm from direct drafts in the cold temperatures. The roof of the outdoor dog house is covered with a green felt and slightly slopes from front to back to allow water drainage away from the dog house. The roof of this outdoor dog house can be removed for easy access cleaning, maintenance and pest control. The heavy duty wooden dog house is weather proof and will provide a safe place for your pet to rest and live. Overall, the Click wooden dog house is best for outdoor use under some additional shelter to prevent damage to the wood after prolonged exposure to winter weather conditions. 

4. Pets Imperial Wooden Dog Kennel Pets Imperial Wooden Kennel

Pets Imperial Wooden Dog Kennel Pets Imperial Wooden Kennel

The best dog house for looks has to be the Pets Imperial wooden dog kennel. Pets Imperial are a brand that aim to take care of your pets and that shines through with the attention to detail they have demonstrated in the design of this insulated wooden house for your dog. The wooden dog house is raised off the ground to make sure air can circulate under the dog house and thus keep the floor dry and comfortable; these legs are covered by rot adjustable plastic caps. The legs of the dog house have adjustable feet which allow you to make the kennel even on uneven surfaces. The floor itself is removable which makes for easy cleaning, maintenance and pest control.  The roof opens fully with two lockable arms which makes it easy to clean and to add a heating pad or pet bed into the kennel if you wish to create a more comfortable environment for your dog while they are out in the cold weather. The fully opening roof will also make it easy to place their dog food and water bowl in the house easily and retrieve them once they have finished with them. The kennel entrance has a draught shield door flap fitted to allow your dog to enter and leave the house easily whilst also sheltering them from cold high winds. The edging around the entrance of the dog house is made from aluminium anti-chew strips to minimise the chances of your dog causing any damage. This is the best dog house for the overall aesthetic: a classic dog house for winter made from wood and modernised to make it easy for you to get into. . 

5. Croci Recycled Kennel Villa Croci Recycled Plastic Dog House 

Croci Recycled Kennel Villa Croci Recycled Plastic Dog House

This is a plastic dog house with a difference: it is made from recycled plastic which makes it the best choice for the environment as well as your dog this winter. The Croci dog houses are made from 100% recycled plastic and are quick and easy to assemble and disassemble. The plastic material of the outside dog house is easy to clean: the roof can be removed to allow you to get inside the house and clean it thoroughly. Removing the roof also allows you to place dog beds, cushions, water bowls and dog food inside the kennel for your dogs comfort. The Croci dog kennels are available in two sizes to allow you to find the best fit for small or large dogs. The dog house will keep your pet warm when the weather is cold in the winter thanks to the thermic comfort generated by the material. The interior of the Croci dog houses is grooved to allow any fluids to drain away from your dog which is essential in the rain as you don’t want your dog sitting in the winter rain during the night. The ventilation grid on the side of the dog house allows optimal air circulation. Overall this is the best dog house if you’re looking for simplicity: you may wish to add insulation to the walls and ceiling to keep your dog warm in the cold weather this winter. 

6. Wooden Dog Kennel  Wooden Pet Kennel

Wooden Dog Kennel  Wooden Pet Kennel

This sturdy and attractive dog kennel will not only keep your dog warm this winter but the wooden material makes these dog houses look great in your garden too. The wood used on the dog house has been generously oiled and treated to make it an excellent winter weather proof home. We love the sheltered patio area of this outdoor dog house which provides protection from the wind and rain on cold days as well as a nice and cool shaded area on sunny days. The raised floor of the dog kennel outdoor prevents the wet ground impacting the base of the house while the  roof is made from a specially treated material for extra weather proofing and insulation to keep your pet warm and dry. Due to the position of the door on the house it will help keep a draught from getting into the house meaning there is no need for door flaps or a self closing door. You may want to add foam insulation to the walls and floor if you wish to create a warmer environment for your dog when they are outside in cold temperatures. The diy dog house is easy to build and can be assembled with just a few screws. Overall, this is the best dog house to allow your pet to be comfortable outside whatever the weather. 

7. Petmate Indigo Igloo Style Dog House

Petmate Indigo Igloo Style Dog House

This heavy duty igloo style dog house is perfect for outdoor use this winter to keep your dog or dogs nice and warm. Petmate are a brand that owners can trust when it comes to buying pet products: for over 50 years Petmate Indigo have created high quality items that demonstrate their passion for dogs, cats and many other furry friends. We love the igloo design of this dog and cat house: the design is aesthetically pleasing and will look good in your garden whilst looking enticing for your pet. The winter dog house is practical too thanks to it being in two parts: the shell and the base which means you can easily separate the two to allow you to easily clean inside the home. The outdoor dog igloo is heavy duty and is an ideal option for large dogs thanks to its generous size. The house provides insulation in hot and cold weather so it is ideal for outdoor use all year round; additionally, it has an offset doorway that will shield your dog or cat from rain and the roof has vents on the top to circulate fresh air. The floor is raised which means you can place the house onto a concrete surface without having to find an additional insulated base to place it on. The aforementioned raised flooring and side moats of the winter dog house drains water away and will keep your dog or cat dry. One of the best features of the Petmate Indigo dog Igloo is that it has Microban Antimicrobial Protection to help prevent growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria which ensures your dog is safe within their dog house and not breathing in harmful bacteria. Overall, this is the best dog house if you are looking for a large dog house which is easy to clean and suitable for dogs and cats. 

8. Pawhut Luxury Weatherproof Dog House and Shelter 

Pawhut Luxury Weatherproof Dog House and Shelter

If you’re looking for a fun and practical dog house for your pets this winter then the Pawhut luxury weatherproof dog houses are one of the finest. We really love how this house and shelter looks: as well as the main traditional dog house, there is a ladder leading up to a roofed terrace area for your dog to relax on whilst being sheltered from the rain. Both small and big dogs and cats will love the multi-tier design of this house; the elevated house with a roof over the terrace area will bring exciting new options for sleep, play and protection. The multi-level design also promotes a natural desire to hunt and play within your dog or cat so it will keep them engaged and prevent your pet from destroying your garden furniture and flower beds. One of the greatest features of the Pawhunt dog houses is the materials used: the winter dog house is built with high quality fir wood which has been coated with a water-resistant finish so it is suitable for inside or outside use without being destroyed by weather on cold days. The floor of the dog house has been raised to allow air to circulate underneath the house and also helps to keep some insects and other animals out of the house and away from your dog. Thanks to the raised platform area, you can position the dog house on concrete without your dog getting too cold overnight. Although the design of this house is aesthetically pleasing, unfortunately it is not easy to get into the house itself which means it isn’t the best option if you are wanting to get dog beds, insulation or a floor heater into the house. We would say the Pawhut models are the best houses for winter for cats and dogs that would use the shelter in the day but then sleep indoors at night. 

9. Sealands Heated Dog House 

Sealands Heated Dog House

The Sealands heated dog house for winter is unique compared to the rest of the best dog houses on our list due to the foldable function. This is a semi-enclosed pet house which is surrounded by windshields and can be used with heating pads to protect your dog from harsh, cold winter weather. This insulated dog house does not include the heated pad, that insulation can be purchased separately. The best feature of the dog houses for winter is that they are detachable and foldable: the inner pad can be removed for easy cleaning and storage.  The Sealands dog houses are good for outdoor use as they are waterproof; we would advise that you build a diy base for the house to sit on to keep the floor off the ground. There is no door as part of the dog house but there is a small opening for your dog to get in and out of the house without too much of a draught getting in.  The benefit of the simplistic design is that it is really straightforward to put together and you won’t need any tools for the process.   The insulated dog house by Sealands is available in 3 sizes: small, medium and large to allow you to find the perfect heated home whatever your dog’s breed. On the listing you can see the measurements of each size to check which one is best for your dog to prevent you from getting a house that is too small.   We think this option would be the best houses for winter if your dog sleeps in a cold but sheltered area such as a garage or porch; although the Sealands insulated dog houses are waterproof we think your dogs would be better protected in one of our other recommended houses made out of weather-proof materials. 

10. HoundHouse Kennel Camoflauge Dog House

HoundHouse Kennel Camoflauge Dog House

The HoundHouse model is a breathable and hygienic canvas kennel which will ensure your dog remains sheltered from the wind and rain whilst outside this winter. The canvas material of the house is breathable which is essential for your dog’s safety and comfort. The metal frame of the house is strong and rust resistant which is reassuring when it is going to be used outside in the rain. The canvas dog home is raised several inches up and off the ground to allow air to circulate beneath your dogs and prevent them from being too cold as the base doesn’t touch the cold ground. The angled roof allows water to pour off away from the house and the door entrance; the door feature itself is simply a frame without a curtain so it is straightforward for your pet to get in and out of but you will need to position the dog house away from a direct draught.  This dog house may be more suitable for dog training than prolonged overnight stays for your pet because of the lack of insulation. As the kennel is without a dog house heater – you could add dog beds and blankets to ensure your pet is warmer if your dog is going to be in the house for a longer period of time. 

How do you keep a dog house warm in the winter?

There are several steps you can take to keep your dog houses warm in the winter. Firstly, consider the outside location carefully: if you can, position the dog house in a sheltered location either next to your house or even in a garage if possible. Raise the dog house up a few inches from the concrete or cold ground; the best pet houses have adjustable feet to allow you to raise the house up but alternatively you can place the house on a pallet or on a thick pad of straw or insulation.  A dog house with an angled entrance or a self closing door or door flaps will prevent more cold air getting to your dog.  Within the dog house itself, you may want to add a heavy duty insulation material if you haven’t bought an already insulated dog house for when the temperature drops. An electric floor heater would also add additional warmth or you could place thick and comfy dog beds or blankets down to ensure your dogs are cosy and warm. 

Should a dog house be off the ground?

When searching for dog houses for winter, the best models will be raised by at least a couple of centimeters off the ground for several reasons. Firstly, If the dog house is created from a perishable material such as wood then it is important to raise the house off the ground to prevent the floor from rotting and to allow air to circulate beneath it. Secondly, whether your dog house is wooden or plastic it is recommended that you raise it off the ground during winter especially to prevent your dog from being too cold. A lot of dog houses come with legs to help raise them off the ground, if you’re building a diy dog house then this is something to consider to prevent your dogs from getting too cold this winter. If you purchase a dog house without legs then you could place the pet house on a pallet or on a thick pad of straw or insulation. 

Is it humane to use a dog house?

If your dogs spend time outdoors in your garden, then a dog house will provide them with warmth and shelter from the rain during the colder months of winter. As long as your dog is getting plenty of attention, interaction with humans and dogs, walks, food and water then a pet kennel will be a welcome space for them to have to themselves. Some owners use the homes as an optional place for your dog to go for shelter when outdoors whereas other owners prefer to use them as a place for their dogs to sleep to prevent them from being in the house. If your dog is going to spend a lot of time in the house then definitely consider purchasing a larger 

How do I keep my dog warm in a dog house?

There are many factors that impact how different dogs respond to cooler temperatures: the type of coat they have; the amount of body fat; the colour of their fur; what your pet is used to in terms of  the climate and conditions they have become acclimatised to; their age and their health. You may wish to purchase a dog house heater such as the Popetpop heated pads which you could place directly on the floor of the kennel or onto their pet bed.  Alternatively, you could purchase the Ancol self-heating heated pads which are machine washable and use a range of technologies to allow your dogs to remain suitably heated overnight. You may also wish to apply a curtain to the door hole if your pet home features an open space for the door. By limiting the amount of cold air that enters the house through the door, you will also keep the warmer air contained within the house. This plastic door by Trixie offers your pet protection from the wind, rain and cold whilst still allowing them to get in and out of the home easily.  

What is the best dog house?

We have featured the 10 best houses for dogs in our list but when it comes to finding the best house for you and your dog, it is important to consider how you intend on using the house with your pet. If you are looking for an outdoor house for your pet to use day and night all year round then an insulated wooden house such as the Kerbl dog house which is totally weatherproof. If you’re keen on looking after the environment as well as your dog then the Croci pet villa is ideal as it is made from recycled plastic. If you’re looking for a house for your dogs to use short term over the winter, one that is simple to put together and move location, then the HoundHouse canvas dog home is perfect for you and your pet thanks to the lightweight and breathable canvas material.

How do you build a dog house for winter?

If you are good at DIY then you may wish to create your own kennel to meet yours and your dog’s needs perfectly. By using wooden pallets, foaming insulation and bitumen weatherproof materials you can create a cosy and safe home for your dog. This is an especially good idea if you want to create the house to a specific size perhaps to suit an especially small or large dog. We love these designs and guides to follow. If you do have a go at creating your own home then we’d love you to get in touch with your photos.

Summary

When it comes to purchasing a suitable house for your dog for winter there are many features for dog owners to consider to make sure your pet remains safe and dry when they’re outside in the cold weather. Firstly consider the material of the dog house: wooden and plastic houses are the most common on the market and both can be treated to be weather resistant.  It is important to raise the dog houses up off the ground so you may wish to purchase a house with legs. The size of your dog will impact your decision too, some of the pet homes especially cater for extra large or extra small dogs; also be sure to check the size of the house to ensure it fits your outdoor space. You may wish to have additional features such as an insulated dog house with a floor heater for dog breeds prone to suffering in the cold weather. Make sure there is a way to get into the dog house, either a self closing or removable lid or a larger door space, to allow you to help keep the house clean and to place a bed, blanket or dog food on the floor of the house. We hope you have found our guide to the 10 best dog houses for winter helpful and you’ve been able to find the perfect house for your dogs to stay warm, dry and protected during the colder months of the year.

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