Dogs are often naturally at their happiest when they are outdoors.
However, when weather conditions become brutal, even the toughest dogs may find themselves uncomfortable. That is why it is so important to acquire the right kind of dog house.
But how can you possibly know if the dog house you have in mind is going to keep your dog comfortable even in hot weather? Unless you have tried it out, you won’t.
Fortunately for you, we’ve tested all of the products on our list with the intention of finding your dog the perfect product for any weather condition.
So let’s get started. Read on for some hot weather dog house reviews.
A Quick Look at the Winners in 2020
|Best Overall||Suncast Outdoor Dog House||
|Best Value||Precision Pet Products Extreme Outback Dog House||
|Premium Choice||Trixie Dog Club House||
|Tangkula Wooden Dog House||
|Pet Squeak Porch Dog House||
The 5 Best Dog Houses For Hot Weather
1. Suncast DH350 Outdoor Dog House – Best Overall
The Suncast DH350 is a durable outdoor dog house that will give your pooch plenty of room to relax. It is sized to fit a dog of up to 70 pounds and features a virtually effortless assembly, complete with snap-on parts that anyone will be able to figure out.
The construction is also super durable. Dogs tend to mindlessly chew at, you know, everything, so this is always going to be an important consideration to keep in mind. And of course, the materials are weather protected to maintain a stable temperature regardless of the conditions, even during the hot summer.
It is a fairly expensive dog house but it should last a while, which may justify the price.
2. Precision Pet Products Extreme Outback Dog House – Best Value
Some dogs love to spend time outdoors, but they can struggle when the weather gets too hot. Rather than having to go inside the house, away from the rest of the family, the Precision Pet Products Extreme Outback Dog House, which we found to be the best dog house for hot weather for the money, offers your pooch somewhere to shelter away from the sun’s rays but still in close contact to you. It is made from solid wood and features steel hardware.
It is weather and rot-resistant, and it has handy adjustable feet so that you can install it straight on the grass and other uneven surfaces. The raised floor prevents the dog house from sucking up moisture, ensuring that your dog doesn’t get damp while laying down. The structure comes in three sizes for large, medium, and small dogs.
This dog house is suitable for use in hot weather, but the log cabin design is not insulated so it will not keep your dog warm during the winter months. If you need a year-round shelter, this means that you will have to buy and fit two dog houses.
Available in three sizes to suit your breed of dog, the Trixie Dog Club House is a comfortable and sheltered dog house for the summer months. It is made from solid pine and has a glazed pine finish. It is treated so it will require very little maintenance over the years.
With an off-center door, your dog has room to disappear inside and shelter from the drizzle or wind. The house even has an opening roof. This means that you can pop the roof open and lock it in place to clean inside or when it gets really hot and your dog needs the extra air. It has adjustable, high feet, which means that you can install this straight on the grass and other uneven surfaces, and it will be secure without wobbling. The raised floor prevents moisture from rising from the earth and into the house, keeping your dog healthy and safe.
The quality of this dog house is really good, but there have been some problems with the roof hinge and, again, it is designed for summer use so will not protect your dog against the cold, winter weather.
4. Tangkula Wooden Dog House
The Tangkula is an attractive wooden dog house that will be perfect for medium-sized dogs. The unit features an asphalt roof that is specifically optimized for maintaining a steady temperature. The Tangkula also features a raised bottom that is specifically made to keep moisture from degrading the bottom of the unit.
Unfortunately, though, the unit as a whole will eventually succumb to adverse weather conditions. The authentic wood looks great but it just can’t stand up to a ton of snow, rain, etc.
5. Pet Squeak Porch Dog House
If appearance were the only factor, this unit may very well top the list off. It features a beautiful design concept that just about anyone is sure to appreciate. The porch, the asphalt roof, and the attractive wood sidings have all the appearance of an actual house you might not mind spending some time in.
Unfortunately, though, that is where the effectiveness of this dog house begins and ends. The wood is low quality and will degrade in wet weather. It is also very soft and splintery, which means if you have a pup that tends to gnaw and chew, the house won’t last very long.
Finally, it is also very expensive. This is one of the most expensive products on our list, so if you are on a restrictive budget, you will probably want to look into something else.
If you’ve read the reviews but haven’t decided on a product, we get it. Most people have a hard time selecting between five really great products.
If you find yourself in that boat, then read on for some considerations that should make the decision process a little bit easier.
Dog houses are surprisingly affordable. It is not hard to find a product that is available for under $100. Indeed, many of the best products on our list fall into that price range.
So, what exactly does more money get you? Often enough, it’s just more real estate. Naturally, bigger houses tend to cost more money.
However, it may also buy you better materials or a unique design concept. For example, we saw a couple of products that featured unique design elements—like a front porch. You don’t explicitly need that feature but it can be fun to have.
Materials like wood also tend to be more expensive.
The materials used will have a big impact on how well the dog house performs. Surprisingly though, the best-looking material often is not the best dog house for hot weather. For example, plastic does not look as good as wood but it will hold up well to chewing and moisture degradation.
Wood, on the other hand, tends to look really awesome but will degrade quicker. With enough rain, even a high-quality wood will splinter and dry out.
If you do decide to go with wood, there are a variety of factors that can help to make it more practical. For example, a slanted roof will keep moisture from coming into constant contact with the siding.
And, stilts will help the water from wearing out the bottom of the dog house.
It is easy to imagine that buying the biggest product you can get is always bet, regardless of the size of your dog. However, such is not the case. Big dogs definitely do need big dog houses—there is no doubt about that. However, small dogs may actually prefer a smaller product.
Why? It’s the same principle that you would apply to selecting a crate. Dogs tend to feel more secure in spaces where they have enough room to move around but not so much space that they don’t know what to do with it all.
In fact, smaller dogs may get anxious in larger dog houses, and not want to use them. Bottom line? Look into getting something that is sized for your dog. Fortunately, this isn’t super hard to do. Generally speaking, the manufacturer will include information on what type of dog is suited for the product directly on the label.
The entire purpose of this guide is to find products that will keep your dog comfortable in hot weather. And by the way, the same factors that make a dog house good for heat, also tend to make it good for cold weather. It’s all about insulation—features that help the dog house to maintain a stable temperature regardless of what is happening outside.
There are tons of different ways to accomplish this goal, but several stand out as being particularly effective.
An asphalt roof is one great way to make sure that the dog house will maintain a good temperature. This material is able to absorb heat while also keeping it from escaping the dog house.
Flaps are also an invaluable way to attain this goal. Flaps of thick rubber give your dog easy access to getting in and out of the dog house, but they also will do well to keep hot air from escaping.
Even if you live in a community with fairly stable weather conditions, you will want to get something that is well fortified against a variety of different weather situations.
Dog houses are rarely pre-assembled. Consequently, you are sure to have at least a little bit of work ahead of you when you buy a dog house. That said, it is usually a fairly accessible assembly, even for people that don’t have a lot of experience with tools.
Some of the dog houses on this list featured a very basic snap-on construction. This build type does not require any tools and it can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.
Other units (usually of the wood variety) will require a bit more work. For these products, you may need a basic set of tools (screwdrivers, possibly even drills). If that doesn’t sound like something you want to get yourself into it will be worth looking into the assembly steps of a unit before making a buying decision.
Obviously, your pet is not supposed to eat their dog house. However, chances are pretty decent that they will spend a little bit of time chewing on it from time to time. If you have a pup with idle teeth, you will want to make sure that the materials of the dog house are non-toxic.
It’s an important consideration that is easy to figure out. Most dog houses are non-toxic and will say so on their label. However, if you’re concerned, always feel free to contact the manufacturer.
Hopefully, these dog house reviews have helped you make your decision. If that hasn’t happened yet, there are two products we’d like to remind you of.
If your budget is on the bigger size and quality is your top priority you’ll probably gravitate towards something like our top choice the Suncast DH350 Outdoor Dog House.
Fortunately, it is also very possible to find good products that are financially accessible. Something like the Precision Pet Products Extreme Outback Dog House will do well to suit the needs of people that are on a restrictive budget.
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- A Quick Look at the Winners in 2020
- The 5 Best Dog Houses For Hot Weather
- Buyer’s Guide
- Final Verdict