Dog house: Everything You Need to Know before Buying

America is on top of the list of the countries with biggest pet dog populations. There is no wonder that in almost every American home with a dog, we find a dog house too. Apparently, these dog houses are there only to keep the place clear and provide the dog his own room, but this is not it; it is a lot more about dog houses that we simply do not know.

People ask us a lot of questions about making dog house out of a cardboard box or how to keep them clean etc. This is what actually urged us to find some time and write about why dog houses exist, how to take good care of them and how many types of dog houses are there. Have a look at the answers to the following questions and see if they help you.

What is a dog house?

A dog house might mean a lot of things. A kernel where dogs are sold, a dog shelter and a small house made of cardboard or any other material can be called a dog house. The purpose of such a house is to protect the dog against weather and other stimuli or if you want to make an make own dog house you need woodworking tools and others.

However, in this post, we are not going to talk about kernels or dog shelters, we are covering the topic of dog houses made out of different materials e.g. cardboard, wood, fiber and even plastic. These dog houses, serve different purposes. Most important of those purposes is protection against cold weather and to give the dog an overall sense of security and ownership and possession of his own limited space in your big house.

Now people ask us every now and then “Why need a dog house?” and we tell them that dog houses provide better dog security. For example, a dog harness, a dog whistle and dog collars together cannot give you the sense of security that you get when you know that you dog is tucked in his house: safe, warm and cozy.

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How to take good care of a Vix doghouse?

A vix dog house is mostly made of wood; people place it in the living room and it just looks like a big table, only from inside it is a dog house. To take good care of such a house, one must do the same that they do to take care of any wooden furniture.

However, this was some basic information. All dog houses are not made from wood and even if your awesome vix dog house is made of wood, you need to do a lot more to take more care of it. First of all, you need to place some comforter or something similar to it inside the house to keep your dog warm and cozy in winter.

Secondly, it needs some additions e.g. a dog feed bowl or a toy to make the dog feel at home.

Thirdly, since it is made out of wood, it should be varnished and polished at least twice in a year to take good care of the dog house. And if your home is located in an area where the air is moister than other areas, make sure to get it waxed and polished enough to survive against moist.

How many types of dog houses are there?

Dog houses vary from size to material to shape and interior etc. Mainly they are made out of wood, cardboard, plastic and fiber etc. However, all of these dog houses have their own pros and cons.

Wooden Vix dog house

Afraid of dog in burning house meme and thinking that wood is a bad idea? Well, it might be a con, because wood catches fire very fast, but it is highly unlikely for a dog house to catch fire and almost impossible for a dog to die in such an incident. Because first of all, people would not let fire be any closer to a room with wooden furniture (e.g. living room), and secondly, even if a dog houses catches fire, it has an open door and a dog is good enough to evade the fire before it gets any serious.

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  • Mixes with wooden furniture and can be used as a table top
  • Wood is stylish and attractive
  • Wood has this capacity to provide a little amount of warmth to the person or animal inside a wooden house


  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Vulnerable to environmental stimuli as well as fire


A cardboard dog house is very similar to a wooden dog house. It is in fact cheaper and lighter too. On the internet, there are a lot of articles on this topic; you can follow a detailed guide and make a dog house out of cardboard.


  • Cheaper
  • Lighter
  • Easy to be made at home and a good creative hobby
  • Ease of move


  • More vulnerable to natural stimuli as compared to wooden dog house
  • Dog can easily break it while moving a lot or playing with it


You all are aware of this material so we do not think we need to explain what is fiber. Fiber made shades and sheds are now very common.


  • Very sturdy material
  • Not vulnerable to moist or water
  • Lighter than wood
  • Ease of move


  • Very expensive
  • Does not mix with a living room furniture or even the interior of a house
  • Heavier than cardboard


Unless you are afraid that the stranger smell and texture of plastic will result in some dog attacks (interlink) inside your home, plastic-made dog houses can be definitely considered.


  • Lighter than wooden dog house and fiber dog house (can be lighter than even a cardboard)
  • Easy to move
  • Can tie into the overall interior of your living room/house
  • Sturdy


  • Very expensive
  • Very vulnerable to fire
  • A dog can easily mess with its beautiful embellishments and texture
  • Not good for environment

So, this is all! All that you might need to know or you will ever know about dog houses. There are a lot of choices available. If you think that dog houses available in the market are expensive, for example the Zen Crate, you can find some good DIY articles and make one yourself.

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