Plastic Dog Houses
As a woodworker, I find it a bit challenging to get excited about
plastic dog houses. I mean, they're made from plastic -- and not wood.
But, that's just me...
Nonetheless, I can appreciate the appeal of plastic dog houses to
some pet owners because they do have their advantages. To wit: they are
relatively, inexpensive, lightweight, easy to transport, and easy to
clean. Also, they don't have splinters, don't rot, and don't have pores
for fleas and tics to take up residence in. If this sounds like your cup
of tea, read on...
The Tuff-n-Rugged Dog House by Pet Zone is a popular model that is
suitable for large breeds of dogs, up to 125 lbs or so. We're talking
Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers
and similar sized dogs.
The double wall construction is a step up from some cheaper
single-walled plastic houses in terms of insulating properties. It
should do a better job of keeping your pooch warmer in winter and cooler
in summer. It comes with a matching vinyl door which you should
definitely use in the winter.
Some other features of the Tuff-n-Rugged: a lock-together design that
assembles in minutes without tools; fade-resistant plastic with built-in
UV protection; adjustable vents, and a raised floor for better isolation
from cold and moisture.
The Cozy Cottage is similar in style and construction to the
Tuff-n-Rugged house except that it is made for medium-sized dogs. It
features double wall construction, a snap together design, and a
removable roof for easy cleaning. The simulated windows and roof
bump-outs contribute to the cottage look.
KD Dog House
Ah, the Dogloo... gotta love that name. This is the ever popular
igloo-style dog house made by Petmate, a subsidiary of Doskocil Inc.
The marketing literature for the Dogloo claims that the igloo-shaped
design and structural foam construction retains your dog's heat better
than any other doghouse design. While I have my doubts about that claim,
I will admit that the igloo design does have a certain appeal to it...
I had a chance to check out a Dogloo at a local Petco and I was
struck by how little the house weighs. It would be a simple matter for
one person to move the house in order to wash it or relocate it in the
The Dogloo comes with a vinyl door flap, a moisture repellent vinyl
floor mat, and an adjustable vent. It is available in several
sizes ranging from medium (beagles) to giant (Mastiff). The Dogloo
KD model shown here is made for large dogs.
The Indigo is a relative of the Dogloo dog house. If you compare the
two models, you'll see that the Indigo sports an extended doorway which
provides extra protection from the elements as well as extra lounging
space for your dog. It comes in medium, large, and extra large sizes.
Otherwise, the Indigo and Dogloo are similar in construction. Both
are made from so-called structural foam, have adjustable top
ventilation, and come with vinyl doors and floor mats. The Indigo is
also lightweight so it's no problem for one person to move it around to
different locations in the yard.
Bungalow All Weather Insulated Dog House
The final plastic dog house entry is the Bungalow All Weather Insulated
Dog House, the ideal dog house for any climate. The polystyrene foam and
honeycomb panels create the perfect amount of insulation when needed.
Finished in a UV-protected, non-toxic premium coating, this pet home is
both safe and maintenance-free. And yes, it comes ready to
assemble with no tools required.
The Bungalow is available in medium, and extra large sizes. Includes
8 Panels, 1 Instruction Sheet, 4 Protective Feet, Packing Material,