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4 Expert Tips To Choose A Dog Kennel

Buying an outdoor dog kennel? We are sure you want to choose a cozy, comfortable, and protective outdoor home for your pooch. To make a good choice, we advise you to ponder over your dog's breed, size, temperament, likes and dislikes, and their outdoor conduct, and then decide on the right option based on your reflections. The expert tips below will help you make the right choice.

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What type of kennel should I choose based on my dog's personality?

Dog experts have categorized these six personality types and their traits. Assess your dog's personality carefully, and then look for a kennel that they will feel homely in. Kennel designs have evolved from mere dog crates to thoughtful outdoor doghouses, so you will easily find a bigger and better type on the market. Important consideration herein - they should feel 'at home' in the kennel rather than alienated or intimidated in it.

Dog personality type and Traits and recommended kennel type

Social, adaptable

  • Playful, socially inclined, extrovert, active.

Look for a kennel  that has some elements of a playground - a sand-pit will be ideal. A thatched canvas roof with frills, and roomy and airy enclosure to make your pooch comfortable. A bench to lie down and some dog toys hung from the sides will keep your pooch busy!

Creative, inventive, individualistic

  • Peace-loving and amiable, not the naughty, disruptive type.

A roomy and open environment will suit these personalities well, in which their playfulness will thrive. Choose a spacious kennel with ample space without any roof. It would make the dog feel confined. Note that an open roof kennel should be of good height so that the dog cannot jump out.


  • Smart and self-sufficient. They will find their way through different situations.

Intellectuals prefer a space where they can focus and analyze. Prefer self-contained spaces such as a cabin-type kennel if your dog is an aloof-intellectual type.

However, all work and no play is not so dog-like. So look for cabin-kennels that have stairs leading to an open space where your pooch can play and unwind. Place some dog games such as rope balls and food toys to stimulate your dog's intellect.

Loyal, companionable                       

  • He is your friend-in-need. They will be by your side in times of emotional needs through your joys and sorrows.

A kennel with a warm, friendly, and affectionate environment for this type. Space and shape that resembles a house will aptly manifest this setting. There are hut-shaped, pagoda-style, and room-style kennels available. You will need to personalize the design you choose with your pet's favorite play-things to increase the familiarity and comfort factors.

Curious, investigative

  • He is the "sniffing" type, also nosy sometimes, but in an innocent way. They are all the more adorable for their benign pranks.

A kennel for this type ought to have a curiosity-encouraging environment and ample space to maneuver such activities. Try to select a raised kennel, preferably with a wooden floor, which will give the dog a lot of scratching surface. With or without a roof will not matter, because the dog will be busy catering for its curiosity. For this, dog puzzles - a dog casino, shuffle puzzle, interactive balls, and even smart games are available. Maybe, hang some dog cartoons posters for your pooch to muse on!

Born leaders

  • They take up challenges and lead from the front.

Think like a leader while choosing a kennel for this personality. Your search will end with a spacious kennel where the leader can roam free and interact with the outer elements freely. A sand floor will make things cozy and comfortable for the leader.

How big should the kennel be?

There are two important factors when deciding on the kennel size:

Dog size - how to measure it?

  • Length: let your pooch stand straight without a stoop or a curl. Then measure the length from the nose tip to the tail and add a couple of inches.

  • Height: measure it from the crown of the dog's head to the base of its paws. In case your breed has large erect ears, begin measuring from the tip of the ear.

  • Width: measure it when the dog exhales during his breathing cycle.

Having measured your dog, choose the kennel size so that there is enough space on all the sides to keep the dog active and energetic, and to prevent it from becoming temperamental.

Dog weight

Since the kennel has to bear a lot of pounding and pouncing from your dog, it has to be sturdy enough to bear its weight. Below is the dog-weight to kennel-size ready-reckoner, with typical breed examples.

| Dog weight | Breed exaples | Kennel dimensions |

24-30 lbs (small), Chihuahua, French bulldog, 30"L X 21"W X 24"H

41-71 lbs (m), Belgian sheepdog, English Spaniel, 36"L X 24"W X 27"H

80-100 lbs (large), American bulldog, Dalmatian, 42"L X 28"W X 30"H

Above 100 lbs, Great Dane, Bloodhound, 60"L X 36"W X 33"H

The above is a general guideline. Depending upon your pooch's nature and temperament, you may want a bigger size. For example, for your hyperactive Dalmatian, you may want the extra-large size to accommodate his energetic maneuvers.

What materials and finishes should I consider for my dog's kennel?

Most standard kennels are made from an appropriate grade and gauge of metal. Combination-material models are also available.

  • Heavy-duty uncoated steel (25-7 gauge). (Note: metal thickness increases as its gauge decreases). 
  • Galvanized steel or iron (27-6 gauge). Go for steel because it is relatively more rust and corrosion resistant.
  • Metal tubular frames and welded wires or metal mesh.
  • Combination materials:
    • Metal frame and wood cabins
    • Metal frame and body with canvas, vinyl, or firebrick roof

Most kennels are available in neutral colors and finishes that match the outdoor environments. The most preferred are white, gray, black, mud-brown, and silver finishes.

How can I personalize my pooch's kennel?

Who does not like a personal touch to their room? That includes your pooch. Here are some ideas to make your dog super-comfortable and cozy in his outdoor kennel:

  • Dress up your pooch's kennel with the same fabric you used for its apparel. If you recently designed a red polka dots coat for your dog, hang flags and frills of the same material around the kennel. It will not cost you anything and create a very familiar kennel environment.

  • Who is your pooch's best friend? You. So hang a couple of selfies with your dog on the kennel walls.

  • Fit a speaker in the kennel's upper level and play your dog's favorite lullaby to make him feel loved and wanted.

  • Hang toy dog bones on the lower heights of the kennel walls.

  • Decorate the kennel with colorful ribbons, frills, and other items and then let your dog go berserk playing with it.

  • Install soft, soothing lighting on the upper and outer side of the kennel walls, where it is inaccessible by your dog.

These ideas should spark your imagination. You know your dog the best. So get going and try some unique personalization tricks for your pooch's outdoor kennel.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.