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Choosing the Best Dog Kennels for Your Beloved Pet

Updated on July 9, 2014

Kennels are one of the important supplies that you should get for your dog. Now there are lots of dog kennels available in pet stores and online pet shops, in different sizes and varieties. How do you choose the one that is perfect for your dog? Here are some things to consider:

Intended use

The first thing that you should consider when shopping for a kennel is the usage. Is your pet going to be spending a lot of time on that kennel or is he going to use it occasionally, whenever you bring him out with you? If the kennel is intended for long-time use, then you should use one that is durable and comfortable for your dog. It is a good idea to buy a large kennel so that your dog will not feel cramped whenever he stays inside. Invest on a good quality kennel, even if this means shelling out considerable amount of cash for it. There are kennels which are designed to allow your dog to run and move about freely. It is also a good idea to think about where the kennel is going to be placed. An outdoor dog kennel will have a lot of different requirements and installation needs than a small indoor kennel.

However, if you do not plan to put your dog inside the kennel for long periods of time, then a moderately-priced kennel will do because he would be using it frequently anyway.

Size

Naturally, the size of your dog will determine the kind of kennel that you will get. Ideally, dog kennels should be spacious enough for your dog to stand up without banging his head on the roof, to lay comfortable on his side and to pace around several times. You should know the maximum growth size of your dog. There are breeds that remain practically the same size during their lifetime and there are some who will grow dramatically from their puppy size. If you know that your pet will grow into a large dog someday, better get a large kennel so he would not outgrow it. If you have a Chihuahua, Terrier or a Pug, small kennels are good enough. However, if you are taking care of a Doberman, a Spaniel or a Great Dane, then you should look for the most spacious kennel there is.

Consider getting a kennel with a removable or retractable roof, if you can find one. This will make it easier for you to tidy up the kennel and retrieve your dog from the inside whenever he tries to hide out during bath time.

Materials

There are different kinds of materials used for making dog kennels. The kind that you will choose will depend on certain habits of your dog. If he is the type to chew incessantly, then it is advisable to get a kennel that is made of either plastic or hardwood. If he is not the chewing type, then a kennel made of wire mesh run will do. Also, you should be particular on the material and the construction of the kennel’s floor. Generally, kennel floors should be waterproof and raised a few inches off the ground to keep them dry. This will also prevent insects from residing inside the kennel. Raised floors will also make it easier for you to clean the kennel.

There are many options available for shopping for kennels. You can go to nearby pet shops and get one from there. If you prefer less hassle, you can log on to the internet and search for kennels from thousands of online pet stores. More and more people are buying their pet supplies online, including the kennels. It is because online stores also have practically everything that physical stores are offering. Make sure to look for reputable stores when looking for a kennel. A lot of websites offer room for customer feedback, which you will find very useful. There are some online stores who have customer service representatives whom you can talk with to get more details of their products before you actually buy. Also, these online pet stores offer buyers lots of convenient options to pay, such as credit cards and PayPal.

Another great way to find out about kennels is to visit forums devoted exclusively for pet care and accessories. You will be talking with fellow dog lovers who want only the best for their beloved canines. Forum members often trade tips and advice not only on where to find the best kennels but also on the best way to care for your dogs.

You can also ask your neighbors and your veterinarian for recommendations. Find out where and how much they bought their own kennels. Most likely you will find their tips very useful when you set out to find the right dog kennel.

If money is of no issue to you, then you can have your dog kennel customized. There are lots of suppliers of dog kennels thatcan do this for you. You can choose the material, the size and the design that you want. This is perfect if you want to have some features in the kennel that are not offered in commercial stores.

Large Dog Kennels

Image courtesy of http://oldworldstructures.com, Old World Structures
Image courtesy of http://oldworldstructures.com, Old World Structures

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      Miguel 

      7 years ago

      Valiosa informacion!

      Gracias..

    • TnFlash profile image

      TnFlash 

      8 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      This is an excellent Hub for all dog owners. Great Information!

    • Dave_A profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave_A 

      8 years ago

      Hi,

      thanks for the extra information! Some great tips for dog owners living in colder areas.

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      Joe Mayhem Farms 

      8 years ago

      Good information. If I can offer a little more information regarding dog houses for dogs left outdoors year long especially in the northern parts of the country where snow and low temps are a regular occurance. The actual "housing" area should never be too large, or much larger then the dog itself, plus the straw added. The goal is that the straw helps insulate, plus the dogs actual body heat warms the house with the straw. Make the house too large, and there is too much space for the dogs body heat, plus straw to keep it warm.

      I've kept hunting dogs outdoors year long in MN, and WI for over 30yrs.

      Hope this information helps.

    • Mikey Malarkey profile image

      Mikey Malarkey 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub, really informative!

    • sleeperno1 profile image

      sleeperno1 

      8 years ago from Carson City, Nevada

      I have often thought about building a kennel that large. Down here in Texas, it gets real hot in the summer. A small dog house with a window unit would just look silly. A larger kennel for all of my dogs would be better suited and easier to keep clean.

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      Litany Notch 

      8 years ago from South UK

      Wow I have had houses not much bigger than the dog kennel in the picture - it's huge!

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