To determine dog house size, your dog’s weight is a good starting point. However, if your breed is between sizes or your dog’s weight doesn’t accurately reflect his or her body size, it’s best to measure your dog. Ideally, the dog house needs to be just big enough for your pup to enter, turn around, and lie down. Anything larger is at your discretion, but during the colder months, body heat retention is sacrificed if the dog house size is too big for your pet. To measure your dog and correlate it to its appropriate dog house size, follow these easy steps.
Measuring Your Dog
Measure your dog from shoulder to ground. 75% of this measurement equals the size of the dog house door you should look for. Large doors aren't necessary - dogs typically lower their heads to enter a dog house.
Shoulder to Ground x .75 = Dog House Door Size
Example: If your dog's shoulder-to-ground measurement is 19 inches, the door opening needs to be at least 14 inches high.
Measure your dog from head to ground. Add at least 25% to this measurement to determine the optimum dog house height. Don't add more than 50% of the measurement to allow for body heat retention.
Head to Ground + (Head to Ground x .25-.50) = Dog House Height
Example: If the dog's height is 22 inches, then the total dog house height should be approximately 27.5 to 33 inches.
Measure your dog from nose to flank - do not include the tail in the overall measurement. Add 25% to this measurement to determine the best width and length of dog house.
Nose to Flank + (Nose to Flank x .25) = dog house width and length
Example: If your dog's nose-to-tail measurement is 25 inches, the dog house needs to be at least 31.25 inches long and wide.
Dog Houses & Breeds
|10 lbs. or less Shoulder to ground: 10” Nose to tail: 16” Head to ground: 12”|
|11-25 lbs. Shoulder to ground: 15” Nose to tail: 24” Head to ground: 16”|
|26-75 lbs. Shoulder to ground: 20” Nose to tail: 30” Head to ground: 24”|
|76-100 lbs. Shoulder to ground: 25” Nose to tail: 35” Head to ground: 30”|
|100 lbs. or more Shoulder to ground: 30” Nose to tail: 40” Head to ground: 38”|