So, you want your German Shepherd to sleep outside, but you’re worried they might get exposed to the weather, or struggle to stay warm/cool?
A dog kennel/outside dog house can be a great solution!
The best dog kennel for your German Shepherd will not only be the right size for them and their dog bed to fit in, but it will be properly enclosed to protect them from the elements.
In this guide, we take a look at dog kennels that meet this criteria, as well as pointing out some poorly designed dog houses/kennels to stay away from.
P.S. there’s a chance you might have landed on this page looking for dog crates or dog beds. If that’s the case, check out these equally useful guides:
Let’s look at the dog kennels!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Best Dog Kennel/Outside Dog House For Your German Shepherd: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
Our top picks for the best dog house for a German Shepherd is the:
Best Dog Kennel/Outside Dog House For German Shepherd: Reviews
Extra Large Petmate Indigo Doghouse
- Snap together design dog house – saves you time and no tools required
- Made of Microban material which helps fight the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew
- Roof vent which provides air ventilation
- Contains structural foam for strength
- Raised floors with moats along the walls so that liquid drains off to the sides
- Designed to withstand some wind
- Extended, offset doorway for rain resistance & wind protection
- Doorway is 17.3″ X 17.6″
- Overall dimensions are 51.5″ X 39.3″ X 30″
- Recommended for German Shepherds and dogs no bigger than 42 inches in length and 31 inches tall
German Shepherd Dog Kennel/ Outside Dog House: Buyer’s Guide
What Are The Dog Kennels and Dog Houses?
When using the term ‘dog kennel’, some people are referring to a metal dog crate, but in this instance, we are referring to an outside dog house your dog can lay or sleep in.
How Are Dog Kennels and Dog Houses Used?
Dog Kennels and dog houses are intended to provide a place for your German Shepherd to lay down and/or sleep outside.
They can be placed under cover, or in the open.
What Do You Need To Know About The Dog Kennels On Market At The Moment?
The most important thing you need to know about dog kennels on the market at the moment is that they vary in quality and what they deliver – significantly!
Close to 90% of the dog kennels made available commercially would not be good, in our opinion, to be out in the open exposed to rain, wind and sun.
There are also issues with their durability.
The main reasons for this is that many of these kennels are made of questionable quality materials (flimsy and weak), don’t provide a sturdy construction when put together, and contain little insulation (either from the materials or internally in the form of linings).
So, if you are wondering why there were many kennel and dog house brands left out of this guide, that’s the reason why.
What Are The Most Important Things To Look Out For In Dog Kennels/Outside Dog Houses?
The MOST important thing to set your expectations on is knowing whether you are paying for a dog house that can just be outside and is NOT suitable to be in the open, or whether you are getting a dog house that will stand up to the elements.
Some people are actually ok with a dog house that isn’t wind and water proof, and just put the dog house outside under cover – with added foam for insulation, and a mat/extra padding on the floor.
For example, you might want to look for the following features if you want a more durable and weather resistant dog house:
- Material is not flimsy and thin – will be durable, and not buckle/bow from wind
- Has enough room in the entry/exit for your dog
- Has enough space inside for your dog to lay down
- When constructed, the dog house fits together well and strongly
- Pre constructed, or easy to put together
- There is some level of insulation from cold and warmth (in the roof, walls and floor)
- A extra liner/padding/mattress can be fit on the floor
- The dog house is sealed from rain and doesn’t let wind through, but does ventilate
Petmate Indigo vs Petmate Dogloo XT Dog Houses
These models of dog houses have slightly different designs and sizing.
The Extra large Indigo has slightly more space and is slighty bigger (has a longer entryway) than the extra large Dogloo XT.
The Dogloo XT also has a Giant size available.
What Size Dog Kennel To Get For A German Shepherd?
Generally large for a puppy or growing GSD, or extra large or giant size for an adult German Shepherd.
There are two main dimensions you want to look at – the size of the dog house entry (so your GSD can enter and exit), and the size/space inside the dog house (so your GSD can lay down).
To give you an idea, the two most appropriate dog house sizes for an adult GSD might be:
- The Extra Large Petmate Indigo – which is 51.5″ X 39.3″ X 30″ in dimension (for dogs 90-125 lbs)
- The Giant Petmate Dogloo XT – which is 48.5″ X 47″ X 37″ in dimension (for dogs 90-150lbs)
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