Dog runs through the snow to the owner.

Does your dog spend the majority of their time outdoors?

You might want to consider outdoor heated dog houses for your pet.

Although dogs can regulate their temperature they will start to feel cold and uncomfortable at temperatures below 40 degrees f. If living in places that fall below this threshold then a heated dog house will help your dog keep warm in the harsh cold weather.

Time to heat a dog house


puppy two months old husky sled dog

Dogs need warmth during winter, most especially at night when winter seems to be coldest.

Dogs differ in their ability to withstand the cold. Dogs well advanced in age are usually the weakest in withstanding the effects of cold. This is because their body does not produce as much heat as the younger ones because the rate of metabolism decreases as age increases.

Also, susceptible to the dangers of cold are whelping and pregnant females.

They need to be kept away from the cold before, during, and after deliveries because cold can be catastrophic for both the female and her puppies. A well insulated heated dog house will help them in fighting off the cold and illnesses that make them more susceptible to diseases. In turn you are looking at fewer vet bills.

VetInfo, a trusted veterinary information source, states that a warm shelter aids in the prevention of many diseases, fights illnesses, improves temperament, and boosts the pet’s immune system.

Veterinary experts and specialists have been a lock on debate for a long time about dogs with short hairs.

Some say that their short hairs mean that they lack proper natural insulation and should have heated houses as they need more heat to compensate.

While others think that the short hairs are due to their breed citing that dogs of breeds like Greyhound, Boxer, Doberman Pincers, Dachshunds, etc. naturally have shorter hairs in contrast to breeds like long hairs. They also state that these dogs do not need additional heating as their natural insulation is almost the same as other dog breeds.

A consensus, however, was reached that seems to be neither here nor there but in between.

The hairs of short-haired dog breed have a hollow shape on the inside and have pockets of air that improves insulation. It does not, however, offer the same level of protection offered by long – hair dog breeds.

5 Things to consider when looking for a heated dog house


Dog sleeping in its small house

Before hitting the stores to choose the best-heated dog house, you need to take some time off to think.

Even though there are many heaters out there that perform almost similar tasks, there are some disparities that may make these houses unsuitable for that very purpose for which you want to purchase it.

In buying a dog house, the most important things one needs to consider are:

  • SIZE

This is by far the most important factor that you need to consider while making plans for a dog house.

The house must be properly sized for your dog to fit in well, for it to move and play around freely.

It doesn’t matter the other features of the house if the size is not right, it will not be good enough.

  • USE

There are many heated dog houses in the market, that doesn’t mean that they all have the same function.

There are some that are strictly for outdoor use, others may be for indoor use only, while a good percentage can be used indoor and outdoor.

It is therefore important that before you choose a heated dog house, you must first check whether it will be good enough for the purpose you are buying it for.


When purchasing, ensure that the material used for construction is strong, durable, weather-resistant, water-resistant, and reliable.

The product should be made of top quality for it to be long-lasting, satisfactory, and to also protect the dogs from bad weather elements.


Most qualities of heated dog houses usually have some additional desirable features pre-installed.

Some of these features usually involve power cables, additional thermostats, electronic dog doors, extra insulation, and cooling supplies for summer, and so on.

So, if you want to purchase a dog house, it is advisable that the dog house comes with one or more of these features.

  • PET TYPEEnsure that you check the compatibility of the dog house with your pet. For dogs with shorter hairs, you will need more heat for them than those with long hairs. So, we should take this and more into consideration before making any purchase.


A dog house is designed to give your dog warmth, comfort and to keep them cozy especially during the winter and autumn periods.

You should be able to get one that best suits your dog and your needs too. Yes, you!

Go for dog houses that are easier to assemble, maintain, and clean.

These will save you time as they are less stressful.

What if you have a dog house and your dog needs more heat to keep warm?

Then check out these dog house heaters. They will keep your dog warm and happy this winter.

If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,




  1. This is perfect. There is an Idea for everything isn’t there. I just bought a dog. I probably should have waited until I moved out but my friend wasn’t allowed to keep him at her apartment any longer and she was going to get rid of him. So I decided to buy him from her. He’s a mix between a lab and a husky. As cute as he is my mom is still allergic and so I must keep him outside for now SMH. Luckily I found this site I think a heated dog house will be perfect for him

    • Dogs make good pets & they’re always friendly & happy to see you. I’m glad you bought her. She’ll make you a great pet and keeping her warm during the winter months will keep her happier as well. Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for the comment. Bob

  2. I came to the right place.
    I also have a dog, he stays in our shop. Our building doesn’t allowed pets =(
    and it worries me because it’s already getting cold.

    At the moment I’m using heater in a form of a mat or a cushion— it’s what we have here in Korea.
    I bet he knows that it helps him stay warm, he hasn’t tearing it yet.

    But I would like to check on those products too.

    • I’m sure the heated mat is helping to keep him warm. It shows him you love him and care for him. Thanks for reading the post & let me know if you have any questions. All the best, Bob

  3. Great article and I hope it finds the eyes of many dog owners! Originally from upstate NY I can’t tell you how important this is. Even in Texas now it is important to have during this time of year when our temps fluctuate from freezing to 70s. We know the heat can be disastrous for our dogs but we still need to care for the cold. This is really helpful for anyone, anywhere.

  4. Really? Are you aware that dogs experience the cold just like you do? They are not meant to be left out in the cold in a tiny box, even if it’s heated. Left outside in the elements they are far more prone to sickness and injury. Dogs, by their nature, are nurturing animals and rely on human interaction and companionship. Some are smarter than others and each one has a different personality, just like humans do. In general, they have the mental and emotional capacity of a three-year-old child. You wouldn’t leave a child outside in a heated box, would you? They need a loving home, companionship, shelter, warmth, food, and water. If you cannot treat your dog as one of the family in your home with you, then I suggest you find someone else who can and will.

    • I’m well aware that dogs need everything that humans need as they are social and caring. I also know that many of them are kept outside from Alaskan Huskey who like colder weather to dog owners who don’t let their dogs come inside with most of them being large dogs. I’ve also known parents who have children who were allergic to dog hair and they kept their dog outside. This article is meant to give an alternatives on how to keep your dog warm, as we know most of them want to be in the house with you, as they are family. But sometimes owners can’t and sometimes owners want.

      Thank you for your opinion and your comment. I appreciate it.

      All the best,


  5. Hi Bob
    Fantastic article, I have learned alot from this. I’m from New Zealand so we don’t get the extreme ice cold weather like you guys, but we do have farm and backcountry hunting/working dogs, this would be great for them in our extreme wet and windy conditions. I have lived in Canada so I know just how cold it can get!! This is a new concept to me so forgive the silly question, heating a dog house would be like heating a normal house I’m thinking. So looking at the considerations in picking one, would you recommend making sure to get one with the addtitonal features of proper insulation, a door to trap in heat and some sort of temp control feature.

    • Hi Nadine,

      Exactly, I would make sure the dog house is well built with the considerations you thought of. That will keep your dog warm and cozy during the winter. Thanks for the comment. Bob

  6. This is great. I feel so bad leaving my dog Jordan and his brother Scooter out in the frigid, cold, temperatures. Having a heated dog house is a great idea! We always need to bring them inside the house when it gets 40 degrees or lower. Once they come inside, they start fighting over who gets the warmest spot next to me on the bed and none of us can get to sleep. This is a great way to keep them safe and cozy outside when the temperature gets low and I don’t have to bring them inside. Great post and thanks for posting it! It will help me out! Question for you. What about dog breeds that are bred for the cold? You know, the dogs that pull sleds through pure snow and ice? What are your thoughts on snow dogs with a thicker coat?

    • Most dogs love to come into the house where their owners are and to stay warm in the summer and cool in the winter. Since their social and playful, like children, they can disrupt the household at times as you pointed out when you’re sleeping. This can be unsettling and a warm dog house can help alleviate some of that disruption.
      As for dog breeds, like Alaskan Husky, that pull sleds through ice and snow, most of them are fine living in dog houses. I live in GA and a next-door neighbor of mine owned an Alaskan Husky who was miserable as they kept him inside the house all year long. They were constantly cutting his fur to help keep him cooler in the summer and winter.

  7. Nice Post! I have a dog too. However, she lives inside the house. I think there are many people out there who do not use heated dog houses. It is a nice thing, especially for your dog. I have many friends with large gardens and a dog house. I will definitely tell them about your website. Keep up the good work! Thanks

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