The 5 Best Outdoor Plastic Dog Houses [Ranked]
Plastic dog houses are easy-to-clean options that are durable and comfortable options for your dog's outdoor life.
Plastic dog houses, by their nature, won't warp or splinter like wooden options, and some like the eco-friendly EcoChoice Bunkhouse advertises that they can be easily repainted or stained. Perhaps the biggest problem we've seen is that some dogs won't use them- while others take to them immediately, especially when supplemented with their favorite blanket or dog bed.
Thoughtful features included in the Suncast plastic dog houses are crowned floors that drain out any liquids from the interior- great to keep your pet dry and comfy. The Taupe & Blue Deluxe Suncast model includes a vinyl door, as well as and a nameplate space to personalize the dog house with your pet's name.
These durable and all-weather plastic dog houses are a great option if your pet lives outdoors, or even if your dog is an indoor animal, but just needs some protection from the sun whenever they venture outside. Let's take a look at five of the best selling models on the market today and see how they stack up.
Plastic dog houses compared
The 5 best plastic dog houses
This bunkhouse dog house is stylish, well-designed and a good sleeping and resting place for your dog. Users love the elegant look and the fact that it’s weather resistant, but some do note that their dog likes to chew it.
Made from ecoFlex composite that can be painted, this plastic dog house is available in three different size – small (25.2" x 21.7" x 24.4"), large (37.8" x 34.8" x 43.5") and x-large (34.8" x 31.1" x 36.2"). It’s elevated from the ground, and the roof and the floor are removable, so this doggy home can be cleaned easily with a detergent.
Generally, users are satisfied with the usefulness, durability, and functionality of the New Age dog bunkhouse. A buyer shares that the plastic is high-quality, sturdy and waterproofed, and it’s very easy to assemble and disassemble it for cleaning.
Another customer mentions that this plastic dog house is big and strong enough to accommodate her Labrador, and it’s a real plus for her that she could paint the house if she wishes. A happy user comments the large dog house looks great in her backyard, but it’s a little small for her 110-pound Malamute.
One other buyer states that the doggie bunkhouse is a great sleeping place for her Great Pyrenees, and the dog has enough room to rest comfortably. However, some users have complained that this elevated dog house wouldn’t withstand heavy chewing and their dog quickly managed to destroy it. Some also say that instructions for assembly should be clearer.
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This Suncast taupe & blue dog house has an elegant look, modern design and it’s suitable for big dogs. Users love that this dog kennel can be personalized with their dog’s name, but some do note that the flap door falls off often.
Made from plastic with a size of 33" x 38.5" x 32", this plastic dog house for large dogs has vents for air circulation, a channel around the inside edges of the floor, a vinyl flap door and a removable roof.
This Suncast deluxe pet house is suitable for 76-100 pound dogs and can be staked outside so you don’t have to worry that it might fall or blow over. Overall, it is a solid product of good quality and price.
One customer mentions that his dogs – an 110 lb. Golden Retriever and an 85 lb. Akita can go in and out of the plastic house comfortably, and they have enough space to turn around. The reviewer is very pleased with the price and quality of the Suncast pet house, and says that it looks fantastic in his backyard.
A happy user shared that she was surprised with the quality of the plastic and that she managed to assemble it within 15 minutes. Another purchaser comments that the large dog house with door flaps can provide shelter from the rain and wind for her dog and cat in the cold winter day, and it’s a great advantage for her that she can remove the roof to clean it.
However, some customers have complained that the dog plastic house is not as sturdy as they expected because it’s too light or that the holes don’t align as they should. Some also have stated that the door opening is not wide enough.
If you are looking for a dog kennel that will protect your dog from the harsh weather, you might take a look at the New Age Pet rustic lodge dog house. Users love the flat-roof design and the color, but some do note that it’s smaller on the inside than they expected.
Made from ecoFlex, this lodge large dog house is weather, rot, pest and fade resistant. It’s available in three different sizes –medium (26" x 36" x 29.5"), extra-large (29.5" x 42.5" x 32.5") and jumbo (37.6" x 46.4" x 39"), and it’s suitable for dogs up to 200 lbs. Moreover, the plastic lodge dog house is elevated from the ground, and it has flow-through ventilation. Overall, it seems useful if you want a durable house for the outside.
As a whole, customers are satisfied with the sturdiness, size and practicality of this plastic house for dogs. One buyer mentions that it’s very easy to put the house together, and her 80 lb. dog has enough space to stretch out comfortably. Another purchaser stated that she bought the extra large size for her Boykin Spaniel due to people complaining about the size, but the large size would also have been perfect for him.
The reviewer says that she would gladly recommend this plastic lodge house to anyone. A happy user shares that her 60 lb. pup loves to jump on the roof and bake in the sun and the roof hasn’t sustained any significant damage. However, the customers have complained that a large dog would not be comfortable inside with one user stating that his 65 lb. Husky can barely fit it.
Assembling the EcoChoice dog house
The indoor/outdoor all weather dog house is compact, lightweight and well-designed. Users love the sturdy, cute design and that it’s very easy to assemble it. However, some do note that it’s really a pet house for small dogs.
Made from plastic and available in one size (29.5" x 23.6" x 26") this medium dog shelter has a smooth surface, a raised floor and small openings for ventilation. It weighs only 11.9 pounds, and it can be assembled quickly with a screwdriver. Overall, it looks like a well-made, low-cost puppy house, but it won’t be suitable for you if you have a big, heavy dog.
As a whole, buyers are happy with the durability, functionality, and usefulness of the small doghouse. One customer stated that he managed to assemble it quickly and easily, and it would be perfect for a toy or small size dog.
But the reviewer states that he would have preferred if there was a flap door included. Another user shares that she chose this puppy shelter due to its size and ability to withstand harsh weather. It’s a nice resting place for her 9-pound Cairn-Yorkie mix and the user states that her dog would be safe and protected inside.
Users have only minor complaints – one user comments that the bottom floor might pop out, while another one says that the dog shelter house is not actually rain proofed.
The Suncast tan & mocha shelter house for medium dogs has a nice, modern design, and sturdy construction. Users love the beautiful, esthetic color and that it’s very easy to assemble it.
However, some do note that it’s not elevated from the ground. This deluxe plastic outdoor house has vents for air circulation, a door flap and it’s made from plastic with an overall size of 24" x 33" x 29" and interior size of 24". You can easily stake it to the ground or remove the roof for easy cleaning. As a whole, it seems a good sleeping place for dogs up to 75 lbs.
One buyer states that she is very pleased with the quality and design of the Suncast outdoor kennel, and her Cocker Spaniel instantly fell in love with his new home. Another customer shares that both of her dogs can fit inside without overcrowding or lying on top of each other, and she was surprised how easy she managed to assemble this small plastic home for dogs.
A happy user comments that her Dachshunds go in and out of the house regularly, and they use it to hide their toys and treats. A reviewer says that her 20 lb. dog has enough space to walk inside the house, and she is very pleased with her purchase.
However, some customers have complained that the Suncast deluxe plastic outdoor home is not sturdy enough, and it would topple over if there’s a strong wind. Some also note that the plastic is too thin to provide insulation against the cold.
Assembling the Suncast doghouse
A Wooden Alternative
The Merry Products wood pet home isn't technically a pure dog bed- instead it is a adorable indoor and outdoor doghouse with an interior pet bed and an exterior terraced pet bed on the top, accessible by ladder.
It is ideal for smaller breed dogs (12-15 lbs.) and the manufacturers claim that it takes about 20 minutes to put together with all of the included hardware and instructions.
It's 18" high (including the 2" footing supports) without the 7.25" lattice work, and the stairs are 7.5" wide, making the pet home overall 28" wide. It's made of kiln-dried wood that is naturally stained to make it durable for outdoor use (though not ideal to leave outdoors in harsh elements full-time) and to increase its attractiveness.
The interior lounge, as Merry Products calls it, is a dry area for your pet to hang out, the rooftop balcony provides a elevated space for your dog to get a little bit of sun and survey the landscape. The rooftop and bottom panels are removable so you can easily clean it and the manufacturers say that you can re-stain the wood should you need to form a little upkeep on it.
Assembling the Merry Pet Dog Home
The Merry Pet Wood Dog/Cat Condo
On the whole, users are pretty satisfied with this pet home, saying that it is essentially built for dogs and cats that are under 12 pounds.
Some users situate the wooden pet home outside, while others install it inside near windows so that the upper terraced floor overlooks the window ledge, allowing pets to have a view of the outdoors.
Not just for dogs, one user purchased it for her cat, saying that it is an adorable space for her feline to hide from the more territorial sister cat. She says that the cat completely bypasses the stairs to reach the top floor, simply jumping atop the pet home.
Another user who has been using this pet home for nearly 5 years says that it is ideal for small dogs ranging in weight from 15 to 20 lbs. She also says that she supplemented the top of the dog roof with a bolstered dog bed for his Chihuahuas. They can accommodate both dogs simultaneously and the steps, while not ultra strong, are supportive enough for her dogs to use to get to the top.
Another buyer says that his dog and cat condominium has become the favorite space for their pets- it lets them overlook their territory, letting them observe bypassers in the street, though he does say that the interior lounge space doesn't get a lot of use, probably because they keep it indoors. Another positive is that while pretty sturdy, it's also a fairly lightweight product to move around.
It is a China-made product- but user feedback suggests that it is pretty high-quality, so not a death-trap that will harm your pets. There is some debate regarding whether it is durable for extended outdoor use- with most people saying that it's not ideal to leave it outdoors full-time, and if so you might want to shield it from the elements a bit.
Merry Pet Wood Room with a view is a pet house that allows your dog to have a sun deck balcony on top where to relax, sun-bath, play or simply looking at the view and a lower bedroom on the bottom to sleep or hide.
The cute little stairs allows your pet to get “upstairs” to access the top sun deck to relax and enjoy the view. This rooftop area is protected by stained brown cedar color lattice fence giving this unit a nice look that blends with any indoor or outdoor decor.
Merry Pet Wood Room is made from kiln-dried cedar wood treated with natural color stain for a nice finish and sealing. The cedar wood has a natural cedar scent.
The unit is lightweight making it easy to carry and move it around to a different place of your home if needed.
- Cute and nice designed pet house with balcony and lower lounge
- For use indoor or outdoor
- Made from kiln-dried cedar with a natural stained finished
- Suitable for small pets
- Easy to assemble, taking from 20 to 30 minutes
- Unit comes with balcony, latticework, and side little stairs
- Wood scent gives the pet house a calming atmosphere of nature
- Rooftop and bottom panels can be removed for cleaning
- May need to be re-stained for a better sealing if using outdoors
- Elevated bottom isolates the house from the ground
- It comes with an easy-to-follow instructions to assemble it.
- Color: Brown cedar
- Item weight: 19 lbs
- Made in China
- External Dimensions: 21” D x 29” W x 26” H
- Internal Dimensions: 17” D x 17” W x 14”H
- External Dimensions top area (without stairs): 18” D x 18 ” W
- Door Dimension: 9” W x 11” H
- Height without lattice: 18 1/2”
- Lattice height: 7 1/2”
- Width without stairs (approx): 20”
- Steps dimension: 6 1/2″ wide X 4″ deep
WHAT COMES WITH THE UNIT?
- Front Panel (with the opening door)
- Rear panel
- Side panels (2)
- Floor panel (it goes snapped on bottom without screws)
- Sun deck panel
- Deck fence (4 parts)
- Stair case
- 4 Bolts and 4 nuts (8 pcs total)
- Long screw (10 pcs)
- Short screw (8 pcs)
The unit comes in panels that you have to assemble. The assembly time is approximately 20 – 30 minutes. Steps to assemble:
1. The front, rare and side panels go together by bolts and nuts (4).
2. The bottom panel (the lower bed) goes snapped on the bottom.
3. Sun deck panel goes attached to the house by 4 long screws (the sun deck panel has a shape like a fat “L”).
4. Then you have to put the deck fence together which consists in 4 parts that go attached by 6 long screws. Then you screw the assembled deck fence to the sun deck panel by 5 short screws.
5. The stairs go attached to the sun deck panel by 2 short screws and to the side panel bottom by 1 short screw.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD: WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY
- Affordable nice piece of furniture for your pet, made from real cedar wood
- Very cute design
- Easy to assemble
- It gives terrace, roofed patio or backyard a stylish outdoor look
- It blends nicely with indoor decor as well
- A relax area and a sleeping room all in one
- It comes pre-drilled for easy line up
- Good value for money
- BONUS: Well packaged and fast shipping
- Staircase is too narrow for a small dog to step on and the steps are too steep, some tiny dogs may fall through them if not skilled enough. The stairs need to be more like a staircase instead a ladder.
- It has a cedar wood smell that goes away with time (may be a “pro” if your pet likes it)
- Lattice is not as strong or sturdy
- Panels are on the thin side (but sturdy enough)
- The pet house is not weather-proof, it’s meant to be used outdoors only in a protected environment.
- It may need to be re-stained; the wood doesn’t have a shiny finish.
- YOU MAY NOT MIND: the pet house does not include pads
—Make sure to re-stain the wood if you are going to use the pet house outside.
—If using an electric drill stop before all the way in and hand tighten. This will avoid splitting the soft cedar wood.
—Make sure to unpack the unit outside. The packaging contains thin sheets of styrofoam that break into hundreds of pieces that go all over the floor and stick everywhere.
—When buying a pad for the rooftop area consider a pad measuring anywhere between 18″ x 18″ and 19” x 19”. Make sure to get a pad without high bumpers to make it easier for your dog to access the sun deck. For the lower bed, consider a pad measuring between 17″ x 17″ and 20” x 20”, depending on how much cushioning you want on the sides.
Merry Pet Wood Room With a View is a cute pet house that is a good value for money.
This pet house is not meant to be used roughly because some parts of the construction are more decorative than functional, such as stairs and lattice. They do hold on the pet’s activities but not with strong hits or constant heavy weight on them, that’s why it’s suitable only for small lightweight pets.
Manufacturer states that this unit is made to be used indoors or outdoors. However, the outdoor concept refers mostly to roofed balconies, terraces or any protected area from rain and wind. This unit does not resist rain nor strong wind (it’s lightweight).
Merry Pet Wood Room with View is suitable for teacup, tiny toy and toy sized dogs that have enough skills to climb steep and narrow steps. Some dogs can, but most dogs simply can’t. For this reason this pet house-bed is more suitable for cats than dogs. However, the unit may work for your dog in these situations;
- If your dog is up to 10 lbs at the most (to have room enough inside to move) and using a ramp instead the stairs.
- If your dog is toy sized and is a skilled climber.
- If your dog is lightweight (up to 7 lbs) and able to jump right on top of the bed-lounge without using the stairs (this option is not very recommended since the lattice are not as strong to resist constant hits).
- If you have a small dog and a cat and they can share this little house bed for the cat on top and the dog inside.
Other than the above situations, Merry Pet Wood Room may not be suitable for your dog.
What are dog house owners saying?
If you're in the market for a plastic doghouse, you'll discover that there are a variety of different styles on the market today. Perhaps you would want to purchase the rustic lodge-style doghouse made by EcoChoice for something more woodsy, or the townhouse-inspired Deluxe dog house by Suncast.
The EcoChoice is a particularly ecologically friendly plastic doghouse- it's actually constructed from a blend of different recycled polymers as well as poplar waste products. Indeed, biofeedback is pretty solid for this option. Users say that it was simple to assemble, relatively lightweight if you need to transport it around, very sturdy- with one user keeping her two large Labrador Retrievers inside at one time. Another says that she was able to paint this plastic doghouse to better match her gardens colors.
On the downside, one user did say that her German Shepherd puppy managed to gnaw off a corner of this dog house's roof the first day that she got it. One other user said that while assembling the doghouse was not too difficult, she thought it would be simpler if the different parts were broken down by color in the instruction manual.
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The Taupe & Blue Suncast Deluxe dog house was another popular option- it is even able to be staked into the ground so that it won't be blown around during a storm, or buffeted by a large-breed dog. Additionally, because it has a removable roof is particularly easy to clean and the crown flooring on the interior ensures that any fluids to get into the doghouse are drained, keeping your Golden Retriever or Doberman Pinscher warm and dry.
Users were pretty pleased with this option- saying that it is particularly suited to large-breed dogs. One user who lives in the Canadian outback says that purchasing a waterproof plastic dog bed that was particularly windproof was essential for her. She says that she supplements her plastic doghouse with heated pet pads and a large and heavy stone to ensure that the robust winds do not tear it away during the night.
One accessory feature that users particular enjoyed was the door front opening- the manufacturers described this as a vinyl door that can accommodate even large-sized pooches. That said, one user was frustrated by both the strong initial chemical odor of the doghouse and also that one of the bolts used to secure the flap to the dog house's frame did not fit- meaning that she had to superglue it on her own.
The indoor-outdoor dog house by Always-Quality was another all-weather option we examined- We have many users finding it an adequate insulated dog house for winter. As an aside, many users search out heated dog houses, but often opt for cheap dog houses for their small, medium and large-breed dogs and supplement them where warming pet pads.
This particular outdoor dog shelter promises that it is a solid fit from dogs ranging from Australian Terriers, Pomeranian Poodles, Welsh Terriers, and more. Many users purchase this option because it is able to withstand extremes in weather and is also pretty easy to assemble and neighbors are prone to complement its attractiveness.
Other users describe having tried to create their own durable outdoor plastic dog houses. Some say that they use travel kennels with a tarp covering, but after purchasing one of these relatively cheap plastic dog houses that they were glad they did because they are not that expensive, serve their purpose well, helping to protect their dogs outdoors in inclement weather.
If you are in the market for a plastic doghouse, make sure you conduct some initial measurements to ensure that your dog will fit comfortably on the inside. We would recommend opting for the larger of the two, if you are stuck between deciding between a larger or smaller plastic doghouse.
It is better that the dog have a bit more room to maneuver and you can always supplement with extra blankets or dog beds to take up the space on the interior.