34 Doggone Good Backyard Dog House Ideas

Dog houses are a great place for your pooch to rest when spending time outside. Get 34 doggone good backyard dog house ideas here!
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 Simple dog house with red shingles underneath a willow tree.

Welcome to our gallery featuring dog houses and kennels for your backyard!

While we love to have man’s best friend inside with us during most of the year, sometimes they may need to be outside, whether it’s because you’re working outside or they can’t be left alone in the house.

Regardless of your reason for needing a dog house, your dog’s outdoor retreat can be a nice shady, cool spot to hang out in during the hot days.

And your dog’s house doesn’t have to look like a prison either! There’s no reason why you can’t customize a dog house to look just as luxurious and comfortable as you hope it is for your dog.

Whether you decide to build your dog house on your own, purchase a prefabricated dog house from a home improvement store, or even hire a company to design and custom build a palace for your dog, we’re sure you will find a design in this gallery that appeals to you.

Before you get started planning your dog house, consider your dog’s behavior and if they will be spending much time unsupervised outside. If you don’t want to cage your dog in a kennel, consider fencing in your yard if it isn’t already.

If you live in the countryside and your dog will be well supervised, you may decide that you don’t need a fence or a caged-in kennel.

Also consider the size of your dog and its exercise requirements, tolerance of heat and cold before you decide on a dog house. Some dogs don’t do well outside and away from the family. Others don’t do well in the heat, and some need much more exercise than others.

After considering all the factors, you can start shopping for your dog house.

Cost can vary widely, so do shop around.

We hope you’ll enjoy this gallery! If you’d like more backyard ideas, check out our definitive guide to backyards!

Outside of a small home in a historic village is an equally quaint dog house next to a bench. Aged shingles and delicate craftsmanship make this structure stand out.

Outside of a small home in a historic village is an equally quaint dog house next to a bench. Aged shingles and delicate craftsmanship make this structure stand out.

For multiple dogs, a large kennel may be more suitable. This type is better for climates that are typically warm, and certainly not a good solution for climates where it snows.

For multiple dogs, a large kennel may be more suitable. This type is better for climates that are typically warm, and certainly not a good solution for climates where it snows.

For a more quaint look, distressed paint and roof planters are a great way to make your dog house look more idyllic. It also helps keep the inside of the dog house cooler during the daytime.Eclectic Landscape by Austin General Contractors Austin Creations


For a more quaint look, distressed paint and roof planters are a great way to make your dog house look more idyllic. It also helps keep the inside of the dog house cooler during the daytime.

If rocks are abundant, these stone cairn-like doghouses might be a good option for working dogs like these shepherd breeds.

If rocks are abundant, these stone cairn-like doghouses might be a good option for working dogs like these shepherd breeds.

Even if you don't have a lot of space in your backyard, building a small, cozy dog house for your pooch to hang out in can be done. This one is elevated slightly to match the height of the privacy fence.Transitional Patio by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Kemp Hall Studio

Even if you don’t have a lot of space in your backyard, building a small, cozy dog house for your pooch to hang out in can be done. This one is elevated slightly to match the height of the privacy fence.

This barn red dog house is perfect for any country style home, and is elevated enough to keep moisture out of the bottom should it be rainy or muddy.

This barn red dog house is perfect for any country style home, and is elevated enough to keep moisture out of the bottom should it be rainy or muddy.

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This adorable cedar wood dog house is perfect for small lapdogs, and has a small deck on the top for the dog to survey his domain. This is a perfect little getaway for the dog to hide out in during the summer when you spend a lot of time outside.


This adorable cedar wood dog house is perfect for small lapdogs, and has a small deck on the top for the dog to survey his domain. This is a perfect little getaway for the dog to hide out in during the summer when you spend a lot of time outside.

Learn more here.

A simple wooden dog house is well-suited for on a covered front porch. Without shingles, it wouldn't fare well during a rainstorm.

A simple wooden dog house is well-suited for on a covered front porch. Without shingles, it wouldn’t fare well during a rainstorm.

This small dog house has its own deck, stairs, and even a little window! The size is great for a small, short dog, and will look attractive in your backyard.

This small dog house has its own deck, stairs, and even a little window! The size is great for a small, short dog, and will look attractive in your backyard.

Learn more here.

This Mediterranean style dog house has three entrances to the communal space, two large and one small. A mature tree above provides needed shade on hot, sunny days.Mediterranean Exterior by Longwood Home Builders Victoria Martoccia Custom Construction, Inc

This Mediterranean style dog house has three entrances to the communal space, two large and one small. A mature tree above provides needed shade on hot, sunny days.

Another square dog house with a deck area on top. This dog house is sized better for a larger dog than the previous example.


Another square dog house with a deck area on top. This dog house is sized better for a larger dog than the previous example.

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A quaint cottage-style dog house with some really impressive details along the roofline. Aged oak trim really makes the structure.

A quaint cottage-style dog house with some really impressive details along the roofline. Aged oak trim really makes the structure.

Plastic doggie doors and dual entrances make this dog-duplex excellent for a family with more than one pooch. The simple design would look great in any backyard.

Plastic doggie doors and dual entrances make this dog-duplex excellent for a family with more than one pooch.  The simple design would look great in any backyard. Learn more here.

If an eclectic, funny look is more your style, you might like something more unique, like this fire hydrant shaped outdoor dog bed. Eclectic Spaces by Dallas General Contractors The Vaughan Group

If an eclectic, funny look is more your style, you might like something more unique, like this fire hydrant shaped outdoor dog bed.

A small porch is just the place for a dog to lay on a sunny day to warm their fur. This contemporary design looks an awful lot like a child's playhouse.

A small porch is just the place for a dog to lay on a sunny day to warm their fur. This contemporary design looks an awful lot like a child’s playhouse.

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A brightly colored simple dog house fits perfectly into the landscaping of this cottage style garden.

A brightly colored simple dog house fits perfectly into the landscaping of this cottage style garden.

This small, adorable dog house has a miniature fake window and window box above the door, which can be locked if the dog needs to be corralled for a short while.


This small, adorable dog house has a miniature fake window and window box above the door, which can be locked if the dog needs to be corralled for a short while.

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This cabin-style dog house in cedar and forest green fits perfectly into the lush landscaping.Landscape by West Hartford Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Paula’s Perennials

This cabin-style dog house in cedar and forest green fits perfectly into the lush landscaping.

A small deck portion allows the dog to lay outside of the dog house without laying on the grass, and gives the structure a bit of country style.

A small deck portion allows the dog to lay outside of the dog house without laying on the grass, and gives the structure a  bit of country style.

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A narrow dog house with a ramp and a wide roof to make sure that the rain just rolls right off.

A narrow dog house with a ramp and a wide roof to make sure that the rain just rolls right off.

A log cabin style dog house with red shingles and a small porch area.

A log cabin style dog house with red shingles and a small porch area.

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An incredible cottage style dog house with both an interior area and an exterior kennel section. The enormous structure is just the right size for a dog to really feel comfortable, and it has large enough doors for the owners to easily be able to enter the structure.

An incredible cottage style dog house with both an interior area and an exterior kennel section. The enormous structure is just the right size for a dog to really feel comfortable, and it has large enough doors for the owners to easily be able to enter the structure.

Learn more here.

This small, but creative dog house has a raised deck area for a food and water dish, plus a small interior area with a bed. Spaces by Austin Interior Designers & Decorators Scheer & Co.


This small, but creative dog house has a raised deck area for a food and water dish, plus a small interior area with a bed.

This is another example of a large kennel with an interior area and an exterior kennel. Like the other, it also has a door large enough for humans to easily fit through.

This is another example of a large kennel with an interior area and an exterior kennel. Like the other, it also has a door large enough for humans to easily fit through.

Learn more here.

This prefabricated plastic dog house is easy to place in your yard, easy to move, and can be customized with your dog's name. However, it is not a great permanent shelter.

This prefabricated plastic dog house is easy to place in your yard, easy to move, and can be customized with your dog’s name. However, it is not a great permanent shelter.

Learn more here.

A traditional dog house with a large interior area and a cute sign with the dog's name on it.Traditional Exterior by Ottawa Interior Designers & Decorators Emily Tait Designs

A traditional dog house with a large interior area and a cute sign with the dog’s name on it.

This squat dog house has a flat bed area on top for the dog to lay on and stay out of the grass. A name plate lets you customize this prefabricated dog house.

This squat dog house has a flat bed area on top for the dog to lay on and stay out of the grass. A name plate lets you customize this prefabricated dog house. Learn more here.

This wood and layered stone veneer dog house has a mid-century modern look to it with a flat, sloping roof without any overhang.

This wood and layered stone veneer dog house has a mid-century modern look to it with a flat, sloping roof without any overhang.

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This impressive stone dog house is surrounded by a tall chain link fence to keep a much larger dog in. The structure is comfortable and attractive enough for a backyard.Traditional Exterior by Port Orchard General Contractors Visionarch, LLC


This impressive stone dog house is surrounded by a tall chain link fence to keep a much larger dog in. The structure is comfortable and attractive enough for a backyard.

A quaint dog house with a built-in food and water dish holder on the side. The structure is classic and has plenty of space for a small dog.

A quaint dog house with a built-in food and water dish holder on the side. The structure is classic and has plenty of space for a small dog.

Learn more here.This cute pink wooden dog house is perfect for smaller dogs, and light enough to easily be moved in during winter months.

This cute pink wooden dog house is perfect for smaller dogs, and light enough to easily be moved in during winter months.

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This dog house has a large porch area and a overhanging roof for a bit of shade.Traditional Patio by Hayward Furniture & Accessories Pinta International

This dog house has a large porch area and a overhanging roof for a bit of shade.

A cute dog house in wood that is designed to look like a cute birdhouse. This is a great option for very small dogs, although they should not be left outside in the dog house for long periods of time.

A cute dog house in wood that is designed to look like a cute birdhouse. This is a great option for very small dogs, although they should not be left outside in the dog house for long periods of time.

Learn more here.

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