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The 10 Best Heated Dog Houses

Brr! When the temperature drops, it's natural for us to reach for a coat to keep ourselves warm. While our dogs look great in their fur coats all year, it's also important to think about how extreme weather will affect your dog.

No dog should be left outside in freezing weather for extended periods of time, but dogs must go outside in winter for a variety of reasons. In the winter, a heated dog house can be a great way to keep your dog warm and safe.

BestForPets (bestforpets.org) has gathered a selection of heated and insulated dog houses to keep your dogs warm until they're ready to come inside and snuggle up by the fire with you. But first, consider why a heated dog house might be a good idea for your dog. 

Here are the best heated dog houses that we think you should buy.

Should I Get My Dog a Heated Dog House?

Some breeds do well in cold weather. Huskies and Malamutes, for example, were bred as cold-weather working dogs. Other dogs with thick or double-layered coats may also be at home in cooler weather. Dogs with thin or single-layer coats, or those with short legs that keep their bodies close to the ground, are more vulnerable to the cold.

It is critical to understand your dog’s comfort level with cold and to provide them with a safe, dry, and warm place to shelter during the winter. In fact, it is frequently the law. There is no substitute for the security and comfort that your own home provides (not to mention surplus opportunities for cozy snuggles). A heated dog house, on the other hand, can help if your dog needs or wants to spend time outside in cold weather. Your pet can use heated dog houses as both a retreat and a fun winter playhouse.

Heated dog houses, when built properly and safely, can:

  • Protect your dog from wind, rain, snow, and other harsh winter elements.
  • While out on a potty or exercise break, provide interim shelter for dogs who are not yet ready to come inside.
  • Increase your dog’s outdoor time by breaking up long periods of indoor time, which is thought to help with the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
  • Some dog houses use electricity to provide warmth, while others are insulated to keep the cold out and your dog’s natural heat in. We offer both styles here, but you should choose the one with the features that best suit your dog’s needs.

Whatever style you choose, it’s critical to build and insulate your heated dog house according to the instructions. Make sure it’s in a good location where it won’t get wet or snowy. If your heated dog house is powered by electricity, ensure that your outlets are up to code and that the dog house components are functional and comfortable for your pet. A heating pad or furnace that is either too hot or not warm enough may prevent your pet from using the dog house, potentially leaving them exposed to dangerous winter elements.

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Imperial Insulated Wooden Dog Kennel for Pets

This stylish insulated dog house looks like a wood cabin and keeps dogs warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

This dog house is made of weather-resistant insulated panels that combine timber, foam, and plywood, and it retains heat better than standard plywood. The sturdy floor can support dogs weighing up to 154 pounds and is raised two inches off the ground to prevent heat loss and to protect your pets from the elements.

Consider the following:

  • While the plastic door flaps reduce wind chill, they are appealing to chewers.
  • The roof closes but does not latch or lock; you should reinforce it with screws.
  • Consider adding a heated dog pad or bed for extra warmth.

Petmate Husky Dog House and Covered Heated Pad (Sold Separately)

These two items, which are sold separately, can be combined to form a heated dog house system. The house is a contemporary take on the traditional igloo-style, wind-protecting plastic dog house. The heated dog house pad is designed specifically for igloo-style dog houses. It comes with a soft cover and comes in three sizes. The large, with dimensions of 17.5 inches by 30 inches, will fit while still leaving plenty of unheated floor space for your dog to choose from.

Consider the following:

  • The igloo dome provides basic protection from wind and rain, but not from cold.
  • The heated pad and cover are simple to clean.
  • The 5.5-foot steel-wrapped cord must be routed through the dog house’s door.

Hound Heater Dog House Furnace is a heated dog house accessory.

Consider this furnace if you want to add a source of heat to an existing dog house. An internal sensor monitors the temperature so it only runs when needed and is rated for spaces up to 75 cubic feet. Furthermore, the heater is Bluetooth-enabled, so you can check and update the temperature from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Features:

  • The 6-foot heavy-duty cord is resistant to chewing.
  • A strong cover with rounded corners protects the internal wiring as well as your dog.
  • Simple to set up and install

Outdoor Heated Bed by K&H Pet Products

This orthopedic foam heated pad is ideal for warming up an insulated dog house that lacks its own heat source. The pad is made of waterproof PVC for indoor and outdoor use, and it comes with a removable fleece cover for added comfort. Depending on your requirements, it is available in small, medium, and large sizes.

For safety and durability, the cord is 5.5 feet long and steel wrapped. It runs at a reasonable voltage of 60 watts (as should all heated dog houses and beds).

We recommend this style if you want a dependable but no-frills heated dog house pad. It is easy to clean and can withstand heavy use, making it ideal for active dogs who spend a lot of time outside. One Rover editor used it successfully, leaving it plugged in on her covered porch so her dog could be outside when she went to work.

Features:

  • The fleece cover is simple to remove and machine washable.
  • The thermostat is designed to adjust to your pet’s body temperature, so you will never have to change the temperature.
  • Limited one-year warranty

K&H Pet Products Outdoor Heated Water Bowl

Your dog will become thirsty while playing in the snow. Even in cold weather, access to drinking water is critical, and this heated dog bowl keeps that water from freezing solid in sub-freezing temperatures. It’s also energy efficient, with low voltage and an internal thermostat that turns the bowl on and off automatically as needed.

Features:

  • Electrical components are hidden inside to keep your pet safe.
  • Available in four sizes to accommodate your dog’s needs.

FAQs: The Best Heated Dog House for 2022 - Reviewed and Ranked (Frequently Asked Questions)

What difference does an insulated dog house make?

While your dog will be warmer in an insulated dog house than outside, there is no way to tell by how many degrees. The temperature difference is determined by how well the dog house is insulated, how cold and damp it is outside, how much heat the electric unit (if applicable) produces, and even how much heat your dog emits. (A chihuahua, for example, will not radiate as much heat as a St. Bernard.) It even has to do with where the shelter’s entrance is located. An insulated dog house, for example, with an extended, offset doorway, will protect your dog from wind, rain, and snow.

Insulated dog houses should only be used as temporary, short-term shelters. They are not designed to keep your dog warm for long periods of time or overnight.

What is the best heated outdoor dog house?

The best outdoor heated dog houses are insulated, have raised floors to keep your dog dry, digital thermostats and remotes, and are made of durable materials that will last for many years. Aside from these factors, it is critical that you choose an outdoor heated dog house that is appropriate for your pup’s size. She won’t be as cozy or as comfortable in a house that is too big or too small for her. She, like Goldilocks, requires one that is just right.

Conclusion

We thank you for your attention and time. BestForPets (bestforpets.org), an internet resource for pet owners, lists the best heated dog houses.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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