1990 our Master craftsman originally developed this
custom formula referred to as the A-B-C Method
to determine the correct dog
house size needed to make it easier for customers to buy his
handcrafted unique dog house!
(Otherwise if you don't want to measure, you can simply pick your Dog or Cat sizing in boxes at bottom of this page, or simply CLICK on your DOG BREED to arrive at the "average" size dog house for your specific dog.)
Method, there are three measurements that are needed to determine
the correct size cedar dog house needed. They are defined as follows:
- The distance from the dog's shoulder to the bottom of his chest.
B - The distance from the dog's nose to flank,
not including the tail.
- Distance from the top of the dog's head to his toes.
- The door opening height needs to be at least one inch taller
than the "A" measurement (shoulder to bottom of chest).
We also recommend that the dog house be elevated off the ground
by half of the "A" measurement.
Example: If the "A" measurement
is 10 inches, the door height opening needs to be 11 inches. The
house should be elevated off the ground level by 5 inches.
- The width and depth of the house should be at least the "B"
measurement (the distance from the dog's nose to its flank,
Example: If the "B" measurement is 30 inches,
then the minimum size cedar dog house should be at least 30" wide
by 30" deep.
- The "C" measurement determines the correct cedar dog house
height at the peak. The minimum height should be 1.25
x the "C" measurement (the distance from the top of
the dog's head to his toes).
Example: If the "C" measurement is 23 inches,
then 1.25 x 23 = 28 3/4 inches. The shortest height cedar dog house
this dog could use would measure 28 3/4 inches from the peak to
Please Note: The A-B-C Method
calculates minimum sizing requirements. Larger than necessary
houses are okay, but in extreme colder elements without a heated
dog bed or a dog house heater, the extra space makes it more difficult for your dog to stay
FINALLY to confirm your selection, you may want to mark off an area on your floor the size of the cedar dog house desired and have your dog lay down in that space.
DISCLAIMER / COPYRIGHT
The recommendation derived from this formula is for informational
purposes. While we make a best effort for these recommendations
to be accurate, cedardoghouse.com assumes no responsibility for
size recommendations that are deemed inaccurate by anyone who
uses this formula.
(The above dog size formula copyright 1990.)
you will find some examples of common dog breeds & cats recommended
for each size cedar dog house. If you are undecided
we suggest that you select a bigger pet house rather than smaller,
especially if your pet is not fully grown.
consider also that dog house sizing may vary if a dog: is
not true to its specific breed, is a mixed breed, has
special health needs, when dog's height is more an issue than width
or width is more an issue than height. The customer is ultimately
responsible for appropriate selection of dog house size.
You may wish to verify your choice with our custom Dog House Size Guide above using the A-B-C Method, or call us toll free at: 1-866-596-4169
for further assistance.
Cats & Dog Breed Size Suggestions:
(NOTE: "GOLIATH" styles fit any size dog & multiple dogs.)
Dependent on size:
One or Two Chihuahuas
One Miniature Pinscher
One or Two Papillons
One Poodle – toy
One Fox Terrier
One or Two Yorkshire Terriers
1 or 3 Cats
Two American Water Spaniels
Two Australian Cattle Dogs
Two Australian Shepherds
Two Basset Hounds
Two Border Collies
Two Boykin Spaniels
Two Chow Chows
Two English Cocker Spaniels
Two English Springer Spaniels
Two Icelandic Sheepdogs
Two Labrador Retrievers
Two Shar Peis
Two Standard Schnauzers
Two Norwegian Elkhounds
Two Siberian Huskies
Two Welsh Corgis
American Water Spaniel
Australian Cattle Dog
English Cocker Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
4-5 or more
Black and Tan Coon Hound
Bull Terrier – Standard
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Old English Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog