Dog Size Guide - Selecting Your Correct Dog House Size

Dog Size Guide - Should I Measure My Dog?
Dog Size Guide - Should I Measure My Dog?
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Selecting the Correct Cedar Dog House Size

Simply CLICK your DOG BREED on our Front Page to arrive at the average size dog house for your specific dog OR use the A-B-C Measurement Method below:
In 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 just pick your Dog or Cat sizing in boxes at bottom of this page.)

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The A-B-C Method

In the A-B-C Method, there are three measurements that are needed to determine the correct size cedar dog house needed. They are defined as follows:

A - 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.

C - Distance from the top of the dog's head to his toes.

A - 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.

B - The width and depth of the house should be at least the "B" measurement (the distance from the dog's nose to its flank, excluding tail).
: If the "B" measurement is 30 inches, then the minimum size cedar dog house should be at least 30" wide by 30" deep.

C - 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).
: 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 the ground.

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 warm.

>>> 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.

The recommendation derived from this formula is for informational purposes. While we make a best effort for these recommendations to be accurate, assumes no responsibility for size recommendations that are deemed inaccurate by anyone who uses this formula.
(The above dog size formula and image copyright 1990.)

Below 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.

Please 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 at: 413-459-0322 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 Dachshund
One Maltese
One Miniature Pinscher
One or Two Papillons
One Pekingese
One Pomeranian
One Poodle – toy
One Fox Terrier
One or Two Yorkshire Terriers
1 or 3 Cats

Two American Cocker Spaniels
Two American Water Spaniels
Two Australian Cattle Dogs
Two Australian Shepherds
Two Basset Hounds
Two Border Collies
Two Boykin Spaniels
Two Brittanys
Two Chow Chows
Two English Cocker Spaniels
Two English Springer Spaniels
Two Icelandic Sheepdogs
Two Keeshonds
Two Labrador Retrievers
Two Shar Peis
Two Standard Schnauzers
Two Whippets
Two Norwegian Elkhounds
Two Siberian Huskies
Two Welsh Corgis
8-10 Cats
American Cocker Spaniel
American Water Spaniel
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Basset Hound
Border Collie
Boykin Spaniel
Chow Chow
English Cocker Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel
Icelandic Sheepdog
Labrador Retriever
Norwegian Elkhound
Shar Pei
Siberian Husky
Standard Schnauzer
Welsh Corgi
4-5+ Cats
Alaskan Malamute
American Bulldog
Black and Tan Coon Hound
Bull Terrier – Standard
Bluetick Coonhound
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Doberman Pinscher
English Setter
German Shepherd
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Golden Retriever
Old English Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog
Redbone Coonhound
6+ Cats
Bernese Mountain Dog
Giant Schnauzer
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Irish Setter
Saint Bernard
6+ Cats
Irish Wolfhound
6+ Cats



BenefitsOur Western red cedar cat and dog pet houses naturally protect your pet year round, staying cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Plus it deters fleas, ticks and termites and resists decay.

BEWARE.... All cedar is not created equal.

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