The king of dogs needs a palace to reside in so you want to make sure your Mastiff is warm at night and can be secure and shielded from the elements, whether that to keep cool during the days sun or warmth at night under the stars.
You have a multitude of choices on the market but don’t know which one best suit your beloved Mastiff, so this content will hopefully give you some much needed pointers to guide to you to the best choice for you new doghouse.
The obvious reason for the decision for a doghouse is the choice that you want or need your large mastiff to sleep outside of the house and have its own domain to call its own, whether that be due to lack of space or you want the dog to just be a hardy mastiff and sleep where dogs have for thousands of years “outside”.
Personal opinion is outside, if you can afford the correct size doghouse and have a secure outside space, as remember your dog is a valuable commodity and needs to be secure for your own piece of mind.
The choices are endless, but the criteria usually follow the below which lays out the needed points you need to consider for a perfect large doghouse for you mastiff breed.
Number ONE – How big does my dog need in their new house?
Well sorry to point out the obvious but the size of the doghouse will be determined by the size of the actual dog breed that will occupy the space. A few good things to remember is that the dogs body heat in a well-insulated house will be the internal central heating as such to keep them warm so the kennel should not be oversized to eliminated warmth issues, and the visa versa for the warm weather a well-insulated house will keep cool on more sunny days in the summer.
You mastiff should be able to easily enter the house with no restriction to their movement, so the dog needs to be able to turn around with ease and naturally site down with ample head height to avoid the dog having to crouch down.
So best advise is to measure your dog prior to doghouse shopping and in mind the measurements of the kennel before purchasing so you can cross reference them against the dogs build.
What shall I choose as the structure material for the mastiff doghouse to be built in?
There are many materials that you can use to build or construct a doghouse, there are many choices on the market to buy pre-built and assembled houses ready for use straight away or plans to construct your own. Firstly, there are pros and cons for all different materials and obviously cost may pay a factor in your purchase.
Plastic is cheaper and easy to wash but may not be too well insulated especially for hotter warm weather, if the kennel is to be used inside another outdoor building then this might be a valid choice as the doghouse is not direct with the outdoor weather elements.
A wooden structure that is well insulated is one of the most popular choices as there are many custom companies that can build a very good standard dog house specific to your dogs needs and at a relatively good price for what you get and if treated well and maintained will last a long time.
The more expensive choice is bricks and mortar, which we are now going into the realms of a small house for the dog, but this can also be cost effective as if built from solids plans and to a high standard this type of kennel will last the life time of the dog and further.
Where to best place your dog’s new house?
The situating of the house is vital to give the dog the best shelter and protection form the wind and rain and cold in the winter and the summer sun and heat, it’s a good plan to establish where the doghouse will reside before purchase as not to buy something that is not going to fit the chosen space.
Facing south and in a sheltered space either alongside a wall under a large tree or on the veranda are some of the most likely places to choose.
If you have purchased a movable doghouse then the positioning can be changed on a basis of the changing seasons to give the dog the best comfort, also in most well-constructed kennels the floor of the unit is either well insulated or raised form the ground protected from cold and frost beneath and giving a continuous air flow around the structure especially in the summer.
Introducing your mastiff dog to its new house
Its not a case of just shoving the dog into the new kennel and shutting their door, that would be mean and not fair on the mastiff to first get to know it new domain. Starting young is probably the best route to take a soon as you feel the dog is ready to establish a connection with its new home.
Let the dog naturally be inquisitive about the ne structure in the garden / back yard, allow them time to get to know new smells and spaces. Ideally favourite toys, bedding already with their smell on it, and your scent can help to reassure the dog the space is a safe place to be.
Hopefully that gives some basic pointers to help you decide what’s best for your best friend and what may suit the mastiff breed going forward in outside residency