15 DIY Dog Houses to Spoil Your Pooch

Posted on Jul 10 2016 - 12:01am by Susan Bewley

With summer here in full force, I have been surprised with how many dogs don’t have a dog house for shade. While I am a firm believer that dogs belong indoors with their family, I understand that some people like to give their dogs time outdoors to themselves or just time to have fun with their doggy siblings. Either way, dogs need to have a way to protect themselves from the sun, especially if they are overheating or want to hide somewhere with fresh water. This is one of the reasons I believe that dogs that are outdoors regularly for any length of time MUST have a dog house.

Knowing that not everyone has the money to just go out and buy a quality dog house, we found some of the cutest DIY dog houses. Many of these doghouses are not just adorable, but are easy to build with inexpensive materials or even using furniture you may have in your home (or found at a garage sale). Others are fun little hideaways for indoor dogs who want to have some privacy, giving them a comfy place to sleep where they can still keep an eye on their humans!

Feel free to tell us what you think of these 15 DIY Dog Houses below. We are excited to see your thoughts or if there is anything you think could be cool for building your own dog house!

Are you thinking of building a dog house? Check out these 15 DIY Dog Houses perfect for any pooch here!


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

38 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. michele soyer July 10, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

    I love the country dog house with porch.. I can just see my Phoebe in there when we are not home.. I love dog houses but also love having my dog here in the house with me….

  2. clojo9372 July 10, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I am not very crafty at DIY projects but I am IN LOVE with #8, the log cabin doghouse! That is the coolest doghouse ever. I would love to see my girls in something like that. 🙂

  3. Barrie July 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I love the log cabin homes for dogs. Not sure I have the ability to make any of these but very cool!

  4. Cindy Brooks July 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    These are all so cute. I love the idea of repurposing thrift store furniture into a dog bed.

  5. Natalie July 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    My favorite is the dog house with the roof top deck!

  6. Sandra Watts July 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I think these are great. I especially like the ones that repurpose other items.

  7. laurie damrose July 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    These are all great but I can only see my dog in the Teepee!

  8. Terry Poage July 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    These are some pretty fancy doghouses.

  9. Judy Thomas July 11, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I love these! We have stray cats living under our house and for them I covered a nylon play tunnel in waterproof fabric and sewed a curtain for each end. Then I made a long cushion to fit in the tunnel. There are 7 cats sleeping in it tonight. 🙂

  10. Susan Smith July 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    These are so cute. My dog is so spoiled, she sleeps in our bed at night.

  11. Katie J. Ewing July 12, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

    These are all so cute. But I’m not good at crafting … so I think I wil try the simple one. #4 is cool :3

  12. justin tan July 12, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    these are so cute!!

  13. Nancy Burgess July 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    These are all so cute.Great ideas to easy way to save money.

  14. Katie July 13, 2016 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I love the look of the classic red and white dog house.

  15. Mia July 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    These are all so amazing. I think that my dog would love the country dog house with a porch because then he could have and inside and outside option. So neat.

  16. Jeanna Massman July 16, 2016 at 12:09 am - Reply

    These doghouses are great! I especially like the dog tepees!

  17. Rosie July 16, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    oh me oh my! I got so many chuckles at these, so darn cute, I can’t pick a favorite!!! I can see how any dog would love to have his or her own little house like these!!

  18. Linda Manns Linneman July 16, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    These dog houses are all so cute. I think any dog would love these. We might have to think about making our dog one soon. Thank you for sharing

  19. Sarah L July 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I like the one with the top deck and the two with front porches.

  20. Patrícia Xará July 17, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    That are some spoiled dogs. My cat has a bed, but she prefers to sleep on our beds.

  21. Samantha Michelle July 17, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I love the cute beds for doggies! These pooches are definitely sleeping comfortably . The top deck house really impresses me alot. I would spoil my pets with houses like yhis. It’s a great idea!

  22. Corrina Jimenez July 18, 2016 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Wow, these dog houses are absolutely adorable and I am sure a lot more affordable. I don’t like to put my dogs outside but this is a good idea for owners that do prefer to do that.

  23. Heather Robertson July 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    These are adorable! I love the ones with the porches!

  24. Nicholas A. Landa July 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    What nice houses. I’ll make one for my dog.

  25. Zoey July 19, 2016 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing these adorable dog houses!

  26. Syn July 19, 2016 at 4:26 am - Reply

    I love these fashionable dog houses! They’re incredibly colourful, and definitely a way to brighten up the usual, plain dog houses. Love this!

  27. KATE SARSFIELD July 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Ha ha! The Crooked Doghouse is what mine would turn out like!

  28. Saundra McKenzie July 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Our little Dexter weighs almost 7 pounds. If I ever find one of the old tvs, I want to make him a dog house like that (for indoors).

  29. Melissa Crisp July 22, 2016 at 2:26 am - Reply

    These are really cute. It gave me some ideas for my husband to build one.

  30. andreea lazar July 23, 2016 at 5:04 am - Reply

    OMG so cuteee !! :3

  31. Laurie P July 23, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    some of these are way too awesome! Love the teepee!

  32. Alison Gibb July 24, 2016 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Wow, what a great variety of dog houses!! I love them all but my favorite is the Dog House with Roof Top Deck!! So cool!!

  33. Jenna Hudson July 26, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    My dog is not an outdoor dog but I’m glad these owners put in so much effort to make their pups comfortable. They are all awesome but that log cabin dog house is amazing!

  34. Laura July 27, 2016 at 3:23 am - Reply

    These are so creative. I’m sure any dog would love any of them! 🙂

  35. Kimberly Flickinger July 30, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    These are so creative and innovative. My doxies would love one of them! Thank you for sharing.

  36. Hannah C August 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    These are so cute and creative. I love the one made with the end table.

  37. Olivine Eyes September 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful dog houses. I won’t show my cats these, I know they’ll be begging for me to get one or two.

  38. Kim Pincombe-Cole September 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    The house built under the side/end table is such a smart idea. Some of the other ones are SO cool!

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