Looking for DIY doghouse plans for a larger breed dog? This DIY dog house (with free building plans), is perfect for our Berner and would easily fit labs, golden retrievers and other breeds in the 100lb range.
London has introduced new bi-laws where anyone caught leaving their dogs outside for an extended time in the cold can and will be fined. I am 100% on board with this – I abhor animal cruelty – BUT Miss Lacey is a Bernese MOUNTAIN dog…
which means that she LOVES the cold and snow and her breed is an “outdoor” dog. Our girl is an indoor dog, but when the snow flies it is a battle to get her into the house. Truly. I have to chase her around the yard yelling “Get in there!” and she only caves when I have her cornered. lol
Because I do want my obstinate dog to have some shelter when she’s being
a pain a mountain dog, and because I really don’t want to get fined, I decided to build my girl a doghouse.
Plans for this DIY doghouse are from DIY Pete, and save for a few small changes, I kept to his plans pretty closely.
I have to tell you this doghouse is HEAVY.
Like, I-can’t-lift-it-to-move-it heavy, so you’re going to want to build it where you want it to stand. My backyard is on a slight slope so short of digging into the ground to lower the back, or putting the front on risers – my placement was limited to…. well, really just the patio. Yes, that’s going to be a pain to move next summer.
A friend and I built the base for the dog house and the side framing in the garage and then lugged the pieces to the backyard before assembling them with pocket screws.
The overall size of the base is 48″ long by 31 ½” wide (door frame opening is 27″ wide by 27″ tall) not including the roof. Miss Lacey is a small Berner weighing in at about 80lbs – so the size of a golden retriever or lab – and the doghouse is perfect for her, but might not fit a St. Bernard.
To give you an idea of size, this is Lacey and I trying it out together.