This dog house has been adapted from a design published by the Ontario Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario Humane Society). I have used this design for many years
and find it to be excellent for both winter and summer. The following features are
Hinged Flat Roof
The dogs love this part. It makes a great vantage point from which to watch the world and they
will spend most of their time either lounging on the roof or jumping up and down for exercise. The
roof is hinged for easy cleaning, and it is suggested that it be slightly sloped for
This is also a favorite vantage point. Dogs can lie in
the hallway out of rain or sun and still see what's going on.
Partially Closed Off Inner Doorway
This door faces sideways from the inner chamber, protected from the elements on three sides.
The raised sill not only cuts down on drafts but also keeps the interior clear of
2"x4" Skirted Platform
By raising the house from the ground, dampness and cold do not have direct contact with the
floor. The skirt also prevents debris from collecting under the house.
Lined Insulated Interior Chamber
While most people don't believe that Malamutes require insulation, I don't see why not. After
all, it will not only keep them warm in winter but also cool in summer. I use no straw or blankets
in my dog houses, cutting down on mess and the risk of infestation. Although I check my houses
twice a year, they are always clean.
The following dimensions would nicely fit an Alaskan Malamute. While I
always use the smaller one, there certainly are larger Malamutes than mine.
However, if in doubt, you should always choose the smaller size to get the ultimate
benefit from the dog's body heat.
22" x 39"
22" x 39"
22" x 78"
11" x 13"
38" x 96"
25" x 43"
25" x 43"
25" x 86"
12" x 16"
41" x 96"
Please understand that I am not capable of building this house myself, but I am fortunate to have
a husband who does this for me. However, if you have any questions regarding the materials or the dimensions,
I will try to answer them or get the answers for you.
since Sept 13, 2001
IN JUDGING MALAMUTES, .....
THEIR FUNCTION AS A SLED DOG FOR HEAVY FREIGHTING IN THE ARCTIC.....