Building a Dog House for Your English Mastiff

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, English Mastiff, Pets | Comments Off on Building a Dog House for Your English Mastiff

Build a House for Your English MastiffOver 50 percent of owners permit their English Mastiffs to stay indoors and sleep on the couch or in the bed. For those of you all who are wondering how to build a dog house for your English Mastiff, here are our simple rules to follow when determining what type of shelter you want to provide for your English Mastiff.

How to Build a Dog House for Your English Mastiff: Size

1. You should start your house building process by ensuring the house is big enough to accommodate your English Mastiff’s potential mature size. People enjoy having approximately 2 feet of air above us in a room to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your English Mastiff will probably also appreciate having that much room. The comfort zone for both people and English Mastiffs is approximately a third of their standing height. To figure out how much room the English Mastiff will need get out a tape measure and measure your English Mastiff. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the English Mastiff when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your English Mastiff should be able to gaze out the front entrance while both standing up and sitting. So the English Mastiff won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his belly, make sure that door is high enough. Stand above the English Mastiff and measure the breadth of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

How to Build a Dog House for Your English Mastiff: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to elevate the house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow below. To dissuade bugs from invading the dog house, and taking your English Mastiff’s health into consideration, remember how vital ventilation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the walls underneath the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the English Mastiff can use the heat of its own body to heat the space if it is extremely cold or breezy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will help your English Mastiff to escape the inclement weather. Your English Mastiff can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved pet would probably appreciate having a cushion or some sort of bedding to snooze on.

How to Build a Dog House for Your English Mastiff: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain entering the house make the floor just a little bit tilted toward the entryway and build the roof a bit slanted, as well. Ensure the dog house is well insulated but you shouldn’t paint the interior.

4. In America most storms come from the south and west so ensure the house is facing a different direction. Most dog house plans recommend that the house door faces east. The cold air will not be able to rush through the opening then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your English Mastiff’s House

5. It’s recommended that you put hinges on the roof when you build your English Mastiff a house. This makes it easier for you to clean your English Mastiff’s home. You should empty out the English Mastiff’s house as much as you give your English Mastiff a bath.

English Mastiff Dog House: Conclusion

If your English Mastiff stays outside then he deserves to have a suitable place to sleep and get away from harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for the English Mastiff will help you start.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about English Mastiffs.

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