How to Build a House for Your Miniature Shar Pei

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Miniature Shar Pei, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build a House for Your Miniature Shar Pei

Build a House for Your Miniature Shar PeiOver 50% of owners permit their Miniature Shar Peis to live indoors and sleep on the couch or in the owner’s bed. For those of you who are wanting to know how to build a dog house for your Miniature Shar Pei, below are some easy rules to follow when figuring out what type of shelter you want to provide for your Miniature Shar Pei.

How to Build a Dog House for Your Miniature Shar Pei: Size

1. You should begin your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to fit your Miniature Shar Pei’s potential mature size. Humans enjoy having about two feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling boxed in. The Miniature Shar Pei will probably also appreciate having that much space. The target zone for both people and Miniature Shar Peis is around 33 percent of their standing height. To figure out how much room the Miniature Shar Pei will need get out a measuring tape and measure your Miniature Shar Pei. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the Miniature Shar Pei when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your Miniature Shar Pei should be able to look out the front entrance while both sitting and standing. So the Miniature Shar Pei will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his belly, make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand above the Miniature Shar Pei and measure the width of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

How to Build a House for Your Miniature Shar Pei: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to raise the dog house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from entering the dog house, and taking your Miniature Shar Pei’s health into consideration, remember how important fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized openings in the panels under the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the Miniature Shar Pei can use the warmth of its own body to warm up the area if it is extremely cold or breezy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will allow your Miniature Shar Pei to escape the bad weather. Your animal can decide to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved Miniature Shar Pei would probably appreciate having a pillow or some sort of bedding to snooze on.

Building Your Miniature Shar Pei a Dog House: Weather Resistant

3. To prevent rain entering the dog house make the floor just a bit angled toward the door and construct the roof a little bit tilted, as well. Ensure the dog house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.

4. In America most storms come from the west and south so make sure the house faces a different direction. Most dog house plans suggest that the dog house doorway faces east. The cold air won’t be able to whip through the door then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Miniature Shar Pei’s Dog House

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

Miniature Shar Pei Dog House: Conclusion

If your Miniature Shar Pei stays outdoors then he deserves to have a comfortable place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these simple tips on building a dog house for your Miniature Shar Pei will help you get going.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Miniature Shar Peis.

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