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We got such a huge response from the above photo on our facebook page – I just had to dig a bit deeper and find out if there is any plans. For the life of me I could not find the original source of this photo. I was able to track it back to minimotives.com and believe it may have just been a readers personal project submission.

However, there’s still tons of great free dog house plans out there that are similar to the above. If you want to duplicate it, look for “covered porch” and “raised bowls” for eating. These are great design elements especially for the really big dogs.

Check out these great resources for plans to get you started…

17 Free Dog House Plans (all-about-dog-houses.com)

32 Free Dog House Plans (todaysplans.net)

15 Free Dog House Plans (freebies.about.com)

21 Free Dog House Plans (doggiestylish.com)

image credit:minimotives.com

Building a dog house is a project that most people will be able to accomplish, as long as they have fairly basic DIY skills. These free dog house plans allow you to build quite a professional looking dog house that you can be proud of.

There are lots of different plans on the Internet which can be used to make dog houses. This guide will look at the simple dog house because it’s a good beginners house anyone should be able to build. The simple dog house is the easiest home for your dog that you can make. While looking simple it still looks beautiful and is a practical place for your dog to take shelter from the elements. It’s also possible to make changes to the design and paint different colors to create a unique dog house.

You will need:

– Engineers Square
– Tape measure
– Dust Mask
– Hammer
– Nails
– Circular Saw
– Table Saw
– Goggles
– Paintbrush
– Ear protection
– Shingles
– Paint or wood stain
– 8 foot length of 2×4 timber
– 10 foot length of 2×4 timber
– 4″ by 8″ Sheet of exterior siding

Step 1 – Marking

This dog house is designed to fit perfectly out of a 4″ by 8″ sheet of siding with only very minimal wastage. Two floor panels are cut for extra strength and durability.

Mark out the panels onto the siding carefully using a pencil and making lots of measurement’s. Then cut along the lines to create the individual panels. When cutting the opening make sure it’s only just large enough for your dog to fit inside.

Step 2 – More Cutting

The 10 foot length of 2×4 needs to be cut into 4 pieces of 6″ long, 2 pieces of 20 3.4″ long and 2 more pieces 22 7/8″ long. These will form the legs, platform and sides of the dog house.

Step 3 – Assembling the platform

Round the edges of the four 6″ pieces of timber you cut before, these are the legs of the dog house. Nail these to the long lengths you cut before making sure they are lined up with the corner. Position the smaller lengths to form a box and attach to the 6″ legs with nails.

Then put the first piece of flooring down, hopefully there won’t be an overhang, but if there is this can be corrected by using a circular saw to trim off any extra wood.

Step 4 – Building the Frame

Now it’s time to build the frame of the dog house. Attach the side, front and back panels to the frame timber. Then start to attach everything together.

Step 5 – Checking for Nails

Before you put the roof on the dog house, it’s a good idea to check you haven’t got any sharp nail points inside. If there are any sharp nails then take the time now to cut them off and file flat. You don’t want to cause any injury to your dog.

Step 6 – Attaching the Roof

Then all that’s left to do is attach the roof to the dog house. This can be done with the lengths of timber and nails.

Step 7 – Finishing Touches

Apply shingles to the roof to weatherproof and finish the roof. Then the wooden dog house can either be painted or stained to weatherproof it and make sure it lasts for as long as possible.

Additional Resources: Looking for more pet house ideas?
Donโ€™t miss this article by diy network and also this one from Martha Stewart.


  1. This would be awesome & great for my Zoi Ann,Minnie & Milo dogs,they need a dog house badly,

  2. would love to have the plans as well my ELVIS would love it so please if you have them let me know ty nancy and elvis

  3. I woould like this plan to house my sons Rottweiler as it is a rescue and used to living outside and would be just right

  4. i love the dog house on the top here.
    my wife and i have 3 dogs and own a farm and would love to build a dog house like that.
    i hope that you can email me that or maybe give me a link to it.
    best regards Philip Askestrand

  5. Love the house pictured. I have 2 small dogs but they would love to have their on place to hide away.

  6. Absolutely love your dog house! What a great way to treat your pets and a fantastic idea, way to go ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would love to give this to my dog! Thx if I win ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi I would love to have the plans for that amazing dog house on the top of page thank you !

  8. Hi there I was just wondering if there is anyway of getting the plans for the big wooden shelter with the German Shepard in it at the top of the page. I would love to build a shelter for my dog like that

  9. could u please send me the plan for the dog house i would really be interested in making one. thank you.

  10. can you please send me the plans for this house. I would love to do this for my Boxer Dixie

  11. I would love to have the plans for this dog house from above. could you email or send a link i can download?

  12. would really like the plans for this doghouse. it looks like it would be big enough for my 2 german sheppard /black labs mixed.

  13. my son just became a single parent of two young boys they lost their mother he bought them a dog for some company but is repairing his home and does not have the time to build a dog house this would be perfect

  14. Er, the author made it fairly clear that they DON’T have plans for the first “doghouse”. Put together your own. I just did – it’s not rocket science.

  15. Punctuation people!!! My gosh, I’ve never seen so many comments without so much as a period.

  16. Hi, Can you send me a link to get the dog plans for the above dog house. We run a rescue and would love to build this for our dogs. It is the one that has a porch with inside feeder/water and open on two ends. It looks like a German Shepherd eating on the porch. Please send me the plans or let me know where I can get them.
    Thank you
    Mike Wright

  17. Could you PLEASE email me a pic and plan for a dog house with removeable roof.It makes it easier to keep clean.Thank You.God Bless

  18. Could I please get the plans to the above picture of the dog house. We have 12 week german shepherd and are looking for dog house her and I think Rylee would love the above dog house.

  19. Would you mind sending me a link to the plans or sending me the plans? Thank you for all the good information!

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