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Today! Where can you find the best dog houses? First, you'll need to have an idea of what kind of dog house is right for your favorite four-legged friend. Are you looking for something to use inside the house, something similar to a kennel but maybe with a little more style to match your decor? Or does Spot like to spend most of the day outside, so he needs a place to get some shade, take a nap, or get out of the rain for a while? The range of dog houses on the market is truly as varied and unique as the dogs themselves!

Whether you're just looking for something inexpensive and plastic to tuck in a corner of the yard or dreaming of a mini dog mansion to rival your own home, you're not likely to find it at the average neighborhood pet supply store. Brick-and-mortar retailers have limited shelf space for these larger items, and smaller pet boutiques may only have one or two best-sellers or specialty dog houses in stock at any given time.

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Wayfair

WAYFAIR

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Cost:

From $20 to $10,000

Selection:

More than 100

TopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award Wayfair often comes in first place when we are looking for a store that carries practically everything - and at great prices. They proudly claim that they sell "a zillion things home", and their selection of dog houses doesn't disappoint. With over 100 to choose from - in almost every imaginable style and price point - Wayfair is sure to have something that will get your dog's tail wagging.

One thing we love about shopping for a dog house at Wayfair: you won't have to wade through related accessories like kennel pads and plastic doors to find what you're looking for. Everything listed in their inventory for that category is actually a dog house.

You'll also have plenty of ways to sort through the possibilities. Use the categories at the top to narrow down the results by construction material, size of your dog, price, features, and customer ratings.

If money is no object, there are several dog houses offered by Wayfair that are definitely high-end. We're a little mystified by the most expensive model, the Rizo Outdoor Dog House by Tucker Murphy Pet. For the not-so-bargain price of $9999.10 (payment plan available!), you get a plastic dog house. For that price, we were expecting some novel features like air conditioning or a webcam for anxious pet parents, but no - just a standard plastic shelter.

On the other hand, the next two models on that end of the spectrum made much more sense: Little Cottage Company's Cape Cod and Victorian Cottages look like mini versions of your own gorgeous home (and with a lovely $5000+ price tag to go with it).

Taking a look at the opposite budget range, you'll see that Wayfair has options galore. From pet tents and ottoman/dog house combos intended for inside use, to contemporary wood designs complete with a pet balcony, this retailer has dozens of choices under $200.

Because so many shoppers buy from Wayfair, you can take advantage of numerous customer reviews on many of the dog houses on the site. One of the most popular models is the Augie by Archie & Oscar. At a bargain price of $46.49, this dog house has an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars over more than 340 customer ratings.

Across the board, Wayfair almost always comes in first with respect to prices. It's hard to find another retailer with a considerably lower price on anything Wayfair sells, including dog houses. You'll also get free shipping on all orders over $49.

On the other hand, Wayfair isn't quite as competitive as some of the stores we reviewed when considering their return policy. You'll only have 30 days to make a return if you don't like the dog house you bought, and it has to be returned in original condition. You'll also be on the hook for any return shipping fees, since Wayfair doesn't have any brick-and-mortar store locations where you could bring it back yourself.

Other than that, however, Wayfair is the absolute best for selection and variety when shopping for a dog house. The online store has a clean design that's simple to navigate, and with everyday pricing that's the lowest on the market, Wayfair has a dog house for every Fluffy, Fido or Fritz. This store earns our highest ranking.

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Walmart

WALMART

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Cost:

From $20 to over $2,000

Selection:

Several dozen styles

Walmart is often a customer's go-to store for, well, everything! It should come as no surprise that the retailer also offers a wide variety of pet products, including dog houses.

How does Walmart compare with other retailers you might be considering? At first glance, you might feel overwhelmed, seeing that there are more than 600 options in the online store. But, this being Walmart, you'll need to expect lots of results in the "Dog House" category that don't have anything to do with giving your furry friend a place to take a nap. (Our personal favorite was the dog house cookie cutter.) In fact, when we clicked on "Large Dog Houses", "Insulated Dog Houses", and the other subcategories shown, there were usually only a dozen options to consider.

That's why your best bet is probably to click on the type of dog house you need, since there's no way to filter the results by your pet's size. (And clicking on "All Dog Houses" takes you back to that results list with items like the cookie cutter, dog-themed magnets, and even miniatures for your doll house!).

Walmart has a better selection than some of the specialty pet stores we evaluated, but their prices weren't very competitive. For example, we found the ECOFLEX Lodge Style Dog House (XL) on the Walmart site for $216.08 but on rival sites for under $200. Add the $34.03 delivery fee to Walmart's price, compared with the competitor's free shipping, and you'll see what we mean.

Another factor to consider when shopping online at Walmart is that many of their items, including dog houses, are sold by third-party retailers. That affects your ability to make returns and get refunds. So, for every dog house you're considering, you'll want to be sure you know if it'll be fulfilled by Walmart or by a partner business, and read the fine print on the return policy.

In general, we like that Walmart carries a broader range of dog houses than some of the stores we reviewed, and that shoppers might have the ability for easy in-store returns - but only when they buy one of the styles that is specifically fulfilled by Walmart itself. On the other hand, Walmart isn't the easiest online retailer to navigate, and you'll have to wade through lots of unrelated products just to get to the dog houses that might work for your four-legged friend.

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Fortunately, no matter what your style or price range, you'll find the world's best selection by shopping for your dog house online. There's no need to settle for something in person that doesn't meet your expectations when today's online pet stores - even the bigger names in home improvement and pet supplies - carry every type of dog house known to man (and dog).

As you shop around for the right dog house for your canine companion, it might be easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of stores and options available today. To help simplify the process and find your pet's perfect hangout spot, keep these criteria in mind:

  • Selection: How many styles of dog house can you find when shopping on a particular retailer's store? Are all of the items in stock? Will you have a variety to choose from within your price range and desired features?
  • Price. Are the prices offered competitive with other retailers'? Does the store offer free shipping, discounts, or anything else to make your dog house purchase more affordable?
  • Reputation. How well does the company keep its customers happy? Does the retailer have a solid return policy and/or satisfaction guarantee? What do other shoppers have to say about their experience when buying from this store?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best dog houses on the market today. We hope this information helps you find the perfect dog house for keeping your Fido safe and happy for a long time!

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