How Much Does it Cost to Build a Dog House?

Typical Range:

$70 - $8,340

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated January 5, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Dog House Cost

A professionally-built dog house costs $310 on average. Costs could run as low as $70 for a simpler installation or hiring a handyman to assemble a prefab kit. On the higher end of the price spectrum, you could pay up to $8,340 or more for a high-end, custom model or dog mansion.

Average Dog House Prices

Average Cost $310
High Cost $8,340
Low Cost $70

Cost to Build a Dog House

Labor costs for a dog house will typically run from $70 to $190 for a standard unit that houses one dog. However, labor costs can vary based on the type of structure and any additional work to prepare the site:

Large dog houses, heated units, custom structures or high-end materials will raise the price. Find a carpenter or talk to a handyman near you for more information.

Dog House Materials Cost

Dog house materials tend to run between $50 and $470 but prices ultimately depend on the type of structure you go with. A dog mansion could easily cost up to $2,000 in materials alone. Plastic houses are often the least expensive, whereas fiberglass and wood houses tend to cost the most.

Metal Dog House Cost

A metal dog house costs between $180 and $350, not including the labor. One advantage to metal is that it won’t warp, rust or rot over time and with exposure.

Heated Dog House Cost

Heated dog houses span from $360 to $460 on average. Adding a heating system costs between $50 to $150 and is sometimes recommended in places with extreme cold. In most places, a dog house does enough to protect from the elements that additional heat isn’t necessary.

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Prefab Dog House Kit Prices

Prefab dog house kit prices range from $60 all the way up to $8,340 or more. Plastic dog houses are the most affordable while dog mansions are the most pricey.

Dog House Kit Cost
Suncast Deluxe Dog House (plastic) $68
Precision Pet Outback Extreme Log Cabin $140
Campa Solid Wood Dog House $420
Cape Cod Cozy Cottage $6,700
Fully Assembled Amish Made Double Dog Kennel $8,340

DIY Dog House vs. Hiring a Professional

Plenty of prefab dog houses or DIY kits exist and if you feel comfortable with building or assembling one, that’s always an option. However, a handcrafted dog house will often last longer and allow you to customize it to your dog’s needs.

It’s also important to realize that various prefab kits might not work depending on where you live. For example, a plastic dog house might not offer enough protection in a place with very cold winters or hot summers. Find a handyman to talk to for further guidance.


What's the cheapest way to build a dog house?

The cheapest way to build a doghouse is to either buy a prefab plastic house, or to build a basic structure out of wood. However, going the cheap route isn’t necessarily what’s best for your pet. You want to invest in materials or hire a professional who can provide a structurally sound, durable, comfortable and long-lasting space for your dog.

Where can I buy a dog house?

Pet stores, home improvement stores and specialized companies are all places where you can buy a dog house. Your other option is to hire a carpenter or handyman to build one that’s custom to your dog.

How much are low-cost dog houses?

The least expensive dog houses usually run around $70, though these are often plastic. You’ll need to research whether a plastic dog house makes sense in the climate where you live.

How much are dog houses from Home Depot?

Dog houses from Home Depot cost between $60 for a small plastic house and $400 for one made of cedar.

How much are dog houses from Lowe’s?

Expect to pay between $90 and $400 for a dog house from Lowe’s. Prices vary based on size and material.

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