How Do You Make A Simple Dog Kennel? (Solved & Explained!)

Outdoor dog kennels are great for your outdoor dog because they provide a safe enclosed space that provides protection from the weather and other elements. If you have the right tools and some basic carpentry know how, you can make a simple dog kennel yourself.

Continue reading our article below to learn more about the tools, material, and instructions that Home Hardware recommends for making your own dog kennel. We also delve into the proper size requirements suitable for your dog size and breed.

What tools do I need to build a simple dog kennel?

In order to build a dog kennel yourself, you will need some basic carpentry tools including a handsaw or power circular saw, a pencil, a carpenter’s square, tape measure or folding rule, claw hammer, jigsaw, electric drill/screwdriver, claw hammer, caulking gun, adjustable wrench.

What materials do I need to build a simple dog kennel?

  1. Structural grade plywood:
    12mm thick 2400 x 1200mm – 1 sheet
  2. Sawn treated pine:
    1 @ 2.7m, 100 x 50mm for floor frame
    1 @ 0.6m, 50 x 50mm for roof cleat
  3. Bullethead galvanized nails for floor frame assembly
    100mm x 4.5mm
    bullet head galvanized nails for plywood walls assembly
    40mm x 2.0mm
    OR use countersunk zinc plated screws for plywood
    40mm x 6g
  4. Construction grade adhesive
    1 cartridge
  5. Silicone sealant
  6. 1 cartridge
  7. Galvanised hinges
    2 x 50mm
  8. Galvanised cup head bolts and nuts
    20mm x 6mm
  9. Galvanised hasp and staple and 20mm x 6mm galvanized cup head bolts and nuts
  10. OPTIONAL Corrugated Colourbond roofing and 12mm galvanized clouts foil insulation for the underside of the roof

Basic instructions for making a dog kennel

Be sure to head to Home Hardware website for complete instructions, dimensions, and diagrams for this dog kennel.

Step 1. Decide on the size of the kennel (see below for size guidelines).

Step 2. Build the floor frame using the treated pine. It should be at least 100 mm off the ground to allow for ventilation.

Step 3. Cut the walls and roof sections from the plywood. Be sure to mark out the different sections first to eliminate mistakes and wasted wood.

Step 4. Cut the door hole from the front wall piece.

Step 5. Assemble the sides to create the wall frame.

Step 6. Assemble the roof by joining the two pieces along the length to form a triangular shape and attach the gables allowing an overhang on each end.

Step 7. Attach all three sections (the floor frame, the wall frame, and the roof).

What kennel size do I need for my small dog?

Ensuring that you have the appropriate kennel size for your dog breed is important for your dog’s comfort and happiness.

Pet Crates Direct suggests an extra small 18″ – 22″ (45 – 56 cm) or small 24″ (61 cm) kennel for certain small dogs weighing up to 25 lbs (11 kg).

This is suitable for breeds such as Chihuahua, Toy Poodle, Maltese, Papillion, Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Teacup Pomeranian, Puggle, Chiweenie, Japanese Chine, Yorkshire Terrier, Russian Toy Terrier, and Toy Fox Terrier.

They suggest a small kennel 24″ (61 cm) for other dog breeds weighing up to 25 lbs (11 kg).

These breeds include: Jack Russel Terrier, Border Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Boston Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bichon Frise, Cavapoo, Chinese Crested, Havanese, Italian Greyhound, Miniature Dachshund, Norfolk Terrier, Parson Russel Terrier, Pomsky, Pug, Shichon, Shih Tzu, Skye Terrier, Yorkie Poo, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Poodle, Norwich Terrier, Pomeranian, Poochon, Schipperke, Shih Poo, Silky Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Zuchon.

What kennel size do I need for my medium-sized dog?

Pet Crates Direct r suggests 30″ (76 cm) medium crates for dogs weighing between 26 – 40 lbs (12 – 18 kg).

Medium-sized breeds include: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Bedlington Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cockapoo, Dachshund, German Pincher, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Scottish Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, Wirehaired Fox Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Basenji, Boykin Spaniel, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Cocker Spaniel, French Bulldog, Irish Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Redbone Coonhound, Shetland Sheepdog, Tibetan Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Wirehaired Fox Terrier.

What kennel size do I need for my medium to large-sized dog?

Pet Crates Direct suggests 36″ (91 cm) intermediate crates are recommended for dogs weighing between 41 – 70 lbs (18 – 32 kg). 

These dog breeds include: American Eskimo, Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound, Brittany Spaniel, Bulldog, English Setter, Finnish Spitz, Harrier, Norwegian Elkhound, Portuguese Water Dog, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Treeing Tennessee Brindle, Yakutian Laika, Australian Cattle Dog, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bull Terrier, Chinese, Shar-Pei, English Springer Spaniel, Harrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Segugio Italiano, Standard Schnauzer, Whippet.

What kennel size do I need for my large-sized dog?

Pet Crates Direct suggests 42″ (107 cm) large dog crate for dogs weighing between 71 – 90 lbs (32 – 41 kg).

These dog breeds include: Airedale Terrier, Aussiedoodle, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, Bernedoodle, Boxer, Chow-Chow, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Plott Hound, Saluki, Sheepadoodle, Vizsla, American Bulldog, Australian Kelpie, Beaded Collie, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collie, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, Goldendoodle, Ibizan Hound, Irish Water Spaniel, Pharaoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Schnoodle, Poodle.

What kennel size do I need for my large-sized dog?

Pet Crates Direct suggests 48″ (122 cm) extra large dog crates for dogs weighing between 91 – 110 lbs (41 – 50 kg).

These dog breeds include: Afghan Hound, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boerboel, Briard, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Collie, Dogue De Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzer, Komondor, Newfoundland, Otterhound, Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, Weimaraner, Akita, Belgian Malinois, Bloodhound, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bullmastiff, Chinook, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Greyhound, Kuvasz, Old English Sheepdog, Pointer, Samoyed, Tervuren.

What kennel size do I need for my extra large dog?

Pet Crates Direct suggests 54″ (137cm) XXL crates for dogs weighing over 110 lbs (50 kg).

These dog breeds include: Akita, Borzoi, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Mastiff, Russian Bear Dog, St. Bernard, Anatolian Shepherd, Broholmer, Great Pyrenees, Leonberger, Neapolitan Mastiff, Scottish Deerhound.