So you've decided to buy a dog kennel, but you really don't know where to start? Here are a few things to look for when deciding on what type of kennel to buy.

First of all you have to determine how much your dog will use the kennel. Is it just for part-time use, or will your dog be spending a fair amount of time in the kennel, for example, while you're away at work each day? If it is more of a temporary abode for your pet, somewhere to keep your dog when you pop out to the shop, or when visitors who are not so keen on dogs are over, then you don't need an expensive, highly customized kennel. You would be fairly safe in choosing one of the more moderately priced kennels that are available, and you wouldn't need to be overly concerned with a lot of details concerning it.

If your dog is going to be spending a good amount of time in the kennel then you will need to make sure that it's suitable for long-term use. You should look into things such as insulation and comfort. If your pet will be restricted to the kennel for some time, you may want to invest in a dog kennel and run.

A dog kennel and run consists of a house or kennel for the dog, and an area where the dog can run around freely and exercise. Occasionally the dog is chained to a wire, and he can run up and down the length of the wire. The more common run, however, is an enclosed space where your dog can run around freely. No matter which type of run you use, however, you should be sure to provide some shaded areas where your dog can rest out of the sun. The run itself doesn't need to be covered (though it can be if you like) but there needs to be somewhere that your dog can shelter from the weather.

Kennel Size
Obviously the kennel needs to be big enough for your dog. One thing to keep in mind is that puppies grow, so don't buy your kennel to fit your pup. Instead, buy it to fit the size that your adult dog will grow to.

A kennel needs to allow your dog to stand up (with head stooped), to lay on his side, or to make small circles around before sitting down. If your dog is cramped he won't be happy. On the other hand you don't want the kennel to be so big that your dog is lost in it.

Common materials used in building a dog kennel these days include wood, hard plastic, or the wire mesh run. If your dog is a chewer you will want the kennel to be made from some good, hard material--either wood, or hard plastic. Also, pay particular attention to the type of dog kennel flooring you'll be needing.

Remember, your dog needs a place he can call his own, where he feels secure and safe. A kennel provides him with just such a place.