backyard kennel

If you don’t have a fence in your backyard, it can be hard to let Fido get all of the fresh air they deserve. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor kennels and pens on the market that will allow you the flexibility you need. You can set them up outdoors, giving your dog their own little space in the backyard all to themselves. These pens are large enough to let them get some energy out, without taking up your entire yard. Below you’ll find some of our favorite outdoor pen options; from transportable pens, to permanent kennels, you can find everything you need to make your backyard your dog’s personal oasis!

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outdoor kennels

When you’re searching for a backyard pen for your pup, you have many options. From more permanent options that sit in your yard, to more portable, smaller options, we’re reviewing everything you’ll need. Some of the options even have roofs, so your dog will stay dry, and out of the sun during unsavory weather. This is tremendously convenient in the summer, as it gives your dog shade, allowing them to keep cool. Just set them out with a bed, food, water, and some of their favorite toys.

While your dog should never be left outside for long periods of time without you, kennels make it more comfortable for them. Whether you have one dog, or five, you can find options that make it comfortable for everyone. We have options for escape artists, too! After all, it may not take very long for your dog to figure out that they can try to dig under the fence. Our Chihuahua, Kai, manages to dig a path under any fence that gets put in her way! That’s why it’s important to know your dog’s personality before purchasing. The pen must be tall enough, deep enough, and sturdy enough for your dog’s needs. 

lucky dog wire kennel

The Lucky Dog Wire Kennel will give any dog the space to walk around and relax outside. It basically gives your pooch a little porch to hangout in. It has a roof that can easily be detached, and gives your dog a 360 view of everything going on in the backyard. Because this kennel has a roof, it’s great to use when it’s drizzling, and when it’s really sunny. your dog will always have a dry, shaded area to call their home. Even if you don’t need to detain them, you can leave the door open, giving them a place to call their own. 

As you can probably guess, this is a much more permanent solution. The various sizes all weigh around 100 lbs, making them very difficult to move around after assembly. Of course, this also makes them very hard to blow away or get pushed around by your pooch.

This kennel is a great heavy-duty pick. It has steel bars and wire that are welded together. They’re also corrosion and rust-resistant. No matter how often it rains where you live, this is a great pick. 

The overhead ‘roof’ has UV protection and is actually pretty easy to attach. It comes with elastic cords that hold it in place snug. Rain and other debris will simply run off the roof. 

One of the biggest pros, no tools required for assembly! It’s pre-assembled so when you receive it, simply hand tighten the clamps together to connect the different panels. 

Obviously you can place this kennel on any surface. If you do need to remove waste from the kennel, they make it easy. It stands 1.5″ off of the ground, so you can simply sweep or hose down the bottom to keep your patios clean. 

sizing

Small

Medium

Large

4’4″ H x 4’W x 4’L

6′ H x 4’W x 4’L

6’H x 4’W x 8’L

main features

  • Waterproof and UV Protected Removable Roof
  • Around $200
  • Around 100 lbs. 
  • Corrosion and Rust Resistant
  • No Tools Required For Assembly

Giantex Kennel

As you can probably guess, the Giantex Kennel is, well, Giant! This is another kennel that will be a rather permanent fixture in your yard. Making it great for households with multiple dogs that don’t want their dogs free to roam all around. This eliminates the need for a fence in your yard, and also keeps your dogs in one space of your yard. 

Not only is this kennel large, but it’s durable as well. it’s made from galvanized steel that’s not only chew-proof, but rust resistant. Rain or shine, this kennel will keep Fido where they need to be. The round diameter of each piece if 1.3 inches. 

As you can see from the image, this kennel has a 100% steel locking door. It has a steel latch with wire ties to ensure your pup doesn’t escape. The hinge is high quality, you won’t have to worry about it bending, rusting, or losing its ability to latch correctly after a few years. 

This kennel is available in two sizes; 7.5′ x 7.5′, and 10′ x 10′. Both sizes can be purchased with or without the kennel cover. Additionally, you can buy multiple kennels and they will attach together to create an even larger kennel. 

We highly recommend this product for households that need durable, dependable protection for their dogs. It’s safe, protects your dog from the elements, and will hold up to the test of time. 

main features

  • Two Sizes
  • 100% Steel Door
  • Available with and without a roof
  • Durable latch
  • Very tall

advantek pet gazebo

The Advantek Pet Gazebo has been tried and tested by hundreds of dogs, with great reviews! As you can see, this is another great kennel that provides overhead protection for Fido. No need to worry about UV rays, drizzly days, or other elements. This also eliminates the possibility that Fido will jump out of the gazebo. Of course, if jumping isn’t an issue for your dog, you can easily remove the roof of the gazebo. 

This gazebo is durable, easy to set up, and dependable. If it fits the size requirements you’re looking for, we highly recommend this model. 

This Gazebo is available in two sizes. The smaller size is 60″ x 60″ x 60″. The larger size is 90″ x 90″ x 90″. For perspective, the image shows the smaller size. 

When you receive the Gazebo, it’ll be fairly easy to set up. No tools to require, and it should only take you about 10 minutes to get it all set up. 

When this item ships, keep in mind that it may come in two boxes; however, considering it’s large weight (113 lbs.), this may actually help you out! While it is heavy, it’s less permanent than the other options. If you need to take it with you on vacations, or camping trips, it’s not an impossible task. 

Additionally, these Gazebos fit together! You can buy multiple Gazebos and connect them together to give your pup room to stretch out and walk around more. 

If you’re on the hunt for a durable, somewhat spacious place for your pooch to hangout outside, we highly recommend these gazebos. Additionally, they’re under $200, making them one of the more affordable options. 

main features

  • Under $200
  • Quick Set Up
  • Comes with roof
  • Multiple can be latched together
  • Two Sizes Available

Oxgord Heavy Duty Playpen

This playpen is much more portable than other backyard kennels that we’ve covered. In fact, you could even put it inside your home. We highly recommend this type of kennel if you have smaller pups that need a little area to run around. They’ll have ample air, space, and you’ll have the freedom to move it around wherever you please. You can throw it out on your deck, in the yard, or put it inside. The lightweight design makes it easy to work, while still allowing it to be durable. 

This pen is available in three different heigh options to suit the needs of your pup. You can choose a 24″ height, 32″, or 40″. All three options come with 8 panels, that cover around 30 square feet.  

If you’ve never tried an Oxgord crate or kennel, you’re in for a real treat. These pens are high quality, for an affordable price. The metal is rust resistant (ideal for both indoor and outdoor use). Additionally, the edges are all rounded, you won’t have to worry about your dog accidentally scratching themselves, and this also keeps your fingers safe during assembly!

This kennel is very easy to set up. You won’t need any tools, and you can also connect several crates together. If you think 30 square feet is too small, you can purchase two, covering 60 square feet. 

This kennel weighs just 2 pounds, and folds completely fat for storage. Making it the most portable and compact option we’ll cover. 

If you have a smaller dog that can’t jump over 40″, this is a great solution! It’s less than $40, and well worth that price in our opinion. 

main features

  • Under $40
  • Very lightweight
  • Covers 30 square feet
  • Rounded Edges
  • Great for shorter dogs
  • 8 Panels

my1stpet kennel

The My1st Pet Metal Pen is another highly popular backyard option. As you can seem, the panels can be attached in a variety of ways, giving you the perfect shape for your furry friends. When you order from Amazon, you’ll receive eight panels, each 31″ wide. Additionally, you can pick from three different heights; 24″, 32″, or 40″. 

This pen features one two door latch allowing you to lock the door with confidence. Additionally, ti comes with metal stakes that allow you to really make it impossible for your pup to move. The only thing you’ll have to worry about? Jumpers!

This metal pen is made of steel panels that are not only durable, but weather resistent. We love that this version can be put together in a variety of shapes to best suit your dog’s needs. Additionally, you can always purchase multiple sets allowing you to make a larger pen. 

This kennel is around $100, and well-worth the price in our opinion. It covers a large area, locks well, and is built to last. As long as your pup won’t be able to jump over the top, it’s a great option. 

main features

  • Around $100
  • Three heights available
  • Can be put together in various shapes
  • 8 Panels, 31″ wide
outdoor dog kennel

Backyard kennels give you a safe place to put Fido if you don’t feel like paying for a fence. There are both permanent, and lightweight options that make it easy to make your backyard the perfect hangout spot for your dog!

If you have any questions about the kennels we’ve covered here, please reach out to our team at [email protected]