Is it a good idea to put a lurcher or sight hounds in an outdoor dog kennel?
These breeds in particular suffer from heat retention due to their lack of body fat and smooth coats, so its vital if they are to be kept outside that they have a warm insulated and heated dog kennel. Many people think that they can just put up a flimsy wooden dog kennel and a few blankets and they will be fine, others don’t believe that they need supplementary heating. Personally I believe that with these breeds more care has to be taken when choosing to house them outdoors than other breeds, particularly through a cold hard winter.
Its important not to forget that if you are working your dogs that a running dog in peak winter condition is carrying next to no fat to insulate them and need that extra bit of heat to help recovery after a hard days work when the night is freezing. I don’t think too many of them are smart enough to burrow down under blankets and more than likely they will spend the night shivering and therefore will be cold and tired each morning. A good kennel heater is inexpensive to run and can be operated on a timer so that the dog is comfortable and will sleep through the night.
A good dog kennel needs insulation well and this helps to prevent the draughts and extremes in temperature, it also has the benefit of retaining the heat from your heater, Kingspan is an excellent choice as it has really good thermal properties and yet is very easy to clean. One very good tip is to buy a raised dog bed for the sleeping area as these raise the dogs from cold floors and away from the cold draughts, if you choose wisely a good brand of bed should last you for years.