Igloo Dog House for Large Dogs

Petmate indigo igloo dog house

Petmate Indigo Dog HouseSize: 51.5 inches long x 39.3 inches wide x 30 inches high (Extra Large – does come in other sizes as well)

Weight: 29 pounds

Average customer rating: 8.6/10

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Also referred to as a “Dogloo” this design imitates a real life igloo – right down to the ice-block imprints on the structure!

The tunnel doorway and a ventilation opening in the roof offer great protection from the weather – either wet and windy, or scorching sun. The interior is designed to be dry and comfortable at all times, with a special foam that keeps your dog cool in the heat and warm in the cold.

You might look at this and think, what about moisture build up and all the nasty bugs and build ups that come along with that? This dog house is built using Microban, and as the name suggests it works to combat microbes – or in layman’s terms, prevents mold, bacteria and mildew. And without these pesky little bugs, odors are kept to a minimum as well. Bonus!




Plus Points How it benefits your dog
Tunnel doorway An extended entrance to give both extra room for your dog from the inside, and keep the elements away from the inside of the dog house
Built-in Microban protection Stops growth of bacteria and fungi that generally thrive in warm, damp places (mold, mildew etc). Also keeps odors to a minimum.
Intelligent foam insulation Structural foam adjusts with the temperature of your dog to warm them if it’s cold and prevent them over heating if it’s hot.
Ventilation opening is adjustable You can have more or less air circulating, depending on the outside conditions, so you can decide what’s right for your dog.
Not too heavy You can move it to a different place if needed





  • Quite simply it’s cool and funky! Something a little bit different and definitely not an ordinary square dog house.
  • The picture here shows a dog inside a large size igloo, so if you’re like me and like a little bit of extra room for your dog, the extra large size is perfect for most large breeds. To put this in context, I mean Labradors, German Shepherds, Rottweilers etc – not Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds, which would be too tall for this dog house. (These are expensive to ship back if the size is wrong, so always go for one large than you think you need – after all, the dog needs to be able to get through the opening!)

Dog inside igloo dog house

  • There is a bit of depth to the bottom section, which means it’s unlikely water will get in from underneath either.
  • You can also purchase a plastic door covering if you want one – this comes separately, but there are pre-screwed holes on the igloo to fit the door on.




Petmate Indigo XL Dog House Door


==> buy an XL clear, door for the Petmate Indigo Dog House




is there anything not so good?

  • Please don’t confuse structural foam, with foam bedding! Reading some of the reviews from other people, they were expecting a foam bed for their dogs. Structural foam is part of the build, so depending on your dog’s needs, you might want to purchase other things to put inside – whether bedding, or a heated pad in the winter etc.

Indigo Dog House XL pad


==> buy an XL pad to fit the Petmate Indigo dog house




If you have any questions, or comments you would like to make – please do so below. I am happy to help you out, Mara 🙂

4 thoughts on “Igloo Dog House for Large Dogs

  1. I have seen these around here in New Mexico. The elements are pretty brutal out here on the desert. Some of them look pretty beat up. I’m not sure how old they are or if the owners keep them up. In your experience about how long do these last before the elements take their toll? I always thought they were a pretty neat design. And I did not know that they came with bedding. I also learned from your post that there is optional door that can be installed. That is good to know. Thanks for the informative post.

    1. Hi Frank,

      These are made in Texas, which I gather can also be very hot in the summer. They are designed to stand up to the elements, both hot and cold. I have heard of owners who have had them for 8 years with no problem at all, and if they are cleaned and looked after there is no reason why they shouldn’t last.

      Bedding is available to fit, but it has to be bought separately – just wanted to make sure you weren’t expecting it to be included in the purchase.

      I’m glad you found this informative,


  2. Hi there Mara,

    What an interesting design for a dog house!

    But I have a question. From the product image, it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of room for the doggy to turn around. My dog loves to do some nesting before she settles down and I wonder if she could even stand up in this dog house.

    Hope you can provide me with some insights. Thanks.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Perhaps the picture is deceptive, so the best thing I can do is show you some real discussion around the size:

      Question: is it big enough for a german shepard


      My dog is 85 lb and built like a polar bear. Plenty big enough. My igloo is extra large.
      By Robert B. Pilgrim on March 10, 2014Yes, I believe it is. My dog is a puppy and weighs about 80lbs. He has plenty of room now and has room to grow.
      By Pestifer60 on March 11, 2014

      I hv a 100 lb Labrador and he fits fine. But he is an English Lab so he’s shorter than most labs
      By Kipper2000 on March 10, 2014

      Extra large size is large. My Shepard is 105 lbs. and he can fit it in. However he doesn’t use the dog house for prolonged period. He goes in there when he plays with my husky.
      By Engineer13 on March 10, 2014

      Yes. We have a Bernese Mountain dog that is 100 lbs.
      By Martha M. Shaw on March 10, 2014

      My dog is a 70 lb, 8 month old Golden Retriever cross w/ Bernese Mountain dog and there’s plenty of room. My igloo is x-large.
      By T. S. Downing on March 10, 2014

      However, if you still have concerns it’s not right for your dog, you may want to consider either building your own or buying something else. Take a look at my article here 5 Free Plans for Building Dog Houses and towards the bottom, there are some other options for buying purpose-built dog houses, which would definitely accommodate dogs who want to move around a lot.

      Hope that helps you out, but if you have any further questions, please get back in touch with me. Mara.

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