How To Start A Dog Kennel For Breeding

When starting your dog breeding business, the most important step you can make is choosing a kennel design. The best way to determine which is best for your business is to consult with a professional who is experienced in designing, installing, and servicing kennels for dog breeders and other animal care facilities.

However, if you are just starting to shop and want to see your options– here are some of the things to consider:

Dog Kennel Location

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether your kennel will be indoors or outdoors. This decision may be based on several factors– the space you have available, weather conditions in your area, and the size of the dog you are breeding.

  • Outdoor spaces typically provide more room for larger breeds. However, if you suffer through cold winters or dangerously hot summers, you’ll need to find ways to provide relief and protection from extreme weather.
  • On the other hand, indoor spaces require ample space dedicated to the dogs, and if operating from your house, may interfere with “home life.”

Both have advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll need to decide which works best for you.


Ideally, you should only purchase a kennel system once. While plastic enclosures may seem nice, the material can wear out after heavy use– leading to stains and cracks. Instead, you should opt for a sturdy material, such as stainless steel, that will stand up to many years of heavy use from dogs and puppies. Stainless steel will never break and is easy to clean.


Kennels should be equipped with drain trenches and removable trays, so clean-up time is quick and easy.


Choosing the right size for your breed is extremely important when selecting a kennel.

  • A cage that is too small can be inhumane, create feelings of anxiety for the dog, and lead to behavioral issues.
  • On the other hand, a cage that is too big can cause a puppy to make a mess and relieve himself just about anywhere in the cage.
  • Dividers can help create the perfect space during the first few weeks of growth.


Functionality is king when raising your puppies; however, you’ll also want to consider the aesthetics when you are showing your litter to potential buyers. You can make your kennel more appealing by adding in custom-colored side panels, frosted doors, and other features that give your business a brand. You may also choose to include a set of stylish mobile kennels that allow you to present your puppies either in your facility or at special events. 

Contact Direct Animal today

If you are designing a kennel for your dog breeding business, you don’t have to do it alone. We can help you to create the best conditions for your animals. Luxury, custom kennels can be built to spec for breed types or spaces. 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a dog kennel expert.

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