Kennel Construction
Kennels are usually either made of wood, brick or concrete.
While the wooden buildings have a warmer feel to them, brick and concrete ones are considered better from a maintenance point of view, as they can be more easily disinfected and draught-proofed. Moreover, they tend to stay cool in the summer.

Being virtually indestructible, brick-built kennels offer the additional advantage of being more resistant, a major consideration, once you know that bulldogs can be persistent chewers and easily demolish a wooden building in no time when they become bored.

Regulations regarding the kenneling of dogs vary from country to country and are being revised continually. However, if you intend to construct a new kennel today keep in mind that it is going to last for some time and that the most secure way to keep it conform to future changes in regulations is to build it in such a way that it can be easily cleaned and desinfected.

When calculating area and height measures, remember that it is definitely much easier from a maintenance point of view to have a kennel in which you can stand up. Also, if the heat supplied is from infra-red bulbs or heaters hung from the roof, man-height is most useful, to avoid any risk of the dogs being able to touch the heaters.

The concrete kennel floors are covered with wood shavings, which should be changed daily. For the beds, bedding and feeding bowls see our separate article about the equipment recommended for bulldogs.

The dogs need to be able to walk freely in and out from their kennel to their exercise runs. These concrete-based runs should be separated by walls that are just high enough to keep them contained, but low enough to allow them to look over into their 'neighbour's' kennel. A drainage channel at one end of the run will evacuate the surplus water when hosing the runs.

Like all other dogs, bulldogs need an exercise area were they can run off any surplus energy. It is also the best area to make  your bulldogs meet with newcomers that are to eventually become their kennel mates, instead of just putting one dog into another's kennel without them meeting previously.

In most cases, and for licensing purposes, a separate building housing the dog kitchen is desirable. Most major kennels also have separate puppy rooms, used basically for the whelping and rearing of puppies.
Further reading on kennel management, kenneling and kennel building.
Adapted from 'Kennel Construction', part of Chapter Five 'Adult Maintenance' in the book Bulldogs Today by Chris Thomas. More information you can find in this book that you may find useful: Establishing a line, Inspecting puppies, Avoiding fights, Sleeping quarters of the puppy, Health matters, Training for the Show ring, and much more.
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