A doghouse, known in British English as a kennel, is a small shed commonly built in the shape of a little house intended for a dog. It is a structure in which a dog is kept or can run into for shelter from the elements.
A doghouse should not be too big or too small for the intended dog because of the potential for excessive heat loss or excessive constriction.
, "doghouse" is commonly a builder
term for a dormer
. The name is derived from the appearance of improperly proportioned dormers, which do resemble dog houses. A properly proportioned dormer should neatly fit over the window
it is meant to frame. A common mistake is to undersize the windows or oversize the dormer, which necessitates the use of siding
or other infill
material with the structure treated as a gable
end. Some architects use the word "doghouse" in a derogatory manner to indicate an ignorance of "honest" building practices often found in low-cost residential and light commercial, developer-built structures. See also pork chop eave
The double bass
is also sometimes jokingly referred to as a doghouse
due to its largeness of sound, especially by jazz or bluegrass musicians.
In the doghouse
The idiom 'In the doghouse/Land yourself in the doghouse' means out of favour and in trouble with a person/people because of an offence/caused upset, for example for a husband
who is figuratively sent to the doghouse in the same way that a dog is removed from the human habitation. This is the principal usage of the expression dog house
in British English.