Congratulations! If you're considering adopting an animal from a shelter or pound, then you're someone with a big heart who understands that dogs unwanted by others may make the perfect fit for your family.
Why support breeding programs when so many pets need good homes as it is? Properly caring for your pet is a huge responsibility, one that shouldn't be entered into lightly when deciding whether to get an animal.
The basics of food, water, health care and shelter are essential; so is attention, patience, and tolerance.
No matter what type of animal you get or where you get it, there will be great times and there will be challenges.
Be prepared as best you can for the unknown.
If your dog will live outdoors, shelter becomes especially important.
Protection from the elements like rain and sun are essential, so be sure the area has adequate shade in addition to a dog house.
For your own convenience, the area should have ready access to water, too.
Many commercially-available dog houses are made of weather-resistant materials like plastic.
That's good for giving the dog a place to retreat from rain, but it doesn't offer sufficient protection from freezing temps.
While dogs have fur (and some breeds have several layers of coat), they still need help regulating their body temperature.
If the dog house you're considering doesn't have adequate insulation, then you might be better off choosing another model that does have insulation.
Or even consider building your own so that you know the insulation is consistent throughout the sides, roof and floor and is a good R-value.