Doggie Digs Through the Ages
Dogs have been making their own houses for a lot longer than we've been doing it for them. Alaskan Huskies, for example, dug snow caves to escape the harsh winter weather. According to Captain Arthur Haggerty, a dog trainer and canine historian, dogs are programmed to seek shelter. "How many times have you seen your dog sleeping under a chair or a table, or under the bed?" he says. "They select overhead cover naturally."

But Man has always tried his best to keep a roof over woofer, too. During World War II, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois served in the American military as trackers and bomb-sniffers. They were transported in vented wooden crates, which conveniently doubled as houses on the battlefield. There have been doggie digs on the White House lawn, too, for presidential weimaraner Heidi Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson's collie and four beagles. Of course, we don't recommend getting as carried away as Marie Antoinette, who insisted that her Papillon's doghouse in Versailles be lined with turquoise silk. That kind of pampering sometimes isn't a good thing: Legend has it the queen so loved her dog, she carried it with her to the guillotine.

See photo galleries of each doghouse and learn more about how they were made:

Alfie's Tudor
Emma's Greek Revival
Gumpy's Craftsman
Duke's Queen Anne
Tanner's Georgian
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