The minimum measurements you should look for in a run are 3ft wide x 10ft long x 6ft high (W92cm x L305cm x H183cm). Most runs easily accommodate the former two points, but the height can sometimes suffer for larger runs if they’re more like dog pens.
One of these can still be suitable, however. It all depends on whether you think your dog is able to jump high or would want to. They wouldn’t be able to be covered, though, so this is worth bearing in mind in the long term.
Most of the runs featured above come as panels, so there is often nothing to stop you purchasing additional panels to make the setup even larger. Contact the seller or purchase two runs, and they will usually be able to fit together.
Outdoor run builds and frameworks generally come as metal, wood or plastic builds. The panelling will come as welded wire or chain mesh, or occasionally plastic.
Metal frame and welded wire is perhaps the most secure and strongest option, and what is generally used by officials such as the police, army and official boarding kennels. The panelling is permanently welded onto the frame, and most frames will come ready-meshed so it is just a case of securing them together.
Because it is so permanent, it is often pretty unbreakable. It can take quite a bit of upkeep to ensure there is no rust or wear over time, and is usually the priciest option because more goes into making them and ensuring the strength.
Wooden builds are usually the most widely available, especially when it comes to buying as one entire unit online as opposed to the individual panels. The wood is usually treated and safe for use with pets. Most come with chain mesh, which needs to be fitted by yourself onto each frame.
The downside of this is that they may not be as secure for larger dogs, and the mesh could be broken through. The wooden frames are also harder to fasten to surfaces to make them stronger and more permanent.
Plastic ones are harder to come by. They are often closed, so there’s no wire or mesh to let air through or allow them to see out. But this may be good for dogs who are nervous or to fully protect them from the weather. These panels are also much easier to clean down than metal or mesh, which could be good if you board dogs or foster them temporarily.
As outdoor environments, a dog run can suffer from the elements. You may wish to buy a roof cover in addition, so your dog is sheltered from the rain and the sun in equal measure.
There are often dedicated covers available to purchase separately, but some form of tarpaulin or plastic sheeting is often enough to do the job. Just ensure it is fastened securely.