Can A Dog Really Live In A Tiny House?

Can A Dog Really Live In A Tiny House?

Have you heard of the tiny house craze? It’s all over television. You can watch the Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Big Living, Tiny House Builders and Tiny House Hunters, all while sitting in the comfort of your regular-sized home. All of this tiny house exposure is quite the phenomenon and makes for ginormous TV viewing hours. My husband and I have been into tiny houses before they were a thing…before the tiny house wordplay. We are into cabin living! Call it what you will…but, here’s our question…can a dog really live in a tiny house? Could we really live in a “tiny house” (a.k.a. our cabin) with our dogs?

Tiny House Living With a Dog

[media-credit name=”Tiny House Big Living” align=”alignright” width=”300″]Can A Dog Really Live in a Tiny House, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog[/media-credit]

You can do anything you put your mind to. I should know, I completed a half marathon. Why not a full marathon? Great question! My mind was not having it. So we, my mind and I, settled on a half marathon. My calves and thighs thanked my mind when we staggered across the finish line. If I can finish a half marathon then I can live in a tiny house (small cabin) with a dog. I even found a tiny house show where they built a 200 square foot house for a couple and their Saint Bernard. A Saint Bernard in a Tiny House!?! Good grief, all our dogs combined don’t equate to a Saint Bernard…their cumulative weight is 24% of a 125 pound dog!


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Could We Do Tiny House Living With Our Dogs?

For quite some time now we have been living in a small cabin, so yes, we can live in a tiny house – if you consider a small cabin a tiny house! My fuzzy ones and I, along with my husband have been living a complicated life – city for work and country for life. It’s a duality that often gets tiring. Our souls harken to live a life akin to Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music!

Our cabin is cozy and over the next three years we plan on making it our full time residence. Our dogs have always enjoyed our rural escape times, so we’re excited to share our next phase of our lives with them…embracing a less complicated, more rewarding, lifestyle. We’ll share our journey, including the highs and lows, as we slowly meander into tiny house living – we hope you enjoy our exploits as we learn to thrive in a cabin in the woods with small dogs!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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19 Comments

  1. I’m all for simplifying things but don’t think I could manage the tiny house with a German shepherd and 2 cats. I look forward to watching your journey, though!

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  2. To me it sounds amazing – and I can’t wait to read more of how you’re managing! Dogs love to be cozy and close to their owners. If they get plenty of exercise outside, the size of the indoors really shouldn’t be a problem! Now that I think about it … living in a tiny house in a middle of nowhere with my dogs sounds like a dream. 😉

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  3. Oh this shall be interesting to watch and read how you make out. I can’t imagine living in such a confined space, even with a small pug 😉

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  4. I see no reason why tiny house living with pets couldn’t work. As long as the pets have space to roam and play and are well loved that is all they need. Even cats could have a tiny house cat house attached where they could crawl out and get some time in nature. I have always been intrigued with tiny house living and would not mind trying it out although I am not sure I could make a long term commitment. It is great you had the cabin as a means of trying it out first.

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  5. I love those tiny house TV shows and admire anyone who can make small living work for them. I couldn’t imagine it with four cats though – there’d be major territorial issues.

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  6. I’m so excited to watch this unfold! Henry and I live in a 450-square foot apartment, which is bigger than a tiny house but still small. We manage, but I know he would do even better if he had a lot of space to run around outside! (One day!)

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  7. I don’t see why not. I mean we have “lived” in a tree house and it was fine. We’ve stayed for long periods of time in small (600 sq foot or less) airbnb’s in Europe … and there are all those folks in airstreams and such … why not! As long as you get out a dog doesn’t need much space to nap!

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  8. For me, living in a tiny house with my dogs sounds much like a dream! Hopefully I get to make it a reality one day! I think as long as they get plenty of exercise outdoors and know to be calm indoors, the size of the place shouldn’t be a problem!

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  9. I would love to do this. I would still need a kennel building and maybe one outbuilding, but with several acres I think it would be doable. I’d love to do this!

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  10. We spent our first 10 years together in a very small apartment we are working it in reverse – now I have a workroom for crafting and sewing, and eeach cat has a bed to sleep in. OK we only have the 9 😉 I could not do small – even though I am not a hugely socialble person with a wide circle of friends.

    We do, however have a big garden and we grow things!
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  11. Layla and I live in 280 sq ft studio including kitchen and bathroom comfortably, so yes it can be done and actually I love the coziness. I have seen these tiny houses and ideas and love them

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  12. With your love of the outdoors, I think you will love it. Every time I watch a show about tiny houses the emphasis seems to be on the life the people are leading. They enjoy having less stuff,more time, and most of them seem to really like being outside.

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  13. That sounds like a great life! How fun to have to homes to share with your furry ones. Glad they get to join along in the fun.

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  14. I can’t wait to follow your journey! I would love to simply life – don’t think it will happen any time soon, but it sounds wonderful!

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  15. I admire people who can live in a tiny house. I am too much of a space hog. Maybe if the climate was always perfect and I could mostly live outside. I don’t think Ted would mind either way, so long as he’d have a window to look out. And he’s not that active.

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  16. I have a small house (though not the kind of tiny this article talks about), but I have a BIG yard. I think the dogs prefer that we have a big yard instead of a big house.

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  17. One of my goals each new year is to clear out the clutter. It seemed that, after moving from England to Canada, we collected much more than we needed. Probably because we had more space. My husband says, we could never move back to England now! I don’t know how the two of us plus three dogs and a cat would manage in a tiny house.

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  18. I’m so interested in this. I’ve been collecting info about tiny living. Working on the first step-de-clutter and really get rid of unnecessary stuff. Excited to watch your journey.

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