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First dog Dash, outside of his doghouse during U.S. President Harrison's tenure. First dog Dash, outside of his doghouse during U.S. President Harrison's tenure.

A doghouse (or a kennel) is a small shed, often built in the shape of a little house, in which a dog is kept or can run into for shelter from the elements.

The expression "in the doghouse" means to be in trouble; often used of a husband who is figuratively sent to the doghouse in the same way that a dog is removed from the human habitation. The disdained person may also be "sent to Coventry".

Snoopy's doghouse played a large role in the comic Peanuts.

In architecture, doghouse is more commonly a builder/contractor term for a dormer. The name is derived from the appearance of improperly proportioned dormers, which do resemble dog houses. Properly proportioned dormers should neatly fit to 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, in which case the structure should be treated as a gable end. Some architects use the word "doghouse" in a derrogatory manner to indicate an ignorance of "honest" building practices, often found in low-cost residential and light commercial, developer-built structures.


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