Gallery: Houndstooth Dogtent: For The Most Discerning Pup


Most dogs feel slighted while camping. Humans get fancy, engineered tents to crawl inside and stay warm, cozy, and out of the elements. Some dogs get a bed roll and a toy, but lucky dogs get a luxurious Houndstooth Dogtent made by John Santos, founder of New York-based graphic design studio Common Space. This dogtent is collapsible, made from biodegradable plastic and will make your pup more stylish out-of-doors than you.

Common Space teamed up with Matt Penrose to compete in the annual design/build camping trip hosted by apparel brand F.S.C..This year’s theme was to design something that took the “roughing” out of “roughing it.” Since dogs are often overlooked in the great outdoors, the Common Space/Penrose design team thought that a a stylish A-frame dog tent would elevate their experience.

The tent pieces come rolled up in a handy satchel. Upon removal, the individual plastic pieces are fitted together to form a houndstooth patterned tent cover, with a smaller houndstooth pattern on the inside. This is then draped over bamboo poles. Did we mention it’s made from biodegradable plastic? Hopefully it will survive a downpour. Check out the pics below to see it put together.

+ Common Space

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  1. AlfonsoA August 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Evidently John Santos has NEVER gone camping himself let alone with a dog.

    Surfaces get way below freezing and unless your dog is a cold weather breed you shouldn’t let your pooch sleep on the ground. Cold weather dogs should only sleep outdoor when in packs so that they may close in a huddle.

    Dogs, as said above, are to sleep with the owner in his/her tent to protect not only from the climate but from wild animals.

  2. jeffb123 May 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Have any of you done any real backpacking with your dog? Sometimes a dog tent is crucial. I use a hammock when I’m out on the trail. If she crawls under while it’s raining that’s fine if there is no water running underneath. If it’s windy, she’s screwed. I know for a fact she’s had sleepless nights on mountain tops because of screaming winds. That said, I’d cut the designer some slack. If my dog could hike with it, considering she carries her own gear. It would be more practical.

  3. cswiggie February 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I can’t imagine that a dog would want to sit under such a thing, unless it was raining…? I think most dogs like to be outside. I agree though, my dog stays in my tent.

  4. donaldwaters February 25, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Yes, Perhaps Mr Santos should try a bit of ‘common sense’ rather than naming his company ‘common space’. This has to be one of the most worthless articles on inhabitat. Please try and vet articles before they are posted.

  5. cdbaut February 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I completely agree with gettingbored — it seems like a waste of materials and time.

  6. gettingboredofthis February 24, 2009 at 10:01 am

    why is this even posted on here? producing something completely unecessary and then saying it is biodegradable and therefore green is missing the point entirely about sustainable design. i’m with bigfatduck, if you want the dog there it should sleep in the tent with you.

  7. SC February 23, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I don’t know if that would keep the element off the dog but, it sure looks cool. Great design….

  8. bigfatduck February 23, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    am i to assume it’s not common practice to have your dog sleep inside the tent with you, as i’ve always done? :\

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