The term "doghouse" appeared in inventories in the 17th century. Previously, it was preferred to the term "trunk" and then "dog kennel". Only a few examples of dog houses from the 18th century have survived. It is then a small piece of furniture made of tapestry and not of cabinet making, with a wicker or wooden structure lined with fabric and provided with a mattress.
The kennels can adopt several forms (bed, dome, stool or bench) depending on whether they can accommodate one or several dogs. Simple carpentry boxes or more comfortable models whose upholstery was entrusted to the care of master upholsterers, they adopt the aesthetic canons of the Louis XV or Louis XVI styles. The doghouse in the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature was intended for a small pet, probably a pug or a king Charles (dwarf spaniel), as the aristocracy liked them at that time.