This is a helpful guide that should save you time and effort in finding the best dog Door for your french doors and french glass doors.
With french doors being made usually of glass and timber, there may be some custom installation that is required for your Pet Door, and it may even be wise to get a professional contractor to do it for you if you don’t have the technical installation skills yourself.
Having said that, we’ve put together a list, and reviews of the top rated dog doors designed to fit the thickness of most french doors.
Let’s take a look at them!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Best Dog Door For French Doors & French Glass Doors
Our top picks for the best dog doors for french doors are:
Regular Pet Doors
Ideal Pet Products Original Plastic Pet Door (on Amazon) – for pets up to around 120lbs, and has a flap size of up to 15 inches wide x 20 Inches high for the biggest model. Fits door thicknesses of 1 1/4 inch thick to 2 inches
BarksBar Original Plastic Dog Door (on Amazon) – for pets up to 100lbs, and has a flap size opening of 10.5 inches wide x 15 inches high. Fits door thicknesses of 1 1/4 inch thick to 2 inches
PetSafe Freedom Aluminium Pet Door (on Amazon) – pet door for door mounting. Biggest size has a 13 3/4″ W x 23 3/4″ H flap opening, for pets up to 220lbs. Fits doors between 3/8″ and 2″ thick
Heavy Duty &/Or Weatherproof Pet Doors
Door Mounted Plexidor Dog Door (on Amazon) – strong and secure pet door, with largest size offering a flap opening of 16 inches wide by 23 3/4 inches high, for pets up to 220lbs
Security Boss MaxSeal Pet Door For Doors (on Amazon) – Insulating, Sealing and Security Pet Door. Largest size flap opening is 15 3/4 inches wide x 32 inches high, for extra large to Giant dogs
Endura Flap Double Flap Door Mount Pet Door (on Amazon) – energy efficient dog door. Extra Large model has a 12″ w x 22″ h flap opening, for extra large to Giant dogs. Good for all types of doors – solid core doors, hollow core doors, metal doors, storm doors, paneled doors, french doors
Ideal Pet Products Ruff Weather Dog Door (on Amazon) – insulated pet door. Largest size has a flap opening of 15 inches wide by 23.5 inches tall, for pets up to around 120lbs
Perfect Pet The All Weather Energy Efficient Dog Door (on Amazon) – insulated pet door. Has a 15 inch x 23.5 inch flap opening, for pets up to around 120lbs
PetSafe Extreme Weather Pet Door (on Amazon) – energy efficient pet door. Biggest model has a 10 1/8 inches width by 16 1/4 inches height flap opening, for dogs up to around 100lbs
Electronic & Automatic Pet Doors
SureFlap Microchip Pet Door (on Amazon) – electronic small pet door. Flap opening of 7 inches wide x 6.7 inches high
Door Mount Plexidor Electronic Dog Door (on Amazon) – electronic/automatic pet door with up to a 12 3/4 inches wide by 20 inches high flap opening, for pets up to around 125 lbs
High Tech Power Pet Door (on Amazon) – electronic pet door. Has a flap opening of up to 12-1/4 by 16 inches, and is for pets up to 100 lbs
Best Dog Door For French Doors & French Glass Doors: Reviews
You can also find individual reviews for each brand of dog door listed above here:
- Ideal Pet Products Original Plastic Pet Door – Reviews Guide
- BarksBar Original Plastic Dog Door – Reviews Guide
- PetSafe Freedom Aluminum Pet Door – Reviews Guide
- SureFlap Microchip Pet Door – Review Guide
- High Tech Power Pet Door – Reviews Guide
- Plexidor Pet Doors – Reviews Guide
- Plexidor Electronic Dog Doors – Reviews Guide
- Security Boss MaxSeal Pet Door – Reviews Guide
- Endura Flap Double Flap Door Mount Pet Door – Reviews Guide
- Ideal Pet Products Ruff Weather Pet Door – Review Guide
- Perfect Pet The All Weather Energy Efficient Dog Door – Reviews Guide
- PetSafe Extreme Weather Pet Door – Reviews Guide
Best Dog Door For French Doors: Buyer’s Guide
How To Know Which Pet Door To Get For A French Door?
If you read the product description of the pet door they should tell you:
- the type of door the pet door can be mounted on – see if they mention french doors
- the thickness of door the pet door can be mounted on – see if this thickness range matches the thickness of your french doors
It also helps if you read the installation guide/manual provided by the manufacturer before you buy the pet door – they usually give you more information on the type of door it can be mounted on, and how you might approach installation for doors made of different materials.
How To Measure A Dog For A Pet Door?
The manufacturer should give you instructions on how to measure your dog. But generally, you might:
- Measure the width of the rib cage
- Measure from the floor to the top of your pet’s shoulders
Find out the size of the opening or flap of the dog door, and make sure based on your dog’s dimensions they have enough room to fit through.
How To Install A Pet Door On French Doors
There’s no substitute for following the manufacturer’s instructions for installing their Pet Door product which should come with the door, or should be found on their website. They may also have YouTube videos to help you.
Generally, for most pet doors, you need to cut out a section of the door, insert and fix a frame onto the door, and then fix the door onto the frame or directly to the door through the fixing holes.
This may involve using a jigsaw or cutting tool, a drill, a screwdriver (can be phillips head or sometimes a non standard screw is included in the kit so check this), and the hardware included in the pet door kit. Some people choose to buy extra fixings and materials to further strengthen or secure the pet door.
Install at a height that makes sense for your dog to pass through the door naturally and comfortably.
Some people choose to install themselves, whilst some people choose to get a professional handyperson to do it for them.
For french doors specifically, you may need to remove existing glass panels, cut existing glass, and cut existing timber on the doors. This can be technical and you might mess up your french doors if you don’t do it correctly and neatly. In this instance, you may call in a professional if you think you can’t do it yourself.
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