Ideal Designer Series Ruff Weather Dog Doors

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  • Cost-effective all-weather dog door
  • Installs in doors from 3/4 1 3/4" thick
  • Features double flaps for improved insulation
  • Lightweight flaps are easy for pets of all sizes to use
  • Sliding security cover usable on both sides of the frame
  • An all-weather doggie door

The Ideal Ruff Weather Dog Door from Ideal Pet Products is an economical solution for pet owners looking for an energy-efficient pet door. Featuring two vinyl flaps with fuzzy weatherstripping surrounding their perimeters, this Ruff Weather Pet Door offers higher insulation and draft resistance than other single flap pet doors. The flaps are located on each of the frames to conserve more energy, one on the interior and the other on the exterior. With this design, you will get great energy efficiency and you won't have to worry about cold air or weather entering your home.

 Features of Ruff Weather Pet Door:

  • Small, medium, extra-large, and super-large flap sizes available
  • Installs in doors  3/4" – 1-3/4" thick
  • Plastic frame protrudes on both sides of the door about 3", creating a 3 inch air pocket between the dual flaps for improved insulation
  • Magnetic strips on the bottom of the pet door flaps ensure that they stay closed when not in use
  • Included Ruff Weather slide-in covers fit on either side of the frame
  • Weatherstripping lines all sides of the flaps
  • The Ruff-Weather pet door comes with telescoping, designed to be installed on both flat & irregular surfaces
  • Flaps are flexible, tinted vinyl
  • A wall installation kit is available separately for installation in a 2" x 4" or 2" x 6" stud wall


  • The variance in the Designer Series Ruff Weather's size can accommodate dogs of all breeds. It can be great for both medium and super-large pet doors
  • Ruff Weather doggie door super large size is ideal for very tall or large dogs
  • The lightweight flap design is easy to use
  • Cutting template provided for easy installation
  • Tinted flaps protect against warping from the sun

Size Chart

Flap SizeFlap DimensionRough Cut OutOutside Frame Dimension
Small5" w x 9" h6 1⁄2" w x 11 1⁄4" h9 1⁄16" w x 13 3⁄8" h
Medium7 1⁄4" w x 13" h8 1⁄2" w x 15 1⁄4" h11 3⁄8" w x 17 1⁄2" h
Extra Large9 3⁄4" w x 17" h11 1⁄4" w x 19 1⁄2" h13 15⁄16" w x 21 5⁄8" h
Super Large15" w x 23 1⁄2" h16 1⁄4" w x 26" h19" w x 28 1⁄8" h

Do not know which size to get? Here is a measurement guide to help you out.

Replacement Parts and Flaps for the Ruff Weather and Protector Series Pet Doors

Additional Information



Frame Material


Flap Material


Flap Colors


Flap Thickness


Warranty Period

1 year

Return Period

30 days

Locking Cover Material

ABS Plastic

Flap Type

Double Flap

Your Maximum Pet Size

Cats, Large Cats, Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Large Dogs, X-Large Dogs

Climate Suitability

Temperate-3 Season

Flap Design

Double, One Part, Flexible, Thin Flap

Ability to Lock Flap

Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Top

Can Be Installed In

Aluminum Door, Hollow Core Door, Metal Door, Solid Core Door, Steel Door

Sealing Value


Wind Resistance


Self Framing


Replacement Flaps Available


Insulation Value


Installation Instructions

IDEAL "Ruff Weather" or "Protector Series"Dog Door

Graphics showing the installation of Ideal Ruff Weather and Ideal Protector Series Dog Doors


  • Hammer and awl (or nail)

  • Drill and 3⁄8" Drill Bit

  • Saber Saw

  • Phillips Screwdriver



Step 1: The die-cut template is located in the center of pet door. Remove screws holding the frame together; lift out template. Center template (width) in middle of door. Tape in place. Position the top of the template 2" taller than your pet's shoulder.

Please Note: Under no circumstances should the bottom edge of the rough opening be less than 3" from the bottom edge of the wood door.

Step 2: With template taped in place, use a pencil to draw around the inside edge of template onto door. Use a nail or awl to mark inside edge corner holes (as indicated) and outer hardware holes.

Step 3: Drill four 3⁄8" diameter inside edge corner holes. Then drill the eight 3⁄8" diameter outer door hardware holes.

Step 4: Begin with one of the inside edge corner holes. Using a saber saw, cut along inside edge pencil line.

Step 5: Insert outer frame (A) into opening from exterior side (frame must be flush with door surface). Place inner frame (B) into opening from inside door and hold in place. Install screws (C) and tighten until snug. Do not over-tighten.


The Ideal “Ruff Weather” Pet Door


Can this be installed in a metal, glass, or garage door?

The Ideal Ruff Weather can be installed in all doors with thickness between 3/4" - 1 3/4". For glass doors, you may need a glazier to help you, since you can't cut dual-pane or tempered units. If you have an overhanging garage door, the flap may warp over-time if it is left horizontal for too long. Also, since the frame does stick out further than most, you want to make sure that you have enough clearance when the door is raised.

Will this work on a paneled door?

The Ruff Weather Pet Door with the telescoping frame is designed to be installed on a flat surface. They can also be installed on an irregular surface as long as the material is 3/4" - 1 3/4" thick. You can fill in the gaps with battens or shims from your local hardware store. Add caulk to fill in the remaining space to seal in the doggy door.

Can I install this into a wall?

Yes, here is the Ruff Weather for Walls, which accommodates 2x4 and 2x6 stud walls (4 3/4" - 5 1/4" or 6 3/4"-7 1/4"). The wall entry/wall mount model with an optional wall kit also comes with double vinyl flaps for extreme weather and energy efficiency. If you do not want to buy a different door mount, you can purchase this door with the Ruff Weather wall kit.

Does this pet door stay closed in the winter?

This door does stay closed relatively well due to the double flap feature, as this is an economic all-weather pet door. It is a great affordable winter dog door option for those who live in a moderate to harsh climate conditions. If the winds get too strong, it comes with a good quality locking cover that can be used to close off the pet door. Cold weather will be stopped at the door.

How far does the frame stick out?

The frame on the Ideal Pet Products ruff weather pet door is a pretty bulky plastic that has a thickness range of about 3". This will be the same for the large door or the small pet door model. This will change if you use structural foam to fill air pockets between the wall or door and the frame during installation.

Does this come with a security cover to block entry and exit?

Yes, the Ruff Weather slide-in locking cover is included. It is made out of ABS plastic, and you can put it on the inside or the outside.

Can I use the flaps on this for a single flap door?

The flaps aren't interchangeable, so even if you have another model of Ideal doors, they won't work. For instance, an extra-large Ruff Weather door flap won't fit an extra-large original door.

Can I get a second Ruff Weather Locking Cover?

Yes, you can get a second one for the outside directly from Ideal Pet Products.

Will the ideal door ruff weather super-large flap size fit the cut out for other Ideal doors?

No, this door will have a different rough opening dimension than other Ideal models.

Is this a good door for large and small pets sharing?

Yes, the flaps are light enough for smaller pets to use. When ordering your Ideal Pet Door, it's best to base your size measurements on your pets' heights than their weight ranges. You should get a size tall enough for your tallest pet to use while installing it low enough for your shortest pet to step over.

How do I know what size to get my pet?

We recommend that you use this measurement guide to help you measure your pet.

Can the magnet strength be adjusted?

You would not be able to remove or add magnets to the door. However, for training, you could tape down the magnet bar on the frame so that it did not attract to the bar on the flap. This would decrease the magnet strength. It is important to order the right door size as well, to ensure your pet is comfortable going through it.

Does the door come in colors?

The heavy-duty aluminum frame is light gray plastic; however, it can be painted with the proper prepping and correct type of paint.

Are the flaps clear?

They are tinted, but very transparent so you can see through them easily. The tinted flap allows for maximum insulation, including light protection and temperature control.

Is this the same as the all-weather dog door?

They are identical in size, but the all-weather plastic frame dog door is more of a cream color.

Where can I find replacement flaps?

Ideal Ruff Weather replacement flaps are sold individually, so if you would like to replace both flaps, change the quantity to two.

Can I order just the cover?

The Ruff Weather slide in covers can be purchased directly from the manufacturer (Ideal Pet Products).

Is this more of an extreme winter dog door?

This is the most economical of the double flap pet doors, so it isn't recommended if you experience really harsh winter weather. The key to an energy-efficient dog door is the magnets on the flap, the material of the flap, and the quality of the door installation.

I have a Golden Retriever that weighs around 70lbs. How do I know what size to get my pet? Should I purchase the Ruff Weather Dog Door Extra Large?

We recommend you take a look at our measurement guide; finding the right pet door has more to do with height than weight. You may need the Ideal Ruff Weather Dog Door Super Large depending on your pup's height.



The new and revised warranty that follows this disclaimer supersedes any and all previous warranties of whatever nature or description, whether express, implied or set by law. Any unexpired warranties shall now be governed by the terms of the new warranty for the duration of the existing warranty’s unexpired term.

One Year Warranty:

Ideal’s pet doors are very durable and with the proper care will provide many years of service for you and your pet. Thank you for selecting Ideal for your pet door. However, please be aware the pet doors are not waterproof against inclement weather or any excessive water exposure. The one year warranty set forth below applies to Ideal’s pet door(s).

This product has a One Year Warranty from the date of the purchase of the product to be free of manufacturer’s defects in workmanship and materials. This express One Year Warranty is limited only to the original purchaser of the product and is non-transferable. Satisfactory proof of purchase must be provided to the manufacturer for this one year warranty to apply. In that case, the manufacturer will replace at no charge to the purchaser the defective part(s). No refunds will be provided to the purchaser. No service contract is being provided under this One Year Warranty. Proof of purchase so that the One Year Warranty may be honored must be made to:

Ideal Pet Products, Inc.

24735 Avenue Rockefeller

Valencia, California, USA 91355

Attention: Warranty Department

(661) 294-2266 / 1-877-IDEALPET (433-2573)

Any and all implied warranties are expressly disclaimed and of no force or effect. These warranties include, but are not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, implied fitness for any intended purpose, and any warranties under the California Song-Beverly Consumer Act.

This One Year Warranty is void if the damage is due to improper installation, intentional misuse or abuse, repairs by anyone other than the manufacturer, the failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions, or if the product is being used for commercial purposes. Purchaser assumes all risks and liabilities for the misuse or abuse of the product, the commercial use of the product, or the failure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

This One Year Warranty only applies if the product is used for domesticated animals. The Manufacturer, Ideal, is not responsible and shall not have any liability for any damage to or defects caused by acts of God, criminal activity, dog abuse including, but not limited to chewing on the door, lightening, abuse, alteration, trespassing, children’s use of the product, unauthorized access, entry by non-domesticated or “stray” animals, or any other unintended use or misuse of the product.

The Manufacturer, Ideal, disclaims and excludes any liability for incidental, consequential, punitive, general, special, or other damages arising out of or connected with the purchase, use, or misuse of the product or concerning any warranty herein.

This One Year Warranty shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, USA. Venue shall be with the Los Angeles Superior Court, North Valley District.


This product, or any of its accessories, parts, or attachments may not prevent adults, children, animals, insects, or objects from passing through or using the opening created by the product.

Ideal Pet Products will not be liable for any unintended or accidental usage, misuse, abuse, criminal conduct, water intrusion, acts of god, damages or injuries occurring or accruing from the use of this product except in strict accordance with Ideal's One Year Warranty accompanying the sale of this product to the original purchaser.

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