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Measuring

1 Shoulder To Ground

To determine dog house door size:

Measure your dog from shoulder to ground. 75% of this measurement equals the size of the dog house door you should look for. Large doors aren't necessary - dogs typically lower their heads to enter a dog house.

Shoulder to Ground x .75 = dog house door size

Example: If your dog's shoulder-to-ground measurement is 19 inches, the door opening needs to be at least 14 inches high.

2 Nose To Tail

To determine dog house width and length:

Measure your dog from nose to flank - tails don't count. Add 25% to this measurement to determine the best width and length of dog house.

Nose to Flank + (Nose to Flank x .25) = dog house width and length

Example: If your dog's shoulder-to-ground measurement is 19 inches, the door opening needs to be at least 14 inches high.

3 Head To Ground

To determine dog house height:

Measure your dog from head to ground. Add at least 25% to this measurement to determine the optimum dog house height. Don't add more than 50% of the measurement, however. Body heat retention should be considered.

Head to ground + (Head to ground x .25-50) = dog house height

Example: If the dog's height is 22 inches, then the total dog house height should be approximately 27.5 to 33 inches.

Taking the time to measure your dog and know the best approximate size dog house for him makes a world of difference when shopping. You’ll be sure to provide a happy home for your hound.

Extra Small
Breeds
Maltese
Shih Tzu
Dachshund
Chihuahua
Pomeranian
5 - 25 lbs.
Shoulder to ground: 10”
Nose to tail: 16”
Head to ground: 12”

Small
Breeds
Beagle
Cocker Spaniel
Scottish Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
26 - 40 lbs.
Shoulder to ground: 15”
Nose to tail: 24”
Head to ground: 16”

Medium
Breeds
Maltese
Shih Tzu
Dachshund
Chihuahua
Pomeranian
41 - 70 lbs.
Shoulder to ground: 20”
Nose to tail: 30”
Head to ground: 24”

Large
Breeds
Akita
Bullmastiff
Doberman Pinscher
German Shepherd
Labrador Retriever
Old English
Sheepdog
Retrievers
Rottweiler
71 - 90 lbs.
Shoulder to ground: 25”
Nose to tail: 35”
Head to ground: 30”

Extra Large
Breeds
Great Dane
Great Pyrenees
Mastiff
Newfoundland
Saint Bernard
91 - 110+ lbs.
Shoulder to ground: 30”
Nose to tail: 40”
Head to ground: 38”

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