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Dog Crate Sizing Guide

Finding the ideal sized crate for your dog will allow him to feel safe, secure, and comfortable but because all dogs are different and sizes vary within each breed, deciding on the right kennel size can be difficult. Here, we will show you how to measure your pup to ensure you choose the right size crate for your dog.


Measuring Your Dog

It is important that your dog be able to stand up, sit down, and move around comfortably in their crate. Follow the guide below when measuring your adult pup to make sure their dog crate is sized appropriately. Remember, it's better to size up rather than down when it comes to dog crates.


Dog Crate Height

Measure your dog from head to ground. Add at least 25% to this measurement to determine the optimum dog crate height.

Head to Ground + (Head to Ground x .25) = Crate Height

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


Dog Crate Length

Measure your dog from nose to flank - do not include the tail in the overall measurement. Add 25% to this measurement to determine the best length of dog crate.

Head to Flank + (Nose to Flank x .25) = Crate Length

Example: If your dog's nose-to-tail measurement is 25 inches, the dog crate needs to be at least 31.25 inches long and wide.

Dog Breeds by Size

In the event you are looking to buy a dog crate when your pooch is still a puppy, we have provided a common breed sizing guide to help you identify the size of dog crate typically associated with certain breeds.

Extra Small Breeds
Maltese >

Shih Tzu



In general, the extra small dog crates will be for dogs weighing approximately 1-10 pounds.

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Small Breeds
Beagle >

Cocker Spaniel

Scottish Terrier

Shetland Sheepdog
In general, the small dog crates will be for dogs weighing approximately 11-25 pounds.

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Medium/Intermediate Breeds
Australian Shepherd >

Brittany Spaniel


Basset Hound

Border Collie

Chow Chow

King Cavalier
In general, the medium/intermediate dog crates will be for dogs weighing approximately 26-75 pounds.

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Large Breeds
Akita >


Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Labrador Retriever

Old English



In general, the large dog crates will be for dogs weighing approximately 76-100 pounds.

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Extra Large Breeds
Great Dane >

Great Pyrenees



Saint Bernard
In general, the extra large dog crates will be for dogs weighing over 100 pounds.

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Other Things to Consider

Dog Crate Bedding

Now that you’ve selected a dog crate, be sure to add bedding. Good bedding not only makes the dog crate more comfortable, but it also insulates the dog and helps to protect the dog's bones and joints from a hard surface. Choose dog beds that are washable or that have washable coverings.

Conditioning your Dog to its New Home

The key to crate-training is patience and fun. This is a new situation for your dog and it will take him time to adjust. If your dog has not been kennel trained it may take more time to adjust to the new environment. Make this a positive experience by slowly enticing your dog into the kennel. It may help to put a treat, dog toy, or favorite item into the crate to make it feel homier. It also may help to have an item with your scent in the crate.