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 crate 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.
How to Measure 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.
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.
Remember, puppies grow up fast! It’s better to size up rather than down when it comes to selecting dog crates. Choose the crate recommended for your dog’s breed when full grown.
Dog Breeds by Size
|Crate Size||Dog Size||Dog Breeds|
|Extra Small Crates||For dogs weighing approximately 1-10 pounds.||Maltese, Shih Tzu, Dachshund, Chihuahua, Pomeranian|
|Small Crates||For dogs weighing approximately 11-25 pounds.||Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Scottish Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog|
|Medium Crates||For dogs weighing approximately 26-75 pounds.||Australian Shepherd, Brittany Spaniel, Bulldog, Basset Hound, Border Collie|
|Large Crates||For dogs weighing approximately 76-100 pounds.||Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Retrievers, Sheepdog, Rottweilers|
|Extra Large Crates||For dogs weighing over 100 pounds.||Great Dane, Great Pyranees, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard|
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.