How To Order The Right Size Dog Crate for Your Dogs Safety and Comfort
Dog crates and dog crate beds and mats will protect your precious furry friend from puppy stage to the end of their life. Crate training is very important for the health, safety and well being of your dog. All dogs like a home or den that they can call their own. Watch the video below to learn how to crate train your dog.
The largest dimension listed in crate size is the length (or depth) of the crate. The length will determine how big of an adult dog that the crate will hold. Approximate guidelines for weight are as follows:
Dog Size Adult Dog Weight Crate Length
Extra small dog Up to 11 lbs. 18”
Small Dog 11 – 25 lbs. 24”
Medium Dog 26 – 40 lbs. 30”
Intermediate Dog 41 – 70 lbs. 36”
Large Dog 71 – 90 lbs. 42”
Extra Large Dog 91 – 110 lbs. 48”
You can also measure your dog to determine the crate size needed.
To find the crate size your dog needs, measure the dog from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail and add 4” more to determine the length of the crate needed.
To determine the height of the crate needed, when the dog is sitting, measure from the floor to the top of the dog’s head and add 3 or 4” more. If you get the correct length and height of a dog crate you do not need to worry about measuring for the width of a dog crate.
If you have a new puppy, buy a dog crate, with a divider panel, for the adult size of your breed. Use the divider panel for puppy training and expand the the space inside the crate as the dog grows. Soft sided crates are lightweight and great for travel but should not be used for new puppies until they are housebroken and are not an aggressive chewer.
A dog crate should be able to allow the adult dog to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. Also measure the space in your house that you want to put the crate to make sure it fits. Dogs are social animals, so put your crate where the dog can see you and the activity going on in the house. Do not isolate the dog. A folding wire dog crate can be easily moved to your bedroom at night if you want to give your puppy the security of smelling and hearing you and knowing that you are there at night. It will also be easier to know when to let your puppy out at night.
Always make the crate a positive experience. Put good quality chew toys and treats in the crate to help her go in and get used to her new den.
Links to Other Dog Resources:
Dog Crate Training Video - How to crate train your dog for safety, comfort and security.