Kennel Sizes: How to Choose the Right Size Kennel for Your Dog
There are almost 70 million pet dogs in the United States.
We are a nation of pet lovers and want our furry friends to be as comfy as possible. Dogs need space in your home to call their own, and a kennel can be just that. But it can be hard to know what size is perfect for your dog.
Read on to learn how to choose the right kennel sizes for your dog.
What is a Dog Kennel?
A dog kennel isn’t the same as a cage. It isn’t designed to trap your pet in any way. They are personal spaces for your dog to call their own and can see as their home within your home.
So What Are They For?
If you want an enclosed space for your dogs to play, you can get any size that fits your available space. They provide a safe place to play without worry your dog will get into something they shouldn’t.
If you’re looking for something to keep your pet safe while traveling there are many types on the market. They range from wired kennels that take up the whole trunk of a care, to soft kennels to take your puppy to the vet in. A kennel that they use in the house and for traveling can reduce anxiety and add familiarity for your pet.
Dog kennel also can be useful tools for training your dog. They are particularly helpful with house training and separation anxiety.
There are a variety of kennel covers on the market that will help them fit in with the theme of your home. It is important that you not only get one that suits your needs but also suits your pet. The most important factor in the decision is definitely making sure to get the right size.
Measure Your Dog
Whether you want to use it to train your dog, transport it or give your pet their own ‘room’, you want the kennel to fit your dog. If it is too small, it will be uncomfortable but if it is too big, it may make your dog feel unsafe.
Kennel sizes vary to cover most dog sizes so all you need to know is know the size of your dog. You will want to measure the length, height, and width of your pet.
Length: You want to measure from nose to tail. Make sure to add around 2-4 inches to the total length, to add enough comfort room depending on your dog’s size.
Height: Measure from the ground to the top of your dog’s head. If your dog has erect ears, make sure to measure up to the tip of those so there is enough room for them to comfortably fit.
Width: You want to measure shoulder to shoulder. Then you want to add a further 2-4 inches to the total width measurement. 2 for smaller dogs, 4 for larger, 3 for medium.
The Problem with Puppies
You can expect a 3-month-old Labrador puppy to weigh in at around 25lbs. 3 months later they will have doubled to 50lbs! With all that growing, that’s a lot of extra weight.
It also means you could be buying a new kennel each time your puppy outgrows the last one. Not only will that be time-consuming but also expensive.
You can calculate the kennel size for the expected weight of your puppy when they are full-grown. This will help avoid that expensive problem by getting the perfect size from the start.
You can even find modular dog kennels. This allows you to increase the space in the dog kennel as they grow.
Small dogs like Corgi’s and Jack Russells need small kennels. Too large and it can give them room to do their ‘business’ at one end and take a nice nap at the other. This will be a nightmare if you’re house training!
Make sure you pay attention to the door. Smaller jaws are able to fit through small gaps to chew at hinges and gaps. This not only damages the kennel but could hurt your pet.
The smaller dog kennels range from 24 to 30 inches. Each manufacturer will have sizing variations though. These kennels suit breeds that weigh fewer than 35-40 pounds. Any larger than that and your dog will be uncomfortable. These kennels are also good for puppies if you only plan to use one while they are young.
If you are in any doubt of what size to go for, it’s always best to go a size up. If there is some excess room left over, you can always fill it up with small dog furniture and toys.
Medium and Large Breeds
Medium sized crates range around 36 inches long. They will accommodate dogs within the 40-70 pound range. Breeds like Bulldogs and Cocker Spaniels at an average adult size will fit well in this size.
Large kennels range around 42 inches in length. They can accommodate dogs weighing 70-90 pounds. These are particularly suited for average sized adult Border Collies and Labradors for example.
At the largest end of the kennel sizes, you can get extra large and jumbo-sized crates. Extra-large crates will range around 48 inches and can take dogs weighing in around 90-110 pounds. These are well suited to breeds like Bloodhounds and German Shepherds.
A jumbo crate is larger still, measuring 54 inches in length. If your dog weighs more than 110 pounds then this is the size you will want to get. It suits breeds like Great Danes and Mastiffs.
Plastic and soft-sided kennels can be a great option for smaller dogs but not so great for larger ones. It is wise to stick with a metal crate for dogs coming in at over 90 pounds for the stability they offer. If you’re looking for something even larger, then you might want to consider a wooden kennel.
Know Your Kennel Sizes
As you can see its important to know the kennel sizes best for your dog in order for them to feel comfortable. It’s important to remember though that a crate isn’t a place for exercise. Your dog will still need to have regular walks and exercise.
A crate is a safe space for your dog to relax and chill out in. On walks or in the yard is where they can stretch their legs!
Now you know how to choose the right kennel for your puppy, check out our tips on how to train them at home.