Here are some things you should know about crate sizes before purchasing one for your furry companion.
Choosing the Best Crate
While dog crate sizes vary based on breed and size, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before purchasing one for your fur baby.
- Where will you keep the crate? If the crate will be by your bedside or in your office, it needs to be smaller so that it is easy to carry around. However, if you plan on using it as a permanent home for your pet, then a larger space is better.
- How much do you wish to spend? If this is your first time shopping for a dog crate, you'll quickly learn that they can get pricey fast.
- How long will your dog be inside the crate? Most crates have been introduced in sizes based on owners' expectations. However, if you have an unusually small or large dog, choose a crate that best fits your size.
Dog Crates vs. Kennels
Before purchasing a dog crate or kennel, consider whether you're willing to change their environment. Dogs are very social creatures, and they need your attention and love every chance they get. They can't play with other dogs at home, so kenneling them is not an ideal option for those who want to ensure their pets' safety when they're away from home for some time.
On the other hand, dog crates are a confinement tool for dogs. Like kennels, dog crates are also used to house and restrict your dog from certain house parts. However, unlike kennels, dog crates can be bigger and more flexible.
Crate Sizes Guide
Dog crates are available in different sizes, from the most miniature crates that can fit a Chihuahua to the largest ones that can accommodate a Great Dane. When you shop around, it's good to know what size crate will be best for your dog. Here are a few sizes for you to consider.
- X-Small dogs: Miniature Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and other small dogs are less than 10 lbs.
- Small Dogs: Pug, Toy Poodle, Boston Terrier, and other dogs which grow to be 25 lbs are average for a 24-inch crate.
- Medium Dogs: Dachshunds and Miniature Schnauzers are medium dog breeds that don't fit into a 24-inch crate. Their larger size requires a 30-inch long one.
- Large Dogs: The large dog breeds, including Beagles, Bull Terriers, and Cocker Spaniels, are at least 75 lbs and in the B.I.G.s category. They will feel comfortable in a 36-inch crate.
- X-Large Dogs: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Great Danes are oversized dogs that range from 80-to 100 lbs. They will fit in a 42-inch crate.
- XX-Large Dogs: A particular category of super-sized dogs with 115 lbs and larger are No. 1 contenders in the XX-Large class. German Shepherd and Siberian Husky will fit in a 48-inch crate.
Reviewing the Selection of Dog Crates
Now that we have looked at the general factors in choosing crate size let's look at some of the types of dog crates on the market. The selection of crates is extensive for pet owners to choose from, but don't assume that every den-style crate will work for your dog. A crate is a den and should be made to provide comfort-level for the dog.