How to Choose the Right Dog Kennel Size

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Published September 14, 2010 | Updated May 18, 2015

One of the first things you need for a new dog is a quality dog kennel. The right dog kennel can help potty train your puppy, make traveling and vet visits with your dog easier, and give your dog a cozy place to curl up at night or to keep out of mischief while you're away. The wrong size dog kennel, however, can make things uncomfortable for your pooch and a pain for you. As a rule of thumb, kennels and crates should be at least 4 inches taller and longer than your dog and allow him to stand, sit, and turn around easily. You'll also want to make sure there is water and a blanket or towel in there for him. These guidelines can help you find the right fit for your pup when shopping for dog kennels.

The Right Size Dog Kennel:

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  • Extra Small

    Extra-small dog kennels measure approximately 24 inches and are designed for dogs weighing up to 25 pounds, like puppies and small breed dogs, such as Boston terrier, Chihuahua, fox terrier, Jack Russell terrier, Maltese, miniature dachshund, miniature poodle, Pomeranian, pug, Shih Tzu, and other dog breeds of similar size.

  • Small

    Small dog kennels measure approximately 30 inches long and are designed for dogs that weigh 26 to 40 pounds, such as pit bull terrier, dachshund, French bulldog, miniature pinscher, miniature schnauzer, Scottish terrier, Welsh springer spaniel, and other dog breeds of similar size.

  • Medium

    Medium dog kennels measure approximately 36 inches long and are designed for dogs weighing 41 to 70 pounds, such as American Eskimo dog, basset hound, beagle, bulldog, cocker spaniel, standard schnauzer, Welsh corgi, and other dog breeds of similar size.

  • Large

    Large dog kennels measure 42 inches long and are designed for dogs weighing 71 to 90 pounds, such as golden retriever, Dalmatian, chow-chow, Labrador retriever, border collie, Airedale terrier, and other dog breeds of similar size.

  • Extra Large

    Extra large dog kennels measure 48 inches long and are designed for dogs weighing 91 to 110 pounds. These dog kennels are recommended for Alaskan malamute, collie, German shepherd, giant schnauzer, greyhound, bloodhound, and other dog breeds of similar size.

  • Giant

    Giant dog kennels measure 54 inches long and are designed for dogs weighing 110 pounds and up. These dog kennels are recommended for Great Dane, mastiff, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard, Irish wolfhound, and other dog breeds of similar size.