The correct crate size might be the difference between a positive crate experience or a total disaster so before buying consider reading this guide that will help you choose the best crate size for your dog before you make any purchase.
When it comes to crate sizes usually you’ll find that some manufacturers manage their sizes in inches and others in pounds this is mainly because those who manage their sizes in pounds usually are offering a crate option that is portable even with the dog inside (specially for small dogs). However, the more common size measure is inches.
Step 1- Measure your Dog:
Measure your dog from the top of his head to the floor(height) and then from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail (length).
Step 2 – Define Dog extra space:
The crate that you choose should be 2 – 4 inch taller and 3 – 4 inches longer than your dog, this will help you make sure that there is plenty of space for your dog to stand up, easily turn around, and comfortable lay down.
If you choose a crate that is too small your pet will be uncomfortable and anxious, If you choose it too large your dog will attempt to escape or even pee on the crate.
Step 3 – Inside crate dimensions:
Depending on the type of crate you choose you’ll notice that sometimes the inside dimensions are different than the outside dimensions, especially if you select a crate with thick walls, so consider this before you buy.
Step 4 – Consider any extra:
If you are considering on buying a Pet bed to put inside or any other attachment that might change the inside dimensions do not forget to consider it.
Step 5 – Remember Growing:
If your pet is still a puppy consider buying a cheap small option while you train it and then move to a larger crate when it grows. If you buy a crate that is too big, your puppy won’t hesitate to get a little adventurous and try to escape.
If you have any doubt of which crate to buy don’t miss our post best dog crates where we give you a list of our top 5.