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Choosing the Right Dog Cage

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Choosing the Right Dog Cage

Dog crates come in quite a variety of sizes, so you can get a good fit for your animal and your situation. If your dog is a puppy, you will want to guess how big he will be when he gets his full size. If you got him from someone who has the parents, you can find out their sizes. For a known breed, the breeder or breed books can tell you the normal adult sizes for males and females. If he’s a mixed breed from a shelter or rescue centre, his adult size may turn out to be a surprise! Guess on the large side…

If your dog is grown, you can measure him. For him to lie comfortably, the dog crate needs to be at least a few inches longer than he is, and for him to get up and turn around, it needs to be 6 inches from their shoulders to the top of the crate.

Some pet stores will help you estimate what crate to get the weight of the dog, but since a short, squat, muscular dog could weigh as much as a long lean dog, I think size is more accurate. Besides, you won’t always know what my dogs weigh! If you will be moving the crate around a lot, or if you live in a tiny space, you may want to get a dog crate that is just big enough. If you have space, the bigger the better! More room for toys, a water dish, etc.

Here is a rough guide below on our crate sizes and popular dogs who would be appropriate for those size cages. Please remember every dog is different and to consider your dog specifically when purchasing a cage.

X -SMALL 17″ x 12″ x 14.5″ (43 x 30.5 x 37 cm)

Chihuahua and other small toy breeds

SMALL 24″x 17.5″x 20″ (62L x 44Wx 52H cm)

Bichon Frise, Border Terrier,  Jack Russell, Yorkshire Terrier

MEDIUM 30″ x 19.5″ x 22″ (77L x 49.5W x 55H cm)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, West  Highland Terrier, Lhasa Apso & Cairn Terrier

LARGE 36″ x 23″ x 25″ (91.5L x 58W x 63.5H cm)

Cocker Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Basset Hound, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Welsh Corgi

X LARGE 42″x 28″x 30″ (107L x 71W x 76.5H cm)

Border Collie, Boxer, Golden Retriever, Labrador, Airedale Terrier, Saluki

XX  LARGE 48″x 31″x 34″ (122L x 75W x 82H cm)

Bullmastiff, Doberman, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Wolfhound

Click here to browse our range of Dog Cages & Crates!


When buying a dog cage, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got the measurements down pat. For any questions, queries, or concerns, contact us on Facebook.