Dog Crate Sizes Guide – What Size Dog Crate Do I Need?

If you are considering to buy your beloved doggo his own home i.e. dog crate,you must first know which size crate is better for him/her. When anyone start searching crate, the first question comes to mind is how big should your dog’s crate be? Usually the cage size is determined by the dog size or weight. The rule of thumb is to get a slightly bigger crate for your doggo, even if crate seems a bit larger for him/her as the objective is a comfortable place.

Following is a comprehensive dog crate size chart that can help you select perfect dog cage. It mentioned several dog breeds against the standard cage sizes and the dog crate size recommendations for them. This chart also gives you an idea on dog crate size by breed so you can decide which size crate you should be looking for.

Note: Besides the height, you should also consider the weight of the dog. A small but heavy dog can easily escape or destroy a small crate by chewing wires.

Dog SizeDog BreedsCrate HeightRecommended Crate
X-Small DoggoYorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Pomeranian, Toy Fox Terrier,
Japanese Chin, Papillon, Jack Russell Terrier,
Brussels Griffon, West Highland Terrier, Pug,
Mini Dachshund, Shih Tzu, Australian Terrier,
Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, Norwich Terrier,
Silky Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Dachshund
20 Inches
Small DoggoBoston Terrier, Border Terrier, Fox Terrier, Manchester Terrier,
Miniature Poodle, American Pitbull Terrier, Poodle, Scottish Terrier, French Bulldog
Pekingese, King Charles Spaniel
24 Inches Petco Classic Dog Crate
Medium DoggoShetland Sheepdog, Cairn Terrier. Staffordshire Terrier,
American Water Spaniel, Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Australian Shepherd,
Clumber Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Pekingese,
Scottish Terrier, Tiebtan Terrier, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier,
American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie
30 Inches Small Metal Dog Crate
Intermediate DoggoAmerican Eskimo, Basset Hound
Beagle, Brittany Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Bulldog
Chinese Shar-Pei, Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, Springer Spaniel
Finnish Spitz, Harrier, Keeshond, Kerry Blue Terrier
Norwegian Elkhound, Portuguese Water Dog, Wheaten Terrier, Standard Schnauzer
Welsh Corgi, Whippet
36 Inches Paws & Pals XXL Dog Crate
Large DoggoAiredale Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Belgian Malinois
Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collie, Boxer
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chow-Chow, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever
Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, Ibizan Hound, Irsih Water Spaniel
Labrador Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Standard poodle
42 Inches Two-Door Great Dog Crate
X-Large DoggoAfghan, Akita, Laska Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd
Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Bouvier Des Flandres, Briard
Bullmastiff, Collie, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue De Bordeaux
German Shepherd, Giant Schnauzer, Greyhound, Komondor
kuvasz, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Otterhound
Rottweller, Sampoyed, Siberian Husky, Weimaraner
48 Inches ProSelect Easy Pet Crates
 BestPet Wire Dog Crate
 Paws & Pals Large Dog Crate
XX-Large DoggoBorzoi, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound
Mastiff, Neapolian Mastiff, Scottish Deerhound, St. Bernard
54 Inches Ginormus Heavy Duty Crate

FAQs About Dog Crates

How to measure dog for crate & how big should a dog crate be?

The dog height is calculated by measuring at the top of the shoulder aka dog withers. To measure your dog height, make sure the good boy is standing straight on an even surface. Now run the measuring tape from top of the shoulder to all the way down to its paws. Now you know your dog’s height. But when buying a cage, remember that your dog also needs to stand straight with his/her head up. So you also need to factor in that when deciding which crate to buy.

What size is a large dog crate & what is the largest dog crate?

A large dog crate typically starts at 38 – 40 inches in height. The largest dog crate we have found in our research so far is the Ginormus Heavy Duty Crate by MidWest Homes for Pets. Its 54 inches in Length, 37 inches in width and 45 inches in Height.

How long you can leave your dog in a crate?

A trained dog can use its cage like a den. It can be in crate for overnight or upto 6 or 7 hours a day. For puppies, a good rule of thumb is puppy age = hours spend in cage. But make sure that they are getting their socializing and “private business” time when they are not in crate.

Is it cruel to cage a dog?

Just like humans, your pet also needs a “private place” where it can go for peace of mind and rest – a positive place. You can put a dog bed, some chew toys and your dog enjoys the cage. Instead of letting it live like a homeless person by throwing a bed in a corner of your house, give your dog its own dedicated place. Besides, a dog crate is extremely important for people who has to go to work everyday. A loose dog can not only make mess but it can also hurt himself/herself in worst case scenario. Read More here: How a cage can benefit your doggo


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