Dog Crate Size Guide: How to Measure a Dog for a Crate

How to Measure a Dog for a Crate

Being a pack animal and as a descendant of wolves, your canine friend needs a zone to sleep in and hide where he can feel the most secure. In choosing the perfectly sized dog crate, you should consider a crate that will allow your dog to enter effortlessly, can move around in, eat, and snooze without having excess space where he thinks he can use for potty.

Even though dog crate size guides present you with a list of the different breeds to a corresponding crate size, it is still absolutely essential that you measure your furry friend. Knowing the correct size of your dog and not simply basing it off of the breed, will help you narrow your choice down better.

Remember that your pal is different from other dogs and that a perfectly sized dog crate plays a vital role in crate training. So, in this article, we will talk about how to measure your dog for a crate and some general information on dog breeds and corresponding sizes.

How to Measure a Dog for a Crate: Just the Right Size

As mentioned, and we can’t stress this enough, measuring your dog is of utmost importance in choosing the correct crate size. With that said, in measuring, you have to focus on your dog’s height and length because the width information is not as needed as this is to be expected from the height and length.

Take a moment and follow these simple and easy steps, you can use any length measuring tool you have lying around. You’re welcome!

Step 1: LENGTH

While your dog is gracefully on all fours, take your first measurement from the tip of the nose down to the base of the tail. Do not measure up to the very tip of your dog’s tail as this will result in an unnecessarily huge crate, more than what your dog needs. So, again, from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail.

Now that you have this information taken down, all you need to do is add 2-4 inches (or 5-10 cm to my metric system homies). The sum or total length will give your dog just the right amount of space.

Step 2: HEIGHT

Now that you have the length locked down, your next step is to measure for the height of the crate. Most dogs are definitely taller when sitting than when they are actually on all fours, so, the next step is to sit your dog down. If you have trained your dog to do this on command, good on you buddy!

If, however, you find it hard for your dog to settle down, you can check this article on how to do just that.

Now that your dog is finally sitting, measure your dog from the highest point of their head down to the floor. Again, add 2-4 inches to your second measurement and this is now the correct crate height for your dog.

Step 3: WEIGHT

Make sure that you have a precise bathroom scale, all you have to do is lead your dog onto the scale in all fours and you’re good to go! Again, the key here is to have a calibrated weighing scale to get the exact weight of your dog.

To summarize, your dog’s length plus 2-4 in” is the length of the crate and your dog’s height plus 2-4” is the height of the crate. As for your dog’s weight, you don’t have to add anything else to it, you really wouldn’t want to make your bestfriend feel bad, would you now?

And as mentioned, you don’t need to know your dog’s width as dog crate manufacturers make the width proportionate to the crate’s height and length.


MEASUREMENT PRO TIPS:
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    Does your dog have innate erect ears? If so, do not measure the height of the crate from the highest point of the head but actually from the highest point of their ears to avoid hurting them while in the cage.
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    To avoid whacking the cage whenever your dog wags his/her tail, measure the length up to the base of the tail and just a tiny bit more. This is especially for dogs with really thick and hard tails.

General Crate Sizing Guide

Now that you know the exact measurements of the crate size for your beloved dog, we have listed below most of the common dog crate sizes most suitable for a particular breed. You can use this information alongside your measurements to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth when buying a crate.

Extra Small Crates

18″ to 22″ Dog Crate Sizes 

Dimensions include:

18″ L x 12″ W x 14″ H

22″ L x 13″ W x 16″ H

19″ L x 12″ W x 15″ H

Extra small crates are for dogs weighing under 25 lbs, up to 20 inches in length from nose to base of the tail and up to 14 inches from floor to top of head when sitting.

Extra small crate dimensions include: 18″ L x 12″ W x 14″ H; 22″ L x 13″ W x 16″ H; 19″ L x 12″ W x 15″ H.

Extra small is the best size dog crate for:

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    Affenpinscher
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    Bichon Frise
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    Boston Terrier
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    Brussels Griffon
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    Chihuahua
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    Maltese
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    Papillon
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    Pomeranian
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    Pug
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    Shih Tzu
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    Toy Fox Terrier
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    Yorkshire Terrier

Small Crates

Dimensions include:

24″ L X 18″ W X 21″ H

24″ L x 18″ W x 19″ H

24″ L x 17″ W x 20″ H

Small crates are suitable for dogs that are:

Under 30 lbs in weight

Up to 22 inches in length

Up to 19 inches in height

Compatible breeds:

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    Affenpinscher
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    Australian Terrier
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    Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier

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    Fox Terrier
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    Havanese

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    Jack Russell
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    Miniature Dachshund
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    Miniature Poodle
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    Norfolk Terrier
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    Pekingese
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    Scottish Terrier
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    Skye Terrier
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    Toy Poodle

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    West Highland White Terrier

Medium Crates - 30"

Dimensions include:

30″ L x 19″ W x 21″ H

30″ L x 21″ W x 24″ H

30″ L x 19″ W x 22″ H

Medium crates are suitable for dogs that are:

Under 40 lbs in weight

Up to 28” in length

Up to 23” in height

Medium is the best size dog crate for:

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    American Pit Bull Terrier
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    American Staffordshire Terrier
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    Basenji
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    Cocker Spaniel
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    Dachshund
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    French Bulldog
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    Keeshond
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    King Charles Spaniel
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    Lhasa Apso
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    Miniature Pinscher
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    Miniature Schnauzer
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    Shetland Sheepdog
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    Tibetan Terrier
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    Welsh Springer Spanie
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    Welsh Terrier
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    West Highland Terrier

Large Crates - 36”

Dimensions include:

36″L x 24″W x 27″H

36″L x 23″W x 25″H

36″L x 23″W x 26″H

Large crates are suitable for dogs that are:

Under 70 lbs in weight

Up to 34” in length

Up to 25” in height

Large is the best size dog crate for:

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    Australian Cattle Dog
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    Basset Hound
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    Beagle
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    Belgian Sheepdog
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    Bull Terrier
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    Bulldog
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    Chinese Shar-Pei
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    English Setter
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    English Springer Spaniel
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    Finnish Spitz
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    Harrier
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    Norwegian Elk hound
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    Portuguese Water Dog
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    Standard Schnauzer
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    Welsh Corgi
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    Whippet

Extra Large Crate - 42”

Dimensions include:

42″ L x 28″ W x 31″ H

42″ L x 28″ W x 30″ H

42″ L x 29″ W x 31″ H

Extra large crates are suitable for dogs that are:

Under 90 lbs in weight

Up to 40” in length

Up to 29” in height

Compitable breeds :

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    Airedale Terrier
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    Australian Shepherd
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    Bearded Collie
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    Belgian Malinois
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    Border Collie
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    Boxer
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    Chesapeake Bay Retriever
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    Chow-Chow
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    Dalmatian
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    Doberman Pinscher
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    German Shepherd
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    Golden Retriever
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    Irish Setter
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    Labrador Retriever
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    Poodle
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    Siberian Husky

Extra Extra Large Crates - 46” to 72”

Dimensions include:

46″ L x 30″ W x 33″ H

54″ L x 37″ W x 45″ H

72″ L X 45″ W x 48″ H

Extra extra large crates are suitable for dogs that are:

Weighing from 90 up to 150 lbs

Up to 46 - 68” in length

Up to 44” in height

Compitable breeds:

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    Afghan
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    Alaskan Malamute
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    Anatolian Shepherd
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    Bernese Mountain Dog
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    Bloodhound
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    Briard
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    Bullmastiff
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    Giant Schnauzer
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    Gordon Setter
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    Great Dane
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    Great Pyrenees
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    Greyhound
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    Irish Wolfhound
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    Komondor
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    Neapolitan Mastiff
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    Newfoundland
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    Old English Sheepdog
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    Otterhound
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    Rottweiler
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    St. Bernard
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