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Finding the Right Crate Size for Your Dog

One of the simplest ways to make your new puppy feel at home is with a safe, sturdy dog crate. The right crate not only creates a safe place to contain your pet when you can't be there, but it also taps into a dog's natural instinct to den. Most dogs love having a place of their own and may retreat to their crate anytime they need a little "me" time. As a bonus, crates usually make housetraining a lot easier by giving your dog a space in your home that is exclusively “theirs”!

One size doesn’t fit all

While there are many dog crate sizes available to consider, picking the right one for your pet is crucial to ensuring a positive experience from day one. Too little space to move will leave your pup feeling cramped and uncomfortable; while too much space opens the possibility of accidents in the crate. The right dog crate size for your pup will allow them to comfortably stand, turn around, and lie down.

Our pet experts have exhausted miles of measuring tape on pups of all sizes to develop this handy chart to help you determine what size crate is the right fit for your dog:

Dog Crate Sizes Length of Crate (Tip: Equal to length of adult dog from nose to tail +2-4 in) Weight Common Breeds
XS 19" <20 lbs.
Chihuahua, Maltese, Pomeranian
Chihuahua,
Maltese,
Pomeranian
S 24" 20-30 lbs.
Jack Russell Terrier, Miniature Poodle
Jack Russell Terrier,
Miniature Poodle
M 30" 30-40 lbs.
Cocker Spaniel, French Bulldog, Pit Bull Terrier
Cocker Spaniel,
French Bulldog,
Pit Bull Terrier
L 36" 40-70 lbs.
Beagle, Bulldog, English Setter
Beagle,
Bulldog,
English Setter
XL 42" 70-90 lbs.
Lab, Golden Retriever, Boxer
Lab,
Golden Retriever,
Boxer
2XL 48" 90 lbs. +
Great Dane, Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog
Great Dane,
Rottweiler,
Bernese Mountain Dog

Quick tips

How they measure up. Remember they need enough space to be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in the crate. We recommend measuring the length from their nose to the base of their tail, then add between 2-4 inches.

Room to grow. If you have a puppy, get a crate that fits their estimated adult size and use a divider to adjust the inside space as they get bigger.

Avoid too much space. Picking up an extra-large dog crate for your medium-sized pup might seem like a nice way to treat them, but having that much space to roam could lead to accidents, especially if they’re still getting used to the crate.

A place to call home. You can help your pup adjust to their new surroundings by adding items like their favorite dog toy or blanket to the crate. Accessories like a cushy crate pad or mat can help provide additional comforts to ease them into a more den-like environment.

Crate training 101

Watch a helpful video on crate training a puppy

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