What Dog Crate Size Do I Need?

Wow Westminster!

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show displays many bizarre looking dogs!
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show originated in 1877, and every year since, this two day event has taken place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event is regarded as the second longest running sporting event, only behind the Kentucky Derby (ironically, both involve animals). For any dog lover or gambling fanatic, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a smorgasbord of riches. In 2012, there were 183 different breeds of dogs to admire. This variety has added unpredictability to the event and has helped to spur it to widespread popularity. The diversity at the Westminster Kennel Dog Show mirrors the diversity found by today’s dog owners. According to National Geographic author, Evan Ratliff, “man's best friend has been artificially evolved into the most diverse animal on the planet.”[1] However, the wide diversity and unpredictability that is so great for the Westminster Show can pose problems for the average dog owner. One area affected by this problem is choosing the right crate size for your dog.

Crate Sizes for Puppies

For all dogs, crates should be big enough for the canine to stand up on all four legs, turn around, reposition himself, and stretch out while he is lying flat on his side. If you have a puppy and you are thinking about buying a crate, things get a little more complicated.

  • Part of this complication comes from knowing what size your puppy will grow to be. Obviously, this may be easier for a pure bred than a mixed dog. However, you can estimate his full grown size fairly accurately based on his body type, size, and age. Of course, it is always better to overestimate and give your puppy a little more room than a little less.
  • A dog’s crate should never be too big because this promotes elimination inside of the crate. The extra space does not help with bowel control because a dog isn’t faced with the prospect of sleeping in the dirty area. This can be especially prevalent when dealing with a puppy and his untrained bowels. Most dog experts and veterinarians recommend that putting a divider panel into the crate will help a puppy learn discipline and will help to get him house trained by not giving him the space to sleep in a different area from his elimination.
  • Using divider panels that make the crate more compact is also a wise training method because it gets the puppy used to a certain size proportion. As he gets older and bigger, he will feel cramped if he wasn’t properly trained because there is suddenly less room than he is accustomed to.

The Midwest Large Dog Crate is the perfect selection for a larger dog that needs more space.

Crate Sizes for Larger Dogs

Today, one in five dogs is found to have arthritis and an even higher number go undiagnosed. In larger dogs such as golden retrievers and German shepherds, arthritis and muscle/ joint injury is more likely to occur. For these dogs, it is very important that they are able to stretch out and comfortably relax in their crate. Currently, manufacturers cater to the needs of larger dogs, as seen in the Midwest Homes for Pets’ Large Dog Crate. This crate measures 54”L x 35”W x 45”H and is finished with a black electro-coat finish that helps it to blend in nicely to your home décor. Also, the Midwest Large Dog Crate’s sturdy structure utilizes side bolt latches that keep your dog safe and secure.

Crate Sizes for Smaller Dogs

The iCrate is an affordable crate that can provide your dog with a cozy and comfortable place to sleep.

Remember, dogs don’t need a world of space in their crate. In many ways, a crate is comparable to a couch. It is a place for your dog to rest and relax, not a place to get his exercise. Having a small cozy place for your dog is also meant to instill a sense of discipline in your pup. By learning to relax, your dog can avoid being one of those canines that are always barking for no reason. Undoubtedly, if you have a smaller dog, it is smarter to have a smaller crate. Currently, there are crate sizes for every type of dog even the extremely small breeds (Chihuahua). One of the best smaller crates on the market is the XXS Midwest iCrate Dog Crate. The iCrate comes in a number of size variations, some as small as 18”L x 12” W x 14” H. It includes safe and secure side bolt latches and a satin black electro-coat finish that helps it to naturally blend into your household arrangement. If you are a small dog owner, the iCrate will help you to keep your dog comfortable while also instilling discipline.

If you have any further questions about dog crates, feel free to e-mail or call us at petstreetmall anytime. We love all animals and take pride in providing you with any information you may need.

By: Tim Snyder Works Cited
[1]Ratliff, Evan. "Mix, Match, Morph." How to Build a Dog. National Geographic, 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 19 June 2013.
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