Dog Crate Sizes: How to Choose the Right One

Dog crate sizes and crate training your dog doesn’t have to be scary! When it comes to choosing a dog crate suitable and safe for your dog, there are a few things to take into consideration. From small to large dog crates to even the biggest sized crates, there are a few things you should keep in mind when shopping for the perfect crate.

Dog Crate Size Recommendations

A crate too small will restrict your dogs’ movements leading to cramping and may be seen as a negative space to your dog. For bigger breeds, you want a crate that will accommodate the size of your dog, without getting in the way of your everyday activities. Another consideration to keep in mind is choosing an adjustable crate for your growing puppy.

Crates can also be a great training tool for the average pet owner and can lead to benefits for both you and your dog.

Six reasons why you should crate train your dog

  1. Provides a safe space
  2. Helps with house training
  3. Household safety
  4. Safer travel
  5. Easier vet visits
  6. Prevent home damage while away

Quick Tips to Remember

  • Don’t choose a crate that will give your dog too much space. Space may lead to accidents.
  • Purchase a cage that will give your dog room to grow, especially if you have a new puppy.
  • Make sure your dog has enough room (but not too much room) to stand up, turn and lie down comfortably.
  • Make sure your dog is comfortable by adding their favorite toy or crate pad. This will give your dog the feeling of a safe place rather than a space they fear.

How to Measure Your Dog for a Crate Size

Measuring your dog is the most important step when determining what crate size you will need.


Starting with your dog’s height, measure your dog while standing or sitting. You want to measure your dog at their tallest point. Measure from the ground to the top of your dog’s head. This measurement will help you make sure your dog has a comfortable amount of space to sit up in the crate.


The next step is to measure the length of your dog. Measure your dog from the nose to the base of your dog’s tail. Reminder: if you measure to the end of the tail, the crate will be too large.


While most dog crates have weight restrictions, you will want to weigh your dog. You can do this by taking your dog to the vet or by stepping on the scale with them at home.

Choose the Right Sized Crate

Small Dog Crate

The small dog crate option is best for dogs in the toy group that are small in stature and on the petite side. Dogs in the toy group include, Japanese Chin, Pug, Pekingese, the Terrier group and many more.

Medium Dog

The medium crate option is best for dogs that are mid-sized. This category of dog can range from small- medium such as a Welsh Corgi and a French Bulldog to a medium stature like a Beagle or Border Collie.

Large Dog Crate

The large crate option is best suited for big breeds. These dogs have a slightly larger stature but also do not reach the largest dog category. Large dogs include breeds like Golden Retriever, the Lab family and German Shepherds.

Extra-Large Crate

The extra-large crate is for the biggest breeds with a tall stature and a heavy weight. Included in this group are Great Danes, Mastiffs and Saint Bernard’s.

Below is a reference guide chart will help you easily determine which crate is the best fit for your dog!

Crate Size Chart

Choose the Right Crate Material Option

Wooden dog crate

  • Very sturdy and durable but are hard to sanitize and dogs may chew the wood.

Stainless steel dog crate

  • Easy for cleanup but can be heavy and hard to transport.

Plastic dog crate

  • Durable and most have a handle but harder to transport due to no fold down option.

Fabric dog crate

  • Versatile and easy for traveling but is not the most secure and can be hard to clean.


In conclusion, there are many different crate styles and sizes that will benefit both you and your dog.

Visit Shoppers Supply for Pet Supplies and More

At Shoppers Supply, we carry all the pet supplies you need including pet food, toys, housing and handling accessories, health and wellness supplies and more. Visit one of our locations in Chandler or Apache Junction to find dog crates at great prices.

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