When you see a commercial kennel labeled as ‘large’, this means that it is intended for dogs in weight ranges 40 to 70 pounds, and these will measure in at 3 feet/36 inches in length.
If you have a larger dog, such as a German Shepherd, then you will want to consider ‘extra large’ or even the ‘jumbo’ sizes, which are good for dogs weighing 70 pounds or more.
It is also a good idea to measure them from tip to tail, as well as from their feet to the top of their head, so that you can bring the dimensions to the store before you buy. It’s quite easy to guess incorrectly, and with this information you should be able to get a well-sized and serviceable kennel.
For the remainder of this article, we’ll talk more about dog kennel sizes and what you need to know. Let’s take a look at the questions trending the most this week on this subject!
Table of Contents
- How big should my dogs kennel be?
- Can a dog kennel be too big?
- How big is an extra large kennel?
- How big should a dog kennel be for sleeping?
- How do I know if my dog’s kennel is too small?
- Do dogs like bigger or smaller kennels?
- Should I get a large kennel for my puppy?
- How do you measure a dog for a kennel?
- Is a 42-inch kennel big enough for a German shepherd?
- How big should an outside dog pen be?
How big should my dogs kennel be?
Ideally, you want you kennel to be about 1/3 of the size over your dog’s fully measured length, as well as 1/3 as wide as that length, and at least 2 inches taller than the dog.
This gives them a little room so that they aren’t cramped and can get up and move around a little, without giving enough room for nervous pacing, jumping, and such.
Can a dog kennel be too big?
Yes, a kennel can definitely be too big, and when that happens then you’ve got a trouble. In a kennel that is too large, dogs may designate a ‘potty corner’, which will make potty training all the harder.
If it’s too large, they might also pace around, jump, and possibly even knock the kennel over on the side and escape if the door pops open. It’s best to give them a little room so that they aren’t cramped and leave it at that.
How big is an extra large kennel?
Kennels sold commercially as ‘extra large’ typically measure about 48 inches in length and are designed for dogs which fall into the 90 to 110 pound range, such as German Shepherds. There are larger sizes, of course, such as ‘jumbo’, which is about 54 inches long and suitable for Saint Bernards, Mastiffs, and Great Danes.
Just be sure to measure your dog before purchase, so that you don’t overestimate – with a little too much room, big dogs can definitely get into a lot of trouble if they are inside and get anxious.
How big should a dog kennel be for sleeping?
An easy rule to remember when it comes for a kennel and sleeping comfortably is that it should be at least 6 inches longer than your dog’s fully measure length, while also measuring approximately 6 inches above their shoulder height.
This should help to ensure that your dog can nap comfortably in their kennel if they like.
How do I know if my dog’s kennel is too small?
If your dog’s head is touching the top and they are still growing, then you definitely want to upsize your kennel. Also, if your dog cannot easily get up and turn around, then this is also a sign that the kennel is bordering a bit on the ‘cramped’ side.
While you don’t want a lot of extra room, which big dogs can really make trouble with if they get upset or anxious, you also need to make sure that they have enough room to sleep comfortably, stand, and turn around. Provided that you do this, your kennel should be quite adequate.
Do dogs like bigger or smaller kennels?
While they certainly like more room, just like we would, kennels that are too small are definitely out and you want to actually measure your dog to provide them with a kennel that matches their size.
The reason you can’t go with a kennel that is substantially larger is that your dog may use a corner for potty breaks and having too much room allows them to gain a little momentum and possibly knock the kennel over from the inside.
You want it to be just a little bit bigger than your dog and no more. They should be able to stand, turn around, and to sleep comfortably and that will be the perfect size for your dog’s kennel.
Should I get a large kennel for my puppy?
You can get one that is slightly larger, since your puppy will be growing, but you don’t want to make it TOO much larger. Your pup needs to be able to stand up, turn around, and to sleep comfortably in their crate and extra room beyond this is discouraged.
Your pup is still potty training and all of that extra space means that your puppy might well decide to potty in a specific corner. This will set back your potty training, so keep the crate comfortable, but not too large.
How do you measure a dog for a kennel?
To measure for the absolute minimum kennel size, measure your dog from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail and add 2 to 4 inches to this as the minimum kennel length.
You also want to measure them from their feet to the tips of their eyes and add 1 to 2 inches to this for the height. Ideally, the width should be your dog’s length plus 2 to 4 inches as well.
This way your dog has plenty of room for sleeping or standing up when they see you, but not enough room to get in trouble in.
Is a 42-inch kennel big enough for a German shepherd?
German Shepherds vary in size quite a bit, so there’s really not a ‘general’ rating – you want to measure your dog. That said, if your Shepherd pup is around 60 pounds, a 42 inch length kennel with a 30 inch height should be suitable for now.
Just remember that your pup is growing and consider simply measuring them to make sure. You don’t want to get your kennel home and find out that it is too cramped to properly use!
How big should an outside dog pen be?
If you are looking to build an outdoor pen, so that your dog has some room outside while still remaining safely confined, then the recommended size will be 5 feet wide by 15 feet long. The height should be about 6 inches or a little less tall than your biggest dog being put in there.
This will give them plenty of room for a little exercise and playing with toys, making it an ideal size for a dog run.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.