How Big Should an Outdoor Kennel Be? (Solved & Explained!)

When you are building or purchasing an outdoor kennel for your dog, it cannot be small like an indoor kennel. In order to ensure that your dog can move around and is not simply crammed in a small cage outside, you want your outdoor kennel to be AT LEAST 5 feet by 15 feet.

Bigger is better, of course, but that is the bare minimum. Make sure to include a closed-in bedding area in your kennel, as well as plenty of food and water options, and there should be toys to keep your dog occupied during the day too.

Finally, if you need to leave your dog alone for more than 8 hours, it is vital that you have a friend or family member break the tedium by giving them a nice, long walk and a little socializing. Without this, an overly-kenneled dog can quickly become depressed or even suffer from separation anxiety.

In today’s article we’re going to answer popular questions about kennel basics. How do you measure your dog for proper indoor or outdoor kennel size? How many square feet if the minimum for your dog? Read on to get the answers to these questions and more – details are waiting for you below!

Are outdoor kennels good for dogs?

Provided that the outside temperatures are not too hot or cold, there is enough space in the kennel, and your dog is still getting lots of daily time with you, then an outdoor kennel is a great option for your dog.

It gives them some fresh air and a little room to play with their toys and it is much less confining than a crate inside the house. Just be sure that you aren’t using it for more than 8 hours a day, as this is the most that adult dogs should be left alone.

If you need to leave your dog alone for a longer period of time, you really should consider a pet sitter or having a friend or family member come during the day to take your dog out for a nice, long walk. Dogd are very social creatures, so this break will help to keep them stimulated and less likely to become depressed.

How big of an outdoor dog kennel do I need?

Outdoor kennels need to be bigger than indoor crating options, so that your dog isn’t simply cramped in a small cage outdoors. As such, you want more of a ‘dog run’ style kennel that should measure 5 feet by 15 feet.

This will give your dog plenty of space to move around, play with toys, bark at squirrels… basically, it will help to keep them stimulated and give them minimal exercise opportunities.

Just be sure that you aren’t confining an adult dog for more than 8 hours at a time, otherwise they can become depressed or even suffer from separation anxiety.

Used properly, a kennel can be a great option for those occasional times you have to be briefly away, just don’t overuse it – your dog has a pack mentality, so they need to socialize with you every day!

How do you measure a dog for an indoor kennel?

To measure your dog for an indoor kennel, you’ll need to grab your handy tape measure, and start by measuring their length from the tip of the nose to the tip of their tail. The length of the kennel should be this length, plus 2 to 4 inches.

Next, measure their height, starting from the feet to the tips of their ears. Add 2 to 4 inches to this for a good height minimum. Finally, take your dog’s overall length and add 10% of this measurement to determine the minimum width for your indoor crate.

What is a good size for an indoor dog kennel?

Based on measuring your dog from the tip of their nose to the termination of the tail, plus factoring in their weight, you can select a prefabricated indoor kennel or crate at the minimum quite easily. For dogs 24 inches and smaller weighing 20 to 30 pounds, you can get a ‘small’ size commercial kennel.

Medium and large will be good for dogs measuring 30” and under and 36” and under, respectively, with a weight range of 30 – 70 pounds. Finally, dogs measuring 42” and weighing 70 to 90 pounds should have an Extra Large/XL indoor kennel at minimum.

How many square feet should a dog kennel be?

To determine minimum square footage for a dog kennel then we’ll need to do a little math. Start off by measuring your dog from the tip of their nose to the tip of the tail and add 6 inches to your measurement. Next, multiple this number by itself, and this will give you the amount in square inches.

Finally, divide this by 144, and you have the minimum square footage requirement for a dog kennel.

Example: We have a small dog, measuring 24 inches from tip to tail, so lets add 6 inches

  • 24” + 6” = 30 inches
  • 30” x 30” = 900 square inches minimum required.
  • For square feet: 900 ÷ 144 = 6.25 square feet!

What is the average size of a boarding kennel?

While some will be a little larger or smaller, on average a boarding kennel for a dog will measure 4 ft by 9 feet. Size varies quite a bit, depending on the boarding that you select, so be sure to check around.

Also, come kennels will interact more with boarded dogs, so be sure to check on that before you decide where to house your dog while you are away. Lots of playtime and attention make a huge difference in your dog’s experience, so it’s worth taking your time to weigh your dog’s options.

What is the minimum size of an indoor dog kennel?

The minimum size of an indoor kennel should be 2 inches longer than your dog’s overall length from tip to tail, as well as 2 inches wider than that measurement, and 2 inches taller. This is the bare minimum that you should consider, but larger is always better so your dog doesn’t feel uncomfortably cramped.

What should I put in my outside dog kennel?

Your outdoor kennel needs stainless steel bowls for food, with rotating feeder bowls being ideal, and you need to make sure there are toys to keep your dog or dogs occupied. Raised floors with drainage systems are also good, and there should be warm areas and shaded ones for optimal comfort.

Aside from this, make sure there is soft bedding in the resting area, either as blankets or easy-to-clean wood chips. Cedar or pine are best, as they’ll help to repel insects while providing a comfortable place to sleep.

How do I keep my outdoor kennel warm?

The best option is an enclosed bedspace located inside the kennel – basically an in-kennel doghouse. This gives your dog a spot to stay warm and dry, and you can even install a heat lamp or other heating options for extra-cozy sleep time.

Is it cruel to keep a dog in a kennel outside?

A kennel is a short-term option, not an ideal everyday one. While an adult dog can certainly stay in a kennel while you are working (up to 8 hours), you need to make sure that they aren’t spending any longer than this in there.

Your dog needs proper exercise and also a lot of socializing from you in order to have good physical and mental health. As long as the kennel is only used on an as-needed basis, it is not considered to be cruel.