What’s the Right Size Dog Crate or Kennel to Buy?

The right size dog crate or kennel can be a huge benefit to your dog. We go to our local pet store where Jimi gives us a run through of the different types of crates you can buy, which is best, and how to size it perfectly to your dog. We also learn the importance of selecting the right size crate or kennel for your dog.


  1. Dog beds or bedding is not needed. To a new dog it can induce bad habits such as chewing. Once your dog is well trained, then soft bedding can be considered (although not necessary).
  2. Dogs need their privacy. No wire crates that are completely see-through. Plastic creates provide more privacy, they are lighter, and often cheaper!
  3. Craigslist can be a great place to find crates at low prices.
  4. Size the crate to your dog’s size. Most owners buy crates that are far too large. The dog should be able to stand up in the crate and turn around, but they should not have much more room than this. Remember we are trying to give the dog a small, safe place to relax that resembles a den, not a play pen.

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We’d love for you to share your dog crate or kennel experiences with us in the comments below. We do our best to answer every question posted!



  1. Maria February 1, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    How long is too long for a dog to be left in the cage?

    • Dog Guru February 1, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Maria! It varies depending on the age of the dog and level of training. As the dog matures and you’re able to establish a higher degree of obedience and trust, then eventually the time in crate can be eliminated entirely. Can you give us some more background on your dog and how long he/she is currently spending in the crate on a typical day?

  2. Morgan November 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    This is great to know! Our dog is just a little too tall for her kennel. She needs to crouch down a little to get inside but it’s plenty wide and long. Should this be a concern? We kennel her for eight hours a day total in 4 hour increments.

    • Dog Guru November 3, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

      It’s best to have the kennel appropriately sized and not too big or small, even if it’s only in one particular dimension. Feel free to take a photo (or better yet, a short video) and submit it to us using our website’s Contact Us page. From there we’ll be able to provide you feedback regarding the crate size. Thank you!

  3. Kristin Coogle November 27, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

    I have a golden retriever what size kennel should he be in

    • Dog Guru November 27, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Hi Kristin! Take a look at the video on the page which explains how to select the right crate for your dog. If you have additional questions afterwards, let us know and we’d be happy to answer. Thanks!

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