As a pet owner, you know you need a safe and secure place your dog can call home. Beyond the typical requirements of good flooring, strong barriers and shelter overhead, there are a variety of other things to consider. We have found that fitting the dog kennel to the size of your dog is an easy way to make sense of the options. Read on to see our recommendations for dog kennels for different size dogs.
Small-Sized Dog Pens
A small dog (weighing up to 40 pounds) obviously needs different accommodations than a medium or larger dog. Small breeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, and Maltese pups do not need to be placed in large areas, in fact they will thrive in a smaller enclosure.
Large, cavernous dog pens can be overwhelming and can create stress related issues. Opt for a smaller dog kennel or even an interior cage for inside your home.
For small breeds, crates and cages are ideal. These types of dog enclosures are small enough for your petite dog to feel safe and secure but large enough for them to play and sleep in. An added bonus is that crates and cages made for small breeds can easily be stored inside almost any vehicle for travel to the pet store or the vet.
Medium-Sized Dog Kennels
Medium breeds (weighing about 45-71 pounds) like Boxers and Bulldogs get the best of both worlds. They can be placed in crates and cages like the small dogs but will also enjoy and outdoor dog pen.
A medium-sized dog needs to feel just as safe and secure as a small-sized dog does, but due to their size they need a bit more room to play around in. If you decide to go with crates and cages, choose a larger size so they can move around easily. If you decide to build a dog kennel or pen, you can make it bigger so they can have a dog house inside.
Large-Sized Dog Pens
For larger breeds like Dalmatians, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds (ranging in weight from about 75 pounds and up) a crate just won’t do, except for very short amounts of time. No matter how big it is, it will not be large enough for a large-sized dog and they will be miserable.
For these massive beasts, choose a lair that he can roam around in. We don’t want to see him cramped, so make sure there is plenty of room for a dog house, food bowl and room to lounge in several places around the kennel.
Dog Kennels differ from crates, cages, and pens, and they are a long lasting choice that many of our customers decide on. They come in various sizes and would be a perfect fit for any size dog, as long as you match the size of the kennel to the size of your dog. We can help you with the required dimensions.
Take a look at our Dog Kennel gallery or contact us today to get one for your own dog.