Dog Crate Size Guide

The following guide dog crate size guide has been put together to help you determine what size of dog crate will be best for your dog. In general, you will want to make sure that your dog can completely stand up inside of the dog crate. Your dog should also be able to lie down and turn around comfortably inside of the crate.

Generalized sizing
Most dog crate size guides will simply provide you with a list of breeds that are best suited for a size of dog crates. The specific dimensions for the various sizes, weight recommendations, breed recommendations and also some general information about dog crate sizing have been provided at the bottom of the page to allow you to make an educated decision for yourself. However, even if you see your dog breed listed for a particular dog crate, you should still take the other information into consideration because every dog is different.

Measuring for just the right size
The two most important dog crate dimensions you want to pay attention to are the height (H) and length (L). The width is not needed as this will come naturally with the right height and length. For dogs that are full grown, take a moment to measure them as follows.

  • Find the height from the bottom of the front feet to the top of the head. Only include the ears for breeds that have erect ears.
  • Measure how long they are from their nose to their tail. If your dog has a really long tail, you do not have to include the entire length, but you should account for some of it. For really thick, hard tails, you should measure more of the tail, or else it will whack on the cage every time they wag their tail.

If you do not have a full-grown dog, you should find out how big the dog breed gets and use those measurements.

Dog Crate Sizing Guide

Once you have your dog’s height and length, depending on the size of the dog, add 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) to the height and the same to the length, or roughly 10%. Generally, add closer to 2 inches (5 cm) for smaller dogs and 4 inches (10 cm) for larger ones. Some people recommend adding 6 inches (15 cm).

These should be the minimum height and length measurements for the dog crate you buy. You should try not to go too far above those numbers either or else the dog will have too much room, and it may not be an effective crate training environment (since dogs are much more likely to relieve themselves in a crate with extra space).

Take advantage of dividers for puppies
These measurements are for fully grown dogs. With the Midwest and some of the other dog crates recommended here, it is possible to start with a larger crate that the puppy can grow into. This is because they all come with a free divider panel that will allow you to restrict the living area of the cage.

Using the following guide
Take a look at the dog crate size guide below to get some specific information about the various sizes of dog crates. When you think you have found the right dog crate size, simply click on the title or the picture of the dog shown with that size. After that, you will get to see some specific dog crates for that particular size class.

The three different types of dog crates by Midwest: Life Stages, iCrate and Select are the most highly recommended. Life Stages dog crates generally provide more height and width for your dog, while the iCrate and Select dog crates have less. The iCrate and Select series can be excellent dog crates for crate training, puppies and traveling. The Life Stages dog crates are great crates that you can use through the entire lifespan of your dog: from puppy to adult. All the crates have divider panels that will allow you to change the living area of the cage to adjust to the size of your dog. There are also single, double and triple door options for most of the crate sizes. If you want the most affordable option, you should look at the single-door dog crates.

Dog Crate Sizing Guide
Extra Small Dog Crate SizesExtra Small Dog Crate Styles
Single & Double Door
Dog Weights
1-10 lbs
Extra Small Dog Crate Sizes
22″L x 13″W x 16″H (Extra Small)
18″L x 12″W x 14″H (Extra Small)
Dog Breeds
Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, Jack Russel Terrior, Maltese, Papillon, Pomeranian, Pug, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and other dogs of a similar size.
Small Dog Crate SizesSmall Dog Crate Styles
Single, Double & Triple Door
Dog Weights
11-25 lbs
Small Dog Crate Sizes
24″L x 18″W x 21″H (Small)
24″L x 18″W x 19″H (Small)
Dog Breeds
Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Jack Russel Terrier, Miniature Dachshund, Maltese, Miniature Pooldle, Tibetan Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier and other dogs of a similar size.
Medium Size Dog CratesMedium Dog Crate Styles
Single, Double & Triple Door
Dog Weights
26-40 lbs
Medium Dog Crate Sizes
30″L x 21″W x 24″H (Medium)
30″L x 19″W x 21″H (Medium)
Dog Breeds
American Pit Bull, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, French Bulldog, King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Shetland Sheepdog, Welsh Terrier and other dogs of a similar size.
Large Sized Dog CratesLarge Dog Crate Styles
Single, Double & Triple Door
Dog Weights
41-70 lbs
Large Dog Crate Sizes
36″L x 24″W x 27″H (Large)
36″L x 23″W x 25″H (Large)
Dog Breeds
Basset Hound, Belgian Sheepdog, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Harrier, Schnauzer, Welsh Corgi and other dogs of a simliar size.
Extra Large Dog Crate SizesExtra Large Dog Crate Styles
Single, Double & Triple Door
Dog Weights
71-90 lbs
Extra Large Dog Crate Sizes
42″L x 28″W x 31″H (Extra Large)
42″L x 28″W x 30″H (Extra Large)
Dog Breeds
Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Boxer, Chow-Chow, Dalmation, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, Poodle and other dogs of a similar size.
XXL Dog Crate SizesXXL Dog Crate Styles
Single, Double & Triple Door
Dog Weights
90+ lbs
XXL Dog Crate Sizes
46″L x 30″W x 33″H (XX Large)Dog Breeds
Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Greyhound, Neopolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Rottweiler, St. Bernard and other dogs of a similar size.
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