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How Big Should a Dog Kennel Be?

Choosing a properly sized dog kennel is extremely important—it needs to be comfortable, effective, and safe for the dog. The proper dimensions will depend on the breed, and whether your kennel will be used outdoors or indoors. Larger breeds, especially those that are more active, may need slightly more room than smaller, calmer dogs to turn around, stand up, and get comfortable.

Sizing an outdoor kennel

An outdoor kennel, which can be used for breeding or boarding, needs to be larger than indoor kennels, as dogs are often left for longer periods. In these instances, the kennel should be long and narrow. The ideal size for larger breeds is 5 feet by 15 feet. This will encourage dogs to designate a single place on either end of the kennel to relieve themselves, making cleaning easier.

Indoor kennels

For indoor kennels, you’ll want to choose a snug fit­, not too small and not too large. Ideally, the kennel should be 2 inches larger than the height of smaller dogs (measured from floor to head or tips of ears) and 4 inches larger than the dimensions of bigger breeds. Using dividers can help you to quickly adjust the size of your cages to fit whichever breed comes to your facility.

Why size matters

Size and quality are two extremely important factors when choosing a kennel. Cages are meant to prevent dogs from defecating or urinating inside, as dogs don’t like to use the bathroom where they sleep. If the cage is too large, however, the dog will be more likely to relieve himself. On the other hand, a cage that is too small is obviously uncomfortable for the animal.

Why TriStar Vet?

TriStar Vet is a trusted leader in custom-made, specialty veterinary cages for sale and other high-quality equipment. Call us today to discuss your clinic’s needs & forge a path forward – 877-459-7827.

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