Dogs need space when it comes to kenneling. However, large active breeds, such as labs, need even more space than smaller breeds. If you are looking for an indoor space that is intended for short periods or just overnight—as you might need in grooming facilities, veterinary offices, or some boarding facilities, then you should purchase a crate that is at least 36 inches long. If it is a particularly large lab, you may need to opt for a 42-inch create. If you are unsure, it is always better to go a bit bigger.
Another method to determine the perfect crate size for your lab (or any other breed) is to measure the dog’s height from the tip of their head (or ears if they stand up) to the ground. You should add at least 2 inches to the dimension of smaller breeds and 4 inches to dimensions of larger breeds.
Outdoor Kennels for Labs and Other Active Breeds
When it comes to outdoor kennels, runs, or more permanent living situations, such as long-term boarding, animal shelters, or breeding facilities, the size of the kennel should go up drastically. Labs and other large breeds of dogs should not be kept in an outdoor or long-term kennel smaller than 10 feet by 10 feet or 5 feet by 15 feet. To keep your dogs active, happy, and healthy, you may even want to look at extending the size of your kennel with additional panels.
The reason why labs need more space than other smaller breeds of animals goes beyond their size. They are also very active animals who can become restless if caged in a kennel that is too small and may try to escape, which can cause damage or harm to the animal. If housed for too long in small kennels, labs may also become hyperactive and develop behavioral problems which can be difficult for owners.