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Dimensions & Sizing

Dog House Size-By-Breed Recommendations

This information will help guide you in deciding what size dog house is the best fit for your dog. The general recommendations are based on the average size of a breed or dogs weight, but remember that size and shape variations occur in all breeds.

Choosing the right size dog house for your dog involves a number of considerations. Depending on the gender and the possibility of mixed ancestry, your dog may need a dog house that is larger or smaller than indicated. If your dog hasn’t reached her full size, rely upon average breed sizes to predict what she will be at maturity. Also, if known, the size of the mother, father, and littermates may provide some indication.

Steps on how to determine the best dog house size:

Start your dog house buying process by measuring your dog for the right fit. The correct size dog crate should allow your dog to lie down, and turn around. When he's sitting or standing, he should have about three to four inches of extra headroom.

1) Measure your dog from the floor to his shoulder and add about three inches. This will give you the minimum height required for the interior of the dog house.

2) Measure your dog from the base of his head to the base of his tail base and add about three inches. This will give you the minimum length required for the interior of the dog house.

When selecting the proper dog house for your pet, his size is more important than his weight. As a general rule pet should have a crate 6" longer than his body length and 6" higher than his shoulder height for maximum comfort.

The following are recommendations based on the average size of a breed or dogs weight.  Please feel free to consult with us if you need further guidance.

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Small size dog houses are recommended for the following breeds or dogs weighing up to 25 lbs.

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Australian Terrier - Bichon Frise - Border Terrier - Boston Terrier

Brussels Griffon – Chihuahua - Chinese Crested - Fox Terrier

Jack Russel Terrier - Japanese Chin – Maltese - Manchester Terrier

Miniature Dachshund - Miniature Poodle - Norwich Terrier

Papillon Pomeranian - Pug – Shih Tzu – Silky Terrier

Tibetan Spaniel - Toy Fox Terrier - Yorkshire Terrier

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Intermediate breed sizes – appropriate size dog house will depend upon your pet’s individual measurements and weight in a range of 26 – 40 lbs.

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American Pit Bull Terrier - American Staffordshire Terrier

American Water Spaniel – Basenji - Bedlington Terrier - Carin Terrier

Clumber Spaniel - Dachshund - French Bulldog - King Charles Spaniel

Lhasa Apso - Miniature Pinscher - Miniature Schnauzer - Pekingese

Scottish Terrier - Shetland Sheepdog - Tibetan Terrier - Shetland Sheepdog

Tibetan Terrier - Welsh Springer Spaniel - West Highland Terrier

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Medium size dog houses are recommended for the following breeds or dogs weighing between 41- 70 lbs.

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American Eskimo - Australian Cattle Dog - Basset Hound Beagle

Brittany Spaniel - Bull Terrier – Bulldog - Chinese Shar-Pei

Cocker SpanielEnglish Setter - English Springer Spaniel - Finnish Spitz Harrier

Keeshond - Kerry Blue Terrier - Norwegian Elkhound - Portuguese Water Dog

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier - Standard Schnauzer - Welsh Corgi – Whippet

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Larger sizes are coming soon! Join our contact list for updates on large size dog houses for breeds weighing 70 lbs. or more.