No matter whether you are buying a crate to transport your pooch from one place to another or looking for a kennel to make it as your furry buddy’s permanent bedroom, it is important to choose the right one.
If you, too, have a pooch and are looking for the right kennel for it, then this article will surely help you. Read on the below given tips to select the right kennel for your dog.
Measure the size of your pooch
The first and foremost thing to do while getting a kennel for your dog is to ensure that it fits in well. A kennel, too big in size, can make your buddy feel unsafe. On the other hand, a kennel, too small in size, will be uncomfortable for your furry friend to sit in.
So, pick up a measuring tape, put it over your furry buddy and take its measurement from nose to tail. Whatever the measurement is, add two to four inches to it to get the right size of kennel.
But, if you are getting a crate for a little puppy, then it’s not a good idea to buy according to the measurement, as the pups keep growing until they reach to their adulthood. And we are sure that you will not want to purchase a kennel in every 5 to 6 months according to the growth of your pup. So, even if you have a pup, take a larger sized kenne and maybe you could place some boxes or dividers in it to reduce its size temporarily.
If you are buying it as a play place
If you are buying a kennel to use it as a play place for your buddy, then there is no restraint on its size – you can buy whatever size you feel is right. There are different types of indoor and outdoor crates that are available in the market. So, choose an outdoor kennel if you have a yard and don’t want your furry friend to run off it. It will provide them with enough space to play in the yard. On the other hand, if you have limited space and want to keep your buddy within that particular area, indoor crates are good to go.
If you are buying it for a small dog
The minimum size of a dog kennel available in the market is about 24 to 30 inches long. These kennels can easily fit breeds that are small in size and weigh up to 40 pounds. Some of these breeds include Maltese, Jack Russell terrier, French bulldog and miniature poodle. You can also consider these small crates for your puppies, but only if you are ready to buy another kennel when it grows older.
If you are buying it for a medium and large sized dog
Medium sized kennels come about 36 inches long and can be used for dogs that weigh around 40 to 70 pounds. Normal, adult sized dogs breeds like cocker spaniels, bulldog, and American Eskimo can easily fit into these kennels.
Similarly, kennels around 42 inches long can accommodate dogs ranging from 70 to 90 pounds. Breeds like border Collie, Dalmatian and Labrador retriever fall in this category, and are perfect for these kennels.
If you are buying it for large breeds
If you have a dog like German Shepherd, Alaskan and bloodhounds that weigh around 90 to 110 pounds, then you need to buy a large kennel around 48 inches long. And if you happen to have a dog weighing over 110 pounds, then take a jumbo kennel that comes about 54 inches long. Some of the large dog breeds include Saint Bernards, Great Danes and mastiffs.
Apart from the size, material of the kennel is also important and needs to be considered before buying one. For example, if you have a pooch weighing less than 90 pounds you can get plastic or metal kennels – whichever you like. But if your hound is more than 90 pounds, then stick to a metal kennel only, so that it will not get damaged by your tyke. No matter whether the kennel is made of plastic or metal, always buy a large sized one with some drawers or cabinets in it. This way you will get enough space to keep the dog accessories including bathing products, grooming wipes, pet clippers and brushes, all in one place.
We hope with the help of these tips you’re able to get the right home for your four-legged buddy!