Choosing the Right Size Crate/Pet Den

The size of a Crate or Pet Den is very important. Too big and it will not work as a tool for house training, too small and the dog will feel trapped and uncomfortable.


Meauring for Pen Dens

Step 1

With the dog standing tall and proud on all fours, take measurement A, from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. I stress to the base of their tail, NOT the tip as this would make the crate too large!

Step 1


Now add 5 or 6 inches (12 to 15cm) to A and you’ll have the perfect length of the crate for them to stretch out and move around without having too much space.



Step 2

Next, because some dogs are taller in a seated position than they are standing on all fours, sit the dog down so they’re sitting proud and upright.

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Then referring to the image, take measurement B, from the floor to the tallest point on the dog. Again, add 5 or 6 inches to this and this will give you the shortest height the crate should be.



You need a crate that is A + 5 inches long, and B + 5 inches high. The width will be in proportion to these measurements so you don’t need to worry about this.


The Great&Small Wire Pet Crate Den with easy and safe access, easy to clean and can be stored flat to save space, or Great&Small Soft Grey Pet Den stylish and versatile, perfect for travelling with your pup.