Dog Kennel Sizes: What Size Do I Need?

Dog Kennel Sizes: What Size Do I Need?

Every dog owner is acquainted with the kennel and its list of benefits. From a helpful training tool to a haven during thunderstorms, a kennel is essential to every dog parent’s (and doggy’s) home. 

But maybe you just splurged on a Yorkshire Terrier puppy and want to treat the newest member of your family to a private playhouse, or you’re a seasoned dog owner intending to create a sanctuary for your senior Boston Terrier. In either case, you may be wondering, what size dog kennel do I need? 

Choosing the proper kennel for your dog depends on key components such as height, dog weight, and dog breed. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explain what the bark is about when it comes to kennels and why it’s important to get the size just right. 

Importance of Getting the Right Size Dog Kennel

We don’t have to tell you your dog is the most intelligent, well-behaved pup at doggy daycare, but do you know just how smart they really are? 

Studies show dogs exhibit spatial intelligence,1 like recalling where you hid their treats even when you can’t, or knowing the quickest route to their favorite sun spot at the park. Dogs process and respond to the environment around them and often use it to their advantage.2

Like any spot in your home that your dog claims as their own, a dog’s kennel is an extension of their personal space—the equivalent of an office or bedroom for people. It’s where dogs learn when they’re crate training, where they dart to devour the cupcake swiped from the countertop, or where they decamp for comfort or safety. A dog’s daily to-do list is long, and their kennel is a peaceful place for rest and play.3

To that end, securing a spacious kennel for them is critical. But navigating dog kennel sizes can be a dizzying task if you don’t know where to start. Look at our reference chart below to determine the best kennel size for your best friend.4

Dog Kennel Size Chart

Let’s take a look at the ideal James+James single dog kennel size for your furry friend:

Kennel Size

Max Dog Height

Max Dog Length



Common Breeds

Small: 30" L x 19" W x 23.25" H

Up to 10 inches

Up to 10 inches

Up to 6 pounds

Toy breed puppies

Small: 30" L x 19" W x 23.25" H

Up to 12 inches 

Up to 16 inches

Up to 12 pounds

Chihuahua, Maltese, Yorkie, Pomeranian

Small: 30" L x 19" W x 23.25" H

Up to 14 inches

Up to 18 inches

13–25 lbs

Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, Havanese

Medium: 33.5" L x 22" W x 29.25" H

Up to 18 inches

Up to 24 inches

26–40 lbs

Beagle, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Corgi

Large: 42" L x 27.5" W x 34.25" H

Up to 20 inches

Up to 30 inches

41–70 lbs

English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Pit Bull Terrier

Extra Large: 48" L x 30" W x 39.25" H

Up to 24 inches

Up to 36 inches

71–90 lbs

Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Boxer

Extra Large: 48" L x 30" W x 39.25" H

Up to 26 inches

Up to 42 inches

90–110+ lbs

Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd, Rottweiler

Your dog’s measurements aren't the only factors to consider when shopping for the right kennel. When considering dog kennel sizes, remember these guiding principles:

  • Easy in, east out – Whether you choose a single door or a double door kennel, when your dog enters and exits their kennel, it should be as easy as slipping through the doggy door. Squeezing, pushing, and pulling are sure signs the kennel is too small.
  • Clearance is key – Your dog’s kennel should allow plenty of space for them to perform their principal pre-nap ritual—determining their preferred position. If your dog can stand fully upright and effortlessly circle the inside of the kennel, you're on the ball
  • Kennel comfort – Consider the kennel’s narrowest point and ensure it's wide enough. Have you ever watched your dog plop on the rug after a long walk? Then you know they like to splay their legs as much as stretch them—your dog’s kennel can offer the same relief. Be sure the size of your dog’s kennel lets them lay and stretch on their belly and side for maximum relaxation. 

How to Measure Your Dog for a Kennel or Crate

You may already have your eye on one of our custom dog kennels, but don’t jump the gate just yet. Taking your dog’s measurements5 is the best indication that you’ll select the right kennel. Read on—we’ll take you on a walk through the how-to.

Step 1: Measure Length

Measure your dog’s length by positioning your measuring tape from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail—you’ll want to leave plenty of space in the kennel for their tail to tell you how happy they are with their new hangout.

Step 2: Measure Height

Measure your dog’s height by starting at the tip of their front paws and ending at the top of their head. Ensure your dog is still and standing for this measurement (you might want to pause pup’s treat time until you’re done).

Step 3: Add 3 Inches

Add 3 inches to each measurement to accommodate perked ears, excited wiggles and wags, or a little extra space for your dog to invite their favorite stuffed toy into their new clubhouse. 

Now that you have a few tasty tips, are you ready to pick the perfect kennel? Explore our single and double dog kennel to find the best match for your dog's needs.

Explore Custom Wood Kennels from James+James

A dog prefers its personal space as much as people do. After a busy day of sniffing prime patches of grass, walking and wagging through the neighborhood, and chowing down on delectable kibble, a perfectly proportioned kennel is an all-purpose space for your dog to learn, play, and relax. 

Accessorize your home with a dog kennel you and your dog will wag about. At James+James, we offer custom hardwood kennels in your choice of shade and size so you can create a comfortable space for your dog that seamlessly blends into your home. We know you’ll love it, but don’t be surprised if your dog posts a sign in the following days: “no humans allowed.” 



  1. American Psychological Association. Smarter Than You Think: Renowned Canine Researcher Puts Dogs’ Intelligence On Par With 2-Year-Old-Human.
  2. VCA Animal Hospitals. Life Skills for Pets: Crate Training and Confinement for Puppies and Dogs.
  3. PetMD. How To Choose the Right Crate Size for Your Dog or Puppy.
  4. American Kennel Club. How to Choose the Best Crate for Your Dog.

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