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    Crates for small dogs

    How large a crate is appropriate for a 14 pound dog? Is 12"x10"x10" big enough? Any suggestions? Price matters.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    It sounds a bit small, but I'm not sure. Give them a quick measure from feet to head and head to butt. If they fall within the dimensions and aren't expected to grow much, then it should work. I've found huge crates online for less than $80 so shop around, browse, etc until you find the right size at the right price. Amazon is a good place to start, IMO.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    I'd go up a size. They should have enough room to turn around without touching the sides of the crate.
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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog-Training-Outlet View Post
    I'd go up a size. They should have enough room to turn around without touching the sides of the crate.
    Yeah, the dogs are longer than I thought. They measure about 18" fore to aft.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    *nods* yep, bigger size.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    Maybe they're more like 14-15" long. They are rather distrustful of the yardstick.

    This one might do it. http://www.amazon.com/Crate-Single-D...7038798&sr=1-6

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    My standard advice is big enough for the dog to stretch out. They mostly curl in a ball to sleep, but should be able to stretch out.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    A crate that size is definitely too small. I have a 7 lb Yorkie and he just barely fit in the 18" version. He had to duck his head to sit up properly and I wanted to give him more room so I opted for the 24" crate. It is much bigger and I probably could have gone with the smaller crate but I didn't want to cramp him in there.

    If I were you I'd go for the 24". I think it could fit a dog twice Scruffs size. You should go to the pet store and try out the different crate sizes. Good luck with your dogs! I hope you worked out the collar problem you had .

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    My dog is 15 lbs. Her crate is 26 x 18 1/2 x 16. She can stand up and fully turn around. She also has just enough room to lay on her side and have room for her feet. I personally wouldn't go smaller if the dog will be spending much time in the crate.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    Dogs seem to expand to the size of their crate. Kobe had always been in a 36" crate for nearly a year. Then I was told how that seemed really small for him. So I decided to bump it up to 48", and give the 36" to Priscilla (still a puppy at the time).

    He STILL looked restricted. So I bumped it up to 54", and gave the 48" to Ollie, and donated the extra 36" to the shelter.

    And he looks quite a bit better, but probably would be fine with 60" lol. It was nice that it's 31" tall, so he no longer has to hunch over when he stands. Still though, he could use a bigger one. Nowdays he has free home access, and hasn't filled to expand that space (yet, and not for lack of trying).

    How much room you want to give your pup is up to you. A potty trained dog would be fine in a too-large crate. You might want to take them to the local petco and put them in the crates there to see which they look most comfortable in.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    I bought a 24 X 18 X 19 crate for my dog who is expected to top at 12 lbs full grown. The crate you mentioned might be too small for your dogs.

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    Re: Crates for small dogs

    I'm consolidating threads. See me at "Dexter and Zoot." (Dexter and Zoot)

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