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Picking the right crate for your dog

From different materials to sizes and accessories, ensure your dog has the perfect home within your home.

Woman beside Petco dog cage with white dog inside Woman beside Petco dog cage with white dog inside

Top reasons to use a crate or pen

Aside from emotional and mental benefits, crates and pens can make house training easier and protect your dog when you're not there to supervise them.

Different types of dog crates

Not sure which crate is best? Make a quick and informed decision with the details below.


When to use them

Dog sitting inside wire dog crate

Wire crates & pens

Collapsible for easy transport and storage with lots of airflow.

Small dog inside Petco plastic dog crate

Plastic crates

Ideal for travel and made with sturdy, durable material.

Dog standing inside Petco canvas dog crate

Soft-sided crates

Lightweight and flexible materials make this containment easy to set up and tear down.

How to pick the right crate size for your dog

The perfect crate will allow your dog to stand up, lie down and turn around comfortably.

Step 1: Measure length

Measure your dog from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail while they're standing.

Measuring tape over dog

Step 2: Measure height

Measure your dog from the top of their head to the floor while they're sitting.

Measuring tape beside dog

Step 3: Add 4 inches

Add 4 inches to your dog's length and height measurements. Then, use those numbers to determine the best crate dimensions.

Dog standing in Petco wire dog crate

What crate size should I get for my puppy?

Your puppy will need room to grow, so remember to think ahead and choose a crate that will accommodate their adult size.

Make your dog’s crate feel like home

From crate mats to blackout covers, create a comfortable space with these accessories.

Petco durable dog mat

Durable mat

  • Strong and long-lasting
  • Water-and tear-resistant
  • Machine washable cover and removable liner
  • Perfect for puppies
Petco plush dog mat

Plush mat

  • An extra-soft touch of comfort
  • Machine washable
Petco grey dog crate cover

Blackout crate cover

  • Keeps their crate dark and cozy
  • 90% light blackout
  • Machine washable

Choosing the right crate size for your dog