Choosing a Kennel for Your Large Breed Dog

Large breed dogs have large personalities and a ton of love to give! They do come with their own set of challenges, though. From health problems, like hip dysplasia, to finding beds, crates and collars to fit them, owning a big dog can take some resourcefulness and ingenuity!

Choosing a Crate For Large Breed Puppies

If your canine companion is still a pup, you’re going to need a kennel for him to stay in while you’re away and when traveling. A kennel, or crate, is one of the best ways to train your new pup and keeps your pup out of trouble while you’re away! No one likes to come home to find the contents of the kitchen pantry ripped open all over the house! Kennels are also excellent in helping potty train your puppy!

A great way to estimate the size crate you’ll need is to measure your pup from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail. This will be the minimum size kennel you’ll need to buy. You can go a little bigger to give them room to turn around and get comfortable but, don’t forget, you don’t want to have too much space!

As your pup grows, you’ll need to upgrade your kennel accordingly. There are plenty of kennel choices out there and they come in a variety of different styles. When you’re ready to get a bigger crate, shop around online and get a feel for what’s out there and what will work best for you and your dog.

If you don’t want to upgrade the kennel as your dog grows you can start out with a large kennel that comes with dividers to close off a portion of the kennel. This gives you the small space for a pup, but a kennel that will be big enough for it as it grows.  Selling crates your pup has outgrown is also a great way to recoup some of the money you’ve spent. There are plenty of pet owners out there who would be willing to buy your pup’s outgrown kennel!

Other Things to Consider

The style of your kennel and the materials used to make the kennel are a couple of things you might want to consider when choosing your dog’s kennel. Large breed dogs have powerful jaws and if your dog likes to chew they can do some serious damage to wooden and plastic kennels. Buying high-quality, well-made kennels can help ensure they can withstand everything your dog might subject it to.

You’ll also want to consider where the kennel will be set-up most of the time. Is it warm? Cool? Does your dog have long, thick fur? Will this kennel be used to transport your dog or will it stay in the house most of the time?  Are you concerned about your kennel having a stylish appearance?

Plastic kennels are lightweight and easy to transport. Usually, they have wire or mesh covered openings to allow for ventilation and air flow. Thicker plastic is usually better quality and can withstand more abuse.

Kennels made from wood are definitely stylish and compliment any home decor. They are extremely sturdy but heavy. These kennels are not usually travel-friendly.

Wire kennels are very popular and very durable. They discourage chewing and are easy to clean. They are the best kennel for warm to hot climates and for dogs with thick coats.