What Crate Size You Should Get
The size of the crate will depend on your German Shepherd and their measurements and weight.
Most kennels online and at stores will have them listed as small, medium, large or extra large based on the crates dimensions in inches or centimeters.
If you need to measure your dog, then do so, just so you can avoid having to exchange it for a different size later.
It can be tricky with German Shepherds because they seem to range significantly in size sometimes, so you should gauge it more off of your individual dog and not the average GSD size.
- The length of the crate should be 2-4 inches longer than the measurement of the dog from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
- Your dog should have plenty of room to stand up.
- They should be able to turn around and lay down fairly comfortably.
- You can purchase a large crate for your GSD when they are a puppy but keep in mind that you will want to use a divider to only allow an appropriate amount of space while they are still small.
Important Tip: Do not get a crate that is much bigger than necessary for your dog (as an adult).
Having too much space gives them room for accidents.
When a dog is confined to a crate that is the right size, they are much less likely to pee or poop in their crate while you’re gone.
If they have the space to go in the corner and be nice and far away from it afterwards, then they will continue to have accidents.
This is clearly a habit you don’t want to start.