Dog Shipping Crates

The most important thing to keep in mind when buying a crate is that your dog should be able to sit, stand, lie down and turn around in the crate comfortably. When in a standing position, there must be at least 3 inches of space between the top of your dog’s head or ears and the inside top of the crate for travel.

Measuring steps

You will need 4 measurements to find the right size crate for shipping your pet:

  • Length of body (A)
  • Length of leg (B)
  • Width body (C)
  • and Height (D) of your pet.

To measure length of body, have your pet stand against the wall and measure from the base of his tail to the tip of his nose the measurement you calculated in (B).

To measure length of leg, have your pet stand against the wall and measure from the floor to top of his elbow and divide this number by two.

To measure width of body, measure the width at the widest point, usually the shoulders and add 10 inches. Most crates are wide enough for the average dog when the length and height are adequate.

To measure height, have your pet sit next to you and pinpoint the top of his head, or ears (whichever is highest), on your leg, then measure your leg to the floor from that point and add 3 inches.

It’s also important to know your dog’s weight as each travel crate size has a weight restriction.

The pet’s crate should have ventilation on all 4 sides, have only one door and have metal bolts (not plastic) securing the top and bottom halves of the crates together. Clips are not acceptable for pet airline travel.

If your pet is in between sizes then buy the larger size.
Brachycephalic (snub nose) breeds should use a crate one size larger than measurements indicate.


Type Size Weight Recommended for
Small - Series 100 16 in. x 9 in. 6 lb.
  • Chihuauas
  • Pomeranians
  • Yorkshire terriers
Mediam - Series 200 18 in. x 11 in. 12 lb.
  • Dachshunds
  • Shih tzus
  • Pekingese
Mediam - Series 300 20 in. x 14 in. 18 lb.
  • Ihasa apsos
  • Boston terriers
  • French bulldogs
Large - Series 400 21 in. x 16 in. 24 lb.
  • Welsh corgis
  • Welsh terriers
  • Miniature schnauzers
Extra Large - Series 500 24 in. x 20 in. 6 lb.
  • Beagles
  • Fox wire terriers
  • Cocker spaniels
Extra Large - Series 600 30 in. x 23 in. 31 lb.
  • Cattle dogs
  • Chow chows
  • Dalmatians
Extra Large - Series 700 33 in. x 26 in. 51 lb.
  • Border collies
  • Samoyeds
  • Austrian shepherds
Giant - Series 800 38 in. x 29 in. 51+ lb.
  • Siberian huskies
  • Labradors
  • Golden retrievers
Giant - Series 900 42 in. x 32 in. 51+ lb.
  • Saint bernards
  • Great danes
  • Newfoundlands