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Actual Dimensions for Puppy Crate

8 week old male german line GSD

We will buy crates as he gets larger.

What dimensions for a crate for an 8 week old in inches?

I see alot of people mention size, but dimensions would help so I can look across many different brands.

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You can get a life time crate, the 48" and just use the divider to keep his area small. My first crate (it lasted about 4 weeks due to growth), was about 30 x 20"?? It should only be large enough to allow standing up and turning around, at first. My real rule is, if they pee or poop in it, they have to lay in it. That may seem strange, but it's actually what keeps them from doing it.
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I use a Medium Vari-Kennel when I bring Puppies home.

Medium (28 x 20.5 x 21.5)

They usually outgrow it in about a month, but I find it's that perfect size to stand up and turn around in to get potty training off to the right start.

From there I graduate to the Large or X-large Varikennel depending on what I think the pup will need as an adult for a travel crate for the car.
Large (36 x 25 x 27) (I use these for my female and small male)
Extra Large (40 x 27 x 30) (I have these for my 2 big boys)

Aroung 6 months, I transfer to the full size 48" wire crate for the house.

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I use a Medium Vari-Kennel when I bring Puppies home.

Medium (28 x 20.5 x 21.5)

They usually outgrow it in about a month, but I find it's that perfect size to stand up and turn around in to get potty training off to the right start.

From there I graduate to the Large or X-large Varikennel depending on what I think the pup will need as an adult for a travel crate for the car.
Large (36 x 25 x 27) (I use these for my female and small male)
Extra Large (40 x 27 x 30) (I have these for my 2 big boys)

Aroung 6 months, I transfer to the full size 48" wire crate for the house.
Awesome!!! That is exactly the info I was looking for Thanks guys!

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I have a 48 inch midwestern crate that came with a divider not that we needed that divider for long,lol. GSD's grow fast- get a crate that will last him a lifetime and use the divider
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You can get a life time crate, the 48" and just use the divider to keep his area small. My first crate (it lasted about 4 weeks due to growth), was about 30 x 20"?? It should only be large enough to allow standing up and turning around, at first. My real rule is, if they pee or poop in it, they have to lay in it. That may seem strange, but it's actually what keeps them from doing it.
Thanks! That is perfect information!

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Wow! This is great information!!! Thanks everyone!

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I know other people like them...but I really hate the whole divider thing. I can't fit a 48" crate in my bedroom, but want to have the puppy in there with me the first months. If they do have an accident I hate having to pull out the giant pan to clean it all out.

I also hate wire crate for tiny puppies because they seem to get paws caught when playing with things and when they do have an accident they invariably seem to drag their tails through and then they wag their tails and then pee is all over the walls. and not in the crate.

With the small Vari kennel, I can actually pick the kennel up with the puppy in it and take it outside where I can let the puppy out in the yard and hose out the kennel and then the puppy. And while all of my puppies have each had less accidents than I can count on one hand, those 2 puppy diarrhea moments that I missed were enough to convince me that this is SO much easier.

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I know other people like them...but I really hate the whole divider thing. I can't fit a 48" crate in my bedroom, but want to have the puppy in there with me the first months. If they do have an accident I hate having to pull out the giant pan to clean it all out.

I also hate wire crate for tiny puppies because they seem to get paws caught when playing with things and when they do have an accident they invariably seem to drag their tails through and then they wag their tails and then pee is all over the walls. and not in the crate.

With the small Vari kennel, I can actually pick the kennel up with the puppy in it and take it outside where I can let the puppy out in the yard and hose out the kennel and then the puppy. And while all of my puppies have each had less accidents than I can count on one hand, those 2 puppy diarrhea moments that I missed were enough to convince me that this is SO much easier.
... and up until now, everyone was agreeing so well.
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LOL I've never had a dog go in their crate, but thats something to consider and a great visual to giggle about
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