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Old 02-12-2014, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Crate size?

What is a good size to get for a puppy? Plastic carrier type

Then what size do I need for when the puppy grows in to a dog?

I hear that most recommend a 48" plastic carrier. The one I found I really like is
Petmate furrarri crate. But the biggest one they have is a 40.5″ x 29.5″ x 30.5″

Will that be big enough for a female gsd?
Or should I look at other crate options with out the latching top but screw top as long as it's 48"?
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Not sure exactly on sizes but in my experience get one that will last forever. If you get a large good quality crate then it should last all through puppy and adulthood for your dog. Don't get a fabric one that will get ripped up in a second. Try and get an extra large one (metal or plastic) that a large GSD would be able to stand up and move around in. You don't know when you might need it, even if you're only planning to use it as a puppy
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I have to post a pic later today of Apache in her plastic crate, she barely fits but doesnt seem to mind it.
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I have a large female GSD about 75lbs. I have her in a wire crate that is 42 X 28 X 31. She has plenty of room to turn around. When she stands up in it her ears do stick out of the top though. Mine has a divider so you can make it smaller for when they are a puppy and increase the size as they grow. I'm sure you could just put a box or something in there to make is smaller when they are a puppy if it doesn't have a divider. You don't want it big enough that they can do their business in one part of the crate and sleep in the other side.
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As a puppy, make sure if you get a larger crate, you have some way of dividing it and making it her size. You puppy should not be able to walk around in the crate.. it's too big if she can eliminate on one side and sleep on the other. She should be able to lay/sit comfortably and move around to change positions, that's it.
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I would recommend 48" and as mentioned, use a divider. Mine is wire with 2 doors and folds very easily. Good luck
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the divider is a good idea. i guess ill do that. im some what of a handy man. i can build a divider and have it adjustable as the puppy grows. good idea thank you.

but now the question remains, do i get the carrier i seem to like with latch top (easy cleaning) at 40.5" or go with something else that may be not as easy to open but gain that extra 7.5 inches?

if i had a male pup this would not be a question. the 48 for sure.
but with a female pup?? your thoughts?
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I would use a 42" in my vehicle, but at home, my dog has a 48" wire crate. Most of the wire ones come with a divider so your dog can grow into it
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I always say go with the biggest you can, better to be too big then too little. I got a 48" right off the bat and used a divider for less then two weeks then let him have the full size without issue.
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