Our first response to this question is always “what space do you have available?” Whilst we always advocate having as large a kennel & run as possible, there is no point squeezing a larger sized double dog kennel into your modest back garden. Here we have listed a few points on how to select the right sized wooden dog kennel.
How big is your dog?
It goes without saying that a larger dog will need more space. Consider the room they will need to turn around inside the bed area and the run needs to have enough space for stretching and walking around. A good way of knowing the sleep size is to measure a dog bed or crate that is already being used by your dog. Or, while they are sleeping, measure the area that they are snuggled in.
How long will they be in the kennel for?
This is a very important point. Some of our customers buy dog kennels to house their pet during the day for a few hours while they are at work; or have it as somewhere secure to put their visitor-phobic dog out of people’s way. In these instances, a smaller sized kennel and run such as our Alton single dog kennel and run would be plenty. Consider also that the door can be left open to the run if you have a secure garden that your dog will be safe in. If, however, your kennel and run is going to be a permanent outdoor housing solution for your working dogs, we would recommend having a large kennel and run such as our kennel blocks to allow your dogs plenty of room. The sleeping area doesn’t necessarily need to be bigger unless housing multiple dogs together as a smaller space will stay warmer during cold spells.
How many dogs are to be housed in your new dog kennel?
Dogs that get along can be housed in kennels together. Dogs of a smaller breed would be fine in our standard sized kennel and runs, however if you wanted to house larger dogs together you would need to look at increasing the overall size of your kennel and run. See our larger sandon single kennel and run.
If you are interested in purchasing a new kennel and run for your family pet or working dogs, please browse through our selection of standard wooden dog kennel and runs. We have a range of sizes and styles to suit all budgets, and we also offer a bespoke service on all of our animal housing if you can’t find exactly what you want. You might also find our blog post about housing your dog in a kennel interesting.