Kennel Size Matters

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Animal Land is:  “What is the right size kennel for my pet?”

A great start is to use the image we’ve provided with the following legend.

A = Length of animal from nose to root of tail.
B = Height from ground to elbow joint.
C = Width across shoulders.
D = Height of animal from the ground to the top of the head in a natural standing position.  It is also helpful to get the measurement to the ear tip.

Several airlines require at least 3 more inches per kennel dimension (length, width and height) than your pet’s measurements.  We recommend that you allow for at least an inch to an inch-and-a-half more.  Check with us and the airline for kennel specifications.   We also suggest you take your pet into PetSmart or Petco to try out a few kennels.

We highly recommend the kennel pictured – from PetSmart.   It’s ventilated on all four sides and screw shut.  You can view the various sizes here (

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