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How Big Should Sleeping Crate Be?

Charley has been sleeping in a crate in my bedroom. It seems to be working out just fine but I'm wondering how big the crate should be for sleeping. I suppose sleeping crate size is different than traveling or temporary crate
size. The crate I have is Petmate Ultra size medium. When Charley lies down head to tail there is no extra length in the crate. I'm thinking it should be bigger so that he can lie with his back legs stretched out also.
The crate size is for dogs 25 pounds. Charley is only 12 pounds or so. But is that measured for sleeping or traveling? I don't want him to feel squished.
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We have the same question and issues. Huey is 6 months old and a little over 10 pounds and also sleeps in a crate in our bedroom. He is just now getting a little restless a couple of times during the night and we are about to get the next size up for a crate. I'm waiting to here what the more informed members have to say. Good question. Thanks.
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here is APDT s guide http://www.apdt.com/petowners/choose/cratesize.aspx

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Thanks dave . This is helpful. 24 x18 it is.

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yeah they like it cozy. That Charley is a good lookin guy.

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Thanks dave . This is helpful. 24 x18 it is.
I just got a new crate for Maccabee. It is a 24 x 18 wire crate. It came with a divider and Maccabee is only using about 2/3 of the crate right now. He's small though.

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I just got a new crate for Maccabee. It is a 24 x 18 wire crate. It came with a divider and Maccabee is only using about 2/3 of the crate right now. He's small though.
how big is Macabbee these days? Do you think they are full grown yet? Charley is now 12 pounds. he's doing great and we're having lots of fun. We have a preteen agility course set up, i.e., two tunnels, a ladder, things to go over (just an inch off the ground) and under. He absolutely loves it. When he's a year I'm thinking to do real agility with him. Always working on obedience in the meantime. Would love to hear about Macabbee. Does he love play with dogs like Charley?

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yeah they like it cozy. That Charley is a good lookin guy.
thanks dave. Just posted a more recent picture. As a matter of fact, I think Charley looks exactly like his father Posh. They're both good lookin' guys!

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Just measured Gemma's crate and it is 18x24. I just took the last divider out about 2 months ago so she uses the full crate. She can stand up, turn around, and stretch out with just enough room. She's 13 lb and 9 months old. I don't think she'll get much bigger so this will be the crate she's keeping forever.

Sometimes when I tell the dogs to "go to your crates" they go to the wrong ones. Watching my 60lb dog squeeze her body into the 18x24" crate is absolutely hilareous! I keep trying to catch it on video but always miss it.


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that is so funny. our dogs do keep us laughing don't they!

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