Choose The Best Crate Size For Your Dog

Rethink what you “know.” This is the best advice that our Customer Experience team gives to those asking about the best kennel fit for travel. Addison created the Gunner kennel specifically for transportation, and that factors into our own fit recommendations: when choosing a size, please consider if you will use the G1™ primarily for kenneling at home or for securing the K9’s safety while traveling.

Choose The Best Crate For Safe Travel

If primarily used for travel, we always recommend a snug fit for a Gunner kennel. This protects the dog in the case of an accident: the less wasted interior space the better. Think about it like this: if you’re hitting the brakes too hard – or God forbid, get into a wreck – you’d rather that your dog have less room to move around inside the kennel. It’s a bit of a mind-shift in what you might normally take into consideration when selecting a kennel but we believe this is for the safety of the dog. And honestly, many of our customers have found that their dog feels more secure when traveling in a tighter area too.⁠

Aren’t sure if you believe us on that? Go here to let Seth Bynum, a Veterinarian, break it down for you.

What Do We Mean By Snug Fit?

Check out this below visual for you to consider when selecting a crate for safe travel specifically. You can see that, when the door is closed:

  • Dog is curled
  • Paws are tucked in
  • Rump/tail are resting against the back of the kennel
  • Tight fit exhibited for safe travel

Here’s another look for how your dog might look in a crate sized for safe travel, when the door is open:

Best Gunner Kennel size for your dog

Our Sizing Guidelines For Safe Travel

Based on our recommendation for a snug fit for travel, we developed the chart below as a guide for selecting the proper size Gunner kennel for your dog. To get the length of your dog, take a soft measuring tape and measure from the front of their nose to the base of their tail. Be sure to reference the graphic below the guide to see how we measure length.

Properly measuring your dog for a Gunner kennel.

Choose The Best Crate For Home Kenneling

Those who are using their crate primarily for home kenneling may obviously want to opt for a larger size if the dog is spending longer, more consistent periods of time in there.⁠ When using the Gunner primarily for the home, measure your dog from their base-of-tail to tip-of-nose for length. Then, with the dog standing measure base-of-paw to the tip-of-ears. Compare these measurements to our crate’s interior dimensions (scroll to the bottom).

Choose The Best Crate Using Gunner Sizing Apps

We developed our own custom Fit Finder apps that take into consideration your dog’s details, your vehicle setup and your intended use. We use your answers to recommend the best size for you and your dog. Click here to use these apps.

See Your Breed In A Gunner Kennel

We ask our Gunner owners to submit their K9 photos and stats, so that we can then index them for you. Whether you have a question about your dog’s sizing or your specific setup, our Pack members have some visual guidelines for you. You can filter by breed, weight size, vehicle model and more. Click here to crowd source your best fit.

Augmented Reality Might Help, Too

Our Gunner team developed 3D models of our four sizes of the G1™ kennels, so that you can superimpose them (thanks to Apple) into any space you want, at actual Gunner product scale.

 GUNNER VISION™  (as we call the AR feature) allows you to imagine what the dog crate will look like in your truck, SUV, or compact car (yes, our kennels have been crash tested for safety inside of vehicles too).

Or you can even line your dog up right next to the box to get a better idea of sizing, since it renders at the actual kennel dimensions. Check it out.

Gunner Sizing: Intermediate versus Large Kennel [VIDEO]

In the video below, Addison shows you how Gunner – a chocolate British lab – fits in both an Intermediate and Large, and talks about why we recommend the tighter fit for travel. This may help give you a better visual into our sizing guidelines.

When In Doubt, Measure Out

Compare your dog’s measurements to our crate’s interior dimensions (below).

Some customers measure out on the floor, others cut out cardboard. When doing this please remember that Gunner recommends a tight fit when traveling, and reference the above infographic for how we believe the dog will travel most safely.

21.75″ (L) x 14.5″ (W) x 15.5″ (H)

25″ (L) x 18″ (W) x 19.75″ (H)

30″ (L) x 18″ (W) x 25″ (H)

33.25″(L) x 21″(W) x 29″(H)

“Wanted to show what Ruger looks like in his Gunner not posed for a photo, but when out running errands and how he lays in his kennel naturally.⁠ In my truck he rides in an Intermediate. Ruger is 55-60lbs and roughly 25inches at the shoulders. Here are two ways I caught him laying in his kennel. Many will think a kennel is too small for their dogs. For your vehicle you want your dog to be snug in the kennel so that if you were in an accident your dog isn’t being thrashed around inside but more secured and snug. Kind of how our seat belts hold you snug in place. ⁠ Now in my house my dogs are in larger kennels where they can stretch and it be much more spacious. For our vehicles we don’t want that.”
– @west_coast_heeler_pack⁠

We’re Here To Help

We believe dogs are den animals and most are comforted in a nest-like area – but choosing your kennel size hinges on the crate’s intended use, what the pet is used to, and what you (the owner) are comfortable with. 

If you’re still hung up on sizing, our Customer Experience team is around Monday through Friday to help. They’re pretty dedicated, so don’t be surprised if you hear from them on a weekend too. Check out our Product Finder page for a full list of all of Gunner’s sizing resources:

✔️ “Gunner Vision” Augmented Reality
✔️ Fit Finder Quiz⁠
✔️ Vehicle Fit Quiz⁠
✔️ Customer Sizing Gallery⁠
✔️ GK Discussion Den Facebook Group
✔️ Gunner Kennels Detailed Dimensions Side-by-Side