e mërkurë, 15 gusht 2007

Sizing Up Your Dog - Does Your Pet Need a Large Outdoor Dog Kennel?

Providing adequate free space for your dog to roam around in is essential if you want him to be happy and healthy.

Occasionally pet owners will buy a kennel that is just too small for their dog, or perhaps they purchase it when the

dog was a puppy and it has since outgrown the kennel. If this is the case then you may need to upgrade to a large

outdoor dog kennel.

What is considered large?

An outdoor kennel could definitely be considered large if it has more than 100 square feet in total area. Some

kennels even exceed 200 square feet, but this amount of space is only required for the largest breeds of dogs such

as Great Danes or Mastiffs. Larger sized kennels will typically have more vertical space as well, going up to about

6' in height. Your dog should have plenty of room to move about if you put him in a kennel as large as the ones


What size dog generally needs a large outdoor kennel?

Surely no dog will complain to you about having TOO much space, however not all dogs require large kennels.

Generally breeds of dogs that weigh 100 pounds or more when fully grown will benefit the most from the extra room.

Such breeds include Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Akitas, Mastiffs, and Wolfhounds. These are among the largest

breeds of dog, so they will naturally have special needs such as larger kennels.

How much will a large outdoor dog kennel cost?

Large outdoor kennels will start at about $200 for a basic one. A sturdier premium model, however, can cost upwards

of $900 or more. Don't worry too much though, because this type of extra strong kennel is generally only needed if

your dog is very aggressive and will often try to escape. A docile pooch should be fine with a cheaper standard


Whether you are considering purchasing a kennel for the first time, or your dog has simply outgrown his current one,

you need to be sure that your pet has enough space to move around in. If you love your dog and want him to be happy,

then don't be afraid to spend a little extra money on a larger outdoor dog kennel. I'm sure your dog will appreciate


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