The ideal pit bull crate size is one that allows your dog to stand, sit, and lay down without needing to hunch or feel cramped. You can estimate crate size based on your dog's weight, but to make sure the crate you select works for your dog, measure her height and length to make sure she can fit in the crate comfortably.
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Considerations when choosing a crate
There are many types of crates, so when selecting a dog cage for a pit bull, there are several factors to consider. Wire dog crates are a popular option, and many are easily collapsible, which is useful if you travel frequently. They are generally quite sturdy, and they give your dog a clear view of the room. For some dogs, if they are fearful or suffer separation anxiety, this is not ideal, as they will be able to see you leave.
Plastic dog crates are softer for your pet to lean against. Some have vents, but many have solid walls that create an enclosed space, which many dogs find comforting. They can be more difficult to clean and remove odor when compared to the wire crates.
When selecting a crate, make sure it is a suitable size for your dog when he is fully grown. If you adopt a full-grown pit bull, it is easy to select the proper size, but if you have a puppy, you will need to select a larger crate and use a divider to make it smaller for the small pup.
American bully cage size
You can estimate the proper crate size for your pit bull based on the breed's average weight and size. However, individual dogs may fall outside the norm, so make sure the crate you select is suitable for your dog. The United Kennel Club breed standard for the American pit bull terrier notes that dogs weigh between 30 and 60 pounds and grow 17 to 21 inches tall. Male dogs tend to be larger than females.
Based on this weight range, the estimated pit bull crate size may be 30 by 24 inches, 30 by 30 inches, or 30 by 36 inches. While this gives you a good starting point, if you are selecting a crate for an adult pit bull, it can be useful to be more precise.
Measure how tall your dog is when she is standing and sitting. Using the larger measurement, add about 4 to 5 inches to determine the ideal height for a crate. Then, measure how long she is from her nose to the hind end and again, add approximately 4 to 5 inches to determine the ideal length for her crate. In a crate that is the correct size, your dog should be comfortable standing, sitting, and lying down, and she should also be able to turn around easily.
Crate training tips and considerations
Crate training offers many benefits for you and your dog. It can help to facilitate house training and provides your dog with a den-like space to rest. Introduce the crate slowly, keeping the door closed for only a few minutes at first and gradually increasing the time you leave your pup in the crate. Place bedding in the crate so your pup is comfortable and offer plenty of positive reinforcement to develop a good association with the crate.
- Veterinarians.org: The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Dog Crate Sizes
- United Kennel Club: American Pit Bull Terrier Official UKC Breed Standard
- The Association of Professional Dog Trainers: Choosing the Right Crate Size
- SpiritDog Training: Can a Dog Crate Be Too Big?
- American Kennel Club: How to Crate Train Your Dog in Nine Easy Steps