We are often asked how to choose the right cage for a dog. Therefore, below we give our recommendations on the choice of cells, as well as the advice of the manufacturer.
First of all, the cage should be spacious enough so that the dog can sit in it freely, without bending down and not touching the ceiling with his head, lying down, stretched out to full height, and without any problems to change his pose and turn around. In other words, the dog should feel comfortable in the cage.
Secondly, the cage must be strong and reliable so that the dog cannot bend the grate and get out of it without your help. We offer only high-quality American Midwest cages made of durable steel.
But no matter how good the cage is, it still needs to be selected based on the weight, size, breed, age and temperament of the dog. A correctly selected cage will not only become your reliable assistant, but also a cozy corner for your pet.
Below are the manufacturer's recommendations for choosing a Midwest cage. You can read more about cell models in the article.
Choose the size of the cage by weight
|Dog weight||Cell Size (L * W * H)||Cell models|
|less than 5 kg||56 cm * 33 cm * 41 cm||Midwest Life Stage Cage, 2 Doors|
|6-11 kg||61 cm * 38 cm * 48 cm (iCrate), |
63 cm * 45 cm * 50 cm (Contour)
|Midwest iCrate Cage, 1 Door|
Midwest Contour Cage, 2 Doors
76 cm * 53 cm * 61 cm (Life Stage),
78 cm * 50 cm * 54 cm (Life Stage A.C.E.),
79 cm * 49 cm * 54.6 cm (Ovation Crate)
91 cm * 58 cm * 64 cm (Contour),
91 cm * 61 cm * 69 cm (Life Stage),
93 cm * 57 cm * 62 cm (Midwest Life Stage A.C.E),
94.6 cm * 58.4 cm * 63.5 cm (Ovation Crate)
107 cm * 71 cm * 79 cm (Life Stage, Contour),
109 cm * 74 cm * 77 cm (Midwest Life Stage A.C.E),
111 cm * 73.6 cm * 77.4 cm (Ovation Crate)
Midwest Ovation Crate, 1 Door
123 cm * 78 cm * 81 cm (Midwest Life Stage A.C.E)
Midwest Life Stage A.C.E. cage, 2 doors
Please note that the cell sizes given in this article are for informational purposes and may be changed by the manufacturer without notice.
Choose a cage according to the breed of the dog
56 cm * 33 cm * 41 cm
American Toy Fox Terrier, English Toy Terrier, Affenpincher, Belgian Griffon, Volpino Italiano, Maltese Dog, Toy Terrier, Toy Poodle, Falen, Color Dog, Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Japanese Chin.
61 cm * 38 cm * 48 cm
Australian Terrier, Bichon Frize, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chinese Crested, Fox Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Dachshund, Miniature Poodle, Papillon, Pomeranian Spitz, Silky Terrier , that fox terrier.
76 cm * 48 cm * 53 cm
American Water Spaniel, Australian Terrier, Basenji, Bichon Frize, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Kern Terrier, Chinese Crested, Dachshund, Fox Terrier, French Bulldog, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Lhasa Manchester Terrier, Miniature Dachshund, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Poodle, Dwarf Schnauzer, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Scottish Terrier, Sheltie, Toy Fox Terrier, West Highland Terrier.
91 cm * 58 cm * 63 cm
American Eskimo, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Shepherd Dog, Basset Hound, Beagle, Brittany Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Chinese Shar Pei, Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Keeshond, Ker blue terrier, portuguese water dog, corgi, whippet.
106 cm * 71 cm * 76 cm
Airedale, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Shepherd Dogs, Border Collie, Boxer, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback Salutzer.
122 cm * 76 cm * 84 cm
Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier, Briard, Bullmastiff, Collie, Doberman, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Giant Schnauzer, Setter, Greyhound, Komondor, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Weimaraner.
137 cm * 94 cm * 114 cm
Saint Bernard, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Scottish Greyhound.
These examples are advisory in nature and can be adjusted depending on your needs and the individual characteristics of your dog.
For example, if you plan to use the cage in the apartment, you can buy it one size or even two more than the recommended one, so that the pet has more space for games and recreation. If you plan to use the cage for transportation, it is better to take it "size to size" so that the dog is not thrown from side to side on the bumps.
For a puppy, we always recommend taking a cage for growth, because when the pet grows up, the cage can be useful in many life situations, such as repairs, moving, unexpected guests with small children, etc.
For keeping several puppies, a Midwest Select Puppy Playpen breeder cage is a great option.
Whatever size and model of the cage you choose, we are sure that you and your pet will appreciate the convenience and excellent quality of American cages for Midwest dogs.
How to train a dog in a cage?
It is recommended to train a dog in a cage from an early age. Our ultimate goal is for the pet to perceive the cage as a comfortable room and go into it to sleep and relax.
In no case do not lock the pet in the cage as soon as you have acquired it. He should gradually get used to his place and sincerely love him. To get started, open the cage and let the dog freely explore the space without closing the door. Attract your pet with a treat by putting it on a cage.
Do not force the dog to enter the cage, do not force it. Be gentle and patient. This is perfectly normal if the dog enters the cage for a few seconds and then leaves it. This is how acquaintance happens, and it takes a certain amount of time. In the early days, do not close the cage door.
When the dog is more or less familiar with its home, begin to cover the entrance with your palm and gradually increase the time the dog stays in the cage. In this case, you are next to the pet and encourage it, which means that no fright arises in the dog. Do not forget to praise your friend and treat yourself to a treat!
After a few days, when the pet becomes calmer, you can begin to close the cage and leave the room. First leave the room for a short time and gradually increase the interval. Soon you will be able to leave the dog in her house for the whole working day!
Locking a dog in a cage as a punishment. The cage is a place of rest and safety, and not a prison, and your pet should perceive it exclusively in a positive way.
Lock the dog or puppy in the cage immediately. Learning should be gradual. If you just purchased a pet, first give it time to adapt and only then proceed to education.
Lining the bottom of the cell with diapers. Your goal is to use your cage to teach your puppy to walk, develop his natural instinct, and not build a home toilet for him.
Buy a large cage immediately without additional adjustable partitions. When teaching a puppy to walk through a cage, keep in mind that if the house is too spacious, the pet can do all its work in one corner, and go to bed in the opposite. To prevent this from happening, choose cells with special partitions. So you can adjust the size of the cage and significantly save money, because you do not have to buy a small cage for a puppy and a larger one for an already matured dog.
In modern pet stores, a wide range of home cages for dogs is presented, carefully read the models. It is recommended to choose cells made of high-quality stainless steel, compact, without sharp corners and easily folding, which is very important and convenient for transportation and participation in exhibitions.
One of the cage manufacturers for dogs has an interesting video on how to train a puppy in a cage or aviary.
Love your pets and happy shopping!
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