Hey Frenchie Parent,
You’re probably a new dog parent or maybe you’re not. Whichever category you fall into, that’s fine. But isn’t it wonderful to be a parent to such an innocent and sweet creature?
We’re sure it is and you must be proud. However, if you’re reading this it means the time has come. The time for you to make a very important decision in the life of your furry French baby. You don’t want to mess this up. So you hop on the internet and search for,
“French bulldog crate size”
“How to choose the right crate size for a French bulldog?”
There you’re eagerly searching for answers. And here we’re patiently waiting for your answers.
We understand how overwhelmingly frustrating looking for a crate size for your French bulldog can be.
That’s why we have decided to take the pressure off you. This article will provide you with all the answers you seek. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be fully equipped and confident. You will be able to make the right decision for the perfect crate size for your French bulldog.
If you don’t want to make a mistake with your French bulldog’s crate, make sure you read this article till the end.
Before we dive into the subject of choosing the right crate size for your French bulldog, let’s briefly address a more general question:
Why Do Dogs Need Crates?
Different dog parents have their reasons for using a crate. However, there are two very common reasons:
To Teach Your Dog Indoor Etiquette
Dogs do not automatically know how to live in a house. They must be trained for that setting. A crate teaches your dog how to behave in the house.
One important habit your dog learns during crate training is not to poop a urinate anywhere in the house. The essence of your dog being in a crate is to help it get used to behaving in a certain way.
As a Temporary Holder
No matter how much you love your dog, you won’t always have the time to supervise it. Putting it in a crate ensures that your dog is safe.
You can also put your dig in a crate when you’re traveling on a plane. If your dog is an active one, a crate might also be needed when driving.
It’s important to point out that, a crate should never be used as a form of punishment. Your dog should not be placed in a crate for long hours for no reason.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s address the business of the day:
Why is it Important to Choose the Size for Your French Bulldogs Crate?
Ideally, a crate should not be too big or too small. It should be big enough for your dog to stand in, sit in, and roll. There should be room for your dog to play.
If your dog’s crate is too small it becomes uncomfortable for your dog. If the crate is too big, your dog might convert a section of it into its toilet.
Remember, you’re teaching your dog to behave a certain way. If your dog starts pooping in its crate, it’ll defeat the reason for the crate.
“But how do I choose the right size?”
Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten the promise we made at the beginning of this read.
Because we keep to our promise, we’ll discuss how to select the right crate for your French bulldog.
2 Effective Ways of Selecting the Right Crate Size for Your French Bulldog
Determine If You Want an Adjustable or Fixed Crate
When selecting a crate for your dog, you either go for an adjustable crate or a fixed crate.
With an adjustable crate, you adjust the size of the crate as your dog grows. A fixed crate has to be changed multiple times as your dog grows.
Neither of the options is better than the other. It all boils down to your personal preference.
Measure Your Dog
Every French bulldog has a unique size. You can’t use the measurement of one dog for another. In measuring your dog, you measure its height and length.
Measuring by length
- Make your dog stand on all four paws.
- Measure the length from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail.
- Take note of your measurement.
- Add an extra 5 inches to your measurements. This creates a little room for your dog to adjust its bed and play around.
Measuring by height
- Make your dog sit down.
- Take the height of your dog in this position.
- Measure from the floor to the highest point of its ears. This is to create room for its ears too.
The measurements you get from measuring your dog by height and length will help you select the right size of crate for it. Regardless of whether you go for the adjustable or fixed crate, the measurement will do the job.
Now that you know how to determine your dog’s size for a crate, let’s see the type of crates available.
5 Types of Popular Crates You can Select From
This type of crate looks and functions like a piece of furniture. They can serve a nightstand or a table.
One of its major downsides is that it’s only used indoors. It’s mostly made from wood so it’s too heavy to move around. This makes it a stationary crate.
This crate is one of the popular crates. It’s an excellent crate to use for traveling by road or air. You can also use it to transport your dog around. Unlike the furniture crate, this one can be used both indoors and outside. It is a mobile crate.
One of the downsides of using this rate is that it can break from impact. So you need to be careful when using it to carry your French Bulldog.
Metal Wire Crate
Like the plastic crate, this one is also popular. It’s easy to set up and can be folded up when it isn’t needed. It’s ideal for both indoors and outdoors. They’re also very affordable.
Foldable Soft Dog Crate
This is a portable crate that can be used to carry your dog around. It’s soft and comfortable for both you and your dog.
It’s affordable and easy to clean. It’s the ideal crate for vacations.
It comes in multiple attractive designs. But one of its downsides is that it may tear if mishandled.
Heavy Steel Dog Crate
This crate is designed for aggressive dogs. Dogs chew and scratch a lot. It’s made from heavier metal than the metal wire crate.
If your dog isn’t an aggressive chewer or scratcher, you don’t need this crate.
And there you have it: all the information you need to pick the right crate for your French bulldog.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
Now that you’re done reading, we’ll love to know what crate you’ll be going for. Post your answer in the comment section.