How to Choose the Right Pet Travel Crate

dog in travel crate"What Size Travel Crate Should I Buy?"

Hi PetRelocation,

My dog is about 35 lbs, roughly 32" long and 24" tall. She's really not a very large dog but I'd rather get her a crate that is too big than too small.

Should I get the large size crate or would that be too big? Is it bad to have too big of a crate?

Thanks so much!

Hi Catherine,

That's a great question that touches on some important pet travel issues. The answer is, it's better to err on the side of caution and go with the larger crate. The more airflow and space your dog has, the safer and more comfortable the trip will likely be.

Here's a little more information about pet travel crates, including measuring tips. To reiterate, we recommend measuring your pet from the base of the tail to the tip of the nose and from the ground to the top of the head. Add four inches onto those measurements to find the size crate you'll need to satisfy airline safety requirements. 

Please note that cargo rates are based on weight (this is the primary reason it costs more for large dogs to travel), and also not all airplanes are equipped to handle the largest crates. Be sure to check with the airline you'll be using to find out everything you need to know before you book your flight.

Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you think you'd like some help with your move, and good luck with everything!


Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Catherine
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mix, Terrier/Hound
From: United States
To: Ireland


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