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Hi everyone! I’m preparing to bring home a standard puppy once he’s 8 weeks. I want to get a small crate for him as a puppy instead of using a big one with a divider so it can fit in my room. What size crate should I buy for a standard puppy? When he gets bigger I’ll just buy a bigger one.
 

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Whatever you can get used. I had a 36" crate that lasted until Annie was 6 or 8 months or so. An approximately 24" plastic crate I borrowed from a relative was almost too small for her at 13 weeks. Her adult crate is 48", though I am using the 36" still for short periods of time like classes. We call the 48" crate the horse stable.
 

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Right off, I think it would be better to wait until the puppy is ten or twelve weeks old. They gain a lot by staying with their mom a little longer. Also, he will be easier to house break.

If you know how big he will be when you get him, get a crate sized two of him. By the time he outgrows it, you may not need a crate.
 

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Whatever you can get used. I had a 36" crate that lasted until Annie was 6 or 8 months or so. An approximately 24" plastic crate I borrowed from a relative was almost too small for her at 13 weeks. Her adult crate is 48", though I am using the 36" still for short periods of time like classes. We call the 48" crate the horse stable.
These are the sizes we used, too. We also made use of the crate's divider during potty training. For the first couple of months, Peggy only had enough room to comfortably sleep, drink, and turn around.

Cara, do a Poodle Forum search for crate size. You'll find lots of threads on this topic, which may go into more detail.

Have you already found a puppy? Are you on a wait list?
 

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I already owned a 28 x 21 x 22 airline crate for my cat. (He's a big boy.) This is what we used when we brought Galen home and when we took him to his first couple vet appointments. He outgrew the cat carrier within a few weeks. We then started using a 36 inch wire crate given to us by a friend. He outgrew that by 5 months. We now use a 42 inch crate when we are tight for space or a 48 inch crate where we have the room. Galen is currently 24" tall. Pogo was several inches taller and did not fit in a 42" crate.

FYI be careful when buying anything based on the dog's weight. Manufacturers tend to gear their sizing to broad dogs with medium legs: beagles, cocker spaniels, labradors, put bulls, and so forth. Poodles run tall, leggy, and narrow.
 

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This chart will give you an idea of how quickly they grow on average. I'd call the 24-27" a high end. Many finish smaller. With poodles, it's mostly the legs that need that room :).

Also, with a wire crate, new or old, run your hands over all of it to make sure there's no sharp edges and that the joins are all secure. My neighbors have a not-a-poodle and that pup literally bent wires and broke out of the crate. She was lucky and didn't get seriously injured.


HEIGHT CHART FOR STANDARD POODLES



AGE IN MONTHS

HEIGHT IN INCHES

8 WEEKS

12 - 13 INCHES

3 MONTHS

14 INCHES

4 MONTHS

18-19 INCHES

6 MONTHS

21+ INCHES

FULL GROWN (USUALLY 24 MONTHS)

24-27 INCHES


Standard poodles can take up to 2 years to finish growing and filling out.


For comparison in relative size my miniature boys took 8 months to reach the 8 week size of the standard per this chart lol.
 
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