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Sonic has a ginormous (for him) folding wire crate. It was ample space for long lock-ups for my previous German Shepherd. Sonic likes his crate, and lounges & sleeps there often (door open) and is crate trained, has no problem with door closed.
We are going on trip that includes 2 nights in a hotel. I would like a smaller crate to bring, but unless it is significantly smaller, it's not worth buying a new one (we'll just lug the giant crate).
Is there anyway to tell (dog measurement & ratio) how small I can go? Lock up time would be for dinner, breakfast, and a possible few hours of dog free sight-seeing (musuem or other 'no dogs allowed' place), that is, Sonic's behaviour permitting. I think he'll be fine and quiet, but this will also be a test.
Any other hotel travel trips are also welcome.
 

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I think the smallest you can go is something your dog can comfortably stand in without ducking his head and one that they can comfortably turn and lay down in.
If you do you get a travel crate are you looking to get another wire crate, a plastic crate, or a soft sided crate? I would say maybe measure your dog to their highest point (including ears if they stand up) and look for a crate maybe a inch or two higher at minimum.

Hopefully some other members who travel with their dogs will have a better idea.
 

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Answered my own question--pretty small. Got the smallest crate recommended for is size (he's 40 lbs, got a crate rated for 20-40 lb dogs). It's just bigger than him in length & shoulder height.
This is TINY if you are using it regularly/daily or for long lock-ups, as in WAY TOO SMALL, but for travel, practice, taking to classes & trials, and hotel rooms, perfect.
He actually voluntarily (door open) spent an entire night inside of it (1st night in a hotel) it's big enough for travel purposes.
 
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