An American Pitbull mix sits in her Dakota 283 G3 Large Kennel.
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Exploring the G3 Large Framed Kennel

How to decide if the G3 Large Framed Kennel is the right option for you

You wouldn’t think it, but there’s a lot of thought that goes into buying a premium kennel.

What if I waste my money on a gimmick? What happens if my dog doesn’t like the kennel? Is it truly worth the money?

These are questions that may occupy our minds and eventually lead us to a big-box store or cheaper alternatives. But, purchasing a series of crates over time will do more damage to your wallet. Buy a kennel that will last for the entirety of the dog’s life and keep them safe on every adventure.

Does size actually matter?

You may be thinking, “I have a 50-pound coonhound and we buy her medium-sized gear, so the medium-sized kennel will work,” but this isn’t always the case. 

When buying a more expensive kennel, you want to make sure of the measurements. Don’t buy too small of a kennel that fits in your SUV, but is tight around your dog. You also don’t want to buy a kennel that is too large to protect your dog in an accident.

Measuring your Dog

For this article, let’s use the G3 Large Framed Kennel as the overarching example. The interior dimensions of the G3 Large are 33L x 22.8W x 26.2H. At Dakota 283 we suggest owners measure the height and length of their dog and add 3 inches. So, if you have a dog that’s 29 inches long and 19 inches tall, the G3 large would be your best option. 

We suggest adding extra inches so your dog can comfortably stand and turn around. But how do you correctly measure? Using a tailor’s tape measure, start at the tip of your dog’s nose to the base of their tail to determine length. Then measure from the floor to the top of the dog’s head while they’re standing to determine the height. 

Traveling with the Kennel

And what about your vehicle? We’ve seen our large G3 kennel fit in many different vehicles, from the bed of a truck to the back of a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Still, it’s best to measure the space you have and account for both the kennel and your other gear. Our G3 Large Frame exterior measurements are 35.2L x 24.5W x 26.5H, so take note of the space you have and compare. You don’t want to buy a kennel just to find out it doesn’t fit. 

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