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I checked three famous brands: Skudo, Flamingo, and Petmood.

The crate size that I think is the closest to my dog sizes is 7 or xxl. But when it comes to height that size doesn’t seem sufficient, in either of those brands. My dog is a Labrador mix but the sizes are about Labrador. The length is over 90cm and the height seems to be over 80cm. Now, it is hard to measure dog’s height precisely, because it differ on how dog stand. Should the dog stand with its head quite up?

As you see in the picture, Flamingo travel crate says XL is good for Labrador and Doberman but if the height of the crate is supposed to bit more than the dog’s height, then I really doubt that a Doberman fit well in a XL size. But even an XXL size seems not sufficient in height. And XXXL is too big for my dog.

I would like to know your view. Should I go with XXL? Should the height be measured with the head not so up?

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    It depends highly on the rules set up by the airlines. And this rules depend on the countries they operate in. So you may need information from this side first. For example in Europe rabbits need a crate they can STAND UP on their back legs in, front legs in the air. Because this is documented as natural behaviour for rabbits. Aug 12, 2023 at 20:52
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    Whereas in the US there are carry-on travel cases for cats designed to fit under an airplane seat, which obviously would not permit standing up, never mind sitting up on haunches... so clearly that principle is not applied universally.
    – keshlam
    Aug 13, 2023 at 1:42

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The general rules for extended travel (more than an hour or two) are:

  • The dog should be able to stand up with the head held in a naturally high position.
  • The dog should be able to lay down straight without having to curl up or draw any legs in.
  • The dog should be able to turn around 360° in the travel box.
  • There should be an attached water bowl.

For longer travels (more than 6 hours) these additional rules apply:

  • The travel box should have an attached food bowl.
  • The travel box should have an absorbant inlay to absorb urine.
  • Ideally the travel box is big enough that the dog can avoid stepping or laying in its own feces.

Now, these rules are individual to each dog. So if your dog bumps its head on the box when sitting or standing up straight, the box is too small for your dog, but it might fit different dogs. It might be ok to transport your dog in a box that's technically too low for 2 or maybe 3 hours, but anything longer than that means increasing discomfort because the dog is either forced to remain lying down or its head is pushed down, which can lead to sore muscles and probably a headache.

I also understand that it gets more and more complicated to follow these rules the bigger your dog is. Some airlines simply won't accept travel boxes exceeding a certain size.

BTW, there is an international standard regulation for transport containers of animals that most airlines adhere to:

  • It includes size requirements in relation to the actual size of your animal (pretty much identical to the one you posted).
  • All doors and/or gratings must be secured in a way that the dog cannot possibly push them open or hurt itself while trying to open them.
  • The travel box must have grated openings that allow air flow on at least 3 sides.
  • The travel box must be surrounded by spacers that avoid the blocking of the ventilation openings by other objects like luggace containers.

So it should be possible to build your own travel box according to these specifications or modify a different container to fit these requirements. It's always advisable to ask the individual airline if they accept custom transport boxes for animals.

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  • According to this website, Emirates Airline requires that for pets over 53 lbs (24kg), the total dimensions can be between 59 inches (150cm) and 118 inches (300cm). How to calculate total dimension of a crate? Is is length times width times height? But that is cover many dogs.
    – Sasan
    Aug 16, 2023 at 18:42
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    @Sasan The Emirates Airline site is confusing, but I assume they mean that length + width + height of the container must be 150 - 300 cm. Of course that covers many dogs, it's supposed to cover most animals you'd want to transport. I added a link to an international guideline to my answer and here's a link to where you can send an inquiry to EA regarding pets.
    – Elmy
    Aug 17, 2023 at 5:08

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