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Old 12-28-2009, 11:45 AM
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Hi, I am fairly new to this and won't be getting a chi for a couple of months or so but I would like to get prepared and buy what I can now. What cage size do you suggest for a chi? Do you get it big enough just for its bed so that it feels safe at night or do you get bigger? Sorry if this sounds silly but this would be my first dog and I want to get it whatever it needs.

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I have a small dog carrier for Bruiser and he snuggles up in there at night and if I go out to the shops etc. It is abit like a cat carrier but a dog one and he is nearly a year old and fits in just fine.
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Thanks for your reply, that is very helpful to know

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yeah i just have the smallest for Bentley he sleeps in it at night and i use it for car travel etc i think its 20" length
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Thanks Chloe, at least now I know what size to look for.

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well i did have a huge 36" one that i had a bed and space for food bowls etc for Twiglet which she loved to use in the day as the door was alway open and she'd go in and out .. but they didnt really settle in it at night the smaller one they tend to go in and go to sleep
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I have the smallest dog carrier that I use to transport the chis when I take one or the other of them to the vet etc. They also each have a wire crate, the smallest one made~~18" I think~~and they're permanently set up with a very soft, cushy bed inside, blankies for them to burrow in, and another blanket over the top of the cage, so its covered and they feel safe. It's a snap to crate them when I want them out of harm's way, or MY way if I need to mop the floors etc. Of course they also have beds in every room lol! They LOVE their crates, and will jump into them whenever they feel a bit insecure, or when they want quiet time from each other because going into the crate apparently means "leave me alone" and the one won't ever follow the other into the crate, like they do if one of them is in one of dog beds.

Tango is trained to get into his crate on command~~"In your crate!" I'm still working on it with Jazz, though she does it about half the time now.

The crate or carrier shouldn't be big, or your chi will think it's OK to eliminate in one end and use the other end as his bed.
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Thank you Tink, that is really really helpful, now I know not to get too big. Great that I can buy lots of beds because I have seen some beauties and can't decide which lol. Thanks again.

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