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I've down sized my training vehicle...my 2 XL crates no longer fit. I would like to have as much room as possible left for equipment after I put in some smaller crates. Could I get away with intermediate crates for 55-60# labs or should I go with the large's.
 

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What I have been told is make sure that your dog can lay down, stand up, and turn around.

I am more concerned about length. I have a 50 pound lab that I keep in an intermediate size kennel when I put her in the boat, but at home she is in a large size wire kennel.

My 70 pound lab does not fit well in the intermediate size kennel but she tries on occasion.
 

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My boys, 70 & 80 lbs, ride in larges. The large is a little bit of a squeeze for the big boy.

My girl Pearl, 50+, rides in an intermediate just fine.

For short trips, I've even doubled the 50 & 70 in one large, but not for whole weekends. For a goose trip to Canada we rode a 50 and a 60+ together in an XL, but let them sleep separately at night. (It was that or not go. Which do you think they would pick???)
 

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Have you looked at the large I crates, they are still 36 long but a little bit narrower and a little bit shorter. You know your dogs if they are both between 55-60 pounds they should fit in one size smaller than a large, especially if they are the type that like to curl up.With an older dog I like to give them a little more room . We had two 55-60 females in that smaller size for quite some time with no problems.

Colleen
 
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