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Is there a specific dog door you would recommend for my dog’s breed? What about their weight?

Some pet door retailers will recommend pet doors based on your pet’s breed or weight. However, when it comes to finding a door flap in the right size for your pet, we find that basing it on your pet’s height is the better method for your pet’s long term happiness and health.

We also know that we have a lot of pet doors on our site. It can be hard to narrow down what door you should get even when you do know how tall your dog is. That’s why we have a few recommendations based on the average height range of your dog’s breed:

Note: all recommendations assume a step-over height of 2”-5”

Toy Dogs - up to 7 ½” tall

Moderate Weather: Cat Mate 234 and 235 Manual Cat Flaps

Cat Mate 234 and 235 Manual Cat Flaps

Extreme Weather: Hale Cat Door for Doors (small)

Hale Cat Door for Doors

Electronic Pet Doors: SureFlap DualScan Cat Flap

SureFlap DualScan Cat Flap

Small Dogs - up to 12 ½” tall

Moderate Weather: Petsafe Plastic Pet Door (small)

Petsafe Plastic Pet Door

Extreme Weather: Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors (small)

Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors

Electronic Pet Door: SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect for Doors

SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect for Doors

Medium - up to 16” tall

Moderate Weather: Pride Pet Doors for Doors (Medium)

Pride Pet Doors for Doors

Extreme Weather: High Tech Armor Flex Pet Door for Doors (small)

High Tech Armor Flex Pet Door for Doors

Electronic Pet Door: Petsafe Electronic Smart Door (small)

Petsafe Electronic Smart Door

Large - up to 23 ½” tall

Moderate Weather: Petsafe Freedom Aluminum Pet Door (Extra Large)

Petsafe Freedom Aluminum Pet Door

Extreme Weather: Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors (extra large)

Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors

Electronic Pet Door: High Tech Power Pet Automatic Door Mount (large) 

High Tech Power Pet Automatic Door Mount

Extra Large - over 23 ½” tall

Moderate Weather: Dragon Pet Door for Doors (large)

Dragon Pet Door for Doors

Extreme Weather: Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors (extra large)

Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors

Electronic Pet Door: Currently, there are no electronic doors big enough for extra-large dogs.

What Is a Properly Fitting Pet Door?

A properly fitting pet door should be tall enough that the top edge does not scrape against your dog’s back when they walk through it. If it does, the door may cause pain towards your dog. You can find out more about how to measure your dog on our pet measuring guide.