Pet urns come in a variety of styles, which is great for pet owners looking for something symbolic to hold pet ashes. But how do you know what size of pet urn you need? Dog urns and cat urns are crafted to accommodate pets of various sizes, and there’s a simple calculation you can make to estimate how big the pet urn should be.
Pet Urn Size Guide – Calculate by Weight
Picture a Chihuahua standing next to a Mastiff – these dogs have different needs! Likewise, not every urn can accommodate all pets. When shopping for pet cremation urns, you’ll notice that each urn will list its volume or capacity in cubic inches. Depending on the size of the animal, you may need a smaller or larger cremation urn to hold the ashes.
The general rule of thumb is that you’ll need at least 1 cubic inch for each pound that the animal weighs. For example, a dog that weighs 20 pounds will need an urn with a capacity of at least 20 cubic inches.
However, it is strongly recommended to have extra space in the urn – just to err on the side of caution and make sure the ashes are contained properly. Adding 10 cubic inches more is a good way to be sure that the pet urn will be large enough to hold the animal’s ashes. Thus, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, shop for dog urns with 30 cubic inches of capacity or more.
Not sure how much your dog or cat weighs? Here are a few average weight ranges by breed and their approximate urn capacity needs.
- German Shepherd (50-80 lbs.) > Urns with 60-90 cubic inches
- Pug (14-18 lbs.) > Urns with 24-28 cubic inches
- Beagle (20-25 lbs.) > Urns with 30-35 cubic inches
- Golden Retriever (55-75 lbs.) > Urns with 65-85 cubic inches
- British Shorthair Cat (7-12 lbs.) > Urns with 17-22 cubic inches
- Siamese Cat (8-15 lbs.) > Urns with 18-25 cubic inches
- Maine Coon (10-25 lbs.) > Urns with 20-35 cubic inches
This is a general guideline. It’s best to know the exact weight of your dog or cat when shopping for pet urns.
Plan Ahead – Is the Urn for 1 or More Pets?
Some pet owners prefer to have a single urn shared between multiple pets. This is popular for those with 2 or 3 dogs (or multiple cats) who were very close to each other during their lives, or perhaps from the same litter. In this case, be sure to shop for large pet urns that can accommodate the total weight capacity of all the animals.
Splitting Ashes between Family Members
If a cat or dog was beloved by more than one person in the family, it can be a great idea to split the ashes so each person has their own special pet keepsake.
In this case, you’ll divide the total capacity by the number of people receiving an urn. You’ll then shop for several smaller pet urns.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Pet Urns
Saying goodbye to a pet is heartbreaking. Pet memorials provide the chance to keep their memory alive long after they’ve passed. If you’re looking for a special pet keepsake, consider choosing a handcrafted cremation urn. With unique styles, meaningful designs, and exceptional quality, artisan pet urns are a great choice for those who want something extra-special for their pet.