Best Dog Crate Reviews of 2017

Update - 2017.07.07

Choosing the best dog crate on the market was a very difficult decision for us to make. Many companies stake their claim as the manufacturer of the best ones in the market. We reviewed dozens of various types, sizes, and brands to see which crate would crack our top 5 list.

We rated based on quality, features, size, aesthetics, and price. We made sure to only choose the ones that can accommodate both small and large dogs. A comprehensive review of each crate can be found further down the page.

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We present to you the top 5 dog crate reviews:

#1 - MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate Review (Best Large Dog Crate)

Best Dog Crates

The MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate  is our pick for the best dog crate on the market! It tested well in quality, features, size, aesthetics, and price. MidWest has been manufacturing pet crates since the 1950s and is considered to be one of the best brands. With a wide-variety of options to choose from, the MidWest  should prove to be a solid purchase for any pet owner.

Favorite Brand of Large Dog Crates – MidWest

Quality (5/5)– The quality is top notch! The metal frame is incredibly sturdy. The latches hold the frame together very well and firmly snap into place. Note: It’s very common in poorly made cages for latches to come loose should your doggy get feisty and bump into the sides of the crate. We saw no evidence that this would occur with the MidWest Life Stages. In fact, no matter how much we shook this cage, we were unable to have a latch come loose. The plastic pan was very solid and doesn’t seem like it would be easy for a doggy to chew through.

You can see the quality demonstrated throughout this video:

Features (5/5) – This crate comes with a wide variety of features. It is offered in two different styles, single door and double door. The single door is the great if you only have one dog, while the double door is the best one should you have two dogs that you’re looking to crate. Each dog cage comes with a separator, so that you can give each pooch their own space.  This also allows you to purchase a bigger crate for your puppy to grow in to. Simply take out the separator as your puppy becomes bigger!

The MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal kennel breaks down quite easily. The plastic pan rests in the bottom of the cage, while the sides fold down onto it. This has proven to be quite beneficial when we needed to have our tailwaggers go to a friends for a sleep over.

Best Large Dog Cage –  MidWest Life Stages Crate

Size (5/5)  – The MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate comes in 6 different sizes – 22 inch, 24 inch, 30 inch, 36 inch, 42 inch, and 48 inch. 

For breeds under 25 pounds, the 22 inch or 24 inch will be more than enough. Our adult Jack Russell Terrier sleeps in the 24 inch and has more than enough room. For chihuahuas, bichons, yorkis, dachshunds, and other smaller breeds, the 22 inch will be a great fit.

For breeds 26 to 50 pounds, the 30 inch and 36 inch will fit perfectly. The 30 inch is 21 inches high and the 36 inch is 25 inches high. In this weight range, dog height can vary. Pick the cage based on the approximate height of your mutt when they are laying down with their head up. Examples of breeds that would use the 30 inch are corgis, cocker spaniels, pinschers, and bigger terriers. Breeds that would use the 36 inch are shepherds, hounds, collies, and dalmations.

For any breed over 50 pounds, use the 42 inch or the 48 inch dog cage. Rule of thumb is that any pet under 90 pounds will do well in a 42 inch cage and and pet over 90 pounds will do better in a 48 inch kennel. We think this is the best large dog cage!

Aesthetics (5/5) – The MidWest Life Stages Crate has a beautiful satin-black finish. I tried to scratch the paint off  and was unable to do so. Your pooch will love to be trained in this beauty!

Price (5/5)  – The price is in line with all of our highly rated best kennels. The price point is going to vary based on the size of the cage that you are looking to purchase and whether you opt for the single door or double door model. 

Overall (25/25), this is by far the best dog crate on the market. With a wide variety of sizes and features to choose from, this crate will work for any dog, of any size!

We recommend this bed to go along with this crate!

#2 - AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog Crate Review (Best Metal Dog Crate)

Best Dog Crates

The AmazonBasics Folding Metal is our pick for the second best option on the market! This cage has been tested very good in quality, features, size, aesthetics, and price. While AmazonBasics has recently entered into the dog crate market, they certainly have produced a high quality product!

Quality (5/5)– The quality is excellent! The metal frame is very sturdy and the latches hold the frame together very well. In fact, we think it’s the best metal dog kennel – and trust me, we reviewed a lot of them! It should be able to easily home dogs of all ages, sizes, and temperaments. We do not think that any doggy is going to be able to rattle the latches loose on this crate. This dog kennel is well-put together . The plastic pan is easily removed for cleaning.

 

Best Collapsible Dog Crate

Features (5/5) – The AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog Crate comes with numerous desirable features. Like the MidWest Life Stages Dog Crate, this kennel is offered in two different styles, single door and double door.  Both options are come with a separator to either decrease the size of the kennel, or to separate multiple dogs in the same space. Our reviews show that it is slightly more difficult to get the separator in the AmazonBasics Folding Crate than the MidWest Life Stages. Overall, it was still fairly easy to do.

The crate easily folds down should you need to relocate. We actually found that this is easier to break down than the MidWest Life Stages one.

Size (4.5/5) – The  AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog cage comes in 3 different sizes – small (24 inches), medium (36 inches), and large (42 inches).

For breeds under 25 pounds, the 24 inch will be more than enough. For chihuahuas, bichons, yorkis, dachshunds, jack russells, and other smaller dogs, the 24 inch will be a great fit.

For breeds 26 to 50 pounds, the 36 inch will fit nicely. Examples of breeds that would use this 36 inch are corgis, cocker spaniels, pinschers, bigger terriers, shepherds, hounds, collies, and dalmatians.

For any breed over 50 pounds, use the 42 inch kennel.

We actually like that there is simplicity in the available sizing options. Often we find ourselves questioning whether to go with the 36 inch versus the 30 inch when picking out the best dog crate for a puppy. We usually just go with the bigger one to err on the side of caution. Since there are only 3 available options, this makes life a lot easier.

Aesthetics (4.5/5) – The AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog Crate has a black finish. There isn’t really anything special about the depth of the finish nor its resistance to scratching. This isn’t going to really impact the overall rating that we give, though, as this is the least-weighted out of all our criteria.

Price (5/5)  – The price is slightly lower than the rest of our highly rated ones. The price is going to vary based on the size that you need and whether or not you go with the single or double door. Either way, you will be paying slightly less.

Overall (24/25), this is by far the second best option on the market. This BARELY ranked lower than the MidWest Life Stages.  If not for the sheer brilliant quality on the MidWest, this would have been our winner. Either way, the AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog Crate is an exceptional value and should not be overlooked!

We recommend this bed to go along with this kennel!

#3 - Noz2Noz Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home Review - Best Pet Crates

Best Dog Crates - NozToNoz Krate

The The NOZ2NOZ is our pick for the third best option on the market! This Pet Home tested very well in quality, features, size, aesthetics, and price. Even if you don’t think you are going to need an indoor/outdoor pet home, you’d be foolish not to consider the NOZ2NOZ Pet Home!

Quality (5/5)– The quality  is out of this world! The steel frame is very solid and would be hard for any pet to get through. We did not notice any flaws with the construction of the frame and latches and believe it to be the best of all of the frames that we reviewed. The fabric that covers the frame is extremely durable and won’t rip if you were to catch it on a corner or have a puppy clawing at it. The mesh windows will prevent your fido from getting out and from unwanted bugs from getting in! The zippers are sturdy and can sustain a great deal of pressure.

Features (5/5) – The NOZ2NOZ Pet Home is jam-packed with features. Since each of the mesh windows can be unzipped, it comes with a plethora of door options! This pet home easily folds down in a very easy manner. It’s as simple as 1-2-3. It is lightweight and portable. This will allow you to easily take your pet with you wherever you go! The mesh fabric is designed to be easily cleaned. Nature’s Miracle will have no problem getting any stain out. We really cannot emphasize enough how great the features are on this great.

Here is a great video review from a user on the NOZ2NOZ Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home:

 

Best 42″ Dog Crate!

Size (5/5) – The NOZ2NOZ Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home comes in 5 different sizes – 21 inches, 26 inches, 30 inches, 36 inches, and 42 inches.

Here are some of the recommended breeds for each size:

21 inches – Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkie, Bichon

26 inches – Beagle, Dachshund, Small Terrier, Corgi, Jack Russell

30 inches – Bigger Beagle, Boxer, Bulldog, Husky, Australian Shepherd, Poodle

36 inches – French Bulldog, Female German Shepherd, Female Retrievers, Female Labradors, Bigger Terriers, Pitbulls

42 inches – Mastiffs, Male German Shepherds, Male Retrievers, Male Labradors, Great Danes

Aesthetics (4.5/5) – The NOZ2NOZ Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home has a forest green fabric and black mesh. While it looks good, we weren’t wow’d by it.

Price (4.5/5)  – The price  is slightly higher than the rest of our highly rated best dog crates. The price is going to vary based on the size that you need.

Overall (24/25), the NOZ2NOZ Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home is an AMAZING indoor/outdoor dog crate. We highly, highly recommend this cage if you will travel with your pet. If your pet gets a anxious in the car, this is the PERFECT travel companion. For home use, this  really stands out above the rest. We really, really love the NOZ2NOZ Sof-Krate Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home!

We recommend this bed to go with this crate!

#4 - MidWest iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate Review - Best Small Dog Crate

Best Dog Crates - iCrate

The  MidWest iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate is our pick for the fourth best dog crate on the market! This pet cage scored well in quality, features, size, aesthetics, and price. It is nearly identical to our top reviewed ones, the MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate. The only marketed difference is that the MidWest iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate is more geared towards dogs that aren’t overly hyper. That’s it. Aside from that, there were only a couple of differences that we noticed, which you can read about below.

Quality (4/5)– The quality of this pet cage is great! The frame is made of metal and is very sturdy. The frame is held together very well by strong latches and easily snaps together into place. One thing to note here is that the wire gauge of mesh is slightly lower than the Life Stages Folding Metal one. What this means is that it will not hold up as well if chewed on by an aggressive / strong chewer. Now let me add the caveat that it will take a very, very aggressive chewer to be able to get through this one, but based on our research, we see that it is a possibility. Nevertheless, the quality of this cage is great, so unless you have a very aggressive chewer, this is a great option!

Features (4.5/5) – This pet kennel is offered in two different styles, single door and double door. The single door is the best option if you have one dog, while the double door is the option if you have two animals at home. Each dog crate comes with a separator, so that you can give each pet their own space. This also allows you to purchase a bigger kennel for your puppy to grow in to. Simply take out the separator as your puppy becomes bigger!

 

The MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate breaks down quite easily. The plastic pan rests in the bottom of the cage, while the sides fold down onto it. This has proven to be quite beneficial when we needed to have our dogs go to a friends for a sleep over. One thing that we had to take .5 points off for was the ease of removal of the plastic pan on the bottom. The plastic pan at the bottom of the metal crate did not remove as easily as it did with the Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate.

Amazing Small Dog Cage!

Size (5/5)  – Amazingly enough, it’s in 6 different sizes – 22 inch, 24 inch, 30 inch, 36 inch, 42 inch, and 48 inch. Although, this is probably one of, if not the best small dog crates you’re going to find.

For breeds under 25 pounds, the 22 inch or 24 inch will be more than enough. Our adult Jack Russell Terrier sleeps in the 24 inch and has more than enough room. For chihuahuas, bichons, yorkis, dachshunds, and other smaller dogs, the 22 inch will be a great fit.

For breeds 26 to 50 pounds, the 30 inch and 36 inch will fit perfectly. The 30 inch is 21 inches high and the 36 inch is 25 inches high. In this weight range, pet height can vary. Pick the cage based on the approximate height of your pet when they are laying down with their head up. Examples of breeds that would use the 30 inch are corgis, cocker spaniels, pinschers, and bigger terriers. Breeds that would use the 36 inch are shepherds, hounds, collies, and dalmations.

For any breed over 50 pounds, use the 42 inch or the 48 inch kennel. Rule of thumb is that any pet under 90 pounds will do well in a 42 inch cage and and pet over 90 pounds will do better in a 48 inch cage.

Aesthetics (4.5/5) – We loved the beautiful black finish. While I was not able to personally verify these claims, there have been reports that this cage can be scratched fairly easily. 

Price (5/5)  – The price is in line with all of our highly rated ones. The price point is going to vary based on the size of the item that you are looking to purchase and whether you opt for the single door or double door model. 

Overall (23/25), the MidWest iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate is an excellent product that would do well with nearly any pet. However, if your dog is an aggressive chewer (and tends to chew on their kennel), it’s probably best to go with a different model. 

We recommend this bed to go along with this crate!

#5 - Petnation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home Review - Best Cheap Dog Cages

Best Dog Crates

The PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home is our pick for the fifth best dog crate on the market! This pet home has tested incredibly well in quality, features, size, aesthetics, and price. If you’re looking for a doggy home that can be used both indoors and outdoors, look no further than the PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home!

Quality (4.5/5)– The quality of the PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home is fantastic! This is made up of two main components: an inner steel frame and an outside woven mesh fabric. The steel frame provides a very solid structure and will not be easily chewed through. The steel frame can also take quite a beating, so if you have a hyper puppy, they won’t be breaking out anytime soon! The mesh fabric is also very well made. The mesh fabric is tightly woven and highly durable. It is also water resistant, so Fido will remain dry! The doors close with high-strength zippers and the latches are top-notch. This is a very, very well made pet home!

Features (4/5) – The PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home has two doors, one on the front and one on the top, that can be rolled up to allow your pooch the freedom to go in and out as they please. Did we mention that this kennel is portable?  There are straps that you can put on the top of the cage so that it can be carried like a duffel bag! While the it cleans up very easily, there is still the risk that the fabric will get a stain in it that even Nature’s Miracle can’t get out. As well, unlike your standard metal cage, there isn’t a removable bottom portion, which will make cleaning up accidents a bit more tedious.

 

Size (4.5/5) – The PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home comes in 6 different sizes – 16 inches, 20 inches, 24 inches, 28 inches, 32 inches, and 36 inches.

The manufacturer was kind enough to provide us with a recommended sizing chart. Note: this chart should only be used for the PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home! We found this sizing guide to be very accurate!

Best Dog Crates - PetNation Sizing

Aesthetics (4.5/5) – The PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home has a tan mesh with a blend of dark brown on the bottom, doors, and windows. The cage is a black color. We found that pet home looked great!

Price (4/5)  – The price of the PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home is in line with the rest of our highly rated ones. The price is going to vary based on the size that you need. We consider this to be the second best value portable dog kennel on the market.

Overall (21.5/25), this is by far the fifth best dog crate on the market. It is an exceptional product, that is very well made, comes packed with features, is available in a multitude of sizes, and is sold at a great price. We highly recommend that PetNation Indoor/Outdoor Pet Home!!

We recommend this bed to go along with this crate!

 

Best Dog Crate for Traveling

Gocooper Dog Travel Crate, 3-Door Folding Soft Dog Crates & Kennels 32″ x 23″ x 23″

Traveling with your dog can be such a hassle with all of the whining, and crying, and having to go to the bathroom seemingly every 5 minutes. There’s no wonder so many people choose to leave their pets in a dog kennel. But traveling with your dog doesn’t need to be a hassle – as long as you have the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate!

Did you know that stress is the #1 reason why dogs act out when traveling? By giving your pet a spacious, comforting place to stay when traveling, your dog is going to feel much more at ease. The Gocooper Dog Travel Crate offers plenty of that by easily accommodating dogs up for 60 pounds!

With dimensions of 32″ x 23″ x 23″, your dog is going to have plenty of room to breathe and move around.

The heavy-duty tight weave mesh fabric also provides plenty of airflow into the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate. And that’s in addition to it being extremely hard to chew through!

Have a dog that’s an aggressive chewer? You don’t have to worry about them chewing through the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate!

There’s also a steel frame that provides incredibly strength to the foundation of the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate. Covering the steel frame is a wonderfully designed fabric, which is held together with industrial strength zippers and door latches.

Your dog is going to be very safe in this travel crate!

Should your dog have an accident in the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate, it’ll be a breeze for you to clean it up! By using a water resistant material, the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate can be cleaned up in a matter of seconds! No more having to deal with smelly dog travel crates! What a relief!

Gocooper Dog Travel Crate,3-Door Folding Soft Dog Crates & Kennels 32" x 23" x 23"Pet Portable Home Indoor & Outdoor ReviewAlso, we love that the fabric is machine washable. We generally recommend that you wash it after every prolonged use. For those of you that are going to be using the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate to go from the vet and back, that’s not really necessary.

One of our favorite things about this travel dog crate is how easy it is to setup. We hate how some pet travel crates and a pain in the butt to setup. Seriously, why should you spend 15+ minutes assembling a travel dog crate?

You don’t have to with the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate. You will be able to go from packaged to fully operational in a matter of seconds! The reverse is also true when you’re done using your Gocooper Dog Travel Crate. Simply fold it up and store it away!

Gocooper really thought of everything with this portable dog travel crate. It’s been a while since we’ve seen one so well-made – and we know because we’ve reviewed dozens!

I’m ecstatic about the Gocooper Dog Travel Crate and I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

So what are you waiting for?

You won’t regret it

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Buying a Dog Crate – A Comprehensive Guide!

Why do you need to well verse yourself with crates before buying a pet cage?

Owning a Pet is not a simple responsibility. They need time and attention. This is not limited to only taking the right steps in their growth in terms of food, hygiene or training. You have to put the right resources in place when it comes to buying the best crates that follow up with validating reviews.

Dogs kennels are like a home inside a home for this species of animals. They thrive on human love and conditioning. Doggy cages are available for cheap to the highest available prices. Truth remains, when you one, they have to transcend to becoming a sort of sanctuary for your beloved pet.

You want to be choosing one that last for most of their lifetime; enabling high quality items features that ensure comfort and safety as top priority.


Pet Crates are Designed to:

Train your dog,  contain it for safety and  transporting it.

Pet kennels are a great way to house-train your new puppy (or puppies). It in the long-run becomes an important part of your dog’s life. A pooch in a cage will recognize it to be their own “special spot” amongst all the things in their vicinity. You have to make sure that the cage is not only comforting, but inviting as well. How to make your doggy space nothing short of a private room totally depends on the size, material and portability.

In addition to these factors, you cannot have an overly spacious cage, thinking it is the best one for your dogs. When considering pet cages, large cages  is a good idea, but you cannot go overboard. This means that the preliminary element to consider is size of the animal and the cage in accordance.

Choosing the perfect one for your pet will require you to consider the advantages and disadvantages. The pet crates come in different types depending on the material, design and comfort. You have ones designed for small tailwaggers, kennels for great Danes and even Midwest life stages dog crate. It really depends on how you would wish to use the cage. If you know your pet is a tee-wee bit on the destructive side or loves to laze around, you can choose from the following list of collapsible pet  crates, kennels with divider for larger breeds. This also depends how a certain style adapts to your home décor and theme.


They’re very similar to a den..

Dogs are very close in genetics to their ancestral wolves. When it comes to identifying a protective haven, wolves choose to raise their off-springs and protect them from danger in dens. Similarly, training your pet to instinctively identify “their space” as a den for shelter is rather important. Your pet will naturally try to seek safety and comfort in that enclosed area, eventually becoming a habit. The crate only mimics a den, presenting for your pooch a natural environment to call it their “own room”, a private space in a way.

A puppy kennel becomes extremely helpful as it catalyses the “house-breaking process”. You will find that it discourages your puppy from destructively chewing down objects.

Doggy or puppy crates are best used for travel and transportation. Before embarking on longer road trips or travels, make sure to correctly secure the crate. In addition, you might want to remove their collars so it does not get stuck or hooked to the exteriors of the cage. This might trap or cause choking to your pet.


Pet Crates are Great for Safety!

Your home has precious furniture and other objects that could be harmful for your pet dog. While you might have to be away from home, a cage serves best for your pup to keep them safe from potentially harmful or dangerous situations. This is especially when you won’t be around to supervise.


Cage Sizing is the Most Important Factor While Choosing Crates for Dogs:


What size dog crate is perfect for you?

When buying a pet crate, ensure that you do not indulge in an overly spacious model. Keep the large pet crate for bigger dogs. The space inside the crate for dogs should give your pooch enough room to move and turn around with ease. This means that, the pooch should not find himself hitting the sides or the top (ceiling of the crate). Basically it is important for your pet to be able to sit straight up without banging their head. Invest in folding dog cages where they can lay down on the surface with their paws stretched out. Take special care with small dog cage and puppy crates. Make sure that the crate does not end up cramping up your dog. The only way it will love their new “den” is if they seek natural comfort and don’t feel caged.

Generally, people buy a large sized crate assuming their pooch  will luxuriously lay inside content. However, this assumption is wrong. Crates are meant for house training and to take advantage of the fact that a dog’s natural instinct is to not soil their sleeping area. So when you are seeking crates for dogs, make sure it’s not so big that your puppy ends up making one end a bathroom and the other a bedroom.

Appropriately sized crates give your dog, especially the older one’s a feeling of safety and security. Dogs will enjoy a properly sized crate rather than feeling as if they are rattling around in an empty room. This completely misses the point of giving them a “snug” feeling of belonging.

How are you going to select the correct size?

Understanding your dog’s body measurements for pet crate sizes can only do this. You might wonder if their weight is important. Well, it is certainly influential towards your decision. Considering this you have to take into account that the crate should have an allowance that is Six inches longer than your dog’s body and six inches taller that their shoulder height. The main purpose of this measurement is to give your pooch just enough room to stand up, turn around and stretch out while they rest or lie down in their new room. Plenty of space to move is adequate without offering extra room.

If you are buying this crate for a puppy, make sure to take their full-grown size into consideration. Choose a crate the puppy can eventually grow and fit into.

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Guidelines to choose your dog crate sizes:

Extra Small Size:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Chihuahua
  • Maltese
  • Papillon
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Shih Tzu
  • Toy Fox Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Small Size:

  • Affenpinscher
  • Australian Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Fox Terrier
  • Havanese
  • Jack Russel
  • Miniature Dachshund
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Pekingese
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Toy Poodle
  • West Highland White Terrier

Medium Size:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Basenji
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • French Bulldog
  • Keeshond
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier

Large Size:

  • Australian Cattle
  • Basset Hound
  • Beagle
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Shar-Pei
  • English Setter
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Finnish Spitz
  • Harrier
  • Norwegian Elk hound
  • Portuguese Water
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Welsh Corgi
  • Whippet

Extra Large Sized:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Belgain Malinois
  • Border Collie
  • Boxer
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Chow-Chow
  • Dalmatian
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Setter
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Poodle
  • Siberian Husky

XXL Sized:

  • Afghan
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bloodhound
  • Briard
  • Bull mastiff
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Gordon Setter
  • Great Dane
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Komondor
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Otter hound
  • Rottweiler
  • St. Bernard

Puppy Crates with Dividers may be a Good Idea..

Divider panels are a good investment along with metal or plastic puppy crates. They allow for the crate to grow along with your pet. Always choose crates that give you the ability to fold, collapse or disassemble. This works well for circumstances for storage and travel.

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Types of Crate for Dogs Available:


Wire Dog Crates (also known as metal crates for dogs)

Whenever someone mentions a dog crate, this type generally comes to our mind. The wire crates are most extensively used by pet consumers as it is more commonly seen. A single standard door comes with this crate. Certain types will also have multiple doors. These are present for access through the side and the roof. Multiple doors are perfect for little puppies as they need constant lifting and initial training to use their crates. These are best for large dogs, easy to assemble. A tray for the dog crate ensures ease of cleaning.

The advantage of Wire crates is that they are easy to clean and provides for substantial airflow. This works very well in hot climatic conditions. Your pooch will never feel locked in or caged-up as it provides with a large amount of visibility. Dogs love to be part of their world around them. The Wire crate will ensure it does not feel isolated. You can fold the crate flat, that means it is a collapsible pet crate. This makes it highly portable. If you have a growing puppy, adjust the size with the help of divider panels. Slide the tray out from the bottom to easily clean the crate.

A puppy can receive best training to understand acceptable home-friendly behaviours when training in the house through the right crate. Since dogs do not adhere to soiling their own “dens”, crates help in limiting their access and making them understand by way of instincts to areas off-limit to them.

Metal dog crate can also be rather heavy. These are not too home décor-friendly. Collapsible dog crates you might find them to be noisy.

Plastic Dog Crate: Plastic cages prove to be the best Travel crates for dogs.

Within an enclosed large plastic kennels, the possibility of few Dog’s finding them overly confined and isolated has been noticed with plastic kennel. They do tend to whine back in protest when crated in plastic crates. However, this completely depends on your dog’s breed, overall health and how often it gets to come out or play.

Smaller models are portable cages. These are sized to come with a top handle. Plastic ones  can insulate better than wired. Airlines generally by law, considering pet safety approve plastic dog kennels over metal crate pan. Your mutt might feel intimidated in a condition where there are many animals around it. Cheap pet cages are not always the best to travel with.

Dog Crates that are Stylish:

Stylish Dog crates are designed to blend into your home décor. Well if you are type who cannot stand the sight of a wired dog crate or a plastic one in your home, a stylishly designed cage might be exactly what you need. You can also double this crate up as a sleek piece of furniture. Perfect for your kid’s bedroom. The doggy has a comfortable place to nap in the company of your children without the crate standing out of place but in fact blending into the furniture.

Apart from the plastic and wire cages you have option amongst niche styles of crate custom made to enhance the luxury quotient for your dog’s new space. Of course at the stem, the need of the pooch is of utmost importance in determining which of these styles will suit. You can go for soft-sided nylon cages. These are in fact very light in weight, included with a convenient carry bag which makes it highly portable. If your pooch is a handsome overly large Braun boy, a strong aluminum dog crate will help in containing an aggressive nature. To keep your doggy fastened to their crate by a chain, you can buy a chain link type cage as well. These are best for outdoors. The crate will restrain your pooch from straying out of the yard.

Wooden cages are considered best by those looking purely at physical appearance. Matching to your home interiors in style, these are available in various types of hardwoods. A very chic alternative to plastic and wire crates, wooden crates are meant for the regal borne dogs.

Remember that if you have bought a little pup, the crate you buy should in fact be in accordance to its adult size. Simply use a divider to reduce the size of the crate.

Dogs love to scratch and chew irrespective of their ferociousness. Some do it more than often, some do it when in a playful mood. Chew toy objects also keeps them pre-occupied rather than destructive. Anyone who owns a tailwagger would understand. If you have owned a doggy u have definitely had fight breaking something apart from their teeth, they weren’t supposed to bite. So until the time your pet is completely house-trained, a practical idea would be to use a collapsible wire crate. The wire crate fulfills all requirements till your pet can completely get over their destructive chewing stage.

The Wire crate is all the easiest to clean when compared to other crate style. This applies most in the case of an accident. The wire crates are long-lasting and higher durability wise. Wire crates can be subjected to a large amount of scratching and chewing by a more destructive pooch.

However, if portability is your primary requirement, the plastic crates are a great option. These shinier crates can be folded flat as well. They are transportable, only a little heavier than wire crates. So if you are going to have to be traveling with your pet in a car or by air, a plastic crate will prove to be your best choice. Constant movement during a trip can extend rattling of a wire crate, which might cause your pet to panic. Most dog’s find it hard to travel for this reason.

If it might be affordable for you, choosing to go for a wired dog crate at home and a plastic one for during travels is the best practical way. Dog’s and their behaviors are sometimes unpredictable in different conditions away from home. Their crate gives them a sense of recognition, territory and belonging that cannot be replaced too soon.

In case of the wire crates, you would have to use a crate cover for insulation during colder weather conditions. Wired crates might not give your pet that regal, luxurious feeling of a personal den as much as the stylish or wooden crates. Though these are reasonably inexpensive, as well tough, which helps them out last longer than other crate styles.

Wooden crates are definitely in and many pet owners/lovers alike are choosing to pamper their dog’s with a luxurious looking den. However, it is best that you wait until you know your doggy is completely house trained. Once they are over their destructive chewing habits, preserve the overall look of your home with the many stylish woodwork options available. If your mutt is just still too aggressive, you might want to wait, else the crate is never lasting too long.


Useful accessories!

Cheap dog crates can still be customized to your dog’s impending needs. Using a Bedding or Crate Pad, Crate cover, Toys and treats indoor the dog kennels is something crate reviewers say really makes for a friendly atmosphere for your dog.


FAQ’s


I do not want to cage my dog! Why should you buy crates for dogs?

Pet crates are a way to condition your dog into feeling they have a room of their own. More like a “den” or an icrate. Through their life stages, a crate helps not only in house-training but also providing comfort and safety.

Where can I find portable dog crates?

What size crate is meant for your dog can be well-judged at a local pet store or through shopping online. You can look up the best possible reviews to choose between metal, plastic or stylish cages.

Are 2 door dog crates better?

Crates for smaller dogs can have one door. For larger dog, you can use with divider when they are a puppy. Remove the divider, a 2 door pet cages for dogs gives them more freedom.

My puppy won’t stay inside his dog cage. How to make my dog stay in his cage without having to hear him cry?

Puppies are like small children. They want to play and run around. However, they need to accept certain restriction for their own benefit. Once they begin to accept their crate as a home, they will be conditioned into using it.

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Crates for Dogs Wrap-Up

Thanks for taking the time to read our reviews on the best dog crates for puppies and adult dogs. We understand there are so many crates for dogs on the market and it’s tough to choose. We hope that we helped you in your decision to buy the best for your tailwagger!

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