Black RERORD 48 Inch Heavy Duty Dog Crate With Wheels, Folding Metal Big Dog Cage Extra Large Dog Crate

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Black RERORD 48 Inch Heavy Duty Dog Crate With Wheels, Folding Metal Big Dog Cage Extra Large Dog Crate

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  • Durable and sturdy metal: 48-inch Heavy-duty dog crate uses a high-strength metal construction, much stronger than fine wire cages. This is a very sturdy large dog crate, even for strong dogs. Maximum load capacity up to 500 lbs.
  • Folding design for 5 minutes to install: The extra strong big dog crate has a foldable design, so you don't have to spend time assembling it. The slide-out tray that comes with the kennel can catch fallen soil, helping you clean out the cage quickly and easily.
  • The four 360-degree rolling casters allow you to move crates anywhere easily. Two wheels can be locked to prevent accidental movement and keep your cage securely in place.
  • The front door of the indestructible dog crate is for pets in and out, the top door allows you to interact with your dog easily. Each door has 2 secure door latches to avoid anxiety dogs getting out and ensure a safe pet home for your dog. The door is not reversible.
  • It just takes 10 minutes to set up because most of the parts were pre-assembled. The removable and washable tray allows you to wipe and clean daily easily. Sufficiently lighten your burden to keep dogs.

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Damascus, VA

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I received Two cages and only ordered one and was only charged for one . This is second time this has happened. When I ordered cat cage I got two when I only ordered one. I let you guys know and got no response so I kept the 2nd cage now I have a second dog cage of which I have no use for and cannot afford to pay for Please straighten out mistakes and stop sending two of everything

Omg this thing is a monster, my Cane Corso has a bunch of room to stretch out, there were a couple cracks in the slide trays and some welds were broken but don’t effect the structure overall pretty cool!! Heavy but the wheels are nice.9

Rated 1 out of 5 stars.

The cage itself is decent but the wheel mechanism is horrible. The ball bearings kept falling out of the wheels and they are difficult to lock into place. I had to remove them but they were really functional. Replacement wheels would be nice. If your dog has an accident you cannot hose out the crate it will rust. So the crate is very difficult to clean.

Lexington, IL

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

First of all, the website shows that I ordered the white version of this crate. What did I receive The silver version. It is a giant PIA to return, so I guess I’m keeping the silver. Disappointed, but the crate is really nice. Slightly bent corner, but does not affect performance of the crate.

Spring Hill, FL

Love this if for no other reason it has wheels yes it is quite heavy but its so easy to move around with the wheels we travel a lot so we pack all our luggage inside it and pop it into the back of our mini van and our pup is happy when we need to keep him contained perfect for us at home also this is absolutely the best purchase I have ever made

It was easy to assemble very sturdy. My 120 pound German Shepherd gets in and out with ease. I love it.

Works great big enough for.my two pups to be in for awhile

Since I will need to update this all I can say is so far so good

Palmdale, CA

Large great crates... Exactly what I needed as far as size. My only issue is the lock... It took my Corso no time to figure out how to open it and escape. There is an opening to attach a small key lock or something similar... But I hate the idea of that. So I've resorted to teaching him not to escape. Not sure how long that will last. But again the overall size and structure of these crates is great. I also appreciate the wheels and pull out trays on the bottom. I think the only thing that would make me loves these more is if there was a small opening to place bowls for feeding if needed. But that's it.

Glen Allen, VA

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The crate came with a little ding and dent but overall a wonderful crate and easy to assemble. I would advise to get a crate mat for comfort by boys nails kept getting stuck in between the “slats”

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The 15 Best Travel Dog Crates & Carriers [2023]

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Keep your dog safe and calm with a dedicated doggie travel crate or carrier. Made from strong and durable materials, they are comfortable, secure, and an absolute must-have for dog lovers who never want to leave their furry friends behind.

Not all dog crates are suitable for every size of dog or type of journey. Consider the following before you buy:

Dog Crate Style

There are 2 main types of crates and carriers to choose from, with both styles being better suited to different situations and doggie personalities:

Hard-sided Crates and Carriers — These are an excellent choice for long road trips and can be used as a secure spot for your dog to sleep in when you reach your destination.

Strong and sturdy, they are also an excellent choice for dogs who like to chew, and the molded plastic construction is easy to clean between uses.

Soft-sided Crates and Carriers — These are good for dogs who are used to traveling, and the lightweight design makes them more suitable for use on airplanes and shorter journeys.

As long as you choose the right size to suit your dog, these flexible carriers are easy for you to carry and come with additional features, such as padded shoulder straps and handy storage pockets.

Dog Crate Size

While you may be restricted by airline regulations or the physical size of your cargo area, it is super important that the dog crate or carrier that you choose has enough space for your dog to travel comfortably in.

It should be big enough for your pooch to sit, stand, sleep and turn around in while still being compact enough to keep them feeling safe and secure. As a general rule, the crate or carrier you choose should be no more than 6 inches longer than your dog.

Crates and carriers are usually available in different sizes to suit a wide variety of breeds. Measure your dog from his neck to his rear legs and again from his shoulders to the ground to get a good idea of which size crate or carrier will suit him best.

Dog Crate Portability

Most manufacturers will also recommend a maximum weight for their crates and carriers . This is particularly important if you are planning on carrying your dog around in it.

If your dog is between weights or sizes, always choose the crate or carrier that can offer the greatest capacity to ensure that it is strong enough and roomy enough for them to feel comfortable in.

Dog Crate Safety

The crate or carrier you choose should be strong and sturdy enough to secure your 4-legged friend in transit without making them feel scared or uncomfortable.

Look for crates and carriers that have strong zippers or clasps on the doors to stop your dog from making an escape, and only ever choose a model that offers mesh sides or ventilation slots to ensure that your dog can breathe easily.

If you are traveling in your vehicle, the crate or carrier should be kept secure using the seat belt or shoulder harness to stop your dog from being thrown around on the road.

Dog Crate Comfort

Some dogs get very nervous when traveling, and others really don’t like being confined in a crate or carrier.

Try and make them feel more comfortable by looking for options that offer soft and cozy seating areas that can be washed between uses , and maybe throw their favorite toy or blanket in there with them.

Bottom Line: Mesh sides are not only useful for ventilation, but they also let your dog see out, which may help them to feel more relaxed if they have eyes on their favorite humans at all times.

1. Luxury Carrier for High-flying Pooches

Sherpa travel original deluxe airline approved pet carrier.

Take your 4-legged friend away with you in this awesome lightweight pet carrier. Suitable for medium-sized dogs, this carrier measures 17 x 11 x 10.5 inches and can hold up to 16 pounds in weight. With a patented spring wire frame, it can be pushed down to ensure that it fits neatly under your seat in transit.

Perfect for use while you fly, your dog will love the comfortable faux lambskin liner , and with a nonslip carrying handle and useful rear pocket for treats and poop bags, owners will love the convenience that this brilliant travel crate offers.

Available in a choice of colors for stylish doggos and their owners, this portable pet carrier can be folded up small for easy storage when not in use. Also available in a choice of small or large sizes, the Sherpa carry-on for your pooch is ready and waiting for your next adventure.

What We Like

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What We Don’t Like

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Petmate sky kennel pet carrier.

This hardside pet crate offers increased security for your furry friend while also being lightweight and travel-friendly.

Made from durable plastic materials, it has been constructed using non-corrodible wing nuts , extra-strong steel wire, and an interlocking door to enhance protection and ensure that your dog will never escape or be injured during transit.

Available in a choice of sizes, you can choose from the 21-, 28-, 32-, 36-, 40-, and 48-inch options to ensure that your dog has enough space to suit its size, and with vented openings all around it, this crate will ensure that your dog stays safe and healthy.

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Petmate vari kennel heavy-duty dog travel crate.

Comfortable and incredibly secure, this awesome travel crate is suitable for use both on the airplane and as a comfortable kennel space when you reach your destination.

With tie-down strap holds and wire vents for ventilation, your pooch will stay safely in place during your flight, and with an easy-open front latch, you can quickly release your dog for much-needed cuddles when you arrive.

The raised interior is perfect for letting them sleep on their favorite blanket, and suitable for dogs weighing up to 70 pounds, this travel crate lets your best friend travel everywhere with you.

Designed to meet most airline cargo specifications, this super-secure travel crate will help to keep your dog calm and relaxed as they fly. Also available in a range of smaller sizes, there is a Petmate Vari Travel Kennel to suit all breeds of dogs.

  • This travel kennel is practical, durable, and pleasingly affordable
  • There is no carry handle

4. Rolling Dog Carrier for Longer Journeys

Coopeter airline dog carrier.

Unique and highly portable, this rolling dog carrier makes light work of long journeys for you and your 4-legged friend.

Made from superstrong materials, it comes with a detachable 4-wheel platform and a longer-length handle that lets you pull the carrier along behind you.

With additional nonslip grab handles and an adjustable shoulder strap , you can also use it without the wheels when you want to. With mesh sides, your pooch will be able to breathe well and keep its eye on you at all times, and the soft-sided interior provides a warm and cozy space for naps.

Measuring up at 19.7 x 12.2 x 11.8 inches, this pet carrier is suitable for small-breed dogs, and when not in use, it can be folded up compact for easy storage. Comfortable, cozy, and incredibly cool, your dog will love traveling around in this innovative dog carrier.

  • The wheeled base and extendable handle are convenient to use
  • It is quite small, so check the measurements

5. 2-in-1 Carrier and Rolling Kennel

Sportpet designs rolling plastic kennel.

This portable kennel has a spacious interior and a sturdy build, and your pooch will quickly grow to love it almost as much as you do.

The convenient removable wheels make it a breeze to glide through the airport, and with 2 dishes, 4 live animal stickers, tie-down bungee straps, and metal bolts and nuts included, this carrier meets all the IATA airline requirements for dogs in transit .

Available in a selection of sizes from S through to 3XL, this rolling pet kennel can accommodate all breeds of dog, and with superfast assembly, it is perfect for use both while traveling and back at home.

For added security, this crate also comes with locking snaps on the sides and a strong metal door with an easy-to-grasp latch to ensure that your best friend is safely tucked away during the journey.

  • This is a good-sized, very secure travel kennel
  • It is quite heavy when your dog is in it

6. Fuss-free Travel Kennel for Everyday Use

Aspen pet traditional kennel.

With sturdy plastic construction, this traditional-style dog carrier is an excellent choice for pets weighing between 20 and 30 pounds.

Offering a simple, fuss-free design, your furry best friend can enjoy 360-degree ventilation to feel cool and comfortable , and the easy-to-open squeeze latch door is perfect for superfast loading and unloading.

In addition, the raised interior is a safe and comfortable space for your dog, and the secure tie-down holes will ensure that your best bud doesn’t slide around in transit.

Easy to carry using the top handle, this travel kennel also comes in smaller 20- and 25-inch versions for smaller breeds. The functional design makes this suitable for use as a training kennel at home and a secure and safe space for traveling.

  • The design is fuss-free and easy to use
  • It doesn’t feel quite as high quality as some of its competitors

7. Lightweight Pet Carrier for Easy Transportation

Petsfit airline approved dog carrier.

Lightweight and easy to carry, this travel dog carrier comes with a nonslip shoulder strap and grab handles, making it easy to take your best friend with you while you travel.

The mesh sides help to keep your dog cool, and the wire frame ensures that this carrier keeps its shape in transit.

Designed to conform perfectly with the under-seat dimensions of most airlines, your 4-legged friend can stay by your side as you fly, and the built-in safety tether on the inside will ensure that your pet is safely secured at all times .

For increased comfort, this brilliant carrier comes with a soft fleece mat that will help your pooch feel at home along the way, and with an additional backstrap, you can fasten the carrier to your luggage for seamless transportation around the airport.

  • The carrier can be folded up when not in use
  • It doesn’t feel substantial enough to hold heavier dogs

1. Basic Dog Crate That Can Fold Down for Easy Storage

Amazon basics portable folding soft dog travel crate.

This soft-sided and easy-to-fold 36-inch dog crate is perfect for road trips and overnight stays and offers plenty of comfort and security for even the most nervous of 4-legged travelers.

With 2 separate doors, it is easy to load and unload your pet for their next big adventure, and with ventilation on all 4 sides, your dog will be able to breathe easily along the way.

The secure zipper closures keep the crate secure, and with roll up and down doors, you can let your dog see out or roll them back down when it’s time to snooze.

Made from strong and durable polyester material, this crate comes with a PVC frame that can be set up and folded back down in an instant , and with the ability to hold up to 90 pounds in weight, this is an excellent option for larger breeds.

  • The crate is spacious and highly durable
  • It doesn’t come with carrying handles

2. Soft Dog Crate for Smaller Breeds

Elitefield 3-door folding soft dog crate.

This 24-inch dog crate is also available in larger 20-, 30-, 36-, and 42-inch versions, and the soft-sided design offers incredible versatility and comfort for your furry friend.

With a strong steel frame, it is sturdy enough to handle your pup’s weight, and the highly durable 600D fabric and hex mesh fabric will keep your dog well-ventilated in transit .

Designed to be wider and higher than most standard dog crates, your dog will have plenty of space to move around, and with 2 accessory pockets on the outside, you can keep their treats, leashes and other essentials close at hand.

As an added bonus, this model also comes with a free fleece bed included, as well as a carry bag, giving you and your pooch everything you need to stay safe, comfortable, and most of all calm on long car journeys or back at home.

  • This soft crate offers stress-free transportation
  • The zippers don’t feel secure enough for dogs that push against them

3. Plastic Carry Crate for the Trunk of Your Car

Ferplast atlas scenic suv & car dog crate.

Suitable for medium-size breeds, this crate measures 39 x 26 x 26 inches, making it suitable for use in the cargo area of most SUVs and hatchbacks.

Strong enough to comfortably hold dogs weighing as much as 60 pounds, this crate comes with super-sturdy molded handles that let you lift the crate (and dog) in and out of the vehicle when you need to.

Offering vented panels all the way along the sides , this model offers excellent ventilation to keep your dog comfortable and relaxed along the way, and the tough plastic and metal mesh is designed to withstand even the most enthusiastic of 4-legged friends.

With a convenient locking system built into the front door and a sliding opening, this crate will keep your dog safely contained while also helping to save space in your cargo area, and the versatile design can be completely dismantled for easy storage when not in use.

  • This crate fits most vehicles
  • It doesn’t feel that it would be able to stand up to escape artists

4. Multi-purpose Crate for Bigger Pooches

Noz2noz soft-krater indoor and outdoor crate for pets.

This soft-sided crate lets you take your best friend on long road trips with you, and the versatile and highly portable design is comfortable and convenient for your dog.

Made with a water-resistant base, it is perfect for nervous pooches as it can be cleaned up very easily , and the fully washable cover can be thrown into the machine between uses.

With a sturdy steel frame, it is designed to be strong and durable, and the novel design can be set up and folded down in an instant.

With mesh panels for increased ventilation and a better view for your 4-legged friend, this crate comes with rounded corners to prevent scratches. Available in a selection of sizes, this model can fit pets weighing up to 100 pounds.

  • The crate can easily be cleaned between uses
  • The zipper closure feels a bit flimsy

5. Heavy-duty Crate for Dogs Who Like Their Own Personal Space

Petsfit portable soft collapsible dog crate.

This 30-inch foldable dog crate is strong enough to comfortably carry dogs weighing up to 88 pounds, and the spacious interior has been designed to keep your pooch feeling calm and comfortable.

Made from high-quality materials, it comes with grid doors on the front, top, and side for easier loading and unloading, and the pocket on the back is a handy space to hold treats, snacks, leashes, and other doggie travel accessories.

Featuring an upgraded hexagonal structure grid, this crate is incredibly sturdy , and with Velcro-zippered doors, your dog will stay safely housed at all times.

With rounded corners on the top, this crate will slip neatly into your vehicle without causing any damage to the interior, and the foldable steel frame has a washable soft cover and can be folded down quickly for convenient storage when not in use.

  • The spacious interior is perfect for larger dogs
  • The mesh doesn’t feel particularly strong

6. Excellent Pop-up-style Dog Crate

Petsfit collapsible soft dog crate.

Perfect for small and medium breeds, this pop-up style dog crate measures 30 x 20 x 19 inches and has 2 doors for easier loading and unloading.

Both doors can be rolled up so your dog can see out, and the mesh panels allow for increased ventilation along the way.

Lightweight while still being incredibly sturdy , this dog crate can also be used as an open bed, giving your dog their own space — both in transit and when you reach your destination.

With a removable and washable soft pad, this is a super-comfy base for your best friend while you are away from home.

With a patented screw-in design that lets you set the crate up in seconds, this is an awesome travel crate that can easily be dismantled and stored between uses.

  • The crate sets up superfast
  • There are more sturdy dog crates out there

7. Collapsible Crate for Use in Your Vehicle

Amazon basics folding soft dog crate.

This awesome soft-sided dog crate is anything but basic and offers a cost-effective way to transport your best friend from A to B.

Measuring 26 x 18 x 18 inches, this model is suitable for small breeds weighing between 12 and 25 pounds, but it also comes in 21- , 30-, 36-, and 42-inch versions for dogs of varying sizes . Made from durable polyester and PVC materials, it collapses down for quick and easy storage.

For added convenience, it also features accessory pockets on the top and the side for storing treats and other essentials, and with a top handle and shoulder strap, it is easy to carry your dog around in.

On the inside, the plush fleece-covered pet bed offers superior comfort on the road, and the multiple screened panels offer increased ventilation and an excellent opportunity for your pooch to keep a watchful eye on you.

  • The crate is comfy, practical, and easy to use
  • The mesh isn’t strong enough to handle dogs that like to chew

8. For Dogs Who Like To Be Close by You

Slowton dog booster car seat.

If your dog thinks it’s human, this convenient and comfortable doggie car seat might be just the thing for it to enjoy.

Made with a reinforced metal frame, this crate provides a safe and comfy shelter for dogs who like to ride in cars, and the quick and easy installation makes it easy to fit and remove from your car seat as often as necessary.

The nonslip rubber bottom won’t slide around on the back seat of your car , and the seat belt tether will keep your dog secure. With mesh windows on 3 sides, this model offers excellent ventilation, and the front and top zipper doors let you load and unload your dog without a fuss.

With a washable and reusable pet pee pad on the bottom, your seats will stay clean and dry, even with the most anxious of doggies, and with the ability to fold up flat when not in use, this is a super-fancy and incredibly safe way for your dog to travel around with you.

  • Pets are easy to secure and buckle in
  • The locking system could be sturdier

Whether you are looking for an airplane carrier for your bichon frise or a cargo crate for your husky, there are lots of safe and comfortable ways to keep your best friend by your side.

From hard-sided crates to soft and flexible carriers, finding the right model for you and your dog will let you both enjoy many miles of adventures together.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i get my dog used to a travel crate.

Start slowly and be patient when getting your dog used to a travel crate. Leave the door open and line the crate with your dog’s favorite blanket and even an item of your clothing, so they feel comfortable. Use lots of treats and positive reinforcement to create a positive association.

Is it safe for a dog to travel in a crate?

Crates are an excellent and safe way to transport your dog in cars or while flying. Look for crates that have strong zippers, clasps, and sturdy doors.

What size travel crate does my dog need?

Measure your dog’s length from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. Your travel dog crate should be no more than their length plus 6 inches. Also, make sure that your dog has enough room to sit, lie down, and turn around comfortably.

How do I choose a travel crate for my dog?

There are several things to consider when choosing a travel crate for your dog. Safety and comfort will be high on your list of criteria. It’s also important to get the correct size for your dog, and the weight will also be a key consideration, especially for air travel.

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Big dogs need – wait for it, you’re never gonna guess – big crates.

I know. I’ll give you a second to process this mind-blowing bit of info.

But there are a couple of other things to think about when buying a dog crate for your extra-large canine, some of which are actually a bit surprising. We’ll dive into this issue below and talk about the things you’ll want to look for when picking a the best dog crate for your big pooch.

And, of course, we’ll recommend a few of the best options available.

Impact Collapsible Dog Crate

The Best Dog Crates for Large Dogs

Now that you’re familiar with some of the most important things to look for in a dog crate, you’re ready to start making your choice. We’d recommend picking one of the crates listed below, as they’re all high-quality units, which have received great reviews from other big-dog owners.

1. Impact Collapsible Dog Crate

Impact Collapsible Dog Crate

A top-of-the-line collapsible dog crate featuring military-grade components. 

About : Sometimes, you just want to stop messing around and get the best product the market offers. And in terms of crates for large and extra large dogs, that means going with an Impact Collapsible Dog Crate (or really, any of the crates in Impact’s lineup). Backed by the manufacturer’s 10-year warranty and built to last, this dog crate stands head-and-shoulders above most other options on the market.

  • Ships fully assembled
  • Fitted with military-grade handles and stackable corners
  • Comes in your choice of 7 colors, including neutrals like Black and bright offerings like Teal
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Specifications :

  • Material : Aluminum
  • Sizes : 6 sizes, ranging from Medium (30.5″ L x 20.5″ W x 26″ H) to Triple Extra Large (54.5″ L x 35.5″ W x 42″ H)
  • Divider Included? : No (can be purchased separately)
  • Removable Tray? : No
  • Wheels? : No
  • Collapsible? : Yes
  • Built like a tank and secure
  • Easy to collapse and store when needed
  • 54-inch model should accommodate most pups
  • Color options is a nice bonus
  • Stackable for owners with multiple pups
  • Pricey (though they do offer financing)
  • Heavy (the largest size weighs 106 pounds)

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I had the chance to try the Impact Collapsible Dog Crate (as well as their High Anxiety model) with my dogs over a period of two years.

I absolutely love them both and explain why here:

  • Impact Collapsible Dog Crate Review
  • Impact High Anxiety Dog Crate Review

2. AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Dog Crate

Amazon Basics Foldable Metal Crate

An affordable, no-frills crate that'll get the job done without breaking the bank.

About : The AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Crate is designed to be functional and affordable, so it doesn’t come equipped with many fancy extras. This makes it a great choice for those who want a high-quality dog crate without spending a lot of money.

  • The bottom of this dog crate features “mini dividers” to prevent your pup from sneaking a paw through
  • Available in single- and double-door models
  • Easy, tool-free assembly
  • Dual door locking feature keeps canine secure inside
  • Material : Steel wire
  • Sizes : 7 sizes, ranging from (22.0″ L x 13.0″ W x 16.0″ H) to (48.0″ L x 30.0″ W x 32.5″ H)
  • Divider Included? : Yes
  • Removable Tray? : Yes
  • Much more affordable than most other options
  • Comes with most basic features owners want
  • Relatively light and collapsible
  • Not suitable for escape artists
  • Collapsible, but not great for travel

3. Petmate Sky Kennel

Petmate Sky Kennel

An IATA-compliant crate that's suitable for air travel and breaks down for storage.

About : As the name suggests, the Petmate Sky Kennel is designed to comply with the requirements set by most airlines for four-footed passengers. However, it is also a great dog crate for general home use, and the mostly solid sides may provide additional security for nervous pups.

  • Provides plenty of ventilation to keep your pet comfortable
  • Door features a vault-style secure latch and is secured in four places
  • Comes with a “Live Animal” sticker and two clip-on water dishes
  • Made in the United States
  • Material : Plastic
  • Sizes : Available in 6 sizes, ranging from 21″ to 48″
  • Divider Included? : No
  • Wheels ?: No
  • Collapsible ?: No
  • Perfect for jet-setting pet parents
  • Provides some privacy for your pet
  • Very secure latches
  • Included extras (water dishes, stickers, etc.)
  • This is a pretty pricey dog crate
  • While you can take it apart, it isn’t “collapsible”

Though the Petmate Sky Kennel is specifically designed for air travel, you should always contact the airline you’ll be flying and find out about the specific requirements they impose for travel crates, as each carrier has its own rules and regulations.

4. LEMBERI Heavy Duty Indestructible Dog Crate

LEMBERI Heavy Duty Indestructible Dog Crate

About : The LEMBERI Heavy Duty Indestructible Dog Crate is tough as nails and designed to keep even the most determined dogs safely contained. It remains moveable with a wheeled base, and those wheels lock, too, keeping the kennel in place as you see fit. This dog crate arrives mostly assembled as well, with the wheeled base taking ten minutes or less to set up.

  • Non-toxic, anti-rust finish helps this dog crate last against day-to-day wear and tear
  • Removable floor grate separates potential messes from your pup
  • Top and front doors offer plenty of access for cleaning and checking in on your canine
  • Offered in neutral Black and Silver finishes
  • Material : Alloy steel
  • Sizes : (37.4″ L x 25.6″ W x 30.5″ H), (42.52″ L x 29.92″ W x 34.46″ H), and (47.2″ L x 30.7″ W x 36.0″ H)
  • Wheels? : Yes
  • Wheeled design makes for easier transport and cleaning as needed
  • Many owners are pleased with the strong construction of this kennel
  • Pricing is reasonable considering the quality of this kennel
  • While collapsible, it requires some work, and is quite heavy
  • Some owners encountered issues with the wheels’ locking feature

5. SportPet Rolling Plastic Crate

SportPet Rolling Plastic Crate

A durable plastic crate that comes with a gutter-style floor and 4 rolling casters.

About : The SportPet Rolling Plastic Crate will work well in your home or when traveling with your pet. It is designed to comply with most airline regulations, and it is even easy to push through the airport, thanks to the included wheels.

  • Metal hardware to comply with most airline regulations
  • Both sides and the back panel feature a metal-wire window
  • A clip-on water dish and 4 “Live Animal” stickers are included
  • Gutter-style floor to keep your dog dry in the event of an accident
  • Sizes : 5 wheeled styles, ranging from Medium to XXX-Large
  • Collapsible? : No
  • Great for home use or during flying
  • Gutter-style floor is pretty innovative
  • Wheels make it easy to move
  • Great value for the price
  • Metal hardware is a surprising perk at the price point
  • Some owners reported components broke easily
  • Gutter-style floor may reduce your canine’s comfort a bit

6. MidWest Homes for Pets XXL/Giant Dog Crate

MidWest Homes for Pets XXL/Giant Dog Crate

A cavernous crate with ample ventilation that's large enough for Great Danes and other giants.

About : While there are a number of 48-inch dog crates available, larger crates are often difficult to find. But the Midwest Homes for Pets XXL/Giant Dog Crate is one of the biggest dog crates on the market and provides plenty of space for most extra-large dogs with its 54 inches of length.

  • Uses special L-bars to prevent the sides from bowing out
  • Features 2 doors (1 on the front and 1 on the side)
  • Doors feature 3 heavy-duty latches
  • Not technically “collapsible,” but you can take it apart by removing the 4 drop pins
  • Backed by manufacturer’s 1-year warranty
  • Material : Metal wire
  • Sizes : Single size measuring 54″ L x 37″ W x 45″ H 
  • Divider Included? : No, but can be purchased separately from the manufacturer
  • Collapsible? : Not technically, but you can take it apart by removing the 4 drop pins
  • One of the few dog crates large enough for gigantic dogs
  • Extra reinforcement provided for structural integrity
  • Affordable given the size
  • Extra latches are a nice touch
  • Require 2 people for assembly
  • Skittish doggos may require a crate cover
  • A tray this large will be unwieldy

7. Midwest Homes for Pets Ultima Pro

Midwest Homes for Pets Ultima Pro

A good value choice, this crate provides a great combination of features and price.

About : The Midwest Homes for Pets Ultima Pro is the most durable model in Midwest’s lineup. It is secure enough to keep escape-artist dogs contained and comes in sizes sufficient for many large and extra-large dogs. It is clearly not the best dog crate available, but it is definitely worthy of consideration by pet parents seeking good value for their dog-care dollar.

  • Equipped with 2 doors and slide-bolt latches
  • Strong carrying handle makes for easier transport
  • Includes 4 rubber feet to protect your floors
  • Backed by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Sizes : 5 sizes, including Large (42″ L x 28″ W x 30″ H) and X-Large (48″ L x 30″ W x 35″ H)
  • Provides a nice cost-to-quality ratio
  • Strong and durable wire used in the construction
  • We love that it comes with 2 doors for convenience
  • Rubber feet are a nice bonus
  • A few pet owners complained about the hinges
  • Slightly heavier than some similar models

8. Revol Dog Crate

Revol Dog Crate

A new take on the classic dog crate, complete with several interesting features in a sleek, modern look.

About : Manufacturers occasionally re-envision existing products, thereby bringing something new to the marketplace and giving dog owners a different option. And that’s exactly what has happened with Revol’s Dog Crate . Inspired by products designed for human babies, this collapsible, aluminum-and-plastic crate may be the best dog crate for forward-thinking pet parents.

  • Available in 4 colors
  • Design offer plenty of airflow and visibility
  • Features front and top doors
  • Dual-lock handle for extra security
  • Material : Aluminum with plastic components
  • Sizes : 4 sizes, from Small (25″ L x 17″ W x 19″ H) to Large (44″ L x 28″ W x 30″ H)
  • Comes with a ton of nifty features
  • Dual-lock handle is great for escape artists
  • Neat aesthetics that differ from traditional dog crates
  • Multiple access points provides convenience
  • Not the best “collapsible” design we’ve seen

First Things First: What Qualifies as a “Large” Dog?

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There’s no commonly accepted definition for a “large” or “extra-large” dog. Nor is there an official size range for terms like “giant,” “colossal,” “jumbo,” or “oh-my-god-how-much-does-that-dog-weigh?”

It’s all varies pretty arbitrarily from one manufacturer, owner, breeder, vet, and writer to the next.

But for our purposes here, we’ll keep things simple:

  • Large breeds will refer to dogs weighing more than 50 pounds
  • Extra-large breeds will refer to dogs weighing more than 100 pounds

Easy-peasy.

But to make it even easier, we’ve listed some of the most common examples below .

Just remember that all breeds vary a bit and individuals of some breeds may be larger or smaller than is typical for the breed.

“Large” Breeds

  • Labrador retriever
  • Golden retriever
  • American pit bull terrier
  • Staffordshire terrier
  • Siberian husky
  • Doberman pinscher
  • Great Pyrenees
  • German shepherd
  • Bernese mountain dog
  • Standard poodle
  • German shorthaired pointer

“Extra-Large” Breeds

  • Irish wolfhound
  • Scottish deerhound
  • Newfoundland
  • Tibetan mastiff
  • Neapolitan mastiff
  • Saint Bernard
  • Presa Canario
  • Anatolian Shepherd

Of course, there are dozens of other breeds who fall into one of these categories, but you get the idea. Nevertheless, when trying to determine the proper size dog crate for your dog, you’re better off using linear measurements.

We’ll explain how to do that below.

Determining the Proper Crate Size for Your Pooch

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Finding the proper crate size for your pooch is fairly easy. Just grab your dog and a tape measure and we’ll get to work.

 Start by having your dog stand. Measure your dog from the tip of her nose to the base (not the tip) of her tail. Add 2 to 4 inches to that figure to get the proper crate length.

  Next, you’ll want to have your dog sit (a dog’s head is typically tallest when sitting). Measure the distance from the ground to the top of her head. Add 2 to 4 inches to this figure, and you have the proper height for the crate.

  These two measurements – the crate length and height – will serve as your guide to choosing the right dog crate for your pet. You don’t have to worry about the crate’s width, as most dog crates are designed with appropriate length-width ratios.

For example, if your dog is 38 inches long and 30 inches tall (while seated), she’ll need a 42-inch-long crate that is 34 inches tall. In most cases, you’ll want to focus primarily on the length of the crate when making your selection. Most large and extra-large pups will need dog crates measuring between 40 and 60 inches long.

Note that some authorities recommend adding 4 to 6 inches on top of your dog’s length when selecting the proper crate size, instead of the 2- to 4-inch guideline we prefer. This is fine if you’d prefer to scale up the crate a little bit, but understand that it is not a good idea to provide your dog with a crate that is too large. Doing so will eliminate some of the benefits dog crates provide (more on this later), so stay in the 2- to 6-inch range.

You can theoretically go overboard on the height of the crate without causing many problems, but you’ll rarely find many super-tall dog crates in practice.

Why Do You Need a Crate, Anyway?

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A lot of owners consider dog crates optional, and if you put me in The Room of Absolute Truth TM , I’d probably agree that they aren’t strictly imperative.

But they are incredibly valuable and *this close* to being mandatory.

For starters, dog crates do five important things:

  • They give you a place to confine your dog when you aren’t home . Many dogs become destructive when left at home alone. Others may raid the garbage can, which can be dangerous (or unpleasant, depending on the garbage can he prefers). But he’ll cause relatively little trouble while sequestered in a secure dog crate with a safe and long-lasting chew toy .
  • They give your pup a safe and secure place to hang out . Nervous dogs often like the cozy confines of a cave-like crate — it often serves as a “safe space” for them. Dog crates are also great for helping dogs afraid of fireworks and thunderstorms feel safe. If you have an anxious pupperino, try putting a crate cover over the crate’s frame for a cozier atmosphere.
  • They are helpful when company comes over . Visitors may find exuberant dogs a little hard to take, and even the best-behaved dogs can get in the way when you’re entertaining. But dog crates give you a safe and comfortable place to tuck your dog away when you have people over for dinner.
  • They provide a space-efficient place for their bed . Most dogs appreciate having a good bed, and it is often helpful to place the bed inside the crate to minimize the amount of extra space taken up by her stuff (see our top picks for the best dog crate beds to find good options that work with the dimensions of large-sized dog crates).
  • They are helpful for crate-training . Dogs don’t want to poop or pee where they sleep. Accordingly, they’ll rarely go in a crate of the proper size (read: not too large). This makes dog crates great tools for teaching them proper poop protocols for your home. Crate-training isn’t the best approach for all dogs, but it’s generally one of the best approaches to the house-breaking process.

Important Criteria You Should Seek in Any Dog Crate

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No matter how big or small your pup is, you’ll want to look for a number of important criteria when making your choice. And this goes for owners considering wire dog crates, plastic dog crates, or anything in between.

Keep the following things in mind when trying to pick a high-quality crate:

The Door Must Close Securely

Dog crates that don’t close securely are pretty worthless, so you’ll want to make sure that any crate you select has high-quality latches . But beware of dog crates with exceptionally large latching mechanisms, as some dogs will learn how to open the door themselves. 

If you have an especially escape-prone pooch, you’ll probably need a crate especially designed for Houdini dogs with double latches or more advanced locking mechanisms.

The Crate Must Not Have Any Sharp Edges

Some poor-quality dog crates have rough or sharp edges, often near the welded spots where two wires meet.

You can smooth minor rough spots with a bit of sandpaper or steel wool, but dog crates with significant hazards should be avoided entirely.

Two Doors Are Better than One

While dog crates with a single door will certainly work, double-door crates are much more convenient . They not only give your dog two ways to get in or out, they give you more flexibility with regard to placement.

For example, you’ll be able to place the crate against a wall without blocking the only entrance.

Removable Pans Make Accident-Cleanup Easier

Accidents – whether of the tinkling or water-dish-spilling variety – will occur. But dog crates with a removable plastic tray are much easier to clean afterward. You won’t even have to remove your pet from the crate to do so.

Typically, removable trays are most common in metal or wire dog crates , but you may encounter a plastic model with one too.

Size-Specific Concerns: Things You Need in a Large Dog Crate

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In addition to the generic criteria, you’d want to seek when selecting any crate, large dogs present a few unique challenges. Be sure to select a crate that provides as many of the following features as possible:

Wheels Are Important

Large crates are bulky and heavy, which means they’re difficult to move. Therefore, you’ll want to give special consideration to models with wheels, as they’ll be easier to slide around the house when necessary.

Rigid Models Are Strongly Preferred

While a soft dog crate can work well for a small or medium-sized doggo, large and extra-large dogs should usually be provided with a rigid crate .

You may be able to get away with a soft crate for brief periods of time (and when you’re monitoring the situation), but most large dogs will be capable of busting loose in fabric crates.

Collapsible Crates Are Convenient

Whether you want a plastic dog crate, a wooden dog crate, or a metal model, you’ll want to stick to collapsible models if you plan on taking your crate anywhere or storing it when it isn’t needed .

Also, because you’ll likely be having the crate shipped to your home, you’ll save some money on shipping by selecting one that can be collapsed and shipped in a relatively flat box.

Dividers Are Important for Puppies

It is always wisest to purchase a crate that will last for your dog’s entire life, rather than buying a small one when she’s a puppy and a larger crate once she becomes an adult dog. Instead, go ahead and buy a crate that is suitable for her adult size and use dividers to temporarily shrink the size of the interior. As she grows, you can remove a divider panel to provide access to the entire crate.

Large Crates Require Thicker Wire

The wires used for small crates may not be sturdy or rigid enough to retain their structural integrity when used in big crates. Additionally, large dogs have stronger jaws and teeth than smaller dogs do. Accordingly, you’ll always want to look for crates that feature thick, strong wire (if you opt for a wire dog crate).

Large Crates Require Sturdier Hardware

The hardware used to keep the crate together will also need to be pretty heavy-duty to prevent your pooch from busting out of her crate. This not only includes the corner connectors but the latches and hinges too.

Best Dog Crates for Large Dogs: FAQ

large dog crates

Still have questions about picking the right dog crate for your super-sized pupper? We’ll try to help by answering some of the most common questions owners have below!

Are plastic crates strong enough for big dogs?

Some plastic dog crates are, in fact, strong enough for big dogs. With that being said, metal dog crates are generally preferable as they’re stronger.

What is the safest dog crate?

The safest dog crate for your pet will depend on a variety of factors, but Impact’s High Anxiety Dog Crate is certainly one of the best options for large, strong, or escape-minded dogs.

Can you use soft dog crates for large dogs?

Soft dog crates are rarely strong enough to contain large dogs, but they may be a viable option for some very limited circumstances. For example, older dogs may not be energetic enough to try to break free.

Is a wire dog crate OK for a large dog?

Wire crates are sometimes the best options for big dogs. The important thing is that you stick to models that are strong enough for your muscle-bound mutt. Look for things like thick wire and high-quality welds, and also make sure that the model you choose has a secure dog latch.

Don’t Forget a Bed for Your Crate!

A crate bed can help keep your pet’s crate super comfy and make the whole thing more appealing. There are plenty of great crate beds on the market you can buy, or you can just make one yourself, as demonstrated in the video above!

   

Do you have a big or extra-big four-footer? What type of crate do you use? What size dog crate do you use for your floof? Would you buy it again if you had the chance? What do you think the best dog crate is for large pooches? Do you have any crate training tips to share with our readers?

Let us know all about your experience in the comments below.

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Appreciate the no-nonsense analysis and clear presentation of the product specs, thanks! Next article, adding wheels to large crates? (I’ve used appliance rollers, works but clumsy.)

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Glad you enjoyed the article, RS, and your idea about adding wheels to large crates is intriguing! Thanks for the suggestion.

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7 Best Airline-Approved Dog Crates (2024) IATA-Compliant

February 23, 2024

Can you use your wheeled or collapsible super-strong crate to air travel?

But what CAN you use? That’s the question to which I have the answer.

I realized this is a topic pet parents will need the most reassurance on. So, I took my time, found about 15 potential dog crates, and brought the list down to the top 7.

As long as you read to the very end, you’ll know what to do; I won’t have to tell you.

Be sure to read after the list to discover some of the must-know information when you’re flying with your dog.

Let’s start the list!

Table of Contents

1. Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier

2. petmate sky kennel, 3. gunner g1, 4. amazonbasics pet carrier, 5. away the pet carrier, 6. aspen pet dog kennel, 7. petsfit carrier, measure your dog accurately, assess your dog’s activity and level of tameness, consider the crate’s ventilation, opt for a secure locking mechanism , check for easy assembly and disassembly, consider the weight of the crate , asses the comfort features, consider the ease of cleaning, dog crate requirements of each airline, size requirements , pet documents , the nature of nuts and bolts and the door, ventilation requirement, food and water dishes aspect, feeding instructions, crate lining, features that shouldn’t be in your airline dog crate, preparing your dog for air travel, benefits of buying airline-approved pet crates, in conclusion, what is aita approved crate, are there pet carriers made specifically for air travel, are dog crates allowed on planes, 7 best airline-approved dog crates.

Diggs is a brand recognized for innovation and class.

From now on, their passenger travel carrier, which I’ll call the Diggs carrier , is the BEST airline-approved carrier.

Let’s see why it is the best.

For starters, this is not only an airline-friendly carrier; you can carry your furry friend in this bag in trains, cars, or even on foot. But remember that Diggs recommends this carrier for dogs AND cats up to 18 lbs .

You don’t have to worry about the space as the Diggs carrier comes with external dimensions 20″ L x 10.8″ W x 11.5 “H and internal dimensions 18 “L x 10” W x 10.75 “H.

In other words, it’s spacious enough for your dog and small enough to fit under the seat in front of you, as it should be.

Not only that, but the carrier also boats a front pocket with dimensions 16″ x 6″. It’s clear that Diggs has designed the crate keeping the utmost comfort and sense of safety in mind.

But the biggest problem with most dog carriers is that they’re very heavy — Diggs wins there, too, as the bag is only 4.5 lbs .

Before I go any further, these airline-approved dog carriers are made from premium nylon with four elegant colors , including navy blue, that make you look like a Wall Street executive.

I absolutely admire how this dog carrier has intelligently integrated design details that make air travel hassle-free. 

For example, it has a cross-body strap , a D-ring clip for your keys, and even a collar tether clip to secure the pet when the carrier is open.

On top of that, you get three pockets to keep the essentials within easy reach.

Multiple access points design feature helps dog parents to manage their dogs during flying easier. 

If an accident occurs, there’s a side door by which you can fix the issue quickly and discreetly. On the side, there’s a third opening which tremendously helps you with the bag’s orientation in tight spaces when you’re flying.

The cherry on top is the patent-pending pee pad with impressive absorption capabilities.

Ventilation and privacy are a top priority when flying, and Diggs also impresses you in that aspect. A special mesh is present throughout the carrier for ventilation . Your dog won’t feel anxious thanks to the well-covered design.

Not only that, you also get a 30-day return window , but the catch is the 10% return shipping fee.

But as a matter of fact, Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier is the BEST IATA-compliant dog crate.

Petmate is a brand that has almost always reached the top few of my reviews. The reason is their superior build quality.

The same quality is continued with the Petmate Sky Kennel .

Coming in only light gray , Petmate lets you pick the kennel in six sizes . It’s an impressive size range from 21″ to 48″, ensuring almost all dogs are eligible to fly.

This kennel is made from eco-friendly 90% pre-consumer recycled plastic content , whose product weight range is from 6 lbs to 51 lbs. 

I’d say it’s an outstanding balance between strength and airplane-friendly weight. To make it easier to carry the kennel, there’s a carrying handle on the top too.

These features show how amazingly Petmate understands pet parents who fly with dogs.

Unlike the Diggs carrier, the Petmate pet kennel has only one door , but it’s big enough. There’s an easy open squeeze-latch with a 4-way locking vault mechanism for sizes 21″, 28″, and 32″.

For 36″, 40″, and 48″, there is a dial latch system with a 4-way locking vault kennel door. The mesh design will keep your dog safe WHILE helping it see outside.

In addition to the door, there are t wo metal side vents and rear ventilation to always ensure ideal air circulation.

Remember that this rigid plastic carrier has a secure non-corrosive wing nut & bold design complimented with tie-down strap holes while being tamper-proof.

It’s admirable how Petmate has included airline travel essentials such as 2 Live Animal stickers , a food and water bowl , an absorbent paper pad , and ID stickers . It shows how airline-travel focussed this crate really is.

The overall build quality of the Petmate Sky Kennel is admirable. The sense of safety and the objectively superior design features ensure that your furry friend stays calm and comfortable when you’re flying.

The Petmate Sky Kennel is the BEST ALTERNATIVE if you cannot find the Diggs passenger travel carrier.

Gunner is an all-rounder kennel, and that statement further solidifies as the brand’s G1 kennel is my second-best alternative to the Diggs kennel.

Let’s see what makes it special.

For starters, Gunner positions G1 as the world’s safest travel kennel .

In fact, the kennel’s powerful frame system is reinforced with an Aluminum frame designed explicitly to contain a dog before, during, and after a car wreck.

In other words, dog owners can rest assured knowing their dogs will be safe in car AND air travel.

The crate comes in four sizes ; the smallest is 21.75″ (L – Floor) x 14.5″ (W – Floor) x 15.5″ (H) / 16.5″ (W) at the kennel’s widest interior point, weighing 27 lbs.

The largest is 33.25″ (L – Floor) x 21″ (W – Floor) x 29″ (H) / 23″ (W) at the kennel’s widest interior point, with a weight of 72 lbs.

To make the fit better, Gunner lets you choose the fit by 3 methods ; by crate size (mentioned above), by measuring your dog’s physical dimensions, and by the vehicle fit. 

G1 is the only double-walled rotomolded kennel in the marke t, further increasing your dog’s safety while skyrocketing its durability value.

What about comfort?

The Gunner G1 kennel is 12% cooler , and your dog expends 20% less energy compared to leading most leading Aluminum and single-wall rotomolded kennels. 

The reversible door makes it easier to access, and the key-in-the-hole with the paddle latch certifies protection. That peace of mind matters tremendously in domestic flights.

You’d also find the element-repelling windows helpful for your dog. They’re engineered to limit the penetration of seasonal elements like snow or rain. 

Gunner boasts the G1’s interior drainage system with an oversized and removable drain plug . This might not be useful during the flight, but it’s beneficial in the long run.

The Petmate kennel had one carrying handle, but this kennel has two kayak-grade handles . Combine that with the built-in tie-down pins and the non-slip feet ; this crate will stay put wherever you place it.

Isn’t that a mandatory requirement, anyway?

As you may already know, Gunner kennels, including the G1, are completely made in the USA . With a lifetime guarantee , its value is quite high.

With five vibrant earth-tone colors , Gunner gives you dog owners no choice but to love this travel dog crate.

So, in conclusion, the Gunner G1 is one of the best airplane crates.

The next best recommendation is the AmazonsBasics pet carrier. Let’s see how well it performs as an airline-approved crate.

The AmazonBasics crate is unique; it comes in two styles: a metal vent or a two-door top load. 

This crate is available in one color (cream and grey) and one size , which is 23.6 “L x 15.7 “W x 13 “H. The two-door top-load version comes in blue-grey, with one size, which is 22.83 “L x 14.96 “W x 12.99 “H.

So, it’s not for very large dogs like Great Danes who want more moving space. Ideally, this crate suits the best for puppies and small-medium-sized dog breeds.

I love the mixture of metal and plastic for the design, similar to the Gunner kennel. The Amazon Basics kennel is made from single-walled molded plastic , and the other elements are metallic.

If you go with the metal vent design, you get one door with a wire mesh and t hree-way air holes covered with metal wires.

The two-door top load version has a side and a top door . This makes handling your pet in the cage inside the flight easier.

The cherry on top is the securing locking door closure mechanism . They’re not 100% metallic in both cages, but the 2-door model with spring-loaded latch in the two-door version is more secure.

No matter how secure the locks are, pet owners must crate train their dogs ideally to ensure they’re safe and comfortable during airplane traveling.

The center-aligned top carrying handle makes it easier to carry it. 

You might wonder, wouldn’t it be better to have a crate with wheels? But it’s one of the forbidden features; you can read the rest at the end of this list.

You also get free Prime shipping in the link that I have recommended; no worries about safety.

The verdict? It’s a great alternative when you can’t find the most suitable airline-approved dog crates.

AWAY is not a brand dedicated to dog kennels, but you’d be impressed when reading about their pet carrier.

This pet carrier meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements while being certified by The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) — that’s where I’d like to start this review.

Away pet carrier comes in one standard size , 18.7″ x 10.8″ x 10.75″, and the company recommends this fine dog carrier for pets up to 18 lbs . 

With the retractable privacy screen , you’ll never have anxious pets. In addition, Away has ensured ideal air circulation with the mesh panels on three sides. These crate features ensure your pet’s safety.

How much does it weigh? 

It weighs 4.3 lbs with a shoulder strap and 3.9 lbs without. So, the dog’s weight will typically be around 25 lbs, which is great.

You’re highly likely to get somewhat reminded of the classy look of the Diggs carrier. After all, it comes in black , made from superior quality Nylon leather material . That’s why it lasts so long by design.

The removable and washable plush sherpa bedding is Away’s secret to providing the best comfort for your dog in air travel. Combine that with the water-resistant lining for easy accident cleanup; this pet carrier is a phenomenal alternative.

You’d like the safety collar clip ideally placed to prevent quick pet escapes when opening. You know you don’t want that risk in air travel. 

But how access-friendly this bag really is? The t wo-way zip top and side openings resemble multiple access points as they enable easy access to your pet. 

It’s admirable how Away has integrated latches that fasten to a car seat belt. When traveling by car, you can make great use of the strap that secures any Away luggage too.

Away boasts its pet carrier’s usability experience with the side pocket, waterproof lining, and raining holes. It’s bespoke for storing a collapsible water bowl.

As an established brand, Away gives you 100 days to return the bag with one year warranty . But remember that branded/customized carriers cannot be returned.

All things considered, you can definitely rely on this airline-approved dog crate as well.

I’m very picky, even when it comes to alternatives. Luckily, Petmate’s Aspen pet kennel was promising enough.

Let’s see what’s so special about it.

I admire how this product’s sizes don’t come in dimensions but are based on the dog’s weight. There are four sizes that change from 25 to 90 lbs. That’s an impressive range, suitable enough to accommodate even bigger dogs.

But Petmate gives you a simple size guide to pick the ideal kennel size. 

This heavy-duty kennel has a plastic shell and metal screws to keep the parts together. That increases the overall strength and durability. Most importantly, it gives you enough peace of mind when flying.

Thanks to the air holes , you don’t have to worry about your pet’s comfort. After all, the Aspen kennel has a mesh door , so the air circulation is superior by design.

Petmate kennels are easy to assemble, and the Aspen kennel doesn’t deviate from that. 

You don’t need a massive toolbox or box-assembling experience; it’s very hassle-free.

Once you assemble it , ideally, you have to clean it before getting your dog inside. Thanks to the plastic surface , this is when you’ll notice how easy it is to clean.

I have to emphasize the shape of the interior of this magnificent crate. It satisfies natural denning instincts , and this helps them not only stay calm but PREFER staying inside the kennel throughout the flight.

On top of its suitability for air travel, I also love how Petmate recommends the kennel for cars too. This eliminates the need for a separate kennel for traveling with your pet by car.

Although the handle and the other components are imported, the Petmate Aspen dog kennel is made in the USA . Having that reassurance helps you more than you assume when it comes to flying.

But it’s necessary to double-check with your airline because you never know how some surprise rules can delay your trip.

As an alternative, this is one of the best airline-approved dog crates by design.

If you have been unable to find the Diggs pet carrier and all the alternatives so far, then I have good news. The last resort is still terrific

This is the Petsfit expandable pet carrier.

This special kennel comes in five sizes . But the largest size is dimensions 19 “Lx12 “Wx12” H, which limits the size compatibility for larger dogs. 

At the start itself, Petsfit reassures potential customers that their carriers are airplane approved.

These are some of the airways that accept it : United Airlines/ Virgin America/ Hawaiian Airlines/ Air Wisconsin/ Air Canada/ Alaska Airlines/ Southwest Airlines/ Canadian North.

But are all sizes approved by default? No, only the small and medium sizes comply with the airlines mentioned above. 

However, it doesn’t hurt to double-check with your airlines before purchasing a large size, just to be sure.

It’s worth noting that two detachable fiber rods are on both sides of the carrier’s top. When the large size is too high to fit under a seat, you can remove these two fiber optic rods and fit in better.

The side part of the bag can be expanded . With that, your dog gets extra space in a few seconds. The best thing about this side opening is that it has an opening. 

The second point of access is the side opening, the smaller size. The third opening is on the top. With three access points , Petsfit brings a lot of value to its kennel.

The material of this crate is a mixture of Polyester, Nylon, and Polypropylene (PP), with some metallic parts.

The solid wire keeps it from collapsing and is flexible enough to compress to fit under an airplane seat. 

With these crate features comes the top and 2-sided windows . Petfits is proud to have them made of anti-scratch ventilation mesh material , and your dog will feel both safe and comfortable thanks to the ideal air circulation.

This collapsibility is greatly complemented by the soft bottom inside. It keeps your dog perfectly warm enough for as long as they want. Additionally, the self-lock zipper ensures that your pet doesn’t escape too.

What about the carrying ease? 

For that, Petfits gives you two flexible handles to hold with your hands. If that’s not enough, you can always switch to the detachable strap to hang on the shoulders.

It has a side pocket too.

In conclusion, this is one of the dependable pet crates. But remember to double-check everything with the airlines before purchasing.

With that, we come to the end of the list. But up next is some must-know information that most people discover AFTER facing issues with flying with their pet.

Let’s start with the buying guide.

How to Choose the Right Airline-Approved Dog Crate?

If you’re wondering how I choose and rank these dog crates, here are the full buying guidelines for you.

Use a tape measure to determine your dog’s height and length. 

Read the size guide of each product carefully, as your dog needs enough space to stand, turn around, and lie down throughout the flight. Here’s our well researched crate size guide .

You don’t want to make your dog feel trapped in a long airplane journey when you know they’re not tamed enough. But assuming there’s a considerable level of obedience, prioritize more robust materials.

Look for a crate that provides adequate airflow to keep your dog cool and comfortable, not too much or too less.

Ensure that the chosen crate has a reliable and secure locking mechanism to prevent any accidental openings during travel. 

Select a crate that is easy to assemble and disassemble, as you may need to set it up quickly during check-in and collapse it for storage when not in use.

It’s better to choose crates with user-friendly design features.

So many brands understand the typical requirement for an airline-approved crate. But even with all the conditions satisfied, the weight will always vary. 

Look for comfortable crates, such as a soft and cozy bed or mat, and adequate padding to ensure your dog’s comfort throughout the journey. 

Accidents happen, and it’s best to be prepared for the worst. Crates with multiple access points can do wonders in this situation. On top of that, consider the ease of cleaning surfaces when choosing the material.

If you’re unsure, you can always call the airline or find the hyperlink from their official website where you can find the information. It’s always better to double-check and confirm so that last-minute unpleasant surprises don’t happen.

Features of an IATA-Compliant Dog Crate

IATA is the international air travel association headquartered in Canada, and here are some of the main features of IATA-approved dog crates.

Remember that the chosen airline-approved pet carrier MUST be tall enough so that your dog’s ears’ topmost point does NOT touch the top of the kennel.

It’s as simple as that.

No airline wants to undertake extra work, and knowing your dog has enough space reassures them of it.

Documentation for international flights is a critical matter, and that seriousness applies to your canine companion too.

So, remember to include your pet’s information, preferably on the top of the crate, to meet IATA airline requirements.

You need to include these details:

  • Your dog’s name
  • Your contact number 
  • Final destination 
  • The flight number 
  • Your address 
  • Contact info of someone at the final destination 

Having these details well communicated will save you a lot of trouble if the situation arises.

IATA really wants the best or nothing, and we all know that metallic bolts and nuts are the strongest. That ultimately gives the most support for typical turbulence.

So, ensure the chosen airline-approved crates have metallic nuts and bolts, and you should be fine.

Although not known enough, IATA mandates that the crate must have ventilation or air holes on at least three sides to ensure a sufficient supply of fresh air for your dog. 

Any best IATA-approved crate would have four.

Your dog would want water or food during the flight, and IATA understands that.

But having all the food and water dishes attached to the crate door itself is an IATA requirement. This measure eliminates the risk of someone’s hyperactive dog running out when the door is opened.

You should tag along the feeding instructions on the crate and a bag of food. Give the highest priority to dry food.

In addition, you also must note down any allergies and food habits the crew must know.

A dog travel carrier must have a lining with cushions and absorbent papers; these are IATA guidelines for international travel. 

The purpose is to protect your dog from injuries during air travel. Since they will serve as pee pads, you don’t have to worry about minor accidents, as that can be mitigated.

These are the most basic ones, and it’s essential to fulfill all these requirements with many airlines. As always, do a quick background with your airline, and it should be fine.

Now that you know what to choose, you should ALSO know what to avoid for international travel. 

Here are some features that should NOT be in your airline dog crate. You’d notice that these are mostly seen in regular dog crates .

  • Remember to avoid crates with built-in fixed or detachable wheels.
  • Soft-sided crates prone to collapsing can compromise your dog’s safety.
  • Crates with excessive openings or mesh panels on all sides should be avoided. 
  • Crates with detachable parts, such as removable doors or panels, should be avoided. 
  • You must not buy dog crates with weak or loose latches for air travel, leading to accidental openings.
  • There must be ventilation openings from at least three sides, and lacking that will immediately disqualify the crate 99% of the time.

There can be more features, but as long as you avoid these and follow the instructions of the previous subtopic, you should be able to find the best crate.

Let me keep things brief and to the point so any dog parent would know what to do.

  • Schedule a veterinary check-up to ensure your dog is healthy and fit to travel.
  • Choose an airline-approved travel crate with comfort and meets all requirements.
  • Familiarize your dog with the crate by making it a positive and comfortable space.
  • Crate train your dog, increase the time in the crate, and reward calm behavior.
  • Acclimate your dog to the noises and motions associated with air travel.
  • Ensure your dog gets exercise and bathroom breaks before the journey.
  • Place familiar scents and comfort items in the crate to reduce anxiety.
  • Adjust the feeding and watering schedule before the flight.
  • Secure identification tags and consider microchipping for added safety.
  • Stay calm, offer reassurance, and comfort your dog on the day of the travel.

I’m sure there are more, but here are 10 of the most prominent benefits of airline-approved pet carriers.

  • Ensures compliance with airline regulations for a smoother travel experience.
  • Enhance safety measures to provide optimal protection during air travel.
  • Designed to fit within airline size restrictions for comfort and peace.
  • The proper ventilation system (air holes) keeps your pet comfy.
  • Durable and strong construction withstands transportation rigors.
  • Easy-to-clean features simplify maintenance and hygiene.
  • Facilitates TSA security screening with convenient design elements.
  • Provides stress-free familiarity for anxious dogs.
  • Offers peace of mind for your dog’s safety.
  • Reusable for multiple trips and daily use, maximizing investment.

No matter how used you are, air travel is stressful and gets more stressful when you fly with your dog.

So, ideally, you should try to fly with as much peace of mind as possible. In doing so, Diggs passenger travel carrier is the absolute best thanks to its features, which meet several airline requirements.

So, remember to make an investment that lasts and gives you peace of mind throughout the flight.

I hope this review was helpful to you. See you in another!

AITA Approved Crate is a carrier that meets International Air Transport Association requirements, such as having at least three ventilation entries, providing adequate lighting and temperature regulation, and ensuring the safety of the contents.

Yes, there are pet carriers made specifically for air travel. Many brands and products are available to meet this need.

Yes, dog crates are allowed on planes as long as they meet certain requirements.

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10 Best Travel Crates for Dogs in 2022

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Packing up the car and taking a road trip with your best (dog) friend can seem like a great idea. But there are a lot of places dogs aren’t allowed, and that’s where a travel crate can come into play, especially if you’re staying in hotels.

I personally have taken 5-6 trips across the United States with two dogs. We’ve used multiple types of crates, starting with the traditional house crate (hard wired metal) and finally settling on a foldable soft crate.

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Noz2Noz Soft-Krater Indoor and Outdoor Crate

With a great ease of use and ability to be easily cleaned, this water resistant crate is a perfect option. It offers a variety of sizes and is very easy to assemble and use.

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2Pet Foldable Dog Crate

This crate features a waterproof base and a portion of the proceeds go to a great animal cause. A washable fleece pad is the icing on the cake with this one.

Soft Crate vs. Hard Crate

You could not pay me to take a road trip with a metal crate, with one exception: I was driving a truck and the dog was comfortable or preferred the bed of the truck as opposed to the inside floor. Other than that I’m taking a soft crate every single time.

The primary reason is weight. Lugging in 1, 2, 3 or more hard crates into a hotel room is pure torture, especially if you have large dogs, which means large crates.

It’s true that hard crates are easier to clean up, so if you have an older dog or a younger dog prone to accidents then a hard crate may be worth it, but even then it’s a close call.

Travel Crate

While cars are made for human safety, they are not always the safest for pups, especially because they cannot wear a traditional seat-belt ( although there are dog specific seat-belts and harnesses ) as we can. Some (not all) travel crates make sure that your dog is secure and in the event of a crash, they stay inside the vehicle instead of being ejected.

However, most travel crates are simply meant for hotels or overnight stays where you can’t leave the dog in the room to roam about. We almost never use crates inside cars (occasionally in a truck bed). Instead we’ll set up our soft crates in the hotel room so we can visit a local museum, restaurant, or another attraction where dogs aren’t allowed.

10 Best Travel Crates for Dogs

1. noz2noz soft-krater indoor and outdoor crate.

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This model also comes in 5 different sizes for dogs weighing up to 70 pounds. The crate is made of a tight-weave mesh fabric that is heavy-duty for pet wear and tear durability. The soft crate is ideal for long trips as it is well ventilated and it sets up in a very short amount of time.

The Noz2Noz model has a water resistant base for accidents and easy cleaning and the entire cover surrounding the steel frame is washable in your washing machine.

Pros: Comes in a variety of sizes, washable, water resistant

Cons: More expensive than other brands

2. 2Pet Foldable Dog Crate  

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This crate features a steel frame design covered with a water resistant nylon variant over. It has mesh panel windows and a waterproof mat for the flooring of the crate. It also comes with a washable fleece cushion pad.

A portion of the sales also goes to pet shelters and charities, which is a great perk!  The crate also comes with a 1 year warranty.

The crate has installed carrying handles and is foldable and lightweight.

Pros: A portion of the proceeds goes to charity, waterproof, and lightweight

3. AmazonBasics Portable Folding Travel Kennel

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A soft crate, this product comes in five different sizes to accommodate many different sizes of dogs, weighing up to 70 pounds. Featuring two doors on the front and the top, this crate makes for easy access and entry and has ventilation for your pooch on all four sides of the kennel.

With zippers to close the doors and straps to help to fasten unzipped doors, the mechanism is easy to use and provides for ultimate assurance that your dog is fastened in.

The kennel folds up flat for storage and transport and sets up quickly without any tools. The rounded corners of this kennel make sure not to damage the interior of your vehicle during travel.

Pros: Easy set up, folds up, zipper closures

Cons: No carry handles

4. Diggs Revol Small Dog Crate  

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This particular crate is made of high-grade aluminum, steel mesh wire, and reinforced plastic, all of which are non-toxic and safe for your dog. The crate is collapsible, easy to transport and has three carrying handles. This crate comes with wheels and a large garage-style door.

This crate fits any breed up to 30 pounds and has a puppy divider, a removable tray and a ceiling hatch. The dimensions of this kennel are 25x17x19.

Pros: Easy to clean, collapsible, non-toxic

Cons: comes in one size

5. Aspen Pet Porter Heavy-Duty Pet Porter

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With eight size choices, this model dog crate packs a punch! One perk about this kennel is that with an easy-open latch, you can open the crate with one hand. This specific crate meets most airline cargo specifications and regulations.

It is made up of a heavy-duty plastic shell and metal screws and features a lightweight design.

Pros: Airline cargo certified, 8 size choices

Cons: Does not fold down

6. AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Kennel

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You have two size options with this particular crate. It is a hard-shell, two-door top-load model. The top door is able to open up to the left or the right. While the exterior is made of plastic, the front door is comprised of a steel wire to safely secure your pup.

The price point is very reasonable and is easy to clean. If simplicity is your goal, this is a great option.

Pros: Simplicity and price

7. EliteField 3-Door Folding Soft Dog Crate

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The EliteField model comes in 5 size options to accommodate your dog and over 10 color options! Although this is a soft crate, the frame is a strong steel tube and the crate cover is made out of a durable fabric.

This kennel has a total of three doors: one on the top, one on the front and one on the side. It comes with a carrying bag and fleece bed for free! Also, it should be noted that a 2 year warranty comes along with this product.

Pros: 2 year warranty, free carrying bag and fleece bed, many color choices

Cons: Higher price point

8. Guardian Gear Collapsible Dog Crate  

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This crate features 4 different sizes and is able to accompany large dogs such as Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Greyhounds, and St. Bernards. It is quick and simple to assemble and to take apart and has mesh windows on all four sides for ventilation and visibility.

This model has a machine-washable sheepskin mat, along with a carrying handle.

Pros: Has a very large size option, Quick Assembly

9. New World Folding Metal Dog Crate

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This brand offers options! You can choose from 5 different sizes and a single or double door. It is a folding metal crate with two heavy duty slide-bolt latches. The New World crate has a leak-proof plastic pan for accidents. No tools are needed to assemble this kennel and it fits easily in the back of a vehicle.

Although it does not come with any soft bedding, your dog’s bed can be added for extra comfort.

Pros: A great price point, many customizable options

Cons: No soft bedding included

10. LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate

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The Luckup crate is very heavy-duty and the frame is made of steel for durability. The finish on it is nontoxic for your pup’s safety. It has a double door and a locking caster. The bottom of the crate is made to easily be able to slide out for cleaning. You can choose from 3 different size options for this crate.

Unique to others, the bars are much thicker and appear to be more sturdy. It can fit in the back of a vehicle for easy transport.

Pros: Durability, Non-toxic

Cons: No carrying handles

My detailed travel crate setup

For the past several years we’ve used the same two Noz2Noz Soft-Krater without a single issue.

Unfortunately we didn’t start out using soft crates. We started with the traditional metal crates (that way a ton!).

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Our first road trip was about 3 weeks across the U.S. and I will never, ever, ever again use metal crates. Holy cow was that a pain.

Our car is packed exactly the same, except we now use soft crates, which pack down even smaller than the picture below. Once we reach the hotel, if we need to leave the dogs for an excursion or something, we’ll unpack the crates and set them up like below.

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You can see the 2 soft crates setup in the hotel room, and I also left the laptop in the picture because we use a program called iCam that streams the laptop camera to our phone. That way we can check on the dogs while we’re out.

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The crates break down super quick, and we pack up the following day (or whenever we’re done at that hotel).

We don’t even own the metal crates anymore. We used to keep them around in case we needed to crate them in the house, but now we just use the soft crates for that as well.

Let me know in the comments which option you end up going with!

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August 14, 2022 at 7:29 pm

Nice info … however, never leave your dog unattended in a hotel room. In fact, in most places it’s a policy and in some municipalities, it’s against the law.

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6 Best Large Dog Crates (Kennels) 2024: Our 48 To 72 Inch Dog Crate Picks

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What is the Best Large Dog Crate: Size 48 to 72?

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  • Budget-friendly crate
  • Easy fold and lightweight

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  • Two large doors
  • Adjustable handles

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  • Strong and sturdy
  • Includes a divider panel

Crate training your dog is incredibly important. Your dog’s crate should be a safe place where your pup can relax. Ultimately you want to teach your pup that their kennel is a positive place!

Whether you’ve just adopted a puppy or you’re training a newly adopted dog, you’ll need to start by purchasing the best kennel for them.

When choosing a large dog crate, you’ll want to consider a variety of factors. When will the crate be used and where? Will it always stay at home? Will you travel with the crate or need to store it? Let’s start by discussing the three best types of dog crates for large dogs, then we’ll delve into our top 7 crate recommendations.

  • Frisco Fold & Carry Double Door Dog Crate – Best Overall
  • Frisco Indoor & Outdoor Soft Dog Crate – Most Affordable

3 Main Types of Large Dog Crates

There are three main types of crates that will work best for large dogs. Below we list the pros and cons of each type.

  • Easy to assemble and collapse
  • Fold flat for convenient storage, whether in a home or while traveling
  • Decorative crate covers are available
  • Removable plastic bottom liner for easy cleaning
  • Affordable, and come in a variety of sizes
  • Not the best choice for pups who prefer a dark, enclosed space for their quiet time
  • Some wire crates will weaken against a strong dog who is determined to escape
  • Offers a safe, enclosed place for your dog to relax
  • They come in a multitude of sizes
  • Lack of visibility creates a sense of security when traveling or during vet visits
  • The plastic may absorb odors if not cleaned immediately
  • More difficult to store due to their bulky size
  • Excellent for sitting on the sidelines at dog sporting events
  • Easy to collapse for traveling and storage
  • Generally comfortable and offer a sense of security
  • Good option for outdoor activities like camping
  • More difficult to clean
  • If your dog has separation anxiety, they may chew or scratch through the fabric

When kennel training your dog, it’s important that you have the best size crate for your dog. You don’t want it to be too big whereas your pup can eliminate on one end of the kennel and sleep on the other. Although you do want to be sure that the crate is big enough for your dog to sit, turn around and lay down comfortably. The crate should be a few inches taller than your pet and a few inches longer to ensure your dog will always be cozy in their safe space.

Still undecided about which crate will be best for your large breed dog? Take a look at the components below to narrow down your decision:

  • Material: As we discussed above, large dog crates are typically available in wire, plastic or mesh. The material you choose based on your situation and your dog’s preferences.
  • Storage and travel: If you plan to use your dog’s crate in the car or you store it frequently, you’ll want to buy a wire or mesh crate that can fold down flat and easily be carried. Portable dog crates are super handy!
  • Security: Wire and plastic crates generally come equipped with secure latching mechanisms for dogs who tend to escape. If your dog is an escape artist, you’ll want a crate that locks securely. While mesh kennels are good for dogs who like to thrust themselves at the side of the crate, zipper doors and windows can easily be chewed through.
  • Furniture style: There are some snazzy dog crates that double as an end table or piece of furniture. While these crates are lovely, they also come with a hefty price tag.
  • Ease of cleaning: Wire dog crates are probably the easiest to clean, followed by a plastic crate which can be hosed down and disinfected. Mesh crates can be more vulnerable to stains, but some portable crate covers are machine washable.

Overall Best Large Dog Crate

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Key Benefits:

  • Two large doors for convenient placement in your home
  • Adjustable handles for easy carrying
  • Divider panel to use as your puppy grows
  • Plastic base pan for comfort and simple cleaning

This large dog crate from Frisco is easy to assemble, move and carry. The construction is strong and durable to ensure that your dog will be safe at all times. The two doors each have double latches to keep your pup secure in the crate. The bottom pan sits in place for your dog’s comfort, then it can easily be removed for cleaning.

If you have a puppy who is growing, this Frisco large dog crate comes with a divider panel so you can increase the size of the kennel as they become bigger. We like that this Frisco large dog crate is appropriate for various situations, including traveling, riding in the car or camping. Wherever your canine companion is headed with you, this kennel will be a good choice. Ease of assembly, the double doors and simply carry design make this crate our top pick.

  • Several sizes available for growing dogs
  • Two secure latches on each of the doors
  • Divider panel expands the kennel when your pup is growing
  • Easy to assemble, carry and pack
  • Versatile design
  • These aren’t the most attractive crates, but you can purchase separate crate covers.

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  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Cover and mat are machine washable
  • Comes with a carrying case
  • Three mesh doors so your dog can enter and exist however is comfortable

Runner-Up Best Large Dog Crate – This large dog crate is an excellent soft-sided option. The design is attractive and functional. There are three zippered doors which safely lock and allow your pup to enter the crate from any direction. The mesh doors allow air and sunlight to enter the crate, while offering good visibility. If you’re concerned about keeping the crate clean, you can easily remove it for convenient machine washing.

This crate from Elite Field is lightweight, easy to assemble and effortless to carry via a carrying case. The crate is available in a variety of sizes and colors so you can choose what works best for you and your pup. The outlining of this 3-door dog crate is made from steel tubing so it will be sturdy for your enthusiastic pooch. The cover is a blend of polyester and hex mesh fabric, and there is also a comfortable fleece bed included in your purchase.

  • Attractive and portable design
  • Available in a variety of sizes and colors
  • Cover and fleece bed can be cleaned in the washing machine
  • Three mesh doors for convenient placement of the crate
  • If you have a dog who chews when they are anxious and separated from you, this crate may not be the best choice.
  • Cost-effective
  • Folds flat for storage and carrying
  • Water resistant base
  • Steel frame with reinforced zipper doors

Best Budget-Friendly Large Dog Crate – This portable dog crate sets up easily and takes only seconds to disassemble for your next adventure. Not only is this large dog crate affordable but it’s great for your home, travel or using at dog sport events. Front and side entry doors make it easy for your dog to come and go from the crate as they please. The placement of the doors also allows you to place the kennel where you see fit.

We like that this crate is lightweight and durable. While the frame is made of steel, ventilated mesh panels and a water resistant base make it an overall great value. The design is adorable, with a bone shaped window, and the corners are rounded for a contemporary look. The rounded corners are also beneficial when using this crate in your vehicle. This large crate from Firstrax is extremely versatile and budget-friendly.

  • Excellent for traveling
  • Attractive and innovative design
  • Folds flat for storage and travel
  • Some dog parents had issues with their dogs clawing at the front mesh door and ripping it.

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If you’re looking for a more decorative dog crate for your home we like this wooden option from Merry Products. Don’t be fooled by the snazzy design of this crate – it will accommodate dogs up to 100lbs! It is a fully functional wire dog crate that can double as an accent piece or side table. The wood panels even detach so you can carry the crate anywhere! This decorative large dog crate is aesthetically pleasing and portable like other crates, but that is reflected in the price tag. However, this is our favorite budget-friendly furniture kennel.

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Some dogs prefer dark places to help them feel safe and secure. This large dog crate from Petmate will act as a cozy place for your pup to rest and sleep. It doesn’t offer as much light as wire crates, but some dogs thrive in this sort of containment. The sides and back are ventilated and the front door securely latches shut. This kennel is easy to clean, and it meets USDA requirements for traveling with your puppy pal.

This large dog crate is similar to our top pick, but this one only has one door. It is available in up to 54” for giant breed dogs. The metal structure will hold up against large dogs who may attempt to escape the kennel. The crate folds down in seconds for convenient storage and it boasts a handle for easy carrying. The MidWest iCrate has a safe bolt latch on the door, and it comes equipped with a removable plastic floor pan which is easy to clean.

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Another budget-friendly large dog crate is this soft-sided one from Frisco. If you’re frequently on the go with your pooch or you’re outside a lot for dog sports, this crate from Frisco is an excellent affordable option. The easy fold and lightweight design makes this crate perfect for traveling, camping or keeping inside your home. It has three zipper doors, a sturdy frame and rounded corners to protect your vehicle and home.

  • How much does a large dog crate cost? –  Large dog crates typically run from about $40-$200. Cost varies based on size, style and material. Luckily there is a quality option for every budget!
  • How do I know what size crate to get my dog? –  You will want to start by measuring your dog. Measure them from the top of their head to their paws, then from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. You want to make sure your dog can stand, sit and lay down comfortable in their crate at all times. With that in mind, choose a crate that can accommodate your dog’s measurements.
  • What size dog fits in a 48” crate? – Large dogs weighing anywhere from 70-90lbs will most likely be comfortable in a 48” dog crate. Examples of breeds that may be appropriate for this range include Golden Retrievers, Dalmatians or Border Collies.

When choosing a dog crate for your large dog, start by deciding which material will be best for your pup – wire, plastic or mesh. Then you can measure your pup and choose a crate based on their size and your needs. Crate types don’t differ much other than their main design and construction. No matter what type of budget you’re on, you can find a large dog crate that will be excellent for your situation. Remember to keep your proof of purchase in case you need to return the crate for a different size or style.

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Amanda Yantos is a creative pet writer and full time pet blogger. She is the owner of  Dog Mom Days , a dog-centric blog focusing on the ins and outs of dog mom life. Amanda's blog has been featured in several news and magazine publications, as well as on  AZ Family Channel 3 News . Amanda has  published several pet related articles  for major pet brands throughout her five years in the pet industry. You can follow Amanda on social media  @DogMomDays

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Best Dog Crate For Large & Small Dogs, Puppies, Travel, Collapsible & More (With Our Personal Experience)

Is your dog chewing up shoes and destroying your furniture? If so, you might want to consider a crate. While crate training is critical for puppies, it may also come in handy when your pup isn't so little anymore. Crates are also great for traveling with, whether on a trip to the vet or on vacation. Plus, they create an indoor escape for dogs and become their home within your home. I review some of the best crates for dogs, explore their pros and cons, and share our dog crate tips, personal experiences, and more. So, let's take a closer look.

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Is your dog chewing up shoes and destroying your furniture? If so, you might want to consider a crate. While crate training is critical for puppies, it may also come in handy when your pup isn’t so little anymore. Crates are also great for traveling with, whether on a trip to the vet or on vacation. Plus, they create an indoor escape for dogs and become their home within your home. I review some of the best crates for dogs, explore their pros and cons, and share our dog crate tips, personal experiences, and more. So, let’s take a closer look.

Some dogs have no problem getting used to training, while others may take time to make it their “norm.” If using a crate is important and necessary, you must have the time and patience to crate-train your dog. A crate is one of the best ways to keep your pup safe and happy when you’re not home or traveling. I’ve crate-trained both my dogs, and it’s been invaluable for me and them. Doggy Dan offers convenient online dog training if you need help with any crate training issues.

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5 Crate Types

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There are a few different types of dog crates that you want to consider. Let’s take a closer look at each type and some of their advantages and disadvantages.

Plastic dog crates are available in various styles, sizes, and prices. They are a popular and convenient choice for car and air travel and transporting dogs to and from the vet. The most portable plastic models are great for smaller dogs, but some are available for larger breeds. Plastic enclosures are most effortless to clean and are a good option for pups who chew or scratch. Be aware that not all of them are made of heavy-duty plastic. Dogs who are reactive to motion or noises may benefit the most from a plastic enclosure as it provides limited visibility, which may help make them calmer.

Learn more about how to calm a stressed dog in our informative guide.

Wire crates are popular, especially in the home, because most models are easily set up, portable, and durable. Look for wire models that have secure latches, rounded edges, and heavy-duty wire. Choosing a double-door option means you can fit it into most spaces. A good wire crate should accommodate a dog bed and have a removable tray for easy cleaning .

Learn about pet-safe cleaning products and how to avoid pet poisoning.

3. Soft-Sided

A soft crate is designed for a calm dog willing to hang out or be confined to any space without panicking, scratching, or chewing. While some dog owners use a soft enclosure regularly, most use them for traveling . Consider soft-sided crates with washable covers, foldable frames, breathable fabric, and the option to give your dog privacy with fold-down windows (for a more secure feeling).

4. Heavy-Duty

Heavy-duty crates are made from more durable metal and sometimes look like they could contain a wild animal. Some have thick steel slats, welded metal joints, special lock mechanisms, and paw blocks. They can be an excellent choice for large breeds who are strong and determined to escape , but they usually cost more. Look for heavy-duty crates that are resistant to rust or corrosion and are easy to move around with removable or lockable wheels. If your dog does not try to escape or destroy their crate, you might not need a heavy-duty option. Be aware that some slats have significant spacing in between, which may hurt a smaller dog.

I have included a few heavy-duty options below. But if they aren’t what you’re looking for, visit our guide on heavy-duty dog crates for more in-depth information.

5. Furniture-Style

These are often known as “fashion crates,” and these new models are a popular choice among dog owners who think that pet enclosures are an aesthetic eyesore. Depending on the size of your pup and how much money you are willing to spend, these are available in various styles. The most common style looks like a cabinet or end table and can be used as furniture. Many are made of mixed materials, but wood is the most common. Since many wooden furniture crates are prone to scratching and chewing, this is not ideal for escapees or anxious dogs. Even if your dog does not chew, selecting a safe wooden crate that won’t splinter easily or is treated with chemicals is essential.

How To Pick A Dog Crate

Some dog owners need a crate to train a new puppy, while others want to help their older pup with separation anxiety feel safe and comfortable. Whatever your reason for buying a crate, there are specific factors to consider. Consider your dog’s needs to achieve better value for money rather than buying the most affordable choice. My dog crate buyer’s guide can help you find the ideal pick.

1. Overall Purpose

The type of crate you choose depends on your main reason for getting one. A dog with behavioral issues like separation anxiety requires an enclosure that can withstand and prevent the occasional escape attempt or some chewing or scratching. Most dog crates are designed for indoor use, but if you would like one that you can take outside, it’s essential to look for features such as adequate airflow and materials that are resistant to rust or corrosion.

A soft-sided dog crate is your best bet for traveling to and from the vet because they are easy to carry, transport, and store. Are you planning to travel with your dog on an airplane? Not only should your kennel withstand the movement of loading and unloading, but also keep your dog as comfortable as possible through a turbulent flight. Before you purchase a crate to use on a plane, you must ensure that it meets all airline requirements for traveling with an animal .

Air Travel With Dogs

You must check with your airline about the size and weight restrictions when flying with any dog and the type of crate they need. Rules about pet travel are subject to change and vary between airlines. Learn more about the best airline-approved pet carriers , including soft-sided crates, and more helpful travel tips.

2. Dog Size

It’s vital to purchase the correct size crate for your dog. Pay attention to the measurements and whether or not you expect your dog to grow. When your dog uses a crate, there should be room to lie down, stand up, and move around without feeling trapped. Even if your dog likes small spaces, they need enough space to move around comfortably, especially for extended periods or during travel. Small crates are a popular choice for puppies, but remember that if your puppy is a medium or large breed, they will outgrow it quickly. I recommend buying one your puppy can “grow” into, which is why those with a divider are great for growing pups. This makes training simpler and saves you money in the long run.

3. Safety Features

If you want to contain your pup safely, it’s important to look for a lockable crate, whether a metal lock or a zip. All crates need adequate ventilation to keep your dog comfortable and safe, with windows or meshed material. Some crates have rounded corners, too, which negate sharp corners that hurt when you walk into them. Some crates have floor protectors to prevent them from scratching your flooring.

4. High-Quality

One of the main reasons dog owners buy a crate is to keep them safe. So, it’s important to keep them safe with a good-quality dog crate, especially if you plan to be gone for more extended periods. However, spending excessive time in them can be hazardous to your dog. While your pup shouldn’t be crated for more than a couple of hours, sometimes things come up, and it can’t be avoided. Always choose a high-quality crate with durable material that won’t splinter or break. Otherwise, your dog is at risk of injury. Some high-quality crate options come with additional features, such as ID tags, bowls, blankets, and storage pockets.

Best Dog Crates

Not all dog crates are created equal, and you want to make sure you choose the kind that’s best for your life and your dog’s needs. I have picked the best dog crates for several categories (including size) to help you find the ideal crate for your specific situation. So, let’s explore the cream of the crate crop.

Best Dog Crate Overall: Diggs Revol Crate Review

Diggs Revol

The Diggs Revol is my choice for the best crate overall, thanks to its combination of high-quality materials and easy portability. It is made with durable, high-grade aluminum, steel mesh wire, and reinforced plastic. It’s much more sturdy (and attractive) than standard wire kennels or portable soft-sided crates. This crate has a ceiling hatch, making accessibility easy while keeping your pup safely contained. The bottom tray is easy to remove and clean, which is handy.

This crate features three ergonomic handles and two wheels for easy transport. It also has solid escape-proof doors and an adjustable puppy divider, making it ideal for growing puppies. It also features a rounded frame to prevent pinched paws, making it safer than many other options. You can collapse it in seconds and easily carry it in one hand. The only downside is that it’s more expensive and not big enough for larger dogs.

If you want to learn more about this crate, head to our full Diggs Dog Crate review for more information and tips on how to use it.

Best Dog Travel Crate: Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel Review

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This Petmate crate comes in a wide range of sizes, making it ideal for all-sized breeds weighing up to 125 pounds. It is also one of the best dog crates for large and extra-large dogs. It meets the requirements for pets flying in the cargo area of most airlines (versus the crates for in-cabin travel). Some airlines may require extra metal bolts, which are sold separately in the Petmate travel kit . The kit includes ID tags, “Live Pet” stickers, zip ties, and a small food/water bowl.

This pet carrier has a heavy-duty, durable construction that keeps your pup safe and comfortable on their travels. It is ventilated on all sides, which is essential for comfortable travel. It also has convenient pre-drilled zip-tie holes (airlines require you to zip-tie the kennel door shut). This is a versatile pet crate that you can also use for car travel or as your dog’s main home crate. Some users mention that the door latch can be tricky to open, but this makes it hopefully escape-proof for Fido.

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  • Travel Kit: $10.70

Best Collapsible Dog Crate: EliteField Soft-Sided Crate Review

EliteField soft sided crate.

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EliteField is a well-known name in the pet crate business, and they produce many high-quality options. This crate is simple to assemble, requires no tools, and is collapsible within seconds. It is made with lightweight, durable polyester material that is easy to clean and reinforced with steel tubing for extra stability. The hex-mesh windows provide plenty of ventilation and visibility for your pup’s safety and comfort. This is also one of the best dog crates for cars.

The front and side doors have locking zippers for added safety and security and a carry handle, making it great for traveling. This soft-sided crate comes in five sizes and over ten colors. The largest crate size has a weight limit of 90 pounds. It also has a free carrying case, storage pocket, and fleece bed. EliteField offers a 2-year warranty on this product, but some customers state it didn’t hold up against their heavy chewer. If your pup is a heavy-chewer, I recommend choosing a different crate.

  • Starts At: $128.99

Best Heavy-Duty Dog Crate: ProSelect Empire Cage Review

ProSelect Empire Cage

The ProSelect Empire Cage is designed to house destructive and aggressive dogs or clever pups with a track record of escaping. This crate features strong steel tubing, sturdy dual-door latches, and heavy-duty welding at the cage’s key stress points. It also has wheels, which are handy for travel or moving around the home, but you can remove them for stability. It comes in two sizes, with the largest catering up to 70 pounds.

Yes, these crates are expensive, but they more than pay for themselves if you have to replace a less sturdy crate several times due to your pup’s antics. Or even worse, your couch that you’ve spent thousands of dollars on. The grated floor and removable tray help with easier clean up, although you need to provide a bed to slip inside. Otherwise, it will be very uncomfortable for your pup. Ultimately, customers state this crate is a lifesaver for their homes.

  • Starts at :  $338.32

Although purchasing a dog bed to slip inside any crate is important for your dog’s comfort, they are a must with this heavy-duty dog crate. Check out our guide on the best dog crate beds for all types of crates and carriers.

Best Dog Crate For Large Dogs: MidWest Life Stages Review

MidWest Life Stages

The MidWest Life Stages double-door folding metal dog crate is a versatile metal crate made of heavy-gauge steel and a tight wire mesh. It comes in various sizes and suits all breed sizes. But it is my pick as the best crate for larger dogs who need a well-ventilated space. This popular crate offers front and side access, so it’s easy to fit into most spaces, and the doors open up extra wide, which is great for larger breeds. Plus, it has two heavy-duty bolt latches on each door, each with a paw blocker, which means it holds up to most inquisitive dogs.

This crate also comes with an adjustable divider, which is why it is great for all life stages because it grows with your dog. It can be broken down and set up in minutes with no tools required. The rounded edges, protective feet, and removable pan stopper provide additional safety measures for your pup and flooring. The main criticism this crate receives from a few reviews is that the pan is made from plastic and eventually cracked. This is an affordable option and an excellent value for the quality, and it also comes with a one-year warranty. 

Our Personal Experience with MidWest Life Stages Crate

We have used MidWest Dog Crates for years. They always hold up wonderfully and provide a cozy den for our dogs to rest while we are away. And other team members use them for their pups and have been pleased with their performance. – Michelle Schenker , Dog Mom & Co-Founder of Canine Journal
  • Starts At:  $55.40

Best Small Dog Crate: MidWest iCrate Starter Kit Review

MidWest iCrate Starter Kit

This MidWest double-door wire crate is a solid option for small to medium-sized dogs , although it also accommodates large breeds up to 110 pounds. It’s made of high-quality steel, but it’s not quite as heavy-duty as our pick for the best large dog crate (also by MidWest and affordable). For this reason, it might be the better option for smaller pups or those who don’t need an escape-resistant option.

This fully equipped dog crate is loaded with accessories, including a dog bed, two bowls that attach to the inside of the front door, and a cover that may make smaller or more timid dogs feel more secure. The bed is machine washable, which is great for easy cleaning. It also has a divider panel, four roller feet (to protect floors), a carrying handle, and a leak-proof removable dog tray. MidWest offers a one-year warranty with this option, too.

  • Starts At: $71.03

Best Dog Crate For Puppies: Petmate Two-Door Top-Load Small Dog Kennel Review

Petmate Two Door top-load

The Petmate two-door, top-load crate is my top pick for the best dog crates for puppies. It provides easy access for your puppy, while steel and plastic combine to provide safety and strength. It’s perfect for puppies who like a snug, cozy sleeping space.  The top-loading feature is helpful for puppies who are reluctant to walk into an open kennel, and you can easily access them, too.

It has plenty of ventilation and a carry handle, which makes it ideal for traveling with or making a trip to the vet. This product comes in two sizes and lots of colors. Most air carriers approve the 19-inch crate specifications for travel with small dogs. Both sizes are easy to store when they’re not in use, as the top half comes off, so you can easily stack the two halves. It comes in four colors.

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Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate

Fashion crates are fashion-forward. Their wood or rattan finish looks the best of all these options around the house. They are versatile, and some can double as a side table for TVs or book storage. Depending on the crate size you choose, these crates can hold between 120 and 200 pounds of weight. This product comes in five sizes and six color options and designs. The largest size caters to dogs weighing up to 90 pounds, and the larger crates have double doors.

These crates have slatted windows, providing ample air for your dog’s comfort. Although the doors have a lock to keep your pet safely contained, the downside to these crates is that they’re not an option for destructive dogs due to their wood-based construction. This is the main criticism from customers, but as long as your dog is crate-trained, this shouldn’t be an issue. This crate is easy to assemble with everything provided. It also has a waterproof removable tray that makes cleaning easy if your pup has an accident.

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Dog Crate Accessories

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Now that you’ve decided on a crate, you may also want to consider what to put in a dog crate. These add-ons make the crate experience more comfortable for your dog and less disruptive to your house decor.

  • Crate Bed. A crate bed or liner makes your pet more comfortable on what can otherwise be a pretty hard surface. This is a must-have if you want your dog to enjoy their crate.
  • Water Cups. There are some attachable cup options ( stainless steel or plastic ) to keep your pet hydrated while traveling with them or left at home.
  • Crate Cover. If Fido likes to feel secure or a clunky crate doesn’t match your home decor, you can toss a crate cover over the top to disguise it. Just be sure to order the correct size.

Crate Safety & Training Tips

If you plan to purchase a crate and keep your dog safe, there are some steps you need to brush up on before you do so you can do it safely. Here are some ways to ensure that your dog stays safe, whether you are at home or away.

1. Use It As A Safe Space

Your dog’s crate should be a quiet place that makes them feel comfortable and at ease. As tempting as it may be, avoid using it to give your dog a “time out.” Otherwise, they might build negative connections with it, and your dog may not want to use it.

2. Don’t Leave Your Dog In Their Crate For Too Long

Whether you use the crate to confine your dog overnight or while you’re at work for the day, always make sure that your dog has a chance to go to the bathroom before going in and immediately after. Most pups try very hard to prevent an accident, but it’s not fair (or healthy) to make them hold their urine or bowel movements all day. Make arrangements for a trusted friend or family member to let your dog out if they must be left for longer than a few hours. Never use a crate as “dog storage.”

3. Use in a Temperature Controlled Area

Place the crate where your pup isn’t exposed to extreme temperatures or the elements. Remember that when your dog is not in the crate, they can move around and find comfortable spots throughout the house. The comfort in their crate is limited, so be mindful of where you place it, and always try to have it in a temperature-controlled area with ventilation.

4. Remove Collars

Many crates are designed not to snag or catch dog collars, but it can happen, and the results are potentially devastating. You can either put a breakaway collar on your pup or remove the collar while they are inside , keeping the collar nearby.

5. Regularly Inspect for Damage

A high-quality crate is likely to last for many years, but there’s always the chance that a part may come loose or damaged from everyday use. To reduce your dog’s chances of injury, clean the crate regularly and inspect for damaged pieces , sharp edges, and anything else that may cause an injury.

6. Choose The Right Size

Choosing a size-appropriate crate is essential for your dog’s comfort and safety. Something that is too spacious is not necessarily dangerous, but it can reduce the effectiveness of crate training. If there’s too much space, they might toilet inside and eventually learn to use it as a potty in the home. Ensure the slats or spaces aren’t too big for a smaller dog or puppy. Anything too small might make your dog uncomfortable and make them feel nervous and panicked, or they can hurt themselves trying to get comfortable.

How To Crate Train Your Dog

Remember that having a happy place for your best friend is necessary no matter what dog you have or the crate you get. Even if you don’t always use your crate, it’s nice to have the option for when you have guests or children or when traveling with your pup. Watch this video on how to crate-train your dog effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions our readers often ask about dog crates. If you don’t see your question below, please ask in the comments , and we’ll find the answer for you.

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How Big Should A Dog Crate Be?

Your dog’s crate should be large enough for your pup to stand up and turn around but not too big so they can walk around it. If your puppy or young dog is still growing, choose an option with a puppy divider and a size that will fit them when they are fully grown.

How Do I Measure My Dog For A Crate?

It’s essential to consult the sizing and measurement instructions according to the specific product. As a general rule, to determine the crate length, measure your dog from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail and add two to four inches. To get the right crate height, measure your dog from the top of the head to the ground while sitting, then add an inch or two.

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How Long Should A Dog Be In A Crate?

The longest a dog should be in a crate during the daytime is no more than four hours. However, there might be times when your dog might be in their crate for longer than this. However, if you routinely leave them in their crate for longer than four hours, it can harm their health and happiness. You should consider changing your schedule to accommodate their crate sessions or hire a dog walker .

Where Should I Place My Dog Crate In My House?

If you’re wondering where to put a dog crate, it depends on each family and home. Dogs are social beings and want to be where the action is. Place the crate in an area of your home where you spend the most time, such as the family room. This helps make the crate a positive and safe environment for your pup. It should be out of direct sunlight and out of drafts.

Is It Cruel To Crate A Dog At Night?

Crating your dog isn’t cruel unless you do it for prolonged periods. The general rule is that adult dogs should be in their crate for no longer than eight hours at night. This assumes you’ve already properly crate-trained your dog, and they feel safe and secure during the night.

Is It Cruel To Crate A Dog While You’re At Work?

Generally, this is not ideal, but it depends on how many hours you are away from home. Dogs need to have some activity during the day, so crating your dog for longer than four hours is not ideal. If you work long hours, ask a friend or family member to take your dog out or hire a dog walker.

Other Crate Training Tips

For more on crate training, see our articles on crate training your puppy and other crate-training tips . If your dog is still crying in the crate, we also have information on stopping your dog from whining in their crate . Crate training is relatively simple and hugely rewarding once you understand how to do it.

Do you use any of these dog crates? Perhaps you have another crate recommendation you think we should consider? We would love to hear from you, so please let us know in the comments below.

Why Trust Canine Journal?

Emma is a mom to two rescue dogs, Bonkers and Chips, who are both crate-trained. Bonkers likes to spend a lot of time in his crate, whereas Chips only uses it when I need her to, but she does so happily. Emma travels a lot with her pups, and crate training has been crucial to her traveling success. As a professional dog walker and sitter, she encourages all dog owners to crate-train their dogs. Emma spends many hours researching the latest products to help her dogs and doggy clients live their best, healthiest lives. She works with an experienced team to bring the best canine content to our readers.

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