You may be considering getting a crate for your dog, however, there are a lot of different dog crates to choose from. How do you know which one would be the best choice for your dog?
Checking reviews of dog crates will give you a lot of information so you can make an informed choice. A very good and up to date guide, Best Dog Crates – Reviews & Buyers Guide (2018) – Selected Best will give you a lot of guidance.
There are many different considerations before you settle on a specific crate.
Size of Crate.
The crate should be large enough for your dog to move around and turn. If your dog is still a puppy, buy a cage suitable for the size she will become so you don’t have to buy more than one crate.
Material of Crate.
Dog crates, or cages, come in a variety of materials.
- Metal wires. These are generally easy to fold and store. They are difficult for your dog to chew their way out of. They provide all-round vision for your dog. This may not be a good thing if your dog is liable to whine when they can see you. Wire crates are sturdy and will last for years. They have more ventilation which may be a consideration in warmer climates. There are usually more sizes available in wire crates than those made from other materials.
- Fabric. These are quieter when your dog turns around. They are more comfortable for your dog and your dog will probably get used to it quite quickly. They are normally a mix of solid fabric and netted areas for ventilation. Fabric cages are available with 3 doors so it is easy for your dog to get in and out. They often have pockets which may be useful. These are generally warmer than wire cages.
- Wooden. There are a few wooden crates available but these seem more a piece of furniture than a functional crate. These are not used for travel.
Maintenance of Crate.
How easy is it to clean or wash your choice of crate? Fabric ones can usually be machine washed. Wire crates with a plastic base can be washed out.
Storage of Crate.
If your crate will not be up and used all the time, you will need to consider how easy a crate is to put up, take down, and store. Both wire and fabric cages are easy on all counts.
Manoeuvrability of Crate.
You need to consider how easy it is to move the crate, whether your dog is inside or it is empty.
There are many aspects you need to consider before buying a crate. You are looking for a crate that will suit both you and your dog so it is important that you do your research and make your choice wisely.