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Dog Crate Buying Guide

Whether you plan on crate training your pooch or just using crates for transportation, we're here to help you find the right one for your dog. We break down the pros and cons of four common dog crate materials and give sizing recommendations. Also, check out our Top 10 Dog Crates & Kennels!

Dog Crate Materials

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Wire

 
Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be collapsible and foldable
  • Can have multiple doors (on the side and top)
  • Divider panels are available for use with growing puppies
  • Breathable
  • Allows pets to see outside 

Cons

  • Can be heavy
  • Not too home décor-friendly
  • Noisy
  • The visibility can encourage pets to whine
  • Not insulating, pets can get cold

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Plastic

 
Pros

  • Some smaller models are portable and come with a top handle
  • Light
  • Provides privacy for pet, which can discourage whining
  • Can insulate heat
  • Oftentimes plastic crates are airline approved
 
Cons

  • Privacy means pets aren't easily visible to keep an eye on them
  • More difficult to clean, may need to be taken apart
  • Not too home décor-friendly

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Soft Sided

 
Pros

  • Easy to fold and store
  • Provide pets with privacy and a sense of comfort
  • Can be airline approved
  • Can be lightweight and easy to carry
  • Good for car travel 

Cons

  • Dogs that are prone to chewing can ruin the crate
  • Not suitable for puppies or dogs that aren't potty trained
  • Soft sided crates don't provide the same safety from bumping and jostling that hard sided cases do

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Wood

 
Pros

  • Can blend in with home décor
  • Can double as nightstands or side tables
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Can be made of a combination of wood and plastic or wire 

Cons

  • Pets can chew the wood, damaging the crate
  • Many styles are not easily foldable and portable

Dog Crate Sizing

 
It's important to buy the right size crate for your pet. If the crate is too big, you can leave room for Fido to be naughty. If the crate is too small, your pup won't be comfortable. We provide a chart of approximate size guidelines to follow when selecting a crate.

Crate SizeApproximate LengthWeight Range of PetSome Breed Examples
Extra Small24 inchesUp to 25 poundsYorkshire terrier, Chihuahua
Small30 inches26-40 poundsdachshund, Lhasa apso
Medium36 inches41-70 poundscocker spaniel, bulldog
Large42 inches71-90 poundsDalmation, golden retriever
Extra Large48 inches91-110 poundsGerman shepherd, Doberman pinscher
Giant54 inches110+ poundsGreat Dane, mastiff





















One way to determine which size is to measure your full-grown dog's height (from the ground to his shoulder) and add three inches to find the ideal crate height. Measure from your dog's head to the base of his tail and add three inches to approximate the ideal length. If you're buying a crate for a puppy, use the average sizes for your dog's breed. Note: Err on the larger side. If your pet is full-grown and he seems a bit cramped in his crate, upgrade to a bigger version.

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