Croft have been a respected name for car crates, dog cages and puppy pens for 35 years, and our products are used by top breeders throughout Europe.
Is your dog a bad traveller?
Travel dog crates can help make your pet feel more secure and prevent inappropriate behaviour. The car crates should ideally be covered at the top (purpose made covers are best) and base lined with a favourite blanket or a purpose-sized bed.
The dog crate, or cage, can also be used to confine your dog overnight or for limited random periods whilst the family remains in the house.
Croft car crates are ideal as they are collapsible, and should be chosen to fit into your vehicle. Motoring organisations recommend their use as many dogs are killed each year following auto accidents. In road traffic accidents, where the back of the vehicle opens, the dog can run out onto motorways or busy roads and quickly becomes disorientated. Shaped dog cages are available to fit many makes of car.
The dog crate can be covered to create the ‘den’ effect, and this also may help if car sickness is a problem. Whilst this can be done with a towel, it is usually better to use a purpose made dog crate cover.
What's the first thing to consider?
Car crates and cages can be expensive, so it is important that you make the correct decision.
It almost goes without saying that the crate should allow the dog to be comfortable as well as fit into your car. So this has to be your first consideration.
As a general rule of thumb, the height of the cage should be no less than the height of dog to its withers (shoulders). Secondly, measure what length the dog is when it is lying down - this includes its front paws. These two measurements will give you the size of car crate you need by height and length (or width). Only now should the size available in the car be considered.
What options are there when choosing a car crate?
Deciding which type of car crate or car cage is the next big decision.
First - consider if a standard rectangular crate will fit into your car. If you have a saloon car, then the crate may have to be strapped using the rear seat belt to the back seat. If so, you may want to consider a soft crate as this will be kind to your car upholstery.
Otherwise, if you drive a hatchback or estate, or a 4WD then the cage can fit behind the back seat. Again, a rectangular cage may be ideal. In all cases though, if you have a lip or upturn at the threshold of you boot area, make sure that the door of the crate will open. For this reason, hatchbacks often are very difficult to fit with a car cage.
With many car models, you will find that the angle of the back seat or rear door stops the use of a rectangular cage as it simply will not fit, so a shaped crate is needed.
Then we have to decide between an aluminium car crate, a wire car crate, or a soft car crate.
The Aluminium Car Crate is a strong and attractive crate which is often available with a single door, or two doors plus a central partition. The Croft Elegance crate arrives to you flat-pack, but is really easy to erect because of its exclusive design. The sides, top and bottom are all hinged and that quickly gives you the basic size to which the other sides are easily added.
There is no denying that aluminium car crates are expensive - but they are an excellent product and can easily be seen to be top-of-the range.
The Wire Car Crate is another exclusive design which folds completely away when not in use, and can be quickly erected without tools.
Available in three sizes, our CCC (Croft Car Crate) range is very popular for very good reasons. It is attractive, reasonably light and versatile.
The Soft Car Crate is a fabric-walled range of car crates which incorporate a strong tubular inner framework.
With a choice of sizes and angles it fits into many cars, soft crates have the real advantage that if your dog gets car sick, then the enclosed walls can help to alleviate that sickness by minimising the movement sensation. It obviously does not work in all cases, but many owners have found it to be a success.
So, having checked the sizes your dog needs to be comfortable, use the button below to see which type of car crate or cage is suitable for your make and model.