Car Dog Crates and Travel. Crash Tested, wire and soft cages.

A choice of car crates for dogs shaped to fit your car giving the best of dog crate car travel.

What the Highway Code says about travelling with your dog. (rule 57) .

When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.

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.

What's the first thing to consider when choosing a dog crate - sometimes called pet crates or dog carriers?

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. But whatever the size - we probably have it - small, medium or large.


How do you compare car crates?

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, although we do have a range of crash tested pet crates for hatchbacks.
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 a crash tested crate, an aluminium car crate, a wire car crate, or a soft car crate.

The Variocage Crash Tested Car Crate is a innovative range of dog crates which have been tested in crash and roll-over situations.They include a crumple zone.
This range includes single and double doors, as well as dog crates designed for hatchbacks and also for the smaller dog.

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.
The current range is limited on size, but please ask us for full details - we will be delighted to help.

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.