Dog Crates, cages and soft crates. Small, medium, large to XL.
THE HOME OF QUALITY FOLDING DOG CRATES.
Choose from three types of portable strong wire dog crate and dog cage, plus a similar choice of soft dog crates.
Crate sizes range from small 21ins for toy dogs, medium crates, large and XL crate sizes, all the way to the extra large reinforced giant 72ins for the very biggest breeds - The BIGGEST XXL dog crate in the UK.
First - a quick guide to choosing your dog crate.
There is a big choice, so how do you choose and what will influence your decision?
You will want to get the right size, so the breed of dog is important along with just how you intend to use it, how much you want to pay and whether or not colour, appearance and branding are important. The notes below will hopefully help in your choice.
What size do you need?
There are plenty of links on this site which will take you to a size finder and getting the right size for your breed is perhaps the most important decision you will make. It should be understood that a crate is not usually intended as an exercise area, but a place of rest and safety. The dog should be comfortable and able to stand with the legs straight. It is not always necessary for the head to be perfectly erect, but the top should be a few inches taller than the shoulders. The length should be enough to allow the dog to lie down in its favoured position, so measure the dog lying down, and make sure it will be comfortable.
The sizes given in our size finder are those which are most commonly chosen for each breed, but remember - they are only a guide. Click on the links above to find our 'need for breed.'
Do you want a lightweight dog crate, or is strength more important?
This is an important choice. It is one which is made by considering not only the breed of dog, but its temperament too. It is also influenced by your needs - is weight important to you? Will you be carrying it over any distance, or will it be in one position in the home and rarely moved?
If your dog is not excitable, or if you have a puppy which has only ever known life with a crate, then you only need a lightweight option. In our case this would be the Alpine range, and this is certainly one of our best sellers. It's popularity is because although light, quality has not been compromised. The welds are strong and the doors are well designed and secure. the Alpine is also available in a choice of colours.
Bigger or more robust breeds may need a heavier cage, and it is here that you would go for either the Crufts or the Showman. The major difference between the two is that the Crufts model has a strong plastic base tray, whereas the Showman has a steel base tray which undoubtedly adds to the weight, making the Showman range our heaviest design. Other differences are that the Crufts crate has thicker wires than the Showman, but these are more widely spaced. The Showman is probably our most heavy duty dog crate, but it does weigh more.
If weight is a big factor, then perhaps you should consider a soft crate.
Soft Crates are generally much lighter than their wire alternatives. They have fabric (cloth) walls and the doors which are usually zipped. The framework can be either wire - which is very light but not too strong, or tube - which is still light but heavier than wire. The tube framed options tend to be stronger than wire framed. So, when would you use a soft crate? Teething puppies may not be suitable for these as they may chew the sides. Soft crates are usually used for crate trained dogs, or those who are content in nature. They are also a big help in cutting out distractions as the sides are more solid and have roll up / down screens. If you think the really light wire framed design is for you, then choose our Fabrikennel range. The stronger tube framed models are the Classic and the Crufts. The main difference between these two, apart from colour, is that the Crufts design comes with lots of extras such as folding food and water bowls and a securing harness as well as a few other refinements.
How will you use your crate?
New puppy? When you pick your new puppy up from the breeder it is our strong recommendation that you use a crate, putting the puppy in it on the way home. Yes, it may slip around a bit until it finds its "sea legs" but will very soon get used to it's new environment and feel safe. You should choose the size suitable for the adult dog, as your puppy will very quickly grow in height and then begin to fill out. You can then use it immediately for crate training (see link above)
Using mainly in the home? When you have selected the design of the right weight for you, that's all you really have to do. If you are choosing from the Alpine range or a soft crate then you have a choice of colour. This choice may well be influenced by whether your dog is a boy or a girl (blue or pink) and also by the colour of your home and your personal preferences. Whatever you choose remember that they all fold easily, so can be easily moved.
Travel. Many prefer to have a separate crate for travel to the one they use in their home, but obviously that is up to you. We do have a special range of car crates which can include those which have been crash tested, and also ones which are shaped to cater for the shape of your car. Remember that if you have a hatchback, then there is often a lip at the back of the car which can prevent the crate door from opening, so that is certainly worth checking.
Or you can use your rectangular crate you chose for your home.
Many hotels prefer you to use some sort of pen or kennel whilst the dog is in your room, and airlines have a long list of rules for dog travel, so check with your airline before making a booking.