WHICH DOG CRATE SHALL WE GO FOR? & OH DEAR WHERE SHALL WE KEEP IT THEY LOOK SO UNINVITING!
As with most things these days, the choice is pretty unlimited so how do you know which is best for your furry family member?
Dog Crates themselves take on many shapes and sizes, we believe (thanks to endless research and picking the brains of experts in the field) that the best ones to make a home for your dog are powder-coated wire. Practical, they can fold flat for storage and they hold their values when you want to sell them.
We would highly recommend opting for the double door versions at a little more investment having the option of a second door at the narrower side will give you full peace of mind if you have to re-locate your dog crate for any reason. Each door should have two heavy duty latches that slide across with a handle that folds down into position to stop your little pupster from moving the latch over. The base of the dog crate should clip into place and be fully removable for essential cleaning.
They usually come with a carry handle located on the roof which helps when moving it around for when you are on the move and carrying it around and they fold flat into the original box for storage unless you opt for a bespoke heavy duty metal crate or crash tested crate for the cars.
A word of warning:
Stunning gold or rose gold coloured wire crates are available on the market by some companies, they can be highly toxic, to your pet, the ozone layer when manufacturing the product and the workforce manufacturing them. Whilst they may look great in your home, we say a BIG NO to supplying unsustainable gold fancy crates.
It would be understandable to choose a larger-sized crate to make sure that your dog has plenty of room to move about inside. To find one that is just right, please read on.
The perfect crate size for your dog will be large enough for them to fully stand up in without hitting their head and wide enough so that they can circle when they are getting comfortable on their cushion. Don’t guess. Measure your dog from base of paw to tip of the ear for height and nose to their lovely bottomy bit for length. When you have the size then consider what mattress will you purchase for inside and consider the height of the mattress as they will be standing on the mattress etc.
Are you buying your first dog crate and for a new arrival/puppy?
Really, puppies grow into adult size at the blink of an eye and so do consider the breed type and average size your dog will grow up to be and should you go for a puppy size crate for now and then upsize in 6-8 months time. If you are aware of that in the beginning you are prepared for the extra cost and a good quality powder coated double door dog crates in our post pandemic days are extremely expensive as they are all imported from Asia or USA and the importation and transport costs of heavy and bulky items have mega tripled in terms of costs from the suppliers to the trades like us at Hugo & Otto.
In terms of second hand values, if you keep your dog crate box, the internal packaging and instructions you have an excellent chance to re-sell your powder coated wire dog crate on as they are now very expensive to import into the UK and second hand values are strong. Or, pay it forward and pass it onto a friend, family or a charity that really do need crates and cannot afford to buy them.