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Old 03-20-2009, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After searching on the web, I'm really confused about whelping boxes now. Seems like everyone has a different design or concept that is the "best". What brands or designs have you found to work best? What is the average size box you use? Any pros/cons please.
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I made my own. Mine is about 4x5 in size. Chris (admin on the board here) has a nice one her hubby made out of pvc.
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I love the way Tim made the one for him and Chris's girls. Very nice.
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Thanks, guys. I really, really do LOVE the one Tim made.

Here's a pic for the OP:


It's made out of 4' high PVC privacy fence. Super nice, easy to clean, heavy enough to stay in place but light enough to move around easily. But I will say it was a major pain to make it.

It's 5x5 which I think is a great size. Our previous one was 4x4 and I found that rather cramped. 5x5 is much better.

The we set an E-pen up around it to provide an indoor area outside the whelping box for the dam (and a bigger puppy area once the pups get bigger) and there's a dog door through the wall to an outdoor kennel as well.



I know many people have had good luck with the Durawhelp whelping boxes too.
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Chris - why was it a pain to make it?
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sorry i know this is OT but CINNABUNZZZZZ...ok i won't interfere anymore!
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Originally Posted By: Lauri & The GangChris - why was it a pain to make it?


We needed it to be able to be disassembled for storage, then reassembled when we have a litter. In order to provide something sturdy and solid for the screws to attach to when it's put together, plus to provide additional strength, pieces of wood had to be cut and inserted into the slots where each corner comes together. Just screwing the PVC pieces together wouldn't have been very sturdy and they wouldn't have stood up to repeated assembly/disassembly. Cutting those wood pieces and inserting them into the panels was a huge pain. Some of the pannels had little plastic supports inside that had to be removed before the wood could be inserted.

Of course, if someone didn't need it to be able to come apart for storage, it could just be glued together and that would be a whole lot easier.
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I LOVE my durawhelp..has help up beautifully for quite a few years now. Easy to clean, lightweight, folds up and away to store
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone! Never used one with smaller dogs, just used the bottom half of a Vari-Kennel.
I really like the concept behind the PVC one(Chris). Maybe I can have hubby figure out something based on the photos.
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I use a Jonart Whelping Box -- capitalized because at the price it deserves to be a proper noun.

The pros: has a good pig rail, it is easy to set up, easy to break down, easy to store, 4'x4' is big enough to start with, it is sturdy. By the time the puppies need more room, the x-pen is all around the area. Also, I have it up until well after the puppies (that are going) go home, not one of my puppies has done any damage to it with their teeth.

It came with the vynal 4' square mat, and the pig rail. One side has an opening so the bitch can walk in and out to start then you can use the short door panel, then the largre, then both together to reach 24 inches.

The cons: the price, it cost about $500. I think it is worth it only if you are planning on more than one litter.
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