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GSDreamer 02-11-2014 02:31 PM

plastic travel type kennel or wired type crate/kennel???
so im preparing my place for a new addition to our family. a new pup to come in the near future.

what would you suggest a large plastic travel style kennel?
a large black wired style (usually 2 door) crate

im thinking of getting one large one that the puppy can grow in to.
planning for a size that will be able to take up to 100+lb dog

the use of it would be for my future companion to be in while im gone at work. 8 hour day. and possibly over night but not for long, just until she gets used to the schedule then can sleep on a open dog bed near me. maybe not even at all over night. we will see.

what is a better option? pros and cons of each. your thoughts and or experience?

example of what im talking about.

wired crate

plastic crate

NancyJ 02-11-2014 02:33 PM

48 inch plastic crate but I would borrow something smaller to start

Blanketback 02-11-2014 02:46 PM

I'm also in favor of the 48" plastic crate. My dogs sleep in the plastic crate (door's always open) all the time but they rarely used the wire one. I actually have to kick DH's dog out of it to lock up the pup if I have to leave, lol.

My other issue is that some of the wire crates are just oversized small animal cages. I mean, totally useless and way too flimsy for a dog, lol. I bought my plastic crate second-hand from an ad I found online, so it didn't break the bank.

NancyJ 02-11-2014 03:11 PM

I've just had one too many caught paws to continue with the wire crates. The plastic ones are harder to keep clean though. My Magic Eraser does a good job though.

middleofnowhere 02-11-2014 03:20 PM

XL "Furrari" is my favorite. I've yet to have a pup soil in a crate that large and four have them as pups.

If you want to have a happy home, the crate works really well for night time, for restoring the human's near sanity during the day, for restricting the "wardrobe designer" practice. Overnight is fine. Really. Control otherwise is most challenging and you want control overnight.

Lilie 02-11-2014 04:37 PM

I have one of each. One for travel and one for home.

pyratemom 02-11-2014 05:27 PM

I actually have two 48" hard plastic crates - 1 for sleeping inside and 1 for the car. I also have a folding crate for shows and traveling to other people's houses.

mego 02-11-2014 05:43 PM

we have 1 of each too. Picked up the 48in wire crate that a friend was getting rid of for 40 bucks, was a steal.

My dog prefers the plastic crate. It's more denlike. I like the plastic one better too. Its not so noisy when she's adjusting around in there, and I don't have to worry about paws getting caught etc

GSDreamer 02-11-2014 07:34 PM


Originally Posted by middleofnowhere (Post 5005362)
XL "Furrari" is my favorite. I've yet to have a pup soil in a crate that large and four have them as pups.

i looked this model up and the biggest one they have is
40.5″ x 29.5″ x 30.5″

most people are saying to go with 48"
would 8" make that big of a difference? or is 40.5 ok?

i do like the idea of hand clip top for easy cleaning. better then having to unbolt a bunch of screws on each side.

but my Companion's luxury is more important then mine. so if i need to get one with bolts as long as its 48" then i will get the bolted style.
what do you all think?

if it makes a difference i want to get a female pup. so they tend to stay a little smaller in size.

onyx'girl 02-11-2014 08:54 PM

I use wire and plastic, but for travel I prefer the plastic.
My dogs are good in crates, so the destructive factor doesn't play into it. Wire is nicer for air flow.

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