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Soft sided dog crates are lightweight, portable, convenient and a useful addition to your arsenal of dog supplies. See some of the best choices, and find out if a soft crate is right for you, here.
This style of crate is becoming more and more popular these days, and they definitely have a lot going for them!
If you're looking for a lightweight, portable and easy to use option - then a soft dog crate fits the bill perfectly.
BUT, this type of kennel/carrier isn't suitable for all dogs or all situations. Here are some of the times when they're not a good choice:
But here's the good news.... a soft sided crate makes a comfy cozy 'den' at home, on vacation or when camping. They're especially useful for small dogs as they weigh only a few pounds and most people can comfortable carry their tiny or small breed dog in this type of crate.
This is useful for socialization as it means getting your pup out and about (even when he's not been fully vaccinated) is simple and hassle-free.
They don't need fiddly screws, locks, hinges, panels etc. and are a snap to set up (most literally just 'pop up') and fold flat for easy transport or storage.
Personally I wouldn't buy one of these crates as a 'one-and-only', but have it as a back-up for travel or occasional use only.
There are a LOT of different brands, styles, features and sizes to choose from, so to make it a bit easier for you to find the perfect one for your needs (and your dog's!) I've put together a list of some of the most popular soft dog crates on the market right here....
Pet Gear Inc produces a wide range of pet products and is a division of the Vermont Juvenile Furniture company. They manufacture quality products at affordable prices.
The Pet Gear Generation II Soft Dog Crates come with some of the best features (and looks!) that available in this type of product, and are my number one pick.
Here's a quick look at what you get with one of these crates:
Available 5 different sizes. These crates are a little 'roomier' than many of the other brands and their sizing is labeled differently. For example, the Petmate 'Intermediate' size is slightly larger than the Precision Pet 'Medium' and the Petmate 'Large' is similarly a little bigger than a Precision Pet 'X-Large'.
When you're choosing a crate of ANY type, always double check the dimensions and don't judge by the size alone ( S, M, L, X-L and so on), there can be a pretty significant difference between manufacturers' products.
X-Small: 21"L x 15"H x 15"W
Small: 26"L x 21"H x 18"W
Intermediate: 30"L x 23"H x 21"W
Medium: 36"L x 27"H x 24"W (for dogs up to 70lbs)
Large: 42"L x 28"H x 28"W (for dogs up to 90lbs)
Precision products are manufactured by the Precision Pet Products Co. in California, who make a whole range of dog, cat and small pet supplies of the highest quality.
Their 'Great Crate' range is one of the most popular and includes both heavy-duty plastic crates and the sturdy metal-and-canvas soft crates shown on this page. These are also an excellent pick.
Here are some of the main features of the soft designs:
Available in only one color-way - Light Tan/Navy, but comes in 6 different sizes so that there's one for every size/breed of dog:
X-Small: 20"L x 12H x 13"W (for dogs up to 10lbs)
Small: 24"L x 17"H x 18"W (for dogs up to 25lbs)
Medium: 30"L x 19"H x 20"W (for dogs up to 40lbs)
Large: 36"L x 23"H x 24"W (Fir dogs up to 70lbs)
X-Large: 42"L x 27"H x 28"W (for dogs up to 90lbs)
The soft crates featured above are good 'all-rounders' and work well for small to medium/large breeds for both at home and away.
But of course there are plenty of other options to choose from as well.
Each of these is quite different in style, color, materials, extras and more, so make sure that you take a close look at any that appeal to you and compare size/quality/price carefully.