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Wire dog crates are useful, versatile, a handy housetraining tool and a safe way to contain your puppy at home or in the car. Learn more about the best models on the market right here.
A crate is a 'must-have' piece of equipment for all new puppy (or dog) owners! It can be used in so many ways that I honestly can't imagine raising a pup without one.
There are two main types of dog crate - plastic ones and wire ones, and these are by far the most popular choices. More elaborate (and expensive) options are also available, including wooden or wicker models that are designed to look like pieces of high-end furniture, and heavy-duty solid steel styles for hunting dogs, or escape-artists!
On this page I'm going to tell you a little about the most popular wire crates on the market and link to some examples for you to look at (if you're ready to purchase, you can buy them here too!).
If you're not sure which type of crate is the best option for you, check out my Choosing The Best Dog Crate page. It will give you a quick overview of the different types and styles and help you decide which one is the right 'fit' for your needs. (The link will open in a new window for your convenience).
This range of wire crates is manufactured by Precision Pet Products in California. Made from high quality, heavy duty materials these products are sturdy, attractive and can take pretty much whatever your average puppy or dog can dish out!
There are several ranges to choose from, here's a look at some of the most popular ones...
I love these 'Snoozzy Baby' wire crates as they're perfect for that special new puppy in your life, or to pamper your tiny/toy breed dog!
Made to the same high standard as all Precision products, they're pretty as well as practical. Part of the excellent ProValu2 range, they're perfect for your new addition...
One of the most popular styles, this is a basic wire crate with quality 'extras'. Complete with wire divider panel (so that the space you allow your puppy 'grows' as he does), two doors for easy in/out, removable and leakproof plastic pan, carrying handle and the ability to fold flat.
A great choice if you want a good quality crate, at a reasonable price.
Available in Black Epoxy or Chrome finishes, and in 6 sizes, so there's one to fit any puppy or dog.
Or save money by choosing a larger model for your puppy and use the divider panel to make sure his crate-training goes smoothly.
X-Small (1000 model): 19"L x 15"H x 12"W (suitable for miniature/tiny/toy breeds)
Small (2000 model): 24"L x 20"H x 18"W (suitable for small breeds)
Medium (3000 model): 30"L x 22"H x 19"W (suitable for medium breeds)
Large (4000 model): 36"L x 26"H x 23"W (suitable for medium/large breeds)
X-Large (5000 model): 42"L x 31"H x 28"W (suitable for large breeds)
Giant (6000 model): 48"L x 33"H x 30"W (suitable for X-L to Giant breeds)
One of the advantages of using a wire dog crate is that your pet can see everything that's going on around him and doesn't feel isolated or 'left out'.
But at night, or at nap time, it can be a good idea to cover the crate and give your pup a nice cozy den to sleep in. You can use a blanket or sheet to do this, but chances are it will get pulled through the bars and end up soaking wet and chewed up!Specially designed dog crate covers such as this one - Precision Pet Indoor/Outdoor Crate Cover (for Size 5000 Crates), Tan - are available in a wide range of colors, designs and sizes... and they make a much better, more practical and safer option.
The 'ProValu' range is a step-up from the basic 'Great Crate' and has some extra features that I love, these include:
Easy to set up, folds down flat and has convenient carrying handle to transport folded crate. Comes complete with strong removable plastic tray and divider panel so that you can use it as your pup grows.
Dimensions are the same as the basic Great Crate, but these are approx 1" shorter across the board. Only available in the rust-resistant Black Electro-Coat finish.
This is the ultimate wire dog crate and is popular with trainers, show experts and pet owners everywhere.
Extra heavy-duty construction, strong looped-wire hinges, 7-point door locking system for maximum security, folds flat and has convenient carrying handle. Designed to raise straight upwards - this means it requires minimum space for set up and is quick and easy to do.
If you do a lot of traveling or visiting by car and plan to take your pup/dog with you, this is the crate for you.
Available in two finishes, Chrome and Gold Zinc and in 6 sizes - similar to those of the Great Crate but some sizes are slightly more narrow, or shorter. I'd recommend checking individual specifications for exact dimensions.
Does not have a divider panel.
Of course, Precision pet crates aren't the only type of wire dog crates available... not by a long shot!
There are many other brands to choose from, and depending on your needs and budget it's perfectly possible that you'll find another brand that works just fine.
Here are links to just a few of the different models available. Remember, each manufacturer has a range of sizes (and often a variety of styles) to choose from. The examples below are just ONE product of many.
If you spend some time browsing and researching features, materials and prices then I'm confident that you will be happy with the crate that you choose.
Not sure if a wire crate is exactly what you need?
There are several other types to choose from. Check out these other popular dog crates styles by clicking on any image to learn more....