The excitement of bringing a new pet home is rivaled by very few things in life. Of course, the panic of realizing that your new pet is destroying everything in your house is equally powerful, just on the opposite end of the spectrum.
While it can be hard to crate train certain dogs, it is a vital and necessary part to having your pet adapt to your world. Eventually, den mentality will take over and the dog will love their crate, often sitting in it just to relax.
In these reviews, we’ll go over the safest and best crates for one of the most important things in your life: your four-legged best friend!
A Quick Glance at the Winners of 2022
The 10 Best Crates for Large Dogs
1. LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate — Best Overall
It’s hard to believe that this crate is as easy to assemble as it is. Considering how heavy duty it looks, you may be shocked to learn that you can have this up and functional in as little as five minutes. The heavy-duty frame is made from rust- and corrosion-resistant steel. While this is great for durability, the non-toxic coating is also healthier for your dog. The two attached locks come with safety buckles, so you can have peace of mind that your cutely rambunctious pet won’t get out and eat the couch again.
A slide-out plastic tray in the bottom makes this easy to clean. To save time and effort, you can just roll the crate over to the garden hose to wash it down, as it comes with four wheels for mobility. Each wheel has an individual lock, so this crate can be made stationary with the flick of a button. A door on the front offers easy entrance for the dog, and an opening in the top means that if you need to give your furry friend a little pet, you’ll have no problem doing so.
It should be mentioned that if you have a dog with extreme separation anxiety or who is on the larger side, then this is not the product for you and your pet. This is a wonderful crate, but powerful dogs with a great deal of determination can find their way out, and the way it breaks could lead to sharp edges.
2. MidWest Homes Dog Crate — Best Value
Made for dogs between 90 and 110 pounds, this crate from MidWest Homes is probably the most recognizable model on the market. Coming in multiple sizes, it is especially economical for those with bigger dogs. Made from fence wire, this product is easy to set up, move, take down, clean, etc. Setup will only take seconds unless the crate gets stuck to itself, which occasionally happens.
The four rollers on the bottom allow for easy movement once assembled. Inside is a plastic tray or floor that can be pulled out for regular cleaning. With a door on the front and the side, your pup can access to the crate from two different spots! The design was made with a dog’s natural “den” instincts in mind, and once your pet is fully crate trained, don’t be surprised if they go inside just to relax. This crate from MidWest Homes comes with an additional divider so your pup can grow into it.
There are a couple of issues with this crate. The first is that the downward-bending piece of the locking bar, the part that makes it lock, is missing. So, with enough rustling around, an exuberant or genius dog can make the lock slide out of place. Also, the metal pieces are sharp. If your pet decides to get out, they might end up cutting themselves in the process. Even with those flaws, we still find this to be the best large dog crate for the money.
3. ProSelect 42 Empire Dog Cage — Premium Choice
If you want to go all the way when investing in a dog crate, it’s hard to beat this one. It’s the heaviest of heavy-duty dog crates. Made with .5-inch-diameter tubes made of 20-gauge steel, even the most excited dog will stay put. The floor is grated and has a pull-out tray, making clean-up easier. The casters are easily removed and put back on again, so this crate can be as mobile you want it to be. The locks are also made of high-gauge steel, meaning that your pup won’t be able to knock them off. This crate from ProSelect is built to be able to handle the biggest and most powerful dogs, and it does just that.
Be aware, however, that while your dog is probably not strong enough to bust out of this crate, they might be smart enough. The other issue is that the wheels are made poorly and have a track record of falling off after a short time.
4. New World B42 Metal Dog Crate
This is a similar product to our value pick, but instead of side and front doors, it just has a front door. This works well enough, but it does give you fewer options when it comes to where you put the crate for the sake of easy entrance. While this can hold large dogs, it only holds so much weight. Anything over 90 pounds is not recommended by the manufacturer. This crate folds down, but while it is a simple process, if you bend it in a way that is a little off, it can quickly turn into a frustrating puzzle. The sliding tray underneath makes for easy cleaning, and the construction of this product will speak to your dog’s natural inclination for shelter. This crate comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
We would not recommend this crate for feisty dogs or clever dogs. This crate is a good product to have if you need a new one and your dog is already crate trained.
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5. Paws & Pals DG4801 Dog Crate
This crate is another one that we recommend if your dog is already crate trained. Paws & Pals dog crate has all the makings to be awesome, but there is one downfall: The manufacturer uses the same size wires for the small dog crates as for the big dog crates.
This is another folding and collapsible crate that requires no assembly other than not getting things stuck together. While still able to be removed and easily cleaned, the tray is a bit more susceptible to cracking and breaking. As with other crates of this type, escape for the dogs is rather easy, even if your dog is just a recreational escape artist.
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6. Crown Pet Products Wood Pet Crate
Functionality was the name of the game for the first five entrants on this list, but now we move on to something with a flair for the aesthetic. Made out of durable hardwood, this classic-looking crate will blend right in with any classical home furnishings. It has a stained and lacquered finish top, with beautiful tenon and mortise construction, while still offering functionality. The floor is a waterproof melamine MDF that absorbs liquids and is easy to clean. The material is also meant to mitigate any odor that might arise. That said, this crate is not as easy to clean as the others on this list. Your pet will have a 360-degree view of everything, and the door opens both in and out, so it won’t be in the way when not in use.
The crate latch is fine, but it just doesn’t hold up to 90 pounds of a dog who really wants a snack or to play. If you get your dog as a pup, there is another downside to this product, which is that it looks like furniture and your pup will treat this like furniture, adding bite marks and all.
7. Carlson Pet Products Metal Dog Crate
This crate has many of the same features as most folding metal crates and is still not recommended for a dog who isn’t already crate trained. The fun caveat of this particular product is that it’s hard to get the door to shut. Chances are that your doggo will have more energy to get out of that thing than you will to shut it. Fortunately, closing the door doesn’t remain an issue for too long, as eventually, the latches on the door will just fall off. Despite all the door troubles, this is a great crate for dogs who like to go in and out of den-like spaces.
8. KELIXU Heavy Duty Dog Crate
This crate is similar to our top pick, though it lacks something in quality. This model is made of much sturdier metal, but it isn’t quite sturdy enough. It might be a good crate for a dog who is almost crate trained, but for the real escape artists, we would avoid this one altogether. The bars, while tough, can be chewed through. This crate is quite a risky purchase at its price point, which is why it finds itself at number 8.
9. SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate
At first glance, this crate is exactly like the other heavy-duty models on the list. It has thick bars, a nice set of wheels, and a removable pad for easy cleaning. So, why is it at number nine?
If you are buying a heavy-duty crate, we’re guessing your dog is big and probably smart. This crate is not good for either. Dogs as little as 30 pounds can have success chewing or bullying their way out of this crate. Smart dogs don’t even need to chew, they can just open the door.
10. Precision Pet 2 Door Dog Crate
Here is another wire-framed crate. This has all the design features of the others, but with fewer appealing qualities.
With two doors, your pet has twice the odds of escaping. What causes it to land at the number-10 spot are the wires that poke up from the bottom — if your friend takes one wrong step, they can hurt their paw.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Crate for Large Dogs
As with anything involving your pet, the number one consideration should be safety. We covered a few of the dangers you might run into with each of these crates, but extra research is still a good idea. Also, make sure that your expectations are realistic. Sometimes there isn’t a crate in the world strong enough to hold your pet if they know that it’s dinner time! This means you should also make sure to check out warranties and returns.
There aren’t that many different types of crates out there, but there are certainly different qualities. It may not seem like it now, but this crate could end up being one of the more important purchases you make, as your pet could get very attached to their crates as time goes on. As such, durability and appropriateness are key.
So, what do you think you’ll end up with? Will Luckup live up to its name and be lucky enough to house your pup? Or will your dog find themselves basking in the hospitality of a MidWest Homes crate? Whatever you choose, we wish you all the happiness in the world between you and your pup!
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