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Dogs come armed with sharp claws and sharp teeth. They would never knowingly use them against you, but there are times when they can get a little excited and use them on their surroundings. That is where high-quality dog crates can be a lifesaver.
There comes a time in every dog’s life when they need to be transported. A dog crate is not only an easy way to do this but does so in a way which makes the dog feel safe. A dog crate surrounds and comforts your dog, especially when you are on a long car journey. It also helps to protect your belongings, especially when your dog is sick or agitated.
We have found some of the most heavy-duty and durable dog crates there are and have compiled them for selection. Check out which ones we liked best but, before that, let’s look at what influenced our choice.
Why Should You Choose A Heavy-Duty Dog Crate?
Durability definitely matters when it comes to a dog crate, especially if you have a large dog, a dog with sharp teeth, or a smart dog. With a regular dog crate, your furry friend can find ways to escape. In fact, many dog crates provide the perfect environment for a jailbreak.
If your dog likes to chew, then they will easily find the weak spots to chew on. These points are usually where the door connects to the rest of the crate, and they are usually small pieces of metal. For a dog who likes to chew, getting through these connectors is no problem.
Dogs are smart animals; there is no doubt about that. Regular dog crates have regular latches. If a small child can open that latch, then a dog can too. Your dog may open it by accident the first time but, after that, they will be able to open it easily every time.
If trial and error or gnawing do not work, then most dogs can use their strength to burst from their cage. Even the smallest dogs are capable of immense strength. People have witnessed many dogs pushing their way through bars, bending them in the process, or forcing open weak points in a crate.
With a combination of these techniques, dogs can easily escape a prison.
A heavy-duty dog crate will be more effective in stopping them.
Examples Of Dogs Escaping From Their Crates
If you have watched any heist movies in your lifetime, you will know that there is always a way in or out of a locked room. People are smart, but so are dogs. If you could get in and out of the crate, then there is a good chance that your dog can too.
Here are three common ways that anxious or intelligent dogs can get out of their enclosure.
Opening The Latch
Practice makes perfect. They may struggle with the latch at first, but once they have opened it once (and they will), there will be no stopping them.
The more they practice, the better that will get and, while it is pretty amazing to watch them open a latch, it only adds to your frustration. Many heavy-duty dog crates replace the simple wire latch with a sliding design, and two latches are better than one.
Finding The Weak Points
While metal connectors are sturdy, thin connectors can be gnawed at until they give. If your dog targets the weak points of their cage, the sides or doors can pop right off.
Heavy-duty dog crates feature thicker steel bars in the frame, and the connectors are thicker metal too, preventing your dog from chewing them. Look for parts that do not stick out as this allows your dog to get hold of it and gnaw or chew on it.
Brute Force Escape
Sometimes it does not matter what the material or construction is, a dog can burst through it with sheer size and strength. This show of strength can be frustrating for you and dangerous for the dog. If a crate is ripped apart, the dog can become caught on parts or injure themself on sharp metal.
Solid steel frames, and heavy-duty construction, helps to protect the dog by not breaking apart, no matter how strong your animal is. The heaviest-duty crates will not only ease your frustration but they will also give you peace of mind too. A heavy-duty crate protects your beloved pet.
Features To Look Out For In Heavy-Duty Dog Crates
If your dog has proven how much they want to be beside you at all times, by breaking out of their crate in the name of love, then it may be time to invest in a heavy-duty crate. It can be challenging to have a dog who will not stay in their crate, but there are times when you need them to, and there are many benefits that come with it.
Before you do, however, you should be aware that not all crates are created equally. No crate is 100% perfect, and even the ones that are marketed as ‘escape-proof’ can sometimes fail. The only sure-fire way to know what you are getting is to look at the features:
- If you want a crate which is going to contain your dog, then you should be looking for a metal one. Stay away from plastic, which can be easily broken or chewed through, and invest in security. You should also bear in mind that not all metals are up to the task. Look for heavy-duty metal, and go thicker where you can.
- When you are moving a large dog, you do not want to have to lift the entire crate with the dog inside. Wheels on the bottom of the crate are a nice addition which does not compromise the security of the crate. The wheels are on the outside so cannot be got at by the dog. They take the strain off of you when you are moving the dog crate with a dog inside and reduce the risk of drops and damage.
- A removable pan may not increase the security and durability of your crate, but it will make cleanup a lot easier, and that can only be good for your crate, for you, and for your dog. A removable pan allows you to take the floor out of the crate without taking the crate apart. A clean crate is one which is going to be more comfortable for your dog and keep them happier.
- Ventilation is an important part of your crate, and you should always ensure that your dog is comfortable. When we were looking at crates, we wanted ones which did not sacrifice security for ventilation. We wanted the crates to be the most durable we could find but also those which gave comfort to our furry friends.
- When we looked at the latches and locking mechanisms for the crates, we focused on the crates which had latches which were inaccessible to the dog inside. If they cannot reach the latch, then they cannot open the crate, no matter how smart they are. Barrel latches can often be opened by your dog but slam latches cannot.
Choosing The Correct Crate Size
There is no point going out there are buying a dog crate without knowing what size you need. I mean, would you buy clothing in a random size and hope that it fits?
It is vital to know which size of dog crate you need.
Most of this will depend on the size of your dog, but you also need to know the amount of space that they need in the crate. Some dogs need more space, while others benefit from a tighter fit. They should also be able to get in and out of the crate with ease.
You should know the height, length, and weight of your dog before you set out to buy a crate. Thankfully, finding this information is pretty straightforward, just follow our tips:
- When measuring the length of your dog, measure from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail.
- You do not need to add the tail to the measurements unless it is especially large.
- When measuring the height of your dog, measure from the floor to the top of its head, while your dog is in the sitting position.
- If your dog’s ears stand up, add that to the measurement too.
- When you have your measurements, add a couple of inches to each number.
If you cannot measure your dog, then try to use common sense in the matter. If you have a large dog, then you are going to need a large dog crate. If you have a small dog, then opt for a smaller crate.
You get what you pay for. We all know that but do not always want to follow it. We want to give you a warning here. If you buy a cheap dog crate, then there is a chance that it is not going to last. A damaged crate is a worthless crate. Do not fall into the trap of buying a cheap crate only to have to replace it a few months later.
When we looked at the most rugged and reliable dog crates, we focused on price along with durability. We are not bringing you the most affordable crates out there, but we are bringing you the most affordable and durable crates on the market. Let’s take a look.
Our Top Picks
Here are some of the most durable dog crates on the market that are going to protect your dog.
ProSelect Empire Dog Cage
There are two sizes available here, so it is perfect for a medium or large dog, and you only need to take one look at it to see how durable it is. The cage is crafted from solid 20-gauge steel, and the bars have been made extra thick to prevent bending. There are also cross-sections, further reinforcing the cage, and your dog is not going to be able to bend the bars to escape. The half-inch steel bars are some of the strongest out there, and this is definitely a cage that will last.
The cage gives your dog enough space to move around in, and the cage, itself, can move around too, thanks to some casters, which are easily attached to the bottom corners. You can use the cage with or without the wheels, depending on your needs. Mobility is excellent with the wheels, and removing them adds extra stability to the cage.
No one likes to clean up after a pet in an indoor setting, but this heavy-duty dog crate takes the pain out of that by including a removable tray at the bottom. The dog can stand, sit, or lie on the metal grate (with bars spaced close enough for comfort), while any mess can move through the grate to the tray below. The tray can then be removed for easy clean-up.
A heavy-duty dog crate that will stand the test of time.
TQ PET Heavy Duty Dog Cage
The best thing about this heavy-duty dog crate is the extra room for your dog. The roof is sloped, and taller than most dog crates allow, letting even the biggest dogs stand or sit without feeling cramped. The angled roof also gives the dog crate a look like no other, and adds a touch of style to the product.
There are many heights to choose from, allowing you to choose the perfect size for your pet without taking up too much room in your home. The construction is durable, with solid metal bars that are reinforced and spaced to keep your dog on the inside.
The double door design means that your pet can get in and out from the front or the side, and the heavy-duty latches are almost impossible for your pet to get open.
This dog crate is easy to assemble, and you can even fold it flat when it is not in use. There is a removable tray on the bottom for easy clean-up, wheels for mobility, and the metal is rust and corrosion-resistant.
This is an easy to use and easy to clean dog crate that will leave your pet feeling safe and secure.
LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate
When it comes to durable dog crates, the material and construction better be solid and heavy-duty. With this dog crate, you get exactly that. The frame has been crafted from metal which is rust and corrosion-resistant. Great for use in the great outdoors, and will not be susceptible from any moisture (and you know the kind of moisture that I am talking about). The finish is non-toxic, keeping your dog safe, and is almost impossible to damage.
The crate is perfect for medium or large dogs, and the caster wheels on the bottom make moving even the heaviest dogs a breeze. The casters can move in 360-degree motion or lock for when you want the dog crate to be stationary. You will also like the additional safety features on the front door which will stop your pet from opening it (no matter how clever they are).
If anything is easy to clean, then we are on board. With a removable tray at the bottom of the dog crate, you can quickly clean even the messiest (and stinkiest) messes. Simply remove the crate without having to open the crate or even remove your dog.
This dog crate comes flat-packed for convenience and is extremely easy to put together (even a dog could do it. Well, hopefully not).
Guardian Gear ProSelect Empire Dog Cage
This dog crate has been crafted from 20-gauge steel. You could lock your valuables in there, and criminals would have a hard time getting them, so what chance does that leave your dog? The rigid cage is reinforced further with 1/2-inch steel tubes, also crafted from 20-gauge steel. Small dogs will fit in here easily, and there is the option between two sizes depending on the size of your dog.
A generous tray at the bottom is easily removed when you need to clean the cage and stops dog waste from sitting in the cage and possibly damaging the health of your beloved pet. Simply remove the tray, dump it out, clean and sanitize, and it will slide back in.
With a heavy-duty and durable cage of this size, especially when you will have a large dog inside, wheels are an important addition. The caster wheels will allow you to roll the cage with ease, and you can remove the wheels if you need or want to. Roll on the casters for transport and then remove them for stability.
This dog crate will stand up to the toughest dogs while making them feel safe and secure.
SmithBuilt Heavy-Duty Dog Cage
You only have to take one look at this cage to know that it is solid. The metal bars are thick and sturdy. Even the biggest dogs will have trouble fitting themselves through the bars or even bending them. The hinges are also crafted from metal, along with the fasteners on the door and the fasteners joining the sides together. From the top to the base, this is a well-made product.
The dog crate also has two features which we like to see. There are wheels on the bottom to help maneuverability, especially seeing as this is a heavy crate, designed for larger dogs. You can wheel the crate to and fro with a light touch. You also have a removable tray at the bottom. If your dog makes a mess in there (and we know that our pets like to make a mess when in confined spaces), then it will be easy to clean. Simply remove the tray which sits below the bottom of the crate without opening the crate.
Put your largest dog in here without worrying about them getting out or damaging the crate. In fact, you would be hard pressed to damage the crate yourself.