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    I need to get Lacey a crate for her to sleep in, be fed in and to put her in to keep her out of the way, also for travelling. She is a giant breed so she will need a massive crate. Should I get her a soft crate or a wire crate? I have a BC sized one now that she can stand in but she can't stretch out to sleep in. She is virtually toilet trained now (touch wood!) so I won't be needing to section the crate off... I need something that is lightweight and portable, with good air flow and not so expensive. She needs to be able to stretch out.... So what should I get? A wire or a soft crate? I'm not sure if Lacey will chew or dig in it. She doesn't in the wire crate, and she doesn't dig in her bed in it. What would you do? A wire or a soft crate? What do you already use?

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    I use the x large colapsable wire crates for my TM's & even Bubba can fit though only just can turn around but the other TM's & Maremma's fit just right.

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    How much did you pay for one?

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    $120 new(a year ago) but I look out for them on dogzonline & ebay etc & often pay around $50/60.

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    Is Lacey a dane?

    I actually haven't found any crates that I think are big enough for breeds bigger than say a pointer or a dalmatian. That is, a crate that the dog can stand up in and turn around in without being hunched over.

    I would recommend getting a puppy pen for the house (that would mean there would be no upper height for Lacey to have to crouch down from), and then using barriers in the car (e.g. station wagon set up).


    If you want a crate:
    I think soft or hard crate depends on the dog. My terriers would get out a soft crate, but tolerate hard crates (they understand that they're hard!). If she's pretty easy going, I would get a soft crate as they're lighter to transport (especially for the size crate you will need).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leema View Post
    Is Lacey a dane?

    I actually haven't found any crates that I think are big enough for breeds bigger than say a pointer or a dalmatian. That is, a crate that the dog can stand up in and turn around in without being hunched over.

    I would recommend getting a puppy pen for the house (that would mean there would be no upper height for Lacey to have to crouch down from), and then using barriers in the car (e.g. station wagon set up).


    If you want a crate:
    I think soft or hard crate depends on the dog. My terriers would get out a soft crate, but tolerate hard crates (they understand that they're hard!). If she's pretty easy going, I would get a soft crate as they're lighter to transport (especially for the size crate you will need).
    I just checked & they are xxlarge & are made by an aussie company will send you a link when I can find it, lol Like I said a little tight for Bubba but he likes it but plenty for the others to stand & turn round easily.
    Soft crates are good but my younger TM's do damage to them.

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    I've got a puppy pen type thing now for when she is outside. I had to double it up, as in tie another to the top and she still tries to get out. It needs to have a roof on it so she doesn't try and climb out of it.

    Yep, she's a Dane.

    Can't do the barrier thing in the car, we don't have a station wagon, a four door sedan type thing. Its a Ford Falcon. I did however see a net you can put in between the front seats to stop them from getting through, I'm not sure how that would hold up in a crash. I have got a car harness that I put on her, but she's already taking up most of the room. We have got a truck with a big enough boot (station wagon type deal, its a nissan patrol or something - you can so tell i'm not car savvy!) so when we want to take her out we're just gonna have to take the truck, and maybe put a barrier up or attach her car harness to something in there.

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    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/WE-OFFER-NOW-...item230ad8df00


    This is where I got mine from. 54" should be heaps big enough for her full grown, it does state Great Dane. Its collapsible and comes with a divider anyways.
    Last edited by Keira & Phoenix; 01-06-2011 at 02:46 PM.

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    How heavy is yours, K+P?

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    I got some like the one K&P posted a link to from Deals Direct, they were around that price mostly but do come on special at times often freight free, and can be on special too at times so if you are lucky you might get one cheaper when on special.

    A Neo can fit in one no worries although Neos are not as tall as Great Danes I think it would be ok for her

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