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Thread: Crate Advice

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    Default Crate Advice

    After reading some of the threads here, I decided I want to get my dog a crate.

    I know the K9 Pro ones have been recommended, but I thought I'd check if others have other brands that they like.

    I want something that is easy to pack up and folds down small as I'll have to get it into my little Astra when we go camping and usually you could hardly add a peanut when it's packed!

    And obviously something durable...

    And of course I want it CHEAP! No really, if I have to pay double to get something that will be twice as good, I'll save up for it.

    Oh and the most important question: how do I decide what size my dog needs? I did find some resources through googling but they were all imperial measures (I grew up in Europe, any mention of inches or feet and I zone out!) and crate sizes are all metric here.

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    Your dog must have enough room to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably.

    I roughly measured my dogs height to about 5cms above the shoulders, and across his chest adding another 20cms then measured his length from nose to just past his backside.

    From that, anything bigger should be fine.

    Check on ebay from this store: XXXLarge Portable Soft Pet Dog Crate Cage Kennel Red | eBay

    They usually do pretty good deals and you might be able to make an offer for $60 and they might give it to you.

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    I've had the canvas ones as per Batty's popst above, but I like the metal ones better. I have a great metal crate that collapses. Here is a pic of a similar one;
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    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    I have the canvas one for travelling and the metal one at home as "bed" - sorry should have thought of that.

    Mind you the K9 Pro ones are on special at the moment aren't they?

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    I got ours on ebay and it was dollar's off what we could get here at home.
    It is a wire one with a tray under it to catch all the dirt from the dogs.
    And it came in a box and all we had to do was unfold it put the tray in under it and it was ready for use,.
    Best thing we bought for a dog ever.

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    Thanks!

    I saw those on Ebay, but they go from large (70cm long) to XXXLarge (102cm long). I haven't measured my dog yet though. The L might be big enough for her. But if not, the XXXL will be too big for her. Anywho, I'll measure the dog tonight and work out the size first.

    Do you think the K9Pro ones are better? If so, why?

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    I just had a look at them and I can see that they are good.
    Though only my view is that these would suit a a smaller type of breed.
    Though this have got a by far better shading than the wire types.
    Though you could always place something on the top of the wire ones.

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    My dog's only medium-sized anyway, Rid.

    I think I just don't like the look or the idea of the wire ones. They look too much like a cage to me. And I know that they are not used as such, but it's something in my mind that makes me not like them. Also, the soft ones fold down smaller, so are easier to transport for me.

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    Best advice then, is to go with what you like.
    As you are the only one that will be looking at it all the time.

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    Always better to go for too big than to get something too small IMO.

    Batty's crate is two sizes too big for him. He can sprawl out on his back (his favourite way to sleep) and not touch either end of the crate. He adores it!

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