Plastic crates

If you’re in the market for a dog crate, you’ll have to decide which type of crate is best for your dog, plastic or wire. What follows are the pros and cons of a plastic dog crate. Depending on your dog’s size and type of coat and what conveniences you’d like in a crate, a plastic version may be just what your dog needs.

Advantages of plastic dog crates

Provide better insulation than wire crates

If you own a puppy, small dog, or a dog with a short coat, a plastic crate can help him retain more body heat, which can be valuable in cold or wet climates. This may not be a benefit if you own a large or long-haired dog or live in a warmer climate.

More privacy

A plastic dog crate generally has fewer openings for your dog to see out. This can cut down on how much a puppy whines or cries in his crate since there’s less to distract him.

Can be airline-approved

Unlike wire dog crates, there are many airline-approved plastic crates available. Wherever you fly, your dog can accompany you with the right crate. You should always check with your airline first to make sure the plastic dog crate you choose meets their safety guidelines.

Can be stored or used as a dog bed

You can find many plastic crates that come apart for storage. Some are even designed to allow the top to be removed so you can use the bottom as a dog bed. Not every plastic crate is so versatile, however, so make sure the features you want are included.

Usually light

Even a bigger plastic dog crate can be exceptionally light, which is something to keep in mind if you travel a lot or need to move the crate often.

Disadvantages of a plastic crate

Less ventilation and air movement

The increased insulation a plastic crate affords comes at the expense of reduced air circulation. If you live in a hotter environment, your dog may not appreciate the excess heat trapped by his crate.

May increase feelings of isolation

The greater privacy a plastic dog crate offers can also be a disadvantage if your dog is a busy-body. Often times, a puppy will whine or cry in his crate because he feels isolated, a condition that can be intensified by the confines of a plastic crate.

Can trap odors

Unlike a wire crate, the materials in a plastic crate can collect doggy odors over time. This can make it more difficult to keep the crate clean.

Can’t fold flat

If you plan to travel with your dog’s crate, a plastic dog crate generally won’t break down as completely as a wire or soft-sided type.

A dog crate can be a great way to give your dog his own space to call home. When considering what kind of crate to buy, think about your dog’s needs and what would best suit him. Visit our dog crate buying guide to learn how to choose the right size and features for your dog.


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