A crate is probably one of the first purchases you’ll make after adopting a new puppy. Not only does a crate expedite the house training process, it provides your dog someplace safe to call his own. Below you’ll find the pros and cons of a wire dog crate, one of the many types of crates available.
Advantages of a wire dog crate
Air movement and ventilation
A wire crate is well-suited for dogs with longer coats or if you live in a southern climate. Because the crate is completely open there’s plenty of air movement, which allows your puppy or dog to stay cool.
Divider panels and folding ability
Wire dog crates come in a variety of sizes and most offer divider panels. If you’re shopping for a puppy, you can buy a larger crate than he’s needs so he can still use it when he reaches his adult size. Considering a crate can be one of the more expensive items you’ll buy for your dog, this can save you money in the long run.
You can find wire crates in a number of different designs, but most of them quickly and easily break down for storage or travel. Keep in mind that wire crates with corner drop pins, while sturdier than folding crates, are less convenient to setup or store away.
Allows your dog to see his environment
A wire crate allows your dog to see what’s going on around him, which can reduce feelings of isolation or separation. This may be a disadvantage depending on your particular dog, as explained below.
Easy to clean
You can find many wire crates with a slid-out tray underneath to catch accidents, and the wire also allows odors to escape.
Disadvantages of a wire crate
May lead to whining or crying in the crate
You should keep your dog’s crate in an area near people traffic so he feels he’s part of the pack. However, if your dog has a tendency to cry or whine while in the crate, a wire crate may be part of the problem. The advantage of allowing your dog to see what’s going on around him may create stress and feelings of separation because he can’t join in the fun. This can lead to whining and barking. A crate cover may help at the expense of reduced air circulation. Also, a chew toy or some treats are useful to keep your puppy or dog occupied while in his crate. A busy dog is a quiet dog.
Less insulation for smaller dogs and puppies
Again, the advantages of a wire dog crate can pose a problem depending on your particular dog. Puppies and smaller dogs will be better served by a crate that helps them retain body heat, particularly if you live in a colder climate.
Not airline approved
A wire crate generally isn’t going to be airline-approved. If you plan to travel by plane with your dog, you’ll have to invest in a second plastic crate to make the trip.
Can be heavy
This is particularly true for larger wire crates and is something to keep in mind if you plan to use the crate for traveling.
When buying a wire dog crate, think about your needs and those of your dog to make sure you buy the one that’s right for him. Visit our dog crate guide for information and advice on choosing the right size crate with features your dog will appreciate.