Why We Recommend It: The Zinger Winger DX5000 is probably the toughest and most durable crate I've reviewed. I wouldn't call any crate 100% inescapable, but the aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel slam latches mean the DX5000 is a match for almost any dog. It's also lightweight (compared to other heavy duty models) and has lots of ventilation - the only downside is the price.
Go PetClub Soft-Sided Dog Crate is the perfect compact and lightweight kennel for your pup. It features a water resistant, heavy duty polyester cover with PVC backing. It’s the perfect portable home for you and your furry friend. The screen mesh door provides secure confinement and adjustable ventilation on all four sides. Plus, it comes with a sheepskin dog mat and removable lambs-wool floor pad designed for extra comfort. Firstrax Noz2Noz Sof-Krate N2 Series Indoor and Outdoor Pet House is a stylish and lightweight soft-crate that’s washable, durable and well ventilated. It’s perfect for use indoors or outdoors. Plus, it’s collapsible for easy transfer from room to room or for travel purposes. And the rounded corners protect car interiors and home décor.
On the budget end of the price range is the Smithbuilt self-proclaimed ‘Heavy Duty Dog Crate.’  This industrial looking dog crate is crafted using high-quality steel to make a strong, durable crate that will prove inescapable for a dog and will last for many years. The front door is locked with two slide bolt latches, and the top opening is secured with one. There have been reports that the locking mechanism is weak and can be hugely improved with a standard padlock bought separately. Smithbuilt has made this crate fade, rust, and corrosion resistant by covering it with a multi-layer finish that is better than the powder coat paints on other brands of a dog crate.
Why it's at #7? I placed the Prevue Pet Products Home On-The-Go Single Door Dog Crate on the seventh position of best extra large dog crates list because the wiring was not durable for puppies going through separation anxiety, as one woeful tale from a customer showed. Also, several of the crates above it had weight limits of 90 pounds, whereas this one is five pounds less.
Addendum added January 28, 2013: My vet had never noticed these carriers because I had never put one up on the exam table until my last vet visit. She looked at it with interest and totally concurred with my opinion of having a small, but open carrier for my two (panicky) cats. She has seen more than a few overheated pets in too enclosed carriers. Since I live far from the vet I always carry spare towels for the bottoms of the carriers and she found that the "stable floor covering'* I use was an additional comfort feature for my pets long trip to their appointments. (I just ordered the larger size of this carrier for my "Phat Kat" and will donate her previous carrier to our local animal shelter.)
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