Those of us with bigger dogs know the struggle of trying to find best extra large dog crates that won’t be too small and constricting on our beloved pets. There's hardly anything pleasurable about seeing a dog squished uncomfortably into a tiny dog crate. My Australian Shepherd, Walter, is a very… enthusiastic dog. Walter, God love him, is wild. He wants to be a part of everything, even things that shouldn’t include him at all, such as taking a shower, baking, and sleeping.
Also, many customers who were considering crate training bought this and found it to be very successful, with one purchaser saying, “Anyone that is considering crate training to PLEASE do it! Your dog will be happier [and] you will house break him or her quicker.” The rave reviews were from an owner who had easily used this crate to train her puppy.
Note that some authorities recommend adding 4 to 6 inches on top of your dog’s length when selecting the proper crate size, instead of the 2- to 4-inch guideline we prefer. This is fine if you’d prefer to scale up the crate a little bit, but understand that it is not a good idea to provide your dog with a crate that is too large. Doing so will eliminate some of the benefits crates provide (more on this later), so stay in the 2- to 6-inch range.
Why it's at #6? We put this Midwest Life Stages Single-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate as sixth on the list of best extra large dog crates because several customers had issues with it collapsing, though whether this was from human error or because of faulty conditioning, they weren’t specific. But, when it comes to housebreaking, the dividers in this are very useful.
Overview: Made in the USA, this kennel is for transporting your pet, though it can be used in your home for stationary purposes as well. The wing nuts on the sides are plastic and are impervious to rust. The kennel itself is made of plastic with a chrome door latch that requires squeezing, so your dog won’t be able to break out. It’s also dark, so if your dog gets scared easily and needs to feel secure, this kennel will be able to provide that security. The dimensions are: 36” x 25” x 27.”
Pros: The size is definitely a pro for owners who want their dogs to spend more time outside. It’s a very secure piece of equipment that is resistant to biting and the polyurethane is really durable. A customer described it as “very well made,” and even though it has a lot of parts—it is held together by sixteen connectors—on average, it took twenty minutes to put together.
Dogs have a natural instinct to have a den enclosure and owners can satisfy these needs by providing them with a crate. Crates are also practical training and housebreaking tool because dogs are naturally averse to soiling in their den. Extra-strong crates can be used to prevent dogs and puppies from destroying their surroundings and chewing furniture.
Overview: This single-door extra large dog crate or cage has a washable plastic tray and is collapsible and foldable. It has a divider panel, if you want to housebreak your puppy or organize the kennel to separate your dog’s different areas of activity. The bolt latches are sliding and are very durable. The corners are rounded for safety and the dimensions of this crate are 42 x 28 x 31 inches, making it appropriate for dogs 71 to 90 pounds.
Features: The Petmate Sky Kennel is primarily built of sturdy, high-quality plastic, but it still provides great ventilation to keep your pet comfortable. The front door is made of steel wire, as are the two windows on each side, and the back of the crate is perforated plastic. The door features a vault-style latch and is secured in four places for maximum security.
Most Helpful review (read the full Amazon review): “I bought 2 of the 42x28x31″ crates for a 60 lb border collie mix, and a 50 lb pitbull/lab mix. They are extremely easy to set up, and roomy enough for both dogs to stretch out. The crates are properly assembled according to the instructions, but both dogs have figured out how to break out without opening the front door, which I'm guessing is why they're so much cheaper…”