SmithBuilt is one of the most renowned manufacturers of extra strong metal dog crates – they’re well-known for the comfort and security of their models. Those looking for a reasonably priced indestructible dog crate should consider their newest product, the SmithBuilt Heavy, as it offers good construction quality, a convenient 2-door design, and a removable pan for easy cleaning.
This method is favored by the smarter pooches who don’t have the strength to brute force their escape. The dog will play with the latch using their nose or paws until it is unlocked. Perseverance is vital for the dog in this regard, first attempts at manipulating the lock may seem clumsy and without purpose, but smart dogs soon learn what works and what does not.

Unlike the Impact, the Zinger Winger no dog escape crate uses solid metal steel bars for its door. Dogs will often choose to attack the door, knowing it is both the way he gets in and out. It is important that it is tough and secure. This robust solution works well here. It has a quality locking mechanism. This one uses two flush-mounted slap latches to ensure a secure close. It also uses a full length piano hinge plus striker plate. Its design also allows for reversible door installation. So it’s great for left-handers as well as right-handers.

One owner notes that the only major difference between this crate and higher-end models is that the door locks could potentially be opened if a dog pushes the lever with their tongue. And indeed, several owners have noted that the locks weren’t able to keep their Houdini hounds in check. However, one individual notes that you could simply zip tie or caribeaner the lock if escape is an issue.

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.
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The Stationary version of the crate goes further, it is an IATA 82 dog crate which you will need if you are traveling with dogs more commonly associated as fighting or dangerous breeds. This means that that Stationary Crate’s industrial tough design meets the special enhanced IATA CR 82 dog cage requirements for for travel with pitbulls, mastiffs and other breeds that are claimed to be powerful, aggressive, fighting or dangerous.

Unlike the Impact, the Zinger Winger no dog escape crate uses solid metal steel bars for its door. Dogs will often choose to attack the door, knowing it is both the way he gets in and out. It is important that it is tough and secure. This robust solution works well here. It has a quality locking mechanism. This one uses two flush-mounted slap latches to ensure a secure close. It also uses a full length piano hinge plus striker plate. Its design also allows for reversible door installation. So it’s great for left-handers as well as right-handers.


A few owners mentioned problems with the crate handle, so you’ll want to be careful when carrying it. Note that some airlines require crates to be fastened with metal, rather than plastic hardware (which is provided with this crate). However, it is easy to pick up some metal bolts and use them to replace the plastic hardware that comes with the crate.

Crates that don’t close securely are pretty worthless, so you’ll want to make sure that any crate you select has high-quality latches. But beware of crates with exceptionally large latching mechanisms, as some dogs will learn how to open the door themselves.  If you have an especially escape-prone pooch, you’ll probably need a crate especially designed for Houdini dogs with double latches or more advanced locking mechanisms.

The next major consideration when choosing a heavy duty crate is portability. Will you be using the dog crate primarily at home – As a part of the furniture, or will you be using it to transport your dog on a camping trip? There are a few dog crates on the market today that is both heavy duty and collapsible making them ideal travel crates. If you are opting for a travel crate, then the best build material will be wood or aluminum for both strength and portability whereas a home crate is best made out of steel for maximum strength and value for money.
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.
Unlike the Impact, the Zinger Winger no dog escape crate uses solid metal steel bars for its door. Dogs will often choose to attack the door, knowing it is both the way he gets in and out. It is important that it is tough and secure. This robust solution works well here. It has a quality locking mechanism. This one uses two flush-mounted slap latches to ensure a secure close. It also uses a full length piano hinge plus striker plate. Its design also allows for reversible door installation. So it’s great for left-handers as well as right-handers.
Hi Kristy. ProSelect is definitely the most heavy duty of them all (but as you noted, VERY expensive). Have you tried this style of heavy duty crate before? If so, you might be able to get away trying a less expensive model like the SmithBuilt. Unfortunately, there are always some dogs who can break out, so really hard to say. Your best bet is the ProSelect, but I know I myself would probably try some of the other models first if I never tried any kind of heavy-duty style crate before.
The Stationary version of the crate goes further, it is an IATA 82 dog crate which you will need if you are traveling with dogs more commonly associated as fighting or dangerous breeds. This means that that Stationary Crate’s industrial tough design meets the special enhanced IATA CR 82 dog cage requirements for for travel with pitbulls, mastiffs and other breeds that are claimed to be powerful, aggressive, fighting or dangerous.
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