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.
It also has air vents at the tops and bottoms of the sides and rear of the crate. The front door has the greatest level of airflow due to it’s vertical and horizontal crossover bar design. And of course because the crate is made from aluminum, it dissipates heat much faster than a steel crate could. So this is a crate that you could comfortably in multi-climates. The crate won’t get too hot, and it has ample air flow all around.
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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.
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 ventilation, on the other hand, is solved by the addition of a generous number of holes in each side of the crate. Their purpose is to promote extra air flow and allow the owner to use the cage on warm days. The heat can also cause evaporation of toxic materials, but that’s not something you need to worry about with this model – no harmful chemicals were used during its manufacture.
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