A few months ago I had to return our metal folding dog crate back to its original owner, and we could see that our Stafford-shire terrier, McKee, was missing her crate. It was her safe place to go at bedtime, when she was at the dog sitters or home alone. Experts say that the dogs’ natural instincts are to find a safe denning place of their own, similar to what the crate can provide, so taking the crate away might have been a bigger deal to our dog than we will ever know. We decided it was time to get her a crate of her own. There were a few qualities I was looking for in her new dog crate: I needed something that was lightweight, sturdy and easy to break down and transport in my car, and somewhat aesthetically pleasing for inside our home.
After reviewing new dog crate options, a friend here at Lion Country Supply recommended I take a closer look at the plastic break-down dog crate. I admit the idea of a plastic construction dog crate didn’t appeal to me at first, but when I inspected the demo model in the LCSupply storefront my first impression of the break-down crate was very positive, prompting me to purchase the large Breakdown Dog Crate (SKU:BDDC). It is constructed with a durable plastic that is much stronger that I expected, and the strong wire mesh door seemed to increase its quality and durability. According to the product description these kennels are made from high-impact plastic and strong wire mesh, yet they are very lightweight – just like I wanted.
These crates are described as “break-down” crates, but I don’t recommend this crate for repeated, daily take-down / set-up use, because proper assembly took some time and effort on my part. I recommend you assemble it and leave it assembled. But when you do need to travel or store the crate for a period of time, the breakdown design makes it a space-saver. The crate is also airline approved for air travelers.
Colored in taupe and detailed with blue compartment doors, this break-down crate is attractive compared to the black wire crates, and so if you are shopping for an interior crate for your home, this crate looks much better in the home than the black wire crates.
Other features of this crate are the air circulation vents and topside storage compartments for food and essentials (this would come in handy when travelling). This unit also includes a water/food dish and a personalized name plate.
My dog went some time without her crate, and when I introduced this new crate she was reluctant to use it in the beginning. But now she stays in it throughout the night and most of the day while we are at work. She is a 60 lb. Stafford-shire terrier and the crate provides her enough room to move around inside the crate, laying and stretching any position. I would never take it from her.
This break down dog crate meets all of my requirements except for the easy assembly/take-down. If you need instant set-up and take-down capability on a frequent basis, and you are not concerned with crate weight or appearance, I recommend the Folding Metal Crates at Lion Country Supply. Click the following link read our MidWest Folding Metal Crates review.