Best collapsible dog crates: handy and practical

If you want to take your dog somewhere, like to the vet or on a picnic, then the collapsible dog crate comes in handy. It is also easy to find a place for such a crate in the house when you do not need it.

So I made a list of the best collapsible dog crates. There are different options: wire, soft, wooden, and steel; for home and travel use. I have not found the perfect kennel for all situations yet. But definitely, you can find something for yourself.

Lovupet Wooden Portable Foldable Pet Crate

I think this crate is the best option for home use. It is safer, so it is suitable for crate training. Although the price of the Lovupet crate is higher than others, but as for a natural wood product, it is even inexpensive.

How Does It Fold: folds in 1 step without tools

Available sizes: S, M, L

Pros
  • natural material, safe for animals

  • beautiful appearance

  • more secure lock and construction than other crates in this list (which means it is safer to leave your dog in the Lovupet crate)

  • no sharp bars

  • more durable and long-lasting than plastic or fabric

  • can be used as a table

Cons
  • the crate needs to be coated with varnish or paint to make it suitable for outdoor use

  • not suitable for transporting pets


Zampa Pet Portable Crate

This is the best option if you are looking for a collapsible crate to transport your dog. It is inexpensive, lightweight, and safe. It can be folded and unfolded at least every day, and you can travel with your dog wherever you want. And at home it can be a cozy place for your pet.

How Does It Fold: Pops up in seconds, no assembly needed

Available sizes: M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, 4XL

Pros
  • easy to assemble within 1 minute

  • it has a removable, washable soft fabric cover, that is easy to clean 

  • lightweight

  • 4 sizes to choose from

  • includes carrying case

  • steel frame provides protection for the construction

  • easy transport handle

  • relatively inexpensive

Cons
  • the crate cannot be fastened with a car seat belt

  • no color choice

  • not suitable for crate training, as dogs can easily get out of the crate


MidWest Homes for Pets iCrate

Consulting: these two cons make MidWest’s iCrate unsafe for distruptivety dogs with separation anxiety. But for others, it would be a good option for home use and transportation.

How Does It Fold: You can set it up in just seconds with no tool required

Available sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Pros
  • there are many sizes for small and large dogs

  • includes a removable, washable tray

  • you can choose iCrate with one or two doors

  • includes a divider that allows the crate to grow and change size as your pup gets older

  • relatively low price

  • 1 year warranty

Cons
  • although the manufacturer calls their lock secure, practice shows that dogs open these locks very easily

  • there are many reports that the crate has sharp corners


Pet Gear “The Other Door” 4 Door Steel Crate for Dogs/Cats 

Pet Gear “The Other Door” 4 Door Steel Crate for Dogs/Cats 

If you need a collapsible crate for your home and you care about its beautiful design, this is the option for you. But it is hardly suitable for those who will fold it and unfold it often.

How Does It Fold: No tools needed to set up or fold down and includes storage bag for easy transport.

Available sizes: S, M

Pros
  • cute design

  • the Pet Gear crate has built-in wheels, so it’s easy to transport

  • set includes bolster pad and carrying case

  • available in 3 sizes 27 Inch, 36 Inch, and 42 Inch

  • features 4 doors, including the large side door that opens up and out of the way like a garage door

Cons
  • high price

  • no removable tray

  • some people say it is not easy to assemble the crate

  • some latches are made of plastic, so they may not be durable

  • heavyweight (22.5 Pounds and more)



PAWD Plastic Collapsible Crate for Small Dog

This collapsible crate is an option for those who are looking for a nice and original folding crate that is not hard to carry in your hands. But PAWD crate is unsuitable for leaving your dog locked inside unattended because the dog can chew the plastic or open the latch. 

How Does It Fold: Folds up without tools

Available sizes: one size (21*16*16)

Pros
  • original, attractive design that will decorate any interior

  • 4 stylish colors to choose from

  • handy carrying case with handle for storage and transportation

  • lightweight (only 7 pounds)

  • no sharp edges or corners, so your pet will not get hurt

  • includes a dog bed

  • easy to clean

Cons
  • only 1 door

  • only 1 size for small dogs (tiny)


Diggs Revol Dog Crate 

It is a crate for those who are used to buying premium products for their pet. But this crate is more suitable for home use. It won’t be quite handy to use if you want to fold/unfold and transport it often.

How Does It Fold: Folds up in seconds without tools

Available sizes: S, M

Pros
  • it has three doors for easy access and pulls out a tray

  • easy to set up and equipped with wheels and carrying handle

  • made with durable, high-grade aluminum, steel mesh wire, and reinforced plastic

  • nice, modern style (not like doggy prison)

  • several colors to choose from

  • it can be folded up and rolled around on the floor. 

Cons
  • high price

  • only small and medium sizes are available

  • not very compact when folded

  • uncomfortable to roll


IMPACT Collapsible Dog Crate

If you travel often and are looking for a collapsible dog crate for your car, I recommend buying only this crate or crates of similar quality. Other ones will not protect your dog in the event of an accident.

It is the only crate that is absolutely safe to use for dogs with high anxiety. Other crates will not do the job. I know it is expensive, but unfortunately, there are no cheaper options with same parameters.

How Does It Fold: Folds up in seconds without tools

Available sizes: 34, 40, 48, 54 inches

Pros
  • IMPACT produces military-grade crates that are highly durable and safe

  • lifetime Warranty

  • lightweight and sturdy at the same time 

  • secure lock that a dog cannot open

  • will keep your dog safe in case of a car accident

Cons
  • very expensive

  • unattractive


Ownpets Portable Dog Crate

When I was almost done making my list, I found this beautiful folding soft crate. You can’t carry your dog in it since there are no handles. But it folds up into a handy case, which allows you to take it with you to, for example, camping or when you go visiting.

How Does It Fold: press the button to quickly open and fold the crate

Available sizes: L(32″L x 23″W x 23″H)

Pros
  • three sizes for small, medium, and large dogs

  • rotating button for quick collapsible

  • the crate frame is made of strong but lightweight steel tubing

  • it has 3 doors (the front, the back, and the top)

  • set includes soft pad

Cons
  • no handles to carry the dog

What you need to know before buying a crate

There are a few important things dog owners should know before buying a crate. I want each of my readers to be aware of these:

  • It is best not to use a wire crate in the car unless that crate has been crash-tested (especially if you own a large dog). It can cause additional injuries in an accident. I recommend choosing one of the best dog crates for cars for this purpose.
  • If your dog is an aggressive chewer or has separation anxiety, then you should use special, indestructible crates for your dog. 
  • for the first time after buying a new crate, do not leave your dog inside unsupervised. You must make sure that your pet cannot open the lock or get out in any other way.
  • Don’t be lazy, and check the measurements of the crate with the size of your dog. It is not right to base it only on “Large” or “Small”. 

Keep all these factors in mind when choosing a kennel. And then your choice will be successful!


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