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Collapsible wire crate

We might be needing one of these for this summer. Had one long ago, it was horrible, trying to put together all these separate pieces with pins......gah. Gave it away.

Any suggestions on something a little user friendly, and dog comfy. And what would be the dober size for a female?

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We have a crate that I LOVE for Grizzly! It's the Midwest 1548 iCrate Single-Door Pet Crate in the largest size they have available. It comes with a divider so that you can control how much room your pup has as she grows. It collapses and has handles you can attach for easy portability. We had something similar for Porter back in the day, but I couldn't tell you the exact brand.

We're nothing but pleased with this crate! It's very easy to assemble and very easy to flatten out for travel. I hope you find something that works for you and your girl!
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I second the Midwest brand. Much sturdier quality than the Petmate or Petsmart brands.
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Gosh, and it's finally something I can get free shipping on here in Canada!!!

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If you need to travel with the crate(s) you might consider the Midwest SUV crates which are narrower to fit (2) side by side in vehicles. Our Eva (65 lbs.) sleeps in one in the house and we have an extra folded up in garage to put in minivan when we need to transport both Dobies at same time. Spock fits in SUV crate for transport but we have a larger size crate in house for him. They fold up easily and have a door at each end. Only problem with the SUV crates is they are not a standard size so Kuranda beds won't fit exactly (fill entire bottom)

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Definitely don't get a Petmate brand crate. Lucky ate his. I like the Midwest Metals crates also. Ilka has a I-Crate, too. Petco also have some nice, heavy-duty crates under their brand name.


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the crate I got off my mate is collapsible but its one piece you unclip the ends and it collapses into a suitcase sort of shape ( but much narrower) with a handle aswell even the plastic base inside it can stay in when its collapsed! I have no idea where he got it but it goes up or down in under 1 min and has a front and side door
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You can often find great deals on collapsible crates on Craigslist. Shanoa rides in a 36" crate in the car, but her crate in the house is a 42". If you do find one on Craigslist just be sure to disinfect it before you use it.


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They have some good crates on Amazon for about a score to £30 which is decent, they are the ones with a handle and 2 doors that totally collapse, must have them on the US amazon aswell!
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I buy Precision crates - they have 2 collapsible styles - one has concertina style long sides so it takes only its footprint in space to assemble. The other is the typical style where it folds flat and then folds over itself to store. I also have a Midwest large crate for male dogs inside - it was cheaper than other brands but so is the metal used. My breeder uses only the Precision heavy gold crates. I like having a door on the side and the end instead of both ends like the concertina style does - preferable to get a 3 door or a four door but they are much more spendy.

I have one of those crates with the pins etc assembled in the barn for when I am training - multiple dogs or crate training.

Never thought to get a Kuranda bed to fit inside a crate - what a good idea!


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Never thought to get a Kuranda bed to fit inside a crate - what a good idea!
i was looking on their site, they do one that is designed for crates! or is that what you meant?
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I like both petmate and precision. I put up and break down my crates almost weekly when showing, and I like my Petmate better than the Midwest I-Crate that I have.


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Bought a suitcase type wire crate for my 1st Bouvier that was about 30 years ago used it for 3 Bouvier s & a Doberman I can use it again if I ever get a another dog. Think it was a Midwest brand.
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2 midwest Lifestages collapsibles here w/side and front openings, w/latches. No pins. They weigh a right ton tho. If hellbent chewing isn't a problem Primo pads will custom size a pad w/tie downs.
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Midwest single or double door. There's a dog site I got mine at cheaper than most other places. If you google dog products site cherry it should come up. I'm on my phone so can't link

You just push in the two ends and then fold the body over itself. Mabel has a double so it fits in the car. I believe its a 36" long 27" high. She can sprawl comfortably orrr she can curl up and fit two of her. in the house she has a Dane crate we were gifted so she has tons! Of lounge room lol.

I've used the divider when I had puppies home too, under 10 weeks for dobes its great for making one crate into two for travel with 2 pups

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I drive a tiny sports car, so for me, space is an issue. I use a collapsible soft sided crate for shows and I absolutely LOVE it, it goes up in seconds and weighs next to nothing. Not an option if your dog is a chewer though..


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I was using my parents old Newf crate which was huge and flimsy and didn't collapse small so it couldn't travel, Rowan so figured out how to escape. Just picked up a 2nd hand Kong crate it is a space saver so the door opens up and he can't unlock it also has a side door. The only issue though it's really heavy and sturdy is if he shakes and paws at it enough he can get the front panel to collapse and he escapes so we have to tie it closed so it can't unhook. The size is 42" long by 29" tall and he has plenty of room for now.


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