While we liked the initial appearance of this crate, upon closer inspection, its cheap construction and design flaws became apparent. We’re still not sure why you would use the cheapest material (MDF) for the part that is meant to contain the dog, but this is the case with this crate. The bars are made of aluminum, and were easily bent out of the frame. The top does not affix to the sides so if your dog was able to push against the top he could easily knock it over and escape. This might work for a smaller or senior dog, but any puppy or energetic dog will jailbreak it in record time. We might use it as a fence system.
Best Wooden Dog Crates & Cages for 2020 (15 Tested)
Wood crates are an attractive alternative to plastic and wire options to crate your dog within your home. We looked for the most popular products that were sturdy, versatile and easy to clean. The crates on the top of our list are the higher-end furniture style wood dog crates such as the BB Custom Doggie Dens that are designed for durability because cheaper crates can be easily destroyed by puppies, energetic or nervous dogs. Our reviews include some crates that we do not recommend but are popular as we wanted to research the range of popular crates.
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when choosing the best wooden dog crate
Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate n Crate
large (40L x 28W x 31.5H)
large (dogs up to 60 lbs)
Richell Wooden End-Table Crate
medium (25” x 31.1” x 24”)
large (29.9" x 41.5" x 29.5")
medium (dogs up to 44 lbs)
large (dogs up to 88 lbs)
B&B Custom Kennels Double Doggie Den
Large (76 1/4”L x 24 1/2”W x 35 1/2”H
X-Large (88 3/4”L x 30”W x 40 1/2”H)
large (two dogs 35-65lbs)
X-large (two dogs 70-110lbs)
unlimited custom options
Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate
medium (20"W x 27.5"D x 24"H)
large (24"W x 36.5"D x 27.75"H)
X-large (31.5"W x 44.5"D x 30"H)
medium (one dog under 25 lbs)
large (one dog between 25 to 40 lbs)
X - large (one dog between 40 and 90 lbs)
Crown Pet Products Wood Pet Crate End Table
large (27.2"W x 39.6"D x 27.3"H)
large (1 dog up to 80 lbs)
Medium Merry Products Cage with Crate Cover Set
zoovilla Medium Slide Aside Crate and End Table
Merry Products Triple Door Medium Dog Crate
Kennel & Crate Single Medium
large (40L x 30W x 34H)
X-large (50L x 32W x 38H)
Boomer & George Wooden Pet Crate End Table (Small)
Wooden End Table Crate
large (29½"H x 30"L x 41½"W)
large (1 dog up to 88 lbs)
Petsfit Indoor Wooden Dog/Pet House with Wire Door
Mr. Herzher’s Rhino Wicker Pet Residence
medium (30 x 21 x 24)
large (36 x 24 x 27 inches)
X-Large (42 x 28 x 31)
medium (1 dog up to 50 lbs)
large (1 dog up to 75 lbs)
X-large (1 dog up to 100 lbs)
Damien Double Wide Small Credenza Pet Crate
Crown Pet Dog Cabinet
How to Choose a Wood Dog Crate
For the right dog, plastic and wire kennels can be a thing of the past with an attractive wood crate. If your dog has anxiety issues or is an escape artist and can find his way out of Alcatraz, a wood crate may not be the best option for you. Most wood crates will not hold up well to anxiety, chewing or potty accidents, which can destroy cheap wood and encourage repeated bad behaviour. Wood crates are best for dogs that are already crate-trained and comfortable being confined.
For aesthetics, consider what colors/stains/designs would look best in your home. Where in your home will you have the wood dog crate, and are there any aesthetic concerns? A crate should not be associated with anxiety for your dog so you will want to place it somewhere that doesn’t feel like a punishment. That’s why there are so many attractive and stylish crates that you won’t mind having in your living room or bedroom!
Choose a crate appropriate for your dog’s adult size. The dog should be able to stand, sleep, and sit up comfortably in it. If a kennel is too large, your dog may use part of it for a toilet.
There are several major categories for wood dog crates:
Assembly-Required Mass Manufactured Dog Crates: Cheap, assemble-yourself crates.
- These are usually easy for most dogs to blow out of if they are determined enough.
- Most of them do not have metal reinforcement, negligible finishes that can easily be scratched up (and may be toxic to your dog).
- These won’t hold up to much abuse.
Custom-Made Wood Dog Crates: High-end, custom crates that are as sturdy as fine furniture.
- Typically made with dog-friendly stains/finishes
- Sturdy enough for years of use
- Will contain most dogs
- Attractive designs, most offer custom stain or paint options.
Semi-Custom Dog Crates: Compromise between cheaper crates and custom
- Based on the design and construction of custom wood dog crates
- Shorter lead times.
- Sturdier than mass-market crates
While we are against use of a crate as a substitute for appropriate potty training or excessive containment, we recognize the advantages of a dog being accustomed to being in a crate periodically and having a “den” to hang out in. Your dog can learn confidence in being by himself occasionally.