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When it comes to the most attractive crates on the market, wooden dog crates are often the superior choice. Unlike other materials commonly used in dog crates, such as metal or plastic, wood blends nicely with the other furniture in your home. Wood crates also tend to be more enclosed, offering your dog better privacy.
We break down some of the reasons why you might consider a wooden dog crate, and suggest some wooden dog crates available for purchase online.
Wooden Dog Crates: Pros and Cons
Unfortunately, wooden dog crates have some setbacks. Let’s get the cons out of the way first.
Kate LaSala, a New York City-based dog trainer, behavior consultant, and owner of Rescued By Training, generally does not recommend wooden dog crates because the main reason pet owners buy a dog crate is for crate training, and wood, as opposed to metal or heavy-duty plastic, is not the best material for this purpose. “Wood crates can be harder to fully sanitize and clean, and some dogs may find the wood fun to chew on or scratch,” says LaSala.
So for crate training, wooden dog crates are generally not a good idea. If you’re considering a crate to crate train your puppy, you should consider a stronger, more durable crate (we have some ideas here). To crate train persistent chewers or large dogs, you’ll want to go with something heavier-duty.
Another drawback to the wooden dog crate is that wood is a porous material that can easily absorb your doggy’s smells. And, aside from being unsuitable for crate training, wooden dog crates are usually “one-size-fits-all” as opposed to crates designed for growing puppies that are more versatile and feature adjustable sizing so that the crate can grow with your dog.
Because wooden dog crates are designed to be more attractive, they are also often more expensive, so purchasing one is a commitment, but you still might have to buy another crate if you expect your dog to grow, or the crate becomes damaged.
Let’s face it: making a plastic or metal crate look good in your home is nearly impossible. Wood is a natural choice to enhance the beauty of your home, and a well-built wood dog crate can do double duty as both a dog crate and decor. If you have a well-trained, mature dog who has experience with crates, this kind of crate is an option for you.
Another advantage of the crate-as-furniture scenario is that you can keep your crate in spaces where the family gathers like the living or family room without cramping your style, and this means your dog has a space to relax with his “pack” and feel like one of the family, which provides for better socialization.
Wooden crates generally also have a more enclosed structure, which gives dogs privacy and more closely replicates the den experience (just be sure your crate has proper ventilation).
Wood dog crates made from solid wood such as pine, fir, birch, or cedar have a more natural look and usually use fewer resources to make, which can be appealing to those looking to “simplify” or reduce their impact on the environment.
Some wood dog crates can also be used outside, which can add to the beauty of your property; however, if you opt for a wood crate for outdoors, be sure it is properly weather-proofed so that it will stand up to the elements.
A Quick Word on Size
Dog crates come in as many sizes as there are dogs. To keep your dog comfortable, but still offer the den-like experience, LaSala advises that “the crate be just large enough for the dog to be able to stand up and turn around. And that’s for any breed.”
Be aware of your dog’s measurements and pay special attention to the dimensions of your crate before purchase. Likewise, note the crate’s weight capacity and be sure it corresponds to your dog.
Our Picks for the Best Wooden Dog Crates
Now that you know a little more about wooden dog crates, read on for our picks for some of the best options available for purchase in 2020.
A solid choice for an outdoor wooden crate, this Petmate house is a good fit for larger dogs (and comes in a few different sizes).
Crafted with an open doorway so dogs can come and go to enjoy some peace and quiet, this structure is made from solid sealed wood and stainless steel. Change the floor elevation or stabilize on uneven ground using the crate’s adjustable feet.
The slanted roof is made to resist the elements so your dog has a dry, safe spot to retreat to when outside.Buy on Amazon
You’ll have to shell out more bucks for this deluxe wooden crate, as it’s got all the bells and whistles.
Made for small or medium size dogs and crafted from pine wood, this indoor, open-door crate features padding with a removable shell for easy cleaning, a station with stainless steel water and food bowls, a shelf for doggo accessories, and an attached stand to hang your pup’s leash between walks.Buy on Wayfair
Wooden crate? More like apartment! Just the right size for small and toy breeds, this two-level hangout is constructed from cedar and is made to resist humidity and extreme temperatures, so you can place this crate in your home or your backyard.
Pups can hang out downstairs for some alone time or hop upstairs to watch the action. A removable roof and bottom panel allow for easy and efficient cleaning.
Take note, the doorway does not close, so this crate won’t fully contain your pet; it’s best for pups just needing a little sanctuary.Find on Chewy
Get ready for compliments! This chic wood-style crate comes in white or espresso, depending on your decor needs.
Made from sturdy medium-density fibreboard and wire, this crate is best for dogs on the smaller side. The double front door and single side door are secured with nickel hardware locks and a removable pad for your doggy’s comfort is included.Buy on Amazon
Just right for medium dogs (45 lbs and under), Tucker Murphy’s solid fir wood crate is a snap to put together and store. Simply fold or unfold and voila! You’re all set to create a space for your pup at home, or store the crate with your luggage on your next road trip and bring your doggo’s home along.
This crate has two entrances—a lockable door in front and a solid folding door on top.Buy on Wayfair
It’s a wooden-style crate, and so much more! Wire and solid wood veneer make for an attractive addition to your living space and can be utilized as an end table or stand.
Available in medium and large sizes, slide the panels out and connect the pins to transform this space from a crate to gate! A handy option if you need to close off a room from your doggo.Buy on Chewy
For more about crates and dog training, check out one of the Rover articles below.
- Tips for Crate Training a Puppy: No Whimpering Necessary
- The Best Crate Pads for 2020
- The 6 Best Small Dog Crates for 2020