The Best Pitbull Cages & Crates - An In-Depth Review
Crate-training your Pittie is a decision that can have many benefits both for you and your pooch. However, it’s definitely not possible without a good crate. Today, we’ll talk about the best Pitbull cages and crates.
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Overview Of The Best Crates For Pitbulls
Frisco Ultimate Heavy Duty Steel Metal Single Door Dog Crate
Frisco Fold & Carry Single Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate
MidWest iCrate Fold & Carry Single Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate
Pet Gear The Other Door Double Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate & Fleece Pad
Firstrax Noz2Noz Sof-Krate N2 Series 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate
New Age Pet ecoFLEX Single Door Furniture Style Dog Crate & End Table
How to Choose A Crate for A Pitbull?
If you take a look at reviews of dog crates for Pitbulls, you’ll probably notice that rugged-looking crates with walls as thick as possible usually come out on top of the list. However, it’s important to understand that there is a big difference between getting a cage for a Pitbull that serves primarily as a security measure and a crate that has the purpose of making an already crate-trained dog feel safe.
If your dog is not crate-trained yet, suffers from separation anxiety, or just really likes to escape from his confinement, then you really need to go as heavy-duty as possible with your crate. Pitbulls have been known to wiggle themselves out of wire crates. Anything that’s made out of wood is also chew-able, no matter how thick, if a Pitbull is left alone for long enough. Therefore, a crate with thick metal piping is your best bet.
On the other hand, if your Pittie is crate-trained and obedient and you are not really worried about your pet chewing through the crate, you have all the options in the world. Wire crates, wooden crates, or fold-able crates for traveling are all viable options. It’s just one of the myriad reasons why crate training a Pitbull is a good idea.
What Size Crate Is Right for A Pitbull?
When choosing a crate for your dog, it is very important to get the size just right. However, when it comes to the right size for a Pitbull, there is no easy answer. This is because there is no clear definition of a Pitbull. It could be the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier, or a mix of these breeds, some other breeds, and in general any dog that looks strong and bully (1).
For this reason, you should definitely take your Pittie’s exact measurements so you can get it right with the crate size. Your dog should be able to lay down and sit up comfortably inside the crate. To determine the length of the crate you need, measure your pooch from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. For the height, measure your dog from the floor to the top of the head while sitting. Choose a crate that is 2-5 inches larger than these measurements, but don’t go any larger than that.
Outfitting Your Dog’s Crate
The crate shouldn't be a prison, but a comfortable place where your pooch will feel safe. To make it more comfortable, you might want to include a dog bed for pitbulls or at least warm pad for the floor. You can also place water and food bowls inside, depending on how much time your pooch spends in there.
If you are leaving your dog in the crate for a long time, it’s also a good idea to provide some entertainment. “Unless you want your dog to be bored out of their mind, and potentially destructive as a result, it’s a good idea to include some toys in their crate while you’re out.”, says Jason Nicholas, a BVetMed from Preventive Vet (3). To find out what kind of toys are best for the crate, check out our guide on best toys for Pitbulls.
Best Pitbull Cages Reviewed
Once you know the size crate you need, all that's left to do is to choose the material and style you want. Here are 6 suggestions that might work out perfectly for a Pittie:
If you have a Pitbull that is a real escape artist and are looking for an indestructible dog crate a Pitbull can’t escape from - this might be your best bet. The Frisco Ultimate Heavy Duty Steel Metal Single Door Dog Crate is made of heavy-duty steel (22 gauge). Not only this, but the walls and the door are made with thick steel tubing measuring half an inch in diameter.
When a Pitbull really wants to escape, they can do things that seem completely unreal, like bending metal wires and even chewing through wooden doors. With this crate, this is just not possible. Frisco had the ultimate escape artists in mind when designing this crate, so they even positioned the locks on the door in such a way that they are out of the reach of your pooch. All the critical points are also made extra strong by welding.
Overall, this is a really tough crate and one that can withstand the test of time. Even if your dog doesn’t escape from the crate, this model is a good option since it will last for many years. The floor of the crate is grated and there is a slide-out tray underneath to make the cleanup easier. The grates are quite close together on the floor, so you don’t need to worry about your pet’s paws getting stuck in there. The floor still looks a bit uncomfortable, so using a mat or a pillow on top is probably a good idea.
The Frisco Fold & Carry Single Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate is one of the best wire crates you can get, and it comes at a very reasonable price. No wonder it is so popular!
That being said, this is not an escape-proof crate, but it’s not too easy to escape from either. A really determined Pitbull could probably manage to bend the wires or mess with the door latches to get out, but it would at least take quite a bit of time. If your dog is already crate-trained, though, this wire crate from Frisco is a good option.
One unique thing about this crate is that it’s foldable. It folds down neatly into what looks like a panel, and it even has a handle on top for carrying. The crate weighs 23 pounds. That’s kind of heavy for a portable crate, but if you want a crate you can take with you but that can still withstand the strength of a Pitbull, this is probably your best bet.
This crate is also great for puppies. It comes with a divider panel, so you can create a small space for your pup and make the crate bigger as your pet grows.
This collapsible crate from MidWest is very popular among owners of all kinds of dog breeds. This is because it features a well thought out design. The crate is made with thick metal wires with a black coating.
The crate is designed in such a way that it’s not easy to wiggle out from. The wires are placed close together and the latch for the door is out of reach of your pup. We don’t want to say that it is indestructible, but this crate is definitely very hard to destroy.
Additionally, this crate is also collapsible. You can fold it in a matter of minutes. MidWest has even included a plastic handle so it’s easy to carry the crate around. It’s a great choice for those who travel a lot with their pets, but want to give them a comfortable and secure “den” wherever they are.
Ideally, dogs are not supposed to pee in the crate. However, you’ll be glad to know that if an accident happens the floor of this crate can slide out if an accident happens. This is also great if you let your pup eat and drink inside the crate, cause some mess is inevitable.
This crate from Pet Gear is a little more expensive than some other crates, but it’s definitely worth the investment if you want the best for your pooch. This crate was designed with comfort, functionality, and safety in mind.
The crate is made with a combination of wire grids and plastic. The corners and edges are reinforced with plastic and rounded, so there is no risk of accidental injury. The roof of the crate is also solid and made of plastic, which means this crate could be used outdoors in the rain too.
What makes this crate stand out among the other is that you can open it almost from all sides. There is a door at the front and at the back and a door at the top. One of the side walls can also be removed. A warm fleece pad for the floor is also included.
This crate is very functional and comfortable. However, this is not a crate that will stop a determined Pitbull from getting out. We recommend it for Pitties who are crate-trained and not destructive, but for ultimate security you might want to choose something stronger.
This crate from Firestax is one of the best travel crates we’ve seen. This crate is easy to fold for storage or carrying and also easy to set up. It has a strong steel frame and the rest is made out of a strong and durable fabric. There are also mesh screens on the doors to ensure proper ventilation. The doors close with zippers that are also quite strong and durable. The crate can be accessed from the front, the side, and from the top.
Another great thing about this travel crate is that it’s super lightweight. Depending on the size of your Pittie, there are three sizes that you could choose - the 30 inch, the 36 inch, and the 42 inch. The 30-inch version weighs 6.57 pounds, the 36-inch version weighs 8.8 pounds and the 42-inch version weighs 11.5 pounds.
Overall, it’s a really nice and functional crate, but it’s not very secure. Dogs can easily rip through the fabric if they want. Therefore, this crate is best used either under supervision (which could be fine when traveling), or for dogs that actually like chilling in the crate.
There is no reason why your dog’s crate must be ugly. This crate from New Age Pet looks just like a stylish piece of furniture. It comes in 4 different colors too, so you can choose the one that fits with your home decor perfectly. The top is completely flat too so if you use the crate in your living room (or any room of the house), you can use the top as a table or a shelf too.
The crate is made with wood and recycled plastic, so you can also rest assured you are making an eco-friendly choice. Thanks to the solid design of the crate, dogs who have the instinct of hiding in a “den” will probably love this one. The windows are reinforced with steel tubing and the latch is made of steel too so you can securely close the crate when you are away.
Again, this crate is just for crate-trained pets. It even says so in the description. It will not withstand constant attacks from the inside. However, we found it to be quite sturdy and really liked it. If your dog is constantly destroying the crate, it’s probably better to look for the root of the issue than a stronger crate anyway.
Dog Cages for Pitbulls: The Final Verdict
As many pet parents already know, Pitties can be really stubborn. This is why you definitely need a strong crate, at least while you’re going through the phase of getting used to the crate. If you’re worried about your pooch trying to escape, the Frisco Ultimate Heavy Duty Steel Metal Single Door Dog Crate is definitely the right choice. Once your dog is crate-trained, though, you really don’t need such a heavy-duty crate. Choosing something like the Frisco Fold & Carry Single Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate, for example, will give you much more flexibility.
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- Kirkland, S. “What Is a Good Cage Size for a Pit Bull?”. Cuteness. Retrieved June 8, 2020. https://www.cuteness.com/article/good-cage-size-pit-bull
- Nicholas, J. February 1, 2019. “What to Put (and Not Put) in Your Dog's Crate”. Preventive Vet. Retrieved Jun 8, 2020. https://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/what-to-put-in-your-dogs-crate
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