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Best Dog Crates & Accessories

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We have a hunch that you're here because you're about to welcome a puppy to your home.


A dog crate can provide a much needed sense of security, help with toilet training and support your puppy and you whilst you learn to deal with that dreaded separation.


So we've put together a range of dog crates and must have accessories from lavish high-end furniture to the more affordable options if you're on a tight budget.


All the products we feature will help you create that perfect safe haven for your puppy.

Girl with black dog in dog crate

Firstly, we talk crate size to make sure you get the right crate for your pup. So whether it's a tiny crate or a super sized, extra large dog crate you're looking for, we have you covered.


Then we explore bedding options to create a cozy, comfortable and durable sleeping space. Finally we recommend some gorgeous crate covers to turn your crate into a fabulous puppy den.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Dog Crates and Accessories

1. Best Standard Crate : Ellie-Bo

2. Best Premium Crate : Savic

3. Best Dog Crate Furniture : Omlet

4. Best Puppy Crate Mat : Vet Fleece

5. Best Dog Crate Bed : Dericor

6. Best Value Crate Cover : Chengsan

7. Best Luxury Crate Cover : Lords & Labradors

8. Best Dog Crate Bowls : Joyoldelf

Our Verdict

Top Crate Training Tips



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


The first thing to say is that the right size crate will depend on the size (not the weight) of your dog. As a minimum your dog must be able to sit and stand at full height, turn around, stretch out and lie down in a natural position.


Size

Dog crates tend to be manufactured in a standard range of lengths but some crates and bedding are listed in cm and some in inches (just to confuse matters). So here's an at-a-glance guide to help you buy a crate and bedding which fits -


Extra-Small - 22" or 56 cm

Small - 24" or 61 cm

Medium - 30" or 77 cm

Large - 36" or 91 cm

X- Large - 42" or 106 cm

XX-Large - 48" or 122 cm

Cockapoo in a dog crate with blue cover

Duration

If you intend to purchase a crate to use solely for the first few months then move to a dog bed, a smaller one will fit the bill.


However, if you are looking for a crate to grow with your puppy into adulthood then choose a larger crate but consider purchasing a divider panel.


If the crate is initially too big for your puppy it can ruin their toilet training, as they learn it's okay to mess in one corner whilst keeping their sleeping area clean. A divider panel is an ideal way to increase the size of your crate as your puppy grows.


Doors

Most dog crates have two doors - one on the end and one on the side. This will give you maximum flexibility for positioning it in your home. Some cheaper crates only feature one door.


Bedding

There are bedding options designed specifically to be used with a dog crate. We'd recommend sticking to one of these options as they tend to be machine washable and built to endure those inevitable puppy accidents and chewing.

french bulldog puppies

Water

Your puppy needs access to water at all times which can present a potential problem with crate training. Look at options where the water bowls can be easily secured within the crate to avoid any accidents.


Den

Dogs have a natural denning instinct, often preferring safe, enclosed quarters for their naps. 

It's really simple to transform your crate from something akin to a cage into a comfortable and secure den. Consider a made-to-measure crate cover, furniture or even some cosy throws.



At Smart Bark, we're always on the hunt for the best of the best. We've researched this buying guide to provide you with an overview of your options and help you decide which features are most important to you and your four-legged friend.


So let's have a look at what the best dog crates and accessories on the market for 2022 have to offer you and your new puppy.



OUR PICKS OF THE BEST DOG CRATES AND ACCESSORIES



1. Best Standard Dog Crate

Ellie-Bo Crate Range


Known for their simple, durable and well designed crates, Ellie-Bo offer the best value crates on the UK market.

Their range has standard and deluxe models along with options for a black or silver finish.


Ellie-Bo stock a range of small to large dog crates available in 5 sizes - from 24" to 48".


Whether you opt for the standard or deluxe model, they both feature two door openings, one on the front and one on the side. This offers you maximum flexibility when it comes to positioning the crate in your home.


Both doors are secured with two sturdy latches to deal with any budding Houdini's out there.


Better still, the cage set up is super simple (no tools needed) and flat packs when you need to store it or use it in the car. The steel tray in the base is removable and it has a carry handle if you need to reposition the crate.


A word of caution for anyone with wooden floors. We'd recommend placing your crate on a doormat or protect your flooring in some way so it doesn't become scratched by the metal frame.


The difference between the standard and the deluxe model are thicker bars and the addition of a faux sheepskin cushion.


The truth is that Ellie-Bo crates are well made, durable and for most new dog families will provide a secure sleeping place for your puppy at a great price.


Reasons to Buy

+ Well designed

+ Great value for money

+ Two door flexibility

+ Easy set-up

+ Standard or deluxe models

Reasons to Avoid

- May scratch wooden floors

 

2. Best Premium Dog Crate

Savic Residence


A great alternative but admittedly slightly more pricey than Ellie-Bo, is the Savic Residence Dog Crate.

Savic Residence dog crate

Built to an extremely high standard, the Savic dog crates stand out feature is their wire coating.


The zinc-plating is not only extremely durable but gives it this beautiful silver coloured finish.


As with most dog crates, the Savic crate is completely collapsible and comes with two handles so it's easy to transport in the house or to the car if you want to use it in the boot when travelling.


We loved the addition of rubber feet to stop the crate from scratching your floors this sets it apart from its rivals.


All their crates with the exception of the small and extra small sizes have front and side doors. The small and extra small ( shown above) have front and top doors which helps you to get tiny puppies in and out.


Another design feature is the plastic (not metal) tray which incorporates an edge channel to keep your dog dry. The plastic tray is not only warmer than the metal but has no sharp edges.


There are a host of options you can add, including wheels, spare trays, dividers and fleece beds.


If you're looking for a premium dog crate with a host of features then you'll be hard pushed to find one better than Savic.


Reasons to Buy

+ Hard wearing coating

+ Plastic tray

+ Floor protectors

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than Ellie-Bo


 

3. Best Dog Crate Furniture

Omlet


If you're looking for a crate which looks less like a dog cage and more like a piece of stylish, modern furniture, this could be for you.

Omlet Studio dog crate furniture with two puppies and a young girl.

Designed around either a 24"or 36" crate, the Omlet Studio range house the crate and offer a host of optional extras for a luxury look.


The Studio range is really flexible so you can order with or without the tray and bed. A side wardrobe is available so you can store all your dog's stuff in one place.


Other possible extras include a bowl, bed, storage box and even a clothes rail. What's not to love?

It's worth noting that Omlet also offer a range of quality crates on their own without the additional furniture.


We love that Omlet provide all the dimensions of the crate, door size, door lip and even packaging dimensions so you can measure up at home and order knowing the dog crate will fit your space perfectly.


Obviously the Omlet furniture is a more expensive than a simple dog crate, but it looks super stylish and offers a host of options so you can customise your crate for your dog and your space.


Reasons to Buy

+ Stylish dog crate

+ Host of optional extras

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive

 


4. Best Puppy Crate Mat

Vetfleece Bedding


Once you've decided on your crate size the next step is choosing bedding. Affordable and very reputable, the Vetfleece bedding is hugely popular with new puppy owners.

Vets bedding for a dog or puppy crate in grey and green

Designed to drain liquids away, keeping your puppy dry and comfortable all night so you can all get a good night's sleep.


The comfy fleece top helps to retain heat, so your dog is nice and warm even if they've had an accident.


The best bit though is that it's machine washable and dries quickly so accidents can be dealt with easily. If you are a new puppy owner, this is a game changer.


The range includes new and improved Vetfleeces with a non-slip backing making them ideal for all types of flooring as well as in a crate.


They are available in a range of colours and designs in several sizes to fit any of the standard dog crates mentioned in this article.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Keeps puppy dry

+ Washable

Reasons to Avoid

- Not the most cosy looking

 

5. Best Dog Crate Bed

Dericor Bedding


If you're looking for bedding with a cosier look and feel, Dericor offer simple and practical padded beds to fit a range of crates from 22" to 36" crates.

Made from artificial sheepskin fleece, these cosy dog beds are not only comfortable and warm they're also great value.


More importantly, they are machine washable and dry extremely quickly which is crucial when toilet training.


They could completely cover the base of the crate or fit in one half to form a smaller sleeping zone. We've used Dericor beds with two puppies in the past and found they were durable, great value, super easy to wash and dry and our puppies loved them.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Super cosy

+ Washable

Reasons to Avoid

- No designer looks


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6. Best Value Dog Crate Cover

Chengsan


A fitted crate cover can help create an appealing puppy den during the day and a secure place to sleep at night time

These great value crate covers from Chengsan are available to fit all standard sized crates from 24"- 48".


Made from tear proof polyester with a PVC coating they're designed to withstand some puppy playing but may not stand up to some destructive chewers!


Featuring two zipped door openings to coincide with the double crate doors, they also feature a mesh window for added ventilation when the sides are closed.


Admittedly you could cover your crate with a throw or blanket, but a crate cover offers a stylish alternative.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Allows for ventilation

+ Tear proof materials

Reasons to Avoid

- May not withstand a 'chewer'

 

7. Best Luxury Dog Crate Cover

Lords & Labradors


If you're looking to completely transform your dog’s crate into a smart dog den, a luxurious cover from Lords and Labradors would certainly fit the bill.

A dog sitting in a crate covered with a cream and blue Lords and Labrador dog crate cover

Their collection of crate covers have been designed to fit the Ellie-Bo dog crates featured earlier in this article.


Made from oil cloth they wipe clean easily so are very hygienic and extremely practical as a dog crate cover.


Available in a range of adorable designs and sizes.


Complete sets are available including matching cosy beds and crate bumpers as shown here.


If you have the cash to splash we think that the Lords & Labradors crate cover selection is the best on the market.


Reasons to Buy

+ Gorgeous designs

+ Hygienic materials

+ Matching beds available

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive option

 

8. Best Dog Crate Bowls

Joyoldelf 2-in-1 Pet Hanging Bowl


Dog and puppies should have access to fresh water at all times. To avoid accidents and spillages, opt for a dog bowl specifically designed to work with crates.

The Joyoldelf hanging bowls attach to the side of your crate meaning they're off the floor and less likely to be knocked over or dragged around the crate.


The removable stainless steel bowl can be filled with water and simply placed back in the holder.


Very sturdy and a clever option to avoid puppies spilling their water. The only downside, is that these bowls can only be used with a dog crate.


Reasons to Buy

+ Attaches to crate

+ Easy to fill

+ Less spillages

Reasons to Avoid

- Only use with crate

 

OUR VERDICT


For most new puppy owners we would definitely recommend an Ellie-Bo dog crate. The market leader with countless 5 star reviews from happy dog lovers everywhere.


They are durable, easy to assemble and their standard sizing means it's easy to add dog beds and accessories to fit.



DOG CRATE TRAINING TIPS


Hopefully this article has given you some guidance about which dog crate size and design is best for your puppy along with a look at some gorgeous crate accessories to help you design the perfect dog den.


Here are some top tips to help with your dog crate.

✅ Always remove your dog's collar so it can't get caught on the sides of the crate.

Position your crate away from direct sunlight or draughts.

Place some safe, chew toys inside along with something that smells of 'mum'.

To encourage your dog to relax and sleep in their crate, try some background music. Spotify has several playlists with a soothing and calming mix of music for your dog.



If you are looking for some guidance on how to use a dog crate successfully, then the RSPCA have a wonderful step-by-step guide to introducing and using a crate. Available for you to print and keep, the link is at the bottom of this short article -


Dog Crates - A step-by-step Guide


Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at our review of the Best Dog Crates and Accessories.