Crates are an essential part of any dog owner’s inventory. From potty training your puppy to having a safe spot to keep them while you are at work, crates are extremely convenient.
It’s also an overly saturated market with so many selections it could make your head spin. If you’re looking for a transitional crate to take your pet from puppyhood to adulthood, you’ve found the right list.
We have done the hard work for you. We have gathered up 10 of the best dog crates we could find so we could check them out.
With various features and functionalities, you’re sure to find an ideal option to suit your needs.
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The 10 Best Dog Crates with Dividers
1. Paws & Pals Dog Crate – Best Overall
Our top pick is the Paws & Pals DG4801 Dog Crate. It’s the best we could find, hitting all the most important key features. The model we reviewed was the 48-inch extra-large version, but this model comes in six selections to fit virtually any canine. In addition to its divider, it has multiple doors to make entering and exiting more convenient. There are handles for portability if you need to carry it at any time. It’s made of steel and high tensile strength while, so even if you have a hard chewer or destructive dog—they won’t do much damage.
It has a simplistic fold-out design, so you can just set it up with no extra tools or the hassle of having to put it together. Because it folds down, you can store it in practically any location of your choosing. The only part of the whole set up that seems like it may not hold up over time is the plastic bottom tray, but even that seems decently durable.
2. AmazonBasics Metal Dog Crate – Best Value
If you need a dog crate with a divider but don’t have a lot of extra money to spend, the AmazonBasics 9001-36A Folding Metal Dog Crate is one of the best dog crates with dividers for the money. It also comes in six sizes to best suit your pet’s needs.
It’s spacious and the metal seems to be very durable. It has a double lock feature on the door for extra security. There is only one door in this model. They do offer a two-door version, but it is more expensive, and if you don’t need it, it won’t be worth paying more.
This is another that requires no tools and simply folds out to size. It’s convenient to put up and down and isn’t too bulky to store. You probably won’t even have to dish out top dollar for a crate, as this design seems to have all the durability needed, but because it doesn’t have the two entrance points, it’s our number two.
If you’re not messing around and you want to best product money can buy you, you may like the Homey Pet Stackable Heavy Duty Crate. If you’re a breeder, this is an outstanding selection. Not only does it have the mid-divider, it’s stackable as well. So, you could buy up to three tier additions to securely add on top.
The divider can be removed or added at any time. This is also perfect if you have two small breed dogs who need boarding for the day. It has four tray features to make sure they get adequate food and water on each side of the crate. It has two full-swing front doors to get to either section of the cage. The entire roof can be lifted as well for top access.
It has wheels that can lock at any time for easy moving or placement. This crate has two hard plastic bottom trays that slide out for quick cleaning. Do be careful when ordering, as there are several choices. You won’t want to unintentionally order a top tier, as it won’t have the wheels or bottom tray added. It also isn’t collapsible.
4. MidWest Dog Crate
This MidWest 1642DDU Dog Crate is another selection that requires no tools for assembly. It has the double-door feature with bottom and top latching for optimal security. It’s quite hard-wearing, able to withstand rowdy canines with no manners.
It folds up into a compact unit like several other units on the list. The divider is movable, so you can position it to grow with your pet or for training purposes. It has roller feet to prevent floor scratching if you need to move it.
The bottom tray is durable plastic. It slips out for easy cleaning. It comes with a manufacturer warranty to boot, so if there are any issues, it can be sorted out appropriately. It is a bit more costly than other selections on our list with the same features.
5. Petmate Double Door Wire Dog Crate
The Petmate 7011271 ProValu Double Door Wire Dog Crate is a lovely addition. We reviewed the smallest crate they had available, which is their 19-inch selection. However, they have plenty of larger sizes to fit your needs.
This model has a front door with two security latches. It also has a top latch so you can access the kennel from above. It has a snag-free feature to ensure your pet doesn’t get tags or collars stuck in the wiring. The material is rust-resistant so you can spray out or clean the kennel if needed with no damage to the metal.
This small size would be ideal for toy breeds or cats only. If they’re much bigger than that, they won’t fit so nicely, so you would have to opt for a larger size. While the wiring seems sturdy, the verdict is out on larger models.
6. MidWest Homes Puppy Playpen
This MidWest Homes 224-10 Puppy Playpen is a floor grid divider specifically designed for puppies. What is great about it is you can use the divider option, but it will grow with your puppy so they can use it for all eternity.
It has a slide-out pan to provide simple wipe downs for messes. You can even line the bottom with puppy pads or newspapers to prevent messes. The plastic tray is a bit thin, so do be careful if you will have weight on it constantly or have a dog who likes to chew.
The elevation is nice to keep the puppy dry and out of their own stools or pee puddles. If the small cage isn’t feasible for you, there are medium and large options as well.
7. SportPet Designs Wire Plastic Crate
This SportPet Designs CM-0699-CS01 Wire Door Plastic Crate is perfect for small pets and frequent travel. If you need a selection for plane rides, car trips, or vet visits, this may be the one for you. It may not be quite spacious enough for a trained pet to be in daily, but it is great for portability.
You must measure your dog to see if they would fit this crate. What is nice about this is that if you have two smaller dogs or even a dog and cat, it’s an extremely convenient set-up. It’s very simple to assemble with easy step-by-step instructions. It just snaps together and comes with optional wheels.
This option is only for pets who have already been kennel trained. It is not for training purposes. It does come with a waterproof bed for comfort. It suits dogs up to 19.5 pounds.
8. Aspen Training Retreat Crate
This colorful Aspen 21164 2-Door Training Retreat Crate is specifically designed for potty training your puppy. It has the dividing center so it can grow with your dog. It has the slide-out bottom pan to make clean up a breeze.
It comes in two color selections: blue or pink. This way you can choose based on gender or just whatever color you prefer. This 24-inch cage has both a front and side door with double latches. Once you have the potty training down, it can easily be used as a sleeping crate or for trips away from home.
Since it is relatively small, it would only be suitable for smaller dogs. So, while it may work for larger breed puppies, once they reach a certain height and weight, it would be time for a larger crate. Getting this if it would be suitable for your dog in its adult state would be a better investment.
9. BestPet Dog Folding Steel Crate
The BestPet Dog Folding Steel Crate is an okay selection—but nothing fantastic. It will do the job; however, replacements will be imminent. It’s not the toughest, as it can bend quite easily. If you have a rambunctious dog or one who tries to escape, they will be able to bend the wiring.
It does have the front and side door options with a handle on top for easy movement. The latches don’t mesh very well. It seems like it’s put together a bit flimsily. If you have a strong dog who doesn’t have the best manners, it may be best to get a more durable crate.
The divider does fit in the middle; however, it is super fragile and would be easy to break through. BestPet advises not to leave your pet unattended in this crate for long use.
10. Simply Plus FGGL Dog Crate
This design for the Simply Plus FGGL Dog Crate is quite clever. Not only is this a visually appealing design, it is a great way to limit the access or permit access at your command. It can be shortened to just one section for potty training purposes. It folds out into a dual-sided cage for a lounging area as well so they can enjoy their space.
It may be a bit tricky to put together as it has tiny parts and the instructions aren’t as clear as they could be. However, once the crate is up, it is simple to adjust it from the single to the dual selection. There are two side latches on each of the doors to provide optimal security and prevent escape.
While this choice is lovely, it may be a pain to put together. Because of its construction, it may not be very easy to store either, making it an obstruction in your home. Otherwise, it is a smart design.
Our number one selection, Paws & Pals DG4801 Dog Crate, is the most well-rounded unit on the list. It has all you need in a crate like portability, security, durability, and functionality. Not to mention its middle-of-the-road pricing so you aren’t paying more than you need to.
If you are looking to save but still want a crate of value, check out the AmazonBasics 9001-36A Folding Metal Dog. It has all the same perks as our number one, with the minor exception of the double-door feature. Otherwise, it’s a sturdy choice for half the cost.
Lastly, our premium choice, the Homey Pet Stackable Heavy Duty Crate may be a little more upfront—but it could be worth the investment. It is a stackable unit, so if you had a litter or added more pets to the equation, you can add on. It also has the wheel feature for easy mobility.
We’ve covered a lot of different cages and uses. Hopefully, you were able to find what you’re looking for so you can get your pet accustomed to their new shelter.
Featured image credit: Simply Plus Dog Crate, Amazon
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When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Dog Crates with Dividers
- 1. Paws & Pals Dog Crate – Best Overall
- 2. AmazonBasics Metal Dog Crate – Best Value
- 3. Homey Pet Heavy Duty Crate – Premium Choice
- 4. MidWest Dog Crate
- 5. Petmate Double Door Wire Dog Crate
- 6. MidWest Homes Puppy Playpen
- 7. SportPet Designs Wire Plastic Crate
- 8. Aspen Training Retreat Crate
- 9. BestPet Dog Folding Steel Crate
- 10. Simply Plus FGGL Dog Crate