Picking a good dog crate is something you want to consider carefully. They aren't cheap, and with all the different options and styles out there, a mistake could cost you dearly. First, you need to ascertain the style you want for your dog. There a number of different types, namely: wire, plastic, airline approved, soft, and wood. Wire makes a sturdy dog crate, especially for puppies or dogs in training. They deter the dog from chewing, and are often much, much easier to clean out than other varieties.

Plastic and airline approved dog carriers are similar in structure, but airline approved dog carriers have certain features that allow them to be taken on airplanes. These often have built in food/water dishes, special ventilation, and a few other minor differences. Plastic dog crates can often double as dog houses on a outdoor patio, in a garage or other sheltered spot outdoors. Soft dog crates are typically for older dogs or small dogs that need more security when sleeping. Soft dog crates can also be airline approved, and often serve a dual function of a travel carrier and dog bed. Wood dog crates are great if you want your dog's crate to "blend in" with the rest of your decor. They can function as an end table, coffee table or centerpiece, as well as the dog crate.

When choosing the size, you need to be sure your dog will be able to turn around completely in it and be able to stand up without his head being pushed down by the crate. Measure your dog from neck to shoulder and then from shoulder to toes and add these measurements together. Add several inches to this measurement. This is the height you need for a crate. The width should generally be proportionate and hence won't be as much of an issue. As always, in case your crate doesn't work out, make sure the company you're buying from allows you to return the item if you are dissatisfied.