What is the Best Dog Crate for Alaskan Malamutes 2021?

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Investing in a crate for your Alaskan Malamute is generally recommended thanks to their benefits when it comes to training and denning instincts. Problems begin to arise when you realise how big an Alaskan Malamute actually is compared to other dog breeds, and therefore how difficult it is to find a dog crate that’s big enough to comfortably house them. Have no fear, years of experience have led us to test out all manner of products so keep reading to find out what we think the best dog crate for Alaskan Malamutes is.

 

Table of the Best Dog Crates for Alaskan Malamutes

 

Why should you use a dog crate with your Alaskan Malamute?

Here at The Malamute Mom, we’ve had experience with raising Alaskan Malamutes both using crate training and not. Whilst we certainly agree that a dog crate is not absolutely necessary to raise a happy and well-behaved Malamute, there are many benefits to using one that also can’t be ignored. Some of the most obvious of which include:

  They provide a safe space for your Alaskan Malamute

Despite their large size and sometimes intimidating appearance, Alaskan Malamutes are softies at heart and need their own space they can feel safe and secure in. That’s where a dog crate can become very handy. They provide a cosy confine for your Malamute to hide in if necessary allowing them to fulfil their ancestral instincts that would have lead them to cave-like structures if they were scared.

Read more about our tips for calming an Alaskan Malamute down here.

  They give you a place to confine your Alaskan Malamute when you aren’t home

Alaskan Malamutes are unfortunately known for developing destructive behaviours if they aren’t given necessary training but we understand that sometimes these behaviours can arise in even in the most obedient dogs. Having a dog crate for your Malamute gives you a place to keep them confined if you have to leave them unoccupied, meaning they can’t raid the garbage or chew up your shoes!

  They can help you to obedience train your Alaskan Malamute

One of the best ways we’ve found to instil good habits into our Alaskan Malamutes it to use a pet crate. For example, if we are eating and our Malamutes decide to push their luck and beg for food, we will simply take them to their crate. They don’t associate the crate with being punished and so it won’t be a negative experience for them, but it is a reminder that they should be out of the way when we are eating and that as humans, we have the final say in the household.

There are many more benefits than those listed above that may differ depending on your Malamute’s needs. Not every Alaskan Malamute will respond well to being in a crate, especially if they have not been brought up with one or if they come from kennels where a crate can be seen as a restrictive tool.

At the end of the day, the important thing is that a dog crate should be used as a positive tool to help bring your Malamute up. It should never be seen as a form of punishment or else you risk losing your Malamute’s trust.

 

What should you look for in a suitable Alaskan Malamute dog crate?

Regardless of the size of your Alaskan Malamute, there are a few things you should look out for when buying a dog crate to make sure you’re getting a high-quality product for your money. We’ve included a few of the criteria that we personally look out for when purchasing a new dog-crate.

Size

This one is probably a given, but the crate must be large enough to accommodate your Alaskan Malamute. It’s also where the difficulty comes in for us as reviewers as Malamutes can vary so much in height, length and weight! Always check your Malamute’s size against the product manufacturer’s provided sizing chart before purchasing. Keep in mind that ideally, you’ll want the crate to be big enough for your Malamute to be comfortable in but not so large that they don’t feel secure.

Secure Double Doors

We know of many Alaskan Malamutes who have a reputation for being escape artists so it’s important that their dog crate has secure doors with high-quality latches. Ideally, you’ll want your crate to be double-latched to make escaping harder and we recommend reading the product reviews to see what other owners have experienced. Whilst they aren’t necessary, we also recommend dog crates that have double doors for Alaskan Malamutes. These make gaining access to your Malamute much easier and it’ll give you more options when positioning the crate within your home.

Durable Construction

Large dog crates require much thicker wire to retain their structural integrity and remain safe for your Alaskan Malamute to use. Not only that but in the eventuality that your Malamute decides to chew at the wire, it must be strong enough to withstand them. Always check what the manufacturer specifically mentions about the construction of the crate and look out for any safety features they have included.

Removable Pan

Alaskan Malamutes shed. A lot. And their crate is bound to fill up with hair in no time especially when it comes to coat blowing season. Many crates now include an easily removable tray that makes the cleaning process much easier and saves you from having to climb in the crate itself.

Ease of Transportation

Having to move a large dog crate once it’s set up shouldn’t be a chore and luckily many manufacturers now implement small design features that can make transportation easy. If you don’t have a permanent position in mind within your home, consider looking for a dog crate that is collapsible or one that has wheels.

 

What is the best dog crate for Alaskan Malamutes?

Now that we know what to look out for, let’s dive into what we think are the best dog crates for Alaskan Malamutes. We’ve tried to consider as many different circumstances as possible to make it easy to find the find dog crate for your needs.

 

[OUR PICK]

Ginormous XXL Dog Crate by MidWest Homes for Pets – $$

US Dimensions: 54 x 37 x 45 inches (LxWxH)

Undoubtedly our choice for the best dog crate for Alaskan Malamutes is the Ginormous XXL Dog Crate by MidWest Homes for Pets.

Make no mistake, this dog crate is BIG. It’s pretty much guaranteed to big enough for your Alaskan Malamute, even if they’re on the giant side, and it is suitable for dogs weighing up to and over 110lbs. Whilst a crate of this size can be difficult to accommodate for, it’s one of the only ones of the market that’s large enough to comfortably fit a Malamute for long periods of time (overnight) without them feeling too claustrophobic.

There’s no need to worry about the strength or durability of this crate either. Its made from a study drop pin construction that includes patent-pending L-hooks that prevent the sides from bowing in. All of the metal has an E Coat finish to prevent it from rusting, ensuring the crate can be used for as many years as required. The composite plastic pan can be easily removed to make cleaning a breeze.

We recommend purchasing the double-door option, as it provides more freedom for you when considering where to place the crate within your home.

Sadly, this crate is not available to purchase in the UK unless you are willing to pay heavy import fees. Have no fear though as the Extra High Giant Dog Crate by doghealth is the perfect alternative that is heavily praised by our friends in the UK. It has very similar dimensions and specifications to the MidWest pet crate and is equally as safe for Alaskan Malamutes to use.

PROS:

+ Large enough for Malamutes of all sizes

+ Double door to make access easier

+ 1 Year Guarantee

+ Patent-Pending L-Hook prevents sides from bowing in

CONS:

– Difficult to move by one single person

 

Single-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate by AmazonBasics – $

Dimensions: 48 x 30 x 32.5 inches (LxWxH)

When it comes to high quality for a low price, the AmazonBasics Single-Door Dog Crate is hard to beat. The durable metal construction is made with thick double wiring that helps keep your Malamute secure whilst maintaining a good level of visibility and ventilation. It comes with a removable composite tray to make cleaning up messes as easy as possible and the entire thing can be folded flat making it perfect to travel with or store.

We recommend the largest size crate (48”) as it can be difficult to predict how big an Alaskan Malamute puppy will grow. What we particularly love about this crate is that it comes with an adjustable divider panel. This means you can reduce the space given to your Malamute when they are a puppy and expand it as they grow. It may seem counter-intuitive to give your Malamute puppy less space, but this can prevent them from associating one side of the crate with using the potty and the other for sleeping.

PROS:

+ Easily folds flat

+ Affordable choice

+ Divider panel included to adjust living space as necessary

CONS:

– Does not have wheels

– Some reviewers mention that it does not withstand known escape-artists

 

ecoFLEX Pet Crate/End Table by New Age Pet – $$$

Exterior Dimensions: 42.5 x 27.6 x 30.9 inches (LxWxH)

Interior Dimensions: 39.8 x 24.6 x 29.1 inches (LxWxH)

Dog crates are not usually known for being an appealing piece of furniture and they typically end up being put out of sight where possible. The ecoFLEX Pet Crate by New Age Pet puts an end to this problem by providing you with a stylish alternative to a pet crate that also doubles as an end table.

As mentioned in its name, this pet crate is made of ecoFlex which is a recycled plastic-wood polymer composite that doesn’t warp, crack or split like traditional wood tables might. The spindles on the crate are made from stainless steel to prevent persistent chewers from finding a way out and to maintain extra stability.

This trendy pet crate comes in four different colours so you can find the right fit for your room, and we definitely recommend purchasing the X-Large sizing option. New Age Pet claim that it is safe to use for dogs up to 100lbs which should be suitable for most Alaskan Malamutes, but always check your dog’s weight and sizing requirements before purchasing.

PROS:

+ Appealing to look at

+ Made from a non-toxic recycled plastic-wood polymer

+ No tools required for assembly

+ Useable as an end-table

CONS:

– Expensive

– Less visibility for your Malamute compared to standard metal crates

 

Rolling Plastic XXL Travel Dog Crate by SportPet Designs – $$

Travelling with an Alaskan Malamute is not an easy task, especially when it comes to flights. Luckily, there are travel crates available to buy that make transporting your Malamute a breeze, although finding one large enough to safely fit them is understandably tricky.

Our go-to choice is the Rolling Plastic Travel Dog Crate by SportPet Designs which can carry dogs up to 26 inches in height and 36 inches in length. The weight limit is 140lbs. Whilst these dimensions should be big enough to house the majority of Alaskan Malamutes, we always advise you to measure your Malamute using SportPet Design’s provided guide before purchasing.

What makes this travel crate stand out from the rest is the added considerations to help you as the owner. There are two appropriately placed handles to make lifting the crate easier and there is snap on wheels that allow you to pull the crate around rather than having to carry it yourself. The crate is IATA approved meaning it is suitable to fly with and has passed all the necessary regulations. The crate also comes with 2 attachable water dishes and four ‘Live Animals’ stickers.

Sadly, this crate is not available to purchase in the UK but our friends over there recommend the Petmate Skykennel as a suitable alternative. It has very similar features including clip-on bowls, extra ventilation openings, and a four-way vault door to provide added security. Please note that despite having similar dimensions to the SportPet crate, the Petmate Skykennel has a listed weight limit of 90lbs.

Before purchasing, please contact your airline to ensure this crate meets their specific requirements.

PROS:

+ Clip-on wheels to make transportation easier

+ IATA airline approved

+ Heavy-duty construction

+ Weight restriction of 140lbs

CONS:

– Not available in the UK although alternative offers similar features

 

Final Thoughts

Finding a dog crate that’s not only large enough but also strong enough to hold an Alaskan Malamute can be very tricky but using our recommendations we hope you can find the option to best suit your needs. If you have any questions about the products mentioned in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Have you crate-trained your Alaskan Malamute? We’d love to head about your experience in the comments below!

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