Well, there isn't just one answer to this question. When it comes to dog crates, one size does NOT fit all. The process for picking out the best crate for your husky is about as intricate as shopping for the perfect shirt.
Finding the most appropriate crate for your husky involves a few crucial steps. You'll need to decide where and how you'll be using this crate, understand your dog's crate behavior and measure your dog to help you choose which crate will be best for your husky. We've compiled all of the important questions to ask yourself when choosing your dog's new crate.
Scroll to the bottom of this article to see which crates our customers have chosen for their huskies!
Step 1: Decide how and where you will be using your dog's crate.
Planning ahead will save you time and extra effort. Here are several important questions to ask yourself before choosing a crate model:
Do I plan on using this crate for the vehicle only?
Is this crate for the bed of a truck?
Is this crate for at-home use only?
Will my dog use this crate everyday or is this just for vet trips and traveling?
Does my pup need a comfortable crate for vet-recommended crate rest?
Am I looking for a heavy duty crate to replace my dog's damaged plastic or wire kennel?
Is this going to be my puppy's crate when they're fully grown?
Am I planning a trip that requires flying my dog in a crate?
Do I want a crate for all-around use?
Do I plan on stacking multiple crates?
Am I trying to fit crates side-by-side in a car?
Do I need more than one door?
Do I want custom colors?
Do I need an escape-proof crate to keep my dog safe when I'm away from home?
Step 2: Assess your dog's temperament.
Unless your husky is a young puppy or recently adopted, by now you probably know your dog's personality quite well. Also, you may know what he or she is capable of.
Do you trust your husky to stay out of trouble when unsupervised? Is your dog comfortable in a crate when left alone for short or long periods of time? Does your dog prefer to sleep in his crate? Does your husky voluntarily choose to spend time in his crate? Has your husky shown signs of separation anxiety?
Step 3: Choose the most appropriate crate model.
Now that you're thinking about every possibility for your crate, it's time to narrow your options to the most appropriate crate model for your dog and your lifestyle. (Scroll to the bottom of this article to see which crates some of our customers have chosen for their huskies!)
Your dog's safety is the biggest priority when choosing a dog crate. Consider your dog's level of crate anxiety when picking out a crate model. Each Impact Crate model is designed for a specific purpose. For example, if your husky needs a heavy-duty dog crate, it's best to look into our High Anxiety crate. On the other hand, if your dog is calm in crates, she may be fine with the Stationary model instead of additional escape-proof features.
The Collapsible crate:
Ideal for storing in small places and carrying. Folds down to under 8 inches in briefcase form in less than a minute.
Most commonly used as a crate for flying and overnight trips, especially for sport and show dogs. Accessories for the Collapsible crate are specifically designed for airline compliance. Grooming attachments, wheel carts, and door guards can be used with this crate too. Includes front and back door options.
Collapsible crate sizes for husky breeds range from sizes 400 up to 700.
Please note that the Collapsible model is not recommended for pets with anxiety issues, destructive tendencies, or escape habits.
The Stationary crate:
The best dog crate for all-around use. Most often used as permanent transport crates in vehicles, truck beds and for daily at-home crates. This crate is especially recommended for those who plan to fit multiple crate side-by-side in a vehicle. Equally as lightweight as the Collapsible model, making it easy to carry. Fully assembled with optional airline rail attachments for flying. Available in 10 sizes for the best fit possible. Includes front and back door options. Not designed for destructive pups.
Stationary crate sizes for husky breeds range from 400 up to 700.
The Side Door Stationary crate:
The only difference between this crate and our standard Stationary crate is the convenient side door access. This is the only crate model with a front, back and side door option (up to 3 doors!) The Side Door crate is most commonly used as a permanent dog transport crate in SUVs and trucks.
Side Door crate sizes for husky breeds range from 400 up to 600.
The High Anxiety crate:
This crate is popular among husky breeds most likely due to their escape-artist tendencies (smart pups!) The High Anxiety crate is specifically designed to protect houdini dogs, crate chewers, dogs with storm phobia, and pups who show signs of separation anxiety. If your dog has broken out of at least one crate in the past, then we highly recommend this crate. This crate is a long lasting tool for helping your dog with separation anxiety. It's our ONLY crate model with a 2-year dog damage replacement warranty and is constructed of twice the thickness of aluminum. Door guard attachments available.
High Anxiety crate sizes for husky breeds range from 400 up to 700. It's important not to choose a size that will be too roomy for your dog in this crate. We suggest picking a size closest to your dog's measurements.
Step 4: What is the best crate size for a husky?
To choose the best crate size for your husky, you will need to measure your dog's length (tip of nose to base of tail, not including tail) and height (from floor to top of ears). You can watch this video to see how to measure your dog.
The reason we don't base crate sizes off of your dog's breed and weight is because not every dog that weighs 50 lbs. (for example) will be the same height as a different dog that weighs 50 lbs. It's similar to picking out a pair of shoes; a 100 lb. person and a 150 lb. person might both wear the same size 7 shoes. Another reason a dog's weight isn't necessary for choosing crate size is because our crates can hold up to 600 lbs. on top, and the handles can lift up to 300 lbs., so weight capacity isn't an issue.
Anyways, it's important to have your dog's specific height and length measurements to be sure their crate will fit them just right.
Once you know your dog's length and height, go to our sizing page to see all crate dimensions. The ideal crate for your pet is one that she can comfortably stand up, turn around, and lay down in. (Note: Disregard the "sizing calculator" tool if you don't plan on flying with your dog.)
If you're planning to fly your husky as pet cargo, read this first: Everything you need to know before flying with your dog.
If you will be transporting your pup in this crate, be sure to measure your vehicle's cargo area and then look at crate dimensions. You can downsize your dog's crate to fit better in your vehicle, as your dog most likely won't be spinning around in his crate and it can also be safer to have less extra room in the event of an accident. The Stationary crates fit best side-by-side in vehicles without the optional airline rails attached.
We don't recommend taking a wild guess when choosing your dog's crate size for several reasons. If you "guesstimate" your husky's measurements just by looking at him or if you try to pick a crate size based on their weight and breed, you may end up with a crate that is way too big or too short for your dog. Another issue with choosing the wrong size is that returning/shipping a built-to-order dog crate will take much more time than spending a couple minutes to measure your dog properly.
If you have any questions when choosing a crate size, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help!
Check out our customers' crates for their huskies!
Lime Green size 500 Stationary crate // size 500 High Anxiety crate // Purple and Teal size 400 Collapsible crates (PC: Desiree A.)
@hpandthefloofs showing off their Collapsible crates. Size 450 crates and one blue size 700 crate.
@hpandthefloofs with their size 700 Collapsible crate.
@jasperthefriendlyfluff and his new white size 500 Collapsible crate.
"After a few days of adjustment, Blaze approves of his new crate!" -Jason E. (size 450 Collapsible)
"Silas is not a big fan of car rides. He will curl up and nervously pant and drool all over. Any time we hit the brakes he’ll keep looking up with ears back and eyes big like he expects the car to cave in at any second. I purchased this “velociraptor cage” as my step-dad calls it from @impactdogcrates to help Silas feel secure and to keep him safe in case his worst fear comes true. I usually have to drag and bribe him into the car. Today he ran to the car and hopped right in." @my_guy_si in size 700 Collapsible OD Green in a 2010 Toyota Rav4 ⠀
@keahi_siberians with the size 400 Collapsible (older model) with Collapsible grooming attachments.
"Our new crates arrived today! Plenty of room in the 450s from @impactdogcrates" @mika_and_axel (Stationary crates)
@thekodashow in a white 500 Stationary crate.
@zaraonmaui in her teal size 500 Stationary crate.
Stationary Side Door Crates
@lifeofcaddi in size 600 Side Door Stationary.
High Anxiety Crates
"Good thing we ordered an @impactdogcrates yesterday. Yes, he squeezed through that hole. The husky genes are strong in this pomsky.." @super_pup_squad
@thehusky_koa in size 700 High Anxiety crate.
"Ren loves his new crate so far. Just came today and he's already in it. Wish us luck :) " (size 500 High Anxiety crate)
update: "Ren has been sleeping in his new kennel everyday without any prompting. Makes me happy! He also was in there for 2 hours while we were gone with a camera on him and he actually slept." - @giessenjamie
"Since I’ve had Loki he has had severe separation anxiety. No matter what I did. I researched different techniques and training but no matter what the moment he was left alone he would freak out and try to escape his crate, swipe to see videos of the times he did escape. He has destroyed $500 or more worth of shoes, gotten into food, clothes and destroyed the crate I had for him. He also had permanently scarred his nose and face from trying to escape. I was at my wits end on what to do and I didn’t want to start resenting my dog." - @caitdallas
“So thanks to @misss_kristie_o Who helped me discover @impactdogcrates. I can happily say my mind is at ease that Loki is safe from harming himself and destroying anything further.”LOKI in his new @impactdogcrates high anxiety crate." - @caitdallas (size 600 High Anxiety crate)
“I have a 6 month old low content wolfdog puppy and so far... no crate has withstood him. He’s been through 7 different crates (all different brands) and has managed to bend them, break them and escape. It’s become extremely expensive and I’m losing faith that a crate can hold him.” -@goldilocksandthewolf
“Dovah broke out and escaped 7 different crates/kennels...The High Anxiety crate is the first crate he’s comfortable, safe and happy in. He goes in on his own and loves that it’s his ‘own’ space. And he can hide treats from his brother!” -@goldilocksandthewolf (size 700 High Anxiety crate)
@adogandherpeople cozy inside the size 450 High Anxiety crate.
“Traditional wire kennels did not stand up to Laika. Nor did plastic airline ones. Not even the drywall and flooring of our vet office could tame this wild beast, and she spent almost 8 months on the run as a stray after ripping through their wall! 😱 But you know what DOES stand up to our legendary escape artist? Our high anxiety Impact crate! Thank you to the folks over at @impactdogcrates for designing such a high quality product and helping keep Laika happy and safe at home, and our friends @adogandacat for lending us their crate to test out! We give it Five Paws Up!” @laika_in_atx (size 600 High Anxiety crate)
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