Product Type: Ellie Bo dog accessories
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Ellie Bo Dog Crate
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Ellie Bo Dog Crate
Date: 18/10/12, updated on 06/06/13 (247 review reads)
Advantages: Affordable, sturdy, strong, well made
Far from being a cruel cage, if properly introduced, most dogs find crates to be a welcoming "safe" place that is theirs alone. It provides a safe, secure den to retreat to when tired or stressed. Crates make house training immeasurably easier, they provide a safe place to leave the dog when your away (this is particularly important during puppy hood as it helps prevent destructive habits from developing) and they are extremely useful when you need to confine the dog without isolating them outside or in another room (really useful when you have guests who aren't comfortable around dogs or workmen grocery delivery men coming in and out).
===Why do we have an Ellie Bo Dog Crate===
Before we brought home our Alaskan Malamute puppy we purchased a Vari 500 kennel (that's an extra large size, 40"x27"x30", plastic, airline style kennel). I think metal crates look nicer, but Vari crates are easier to clean and don't make as much noise if the dog shifts around or bumps the sides of the crate. I'd also heard many malamutes prefer the cave like nature of those crates. It worked really well when he was a puppy, but after 6 months my boy was staring to look a little cramped even though the XL was the size listed for Alaskan Malamutes (and he is on the small side for a male Malamute). I was reluctant to buy a new crate, but by 8 months of age he couldn't sit in his crate without doubling over, he had to duck his head quite a lot just to stand in it and he couldn't lay stretched anymore.
At the time we were living in rented accommodation. To put our landlady's mind at ease, when we got the dog we agreed to keep him off the carpet upstairs (via a stair gate) and crate him when no one was home. Therefore, doing without a crate really wasn't an option for us, but the next size up (Giant) Vari kennel cost over £200. That was simply too expensive so I looked into other options and settled on an Ellie Bo 48" XXLarge Deluxe Crate in silver.
===Ellie Bo 48" XXLarge Deluxe Crate===
Technically this is the size of crate recommended for Great Danes, but there doesn't seem to be many options between it and the 40" my boy had outgrown. The dimensions of this crate are massive at Height 34" x Length 48" x Width 31". For those of you more comfortable in metric that is H 86cm x L 122cm x W 79cm. To put it in perspective, it is roughly the same size as our 2 seater sofa. The crate is made of heavy duty 4mm wire with a removable steel tray for easy cleaning. There are two doors, one at the end and the other on the right side. It "folds flat for easy storage and transportation." I just have to laugh at that statement because when you're talking about something this big (particularly when you consider the massive solid steel tray) there is nothing easy about it, just easier.
This crate is fairly well made. The entire crate is made from heavy duty 4mm wire unlike many brands which use 4mm wire for the frame but thinner wire (often 2.8mm) for the mesh work. Using the thicker wire for the mesh work adds stability which I find quite important on something this big. In addition, I can't see a dog, even a large, powerful one, being able to bend these thicker wires. The spacing of the wires is 3.5cm by 15.5cm, which is quite good for the price range. The solder work seems good and I'm reasonably happy with the smoothing at the ends of the wires although there are a few I still find a touch rough. After nearly 2 years of use the crate still looks in good condition. There's a bit of tarnish on the wires, but no rust or bent peices. The metal tray is slightly discoloured but not bent or broken (some crates come with plastic trays which I think would work great with smaller crates but I would worry about them taking the weight of a dog this size).
This crate does fold flat. It isn't that hard, but the sheer size makes it a bit cumbersome and tricky. I definitely recommend having two people to fold and unfold it, if at all possible. And there is no getting around how heavy it is to move about. I'm not sure of the exact weight, but Amazon lists the boxed weight as 26kg. I certainly left my husband and father in law to move it when we moved house.
My one complaint with this crate is the latches. It would not be at all suitable for a dog that makes even the slightest attempt to escape. The latches simply slide into place. There is nothing that would keep a escape artist dog from using his/her tongue to slide them back open. It isn't a problem for me as my dog makes no attempt to get out of his crate, but it could be an issue for some people.
===Puppy vs Adult===
When Mojo was a puppy he slept in his crate every night (which made it much easier to house train him). I also put him in it when I left the house (for no more than a few hours at a time, of course). We use it considerable less now that he is older (and we own our own house so don't have to appease the landlady anymore) but Mojo still crawls into his crate throughout the day on his own accord. I frequently come home from work to find him taking a nap in his crate.
It is also really useful when you have people (workmen, grocery delivery people, etc.) coming in and out of the house. My boy really hates being excluded and will howl if you throw him out in the garden when people come over, but he is quite happy to settle down and observe everything from his crate, if necessary. I'm a private maths tutor, with about half of my lessons taking place in my home. The crate means everyone is happy; my students aren't distracted by the dog but he gets to stay inside during lessons.
===Price, Availability and Recommendations===
I bought my Ellie Bo Silver 48" XXL Deluxe Folding Crate from Amazon where it is currently listed at £59.95 plus £5.94 shipping. It comes with a very nice, fluffy faux sheepskin bed which my boy took great glee in destroying (he's not a massive chewer, but the LOVES pulling the stuffing out of soft toys and this bed was like a massive fluffy toy with loads and loads of stuffing). It actually lasted a lot longer than I would have expected, but now it has a piece of vetbed cut to size.
All in all, this is a very good crate for the price. It is a nice balance between something affordable and something sturdy enough to contain such a large dog. I definitely recommend it to all extra large and giant breed owners. I would also recommend the smaller versions for other breeds.
Summary: Affordable but studry giant dog crate.
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