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Old 11-28-2010, 07:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have been putting off buying our Mastiff puppy a new crate and it has now got to the point where I cannot put it off any longer, the poor puppy. I think he will be okay with a 48" crate over a giant 54" crate which seem to be insanely expensive not to mention hard to find. So any recommendations for makers of sturdy, quality crates that won't break the bank and where to buy them. Thank you! 

 

ETA: I have been perfectly happy with the crate we have now which we got at Petco, but it is only 36" and I don't remember seeing any bigger than that there (otherwise we would have got it in the first place).


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We have the Midwest iCrate. Aside for the silly name, we really love the crate. They have a 48X30 crate that might work well for you. It is $82 with free shipping on Amazon, which is a pretty good deal for a quality crate of that size.

http://www.amazon.com/Midwest-1542-iCrate-Single-Door--30-Inch/dp/B000OX64P8/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1291002603&sr=1-3

There is also one with two doors for a few dollars more. http://www.amazon.com/Midwest-iCrate-Double-Door-Folding-Inches/dp/B000QFWCLY
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Thank you. I didn't think to look on Amazon, those are great prices and free shipping too. Everywhere I was looking had outrageous shipping costs. I paid more for our current crate which only has one door, than the two door one.


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We bought ours from Pet Crates Direct.  We have the Midwest Select Folding triple door crate.

 

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Are you sure you'll only need the 48"? We have the 54"(I think, it's the biggest one Petsmart sold, I know it's X-Large) for our mastiff/St. Bernard mix and it's only JUST big enough for him full grown. Had we gotten a smaller one, we would have had to replace it. 

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Are you sure you'll only need the 48"? We have the 54"(I think, it's the biggest one Petsmart sold, I know it's X-Large) for our mastiff/St. Bernard mix and it's only JUST big enough for him full grown. Had we gotten a smaller one, we would have had to replace it. 



I asked some Mastiff experts and they told me a 48" would be fine for most Mastiffs unless Oscar is going to be super huge which given his genetics, is unlikely. They told me the important thing is height, and that the crate needs to be at least 33" high. I am also looking for a good quality crate, as I have heard that the lesser quality crates' plastic trays can split under their weight.

 

ETA: would you mind telling me the height and weight of your St Bernard/Mastiff, I don't want to have to replace this crate as well, so if I have to I will go with the 54". The Mastiff people all seemed to have 48" crates though.

 

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When my Rottie was still being crated we used a 54" crate.  She was 105lbs and 32in at the shoulder, yeah she's freakishly tall lol.

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I don't know his height. Is that bad? lol. But he does seem to have longer legs than your dog, and he's about 115 lbs. 

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I don't know his height. Is that bad? lol. But he does seem to have longer legs than your dog, and he's about 115 lbs. 



Well, Oscar is still a puppy and the angle the photo was taken makes it look like he has short legs. How old is your dog, is he still a pup? We anticipate that Oscar will be between 180 to 200 lbs fully grown.


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