Best Dog Crates For Siberian Huskies: Kennel Types, Sizes & More

Buying a dog crate for your canine companion can be an important milestone. You should always take your pup’s temperament and breed into account before making a purchase. This is especially true for dog crates, which can vary widely in price depending on the quality.

While this article is specific to Huskies, we have a full and complete guide that covers other dog breeds you can see right here.

In this article, we look at the top dog crates for huskies on the market for your furry friend, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and why they may be a good pick for your pup.

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Before you go forward with buying a crate, we recommend that you skip down to our Education section to read about Huskies and crates first! If you’ve determined that a dog crate is the right choice for you and your companion, read on! The list below contains a variety of the most Husky-friendly crates available.


Amazon Basics Crate

This AmazonBasics crate is your standard dog crate. It’s our most versatile option, providing a great middle ground between our other options, but it’s still secure and robust. The metal wire in this crate makes it the second most reliable option we’ve reviewed here – strong enough for Huskies who get mildly anxious or bored, but not for destructive Huskies or those with severe separation anxiety.

Our judgment is this: this crate will be plenty for most dogs, but not necessarily most Huskies. As Huskies are very intelligent, wild, and prone to becoming bored or destructive, some of them may be able to destroy or otherwise escape from this crate.

However, if you’re adopting a young Husky, it’s our favorite option, both because of its growth stages and to crate train your pup at a young age.

What We Like:

  • An inexpensive yet secure option
  • The most versatile crate we’ve reviewed
  • Divider lets the crate grow with young Huskies
  • Inexpensive
  • Collapsible for easy storage and take-down

What We Don’t Like:

  • A bit heavy; unsuitable for transport or frequent movement
  • Not strong enough for problem Huskies
  • AmazonBasics brand is only available on amazon.com, not in stores

Crown Pet Products Wood Model

It’s undeniable – dog crates can be an eyesore. This is something that many pet owners have accepted, but there are more attractive options available than the standard metal crate if you take the time to look. This dog crate is made of wood, and it’s available in two finish options, too.

However, this crate, while aesthetically pleasing, is not suitable for dogs that get nervous in a cage. The wood bars are easy for dogs to chew through, making escape a cinch. However, if you only plan to crate your Husky for short periods of time, or just plan to use this as a “den” for your dog (a.k.a. you have no plans to lock your Husky inside the cage), it is an undeniably attractive option.

What We Like:

  • Wood material is fashionable and attractive
  • Makes a lovely “den” for your pup
  • Multi-functional end table crate

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not made for destructive dogs
  • Easy for determined Huskies to escape from
  • Not suitable for movement from place to place
  • Large size may be too small for some Huskies
  • Expensive

Guardian Gear ProSelect Empire

If you have a Husky who’s not a fan of being crated, this is undoubtedly a crate you’ll want to consider. The Guardian Gear Empire Cage is made with heavy-gauge metal bars that are impossible for dogs to chew or bash through. We don’t recommend keeping a scared Husky in a cage for extended periods of time, but if you absolutely must crate your dog (or you’re doing it for retraining), this crate will be your best bet.

In our experience, providing a high-quality, strong cage that your Husky cannot break out of can actually help resolve cage anxiety in some cases. Eventually, a smart dog may calm down or give up on trying to escape. However, a Husky’s intelligence can also assist them in escaping from cages, and this crate does have some exploitable design flaws that your dog might discover.

What We Like:

  • The most secure dog crate that money can buy
  • Lockable wheels mitigate extreme heaviness

What We Don’t Like:

  • Has some exploitable design flaws, but these can be reinforced if necessary
  • Extremely expensive

Petmate Sky Kennel

Most people are familiar with the standard plastic dog crates that you often see at the airport. These aren’t the sturdiest option available, but they can stand up to standard wear and tear. Unfortunately, though, despite its plastic construction, this crate is not the most inexpensive crate option we’ve reviewed. It’s middle-of-the-pack in terms of price.

If you’re a person who frequently flies with your dog, it may be advantageous to buy an airline-approved dog crate rather than a standard one. As long as your Husky won’t destroy it, this crate can serve the dual purpose of an at-home crate and an air or car travel crate. Just keep in mind that many different air carriers have different requirements when it comes to approved crates.

What We Like:

  • Lightweight and ideal for travel
  • Very cave-like and dark
  • Suitable for crate-trained dogs

What We Don’t Like:

  • Will not stand up to destructive Huskies
  • Few practical advantages over a cheaper wire crate

AmazonBasics Folding Crate

Huskies are extremely active dogs, and this makes them an ideal companion for adventurous folks who like to hike, travel, and go camping. For situations like this, it’s essential to have a portable pet carrier on hand. The AmazonBasics Soft Pet Crate is not ideal for extended periods of time crated, but you can’t beat it for travel use.

The cage is made of metal pipe coated in canvas and screen, making it durable and incredibly lightweight – our lightest option that we’ve featured here. It’s collapsible when not in use, so it can easily be stowed in a car or camper. Be aware that this crate isn’t meant to be carried with a dog inside, though. Doing so could damage the cage or hurt your Husky – instead, set it up in its intended place, then let the dog inside.

What We Like:

  • Our most lightweight option
  • Affordable
  • Sturdy cloth material will hold up to active lifestyles
  • Ideal for travel
  • Cave-like and roomy

What We Don’t Like:

  • Not strong enough to be a permanent cage
  • Won’t hold up to chewing or other nervous behaviors
  • AmazonBasics brand is only available on amazon.com, not in stores

Education

Siberian Huskies are considered to be a medium-sized dog, but this can vary somewhat among different members of the breed. This can make it a bit difficult to choose cages for them, as they tend to be on the border between medium and large cage sizes.  Most huskies won’t get bigger than a Large crate like an XXL which would be needed for a giant breed.  You can use your husky’s length and weight as good judgments of what crate they need, but ultimately, it will depend on how your pet feels in the cage.

Huskies are also incredibly active. They were bred to pull dogsleds across harsh, snowy conditions, and thus, they have a lot of energy! Many pet owners aren’t prepared to deal with the energy level of a Husky, and end up purchasing a puppy based on aesthetics alone. Being unprepared for the exercise requirements of a Husky often contributes to the decision to buy a crate for them, as a bored, unexercised Husky is often a destructive one.

We always recommend doing extensive research on any dog breed you’re interested in before bringing one into your home. Additionally, buying a crate for your Husky may help preserve the furnishings in your home, but it will in no way solve a bored Husky’s issues with destroying things. In many cases, it will make it worse.

For this reason, we recommend that anyone reading this guide carefully consider why they want a cage for their Husky. Most Huskies can do well in cages if acclimated to them properly, but they do not enjoy being confined for long periods of time. They need room to run and exercise!

Confining a Husky that needs exercise and has no outlet for its energy can eventually cause health problems for the dog, in addition to destructive tendencies. These dogs can bite or lick themselves excessively, resulting in bare, irritated skin, or they can develop cage sores from hard or rough cage floors. Additionally, they can damage their teeth if they try to chew through tough cage bars.

However, if you’re careful to turn the cage into a place of comfort rather than frustration, your Husky will undoubtedly associate it with a den rather than a prison. Allow your Husky to have access to its cage all the time so that it can get used to it as a sleeping and relaxing place. Never use a crate as a punishment for a dog, especially a Husky!

Huskies also aren’t a fan of being alone. This can contribute to its destructive tendencies and discomfort with cages. If your Husky is only crated when you’re away, he will quickly associate the cage with feeling lonely and scared. Having a companion dog can help with this, but we recommend leaving your Husky alone for as little time as possible as the best option.

A determined husky puts the “H” in Houdini. Besides buying a solid, reinforced crate like the Guardian Gear Empire Cage, there’s not much of a way to prevent this except by associating the crate with good things. If your Husky doesn’t want to escape, they won’t!

For that reason, crate training for your Husky is paramount if your husky must be confined to a cage. However, you should also put some thought into outside dog kennels and runs for your Husky. These can provide your Husky with some extra freedom to exercise, but it’s not an excuse not to exercise your dog yourself, either. Also, keep in mind that they like to escape from these, too!

All in all, many of the issues that come with needing to crate a Husky come from improper care. Some of these issues cannot be avoided, such as situations where an owner rescues a dog with bad habits. It’s always easier to form a habit than to break it, though. If you’re not prepared to deal with some of the limitations of owning a Husky, it may be better to look into other dog breeds.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What size crate is right for my Husky?

A: Siberian Huskies are considered medium-sized dogs, but they’re on the very end of the size spectrum. Some larger huskies may need a large (40 inch or larger) crate, while smaller Huskies may be okay in a medium (39 inch or smaller) crate.  I would purchase large crates to be on the safe side, but if you’re unsure, try both and see what crate your Husky likes best.

Q: Can my dog crate be too big?

A: Yes! If your dog crate is too big, it will feel less “cave-like” and secure to your Husky. Additionally, if it’s oversized, your husky may try to relieve itself in the cage. Dogs naturally dislike relieving themselves where they sleep, so an appropriately-sized cage will prevent this.

Q: How big should my dog crate be?

A: There should be just enough room for your Husky to stand up and turn around without hitting the ceiling and walls of the cage. Cages around 40 inches should be appropriate for most Huskies.

Q: Can my Husky be crate trained?

A: Any dog can be crate trained, but different dogs will present different challenges. As long as you make the cage a source of comfort and happiness for your Husky, they should respond well to it. Use treats and cage-safe pet toys (here are some that are great for huskies) to help a new Husky acclimate to the cage, and don’t leave them alone for long periods of time while they’re learning.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the best option for most dog owners will also be the most popular option here. The AmazonBasics Folding Metal Dog Crate is the most affordable and versatile option, and it will be enough for the majority of dog owners.

However, if you have a particularly stubborn or intelligent Husky, you may need to upgrade to the GuardianGear Empire Dog Crate. While expensive, this crate will prevent your husky from damaging your home or hurting himself.

The other crate options are niche picks that will be suitable for certain pet owners, or they can be used as an accessory in addition to a permanent crate. No matter what you pick, your Husky will undoubtedly feel safe and sound in one of the many unique crates we’ve reviewed!