Best Dog Crates For Giant XXL Breeds (Mastiffs, Danes & More)

Deciding on a dog crate requires careful planning, but shopping for a big breed like a Mastiff or Dane adds another layer of complexity. Besides needing something your dog will want to be in, the crate must also stand up to demands of these giant breeds, especially if your dog is aggressive or anxious. Plus, it has to work for your house, climate, and maybe look good, too.

Fear not–finding the perfect crate for your giant breed is not mission impossible. To help you pick the best one, we’ve compiled a list of heavy duty dog crates that’ll get the job done, as well as some practical advice below.

Our Picks

Let’s dive right in with our top choices in a range of budgets and varieties.  Keep in mind that these crates will serve purposes for a variety of your needs.

They should be suitable for any dog that’s over 100 pounds and qualifies for the “XXL” dog designation.  Great Danes and Mastiffs are both in this bucket.


MidWest Homes Life Stages

Finding an economical crate for your giant dog can be challenging, but this one certainly fits the bill. The MidWest Homes Life Stages Dog Crate is a wire crate made of heavy-duty metal that comes in six sizes to accommodate all types of dogs, with the 48-inch option perfect for large dogs.

It features two-door entry and a convenient divider panel that allows you to use the crate from the time your dog is a puppy until he reaches full size. It also includes a removable leak-proof pan should your dog have an accident, a handy carrying handle, and it folds flat for storage.

The one downside to this crate is that the lock only slides into place. Since it doesn’t latch, this crate might not be well-suited to dogs who are adept at escaping from their crates. It’s also not the most heavy duty crates on our list.

Things We Like:

  • The XXL size is perfect for dogs who need it
  • Divider feature allows for use from puppy days to adulthood

Room for Improvement:

  • Heavy design means this crate is challenging to move and not for those who need their crate for travel
  • Slider latch may be easy for smart dogs to figure out

SportPet Designs Plastic Kennels

The SportPet Designs crate is a plastic option for pet owners who prefer this type of crate, especially those that need a crate for airline travel. If planes are in your pet’s future, consider this option (but do make sure to check with the airline beforehand that it meets their requirements).

While the SportPet Designs crate is intended for airline use, it also makes a fantastic home addition. It has four plastic walls and is made of two pieces that disassemble for easy storage. The wire windows provide ventilation and allow your dog to see what’s going on around her. The crate also includes a clip-on water dish, as well as four “Live Animal” stickers.

Big dog owners will find that this plastic crate is up to the task of keeping their pup safe. It’s durable, and the heavy duty latch means no escaping. It features four removable swiveling casters that make moving the crate a cinch. And the gutter-style bottom, with the floor raised slightly above the edges, will keep your pet dry in the case of spills or accidents.

Things We Like:

  • The wheels make this crate easily portable and can detach if needed
  • It’s well-ventilated for being a plastic crate, so you won’t have to worry about your dog overheating
  • Durable design will hold up to daily use
  • Economical option

Room For Improvement:

  • Difficult assembly
  • Some users reported quality issues with the wheels and handle

Petmate Sky Kennel

Another plastic crate, the Petmate Sky Kennel is one of the heavy hitters on our list. Designed specifically for travel, it includes everything your dog will need when the two of you hit the road: food and water dishes, “Live Animal” stickers, and ID stickers. Plus, this sturdy crate meets almost all major airline requirements, as well as IATA requirements.

So what features does it have? It comes in various sizes that will accommodate any dog, and despite being made of durable plastic, the metal wires on the sides and perforated plastic on the back provide ample ventilation so your pet won’t overheat.

It’s held together by a series of wingnuts, and pet owners love that they can remove the top of the crate and store it in the bottom half to create more room when traveling or storing with other items.

Probably the best thing about this crate is the latching system, which will thwart even the most determined escape artists. Most crates utilize pins that lock into the top and bottom of the unit, but this lock inserts into all four sides of the crate for maximum security.

Things We Like:

  • The four-way latching system is virtually escape-proof
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Keeps pets comfortable and safe while traveling

Room For Improvement:

  • Some airlines require you to fasten crates with metal instead of the plastic hardware included in this model

LUCKUP Kennel for Large Dogs

If the time has come to pull out the big guns, look no further than the LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate. Designed not only to hold large dogs but also to prevent them from escaping, you won’t have to worry about your dog pulling any disappearing acts ever again.

This crate is the perfect practical choice for pet owners looking to keep things simple. Indeed, it doesn’t have a lot of extra frills, but it’s one of the toughest options on our list. Its three-door design allows you access to your dog from the top and sides, plus a small side door lets you feed your dog without letting him out.

The steel bars are constructed to keep your dog where you want him: inside his well-ventilated crate. Its profile is not the lightest you’ll find, but the manufacturers made up for this fact by adding casters to the four feet for easy movement.

Overall, the LUCKUP is excellent for sizable dogs that need a secure den to relax.

Things We Like:

  • Rustproof construction makes it excellent for outside use
  • It’s built to last, so you should get many years of use out of it
  • Easy assembly will have this crate ready to go in minutes

Room For Improvement:

  • Some users report that the side door latches misalign when closing the door

Guardian Gear ProSelect Empire

At first glance, this crate is pretty imposing. Its thick, coated metal provides robust protection that will keep all dogs contained, even if they’re especially anxious or destructive. Its sturdy design makes it virtually impossible for your canine to chew through it, so you won’t have to worry about finding your dog somewhere he shouldn’t be.

The construction of this model is second-to-none. The frame is made of steel, which is reinforced by half inch tubes, making it no match for even the toughest of dogs.

The crate’s floor has a metal grill with a removable tray underneath for easy cleaning. It’s quite heavy, but because the crate has removable caster-wheels, moving or transporting the crate is manageable. And the sliding latch bolts are the last part of the security system, which stands up to a great deal of force.

While the quality of this crate is undoubtedly impressive, it comes with a downside–a rather hefty price tag. It’s one of the most expensive dog cages out there. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a budget option, the Guardian Gear ProSelect Empire Dog Cage is not for you.

Things We Like:

  • The escape-proof design is excellent for overly aggressive or ingenious dogs who chew through other crates
  • It’s available in two sizes

Room For Improvement:

  • The price tag may not be for all budgets
  • Astute dogs may be able to figure out the latch design
  • The bar floor design doesn’t appear to be exceptionally comfortable, which may require you to add bedding

Grain Valley Durable Aluminum

Next up on our list is the Grain Valley Durable Aluminum Dog Crate, which is a heavy hitter with some impressive features. It’s not by any means a cheap purchase–quite the opposite in fact–but if you don’t mind putting down money for a fantastic crate, this purchase is more than worth it.

One of the things we like most about this crate is that it’s fully collapsible–not a feature you’ll find in most other heavy duty dog crates. Grain Valley has done an excellent job combining portability with strength and durability. In just one second, it folds down to a height of eight inches, which means storage is easy if you ever need to have it out of sight.

Aside from its cool collapsing design, it’s got some powerful security features that will keep your big dog safe. The “slam latch” ensures that once the dog’s in, he’s in because the crate’s aluminum body protects the latch. And you don’t have to worry about toxic materials evaporating in hot weather because this crate is manufactured without harmful chemicals.

You don’t have to make any modifications to use this crate when flying, as it passes international air travel regulations. The price on this crate won’t be accessible to everyone, but if you can afford it, it’s money well spent.

Things We Like:

  • The “slam latch” means that even the smartest of dogs will be unable to escape
  • Completely collapses for ease of transport and storage
  • Durable anti-corrosion construction means that this crate will stand the test of time
  • Easy assembly

Room For Improvement:

  • Inferior ventilation may not be appropriate for hotter climates
  • Doesn’t include a detachable tray, so if your pup is prone to accidents, you may want to avoid this crate

Impact Collapsible Model

Okay, we know that this crate looks a tad bit like you’re sending your canine to doggy jail, but looks aren’t everything. What this crate lacks in attractiveness, it makes up for in amazing features that you’ll love. Impact has designed a product that will make you feel at ease crating your dog–no matter how high his desire to escape is.

The model is made from high-grade aluminum, which aside from being able to withstand wear and tear, is still relatively lightweight. If you need to carry it, its low profile and carrying handle mean you’ll have no problem doing so. It’s got a robust door, and there are very narrow spaces between the bars that prevent your dog from bending them.

You won’t have to worry about ventilation, a common problem in dog crates, because there is ample ventilation throughout the unit. And we love the portability of this model. It might not seem like it would collapse, but in a matter of minutes, it reduces to a height of just eight inches–an excellent feature for travel or storage.

For pet owners who travel by plane frequently, they’ll be glad to know that this model is approved by IATA for air travel. It’s got plastic corner pads that allow it to be stacked, which will earn you brownie points with your airline, that also protect the metal shell. Overall, this crate is well worth the hefty price tag, and we’re happy to recommend it.

Things We Like:

  • Collapsible design is well-thought out and allows the user to collapse and reassemble with ease
  • Durable design will last for years
  • The spacious interior will keep your dog comfortable while on the road
  • Available in various colors

Room For Improvement:

  • Big price tag not ideal for budget buyers
  • You have to assemble some parts

Diamond Deluxe Aluminum Kennel

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that the design of this crate won’t leave you indifferent. With a striking diamond tread exterior, it won’t suit every pet owner’s tastes, but it does have many advantages that make it a standout, especially if you’re an outdoor enthusiast that likes to take your dog with you.

The Diamond Deluxe features lightweight aluminum that maintains cooler temperatures in summer and favors warmth in winter. Aluminum has the added benefit of resisting corrosion, which, since this is a favorite for those that enjoy being outside, is essential.

The T-handles seen on this model ensure that your dog will stay safely inside, and you can lock them as well for added security.

Looking at the construction of this crate, you may be concerned about whether or not it will provide adequate ventilation, but Diamond has seen to this detail. It’s got the largest air vents of any dog crate, and they all come with covers that protect your pup from whatever nature throws at you.

It’s also rather lightweight and comes with a carrying handle, so it’s simple to move it if you need to.

Things We Like:

  • Vent covers allow for excellent temperature control regardless of the season
  • Rugged design means it will stand up to the demands of being outdoors and carried in trucks and cars
  • Lightweight design makes transportation and travel easy

Room For Improvement:

  • If you want a good looking crate, this is not the most visually appealing option for use inside the home
  • It’s not airline approved, so if you know you’ll be traveling with your dog, this is not the crate for you

Gelizon Heavy Duty Dog Kennel

Making a dog crate look attractive can be somewhat of a challenge, but the Gelizon Heavy Duty Dog Crate sports some pretty good looks. Made of metal and with a unique roof design that gives bigger dogs some extra room, it’s a more inviting dog house than some other models.

This model is a perfect solution if you will be crating outside, as it is made with an ultra-durable, multi-layer finish. It’s rust, corrosion, and fade resistant, so you won’t have to worry about the elements destroying it. The non-toxic materials used mean that you can be assured that your dog will remain healthy, even if they lick or bite the sides.

Like many other similar crates, it features four wheels that lock to keep them in place, an easily removable bottom tray, and the three-dour system that’s popular with other manufacturers.

It has several positive reviews from frustrated pet owners whose dogs have busted out of other crates and have finally find the solution in the Gelizon Heavy Duty Dog Crate. All in all, this crate will stand up to the demands of anxious or aggressive dogs and is worth the investment.

Things We Like:

  • Attractive look is nice for owners who are interested in the crate’s aesthetics
  • You can add a padlock for added security

Room For Improvement:

  • The floor can be rough on dog’s feet, so you’ll likely need to put in a dog mattress or padding

SMONTER Heavy Duty Kennel

We’ve reached the last crate on our list, which is the SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate. It’s got a reputation for being super strong, which is thanks to its heavy-duty steel frame, double lock system, and double doors. The thick steel bars mean your dog won’t be going anywhere.

Despite its construction, it’s easy to move this crate thanks to its four-wheel design. We also like that assembly is quite simple. All you have to do is install the wheels, line the parts, and tighten the screws.

It’s also got a three-door design common in other crates that owners enjoy. You can open the top to interact with your dog without worrying about letting her out. The big door is your pet’s access to the crate, and the small door allows you to place food inside. And while only a tiny detail, we find this crate to be one of the better-looking options on the market.

We do have to mention that some reviewers had problems with dented or bent bars from pets who like to chew. If you know that your canine enjoys putting his teeth on absolutely anything, this is a crate you may want to avoid.

Things We Like:

  • The top door allows you access to your dog, which is a nice feature for pet owners whose dogs are always trying to make a break for it
  • Preloaded locks and easy assembly
  • Includes two plastic trays placed side by side underneath the crate, which makes for easy cleanup

Room For Improvement:

  • Users report that more destructive dogs are capable of bending or denting the steel by chewing on it

Things to Consider

A crate’s job is to provide comfort and safety, and it can also be used for transporting your pet. It’s necessary for traveling by vehicle and required for air travel. Given its importance, make sure to do your homework when deciding on a crate. Here are a few things to consider before committing.

Your Dog’s Age: Your dog’s age isn’t important if you’re buying a crate for an adult dog, but young dogs are a different story. Puppies will change in size, so you should be aware of what their adult size will be. If your dog will grow significantly, find a crate that has a divider panel that you can remove as they get older.

The Climate Where You Live: Will you use your dog’s crate primarily outside? If this is the case, be aware of the climate conditions in your area and buy a crate with materials that will withstand those particular conditions.

Whether or not your area experiences extreme weather, it’s smart to look for materials that hold up to the elements–you’ll want to find options that are anti-rust, anti-fading, etc.

Your Dog’s Size: Proper sizing is critical to ensuring your dog is happy and healthy in their crate. The crate should be big enough that they can stand up and turn around freely and maybe even play. However, while you don’t want to force your dog into a cramped space, the crate shouldn’t be too big that you lose the security factor, which is one of the reasons you crate.

When we say security factor, we’re referring to the fact that dogs enjoy the small space of the crate, which satisfies their need to inhabit a den. If the crate is too big, they won’t feel protected. Likewise, the more space they have to move around, the more trouble they might get into, especially if they’re prone to escape.

Accessibility: All crates come with at least one door, but some come with two. Having a two-door crate can be an advantage because it allows you more options when it comes to crate placement, particularly if you will be moving the crate from time to time.

Some other accessibility questions to ask yourself include whether or not you can easily access the inside for things like cleaning, feeding, and putting in or removing bedding. Does your dog need you to be around to open the crate, or will she be able to get in by herself?

Ask yourself these questions to establish some guidelines about what you need in your crate. Some are more accessible than others, and this may influence how much you and your dog use it.

Plane Travel: For those pet owners who know that plane travel will form part of their dog’s life, a sturdy crate plays a key role in keeping her safe in the air. Air travel adds another layer of complexity to this purchase because along with making sure the crate is suitable for your home, you have to ensure that it adheres to the airline’s regulations.

Additionally, it’s best to find something that will withstand movement and turbulence to keep your dog feeling as comfortable as possible while flying.

Portability: Will you need to take your crate on the road with you? If so, consider the portability of the models you like. Some crates fold down, allowing for easy to storage and transport, while others only come as single pieces. If you’ll be taking this item lots of places, it’s best to avoid those single-piece crates.

Types of Crates: Now it’s time for the fun stuff–what types of crates are there? We can break up crate categories into five main groups, each with their pros and cons.

Wire Crates: Wire crates are a popular choice among pet owners. Many allow you to section them, which is nice if you want to buy just one crate. It’s also an excellent choice for dogs with thick coats, they’re easy to clean, and they generally easily fold if you need to travel or store the crate.

We do have to mention that the larger sizes needed to house giant breeds are usually very heavy, and wire crates can get pretty noisy. If you’ve got an escape artist on your hands, this crate type is generally the easiest to break out of. And we do have to mention that some dogs do their business through the wire onto the floor next to their crate.

Plastic Crates: Plastic crates are suitable for containing Houdini dogs, as they are more difficult to escape. They’re a comfortable choice for the dog you always find curled up in small spaces and are easy to use for airline travel.

But plastic crates aren’t without their disadvantages, some of them being that, since there’s less air circulation, they run hot. They’re also challenging to clean if your pet has an accident and don’t allow your furry friend to see what’s happening around him.

Soft-sided Crates: Soft-sided crates work better with smaller dogs. For the owner looking for a heavy duty option, steer clear of soft-sided crates. We will say that if you also have a little dog, this type is portable, stores well, and is suitable for travel–though it doesn’t hold up well when it comes to destructive dogs and accidents.

Heavy Duty Crates: Almost all of the crates on our list fall into the heavy-duty category to keep destructive dogs from destroying and to hold escape artists in their place. These crates aren’t usually beautiful, but their functionality is what makes them great. They also tend to be more expensive, but paying more for a crate is better than having to replace damaged furniture.

Alternative Crates: Alternative crates are a non-traditional option that some pet owners find works well for them. This type can be anything that deviates from standard crates, and usually involves a finish (like wood) that helps the crate blend into your house more effectively. Some crates can even substitute furniture like end tables, saving space and doing double duty.

We don’t recommend this type of crate for “destroyer” dogs who may chew the wood and destroy it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What varieties of crates are there?

There are four main crate varieties:

  • Portable
  • Airline-approved
  • Multi-door
  • Divider panels

Is a crate necessary?

Many dog owners ask this question, and it’s one that doesn’t have a cut and dry answer. Crate training your dog isn’t necessary the way that things like feeding them and giving them water are, but the crate can be very helpful for several reasons.

The first and most high-priority reason you should get a crate is to help house train your dog. Dogs don’t go where they sleep, so putting them in the crate is a way to start the process. And since dogs are den animals, the crate mimics their natural habitat and makes them feel secure, while keeping them from destroying the house while you’re away or busy.

Utilizing the crate also trains your furry friend to expect and enjoy relaxation, especially if you put them in with a toy. It conditions mellow behavior and gives them a place to go when you have company. There are people in this world who don’t want exuberant dogs jumping all over them. Strange, we know.

We recommend checking out the Humane Society’s guide to crate training to learn how to introduce your dog to it successfully.

Which dogs qualify as large?

This crate guide is for giant dog breeds, but there are no hard and fast guidelines about what those dimensions have to be to “qualify.” For this review, large dogs are somewhere around 50 pounds, and extra-large dogs would be around 100 pounds.

Some breeds that would be classified as giant include the Great Dane, Mastiff, Saint Bernard, and the Great Pyrenees.

What crate dimensions should I look for a giant size dog?

Getting the crate dimensions right is critical in creating the right environment for your dog. To know what size crate to look for, you’ll need to measure your dog both sitting and standing.

When he’s sitting, measure the distance from the ground to the top of the dog’s head. To get the proper crate height, add two to four inches. Similarly, with your dog standing, measure him from the tip of his nose to the base of the tail (not the tip). Adding two to four inches will give you the proper crate length.

Don’t worry about width, as most crates have adequate length-width ratios. And some professionals recommend adding four to six inches to the length measurement, but this isn’t strictly necessary as the crate shouldn’t be too big.

What crate accessories can I use?

Accessories are a fantastic way to entice your dog to retire to his crate. There are three items we recommend adding.

The first is a crate pad, which will make his home cozier. The second is a crate cover, which will enhance the den effect, especially at night (though be careful to make sure the cover allows for proper ventilation). Lastly, every crate must have food and water dispensers.

And the Winner Is…

Now comes the moment of truth: it’s time to vote on our top pick from this list of heavy duty dog crates. After carefully evaluating all of our choices, the overall winner is the LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Cage.

What helped the LUCKUP emerge victorious? First, this crate includes all the features we think make a tremendous heavy-duty retreat for your canine. We love the sturdy design and  three-door access, which makes for a difficult-to-escape dog crate. Not to mention, this model has dozens of positive reviews.

All in all, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s difficult to find a reasonably priced crate for large dogs, but this one fits the bill.

We are aware that even though the LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Cage is one of the more economical heavy-duty options on our list, it’s still rather expensive. If the LUCKUP is out of your price range, our second top choice would be the SportPet Designs Plastic Kennel.

This plastic option may not be the greatest for overly destructive dogs, but for your average large dog, it’ll do the job just fine–especially if you and your pet are frequent flyers. We love the ample ventilation, four wheels, and the fact that this crate is approved for airline travel. The sturdy latch will keep your dog secure, and it’s highly portable and easy to store.