So you travel and you usually have your dog and best friend with you? We do too and we know a lot about travelling short and long distances with a pet dog in the car.
In this best of review article we have gone through a few of the best car boot dog crates which are foldable, packable, moveable, strong and can keep your little one safe in your boot, back seat or even home when you need it.
We have a rescued cocker spaniel cross and he loves his crate at night and was crate trained as he grew up, this has helped with how he is in a car too. He can either be on the back seat in his smaller crate (this is when our car is filled with things for our adventures) or in the boot in a larger sloping dog crate. We regularly go on long journeys, some being more than 9 hour drives, especially when we go to the highlands of Scotland in the UK. Without a dog crate, we couldn't utilise some of our boot or back seat to pack things in and also keep him happy and safe.
Dog crates for car boots come in so many different shapes and sizes, some are single crates, some are double, some are big enough to get two dogs in. All of them are made of some form of alloy, some are steel and others aluminium. All though are strong and capable of keeping any size or strength dog in the boot. We highly recommend looking in to these, especially if your dog struggled with travelling long distances or you need space elsewhere in your car. When we are travelling with ours, we can even place items that aren't too heavy on top of his crate and either side of it in our cars boot. If he didn't travel in this, he would take up more space in the back seat of the car or would rumble around and maybe chew some of the things we pack near him in the boot.
We have listed 4 different dog crates and cages, 3 of them sloping which is great for boot use and if you have a larger dog. Each has different sizes, we have reviewed mostly medium sized dog crates for up to border collies but if you have a larger dog you'll just have to choose bigger cages on amazon UK.
The Ellie Bo Deluxe Sloping Dog Cage is our number one travel dog crate, it's big enough for a medium sized dog like a collie, they do other sizes too but it slopes on both the front and back so will fit great in your boot. It's sturdy, comes with a metal tray and soft fleeced dog bed, can be packed up and carried between vehicles or your home and car and even used in your home too. We're very happy with its strength, our dog doesn't even bother to chew it which he did briefly with a fabric crate so you know he's safe inside.
We have also reviewed an Ellie Bo square dog crate, a single sloping dog crate and a zoomundo.
The Single sided sloping dog crate is great if you have a huge boot like a 4x4 or estate car. This has been designed so that it sits to one side, left or right of your boot and perfect if you have one dog or two smaller dogs. The sloping walls are at the front and back so that it sits right behind the rear seats nicely and infront of your boot door. Unlike others which are usually wider at the front, this is longer than it is wider, which makes no fuss for your dog, it's still the same volume, it's just been cleverly designed to be like this.
We have included an Ellie Bo/Amazon Basics rectangular dog crate for use in your boot, back seat or home. We have two so thought it would be good to include this as well. We use the smaller one on the back seat of our car and it fits snuggly between the rear seat and front seat and means we can still use space in our boot and to the side of the dog on our back seat. It is slightly smaller but he can turn around in it and it's perfect for smaller journeys. We often use this when we're visiting family for a week or so and have dive gear, hiking gear, cameras and presents to bring with us. We can pack more in and he's still good in his smaller crate.
Finally, the Zoomundo, this is fundamentally different to the others we have reviewed, the cage design is made of different material and looks different too. We were quite happy with testing ours and the great thing about zoomundo is that they do a bigger range of different dog crates. If you are after a crate to fit in two dogs with a separator, zoomundo cater for this too.
|1||Review of Ellie Bo Sloping Dog Crate for Car Boot||4.4/5||76 x 54 x 54 cm||£££|
|2||Review of Ellie-Bo Dog Travel Crate||4.6/5||93 x 65 x 8.4 cm||££|
|3||Single Sloping Dog Crate for Car Boot Review||4.3/5||65.5 x 93 x 57.5 x (34cm roof depth)||£££|
|4||Zoomundo Aluminium Dog Transporter Box Review||3.8/5||91 x 65 x 72 cm (LxWxH)||££££|
Review of Ellie Bo Sloping Dog Crate for Car Boot
This is a review of the Ellie Bo Deluxe sloping dog crate which fits car boots and can also be used on the back seat and in your home.
This is a rather interesting sloping dog crate by Ellie Bo, it's the deluxe version and is the 30" size crate. This crate is slanted on one side which is perfect for your boot, the measurements are 76 x 54 x 54 cm so double check the size of your boot to make sure this will fit and that when your boot is closed, it doesn't hit the dog crate.
What is so great about this crate then? Well, it folds up which is awesome, without this feature it would be hard to move it from car to car or from car to home or packing it away when not using it. You'd really struggle to get something like this in and out of your house and in to your cars boot because of its large size.
It has 4mm thick non-chew bars, so no matter what breed or size of dog, it won't be able to get out of the cage, unlike a fabric crate. What dogs will fit in to this size sloping dog cage then?
Dog Breeds That Will Fit In This Sloping Crate
Basset Hound, Beagle, Border Collie, Miniature Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Dachshund, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Finnish Lapphund, Finnish Spitz, Giant German Spitz, Hungarian Puli, Irish Terrier, Pinscher, Shar Pei, Sky Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Standard Schnauzer, Welsh Springer Spaniel and Whippet.
We have a cocker spaniel cross with a lab/pointer, so he is slightly larger than a cocker spaniel and he fits in with plenty of space spare, you should be fine with anything up to a border collie which is a medium sized dog or fit in two smaller dogs like a terrier or dacshund.
Above you can see that both sides of the crate are sloping, which is perfect as when we slid it in to the back of our car, our rear seats are sloped back, which we didn't realise before we bought this, so we can push the back of the crate in line with the cars rear seats.
Another thing to check is that the door opening will open and not hit the bottom of your car boots door seal. We have read some reviews before reviewing ourselve's and a few cars had this problem, we were ok with our Fiat Panda.
This sloping cage is easy to assemble, it will come folded up, just pull the front and back up and the rest will follow. You then have to clip itself in on two sides to secure it in place, once done it will be a solid crate for your cars boot.
It comes with a thin dog bed, which our dog soon cheweed to bits as he loves really fluffy things, we added two flat pillows for longer journeys and he is more than happy in it and can turn around, sit up and lie down in comfort. A larger dog like a collie may struggle to turn around and wont be able to stand up but its still a viable crate for this dog on smaller journeys.
- Folding and sloping car boot dog crate, great shape for boots and folds away when not in use
- Great price
- Can be used in your boot and home
- Really strong, will keep any dog secure with its 4mm thick non chew bars
- Easy to use
- The bottom tray, which is a separate thing, does move around on bumpy roads if your dog isn't heavy
- Has bigger holes in the corners so puppies may be able to get their head out
A very versatile sloping dog crate which should be perfect for your cars boot and keeping your dog secure, just check measurements carefully by checking the depth of your car. Making sure it has at least 54cm deep, we reckon 60cm would be better. You need a height of 54cm, we recommend 60cm again for height and that you have at least 30cm at the top of your boot so the top of the crate fits in.
Review of Ellie-Bo Dog Travel Crate
This is a review of the Ellie-Bo Dog Travel Crate
Made of steel with black painted coating the crate is incredibly strong. Weighing 13Kgs and coming with a carry handle makes it easy to move around and stow away.
The crate comes flat packed and is easy to assemble simply pull up one side of the crate to open it out then you will be able to pull up the front and back sides of the crate from within the main frame. You can then clip the sides together. This does take a bit of strength as you have to manipulate the steel clamps over as picture below to secure the sides into place.
Once assembled you will find two doors to the crate one at the front and one to the side of the crate. Each door has two heavy duty latches to be pulled across to secure the doors closed. Personally It you only close one of the door latches and your pup decides to paw against the door of the crate it can make quite a loud clattery sound.
We have used the Ellie-Bo crate many times as a den for our dog at home. We have also used it in the car and with its box shape it fits well in the boot or back seat of your car. Over time the clean jet black paint does come away. There is not much that can be done about this as being a crate for a dog it needs to be robust in nature and personally the odd paint blemish does not distract away from the fact is an excellent quality crate.
From the teething puppy who has gnawed its way through a canvas crate to a safe and stable environment for an elderly dog you can not get more tough and robust that this crate. With a nice crate cover this crate once back at home can be easily converted into a spacious den for your favourite canine.
- Very strong
- Choice of crate sizes
- Packs away easily
- 2 doors to enter and exit
- Great for use at home too
- The black paint does come off over time
- Careful not to trap fingers when assembling
- Can be a little noisy putting together due to the clattering steel against steel
One of the strongest dog travel crates available, providing a safe haven with two entry points and good ventilation. This is a great purchase for a dog owner from the day you bring your dog home as it will provide you with multiple uses not just car travel.
Single Sloping Dog Crate for Car Boot Review
This is a review of a 2 doored dog cage with sloping walls to help it fit better in a cars boot.
Do you have a large boot and you want to put this in on one side to keep your furry friend safe? This sloping dog crate is shaped so that it sits with the largest length being the depth, so especially good for 4x4 and estate boots, you can put it in and still have space to the other side of your boot.
Like the Ellie Bo we have also checked out, this will fit a medium sized dog up to roughly 20kg, our cocker cross fits in with space to move.
This is a great cage that comes with a plastic bottom, unlike metal in most of the others. What is really good is that when you fold it up you can carry it with a carry handle that is fitted to the top. Unlike the others, this is a god send when moving it around as the metal bars can really hurt your fingers when carrying from your house to the car or vice versa.
- sloping sides to fit in your cars boot
- has a carry handle for ease of moving about when folded up
- because of its slim design you can fit this in to one side of your boot, as long as its wide and deep enough
- strong and sturdy metal casing
This is an excellent product compared to a fabric dog crate, plenty of ventilation because of the way the crate is designed with its metal bars rather than full covering.
You can fold it up and store it away if need be or put it flat in to your boot if a dog doesn't need to be put inside it. It comes with 2 doors, which is a bit weird as once its in your boot there is only one way it can come out, just make sure to check that your boot lip isn't too high.
Zoomundo Aluminium Dog Transporter Box Review
This is a review of the Zoomundo Aluminium Dog Transporter Box
Made of aluminium the Zoomundo dog transporter box is a sturdy yet light weight travel crate at 13.5 kg. There is large grating to the sides of the crate, a small area to the back and across the whole door of the crate providing excellent ventilation.
The covered top as well as the vents provides a space for your dog that will make sure they do not overheat. You will however need to have a estate or van rather than a small hatchback to be able to use. Measuring in at a height of 72 cm, a width of 65 cm and a length of 91 cm, it only comes in one size option and would suit transporting medium to large breeds of dog.
The design is said to be use a "trapezodial" base frame, into plain english meaning there is a slooping front to the crate. Allowing it it fit more easily into boot spaces that are big enough. The Zoomundo transporter box is very easy to assemble and easy to clean. What you do need to make sure is that you have good enough bedding or even or a non slip mat and the transporter as it is will be very slippy for your dog to travel in.
The transporter is missing mounting ability to strap down the crate into place, however when the crate is assembled it is strong and sturdy, the door also bolts into place securely keeping your dog safe.
- Well vented to prevent
- Easy to clean
- Simple to assemble and dissemble
- Helps provide sun protection
- Lightweight for a crate
- No hoops, hooks or mounting points to secure it in the car
- Slippy floor for car travel
- Only comes in one size option
Strong and sturdy, easy to clean and assemble dog crate for medium to large breed dogs.