We are getting a crate for our new dog. But we need a folding one. I have seen a canvas one online that is easily foldable. I confess that I prefer the look of it as I have a bit of a thing about 'cages' - I know, I know it's not the same thing...
There was a mum in the playground this morning with a Dachsund pup in a canvas hold-all type thingy 'crate'? She said it was great, soft and comfortable, and the pup sleeps in it. But it was the right size for a Dachsy pup, and not much more!
Anything non-metallic is chewable. If the dog's going to sleep in it, or have a rest in it after a good run, it's going to have plenty of opportunity for chewing. You don't specify it it's a puppy or not. If it is, it's going to chew anything it can get its teeth on.
There's nothing wrong with a metal crate as long as it's big enough for the dog. Buy it a cover, and fill it with blankets to make a 'den'.
Nay for me. We had to buy two of them at different growth stages as we needed a light, transportable crate. He was fine in them... until one evening he randomly decided to bust his way out (took about 10 seconds). They're not secure enough to be relied on in my book.
There is a definite gap in the market for a robust, light, plastic version. In the meantime, we're back to our massive metal one.
We got one something like that for travel. Its fine in the car, which as its part of the dog's territory he's relaxed. However, we left him in it last year when we were on a boating holiday, and wanted to walk round a no-dogs nature reserve. He ate his way out of it in less than an hour. So this year we took his metal crate in case we needed to leave him secure.
The metal crate is fine ... our dog has a thick foam matress, cushions and a sort of duvet. Very cosy. He sleeps in it at home with the door open, it is much better use of space than a bed because we can put baskets of DDs stuff on top of it.