I bought 2 large expresso crates. No complaints. Do the job and don't cost *** . My dogs are crate trained, so I just wanted something a little "prettier" for the living room. This expresso has a little bit of a reddish undertone to it when you get close with lots of light. Picture is accurate though. Some expresso furniture I've ordered look more black/brown instead. If your dog doesn't like being in the kennel and is strong, it could possibly damage the crate and get out. My 70lb lab retriever and 50lb boxer/shepherd mix each have plenty of room and enjoy their new homes.
We bought this crate to train our Aussie puppy, and it's perfect for that, and for housing any puppy. It's also great for housing any larger dog that doesn't TRY to tear it up. It's roomy and sturdy. The double door is convenient. The double METAL latches are perfect (no breaking like plastic latches). It was easy to assemble. And the price was the best we've found for a quality crate. We definitely would recommend this to friends. ... We suspect that most negative reviews of this crate stem from inexperience and/or unreasonable expectations. This crate shouldn't be used to forcibly contain a strong, aggressive, and/or large untrained dog. It's not meant for that. Nor is it meant for moving it around while a larger dog is inside. If you need those kinds of containment, expect to pay lots more money for rated-strength materials and construction. But for its intended purpose -- training a puppy, and housing kennel-trained puppies and dogs, this crate is wonderful. 2/14/2017 - Second Crate, Second Review: I bought a second, purportedly identical crate 5 weeks after the first, and the 2nd one is disappointingly different from the 1st. Same name, item #, and description. But the second one is made from smaller, flimsier wire, and the latches are smaller, flimsier, and without the securing hook on the end. I have contacted Customer Service, describing the problem and asking if, in returning the flimsy crate, I can be assured of receiving in exchange a crate identical to the sturdy one I ordered in December. Stay tuned for further developments.
We have a medium sized, short hair dog that usually sleeps in the garage, but we need to bring him in the house when it gets really cold. So, we needed another crate just for the house. I got the 24" crate and the dog bed we had fit in it nicely. For a medium sized dog, I think this crate is very study and moves easily with the handle secured on the top. It only takes minutes to set up the crate; even though the directions are not real clear, but if with common sense, it is easily done. The crate arrived a day earlier than estimated, and it was good timing since it turned very cold that night and the dog got to come in.
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