Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2021

We all know Pet Travel takes preparation, especially with a large Dog. Along with Health Certificates and Vaccinations, meeting airline Crate requirements for size and weight are made easier with the right kennel. 

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GUNNER G1

BEST for Safety

Crash Test Approved

Best for Anxious, Gnawing or Digging Behaviour

Auto Locking Door

Metal Nuts&Bolts

Back Wheels

Multi-Use, Driving, Home and Flying 

ASPEN PET PORTER 

Metal Nuts&Bolts

Ventilation on 3 Sides

Not Best for Gnawing or Digging

Easy-Open Latch

Easy to Assemble

Tie-Down Holes

Good for Occasional Travel

SPORTPET DESIGNS

Ample Inside Dimensions

Vents are Small than Other Models

Added Tie Down Holes 

Easy to Grab Latch 

Metal Nuts&Bolts

Removable Wheels

Good for Included Extras

PET MATE SKY

Better Quality Plastic than Average

365 Degree Ventilation

Added Extras for Inside the Crate

4-Way Vault Door

Plastic Nuts&Bolts

4 Tie Down Holes

Best for Price 


The GUNNER G1™ Kennel

Gunner.com
Pros
  • Crash-Test Approved
  • Crate
  • Add’l Locking Pins to Secure Door
  • Back Wheels
  • Built for Anxious Pets
  • Key Lock Door
  • Metal Nuts & Bolts
Cons
  • Internal Dimensions Smaller than Most Models
  • Heavier than Most
  • Must Add-On Grate for Ventilation When Flying
GUNNER.com

The GUNNER G1™ kennel is the first dog crate to earn a 5 star Crash Test Rating from the Center for Pet Safety. The G1™ kennel is the only double-wall rotomolded crate on the market, and that is just part of the Gunner safety equation.

Nuts&Bolt are not retrofitted!  They are made for the kennel.  With lesser models, I had to buy additional fasteners that may not fit as well, especially if you accidentally distort the holes when removing the plastic fasteners.

G1™ Intermediate Interior Dimensions

  • 30″ (L) x 18″ (W) x 25″ (H)
  • 33.25″(L) x 21″(W) x 29″(H)

Aspen Pet Porter Travel Crate

Aspen Pet Porter from Amazon.com
Pros
  • Ventilation on 3 sides
  • Metal Nuts & Bolts
Cons
  • No Rear Ventilation
  • Not Best for Pets that Gnaw or Dig
Aspen Pet Porter from Amazon.com

All the Basics are here:  Easy-open Latch for opening the dog travel carrier with one hand. Ventilation openings on 3 Sides provide Pets ample Fresh Air and Visibility

Sturdy Plastic Shell Metal Nuts & Bolts so you don’t have to replace the plastic ones. (Most airlines require metal fasteners.) Easy, Hassle-Free Assembly

Simple and Solid design.  The two halves fit together well.  The ventilation holes are paw-proof, but not very gnaw proof.  Airline compliant for most. Easy-open Latch for opening the dog travel carrier with one hand.

Larger Crates have back vents, compartment covers, and side latches for the smaller sizes and secure tie-down holes for the larger sizes.

6 Sizes, Dimensions:  

  • 19″ x 12.6″ x 10″, Pets Up to 10 lbs, Crate 3lbs
  • 24″ x 16.5″ x 14.5″, Pets Up to 20 lbs, Crate 5lbs
  • 32″ x 22.5″ x 24″, Pets Up to 50lbs, Crate: 14 lbs
  • 36″ x 24.5″ x 27″, Pets Up To 70lbs, Crate:19lbs

SportPet Designs Kennel

SportPet Designs from Amazon.com
Pros
  • Removable Wheels
  • 6 Sizes
  • Incl: 2 Bowls, 4 “Live Animal Stickers”
  • Metal Nuts & Bolt
Cons
  • Vents are a Bit Small
SportPet Designs from Amazon.com

Along with Removable Wheels, 6 Sizes to choose from, the 2 clip-on Bowls, 4 “Live Animal Stickers”, Metal Nuts & Bolt, the Aspen Pet Porter Crate has additional Tie Down Holes for Cable Ties

Sturdy and durable construction makes assembly easy. Meets IATA requirements for Most Airlines. Easy-to-Grasp Latch

Dimensions:

  • (L) 31.5 x 22 x 23, Crate: 15.25lbs
  • (XL) 35.5 x 23.75 x 26.75, Crate: 20lbs
  • (2XL) 39.5 x 26.5 x 29.25, Crate: 26lbs
  • (3XL)48 x 32 x 35, Crate: 43.25lbs

Petmate Sky Kennel

Petmate Sky Kennel from Amazon.com
Pros
  • 4 Way Vault Door
  • Heavy-Duty Plastic
  • 365 Degree Ventilation
Cons
  • Need to buy Metal Nuts & Bolts

I needed to change the plastic nuts & bolts for Metal nuts & bolts. These are required for almost every airline. This carrier has 11 bolt holes plus an additional 4 tie down holes. Some airlines specifically require every drill hole must have a nut & bolt.

The wire door, latch system and 360-degree wire ventilation windows are IATA and airline compliant.

I like that it comes with 2 “LIVE ANIMAL” stickers, 1 dual food & water bowl that attaches to the kennel door, 1 absorbent paper pad, and ID stickers.

Please note that only sizes 21″ and 28″ include a handle. All other sizes DO NOT come with a handle.

Easy to operate secure latches, Made in the USA of recycled materials, Four-way ventilation

Dimensions:

  • 32.5x26x26
  • 36.25×24.75×28.8
  • 44x29x32.5

See our Guides on Pet Cargo Crate Requirements for Airlines-A Complete Guide

What Airlines Allow Large Dogs in Cabin?

Currently, there are no commercial airlines that allow large dogs in cabin that are not qualified Service Dogs.  All Dogs in cabin must be able to fit under the seat in front of you in a carrier. There are private companies that cater to flying large dogs in cabin. They cost an average of $15,000-$30,000usd.

Published by Stephanie Fling

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