Best Cargo Crate for Flying with Large Dogs in 2023

4 Best Cargo Crates

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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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 


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


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


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 

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The GUNNER G1™ Kennel
  • Crash-Test Approved
  • Crate
  • Add’l Locking Pins to Secure Door
  • Back Wheels
  • Built for Anxious Pets
  • Key Lock Door
  • Metal Nuts & Bolts
  • Internal Dimensions Smaller than Most Models
  • Heavier than Most
  • Must Add-On Grate for Ventilation When Flying

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
  • Ventilation on 3 sides
  • Metal Nuts & Bolts
  • Sturdy and Less Likely to Crush with other Kennels Stacked on Top
  • No Rear Ventilation
  • Not Best for Pets that Gnaw or Dig
Aspen Pet Porter from

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

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


  • (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
  • 4 Way Vault Door
  • Heavy-Duty Plastic
  • I appreciate Best the 365 Degree Ventilation. No Matter how this Crate is Stacked or Loaded it Will Have No Ventilation Issues
  • Need to buy Metal Nuts & Bolts
  • You can go to the local hardware store and buy metal nuts and bolts. Just bring these for sizing

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


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

Most Airlines Require Your Pet Crate to Have “Live Animals” stickers and Metal Fasteners.

I use this Pet Travel Kit, the Complete GT Deluxe Pet Airline Kit with Pad. The kit has the “Live Animal” stickers, in the IAPTA required size, the information sticker with all the Information about your Pet, a Pee Pad, Pouch for Food, Funnel, 2 clip on Bowls and especially the metal fasteners to change my plastic fasteners to metal fasteners and a few other helpful items so my Crate is ready for Travel.

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

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