Welcome to our big transport box guide. Here we present all the transport boxes that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best transport box for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a transport box.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Transport Box: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a transport box
- 4.1 What is the function of a transport box? What advantages do they have compared to belt systems and barriers or unsecured transport?
- 4.2 What else can transport boxes be used for?
- 4.3 Can I rent a kennel?
- 4.4 What size should the transport box be?
- 4.5 Which dog crate fits in my car? Which dog crate for which car?
- 4.6 Can transport boxes be made to measure?
- 4.7 Are there double crates for two dogs?
- 4.8 Which transport crates are suitable for air travel?
- 4.9 What are the advantages and disadvantages of carry-on bags?
- 4.10 What are the advantages and disadvantages of transport baskets?
- 5 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate transport boxes
- 5.1 Purpose of the transport box
- 5.2 Size/ dimensions of the carrier
- 5.3 Weight of the transport box
- 5.4 Material/mix and design
- 5.5 Locking mechanism
- 5.6 Opening options of the carrier
- 5.7 Carrying handle
- 5.8 Retaining device for the safety belt
- 5.9 Air circulation
- 5.10 Ease of cleaning
- 5.11 Suitability for certain types of animals
- 5.12 Maximum animal weight
- 5.13 IATA certificate
- 6 Facts worth knowing about transport boxes
- Transport boxes allow you to transport your pet safely. They also ensure the safety of other car passengers.
- Transport boxes come in different sizes and designs, both of which should suit your pet and the intended use. Your pet should be able to stand, turn and lie down in the carrier.
- There are foldable transport boxes, transport boxes made of aluminium or plastic, transport bags and transport baskets. Foldable transport boxes and transport baskets are more suitable as a place for your pet to sleep and retreat, aluminium boxes are mainly used for transport in the car and plastic boxes and transport bags for transport by car, plane or on foot.
The Best Transport Box: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a transport box
Are you thinking about buying a transport box, but are a bit overwhelmed by the choice and the different offers? Then you've come to the right place, because we'll explain what you should look out for when buying a transport box.
What is the function of a transport box? What advantages do they have compared to belt systems and barriers or unsecured transport?
|Criterion||transport box||barrier grid||harness system|
|Stress reduction of the animal through a place of retreat||yes||no||no|
|Avoidance of dirt in the car||yes||no||no|
|Can be used differently for dog training||yes||no||yes|
The transport box is for the safety of the animal and the other car passengers. It also prevents the animal from climbing around inside the car. Animals are usually optimally secured in the car by a transport box. The transport box also prevents the entire car from becoming dirty with dirt (possibly from the previous walk), saliva and animal hair or deposited faeces. In this case, the dirt is limited to the transport box, which is usually easy to clean. Apart from transporting the animal in the car, there are other uses for transport boxes. Transport boxes can, for example, also be a popular place to sleep and retreat at home. Dog crates can also be used to teach the dog to be house-trained. Another argument in favour of a transport box is that some dogs feel more comfortable in a dog box in the car. The disadvantage is that the animals are cramped in the box and the box requires a lot of space depending on the size needed for the animal. Depending on the model, (dog) transport boxes in particular are relatively expensive.
What else can transport boxes be used for?
Can I rent a kennel?
What size should the transport box be?
- The length should be at least the length of the dog from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail + half the length of the front legs.
- The box should be at least twice as wide as the dog's shoulder width.
- The height should be equal to the height of the dog from the paws to the tips of the ears + 5cm.
Many manufacturers specify the outer dimensions of the box. Make sure that the inner dimensions are adapted to the size of your dog.
How big should a cat carrier be?
The transport box must be adapted to the size of the cat. If the box is too small, the cats will be cramped and additionally stressed. On the other hand, if the carrier is too large, the cat will not have a firm hold and will be tossed around in the curves during the car ride. A cat carrier should have at least 45 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm inside dimensions. As a general rule, the cat box should be large enough for the cat to stretch out comfortably and lie down in. It should be able to stand in the box, turn around and stretch. It is a good idea to make the carrier one size larger so that the cat does not feel cramped. If the size is suitable, a dog carrier can also be chosen.
Which box size is the right one for small animals?
In general, the question arises whether the small animal - for example the rabbit or guinea pig - will be transported alone or together with a companion. The space requirement differs according to this. For guinea pigs, transport boxes with a size of 40 cm length x 30 cm depth x 25 cm height are suitable. For rabbits, you can orientate yourself on the following minimum dimensions:
|Large breeds||55 x 35 x 40 cm|
|Medium breeds||45 x 30 x 35 cm|
|Small breeds||35 x 25 x 30 cm|
|Dwarf breeds||30 x 20 x 25 cm|
Which dog crate fits in my car? Which dog crate for which car?
In addition, there is the question of whether you will use the transport box in one or more cars. If it is to be used in several cars, a more flexible solution (foldable transport box or plastic dog box) is certainly more suitable than a stable aluminium box.
Can transport boxes be made to measure?
Are there double crates for two dogs?
Which transport crates are suitable for air travel?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of carry-on bags?
If you decide to use a transport bag, make sure that you choose a bag with a solid bottom.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of transport baskets?
If you decide to use a carrier, bear in mind that it is less suitable for transport, but on the other hand it is a visually attractive place for your pet to sleep.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate transport boxes
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate transport boxes. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular box is suitable for you and your four-legged friend or not. In summary, these are:
- Intended use of the carrier
- Size/dimensions of the carrier
- Weight of the carrier
- Material/mix and design
- Locking mechanism
- Opening possibilities of the transport box
- Carrying handle
- Retaining device for the safety belt
- Air circulation
- Ease of cleaning
- Suitability for certain animal species
- Maximum animal weight
- IATA certificate
In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.
Purpose of the transport box
The different types of transport boxes, i.e. foldable transport boxes, aluminium transport boxes, plastic transport boxes, transport bags and transport baskets, have already been discussed in detail above. Depending on the intended use, a certain type of transport box is advantageous. So first ask yourself what you need your carrier for and what features it should have. If you mainly want to transport a large dog in the boot of your estate car or SUV, an aluminium transport box is particularly suitable. If you want a more mobile version for small dogs or cats that you can also carry, transport bags, transport baskets, plastic boxes and some foldable transport boxes are more suitable alternatives. Transport baskets are a safe and visually beautiful den for your home but are less suitable for transport.
Size/ dimensions of the carrier
A transport box always takes up a certain amount of space in the car during transport. Before purchasing a large dog carrier, make sure that there is enough space in the car for the carrier. It is best to measure the available space in the car to make sure that the assembled transport box will fit where you want to place it. If you also want to use your transport box as a retreat for your four-legged friend in the house, it also makes sense to check how large the space is that is to be used for this purpose. If the box is permanently installed in the car, bear in mind that you will lose the space permanently. Often, the transport box is available in several versions in terms of size.
Weight of the transport box
With transport boxes, for example made of aluminium, which you leave permanently in your car, the weight does not play such a big role and rather promotes the stability of the transport box. With a mobile carrier, whether it is made of plastic or a foldable box or a bag or basket that you want to move frequently, the weight is of course also very important. The weight is especially important if you want to transport your pet on foot in the box. Here, a high weight of the box combined with the weight of your pet can be a problem.
Material/mix and design
Different materials are more suitable for certain uses than others. Fabric boxes or bags are less tear-resistant, but pleasantly soft. Aluminium transport boxes are sturdy. Plastic boxes are light and easy to clean and also have a certain stability. Transport baskets made of willow are visually particularly beautiful. Of course, you should choose your transport box according to its intended use. But the carrier must also suit you and your pet. Maybe your pet feels more comfortable in a fabric carrier than in a plastic one. Maybe you prefer to carry your pet in a plastic box because it is more stable, rather than in a fabric bag. But visual aspects may also play a role for you. You may prefer to have a visually appealing carrier in your home, or you may want to colour coordinate a carrier with your dog's appearance.
A transport box should offer your four-legged friend security and keep him safe for the time of transport. A crate that does not close properly can cause your dog to break out of the crate. As mentioned above, some cats can open zips from the inside using their claws. If you have such a clever animal, transport bags and foldable transport boxes that can only be closed with zips are out of the question. Unless you secure them with fasteners. Even with plastic crates, you should make sure that the closures are easy to operate. Especially if you put your pet in from above and you can't close the transport box, this is extremely annoying.
Opening options of the carrier
If you have a dog or cat that can easily walk through the front door of the carrier, then this point will not be of particular importance to you. However, there are animals that resist transport and do not want to be put in a transport box at all. In this case it is easier if you can remove the top of the crate and put your pet inside. Many plastic crates are made in such a way that they have an opening from the top and also from the front. Transport bags often offer this option as well. Transport baskets and aluminium crates, on the other hand, are usually only accessible through a door on the front. With foldable transport boxes, it depends on the model and manufacturer.
Aluminium transport boxes usually do not have carrying handles. For transport boxes that are also used outside the car, a carrying handle makes sense. A carrying handle makes transport easier, especially if the transport box is to be used on foot over longer distances.
Retaining device for the safety belt
Carrycots with a safety belt holder are particularly easy to attach to the back seat or passenger seat. The safety belt is passed through the holder and hooked in. If you want to fix such a plastic box or another transport box on the back seat, these holding devices are particularly practical. However, a study by the German Automobile Association (ADAC) found that fastening with safety belts does not perform well, as plastic boxes can shatter in the event of a collision.
For a relaxed journey, it is important that your pet gets enough fresh air in its box and that the heat does not build up too much in the transport box. Therefore, make sure that plastic or aluminium transport boxes have enough ventilation slits. Transport bags and also foldable transport boxes usually offer relatively good ventilation through a mesh insert. Transport baskets made of willow usually have enough air slits due to the woven material.
Ease of cleaning
During transport, for example in the car, especially if it is associated with excitement, the animals may throw up or do their business. Here, easy cleaning is an advantage. For transport boxes made of fabric, it is sometimes possible to wash it in the washing machine and thus get it clean again. Washable materials such as plastic have the advantage that they are easier to clean immediately on site. For easier cleaning, a removable top is also helpful with plastic boxes. Some aluminium transport crates have removable, closed bottom trays that make these crates easier to clean.
Suitability for certain types of animals
Some crates are suitable for more than one type of animal. Most of the time, this distinction refers to the size of the box and gives an initial indication of whether the box is suitable for your pet in terms of size.
Often, a transport box that is suitable for a cat or vice versa is sufficient for a small dog. Often these transport boxes are also suitable for small animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs. These are often transported in pairs and can share a transport box for larger animals.
Maximum animal weight
Just like the right size, your pet should also be the right weight for the carrier. Especially with transport boxes that are suitable for carrying, there is a permissible maximum weight that your four-legged friend should not exceed. Excessive weight can lead to the transport box no longer withstanding the weight, tearing and breaking.
IATA is the abbreviation for International Air Transport Association. This is the umbrella organisation of airlines, to which 250 airlines worldwide belong. Among many other issues, IATA is concerned with the safe transport of animals. For the transport of animals in the cargo hold, IATA has specified certain requirements for the flight transport box. Besides the right size of the box, a stable box is mandatory.
If you choose a transport box with an IATA certificate, you have the advantage that you can take your animal with you on a flight, and you can also assume that the box is stable and meets IATA requirements.
Foldable transport boxes and transport bags do not have an IATA certificate because they do not meet the required stability.
Facts worth knowing about transport boxes
Finally, we would like to answer a few important questions about rose hip powder and its intake. You will find out how to fix a transport box in the car, whether you can build one yourself and much more.
How do you fix a transport box in the car?
Depending on where you transport your pet, there are different ways to attach it. If it is a transport box that is transported on the back seat, you can fasten it with the normal safety belts. Many dog crates, whether they are foldable or made of plastic, have extra devices through which you can guide and fasten the safety belt. This ensures that the transport box is held securely. However, the ADAC found in a study that plastic crates can shatter in the event of a collision, posing a risk of injury to the animal. Another option for transporting on the back seat are transport boxes that can be fastened with Isofix hooks. It is better to transport the boxes in the rear footwell, if they are small enough, than to fasten them with safety belts. It is best to wedge them in with the front seat so that they get a secure hold. Or you can position the transport box in an estate boot across the direction of travel directly behind the rear seat backrests. Rubber mats or other anti-slip mats can be used to prevent slipping. Additional securing with a sturdy partition grid is advisable here. A more stable and secure stand, however, is provided by securing with tension belts. This is used in particular with aluminium transport boxes.
Can you build a dog crate yourself?
A dog cage for the car can also be built yourself. With a little craftsmanship, you can make your own transport box out of wood and aluminium rods. Of course, you can adapt your own construction to your own needs, the needs of your dog and the space available in the car, just like custom-made transport boxes. In addition to the material costs, you will also have to do the work. You have to decide for yourself whether this is worth it. On the market there are countless variants of transport boxes in many price categories that you can use as an alternative.
How do I organise the box training in a sensible way? How do I teach my pet to go into the box and feel comfortable in it?
Not every animal is immediately comfortable or willing to enter a carrier. Many cats have an aversion to being locked in a carrier. You can provide the box with your pet's favourite blanket, so that he will perceive the scent he is familiar with. However, some training is useful to get your pet to like the crate. You should allow plenty of time for acclimatisation and not move on to the next step too soon.
Your pet should have a positive experience with the box. This is easier if your pet is still young and has not had any bad experiences with a transport box. For cats, it can be useful to rub valerian root on the blanket that you put in the box, as cats love the smell and this can increase their interest in the transport box. First place the transport box in a familiar environment and motivate your dog or cat with treats or toys to get into the box. Only close the transport box when your pet is no longer afraid of the box and voluntarily goes into the box and lies down there. You should only close the door for a few seconds at the beginning and increase the time periods with increasing training. If possible, the dog should associate the first journeys in its transport box with something positive. It is better to make a short trip to the dog run than a trip to the vet. As transport almost always means stress for cats, you should avoid unnecessary trips with your velvet paw. In the case of small animals, the transport box can be integrated into the enclosure as a fixture, so you don't have to get the rodents used to the transport box.
Warning against heat stroke
Even if you have found the right transport box for your pet, do not leave it alone in the car in summer. Every summer, many animals die of heatstroke in their owners' cars. This can also happen during a short shopping trip. Temperatures inside a parked car can rise sharply within a few minutes. This can cause severe brain damage or death to your pet. So don't leave it alone in the car.
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