You have read our post about the different methods of transporting your West Highland White Terrier by car and have chosen to take a travel cage. Now the question is how to choose the best crate for your West Highland White Terrier? How to find a solid and IATA approved crate if you have to travel by air with your West Highland White Terrier? Which will be the most secure, practical and suitable travel crate for your West Highland White Terrier?
TRAVEL BY CAR WITH A West Highland White Terrier
Traveling by car – Why a travel crate for a West Highland White Terrier?
Choosing a transport crate or a cage for your West Highland White Terrier is a good option because:
- With a crate you can put your West Highland White Terrier in the trunk of your car;
- Your West Highland White Terrier is transported safely. Indeed, if it is not in a cage, in case of an accident, your West Highland White Terrier will be a projectile that nothing will hold back.
- In a cage, your dog will not be able to move inside the car and therefore disturb you while you are driving. This is a guarantee of safety for the driver.
Traveling by car – How to choose a travel crate for a West Highland White Terrier?
There are several sizes of crates, each adapted to the morphology of your puppy or West Highland White Terrier adult (sizes S, M, L or XL).
To know which one to choose, measure the dimension between the animal’s head and the ground, the height of the box must be at least 3 cm higher. Then, it is necessary to measure the dimension between the nose and the base of the tail, the length of the body should be 12 cm longer to allow your West Highland White Terrier to stand and move inside.
Of course, it will also be necessary to check that the chosen cage contains in the trunk of your car.
Traveling by car – Which travel crate for a West Highland White Terrier
According to recent crash tests carried out to test the best transport solutions for dogs in cars, it appears in terms of safety that the best crates are metal crates. Designed for all types and sizes of dogs, they have proven to be more stable, more resistant and very practical.
Most often placed in the trunk, to guarantee the safety of your West Highland White Terrier, the most important thing will be that the transport box is properly secured, wedged, attached, hung so that it does not move at the slightest movement of the car (braking, turning, acceleration).
Traveling by car – Best travel crate for West Highland White Terrier
AmazonBasics Single Door & Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate
We have selected this model because it is very practical. Indeed, you can fold and store it because, once folded, it does not take up any space. This model is perfect in terms of safety for your West Highland White Terrier: no angles, corners, or pieces of metal protruding and that could hurt it. The metal structure is stable, robust and durable. In addition, it is easy to use and can be installed and folded in a matter of seconds.
Super quality, good size, resistant, practical… I have noticed many complimentary comments on the practicality and the very good value for money of this crate.
TRAVEL BY AIR WITH A West Highland White Terrier
Traveling by air – Why a travel crate for a West Highland White Terrier?
To travel by plane with a West Highland White Terrier, airlines require (depending on the size and weight of your dog) to put him in cargo hold or in cabin. And, for travel in the hold, Airlines require West Highland White Terrier owners to equip themselves with a special air travel crate that is IATA certified.
Traveling by air – IATA standards
If your West Highland White Terrier has to travel in the hold, you will need to use an IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved crate. These cages must meet very specific standards and norms imposed by the IATA association: rigid plastic or fibreglass shell, stability (no wheels), security of the closure by two fixing points (top and bottom), etc…. This is why it is imperative to buy an IATA certified cage.
Traveling by air – How to choose a travel crate for a West Highland White Terrier?
Here is pictures showing how to choose the size of the IATA approved Transport Crate according to the size of your dog or your puppy.
Traveling by air – Best travel crate for West Highland White Terrier
SportPet Designs Plastic Kennels Rolling Plastic Wire Door Travel Dog Crate
Among the IATA approved crates, this is the one we have selected for its many qualities, the good ratings on the web but also for its very low price. It is the one with the best quality/price ratio.
There are many comments on the Internet and the majority are more than positive. They point out in particular the perfect design of this crate and its quality. A lady also describes this cage as very practical, robust, door that opens easily, spacious, perfect for her West Highland White Terrier!
The locking system is very appreciated because it is very secure and solid. And the fact that it is accepted by the airlines is the main argument of those who recommend it.