There are different types of dog crates depending on your use of them. When you go to buy a crate pick one that fits with what you will use it for. If you will be traveling by plane then you will want to choose a crate that is approved for use on airlines. They are made from a durable plastic material. The most common type of crate for home use and use in the car is the wire crate. Wire crates offer a plastic or metal removable bottom that make cleaning accidents easier.
When buying dog crates it crucial to pick out the correct size crate for your dog. You will want to pick a crate that will fit your dog when it is fully grown. The crate should be large enough for your dog to stand in, turn around in and lay down. Most wire crates come with a divider panel that allows you to make the crate smaller in the beginning and then make it larger as your puppy grows. If the crate does not come with a divider you can use an object such as a cooler to place in the back to make it smaller. The reason that you only want your dog to have enough room to turn around and lay down is so they don't have enough room to defecate and urinate in the crate. Dogs are den animals by nature and won't defecate and urinate where they sleep if at all possible. This is assuming the dog will be let out at appropriate times to relieve themselves. If the dog will be in the crate for extended periods of time then you will want to give them access to the entire crate so they can relieve themselves and not have to lay in it. You might want to buy two crates, one for your main living area and one for your bedroom.
When you go to buy a dog crate, make sure you shop around for the best price. Prices can vary greatly from store to store. Although pet stores may offer a better selection of crate brands and sizes, they might not have the best prices. Make sure to check out other stores that may not offer the best selection but offer better prices. You can also look online for buying a crate. There are many online pet supply retailers that may offer free shipping when you spend a certain amount.