Crate: Plastic vs metal
In three weeks my girlfriend and I will be welcoming a new puppy Vizsla into our home. Her name is Tisza, and we're very excited.
We've been going back and forth on what kind of a crate we should get. From what I've read, there seems to be pros and cons to both. I've read in the book "My smart puppy", that metal crates pose a bit more of a risk, because they can get their jaws stuck in the side of the crate. It also says that you should always remove the dogs collar before putting them in, because the collar can get stuck in the crate and potentially strangle/hang the dog. For these safety reasons alone, I'm leaning towards the plastic crate.
They also seem to be easier to clean, more den-like (no need for a blanket overtop) and not as noisy when the dog is moving around in them. The downside to the plastic crate is that they don't fold down for easy transportation, they don't have a divider for when our little girl will be a puppy, and the airflow isn't as good, so they can get warmer (not much of a concern for a shorthaired Vizsla I would presume, as they are pretty good with tolerating heat).
What do you guys use? Do you feel strongly about one over the other and why?
I also have a silly follow up question. I know the Vizsla's height reaches 24 inches. But I'm not sure if that's at the withers, or to the top of its head? Two feet seems a little short to me, so I'm assuming that must be at the withers. If that's the case, should I get a crate that's a lot taller than 24". How tall should it be?
Thank you all in advance for the help, it's appreciated.