Gunner Kennels vs. Ruff Land Crates: We Have A Winner

When it comes to your dog’s comfort in a kennel, it’ll help to know what your options are.

Of course, everyone has varying views, and I’m not saying I’m the definitive answer, but I have some pretty valuable insights on the matter of which kennels are the best for which dogs.

This post will look at comparing Gunner Kennels to Ruff Land Crates.

Hopefully, you’ll have a decent answer as to which I prefer and which I recommend by the end of it.

As I said, I’m not the voice of authority, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Still, I believe there to be a clear winner for myself.

I’m not going to beat around the bush with it either, though I’ll try to keep an open-minded opinion throughout.

For me, there is only one clear answer to the debate between Gunner Kennels and Ruff Land Crates.


Which Crate Is The Most Durable?

I want to start with durability. It’s often overlooked, but I believe it to be one of the most defining factors of whether you should invest in a kennel or not.

For me, there is no kennel more durable than the Gunner Kennel.

The design of a Gunner Kennel offers protection throughout the crate while also creating a sturdy and lockable door that a dog will never escape from.

Gunner Kennels are made of double-walled rotomolded plastic, which means it’s almost impossible for a freak accident to break the outer casing of the kennel (and potentially harm your dog).

A Gunner Kennel isn’t brittle, so you won’t find minor annoying cracks anywhere on its surface, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your dog is cool and comfortable inside.

Also, Gunner Kennels come with doors made from the same material that they make new water meters out of.

They’ve tested their doors by running them over with trucks, hitting them with hammers, and done just about every bite and chew test they can think of.

If you’re looking for something that lasts, Gunner Kennels are your answer.

That’s not to say that Ruff Land Crates are pathetic bits of plastic. They’re also a great choice and very durable for what they offer.

The plastic is still strong; it’s just not the same as the plastic you get from a Gunner Kennel.

Also, their doors come with pinch latches rather than sturdier slam latches (like Gunner Kennels), so they don’t offer quite the same protection when it comes to keeping your dog inside the crate.

Which Crate Is The Most Comfortable?

Next, I think comfort is the most important thing to discuss. Whatever purpose you have for needing a kennel, keeping your dog comfortable should be one of the first things you think about.

And I don’t just mean having a nice little cushion inside to sit on. I mean that the overall design of the kennel has to come with comfort in mind and has to do something that obviously looks after your dog.

Gunner Kennels win yet again in the case of comfort. The walls are not only durable, but they come with an extra layer that protects your dog between the inside of the kennel and the outside world.

The extra layer prevents hot or cold air from coming in and being too overwhelming for your pup.

They’ve even tested it with South Texas dog owners to find out their thoughts, and every last one of them mentioned that no other kennel comes as close as the Gunner Kennel to keep their dogs cool.

Not only is the extra layer a huge benefit, but they come with raised rubber feet that help to keep the kennel perched above the floor.

That way, if the floor is frozen, the kennel is never in direct contact with it, and the ambient temperature is kept the same for your dog.

Similarly, if the floor is overheated, the temperature remains balanced, and your dog won’t notice a difference.

Again, Ruff Land Crates aren’t completely uncomfortable. In fact, they still do an impressive job of keeping your dog cool.

However, they aren’t nearly as efficient as the Gunner Kennel is, and they don’t come with rubber feet that help to balance the ambient temperature.

If the outside world is hotter or colder than usual, it’s more likely that your dog will be uncomfortable in a Ruff Land Crate.

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Which Crate Is The Most Affordable?

If you can’t tell, I’m strongly in the Gunner Kennel court between these two brands. However, there is one instance where the Ruff Land Crates do win, and that’s with affordability.

The price tag of Gunner Kennels is much steeper than that of Ruff Land Crates, but what you get for your money is more than worth the larger investment.

There is over $300 difference between the smallest available options of Gunner Kennels and Ruff Land Crates.

Yes, that makes Ruff Land Crates the more appealing option if you’re looking for a first-time crate, but to anyone who wants to invest in something with guaranteed comfort and durability, I can’t stress enough how much better the Gunner Kennels truly are.


Without wanting to sound too biased, I don’t think you can go wrong with Gunner Kennels.

Obviously, if they’re out of your price range, there is nothing wrong with a Ruff Land Crate; however, the Gunner Kennels are your best bet if you’re looking for something that lasts.

Nothing beats them on durability or comfort (not just Ruff Land Crates, that statement applies to just about any kennel brand).

I’d encourage you to do your own research before settling on one thing if you’re still on the fence.

While I believe myself to be quite knowledgeable on these matters, I can understand if you’re still the tiniest bit reserved about choosing one over the other.

After all, a Gunner Kennel is a fairly large investment, so you want to know that you’re making the right one before you buy. I can assure you; you’re not going to regret it.


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