Lintran Dog Cages

After deciding on the right dog walking vehicle for my needs, the next decision was what sort of dog cages to use. I knew I wanted something professional with lots of features. The first basic decision was whether to buy something that would be permanently installed or a cage system that could be removed. I decided on the latter option which would allow me to return it to a 5 seater car if needed. Some research followed and I contacted some companies. I quickly narrowed my choice down between TransK9 and Lintran Dog Cages. Both produce a range of dog cages that are fully featured and built to last.

I would have been happy to use either company but perhaps two factors led me to buy from Lintran Dog Cages. The first factor is that Lintran use white plastic outers on their cages which make them cooler and lighter than all metal cages. My vehicle has air conditioning and there is a 12v connection in the rear if I wanted to add a cooling fan. It also has blinds on the side windows to reduce the glare from the sun. If needed I could also add tinting to the windows but interior temperatures and airflow seem good. The second factor that led me to decide on Lintran was simply that they were located closer to me than TransK9 who are based in Scotland.

Lintran Dog Cages – My initial visit to Lincolnshire to meet them

After my initial call to them I decided to pay them a visit, I wanted them to look at my vehicle, discuss my needs and recommend how to proceed. Once I had arrived a few of their new and used crates were fitted inside my vehicle to give me a better idea of what to expect. The Citroen Berlingo Multispace has a decent amount of space inside. If you completely remove the rear seats it’s essentially the same as the van version of the Berlingo. Many of their stock cages are made for regular cars. It was clear that none of their stock range would make the best use of the extra height and boxy, square shape of my vehicle.

As such the recommendation was to measure the interior of my vehicle and make me a custom cage to suit. It would contain three large cage areas, two accessed from the rear of the vehicle and one accessed from the side. The two accessed from the rear contained a removable divider which would allow it to become one huge cage. The cages would be high enough to allow even large breeds to stand up inside. With the measurements taken, I paid for my new cage which would take a few weeks to manufacture. In the meantime they kindly let me use one of their larger models whilst my new one was being made.

Lintran Dog Cages – My cage features and my thoughts

Once my Lintran Dog Cage was finished I headed back to Lincolnshire to have it fitted. Like all Lintran Dog Cages the doors come with latches and locks. If you ever need spare keys for the locks Lintran can supply them.

Lintran Dog Cage close up
Lintran Cage close up

The bottom of the cages contain removable, washable black mats. These are like a hard plastic material. Lintran have discovered that these are resistant to dogs who like to chew. For short journeys to the park the mats seem fine. For longer journeys I sometimes add soft bedding for extra comfort. The rear two cages also come with a rubber mat that protects the rear bumper as dogs enter and exit the cages. The cages are crash tested and come with escape hatches. The cage itself is strapped into the vehicle using the car’s provided anchor points. For the metal parts of the cage I opted for a galvanised finish. Some might say that powder coat finish looks better. Galvanised was more expensive but is longer lasting and rust resistant. This could be important if you regularly remove the cage to clean it with a water hose.

Lintran Dog Cages - Side Entrance
Lintran Side Entrance cage

So following over a month of use what do I think of Lintran Dog Cages? Generally I am very happy with my choice. Custom made dog cages are never cheap but I believe you need to invest in your business. Transporting clients’ dogs safely and in comfort is a priority. This Lintran Dog Cage gives me lots of options. For dogs that do not travel well together I have a total of three large separate cages. I already walk some large breeds of dog like Rottweilers and the cages offer plenty of space. There are some rattles from the cage when driving but less than you would expect from cheap cages. During transit I don’t typically use the additional top and bottom latch bolts. If I did I think the the noises I experience currently would be reduced.

If at some point in the future I want to replace my vehicle I am able to remove the Lintran Dog Cage. Thankfully Citroen still make and sell the Berlingo Multispace. I could replace my existing model for a newer model when the time comes and still use my Lintran Dog Cage. The cage is after all likely to outlast the vehicle it’s fitted to! If you would like to know more why not visit the Lintran Dog Cages website.

 

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4 thoughts on “Lintran Dog Cages

  1. Hi, thanks for the post. I’m also looking at buying a berlingo multispace for dog walking and have been considering whether to have cages fitted or just have standard cages and secure them. Just wondering if you can share what sort of price you paid for the custom built cage? Please feel free to email me at [email protected] thank you!

    • Hi Chris,

      I’ll email you direct with the price paid. Based on what others seem to pay for fitted cages that are attached to the vehicle I think the custom Lintran cage that can be removed worked out cheaper. To me the advantage was that if I ever sold the vehicle I could remove the cage and refit the seats and return it to a regular Berlingo Multispace. With the other types of cages you are really looking at either running the vehicle until it’s a write off or selling it to another dog walker / owner.

      The size of the cage I had made could possibly also fit in another similar sized vans. Would depend on internal dimensions and securing points. I’m happy with the Berlingo Multispace and my thinking was I would probably buy another when the time came. The cage will probably outlast my next 3 or 4 vehicles. The Berlingo is still being made so I can see an upgrade path for some time to come. There are large numbers on the roads and they sell for reasonable money second hand. It’s also the same as the Peugeot Partner so it shouldn’t be difficult to find something suitable when the time comes to replace.

      Feel free to ask me any other questions. There are lots of cage options for dog walkers but I’m happy that the system I went with suits my personal needs. It also makes you look professional to your clients which is important. I’ve had a number of people comment on the cages when I’m at the local parks.

      All the best
      Gary
      Northampton Dog Walker

  2. Hello , I too am looking at the Berlingo multispace with a similar set up of cages to you . Or maybe even just the rear entry one , ( how many dogs can it hold and is it separable?) what were the rough prices for yours ? Also looking at trans k9.
    Thanks
    Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      Lintran make some cages for specific car models that you are able to buy as a stock item. My cage however was custom made by them to make the most of the space once the rear seats are completely removed. From memory the cost was about £1100.00-£1200.00 but this included a few extras like rear bumper protector and anodizing rather than powder coat finish.

      The cage I had designed basically has a total of 3 separate cages. The rear two are split by a removable divider. The total number of dogs it can hold depends on the breeds. Essentially I can fit 3 very large breed dogs but it could hold 6 or more smaller breeds. With a total of 3 separate cages, if you walked 4 dogs at once then at least 2 of those dogs would need to share a cage and be happy to do so. I often remove the divider at the back as I walk 2 large dogs from same household who prefer to travel in same cage.

      The cage is secured with a strap system using the vehicle anchor point rings on the floor. The entire cage can be removed (2 person job due to size of cage) which allows you to jet wash it clean if you want. This is why I went for anodized finish as the cage will not rust. Powder coating looks a nicer finish apparently but is less hard wearing.

      I also considered TransK9 and from what I hear they make excellent cages. The main reasons I went for Lintran were:

      The white fibreglass finish of Lintran helps deflect heat and keep cages cool. It also makes the cages slightly less heavy than the competition.

      The company were are based closer to me which was important when ordering a custom cage.

      Hope this helps.

      Gary

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