Fable Dog Crate Review: Is It Worth It?

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Over the past two years, products from the Fable pet equipment brand have been in high demand. As the pandemic puppy boom grew, Fable’s flagship product – the aesthetically pleasing minimal dog crate – became an internet favorite and at one point racked up a waiting list of more than 5,000 people.

It’s easy to see why the internet swooned over this crate. Where typical metal crates are an eyesore, the Fable Crate transforms your dog’s sleeping spot into a serene den, while serving as a stylish side table to display your plants, knick-knacks, or other decorations.

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The Fable crate is made of beautiful light-colored bentwood and is available in sizes x-small/small (recommended for dogs 25 pounds or less) and medium (recommended for dogs 50 pounds or less). It also has a garage-style sliding door in clear or white acrylic that can be folded into the bed when not in use. The small case will cost you $395, while the larger one costs $595.

I never thought I would say that my most beautiful piece of furniture is a dog crate.

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Side view of a minimal wooden crate

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Sure, it’s expensive, but there’s definitely a market of dedicated pet parents willing to use their credit cards for any cute, well-made pet product, including me. I almost bought this crate when I first adopted my border collie mix rescue dog, Miso, but I wanted to practice crate first.

Now that our crate training is complete, Fable sent me a medium-sized crate to try out, and with Miso’s help, we tested it to see if it’s more than a pretty product (and if it’s worth the price). Spoiler alert: Miso and I were both huge fans.

How to Assemble the Fable Crate

The Fable Crate comes unassembled, but is easy to assemble. Note that the box the crate comes in can weigh between 50 and 75 pounds, so be sure to call some friends to climb the stairs if you live in an apartment with no elevator.

Disassembled Fable Crate

The five pieces were easy to screw together.
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The crate comes with five separate pieces of wood that you put together using an included Allen wrench. It doesn’t require any building experience and luckily didn’t have as many assembly steps as an IKEA piece of furniture. I was able to assemble the crate on my own, except for lifting the top part. This is where the metal (or acrylic, depending on your choice) garage door is installed, so it is significantly heavier than the other parts. I had to get my partner to help me lift the top piece and line it up with the bottom, but after that assembly was straightforward – only took me about 30 minutes in total.

How we tested the Fable Crate

Miso used the Fable Crate for two full months to decide if it’s better than his old black wire version. It’s obviously the prettiest choice (and fits the vibe of my apartment much better) but she also seems to like it more.

Black and white dog lying on soft bed in wooden dog crate

She is beauty, she is grace (Miso and the box).
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I received the medium case, and it’s the perfect size for Miso. She weighs around 45 pounds and is a bit tall for her height, measuring around 20 inches at the shoulder. If your dog is larger than Miso, I wouldn’t recommend the medium size because they won’t be able to get in and out of the crate comfortably.

I first left the old metal Miso crate and the Fable crate in our living room and after a few days she started opting for the Fable crate to take a nap. I had to train him to get used to the sound the door latch makes when opening. and closing the crate, but it only took about a week of positive reinforcement until she was completely unfazed. If your dog is startled by loud noises or movement, it may take a little more work to get him used to the door.

Image of a dog eating treats from a crate

After a few days of bribes (positive reinforcement), Miso started napping in the till.
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As the candle dog that she is, Miso likes anything expensive, and I can’t blame her. She seems much more comfortable in her Fable crate than she was in the old mesh crate. I noticed she was starting to lean against the sides of the Fable crate and rest her head on it – something she had never done in the metal crate (probably because it was uncomfortable). The Fable crate definitely gives a soothing spa vibe, and since Miso is an anxious pup, I would never deny him a little extra relaxation.

Miso can poke his paws and part of his nose out of the holes in the crate door, which is basically the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Who doesn’t love a little sneaky snoot? Fable notes on its website, however, that if your dog has a head that measures less than an inch or more than the window size of the crate, you should not use this crate to avoid the risk of choking. It is also not chew resistant, so escape dogs and extreme chewers should steer clear.

Dog sticking its nose and paw out of a dog crate door

Look at this snoot!
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Alternate angle of dog sticking its nose and paw out of a dog crate door

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Is the Fable crate worth it?

The Fable crate is undoubtedly pricey, but it’s worth it for a select group of people: namely, minimalist and stylish dog parents who want their home decor to coordinate with their dog gear. If you don’t like the design or don’t care about a wire crate in your home, the Fable crate probably isn’t for you. But if you want your dog to relax in a Scandinavian-inspired den that also looks great in your home, you’ll be able to justify the high price tag.

In addition to being simply stunning, Fable’s crate is also generally more comfortable for your dog than its traditional wire counterpart. Your pup won’t have to lean against thin metal bars while trying to relax, and the strategic design means you won’t have to throw a blanket over the crate to block out light, keeping circulation going air. The garage door-like design is also a huge selling point – you’ll save space (great for apartment dwellers) and never crash into an open crate door again.

Black and white dog curled up in a wooden dog crate

Cozy level 1000
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When I have another dog, I will buy a second Fable cage. It fits so perfectly in my home and has obviously helped my dog ​​relax, so we won’t be going back to the cheap corded versions anytime soon.

I know that a $395-$595 dog crate isn’t for everyone, and aside from the price, there are a few other downsides to consider. First, the Fable crate is not portable like a metal crate. If you travel frequently with your dog, you will need to keep a portable crate handy. It’s also not currently available in a size for large dogs and cannot be returned, so measure your dog several times before placing an order, or you could end up stuck with the wrong size crate.

Is the Fable dog bed worth it?

In addition to the crate, we also tested the brand’s dog bed in the corresponding size. We got the medium bed in the color tofu, but the bed also comes in xs/small and large in a total of six different colors, and ranges from $95 to $120 depending on size.

It nests neatly into the crate while leaving just the right amount of space to open and close the door easily. You could probably find a cheaper dog bed that fits in the crate if you were looking for specific dimensions, but going with the Fable brand bed is an easier option.

Black and white dog curled up on plush bed

I just wanna be her…
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The bed has a waterproof, stain-resistant, UV-resistant and durable outer cover. The interior of the bed is made of shredded memory foam and is extremely plush and supportive. I sat on it myself to test it, and if I were a dog, it would definitely be my go-to nap spot.

So far the bed has withstood over a month of Miso sleeping on it overnight and still looks brand new. That being said, Miso is not a chewer or a digger, and we don’t normally deal with accidents around the house, so these things are obviously going to add extra wear and tear to the bed. The good news is that the outer cover and inner insert are machine washable, so if you have muddy paws or a potty accident, you can just toss the whole thing in the laundry pile.

Fluffy dog ​​chewing a treat on a soft dog bed

Credit: Fable

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