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Dakota 283 Hero Working Dog Kennel Crate

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Dakota 283's Most Rugged Kennel Crate 

Designed with working dogs in mind, the Dakota 283 Hero Kennel is named for the heroes it was built to protect. Originally for Military and Police dogs, the Hero Kennel is molded from military-grade materials in one solid piece and provides an extra layer of security with a triple-locking, stainless steel door that can be closed with one hand.


  • Heavy-duty, military-grade design
  • Small, scattered ventilation holes to prevent chewing while still providing plenty of airflow
  • Molded-in handles on each side of the crate
  • Perfect for aggressive dogs or those that need additional security
  • A lockable keyed paddle latch will keep pets safe from theft.
  • Slammable door with no pin system or two-handed operations. Simply put the dog in the kennel and close the door with one hand.
  • Able to accommodate insulated covers in cold weather environments.
  • Heavy duty but light enough to move easily.
  • Drainage hole for easy cleaning. No scrubbing, simply turn over the empty kennel and hose it out.
  • Molded and assembled in the USA.  Dakota molds the kennels in PA and assembles the kennel right in the factory. 
  • Exterior Dimensions: 40.25L x 26W x 30.1H / Weight 54lbs
  • Interior Dimensions: 35L x 18.5W x 27.75H
  • Door Opening: 13.25W x 21.75H
  • 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • We can not ship Dakota 283 outside in of the lower 48 United States. No Alaska or Hawaii shipping available. No international shipping available.
  • NOTE: Dakota 283 products ship within 1-5 business days. They ship DIRECTLY from the MANUFACTURER. Items that ship directly from the manufacturer, ship via Standard Ground service only.

If you need more convincing, take a look at what former police K9 handler and current trainer Jeff Schettler thinks: 

“The Dakota 283 Hero Kennel was introduced to me a couple of years ago for the very first time,” he said. “I had used and been a dealer for other kennels, but when I saw the Dakota for the very first time, the quality of the construction, the price point, and the marketing were above par. As a the owner of Georgia K9 National Training center, I need a kennel that is incredibly tough, that can take the abuse — and can be thrown in and out of the truck as you need to. I need a kennel that can have a dog with massive drive getting into it, doing whatever he needs to do inside, and not breaking out of it.  That, honestly, is a big issue with working dogs because they are so high drive that they want to get out there and do something. 

“In my business, we have to have something that is a representation of our company: it has to be incredibly strong and absolutely secure. We found that with the Dakota 283 Hero Kennel.”

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