A whelping box, sometimes called nesting box or birthing box, is where your pregnant bitch will feel comfortable enough to safely contain her puppies during their first days and weeks after birth.
A very good whelping box is designed to protect the litter from the cold and the dangers they could face if they were able to roam free. On the bitch’s side, each whelping box usually comes with a lower rail called piggy rail to protect the puppies from being crushed or stifled by the mother.
There is no good product available internationally so we have listed three categories: the best whelping box available in the United States, the best one available in the United Kingdom and, for the Do It Yourself lovers, the best homebuilt whelping box. Not to miss as well is our amazing article on how to make your very own dog whelping kit, it won’t cost you much and it is much better than buying it already made.
Best Whelping Box in the United States
— MagnaBox Whelping Box
The amazing MagnaBox Whelping Box makes the perfect solution for professional dog breeders and careful occasional breeders. its textured surface, gray-coloured, offers a pitiless resistance to damage and dirt and to top it up, it is chew-proof.
The setup and installation of this whelping box is extremely intuitive thanks to its slip-fit connections, you do not need a single tool to assemble it. You can imagine how easy it is to completely clean this whelping box: you can either wipe clean the walls, or for a deeper clean, disassemble the box and sanitise it all before reassembling it. If you are not planning to use this MagnaBox Whelping Box for a while, it can quickly put flat for a very convenient storage, until your bitch’s next litter.
Perhaps the greatest bit of this whelping box is its entrance door featuring a one-third or two-third sliding doors to adjust the height depending on the size of your puppies. The MagnaBox Whelping Box comes in five sizes, adapted to any and every dog breed: extra small, small, medium, large and extra-large. Since this box comes bottomless, you can get whelping pads or use your dog’s favourite surface or bedding.
To assemble the box, simply align, insert and slide the unique hook and slot joins into position.
- Comes in different sizes (XS, S, M, L and XL)
- Great protection against bacterias
- Adjustable height for the entrance door
- FDA-approved HDPE plastic
- Solid low railing (commonly called pig rails)
- Price may be off-putting but it is worth every penny
X-Small, 30″L x 30″W x 15″H • Small, 36″L x 36″W x 18″H • Medium, 42″L x 42″W x 18″H • Large, 48″L x 48″W x 20″H • X-Large, 54″L x 54″W x 24″H
Best Whelping Box in the UK
— Deluxe PVC Warwick Whelping Box
Warwick Whelping Boxes is an amazing company based in Sunderland and specialised in building high-quality professional whelping boxes. Allow two to three weeks for delivery as every single order is manufactured individually to ensure a seamless product from the solid bottom base to the puppy rails. Each whelping box is delivered cleaned and sterilised prior to packing — you understand that if the sterilisation seal is broken the whelping box cannot be returned.
Heavy duty materials have been used to build this durable and resistant whelping box. The bottom base is bound in one piece to minimise the potential harbouring of germs. The entrance door at the front is so great that you can adjust its height thanks to the removable three sections provided. It lets you keep using the box even after the dogs grew up in size.
Like its American cousin, this Deluxe PVC Warwick Whelping Box requires no tool to be assembled, the rivets can easily be tightened by hand and the sides, front and door all fit onto the base. The step-by-step assembly instructions are obviously provided but you may well do it without.
No tools are needed, as the rivets are designed to be tightened by hand.
- Comes in different sizes (S, M, L and XL)
- Entrance door’s height is adjustable
- Very resistant and durable PVC
- No tools required to assemble
- Delivered sterilised
- Delivery time (built to order)
Small, 30″ x 24″ x 12.5″ • Medium, 30″ x 30″ x 12.5″ • Large, 36″ x 36″ x 12.5″ • X-Large, 40″ x 40″ x 12.5″
Best DIY Whelping Box
The last best whelping box is the one you make yourself. Why, you ask? Well, a whelping box is a box before being anything else, and a box is pretty straightforward and easy to build. Breeding Business made a video that includes the shopping list, the step-by-step building instructions along with videos showing the process.