I have had both the wire and soft-sided styles when I was showing my giant breed dogs. They're both really good for travel. The soft-sided ones are great because they're not quite so heavy. They aren't as stable. I've seen dogs roll them--intentionally! LOL! If you have a "chewer" the soft ones might not work as well. The wire cages (I used MidWest) are great, but heavier to carry. I don't think it's a huge problem with the size you need for an EB--but it was a huge disadvantage for the giant bullmastiff-sized crates!