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The Kid has expressed interest in getting a dog, and wants something husky-like. I know that a husky would need lots of exercise, but here I have a bored 16 year old ready and willing to provide just that.

The shelters I contacted require us to have a fenced in yard as a condition of adopting, so I've spent the last couple of months reading up on the topic and getting quotes.
Invisible Fence would run about $2,000 and works for most but not all dogs.
Extending our current scrap of fence all the way around the yard, with something that looks really good is almost $8,000.

My question to LJ: how necessary is a fence really (aside from the fact that the shelters require it)?
If I go minimal, what's a reasonable size for a fenced area for a mid-size dog?


Feb. 16th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting question. If all you want is an area for the dog to be let out into at 2am when it needs to go out, but no one wants to take it for a walk - relatively small. I'd guess that the size of my back yard (about 40'x40') would be sufficient.

If you want something it can get itself some exercise in - significantly bigger. If you can train it to play fetch or something equivalent, you'd want something it could keep going at speed for at least a few seconds. I'd guess in the 100'x40' range.

The American Kennel Club (http://www.akc.org) has a breeder advertising service. It lists 33 breeders within 50 miles of 98101 (at least I think it was 98 - I'm certain of the 101, and I'm not going to back to re-do my "seattle wa zip code" google). In my experience, breeders tend to be more than happy to talk about what it takes to properly care for their breed - there's a German Shepherd breeder and a Golden Retriever breeder on the first page. They might also be able to put you in touch with the local breed rescue - those are at least different from the shelters, and might be willing to work with you on the 'fence required' thing.

FWIW, my experience with Shih Tzu rescues was that the breed rescue was actually cheaper than the shelter. And you're dealing with a person (usually a breeder), which gives you some more options.


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