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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?

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lonotter
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I see Mary already mentioned that we have huskies (on numbers 1 & 3).

A lot of our local husky (and Malamute) rescues will not adopt out to you if your containment is invisible fence - because (1) huskies are damned stubborn and will decide that whatever is on the other side of the line is worth getting shocked for; (2) they get up to speed and are across and outside before they can stop, if they even get the warning (greyhounds are even worse). Additional problems for any breed is that if the power is out, or something shorts out the invisible fence (ground moisture, roots, etc.) they can get just waltz right out, and then if the power comes back on, they're on the wrong side. Bad ju-ju.

As for food aggression, we haven't seen it, or at least not any worse than any other breed. Since Ron and I are the alphas, I can have both of ours cleaning the same plate at once. They eat about 10' apart, but Elrond usually finished first and comes within inches of Eowyn to get to the door. They can be quite bold when it comes to counter-surfing and stealing pizza off the plate in my lap (yeah, I'm looking at you, my red-headed wench dog), though.

The problem with cats, as I see it, is not food issues, except insofar as huskies will see cats as just as much a food source as bunnies and squirrels. In some cases they don't differentiate between small furry outside animals that go "squeak" when you catch them, and small furry inside animals that go "squeak." In some cases (yeah, looking at you again, wench), I think they know that they're not supposed to chase that thing, but they . . . just . . . can't . . . resist . . . CHASE! High prey-drive, yes-indeedy. It isn't nasty temperament, though. Our first male was a big old lovable boy, very mellow - who went through something like 8 cats at a farm. They couldn't believe he was the one doing it. Assume any husky is *not* cat-safe unless they've been tested otherwise. Good rescues/breeders will be up-front about this.

This is the group we got two of our beasties from: http://www.adoptahusky.com/

Here's their page on the Husky personalities: http://www.adoptahusky.com/education/Personality/Personality.html

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