fence height for dogs?
Posted 30 April 2010 - 06:18 AM
I'm in the process of looking at fencing for my backyard. I want a framed, slatted cedar fence with a 1 or 2 inch gap between each slat. (I don't want a privacy fence.) Initially, I wanted a 4 foot fence b/c I don't want my yard to look like a fortress. But I was worried that should I adopt a dog in the future (which will happen), 4 feet will be too low. Thing is, there's not knowing for sure what breed of dog I'll get, b/c I'll adopt from the shelter. However, I would probably adopt a medium-sized dog in the 45-60 pound range. (This is still months away, but the fence project will happen in a month or so.)
What do you guys recommend in terms of fence height for medium-sized dogs? Is 5 feet ok?
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:04 PM
Mel (Ashling) has an Aussie shep that weighs about 50-60 lbs. She has a pretty high fence, not sure on height. Her boy sails right over and is now a daddy dog!
He's an Australian Cattle Dog cross he's not pretty enough to be an Aussie shep! He's about 60 lbs, 23 inches tall at the shoulder. The fence must be around two meters high. I'm sure he is a very naughty exception though. Note to anyone who will listen: don't teach your dog to climb ladders and leap fences!
Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:30 PM
Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:47 PM
Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:48 PM
It totally depends on the dog. I have a 6 foot fence because my aussie cattle dog/rottie mix will jump anything lower than that. Even with the 6 foot fence, she has to be supervised at all times. I am 6'1'' and she has jumped above my head before.
That's an impressive jump! ... interesting mix, do you have a picture?
Posted 30 April 2010 - 04:33 PM
They will go *under* a fence if there is enough room... Which seems weird to me.
Posted 30 April 2010 - 04:53 PM
My dog yard at home is 6'6" tall roofed and floored just because my 8 pound Chinese Crested is an escape artist who will dig and climb fences.
So have whateer fence you would like and choose the dog to match the fence.
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 01:56 PM
I'd also put some sticking along the top with that chain link or mesh along the top so there is a visual deterrant if they went to try it, it also stops cats sitting on the top line of the fence and taunting, which i know they can and will do, even on a 6ft fence.
Our front gate is about 4ft tall and our 30" tall shepherd would easily clear that if the shed wasn't in the way to prevent a run-up. He's got his paws clear over it up to his mid chest and I had to lift him up & back over! lol!
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 02:44 PM
Better to be safe than sorry, and dogs are usually really good escape artists. Also please remember, most dogs try to dig their way out.
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Posted 04 October 2010 - 10:43 PM
Posted 04 October 2010 - 11:24 PM
scent houds and toy breeds tend to be a little easier, scent houds because they follow their noses tend to be ok with a slightly lower fence but will often dig.
toys are USUALLY the easiest but even then id suggest 5 ft.
we have a 5 ft fence...
the chihuahuas would need a very good run of a boost to get over.
the cocker spaniel could jump it but hes 8 and never tried (hes got no desire to loose us)
and my chinese cresteds could EASILY clear it one way or another, but like the spaniel have never bothered because there too worried about being away from me.
one thing i suggest for ANYONE...is to supervise their dog outdoors...
i dont trust electric fences, ive seen even chihuahuas run right through them (and then refuse to come home) and to a high drive dog like a jack that short shock is NOTHING if there drive kicks in...
the only fool proof fence is one with a concrete floor and a roof.
since your planning on adopting, most shelters will have a rule of a minimum of 5ft, and they can usually tell you which dogs are escape artists and which are home bodies...you wouldnt want a 5 ft fence and a dog whos got previous history of running away form home.
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