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post #1 of 16 Old 03-21-2010, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Kennel Big Enough?

My folks gifted me an outdoor chain link kennel since I'm going to be living in town. Once set up it will be 10ft x 32ft x 6ft tall, lol. I'll still need to pick up a house for the dog when she or he in the kennel. Its just 2 feet shorter then my garage. What do you think?
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-21-2010, 05:50 PM
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What breed of dog do you have? As it will depend on how large your dog is.
That being said that sounds like a good size space for a dog to be.
I'm assuming you mean the dog will be housed in the run while you are at work, or running errands etc.
From the sounds of it, the kennel is more then large enough to allow the dog space to play, eat and nap comfortably through out the day while you're away.
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Yea, just while I'm away. I like my dog(s) to be around me as much as possible so thy are pretty bonded :P
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I don't have the dog yet, but I'm looking at German shepherds or a Siberian husky pup
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As long as you still walk the dog 2x a day (and spend some time with it) that'll be a fine size. Personally, if I was keeping a dog in a kennel like that for a majority of the time I would get 2 smaller sized dogs so they can keep each other company.

Just an FYI - Huskies aren't probably the best dogs for town living either. They have a tendency to be very vocal and they are pretty high energy. Your neighbors may end up hating you. :)
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As long as you still walk the dog 2x a day (and spend some time with it) that'll be a fine size. Personally, if I was keeping a dog in a kennel like that for a majority of the time I would get 2 smaller sized dogs so they can keep each other company.

Just an FYI - Huskies aren't probably the best dogs for town living either. They have a tendency to be very vocal and they are pretty high energy. Your neighbors may end up hating you. :)

^^Agreed, AND I've seen very few huskies that can't scale a chain link. Or dig their way out. If you go for a husky, it might be a good idea to add a roof top and some footers on that kennel. But size-wise it sounds good, better than most dogs get!


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Actaully that's just a misunderstanding of huskys. I have a husky myself and he is not noisy at all because when he was a puppy and he howled outside he would get brought in and put in a kennel. That was his punishment because he hates being inside. Lets just say he doesn't howl anymore, and if he does then its for a reason. Also huskys are very playful when he was 1 and I was 7 I would hang onto one of his toys and he would pull me around the house. There also protective of their family. German Sheperds are not really little kid dogs IMHO.

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I don't know about that... I've known quite a few huskys and most of them were howlers. You were lucky enough to be able to apparently train the howling out of your husky. A lot of others aren't so lucky. And they definitely are a high energy breed. I would suggest anyone who gets one look into sledding or ski-joring (sp) as a good way to bond with and exercise their dog.

There are exceptions to every breed. Most people would say labs are barkers or at the very least not known for being quiet. My dog (Mo) has barked maybe 10 times in his entire life. He's 8.5 yrs old.

I don't know enough about German Shepards to give you any real advice about that breed. I've heard some stories about them being aggressive and the only one I know right now is very dog aggressive, but again I've only know a couple.
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Yeah, most the huskies I have known have been howlers as well, but then, I've never owned one, so I can't vouch for the breed traits.

As for GSDs, I HAVE had many GSDs, and I would trust them around children as well as any other dog out there, they are in no way inherently vicious dogs. And All three that I had were bred by a top schutzhund trainer, so if it was going to be in the genes it would have been there.

All dogs are a a product of their environment, and unless there is a biological imbalance of some kind going on, I don't believe any breed is wholly bad. I'd trust my son around my friend's pit bull without a second thought, and have. I wont let my son near my other friend's lhasa apso and cocker spaniel - both which have bitten me repeatedly.

That being said, I DO believe some breeds have certain traits associated with what they were bred for, and it's a given. If you don't want a noisy dog - don't get a beagle. If you don't want a dog that will try to herd your children - don't get an aussie or a border collie. If you don't want to deal with a lot of grooming, don't get a poodle. If you want a dog that will stay in a fence, don't get a husky


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I would DEFINITELY go for a German Shepherd... but I'm bias'd XD
When I moved to where I am now on the same property as my grandparents, they had two GS's that were my BEST FRIENDS, I think they make great family dogs, and I know these two had wonderfully hilarious personalities.
Just watch out for thunder storms, or you might have a 12 year old German Shepherd climbing in through your kitchen window onto the counter O_O
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