Jump to content

Minimum land size for 2 dogs


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 _audrey_

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

We have to large (but lazy) dogs, a greyhound and a husky cross.  We currently rent 1/2 acre and so we have plenty of yard for them, which of course they only ever use if we are outside with them.  They are very much couch potatoes.

We are looking at buying a house in a few months and ideally we want at least 1/4 acre.  The problem with this is that we can afford this land size if we move 15minutes further out of town however there is no public transport there.  We would love to buy in the area we currently live but will probably only be able to afford a house on 600-700m2.  

Part of me thinks 600-700m2 is too small for 2 big dogs but on the other hand, they rarely ever go outside and play so this block size would probably be ok (providing it is all useable land).

What do you think?  Do you think 600m2 is too small for dogs (and the house  original.gif )

#2 anikal

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

I think that as long as they are getting plenty of exercise and "family" time, most dogs are happy living wherever their people are.

I have 2 largish dogs, and they don't play in the yard much without us out there with them. Mostly they wander from one favourite lying down spot to another. Maybe my dogs are just really lazy too. One does have an excuse I suppose, he's 13 and been irritated with the puppy since I brought her home 5 years ago. Any day he gets one on one attention he absolutely loves it.



#3 la di dah

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

I had a staffy and an Akita in a house with no yard at all so perhaps I'm the wrong one to ask. I just walked them a lot. I don't like to leave dogs unattended in yards so it wouldn't have changed anything if we had a big space. When I was doing stuff outside they'd sit in the driveway and just hang out but they were getting walked 6+ km a day (sometimes twice that) so they didn't suffer for being house dogs.

Mature Akitas are really really really lazy though so there's that.

I would have some greyhounds I've known in an apartment as long as I had time. Lovely lazy lizards they are. original.gif

#4 _audrey_

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

I should add that they are inside dogs most of the time too.  They are only ever locked outside when we are not home.  They were being walked every day however DH changed jobs about 2 months ago and so now they only get walked on the weekends and maybe twice during the week.  I think the land size should be ok but I guess I feel guilty because they would have come from a large yard.

#5 FiveAus

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:24 PM

I have an Aussie Shepherd who'd be happy with land size about equal to the couch in our lounge room. Or our bed.

#6 boatiebabe

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:32 PM

I've never really had a dog that thought "jeez I better do laps around the yard to get some exercise" and then tore around for 1/2 and hour.

In my experience they just lay around moving from sun to shade until the fun time happens - and that fun time is usually heading out for a walk or a swim at the beach or a ball tossing session at the park.

So I don't really think the size of a yard has any bearing. As long as they are getting plenty of exercise and human companionship they'll be right in any size yard.

#7 kpingitquiet

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:34 PM

We have two 30kg-ish dogs who HATE walks and they're blissful in our modest backyard (whole property is 600ish) with occasional dog park visits. They have a circuit figured out where they chase each other like maniacs, then wrestle around in the grass. Aside from that they prefer to spend their time relaxing under shade trees or lounging in the house hehe. It really is up to the personality of the dog. I knew a giant mastiff who was happy as could be living in a studio apartment because she was a lazy thing and got to spend most of her day sleepily camped out under an outdoor cafe table while her owner worked on software lol. He used to try to take her on hikes but she'd quit halfway up the hill!

#8 Froger

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

No idea about the Husky, but I reckon a Greyhound is fine on a suburban block. I had two on an average size block when I was younger. As you well know, they only lie about all day anyway. It's not as if they actually use the yard, running about or anything.

#9 MrsLexiK

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

QUOTE (3males and me @ 29/11/2012, 02:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Part of me thinks 600-700m2 is too small for 2 big dogs but on the other hand, they rarely ever go outside and play so this block size would probably be ok (providing it is all useable land).

What do you think?  Do you think 600m2 is too small for dogs (and the house  original.gif )


I have one (very energetic but at the sametime very lazy) dog on about 750m2 I would happily get a second (DH would not) and we have looked after friends/families furbabies so there has been 2 dogs and there is plenty of yard for them.  My boy literally runs from the back garage door down to the back fence for about 5 or 10 minutes a day. (I will admit he is a bit strange) other times of the day he is plonked out and just lifts his head up. (I think it depends on how many people walk past the back fence and how many birds he can smell in the air as to how many laps he does)  When I am home I take him for a walk and to the leash free park and let him loose.  

Friends have 2 greyhounds on a block much smaller then ours.  The beauty with a lot of bigger dogs is that they are happy to be lazy or happy to be walked everyday.  I always say a great dane is a great apartment dog.

If they want to run around and play they will, they will just do it in a smaller space.

#10 countrychic29

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

OP we have 2 x German Shepherds ... originally on a 600sqm block, they spent most of time inside and 2 x daily walks ... we thought they were happy enough and didnt have a problem with it, big runs on weekends etc
We then moved to 2.5 acres and they are sooooo happy to spend time outside now - they are different dogs ... charging around and playing using the whole backyard of about 2000sqm.
They are so much calmer and happier, i really didnt think it would make that much difference .. dont worry they still whinge at the back door to come inside occasionally. rolleyes.gif

So while i dont think it is a problem having dogs on a small block if the owners are responsible i would be a little hesitant of moving from land to smaller block and how the dogs will adjust original.gif

#11 Gioiello

Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:00 PM

I have 2 Siberian Huskies and they were happy living at my old house where the total land size was about 370 square metres.  They are dogs who live inside with us when we are home and are out in the backyard when we aren't. They get walked regularly and taken to a nearby off leash dog park about once per week/fortnight.

They are happiest when they spend time with us; the backyard size doesn't worry them.  Like other posters, ours will just spend the day sunning themselves (occasionally digging themselves a husky hole to lie in), moving into shade and then just around dusk they have a crazy run-around-the-yard session as we get ready to walk them.  They might get up and have a bit of a run a few times during the day to investigate other dogs walking past our yard etc, but that's about it.

We moved to our current home which is on about 800 square metres about 2 years ago and it hasn't affected their daily habits too much.  The still spend just as much time each day alternating between sunning themselves and sleeping on their beds on the verandah.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

Win Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD

To celebrate the release of Love Child Season 2 on DVD from July 9, Essential Baby and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are giving away Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD to 13 lucky winners.

10 things I wish my pre-baby self knew

I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.

Creative ways to store your child's art

Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.

Child abuse ignored because 'it's not your children': Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly takes apart the immigration law that's designed to "protect politicians"

How a newborn niece changed star Australian basketballer's life

In August 2013 star basketball Abby Bishop was 24-years-old and in the prime of her sporting career.

Guilt is my new shadow

No one warned me that when I gave birth there would be an additional side order of guilt.

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Child's nightmare about 'man with a light' turned out to be real

For three days, a three-year-old boy had been saying there was "a man with a light" outside his window at night.

Toilet truths after giving birth

The thought of going to the toilet after giving birth is often feared, but there are ways to make it less painful.

Woman asks strangers for $1 million to stop her having an abortion

An anonymous woman is taking an extreme moral and ethical stand by seeking $1 million in donations to prevent her going ahead with a planned abortion.

How a woman's dying wish made another woman a mum

"I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."

The parenting do-over: what six parents did differently second time around

In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

 

FREE TICKET

Get your FREE ticket to the Baby & Toddler Show

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.