We were thinking of a retriever cross of some kind, probably about 2 years old. Any dog we get needs to be able to cope with the puppy, who although very timid and shy, plays like an absolute demon, body slamming and hard wrestling. So not anything too small or with delicate spindly legs.
I think we are going to save up and get the fence either replaced or made higher. I checked with next door and their back garden is open all the way to the front and the gates are pretty low so we would need to be totally sure that any dog couldn't hop over and get killed on the road.
When we got our first rescue dog we thought he'd be safe enough inside the 12 foot fence at the bottom of the garden. I let him out one night and he dug his way out underneath it. Luckily he only made it as far as the dug-out in the adjoining football field. He'd been used to a daily independent stroll in his old life.
Oh, I hadn't thought of that. The other side of the fence is another garden then a 10 foot chain-link fence before the railway. Not sure if next door have a gate to their front garden or if it's open though. Their front gate is only 4 foot and then straight on to the road. I shall have to go and investigate.
One of mine was 4ft and were deemed by the rescue to be sufficient.
Grockledog took 1 look & leapt straight over it. We've had to add another 2-3ft to that to keep her in. There were other reasons for doing it too and there was no way we'd have shelled out £400 to keep Grockledog in. It is much nicer now though - we know that she can be outside by herself & not worry about where she is.
Ours are 6" and Battersea were happy with that . As it is the dog was more interested in going under so is now confined to the patio ( quite large) by an ornamental metal fence. Bloody hell they can dig big holes really fast!
My garden fences were declared suitable by the home checker. Gymdog took one look at them and jumped straight over. 2 hours later after a good romp around the allotments, he came back. I'd only had him 2 days! He's a lot longer than his standing height suggests and an excellent jumper. So, imagine your new doggy stretched out, add a couple of feet and hope your fences are taller than that!
Sadly, replacing all my fences is really not affordable so Gymdog has never been out in the garden without a lead since.