What is a Good Size Fence for Dogs? (Solved & Explained!)

The best dog fence you can get is to measure your dog’s height at its shoulder, multiply that by three, and that would be the height of your fence. 

Vinyl or tightly-spaced wood fences are best because they not only block the view of outside distractions for your dog, but also limit the opportunities for your dog to climb out. 

Doesn’t It Depend on Size of Dog?

Definitely, yes. The best rule of thumb is to take your dog’s height at its shoulder, and multiply by three to get the optimal fence height.

For example, typically a German Shepherd stands 24 inches at the shoulder, which means your dog fence should be 72 inches high (six feet). For a smaller dog, like a pug, which stands 14 inches at the shoulder, the fence could be 42 inches high (3.5 feet).  

Doesn’t It Depend on Breed of Dog?

Yes, especially if that dog breed is reputed to be territorial in nature. Examples of territorial dogs are German Shepherds and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. 

Those types of dog breeds are more likely than other breeds to defend against perceived intruders, so the fence should be designed stronger to prevent them from rushing the fence and trying to jump it. 

Below, we’ll show you how to design such fences to deter against the dog trying to overcome the barrier in order to defend the property. 

What are the Different Types of Dog Fences to Consider?

We can outline six kinds: 1) Chain-link, 2) Wooden, 3) Vinyl, 4) Split-rail, 5) Concrete walls or brick walls, and 6) Wireless fences. However, wireless fences don’t need any materials. 

Needless to say, split-rail fences, which typically are short and consist of two or three beams spaced wide apart, aren’t a good option to keep in dogs. 

Vinyl fences look like sheet metal fences, but are very durable low-maintenance fences that take on the appearance of grooved or stylized panels.  

What Type of Fences are Best to Keep in Dogs?

A solid panel fence like a vinyl fence would be a good choice because it doesn’t allow your dogs to stick its paws into anything. 

In the same manner, brick walls or cement walls are excellent for safeguarding dogs, because they’re practically indestructible and unclimbable. Since those fences are pretty low, though, make sure your dog’s not big enough to jump over.

It would be a little unusual to see a brick fence or masonry fence six feet tall surrounding a home.  

What Types of Fences are Not Ideal to Keep in Dogs?

Believe it or not, some dogs actually are good at climbing fences, using their hind paws to dig into footholds wherever possible. That’s why the ubiquitous chain-link fence may not be a good option for your dog.

Picket fences may also be problematic because the traversing beams and the wide gaps between slats allow them easy escapes. It’s possible, though, to construct sold wooden fences (like sides of barns) with tight adjoining planks that pretty much block out everything.  

Do I Need to Keep Things Away From the Fence?

Yes. Large boulders or trees close to the fence would allow your pet more opportunities to leverage escape by having a higher perch to jump off. 

Definitely piles of items leaning against the fence would be a bad idea, like large mulch bags, upside-down wheelbarrows, or stacked woodpiles. 

Why do Dogs Try to Jump Over Fences, Anyhow?

There are several reasons, including boredom, breeding season, and distractions by intruding animals such as squirrels, cats, raccoons, other dogs, and even strangers passing by. 

To help relieve the boredom some dogs face when confined to a backyard, take your dog out on frequent walks. You could also install a fence that blocks the dog’s view of distractions and consequently, gives it no reason to chase anything outside the fence. 

How to Condition Your Dog Against Jumping Fences?

There are many ways to keep your dog satisfied and content with staying home so it doesn’t try to escape. If it’s a hot day, consider turning on sprinklers so your dog can cool off.

Also, since dogs usually love chasing things, try to let off some energy from your dog by playing fetch with it when you take it on walks. Dog parks are a good way for your dog to meet other dogs and play around.  

Will Your Dog Dig Holes Under the Fence?

Unfortunately, some dogs do dig holes under fences or even chew a hole through a fence, such as a wooden slat fence. To prevent your dog from digging a hole under the fence, you could consider installing the fence with the bottom perimeter two inches below the ground.

Chain-link fences may appear solid, but some dogs can wiggle under a weak point in between posts and scramble through to freedom.

Some people also dig in chicken wire underground from the base of the fence, in a curved pattern extending a foot or two back toward the interior. This frustrates digging dogs. 

How About Modular Fences?

For smaller dog breeds, modular fences could be a good choice, especially if you want to keep them out of a large part of your yard. Those are fences that come pre-assembled in interlocking sections, and are easy to take apart or join together.

However, due to their light materials and transitory assembly, those are best only for small, non-territorial dog breeds like Pomeranians, Dachshunds, and Shih Tzus. 

Also be sure to not leave them out in smaller spaces for too long. Even though they are smaller breeds, they still need plenty of attention.  

Are There Dedicated Manufacturers of Dog Fences?

For the most part, the usual residential construction companies will build you the fence according to your specifications. However, for those who are craving something more specialized, here’s an example of a dedicated dog fence manufacturer.

The fencing made by this company is made of polypropylene material, which they claim is too flexible to allow dogs to climb over, despite its open-cell interlocking nature similar to that of a chain-link fence.