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How High Can a Dog Jump?

Written by: Kristin Hitchcock

Last Updated on June 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How High Can a Dog Jump?

How high a dog can jump depends mainly on the breed. Small breeds can jump shorter distances than larger breeds because they’re smaller! Most canines can jump about one to three times their height. For the largest breeds, that puts their maximum jump height at about 6 feet.

Healthier, fitter dogs can jump farther than older dogs. Dogs that have undergone specific training may also be able to jump farther. For instance, a dog involved in agility training will probably jump farther than one that hasn’t been trained to jump higher. They’ve had more practice.

Breeds with short legs can jump shorter distances than those with long legs. Corgis and beagles can’t jump far at all, for instance. However, it can be hard to determine how high a dog can jump until you see it with your own eyes. Many factors affect a dog’s jumping height, making it tricky to calculate precisely.

Can a Dog Jump Over a 6-Foot Fence?

Most dogs cannot jump higher than 6 feet. However, some can jump exceptionally high. For instance, Border Collies, Australian Kelpies, and German Shepherds can sometimes conquer 6-foot walls. The most talented jumpers are young and energetic. Dogs that are involved in agility are often better at jumping than those that are not.

If you own one of these breeds, you may need to contain them with a fence over 6 feet tall. Luckily, the most domesticated canines cannot jump over 6 feet. Therefore, a 6-foot fence is a safe bet. If your dog is smaller, the odds of them jumping over a fence that tall is relatively low. Of course, some dogs are exceptionally good at climbing.

For example, American Staffordshire Terriers are great at leaping fences, and some can jump over a 6-foot fence.

Dog jump
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What Is the Highest That a Dog Has Ever Jumped?

The highest that a dog has ever jumped is 75.5 inches, according to the Guinness World Records. This record was achieved by Feather, a 2-year female Greyhound. Luckily, most dogs can’t jump that high.

Can a Dog Jump a 5-Foot Fence?

A dog jumping a 5-foot fence is likelier than a dog jumping a 6-foot fence. However, that doesn’t mean that all dogs can jump that high. Larger breeds can usually scale a 5-foot fence if they try hard enough. You can multiply your dog’s height by three to get their maximum jumping height.

In most cases, you can use this information to determine whether they can scale a fence. However, remember that this is their maximum potential jumping height, not the actual height they can jump. Many dogs cannot jump their maximum height unless they are young, energetic, and strongly motivated to do so.

Furthermore, some dogs can jump (or climb) higher than this maximum. Some breeds are good at climbing chain-link fences, so you’re better off with a wooden fence they can’t climb.

Pug jump
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Will My Dog Jump Over My Fence?

It depends on the breed, the dog’s temperament, and the fence. Smaller fences are more accessible for dogs to jump over. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean your dog can jump over your fence just because it is small.

Your dog’s height and innate ability are essential factors regarding their jumping ability. For instance, athletic working breeds are more likely to be able to jump over fences. Toy breeds and those bred to be companions often don’t have the same physical skills and, therefore, can’t jump over fences.

You also have to consider their instincts. Just because a dog can jump over a fence doesn’t mean they will. It takes a great deal of motivation for a dog to attempt to jump over a 6-foot fence for the first time. Usually, this is caused by a very high prey drive.

Dogs that scale fences typically do so because they see something they want to chase. No dog looks at a fence and decides that they’re going to try and jump it. They see something running and chase it, regardless of the fence in their way. Some dogs may have other instincts that drive them to jump over a fence. For instance, some territorial dogs jump over the fence if they feel threatened.

All of these situations are dangerous since the dog is typically chasing something and isn’t always aware of their surroundings!

Dog clearing a high jump obstacle course
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How to Prevent a Dog From Jumping Over a Fence

The best way to prevent your dog from jumping over a fence is to ensure it’s tall enough. We recommend at least a 6-foot fence for most dogs. This should be high enough for even large canines, especially if they don’t have much motivation to jump over the fence.

However, for smaller dogs, you can get away with a shorter fence. A small fence is often fine if the breed isn’t known for athleticism. The only other options are to keep your dog inside when you cannot supervise them or walk them around the yard with a leash.

doberman dog jumping high to fetch a ball
Image Credit: Michsa, Shutterstock

Conclusion

Dogs can jump about three times their height at maximum. Most dogs won’t be able to jump that high. It takes a great deal of athleticism, youthfulness, and determination to jump that high. Therefore, most dogs can probably jump closer to twice their height.

Determining how high your specific dog can jump is tricky. After all, there is little way to account for all the factors involved. We recommend purchasing a taller fence than you think that you might need to be on the safe side. Also, be aware that many dog breeds can climb chain-link fences. If you’re adopting an American Staffordshire Terrier, for instance, keep that in mind. It isn’t always the jumping height that matters.

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