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How High Can Pitbulls Jump? Tips to Prevent Them From Scaling Fences

Written by: Rachel Giordano

Last Updated on July 2, 2024 by Dogster Team


How High Can Pitbulls Jump? Tips to Prevent Them From Scaling Fences

The Pitbull is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood breeds. They are muscular, athletic, and stout. Even though they have a bad reputation, they are sweet and loyal dogs that make excellent family companions when raised properly and in a good owner’s hands, which is true with any breed.

Given their strong physique, they can jump quite high, which may be intimidating, even if they are just jumping on you to say hello! So, how high can they jump? A typical Pitbull can jump 4 to 5 feet with no problem, and some may be able to jump even higher.

Read on to learn more about the Pitbull’s jumping abilities and how you can keep them safe on your property and with others.

How High Can a Pitbull Jump?

Jumping is a renowned Pitbull skill, and sometimes, this skill can be undesirable, especially if you’re worried about your dog jumping the fence in your backyard. Not all Pitties will jump a fence, but some may not have the ability to control the urge if there is something that piques their interest on the other side.

Therefore, ensure that your fence is at least 6 feet in height to offer the best protection against your Pitbull jumping it. If you have a chain-link or another style of fence that is not at least 6 feet, you’ll want to replace it for safety reasons if possible, especially if your Pitbull is a jumper.

Remember, some Pitbulls can jump even higher than 4 to 5 feet. In fact, a Pitbull holds the world record for canine vertical wall climbing, reaching a height of 13 feet!1 Pitbulls have short but strong legs, which enables them to reach great heights if the urge strikes. The average Pittie can jump 4 to 5 feet, and a professionally trained one can scale 10 to 13 feet.

Here, we created a comparison chart of other breeds so you can put your dog’s jumping abilities into perspective.

pitbull terrier jumping after an orange ball
Image By: Liudmila Bohush
Pitbull 4–5 feet
Great Dane 2–5 feet
Rottweiler 3–4 feet
Greyhound 5–6 feet
Doberman Pinscher Up to 6 feet
Golden Retriever Up to 6 feet
Border Collie Up to 6 feet

divider-pawWhy Do Pitbulls Jump Fences?

If you’re concerned about your Pitbull jumping the fence or are having behavioral problems with your dog jumping on people when they come to your home, don’t fret, as you can train them not to engage in this behavior. But first, it’s essential to determine why your Pitbull loves to jump, to aid in the training process. Here are possible reasons.

1. Boredom

A bored Pitbull—or any bored canine, for that matter—can get into mischief if not exercised both mentally and physically. A rule of thumb is that a mentally and physically stimulated dog is a happy dog. Basically, your Pittie is unlikely to have the desire to jump the fence if they’re tired.

Take your Pittie on walks each day, or engage them in a game of fetch. In case of rain or other bad weather, play with your Pittie indoors with their favorite toy.

2. Anxiety or Fear

Some dogs are fearful of unexpected noises, such as fireworks, thunder, children yelling while playing, and other similar sounds. If your Pittie has been known to jump the fence, ensure that you keep them inside during such events if possible.

close up pitbull lying on the floor
Image By: Mikorad, Pixabay

3. Hunting Instincts

Some Pitbulls have a strong prey drive, but others do not. If yours does, they may jump the fence hunting a rodent, bird, or some other animal.  When a dog is in hunting mode, there is no stopping them, making a 6-foot-high fence essential during these unexpected events.

4. Mating/New Friends

You may have an issue if your unspayed female Pittie is in heat or your unneutered male smells a female in heat. Having your Pit spayed/neutered is an excellent way to curb this desire, and it also provides other health benefits, such as eliminating the chance of developing cancer.

Pitties love the company of other dogs, and your Pit may see another dog and simply want to say hello. Having another dog for company can help your Pitbull have less of a desire to meet other dogs, and if adding another dog is out of the question, ensure that you socialize your Pittie to get them used to seeing other canines.

two pitbulls playing
Image Credit: Tulia Colombia Torres Hurtado, Pixabay

divider-dog pawHow to Prevent Your Pitbull From Jumping Fences

1. Ensure the Fence Is at Least 6 Feet High

Most chain-link fences average 4 feet high, which a Pitbull can easily jump. If you have a chain-link fence, consider replacing it with a more secure 6-foot-high fence, preferably a privacy model so your Pit cannot see other dogs on the other side.

2. Install an Electric Fence

If you cannot install a privacy fence due to funds or neighborhood restrictions, consider an electric fence. Training takes time and patience, but with perseverance, you can train your Pit not to charge the fence.

Electric Fence
Image Credit: Alzbeta, Shutterstock

3. Distract the Behavior

An effective way to keep your Pit from jumping the fence is to create a distraction. A Pitbull allowed to bark, leap, and charge the fence will be more prone to jumping it. Try distracting these behaviors with a toy, or bring your Pittie inside; this will teach them that this is unacceptable behavior and will aid in the training process.

4. Keep Your Pit Exercised

Keeping your Pittie exercised is important for their overall health and to prevent unwanted behaviors, such as jumping fences. Be sure to take your Pit on daily walks and engage in games of fetch or tug-of-war with their favorite toy.

pitbull running in mid-air with owner standing by
Image By: elbud, Shutterstock

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Pitbulls have excellent jumping abilities, which makes having the correct type of fence crucial, along with behavioral training you can do at home. Remember to distract your Pittie if they charge the fence, and ensure that it’s at least 6 feet high.

If you have a chain-link or another type of fence shorter than 6 feet, consider using an electric fence as an extra safety measure.

Featured Image Credit: Magnus Ronding, Shutterstock

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