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What’s the Best Fence for Small Dogs?

Brown Dachshund runningWondering what’s the best fence for small dogs? The answer is right here at Pacific Fence & Wire!

We love dogs at PF&W. During our long, nearly 100-year history, we’ve been proud to know some of the best pooches that ever fetched a stick.

Large dogs, small dogs, medium-sized dogs … when it comes to our loyal companions, it’s important to have a fence that protects not only the property but the dog and passersby, as well.

The American Kennel Club lists the following dogs among examples of the 25 smallest dog breeds. Do you have one of these?

  • Chihuahua
  • Dachshund
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Maltese
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug

So what’s the best pet fence system for these small dogs — and the dog owners?

Dog Fencing Tips

Answering this question requires a bit of sleuthing; the answer depends not just on the size of your dog but on its temperament. (Not to mention its jumping ability! No point in erecting a tall fence if Stella’s just gonna soar over the thing.)

Dog fencing solutions don’t have to be complicated. If you have a well-behaved canine, the type of fence you choose is determined less by the needs of the dog and more by the needs of your property.

However, even trained dogs can get into mischief from time to time. There are also some safety considerations to take into account when trying to figure out the best fence for a small dog.

For example, dogs are territorial by nature. That means they may tread a well-worn path along the fence perimeter. You might consider landscaping that portion of the yard so that it’s easier on your pup’s paws.

Best Fence for Small Dogs

Generally speaking, a tall chain link fence buried a couple of feet below the surface is the best type of fence to contain all dogs — diggers and jumpers included.

However, there are several fence types; the key is to find the one that works best for your small dog. At Pacific Fence & Wire, we specialize in all manner of fences: wooden fences, chain link fences, vinyl fences, ornamental metal fences, as well as gates railings, and specialty fences.

Each of these types of fences can be made into many different forms. The best part about partnering with PF&W is that we can customize a fence so that it’s perfect for you, your property, and your dog.

Depending on the training, temperament, and tendencies of your small dog, you might need to erect a fence that limits their most destructive habits. This includes attempting to escape.

Escape Strategies
The good dog folks at list five common escape strategies for fenced-in dogs: jumping over the fence, climbing over the fence, digging under the fence, chewing or pushing through the fence, and “using their nose to lift the gate latch.”

Each of these escape strategies can be guarded against with the right fencing installation, some of which we cover here.

Small dogs, however, present additional challenges. Their tiny stature allows them to squeeze through slats that would hinder a bigger dog. Thus, a picket fence may not be ideal.

Plus, small dogs are often dynamos — little bundles of energy, which they channel into negative behaviors, such as digging … and digging … and digging. In that case, you may need to dig a trench in which to bury the bottom of the fence a foot or two below the surface.

Pacific Fence & Wire: Your Portland Fence Experts

Get in touch with us today, and we’ll discuss fencing options with you. We have years of experience providing durable and affordable fencing for all sorts of landscapes and the dogs that roam around them.

Dogs need the freedom to run around. Steel fences or metal dog fences can pen your dog safely inside while providing that freedom. We know that dog owners often consider electric fences (or so-called wireless dog fences), but we think it’s more humane to utilize an actual fence. Especially since so many fence types are easy to install and maintain.

We work in and around Portland, Oregon, so be sure to speak to us first before deciding on the type of fence you want. You can find our work throughout the Portland metro area and beyond, including Yakima, The Dalles, Pendleton, Hood River, Bend, Corvallis, and Eugene. We also have work along the Oregon Coast, far Eastern Oregon, as well as in Washington and Idaho.

We are Oregon’s premier fencing company, which is one reason we’ve lasted for so many years. Call us today!