Best Wire For An Electric Dog Fence (Different Gauges & Types)


Wire for electric dog fence systems come in different types.

In this guide, we will be identifying those different types, and discussing what the best wire for an electric dog fence system might be

Let’s jump into the guide!


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Best Wire For An Underground Dog Fence: Different Gauges & Types

Our top picks for the best wire for underground dog fences are:


*NOTE: you can buy wire splicing kits and wire staples separately:


Best Wire For An Electric Dog Fence: Buyer’s Guide

Compatibility Of Different Wire With Different Fence Systems/Products

As of right now, eXtreme indicates that their eXtreme bran boundary wire (linked at the top of this guide) in particular is compatible with most dog fence systems.

But, you should check what brands and models of fence a wire is compatible with before buying.


What Types & Thicknesses Of Dog Fence Boundary Wire Are There?

14 gauge is the thickest, through to 20 gauge which is the thinnest.

There’s also 16 and 18 gauge in the middle.

This means if you need something a little more heavy duty to put in the ground, your wire should stand less chance of getting sliced up or damaged.

You can also get the heavy duty wire with the thick poly outer jacket.

Twisted wire is for creating sections of perimeter fence that don’t activate your dog’s collar device.


How Much Boundary Wire Do I Need?

As a rough guide – each additional 500 feet of boundary wire might give you roughly another 1/3 of an acre to your system. 2000 feet might give you roughly another 5 acres.

Check how much boundary wire and how many acres the standard system kit can cover though before buying extra wire.

You can see information on the manufacturer’s website or product page in a table, that converts the feet of wire you purchase to an acreage that can be contained.


What Else Do I Need With The Boundary Wire?

It depends what you need to get done.

Usually splice capsules/kits and wire nuts can be good for connecting or fixing wires.

Staples are also good for pinning the wire above ground if you don’t bury it.


What Are The Best Electric Dog Fence Systems?

You can read about some of the best electric dog fence systems in this guide.


Electric Dog Fence FAQ Questions For Buyers and Owners

You can read an FAQ Guide here about commonly asked questions by potential buyers and owners of electric dog fences.

We outline things such as:

Types of electric dog fences

All factors to consider in choosing an electric dog fence

Most important factors to consider in choosing an electric dog fence

How much an electric dog fence costs

How to install and set up an electric dog fence

How an electric dog fence works

How to train a dog to use an electric dog fence, and how long it takes

Type of wire used for an electric dog fence

How much wire is required for an electric dog fence

Which electric dog fence wire is best

How to bury the wire for an electric dog fence system

How deep to bury the wire

Are dog fences safe, and are they effective



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