SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Comparison, & Which To Get

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There’s a few different electric dog fences on the market.

Two of the more popular brands are SportDOG and eXtreme.

We’ve put together a SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence Comparison Guide with the differences and similarities so you can get a good idea of which dog fence might be better for you and your dog/s.

Let’s take a look!

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Comparison, & Which To Get

There are a few different dog fence models available from each brand.

SportDOG has two main models – the SDF-100A (plus an option with thicker gauge wire), and the SDF-100C.

eXtreme has four main models – the Basics System, the Standard Grade System, the Professional Grade System, and the Max Grade System.

We have listed these models below if you’d prefer to go straight to viewing each

eXtreme

SportDOG

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Which To Get

There’s three ways to look at which to get:

  • Look at the brands as a whole and what they offer
  • Look at the individual models and what they offer
  • Understand your own preferences and what you need or want from a dog fence

In terms of brands, eXtreme offers a wider range of models.

In terms of models, the eXtreme Max Grade and Professional grade offer features such as optional above ground installation the SportDog models simply don’t. They also come default with 14 gauge wire, and additional twister wire.

Also in terms of models – the Standard model from eXtreme is probably most comparable to the SportDOG models, but in terms of price, features, performance and overall value – the Standard model probably comes out at least as equal, or slightly ahead of the SportDog models. Just as one example, it offers 5 levels of steady correction/stimulation, and two progressive levels (in comparison to the 4 levels of the SDF-100A, and the 7 levels of the SDF-100C). The SDF-100C does offer a rechargeable battery though (whereas the eXtreme Basic is the only model with a rechargeable battery).

In terms of personal preferences – you have to weigh up what features you want personally, and for your dog/s, and yard.

It’s worth noting that at least the eXtreme Standard, Pro Grade and Max Grade models are manufactured in the US, and eXtreme is an American company – if that aligns with part of what is important to you in terms of the products you support and buy (as long as the product meets your requirements in other areas).

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Differences

Some of the core unique features or differences between the different models from both brands are:

eXtreme Dog Fence Max Grade System

  • One of the more expensive options in terms of starting price
  • Can be put above or below ground
  • Disposable/replaceable battery
  • Comes with 14 gauge wire (for perimeter), and 60ML poly coating (designed to last 25+years) [this 60ML coating is the main difference with the Pro Grade system]
  • Comes with 16 gauge twisted wire
  • Transmitter is designed to cover up to 10 acres (and when enough wire is purchased for the perimeter)
  • 7 stimulation/correction levels (5 steady, and 2 progressive), and a beep only mode
  • Each collar can also be set individually
  • Comes with a surge protector
  • For dogs 8lbs and up
  • Different frequency settings available
  • Comes with other kit inclusions

eXtreme Dog Fence Professional Grade System

  • One of the more expensive options in terms of starting price
  • Can be put above or below ground
  • Disposable/replaceable battery
  • Comes with 14 gauge wire (for perimeter), and 45ML poly coating (designed to last 25+years)
  • Comes with 16 gauge twisted wire
  • Transmitter is designed to cover up to 10 acres (and when enough wire is purchased for the perimeter)
  • 7 stimulation/correction levels (5 steady, and 2 progressive), and a beep only mode
  • Each collar can also be set individually
  • Comes with a surge protector
  • For dogs 8lbs and up
  • Different frequency settings available
  • Comes with other kit inclusions

eXtreme Dog Fence Standard Grade System

  • Comparable to the SDF-100A in price
  • One of the more expensive options in terms of starting price
  • Can be put below ground 
  • Comes with 20 gauge wire (for perimeter)
  • Transmitter is designed to cover up to 10 acres (and when enough wire is purchased for the perimeter)
  • 7 stimulation/correction levels (5 steady, and 2 progressive), and a beep only mode
  • Disposable/replaceable battery
  • For dogs 8lbs and up
  • Different frequency settings available
  • Comes with other kit inclusions

eXtreme Dog Fence Basics System

  • Cheapest option of all models – very much a budget option
  • Can be put below ground
  • Comes with 20 (or 16) gauge wire (for perimeter)
  • Rechargeable battery (with USB)
  • For dogs 15lbs and up
  • No frequency levels, or different correction levels
  • No surge protector
  • Less features and inclusions than the other dog fence models

SportDOG SDF-100A

  • An underground dog fence
  • Disposable/replaceable battery (lasts 6-12 months)
  • Transmitter is designed to cover up to 100 acres (and when enough wire wire is purchased for the perimeter)
  • Has 4 levels of static stimulation, and vibration/tone
  • Collar is waterproof
  • For dogs 10lbs and up

SportDOG SDF-100C

  • An underground dog fence
  • Rechargeable battery (charges in 2 hours, lasts 1-2 months per charge)
  • 7 levels of static stimulation, and also vibration/tone only
  • Has a waterproof and submersible collar
  • Not compatible with the SDF-100A or SDF-CT Add-A-Dog® collars (SDF-R, SDF-CTR)
  • For dogs 10 pounds or larger

 

*Note:

  • The warranties and conditions also vary between the products – confirm before you buy.
  • The collar straps may also fit different sized necks – so check them too.
  • Each dog fence system also comes with a different amount of wire, and other inclusions

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Similarities

  • The eXtreme Standard Dog Fence System is probably most similar to the SportDOG SDF-100A
  • All these dog fences can be customized in terms of buying additional wire, collars, and other add ons

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Reviews

 

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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