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

 

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 this SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence Comparison Guide with the differences and similarities of each

You should be able to get a better idea of which dog fence might be better for you and your dog/s from it.

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

We have listed the main models from each brand below if you’d prefer to go straight to viewing each:

 

eXtreme

 

SportDOG

 

What Models Does Each Brand Offer?

Overall, both SportDOG and eXtreme offer a few different dog fence models with different features.

 

SportDOG has two main models:

– the SDF-100A (plus an option with thicker gauge wire)

– and the SDF-100C (has a rechargeable battery)

 

eXtreme has four main models:

– the Basics System,

– the Standard Grade System,

– the Professional Grade System,

– and the Max Grade System

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme Dog Fence: Which To Get?

One way to look at it might be, to look at the:

– the size and number of dogs you want on the system,

– the area you want to contain your dog/s to,

– and the individual features you want and need with the fence system

We discuss some of these things below.

 

There’s three other potential 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

 

Brands

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

 

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).

 

Personal Preferences

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

SportDOG In-Ground Fence System SDF-100A (& SDF-100C) Review

eXtreme Dog Fence Reviews – Basic, Standard, Professional Grade, & Max Grade

 

SportDOG vs eXtreme vs PetSafe Fence Comparison

In case you wanted to get a comparison to the PetSafe dog fence, you can read this comparison guide.

 

You can also read an individual SportDOG vs PetSafe comparison here:

SportDOG vs PetSafe Dog Fence Comparison 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

 

Best In Ground, Above Ground & Wireless Dog Fences On The Market

These guides outline some of the best dog fence models on the market at the moment:

Best Above Ground & In Ground Electric Dog Fences

Best Wireless Electric Dog Fences

Above Ground vs Underground vs Wireless Dog Fences: Comparison

 

 

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