Alaskan Malamute Fencing Height Requirements: Complete Garden Guide

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Keeping your Alaskan Malamute safely contained in your garden is a necessity. Malamutes love to be outdoors, so it’s important to provide them with a space that they can happily spend their time in without needing to be supervised.

To do this, your garden fence must be both tall enough and strong enough to prevent your Alaskan Malamute from being able to jump and climb over it. We recommend having a fence at least 6 feet tall, as well as having one foot below ground to prevent digging.

In this guide, we’ll explore everything there is to know about Alaskan Malamute fencing requirements and other aspects of the garden.

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Alaskan Malamute Fencing Requirements

Alaskan Malamutes are a large breed, and as a result, they will need a large fence to keep them contained.

This is particularly true if you don’t know the temperament of the Alaskan Malamute you will be bringing home – some Malamutes love to explore more than others.

This why we recommend that your garden fence stands at least 6 feet tall above the ground to deter your Alaskan Malamute from trying to jump over it.

How High Can Malamutes Jump?

Malamutes are large and heavy dogs not built for jumping, so why is a large fence even required?

The main issue is that they will try to climb over fences rather than jump, and given their large size, this is a lot more common than you would think.

Be sure not to place large objects, such as birdbaths or benches, next to your fencing to prevent your Alaskan Malamute from using them to climb.

Don’t Forge About Digging

Alaskan Malamutes are actually more likely to dig underneath a garden fence to escape rather than jump over it.

This is super important to remember because even if your fence is tall enough, you may not expect them just to dig right underneath. Malamutes are very smart, so they will take advantage of this if you don’t put precautions in place.

Many of our past Malamutes have been avid diggers, and interestingly, they have always been more likely to dig at the edges of the garden than anywhere else.

For this reason, it’s important to make sure that your garden fence is firmly rooted into the ground and that your Alaskan Malamute can’t easily dig around it. Ideally, you’ll want the base of your fence to be buried into the ground by at least one foot.

How To Make Your Fence More Secure

If you think your fence is unsuitable or has any particularly weak spots, there are a few things you can do that don’t require you to replace your fence.

The first and easiest option is to line the base of your fence with large rocks that are partially buried.

These rocks should deter your Alaskan Malamute from wanting to bury in these spots, but if they continue with their escape plan, you may need a more permanent option.

Burying chicken wire at the base of your fence is another, more cost-friendly option to prevent your Alaskan Malamute from escaping. Make sure that any sharp edges are pointed away from your garden to prevent injury to your Malamute when they dig.

If these options don’t work, it’s probably time to upgrade your fence to a more Alaskan Malamute-proof option and work on obedience training with them.

What Type Of Fence Is Best?

So, now we know the required height for your Alaskan Malamutes fence, what kind of fence should you actually buy?

First of all, it’s important to get a fence that’s strong enough to withstand your Alaskan Malamute standing up against it. Malamutes are often nosy and may peer into your neighbor’s garden to investigate strange sounds or smells.

This means your fence will need to be made from a strong and sturdy material that can repeatedly hold up against your Malamute jumping up on it.


An affordable, sturdy, and attractive option is a wooden fence. Large breed owners commonly use wooden fences as they can be built quickly and can be fixed securely into the ground.

The large number of wood options and the ability to paint or stain them also means you are bound to find a fencing option that suits your garden.


Masonry fences such as stone and concrete are undoubtedly the most secure and long-lasting option when it comes to Alaskan Malamutes.

Their impressive structure does, unfortunately, come with a hefty price tag, and their construction is certainly not a quick job.

If you have the time and money for a masonry fence, we definitely recommend it.

Chain Link

Whilst chain link fences are a sturdy and affordable option, we would advise against them as they can make climbing a breeze for your Alaskan Malamute. We also do not recommend iron gate-like fencing, as they do not protect against neighbors who may stick their hands through the fencing.

There are many suitable materials and fencing styles for Alaskan Malamute. We advise that you get in touch with your local construction companies to discuss what dog-friendly options they can provide.

Other Things To Consider

Besides getting the perfect fence to keep your Alaskan Malamute safe, there are a few things you can do to your garden to make their outdoor time more enjoyable.

The first of which is for those of you with Alaskan Malamutes that are known to dig. Another way to prevent your Malamute from digging around the fence or anywhere else unwanted is to give them a dedicated digging spot.

Find an area in your garden where you don’t mind your Alaskan Malamute turning into a personal excavation site and cover it with dog-safe loose soil or sand.

Train your Malamute to dig in this spot by burying toys and large treats for them to discover and reward them whenever you see them using this spot.

Anytime you see them attempting to dig anywhere else, interrupt them and lead them over to the dedicated digging zone.

More advice on how to stop your Malamute from digging can be found here.

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Another change you can make to your garden is to provide your Alaskan Malamute with a bedding spot.

Malamutes love the outdoors and will often choose to sleep outside, regardless of the weather or how cold it is.

For older Malamutes, in particular, sleeping outside for long periods of time can lead to joint problems. That’s why we recommend providing them with a comfier sleeping area outdoors that will support their joints but still allow them to cool off as they need to.

We’ve had success in using mulch, such as forest bark and small cedar chips, as an outdoor bed for an Alaskan Malamute. It offers them a warm and supportive base to lay on that does not get too easily stuck in their coat, but it also looks natural in your garden.

Other small changes may include dedicated marking spots to train your Malamute not to urinate on certain plants if required and dog-friendly plants for your Malamute to sniff around safely.

In Summary

Using our guide, we hope that you will able to provide a safe and secure garden area for your Alaskan Malamute.

Keeping your garden secure with an appropriately sized fence is absolutely crucial if you have an Alaskan Malamute, especially if they are as curious as ours!

Don’t forget to protect against digging as well by using the tips in this article.

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Caitlin is the owner and lead writer for The Malamute Mom. She has over 10 years of experience with Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies. She is currently working on getting her PhD in materials science but continues to write for The Malamute Mom in her spare time.

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