4 Reasons Huskies Jump So High

by Stuart | Last Updated:   May 30, 2021

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Huskies are amazing animals. They are athletic, lithe, energetic, flexible, and extremely fit by nature. Huskies are outstanding among dogs for their jumping prowess, which is somewhat legendary. This article explains how high the average Husky can jump.

There are a number of reasons why a Husky can jump much higher than other dog breeds. Overall, the qualities and attributes these dogs possess give them the edge when it comes to jumping great heights. 

Here are our four explanations on “the WHY” of how high a Husky can jump:

  1. Natural Adaptation to a Harsh Environment
  2. Natural Predatory Instinct
  3. Extremely High Energy Levels
  4. Adventurous and Inquisitive Nature

If you have a full-grown Husky or a Husky still at the puppy stage, you will want to read on to get useful facts and tips about the natural capabilities they have and their tendencies to behave in peculiar ways.

A Husky ion mid jump over a hedge

How High Can A Husky Jump?

On average any adult Husky can jump as high about 4 to 4.5 feet.  When they get a good running head start and are generally highly athletic, some Huskies can even jump 6 feet in the air and you must take into consideration the fact that jumping capability will vary from dog to dog. 

There are several claims made by pet owners regarding how high their Husky can jump. In certain cases, Husky owners have said their dog jumped 8 feet high, while in some rare instances owners claim they have seen their Husky jump as high as 10 feet.

Here is a reddit comment in the Siberian Husky subreddit regarding their huskies ability to jump over a 6ft. fence:

anonymous0311: if my husky gets a running start he’s made it over our 6 ft. fench, I had to put tin sheets across the top.

Some Huskies are indeed capable of scaling 8 feet high barriers like walls or fences. However, in such cases the Husky achieves that feat by a combination of jumping and climbing in a swift fluid motion; think “scaling a rock wall” rather than a “high jump”.

Consequently, in cases where the husky experiences a spike in its arousal level and adrenaline, it is possible such a dog may even surpass feats of jumping 8 feet using the jumping and climbing combination. 

Overall, we would say if you are trying to contain your Husky with anything less than an 8-foot fence, it is probably a good idea to either keep an eye on him or to “fortify” with an electric dog fence. 

And in case you think this is just “fun, trivia information” to be aware of, keep in mind before getting a husky that some living areas need to comply with their areas Homeowners Association Etiquette’s rules on fencing, which could limit the height of fences allowed in backyards.

Here is a redditor discussing such an issue:

Azara1th: I’m moving to NC and the houses in my budget within the area I need to be are in HOAs that don’t allow 6ft fences, privacy fence or not. Does anyone have any ideas to potentially keep my husky from jumping a 4.5ft fence? Would coyote rollers work or would it be more likely that she’d be able to clear it without even needing to pull herself over the top? Coyote rollers + angled top to the fence? Anyone have any other suggestions?

4 Reasons That Make Huskies Jump Higher

1. Natural Adaptation to a Harsh Environment

There are close to ten breed variations of the Husky. However, the Siberian Husky is the most popular, renowned, and the most athletic of them all. Siberian Huskies, especially, were bred as sled dogs for hard work in very low temperatures.

Consequently, they can pull sleds for long distances at a fast pace without quickly getting tired. They have speed, endurance, and deep chests; which give them a large lung capacity for distance running, as well as powerful shoulders; which give them strength to pull loads (i.e. on a sled).

This combination of traits gives the husky the drive and propelling force which builds up momentum that makes it capable of leaping higher than most dogs. And sometimes, when huskies are mixed with other breeds, the ability to jump remains strong.

2. Natural Predatory Instinct

Huskies are known to have a high prey drive. Prey drive is an animals’ natural predatory instinct or desire to chase and capture prey (typically other animals smaller than himself). Historically Huskies, which were initially bred in Siberia, roamed free in the summer, hunted in packs, and preyed on wild cats, birds, and squirrels.

Consequently, Huskies still have these hunting instincts embedded in their DNA and they still exhibit a very high prey drive even when completely domesticated. This is why it is usually recommended that you not have other, smaller, pets if you have a Husky. Their athletic capability gives them enhanced agility as hunter packs would need to leap some feet in the air in order to catch and immobilize prey. This also helps explain why Huskies can leap high in the air.

What you must always keep in mind is the fact that some kinds of dogs were bred over the centuries for specialized purposes. What this means is that those particular breeds will display parts of the predatory sequence of behaviours much more strongly than others. 

The Husky, which falls into this category, has finely honed reactions which can make them assess and leap over a high barrier, such as a fence, relatively easily compared to other dog breeds. This can make it very difficult if you are trying to contain your Husky with something low, like a baby gate. 

Furthermore, Northern dog breeds, like the Husky, which are the least genetically manipulated, closely resemble their wolf ancestors and have a high probability of displaying total predatory behaviour.

3. Extremely High Energy Levels

Huskies have not just unusual, but phenomenal energy levels. They can run long distances at a moderate speed in very low temperatures while expending very little energy.

They are also athletic, playful, and light on their feet. The athletic propensity and disposition of your Husky, and Huskies in general, is also a major reason why they can jump very high. 

The fact that they have strong front paws and back haunches, flanks, or hindquarters makes it very easy for a Husky to launch itself up high in the air and jump over an obstacle or high barriers such as a wall or fence. We would recommend trying an “invisible fence” for your Husky, rather than attempting containment with your fence if it is a short, chain link style. 

The body build of a Husky is such that strength from the back legs, which provide the propelling force and agility, make them prime escape artists. In addition, Huskies must always have an outlet to dissipate their vast reservoirs of energy, which is often expended by jumping to great heights. It is recommended that you engage in daily, vigorous physical activity with your Husky (such as a brisk walk, long game of “fetch”, or jog around the park) to help positively expend these energy stores. 

Observations by dog enthusiasts show that the speed, strength, and agility of a Husky are a major determinant of how high it can jump. What is even more pronounced in Huskies is the trigger or need to jump when they are excited.

Huskies, which are a veritable powerhouse of energy by nature, are known to often exhibit hyperactive behaviour which usually includes jumping; often up onto your company. This is why Huskies must be conditioned by training and exercise to regularly burn off their energy in order to keep them in check. We recommend engaging in a regimented schedule of training with your Husky right from the time he is a small pup, to avoid any negative behaviours. Hiring a well reviewed Husky specialising trainer would be even better!

4. Adventurous and Inquisitive Nature

Huskies are very independent creatures and were literally born to run. What this means is that anything that arouses their interest or curiousity has a tendency to set them off.

Owners often report cases where their Husky takes off like a rocket and clears 4 feet walls at a single running jump when chasing after a target. This is a common occurrence when the animal is tantalized by fast moving objects which appear to the dog like prey.

These include smaller animals such as cats, rabbits, ferrets and squirrels. However, larger animals such as deer, antelopes, other dogs, and even humans (especially little children and skateboarders) are all fair game in the mind of a Husky. 

If an untrained Husky is left unattended by its owner and is in a situation or location with a high degree of visibility, there is every possibility that the Husky will be highly motivated to overcome whatever obstacle lies in its path in order to pursue its object of interest.

This will include scaling a fence, wall, barrier or obstacle that may be as high as 6 feet or more. The simple truth is that the brain of a Husky is hardwired to jump.

Consequently, any opportunity that comes a Husky’s way in terms of visual stimulation will most likely trigger the impulse to jump. Sights, smells, animal noises, and sounds coming from n across the fence can tantalize your Husky and cause him to spring into action.

Final Thoughts

Huskies are intelligent, independent, and stubborn animals. What this translates to is that, under certain conditions and stimulated by particular circumstances, a Husky can use its natural ability to jump high in order to breach the fence around a house, home, or enclosure and escape. This may include the seemingly impossible feat of jump/scaling an 8 foot fence.

It is in a Husky’s nature to want to run and jump and it is best for the dog owner to provide a legitimate outlet for their dog to expend its energy, rather than leaving him outside to burn off hyperactivity alone. It is also always best to engage in a rigorous training program right from the time your Husky is a puppy, to ensure he is well trained and will not engage in “prey” activities with your guests or your children. 

Overall, a well exercised and well trained Husky will have fewer tendencies to mount an escape by jumping over enclosures, walls or fences erected around your home.

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