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Cocker Spaniel Characteristics
The typical Cocker Spaniel is a gentle, loving, and trustworthy family companion who is good with children, other pets, and the elderly. A classic companion, this dog is just as suited to be a couch potato in a high-rise condo as they are an adventure buddy and running partner.
The Cocker Spaniel spent years as America's most popular dog breed due to its lovable personality and regal appearance. Typically standing around 14-15 inches and weighing around 24-28 pounds, they're the perfect mid-size companion for hunting, running, or just hanging out. Their even temperament makes them a perfect family dog, but remember, the Cocker was bred to be a hunting dog. Don't be surprised when they chase birds or other small animals while out on a walk.
Disney did not have to think hard when figuring out which breed should play "Lady" in "Lady and the Tramp"; the elegant appearance of the Cocker Spaniel is enjoyed by all, but be aware of the time required for proper upkeep. Keeping the iconic brown or black Cocker coat beautiful is expensive and a lot of work, so plan on paying a professional groomer and brushing the coat regularly. The ears on a Cocker Spaniel are also a common site for infection, so make sure to check them weekly.
A dog that has been actively bred for so long is more prone to health issues, so make sure to do some research and purchase your Cocker Spaniel from a reputable breeder to ensure a long and healthy life.
How dog-friendly is Kentucky?
Kentucky has some strong dog-friendly cities, but overall the state could do better for dog-friendliness. In particular, Kentucky’s animal welfare laws lag behind other states.
In a study by animal safety ranker, Pawsafe, Kentucky ranked as the 40th most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe’s study ranked each of the 50 states according to several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. The state scored poorly in this study for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise, another animal safety ranker, came to a similar conclusion in a separate study. They ranked Kentucky as the 43rd most pet-friendly state. Combining these two studies together shows Kentucky towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Kentucky pet-friendly?
Ranker site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few of the major cities in Kentucky ranked.
In their study, Lexington-Fayette was the best in Kentucky, ranking 41st most pet-friendly city. It ranked 94th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 47th for pet budget, and 22nd for pet health and wellness.
While 41 isn’t outstanding, it’s in the top half of the largest 100 cities.
Louisville, KY, also did fairly well, ranking 42nd overall. They also ranked 95th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 29th for pet budget, and 24th for pet health and wellness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Lexington, KY ranked 22nd on the list at 1.9 per 100,000 residents.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kentucky
BringFido lists Kentucky as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dinosaur World and the Kentucky Horse Park as top dog-friendly attractions.
Forty-seven percent of Kentucky residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Kentucky are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kentucky
Kentucky saved 84,191 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7,132 animals were killed over this same period. Forty-eight out of 107 of the animal shelters within Kentucky are no-kill shelters.
While the percentage of no-kill shelters is average, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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