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Fox Terrier - Wire Characteristics

Originally bred to flush foxes out of their hiding places, the Wire Fox Terrier spends more time today as a household companion.  Intelligent, pleasant, and playful, the Wire Fox Terrier (Or Foxy, as they're known in certain circles) is a loving friend and companion to humans and most other animals. 

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

Wire Fox Terriers are descendants of the Fox Terrier breed and have a long history as hearty hunting companions.  Because their rough white or black coats made them less vulnerable to injury when hunting in rough country, Wire Fox Terriers were favored over their smooth-coated Counterparts.  
 
The Foxy stands about 15 inches to the shoulder and weighs about 15-19 pounds. Though a smaller hunting breed, the Wire Fox Terrier is known to be scrappy and is not afraid to pick fights with dogs much larger than itself. Unless the dog has had ample obedience training and socialization, it is advised that you do not leave your foxy alone with larger dogs.
 
With their high intelligence, Fox Terriers are excellent at learning obedience, agility, and earth trials, testing how competitive a hunter your pup is. They’ll pick up tricks right away, too. Spending time learning these skills with your Wire Fox Terrier is time well spent, as boredom is a primary reason for bad behavior in the house.  
 
The Foxy is an Outgoing, self-assured breed, and has a tendency to find itself in trouble. These dogs love playing with toys and balls, and many enjoy playing in the water. While they're difficult to resist as puppies, be aware that a full-grown Wire Fox Terrier needs a lot of attention and stimulation to remain obedient.
 

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.

Lexington-Fayette

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

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.

Lexington

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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