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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 Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is a beautiful state with wonderful stretches of waterfront and outdoor public land to enjoy life with your pup. The state does have some areas of improvement and ranks fairly average for pet-friendliness relative to other states. 


One of the leading studies for pet-friendly places to live comes from Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Rhode Island ranks as the 33rd most pet-friendly state. While this score is pretty average, the state did score well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Another great study comes from Safewise, a safety review website for different places to live. They ranked Rhode Island similarly in the middle – as the 25th most pet-friendly state in the country. 


Both studies evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Rhode Island

BringFido lists Rhode Island as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. Their most recommended spots for dogs are Compass Rose Beach and Sachuest Beach, both popular dog-friendly destinations for Rhode Island.


Rhode Island has a below-average dog ownership rate. Twenty-six percent of Rhode Island residents own a dog, compared to the national rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Rhode Islanders love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Rhode Island are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and German Shepherds. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Rhode Island

Rhode Island saved 5,282 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 18 animals were killed over this, same period. 

Twenty-seven out of 30 of the animal shelters within Rhode Island are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is a great number since it’s above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

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