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Kerry T.

08/25/2022

Yorkshire Terrier

Was very hesitant to purchase our new family member online, but fell in love with Kady (Dixie). Was very pleased with the whole process. Communication was great from Day 1 with Puppy Spot. Updated me every step. Had to wait 12 weeks cause Kady is so small. American Airlines was fantastic and was able to track her the whole way. Was extremely impressed with her breeder who expressed shipped they day before her arrival some of the dog food she was eating, vitamins, her favorite dog toy and a co...

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Yorkshire Terrier Characteristics

Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, are a small and energetic breed – with personalities that far outstrip their tiny size! With their feisty nature also comes a beautiful loyalty to and protectiveness of their humans. Their small stature makes them great for apartment living and a companion for the whole family. Known as big dogs in a small dog body, Yorkies will not hesitate to bark or stand up to the sight of new people or animals

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Determined

Yorkshire Terriers are the smallest breed in the terrier group. These feisty, high-energy dogs are known for their big personalities and adorable appearance. They can come in a wide variety of colors, including gold, yellow, black, and steel blue.

Yorkies are sassy, but they are also charming and highly affectionate with their owners. Their small size makes them great apartment dogs, but remember that they’re a bit yappy – a trait your neighbors may not like.

Yorkies need daily exercise, whether it’s a quick walk around the block or a quick play session in the yard. Yorkies play nicely with other animals but may get a little territorial when introduced to a new friend. So, you’ll want to be extra careful if you bring a new pet into your home.

Yorkies were originally bred as rat hunters, and they still carry the loyalty expected of a working-class purebred. Their size makes them great with kids. While they have a strong personality, Yorkies can become attached to their owners and will need plenty of attention.

As one of the smaller breeds, Yorkies only grow to weigh up to 7 pounds and 7 to 8 inches in height. They are usually quite healthy and enjoy an average lifespan of 11 to 15 years.

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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