My wife, who is not in any development-related profession, asked if it was a law that residential back yards in Texas have fences. This came after a trip to her home state of Indiana where very few residential back yards, especially in her quaint town, have fences. I told her no, there is no law. But I wonder what cultural and historical trends have made it so that fenced yards are so common here? Is it the Texan need to keep the "private" in private property? Surely many of these unfenced lots in her town have dogs. I wouldn't want a medium or large sized dog to always be inside unless it was being walked.
I've lived here all my life and before I traveled much, I just took it for granted that fenced in backyards were the norm everywhere.
Are fenced yards common in the rest of the South? Are they common in the western states?