Apartments and “Aggressive Breed” Dogs

Are you one of the growing number of Americans who have a pet that is considered part of the family? As many of you may know, finding the perfect apartment, that allows your pet, can be an uphill battle. Apartments in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area have a wide variety of pet restrictions. Your pets weight, height, breed, and even age can all be factors in determining whether or not your application for that next apartment is going to be approved. So before you hit the streets, touring apartment after apartment, educate yourself on the apartment’s pet policies. Generally, these pet restrictions are strictly enforced and can be a crucial factor in finding an apartment that is the perfect fit for both you and beloved pet.

Today we are going to focus on aggressive breed dogs. Owners of what properties deem “aggressive breed dogs” will often encounter the “breed restriction” hurdle from the moment they start their apartment search. These breed restrictions vary from property to property. The breeds which most often make the list are:

  1. Pitt Bulls
  2. Rottweilers
  3. German Shepherds
  4. Huskies
  5. Alaskan Malamutes
  6. Doberman Pincers
  7. Chows
  8. Presa Canarios
  9. Boxers
  10. Dalmations

 

Although a large percentage of these pets are not aggressive and friendly, they have reputations for aggression and have apartment managers fearing the liability of another tenant being attacked. Most people will attest that their pet is the most warm, loving and gentle pet on Earth, but the property managers are limited in their discretion to accept certain breeds. There are often insurance limitations, but most of the time the property manager knows if they allow even one pet from their “aggressive breed list” then they will be inviting futures problems when other tenants. Your best bet is to start your search with a specific list of apartments that will accept your pets breed. Let your apartment locator know your pet situation right away, they will provide you with a list that has been taylored to your needs. It can save hours of time and frustration. Also, don’t forget to narrow your apartment list by weight and age also. Many properties will want your dog to be at least 6 months old in order to avoid a noisey puppy and many of those breeds on the aggressive breed list will easily approach the 40lb threshold that properties consider large dogs. Know all of your options before you start, so that you and your pet can find a great apartment to call home.