In my adult life—short as it may be so far—I have lived in 4 different apartment complexes in 5 years. Each year, having to navigate the breed restrictions for my dogs. Buddy Man isn’t a problem. Most places don’t even consider something so small a pet—kidding, they do, but c’mon, it’s a joke. But, Lily…she’s 100 pounds of muscle and looks like a pit-bull. She’s not, she’s a ball of love Boxer mixed with mastiff/American bulldog. But she looks mean and sounds meaner. Getting past breed restrictions for an apartment complex can be a tricky thing.
During your apartment search, you may notice that some apartments have a pet policy that states that they will restrict certain breeds. So what are these restrictions, and why do they exist? Hopefully I can help you understand pet policies so you can find the place that’s the best fit for you and your furry fido friend.
Here are several things to help you in your search for a home:
Breed restrictions only apply to dogs. Because of their size and history, certain breeds are considered to be more dangerous than others. If your dog is on the restricted list, it’s most likely your dog isn’t aggressive, but owning that breed will prohibit you from living at that apartment complex. If you want to move in or adopt a dog on that restriction list, you’ll not be allowed to sign the lease—or you’ll be asked to leave or get rid of the dog.
Breed restrictions aren’t determined by the apartment complex. Insurance companies use the information they collect from their policy holders that determine which breeds constitute a high investment risk. The insurance companies then pass that information along to the apartment complex whose policy they’re holding and the apartment has to follow those guidelines. I’ve gotten very lucky at my last 2 complexes because they had no breed restrictions—a big relief for a gargantuan-dog owner like myself!
- German Shepherds
- Pit Bull Terriers
- Doberman Pinschers
- English or Bull Mastiffs
- Great Danes
- Siberian Huskies
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Wolf Hybrids
If you plan on moving into a new complex and you want to check out what breeds the apartment allows or restricts, give them a call or shoot them an email during office hours. Every complex has different rules. Some complexes have no breed restrictions, but they have weight restrictions and vice versa.