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Can your Landlord Ban your “Dangerous” Dog Breed?

Renting an apartment is stressful, and it doesn’t help matters when after hours of pouring through Craigslist ads, you finally find your dream apartment and are told you can’t bring your furry friend along with you.

It’s especially frustrating (not to mention offensive) when you’re turned down because you own an “aggressive dog breed.” Certain dog breeds that are targeted as being more aggressive than others, including Rottweilers, Pit bulls, Dobermans, and Shepherds are often forbidden from rental properties or “pet friendly” accommodations (yep, this scary thing). While numerous research studies cast doubt on the validity of categorizing certain breeds as being more aggressive than others, landlords continue to ban “dangerous dogs” from their properties. So are these restrictions legal?

Unfortunately, landlords are legally entitled to ban certain breeds from their rental properties. While the Fair Housing Act prevents landlords from discriminating against certain humans (because of race, religion, national origin, familial status or age), the law doesn’t apply to dogs. But don’t label your landlord an animal hater just yet. He or she probably bans these breeds because many insurance companies won’t issue liability policies to them if these “dangerous” breeds are kept on the property.

The Verdict: 

While there’s not much you can do if your dream apartment doesn’t allow your breed of dog, these pictures of Riggins are sure to cheer you up. I can’t believe my first baby is 3 and a half now!

Pictures by MoCA Paws 


Lady J | January 23, 2017

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