Have you been searching for a place to live with your loyal pet? If so, you may face breed and weight restrictions, a common roadblock for people with large dogs. If the apartment you’ve chosen tells you your dog is not allowed, you can either appeal the decision or look for a more pet-friendly rental near you.

What are Apartment Breed Restrictions, and Why Do They Exist?

Many rental communities restrict pet breeds and sizes. These restrictions are based on the assumption that larger dogs are naturally stronger and more aggressive, increasing the likelihood that they will damage the property or harm others. The most commonly banned breeds include:

  • Akitas
  • American Pit Bulls
  • Boxers
  • Cane Corsos
  • Chow Chows
  • Dalmatians
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherds
  • Huskies
  • Malamutes
  • Mastiffs
  • Presa Canarios
  • Rottweilers
  • Staffordshire Terriers
  • Wolf Hybrids

What to Do If You Have a Large or Restricted Dog Breed

The stereotypes don’t apply to all dogs of a particular breed—your pet may exemplify this. Luckily, you’re not helpless if a landlord denies your rental application because of your pet. The first option is to appeal the decision. Here’s how:

  • Create a pet resume with your pet’s breed and weight, vaccination information, positive characteristics, training and skills, and care routine. A personal letter to the landlord can also leave a positive impression.
  • Submit pet references from friends, family, and current neighbors to prove that your dog’s social behavior is suitable for apartment living.
  • Offer to pay an additional pet deposit to supplement any potential damage your large dog may cause.
  • Get pet liability insurance to show your landlord that they won’t be responsible for any injuries your pet may cause.
  • Request an interview between your dog and the landlord. A positive interaction, along with the other suggestions here, could spur the landlord to make an exception for your dog.

In the end, landlords retain the right to follow their pet policy. If all your efforts fail, you’ll need to find a more pet-friendly apartment that accepts your dog.

Steps to Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental

As you begin your search, specify that you’re looking for dog-friendly apartments. When you find a rental that catches your eye, look up the pet policy before becoming too invested. You may need to contact the property directly to learn more about their breed and weight restrictions. If your dog isn’t allowed, you can attempt the appeal process outlined above or take your search elsewhere.

Finding a place to rent with a large dog can be challenging, but Apartment Locating Specialists is here to help. Our leasing specialists can contact properties in Dallas-Fort Worth on your behalf, saving you time as you prepare for your upcoming move. Best of all, our apartment locating services are completely free—we even offer a cash rebate after you move! Begin your apartment search today, or call us at (817) 685-7368 with any questions you have.