by Brad Pauly
on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 at 10:00am.
Roughly 85 million American households own a pet of some kind--about 67% of the population. Of that, there’s over 450 globally-recognized dog breeds and about 60 breeds of domesticated cats. And, while many apartment dwellers are also pet-owners, not all apartments are pet-friendly. Even among those that are, some still impose certain breed restrictions—bans of certain types of pets, especially dogs. Indeed, while many apartment complexes in and around Austin are pet-friendly, some have certain breed restrictions while others have none.
In this short post, read more about breed restrictions and why they exist, and discover how to easily find a no breed restriction apartment complex in Austin, Texas.
Breed Restrictions: What Are They?
Breed restrictions are exactly what they sound like—restrictions (bans) on certain breeds of pets at select apartment complexes—often enforced by landlords and property managers. Why the ban? Breed restrictions are generally imposed on pets (i.e. dogs) that apartment owners feel are noisy, dangerous, uncontrollable, or just plain large. Restrictions might also be imposed on pets based on their size, weight, breed, exercise needs, likelihood to cause an allergic reaction, or even their age. Moreover, some types of pets are often restricted based on a landlords’ discretion—maybe they don’t like Chihuahuas or are afraid of German Shepherds—they’re at liberty to ban whatever breed they don’t like and, unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it.
Why Do Some Apartments Have Breed Restrictions?
There are many reasons why apartment owners impose breed restrictions—some more reasoned than others. The most common is safety—dogs that are typically dangerous are a liability, since they could potentially bite, claw, scratch, or otherwise injure another apartment resident—or bystander—who might hold the landlord responsible. In spite of the fact that studies have shown that aggression in pets can’t be accurately predicted by breed alone (and that small to medium size breeds are often just as prone to aggression), this often doesn’t lessen the perception that pets of certain types are more dangerous—and so breed restrictions are common.
Landlords aren’t the only one’s accountable to their residents' safety. In fact, another reason that breed restrictions are enforced is because insurance providers cover the cost and liability for any injuries that occur on a covered property. This means that while your landlord might love to see all kinds of dogs and cats on the property, it’s pertinent that they ban certain breeds that their insurance provider deems unfit.
Common Restricted Breeds
Breed restrictions vary from one place to the next. That said, most breeds that are restricted are those that are either uncommonly large or those with a history of violence (breeds who have contributed to a sizable number of injuries or fatalities). This often includes various kinds of pit bulls (including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, and American Bulldog), as well as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Husky, and Great Danes, among other breeds. Keep in mind that even dogs that are mixed with a restricted breed might also be banned.
Austin Apartments With No Breed-Restrictions
Are you curious to know if your Austin landlord will accept your pet? Or are you looking for a place to live in Austin that’s unquestionably a no breed-restriction apartment? Use our handy guide to no breed-restriction apartments in Austin to find out. We’ve done the hard work for you—verifying what Austin apartments have no bans on breeds whatsoever, so you can get to work finding an apartment that’s perfect for you and your pet.
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