Restrictive breeds are dogs that apartment complexes classify as aggressive breeds. Every property has their own list and it varies, but often includes dogs such as German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Dobermans, and Chows. Some properties are also beginning to include large breed dogs that are not classified as aggressive, such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. This is because even if you move in with a puppy that is one of these larger breeds and it is under the weight limit, before your lease term is up, that dog is going to be over the weight limit.
What does this mean for you? It means it is very important that you tell your apartment locator not only what breed your dog is, but how much it weighs or, if it’s a puppy, how much it is expected to weigh when fully grown. Weights are also important because some apartment complexes charge different deposits depending on your dog’s weight. For example, if you have a dog that weighs under 30 pounds, you will have to pay a smaller pet deposit than someone with a dog that weighs over 30 pounds.
If you do have a dog on the restricted breeds list, every property has different documentation they require you to submit to consider making an exception. Many properties require documentation even if your dog is not on the list. Some ask for vet records, some require a puppy interview, and still others require a puppy interview, vet records, and a picture of your dog.
This may seem overwhelming, especially if you have a dog you suspect may be a restricted breed, but your apartment locator knows what breeds and weights each complex accepts, and what requirements they have for documentation and deposits. As long as you let us know your dog’s breed and weight, we can work with you to find a great place for you and your four-legged friend.