While Austin is considered one of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation, renting with a restricted breed dog can still be difficult. A lot of Austin apartments have a restricted breeds list that they will not allow on the property. This list usually includes the majority of what are considered “aggressive breed” canines. Whether you agree with it or not, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Pit Bulls, and German Shepherds seem to be on most lists.
Canines vs. Apartment Communites
We want to stress that this is very property specific. Some properties will take a German Shepherd but not a Rottweiler. Some properties even have Labs on their restrictive breeds list because of the dog’s potential size. He may be a 30 lb puppy when you move in, but he/she could grow to well over 60 lbs in the first year which may put the puppy over the weight limit!
Let your apartment locator know that you will be renting with a restricted breed dog.
Also let your locator know what breed of dog you have and how much he or she weighs; so that they can recommend apartments that work with your exact type and size of pet!
Properties have these restrictions for the safety and comfort of the community, not because they don’t like your dog. Some apartments that on are on fence as to whether they will allow a specific breed, might have you furnish pet references as to the character of your dog, a letter from your vet, or even conduct a pet interview where the management has a chance to meet the dog in person before deciding whether it will be allowed on the property.