Why do some USF apartments restrict which dog breeds they allow?

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When you're bringing your dog to the University of South Florida, you may run into trouble with your apartment even if it's a pet friendly USF apartments.. These restrictions impact the breed of dog that the tenant is allowed to keep while they live on the property. If you've never encountered these restrictions before, this article will tell you what you need to know to navigate apartments near USF with your furry friend.

What is a breed restriction?

A breed restriction is exactly what it sounds like: it determines which dog breeds are allowed or not allowed to be kept at an apartment. Some breed restrictions have to do with legislation; for example, Miami county ordinance forbids owning American Pit Bulls, as they're deemed too dangerous. In most counties, laws are based on the aggressive behavior of dogs rather than their breed. In addition to the law, each apartment has the right to restrict which dog breeds they allow their tenants to keep on their property. Note that this applies to pets only: landlords cannot deny service dogs and emotional support dogs no matter their breed.

What determines breed restrictions?

Dog breed restrictions aren't solely determined by how dangerous the dog breed is perceived to be. Restrictions can also be made based on how suitable the apartment determines that breed to be for living on their property. For example, a complex may prohibit very large dog breeds, or they may restrict breeds known to be active and troublesome. Certain communities will be more open than others; if your apartment is equipped to handle pets, if it has amenities like a dog park and pet stations, it's more likely to allow a wider range of breeds. Fortunately, if your dog's breed is restricted and you feel strongly that they should be allowed, you can appeal to your landlord with proof that your dog won't be harmful or troublesome.

There are some steps you can take to improve your chances of getting to bring your dog to apartments near USF. One way is to get a doggy DNA test. If you can prove that your dog isn't a breed that is considered dangerous, your landlord may be more likely to let them live on the property. Additionally, well-trained dogs will sometimes get a pass. If your dog tends to be unruly, consider taking them to professional training classes. Having control over your dog is a must if you want to live peacefully in your community.

Which breeds are restricted at apartments near USF?

Dog breeds that are commonly restricted at apartments near USF include American Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Mastiffs. Breeds that tend to be discriminated against often have a reputation for being aggressive, or they can grow to be very large. More breeds that are often restricted are the Cane Corso, Rottweilers, Boxers, Great Danes, and Malamutes. Some landlords will restrict any large dog if they look scary or dangerous. If you have a small dog, you're much more likely to have your pet accepted into the community of your choice.

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