Thanks to statistics from the American Humane Society we know that roughly 60% of renters in the United States own pets and a large portion of those renters’ own dogs.
Although not every dog is vicious, there are certain breeds which owners and landlords should consider banning especially if they want to avoid potential dog bites, attacks or lawsuits as a result of a dog’s behavior.
Which Dogs Should Be Banned?
Pitt Bulls – Yes, not all Pitt bulls are bad but for every one Pitt bull that’s well trained, there are two that have not been trained and represent an attack waiting to happen.
The Pit Bull is still responsible for the most fatal attacks in the U.S. by far, killing 284 people over that 13-year period – 66 percent of total fatalities. That’s despite the breed accounting for just 6.5% of the total U.S. dog population. The Rottweiler came second with 45 fatal attacks recorded while the German Shepherd was third with 20.
Rottweilers – Many dog owners have a fondness for Rottweilers but the reality is that these dogs can also be deadly as well. Rottweilers represent about 7 percent of the actual dog population but they follow Pitt bulls as being a potentially deadly breed of dog that should be banned.
German Shepherds – Last of all, German Shepherds should also be banned as well because this dog breed although very loyal can easily turn vicious at a moment notice and should be banned from your rental property.
Which Dogs Should You Allow?
The good thing is that not all dogs are vicious, especially small breed dogs. Before choosing a smaller dog though you should require it to have some form of professional training because small dogs like chihuahuas can be “ankle biters” when they are untrained.
When allowing small dogs, you should also require your tenant to have a dangerous breed exclusion with their renter’s insurance because you want to have confidence that they are able to protect their best interests with insurance protection should a bite occur.
Contact RPM Central Valley
To learn more about which dog breeds that you should allow, or to speak with us about our property management services, contact us today by calling (209) 572-2222 or click here to connect with us online.