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or anyone that has info...

I'm kind of just wondering if you own your home or rent? Mainly because we are in the process of finding a new home for a year. We are looking to rent and I've talked to a couple people who didn't have a problem with the dogs being pit bull mixes. I've also come across some who gave me a strict 'no' when I mentioned the word 'pit bull' even though they allow dogs of any size.

We have some areas in town that seem to be more tolerant than others, but some have been pretty hard on the BSL.

I'm just curious as to what you have come across as PB owners.
 

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I'm not a pitbull owner, but love the breed...

I know in my co-op, we aren't aloud Pitbulls, Dobermans or Rotties. Which really sucks because I was going to adopt a old rottie girl before she passed a way. Same with the 3 co-ops that I live near. Though a lot of the houses you can rent around allow Pitbulls only if you have them muzzled when outside (as is the law in Toronto now *sigh*)
 

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I'm currently living with my parents because of the fact I own a Pit Bull.

I've been searching for a while now to find an apartment or house to rent that is reasonable and it seems impossible to find one. What's worse for me is the fact I've put sooooo much time into Nubs for obedience and manors and yet still can't even get people to as much as give me the time of day. It doesn't help I live in a smaller city and am looking to stay in a 20min drive of my work.

The thing I've been told is look for independent landlords not big apartment complexes as independent landlords are more likely to bend rules once they meet your dog. Also you get more replies for the words "Terrier" and leaving off the "Pit Bull" part of it. I've been posting on Craigslist for an apartment. I've gotten 2 or 3 replies from real people and about 30 from spam *rolls eyes*.

Good luck.
 

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The thing I've been told is look for independent landlords not big apartment complexes as independent landlords are more likely to bend rules once they meet your dog. Also you get more replies for the words "Terrier" and leaving off the "Pit Bull" part of it. I've been posting on Craigslist for an apartment. I've gotten 2 or 3 replies from real people and about 30 from spam *rolls eyes*.

Good luck.
Yeah I could potentially (on a technicality) get away with Bridgette because I have her official adoption certificate that states she is a border collie mix. This is what I adopted her as and if I didn't know any better I might well believe it haha! I doubt I'd go off of that though. She could probably pass for a Dalmatian mix too. Brody, on the other hand, is probably more like an AmStaff mix over an APBT, but don't think he could pass for much else if they wanted to be sure....I'd have to go with terrier.

It is really frustrating that they are GOOD dogs and that doesn't matter.
 

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I don't currently own a 'dangerous' breed and this is why, actually. :( I don't want a pit bull but rather a shepherd yet it's impossible to find a place to rent with one around here (or a pit bull, or dobe, or rottie). I know people that rent on other forums with pitties, dobes, GSDs, etc with no problems but I have looked and looked around here and can't find a single place that takes those breeds. I guess a lot depends on the area. I'm going to assume since I live in a college town people assume owners of BSL type breeds are gangbanger teens and young adults that are irresponsible. In fact when I rented the last time, I asked what breeds were banned and I was told 'Just vicious breeds like pit bulls, rottweilers, doberman and german shepherds, but I doubt you'll be wanting one of those. You don't strike me as the type.' I guess it's because I'm short, I don't know!

Until I own my own home I'll just have to hold off on the GSd ownership.

Wish you all the luck in finding a place! :(
 

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I rent with a full pit bull.

but, I rent from an individual, not a company, so its more personal.

if you find an opening that will let you have them, SNAP it up. QUICK.

there are many other pit owners out there looking.
 

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We don't have a pit bull but are looking to adopt an american bulldog from a local shelter and are so glad that we own our own home.I could never rent I just don't think I could stand having someone tell me what to do in my home KWIM.
 

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I own my home...and what pushed my husband and I to buy was the fact that we at the time had a very large male dobie :)

I know of very few (3) apartment complexes that take large breed dogs or "dangerous" dogs with in 50 miles of my home...but I still did not want to take the chance

I would have a very hard time going back to renting an apartment....I would probably do what zim said and try to rent from a private party....ether a town home or a SFH
 

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I own a Pit Bull and after having to look for places to rent I found that very few property management companies and apartment complexes allow "dangerous" breeds. Private owner rentals are more understanding on the subject. I hope you have good luck with your rental search. I agree that owning a home is much better, but sometimes it can't be done.
 

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Hi. My husband and I rent an apartment in an old house was converted to 4 units. When we moved here we had 2 boxers, then one of the boxers died. We bought a pitbull which was advertised as a american bull dog. My landlord didn't have a problem with having a pitbull. It is the insurance companies who put the squash on pits.She looks like a pit/lab mix and that is how she is listed. When we went house hunting the doors were slammed in our faces OR we were told you will have to pay the home owners portion regarding pets,plus 1 st, last and security deposits and 825 per dog. So we are going to stay where we are until we are able to buy a house. My pit is not violent, shows no violent tendencies unless wagging her tail and lapping you is considered violent. I think people don't train their dogs properly, like that football player who abused his pit bulls to become fighter dogs. People like him and people who have pitt bulls and are in gangs and mistreat the dog gives a great breed a bad name. Any dog can become mean and bite It is all in the owner and if the dog is treated with love, kindness, trained well there are no problems. It is all in the people who own pitbulls. My little pit is a darling loving dog and she is quite smart
 

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We rent on a military base, and there are no pitbull or staffie mixes allowed. That was a problem for me when looking for a dog, because I wanted to rescue, but after going around all the shelters in the area (there were 4), about 90% of the dogs there were a pitbull or staffie mix. I guess people moving here have just thrown their dog into the shelters in a lot of cases, when they find they can't have them here. It made me sad, but obviously I couldn't take any of them at that time. I know my husband would like one though, so maybe in the future when we move from here we could. There is very little chance of them being adopted, especially as byb's seem to be a big thing in the surrounding towns, and I have seen several pitbull mix litters advertised.

In answer to your question... No pitbulls where we rent. But I believe the rented military housing off-base, in the town, may allow them.
 

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Depends on the market....Here, right now, there are tons of vacancies. Landlords are willing to bend if you have good credit and a good payment history.
 

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I own my home........

However, I work for the Animal Shelter. One of our requirements for adoption IF you rent is that we need to see a lease agreement and be able to contact the landlord by phone. One of the biggest reasons pets are dumped or returned to us after adoption is because the landlord won't allow them. We have mostly Pits and Pit Mixes in our shelters. We contact a lot of landlords and if we even mention the word Pit or Pit Mix it's usually a very swift NO! Mostly from the property management companies or people renting on a Military Base. I only know of 3 apartment complexes in town that allow Pits/mixes and they need to meet the pets first. We do however, get some (very few) individual landlords that don't care what breed of dog people get just as long as they pay their pet deposits. Like everyone else said you will probably be better off going to an individual that is renting because they maybe more willing to bend the rules.

I wish you Luck in your search!
 

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What I've done is when I was looking at larger complexes I first looked for a complex that allowed a dog over 50lbs. i just temporarily ignored the other info (dangerous breed, etc..). Then if I choose to look at the complex, I talked to them in person about my dog and I brought a picture too. That seemed to help because I did find a place to live, granted it took awhile though.

When I was looking for quadraplexes and small complexes I looked for ones that were advertised as pets on a case by case basis. if the general advertisement said "no dangerous breeds" but i liked the look/description of the apartment in the advertisement, I would go ahead and schedule an appointment to look anyways and THEN talk to them about my dog, and I brought a picture with me too.

Also when I asked my first landlord about pets, i did it over the phone before I looked at places because I didn't know to do it any other way, all she asked was if I had a big or small dog and I said he's about 50lbs and she said ok. and that was it. she never asked me the about breed or anything, she just wanted to know if he was big or small.
 

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Thanks for all the responses guys! Very helpful!

I've been trying to stick with private owners and such. Our reason for moving is to have a fenced back yard so we are definitely not looking for an apartment.

It's not an urgent need to move because Alex's parents own this place and we live here rent free. It's awesome, but it's pretty expensive and they are hoping to sell it asap. They won't be selling it if we don't find a place, which is great!

We'll see though. We are planning on moving to a different city in a year so we may just be sticking it out here until that time if something doesn't come along. When we move to Phoenix we are probably going to look into rent-own or buying a house...I can't stand this renting nonsense either! LOL

ETA: So I have, however, talked to two different people with awesome deals on a house and both didn't mind the dogs......but they did not bend the rules for cats!! Crazy! (I should have said they were declawed...they're not, but I doubt they'd have check...weird)
 

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Home owner here

I think renting really depends on the area. It can be easier with an independent land lord but that certainly isn't a guarantee. Some still won't accept certain breeds, certain sizes or allow dogs at all. Sometimes their insurance is what keeps them from having specific breeds allowed.

I know many that do successfully rent with this breed.
 

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So I am going to look at a house on Thursday which I am pretty excited about. It's actually less than we were expecting to pay and has a fully fenced yard! :)

I talked to the owner and he didn't seem to care how many pets we had or what sizes/breeds! I am pretty psyched! It's even in an area we were really hoping to find something in. There's only one other person interested, but he said they didn't seem that interested! Wish us luck...I hope we love it!
 

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So I am going to look at a house on Thursday which I am pretty excited about. It's actually less than we were expecting to pay and has a fully fenced yard! :)

I talked to the owner and he didn't seem to care how many pets we had or what sizes/breeds! I am pretty psyched! It's even in an area we were really hoping to find something in. There's only one other person interested, but he said they didn't seem that interested! Wish us luck...I hope we love it!
Oh that's great! Good luck! :)
 

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I own a pitbull and I own my house. I have heard that some insurance agencies will raise your rates if you own a "dangerous breed", so we had to call ours before we adopted Hailey. Luckily, they don't care what kind of breed of dog we own. In fact, our agent owns a "dangerous breed" of dog as well :)
 
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