Dogs! People love dogs, and it cannot be denied. Someone coined the phrase ‘man’s best friend,’ and it has been exclusively attributed to the fuzzy canine companion ever since. Funny cat compilations may be a dedicated slice of the YouTube community, but buddy cop comedies with talking dogs are a staple of culture. With the proud puppy parents applying every which way to live in available spaces, it begs the question. Is every dog okay?
In Offense of Breeds
In 2000, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a study showing the number of fatal dog attacks separated by breed. Pit bulls were in the lead with 66 total of bite related deaths, followed by rottweilers with 39 (quite the jump). However, the CDC stressed that these numbers were likely skewed, as “owners of certain dog breeds may be less likely … to register or license their dogs.”
In the same report, the CDC denounced attempts at breed-specific legislation. Just two pages below, they reported:
In Defense of Breeds
According to the ASPCA, pit bulls are “noted for their gentleness, affection and loyalty.” They may have been initially bred for hunting, fighting, and other violent behavior. Now, however, a vast majority of dogs tend to have been produced in a mish-mash of random encounters that don’t encourage that behavior. The ASPCA also notes that they don’t tend to be people aggressive. When dogs are used for violence, they still need to be people-friendly in order to listen to their owners and do what they say.
For the most part, dogs tend to be more of a reflection of their owners than they are reflections of their breeds as a whole. With a responsible and caring pet parent, most pups can be happy and friendly.
Steps to Take
As a landlord, you should conduct your own research in what is right for your personal property. Many places in the United States have taken to banning specific breeds, and it could hold true for your area. Consult a lawyer about the right steps to take in your city when it comes to tenants with controversial dog breeds.
As a landlord, you should conduct your own research in what
is right for your personal property, but we can help you with some extra pet guidance for rental properties. Many places in the United States have
taken to banning specific breeds, and it could hold true for your area. Consult
a lawyer about the right steps to take in your city when it comes to tenants
with controversial dog breeds.
If you decide that restricting breeds is the right step for your property, you can move forward in that direction. You may want to consider grandfathering in any current tenants with those breeds and consult your lawyer on how to handle that situation. If dog breed legislation isn’t the right step for your property, that’s okay, too. Continue forward with your regular pet guidance for your tenants.
Where do you stand on dog breed restrictions?
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