Why Do Some Philadelphia Condo Buildings Have Dog Breed Restrictions?

While pet-friendly properties are gaining popularity in condominium communities, certain terms are often applied to their pet policies. Some communities may charge additional fees for pets and or require an additional deposit to cover any pet-related property damage. Other communities may set limitations on the number of pets per household. And typically, the types of pets that are welcomed are limited to dogs and cats. However, most condominium pet policies place restrictions on the types of dogs that are allowed. Why? In the following article, we’ll explain why many pet policies prohibit certain dog breeds, identify the most commonly restricted breeds and point you in the right direction of pet-friendly Philadelphia condominiums.

What Do Many Pet Policies Include Dog Breed Restrictions?

Primarily, the property owners place these restrictions on their policies to avoid potential liability. Since some breeds are determined to be more aggressive than others, the risk of injury to residents, visitors or even other pets is perceived to be greater. Also, breed restrictions also help reduce the risk of potential property damage and limit noise complaints. Even if an aggressive breed does not injure a person, they may be more likely to chew on furniture, know over fixtures, and scratch various surfaces. Since aggressive breeds are also known to bark and growl more often than some other breeds, their absence ensures a more serene surrounding. In many cases, breed restrictions may not be a requirement of the property owner. Instead, the restrictions may be mandated by other sources. Since many insurance providers often incorporate breed restrictions into their policies, property owners may be required to implement these restrictions as per their insurance agreement. Plus, many cities and counties have bans on owning certain breeds in their communities. In order to comply with these local laws, property owners must legally prohibit these breeds from their condominiums.

What Dog Breeds are Restricted?

As we mentioned, most restrictions revolve around breeds that are deemed to be aggressive. Many of these dogs were specifically bred to fulfill certain duties that require elevated levels of aggression. Some may be bred to be great hunters or herders. Others are perfect for guarding and protecting properties. While some naturally possess aggressive instincts. Some of the most commonly restricted dog breeds are, but not limited to,:
  • Pit Bulls
  • German Shepherds
  • Rottweilers
  • Dobermans
  • Great Danes
  • Huskies
  • Malamutes
  • Mastiffs
  • St. Bernards
  • Chow Chows
  • Presa Canario
  • Akitas
  • Staffordshire Terriers
  • American Bulldog
In addition, many condominiums also prohibit hybrids or mixed breeds of one of these restricted breeds.

Pet-Friendly Philadelphia Condo Buildings

Now that you understand the rationale behind dog breed restrictions and are aware of the most commonly prohibited breeds by pet policies, you’ll be able to identify leasing opportunities that best suit your household. Allan Domb Real Estate is proud to offer some of the finest pet-friendly Philadelphia condo buildings and properties for dog owners. Contact one of Allan Domb’s knowledgeable real estate agents and speak with us to schedule a showing at one of Philadelphia’s luxury pet-friendly condominium communities today.
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