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Old 06-19-2012, 01:18 AM
 
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Looking for an apartment or townhome rental. Almost every place has breed restrictions. We have a doberman puppy with our 4 boys. Moving there in 2 weeks I'm scared we will have a hard time finding a place to live. He will get good canine citizenship. He is non aggressive. Loves people. Any help out there?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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You're probably going to have better luck looking for a private landlord rental on Craigslist or similar sites. Not only is your dog restricted by a lot of insurance companies/apartment complexes, he's quickly going to be over the weight limit for most places.

What is your budget, where are you looking?
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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He's not a Doberman; he's a black-and-tan shortcoated Lab!

Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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He's not a Doberman; he's a black-and-tan shortcoated Lab!

Good luck.
Funny! When I had my pit bull, we told our home insurer that she was a boxer mix.
A doberman might be harder to pass off as something else, but a pit bull with uncropped ears could be a myriad of things, depending on their head shape.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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Our pits sort of resemble boxers, lab mixes or, sometimes, Weimeriners due to their coloring. Try to pass your dog off as a mutt. I agree it may be easier to rent from a private landlord than an apartment complex...
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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I agree. Call him a black and tan German shorthaired mix.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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Out of curiosity, what would happen with the landlords insurance company if the renter lied and called their dog a "mix", and there was some type of incident? If Dobermans are banned by the landlords insurance? Could the landlord be held liable? Honestly, if I was a private landlord, that would just make me choose not to rent to ANY dog owners, out of concern they might be lying about the breed of their dog...
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:44 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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You might want to be careful, if you lie to your insurance company about your dog's breed, they don't have to cover you if your dog does bite someone. I know someone it happened to so I was very upfront about my pitbull mix (nicest dog that ever lived). My homeowners' has a one bite rule - they will cover any dog for one bite/incident. If it happens then they will not cover a second incident - regardless of breed. The agent explained to me that the biggest dog settlement they had at that point was a cocker spaniel.

It does seem that if the landlord was lied to about the breed that they should still be covered.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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Out of curiosity, what would happen with the landlords insurance company if the renter lied and called their dog a "mix", and there was some type of incident? If Dobermans are banned by the landlords insurance? Could the landlord be held liable? Honestly, if I was a private landlord, that would just make me choose not to rent to ANY dog owners, out of concern they might be lying about the breed of their dog...
I agree. I recently rented out our home. Although it wasn't our first choice, we decided to allow dogs to broaden our potential tenant base. We were close to renting to someone and on his application under "dog type" the person wrote "mix." Along with some other things, that raised some red flags for me, although we didn't specifiy any breed was prohibited. We used to have a dog that was a mix, and on our applications, we wrote, "collie/golden retreiver mix." I don't know what type of dog he had, but the generalness of his response led me to believe he may be hiding something.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:35 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure the OP didn't take me (us) seriously. It's kind of hard to try to pass a doberman off as anything else.
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