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Old 05-06-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Rainy Mauka
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Looking to move into a rental in south bay with our 30lb dog... Would this be considered a small dog by a landlord? I know 30lbs is borderline medium to some... Thnx
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I would consider a 25-30 pound dog in the small dog category.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Depends on the landlord!
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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Most leases I've seen list 25 pounds as the cut-off, but the landlord usually eyeballs the dog and decides if it's acceptable or not. Our 45-pounder has never had a problem.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Oakland
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The generally accepted definition of a small dog is 20 lbs and under; however, this is almost never strictly enforced.

If you can get a reference from your previous landlord (that the prospective new landlord can check) that states that your dog did not cause any significant damage, and you are willing to pay a security deposit for having the dog, you have a better than average chance.

The fact that the landlord even put "Small Dogs" is a good sign that if your dog is not a monstrous apartment wrecking Cugo, that you have a better than average chance of being rented to.

If you have a Canine Good Citizenship cert, or something similar, your chances improve.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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The generally accepted definition of a small dog is 20 lbs and under; however, this is almost never strictly enforced.
So if you catch one under 20 lbs, you might not have to throw it back?
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Small is under 15 lbs, medium is any dog under 25lbs, large dogs (usually forbidden by most apartments and condo associations) is over 25lbs.

Still as a landlord, I had a tenant with 4 lb Yorkie, and several tenants with 70 lb golden and black labs. I rent to those with pets if tenant presents the dog to me, is well behaved, has its papers and vaccination records, and reference from previous landlord. I turned one tenant away with 2 Dalmations - they were just too hyper and not a good fit for size of apartment.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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I turned one tenant away with 2 Dalmations - they were just too hyper and not a good fit for size of apartment.
Even more "bitey" than pits.
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:09 AM
 
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My chihuahua is overweight according to the vet but she is still small as far as I'm concerned. I think the landlord would probably relent if you can give evidence that your pet didn't destroy your previous home.
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