Home Dog Ownership Can you legally own a dog?

Can you legally own a dog?

Before you get a dog you have to first make sure you can legally own one. Here's what to look for in your renters agreement or home owners association contract.

You may think that owning a dog is one of your inalienable rights—one of those rights no one can take away. However that’s not always the case. If you own a home, does your home owners association allow it? Do they have limits on what size breeds are allowed? Every contract is different, so it’s important to read the fine print.

Does your rental contract allow dogs?

If you rent, does your rental contract allow dog ownership? In most states, landlords can legally forbid dog ownership. If they do allow pets, they can limit how many pets may be in the home, the sizes, and even which types (such as forbidding dogs or exotic pets).

City, County and State Laws on Dog Ownership

Some cities, counties, states, and even countries have outlawed certain breeds of dogs, and some insurance companies will not insure you if you own particular breeds. Before you get a dog, do some research and find out if you can legally keep one.

Landlords are willing to make exceptions to their rules if you’ve demonstrated that you’re a responsible tenant, so if your rental contract does stipulate that dogs aren’t allowed, have a talk with them to see if you can find a compromise.

Once you’ve determined whether or not you can legally own a dog, the next step is making sure you can afford the cost of owning a dog.

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