It doesn’t matter if you own rental properties in Portland Oregon for one year, or 30 years, you’re going to come across prospective tenants who have dogs. As a landlord, you’re going to have to make a decision if you should ban all dogs or ban certain breeds from living in your rental property.
If you’re not up to speed with which dog breeds you should ban, this article will provide you with tips on dog breeds that you should consider banning and which ones you should allow.
Which Dog Breeds Should You Consider Banning?
Rottweilers – Yes, it’s true that there are many responsible people out there who own Rottweilers but the reality is that for every responsible person who takes the time to train their Rott, there are many other owners who don’t spend as much time on training.
Sadly, Rottweilers as a whole are only 7 percent of the overall dog population but they are also responsible for the vast majority of dog bite claims and deaths in the world today. This is a whole lot of risk you cannot afford to be responsible for but rest assure that by setting a standard and banning Rottweilers, you’re going to protect your tenants and your best interests as an owner.
Pitt Bulls – These are another dog breed to consider banning because they are typically one of the dog breeds that are often involved in fatal dog bites and as an owner, you cannot afford that risk.
The Pit Bull is still responsible for the most fatal attacks in the U.S. by far, killing 284 people over that 13-year period – 66 percent of total fatalities. That’s despite the breed accounting for just 6.5% of the total U.S. dog population. The Rottweiler came second with 45 fatal attacks recorded while the German Shepherd was third with 20.
German Shepherd – As our statistics above state, German Shepherds are responsible for a percentage of fatal dog attacks each year. Even though this breed of dog can be a very loyal guard dog and companion to its owner, the reality is that you just don’t know how well it’s been trained so it’s best to ban this breed of a dog instead of allowing it.
Things to Consider When Allowing Dogs
If you plan on allowing certain dog breeds to live in your Portland Oregon Rental Property, you should consider these tips.
Ask your tenant, or property manager, to insure that the dog owner has a dangerous breed exclusion on their renter’s insurance policy. This will weed out any renters who don’t want to pay for this type of insurance and guarantee that you’re only renting to the most qualified tenants possible.
Verify that the dog has been professionally trained and ask to see a certificate of training. Following this tip is important because it will “weed out” any renters who didn’t spend the money to get their dog professionally trained.
Dog training is important, especially for small breeds because smaller dogs like dachshunds and chihuahuas can be aggressive to others if they are not trained properly.
Contact Rent Portland Homes
To learn more about which dogs you should consider banning and which ones you should allow, or to speak with us about our property management services, contact Rent Portland Homes today by calling us at (503) 515-3170 or click here to connect with us online.