Apr 27, 2022 - Real Estate

Charlotte apartments remain decidedly unfriendly toward pit bulls

Photo: Courtesy of K.C. Thompson

In my search for a new apartment, I found that most “pet friendly” apartments don’t welcome breeds of all kinds.

As a dog mom to an 80-pound pit bull, I’ve reached several dead-ends due to weight requirements or breed restrictions as I try to find a welcoming apartment in Charlotte.

Why it matters: There could be long-term, even dire consequences if a dog owner cannot find a home that welcomes their breed.

K.C. Thompson, The Humane Society’s community outreach manager, says, “Pit bulls and mixed breeds are some of the most common dogs surrendered.”

  • Other restricted breeds include Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Great Danes. 

The big picture: Some dog owners are facing more barriers as apartment prices increase.

  • Thompson says a lot of people were getting pets when the pandemic started and now inflation has also forced some difficult financial decisions.
  • 71% of dog parents say pet-related costs are up due to inflation with annual spending has jumped from $480 to $3,470, according to Rover.

Zoom in: Some apartments I’ve called restrict commonly banned dogs by listing weight limits.

  • Locations that allow two dogs will typically have a limit that consists of the combined weight.

The other side: The apartment managers I spoke to told me they have restrictions because insurance providers view some breeds as a liability to the property or tenants. Restrictions vary by location, but in some instances can be up to the discretion of the landlord.

Solutions: The Humane Society offers resources for dog owners struggling to keep their furry friends for financial reasons. Resources include free pet food, vet vouchers and low-cost vaccinations.

  • Pet deposits can also be covered by The Humane Society depending on funding.
  • Pet interviews can provide safety assurances to landlords that see breeds as a threat to residents.
  • A dog resume/references could convince management that your animal is not destructive.
  • Pet training is offered at The Humane Society to support owners.

The bottom line: There are some apartment options available that welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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