Renting with Pets

Many pet-owners have found it hard to find rental housing that allows them to bring along their furry/feathered/scaled friends.

The rules regarding pet-ownership varies from apartment complex to apartment complex. Even in those rental units that do allow pets, many have specific regulations about the size and breeds of animals that are allowed, as well. Make sure to get a clear understanding of the rules pertaining to pet ownership before signing a lease.

Tips for Dog Lovers

If you are considering getting a dog, you may want to browse the list of dog breeds that are best-suited for apartment life. You may find that your favorite breed of dog would be very unsuited for rental life and it is important to know how well a puppy would adapt to your living situation BEFORE you make the commitment.

Renting in the city? Here is some good advice from that lists breeds that do well in the city, as well as those that do not.

Here are some examples of breeds that are well-suited for apartment life in the city:

  • English Bulldog
  • Pug (like the official office dog of, Pandora "Dora" Lewis, pictured above!)
  • Bichon Frise
  • Dachshund
  • Keeshond
In general, you should consider getting a small to medium-sized dog (under 40lbs) that requires neither a great deal of exercise nor space. For the full list, see the Dog Owner's Guide!

Tips for Cat Lovers
Cat lovers often have an easier time renting with pets than dog owners because many landlords do not view feline friends as destructive.

Nonetheless, a lot of time, money, and effort goes into caring for a cat. For example, the Human Society provides a list of things needed to care for your cat: The Top Ten Essentials.

(Image on the right is a picture of my college cat, Mohawk, who now lives on the farm of one of my former roommates)

Fish, Iguanas, Snakes, oh my!

Renting with animals that remain in an aquarium or cage also presents various challenges and considerations. You must make sure that the cage or aquarium is large enough for your pet to live happily and healthily and that you meet their nutritional requirements.

Furthermore, ensuring that your fish are living in suitable water is essential in providing a healthy home for your pets. To find out more about caring for your fish, read over the Basics of Fish Care.

Helpful Tips for Renting with Pets

The Humane Society offers numerous resources for those interested in renting an apartment with their pets and those who are looking into getting a pet.
Moving with Pets? Take a look at the Human Society's tips on how to move with pets!


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