Post # 1
The SO & I are apartment dwellers, and we will be moving to a new apartment community in a couple months. We absolutely love this place! They are pet friendly, but they do have breed restrictions. Since our dogs aren’t typically restricted breeds at most places, we didn’t give much thought to this. However, while perusing some paperwork, I noticed that they have a blanket restriction on all terrier breeds. One of our dogs is a Boston Terrier, so I’m a bit concerned about how this will play out. Neither the AKC nor the UKC has the Boston Terrier listed under their terrier groups. The AKC has them in the “non-sporting” group, and the UKC has them in the “Companion” group. I would think that would mean that Boston Terriers are not of the group that the apartment community wishes to restrict, but I’m a little worried about it. I get the feeling that they might just see the word “terrier” in the name, and say no way!
This place is absolutely perfect, and we really want to move here. If we can’t take our dog this will be a no go, though. I know the only way to know is to ask them directly, but I’ll have to wait until Monday. So until then, opinions please. . .
Post # 3
@SincerelyShe: I would arm yourself w. the info on what the ACK/UKC say about the particular breed.
I don’t know much about dogs, but is there a reason they restrict terriers? Like is yours smaller or anything by chance? Just come up w. a good argument for when you do phone. Like how your breed is different than standard terriers or whatever.
If they say no, it’s better than already living there and having to deal w. this stuff.
Post # 4
They are probably referring to pitbull terriers.
Post # 5
@canarydiamond: I’m not sure why they have restrictions on terriers. However, I do know that terriers have a reputation for being a bit yappy. But my dog hardly barks. Boston Terriers, in general, are not considered an agressive breed. And as far as size goes, they are not huge dogs. My dog is a bit smaller than average, and she barely weighs 20 pounds.
Post # 6
I probably wouldn’t say anything about it. There’s no reason they shouldn’t allow small terriers and I doubt they will ask or care. Any apartments I’ve lived in, I just write down my dog’s breed mix and that’s that. She’s a chihuahua mix too, which some people dislike.
Post # 7
It’s difficult and expensive to evict someone. If it were me, i’d move in and plead forgiveness later. Unless your dog attacks someone, they likely aren’t going to feel that it is worth making a stink over.
Post # 8
99% sure they’re referring to pitbull terriers and not the smaller type of terriers.
Post # 9
@Hyperventilate: I thought this too, but they listed pit bulls, staffordshire terriers, and other more aggressive breeds seperately.
Post # 10
Our apartment bans several breeds, among them are huskies and german shepherds. Long story short, we ended up with a husky/german shepherd mix and were terrified the apartment complex was going to tell us we had to get rid of him. We had to submit a copy of his rabies paperwork and a picture of him (he looks exactly like a husky) and they just talked about how cute our dog looked and did not care at all about his breed. Maybe this apartment is pretty laid back too. Good luck!
Post # 11
Yeah, I’d agree that it’s probably APBT and the other “bully” breeds – staffordshire terrier, bull terrier, etc.
Post # 12
Like you said Boston Terriers are really only considered terriers in name. I don’t really have any suggestions besides what PPs have said about arming yourself with that information. I probably would minimize it as much as possible unless they raise an issue. As a Boston owner I wish you the best of luck! They are the best dogs 🙂
Post # 13
As an apt manager, and pittie terrier owner, I can tell you that you have nothing to worry about. They put this blanket statement on terriers because many pit bull, doberman, rottweiler owners try to pass their dogs off as various terriers in order to have them in apts. Your Boston terrier will be a welcome addition to the community! Relax the rest of weekend and commence with envisioning yourself in your new home!!!!
BTW, Ive worked in NY, NC, VA, and Fl with company offices in MN, CA and TX so Im 90% sure even if youre not in one of these states the same still applies.
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If you were really worried about it you could also just put “Boston” under breed. But I don’t think it will be an issue at all. Boston’s are great dogs!