Post # 1
My Fiance and I have a bit of a dillema. We want to move out of FBIL’s house and into our own place finally, but we can’t afford to buy for about another year. So we are stuck renting, and with our dog it is a bit of an issue.
He was abandoned (with the rest of his litter) at about six weeks. The person we got him from said he was a pitbull (but this did not matter to us, since I’d had the breed growing up and we expected to live with his brother until we bought a house; things have changed). So that is what we told the vet and that is what it says on his records.
The only thing is, I don’t think he is full pitbull, if at all. Now that he is grown he looks like a Jack Russel/Hound mix to me, because of his markings and the fact that he is very thin (not stocky at all like a pit). As a puppy everyone always thought he was a Jack Russell.
My question is: it is very hard – if not impossible – to rent an apartment around here with a pitbull. Our options are to see if the vet will change the breed on paper, find something privately owned on Craigslist (which can be difficult), or apply for apartments and hope they take our word on his breed. I’m even thinking of doing a “pet resume” to give them all the details about him.
What should we do? Do apartments usually check with the vet to verify breed? I attached his picture below so you can see that he really looks like some sort of Jack Russell/Hound (maybe beagle?) mix.
Post # 3
Your dog doesn’t look pitt at all to me. I’d just say he’s a mutt, if asked.
Some insurance companies do breed exclusions, which is why the question would be asked (I’m guessing).
Post # 4
You can always get a mixed breed DNA text done on your pooch. If no pit shows up I don’t see why a vet wouldnt change the records. Does your county require you to have your pet licensed? You would want to change that record as well.
Post # 5
I don’t think rental agencies can require you to turn over an entire veterinary health record. Do you think you can ask your vet to write a letter or statement as to his professional opinion of what breed mix your dog might be? You can give the rental office the official letter, and they can contact your vet to verify.
Post # 6
We originally thought my dog was a husky and German shepard mix and told the vet. Once he reached a year old it was obvious that he wasn’t either he is actually a elkhound and we had no problem changing it at the vet.
Post # 7
My dog is a pit/jack russell/hound mix. She looks just like Wishbone, but with a hound-like howl and a face like a pitt bull.
Honestly, I don’t think your dog looks like a pitt. There are services that you can send a DNA swab of your dog’s saliva to, and they’ll give you a breed diagnosis, supposedly. If this test can prove that your dog’s pitt component is less prominent or doesn’t exist, then you can go to your dog warden/registration agency and have your dog’s official registration changed to list his actual breed, and then have your vet update his paperwork. Worst come, he is a pitt, and you’re in the same place you’re in now.
ETA: Here is what our pitt/jack russell/hound looks like, for comparison. You can definitely tell she has some pitt in her by looking at her face.
Post # 8
I agree your dog doesn’t look like a pit in the face. I see some freckles on the skin which my pit/hound has but our dogs look nothing alike in the face.
I would get your vet to change the breed and stop referencing pit completely 🙂
Edit – Here is our sweet boy…
Post # 9
I agree with the PPs – I don’t see pit in your dog at all. I don’t think a vet would have any issues changing the record to accurately reflect your dog. Plus, I never had an apartment complex ask for a vet’s confirmation of breed so I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 10
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Unless your dog looks like a pittie (which he doesn’t) the apartment complex generally won’t look any further into the issue unless you tell them he is a pittie. I would put him on the apartment application as a jack russell mix and show them a picture. You should be fine.
Post # 11
You can just do a check up at another vet and say what you think he is and then just take those records to the complex.
Post # 12
They have the right to ask, when your renting at a multi-tenant property there’s an assumption of safety and due diligence on their part, and not inquiring would be a liability on their part since techinically they could be endangering the community….but I have never heard of a landlord requesting a veterinary record of a dog’s breed as part of their screening process…honestly, unless your dog comes with a pedigree, who knows anyway? And with so many people opting to resuce (YAY!), there is really no way to know.
As long as your dog is not dangerous and you intend to ensure he does not become a danger I don’t see a problem with telling them he’s a Heinz 57.
Post # 13
@BeeandBeeBride27: Tell them he is russel and hound. We have a pit and he looks nothing like him (: Ill post a picture
Post # 14
@Nona99: Mine did for breed and shots.
Post # 15
I see no issue, moral or otherwise, with asking the vet what he/she thinks the dog is, making sure he’s up to date on all his vaccines, and that’s it. If they ask – he’s a mix, you think maybe JRT/hound (which personally are the two breeds I would exclude thanks to my terrible neighbors, haha).
Post # 16
@Klein2bReidy: Really? But aren’t doggie DNA tests a little pricey? And since this entire breed disclosure is highly dubious and a vet wouldn’t know unless told, can’t this all be swept under the carpet with a new vet and a shoulder shrug when they ask what breed he is anyway?