Monday, May 16, 2011

Large Dogs


Apartments usually view any dog that weighs over 35 lbs as a ‘large dog’.  Apartments that do not accept ‘large dogs’ will probably abide by that standard.  Other apartments will cap the acceptable weight of your dog at 70lbs and a rare few apartments actually have no weight limits on dogs.
The good news is, if your dogs weight is within the apartments standards, then typically your pet rent will be the same as if you had what was consider a ‘regular’ sized dog. It should also not affect the availability of particular units, meaning you can live on the 3rd floor if you want to.  Finally, leash rules, restricted areas, etc. will most likely be the same for all dogs, small, regular or large.
On the flip side, it’s important to consider your dog’s happiness as well.  Some apartments offer a small yard with a few of their first floor units.  Others have dog parks or are close to Austin’s dog-friendly areas, like the greenbelts, trails and city dog parks.  The happier your dog is, the better behaved it will be, making for happy management :-).
No matter the size of your dog, but especially with a large dog,  it’s important to be prepared when you are applying at apartments.  Most Austin apartments will require your vet records or a letter from your vet stating that the animal is up-to-date on their shots and  the breed of the animal.
If you need help finding an apartment that will accept your large dog, give us call!