Most people living in apartment situations do not get to enjoy the perks of having a furry companion around. Many landlords and leasing companies do not want to deal with the potential damages caused by pets. Furthermore, there are insurance reasons to consider. For example, if you are renting an apartment for 12 months with your dog, who is to say that the next tenant will not be allergic to dogs? Even so, with a little know-how, even a perpetual apartment inhabitant can enjoy a furry friend.
Many apartments that permit pets still enforce a weight limit. The weight limit is usually 20-30 lbs. This equates to a cat or a small to medium sized dog. To be the devil’s advocate here, it actually shows an interest in the animal’s welfare, to limit the size of the pet. A large dog would not really have the lifestyle support it needs in a small apartment. Just think of a mastiff with no yard to run in, bumping into the coffee table every time he wants to take a little circular walk to make his bed comfy.
As mentioned before, many people rent apartments with pet allergies. Some progressive apartments complexes have separate wings or floors for pets. This is similar to smoking and non-smoking floors of a hotel. The proactive way for a tenant to negotiate the allergy argument is to get a hypo-allergenic animal. Some popular hypo-allergenic dog breeds include:
- Bedington Terrier
- Standard Poodle
- Bichon Frise
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Chinese Hairless Dogs
- Kerry Blue Terrier
- Labradoodle (Lab and Poodle cross)
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Soft-coated Wheaton Terrier
There aren’t as many options in the Cat family but there are still a few:
- Devon Rex Cat
- Sphynx Cat
Size and Apartment Amenities
It is important to be familiar with your apartment’s amenities and layout before getting a pet. Some things to consider would be: Is the apartment near a busy road? Is there a fenced grass area? Are there appropriate dog walking areas within a reasonable distance? Are there other pets? How big are the rooms in the apartment? And so forth. Being considerate of your pet’s needs should be a top priority.