German Shepherd Dog > Ohio Vicious Dog List (10 replies)

by julierenee1999 on 04 October 2011 - 22:10

Posts: 12
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 02:12 pm
We are the proud owners of two gorgeous German Shepherds (DDR). They are obviously a part of our family and are like our kids.  We are also currently in the process of moving back to Ohio due to military relocation.  In that process, we've been contacting several rental houses in the area.  We were told today that one home would not allow us because German Shepherds are on the "Ohio Vicious Dog List."  After searching, all I have come up with (from the Ohio Codes) are that Pit Bulls are the only breed mentioned in the dog codes....that I found.  I also checked with State Farm (a random insurance agent that popped up in the search results) that stated they would insure anyone EXCEPT Pit Bulls, as those were the only dogs mentioned in the Ohio Codes.

I am at a loss.  My dogs are far from vicious....unless provoked by "intruders" or our command....as is their nature.  I would like to contact the rental home again (as it is the perfect home for us) with evidence that they are NOT on the list.  Anyone have any thoughts, suggestions, or substantial information that I can present?

Thanks so much!


by ggturner on 04 October 2011 - 22:10

Posts: 1992
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 01:28 am
Rental owners can pick and choose who they rent to so I'm not sure presenting any more information would even help.  

by julierenee1999 on 05 October 2011 - 00:10

Posts: 12
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 02:12 pm
I do understand and respect that....but to actually say they are on the "Vicious Dog List" is a different story.

I just would like to call them back (if the dogs are NOT on the list) and provide them with the facts instead of them saying this.....

by Avery Hill Kennels on 05 October 2011 - 00:10

Posts: 154
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 06:01 pm

 I say just don't move

by 1doggie2 on 05 October 2011 - 00:10

Posts: 2200
Joined: Sat Sep 06, 2003 04:21 pm
OFFER TO OBTAIN RENTERS INSURANCE, INCLUDING ON THE DOGS. State Farm would also be your best bet.

by Chaz Reinhold on 05 October 2011 - 04:10

Posts: 1456
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2011 04:59 pm
Don't blame em! If I were a GSD in Ohio, I'd bite every buckeye I came across. GSDs are smart. They know an eyhol when they see one.

by BroncoK on 05 October 2011 - 17:10

Posts: 48
Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2011 04:06 pm
It's true that rentals can choose. You can also have them "interview" your dogs. Perhaps when you call you can ask if they would be willing to do so?

by ggturner on 05 October 2011 - 21:10

Posts: 1992
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 01:28 am
It won't hurt to try of course, but the vicious dog issue might just be an excuse.  Some people just don't like to rent out to families with pets.

by yellowrose of Texas on 05 October 2011 - 22:10

Posts: 9240
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2006 03:25 am
 The holders or ownership of the rented property, have insurance no doubt on that property for their protection and like it or not most inusrances have a list of  UNDESIRABLE BREED of DOGS and the german shepherd is in that list.

IT is a dangerous species and has been placed on that list .

SO the insuror,  will void their property insurance if a GSD< etc, pit bull, rotty etc are found on the property.

THAT is my guess..it has nothing to do with the renter..it is the INSURANCE companies>

VERY few insurance companies will write if they know before hand you have german shepherds. And especially rented properties, which are in the  pay and go list anyway.

by 1doggie2 on 05 October 2011 - 22:10

Posts: 2200
Joined: Sat Sep 06, 2003 04:21 pm
You can also put a "Service Title" on your dog. If you DR. tells you, you need assistance to pick things up, you need a claming influence and petting a dog helps calm you. Then train and title the dog for service. They can not deny you or the dog.

by Rass on 06 October 2011 - 13:10

Posts: 303
Joined: Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:24 am
Wow.  I would not go for the Service Dog thing unless you truly NEED a service dog.  That is a disservice to all the people who require service dogs and dogs that truly serve them. 

I rented years ago and my landlord could not let my dog be there when I was not so weekdays when I was at work, she lived with my parents.  Weekends she was with me.  My landlord loved her (everyone did.. really.. she was such a good dog).  It was his insurance company that was the issue.  He allowed my 4 cats (I paid him extra) and he allowed the neighbor upstairs with the Pug and cats.  His insurance would not allow my dog. 

You must be logged in to reply to posts




Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!