Definition of a Dangerous Breed Dog

Many Property Owners do not want to expose themselves to the liability associated with leasing to Tenants with dangerous breed dogs. Some Insurance Companies define dangerous breed dogs and reserve the right to raise the Property Owner’s premium or cancel their insurance policy*. Therefore, many Property Owners will state in their advertised pet policy that they will not lease to a Tenant with a dangerous breed dog. There is no agreement among Insurance Companies on a comprehensive list of dangerous breed dogs, but most include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Staffordshire Terriers
  • Rottweilers
  • German Shepherds
  • Presa Canarios
  • Chow Chows
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Akitas
  • Wolf-hybrids
  • Mastiffs
  • Cane Corsos
  • Great Danes
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Siberian Huskies

*To read the article in Psychology Today published on May 27, 2014, entitled “14 Dog Breeds Blacklisted by Insurance Companies”, please click this link: