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Join Date: May 2009
Dogs Name: Griffin and Viking (GSD)
Dogs Age: 11 and 1
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Yep, private owner rentals are the way to go. I rent a small crappy house with a friend. Our dogs are my Doberman and her cattle dog mix, who probably has husky in her and also wouldn't be allowed in a rental. Craig'sList is a good place to find housing. Just be really careful to avoid scams and never email any personal information to a landlord. We always arrange a showing and then meet the landlord there before giving any info for a lease or credit check. If they refuse to show the house or at least meet you in person beforehand, don't give them personal info.
Also, once you have the dog as a renter, you're committed to often times paying higher rents in order to keep your dog. I've had two houses sold out from under me, and a basement apartment lease not renewed because the landlord had family who wanted to move in. Rentals are not guaranteed. You need to have a backup plan in place and money to back it up if your landlord decides not to renew your lease.
I bring a resume for me and a resume for my dog while looking, too. I have vet and trainer references for myself who can tell the landlord what kind of care I give my dogs. My dog comes with his obedience and training certificates, his shot records, and I get a CGC on all my dogs. It helps show that you're responsible and committed.
Honestly though, Dobermans are extremely difficult to rent with in some areas of the country. In my area, the only people who have it worse when it comes to rentals are the pit bull people. I would be very cautious about having a Doberman as a renter, unless you're committed to spending more money on rent and being able to afford higher rents and pet fees.
As for insurance, State Farm does not breed ban. All they want to know is if your dog has a bite history. They've been wonderful.