There are many reasons Americans choose to have a dog. While some people have one because they want companionship, others need a good watchdog to help keep their home and family safe. No matter what the reasons, one thing is certain - dogs indeed are man's best friend. Because dogs are part of the family, it makes sense that when buying a new home, dog owners should keep the needs of their canine friend in mind. Here are three things dog owners should consider when buying a new home.
1. Ample Space
When moving to a new home, dog owners think that if they have a big dog that lives with them indoors, it means they need to have a bigger house. This simply isn't true, however, as the size of the dog is not always congruent with how much space they need. In fact, some large dog breeds, are perfectly content in smaller spaces. These breeds include Mastiffs, Great Danes, Standard Poodles, and Greyhounds. Of course, small breeds, such as Pomeranians, Pugs, and Beagles will not need as much space.
Besides size, however, dog owners need to also consider their dog’s activity level. It may be fine to have a smaller breed in a smaller home, but if they are more active, owners will need to ensure their dog gets enough exercise. When dogs get bored, they could end up destroying the entire house.
2. Fenced in Yard
If dog owners like the convenience of simply letting Fido outside to go to the bathroom, they should look for a home with a fenced in yard. Having a fence will also alleviate the need to take the dog out for frequent walks.
When buying a home with a fence, dog owners should ensure that the dog won’t be able to easily jump over, climb, or dig under the fence. For most dog breeds, a 4-foot fence is adequate, but for dogs that can jump, homeowners might want to look for a fence that is about 6-feet high.
3. Pet Restrictions
Some Homeowners Associations have certain pet restrictions. It’s always important for dog owners to know what these restrictions are before buying a home in a particular neighborhood. Some of the most common pet restrictions that HOA’s have in place include:
- The dog can’t weigh over a certain amount
- The number of dogs the owner can have
- The breed of dog
Dog owners should always request a copy of the HOA bylaws from their realtor and make sure they understand the pet restrictions before going ahead and buying the home.
Besides HOA’s, some communities ban certain dog breeds and even homeowners’ insurance companies will deny coverage because of certain breeds. Some of the riskiest breeds for homeowners include Pitbulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Akitas, and Siberian huskies.