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What qualifies as a "small dog"?

Most of the apartment listings I'm seeing accept "small dogs."  Is there a set guideline for what qualifies as a small dog, or does that vary by landlord?  
  • November 08 2012 - Lincoln Square
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It typically means under 20 pounds.
  • November 27 2012
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That depends on the landlord. In NYC as of February 1, 2010, residents who wish to maintain a dog in their NYCHA apartment are permitted to
register such dog, provided the adult weight of the dog does not exceed 25 pounds. Specifically prohibited dogs (either full breed or mixed breed) include: Doberman Pincher, Pit Bull and Rottweiler.
Prior to February 1, 2010, residents were permitted to register a dog , regardless of breed, provided the adult weight of the dog did not exceed 40 pounds.
  • November 18 2012
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Hello,

From my experience, there isn't a set guideline - it varies by landlord. If you are looking to rent, you will most likely have to call the individual landlord, explain your pet situation and try to negotiate. 

In the past, I've seen some leases say 25lbs and under and some say 15lbs and under. 

Good luck on your search
- Princess
  • November 17 2012
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Most landlords require a pet deposit no matter the size of the dog (even when small).  My experience is that small dogs can be as destructive or more than larger dogs.
  • November 17 2012
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Typically less than 20lbs.  If you go over, some landlords will negotiate a pet deposit as long as the building will allow for it.  
  • November 17 2012
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they only look small...
the size of their paws will determine how big they get
  • November 08 2012
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I am a dog person too! Usually small dogs are under 20lbs, however you will need to contact the building association manager to check. Small breeds can be heavier and are allowed, but this is the general rule.
  • November 08 2012
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It varies by landlord.   In some cases I've seen it defined as <20 pounds, in others <35 pounds.

I recommend for all rental situations with dogs that you obtain the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) testing and certificate.

As a landlord, we will rent to dog guardians but we do discriminate.  The CGC is the first step.   Meeting the dog is important.  References are important ("nice dog" is not sufficient, but whether it yaps frequently, destructiveness etc).

  • November 08 2012
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Usually this is under 20 lbs, regardless of breed.
  • November 08 2012
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