Austin, TX Pit-Friendly Housing

We realize that housing options are limited for pit bull owners because of breed restrictions. Unfortunately, breed restrictions are not illegal, and apartment complexes, management associations and landlords are able to make and maintain these types of limitations.

While this issue certainly affects owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes, it also affects owners of other breeds. We have seen the following breeds grouped into housing restrictions: Akita, American Bull Dog, American Pit Bull Terrier, American or Bull Staffordshire Terrier, Briard, Borzoi Hounds, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier, Cane Corso, Chow, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo, German Shepherd, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Husky, Irish Wolf Hound, Komondor, Malamute, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Scottish Deerhound, Spitz, St. Bernard, Stafford Terrier (sic), Presa Canarios, Shar Pei, Toso Inu and Wolf-Dog Hybrid.

We are working toward possible solutions to this problem within the City’s Pit Bull Task Force, but it is an issue that remains an obstacle for many and will not be remedied overnight. In the meantime, we recommend seeking out apartments, duplexes or houses that are owned privately by one person or a small company (many of these are advertised on, because they are usually more open to negotiation and discussion.

Tips when talking to or meeting a potential landlord or property owner:

  • Create a “resume” for your dog, with cute photos, age, temperament, training, behavior, vet contact info, etc. Still stumped? Check out this pet resume tutorial.
  • Share details of any formal training your dog has had (especially the LOVE-A-BULL low-cost training program)
  • Highlight any special recognitions (Canine Good Citizen, etc.)
  • Brag about having a clean rental record with properties in the past or receiving full damage deposits back (and of course, provide references who can attest to this)
  • Stress your habits of responsible ownership (providing supervision, exercise, socialization, medical care, etc.) to the dog on a regular basis
  • Educate the landlord on the actual risk factors of pets that could cause property damage: dogs that are NOT neutered or spayed; dogs that do not get enough exercise or stimulation to release energy; dogs that are left unattended by their owners for extended periods of time; dogs that are not treated as family members
  • Offer to pay an increased pet deposit or secure rental insurance
  • Call the dog a “mixed breed” if it is indeed a mix, as the breed label is sometimes more important to a landlord
  • Offer to do a “meet and greet” with the dog and the landlord to see good behavior first-hand. If a “meet and greet” isn’t possible, send the cutest picture of you and your dog that you have, via e-mail, and perhaps a story about what the dog means to you and what he or she has added to your life. As we all know, inaccurate stereotypes of pit bulls are pervasive, and the “meet and greet” or family photo/compelling story can be an effective tool in dispelling these negative impressions and replacing them with the positive attributes of a dog that is truly treated like a family member.
  • Tell them that you are members of LOVE-A-BULL, an organization committed to responsible pit bull ownership through education and advocacy, and point them to our website to learn more about our mission.

    Pet Resume 1

Austin, TX Area Apartments – No Breed Restrictions

To the best of our ability, we track all-breed friendly housing and are providing that information below. Please note that policies can change at any time, and you should do your own research to confirm this information.

  • The Element Austin »1500 Royal Crest Drive » (512) 444-6676
    • No breed or weight restrictions
    • Pets – Max 2 allowed
    • Pet Rent is $15 per month for the first pet, and $10 per month for the second pet
    • One-time Pet Fee of $250 (under 25lbs) or $350 (over 25lbs)
  • Solaris » 1601 Royal Crest Drive » (512) 444-7797
    • No breed or weight restrictions
    • Pets – Max 2 allowed (Dogs – 1 allowed)
    • Pet Rent $15.00
    • One-time Pet Fee $150.00, Deposit $150.00
  • Ten Oaks Apartments » 12612 N. Lamar Blvd » 512-997-1010
    • no breed or weight restrictions
    • max 2 pets, pet deposit (refundable); pet fee (non-refundable)
  • Hillside Place Apartments » 4821 E. Riverside Drive » 512-385-4500
    • no breed, age, or weight restrictions
    • max 2 pets, requires pet interview
  • Littlefield Quarters » 119 E. 6th Street » 512-478-6100
    • no restrictions but possible weight limit of 60 lbs
  • Roscoe Properties, 40 different properties all over Austin (North, South and Central) » (512) 480-9886.
    (visit website for individual property contact information and phone number)

    • no size or breed restriction, behavior-based only (no aggressive dogs)
    • may request pet interview
    • Offers half off the pet deposit and non-refundable pet fee when you adopt from LOVE-A-BULL!
  • Tramor Properties, 16 properties all over Austin (North, South and Round Rock)
    (visit website for individual property contact information and phone number)
  • Legacy at Western Oaks » 8801 La Cresada Drive » (866) 701-6948
    • no breed restrictions, 2 pet maximum
    • up to 35lbs: $300 pet fee; 36lbs+: $500 pet fee. $100 pet deposit and $10 pet rent for all sizes
  • Gallery at Domain » 11119 Alterra Parkway » 512-821-9353
    • no breed restrictions or weight limit, 2 pet maximum
    • Required pet interview
  • Mueller 51 Apartment Rentals » 505 Manor Road » (512) 519-9922
    • no breed or weight limit, 2 pet maximum
    • most units on 1st floor w/private, fenced yard
  • The Standard at Domain » 11711 Domain Drive » (512) 584-8065
    • no breed restrictions or weight limit, 2 pet maximum
    • required pet interview
  • Colonial Grand at Double Creek » 11001 S 1st Street » 512-280-4444
    • no breed or weight restrictions, 2 pet maximum
    • $350 pet deposit; $10/mo. pet rent
  • Crestview Commons  » 801 Sugaree Avenue  » 512-451-5000
    • no breed or weight restrictions
  • Residences at Saltillo » 1211 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78702
  • Saint Johns West »  601 W. Saint Johns Ave.
    Austin, Texas 78752

  • The Magnolia at Crestview »  7400 North Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX Area Realtors/Apartment Locators/Landlords

Pit-friendly Properties outside Austin, TX


Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton

Studio Place Apartments


  • Rentals for Pit Bull Owners – Real estate firm specializing in pit bull-friendly housing


  • Red Cedar Flats – East Lansing area
    •  (517) 853-2005
    • 5030 Northwind Dr STE 120, East Lansing, MI 48823

US (Multiple States)

  • All MidAmerica properties
    • From their home page: “We love our furry friends as much as you do. That’s why we provide a pet-friendly environment for all breeds – both cats and dogs.”

      And if you are a homeowner looking for homeowners’ insurance, please see our extensive list of pit-friendly companies on our Pit-Friendly page.

      To submit your property please send us a request at with your address, website, phone, email, and any applicable details (pet interview, 2 pet max, proceeds donated, etc). Thanks for standing up for those without a voice.

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