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 onwww.craigslist.org), 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.
  • Share details of any formal training your dog has had (especially Love-A-Bull’s free 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.

Apartment complexes that we have been told accept all breeds:

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.

  • 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
  • The Place at Terracina, 8100 N. Mopac Expy, 855-332-2260,TerracinaApt018@myLTSMail.com
    • no breed restrictions, no weight limit, 2 pet max, no pet rent
  • The Place at West Village, 739 W. William Cannon, 512-443-3153
    • no breed restrictions, no weight limit, 2 pet max
  • Roscoe Properties, 27 properties all over Austin (North, South and Central)
    (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
  • Tramor Properties, 16 properties all over Austin (North, South and Round Rock)
    (visit website for individual property contact information and phone number)
  • Waterloo East, 2510 Elmont Drive, 512-441-3042
    • no breed, age, or weight restrictions
    • max 2 pets, requires pet interview
  • Cielo South Lamar, 2717 South Lamar Blvd, 512-566-7020
    • no breed or weight limit
    • 2 pet maximum
  • The Social Apartments, 1817 E. Oltorf Street, 512.442.2316
    • no breed or weight limit, 2 pet maximum
    • Required pet interview
  • 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 or weight limit, 2 pet maximum
    • Required pet interview

Realtors/Apartment Locators/Landlords who are familiar with the issue and can help with possible housing options:

  • Wesley Steck, JBGoodwin REALTORS®
  • Joseph, HomePlace Apartment Search
  • Karen Currie, Keller Williams Realty
  • Matt Davidson, Dash Realty (Apartment Locator)
  • Tanya “Renee” Figliozzi, Real Tree Realty Property Management & KW Commercial
    • 512-507-8460, renee.fig@gmail.com
    • https://realtreerealty.org/
    • * Will make a $50 donation to Love-A-Bull for signed leases from website referral!
  • Paul Greenamyer, Casa Grande Realty Central
    • 512-516-3228, paul@cgrcentral.com
    • * Will make a donation to Love-A-Bull for referrals!
  • Sam Hasty, Keller Williams
  • Bryan Hilton, Citywide Realty
    • 512-484-7344, bhiltoncitywide@gmail.com
    • * Will also make $50 donation to Love-A-Bull if lease signed
  • Paige Reynolds, JB Goodwin REALTORS®
  • Adam Seigel, pauly + presley R E A L T Y
  • Stan Smith, Coldwell Banker United
  • Linda Threatt, Apartments HERE!
    • 512-663-9664, lindalocates@hotmail.com
  • Jacob Towell, pauly + presley R E A L T Y
  • Bryan Treat, JB Goodwin
  • Jantha Tucker, Austin Realty Services and Apartment Locating
    • 512-751-3733, austinrealtyservices@gmail.com
    • 3616 Far West Blvd. Suite 107, Austin, TX 78731
  • Urban Squared Realty
And if you are a homeowner looking for homeowners’ insurance, please see our extensive list of pit-friendly companies on our Pit-Friendly page.