Dog Breed Restrictions by Insurance Companies
All dogs are individuals, yet homeowners and renters insurance companies are currently allowed to drop coverage, deny coverage, and/or charge a higher premium based solely on a pet's appearance — regardless of that pet’s actual behavior.
The broad range of pets impacted by outdated insurance company standards includes Great Danes, American Staffordshire terriers, Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, huskies, and malamutes, plus any dog believed to be mixed with any of these breeds.
Having a certain type of dog should not prevent otherwise responsible consumers from finding and keeping affordable homeowners or renters insurance for their families.
Creating safe communities is a priority for all of us
Everyone — both people and pets — benefits from safe communities. Rather than pass laws that punish innocent pets for being born a certain breed and their responsible owners, our communities should hold reckless owners accountable for dogs who are dangerous. And efforts to protect community members from dangerous dogs are a key component of any public safety plan.
Individual accountability is the only effective approach to protecting both people and pets. When it comes to enforcing dangerous dog laws, our focus should be on negligent and reckless owners, not the breed of the pet.
End Breed Restrictions by Insurance Companies
Sign the petition urging your state's insurance commission to protect consumers and focus on the behavior of the dog.
This white paper discusses the breed restriction impact of the insurance industry's use of dog breed lists to deny homeowner and renters insurance coverage and renewals, create policy exclusions, and place limitations on coverage. Download the whitepaper
Six states have either passed or have legislation pending regarding homeowners insurance and dog breeds. Twenty two States have banned breed-specific legislation. Download this flyer to learn more.
This article by the Platte Institute discusses how pit bull bans affect responsible owners who have raised their pets as family members. Negligent owners who are attracted to pit bulls because of their negative reputation and who use them as status symbols or for fighting will not be influenced by the law.
The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution in 2012 urging all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies to adopt comprehensive breed-neutral dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that ensure due process protections for owners, encourage responsible pet ownership, and focus on the behavior of both dog owners and dogs. The resolution also urges the repeal of any breed-specific legislation or provisions.
This tool helps you to determine the economic impact of dog breed bans for your city or state.
Effective laws address the behavior of dog owners and the resulting behavior of their individual dogs and put regulations in place to restrict and restrain any dangerous dog.