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Dealing With Breed Discrimination

A few months back we got a note from the couple that writes the blog, Two Pitties in the City. They were planning a trip with their dogs from Chicago to St. Louis and were looking for some advice on hotels. Their primary concern was that they wouldn’t find accommodations that would allow them to stay with Ms. M and Mr. B, their two remarkable Pit bulls.

Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon story – more than 100 breeds of dogs are currently banned or restricted somewhere in this country. And more are being added all the time.

It’s also no secret that finding an abandoned German Shepherd ultimately led to the startup of GoPetFriendly.com and the creation of this blog. Buster came to us in May 2008, we launched the website in June 2009, and made our maiden RV voyage in March 2010.

You know the rest … We sold our home. What few possessions we have are in storage. We travel full-time in the Winnebago with Ty and Buster.

And we’re doing it with a restricted breed dog.

Buster Buckled Up

German Shepherds are the fourth most restricted dog breed, surpassed only by Pit bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans.

Since we spend most of our time in RV parks and campgrounds, we seldom run into the pet weight restrictions that you find in so many hotels. However, unlike the hotels, breed restrictions are fairly common at campgrounds. At least once a week we’ll see a sign at the reservation desk boldly proclaiming “No Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans. Thank you.” And, it’s not uncommon to see that list expanded to include Akitas, Boxers, Bulldogs, Chows, Huskies, Malamutes, Mastiffs, or Shepherds.

On occasion a campground will ban us – they say it’s because of municipal ordinances or requirements of their insurance policy. It’s frustrating and demeaning when it happens, but it will not keep us from traveling! There is always another campground in the area that is happy to have us.

Buster on the beach

So, if you’ve hesitated to plan a trip with your restricted breed dog for fear it will be too difficult, we’re here to help. We provide detailed pet policies for the hotels and campgrounds listed on GoPetFriendly.com, including any breed restrictions they impose. With a bit of perseverance, luck, and help from your friends, your dog will not have to be left behind just because of his appearance.

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  • Jen says:

    I’m confused by your post. Are you saying that you stayed with your GSD at campgrounds that had posted breed restrictions? Or are you saying there are plenty of alternatives to those with posted breed restrictions. My dog is a rescue, likely PB, but I was wondering if I could get a veterinary statement that states she is a boxer/terrier cross…. ;-) I’m new to RV’ing and am really disappointed when I find an “ideal campground” and then see these ridiculous rules.

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Jen! Thanks for your note. What I was hoping to get across is that we’ve found plenty of options where breed restrictions weren’t an issue. State parks, national parks, national forests, and Army Corp of Engineers campgrounds are all fantastic – and we’ve never encountered a breed ban at any of these places.

      If you’re interested, we have a blog post that specifically addresses traveling with pitties: https://blog.gopetfriendly.com/tips-for-traveling-with-pitbulls/

      Good luck and waggin’ trails!

  • Pet Discrimination says:

    Let’s have these so called family and/or senior & pet friendly parks impose and uphold these rules to include unbehaved kids/teenagers (under the auspices of visiting their grandparents) only to cause havoc. I’ll take my dog (Doberman better behaved than many kids, or adults for that matter) and as a disabled senior my support.

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      I completely understand your outrage and upset. Fortunately, we’ve found that we enjoy staying in national, state and community campgrounds – and have never found one that discriminates based on breed. Of course, I wish that all campgrounds would judge every pet based on their behavior, but until then, we’ll choose to spend our money at RV parks and campgrounds that are truly pet friendly. Safe travels to you!

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