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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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