Rumor going around is that you're in the market for a roommate who barks at the vacuum and sweats through his tongue. Good call! Dogs can be ideal roommates -- at least you know they won't leave dishes strewn all over like the last guy. But before you seal the deal at your local shelter or pet shop for the perfect canine roomie, there are a few things you should consider, such as:

Your landlord's pet policy. 

Even landlords who allow dogs (many do not) often restrict certain breeds and sizes; read the pet clause in your lease carefully to make sure that a pet you have your eye on is in compliance. You may have to sign a special pet addendum and agree to pay a higher monthly rent as well, since pets typically add their fair share of wear and tear to a rental. Also, be prepared to provide your landlord detailed info about your new pet, including vaccination records and proof that he or she has been spayed or neutered.  

Your renter's insurance policy. 

Insurance companies often refuse coverage to renters who own certain types of dogs whom they deem too risky. Especially if you are considering buying a large dog, consult your insurance company first to make sure your new pet will not invalidate your renter's insurance policy. 

Your apartment's layout. 

Unless you have an extremely spacious apartment where a high-energy dog has room to roam, you should stick with smaller or less active dogs that are naturally better-suited for apartment living. Even the laziest of dogs require exercise to lead healthy lives, though, so it's important to develop a daily exercise regimen for your dog and even consider hiring a dog-walker or sitter to take him for a stroll during the day when you are not home. 

Your renting future.

Dog parks at apartment complexes have become increasingly popular in recent years and allow the property's canine population the chance to exercise and socialize. If your apartment for rent in your wish list isn't already equipped with a dog park or dog run, perhaps you should start searching for a residence that has one before you sign your next lease. These on-site facilities also make life much more convenient for you, since you don't have to visit a park or walk through a nearby neighborhood every time you need to take your dog out.

If you live in an apartment and you are considering adding a new, furry member to your household, take the above into consideration before picking the perfect pup.

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