Boise, Idaho is the capitol of a wonderful state, but anyone looking to move there that happens to own one of the 75 commonly restricted dog breeds will find it hard to actually find a residence. Look anywhere for Apartment/Housing rentals in Boise, and you will likely see "Pet Friendly" on most of the ads, but in small type, many of those statements are followed by the words: "Breed Restrictions Apply"
Restricting breeds is a lot like racism, you ban dogs based on their looks, the looks of their parents, and the looks of other dogs like them. For many years, people in America struggled to have equal rights among people, it's terrible that we are now having to fight the same battle for our pets.
Over and over again, it has been proven that the breed of a dog doesn't matter; it's the handler of the leash. Any dog can and most likely will misbehave if they are neglected, mistreated, or simply not trained.
In 2011, 18 out of the 32 dog bite fatalities involved a neglectant owner and/or an abused dog. Many of the dogs (68%) that were involved in the bite cases were resident dogs (dogs without owners, dogs left to run free, or otherwise any dog that didn't recieve much, if any, positive human interaction).
"The interactions between dogs and humans are so numerous and complex that no one factor can possibly be considered, in isolation from any other factors, to be the sole cause. There is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog is more likely to injure a human being than another kind of dog." -The National Canine Research Council
The American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) has tested over 1500 American Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers with a combined passing rate of 85.78%. There are few breeds that scored higher than this, most of those having small test rates (under 10 dogs tested). This shows that these dogs are no more likely to "snap" or have bad behavioral habits than any other dog breed.
I do not support land-lords having the ability to ban certain breeds from residing with their families in select Boise homes and apartments. By allowing your residents to ban dog breeds from select rentals, you are promoting the concept that some dog breeds are simply more dangerous than others.
After over 1500 tests conducted on some of the most popular banned breeds of dogs by the American Temperament Test Society, more than 85% of these dogs passed the tests. The National Canine Research Council concluded, after many close statistic viewings and investigations, that the breed of a dog does not determine whether or not it will bite someone or if it should be considered "dangerous". For decades, people in America fought for equal rights among humans, it would be a terrible tragedy if it takes us that long to see the truth of breed discrimination.
By allowing the banning of breeds in many of Boise's rentals, you are deterring dog lovers, owners, and possible future residents from visiting and moving to Boise.
Many people find that Boise is a wonderful place to visit and live, please make it so dog owners are no longer restricted to certain rentals within Boise. I am asking that you make it illegal for land-lords to ban certain breeds of dogs while allowing other types in. Thank you for your consideration.