What Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover For Pets

chihuahuaYour cute little puppy is a great addition to the family. Your new bouncing bundle of joy puts a smile on your face until you find him happily chewing on your shoe, or the leg of your chair. This you can control, but what about when your puppy gets bigger and decides to tear up your neighbors flower bed or possibly bites someone?

As much as we train and love our pets, we do have to have protection for the the not so proud moments that can happen. It is a good idea to be vigilant about your dog’s interactions with visitors to your home. Typically, the liability portion of your home insurance coverage should cover the actions of your pets if they damage items that you don’t own or if they injure people who do not live in your house.

Be aware that there are certain types of pets that can make it difficult to obtain home, renters or condo insurance. Dog bites make up one-third of all homeowner insurance liability claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and about 885,000 require medical attention for these injuries; about half of these are children.”

In general you can purchase home insurance protection for your pets indiscretions for most types of domestic pets. Some insurance companies will provide you a list of certain types of dogs that they may consider not insurable. What they are basing their information on is the breeding history, temperaments and the risk factors. So, if a particular dog breed has a documented history of attacks or bites, some insurance companies may consider this risk to be too high, thus causing the company to deem the breed UN-insurable.

Common dog breeds that are often not considered insurable include:

* Akita
* Alaskan Malamute
* Chow Chow
* Doberman Pinscher
* German Shepherd
* Pit Bull
* Presa Canario
* Rottweiler
* Siberian Husky
* Staffordshire Bull Terrier
* Wolf hybrids

Exotic animals, such as snakes, tigers, etc., also may fall in the not-insurable category. Check with us today to see if owning any of the pets above has limitations. When you apply for home insurance, disclose information about any pets you have to ensure your policy will properly cover you involving your pet.

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