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What Dog Breeds Are Not Allowed In RV Campgrounds Or Resorts?

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Dog Breeds That Are Not Allowed In RV Campgrounds

Dog Breeds That Are Not Allowed In RV Campgrounds

Dog Breeds That Are Not Allowed In RV Campgrounds
Are There Dog Breeds That Are Not Allowed in RV Campgrounds?
What Dog Breeds Are Not Allowed In RV Campgrounds Or Resorts?

Certain dog breeds are not allowed at some RV parks. What are they?

ANSWER Thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

You are correct that some RV Campgrounds and Resorts have restrictions on what breed of dog they allow on their property. The restrictions vary widely by facility. The most common breed restrictions seem to be for Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Mastiffs, Chows and wolf-mixes. Other facilities may allow these breeds, but reserve the right to ask you to leave their facilities if the dog you have "acts in aggressive manner".


I know that there are a lot of dogs in the breeds mentioned above that are not aggressive and play well with others, but if the campground or resort has a ban on a certain breed they usually do not make an exception. The reason these breeds were selected is because they are large muscular animals that have the capability of causing severe injuries to people or other pets if they become aggressive. These breeds are thought to have a more aggressive nature than other breeds of dogs.

Whether these assumptions are true or not; owners that take these dogs camping with them must be aware that their pets may not be welcome at certain campgrounds and RV Resorts. The best advice I can offer to those people is to call ahead to the facility they plan to stay at to see if their pet is allowed.

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Killer The Wonder Dog

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During the years we have been RVing, we have come across some aggressive dogs. I hate to say it but a lot of them have not been in the restricted breed categories. There are some Chihuahuas that we have come across that were very aggressive. The difference is that a crazed Chihuahua is not capable of causing great bodily harm; a crazed Pit Bull on the other hand is physically capable of possibly killing someone.

Now before I get a bunch of outraged Chihuahua owners sending me hate mail; please take a look at the picture to the left, that is our dog aptly named "Killer". Killer is a cross between a Merle Chihuahua and a pug. He goes camping with us wherever we go. Yes, we are living dangerously by bringing him along.

Regardless of what breed of dog you plan to take camping, there is a book that I strongly suggest you read by Jack and Julee Meltzer called Camping and RVing with Dogs, the Complete Reference for Dog-Loving Campers and RVers.


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In this book RVing pet owners will learn Eight steps you can take to make sure your dog never gets lost, Fun activities for campers and RVers with dogs, Five easy tricks for finding campgrounds and RV parks that really like dogs, How to prepare your vehicle or your RV for campground life with a dog, How to tackle a medical emergency involving your dog and much, much, more.

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The 73 year old Gary
by: Thomas

For one, All caps mean you are yelling. Number two if you got bit by a Shihtzu, it was probably your fault by trying to pet a dog that wasn't yours, or maybe you got to close, or even the owner never had it on a leash, regardless it was not a pit. I have known some pits to be aggressive and have had some well mannered and the best of dogs. This all depends on upbringing and nature of dog as well as protection. The worst dogs I know of are chihuahua and poodles. Those are the most ill tempered animals on the face of the earth and have been bit by several. So there fore don't get so bent out of shape and blame one dog breed, you have been around long enough to know that.

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PITS
by: AnonymousGARY

OK LETS STOP AND DO A REALITY CHECK PITS WERE BREED TO KILL PERIOD!! I'VE BEEN AROUND DOGS ALL MY LIFE AND I AM 73 YEARS OLD. NO ONE NEEDS A PIT AND IF THEY ARE IN A CAMPGROUND I WOULD LEAVE. IF YOU NOTICE ALL THE PITS THAT KILL OR ATTACK, THE OWNERS SAY WHAT GOOD DOGS THEY WERE!
I HAVE BEEN BITTEN ONCE BY A SHIH-TZU COULD HAVE BEEN MY FAULT

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Dog restrictions in campgrounds
by: Anonymous

I just recently purchased a campground and can say that insurance is the big factor of breed restrictions. We are a smaller campground and the price increase for that added protection is astronomical.

I love all types of dogs and agree it is the owner and not the breed that has the problem. If all all owners would keep their pets on a 6ft leash and control them, the insurance might back off.

More than not, owners let their dogs run free in campgrounds and think nothing of it. Campgrounds have rules for protection of guests and the campground owners.

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Aggressive Dogs
by: Ginger

My poodle-mix never falls into the banned category unless he's over the weight limit or the park doesn't allow any dogs but we have occasionally had trouble with aggressive off leash dogs. I like dogs so I don't let a few bad owners spoil the fun of camping.

I have come in contact with many happy, friendly, pit bulls, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers. Their owners often train them well and are conscious that they're breed ambassadors. Little dogs, like chihuahuas and small terriers are more frequently off leash, disobedient, and rush people aggressively, nipping at ankles. A standard poodle nipped at me last weekend on the beach. She was young, excited, and in need of more training, NOT aggressive, but her owner should have had her under better control.

ANY dog of any breed and any size can bite. Even without biting, a poorly trained off leash dog can hurt a human or other dog by knocking them over, tripping them, or playing too roughly. Breed bans won't prevent dog bites that are primarily the result of irresponsible owners or simply overenthusiastic, poorly trained dogs.

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RE: PIT BULL PARANOIA by: frankpsr
by: Anonymous

Most drug dealers do not have pit bulls (ignorant stereotype), pit bulls are overwhelmingly family pets. I am sorry to hear of the dog attack on your wife, the fault there sits with the "owner" of said dog. To discriminate against all "pit bulls" is ridiculous. All dogs are individuals and should be treated as so.

There are two different breeds of dogs that have gone after and bitten family members. Are we paranoid by every chihuahua and cocker spaniel we see? Absolutely not. As far as, "Then why is it when you hear or read a dog attack story, its usually a Pit Bull?" It's not. It's media throwing the name "pit bull" out there to draw in ignorant, uneducated viewers. Other dogs also attack, but their "apparent" breeds (I say apparent because pit bulls is a generic term and how many of these dogs are actual "pit bulls"? not many as it would take a dna test to prove they indeed were) aren't splattered all over the place. It's also not specified that many of these attacks are brought on by "resident dogs" rather than "family pets" and irresponsible owners. There is a huge difference.

Some good info re: pit bulls. I have many more wonderful references but this is a favorite.
http://www.badrap.org/monster-myths

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insurance
by: Anonymous

I don't like the discrimination but to be fair a lot of it comes down to the insurance companies not the rv park owners. Before you say get different insurance I say it's just not that easy. We were literally only accepted by one company and we were given a list of animals and things like trampolines that are not allowed on the property. Try to look at a situation from both sides.

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PIT BULL PARANOIA
by: frankpsr

Many Pit Bull owners will tell you how wonderfull their pets are. Then why is it when you hear or read a dog attack story, its usually a Pit Bull? Why do so many drug dealers own Pit Bulls? why was my Pup attacked while in my wifes arms, by a Pit Bull? Why am I paranoid about Pit Bulls?

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frisco woods campground
by: Anonymous

Frisco Woods Campground in the outer banks is the loveliest dog friendly place ever, and they practice no dog racism.

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You have your gun, I have my dog...
by: Fred

You have your choice of protection and I have mine. You have your guns, and in the wrong hands, they maim and kill 100 times the amount of people and animals that any one breed, or all breeds combined, as guns do.

But guns are not banned from campgrounds... yes your constitutional right, well, my choice of protection is also my right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That campground that bans certain breeds (or "look" rather) of dog, can practice their breed specific hatred of dog, but they are also subject to being avoided and not being given that oh so valuable word of mouth that any and every business owner knows is a must in putting food on the table for self employed people.

Jabour's trailer park (not a campground) in key west is a dog hating place where we were asked to leave for no reason by an owner who had two dogs larger and more powerful than my own two.

Fiesta key campground in the keys was a place where I was happy to cancel my reservations where the very night before we arrived, we learned there had been a shooting, a teen who stole a gun from his parents RV and shot another teen at the pool for flirting with a girl at the pool.

RVs have no security system, no bars on the windows, no gate protection most of the time: WHY does anyone think they have the right to tell me what kind of dog I can have when campgrounds are, on average, far from places where your safety is guaranteed, when in today's day and time anything and everything can and will happen? Pffft, save your cash and give it to the campground that is there for you and your family no matter what you, or they look like.

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Cats??
by: Anonymous

Had one campground that would not allow our cat because if it got loose it would kill the native critters in the area. I said it was kept in the RV and even that it is a good mouser and she said that is why they don't allow cats. Strange??

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Check the rules in so called dog friendly campgrounds.
by: Anonymous

You also need to be aware of the rules imposed on dogs. Some RV parks claim they allow dogs but the rules about dogs are impossible to follow and make it impossible to stay.

For example we arrived at one RV park that claimed to be "pet friendly" but the rule was you could not let your dog walk anywhere but in the designated dog walk which was a 3X12 foot bit of chain link fenced dirt. This included not having your dog anywhere except the inside of your trailer at all times and carrying the dog to and from the dog walk.

When I pointed out my dog weighed 72 pounds and I simply could not carry him that far I was told I could walk him over but if he peed or pooped anywhere along the way we would be immediately evicted without a refund. (Not if we cleaned up, if we allowed him to pee or poop anywhere!)

Other rules including no barking at any time for any reason. If the owner heard the dog barking at anytime the result would also be immediate eviction without a refund. Also if we left the campground for any reason the dog had to accompany us. At no time were we to leave the dog inside our RV alone. If it were found out that we had left the dog in the RV unattended we would be immediately evicted without a refund.

Anyone who has ever had a dog knows how impossible it is to abide by those kinds of restriction. We left. Others were not so fortunate. The campground reviews included many stories of people evicted without a refund for a paid two week stay after only a few hours in the park due to dog rule violations. Be very very careful to read the all rules that apply to your dog while the dog is in the campground and find out what the consequences are if an accident happens.

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Make sure your paperwork is in order.
by: Anonymous

We have been refused once because the restriction was no dogs whose backs were higher than the owner's knees. She refunded our money and sent us to another campground nearby. We have frequently been asked to hand over our vet papers for photocopying "for insurance purposes" when we camp so I would also recommend you have your dog's shots all up to date with such proof as well.

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dog breed
by: Anonymous

we had found one in wisconsin that did not let us take a German Shepard. They were not going to refund our money but give us a voucher for a later date. Till I argured that I would not come if we could not bring our dog with who is a very well behaved dog and never had a problem with him before. Now we always ask before making reservations if he is welcomed.

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Dogs that are band from RV campgrounds and or Resorts
by: Larry G

It's unfortunate there is a band on certian breeds. We are dog lovers and believe it's not the breed that should be band but the owners of agressive dogs NEED TO BE BAND. Every breed that was mentioned in this article I have been in contact with and have found very socialable and loving dogs. I believe this type of behavior is due to the owners concern and welfare for a good and dependable dog. Dogs have been domesticated for the good of MANKIND but as we all know some of our KIND are not concern with MAN. There lies the PROBLEM!!!

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Discrimination Comes In All Forms
by: Anonymous

RV Park Dog Discrimination is no better than discrimination of people. African Americans were disallowed many priveledges due to their appearance. RV parks diallow breeds out of fear and lack of knowledge. Some little dogs, such as Westie Terriers can be very aggressive and inflict wounds... our Labrador, the most gentle dog ever, was attacked by a Westie Terrier and had wounds inflicted to her muzzle... it required five stitches to close the wounds. If all dog owners kept their dogs on six foot leashes and not the "fishing reel leashes" and kept them from other dogs, there would be far fewer dog injuries.

Personally, I am sick to death of RV parks disallowing based on breed.. if we encounter it, we will not stay at that RV park... ever!

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Dobermans
by: Walker

What R/V parks in the US allow Doberman's?

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