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Old 04-05-2014, 09:15 PM   #1
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Dog Breed Restrictions at Campgrounds

Our family has two dogs who love to go camping with us. One is an 8 pound Chihuahua named Cujo, and the other is a 110 pound Rottweiler named Bella.

They are both well-mannered, leash trained, well-behaved and trained dogs. They are house pets. Cujo can be much more vocal about things than Bella, but that's common for the breed. Cujo is the "alarm" dog and Bella is the "backup".

Yes, we understand that Bella can appear intimidating by her sheer size and because her breed has a bad reputation. We also understand that there are no bad dogs, but bad owners.

We've found that KOA has breed restrictions in place, and we are unable to camp at any KOA with her. We've run into a few other places that won't allow her because of her breed. We were fortunate that one place we arrived at had a breed restriction, but when the owner met Bella he agreed to allow her to stay. (I think it was because she licked his face and used her magic to persuade him.)

Does anyone know of a site with a list of campgrounds that accept pets or have breed restrictions? Or perhaps we could start one here on this site?

Meet Cujo:


And this is Bella:

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Old 04-05-2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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This has been going on for some time now. Unfortunate, but true. I did a quick search and found this for you...

Pet Friendly Campgrounds Worldwide
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Pet Friendly Campgrounds | Dogs Allowed Campgrounds | Pet Friendly Travel

This one has a variety of useful links... RVing with Pets - Pet Travel Links

Great looking dogs you've got there
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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Iím unaware of any dog breed restriction at KOA campgrounds. They do have a policy that owners of ANY BREED that demonstrates hostile or aggressive behavior will be asked to leave the campground. They also require that dogs be kept on a lease no longer than 6 feet and not leave a tethered dog unattended.
Individual KOA campgrounds may have a more restrictive policy and itís always best to call ahead. I donít consider a dog that barks at me aggressive, however I do consider barking and lunging as aggressive and hostile behavior.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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Bella

We have the same situation with Juno. 70lb Pit Bull that will lick you and any baby or kid till they cant giggle any more. At check in Juno is always a Lab mix. What a nice dog you have!!
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:55 PM   #5
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Sad that all must pay for the irresponsibility of a few.

This happened near here in February of this year.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...VMmVQVNsCPVjKw

I doubt the owners of this place will allow any dogs like this one to stay because this one owner was negligent in controlling his dog.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:58 PM   #6
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Oakman, we've been turned down by every KOA we've contacted on the east coast.
We were told it was a "corporate policy" and that the individual campgrounds cannot override the corporate policy by more than one KOA we've contacted.

The KOA site also says this: "Before You Go:
Call ahead. Check with the campground about its specific pet policies. Some don't allow pets in Cabins, for example, or may have limited pet units. Others don't accept particular breeds that insurance providers have identified as having a history of aggression. "

After being turned down, and told at an RV show by the KOA representative there that KOA has a specific corporate policy to not allow Rottweilers and Pits, we stopped even considering them.
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I don't think it's so much the campgrounds as the Insurance companies that the campgrounds use.
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I'm sure it is, Wiscampsin.
It's just frustrating.

To be honest, I think my little dog might be more likely to be snippy than the big dog. The big dog is very submissive and gentle. The little dog is very assertive and cocky.
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I don't think it's so much the campgrounds as the Insurance companies that the campgrounds use.
BINGO!
Amazing the power the insurance carrier has!
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Sad that all must pay for the irresponsibility of a few.

This happened near here in February of this year.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...VMmVQVNsCPVjKw

I doubt the owners of this place will allow any dogs like this one to stay because this one owner was negligent in controlling his dog.
How awful for that child.

I was attacked by a very large black dog when I was about 10 years old.
He had me down by the throat on the ground. It took two grown men to get him off me. I was one scared little girl, and can be easily intimidated by dogs I do not know who are large ... 50 years later.
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