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Can a company ask what breed your dog is if the dog is certified

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Can a company ask what breed your dog is if the dog is certified as a service dog by a psychiatrist?

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Customer: Waldorf, MD
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Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

In Maryland and other states as well, under the ADA and the Service Dog laws, there is nothing that prevents a landlord asking the breed of the animal. The reason the landlord may ask the breed even though it is a service animal is that there are some breeds that might cause the landlord's insurance premiums to significantly increase, despite the fact the dog is trained as a service animal. See: HUD Memo on Service Dogs. In the event the landlord's insurance premiums would significantly increase because of the breed, the landlord has a right to disallow that particular breed on his premises or even make you make the increased payment that having that breed on the premises would cost.

It is the landlord's burden to prove this substantial and significant burden should your breed of animal live on the premises if that is what he is claiming in denying you the right to have your service animal.



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Thanks for the detailed response!

Thank you very much.