Are you thinking of taking in a dog? You should take enough time to choose the right dog breed. Have you already figured out everyday life with a dog in your mind? Anticipation is known to be the greatest joy, but on the other hand you can hardly wait until the dog can finally move in.
But don't forget one of the most important questions ...
Is it even allowed to keep a dog in my apartment?
If you already have an apartment, you can check your existing rental agreement to see whether there is a clause that generally allows or prohibits keeping animals or dogs in the apartment. However, you should still talk to your landlord to avoid any misunderstandings later on.
If you are only looking for an apartment, then you might have a little more luck. For several years now, a ruling by the Supreme Court in Austria has stipulated that the keeping of pets by landlords may not be generally prohibited. Unfortunately, there are always difficulties with this in practice. Simply put, landlords have the right to prohibit pets through certain clauses in the rental agreement. Keeping animals that are kept in containers (aquarium, cage) cannot be prohibited, but free-roaming animals such as dogs, cats and ferrets may still be prohibited. The reason for this is that animals that are kept in a container cannot damage the apartment (scratch the floor, nibble on door frames, ...), in contrast to animals roaming free. Failure to comply with the ban on pets may result in termination by the landlord.
Why is there often a problem with keeping dogs indoors?
Often the neighbors feel disturbed by a dog. For example, from noise pollution if the dog barks all day. Health problems also often play a role, as neighbors could have an allergy. But fear is also an important aspect, because many people are afraid of dogs and can therefore not safely use the stairwell or the communal facilities.
In any case, it is important to obtain sufficient information and to train the dog well so that you and your four-legged friend can lead a good life in the apartment.