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Study confirms it’s nearly impossible to rent in Boston with a dog

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Only 9 percent of landlords in Boston allow renters to have small dogs, according to Trulia.
Only 9 percent of landlords in Boston allow renters to have small dogs, according to Trulia. Gregory Bull/AP

Boston ranks a mediocre 14 on a list of the 25 pet friendliest cities for renters, outdone by San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas, a new survey finds.

When it comes to furry pets, Boston landlords muster the most affection for cats, with 20 percent allowing renters to bring a feline along, according to a survey of online apartment listings by Trulia.

But just a measly 1 percent of Boston apartment buildings welcome large dogs and 9 percent allow small dogs. In Cambridge, landlords are even less cuddly, with just 16 percent OK with cats, and roughly the same small number as Boston welcoming dogs.

Large dogs like this Rottweiler are only allowed in about 1 percent of Boston rental units, according to Trulia. —Brennan Linsley/AP

Still, those numbers are improving: a number of new apartment high-rises and developments are opening their doors to pet owners, notes David Crowley, director of sales and marketing at Raveis Marketing Group.

“Boston is increasingly become pet-friendly in many ways – both in terms of private and public spaces,’’ Crowley said. “Many new buildings are being designed with pets, especially dogs, in mind.’’

Examples include One North of Boston, which offers doggie day care, plus pet grooming and training services, and 315 on A, a $100 million apartment high-rise that opened last year in Fort Point and allows up to two pets per unit.

Not to be outdone, the $185 million Troy Boston in the South End features a doggie salon and an indoor running track.

Even dogs with clean ears are banned from most rental units in Boston. —David Ryan/Globe Staff

Yet while Boston landlords may be warming to pets, they have a long way to go to catch up with dog- and cat-crazy high-rise owners in other cities.

Trulia’s rankings are based on a myriad of factors, including the number of pet-friendly listings in different markets, pet fees, and how many local pet stores, groomers, and other related services are nearby.

Based on that mix of factors, San Francisco won top honors, followed by Seattle, Denver, Oakland, and Portland.

A little more than a quarter of San Francisco landlords allow cats, while 17 percent are OK with small dogs and another 4 percent will even roll out the carpet for your friendly St. Bernard. Roughly a third of Seattle landlords are feline-friendly. Roughly 29 percent will roll out the welcome mat for small dogs as well, though just 2 percent of Seattle landlords are OK with big dogs.

Renters in Boston will have better luck with cats, which are allowed in 20 percent of units, according to Trulia. —Christopher Muther

Some cities actually have more listings, but are also more expensive for pet owners.

Dallas landlords love dogs and cats, with 63 percent ready to welcome your cat or small dog, and 20 percent even OK with a big dog. But it will cost you, with the average pet-friendly apartment in Dallas charging a $288 deposit and a $275 pet fee.

Washington, D.C., though, was the most expensive. Renters shell out, on average, a $366 pet deposit and a $427 pet fee, according to Trulia.

“Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they’re not necessarily your landlord’s,’’ writes Ralph McLaughlin, Trulia’s housing economist. “Nor are cats. If you’re a renter with a pet, one of the biggest challenges is finding a place to live.’’