Dangerous Dog Breed Laws In Texas

There are probably a few names that come to mind when most people hear the term "dangerous dog breed." While few laws call out specific breeds as inherently "dangerous" there is a process in Houston and other cities in Texas for designating a dog as "dangerous," and home insurers often charge increased premiums — or deny coverage entirely — if a homeowner owns a particular breed of dog.

When Can A Dog Be Designated As Dangerous?

In Houston, there is a process for designating a dog as "dangerous." This involves someone filing a claim with a Justice of the Peace. A dog can be designated as "dangerous" if it makes an unprovoked attack on someone anywhere outside its normal enclosure, or an unprovoked act on someone leading that person to believe the dog would attack and cause injury.

There is also a chance that you or a loved one was attacked by a dog not covered by an owner's home insurance. While there is no firm definition of breeds considered to be dangerous, insurers frequently deny coverage or charge higher premiums for owners of certain breeds, which can include:

  • Pit bull-type breeds
  • Boxers
  • Rottweilers
  • German shepherds
  • Doberman Pinschers

If your attack involved one of these breeds or any other type of dog, we will examine your case to determine whether we can hold the owner financially responsible for your injuries.

Questions? Call Today For A Free, No-Obligation Consultation

Learn whether you have a claim under dangerous dog breed laws in Texas by speaking with our experienced dog bite lawyers. Contact our offices in Houston or Katy by sending an email, or call 281-407-6611, toll free 800-346-0139.

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