Is my dog covered by my home insurance

Your furry friend is a member of your family, and you love them dearly. However, when it comes to liabilities, pets, especially dogs, can be significant liabilities. Home insurance provides liability coverage, and you may be wondering if that liability insurance covers your dog. No one likes to think about the possibility of their dog getting into a situation where you might get sued, but things do happen. At Barry Insurance Group in Pearland, TX, we know home insurance liability coverage, and we can help you make sure you have the coverage you need. 

The simple answer to this question is not a straight yes or no. It depends on the breed of dog that you have and the policy. The first thing that you should do when you are considering adding a dog to your family is to call your insurance agent and make sure that your carrier doesn’t exclude the breed you are considering. Some breeds are more likely to be excluded, including pit bulls and rottweilers.

Carriers don’t commonly publish the breeds that they exclude, so you will have to ask specifically. If your carrier excludes the breed you plan to acquire, you may be able to add a separate liability policy for your dog, or your umbrella policy may cover them. Don’t give up; however, some dog-friendly carriers don’t discriminate by breed at all. 

But let’s say you have a terrier, will your home insurance cover him? Yes, he will. The liability portion of your coverage will protect you from a lawsuit if your furry friend nips a neighbor or does some severe damage to their garden. However, if your couch is the victim, then no, your home insurance won’t cover it, so invest in pet training to avoid issues. 

Barry Insurance Group in Pearland, TX is here to help you get home insurance coverage and to make sure that your furry friend will be covered by the home insurance you choose. Give us a call to set up an appointment to discuss your home insurance needs. 

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