Over on StreetEasy.com, a future city dweller plans on arriving in NYC with some baggage: two young boys and a 70 pound pooch. The boys don't present too many difficulties, as this mother is very flexible in terms of apartment size, so long as it's over 1,000 square feet. The dog, however--a mutt with the body of a Labrador and the coloring of a Rottweiler--is another story.
How to find a building that will accept a big dog resembling an unacceptable breed? Determination and word-of-mouth. Hit the dog runs, talk to landlords, chat with other dog owners. Provide references from prior landlords. Offer extra security. Play up his canine good citizen certification. And drop the Rottie label, call him a lab mix...a friendly, well-behaved lab mix.