Third-party injuries from a dog bite are included in renters insurance policies under personal liability coverage. Personal liability protects you from expenses in cases where you are at fault in an accident. So if your dog bites someone and they sue you for damages, having renters insurance can shield you from fronting the total cost.

MoneyGeek created this guide to help renters know when dog bites are (and are not) covered by personal liability insurance.

Luckily, most renters insurance policies already cover dog bites, so you don’t need to pay for extra coverage if you have a furry friend. MoneyGeek has more information about what your renters insurance does and doesn’t cover.

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When Does Renters Insurance Cover Dog Bites?

The personal liability coverage in your renters insurance policy often extends to injuries or damages caused by your pet. Here are some instances in which renters insurance covers dog bites.


Renters insurance covers pet liability expenses if your pet injures someone else. But if your pet is hurt in an incident, renters insurance does not cover it. Instead, a separate pet insurance policy would cover your pet’s health costs. Renters insurance also doesn’t protect you against damages that your pet inflicts on you or your property.

When Doesn’t Renters Insurance Cover Dog Bites?

There may be circumstances where your renters insurance won’t cover dog bites because specific dog breeds are considered riskier to insure. In other cases, insurers may charge higher premiums to cover these breeds.

To ensure that you and your canine companion are protected, read the fine print of your policy or contact your insurance provider.


How to Prevent Dog Bites

While the financial protection from renters insurance is great to have, preventing a dog bite will spare you and others from undue pain and anguish. Neutering, socializing and training your pet are helpful preventative measures you can work toward.


Where to Buy Renters Insurance

Nationwide insurance companies, like State Farm and Allstate, and even more regional ones, such as Lemonade and Toggle, offer renters insurance. If you’re unsure which policy will work for you, MoneyGeek crafted a guide on comparing renters insurance quotes.

We found that the average cost of renters insurance is $13 per month, but premiums depend on your location and the value of your personal belongings. If you need help estimating how much coverage to buy, you can use MoneyGeek’s personal property calculator below.


About Mark Fitzpatrick

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Mark Fitzpatrick has analyzed the property and casualty insurance market for over five years, conducting original research and creating personalized content for every kind of buyer. Currently, he leads P&C insurance content production at MoneyGeek. Fitzpatrick has been quoted in several insurance-related publications, including CNBC, NBC News and Mashable.

Fitzpatrick earned a master’s degree in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He is passionate about using his knowledge of economics and insurance to bring transparency around financial topics and help others feel confident in their money moves.