Great Danes and St. Bernards Part of Kentucky Neighborhood’s “11 D

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
A neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky has received notice that 11 dog breeds, including Huskies, Great Danes and German Shepherds have been banned, and current residents are hoping their pets will be grandfathered in.

In the McConnell’s Trace neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky, residents are distraught by a letter they received from the neighborhood’s developer, telling residents that there was a change to dog restrictions in the neighborhood and that eleven breeds were being banned.

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The previous wording for the current dog restriction simply referred to aggressive breeds, but was not specific in naming any, and now, eleven breeds, including St. Bernards, German Shepherds and Huskies are included in the ban. German Shepherds are heralded as military, police and service dogs everywhere and St. Bernards are working dogs commonly known as rescue dogs in snowy regions.

According to the neighborhood association president Josh McCurn, the homeowner’s association did not vote on the restrictions, nor did they author the new wording, and the developer cannot be reached for comment about it.

McCurn says that feedback has been varied, as many do not want any dog restrictions, or are worried about pets that are already in the neighborhood. Additionally, McCurn says that the semi-annual meeting scheduled for late May for the association will be a time for airing feedback.

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To the best of McCurn’s knowledge, he believes that current owners of animals on the list would be grandfathered in, and he owns a Doberman himself. But other members of the community are worried that their favorite breed may unfairly be banned from their home and community and are not happy.

The list of banned breeds is as follows:

German Shepherds


Doberman Pinschers




Alaskan Malamutes

Chow Chows

Great Danes

St. Bernards

Pit Bulls, to include: American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and “any dogs containing characteristics of these breeds.” So basically, any large, muscular mixed breed.

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