Michigan isn't very dog-friendly for renters

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Cat and dog sleeping together. Kitten and puppy taking nap. Home pets. Animal care. Love and friendship. Domestic animals.

Cat and dog sleeping together. Kitten and puppy taking nap. Home pets. Animal care. Love and friendship. Domestic animals.

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The battle of dogs and cats could go on forever. 

And it's not just between the animals themselves. It certainly reaches to human pet owners as to who prefers which animal and which animal is better the better species. 

However, a person's preference between dogs and cats could very much play a role if they rent a place to live. Some places prefer big dogs to small dogs, cats over dogs and even no animals at all. Researchers at American Home Shield analyzed Zillow listings and identified the cities and states with the most rentals that accept cats, small dogs, or large dogs.

If you live in Illinois and have a big dog, you may want to consider moving west across the Mighty Mississippi to Missouri. Just 24.6% of rental properties would allow big dogs compared to the Show-Me State's 41.7%

It would be an even harder find for big dog owners along the Great Lakes as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania all have a percentage below 30%. Minnesota has the highest rate at 26.7% followed by Wisconsin at 19.2%, Michigan at 17.5% and Pennsylvania at 17%.

The outlook is slightly better in regard to small dogs. The percentage of rental properties that would allow a small dog goes up a bit in each state, but in some parts, it's not all that much. Missouri comes out above its rival Illinois with a respectable 66.7% over 46.3% in the Land of Lincoln. Michigan is still one of the lost percentage states with 39%.

But it would seem the dogs have it when it comes to a majority of the country in reference to pets and rental properties. Only 15 states have an allowance of cats over dogs — and that includes all of the states along the Great Lakes with the exception of the Great Lakes State itself, Michigan. 

Illinois also has a higher cat allowance than dogs as opposed to its neighbor to the west, Missouri.