Restrictions on livestock like chickens, goats and pigs are some of the most common deed restrictions. Even outside of strict, HOA-monitored neighborhoods, these restrictions are widespread. Limiting the types of animals allowed on a property is actually one of the oldest uses of restrictive covenants [source: McKenzie]. From keeping livestock out of residential neighborhoods, to restricting cattle and sheep to certain areas of farmland, these types of deed restrictions date back hundreds of years [source: McKenzie].
But farm animals aren't the only furry creatures that can be shut out of a property. Deed restrictions often forbid certain breeds of pets, restrict the number of pets that can live on a property or prohibit residents from keeping their animals outside [source: Rossi, et al]. So, unless you can stand to say goodbye to your beloved pit bull, pot-bellied pig or five of your eight cats, pay close attention to deed restrictions. Pet owners could really have their hearts broken. HOAs can seek a judge's injunction to have violating pets removed from your property [source: Rossi, et al].