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Registering pets

These steps need to be taken care of if you are planning to bring your pet to Germany.

If you wish to bring a cat or dog into Germany, the animals must be vaccinated for rabies 12 months to 30 days in advance. Proof of vaccination must be presented at the border. A maximum of three animals per owner are allowed. Dog owners must register to pay the dog tax (Hundesteuer) at the Civic Offices (Bürgerämter).

Anyone who keeps a dog in NRW or walks dogs in public areas must comply with legal requirements. There are special rules for large dogs and animals of certain breeds.

Dog Training

There are a number of dog obedience schools around, some of which offer English obedience classes as well. If you are looking for some training for your dog, you may want to contact this place at St. Augustin, for instance, to get more details and arrange a date for your class: (opens in a new tab)

Bringing a horse

In conformity with the EU decision, horses must have a veterinary surgeon's certificate before being brought into Germany. The border authorities must be notified one day in advance. Horses are examined at the border and remain under veterinary observation for 14 days at the owner's stables.