Dangerous (Banned) Dogs
Some dog breeds are banned in Germany. There are additional rules for individual states.
Up-to-date information can be found on the Zoll (Customs) website.
Some dangerous dog breeds are allowed, depending on the Federal state, and must be registered at the Ordnungsamt.
Pet Immigration or transport services
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Registration, taxes and permits
- Dogs must be registered at the Finanzamt for dog tax /Hundesteuer. The 2023 yearly taxes are between 120 and 180 euros, depending on the size of the dog.
- Dogs must also be added to the dog registry (Hunderegister) in your area. Search for example “Hunderegister Hamburg”
- Dangerous breeds – If your dog falls in the dangerous breed, you must register it at the Ordnungsamt
Identification badge, chip and handler licence
As mentioned before, the rules and regulations can differ per federal state. Most states require dogs to have an identification badge and a chip. When you take your dog for a walk, the dog’s name, your address and the dog tax disc must be on the dog’s collar.
You might also be required to get a licence to proof you can handle your dog (Hundeführerschein)
Information about the Hunderegister can be found on the Hundeinfoportal
Rules and regulation for owning a pet
Rules and regulations can be found on the Gezetze im Internet Dog regulations.
Not all federal states have a rule that you need to pick up your dog’s poo, but this is just basic decency, especially if you take your dog walking. You can buy special poop bags for that, and most parks have special bins to dispose of the bags.
Adopting a pet at a "Tierheim"
Pet sitting and kennels
Raw food for pets
Try the following websites:
- BARF Konzept Store on Amazon
- Das Tierhotel – gesunde Tiernahrung
Resources on the web
Checklist before you travel to Germany
This is not indented as a moving checklist, but rather all the admin you have to take into consideration before you get on the plane
What can I bring into Germany
It is very tempting to bring some South African goodies with you when you travel to Germany, and while most items are allowed, there are Restrictions.
Finding a place to stay
Finding a place to rent is almost like doing a job interview. You have to “advertise” yourself and you will have to go for interviews.
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