Switzerland is in a league of its own when it comes to regulating dog ownership. There is a lot of paperwork to be done and many rules – and I think its great!
There are almost no homeless dogs here – when you go to the Swiss dog shelters, the majority of dogs have been imported from other countries (such as Hungary), to be rehomed in Switzerland.
The dog breeds that sometimes enjoy a good dog fight, such as Pitbulls and Bull Terriers are banned. I like both of these breeds, but I can understand the ruling.
Recently they have relaxed the rules for small breed dogs – French Bulldogs are very popular – but for large breed dogs like Nando, here is what we had to do:
Steps for owning a puppy in Switzerland:
- When crossing the border between Germany and Switzerland we had to register with customs and pay a fee.
- Nando had to be registered with the city police, and with a veterinarian, within 10 days of entering the country. The veterinarian then registered him (and his microchip number) on a national database.
- Nando had to complete 4 weeks of puppy school within 60 days.
- He has to complete 10 weeks of ‘teenage dog’ school within the first 1 1/2 years.
When we registered with the city Police, we paid a fee. Part of this fee goes towards educating children on how to interact with dogs – its brilliant! Dogs are allowed on public transport, in restaurants and in hotels in Switzerland, so it is a great idea that children know how to be careful around a dog they do not know.
I believe these rules are in the process of being changed, which I am kind of disappointed about, because when we go down to the dog park, at the moment we know that the dogs have had some level of education and socialisation.