Having a dog or a cat in Luxembourg
You live in Luxembourg and you would like to adopt a dog or a cat? You are moving in Luxembourg soon and wish to take your domestic animal with you? Owning a dog or a cat in Luxembourg is not as easy as it seems.
Being a pet owner in Luxembourg, you have to fill certain administrative formalities.
The compulsory dog or cat chip in Luxembourg
When owning a dog or a cat in Luxembourg, you have to make your pet chip by an approved veterinarian. Why that? Because in case of loss of the animal or of damage that it could cause, the chip will allow to identify the owner. The electronic identification of your animal must be made during the first 4 months following its birth or during the first month of its adoption.
Specific formalities for dogs in Luxembourg
Declare your dog to your Luxembourg municipality of residence
As soon as you become the owner of a dog or bring a dog in Luxembourg, you have to declare it to your residence municipal administration by means of a veterinary certificate.
Take out insurance
You also have to take out insurance with an approved company in the Grand Duchy in order to guarantee your civil liability as a dog owner in case of damage or of accident caused by your animal.
Furthermore, an additional mention must be made during the statement of adoption of a dog considered as potentially dangerous.
Annual tax on dogs
An annual tax of a minimal 10-euro value is to be paid to your municipality. The amount of this one depends on your place of residence. Guide dogs, assistance dogs for disabled people and army and customs dogs are not concerned by this tax.
Obligation to keep your dog on a lead in urban area
One of the most known obligations when detaining a dog is that any dog, whatever their size, must be kept on a lead in urban area, unless zones of freedom are organised via a dispensation. This obligation also applies to parking lots and public transportation.
Outside urban areas, there is no obligation to keep your dog on a lead, except dangerous dogs. There is however an obligation of being able to control your animal or to keep him on a lead in case of problem. Dogs considered as potentially dangerous however have to be kept on a lead in any place, unless a certificate of success in a training centre can be presented. Note that special provisions are to be taken for the adoption of a dog considered as potentially dangerous. Inquire beforehand.
Regulatory specificities for cats
Just like dogs, cats must be chipped.
The regulations also specify that in the case of cats other than farm cats, they must also be spayed or neutered. This operation takes place at the earliest 6 months after the birth of the animal.
If you plan to leave your pet in a care facility during your holidays, you will be asked for its health record and proof of these operations.
Rental and pets
In Luxembourg, the apartment or house owners have the absolute right to forbid the tenants to have an animal, be it a cat or a dog! It is generally specified in the contract of lease. Even if it can possibly be negotiated with the owner, think of inquiring beforehand from the first visit if you hold a pet!