If you are considering moving to Germany along with your pet, then your pet can look forward to a good life. This is especially true if you are going to Germany from a country that has very strict pet laws like Italy, Australia or the UK. This is because pets in Germany have a better life when compared to their cousins in many other countries. Pets are allowed to travel on public transport and inside exclusive restaurants, shops and saloons. Those that do not allow pets inside their establishments like grocery and butcher shops generally designate small spaces outside for your pets while you pick up your food inside. Pets often accompany their owners to important appointments like business meetings and social gatherings.
While your dog or cat can look forward to a good life in Germany, you might have to indulge in some heavy duty work in order to get your pet inside the country.
A veterinary certificate provided by your local vet and approved by the Government Authorities in your country of origin is a must for pet travel. Your pet would also need proof that it has been vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days to one year before entering Germany before it would be allowed to cross the border into Germany. In case you want to take more than three animals to Germany, then an pet transport import permit would also be required. It is much easier to take small animals like mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and fish in and out of Germany. Due to a number of public attacks by fighting dogs, some breeds of dogs like bull terriers, pit-bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire bull terriers and their crossbreeds are not allowed entry into Germany.
Your dog will need to get a license in Germany, since it is mandatory for dogs to be licensed in the country. This will cost you somewhere in the vicinity of about EUR 60. This license will have to be updated every year. In case you plan to live on rented property, then you will require permission from the land lord to keep pets. You will also be legally responsible for ensuring that your pet does not cause any kind of harm to other people or their property. You are also held responsible for your pets toilet and public etiquette, so it is advised that you keep your pet leashed in public places and try to prevent it from fouling up such places.