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I'm bringing my dog over from UK to Zürich. Has anyone got a vague idea how much pet insurance is over here? She's got an up-to-date passport etc.

I've heard you have to register them and pay a yearly supplement to have them. Is this true?
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I paid around 350CHF/year at wau miau for my 5y-old dog
http://www.erv.ch/de-CH/Privatkunden...u-Versicherung

Edit: And i also pay 100CHF/year to the local Gemeinde
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About 250 chuffs a year depending on age, own risk amount etc.

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We don't have pet insurance as the excess is high and most of the vet visit costs don't get you above the premium. I don't think pet insurance here is as popular or as common as in UK.

The annual dog tax costs varies depending which gemeinde you live in. Ours is only chf40.
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Re: Dog Stuff

Oh and when you take them to the vet to have their microchip these gets you registered with ANIS database in Bern automatically and then the gemeinde send you the invoice to pay tax. If they already have a microchip have a look on the ANIS website how it works for foreign dogs.
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Re: Dog Stuff

I'm currently paying between CHF 500 and 750 per year for the dog tax.

(The tax here is a multiplier of a base tax, based on the number of dogs in the household on 1 Jan - but nonetheless the Gemeinde seem to be confused about interpretation and each year rather randomly assign an amount... )

Cantonal law also requires an owner to carry liability insurance coverage of 3mio at a minimum - I carry 5mio. This is separate from any health insurance policy. This is relatively inexpensive, ca CHF 50, but may just be included in your Privathaftpflicht - speak to your insurer.

Additionally, you might need additional household contents insurance to cover damage - make sure you understand from your insurer exactly what is or is not covered.

As a new resident you will be required to take the SKN courses - these are ca. 150 each for the theory and practical courses. You will need to submit your proof of prior ownership to the cantonal veterinary office to see if you can be excused from the theory course - but I would really recommend that you take it, as expectations of what constitutes responsible dog ownership here is VERY different to the UK.

I'd also recommend continuing with training beyond the mandatory classes, as not only do the Swiss have high expectations of dog behavior, but this is also the easiest way to meet people and develop a 'dog community', which will come in very handy as you settle in. A Famienhund abo of about 35-40 classes per year is ca. 600 with my trainer, btw.

You'll need to figure in the cost of dog care - be prepared to pay 100-200 per day for a sitter (depending if the care is in the sitter's home or yours) and 50-100 per day for kennels. Be aware that it is difficult to find a qualified sitter, and kennels are often booked well in advance. Finding good dog care should be among your top priorities.

I do not carry health insurance, as my research has shown that it makes no financial sense given my dog's ages and pre-existing conditions. I've found routine care here quite a bargain, but nonetheless one needs to be prepared for emergencies and accidents. I'd counsel every dog owner to keep several thousand aside - even if you have insurance - for those times.

You might need to pay additional deposit on a flat if you are a dog owner.

There have been several threads discussing the cost of dog ownership in Switzlerand. For instance:
Cost of dog
Sterilisation crazy prices
Dog yearly exam, vaccinations, and vet prices

Good luck with the move!

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Re: Dog Stuff

CharneRochford, I just noticed that you will be in Zürich.

Canton ZH has stricter dog training requirements than most other cantons - the courses you'll have to take will depend on the breed and size of your dog. So if your dog is on List 1 or is more than 45 cm at the shoulder or 16kg, plan on spending more money.

(ZH has implemented BSL, by the way, banning 8 breeds. What breed is your dog?)

The regulations for Zürich can be found here:
http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...e/haltung.html
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