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How Dog friendly is Zurich?


I am contemplating a move to Zurich with my wife and two black labradors. We currently live in London and there are lots of parks, which is great. Also, as we both work we have a dog walker come and take them out during the day for a nice walk and company. I know we spoil them, but we love them loads.

I have been to Zurich a few times for work so havnt had much of a chance to explore it. We are planning to spend a week or two next Spring to explore it more and get a feel for it before we move over.

However, right now the deal breakers for us are:
1) Can we get a place to live with a garden?
I don't mind a commute, but we will definitely need a place with a garden. Are there any areas people would recommend (we dont have kids, we are not rich, so nothing crazy expensive)?
Is it possible to rent with dogs? In London is pretty difficult to find somewhere to rent with dogs.

2) Are there parks to walk the dog in?
Possibly I missed it, but I have never really seen much in the way of local parks to walk the dogs? Are there any places you would reccomend?

3) Are there dog walkers in Zurich?
We will definitely need someone to come in walk the dogs when we are at work. London is full of dog walkers - is it the same in Zurich?

4) Are the any rules, regulations etc.. around having a dog?
Someone mentioned to me that you have to attend compulsory dog training?

5) What do you do in winter?
Again, pardon my ignorance on this. I have never been to Zurich when its covered in snow or anything extreme. How do peoples dogs cope with the weather - do you put coats, socks etc.. on them?

Also, if there is anything else you think relevant please let me know. I am very keen to move over as its a great city, but we couldnt do it at the expense of our dogs - we love them too much!

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