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Moving to Zurich - Pet regulations

Hello,

I got a job offer to Zurich and before I take any decision I would like to find information in regards to pets....I have 2 cane corsos and I would like to know If there is a banned breed list for Zurich, what are the regulations for having them home or at the walk, if I need to visit a vet for any approval upon arrival etc.

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Re: Moving to Zurich - Pet regulations

This forum search https://www.google.ch/search?q=impor...nglishforum.ch

Swiss Government site https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...eimtieren.html
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Re: Moving to Zurich - Pet regulations

Look at the stickies in the Pet corner of this forum:

https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corner/

You probably have all information you need, plus some, including vet recommendations and pet sitters contacts.
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Re: Moving to Zurich - Pet regulations

To summarize the links given above:

Be aware that there are three levels of regulation that affect our dogs: Federal, cantonal, and community. You need to learn, and follow, all three.

The Cane Corso is not banned in canton Zürich, but it does fall under the List 1 (large dogs, so-called 'potentially dangerous') education requirements. That means you will need to do the List 1 courses, which courses are required depends on the age of your dog.

You can read more here, from the Zürich Veterinäramt:
http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...usbildung.html

And here is the interactive tool to help you determine which courses you are required to do:
https://codex-hund.ch/hundehalter/kurse-guide

If your German isn't up to reading through the site, yet please ask specific questions here, or write to the Veterinäramt in English, they will usually respond in kind.

It is important that you get all the info you need upfront. There is a lot of bad information floating around out there, and there are many scofflaws who have managed not to get caught... but that doesn't make it right, and won't protect you.

Also be aware that the individual Gemeinde might have their own regs, ask when you register.

Be aware that your Cane Corsos are affected by BSL in other cantons. The breed is outright banned in GE, and faces various restrictions in FR, GL, SH, TI, TG. If you decide to visit any of those cantons with your dog, check the cantonal regs for specifics. A good summary of cantonal regs can be found on the Tier Im Recht website, here:
https://www.tierimrecht.org/de/recht/hunderecht/ Be sure to follow all the general cantonal regs in not only ZH but in every canton you visit.

And now a suggestion:

Many people in Switzerland are afraid of large dogs. Double the fear when you are out and about with two large dogs. Just be aware of that and be respectful of those you encounter. Some, perhaps many, people are unable to distinguish between a Cane Corso and other breeds, so do be prepared for some BSL questions or accusations and be ready to explain (in German!) that your dogs are not any of the breeds affected.

Anyone with an 'exceptional' dog needs to be aware of public opinion and commit to being a good ambassador for the dogs/breeds when out and about. Learn local etiquette, always be respectful of others, and when requested to recall, re-leash, to give way, etc, please do so. We all have to share the limited public spaces, it's only common courtesy.

Common courtesy and responsible ownership is important everywhere, but Zürich dog owners should be especially mindful as the current bans and restrictions came about via a public vote. Never forget that the next incident could spark a return to the bad old days of anti-dog hysteria - or another, more restrictive, referendum. Let's face it, there are fewer voters who are dog owners than voters who are not dog owners - it's only sensible, and courteous, to adhere to the regs and to etiquette, to take our responsibilities seriously.

Towards that end, here is the Codex for dog owners, a summary of not only rules but also expectations for living in harmony with others in the canton:
http://www.veta.zh.ch/content/dam/ge...ex2011-def.pdf


ETA:

Here is the Zürich Codex (Code of Conduct for Dog Owners) in English:
http://www.veta.zh.ch/internet/gesun...12englisch.pdf



I'll also add my oft-repeated 5Rp:

Even if you are not officially required to take a List 1 class due to your dogs' ages, please do so anyway. Having that certificate will stand you in good stead should, doG forbid, there ever be a problem. I'll go a step further - I truly believe that continuous education is valuable for both you and for your dogs. Please consider some kind of regular training, whether a sport or simply something fun like Familienhund classes.


Don't forget to put registration with AMICUS and with the Gemeinde on the top of your to-do list. Toward that end, you will need a vet appointment within 10 days of arrival. More on AMICUS registration here:
https://www.amicus.ch/Account/Login


Good luck settling in, and may you and your doglets enjoy your Swiss adventure!

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Re: Moving to Zurich - Pet regulations

Very helpful.

Thank you so much.
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Re: Moving to Zurich - Pet regulations

You can find a handy tool here to help you understand what you need to do to bring your dogs to Switzerland.

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html

Also when looking for rental property check and double check that your dogs will be welcome. Don't assume they will, because not all places allow pets and some may only allow a small dog, not two large ones. If possible get it written into your rental contract that dogs are allowed and also expect to pay a few more francs monthly on your personal liability insurance to cover any doggie damage. Your dogs will need to be inspected by a Swiss vet within 10 days of arriving and like Meloncollie I second taking the SKN course; it'll help you understand what Switzerland expects of dog owners and the practical part of the course will help you and your dogs make new friends here. The theory part can be done in English online if you want.
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