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Basel with 2 dogs

Hi all!

Iím potentially moving to Basel for work with my two dogs. One of them is a very well behaved adult dog but is big (27 kilos/60lbs) and the other is a smaller enthusiastic puppy (11 kilos/25 lbs).
The puppy is probably adaptable but the older one is used to having a backyard (for play and potty) and I donít really love the idea of having them in a small apartment with no yard space.
Can anyone recommend neighborhoods (in or near Basel) that I find a place with yard space for them?
Iím a single woman so a safe, friendly neighborhood is ideal and I do enjoy being able to walk to shops and things. I can afford probably upwards of 3k per month for rent.

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(These are my ďkidsĒ on a recent rainy day)
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Just because I loved the picture of the dogs...

Basically.. it's not going to be easy. If you want to live 'near the city' and you need a walled/fenced garden then you'll probably need a house not an apartment. You'll be lucky to find that for 3k per month. You'd have to look outside.. down the river or in the hills.

Even further out, walled/fenced gardens aren't the norm.

Have a look at homegate.ch

If living over the border in France is an option, you'll have a lot more choice. Take a look at leboncoin.fr
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Hi Candicehal
Welcome to the forum, and well done for thinking about your dog's needs before you set off. Here's a fairly recent thread from someone else, with dogs, planning to move to Basel or surrounds, asking for advice on where to look for suitable homes.
https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...s-gardens.html
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Thank you ipoddle for the links and the compliments on the photo of my boys

Iím familiar with the various housing rental websites but am very unfamiliar with the various neighborhoods in and around Basel and am having a tough time navigating them as result :/

I was hoping to get some advice toward specific neighborhoods where I might be able to have a small fenced/walled yard that is affordable, safe and in walking proximity to shops and things.

And thank you doropfiz for the link to the other thread...man that thrread went off the rails a bit! A little frightening to be honest but there was some good info toward the start regarding barking and such. Thanks again!
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

You probably will not be able to live in France (assuming you're American since you're in LA). It's not really a valid option unless you're from an EU country.
I did a quick look at houses in the Basel area and there are 14 to be had with a price about of 3500+. They are all in good areas and they all have gardens, all are row houses. BUT the gardens are not like big American backyards. I think only a few may have been fenced.

It is going to be tricky trying to replicate the American lifestyle here because it just doesn't exist. Although I do not have a dog, I spend quite a bit of time with people who do. Gardens are small and off-leash places are few, so there is a lot of dog walking to be done.

Good luck, I hope people with more dog knowledge can help out.
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Finding a place with a garden will be difficult.
Even then, there is a lot of 'no pets'.

Perhaps you should consider a large balcony, and employ a dogsitter to take them out during the day (my situation).

What is your plan anyway with regards to work/dog care during the working week?
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Thank you all for your insights/questions.

The company that I might be working for offers a choice of a B visa or a G visa so I do have some flexibility to live in Switzerland or in France. That being said, as an American I have tax obligations to the US so if I were to take the option of the G visa I would have 3 countries to contend with for taxes...that just sounds like a headache to me. Which is unfortunate because I speak passable French but not any German.

I'm not seeking to replicate the American lifestyle in Europe with housing (or otherwise) but I would like my guys to be comfortable and happy. I grew up in multi-cultural household (father is from Sweden and mother is from Japan) so I am familiar with global lifestyles...I also had a very long term relationship with a man from France and most of my friends are from other countries. I also spend quite a lot of time in Europe/Asia due to work. I am American but I don't fit the typical mold.

I'm very much hoping to integrate myself as much as possible in the community if I choose to take this job. I want to really live in Europe not just be in Europe...if that makes sense.

Here in Los Angeles, during the work week, I take my guys to daycare a couple times a week as well as have a dog walker come midday on the days that they don't go to daycare. It doesn't look like daycare is an option in Basel (though I did find a great place for boarding!) so I would employ a dog walker during the workdays for play and potty.

What I really need help with is knowing the various neighborhoods that are in or around Basel where I might be able to look for housing. I am very unfamiliar with the various neighborhoods and am having a tough time navigating the rental websites as result.

The company that I might be working at would provide a housing agent to help in the search once I take the role and am on ground in Basel but I would like to have a clearer idea of housing and options available to me.

I am single so I would like to be near the main city but totally open to other ideas/suggestions for areas to live (as long as they are walking/biking distance to public transport...I don't want to buy a car :/ )


Your insights are incredibly valuable to me! Thank you!
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

I can't help with specific areas, but I have a 24kg dog. She's lived here for 11 years, and we've always had a flat with a big terrace. We leave a door to the terrace open and she can go outside when she wishes. She's now 14, so sleeps a lot during the day. Anyway, a flat with a large, secure terrace might be a passable option.
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Thank you Edot!

A terrace is definitely a great option and very much inline with what I'm thinking.

They don't need a ton of space just somewhere to go outside if they need/want.
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Thank you Edot!

A terrace is definitely a great option and very much inline with what I'm thinking.

They don't need a ton of space just somewhere to go outside if they need/want.

You have 1 27kg dob and another, from what you imply, 11kg noisy dog.


I doubt very much if a terrace is a suitable option, for you, the dogs or the neighbours.
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What I really need help with is knowing the various neighborhoods that are in or around Basel where I might be able to look for housing. I am very unfamiliar with the various neighborhoods and am having a tough time navigating the rental websites as result.
First of all, a pre-emptive welcome to Basel

As for neighborhoods - there really aren't any bad places to live, especially if you are south of the Rhine. Switzerland is safe, people are generally nice (I think "friendly" might be pushing it ) and there are almost always shops within walking distance.

Are you limiting your search to Basel Stadt? Or into Baselland as well?

Either way, you should be able to find a likely listing on a rental website and then look up that area on a map. That will give you proximity to work, shops and transit. Names to look for: Allscwil, Binningen, Bottmingen, Therwil, Oberwil, Ettinggen, Reinach, Muchenstein, Aesch, Arlesheim - these have good tram lines for easy transit into the city itself.

Doggie Day care does (did?) exist, because I know of a woman who would drop her dog off every day when she went to work. I don't have a dog, so I have never looked into this myself.
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Doggie Day care does (did?) exist, because I know of a woman who would drop her dog off every day when she went to work.
These are like words from heaven!! OMG. Total game changer!!

Thank you!

Today only: The one who is 11kg is a 9 month old puppy and is not at all a yapping noisy dog. He is very playful and utterly in love with the world...that is what I mean by enthusiastic. He's tail wagging excited about anything, everything and everyone.
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

We rented a house with a garden in Oberwil (Baselland) within easy walk of tram and shops etc and it was very dog friendly, lots of nice places to walk our big lab (c 30 kilos). Under 3k too.

Good luck with the move.
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Thank you all for your insights/questions.

The company that I might be working for offers a choice of a B visa or a G visa so I do have some flexibility to live in Switzerland or in France. That being said, as an American I have tax obligations to the US so if I were to take the option of the G visa I would have 3 countries to contend with for taxes...that just sounds like a headache to me. Which is unfortunate because I speak passable French but not any German.
Sorry, but this is simply not possible for you. As an American the G permit (not visa, that's something else) isn't available and you can't live in France or any other neighbouring EU country and commute to work in Switzerland. To qualify for a G permit you need to have permanent residency status in France (minimum of 5 years living there to qualify) and also to live in a border zone for at least 6 months. If you have dual nationality and the second is EU then it's possible. You'd need an EU passport for entering the country and doing the necessary paperwork.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...willigung.html

Nor can your company guarantee a B permit. They may apply for one, but whether you'll get one is down to the Swiss authorities to decide. There are quota limits for both B and L permits for non-EU's with B's being the smaller quantity. Again this doesn't apply if you have an EU nationality to call on.
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We rented a house with a garden in Oberwil (Baselland) within easy walk of tram and shops etc and it was very dog friendly, lots of nice places to walk our big lab (c 30 kilos). Under 3k too.

Good luck with the move.
Thank you for this info!!!!!
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

OP, are you Swedish (through your father)?
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Re: Basel with 2 dogs

Doggy Day Care, alive and kicking.
https://www.doggarden.ch/

I know the owner, very reputable.
drop her a mail to discuss costs and options ( collections, quirks etc). She speaks perfect English.

With regards to location, Basel is covered by excellent public transport.
But still, it makes a lot of sense to get one bus or one tram to work, rather than make changes.
Dogs are not allowed in any parks, so don't get fooled by that.
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Sorry, but this is simply not possible for you. As an American the G permit (not visa, that's something else) isn't available and you can't live in France or any other neighbouring EU country and commute to work in Switzerland. To qualify for a G permit you need to have permanent residency status in France (minimum of 5 years living there to qualify) and also to live in a border zone for at least 6 months. If you have dual nationality and the second is EU then it's possible. You'd need an EU passport for entering the country and doing the necessary paperwork.
Thank you for this info BUT it is kind of irrelevant to me since
a) I am looking for help with names of neighborhoods in BASEL that are dog friendly since I do not want the bureaucratic headache of dealing with taxes in 3 countries BUT maybe someone else reading this post will get some help from your reply.

As for the other bit about the company not being guaranteed a permit to grant for foreign workers I'm going to go with the assumption that they have done this legwork with the government as they are an international company in an industry sector that Switzerland isn't known for and aren't just wasting my time, the headhunter in the UK's time or their own. But thank you for the heads up anyways.

If we can redirect this thread back to dog friendly neighborhoods in and around Basel that would be:
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Doggy Day Care, alive and kicking.
https://www.doggarden.ch/

I know the owner, very reputable.
drop her a mail to discuss costs and options ( collections, quirks etc). She speaks perfect English.

With regards to location, Basel is covered by excellent public transport.
But still, it makes a lot of sense to get one bus or one tram to work, rather than make changes.
Dogs are not allowed in any parks, so don't get fooled by that.
OMG. THANK YOU!!!

Dogs aren't allowed in any parks? Do you mean that they aren't allowed to be off leash in parks or they aren't allowed in parks at all?
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