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Can anyone tell me what the process is for getting a dog in Switzerland. Do you need to get paperwork before or after etc?

Would be really greatfull for any advice.
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Old 16.02.2007, 23:40
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Can anyone tell me what the process is for getting a dog in Switzerland. Do you need to get paperwork before or after etc?

Would be really greatfull for any advice.
Do you mean purchasing a dog from a breeder? Adopting one from a shelter? Bringing one in from another country? Something else?
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Old 17.02.2007, 03:25
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Re: Dogs

If you're talking about bringing your own dog into Switzerland. Here's an official link for good information... The regulations depend on where you're bringing the dog from.

http://www.bvet.admin.ch/einfuhr/002...x.html?lang=en
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Old 17.02.2007, 10:31
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Re: Dogs

www.tierschutz.ch
get one, get a vet, ensure it's chipped and ensure the shots are done.

you might want to do some breed research - for example a springer spaniel needs lots of exercise, other dogs need lots of space......
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Re: Dogs

Thats a great help thanks everyone. Actually we are investigating all three (Tierheim, Swiss Breeder and buying one in Germany and brining it over). If any one has any further advice or experience in either I would be really greatful.

Thanks again for the info so far.
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Re: Dogs

Please consider adopting a rescue dog - there are so many wonderful dogs looking for homes... most through absolutely no fault of their own.

Are you thinking of a specific breed? If so, whilst breed rescues are not as active in Switzerland (general rescue is more common here) there are many breed-specific rescue groups in Germany (and throughout Europe) who could help you find a dog.

Tell us more about what you are looking for - couch potato, marathon partner, Schutzhund champion, herding trials Weltmeister, or maybe 'just' a best friend - and perhaps we could offer you better-tailored advice.. As LR mentions, consider your family and lifestyle, and choose a dog whose needs and character fit in well with yours. In the end though, every dog is an individual - breed characteristic are only a rough guideline.

(A good rescue will have thoroughly assessed their dogs and have a pretty good idea of each one's character and temperament - and so would be able to advise you whether a particular dog would fit in well with your family.)

I brought my dogs from the US when we moved here, adopted a dog from Spain via a Swiss rescue, and adopted dogs directly from Germany and Italy. The EU pet passport program makes it fairly easy to bring a dog in from other EU countries. (Valid passport, up to date vacs, etc.) Bringing a dog in from non-EU countries usually isn't that difficult either. The BVET site given in a previous post explains all the requirements.

Many rescues in the EU countries are well versed in the paperwork needed to bring a dog into Switzerland - and if you have any specific questions once you've found your dog, I'd be happy to help if I can.

And if you do decide to go to a breeder, please do extensive research and only go to a reputable breeder. There are too many unethical BYBs and puppy farmers out there, some even claiming FCI registration.

Some things to consider, regardless of whether your dog comes from a rescue or a breeder:

Do you own, or rent? If you rent you will probably need permission from your landlord. If pet ownership isn't mentioned in your lease, make sure that any agreement you have with your landlord is in writing.

As mentioned in a previous post, microchipping is now mandatory, and your dog must be registered in the ANIS database.

You will need register your dog with your Gemeinde as well, and pay Hundesteuer, a yearly dog tax. (Most send an Einzahlungschein now, rather than requiring tags to be purchased, but check with your Gemeinde.) Every canton's tax is different - when we lived in ZH 4 years ago, I believe it was something like CHF 137 per dog. Many cantons require dog owners to carry liability insurance - this is usually covered in your Privathaftpflicht - check your policy.

Do make sure you are aware of current dog control legislation - it has been a hot topic this last year, to say the least. At present it is regulated at the cantonal level, but proposals have been made to enact a federal law. The next proposal (from the Nationalrat, I think?) is due to be made public in April. Current regs for each canton can be found here:

http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/tiersc...echt/index.php

And do take your dog to a Hundeschule (dog school). I've trained and rehabilitated dogs for many years - nonetheless, I found attending dog classes here helped me to better understand what Swiss society expects from a dog and owner.

Recent media hysteria aside, Switzerland is still a pretty dog-friendly place. And hiking the mountains is so much more fun with a dog (or three, or four) in tow.

Good luck in your search - I hope you find your new friend soon.

(And, please - consider rescue!)

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Re: Dogs

Does any 1 know where i can purchase a english bulldog from??? Im in Montreux, any where near i can look at a dog farm??
if any1 knows anything, please send me an email to :
karl_gibson86@hotmail.com
thank u very much!
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Re: Dogs

My family and I have been living here for two years. Last year we decided to buy a dog. After seeking approval from the owner of our house, we spent some time deciding what sort of dog that we wanted. Then we took a to look at some breeders websites.

We chose to buy a Bernese Mountain Dog. It couldn't have been easier. We went to visit the breeder and selected a puppy. She took some details from us for the Dog Passport and for his chip. Then a couple of weeks later we went and collected him. I would advise that you don't take the first breeder that you find and that you visit the them and take a look at the environment that the dog has been raised in. We have three children, so something that was important for us was breed traits of the dog with children.

I hope this helps.
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Re: Dogs

does anyone know any dog rescure centes?
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Re: Dogs

Melen,

There are many rescue centers - Tierheim - and many, many dogs in need of good homes. Most Tierheime post on the Tierschutz database, so this is your best place to start looking. Contact details for the various rescues can be found under 'zur Anbeiter Information' at the bottom of each dog's picture.

See this thread for a similar discussion, and suggestions:

http://www.englishforum.ch/other-gen...adopt-dog.html

And the Tierschutz database is found here:

http://heimatlos.tierschutz.ch/
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Re: Dogs

or take a look at this guy
http://www.englishforum.ch/free-stuf...home-asap.html
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My family and I have been living here for two years. Last year we decided to buy a dog. After seeking approval from the owner of our house, we spent some time deciding what sort of dog that we wanted. Then we took a to look at some breeders websites.

We chose to buy a Bernese Mountain Dog. It couldn't have been easier. We went to visit the breeder and selected a puppy. She took some details from us for the Dog Passport and for his chip. Then a couple of weeks later we went and collected him. I would advise that you don't take the first breeder that you find and that you visit the them and take a look at the environment that the dog has been raised in. We have three children, so something that was important for us was breed traits of the dog with children.

I hope this helps.
Dear Grippo, I am looking for Bernese mountain puppy. I would greatly appreciate if you could give me any advice or even direct me to some breeders. I will be very very greatful!
Pippi
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Pippi,
Reply is by email.
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