Get started on the right paw. Here are some regulations for keeping pets in Luxembourg, including registration, dog taxes, and emergency vet services.
Keep dogs on a leash at all times in the following areas:
- Built-up areas (although some areas may have designated zones indicating that this is not necessary)
- Public car parks
- Public transport
- Sports grounds
Dogs considered dangerous must be kept on a lead at all times in all public areas.
Drop the hint
There are no laws requiring owners to pick up their dog droppings in Luxembourg. However, there are local regulations stipulating that dog owners should pick up their dog droppings in public areas and on pavements in residential areas.
King of the road
- Train: Pets can travel free of charge on trains, though large dogs should wear a muzzle. You must also buy a ticket for pets traveling on international trains.
- Bus: Dogs may take buses, but only on full-fare tickets, whatever the size of the dog.
- Guide dogs travel for free on all Luxembourg public transport.
Pet identification and registration
Identification and registration is compulsory for all dogs. All dogs must have a microchip, which you can get at a veterinarian. In fact, all dogs must have a microchip within four months of birth and within one month after adoption, purchase, or importation. The vet also vaccinates the dog against rabies and provides a veterinary certificate with a description of the animal and stating whether the dog is dangerous.
Owners must register all dogs at the Municipal Office of the local commune. The following documents are necessary:
- Veterinary certificate stating the breed and proof of vaccination against the rabies virus. If the dog is dangerous, there must also be a note of this.
- Proof of liability insurance for any damages that could be caused by the dog.
- A registration form. You can find the forms here (in French).
If the owner moves to another commune, they must register at the Municipal Office of the new commune within one month. If the dog changes owner, the new owner must report to the Municipal Office of their place of residence within one month. The new owner must also present the receipt of the previous owner. If the animal is lost or dies, the owner must report this to the Municipal Office within eight days.
If the dog is dangerous, the owner must also provide:
- Proof that the owner has followed a training course.
- A veterinary certificate confirming the animal’s castration (if applicable).
- A certificate stating that the dog has successfully succeeded behaviour training (a minimum of 24 hours of lessons must have been carried out)
The owner of a dog considered dangerous must make a second declaration after 18 months. They must present the same documents as the first time and the original receipt.
All cats must have a microchip.
Taxes for canines
All owners must pay a dog tax. The amount of the tax varies from one commune to another, however, the minimum amount is ten euro.
Newcomers in a commune do not have to pay the dog tax if they can prove that they have already paid the tax in the previous commune of residence.
Owners are exempt from the tax for guide dogs.
For even more information, visit de Guichet.
Dogs must have a rabies vaccination at least every two years. Although not mandatory, it is recommended to vaccinate dogs against distemper, hepatitis, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis.
Cats must have a rabies vaccination at least every two years. Although not mandatory, it is recommended to vaccinate cats against felocell, CVR, panleucopenia, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis.
Emergency vet services
Emergency and on duty veterinarians are published on a daily basis in the national newspapers. An up-to-date list is also provided on the AMVL website.
For a list of emergency vets: Click here (in French) and select ‘Garde’ on the top menu.
The name of the nearest emergency vet on duty can also be provided by the emergency services. Call 112 for emergencies.
Lost & found
Call RTL Déiererubrik (also in English) and leave a message. It will be broadcasted in Luxembourgish and will appear on their website.
Report to the Luxbazar newspaper, print or online version, search for “perdu (lost)” or “trouvé” (found)
Animal protection organizations
Luxembourg Association for the Protection of Animals
(Association Luxembourgeoise pour la Protection des Animaux – ALPA)
Centre Royal Monterey, 29 Avenue Monterey, L-2163 Luxembourg
Phone: 48 83 95
Email: [email protected]
Website (in German): www.alpa.lu/cms
National League for the Protection of Animals
Asile Pour Animaux – Dudelange
Animal Rescue Centre (Asile pour Animaux) in Dudelange has information and contact details of rescue centres and animal shelters throughout the territory of Luxembourg. Animals are available for adoption from the many animal shelters and rescue centres (refuges) in Luxembourg. To adopt an animal, proof of identity (passport or identity card) and proof of address (for example a recent utility bill) will be required.
List of animal shelters (in French): www.asile.lu/utiles.