Get started on the right paw. Here are some regulations for keeping pets in Luxembourg, including registration, dog taxes, and emergency vet services.
Dogs must be kept on a lead 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, it is recommended that larger dogs be muzzled. A ticket must be purchased for pets travelling on international trains.
- Bus: Dogs may be taken on buses but full-price fare must be paid, 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 be identified by a microchip, which must be inserted by a registered veterinarian. All dogs must be microchipped and registered within four months of birth and within one month after adoption, purchase or importation if it is not already done. The vet will also vaccinate the dog against rabies and provide a veterinary certificate with a description of the animal (breed, sex, colour) and stating whether the dog is considered dangerous.
All dogs must be registered at the Municipal Office of the local commune. The following documents are required:
- Veterinary certificate stating the breed and proof of vaccination against the rabies virus. If the dog is considered dangerous, this must also be stated.
- 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 present the receipt of the previous owner. If the animal is lost or dies, it must be reported to the Municipal Office within eight days.
If the dog is considered dangerous the owner must also provide:
- Proof that the owner has followed a training course.
- A veterinary certificate stating that the animal has been castrated (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 be identified by 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.
No dog tax is paid for guide dogs.
For 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 emergency
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 organisations
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.