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Pets and zoo animals

Pets are faithful companions to many people. However, they are not toys. Everybody who gets a pet needs to ask themselves whether they are really able to keep animals in a manner that is appropriate to the respective species.

There are clear rules for keeping pets; these rules ensure the welfare of the animal. Anyone who keeps, cares for or trades in animals is responsible for the welfare of those animals.

Animal keepers need high-quality products that are required to meet animal welfare standards in order to keep pets in a manner that is appropriate to their needs. It is the responsibility of this trade sector to ensure that expert advice is provided to potential customers.

Rules on travelling with dogs, cats or ferrets within the EU

Pet passport

A maximum of 5 pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) may be carried per person when travelling. The animals must not be intended for a change of ownership.

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Rules on entering the European Union (EU) with dogs, cats and ferrets

Little dog in a suitcase

The rules of Regulation (EU) no. 576/2013 have applied to the entry with dogs, cats and ferrets from non-EU countries (so-called third countries) since 29 December 2014. These regulations aim to provide protection against the introduction and spread of rabies.

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Travelling with rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs

Guinea pig next to a black rabbit

When entering Germany, it is possible to take along 3 animals without any difficulty.

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Travelling with pet birds

Two parrots

Imports of pet birds from countries outside the EU (third countries) are carried out under controlled conditions in order to prevent the introduction and spread of "avian influenza".

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