Who let the Dogs out?
BFM Dog in Switzerland

Woof! I am a new dog in Basel!


You are relocating with your dog to Switzerland? Or you are new in Basel? Or you are thinking about to get a dog? But … making the decision to get a dog in a foreign land can be a little daunting, as it comes with a whole new set of regulations…

Don’t let the unknown deter you!

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? wrote for the Basel Family Magazine a summary of what you will need to know. Check out the article to find out the most important things you should know, about relocating a dog or getting a dog. If you click on the photo and you can see the whole article online on page 20f.

There are for example some administrative things you have to organize after you entered Switzerland (or Basel Stadt):

  • Visit a veterinarian within 10 days after you have entered Switzerland. Your vet will take care of the mandatory registration in the national pet database of Switzerland, AMICUS.
  • Register your dog within 10 days after entering Switzerland or the canton at the Basel Stadt veterinary office.

Most of your dog related questions will be answered, like:

  • What do I have to do before I own the dog? 
  • Where can I purchase a dog? 
  • How do I import my dog into Switzerland? 
  • Where do I register my dog in Basel? 
  • Do I need insurance for my dog? 
  • Do I have to visit dog training with the dog? 
  • Do I need a ticket for my dog on public transport? 
  • etc.

And: If you struggle to understand your city’s dog regulations or the cantonal laws, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be also happy to send you a pdf-file of this article.