Legal information

Legal information

This section contains a summary of the most important legal information concerning your dog and your cat. For more detailed information, you can consult official sites such as the site of theAdministration des services vétérinaires (Veterinary administration) and the site of the LAK - Letzebuerger Associatioun vun de Klengdéierepraktier. All this information has been validated by an official veterinarian belonging to the Veterinary Administration.

Identifying your dog

  • Electronic identification of your dog by an approved veterinarian,
  • Declaration of your dog to the commune of residence (in the 4 months following the birth of the dog) with identification of the breed and rabies vaccination.
 
Payment of an annual tax:
The communal authority receives an annual tax for any dog. (A minimum of 10 euros per year. The amount varies according to the commune). Guide dogs and assistance dogs for people with disabilities are exempt from this annual tax.


... and your dangerous dog (law of 9 May 2008)

The purpose of this law is to protect the population from dog attacks.
4 breeds have been classified as potentially dangerous by the law:
  • the Staffordshire bull terrier,
  • the Mastiff,
  • the American Staffordshire terrier,
  • the Tosa,
  • and their cross breeds.  
Besides the electronic identification and the declaration of the dog to the commune, the following conditions must be fulfilled for potentially dangerous dogs:
  • the dog has successfully undergone a training course;
  • veterinary certificate indicating the date of castration for certain dogs;
  • certificate confirming that the dog owner has successfully undergone training courses;
  • the owner must be an adult with a clean criminal record,  

Theory training courses are organised by the LAK and take place in French or German on Saturdays (2x6 hours).
 
Registration requests should be made in writing to the LAK by e-mail, post or fax to:

René Fuchs 
24, rue de la Gare 
L-6440 Echternach
Email :  vetfuchs@pt.lu
Fax : 72 73 48

 
Establishments approved to arrange training courses for potentially dangerous dogs:
http://www.ma.public.lu/actualites/communiques/2008/07/20080716_01/index.html
   
Within the scope of the new law on dangerous dogs, the L.A.K (Luxembourg association of small animal veterinarians) organises compulsory theory courses for owners of dogs on the list of potentially dangerous dogs.

These courses are intended solely for owners of dangerous dogs, but can be attended by anyone, notably:
 
Before purchasing a new puppy or a dog
To gain a better understanding of your dog in day-to-day life
 
What are the courses for?
  • to prevent owners from making mistakes in training their pet
  • to prevent mistakes that could lead to the disposal of the pet
  • to gain an understanding of why a dog becomes aggressive or even dangerous
It’s often the owner’s fault, and the owner’s fault alone, if the dog presents behavioural issues, often due to the owner’s complete lack of knowledge of their pet’s way of thinking and acting.
 
The course duration is 12 x 45 minutes. At the end of the course, a test-based assessment will be carried out.

For more information about these courses, see the section "Identifying and declaring your dog"
   
Within agglomerations: All dogs should be kept on a lead, particularly within agglomerations, on public transport, in public car-parks and on sports pitches. The agglomerations may, through a derogation, however, determine the free areas within which dogs can be let off the lead.

Outside agglomerations: Outside agglomerations, there is no obligation to keep your dog on a lead. However, for areas which are highly frequented, the communes can determine the boundaries where dogs must be kept on a lead. Even if the dog does not need to be on a lead, the owner must keep it under control and put it back on the lead if necessary.

http://www.legilux.public.lu/leg/a/archives/2008/0062/a062.pdf
From 29.12.14, a new EUROPEAN REGULATION concerning the crossing of borders with your pet (dogs, cats and ferrets) became enforceable. Any dog / cat which comes to Luxembourg without a European passport and/or without a microchip, is considered an illegal import and must follow a very specific procedure. (See compliance certificate)
 
Conditions for the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets within the EU:
 
  1. They must be identified by an electronic chip or a legible tattoo (before their rabies vaccination)
  2. Be validly vaccinated against rabies
  3. Be accompanied by a European passport
  4. Meet the specific conditions.

These animals must also, imperatively, have been vaccinated against rabies, and may only cross the border after a post-vaccine waiting period of 21 days to guarantee that the vaccine is effective. The rabies vaccination may only be given to animals aged at least 12 weeks. Puppies/kittens under 12 weeks and not vaccinated against rabies, and those in the waiting period (between 12 and 16 weeks) will be accepted into Luxembourg provided they are accompanied by a very specific certificate (see Annex I of R. 577/2013 in French and in German) signed by the owner (=  animal’s breeder, person having responsibility for the animal before it entered Luxembourg)
 
According to current information, our neighbour countries (Germany, Belgium, France and Holland) will not accept animals under 15 weeks (= 12 weeks + 21-day waiting period for the rabies vaccine)!
Any dog, cat or ferret imported onto the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which is in breach of the provisions of EU Regulations 576/ 2013 and 577/ 2013, must follow the compliance certificate procedure.
 
In order to receive a Luxembourg European passport permitting its movement within the EU, the animal must be identified by a transponder and vaccinated against rabies in accordance with EU Regulations 576/ 2013 and 577/ 2013, and must be taken to an approved veterinarian for a health check on 3 occasions, with an interval of 2 to 3 months between each check.
 
The European passport will be issued, at the earliest, 6 months after the 3rd veterinary check if the animal presents no signs of contagious disease. Without the European passport, the animal may not leave the country.