Print Posted By Lost in France on 1 Dec 2007 in Living in France - Pets

Taking Cats, Dogs and Other Pets to France

Bringing Cats and dogs to FranceIn 2004 France changed its regulations on the importation of cats, dogs and other domestic animals bringing them in line with other European countries. The change in the law now requires a rabies vaccination which means that if your pet is less than three months old it may not be allowed to travel as for most pets the minimum age at when the rabies vaccination can be administered is three months.
Please also see the notes below on 'dangerous' dogs.

Bringing Pets to France Permanently

If you are moving to France permanently with dogs, cats or Ferrets and do not wish to return with them to the UK then you need to make sure that each animal meets the following requirements:

1: Identification in the form of a clearly readable tattoo or microchip
2: A valid rabies vaccination, this includes first vaccinations and boosters
3: An EU Pet Passport which states that a valid rabies vaccination was given by a veterinary surgeon.

Normal vaccinations and treatment for ticks, worms and other parasites are not compulsory for entry into France but are highly recommended as your pet will not have had chance to build up any immunity to new parasites and diseases that it would not normally have come into contact with in the UK. Diseases such as tick born Babesiosis, heartworm and Leishmaniasis (spread by sand flies) are relatively common in some parts of France so it is best to seek advice from your veterinary surgeon before travelling.

Bringing Pets to France on Vacation

{loadposition contentad}If you are travelling with pets temporarily or on vacation to France then each pet must have a full and valid EU Pets Passport in order to return to the UK without being quarantined for 6 months. Your veterinary surgeon will be able to advise you about acquiring a pets passport and will be up to date with the ever changing regulations but it usually entails the following:

1: Microchip identification (not tattoo).
2: A valid rabies vaccination - if your pet has not been inoculated against rabies before then a blood test will be required after the first vaccination and your pet must wait a further six months before being allowed to travel.

Before returning to the UK you will need to visit a French veterinary surgeon in order to carry out flea and tick treatment this must be carried out between 24 and 48 hours before your pet is checked-in to travel back to the UK. After the treatment has been administered by the vet he or she will stamp and sign your pets passport to signify that your pet has been treated, without this your pet will not be allowed entry to the UK.

Leaving France, moving back to the UK with Pets

If your pet does not have an up to date pets passport you will need to visit a French veterinary surgeon to start the procedure which is much the same as above. You will need to allow at least six months before your pet will be ready to return.

If you pet has a valid and up to date pets passport you will need to visit your veterinary surgeon as above for flea and tick treatment between 24 and 48 hours before you are checked in to depart.

The rules regarding Pet Passports are due to change from January 2012, more information here

Dog Breeds that are classed as 'Dangerous' in France

In France 'dangerous' dogs are divided into two categories, Category 1 dogs are not allowed to enter and Category 2 dogs are only allowed to enter France under certain conditions. Please note that Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not classed as dangerous in France.

Category 1 dogs
All of the dogs listed below are classed as dangerous in France this includes any non pedigree dogs which look similar:
  • any dog of the type known as a Staffordshire terrier without a pedigree.
  • any dog of the type known as a American Staffordshire terrier without a pedigree. (These types of dogs can be named 'Pitbulls')
  • any dog of the type known as a Mastiff. (These types of dogs can be named 'boerbulls')
  • any dog of the type known as a Tosa without a pedigree

Category 2 dogs
Category 2 dogs must be kept muzzled and on a lead at all times in public places, you may be required to register your dog with the Maire where you are staying and you must have adequate 3rd party insurance for your pet.

All of the dogs listed below with the exception of Rottweilers must have a pedigree and be registered with a breed society:
  • Staffordshire terriers
  • American Staffordshire terriers
  • Tosas
  • Rottweilers
  • Any dog of the type known as the Rottweiler without a pedigree

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