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On January 2017, the federal law requiring dog owners to follow theoretical and practical dog classes was eliminated. While some cantons continue to require the classes, Geneva does not.

So here are the current laws that were passed on to me via the Geneva Animal Shelter:

  • All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies.
  • All dogs must have a collar with the first and last name, phone number and address of the owner. Your dog’s name is recommended.
  • Your dog must have an electronic chip registered with AMICUS.
  • You can NOT cut the ears or tail of your dog. If you attempt to import a dog with a cut tail or ears, your dog will be held at the border and you will be prosecuted at the federal level.
  • If you choose a large dog that becomes more than 25kg and 56cm below the withers and is under the age of 8 years old, you must pass a behavior test between 18 and 21 months old.
  • Fifteen types of dogs are illegal to own in Switzerland. The list and photos can be found here.

For more information about other aspects regarding dog ownership (such as the dog tax, parks and buying medicine) see our blog “Understanding the rules for dog ownership in Geneva, and what to do in an emergency.”

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