Having a dog in Munich

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

As many of you already know by now, I have a dog, but he is not an ordinary dog. Enzzo, my Golden Retriever, has travelled to over 10 countries with me. He was born in Brazil, and when I moved to Switzerland in 2011 he came along. In 2012 I moved to Munich, and of course, he came too. The whole story you can read here.

When we moved to Munich, I was not the only one who needed to get used to the new life, rules and habits of the new country. We both learned and discovered new thingsΒ with time, but that did not happen from one day to the other. Today, we are pretty much used to our Munich life and I can only say that we both are very happy living here.

Throughout the past years I discovered many things about having a dog in Munich. For those of you curious to know how it is like, or for those of you who are thinking about having a dog here, I put together some important information to give you an idea or even to help you out.

Chip and Passport

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

It doesn’t matter whether you are getting a dog that is already here or if you intend to import one to Germany, it is necessary to get him/her micro chipped. This chip is very tiny and doesn’t hurt your friend; it contains a serial number unique to your him. The use of this microchip is to register important information such as the owner’s name and contact; in case your dog gets lost, any vet is able to read the microchip with a machine and locate you.

Once your dog is micro chipped, you can get himΒ a passport, which contains everything about him, including his vaccines. If you are importing your dog you will need a passport from the country of origin, then once you get to Germany you will need to look for a vet in Munich and register your friend again, in order to receive a German passport.

The passport is very important if you plan to travel with your dog outside Germany. In case there is control in any border, his vaccines will need to be up to date on the passport.

Searching for a place to live

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Enzzo helping out with the move!

Searching for an apartment in Munich is very tricky, especially if you have a dog. It took me around 3 months to find a place in Munich, and it was not that long compared to other people. The thing is that most landlords do not accept pets, and if they do, they will probably give priority to other people who don’t own a pet.

When searching for a place online here in Munich, you have the option of ticking a box that says Haustiere Erlaubt, which means pets allowed. Probably half of the offers will disappear then. Don’t give up on your search; I am sure you will find just the right place for you, we did!

Don’t forget the taxes

Having a dog in Munich means you need to pay an annual fee for him/her. The amount is charged each January, and it costs 100 Euro per dog. Once you registered your dog and paid the fee – it can all be made online – you will receive per mail within a few days a little tag with a number, which should be on your dog’s collar at all times

Don’t even think of cheating, once in a while someone will stop you during your walk and ask for your dog’s tag number, just to check if you have paid your taxes recently. It happened to me once, luckily I just had got the tag.

The color and size of the tags vary, Enzzo’s looks like this:

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

There are a few cases which are exempt from taxes: working dogs – still need to be registered – and an interesting one: you can be exempt from paying 1 year of tax if you take a course to get a HundefΓΌhrescheinΒ – dog license. Do get this license you need to attend theoretical classes and to write an exam! The idea of this course is very interesting, not because you save 100 Euros, but for the fact that you learn your duties and rights as a dog owner in Munich. I am seriously thinking about taking this course sometime.

Clean up the mess

If you already live in Munich, you might already know that. If not, please don’t forget to clean up you dog’s mess on the street. If there is something that people here always complain about, is when they see you leaving your friend’s mess behind. I know that for many of you this is obvious, but for many other people it is not. In some other countries this practice is just not common.

It doesn’t matter where Enzzo and I go, I always carry plastic bags with me. In any pet store and even at supermarkets you can find them at a very cheap price. It is also very practical to have a little bag dispenser like this one I use, and attach it to the line so you don’t forget the bags when you leave the house:

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

In some parks of Munich you also find free bags in a dispenser like this (I promise I am not advertising the vet below):

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

With time it becomes a habit, and you end up noticing that you already know where the next trash can is.

Ambulance

I have often see ambulance for pets around Munich and always wondered how it works, as I still haven’t used this service. After a little research I found out that some of them not only helps your pet in case of an emergency, but also are available in certain locations, dates and times for vaccination and any other help your friend might need. Here is an example of one I often see around my house:

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

In the public transportation

Dogs are allowed in any public transportation of the city (tram, subway, bus, trains), and you don’t have to buy an extra ticket for your dog to ride along, your ticket already allows you to take one pet. In case you are alone and need to ride with 2 dogs, then you pay for the second one the equivalent for one child.

There is not a specific place where your dog should be when taking the public transportation. You know your dog, so keep him where he feels more confortable, unless it is on the seat.

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Watch out for the signs

There are a few places where your dog isn’t allowed to enter or use as bathroom. Supermarkets, some pharmacies, hospitals and kids playground do not welcome dogs. At the same time, you will also find signs saying that your dog isn’t allowed to do number 1 and 2, they are mostly private buildings:

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

So, watch out where you are going or entering, your dog won’t know where he is allowed or not, this is your responsibility.

On the leash

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Normally your dog can walk without the leash. However, big dogs like Golden Retrievers, should be on the leash in certain places such as (more details):

  • near kids playground
  • where there is an intense traffic of cars
  • in the public transportation, also when at the stations
  • in festivals or markets, such as Christmas Markets
  • at the old town
  • in pedestrians zones

Pet friendly places

There are many places that not only accept your dog, but also offer some extra care for him. In the few places – mostly supermarkets – where pets are not allowed inside, on the outside you will find a little place like this so he can wait for you:

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

The majority of restaurants and cafes will offer at least a bowl with water and sometimes, even treats. It is also possible to take your dog shopping; malls and stores do not prohibit pets.

Munich is no doubt a very pet friendly city. When walking with Enzzo people are always smiling at us, some of them already know me because of him. The funny thing is that sometimes when I am not with him, some of them don’t recognize me.

So far Enzzo has played in the city’s parks, swam in the lakes, went to restaurants, cafes and even a bar, took the tram, metro, bus and trains, walked around the center city, entered the nearby pharmacy and even got a treat, got hugged by a kid and often waits for me like a gentleman outside the supermarket!

Having a dog in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Aw he is such a cutie!! I want a dog in Copenhagen badly but I don’t even have time for a cat πŸ™

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    • Awnnn no πŸ™ to have one you will certainly need some time… I walk Enzzo twice a day πŸ˜€
      I hope one day you do find time… dogs are amazing friends and companies πŸ˜€

  • Ayyyy que lindo!!! I love him, so cute! What an interesting process. I love how advance animal rights are here. In Mexico the situation is not that pretty but there have been some changes, specially where I live. I can’t wait to get a dog.

    • Graciaaas nena πŸ˜€ I hope you get to know him when you visit Munich or I visit Ljubljana again πŸ˜€
      In Brazil things are also very different, and hopefully it will change someday!
      Awwnn are you thinking about getting one? <3

  • Naira OLiveira

    I wish things were at least a LITTLE similar here in BRazil, specially regarding the micro chip and being accepted in more places more easily. You can tie your dog outside the supermarket, problem is, here people either set them loose for fun or steal them… Oh well..

    • True Naira!! I wish things in Brazil were at least a bit similar to Germany πŸ™ Its all about the culture, with time this will change.
      When I leave him outside the supermarket I think of how it would be in Brazil… totally different πŸ™
      Obrigada pelo comentΓ‘rio πŸ˜€

  • Adorable Enzzo! What a traveler he is πŸ˜‰

    Most of the cases are actually similar practices as in the Netherlands.. as that is the case with our dog, Dante – he is a Dutch dog with Dutch dog passport and chip πŸ˜€ Kinda cool, maybe next time with GPS..

    From your story, it looks like in the Netherlands is friendlier for dogs or pets owner to rent an apartment. I have never heard stories about people who wanted to rent an apartment get rejected just because they have pets. Our previous rental apartment was very welcome to pets – I don’t remember if they even had specific rules about pets. But after having our own house, it is certainly giving us more freedom for having pets πŸ™‚

    • hahah a GPS isnt a bad idea!! I would love that πŸ˜€

      Ohh that sounds great… here in Munich specifically people are a bit cranky about pets in their apartment… but luckily our landlord also had pet in our apartment and didnt mind at all.
      Having your own place is way better, you have a lot more freedom! I can’t wait for us to have our own place πŸ˜€

      • That’s always great to have landlord who understand about having pets..usually they have similar solidarity and empathy to other pets owners..
        I have to say some Dutch do not fancy to see dogs in public spaces, especially the Dutch parents. I got yelled at several times just because my dog and I have to walk through several parks to reach dog’s park. They yelled at me to prepare the dog poo bags (while I always bring the bags and my dog actually never poo in their parks). Sometimes they yell in rude way like blaming I already did huge mistake by walking through the parks with a dog – while there is no signs that dogs can not pass the parks..I hope that’s not the case in Munich.. πŸ™

        • Ohh my are you serious?? In Munich it is not like that, dog are welcomed in every park. The only thing is that in certain area where there are kids playground dogs are not allowed. Apart from that, they are welcomed everywhere here in Munich.
          Sorry about that πŸ™ I didnt knwo in the Netherlands was like that, it must be pretty annoying sometimes!

  • Wow, Munich seems very dog friendly, I’m super impressed! Enzzo looks so happy on the bus, very cute!
    That €100 course sounds interesting, I wonder what you might learn.

    • Yes, Munich is a very pet friendly city πŸ˜€ I love that… things back in Brazil a very different πŸ™

      Ohh about the course, its free, the thing is that if you take it you dont have to pay taxes for 1 year, which costs €100. And you learn about your rights and duties as a dog owner. Its supposed to be very interesting πŸ˜€

  • I wish I had a travel companion of the canine variety – and a golden retriever would also be my choice! πŸ˜€ Long live Enzo! πŸ˜€

    • hahaha awwwn thank you so much πŸ˜€
      I love him as a travel companion, the goldens are so friendly with everyone and calm πŸ˜€ I am sure you would love to have one… and I hope one day you do!!

  • So cute!! Happy to read you again in WordPress after my absence πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Awwwwn, I am so happy to know that, and happy that you are back πŸ˜€

  • Aww, little muffin! Enzzo seems so perfect and well-behaved!

    • hahaha <3 he is when he wants!! Kidding, normally he is fine, but sometimes he can get too excited with things, like with water πŸ˜€

  • Your dog is adorable and I love how pet friendly Munich is! The €100 seems a lot, though, is it the same for all types of dogs?

    • Thank you Vlad <3
      Unfortunately this price is the same for every dog πŸ™ which I dont understand why… I find it too expensive! Imagine if you have 2 dogs πŸ™

  • Kat

    Aawww, I love Enzzo! I like the way you write about he waits for you like a gentleman, that is so true about dogs πŸ™‚ I have a soft spot for golden retrievers – they are such lovely dogs and have smiley faces..

    • Awnnn thank you so much Kat <3
      hahaha yes, he is a gentleman… soo cute waiting for me!
      The goldens are awesome, I can't imagine my life without one since I got Enzzo… they are such great companions and with big hears <3 πŸ˜€

  • Awww, such a cutie! I love how you take him everywhere πŸ™‚

    • hahha thank you πŸ˜€
      Yes, I try to take him along whenever I can, I dont like to leave him at home… he makes such a sad face when he needs to stay alone! haha

  • What a handsome dog! I’ve come to the realization that I would love to own a dog someday- but I think I’ll have to become less nomadic first πŸ˜€ Still, it’s good to see that it is possible to travel with a pet! Great information!

    • hahaha thank you so much Holly <3
      For dog owners me and my hubby travel a lot… when we make long trips that Enzzo needs to stay, then he stays in a dog hotel πŸ˜€
      And when we travel by car he always come along! I hope you do get your dog πŸ˜‰

  • Where did you leave your dog when you go on holiday ? πŸ™‚

  • Pets are so much an integral part of our life…they become family member where they gives us so much unconditional love that we don’t know how to give back. They cannot speak but say more than others who can speak.

    It becomes a bigger responsibility on us on how we take care of them. And in strange territory and while on travel, we have to strictly follow the guidelines for travelers…Enzzo is such a adorable pet it touches you the moment you get a glance, your training must have been fantastic as it follows the general rules and lives life very much like us…

    The way you have mapped and captured the aspects that needs to be looked into while our pet is along with us on travel are nuggets of golden tips which you can only give and you have narrated it brilliantly…

    πŸ˜€

    • Thank you Nihar! I am happy that you liked the post πŸ˜€
      Yes, dogs are amazing animals an they do really become a part of our family… it is hard to imagine my life without him. He is a great companion everywhere πŸ˜€

      • I also had one and I am not able come out of it after he passed away, it has been long and the memory is so much there and as if it was just yesterday…the attachment cannot be put in words, they are really amazing…more than our family members as they have no expectations.
        πŸ˜€

        • Awnn I am so sorry to know that… I have lost many dogs in my life… and it still hurts! But the good thing is that I still remember each one of them and have great memories. It is never easy to lose a dog.

          • You are so right…they become so much part of our life, their loss is immeasurably immense and it keeps us reminding and memories are always their to keep us connected.
            Yes, never easy…
            ;D

          • Yes πŸ™ but don’t be sad about it. I am sure you will see your dog again someday πŸ˜‰ well, I believe in that!

          • You are right, past and memory have limited scope in changing our present and our future…I do believe.
            πŸ˜€

          • Yes πŸ˜€

  • He is SO adorable! The yearly fee is far steeper than here in Calgary. Love the pet friendly spots!

    • Thank you so much Sue <3
      It is too much isn't it? I find it too expensive… imagine having 2 dogs? πŸ™
      The pet friendly spots are all over the city, I also love them πŸ˜€

  • I love this! And finding more about adorable Enzzo. The idea of the poop bags is brilliant. Dog mess in London is terrible, so providing those would make such a difference! Although good owners would have them anyway! πŸ™‚

    • Ohh really? I would never guess that πŸ™ too bad!!
      Yes the idea of the bags are awesome.. and for the owner isnt much work, it is just a matter of habit!! I take it very seriously πŸ˜€

  • What a cute dog πŸ™‚ I’m just wondering.. Do you need visas for the dog to enter a new country? And is it complicated to take the plane with him? πŸ™‚

    • Hi Marie!! Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      There is no need for a visa, all your dog need is having all the vaccines up to date. Depending on the country he is coming from he will need certain vaccines. For example, my dog came from Brazil and here in Europe dogs coming from Brazil must have Rabis vaccine because it is still not eradicated there.
      As for the plane… once you have all the paperwork done you just need a cage for him with the airline’s specifications. Then once you are at the airport you just need to try to be there earlier so you do everything without any hurry. Normally the airline’s people let you stay with your dog for a while until they send him to the plane πŸ˜€
      I hope this helps! I am planning to write another post about importing a dog to Europe, which might be very similar to other cases too πŸ˜€
      Thank you for stopping by!

      • Wow thanks for the reply

        • You’re welcome πŸ˜€
          Yes is pretty easy, especially if your dog don’t mind staying in the car for a few hours… mine loves it πŸ˜‰

  • Aww I love that your dog now has his own passport, that’s adorable! I bring my pooch everywhere too, but it’s much simpler in the US;-)

    • hahaha thank you πŸ˜€
      So awesome… yes, I can imagine it is easy there in the US. But well, once the passport is ok, then traveling around Europe is pretty easy πŸ˜‰

  • Enzzo is gorgeous, and what a useful blog post!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Thank you Suze! Happy that you found it useful πŸ˜‰ and thank you for stopping by <3

  • You dog is just so cute!!! These are all very good tips. I am still thinking about bringing my small dog with me to Norway, but I am not sure yet. Anyway, it is great to know about the procedures as I think that it is the same to Norway. Your dog did not have to sit in quarantine? Or how is the procedures regarding that do you know?

    • Thank you so much Hanne πŸ˜€ Happy that you like it! Awnnn do bring your dog to Norway, you won’t regret!
      The process is the same to Norway, and no, there is no quarantine required for dogs coming from Brazil, so I am sure its the same for Colombia. I promise I will write another post only about importing a dog to Europe πŸ˜€ it will probably help you even more!

  • What a well travelled dog! Lovely to hear πŸ™‚

  • Wow! I had no idea that there were so many rules and restrictions. Passports? Taxes? Wow. But in the end, it’s worth it. I’d go through all this for my little beagle, but I must admit– I’m glad I don’t have to.

    • hahaha yes, there are also rules for dogs… but you just have to do most of them once, then all is ready and you don’t have to worry much. Its a bit of work in the beginning, but it is all worth it πŸ˜€

  • Enzzo is adorable! (Love his name by the way!) I can’t believe he has traveled to MORE than 10 countries with you! He takes after his mummy <3

    And a doggy passport? Too cute!

    • <3 thank you so much dear!
      Crazy huh? Whenever is possible he comes along with us in a road trip πŸ˜€
      hahaha yes, a dog passport… this World is really getting crazy πŸ˜€

      • That’s amazing. I never even knew doggy passports existed! The world has gone mad…but in a good way, because you get to take your dog places πŸ˜€

        • hahaha yes!! It doesn’t get stamped, unfortunately, but is very helpful if you want to travel around Europe with your dog πŸ˜€

  • That annual €100 fee is so steep! But the upside is that it’s dog-friendly there for public transportation and most places like restaurants and cafes. By default, restaurants and cafes in Portugal don’t allow dogs but at least it’s generally warm enough to eat outside with our dog. And most places have owners/managers on-site who let us take our dog in if they know us. But I can’t take him on the bus and we have to be prepared to stay outside even if it’s raining.

    I’ve tried leaving Ice tied to a tree or a post while I go inside a shop or cafe, but even if he can see me through glass he starts to whine very loudly and cry like a baby. Since he’s a rescue dog, I think he gets separation anxiety if he’s not by our side and it will probably take a long time yet before he’s able to be left alone outside for even a few minutes.

    • Yes, is expensive I think πŸ™ imagine having 2 dogs!
      Ohhh I didn’t know in Portugal was like this… very similar to Brazil πŸ™ too bad you can’t take Ice everywhere with you, not fair! I hope things will change in the future… on the bright side, at least you can stay with him on the outside, in Brazil even that is complicated.
      Ice is so cute, I would love to meet him someday!

  • Awwww. Munich loves Enzzo! So pet-friendly as you said. People must really love animals over there – free treats for dogs. And since Enzzo has gotten treats before, he must be a good dog πŸ˜€ People in Australia love animals but there is no such thing as free plastic bags to clean up number 2s your dog does at the parks. It’s common for people to leave the mess around and for people to step on it. That is something Australia needs to work on.

    Looking at the photos, I realise Enzzo is quite a big dog. In fact, it looks like he’s about my size. So if we meet, he and I will surely become best friends πŸ™‚

    Also, I want to apologise to Enzzo – I remember we were chatting about him and koala on my blog and I spelt his name ‘Enzo’. I hope he is not mad! <3

    • Yes, Munich is a very pet friendly city!!
      Brazil is just like Australia, but probably even worse. We also don’t have free plastic bags, people just leave the mess behind πŸ™ I think is a habit that must be introduced everywhere… these things make dogs not be welcomed in many places! I hope this changes someday… i depends on the people not on the animals!

      hahaha yes, he is big… but funny enough not as big as normal dogs of his breed… sometimes people ask if he is a puppy! hahaha

      Don’t worry about his name… most Enzos around the World are spelled with one Z πŸ˜€

  • galanda23

    I chose to comment on this post because I am a dog lover. I always had dogs and when I used to live in Europe my life, as a dog owner, was way simpler. Here, in the States, having a dog is a big problem. You are not allowed to take them anywhere: not on public transportation, not in the stores, not in the restaurants, not on the beach, not in any parks, not even on some trails in the wilderness (if they are called “reservations”). I would like to be able to travel with my dog, but I can’t. Unless I can prove that I have a certain disability and my dog is a “service dog”, I can’t take him anywhere. So you can consider yourself lucky to live in the “civilized world”.

    • You are right, here in Europe is a dream to have dogs! I guess having a dog in the US is pretty much the same as in Brazil πŸ™ they can’t go anywhere and do nothing… when we used to live in Brazil and I was walking with Enzzo on the streets, people would change to the other sidewalk, because they were afraid of him! I think this with dogs in the Americas is because people dont have this culture of teaching their dogs to behave… in Brazil people have dogs just because they like them and find them cute, but that is not enough πŸ™ it is important to teach the dog, so he knows how to behave everywhere. I believe that is why at least in Brazil, they are not welcomed anywhere, as most of them aren’t trained and make a whole mess. Oh well, lets hope it will get better someday!

  • So great to know that Munich is so dog friendly! Love the fact that they have these little ‘dog’ places in stores and super markets! I have always had dogs…but in India, especially in the cities, dogs have very few places they can go to. They are usually housebound and are only taken out for their daily walks which are restricted and short. But since having moved to South Africa, I am in dog heaven! This country is so dog friendly – we travel a lot with Mia (our dog) and have never had any problems. Eateries, hotels, tourist attractions, beaches…she can go everywhere. Its amazing. Johannesburg itself has more parks for dogs than humans i feel πŸ™‚

    • Hi!!! πŸ˜€
      Yes Munich is amazing for dogs, I love it. Brazil is the same as in India πŸ™ Enzzo’s life was way different when we lived there!
      Wow I had no idea that South Africa is such a pet friendly country, that’s amazing! Good to know!! πŸ˜€ Thank you for the comment!

      • I know…I worry about Mia! Someday when we do mive back to india, she will be in for a big culture shock.

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  • Hi Jane, that’s great!
    I know that there is this service here, but I never used it myself. When I travel I leave my dog at a dog hotel.
    I know that this website is famous for dog sitters:
    http://hundesitter.de/ maybe it will help you! πŸ˜€

  • Hey Marta, thank you!!
    Great question! Actually there are only a few museums in Germany that allow dogs, but unfortunately I don’t know any here in Bayern that does it πŸ™ I hope this will change sometime! πŸ˜€
    Funny, next week I am publishing a post exactly about this topic!!
    I hope you guys have a wonderful trip!

  • Hi Patricia!
    Unfortunately I don’t know much where you can buy puppies :/ sorry!

  • That’s awesome!! You’ll be fine πŸ™‚
    Munich is a very nice city to visit, no stress.
    If you need any tips let me know πŸ™‚

  • Hi Brian, don’t worry, once in a while I check the comments and this post is still very popular πŸ™‚
    I can only recommend you one because it’s the one I always leave my dog at, it’s called Hundepension Maier, it’s located in Obertaufkirchen, around 70km from Munich. I have written a post about the hotel before, you can see it here: http://wp.me/p61Vqp-M9
    I hope it helps πŸ™‚