Dogs in Spain

Dogs in Spain

General Information about Dogs in Spain

Hi and welcome back, in this post I’d like to give you a little General Information about Dogs in Spain Oh and before I get going let me start by saying a couple of things, unfortunately even in the 21st Century animals don’t have a great time of it in this country, so please don’t expect to be welcomed with open arms by everyone when you’re out with your four legged friend. Mind you, before we get into it and to give credit where it’s due, especially to the younger generation, it must be said, that the situation is most definitely improving.

To start with I’ll tell you about passports, because your pet won’t be fully legal without one.

Dog Passports

With certain exceptions, documented proof of vaccination against Rabies is all that’s needed for Dogs, Cats or Ferrets to cross European Borders.

The animal must be marked, which means it must be implanted with a transponder or as it’s more commonly known, a chip.

It must have a Passport completed and issued by an authorized Vet showing the Rabies Inoculation. If you and your pet are entering Ireland, Malta, Finland, Norway or the UK, it must also have been treated against, Echinococcus multilocularis, or put into plain English, Tapeworms.

For an in-depth view of EU Legislation on the subject follow this.

Even though I hardly ever use public transport because we live out in the sticks where buses are few and far between and trains are almost non-existent, travelling on trains and buses with my dog was something I used to do regularly in the UK and it is still a subject close to my heart. Unfortunately, at the moment Spain doesn’t seem willing to welcome our four legged friends, so what follows is a little of what you can expect to encounter.

Dogs on Public Transport

There are no laws regarding the transport of pets on Spanish Public Transport, each company is free to set its own criteria and requirements for the transportation of animals and that speaks volumes to a dog lover like me, if you want to understand what I mean then please read on.

Dogs on Trains

If your dog weighs over 10kg then you will not be able to travel with it on the medium or long distance routes. If it does weigh in at 10k’s or below and can fit in a 60x35x35cm travelling box then you’ll be able take it with you. If you’re thinking of sleeping on the train then you’ll have to buy a ticket for the whole cabin.

If you have a combined ticket for the bus and the train then your dog can’t travel. Oh, the ticket for the dog costs 25% of the price of your ticket and they’re not entitled to a seat.

On commuter and short distance routes, the dog needs to wear a muzzle and needs to be on a non-extendable lead of no more than 1.5m in length, they will not be issued a ticket but also have no place/seat.

Dogs on Buses

Now travelling on the train with your four legged friend might not sound like much fun for either of you, but when you compare it to travelling on the bus?.well?I’ll let you decide, this is how it works, first off, if your pet is a little bigger and weighs more than 10kgs then forget it they’re not going on the bus! If the little guy weighs less than that and you’re happy to put it in a travelling cage before putting him/her in with the cases, yep you did read that right?in with the cases, without any suitable ventilation or light well if you’re happy with that? then take them along!!

Dogs on Planes

According to my experience and my research many airlines will take canine passengers, the smaller ones, up to 8kgs, will be able to travel with their owners in the cabin in a travelling cage. The larger ones will travel in the hold also in a travelling cage and the extra-large ones can travel but are booked in as cargo. At present I’ve only come across three airlines that will only accept guide dogs and they are: Ryanair, EasyJet and WizzAir. Apart from these three most of the major airlines have some kind of option for traveling with your pet, but as each one has different pricing and conditions I suggest you contact the one of your choice to find out what they offer.

Dogs in Boats

Even though as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now I don’t agree with putting members of my family in cages under any circumstances if I can avoid it, I must say that the options offered by the ferry companies are the best as far as cages are concerned. They are light and airy plus the owners are able to visit the dogs during the journey.

Dogs in Bars and Restaurants

In Spain much the same as in the rest of the civilised world, dogs are prohibited from entering establishments, which produce, store, prepare or transport food. This means they should not enter Grocery Shops Hypermarkets or Supermarkets etc. etc.

However this law does not apply to establishments where food is served, the legislation for these establishments is set by the local authorities and can be surprisingly different throughout the country. Here’s a link to an interesting site that can point you in the right direction if you’re travelling around Spain:?Dog Vivant and you’re looking for hotels, bars and restaurants to enjoy with your dog.

Dog Beaches

At the moment there are 8 official Dog Beaches in the Province of Alicante. If you follow the links, good old Google will show you where they are, personally we’ve only visited the one in Alicante and I can’t say that any of us, Jury included, were very impressed. So, as I have no valid opinion on these beaches I suggest that you check out the reviews posted with the locations on Google Maps.

Since arriving in Spain I have always had a dog at my side and as I’m fond of walking along the beach with them, I have over the past 20 years always had a stroll along the sand with my mutt and I have never encountered any problems. The reason for this is, that if I’m with the dog I use the beach out of season and going by my experience no one is particularly bothered if we’re enjoying an hour by the sea in January so we take our dog into the country during the spring and the summer and down to the beach in the Autumn and the Winter?.Stress Free?although cold and ?technically still illegal.

As promised here are the links to the Dog Beaches here on the Costa Blanca:

Denia: Playa Portuaria de la Escollera Norte. Official

Calpe: Cala de les Urques. Almost Official

Villajoyosa: Playa del Xarco. Official

El Campello: Cala del Barranc d’Aig?es. Official

El Campello: Punta del Riu. Official

Alicante: Playa Canina Agua Amarga. Offcial

Santa Pola: La Caleta dels Gossets. Official

Torrevieja: Official

Orihuela Costa: Semi-Official

Dog Insurance

Unless your Dog is on the Spanish List of Dangerous Dogs, then you are not legally obligated to insure it. However there is one exception to the law and that is in Madrid because there, regardless of whether your dog is dangerous or not, you are required by law to take out an Animal Liability Insurance.

However, if you have one of the dogs on this list then you must have it insured: Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Mastiff, Japanese Mastiff, and Akita.

Apart from those on the list, any dog which shows the same characteristics in its build or nature can also be considered potentially dangerous.

Potentially Dangerous Dogs should not only be insured but when out in public should always be on a lead of less than 2m in length and should also wear a muzzle.

Also to legally keep a potentially dangerous dog you will need a licence and to obtain one you’ll need to have the dog marked as above. You will also need a valid Insurance Policy which covers a minimum of 120,000? damages. You will need a clean record and will also have to prove that you are both physically and psychologically in a position to be able to safely keep such an animal.

Dog Cruelty

There are laws to protect animals but they are different depending on the community and the municipality so please check with your town hall.

If you’re unfortunate enough to witness an act of cruelty that puts the animal’s life in danger then you can call 062 this is the Emergency Number for the Guardia Civil. If on the other hand there is no immediate danger then you should contact your local Guardia Civil and they will pass your complaint on to Seprona.

Dogs in Spain:

Well that’s about it for this time and I hope this general information about Dogs in Spain is of some help to you, but as always, if you’re unsure of anything or just want some general advice then you’re welcome to contact me. All the best until next time?

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