You will see pets everywhere- in the streets and even in some restaurants, coffee shops, buses, trains or offices people are allowed to bring their pets. The variety of dog breeds and the way people treat their animals might be irritating for you. Some treat them like a best friend or family member. There are people who decide not to have children but instead keep a pet. Elderly people or singles might be just happy about a companion. But also families keep pets to raise their children in awareness of nature and teach them to take responsibility for a living creature. The reason of having a pet is often a social one. The effort and money it costs to keep the animal is often seen as an advantage and fun aspect.
What regulations apply to pets and their owners?
Germans love keeping pets. Unlike farm animals, which are seen in the country side, some pets live like family members with their owners. But what are the regulations of keeping animals and which pets do Germans like best?
What do I need to know?
Why are pets so popular in Germany?
What kind of animals people usually keep as pets?
Rules and regulations for pet owners
In Germany animal cruelty is prohibited by the German animal welfare law and the German law for the protection of animals in context of slaughtering (“Tierschutz-Schlachtverordnung”). If you see anyone doing harm to an animal, you can call an official veterinarian nearby (“Amtstierarzt”).