Owning a Pet in Monaco

Vital information for owners of pets in Monaco, with details on vets and vaccinations, lost and found, local refuges and guidelines to dangerous breeds...

Essential information and contacts on the following subjects is available below:

Veterinarians

Emergency vet services

There is no special emergency vet service in Monaco, however call any of the veterinaries who will find help. Please look at the Monaco Yellow Pages ("Pages Jaunes") and search for "vétérinaire".

  • After hours, Sundays and holidays, contact the French veterinary emergency number - Tel: +33 (0)4 93 83 46 64

Dog vaccination

Rabies vaccination is compulsory for a dog living in Monaco. Vets recommend that all caring owners vaccinate their dogs. They should be vaccinated annually for the following:

  • C - Le carré (Distemper)
  • H - L'hépatite de rubarth or hépatite contagieuse canine (Infectious Hepatitis)
  • P - La parvovirose (Parvovirus)
  • L - La leptospirose (Leptospirosis)
  • R - La rage (Rabies)
  • PI - La toux de chenil para-influenza (Kennel Cough). Dogs moving to Monaco from the UK may not have been injected against Kennel Cough; if the dog will be boarding, it's recommended to vaccinate against this.

Disposal of Dog Waste and Animal-Friendly Parks

Dogs are banned from green spaces in Monaco, except for designated canine zones (espaces canins):

  • Monaco City: the area of St. Martin's Gardens near the Oceaongraphic museum
  • Monte Carlo: the area of Avenue de Grande Bretagne opposite the Trocadéro
  • Fontvieille: behind the ticket office in the Chapiteau of Monaco
  • Fontvieille: in front of the Zone A housing area
  • Fontvieille: the gardens next to Fontvieille school
  • Moneghetti: Lamarck Square
  • Parcours Vita: park on Hector Otto Avenue
  • Avenue Pasteur, behind the Villa Pasteur, in the area opposite the entrance to the cemetery

Dogs are permitted to relieve themselves in these areas, but any droppings must be disposed of in litter bins.  For this purpose, the Department of Urban Management (Direction de l’Aménagement Urbain) has placed waste disposal bag dispensers around the eight parks.

Monaco Animal Organisations

  • Société Canine de Monaco (The Monaco Kennel Club)
    At: 12 Ave d'Ostende, Palais des Congres, Monte Carlo 98000
    Tel: +337 93 50 55 14 
    Fax: +337 93 30 55 03
  • Club International des Amis des Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de Monaco (in French)
    The Guide Dogs for the Blind Club in Monaco
    At: 25 bd Princesse Charlotte, Monaco 98000
    Tel: +377 93 25 18 47
    Fax: +337 93 15 04 33
    email
  • Monaco Cat Fanciers
    At
    : 24 avenue Princess Grace, Monaco 98000
  • Monaco's SPA (Société Protectrice des Animaux) animal shelter is the Refuge l'Abri Société Protectrice des Animaux de Monaco, S.P.A. 
    (Society for Animal Protection in Monaco) and based in Eze Village, France
    At: Quartier des Costes, Eze Village
    Tel: +33 (0)4 93 41 03 62

Animals Lost and Found

If an animal is lost take action as quickly as possible. If it is a dog, cat or ferret and can be identified by tattoo or microchip, contact an animal organisation:

Dogs:

  • The Monaco Kennel Club (Société Canine de Monaco)
    Tel: +377 93 50 55 14

Dangerous Dogs: Owning Attack and Guard Dogs

Owners of dogs classed as dangerous have certain obligations to fulfill: the dog must be registered with the police (Direction de la Sûreté Publique) and the owner must carry a licence for the dog issued by the police. This licence is the Permis de détention d'un chien de 1er ou 2ème categorie.

  • Information brochure on Chiens Dangereux: Click here (PDF in French)

Note: Any person selling or giving away a dog must provide a certificate issued by a vet, indicating the category to which the dog belongs. Note that category 1 dogs may not be sold or given away.

Dogs classed as dangerous

  • Category 1: Attack dogs (chiens d'attaque): Staffordshire terrier and American Staffordshire terrier (Pitbull terriers) without pedigree registration, Mastiff (Boerbull) without pedigree registration, Tosa without pedigree papers
  • Category 2: Guard dogs (chiens de guarde et défense): Rottweiler (pedigreed), Staffordshire terrier and American Staffordshire terrier (pedigreed), Tosa Inu (pedigree). These dogs must be registered with a pedigree which is recognised by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Also included, non-pedigree and cross breeds dogs with "the appearance of a Rottweiller".

Owning a dangerous dog

Dogs of category 1 are no longer allowed in Monaco. It is thus forbidden to buy, own, give away, and import these dogs. Exceptions, with some conditions, apply to dogs already in the Principality when the law was passed in 2008, provided that they are sterilised.

A person may only own, take care of, or walk a dog on the list of "dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs" category 2 if they:

  • are aged 16 or older
  • have not been convicted of a crime or imprisoned
  • have not previously had the right to own a dangerous dog withdrawn
  • are not under guardianship

Owners of a dangerous dog must insure it against damages it can cause to other people. If the dog is lost, stolen, or has died, it must be reported to the Direction de la Sûreté Publique.

All dangerous dogs must be kept muzzled and on a lead in public places. They are forbidden in public transports, in places with children and at public gatherings.

Dog owners' responsibilities

Any dog, regardless of its category, which bites or injures a person, must be reported to the Direction de la Sûreté Publique by the owner, and if considered dangerous, may be euthanised.

Official information and forms

  • For the rules for owning a dangerous dog in Monaco: Click here