Dogs and Cats in Munich

Understand pet ownership requirements in Munich: restricted breeds, how to register a dog, taking pets out in public places and where to find animal shelters...

Identification, Registration and De-registration

All dogs in Germany must be microchipped for identification. The microchip allows them to be identified and reunited with their owners if they get lost. Tattoos are no a longer valid pet identification in Germany. Cats do not need to be microchipped.

Dog Licence Fee (Hundesteuer) and Registration in Munich

Dogs in Munich must be licensed and registered within two weeks of:

  • being adopted or purchased
  • the owner and the dog relocating to Munich

Puppies must be registered within two weeks after they are four months old.

If the owner changes address within Munich, the City Treasury Office must be notified straight away in writing. A dog licence tax is payable per dog every calendar year and after the initial payment, it is payable each January. A notice is sent one month before the tax is due.

  • For further information about the dog tax (in German): Click here

It is possible for owners to register their dog online, by fax, by telephone or in person.

Owners must also de-register their dog (Hund abmelden) in the event of the dog's death, if the dog is given away or sold, or if the dog no longer resides in Munich. Deregistration is possible by fax, by mail or in person.

If a dog has died, a confirmation certificate from a veterinarian is required in order to deregister the dog.

Dogs can be registered and deregistered at the City Treasury Office (Stadtkämmerei, Kassen- und Steueramt München)

Restricted Breeds

Some breeds of dogs are restricted from entering Germany. Others are considered dangerous but are allowed into the country, with restrictions and/or extra taxes.

Dangerous dogs in Munich

Dogs considered “Fighting Dogs” (Kampfhunde) are taxed at a much higher rate. These dogs include:

  • Pitbulls
  • American Staffordshire terriers
  • Staffordshire Bull terriers
  • Tosa inus
  • Bandogs

Dogs included on the official list of “Suspected Fighting Dogs” (Kampfhunde vermutet) may be exempted from the additional tax if the owner can provide certification that the animal is not a danger to people or animals. This list includes the following breeds (as well as dogs cross-bred with any of these breeds):

  • Bull mastiffs
  • Bull terriers
  • Dogo argentinos
  • Dogues des Bordeaux
  • Fila brasileiros
  • Mastiffs
  • Mastin espanols
  • Mastino napoletanos
  • Perros de Presa Canario (Dogo Canario)
  • Perros de Presa Mallorquin
  • Rottweilers

Owners of these dogs should contact the City Treasury Office for details on certification.

Pets in Public Places

Although dogs are welcomed in many places, certain establishments (typically those selling food) may not allow them. If this is the case a sign will be displayed which is an image of a dog and the words "Unfortunately, we have to wait outside" (Wir muessen leider draussen warten). The same rules often apply to children's play areas and to cemeteries.

Dogs should be kept on a lead in public places:

  • the lead should be a maximum length of one metre
  • in small parks and sports grounds the lead may be up to two metres long

Although there is no legal requirement to clean up after a dog in public, it is considered a responsibility of the pet owner to do so.

Animals on Public Transport

One dog may travel free with a paying passenger, but a children's ticket must be purchased for any additional dogs if they are not confined to a carrier or bag. Dogs must be leashed and if considered a risk to other passengers, muzzled.

  • For more information on dogs travelling on Munich public transportation: Click here

Local Animal Organisations

Tierschutzverein München

Der Tierschutzverein München (Munich Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is one of the largest non-profit animal welfare associations in Europe. The organisation has an animal shelter (Tierheim) and sanctuary and welcomes volunteers, members and donations.