Pets and Animals in Greece

An overview of the rules of pet ownership in Greece, as well as what measures are required when bringing pets into the country, and how to best protect animals from any local dangers...

The following are considered as pets in Greece:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Ferrets
  • Birds
  • Ornamental tropical fishes
  • Some amphibians, reptiles
  • Spiders, other invertebrates
  • Rodents and domestic rabbits

Mistreating or abandoning an animal is forbidden by law and the punishments are severe, but prosecution is very rare. There are many stray dogs and cats in Greece, and many animals are poisoned every day.

Other pet laws

Dogs and cats should be kept inside an apartment and may not remain permanently on the balcony. It is also forbidden to keep animals in the communal areas, such as the ground floor or the roof of an apartment (according to Article 6 Law 3170, 29 July 2003).

There are no laws regarding the ownership of dangerous dog breeds at the present time (February 2010).

Identification and Registration

Since 1 July 2004, dogs must be identified by microchip as soon as possible after the birth, and before travelling.

There is no dog tax.

Veterinarians and Vaccinations

Pets should be vaccinated against the following infectious diseases:

Dogs canine distemper
canine parvovirus
canine leptospirosis
canine hepatitis
Cats infectious feline leucopenia
feline immunodeficiency virus

Veterinarians provide information on the necessary vaccinations and their due dates.

Buying and Adopting a Pet

Pet animals are sold by pet shops, breeders and kennels. Dogs must be registered and electronically identified by microchip. This can be carried out by a vet.