Pets and Animals

Understand a pet owner's responsibilities to do with pet registration, vets, lost and found cats and dogs, travelling with pets, and dangerous animals...

Many families in Hungary have pets, and in rural areas there are guard dogs in many homes. Other common pets include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rodents, ferrets, as well as birds and aquarium fish.

General Rules for Owning a Pet

All dogs must be microchipped and be registered with a veterinarian after three months old. An annual rabies vaccination and course of de-worming pills are mandatory before the dog is three months old. Cats must have a microchip.

Local legislation may apply to pet holders and can be different from commune to commune. For detailed information contact the local town hall or municipality.

Restricted breeds

Pit bull terriers and pit bull cross breeds are considered dangerous, and it is forbidden to import them into or breed them in Hungary. Pit bulls can only be kept under the following conditions:

  • The owner must be over 18 and have no criminal record
  • The dog must have a microchip and be neutered
  • A warning sign "veszélyes eb" (dangerous dog) must be placed on the front door of the dog owner's home
  • The dog must always be on a leash, with a choke collar and a muzzle outside of the home

Wild animals

Wild animals, for example reptiles, also have special requirements.

  • Jogtar has further information about the law regarding wild animals in Hungary (in Hungarian)

Pets in public places

There are designated parks in cities where dogs can run free; otherwise they have to be kept on a leash.

Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Lake Balaton. Dogs are also not allowed in restaurants, but are usually allowed in outside seating areas.

Animals on public transport

Dogs are allowed on public transport with a valid ticket and in most cases, a muzzle. Cats and small pets must travel in carriers.

Máv-Start provides information on its website about "Transporting live animals" on trains

Buying a Pet

All dogs and cats must be identified by a microchip by the age of three months. Pets may no be separated from the mother before the age of eight weeks.

When dealing with professional breeders, it is recommended to contact the Hungarian Kennel Association (Magyar Ebtenyészt?k Országos Szövetsége) for information about the vendor.

To find a pedigree cat, contact the National Society for Pedigree Cat Breeders and Cat Fanciers of Hungary.

It is possible to adopt a pet - regardless of its pedigree - from the National Animal Rescue Foundation (Országos Állatment? Alapítvány):

  • At: XIII. Budapest, Párkány u. 33
    Tel: (1) 780 3039

Lost and Found Animals

If an animal is lost or found, report it to a veterinarian first. If the animal has a microchip, there is a good chance the owner will be found. People who find a lost animal often put up a sign in the area where the animal was found.

Hungary has a database of animals that have microchips, Petvetdata, but only registered veterinarians have full access.

Europetnet is a pet database operating throughout Europe for finding lost animals. Pet owners need to register the animal's microchip number with the Europetnet database. This allows for the missing animal to be traced from any member country in Europe.

There are several animal organisations that have databases for lost and found dogs in Hungary: