Pets in Spain: Moving and Living With Your Buddy in Spain

Pet in Spain

Knowing about the aspects of pets in Spain can be helpful when you want to retire in Spain or are going to buy a holiday home. Of course, it would be great to bring them with you. Currently, pets are allowed to come into the country and are welcome in many places, including designated parks, certain restaurants, and public transportation. There are also plenty of veterinarians and pet-related services available. This article discusses everything you need to know about pets in Spain.

Pets are legal family members

In the court system, dogs and other pets are regarded as “sentient beings” beginning January 5, 2022; they are no longer classed as “objects.”

Pets can no longer be seized, pawned, neglected, or removed from one of their owners in the case of a separation or divorce. When it comes to the fate of a pet during divorce or separation, the civil code now states that the animal has the same importance as that of the children and other family members. This way, shared custody is also possible.

Next to this, animal welfare is central, and owners must “ensure” the pet’s well-being if the family decides to separate according to the law. When a family member has a record of animal cruelty or badly treated the animal, they may lose custody.

Animal welfare and animal rights are becoming more and more critical to Spain; the government recognizes animals’ experience feelings, thoughts, and emotions.

Pet in Spain going to veterinarian

Traveling with pets to Spain

Be aware that traveling to Spain with your pets can pose some challenges, but don’t let this discourage you from making the trip.

Traveling from another EU country

If you are moving to Spain from another European Union country with a dog, cat, or ferret. They must:

  • Be at least 12 weeks and 21 days of age.
  • Carry a microchip or tattoo
  • Vaccination against rabies.
  • Have an EU pet passport.

Traveling from a non-EU country

If you are coming from a non-EU country, for example, you are moving from the US. You must declare the animal at the Guardia Civil’s Tax department as well. They must:

  • At least 12 weeks and 21 days of age.
  • Carry a microchip or tattoo.
  • Vaccination against rabies.
  • Have an EU pet passport.
  • Present animal health certificate in Spanish

To sign your pet up for traveling to Spain, go through the official website of the Spanish ministry of agriculture, fishing, and food.

Dog in Mallorca

Living with Pets in Spain

Below we discuss some topics of everyday life with pets in Spain.

Restaurants with pets

Some restaurants in Spain allow small dogs to eat at the outside tables. However, be aware that this is not a common practice in most country areas. In some situations, they may need to be muzzled or restrained.

Parks with pets

Many of the parks in Spain allow you to bring your pet, but there may be some restrictions on what breed or size. As long as they are not aggressive and under control, most likely no one will say anything. There are also dog areas in some parks and designated times and seasons for dogs to be allowed on the beach.

Pets and hotels

When seeking a place to stay, we advise that you verify whether you will bring your pet with you when making your reservation. If you cannot find this information on the hotel’s website, it is best to call or email them for confirmation.

Public transport in Spain

Small pets may travel on public transportation in most Spanish cities inside carriers. If your pet is bigger than 10 kg, they will require a ticket. Check with the transportation company to see what their policies are so you can plan accordingly.

Pet-friendly accommodations and apartments

While it is legal for landlords to deny renting to anyone with pets, there are plenty of pet-friendly accommodations in Spain. Speak to your landlord to find out if they allow pets. If your pet can behave, they might bend the rules for you.

Pet-friendly shops and services

If you need any pet-related products or services while in Spain, there are plenty of places like Tiendanimal. There are also many pet shops to find online.

Restricted dog breeds in Spain

There are no breed-specific restrictions in Spain. However, there are limitations for dangerous dogs. Dangerous dogs could be dog breeds like Pit Bull, Doberman, German Shepherds, Terrier, Rottweiler.

Dogs that are considered dangerous in Spain are typically those that weigh more than 20kg and have strong musculature. This includes dogs with bulky heads and short necks and dogs trained for attack or have strong jaws and a wide mouth.

To own a potentially dangerous dog, you must be at least 18 years old and in good physical and mental health. Next to this, dangerous dogs may need a muzzle, leash and be with their owner.

Pets in Spain

A word from SpainDesk

Having a pet in Spain can be a great experience; it is a beautiful country with vast areas to explore for your fellow companion. Fortunately, laws are changing, and so are people’s minds to ensure that animals have a better life in Spain.

Animals can provide companionship, entertainment, and even extra security for your home. It is best to prepare two months ahead of time if you want to bring your pet so you can be sure to enjoy your time in Spain with your friend by your side.