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Don’t want to leave your four-legged friends behind? In this article, find out everything you need to know about bringing your pets with you when you move to Denmark.

Requirements for bringing pets into Denmark

Dogs, cats, and ferrets are the most commonly moved pets. Travel requirements for these types of pets may include valid identification (tattoo applied before July 3, 2011, or microchip), rabies vaccination, and veterinary certificate or EU pet passport.

A pet being moved for non-commercial purposes must be accompanied by its owner. If the owner cannot accompany the pet, written authorization can be given to another person; the pet can then travel with the authorized person up to five days before or after the owner.

If a pet cannot be moved within the five days before or after the movement of the owner, the pet must be transported according to the rules for commercial import.

Visit the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration website for each animal’s specific requirements. You can also find information on other types of pets (birds, rabbits, reptiles, etc.)

Tips:

  • It can take some time to get all the necessary papers and vaccinations for your pet, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time
  • Check with the individual airline you are travelling with for their specific regulations regarding travelling with pets
  • Get the help of a pet relocation service if you want to take the stress out of moving your pet

Prohibited dog breeds

The following breeds—including crossbreeds of the following—are prohibited in Denmark:

  • Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Tosa Inu
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino
  • American Bulldog
  • Boerboel
  • Kangal
  • Central Asian Shepherd Dog (ovtcharka)
  • Caucasian Shepherd Dog (ovtcharka)
  • South Russian Shepherd Dog (ovtcharka)
  • Tornjak Sarplaninac

With the exception of the Pit Bull Terrier and Tosa Inu breeds, dogs on the list of banned breeds acquired before March 17, 2010, may be kept or brought into Denmark on transitional rules. This means they must be muzzled and kept on a leash no longer than two meters in areas that are open to the public.

Registering your Dog

You are required to register your dog at the Danish Dog RegisterDansk Hunderegister—within four weeks of its arrival in Denmark. This also applies to temporary visits that exceed more than four weeks.

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