June 20, 2018
I have a bad news for U.S. puppy millers, there is no such a breed as the Schengen Terrier on the AKC’s FSS list. Also, the Schengen Terrier is not an umbrella term for liberal European dog laws allowing dogs pretty much do anything on the continent.
Well, yes, it is true, dog laws are pretty relaxed across the pond, comparing to the United States. Some of the crazy stories what you’ve heard that pooches are allowed in restaurants, on public transportation and beaches are partially also true, however, they are controlled by no-nonsense animal laws.
So than what is this Schengen thing anyway? Actually, it has nothing to do with dogs, however, by now, I think you are curious enough to read about it. http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/european-union-schengen-area-and-re-introduction-of-border-controls/
The point is that the Schengen Agreement is like an European dog law. It spells out where you and your dog are permitted to go under the laws of the Union, however, it might be too generous and generates more mess than expected…
So I am back at the original crime scene with Anka for over a week now. Have checked in with some friends and family, visited government offices and other public places always taking Anka along.
Did you know that…
…in Hungary, a three months old pup needs to be registered whithin its local jurisdiction? Vets have to report each dog’s microchip and vaccinations to a central national database. TO complicate matters however, local governments can have their own additional “dog laws.”
Dogs are allowed free in back yards, only, if it is fenced in.
Dogs must be leashed in public, dogs cannot enter to play grounds, untrained and vicious dogs must be muzzled in public.
Dogs can run free in designated areas, however, untrained, vicious dogs must have their muzzle kept on while off leash.
Every dogs must be leashed and muzzled(!) on public transportations. (They can take public transportation)
Dogs cannot bother neighbors, (good luck with your Pumi that is kept outside) and one’s property must be fenced in if dogs kept outside. Small dogs have to have a minimum 10m2 area and no shorter than 6 meters long chain and a dog house. Larger dogs have to be kept within a minimum 15m2 area. with no shorter than an 8 meters long chain and a dry shelter.
If one owns a “mean breed,” a clearly visible sign must be posted at the entrance of the property that there are guard dogs on the premises.
To recover lost dogs from shelters, the owners must present proof of vaccinations and microchip. Dogs are allowed to put down by law if no one claims or adopts them after two weeks.
Breeders need the local major’s office permission to start a kennel.
Dogs are strictly prohibited to enter… schools, daycare centers, social and cultural facilities, government offices that are open for the public (e.g. DMV)
In the same time, dogs cannot be tied up outside (in front of stores, government offices etc. (while the owner takes care of business) without supervision.
If you are planning to buy a coop in Hungary, the good news is that the coop board cannot oppose keeping dogs in your apartment.
…and do not forget to pick up after your dog!
Penalties: No registration 165 Euro, no leash 35 Euro Your dog kills another dog and you are a no show at the court, your penalty is 350 Euro. Beyond that, no-one really cares and you cannot be jailed.
Why do I bother to tell you all about these things? Because I’ve been visiting a bunch of government offices, banks and other public places in Budapest and I’ve been taking Anka along. The good thing is that no one really cares about pet laws and restriction as long as you have such a cute and well behaving dog as Anka.
I’ve also taken her to stores and restaurants, (where she was even fed,) The waiters and clerks at all locations have given in to the “Anka Pressure” and let her to come in. Of course, Anka’s behavior has always been exemplary at any establishments.
After we’ve finished all the official stuff I had to take care of, we’ve had some serious dog fun in the City. We also had some quiet… agility time at the “Pilisi Kutya Iskola” training facility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yswtxyX8kl0
To be continued…