Swiss Pet Laws – Swiss National Day

August 1st is the Swiss National Day. In honor of this little country I now call home, I will share with you some special Swiss pet laws.

Swiss Pet Laws


Animal Welfare Laws

The principle of the law is that pain, damage or suffering must not be unjustifiably inflicted on an animal, nor must any animal be subjected to severe anxiety. The neglect, overexertion or mishandling of animals is forbidden.

Here are just some of the points within the Animal Welfare Laws:


  • Owners of dogs must pay for and attend a 2 part dog training Part 1 focuses on dogs’ needs and wishes and Part 2 explains how owners should walk their dogs and deal with different behavioral situations to keep their dog under their control.
  • Clipping the ears or tails of dogs is forbidden. Importing dogs that have already had their ears or tails clipped or docked is also forbidden.


  • Anglers—those who catch fish with hooks—will need to pay for and take a class on catching fish humanely.


  • Farmers won’t be allowed to tether horses, sheep, or goats or house pigs and cows in buildings with hard floors.

Pet Fish

  • To promote fish health, fish owners must use aquariums with at least one opaque side and make sure that the fish experience night and day light cycles. Flushing a sick fish down the toilet is not allowed; special chemicals must be used for euthanasia.

Social Species

  • Social animals  such as Guinea pigs and birds must cohabit or at least have contact with their own kind


  • I am not ware of an special laws regarding cats. Other than of course de-clawing is illegal and considered animal cruelty, but that is so almost everywhere in Europe.


Swiss life

Hop Suisse! Hopp Schwiiz! Forza Svizzera!





  1. Ilkka
    August 10, 2015 / 8:44 am

    I have one about cats: if your cat cannot explore outside at will you need to have at least one another cat as company for the other.

    • August 10, 2015 / 9:00 am

      Thank you! I have heard that but I couldn’t find any thing written that confirmed that. Is it per canton? Where have you seen it?

        • August 10, 2015 / 1:41 pm

          Thank you!Very interesting indeed. Are you a Swiss cat owner?

          • Carmen
            August 10, 2015 / 2:23 pm

            you are welcome.
            i am swiss and used to have a cat. but in the flat i’m currently living in i’m not allowed to have one, so it’s living with my parents on the countryside.
            feel free to ask further questions.

  2. Little Eddie
    August 9, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Compare this to countries like South Korea where animals are treated like garbage and have ZERO rights! Hail Switzerland!

  3. August 2, 2015 / 12:25 am

    We purr that one day the US will ban declawing. Happy Swiss Day!

  4. August 1, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    I wish we had the same declawing laws!

  5. The Swiss Cats
    August 1, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Happy Swiss National Day ! Purrs

    • August 1, 2015 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you! Happy Swiss Day to you too!

  6. pilch92
    August 1, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    I wish the U.S. would smarten up and ban declawing everywhere.