Saturday, 23rd January 2021
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Dogs in Spain

Dogs in Spain

If youÂ’re planning on moving or just holidaying in Spain with your dog, you need to be aware of the entry requirements for dogs to Spain.

Spain is not essentially a pet friendly country, apart from the summer heat that some larger breeds find difficult to tolerate, dogs are not welcome in tourist resorts.

Most restaurants, bars and hotels do not allow dogs inside the premises (with few small exceptions). Generally Dogs are not allowed on beaches, especially in summer.

Finding a vet is not a problem but this bring to mind the Spanish law requirements for bringing a dog into Spain.

To cross into Spain, EU general rules apply as follows:

  • You must carry a valid EU pet passport.
  • Maximum number of dogs allowed is 5
  • Your dog must have a microchip.
  • Your dog has to be at least 12 weeks old when it receives its first rabies vaccination, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian
  • Additionally, entry into Spain must not take place until at least 21 days after completion of the initial vaccination.
  • Dogs younger than 15 weeks old cannot enter Spain.


Pitbull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasiliero, Tosa-Inu and Akita-Inu are required to wear a lead and muzzle at all times.

When in Spain walking your dog, you should carry bags to collect your dog's excrement. Otherwise, you could face high fines.

It is advisable to provide your pet with adequate protection against ticks, and make sure they’re vaccinated against certain Mediterranean diseases such as leishmaniosis.

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