Transfer to Stuttgart w/ dangerous dog

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My husband and I are moving to Stuttgart (DOD civilian transfer) in December and we'd like to ship our dogs over in Feb/Mar of next year. One of our dogs is an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier and as far as I can tell (from google) we can bring her over but we'll have to register her and pass an aggression test. She might have to wear a muzzle out in public as well. Is this accurate? All of the data I'm finding is a few years old so we aren't sure if these rules are still applicable or if they have changed.

 

We aren't too concerned about her failing the aggression test, she's 1st and foremost a ball dog, and 2nd she's a people dog. Everything else (other dogs, cats, etc) are of little concern to her unless she's feeling playful and they want to play and she's never once been aggressive. From what we found she's a category 2 dangerous dog in Baden-Wurtemberg and that will help us. Can she come into Germany? If we use a pet delivery service will there be any issue with them flying into Frankfurt? Where she is listed is a a cat 1 dangerous dog in the state?

 

What about housing? Will the dogs need to be present when we rent a house (looking for a house and not an apartment)? Do they need to meet the landlord/owner? Will photos suffice?

 

Any help you can offer would be appreciated. We'd hate to have to leave her in the states for the next 3+ years.

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Hope this helps.

 

Dangerous Dogs Law for the State of Baden-Württemberg

 

Dogs/breeds not listed above that are aggressive, bite, and chase and kill other animals are also considered dangerous dogs by this law.

In order to receive a permit have a dangerous dog in Baden-Württemberg the owner needs to provide a legitimate interest why they need to bring into this state.

The requirements for all dangerous dogs older than six months are:

- owner must have permission to own a dangerous dog from the local police station at their place of residence in Germany.

- owner must request in writing that their dog be temperament tested (Request Sample Letter, Questionnaire)

- dog must be temperament tested at your expense by a German police officer or state veterinarian regarding their potential increased aggressiveness (fee is approx. 165 Euro per dog)

- a dog that was less than 15 months old when temperament tested must repeat the test between the age of 15-18 months.

- dog must be tattooed or microchipped

- dog must be current on rabies shots

 

http://ervc.amedd.army.mil/vtfPDFs/ERVC_STDangerousDogs.pdf

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When looking for accommodation you must state what sort of pets will be living with you. Generally speaking, it is often difficult to find rented accommodation here and if you have children or pets more so.

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Importing Staffordshire Bull Terriers to Germany seems to be illegal according to Wikipedia:

 

Der Import dieser Rasse nach Deutschland ist verboten.[9].

 

The artikel refers to this law:

 

Gesetz zur Beschränkung des Verbringens oder der Einfuhr gefährlicher Hunde in das Inland (Hundeverbringungs- und -einfuhrbeschränkungsgesetz - HundVerbrEinfG)

 

Staffs are mentioned in particular:

 

§ 2 Einfuhr- und Verbringungsverbot

(1) Hunde der Rassen Pitbull-Terrier, American Staffordshire-Terrier, Staffordshire-Bullterrier, Bullterrier sowie

deren Kreuzungen untereinander oder mit anderen Hunden dürfen nicht in das Inland eingeführt oder verbracht

werden.

 

Here's a previous thread on the subject which might give more information: Legality of owning Staffordshire bull terriers

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Bramble, from what I have been seeing online a dogs' legality is specific to the category the dog is in and that varies by state.

 

In Baden-Wurttemberg our dog is considered Category 2 which seems to mean we can bring the dog in country but will need to go through the aggression test.

 

Does anyone have any specific knowledge on this? Went through it themselves, or knows someone that did? We've been trying to reach a vet over there for help/advice and have not heard back. We aren't sure if we need to get some sort of permit/approval to bring her in first and then get her tested once in Germany.

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No personal knowledge, but Zoll says no.

 

 

Among others it includes a prohibit to introduce or import dogs regarded as dangerous. These regulations serve the protection of the population. Customs participate in the control of the importation of such dogs.

According to this law, certain breeds as well as cross breeds among them or with other dogs must not be introduced or imported into Germany. This applies to the breeds

 

pitbull terrier

American Staffordshire terrier

Staffordshire bull terrier

bull terrier

 

 

Exceptions from the introduction and importation prohibit

To avoid difficulties in passenger traffic, exceptions from the importation and introduction prohibit shall be allowed until a statutory order will be issued. According to this, the importation or introduction prohibit does not apply to

 

dangerous dogs carried along by persons who stay in the Federal Republic of Germany for up to four weeks (this especially applies to tourists)

dangerous dogs of the stock currently existing in Germany and re-imported/re-introduced from abroad

police dogs and dogs accompanying disabled

provided that the dog keeper can submit the documents required for the verification of the pets (e.g. certificate of descent/origin, vaccination certificate, certificate of the personality test, other certificates issued by the competent public affairs office).

 

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Nothing in the NATO SOFA supplementary articles granting exemptions from german laws/requirements regarding dogs (just cars, taxes and guns)

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I do not have experience with dangerous dogs, but we brought our 2 dogs over from Michigan to Germany and we found the same "lack" of recent information. I would suggest also, to contact the German Embassy but stay diligent. I spent a lot of time just trying to reach someone at the Embassy that knows about importing dogs. Talk with your local vet in the US as they may be able to help. It is also important to note that the US has to "allow" you to export your dog, and since your dog will be unaccompanied and is on the dangerous list in another country it may be even more complicated.

 

Here is a link to our Vet (TierArzt). They speak great English, have many military families and other American civilian patients. You can give them a call:

http://www.kleintierpraxis-moehringen.de/team-praxis/

 

Also, I wrote a paper for my company about bringing dog(s) into Germany and here are some links that I hope will be helpful for you:

 

Exporting your pet from USA to Germany:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_exports_pets.shtml

 

General topics of traveling with pets internationally:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/pet_travel/pet_travel.shtml

 

USDA Rules and Regulation on Exporting Animals (Pets):

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/

 

Germany Embassy – bringing pets from USA to Germany:

http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/05__Legal/02__Directory__Services/06__Customs/Pets/__Pets.html

 

Repeated information but useful to check validity of other websites:

http://ervc.amedd.army.mil/amPDFs/Info_Paper_Importation_of_Animals_into_the_EU.pdf

 

http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/05__Legal/02__Directory__Services/06__Customs/Pets/__Pets.html

 

http://www.howtogermany.com/pages/pets.html

 

Veterinary Certificates-

USDA:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/APHIS7001.pdf

 

EU:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/sanco10767r4_de.pdf

 

GOOD LUCK!

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you could also contact the VDH for information, it is the German equivalent of the Kennel Club and they are usually very knowledgable when it comes to breeds and related legal matters. There is a website, I think it is www.vdh.de. It may only be in German but if you write to them I am sure someone will speak English. Good luck...

 

I think the problem of finding renting accommocation with dogs will be even trickier. Most landlords like best to rent out to a wealthy middle aged non smoking couple with no kids or pets and which preferably does not live in the house. I'm joking of course but it will be tough. I would recommend to make this one of the first questions to ask a landlord before you fall in love with a place.

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My husband and I are moving to Stuttgart (DOD civilian transfer) in December

One could assume that they are already here with or without their dangerous dog.

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