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The most common pets in Dutch homes are dogs, cats, birds, fish and rabbits. Monkeys and other exotic animals are prohibited. Also, many parrots, reptile, and amphibian species are prohibited, as well as dangerous animals, such as toxic spiders and scorpions, and endangered species. Some people might have chickens in their garden for their eggs, but because houses are close to each other, and gardens are small, farm animals can be a big nuisance to your neighbours.


Rules regarding dogs

  • Take your dog on regular walks, but do not forget the pooper scooper and a bag to clean up after your dog! In Eindhoven, dog owners who do not pick up after their dog can be fined € 120. 
  • Dogs are only allowed to be off of a leash unless they are in a designated hondenlosloopterreinen.
  • When walking a dog, you are required to have a pooper scooper with you.  


There are many dierenartsen (veterinarians) in the Netherlands. If your pet is sick, you can contact a veterinarian. Ask your neighbours for a recommendation.  


Animal food

Food for animals can be bought at dierenwinkels (pet stores), which also sell treats, games, toys, beds, and other things for pets. Pet food can also be found at most supermarkets.


Finding a pet

If you find a lost or abandoned pet that you would like to help, you can take it to an asiel (animal shelter). The people working there will try to trace the original owner or find a new one. 


If you want to buy a pet, pet stores sell small animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. For cats and dogs, contact an official breeder, or the local asiel (animal shelter).   


Dog obedience school

There is a number of hondenscholen (dog obedience schools) and hondenuitlaatservices (dog walking services) throughout the region. Ask a fellow dog owner for a recommendation!


Boarding kennels

When you go on holiday, you can leave your pet with a neighbours, a friend, or at a dierenpension (boarding kennels). Ask a neighbour or your pet's veterinarian for a recommendation.  


Animal police officers

In 2011, the first animal police service (animal cops), started work to tackle cruelty towards animals and animal neglect more effectively. There is also a special alarm number 144, for reporting animals in distress.

Death of a pet

The death of a pet is a sad event. In consultation with your vet, you can opt for a burial, a cremation (collective or individual) or, crude as it may sound, destruction. There is a number of animal undertakers in the Netherlands.





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