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The Greek law about having a pet in your home

Pet Law: Owners' Obligations and Fines


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According to the bill, the following will apply to apartment buildings:

  • It is permissible to keep dominant pets in every home.
  • Apartment blocks consisting of two compartments or more are allowed to keep dominant pets in each compartment provided that they:

(a) reside in the same compartment as their owner;

(b) do not remain permanently in the terraces or in the open areas of the apartment, especially at night;

(c) staying in apartment blocks is subject to compliance with welfare rules, sanitary and police regulations on common privacy; and

(d) dogs or cats have been electronically screened, marked, registered and have a passport

  • It shall not be prohibited to keep pets under the rules of the building provided that the conditions of the preceding subparagraph are fulfilled.
  • The same regulation may limit the maximum number of animals allowed to two (2) animals per compartment.
  •  Pets that are legally registered and registered and have a passport may be kept in the houses provided that the animal welfare and animal welfare rules are respected, as well as the current health and police regulations on common hunting.
  • It is forbidden to keep and keep pets in public areas of the apartment building. But it is permitted in the flats, on the terrace, in the open space and in the garden as long as they are fenced and if there is a unanimous decision of the general meeting of owners and the conditions of welfare are respected. The above decision of the General Assembly is not required in the case of aid dogs, guide dogs, aid dogs and treatment.
  • The above numerical restrictions apply only to dogs and cats.
  • In each apartment block, one (1) dog or cat may be maintained per 30 square meters. In addition, where the number of dogs and cats is greater than two (2), the owner must report them to the competent veterinary and public health authorities of the municipality and, where none, to the corresponding veterinary and public health services of the relevant Regional Units.
  • Each house is allowed to maintain one (1) dog or cat per 20 square meters.



The legal framework for pet owners has been tightened and in the case of violations fines are foreseen.

Pet owners have certain obligations to these animals.

More specifically, the pet owner:

  1. He should chip-mark and record his pet and issue a health booklet within one month of the animal’s acquisition.
  2. The metal collar received by the veterinarian each year during the annual anti-rabies vaccination should be affixed to the animal’s collar prominently.
  3. He is obliged to provide suitable accommodation for his pet.
  4. Every dog owner is obliged to take care of the walk of his pet, which must always be accompanied by a companion. At the same time, appropriate measures must be taken to ensure that the animal does not enter public areas or other properties.
  5. During the walk of the pet, the owner must immediately clean the animal’s feces. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
  6. Animal sterilization is the responsibility of the owner, and any damage caused by the pet is the responsibility of the owner.
  7. There is no limit to the number of pets a tenant can maintain. However, as long as there is a restriction under the articles of association of the building, it may not have more than two animals. Pets in an apartment building are allowed subject to the following conditions:

a) Reside in the same apartment as the owner

b) Not to remain permanently in the open areas of the apartment or on the terraces

(c) Comply with welfare rules, health and police regulations in the compartment

(d) Carry chip animals and have a health booklet

  1. It is forbidden to keep and keep pets in public areas of the apartment building. But with the consent of the other tenants, it is permitted to have the garden, the uncovered as well as the pilot of the apartment building.
  2. In houses, the keeping of pets is permitted if and when they are legally marked and registered and carry a health booklet. At the same time, animal welfare and animal welfare rules, current health and police regulations on common privacy should be respected.
  3. Pet pets can be transported on all road, rail and stationary public transport, passenger ships and taxis as long as the animals are housed in a secure transport cage and of course accompanied by their owner or owner.

Detailed fines:

  1. Absence of anti-rabies vaccinations in force and non-placement of metal badge or failure to clean the environment from animal feces 100 euros.
  2. Failure to provide the municipality concerned with a copy of the electronic identification certificate of 300 euros.
  3. Non possession of up-to-date health and passport health booklet or passport 300 euros.
  4. Failure to comply with rules for the safe walk of the dog or failure to take preventive measures to exit the dog 300 euros.
  5. Abandonment of injured animal after car accident 300 euros.
  6. Failure to comply with pet welfare rules or veterinary examination 500 euros.
  7. Failure to comply with welfare, health and police rules and keeping more than two pets in an apartment where the regulation prohibits the keeping of pets at 500 euros.
  8. Sale of pet under the age of eight weeks and sale of dogs and cats outdoors 1,000 euros per animal.
  9. Breeding even a female breeding dog without a license of EUR 1,000 per animal.
  10. Breeding and breeding of amputated animals after the end of the transitional five-year transitional period of EUR 1,000 per animal.
  11. Import and marketing of amputated dogs EUR 1,000 per animal.
  12. Lack of special cages on passenger ships for the carriage of large animals EUR 5,000.
  13. Use of an animal in an open air public exhibition with a financial benefit of EUR 5,000 for each animal used.
  14. Livestock breeding and training for dueling 10,000 euros per animal.
  15. Keep an animal in a circus or troupe used in any way or purpose in its program or perform a € 20,000 performance for each animal kept.
  16. Abuse, torture, abuse or cruelty to animals, as well as trafficking or trafficking online 30,000 euros for each animal and each incident.

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