Ruff Rules: 3 Things All Dog-Owners in Czechia Need to Keep in Mind

#LifeInCzechia As you probably noticed by now, Czechia is a dog-loving nation. There are pooches everywhere. In the park, on the tram, at work, even in cafés and some cinemas. That being said, having a dog is not all fun and games (or is it sploots and scritches?). There are some rules and obligations connected to being a dog owner in Czechia you need to be aware of. Keep reading to find out what you need to know!

Dog fees have to be paid every year.

Dog fees have to be paid every year.


1. Find a dog-friendly apartment

Czechia is a very dog-friendly nation. So much so that we even created some of our own breeds! There’s the Bohemian wire-haired pointing griffon and the Czechoslovakian wolfdog just to name two. However, there is one group of people here that unfortunately isn’t very benevolent to dog owners. Landlords

Technically, it is against the law in the Czech Republic to evict tenants because they get a pet or even to put it in the lease as a condition. Yet, landlords can still evict you or decide to not extend your lease for a seemingly different reason. This is why it’s always better to find a home owned by a landlord who allows pets. So when you’re looking for an apartment, make sure to double-check and ask! Hiding a pet in the apartment without permission from the landlord is not worth it!!!

Another common option is to agree on a pet-deposit, which you’d pay to the landlord along with the regular deposit in case your dog destroys something in the apartment.


2. Walking your dog? Follow the rules.

The Czech Republic is very benevolent to dogs in public spaces. You can bring your dog to most cafés, cinemas, and workplaces. However, you need to keep some dog ownership rules in mind.

If you get a puppy, for example, it needs to have all of its vaccinations before it turns 6 months old and then you should re-vaccinate regularly. You also have to get your pooch chipped if it’s older than 6 months.

Dogs aren’t allowed in kids’ playgrounds and sandboxes. They also cannot run around without a leash in parks unless you’re in a special dog-friendly section of the park (you’ll see a sign in most parks).

It is also imperative that you pick up after your dog immediately after it’s pooped. Some parks will have poopy bags next to the bins if you forget your own home.


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3. Register and pay dog fees

You also need to pay yearly dog fees for any pooch you have. And yes, that also includes foreigners, just like the waste fees. To be more accurate, as long as you’re staying in Czechia for over 90 days and have a dog, you need to register it and then start paying.

Dog fees differ city from city and municipality from municipality, so the best course of action is to take a trip to your local municipality office and ask them. While you there, you can already get your pup registered and get everything over with. If you live in Brno, you can find more information on Brno Expat Center’s website. If you live in Prague and want more information, try looking here.

Want to learn more about Czechia’s relationship with pets and animals? Read our article about pet adoption.

Article sources: Brno Expat Center
Photo source: Nataliya Vaitkevich,

Tereza Walsbergerová

Hello! I'm Tereza and I'm a wordsmith and literature nerd from Brno. Although I was born and raised in the Czech Republic, I know all too well from my time living in Texas what it's like to be a "stranger in a strange land." I am excited to share all kinds of information with y'all!

4 thoughts on “Ruff Rules: 3 Things All Dog-Owners in Czechia Need to Keep in Mind

  1. Greetings Tereza,

    I would like to ask for advice regarding a problem with dog registration. I am an American and have been living in Cesky Krumlov for about 13 years.
    In April of 2015, I took ownership of a two month old dog and proceeded to pay the fee to register him with the city offices, received his prukaz and yellow dog tag with the number. The following year I received a letter saying I had to pay again for some remaining months of the year, and I paid it. At that time and up until now, I didn’t know that I was required to pay his registration every year. I never received anything in the mail, but my friend told me I should pay every year and it’s possible I have some large debt after not paying for most 7 years. Would you know anything about this situation or any advice how I should proceed.

    Thank you for any assistance,
    BD Vetter

    1. Hello, you must pay for your dog every year. For each municipality in the Czech Republic, the dog fee rates are slightly different. It’s about 1500 CZK per year. If you do not pay the fee, you may be fined up to three times the original amount.

      I found this page for you:,druh%C3%A9ho%20a%20ka%C5%BEd%C3%A9ho%20dal%C5%A1%C3%ADho%20psa

      The contact person can be found on this website. Contact them and I believe you will sort it out. 🙂

  2. Hello there, I would like to know if there is any legal prohibition in the Czech Republic that prohibits pets from using the private terrace of a ground floor apartment or the garden (of the apartment itself) for urination?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello, thank you for your question! There is no direct legal prohibition specifying the urination on a ground floor apartment or the garden, however you should consider the general pet ownership responsibilities and also to check your rental contract or talk to your landlord (if you’re renting it from) about the regulations.
      If you have any more specific questions or you need help with more legal issues, you can contact us at +420 533 533 787.

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