Culturally, the French absolutely love their dogs, but bureaucratically, there are few places where you can bring your dog without being chastised by the local police. France still has some issues with their dog laws, and dogs are typically not allowed to the majority of the places there.
There are no dog parks in France, and almost all of their beaches ban dogs from visiting throughout the year.
However, the big cities are still great places to bring your dog to, particularly within Paris, Cannes, and Marseille. Here are some of the things you can watch out for when taking your dogs to France:
Take Your Dogs On Holiday to France
There are many dog boutiques
In France, especially in Paris, you can find many dog boutiques so if you are looking for natural dog food
, you can easily find them along the corner. More and more dog owners are choosing environmentally friendly, cruelty free dog food made out of natural ingredients. Healthy dog food is something that you can find everywhere in France.
You can also buy pet accessories and other things, but the majority will be for small breed dogs. The majority of city dwellers do not have the space for a big house, so many of them live in apartments that only have enough space for a small breed of dog.
There are dog friendly restaurants and hotels
You are allowed to take your dogs into restaurants and hotels for the most part. Most restaurants allow you to bring your dog as long as it is on a leash and that it does not bark or jump on people. Small dogs are often required to be inside a carrier bag to make sure that they stay out of the way.
About 50% of hotels in Paris allow dogs inside, but you will have to make sure that your pet is completely vaccinated and that you keep it clean – naturally, you do not want them soiling the carpets. I suggest that you bring a training pad to prevent your dog from making a mess.
You can ride the Métro and buses
Most small dogs are allowed to ride the Métro and go on a bus ride provided that they are placed inside a carrier. If the dog is too large for a carrier, they are allowed to go on a train or bus ride if they are muzzled and on a leash.
I suggest buying a nice muzzle for your dog just in case, as this will be a requirement in many public places in France. Note that you will be required to buy your dog its own bus ticket, at discounted child fare rates.
Of course, in France, many places are off limits to dogs, but the regular streets are just fine. Sure, there are no dog parks, but there are always other places to visit. I love bringing my toy poodle along and having her sit on my lap while enjoying a nice cup of cappuccino. In my opinion, France is still friendlier towards dogs than most places in the UK.