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Interesting Dog Facts Around the World

What do you do when your pupper looks at the door with his doe eyes and wagging tail imploring you to take him for a walk ? You put him on a leash and get out for some fresh air.

Well, it may not be as easy a job if you were in the following countries! 

In a world where our canine companions wag their way into our hearts, it's no surprise that societies worldwide have developed a plethora of laws and regulations to ensure the well-being, safety, and sometimes even the quirkier aspects of our four-legged friends. 

It comes as new research conducted by pet insurance provider Petsure has revealed some of the most unusual dog laws that could land pet parents with fines or even jail time.

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Below is a look at the list in full, starting with Germany.

Germany: From rats to Rottweilers, pets in Germany contribute towards the economy. Pet parents pay a monthly tax based on the size of their pet. The larger the pet, the bigger the tax. Small canines are becoming more popular among money-savvier residents. This is because any dog weighing under ten pounds is taxed the same as a rodent.

Italy: In the city of Turin, you are required to walk your dog at least three times a day or risk a hefty fine. If you find yourself in Rome with a pooch in tow, this is a great way to get out there and explore…and avoid that 650 Euro fine.

Switzerland : In order to have a dog in Switzerland it is mandatory to pass a test and take a practical training class. If you are a first-time dog owner, you have to take a theoretical class on top of the practical training classes as well.

China : China enforces a one-dog policy, in which every family is restricted to one dog, should they choose to have one. Additionally, all dogs must be under 14 inches of height to satisfy the condition. As they say, the bigger the better doesn’t quite apply here! 

Sweden : In Sweden, any dog attending a daycare center must be able to look out of a sunlit window. In contrast to laws that can be difficult to make sense of, this one is rather looking out for the welfare of the dog.

Saudi Arabia: In Saudi Arabia, walking a dog in public is illegal. Working dogs – such as guard, hunting, and service dogs - are the only dogs you’ll see.

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