Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals applies to the cross-border movement of pet animals into Member States. It does not apply to the movement of such animals within one Member State.
Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 establishes a list of animal species to which harmonised animal health requirements apply when animals of those species are kept as pet animals and moved for non-commercial purposes. This list takes account of their susceptibility to or role in the epidemiology of rabies.
Dogs, cats and ferrets are animals of species susceptible to rabies and are listed in Part A of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013.
Pending the adoption of Union rules for the non-commercial movement of animals of the species listed in Part B of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013, national rules apply.
The maximum number of pet animals (dogs, cats or ferrets) which may be moved for non-commercial purposes cannot exceed 5.
By way of derogation, the maximum number may exceed 5 only where all of the following conditions are met:
- the movement is for the purpose of participating in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or in training for such events
- written evidence is provided that the animals are registered either to attend an event or with an organisation organising such events
- the animals are more than six months old.