Pets Guide for Expats and Global Nomads

Pets are popular in Paris, especially small ones. Many families have cats or small dogs that are more adaptable to apartment living than larger breeds. Occasionally, you will see a big dog strolling alongside his owner on the sidewalks, but it is rare. Birds are common, as are small rabbits and rodents, like guinea pigs and hamsters.

You won’t just see dogs on the sidewalks, either. They are in stores and restaurants, on the metro and in taxis. Dogs are welcome almost everywhere, with some exceptions. Most supermarkets and food stores do not permit dogs; there will be a sign on the door and sometimes a leash pole nearby to accommodate him while you shop. Usually bars, cafes and bistros will allow well-behaved dogs to accompany you inside and sit under the table, some will serve him water.

Paris is extremely welcoming to animals and walking your dog is a wonderful way to meet Parisians – many will stop to coo and strike up a conversation. It is acceptable to travel with your small animal, in a carrier or on a leash, almost everywhere. Small animals are allowed on the metro, buses and trains and most taxis accept pets under 5 kg (12 pounds) if they are in a carrier or seated on your lap. If you need to transport a bigger dog, call Taxi Canin at or

Veterinarians, pet shops, groomers, etc are plentiful and prices are comparable to services in most large cities. Special brands of pet food are easily obtained and many pet supply shops will deliver to your home for a small charge. Do keep in mind that French parks are not dog runs, and your pet must be kept firmly leashed at all times. Likewise, all stereotypes about Parisian sidewalks aside, you are legally bound to tidy up after your dog or at least guide him to the curb.