A number of people have asked about our dogs – whether we bought them with us from the UK or got them here. So thought I would briefly talk about having a dog in Fuerteventura and give the legal requirements for having dogs in Fuerteventura. I did post about how we got the dogs here – https://www.jpinfuerteventura.com/categories/dogs/our-dogs/
Legally each dog must have a passport, be micro-chipped and have a Rabies jab. Unfortunately so many locals don’t do this and neither do they have their dogs neutered – but nothing seems to happen to them.
You have to have your dogs on a lead at all times, apart from in a dog park. This doesn’t seem to apply to locals. Dogs are not allowed on a beach, except for a designated dog beach. These are few and far between – if you can call them a beach anyway. Having said that, plenty of people do take their dogs on beaches. Particularly the locals – are you seeing a pattern here?
Travelling With Your Dog to Fuerteventura
To answer the questions “Can I take my dog to Fuerteventura?” or even “Can I take my dog to the Canary islands?” then yes you can, but at a cost.
If you own property in the Canary islands and are on the Padron you can take advantage of the 75% residents discount on the ferries which can save a fortune.
By Air to Fuerteventura
Flying to/from the UK, dogs have to travel on a scheduled flight (which means British Airways, Iberia or Monarch I think) and they can only fly into or out of an airport with an animal reception centre. I think this means Gatwick, Heathrow or Manchester. Because of this the dogs go airfreight which costs a fortune. Dogs flying to Germany, Holland, Belgium etc travel as baggage with a passenger. Generally the cost is about the same as the passenger pays which could be as little as 39€. Small dogs can even travel in the cabin, in a suitable carry bag. I have heard of people flying to Belgium or Holland and being met by someone who has travelled by road across the Channel, which works out much cheaper.
By car and ferry
It is possible to travel by car and ferry here with your dog, driving through France and Spain and getting the ferry from Cadiz. The service is operated by Transmediterraneas and details can be found on their website.
A viewer of my videos etc has sent me some photos about this ferry route which he has taken with his dog a few times. This is what he said and the photos – thanks John!
“Here are a few photos on board the Albayzin ferry from Cadiz-Arrecife this year clearly showing the kennels (the hotel Transylvania) on the open deck where the the dogs can be exercised every 2 hrs until midnight . The kennels re open at 8am. The kennels also have wifi cameras which you can view on your phone. Doesn’t work on iPads. Water and pooper bags available in the kennels. This years crossing took 32hrs with a return cost of approximately €1200 for two adults, 1 dog and a 6m camper van on board meals are included. We didn’t get a cabin as the cost was ridiculous and are not available in pet friendly options (no matter what the website says)”
There is a new Fred Olsen ferry starting between Huelva in Spain and the Canary Islands which has 34 covered kennels. You can visit the dogs during the voyage. Details can be found here – Fred Olsen Huelva-Canary Islands.
There are also specialist animal transportation companies which can arrange to transport dogs (and cats) from the UK here and vice versa.
UPDATE: January 2020
Fred Olsen have introduced a limited number cabins where your dog can spend the night with you. This is currently on the crossings carried out by the ship “Marie Curie”. For further details see post on their Facebook page – Dog Friendly Cabins
There are so many dogs needing good homes here that finding a rescue dog is certainly not difficult. Fuerteventura Dog Rescue, run by volunteers, does s great job but it is an uphill battle.
Fuerteventura Dog Rescue: Facebook Page