Purchasing a puppy from another country:
Things you should know before purchasing a puppy from another country:
- For most
countries, importing a puppy into the US will require a puppy to be vaccinated against
rabies at the age of 3 months, and then shipped at 4 months of age.
- The cost of puppy will vary depending on age and
weight at the time of shipping. Be
advised there is a difference in Euros and Dollars. Be sure to check the exchange rate.
- The cost of transporting may include the need for an import
broker, if the puppy comes into a major airport and you are not there to accept
delivery, or it is being shipped to your local airport on a different flight.
- Some airlines charge a handling fee up to
$50.00, this is separate from the transport costs.
- Check to be sure the breeder’s kennel is an FCI
(Federation Cynologique Internationale) member, and they are prepared to send a
Certified FCI pedigree with or after the puppy is shipped.. An export pedigree is NOT the same. You can also ask them to email you a copy of
the puppy’s FCI pedigree prior to purchase.
- Ask the breeder if there are any health
guarantees on the puppy?
- Have you researched the parents of the puppy to
see if health testing was done, minimum should be hip dysplasia testing.
- Do the parents of the puppy have any
conformation and/or working titles or certifications.