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Ready to import a French Brittany? Not sure where to begin?

If you are bringing home a new French Brittany from overseas you will need to follow certain rules and regulations to import a dog into the United States. Importing a dog to the United States might seem like a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be.


Where to start the process for importing a French Brittany?

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What are the Requirements for Importing a French Brittany?

According to information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are several requirements to import a dog. All imported dogs must meet these requirements, regardless of whether they are entering the country for the first or fiftieth time. The CDC requires that all imported dogs must be healthy. Additionally, dogs imported to the U.S. must be vaccinated against rabies and have a valid certification of their rabies immunization. Imported dogs must have a current rabies vaccination or health certificate to prove the vaccination. The health certificate must include information, such as:

  • The dog owner’s name and contact information.

  • The dog’s breed, color, markings, sex, age and other identifying information.

  • The date the vaccine was given and the name of the vaccine administered.

  • The date the vaccine expires.

  • The name, contact information, license number, and signature of the veterinarian who gave the dog the vaccine.

Dogs will likely be denied entry to the U.S. at the port of entry if proof is rabies vaccination is unavailable or insufficient. Dogs will also be denied entry if they appear sick at the time of arrival. Dogs that appear sick at the time of arrival in the U.S. might be subject to further veterinary inspection by a licensed veterinarian at the owner’s expense. Dogs refused entry to the U.S. may be sent back to their country of origin.


Dogs and puppies can receive rabies vaccinations when they are three months of age. Puppies must be at least four months old to be imported into the U.S, as it takes 30 days for the first rabies vaccination to take effect and protect the dog.


Is a Permit Needed to Import a French Brittany?

According to information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), you will need a permit to import live animals, including dogs. To obtain an import permit for a live animal, you’ll need to complete application for VS-129. This form asks for data including the importers’ contact information, the animal’s country of origin, a physical description of the animal, the reason for import and more. You can either mail or email the completed application.


Shipping a French Brittany.

In addition to complying with all of the necessary requirements for importing, you also need to know how to ship a dog. Shipping a dog requires special care. The most common way dogs are shipped is by air. If someone is traveling with the imported dog, they will likely be on the same flight. This can be less stressful for the dog. If you need to ship your imported dog, there are several things to keep in mind.


Most airlines and shipping companies require proof of health and vaccination for dogs traveling by air. Paperwork should be accessible, up to date, and signed by a licensed veterinarian.


If you are shipping your pet by air, you will need a crate or kennel. It should be big enough for the dog to stand up, turn around and lie down. Make sure the following items are packed with your dog for shipping:

  • A collar with ID tags and registration information

  • A leash

  • A small bag of dog food

  • A small dish with ice

  • A picture of your pet with your contact information

  • Working with a logistics or shipping professional can help you manage shipping a dog.


Can I Import an Unimmunized French Brittany?

An unimmunized dog can be imported under certain circumstances. According to the CDC, an unimmunized dog has not received the rabies vaccination, was initially vaccinated when less than three months old, or was vaccinated less than 30 days before arrival in the U.S.


You must apply for a special import permit to bring an unimmunized dog into the U.S. The CDC might issue an unimmunized dog permit only if certain conditions are met. The permit allows unimmunized dogs to enter the U.S. According to the CDC, the permit includes a confinement agreement. This makes the permit a legal document stating that you will keep your dog confined until he is fully vaccinated against rabies. Confinement, as defined by the CDC, means keeping the dog indoors and isolated from people or other animals. The dog must also be kept on a leash and muzzled any time he leaves isolation.


Can I Import a French Brittany for Commercial Sale?

The import of dogs for sale, adoption and commercial purposes is regulated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Congress passed this legislation in 2008 and the USDA published it’s specific rules around the AWA in 2014. According to AWA regulations, all dogs imported for commercial sale or adoption must be:


  • Healthy

  • At least 6 months old

  • Vaccinated against rabies and diseases including parainfluenza virus (DHLPP), distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and leptospirosis.

Additionally, dogs imported for commercial sale must be accompanied by some important documents. This paperwork includes a health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin and an import permit issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The application for the permit requires information including the name and contact information for the person importing the dog, the number of dogs, the reason for importing the dogs and the date. To obtain the required permit, dog importers will need to contact the USDA or APHIS.


If you plan to resale the imported dog, you’ll need to follow other necessary rules under the AWA. Depending on the circumstances around the sale of dogs, you might need a special permit. The USDA issues three kinds of permits for the resale of dogs. A Class A License is for breeders; a Class B License is for brokers; and a Class C License is for exhibitors who show dogs. Situations in which you might need a license to sell imported dogs might include:


  • Importing dogs for wholesale for breeding, security or hunting.

  • Retail sales of dogs where the buyer, owner, and dog are not present together.

  • Sales of dogs for research purposes.

  • You won’t need a license if you plan to sell the imported dog at a place where you, the buyer and the dog can be together.


Can I Travel Internationally with a French Brittany?

If you are leaving the U.S. with your dog, you’ll have to follow CDC import regulations when returning to the country. There are many circumstances in which you might cross the border with your dog. Maybe you are planning a family trip to Canada and would like to take the dog. Maybe you need to bring your service dog on an international trip.


The CDC recommends checking with the U.S. embassy or consulate in the country you are visiting to make sure you are following all of that country’s rules and regulations. Additionally, the CDC recommends checking with the USDA to follow proper export procedures before you leave the country with your dog. These rules are in place to protect your pet and prevent the spread of disease.


Are you driving across U.S. borders into Canada or Mexico with your dog? You’ll need to follow the same import rules set by the CDC regarding proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate upon your return.


Are you flying with your dog? Again, you’ll need to follow the same CDC regulations regarding rabies vaccines and certification. Dogs that travel by air are usually transported as baggage. If your dog doesn’t require quarantine at entry, you would pick up your dog with your luggage at baggage claim. You would then go through customs, and if necessary, recheck the dog and baggage for the flight to the final destination. When going through customs, you must declare your dog on your declarations form.


Do I Need a Customs Bond to Import a French Brittany?

You might need a Customs Bond to import a dog to the U.S. According to information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), you are required obtain a customs bond when you are importing at least $2,500 in goods or when the imported items are subject to another agency’s requirements. Purebred dogs can be pricey, so it’s possible you might reach this monetary value when importing a dog. Additionally, imported dogs are subject to the rules and regulations of the CDC and USDA. This means a customs bond is likely required when importing a dog.


A customs bond is an import bond that promises payment of duties and taxes to the U.S. government upon the import of goods and commodities.


You can choose between two kinds customs bonds. The option you select will likely depend on how often you import goods, in this case, dogs.


Custom bond types include:

  • Single entry bonds.

  • Continuous entry bonds.

The differences between the bonds are fairly straightforward. A single entry customs bond covers one import shipment into the U.S. On the other hand, a continuous bond is valid for one year and covers all imports into the U.S. within the year. The type of bond you choose to import a dog depends on how often you plan on importing.


If you are working with a Licensed Customs broker to import a dog, it’s important to note that you might be eligible to use the broker’s bond. You Licensed Customs Broker can answer any questions you might have about single entry and continuous bonds.


Can I Register my Imported French Brittany (Brittany) with the AKC?

If your purebred imported dog meets special qualifications, your dog might be eligible for registration in the American Kennel Club stud book. This can help breeding dogs maintain pedigrees. According to the AKC, dogs can be eligible for certification if they:


  • Are of a breed that is eligible for registration. You can view official AKC dog breeds online.

  • Were registered in their country of birth with an approved Foreign Registry Organization.

  • Their application is accompanied with an official copy of the dog’s three-generation pedigree.

  • The foreign registration and AKC registration shows identical ownership.

  • The dog has been identified with either a microchip or tattoo before it can be registered.

  • The CDC does not have any additional regulations for dogs to be used for breeding or commercial purposes.

Some helpful links, websites, and companies we use when importing French Brittanys.


Premier Pet Travel- was founded in 2008 and is directed by Lucy and her husband James. Both are owners and lovers of animals that make pet welfare their priority, just as Lucy has extensive previous experience in the pet travel industry, which makes it a successful and knowledgeable business. Premier Pet Travel, a registered IATA Cargo agent, is located near the Malaga airport on the Costa del Sol.


With more than 20 years of experience in pet care and travel, we offer an unparalleled individual and personalised service that will eliminate the worry and effort to move your pet so you can enjoy your trip and await their arrival. With Premier Pet Travel you can be rest assured that all your pet’s needs will be taken care of. We have handled the export and import of animals for many years to and from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia, South Africa, the Far East and South America.


We can also take care of all the veterinary requirements of your pets if needed so they can travel anywhere in the world. https://premierpettravel.com/


Coppersmith- global logistics- is full service international logistics partner specializing in Customs Brokerage, international freight forwarding and door to door logistics. With offices in all major U.S. gateways and a network of agents throughout the world, Coppersmith provides complete import and export shipping services.


From a single carton airfreight shipment to complete supply chain management, Coppersmith has the experience and expertise to provide you with the best shipping solution. At Coppersmith we understand that your animals are like family and want to be treated with the utmost care in transit. Whether you’re moving your beloved fur-family members or other live animals, we treat all live cargo with the same consideration we’d give to our own family. We work to ensure that your pet is processed through the governmental authorities in the most efficient way possible. We know that any international travel is a stress on both the animal and owner, so delays in release of a loved one is the last thing you need. We work closely with the importer to assure all information is correct and complete prior to loading, then electronically file for release before your pet even arrives. Offices nationwide enable us to process the necessary paperwork in most international airports (where CBP and CDC operate). Please refer to our Importer Document Packet for lists of required documents, clearance forms, and office locations. Ask us about our UA Petsafe Clearance Program. https://www.coppersmith.com/

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