Maybe you’ve been considering growing your family by four furry feet for a while or you’re just beginning to do the research to bring you closer to your “furever” friend. In any case, it’s important to know what information you should know about your dog before you bring them home.
Whether you’re buying or adopting a dog from a reputable breeder, a local shelter or rescue organization, closely consider this list of essential information to ensure protection for yourself and your pet – especially if your dog is coming to you from another country.
What to Ask for Before Bringing Your Dog Home
Reputable purebred breeders will provide owners with essential documentation, such as their puppy’s pedigree and proof of health clearances, but in some cases, dog owners will have to ask for specific information.
If you’re bringing home a dog from a breeder, local shelter, or rescue organization, ask for:
- The dog’s vaccination records and other veterinary medical history
- Information about where the dog was located before coming to you
- Details about policies on returns or assistance with medical bills if health issues are found after bringing the dog home
Importing Dogs from Another Country
Although there are strong animal health requirements for the commercial import of dogs that are less than 8 months of age in Canada, it’s possible that dogs may have been exposed to other diseases or parasites that are not obvious prior to import, or where they are kept before being sold after their arrival.
Import permits vary depending on your location, but in most cases, documentation will be required showing that each animal:
- Has been microchipped or tattooed
- Has been vaccinated for rabies (if older than 3 months) and vaccinated for canine distemper, hepatitis, parvo virus, and parainfluenza
- Was born in a kennel that participates in a program approved and supervised by the government of the country of origin or a kennel certified by an official veterinary inspector
Be Cautious About Importing Dogs from Other Countries
Buyer, beware! Owners that choose to import a dog they have never met from a broker or breeder they have no experience with should proceed with caution.
In many cases, owners end up unintentionally supporting puppy mills or wind up with sick dogs – and the outcomes can be heartbreaking.
How to Find a Reputable Breeder Near You
If you’re looking to find a puppy a little closer to home, register for a free PuppyViewer account to search for responsible, ethical purebred breeders near you. You can rest assured that every breeder on PuppyViewer has undergone a thorough vetting process to ensure dogs are properly and ethically bred and cared for before they’re welcomed into your family, and our list of approved breeders is growing every day!
With PuppyViewer, each puppy’s relevant details are at your fingertips – medical records, pedigree details, and health clearances can be reviewed by you and your veterinarian in advance, and you can view pictures and video footage of puppies and their kennels. By the time you see your puppy in person, you’ll know exactly what to expect – all you need to do is fall in love!