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My agility friend forwarded this, knowing that I looked at Arreau when I was searching for a puppy. I had a great conversation with Cherie but decided against dealing with the import process for puppies. My friend brought a bearded collie in from Canada with a confinement agreement.

Here’s the new info:

Just got this information in email from the CKC:
Important Update to CDC Dog Importation Policyholders for Dogs Entering U.S. from Canada. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed CKC that they have updated their policy for dog owners and importers seeking to bring a dog into the United States. The new policy focuses on high-risk countries for dog rabies and aims to reduce the burden on dog owners and importers of dogs from countries not considered high risk.

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The most significant change to dogs entering the U.S. from Canada is that Canada will now be considered canine rabies virus variant free when importing a dog into the U.S. Dogs coming from low-risk or rabies–free countries are not required to be fully immunized or have a rabies vaccination certificate to enter the United States. This means is that a rabies vaccination certificate will no longer be required and CDC are no longer issuing unimmunized dog permits for dogs from Canada.

However, when travelers enter the United States with their dogs, they must provide written or oral statements that their dogs lived in a low-risk or rabies–free country for at least 6 months (or since birth) prior to arrival. Also note that, even if your dog is coming from a rabies free country, dogs may still be denied entry if they appear sick, or are known to have a communicable disease.

Other Regulations
In addition to CDC regulations, you will have to comply with US Department of Agriculture and your destination state’s regulations, which are often more strict than federal regulations. Please be aware that dogs imported for commercial (i.e.resale) purposes have additional requirements from USDA. To avoid disappointment at the border, breeders that transport dogs to the US are encouraged to confirm all importation rules and regulations prior to finalizing a contract with puppy buyers.

For more information about CDC’s import regulations, view www.cdc.gov/…/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-…/dogs.html.
 

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You cannot even imagine how delighted I am! We got this news yesterday via an email from the CKC. This is how it used to be before they implemented this CDC confinement agreement nonsense a few years ago. So, this changes a lot for me. If I decide I want to keep a puppy a little longer to see if he/she is all I want in my breeding program, now I do not have to wait until he/she is over five months old, has had a rabies shot, waits thirty days after the shot and then send him/her across the border. Potential puppy families do not feel intimidated by the CDC agreement process. Needless to say... this is fabulous news for Canadian breeders, some who have sadly already thrown in the towel when this became our new reality.
 
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