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How to Legally Purchase a Puppy from A & A's Chihuahuas in New York and Bring It to Canada

Welcome to Alfheim - Andromeda Chihuahuas! We are thrilled you are considering adding one of our beloved Chihuahuas to your family. We understand that importing a puppy from the U.S. to Canada involves several steps, so we've compiled this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process.

Step 1: Choose Your Puppy

Select your perfect Chihuahua puppy from Alfheim - Andromeda Chihuahuas. Our puppies are microchipped and vaccinated twice before leaving our care at 10 weeks, ensuring they are healthy and ready for their new homes.

Step 2: Health and Vaccination Requirements

Before your puppy can travel to Canada, it must meet specific health and vaccination requirements:

  • Rabies Vaccination: Puppies over three months old must have a valid rabies vaccination administered at least 30 days before entry into Canada. Puppies younger than three months are exempt from this requirement.

  • Other Vaccinations: Our puppies are vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.

Step 3: Obtain a Health Certificate

A USDA-licensed veterinarian will issue a health certificate for your puppy 48 hours before travel to ensure it is valid for entry into Canada. This certificate confirms the puppy's health and includes all vaccinations and the microchip number. This additional vet visit incurs an extra charge, which the buyer must cover.

Step 4: Prepare for Transport

Arrange safe and comfortable transport for your puppy. Whether traveling with your puppy or using a pet transport service, ensure all necessary documentation is ready, and the transport complies with humane standards.

Step 5: Border Crossing Documentation

When crossing the border, you will need to present the following documents to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA):

  • A valid rabies vaccination certificate (if applicable).

  • The veterinary health certificate is issued within 48 hours of travel.

  • Proof of ownership and purchase details.

Step 6: Inspection at the Border

Upon arrival in Canada, the CBSA will inspect your puppy and its documentation. The inspection ensures the health certificate and vaccination records are in order. An inspection fee of approximately $30 CAD for the first pet and $5 CAD for each additional pet will apply. If further inspection is needed, a CFIA veterinarian may evaluate your pet for an extra fee​ (CBSA)​​ (CIC News)​​ (CBSA)​.

Step 7: Duty and Taxes

While there are generally no import duties for pets entering Canada from the U.S., a border services officer will determine the final amount of applicable duties and taxes. This amount can vary based on several factors, including the puppy’s value and your province of residence (CBSA) (Clearit) (CIC News).

Step 8: Follow-Up Care

Once your puppy arrives at your home, schedule a follow-up visit with your veterinarian. This ensures your new pet's health and helps establish a record with a local vet.

Additional Tips

  • Plan Ahead: Ensure all paperwork and vaccinations are completed on time.

  • Stay Informed: Regulations can change, so always check the latest import requirements from the CFIA and CBSA.

  • Professional Help: Consider hiring a customs broker or using a pet transport service for professional assistance.

Contact Us

We are here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at Alfheim - Andromeda Chihuahuas. We look forward to helping you bring home your new furry family member!

For more detailed information, refer to the CFIA Pet Import Guide and consult your local CFIA office if necessary.

Happy puppy hunting!


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