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CFIA Introduces New Import Requirements for Commercial Dogs Less than 8 Months (Breeding/Resale end use)

As you may know, CFIA has recently undertaken a review of its dog import requirements and will be implementing changes for commercial dogs under eight months of age that are imported for breeding and resale end use, effective May 15, 2021. The new rules, as outlined in CFIA’s announcement are intended to improve compliance with humane transport and animal health requirements.

Note: The requirements for importing personal dogs, and commercial dogs under other uses will not change.

The new requirements include:
  • Multiple entry permits will be replaced with single entry permits, and importers will have to specify the number of dogs to be imported.
  • Dogs will require rabies vaccination at least 28 days before export to Canada (with an exception for recognized breeders) and will need to be treated for internal and external parasites prior to export.
    Note: CFIA confirms that recognized breeders must have proof of their valid membership of the Canadian Kennel Club or another equivalent national breed association/club in Canada at the time of import permit application, to be exempt from the 28-day waiting period after the rabies vaccination. Recognized breeders may import puppies between two and four months and are limited to two dogs per permit and two permits per year.  
  • Importers will be required to provide information about the travel route from the country of origin to the final destination in Canada, including the airport or land border crossing that will be used to enter Canada. They will also be required to schedule a CFIA inspection at the airport or land border crossing where the animals will enter Canada before the shipment leaves the country of origin.
  • Importers transporting dogs by air must have a post-import quarantine facility that has been pre-approved by the CFIA available in case arriving animals require further inspection and/or quarantine.
    Note: The CFIA pre-approved quarantine location could include an existing kennel or home and must be large enough to house the number of dogs being imported. Specific criteria for quarantine facilities for commercial dogs less than eight months of age entering Canada by air will be available on the CFIA website prior to May 15.

The importation of unhealthy dogs into Canada continues to be an area of focus for CKC. We support CFIA’s efforts to strengthen dog import controls and look forward to continuing the dialogue on this important subject. CKC is also pleased to collaborate with CFIA to promote the benefits of making an informed choice when purchasing a dog and the advantages of buying a dog from an accountable CKC member breeder.

For further details about the new requirements, please visit the CFIA website, which will continue to be updated until the new requirements take effect on May 15, 2021.
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