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Update on CFIA Dog Importation Requirements

Following the implementation of CFIA’s new commercial dog import requirements in May 2021 for dogs less than 8 months of age (for breeding, show/exhibition – permanent stay), CKC has been diligently working to reduce the regulatory barriers imposed by the new rules, for CKC members who legitimately import a few healthy dogs into Canada per year.     

To support our efforts, we have worked with internal and external subject matter experts to present strong recommendations to CFIA that would accommodate small-scale breeders and support CFIA’s efforts to improve the healthy and humane transport of animals and reduce the number of unhealthy dogs imported into Canada. 

They include:
  • Amending the commercial category
  • Amending the kennel of origin certificate criteria
  • Amending the quarantine criteria for imports by air

We have also made CFIA aware that since the new rules were implemented, our subject matter experts in the field have observed a significant decrease in commercial dog importations, while personal imports have dramatically increased, as importers find ways to circumvent requirements that remain logistically prohibitive.

Despite the continued efforts of CKC and our members, CFIA recently confirmed that they will continue to monitor dog imports, but do not plan to amend the import measures that were implemented in May 2021 for commercial dogs less than eight months of age.

To review the details about importing dogs into Canada, visit CFIA’s website. If you have questions about the new import measures or require assistance with importing a dog, please contact your local CFIA Animal Health Office.

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