IT IS NOW
ILLEGAL TO IMPORT
PUPPIES FOR RESALE
AT LESS THAN 6
MONTHS OF AGE!
In late May 2008, as part of the Food, Conservation and
Energy Act of 2008, Congress passed an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act
that makes it illegal
to import puppies for
resale if the puppies are less than
6 months old.
It makes NO difference:
whether the importer brings the puppy here and ships you the puppy from a U.S. address, or whether the importer
has the exporter ship the puppy directly to you from Europe.
IT IS STILL ILLEGAL!
In an attempt to deceive buyers
some of the importers are now saying that they are not importing, that they are just facilitating
purchases from sellers abroad. NONSENSE.
If someone in the U.S. is collecting money and arranging for you to get a puppy shipped to you from outside the U.S. that is
less than 6 months old, that person is the importer of the puppy and the
transaction IS ILLEGAL.
DO NOT be a party to helping puppy sellers violate the law.
DO NOT buy imported puppies under any circumstances.
There is a good reason why the law was passed: the reason is that many of the
imported puppies are sick and/or have serious genetic
defects that can cost you thousands of dollars
in veterinarian charges. The importers have caused many puppy deaths and untold heartache to hundreds of
DO NOT be the next victim.
DO NOT fall for the story that imported puppies
are better than domestically bred puppies. The truth is that there are good
breeders here and there are good breeders in Europe. However, good breeders do NOT wholesale puppies
to importers in other countries. The importers are buying puppies from abroad
for only one reason: they can buy the puppies cheaply from low cost countries
and resell them here at substantial profits to unwary buyers.
There are so many complaints on the Internet about problems with imported
puppies that most of the importers are now implying that their puppies are born
here. DO NOT
1. If a seller tells you that he or she is the breeder, GET IT IN WRITING!
2. If a website does not have the name and address of the seller, STAY AWAY.
There is a reason they don’t want you to know how to find them if things go
wrong. Make sure the seller’s name, address, telephone number and email address
are included in the sales agreement.
3. If the website says that the seller deals with partners who breed the dogs,
STAY AWAY. The seller is just reselling puppies from puppy mills. Whether they
are buying from foreign puppy mills or U.S. puppy mills makes no difference.
Those are not puppies you want to buy.
4. Read the sales agreement and health guarantee BEFORE putting down a deposit.
If the sales agreement and health guaranteee don’t sound fair, THERE IS A
REASON. That reason is that they are trying to defraud you. (For further
information, read the articles on our News and Info page that illustrate why
provisions common in importer/puppymill contracts are designed to make sure you
have no remedy if things go wrong.
5. BEFORE YOU GIVE ANYONE
a deposit, do a Google search and look for complaints by earlier buyers. Note,
though, that many of the sellers just change names when complaints about them
start turning up on the Internet, so not finding complaints is NOT necessarily
an indication that you are dealing with a reputable seller.
6. You are playing with fire by buying from ads in sites like TerrificPets.com,
PuppyFind.com and the like. No reputable breeders advertise on such sites. The
best way to find a puppy is to go to an AKC dog show and meet the breeders. The
second best way is to go to the website of the AKC parent club (e.g., Bulldog
Club of America, French Bulldog Club of America) and go to their breeder
7. If anyone tells you that their puppies are championship quality or show
quality, ask how many dogs they have personally shown to their championship and
ask for the names of the dogs. If they haven’t shown dogs to a championship, the
odds of your getting a championship quality dog from them are likely less than
the odds of your winning the lottery.