Number of Pets: one
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bluetick Coonhound
From: United States
To: Northern Ireland
Is the preparation time the same as for England, which is about 3 months? What is the cost to take the dog to Belfast?
The overall costs will depend on a few factors (the size of your dog, where you're departing from, etc.), but you can probably expect to spend $2000 USD or more when the process is all said and done.
Handling the move completely on your own will keep prices lower, so take a look at the pet import requirements for Ireland to find out what you'll need to do. The United States is considered a "Qualifying Lower Risk" country, so the rabies vaccination must be administered at least 21 days before departure.
Hope this helps, Sheila. Good luck with everything!