Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Dog (12 weeks and a few days old puppy)
Pet Breed: Rottweiler
To: Florida, USA
I'm getting a puppy from a very reputable breeder in Italy, and I just wanted to know the specific rules for bringing the puppy into Florida. I'm pretty sure an International Health Certificate stating the puppy is in good health and able to fly is one of them, and I'm thinking a certificate of Rabies vaccination shot is probably another one.
I'm not sure how many days before shipping this is necessary. Also, I don't think there's a quarantine for dogs, but please correct me if I'm wrong and send me the accurate information.
Truly appreciate it,
Thanks for the questions. Take a look at an overview of the pet import requirements for the United States; you're correct that you need a health certificate and proof of a current rabies vaccine, and no, there is no quarantine.
It will likely take just a few days to put this together (note that the health certificate needs to be issued within 10 days of departure), as the requirements for the US aren't nearly as strict as those for many other countries.
A couple more important things: be sure to choose a pet friendly airline (we often use United, Lufthansa and KLM), and double check that you have the right type/size crate for the puppy.
Also, for safety's sake, we do recommend that dogs be at least 16 weeks old before they fly. You mentioned that you're buying your puppy from a reputable breeder, but just in case other potential puppy-buyers are reading this, we'll go ahead and include a link discussing the warning signs of puppy scams. It's great if you're getting your dog from someone you trust, but be aware that there are lots of dishonest people out there attempting to sell dogs that don't exist.
Hope this helps, Jose. Please contact us for a quote if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door pet transportation services.
Good luck with everything!