Moving a Large Dog to the United Kingdom

Hi PetRelocation,

Can you please give me an approximate quote to get our dog to UK? My son moved there and now wants his dog with him. The dog is tall but not husky. Nothing has been done to prepare the dog for this journey.

Thank you,



Hi Mona,

Thanks for your question -- international pet travel certainly requires quite a bit of careful planning and we're happy to help start you in the right direction. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United Kingdom to find out about health rules, vaccines and paperwork.

Choosing the right travel crate and helping your son's dog get used to it before it's time to depart is a huge part of planning a safe trip. Here are some pet crate training tips (they apply to dogs and cats) as well as some information about how to choose the right travel crate. If your son's dog is pretty tall, a custom crate may be required. (Height determines the size of the crate more than weight does.)

Additionally, here are a few additional international pet travel tips for you to peruse. As you'll see, it's also important to choose a pet friendly airline when arranging the trip -- we often use British Airways for pets going between the US and the UK, as they have an established pet safe program.

As for price, this will vary depending on a few factors. Doing the move yourself will be less expensive, but you can still plan to spend a few hundred dollars. Hiring professional assistance will make the process less stressful but significantly more expensive.

If you think you'd like some help carrying out this relocation, you're welcome to fill out our pet travel consultation form. With a few details, a pet travel specialist will be able to advise you about your move options and provide a more precise quote.

Thanks again for reaching out, Mona. Good luck getting your son's dog over to him!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Mona
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: German Shepherd/Boxer mix (large dog)
From: MI, USA
To: UK


PetRelocation Team




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