Most pups send overseas need to be app. 4 months old before they can be shipped, some countries require 6 months of age + up to 120 days of quarantine after arrival in your country. I really don't like sitting on a puppy until it is 6 or 8 months of age and then sending it off - this is emotionally really difficult for me the older the pup gets.
Allow for a minimum of 7-8 weeks for boarding if you are purchasing a young puppy, depending on your country's import rules. [If we are prepping two same size/compatible pups for combined shipping, the weekly fee for two pups is $110].
In case of long term holding requirements and quarantines beyond the 4 month mark, the fee is @250/month and includes basic house breaking, crate training, some obedience training [name recall, leash walking, going out in public places, riding in the car, sit, recall etc.] plus feed and ongoing grooming.
Boarding + vet prep fees must be paid in advance for the months they occur in, with a final tally including the shipping expenses a week before we ship.
The prep work for international shipping requires usually 3-4 trips to the vet, in order to meet the import/export regulations. All vet expenses are estimates, and are subject to actual vet fees and your individual country requirements.
Trip#1: Litter or Individual Puppy Wellness Check - no Charge
Trip#2: Micro Chipping + Rabies @ 3 months: app. $100 [double that for pup#2]
Trip#3 [some countries require the tapeworm treatment to be separately done a few days prior to shipping and require a 4th trip]: is in most cases the Final vet check with tick/flea treatment + tapeworm treatment applied from the vet [wether the pup needs it or not], EU shipping paper prep, plus international health certificate for the airline: $100-150 subject to what actually needs to get done. [double that for pup#2]
shipped as commercial shipment [all pups traveling by themselves uncaccompanied are considered commercial shipments as far as the USDA is concerned] need to leave from Atlanta and the final
vet check, USDA approval and drop off @ the Atlanta airport all needs
to be accomplished within 24 hrs.
But realistically - - - it needs to be
done within 4-5 hrs to meet the time schedules for flights etc as the pup
needs to be dropped off 4-5 hrs pre-flight. That means that I am driving to Atlanta [app. 4 hrs oneway trip], depending on the actual appointment times either setting up overnight in a hotel near the USDA Office for a first morning appointment and then straight on to the airport for drop off, or driving up there early in the morning hours and then wait with the pup in a hotel until the drop off at the airport. Depending on the time of the USDA appointment and actual flight schedule, I may skip the hotel and bring another driver along to do some of the driving [we are talking about 10-12 hrs in the car]. If there is a long wait between the appts. or I need to be there first thing in the morning, I may need a hotel room. During the hot months [May through September] it will be too hot to stay for hours in a car without it constantly running the AC, and it is simply going to be too hot to be outside for any considerable amount of time for the pup [our furkids are raised inside our climate controlled home].
I will need to wait to confirm that there are no issues with the paperwork, recent policy changes, or delayed flights at the airport prior to shipping [that is another 4 hrs just sitting there to make sure all is fine] and then I have another 4 hr drive back home. This means I am gone longer than 24 hrs from home and will need to pay my help overtime to handle the dogs for me. Immaculate planing and scheduling is really important at this stage, as otherwise we may get turned away at the airport for one reason or the other and have wasted expenses if the pup cannot make the flight as scheduled. The $175 doesn't even come close to covering the time, hotel stay, meals and gas needed to drive back and forth and all over Atlanta, or to pay my kennel help to come back in the evening to check on the pups or spend the night at my home.
This later fee may be a lesser amount if the pup
does not need to be shipped commercially and you are flying in to pick him/her up in person. I am not sure about the USDA expiration date for non-commercial shipments [24 hrs for commercial shipment], so be sure to check with me for the actual fees if you are flying in to pick up in person, if I still need to drive to Atlanta to get the documents approved or to meet you there at the airport, the charge will be the same.
[There is no extra fee added for pup#2]
There is already a page with this subject here.
All of my merle poodles at this time are CKC registered - this is Continental Kennel Club, not Canadian. Here in the USA we have several other all breed kennel clubs other than the most well known AKC [American Kennel Club].
I'm sorry - that may also mean that in most cases you cannot register our merle poodles with your country's main registry, but you may be able to register with some of your other pet registries if your country has them. Some of our merle poodles go to poodle hybrid breeders such as CockerPoos, MaltiPoos, PekePoos, Aussiedoodles and Golden & Labradoodles for merle poodle hybrid babies, in which cases registry may not be an issue for your buyers. I believe that most of our dogs used for breeding overseas are simply named as american imports and copies of their pedigrees used in lieu of registration papers - at least for some of the hybrid breeders.
That said - there are AKC registered poodles available in the USA, but they were not available 7 years ago when I first started breeding merle poodles [and I had been seeing merle poodles for about 3-4 years prior to purchasing my first one myself], and I honestly don't feel like starting over again or cheating like some other breeders have done, in order to procure AKC papers :o). Sorry - not going there!
Some Genetic Testing is Available @ Purchaser's Expense.
I personally have not tested any of my dogs, other than very thorough exams from my veterinarians. Several of my puppies and adult dogs out of my breeding have been successfully tested at other breeders homes, with all of them passing their genetic tests, as far as I am aware off - at least I have not received any notice otherwise.
We have recently offered early prcd-PRA testing for puppies on the request and at the expense of the purchaser. This runs app. $300 for early micro chipping, blood work and testing [that reduces some of the vet trip#2 expenses, as at that time only a rabies shot @ 3 months is required]. If your chosen puppy should be affected, I will allow you to switch to a different puppy from a different litter and have it tested it at my expense.