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Importing a dog

I think I have finally found my future dog . It currently lives in Poland with its breeder and it is 6 months old.

I checked the BVET website and they tell me:
1. The dog needs to be chipped
2. It has to have an international passport (ID)
3. It has to have valid rabies vaccination (the dog has to be vaccinated 21 days before leaving Poland)
4. I need to register the dog with the Swiss customs -- do I need to do it when crossing the border / at the airport in Zurich (I'm not sure yet if I'll be going by car or by plane) or can I do it later? Do I need a bill from the breeder as a proof how much the dog is worth and in case I need to pay VAT (how much may that be?)?

My breeder tells me:
1. The dog has to have an export pedigree (whatever that means, maybe a pedigree translated to English?)
2. The dog has to have valid rabies vaccination and go through the quarantine; maybe it has to get an antibodies test?
3. A vet has to examine the dog max. 3 days before it leaves the country
4. It's possible that I need a certificate that the dog's tail was not docked (it's a corgi and they are born sometimes with tails, and sometimes without)

A friend of mine did import a dog from Poland as well, but he also filled some kind of a form where he attested what type of animal he's going to import. Was that necessary?

I'm completely confused, I don't want to miss anything. Any help? Do all the documents have to be translated?
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Re: Importing a dog

There is lots of information on the subject, do a quick search on EF and you should be able to reduced the list of questions.

You have not mentioned the breed. If it is something "special" you will want to make sure you can legally import it and second, have it in the Canton where you live. There is a long list of what are considered aggressive dogs. You want to make sure the breed you chose is not on the list.
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I did mention the breed, it's corgi . Not on the list.
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I've not heard of a quarrintine to enter Switzerland. That was the case for the UK.
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Re: Importing a dog

Heksita, as mentioned there are tons of threads where this information has already been given - but to get you started, here is the BVet app that shows you everyting you need to know:

http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en

As for the 'export pedigree' - Is the breeder referring to the EU Passport, or to the FCI document needed to register the dog within the breed club of the SKG, should you wish to become involved in the show or KC world?

Any dog coming from the EU/CH will have an EU pet passport - this is simply a document (in booklet form) where you record the dog's microchip number, a description of the dog, your info, and then going forward to keep record of the dog's vaccination schedule, stamped by your vet. You use this at the border to show that your dog is vaccinated according to Swiss import rules.

The latter is a document that has nothing to do with importing a dog, but rather with registration in the SKG, the Swiss kennel club. This is only important if you wish to become active in that world. This isn't my thing at all (I have rescue dogs) so hopefully someone with personal knowledge of what is required will come along.

You will definitely need a document attesting to a natural tail if your dog's tail looks as if it might have been docked. (If it was docked, though, you may not import the dog under any circumstances, as you do not qualify for the exemption.) You will need to keep that certificate safe, as you will need it any time you cross the CH border.

There is no quarantine or blood test, your breeder is confused. (FYI, even the UK has relaxed it's waiting period/quarantine laws since 1 Jan 2012.)

If you have any questions, contact the BVet. They have always been very helpful, and are happy to respond in English if you are not comfortable in German/French.

All the best to you and your new dog!



And... have you taken the SKN theory course yet?

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Re: Importing a dog

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Heksita, as mentioned there are tons of threads where this information has already been given - but to get you started, here is the BVet app that shows you everyting you need to know:

http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en
I know there are many topics regarding importing a dog, but my main case was confusion and misinformation I get from various sources.

I've seen that website already, I really like it .

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As for the 'export pedigree' - Is the breeder referring to the EU Passport, or to the FCI document needed to register the dog within the breed club of the SKG, should you wish to become involved in the show or KC world?
Honestly, I'm not sure. I think the latter, as the dog has the passport already.

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You will definitely need a document attesting to a natural tail if your dog's tail looks as if it might have been docked. (If it was docked, though, you may not import the dog under any circumstances, as you do not qualify for the exemption.) You will need to keep that certificate safe, as you will need it any time you cross the CH border.
I actually found a PDF on the BVet website regarding such documents and it's soooo confusing! I understand they are cautious, but I read there that "a simple confirmation from a vet is not enough". Ugh. I sent them an email, I hope they'll answer tomorrow.

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There is no quarantine or blood test, your breeder is confused. (FYI, even the UK has relaxed it's waiting period/quarantine laws since 1 Jan 2012.)
Good to know!

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Oh yes, I have !
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Re: Importing a dog

In case sb is in similar situation, this is what I found out regarding dogs with congenitally short tails:

There is a PDF on the BVet's website with a paragraph:

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Are the same rules applicable for dogs with congenitally short tails or with a tail / ear amputated after an accident as for docked dogs?

For practical reasons, the bans on docked dogs also apply in principle to all these other dogs. Only after the veterinary office in your canton of residence has made an appropriate entry in the pet ID are such dogs regarded as legal.

If you want to import a dog with a congenitally short tail or with an amputated tail / ear, please contact the Federal Veterinary Office. To prevent docked dogs being brought illegally into Switzerland under the guise of a medical indication, owners of such dogs must furnish watertight evidence for the FVO actually to recognize the congenitally short tail / amputated tail or the amputated ear. To this end, a medical report on the need for the amputation or on the presence of a congenital defect is absolutely essential. A simple statement by a veterinarian is not sufficient for this. The report must clearly show beyond any doubt that the short tail is a congenital defect or that the amputated tail/ear is the result of a medically indicated intervention.
That means that BEFORE I import a dog I have to send them:
1. A passport copy
2. X-Rays with visible tail bones
3. A statement from a vet stamped by official authority, translated to German

Then they will asses if this dog was indeed born with a congenitally short tail and give me (hopefully!) a permit to import.



Oh my...
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Re: Importing a dog

Why are you going to all this trouble? There are plenty of good, legal, dogs in dog rescue homes here.
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Why are you going to all this trouble? There are plenty of good, legal, dogs in dog rescue homes here.
Because I already found THE dog and became emotionally connected. And besides that, I like this particular breed. Its size fits me as well as its character, and not to mention it's super cute .
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Re: Importing a dog

be careful, there are a lot of scams happening with dogs, i take it you will need to send money for the dog, flight, etc before you actually see it? will you actually ever see it? just saying
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