Impoting a 3 month old puppy to Spain
Posted: 19 February 2012 04:29 AM  
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Hello everyone. I hope this is the right place to post about this.

I am awaiting a new addition to the family, a puppy this spring. I am getting it from a lady in Poland. I have not imported or brought any pets abroad before, so I have read anything and everything I have come across regarding this. I know that the puppy has to be minimum 3 months old when brought in to the country, which it will be, and it has to be up to date on vaccinations. But what exactly does that mean? As far as I know, some vaccines are not recommended as early as at 3 months old. Can the puppy still be imported to Spain with all the vaccines that is recommended at their age, and then be given the rest at a later time? For example Rabies is not recommended before 6 months old?

Any experience or knowledge about importing a young puppy is highly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance,

Sofia.

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Posted: 19 February 2012 02:22 PM  
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Plenty of dogs looking for a good home in Spain, why give yourself the potential problems?

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Posted: 19 February 2012 07:25 PM  
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I am well aware of the tragic situation here in Spain, and I have looked at several of my local shelters for a dog that would be suitable for us. The fact that we have a very small space and both me and my husband are very allergic to most dogs, we have to get a dog that we know will be ok for us. 

Does anyone have any information or experience to share with me?

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Posted: 21 February 2012 03:23 PM  
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Hi Sofia.
I know you have had a mixed reaction to your question on a number of expat forums and not much advice, so, even though I haven’t imported a puppy to Spain, I will try my best to answer your actual question.
In Spain, the rabies jab is given as early as 12 weeks and is a requirement for all dogs. All dogs also require an ID chip and treatment for worms and tics and of course paperwork, usually in the form of a passport, to show this.

Our vet here in Spain likes to vaccinate puppies in three stages, the last stage ending at around 12 weeks old and including insertion of the identity chip. Worming tablets are given at all stages. This third vaccination used to be followed by a rabies jab about two weeks later.
However, when we took our latest puppy for her vaccinations, the third vaccine included the rabies jab as well as the chip, so by three months all her vaccinations and ID were up to date.
So to import your puppy into Spain, she or he will need all vaccinations done, plus chip inserted, plus treatment for worms and tics and paperwork or passport to show this.

Hope that helps.  grin

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Posted: 15 April 2012 12:13 PM  
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grin Hi
I wondered if anybody knew of somebody who breds Jack Russell puppies in Tenerife, would be happy to have a cross bred Jack Russell either?

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Posted: 16 April 2012 09:50 AM  
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Sparkle…

Before you consider buying a puppy from any source consider this…
9 out of every 10 dogs born never have a home…
Please…don’t support puppy farms or those that see puppy breeding as a source of income…

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Posted: 18 April 2012 12:22 PM  
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Hi
Appreciate the answer. I am aware of what goes on. In the UK ALL the dogs I owned where from rescue homes not really sure where the rescue homes are here in the canaries think there may be one in Tenerife. In the Uk I had a house and 3 acres of land so I could keep more than one dog and it didn’t matter what size they were. I now live on a yacht so have to be specific on type of dog that will fit in with the lifestyle. Also need a puppy as it will have to be trained and get used to living on a boat.Would be happy to get a rescue puppy doesn’t have to be pedigree in fact would prefer if it wasn’t.  long face

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Posted: 18 April 2012 01:55 PM  
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Sparkle Hi…

Would be happy to get a rescue puppy doesn’t have to be pedigree in fact would prefer if it wasn’t.

Really happy to see that… In our tiny little house in inland Granada we have 9 dogs; all shapes and sizes, all of whom are rescues; the two biggest are a Greyhound (RSPCA) and a Saluki (Saluki Rescue) that we brought with us from England, the smallest (and noisiest) is a Chihuahua look alike, 3 of the others are Podenco Andaluces, and the other two are two small black Scottie terrier lookalikes. All of the Spanish dogs were abandoned in our village… our doggy story…

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Done a bit of digging and found the following links to some rescue organisations in the Canaries…

http://www.livearico.org/ (Tenerife)

http://saraprotectora.org/eng/  (Lanzarote)

http://www.apram-hunde-teneriffa.de/ (Tenerife)

http://www.adoptaunamigoengrancanaria.org/index.php?title=About_AAGC (Gran Canaria)

‘Tis possible you may run into a little resistance from the rescue organisations regarding the available doggy living space… all I can suggest is that if this is the case you mention the fact that dogs have been living on boats for hundreds of years… we used to take one of a previous generation of our rescued dogs on a Thames Cruiser for a month each year and she used to have a wonderful time. Dogs very quickly adapt themselves to the available space so it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Posted: 18 April 2012 02:05 PM  
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Hi thanks for the reply. Your dogs sound great wish I was still in my home but unforunately some developers and the government decided they wanted it!!
We meet people with dogs on yachts all the time lots of different dogs some quite big but we are realists and know it will have to be a small dog and the right one.
When the time is right the dog will come I am sure
Namaste and thanks

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