Buying a Bulldog Puppy Imported from outside the US
The following information was mentioned as part of Ana Garcia's report, "Sick Puppies For Profit," Thursday May 4,2006 on the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. :

Buyers should require AKC registration before you purchase an imported dog.

The importer should register all imported dogs with the American Kennel Club before sale. Do not be victimized by exploitative importers. The imported dog may not be purebred if it is not registered with the AKC.

Don't get ripped off by an unscrupulous dog importer who does not know the dog's background. A reputable broker will have long-standing relations with breeders outside of the U.S and be willing to prove it.

Sick Puppies: What you need to know
Make sure the breeder you choose is charging competitive prices. This usually means the importer is committed to selling quality dogs. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Be careful of any broker who is in too big of a hurry to make the sale. A responsible broker will not sell you a dog unless they first make sure you will be a responsible owner.

Do not send money to anyone without first seeing the dog. It is not wise to buy a dog without actually inspecting the dog. People who purchase dogs over the internet risk the chance of a bait and switch or even getting a diseased dog.

Insist on seeing all pertinent information, including family history and bloodline information.

Do not send money before you see the dog and get proper documentation

Insist on a guarantee against genetic defects.

Do not send deposit money before you've seen a sales contract.

Reputable brokers want to keep track of all the dogs. Demand all records before making a purchase.

Make sure the dog has all current vaccinations.

Always inspect the broker's facilities -- make sure the dogs are treated properly.

Make sure all transactions are in writing, including any promises made.

Make sure you have the dog checked out by a veterinarian as soon as you receive ownership.

Check with State and Federal regulations for importing in your area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has regulations on the importation of dogs and cats into the United States. In general, they require that dogs be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered to be free of rabies.

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