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New CDC Dog Importation Rules August 1, 2024

Starting August 1, 2024, new CDC rules will regulate the importation of dogs into the U.S. to prevent the spread of dog-maintained rabies virus (DMRVV). Key requirements include health checks, age minimums, microchipping, and specific documentation. Dogs from high-risk countries will face additional measures, such as quarantine and specific port entry requirements.

The new regulation states that all dogs imported into the US must meet the following requirements (Including dogs returning from the US after travelling abroad):

  • Be healthy upon arrival
  • Be at least 6 months of age
  • Have an ISO-compatible microchip (implanted prior to any required rabies vaccinations)
  • Have a CDC Dog Import Form Receipt
  • Have additional documents depending on where the dog has been in the last 6 months and whether or not the dog was vaccinated in the United States.
  • Additional requirements will be needed for dogs imported from countries designated as high-risk for DMRVV (canine rabies).

You may view the complete CDC rule on the Control of Communicable Diseases: Foreign Quarantine: Importation of Dogs and Cats via the Federal Register here. For more information, please visit:, which includes Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions specific to your personal circumstance, please contact CDC at

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Canadian Kennel Club

The CKC founded back in 1888, is at the centre of the world of purebred dogs in Canada. A non profit organization dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.

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Golden Retriever Club of Canada

The Golden Retriever Club of Canada is a National Club managed by a Board of Directors consisting of President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President and five Regional Directors representing the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, The Prairies & Northwest Territories and British Columbia & The Yukon.

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Golden Retriever Club of America

Our responsibility is to promote the temperament, appearance, soundness, natural retrieving and hunting abilities of the Golden Retriever. Our members are dedicated to the responsible breeding and ownership of the Golden Retriever. We advance and protect the interests of the breed through events, education, The Golden Retriever Foundation, research and Golden Rescue.

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Golden Retriever Club of Alberta

With approximately 100 members throughout Alberta and neighbouring provinces, the members of the Club are active in a wide variety of pursuits including working certificate training seminars and tests, obedience seminars and trials, and much more.

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American Kennel Club

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a not-for-profit organization that maintains a purebred dog registry, sanctions dog events, and promotes responsible dog ownership.

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Evergreen Golden Retriever Club

Here you can find all kinds of information about Golden Retrievers in general and in the Pacific Northwest specifically.

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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is a not-for-profit foundation established to collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic disease of animals.