Shipping puppies: Please read thru this page carefully as I am sure you will learn something! Even if you do not purchase your puppy from Cruisin Cavaliers this page has information you need to know prior to selecting your breeder.
On November 18, 2013 USDA/APHIS is now enforcing new Federal regulations concerning the purchase of pets through the internet. The new rule determines who has the right to ship puppies via Airline travel without buyer and seller meeting face-to-face.
If a breeder has fewer than five breeding females, and/or allow buyers to see the puppy in person prior to purchase, then this rule does not apply to you.
If a breeder owns more than 4 "breeding females" and sells the offspring as pets and do not wish to be regulated by USDA/APHIS, they can avoid regulation by selling all puppies/dogs in a face-to-face transaction. A face-to-face transaction includes one where the seller and buyer are physically present and the buyer has the opportunity to observe the animal before taking custody of it.
Why not become regulated you might ask:
Large commercial breeders hold USDA licenses and their breeding stock reside in USDA approved conditions based on the size of each breeding animal. USDA requires all breeding stock and offspring to be raised in an approved building meeting certain codes set forth by USDA. Basically, in order for me to become USDA licensed I would no longer be allowed to have my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels living in my home and certainly would not be allowed to raise puppies underfoot in my home either. Cavaliers are companion animals and they can not thrive in a kennel setting. I am not a commercial breeder; I am a hobby breeder trying to create show potential offspring. Not all offspring are show potential and therefore those offspring are placed in loving companion pet homes. I feel there is a big difference between puppies being raised in a family setting within the home versus a commercial building operation. Yes, basically this new law has given the commercial breeder and sometimes referred to as the puppy mill breeder the ability to sell puppies sight unseen while the reputable breeder is no longer allowed to sell puppies sight unseen even though we are the ones who want to build a life-long relationship with each family who purchases one of our puppies. Therefore, in your search for the right breeder you now have this knowledge to give you more information about who you might be working with. If they can ship puppies via airline travel then they either have fewer than five breeding females or they are indeed a commercial breeder/puppy mill!
Prior to this law being inacted I already required buyers to either drive to my home or fly into Oklahoma City where I would meet them at the airport where they can take their puppy home with them as carry on baggage in the cabin with them during the flight home. Some families that have flown in over the years have met me at baggage claim in the airport and then caught the next flight home an hour or two later. Other families have flown in and have gotten a hotel room by the airport and I have picked them up at their hotel and then drove them back to my house so they could meet all our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels along with their puppy and see where their new puppy was raised. Then I would take them out to dinner as our guests and after dinner I would take them back to their hotel with their puppy where they could take the shuttle from the hotel back to the airport the next day for their flight home.
Pet carriers for airline travel:
Sherpa Pet Carriers - http://www.sherpapet.com/
Sturdi Pet Carriers - http://sturdiproducts.com/
Best Airlines to consider: United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and SouthWest Airlines
Note: SouthWest Airlines has their own pet carrier for around $45, so if you plan to fly SouthWest you must purchase their pet carrier.