Prospective Owner FAQs
Can my Frenchie be safely shipped?
We are blessed to work with several wonderful puppy nannies who are independent contractors and who take our Frenchie puppies as carry-ons and hand deliver them to their new owners at their nearest major airports. If you are not able to come to our home to pick up your new puppy, this is the least stressful means of transporting your puppy because he/she will be pampered in the climate-controlled cabin in the constant care of one of our nannies. We are able to send your puppy at any time of the year and to any major airport in the lower 48, generally for a fee of $500 to $700 which our clients pay directly to the nanny. We can also ship to Alaska and Canada for slightly higher fees. Unfortunately, we are not able to send puppies to Hawaii due to the long quarantine period that is required; and, unless you are able to fly into Salt Lake City to personally pick up your puppy, we do not place puppies internationally (except for Canada).
Because of the French Bulldog’s inability to breathe as effectively as most other breeds, at this time the various airlines’ companies will not ship Frenchies over 20 pounds as cargo at any time, and will not ship smaller Frenchies as cargo if the weather is above a certain temperature, usually around 75 degrees. We will not ship any of our puppies as cargo, and we would be very reluctant to ship an adult as cargo even if they would currently qualify based on airlines guidelines.
Of course, if you are close enough to us to drive to our home and pick up your new Frenchie, it is perfectly safe to transport him or her in your air conditioned car. Many experts will advise you to only transport your Frenchie in your car if he or she is in their crate. While this is certainly the safest policy, we’ll have to admit that we do not always follow this advice. Our Frenchies ride well in our vehicles, and sometimes we allow them to sit in our laps and enjoy the view (of course, only if we are the passenger and not the driver:-).
We can also arrange for ground transportation in many cases for adult Frenchies and also for puppies, which can be a good alternative depending on the circumstances. Generally, the cost is fairly competitive to airline delivery. It is not as fast, and it can be a little harder on the dogs, but it may be the best alternative in some cases. When you reserve one of our puppies, we will review all of the viable alternatives regarding his/her delivery or pick up, including timing and cost.
Fortunately, Frenchies are great travelers, as a general rule. We have had virtually no issues delivering our puppies and our retirees across the country with one of the responsible puppy nannies that we have been using for years.