Importing Deutscher Wachtelhunds

Importing Deutscher Wachtelhunds Puppies

The demand for DWNA bred Wachtelhunds is greater than we can meet. Importing Wachtelhund puppies is an option for those individuals wishing to purchase a Wachtelhund puppy. The cost is a little more than a DWNA bred Wachtelhund, but then you will not have to wait for a DWNA bred Wachtelhund.

I have imported close to 50 Wachtelhunds from Germany over the last two decades and have never had an issue getting to their buyers. Last year I imported four Wachtelhunds for new DWNA members. Those wishing to import Wachtelhund puppies, please contact me: Dave Pepe, dave@deutscherwachtelhund.org or PH: 715-487-4024.

Here are my requirements for importing DW puppies:

1.    First, I will not import DW puppies when DWNA breeders have puppies available.

2.   I’m placing these puppies the same as if I bred them, I vetted my buyers and I will determine who I will import puppies for. In other words, I must be comfortable with the buyer.

3.   Buyer’s become a member of the DWNA for the life of the dog.

4.   Buyer’s sign an agreement stating, “They’ll make the DW available for DWNA breeding”. This means the buyer must present the DW for the JP hunt test at a minimum, have the DWs’ elbows and hips X-rayed and certified for dysplasia and have a DNA profile down on the DW.

5.   Buyer’s state their color preference – Schimmel (brown with white ticking) or solid brown.

6.   I contact VDW breeders before their litters are born to place orders. So the process could take several months based on litter availability. The VDW list online all breeders expecting litters.

7.  My selection process is as follows: Buyers’ color preference, both sire and dam having elbow dysplasia certification normal – ED normal, and hip dysplasia certification excellent – HD excellent, and hunt test scores; depending on litter availability. NOTE: My goal is to import the best quality DW as possible for DWNA breeding stock. Depending on litter availability sometimes I must select puppies from a litter where one of the parents has a hip certification of good. The VDW has required hip dysplasia certification for breeding since 1976. Hip dysplasia is not an issue in the Wachtelhund breed.

8.    Cost: The average cost of a VDW DW puppy is 800 to 850 Euro. The dollar amount depends on the currency exchange rate at the time, but has recently averaged $900.00 to $1.000.00. Transportation cost has recently equal the purchase cost or exceeded it. What I have started doing is importing two puppies for two buyers at the same time from one breeder. This way the transportation costs are shared by the two buyers. The DW puppies will be shipped direct to an international airport having US. Customs. Customs may charge an import fee of $50.00 to $75.00, split between the two buyers. Normally, I or one of the buyer’s will pick up the puppies.

9.   FEES: The breeders are paid by bank wire transfer – $45.00, buyers will share this fee. I usually ask for a small fee, as I offer this service over and above my DWNA duties. Half of the fee will go to the DWNA as a donation. The fee is for my time working with buyers’, selecting and communicating with the breeders, arranging payment to the breeder, arranging and paying transportation costs.


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