Dogs

The possession of wolf-dog hybrids is illegal in the state of Michigan, this includes the importation of these animals, except under special exceptions.  Please call MDARD at 1-800-292-3939 for more information.

Import Requirements:

  1. Dogs must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection filled out by a USDA accredited veterinarian in the animal’s state of origin.

  2. Dogs 12 weeks or older must be currently vaccinated for rabies.

    1. Dogs less than 12 weeks of age from a rabies quarantined area are not allowed entry.

  3. Additional requirements for dogs being imported directly to a registered animal shelter, pet shop or large-scale dog breeding kennel (more than 15 breeding females) in Michigan. (EFFECTIVE MARCH 29, 2017)

    1. Dogs must be eight weeks of age or older and have visible baby teeth to be imported into Michigan. Exception: Registered shelters and large-scale dog breeding kennels may bring in a younger animal, if they are brought in with their mother.

    2. Dogs eight weeks of age or older must be currently vaccinated against distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus-2.

    3. Dogs 12 weeks of age or older must be currently vaccinated against leptospirosis.

    4. Dogs must be free of visual evidence of internal and external parasites. If parasites are found, the animal must receive treatment for parasites prior to importation into Michigan.

Exhibition (Show, demonstration or display) Requirements:

There are no specific requirements for dogs moving within Michigan for exhibition.         

  1. Dogs being imported from out-of-state for exhibition must have:

    1. A completed interstate certificate of veterinary inspection meeting requirements stated above under Import Requirements.

    2. Currently vaccinated for rabies meeting requirements listed above under Import Requirements.

  2. Contact the fair, show or exhibition authorities for any additional requirements.

Intrastate Requirements:

There are no specific requirements for intrastate movement

Export Requirements:

  1. Please contact the state of destination. Contact information can be found at http://bit.ly/StateAHO.

  2. A person shall not export or attempt to export a wolf-dog cross to another state or county unless all of the following requirements are met:

    1. The import and possession of the wolf-dog cross are lawful in the other state or country.

    2. The destination and proposed new owner of the wolf-dog cross have been approved by the regulatory agency in the other state or country having authority to do so, if any.

International Movement:

  1. Please contact the United States Department of Agriculture at 517-337-4700.