Dogs

General Information

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 800-292-3939 for more information.

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Coming into Michigan from Another State (import)

No entry permit is required for interstate importation into Michigan

  1. Dogs must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection filled out by a United States Department of Agriculture accredited veterinarian in the animal’s state of origin.
  2. Dogs 12 weeks or older must be currently vaccinated against rabies.
  • Dogs less than 12 weeks of age from a rabies quarantined area are not allowed entry.
  • Vaccination must be listed on the official certificate of veterinary inspection. 
  1. Additional requirements for dogs being imported to a registered animal shelter in Michigan:
  • Dogs younger than 6 weeks of age may not be imported to a registered animal shelter.
  • Dogs 6 weeks of age or older must be vaccinated against distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus-2.
  • Dogs that are 6 - 8 weeks of age must be accompanied by their mother.
  • Dogs 12 weeks of age or older must also be currently vaccinated against leptospirosis and rabies.
  • If indicated, dogs must receive treatment for external and internal parasites prior to importation into Michigan so the dogs are not capable of spreading external or internal parasites to another animal when imported into Michigan.
  • Vaccinations and treatments must be listed on the official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection.
  1. Additional requirements for dogs going to pet shops and large-scale dog breeding kennels (more than 15 breeding females):
  • Dogs younger than 7 weeks of age may not be imported to a pet shop or a large-scale dog breeding kennel.
  • Dogs that are 7 - 8 weeks of age must accompanied by their mother.
  • Dogs 7 weeks of age or older must be vaccinated against distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus-2.
  • All vaccinations except for rabies must be given at least seven days before entering Michigan.
  • Dogs 12 weeks of age or older must be also be currently vaccinated against leptospirosis and rabies.
  • If indicated, dogs must receive treatment for external and internal parasites prior to importation into Michigan so the dogs are not capable of spreading external or internal parasites to another animal when imported into Michigan.
  • Vaccinations and treatments must be listed on the official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection.

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Exhibition (Show, demonstration or display) Requirements

  1. There are no specific requirements for dogs moving within the state for exhibition.
  2. Dogs being imported from out of state for exhibition:
  • Dogs must have an official interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) filled out by a United States Department of Agriculture accredited veterinarian in the animal's state of origin
  • Dogs 12 weeks or older must be currently vaccinated against rabies. 
    • Dogs less than 12 weeks of age from a rabies quarantined area are not allowed entry.
    • Vaccination must be listed on the official certificate of veterinary inspection. 
  1. Contact the fair, show, or exhibition authorities for any additional requirements.  

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Moving within Michigan (intrastate)

There are no specific requirements for intrastate movement

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Leaving Michigan to go to Another State (export)

  1. Please contact the state of destination. AHO contact information by State.
  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:
  • The import and possession of the wolf-dog cross are lawful in the other state or country.
  • 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.

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International Movement

 Please visit USDA’s pet travel website.

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