Moving with your dog to another country is always a difficult process especially if you are traveling to the Uk. This country have certain rules which you will have to take into account. Besides, if you are traveling with a French Bulldog this can add more difficulties to the trip.
Which will be the best travel option? Plane, train or car?
Bringing myself or to contract a Pet agency?
Which documents do I need or Which are the requirements my frenchie has to accomplish?
In this article we will answer to all this questions you may have based in our own experience trying to make yours easier. We had to move to the Uk from Spain with our French Bulldog "Tyrone" in 2014 and we were in your shoes back them. Let's start then! Are you ready?
Our trip with our Frenchie "Tyrone" to the UK.
1. Looking for good resources of information.
First thing we all do is look into the Internet to find information, that's ok but you have to make sure you look in the right places. Sometimes the Internet can confuse us due the large amount of information and this is not always the most accurate.
- Where do I look for?
The best place to look for information to travel with your dog to the UK is on the UK government website. They give you all the information well detailed and it's very easy to understand.
2. Which is the best option to travel? Plane, road or train?
You will be wondering why you have to even ask yourself this question, when the plane would be the best option and fastest way to travel to the UK. That's when all the nightmares begin. The Uk Airlines doesn't allow pets in the cabin so that means that your poor Frenchie would have to travel into the plane's hold and the cost would be very expensive. We asked to Iberia Airlines how much would it cost to take our French Bulldog to the UK and the price they gave us was around 700€ appox.
We discard immediately that option for the expensive price and also mainly because we were unable to let our Frenchie travel in the plane's hold like a piece of baggage. French Bulldogs have breathing problems and you must be careful to not expose them to high temperatures. ( You can read our article "8 basic care your French Bulldog needs" ). We don't know if the plane's hold is a safe place for our furry friend or if they going to have the right temperature for them.
After discarding the plane option we were checking for trains to get from Spain to the UK. We found a couple of important issues that made us discard the train as well:
The first problem was Spanish Renfe trains doesn't allow dogs of more than 10 kg and our French Bulldog weight is 12kg. Then only that option is ok if you can travel by car to France and then take a train to Paris. But our second problem was we didn't have a car to get to France at that time.
That was our case but you have to check your route because depending on where you are departing from you would be able to get a train and later link to another option like a car pool or something similar.
The car is the best option to travel with your French Bulldog to the UK, you can go all the time with your dog making the trip less stressful if your dog goes with you. You can chose to cross the English Channel by the Eurotunnel or a ferry.
Wait a minute, you don't have a car? Don't panic!
As we had the same problem we can suggest to use the car pooling sharing service Bla Bla Car if you are in Europe. A great service where people share space in their car to reduce travel expenses. You'll have to look for the route and dates you want to travel and get in contact with the drivers. Ask if they accept your Frenchie, most of them will be happy to travel with you and your friend. The cost won't be expensive as you are sharing the cost with other passengers. It's a great way to travel and make the way less boring as you can chat with the other passengers. We have to say we were lucky to find so nice company at this time in this kind of service, but you can read the reviews before on the Bla Bla Car website. It was a cool experience for us!
Travelling to the UK by car with our French Bulldog "Tyrone" .
3. Should I bringing him myself or contract a Pet agency?
There is a lot of Pet agencies that you can contract to take your Frenchie to the Uk.
Here's some of them:
We don't have any experience with any Pet agency because we don't like the idea of leaving our dog for a long trip like this. You can read some reviews on Facebook or on Google to have more knowledge about these companies.
But we highly recommend you to take your dog with you on your trip to the UK to avoid too much stress on your Frenchie and take care of him all the time.
Pet agencies travel by road in a big van and take several days to arrive to the UK.
4. Which documents or requirements do I need?
Your dog must accomplish the following in order to be able to enter to the UK :
- has been microchipped
- has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate
- has been vaccinated against rabies - it will also need a blood test if you’re travelling from an ‘unlisted country’
Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.
Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you don’t follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.
Crossing the English Channel by Eurotunnel with our French Bulldog.
- It's very important you chose a convenient time of the year to travel with your Frenchie.
You MUST avoid summer time for the high temperatures.
- Always provide fresh water to your Frenchie to avoid dehydration.
- Plan several stops in your trip to walk your dog to straight his/her legs and do his/her needs.
We hope you find all this information useful and helps you with your travel with your French Bulldog. Have a safe trip!
You can read more articles about French Bulldog information like our last one: "10 Celebrities and their fabulous French Bulldogs"