How our puppies travel to their parents?

We earlier wrote about how to adopt a puppy online. This is a very popular way of finding your sweetheart as you have access to more breeders than locally. TomKings Puppies have helped hundreds of sweet puppies find their forever loving families in the US, which also meant that they had to fly overseas. Below we detail how our Frenchies travel to their parents so that you can use it as a checklist when adopting online.

Our farm is in Europe where we have been breeding French Bulldogs for more than 10 years, who travel to their parents in the US. Our breeding expenses are therefore much less and we can provide the highest quality at a reasonable price. See below how your girl or boy reaches you and how you should prepare for seeing him or her for the first time.

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Puppies can travel the following ways (all are completely safe and enjoyable for the Frenchie).

Puppy transport

Frenchies are traveling in a temperature-controlled and pressurized space of the airplane. They are not at all stacked on top of suitcases, they don’t feel cold or hot. There are expert companies in puppy transport who watch them during the period of the flight. The puppy is absolutely treated as a human passenger: during layovers, they are taken off the plane and placed in a pet hotel, where they get fresh food and water.

Traveling with a nanny

This can happen when at least four puppies are traveling together. The puppies can either be with the nanny in the cabin or in a special space like in the above case when they travel without the nanny. Approximately bimonthly, Geri, the founder of Tom King Puppies travels with the puppies to check if the process goes well and to hand over puppies himself to the happy parents.

In each case, the puppy is in a portable travel crate supplied and paid by us. (Here you find more info on what the price includes.)

Arranging the trip

The only thing you have to do is to turn up at the airport and pick up your beauty. We arrange the whole trip from buying the flight ticket and the crate to arranging the passport. The airline will call you to confirm the exact location, time and everything else you need to know.

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These are the airports we can usually ship to in the US and Canada (we don’t recommend shipping to minor airports as it would be a very long trip for the Frenchie): Atlanta ATL, Boston BOS, Chicago ORD, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Detroit DTW, Houston IAH, Los Angeles LAX, Miami MIA, New York JFK, New York Newark EWR, Orlando MCO, Philadelphia PHL, San Francisco SFO, Seattle SEA, Tampa TPA, Washington IAD.

Calgary YYC, Edmonton YEG, Montreal YUL, Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR.

We can ship puppies to other airports with two transfers only. If you are unable to pick up your puppy at any of the airports above, we can provide nanny service to almost all US airports for an extra fee, please contact us for more info!

Healthy pups

Our puppies are checked three times before their trip, who issues a shipping health certificate.

How to prepare

We always tell you what kind of food to buy for home, and give you as much information as you want on all the preparations. Our puppies are well fed when they arrive and they are not exhausted. As this will be the first time they see you, it’s normal behavior to be a bit reserved, but it will always change. Our happy clients from our closed Facebook group recommend that you bring baby wipes, Clorox bleach wipes, a pair of scissors to cut the wire ties, puppy pee pads, and just in case, your passport (they don’t ask for it in a lot of cases, bit in some others they might do.) “You need a lot of patience, but then you get your reward, the cutest pups ever!!!!”

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In the next article, we will detail the process of receiving your Frenchie at the airport.

The article was written based on the experience and the services of the TomKings Puppies Team. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.


10 thoughts on “How our puppies travel to their parents?”

  1. Serena Lau-Brazell

    This is incredibly helpful and reassuring! Everytime I have a little bit of hesitation, you always put out an article or direct me to a post that addresses that concern. it’s like you read my mind!

    1. Thank you Serena for your kind words! I’m glad you find our blog helpful, I hope that soon you will be left with no concerns at all! 🙂

  2. I’m so happy that you had this article today! Prior to knowing who you were I had purchased a puppy that is going to be flying out on Thursday from Budapest Hungary by cargo. Extremely uneasy about it but this article made me feel a lot better! When you drop off your puppies for cargo do you just give the puppies to them and they decide what crate and who goes with who in your bundle if you have say four? I never really understood how cargo works. I didn’t know there was someone down below with them.. relieved! Thank you!

    1. I’m so happy that you find the article helpful and that it eased your uneasiness. 🙂 Regarding your question, we are the ones who put the puppies into the crates and we decide which puppies travel together. We always try to put those puppies together who know each other well so that they can comfort each other during the long journey. 🙂

  3. Hello
    I don’t see any fawn colors in your available puppies. Just curious. Springs right around the corner😍

    1. Hi Cathy,

      Right now we don’t have any, but we are expecting new litters soon, so we will keep you updated. 🙂

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