Our trip started with the Eurotunnel. We drive a car that is rather large, has blacked out mirrored windows, so no-one can see inside, haha, we even have curtains in case we have to put the interior lights on, so you can imagine our surprise every time we go, that we never get checked by customs!
Yet again, I could have taken anything into France, and anything back into England. Puppies have to be 16 weeks old before they can enter France, due to them having to have the rabies vaccine. I could have taken a car full and no-one would have known. Puppies also have to be a minimum of 15 weeks before they can enter the UK on the Pet Passport, Jeez, they didn't even look in the car to check my daughter was even there, even though I handed immigration her passport!!! Beggars belief.
Anyway the point is, even though people do break the law and take puppies out of England each day that are under age, it is a highly irresponsible thing to do, what would happen if the immigration or police did check? The poor puppy wouldn't be allowed to return to England, and would face quarantine in France, if you couldn't fork out the fees for quarantine, then it would be Bye Bye puppy!!!! Along with a large fine no doubt too.
I know of others that import puppies from the UK, and blatantly flout the import rules. A typical one being Sweden!!! Sweden like the UK has very strict import rules, and if you fly, you certainly would have to do things correctly, but, for those that drive from Denmark to Sweden, they know that the office at the bridge is often unmanned. All types of rules are flouted on this crossing, and personally, I would never sell a puppy to anyone who intended to break the law, nor as a buyer, should you buy from a breeder who is happy to let you break the law. After all, the puppy is the victim if you are caught, with the possibility of it being humanely destroyed.
The point of all the above is for anyone wishing to import a puppy from abroad. It is a really simple process these days, so no need at all to even consider flouting the rules, from DEFRA or any other government agency.
It is not imperative to get a puppy at eight weeks, a few weeks extra waiting does no harm.
There have been many new breeders of barbets this year, and no doubt there will be more in the New Year, so plenty of options are now open to anyone wishing to import. Just make sure you aquaint yourself with the import regulations and it is a piece of cake. Gone are the days of waiting for 10 months as we had to do with Nelly.
Some nice plans are in the pipeline for litters next year, and another female barbet has arrived in the UK, so do think of importing, it is a fun process, and well worth it for getting a Barbet that has different lines in its pedigree to the ones that are already here.