Some FAQs in English

 

Who are you?

What is this service?

How do you find breeders?

What does the service cost the breeder?

Are you a 3rd-party to the sale?

Do you guarantee the reliability of the buyer?

What do you do instead to guarantee the safety of the puppy then?

Many Western breeders and dog clubs are adamantly opposed to exporting to Asia. What do you think of that?

Who are you? At this time "Import Dogs" is only my wife and I. I am Mike Lyons, a Canadian permanent resident of Japan. My wife Miki is Japanese. We are both English teachers and dog enthusiasts. We began this dog import service in 2007 and have since started a similar service for kitten-buyers.

What is this service? Japanese would-be puppy-buyers access this website and contact us. We offer to locate and introduce appropriate breeders overseas. Optionally we offer translation and import paperwork.

How do you find breeders? We prefer to import from Australia. Generally we begin our search by contacting appropriate breed clubs. When necessary we contact breed clubs in Europe or the USA, ask breeder friends, etc.

What does the service cost the breeder? Nothing. Our fee is paid by the Japanese buyer.

Are you a 3rd-party to the sale? No. After we make the introduction, the breeder and buyer converse directly (with translation if necessary). We understand why good breeders refuse 3rd-party sales and we agree completely. We hate resellers and pet brokers.

Do you guarantee the reliability of the buyer? No. And we don't guarantee the professionalism of the breeder either. Obviously, if we suspect either buyer or breeder is unreliable we decline our service. Anyway, read on...

What do you do instead to guarantee the safety of the puppy then? We do this service! We put the parties in direct contact and allow the breeders to assess the buyers' reliability directly. Good breeders know how to do this far better than we do.

Many Western breeders and dog clubs are adamantly opposed to exporting to Asia. What do you think of that? I think cultural change comes with dialog. Those who are not open to discussion don't want to change anything. Overseas breeders who want to improve conditions for dogs or cats in Japan should get to know some Japanese pet-owners, not shun them.