If you are living in France and want a dog or cat, visit your local market and you may well find kittens and puppies being given away. If you want pedigrees, you will need to pay much the same as you would elsewhere (prices seem to be international). If you want a poodle you will find them as widespread as in the rest of France, but you wil have great difficulty finding a standard poodle. If you happen to want one of these (as a guard dog, water retriever or companion) take a look at http://www.realstandards.info/
Bringing animals into France and taking them out of France is easy and painless. It is only if you happen to be going to be entering the UK that you will have any problems. A pet passport scheme (PETS) is operating for animals entering the UK, with lots of pointless Bureaucracy. At least it's better than six month's quarantine, which has been a pointless cruel money-making scam for many years. Not that it helps, but rabies ceased to be threat in France about a century ago.
If you want to leave your dog in the Languedoc while you are away, you can find kennels (or see the panel on the right).
If you want to take your animal the UK you need to know about the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), the system that allows pet animals from certain countries to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they meet the rules. It also means that people in the UK can, having taken their pets to these countries, bring them back without the need for quarantine. The PETS Scheme:
- applies only to pet cats and dogs including guide dogs and hearing dogs.
- is limited to pets coming into the UK from certain countries and territories (including France)
- operates only on certain sea, air and rail routes to England
(It is against the law in Great Britain to possess certain types of dogs and meeting the requirements of PETS will not change that).
For the latest and authoratative information on what you need to do, and how to prepare your pet to travel under the Scheme go to the UK Government website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/pets/index.htm