We prefer buyers visit us to meet us, see our dogs and see how they are raised. We often have people drive or fly in from other states. We do a lot of traveling
back and forth from our house in Bozeman to our ranch in Garrison. My puppies are so well traveled in their crates that by the time they
leave for their new family whether they are flying or in a car, they think they're just going on another car ride. If flying home with your pet,
they travel in an air pressurised and temperature controlled hold. I fly with my dogs to dog shows in the US several times each year. I have even flown with
one of my Champion kuvasz to Sweden, and with her puppy back to the US 2 years later.
contact us prior to booking flights for best dates. Puppies cannot leave until they are 8 weeks old.
There are Mattiaci golden retrievers in:
AK, WA, OR, CA, NV, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT, NM, AZ, IL, WI, MI, TX, NJ, CT, MA, ME, NJ, PA, NY, RI, VT, TN, AL, GA, SC, GA, VA, FL and China.
Dogs and puppies flying receive special handling from the airline. We have available to us for shipping cargo: Alaska Air, Delta/Skywest and United.
To read AK Air's "Pet Furst" protocol to get a brief overview of pet shipping, Click here.
Shown above: Florence often flies with her goldens to dog shows when the drive would be more than a day. She uses Impact Aluminum Crates that are made in Rathrdum, ID.
The airline employees enjoy when I have puppies to ship, many come over to pet the puppies and hold them. Puppies typically arrive at their destination clean and happy to see their new family.
If traveling by air to their new home would be less time in a travel crate than driving, it is probably less stressful for a puppy or dog to fly to their
For an 8 week old puppy flying in a standard small, 100 size crate: Add $400 in addition to the purchase price for transportation by air freight. This price includes
the required health certificate and shipping crate on all airlines except NorthWest Airlines. Your puppy will arrive in a hard plastic kennel that you keep and own.
For older puppies or dogs shipped in larger kennels it is more. Airlines charge by the kennel size and total weight of the dog and kennel.
We can plan all of the arrangements that are best for the puppy or dog.
People flying in to get their puppy will pay shipping fees themselves and will need to bring a soft crate for in cabin or hard crate for excess baggage.
Average excess baggage fee for puppy flying with person on flight is $75 to $300 per way depending on the airline. AKC endeavors to maintain a current list
of airline rules and prices at: Pet Policies and Fees.
There are often inexpensive flights from most hub cities into Missoula, Butte, Helena and Bozeman if you want to fly in and hand carry your puppy home with you on the plane.
* We do have puppy nanny service, where you can purchase the ticket for someone to fly for you and hand carry your puppy under the seat with them. You must prepay the cost of the flight, puppy, plus $100.
14 days notice required.
For puppies going to Hawaii, view Hawaii's new quarantine laws to have your 10 month old puppy within 5 days of
being shipped to Hawaii. Due to the minimum amount of time needed to prepare a puppy to meet the requirements of the 5-Day-Or-Less program, a puppy will be
about 10 months of age by the time the preparations are completed. Puppies not able to meet all of the requirements for the 5-Day-Or-Less program will be
quarantined for 120 days.