Airline Travel for Pets Guide

Airline Rules for Different Dog Breeds

If you want to travel with certain breeds of dogs, you might have to plan your vacation based on the weather.

Pug-nose dogs and dogs with other types of noses are now only allowed to travel if the weather is cooler than 70 to 75 degrees F (21.1 to 23.9 degree C). United Airlines does not allow some breeds to travel as cargo or carry-on at any time between June 1st and September 31st.

Dogs that may fall into this category include:

  • American Bull Dog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffin
  • Bulldog
  • Chinese Pug
  • Chow Chow
  • Dutch Pug
  • English Bulldog
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • French Bulldog
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Japanese Boxer
  • Japanese Pug
  • Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
  • Mastiff (all breeds)
  • Pekinese
  • Pit Bull
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel [sources: Delta, American Airline]

The heat concern is not limited to dogs. You may also find that certain cats are not allowed to travel during hot weather. Delta restricts the following cats when temperatures are above 70 degrees F ( 21.2 degrees C):

  • Burmese
  • Exotic
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

It can be difficult to find these restrictions on airline Web sites, so be sure to call the airline before you plan to take your pet along for a ride.

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