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Dangerous & Snub-nosed Breeds


Dangerous & Restricted/Banned Breeds

Are you planning a trip with your Rottweiler or any other dangerous dog breed? Unfortunately, traveling to a foreign country with an aggressive and or a dangerous dog breed could be very complicated. There are quite a few countries around the world that have banned breeds. Others may not ban but may require you to obey more regulations. It is very important to know that traveling with a dangerous dog breed without the necessary documents is illegal and the consequences are very serious (in Israel, for example, you may even go to jail).

Not only countries have these restrictions, there are many airline companies with banned/restricted breeds. If a country bans a specific breed it probably also means that the airlines who serve that country will ban them as well. Some of these airlines have decided to allow people to fly with their dangerous/aggressive pet as long as they are only transiting through and that these pets are transported in special flight kennels.

If your pet is of a dangerous breed or a breed that resembles a dangerous breed, you should take extra precautions before traveling. Our experts at Pets2Fly can assist you with the necessary regulations, building a special flight kennel (if needed) and to find you an airline company that will allow your pet to travel. We will save you money, time and help you avoid any disappointments and unnecessary consequences.

Below is a list of common dangerous dog breeds:
  • American Bulldog
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Caucasian Shepherd
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Karabash (Kangal Dog)
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tosa Inu

Snub-nosed (Brachycephalic) Breeds

As unfortunate as it is, aggressive and/or dangerous dog breeds aren’t the only ones that are prohibited/restricted to travel. Many airline companies will not accept snub-nosed breeds as excess baggage or as cargo shipments. The entire snub-nosed breeds are either banned from flying by certain airlines or require extra care and precautions.

Snub-nosed dog breeds hold the highest recorded deaths for pets that have traveled by air. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that deaths while flying are not common and that millions of pets fly safely around the world each year.

These dog breeds are more likely to suffer respiratory problems under normal circumstances so just imagine what could happen during air travel. The reason why short-nosed dogs have respiratory problems is because they pack the same nose structure as long snout dogs. Dogs with small snouts have the same structure and anatomy as long snout dogs but only in a more cramped structure.

The reason why snub-nosed dogs have difficulty flying is due to them being more sensitive to the changes in air quality and temperature in the hold of the plane. Even though the air in the pressurized cargo hold (where pets are transported) is the same as in the passenger cabin, the air circulation might not be ideal for your pet. Pet owners should also consider the fact that their pet will be in a flight kennel which could obstruct ventilation. All the information written above doesn’t mean that you should not travel with your snub-nosed breed. Pets2Fly would like you to know the risks and to assist you in taking the proper precautions. If you have a snub-nosed breed, contact Pets2Fly so that we could help you prepare in advance.

Below is a list of common short-nosed breeds:
  • American Bulldog
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • Shar-pei
  • Shih Tzu

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