Air Travel with American Staffordshire Terriers


Update: as of May 2018, United Airlines does not fly certain breeds including the American Staffordshire Terrier. For more detailed information on United's updated policy, read this blog post


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I'm super nervous about this… what are the guarantees that my dogs will be safe? How long will the trip take? Can you recommend any other companies if you can not accommodate my dates?




Hi Sonja,

Just about every pet owner we talk to is pretty nervous in the beginning stages of moving a pet. No one likes separating from their furry family members and dealing with a system that's unknown to them, but the good news is that, when the right steps are taken, pet travel can be very safe and streamlined.

Here are a few tips and bits of information that will help you on your way:

  • The domestic travel requirements for dogs are pretty simple, and you'll primarily just need to have them up-to-date on their rabies vaccines and secure a vet health certificate stating your dogs are healthy and fit to fly (as required by the airline).
  • Choose a pet-friendly airline—we often use United for domestic flights because of their well-established PetSafe program.
  • Because it sounds like you're traveling with bigger dogs and they are Staffies, double check the crate requirements with the airline. United does require this breed to use a reinforced travel crate, and not all routes can accommodate oversize crates.
  • In the weeks before the move, it's important to help your dogs to get used to their travel crates if they are not already, talk to your vet about any health questions you have, keep them as fit as possible, and finally, before, during and after the flight they should be well-hydrated.


Think you'd like some assistance? we would be happy to discuss your move with you and tell you more about our door-to-door services. The length of the trip will depend on a few factors, but with a few more details one of our Specialists will be able to tell you more about your options and work to fit the move into your desired schedule.

Let us know, and either way, good luck with your trip!


Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Sonja
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: American Staffordshire Terriers
From: Aberdeen, NC
To: Rio Rancho, NM


Contact PetRelocation to learn more about your safe pet shipping options.


PetRelocation Team




United States


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By LUNA on December 3, 2018 at 6:53 am

Hi! We are moving with two mixed breed dogs from the US to Guam. We've done a DNA test on both dogs and one is 25% staffie and the other is 50% its semi noticable in the second dog. Our adoption paper work doesnt mention staffie anywhere on the breed description. Do we have to list anything other than the adoption paper breed when flying? Is it a logical way around the staffie restriction? I cant imagine not bringing our dogs with us, it would kill me and they cannot be split up. Help! *if it is a way around the Petsafe requirements is it a major health risk to fly them? They are both healthy. Thank you so much!

By Maegan at PetRelocation on December 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Hi Luna! If your pup resembles a banned breed, United Airlines does have the right to refuse to transport your pup. We typically like to double-check with the cargo agents who will be checking in the pup prior to the flight to get their feedback, just in case! Hope this tip helps!

By Lauren on November 12, 2018 at 9:50 am

Hello, I am trying to fly with my two American Staffordshire Terriers from the USA to Netherlands, and everywhere I am looking, it seems as though AmStaffs are banned from traveling because they are deemed a "Snub nose" breed. Is there any way to get my dogs to fly with me for this move??

By Maegan at PetRelocation on December 3, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Hi Lauren! KLM Airlines does not classify staffies as "snub-nosed" and their hub is in AMS. Hope this helps!

By Daphne Rowe on September 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm

I am purchasing an American Staffordshire Terrier and it appears that they have been banned by the Pet Safe program. I am needing to get the pup from Baltimore, Maryland to Boise, Idaho. What would be your suggestion?Please help! Daphne

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hi Daphne! Unfortunately, you are correct. United Airlines has banned staffys from traveling on their aircrafts. It sounds like ground transportation will be your best option. If you are looking for a company to complete this service for you, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here and a consultant will reach out to you soon. Thanks!

By Cristina on April 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Name: Cristina Number of Pets: 1 Pet Type: American Staffordshire Terriers From:Italia To: germania

By Maegan at PetRelocation on April 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Hi Cristina! Thanks for reaching out. We'd love to help with your Staffy's move and just need a bit more information to do so. In order to help, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thanks & looking forward to speaking with you soon!

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