It’s long been tricky to move snub-nosed, or brachycephalic, breeds. In addition to the fact that it’s reasonable to harbor health concerns about them, even if you decide to go for it many airlines impose breed-specific restrictions. It can be difficult to sort it all out, and things have recently become a little simpler (though not more amenable) to owners of snub-nosed pets.
As of December 2011, Continental no longer accepts English Bulldogs older than six months of age or who weigh more than 20 lbs. This embargo is based on the the fact that inherent breed characteristics make it less safe to fly bulldogs, particularly two to three-year-old males. A recent New York Times article discusses the common health problems unfortunately found in bulldogs, and Continental’s response to these increasingly high-profile issues has been to limit their transport.
Read more about brachycephalic breeds on our blog, and please check with PetRelocation.com if you have any questions about flying snub-nosed breeds.