Pet Travel Barriers: Puerto Rico’s Pit Bull Ban
Pit Bull Transport to Puerto Rico
My family has had our dog for 5 years and we will be moving to Puerto Rico soon. Can we take her with us?
Thank you for your inquiry -- unfortunately Pit Bulls are not allowed to be imported into Puerto Rico at this time.
Per the USDA website:
All breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American Pit Bull terrier, and hybrids produced by crossbreeding with dogs of other breeds are prohibited to be introduced or imported to Puerto Rico.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Erika. Breed bans are certainly frustrating and can throw a wrench into international travel plans.
Be aware as you continue to research Pit Bull travel that many airlines require reinforced crates when transporting this and other breeds, and there are a few other countries that practice breed-specific legislation, as well.
For more information, take a look at these resources about breed-specific legislation and traveling with Pit Bulls. Please let us know if you have further questions and think we might be able to help with anything.
Pet Travel Question Details:
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pit Bull
To: Puerto Rico