Pet Travel Question: Finding a Flight for My Pug

Flying with PugsHi PetRelocation,

I'm having a really tough time trying to find a flight for my Pug. The Shih Tzu weighs under 25 lbs so I can fly her in the cabin. As for the Pug, he's closer to 50, and I cant take the chance of having him ride cargo. The Pug is my life, and I'd do whatever I can to move us out there to Hawaii.

Thank you!


Hi Mike,

As you know, flying with Pugs (and other brachycephalic breeds) can be especially challenging, as many airlines have restrictions concerning those breeds. This is due to the delicate nature of snub-nosed breeds' respiratory systems, which can easily become problematic if the dog is stressed or overheated. Because of the risk of breathing difficulties, many airlines won't fly snub-nosed breeds, especially during the summer months.

Because your flight will be domestic, we would normally recommend flying with United Airlines, as they are what we consider to be a pet-friendly airline. However, out of concern for the safety of pets, United has an embargo on flying adult Pugs between May 15 - September 15. It looks like the safest option is to wait until the weather gets cooler so that your Pug may safely ride as cargo. 

We do recommend discussing any concerns you have with your vet, and for more information and advice you can review these tips for flying with snub-nosed breeds. It can be a little more stressful to fly with a Pug or other snubbie, but in our experience it can be carried out safely, as well. 

If you think you'd like help moving your dogs to Hawaii and want to learn more about our door-to-door pet shipping services, you're welcome to contact us for a consultation.

Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Mike
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Pug & Shih Tzu
From: Ohio
To: Hawaii


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been updated with new information. (Photo credit: Jaime Gonzalez/Flickr.)


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines


Dogs, Snub-Nosed Breeds


United States


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By nikki on October 24, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Hi, we will be relocation home,from Texas to Scotland in March and want to take our pug with us. I have real anxiety about putting him in cargo, my vet says for a pug he is very healthy and well bred so he's never had any real breathing issues, but that still doesn't stop me from being anxious. Is there any way to him to travel besides cargo?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 29, 2018 at 9:36 am

Hi Nikki! The UK requires all pets to enter the country as "manifest cargo" which means they must travel as unaccompanied in the cargo hold. We have safely transported hundreds of snub-nosed breeds internationally, here are some tips about traveling with snub-nosed breeds. If you'd like to discuss your pug's relocation options with one of our PetRelocation Consultants who specializes in moves to the UK, please fill out our Arrange A Move form. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

By David Learned on July 27, 2018 at 4:59 am

Hi, I was wondering if there are any bugg (pug/boston terrier) friendly airlines to help me get my best buddy from Houston to Manila PhiippinesThanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 31, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Hi David! Check out our booking guide for Emirates. Although they have seasonal restrictions, they are probably your best bet. Feel free to fill out ourArrange a Move and we'd be happy to assist. Hope this helps!

By liezel on July 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Hi,I am currently living in Texas, I want to take my Pug to South-Africa with me. What airlines are Pug friendly? And what tips do you have for the long flights?Sincerely,

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Hi Liezel! South African Airways & Lufthansa Airlines will both take pugs. For pugs, we typically recommend only traveling with temperatures are under 80 degrees at all points of the journey. For long flights, it is nice to arrange for a "comfort stop" for your pup so that they can get food, water, and a chance to use the restroom. Here is some great information about traveling in the cargo hold for pets. Check out our tips for traveling safely with snub-nosed breeds. If you are needing assistance, please fill out our Arrange a Move form here and a representative will contact you. Hope this helps!

By Linda on May 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Hi, I would like to move my Pug (3 years old) from Amsterdam to Vancouver. Any tips?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 18, 2018 at 9:16 am

Hi Linda! Thanks for your question! There are safe ways to move pugs, but there is always a bit of a risk with this breed. In order to relocate your pup internationally, it is best to wait until it is cooler than 80 degrees at all points of the journey. We typically only recommend having snubbiestravel between the months of November – March. Here are some great tips about flying snubbies. Keep in mind that all airlines have a strict strict no sedation policy. If we can be of assistance, please let us know!

By Meera mohandas on January 5, 2018 at 4:28 am

I would like to relocate my pet pug from Delhi to Pune. I know the complications regarding her travel I request you put ur suggestion Hoping for the best.... kindly help me out in this matter...

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 5, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Hi Meera,

Snub-nosed breeds can be prone to some travel complications, but there are steps you can take to help make the journey as safe as possible! Here are 5 Tips for Traveling with Snub-Nosed Breeds that may be useful for your trip.

If you would like to speak with a relocation consultant about how we can help with this move, please fill out our Arrange a Move form and someone will contact you shortly. Another option is to contact a local pet shipper that can help you with this, and you can find a directory of trusted companies on the IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) website.

Thanks for your question, and I hope this helps!

By PRATEEKA JERVIS VENKATESH on July 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

I would like to relocate my pet pug from Chen nail India to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. He is my soul mate abd I can't expect to live without him I know the complications regarding his travel I request you put ur suggestion Hoping to hear a good news

By on July 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

Hi Prateeka, thank you for your question.

We advise using to find a local agent who can assist you with this move, and additionally here are a few tips for flying with snub-nosed dogs.

Hope this helps to get you started! Good luck with your relocation and let us know if there is anything else we might be able to assist with.


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