Pet Travel Question: Flying with Great Danes

Great DaneHi PetRelocation,

I already have all of the paperwork and blood tests taken care of for my dogs, but I am having a problem finding an airline that will ship a dog as big as my Great Dane.

He is around 130 lbs and 37 inches at the shoulders. Can you help me find an airline that will ship my puppy?


Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your pet travel question! Great Danes can add a little extra work to the whole moving process because they'll need larger than usual travel crates, but with the use of custom crates and some advance preparation the trip can be handled smoothly.

One of the biggest challenges you face is booking a flight that will accommodate the custom travel crate, as not all planes are large enough or have the cargo space available. Here at PetRelocation we often use United Airlines due to their PetSafe program, and we'd recommend calling their Live Animal Desk to find out if they'll accept your large crate on the route you need to get to Hawaii.

Also, be sure to review the pet import requirements for Hawaii as you plan, and feel free contact one of our Pet Relocation Specialists if you have any more questions about pet travel or if you think you'd like to hire some assistance.

We've helped many pets, including large dogs, travel safely to Hawaii and we'd be happy to help you, too. 

Good luck with everything!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Sarah
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Great Dane and Mini Dachshund
From: Atlanta, GA
To: Honolulu, HI


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By Kokopixi on November 18, 2018 at 3:15 pm

What if I want to fly WITH my great dane somewhere domestically? He's 30in to shoulder and I want to take him with me on holiday visits without driving 12 hours. Could I buy him a seat? Or he HAS to go below cabin in crate for the length of flight...??

By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Hi Kokopixi! Due to size restrictions, your best airline option when flying with your pup domestically within the US with your pup in the cargo hold will be Delta. Hope this helps!

By Tammy Hangliter on September 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm

I am getting ready to pickup my great dane puppy next month. He will be 8 weeks and weigh roughly 20 pounds. Question will he fit properly in an approved pet carrier, which will allow me to bring him on the plane and place under the sear in front of me?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 21, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Hi Tammy! Airline restrictions typically limit the size and weight of a pet traveling in cabin to less than 10lbs and also the pet must be inside his travel crate and be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. Every airline has their own rules and additionally, the airline reserve the right to refuse any pet attempting to travel in cabin at check-in, based on the pilot's discretion. You'd want to check with the airline you are booking with on specific requirements. Here is a link to our DIY airline booking guide to get you started. Hope this helps!

By Selena on March 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

Another airline that accepts really large kennels (like custom built kennels) is PACIFIC AIR CARGO. They specialize in shipping special cargo to Hawaii, including horses! However, I dont think they fly out of Georgia, but from California. They also give military discount!

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