Pet Travel Question: Snub-Nosed Dog Air Travel

Puggle Hi PetRelocation,

It seems that many airlines do not allow pug nosed breeds to fly in the cargo holds. Which airlines do/would you use? It is possible to get a direct flight?

Sophie will panic if I am not there and she's also prone to asthma attacks (like many pug-nosed breeds) if she's nervous.




Hi Ashley,

Thank you for your question, we completely understand your concerns and flying with snub-nosed pets certainly requires extra thought and planning.

Different airlines operate with different policies when it comes to Pugs, Bull dogs and other brachycephalic breeds, so it's best to go straight to the airline(s) you're considering to find out what they allow and require. Generally speaking, we use pet friendly airlines like United, KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways whenever possible. 

Here is more information about flying with snub-nosed breeds, and here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions, including a discussion about whether or not your pet should actually fly. It can be tough, but some pet owners end up deciding that air travel is simply not worth the risk for dogs prone to breathing problems and nervousness. 

On the other hand, with their vet's approval and when using a larger travel crate, many snub-nosed pet owners manage completely safe relocations. Note that crate acclimation is especially important for nervous and snub-nosed pets. 

Thanks for your question, and please don't hesitate to give us a call if you'd like to discuss this issue further with an experienced Pet Relocation Consultant.

Hope this helps, Ashley. Good luck with everything! 


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Puggle
From: United States
To: Spain


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2012 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Airlines, Ask the Experts


Dogs, Snub-Nosed Breeds




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By Amy on May 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Hi there. We are moving from NC to HI soon. are there any airlines that will fly a Boston Terrier? He is a snub nosed dog. Thanks for any info.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Hi Amy! Thanks for your question. Aloha Air & Hawaiian Air will accept Boston Terriers, however, you will likely need to drive your pup to one of their hubs. If we can help, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

By Christine Lustgraaf on May 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

So I normally fly my puppies through United Airlines, but since the sad death of the Frenchie they will not fly my breed anymore. Which airline will?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Hi Christine! In order to advise on routing, we will need to know your pup's breeds, origin & destination points. To best assist, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thanks!

By Shirley Ketah on May 16, 2018 at 12:49 am

I am moving to Carson City Nevada and I am looking to fly with my boxer from Alaska is there any airlines that will be able to meet me needs.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Hi Shirley! Unfortunately because Boxers are considered "snubbies" it is likely the only way to facilitate your move is ground transportation. There are some great companies on IPATA that could help with this.

By Lucy on March 24, 2018 at 4:34 am

Hello, I am moving from the U.S to Brazil and want to take my cat with me. I’m aware some airlines don’t approve certain breeds such as Persian. My cat is half Bengal half Persian - 50/50. I am worried. I’ve got the paper work taken care of. Thanks so much.

By Amy on February 14, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Hi, I'm currently living in Kathmandu with 2 pugs and a cat, I'd like to relocate to the UK and was wondering which airlines accept snubbed nose dogs. Many thanks

By Christina at PetRelocation on February 14, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Hello, Amy! Lufthansa and United Airlines both accept pugs. If you would like professional assistance with this move, you can fill out this form and a relocation consultant will contact you as soon as possible. Happy travels!

By Zoe Russell on December 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Hi we are looking to relocate from uk to New Zealand at the end of 2018 but was wondering if it was possible to move our French bulldog over with us? And would it be pricy? Thank you

By Christina at PetRelocation on December 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

Hi Zoe and thanks for your question,

It is possible to move your Frenchie to New Zealand! We have safely relocated many dogs there, including snub-nosed breeds. You can read this client testimonial about moving her three pugs to New Zealand with us.

Moving pets to this country does require a little extra time and preparation, so it's great that you are starting the planning process this early. We have a list of requirements and time frames on our website to give you a general idea of what you can expect.

As far as price goes, it really depends on every individual move. If you'd like to provide more information using our Arrange a Move form, one of our relocation consultants will contact you to provide a better idea on what it would cost to do this.

That should point you in the right direction!

By kara on September 30, 2017 at 3:25 am

I am thinking of adopting a French Bulldog. I currently live in Singapore but may relocate back to the UK in the future. Are there airlines that would fly my dog and which airlines are they so I can follow up with them directly.Many thanks

By on October 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Hello Kara, thanks for the question!

We would recommend looking into Lufthansa Cargo as an option for your French Bulldog, as they are one of the most pet-friendly airlines that still allow snub-nosed breeds (under certain temperature restrictions).

We have a great blog on how to book your pet's flight with them here, if you'd like to check it out.

Hope this helps, Kara! Best of luck with everything!

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