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 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!

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 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!

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