Snub-Nosed Breed Restrictions on United Airlines

snub-nosed dogUnited PetSafe Breed Restrictions

Before making pet travel plans, it's important to research your airline options and any restrictions that may exist in order to avoid getting into an inconvenient situation on your day of departure. Do you have the right travel crate? Do you have the correct paperwork from your vet? Wait, is your breed of pet even accepted by this airline?

These are all questions certainly worth looking into well in advance, and most can be answered by perusing the airline's website or giving them a call. Here at PetRelocation we do our best to stay on top of airline policy changes and announcements, too, so check with us if you have questions.

For example, here's a look breed policies from United, a pet-friendly airline we often book pet flights with. Over the years they have fine-tuned their breed restrictions to help keep pets as safe as possible, and various breeds, particularly snub-nosed dogs and cats, are affected by year-round and seasonal policies. 

Here's what United has outlined:

Embargo for adult Bulldogs

United does not accept English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogges, Shorty Bulls/Bulldogs or mixes of these breeds that are older than six months or weigh more than 20 pounds at any time of year. Dogs of these breeds and their mixes that are younger than six months or weigh less than 20 pounds are accepted year-round. Refer to the shipping requirements in the short-nosed (brachycephalic) dog breeds section to ensure the safety of your animal.

All American Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs and breed mixes

United will accept American Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs and mixes of these breeds according to the following conditions:

Puppies of these breeds that are between eight weeks and six months of age or weigh less than 20 pounds (9 kg) will be accepted at any time of the year for travel within the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information on puppies being imported to the U.S., please see the restrictions for puppies section below.
Adults of these breeds that are older than six months of age or weigh more than 20 pounds (9 kg) are subject to the following restrictions:

May 15 - September 15: None will be accepted.
September 16 - May 14: These animals will be accepted as long as the forecasted temperatures along the itinerary are expected to be no higher than 85°F (29°C) at the time when the animal's flights are scheduled to arrive and depart. Animals with connecting flights may also be kenneled during the day to avoid the heat.

Note that United has expanded its services over the last few years to become more and more pet friendly; for example they have implemented more PetSafe routes and PetSafe Product enhancements. Their complete set of pet policies can be found here.

Contact PetRelocation with any questions about air travel with pets, and fly safely, everyone!



PetRelocation Team




United States


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By Nick O'Donnell on August 25, 2017 at 1:35 am

Hello, I'm based in Manila Philippines and I'm trying to have a 10 month old female bulldog who weighs 40-45lbs delivered from Florida to here. Please let me know my best option. Many Filipinos have imported adult Bulldogs from all over the states, but won't share their shipping details. I've just read on your site that adult Bulldogs over 6 months who weigh more than 20lbs can travel between September 16- May 14 please let me know thanks!Nick

By on August 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Hello Nick,

Thank you for reaching out! Depending on what kind of bulldog you have, I would recommend looking into either Philippine Air or Lufthansa as flight options for your dog.

Keep in mind this may mean your dog will not be able to fly directly to the Philippines from Florida, as these airlines have specific ports that they can transfer pets to and from. Also, the timing listed above is only for United Airlines who does not take English or French bulldogs.

If you are continuing to have issues with finding routing for your dog, please know you are more than welcome to contact us to cover these options with you.

I hope this helps - best of luck to you!

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