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.

Effective June 18, 2018, United will not accept reservations for the following brachycephalic (or short- or snub-nosed) dogs and cats and strong-jawed dog breeds*, out of concern for higher adverse health risks:

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bulldog
  • American Bully
  • American Mastiff
  • American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/“Amstaff”
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Burmese
  • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
  • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
  • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
  • Dutch Pug
  • English Bulldog
  • English Mastiff
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
  • French Bulldog
  • Himalayan
  • Indian Mastiff/Alangu
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Japanese Pug
  • Kangal/Turkish Kangal
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
  • Old English Bulldogges
  • Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
  • Pekingese
  • Persian
  • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
  • Pug
  • Pyrenean Mastiff
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Shorty Bulldogs
  • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/“Staffys”
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa

* Including mixed breeds

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 gloria cisneros on October 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

looking to relocate my American bull dog from Washington state to Honolulu Hawaii. Any recommendations on Airlines? thank you.

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!

By Brynna on May 11, 2018 at 10:23 pm

How about an American bulldog from Las Vegas or los Angeles to Shanghai China?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 16, 2018 at 9:06 am

Hi Brynna! Thanks for your question. There are other pet safe options besides United for American Bulldogs, such as KLM & Lufthansa. However, every airline has their own regulations regarding transport of Bulldogs (i.e., Lufthansa requires reinforced travel crates) so it would be important to do your research prior to booking. If you’d like our assistance arranging your pup’s move, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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