For pet owners relocating breeds considered strong-jawed or snub-nosed (and those with a pet species other than a cat or dog), moving a furry family member across the United States is now a little trickier.

United Airlines—previously a popular domestic choice for moving dogs including pit bull terriers, pugs, and other widely restricted breeds—will no longer accept PetSafe reservations for over 25 of these breeds effective June 18, 2018. The announcement of this and other new policies, made on May 1st, followed a thorough review of the PetSafe program and partnership with American Humane in ongoing efforts to improve the safety of the travel experience. 

In addition to new breed and species restrictions, PetSafe travel reservations to and from India and Australia are not being accepted at this time. For more information on these new policies, including new travel crate restrictions, you can visit the United Airlines PetSafe site

Need help figuring out your pet's travel arrangements within the US or internationally? We have a team of travel experts! Contact us to speak with a consultant. 


PetRelocation Team


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By Alex on September 15, 2018 at 2:14 am

Hello!I've been looking to move to Ireland for a little while now and think early summer 2019 would be ideal. I have a Boxer-Pitbull Terrier mix. He's 7 years old and 65 lbs. I've been struggling to find any options to get him to Dublin (where he is required to enter the country). Are there any options/suggestions for airlines that you know could take him and I from the US to Dublin? I also looked at the Queen Mary 2 for a ship option, but they only go to England and I don't want to risk him getting taken by going there (I've read to avoid going to England with him). Thanks for your help in advanced!

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 17, 2018 at 9:14 am

Hi Alex! Thanks for your question. Although pit bulls are not banned in Ireland, this breed must be kept under strict control by people 16 years or older, be licensed, walked on short leash (no more than 2 meters) and muzzled in public places. In terms of flight routing, Lufthansa is a pet safe airline that accepts pit bulls in reinforced kennels. If we can be of assistance, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Hope this information helps get you started on your research!

By Dom on August 24, 2018 at 1:28 pm

So how can I ship a pitbull from Seattle to New Orleans?

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hi Dom! It sounds like ground transportation will be your best option as unfortunately there are no domestic US airlines that will carry pitbulls. If you are looking for a company to complete this service for you, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here and a consultant will reach out to you soon. Thanks!

By Aaron on July 16, 2018 at 10:45 am

Well, damn. I'm running out of airlines that I can use to move out of Puerto Rico with my Pitbull.

By susan on July 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm

can I fly my Rottweiler back to the States from GuamThank You

By Christina at PetRelocation on July 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

Hello Susan,

At this time, there is no direct flight option out of Guam for dogs that require a 700 series kennel (big enough for Rottweilers and other large breeds). We are able to accomplish this move, but it requires two international flights out of Guam to another country than the US due to airline restrictions. If you would like to speak with someone in more detail about this move, please fill out this form at your convenience and one of our relocation experts will be in touch!

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