Transporting Large Dogs

Arranging Pet Transport for Large Dogs

Shipping a Great Dane

Moving with Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Great Pyrenees and other large and long-legged dogs may require a little extra time and energy, but that doesn’t mean the process can’t be carried out safely.

Read on to find out what to expect if you’re planning to travel across the country or across the world with your big dog.

Special Considerations for Flying With Large Dogs

Note: Every pet move is a little different, so let these tips serve as general guidelines and contact a PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about your specific relocation options. We'd be happy to help!

Custom Crates

Larger dogs are likely to need a custom travel kennel or an extension kit to add a few more inches to a standard large crate, so allow extra time for research, ordering, delivery and crate training in the new extra large crate.


Large dogs tend to drink more water, so consider attaching an extra water dish to the inside door of your pet’s travel crate and offer plenty of water before and after the flight.

Cargo Space

Not all aircraft are large enough to hold extra large pet crates, so when you book your dog’s flight you’ll need to make sure the plane is able to accommodate your dog. This also means your Great Dane or St. Bernard may not be able to fly out of a small airport, since smaller ports usually only services smaller planes. Often large dog owners will need to arrange ground transportation at the beginning of a move so that they may find a large enough airplane and airport.

Breed Restrictions

Some countries restrict the import of breeds like Staffordshire Terriers and Pit Bulls, so if you have a large dog that happens to be a breed on one of these lists, it’s better to know sooner than later. Research your country’s import requirements as soon as you start thinking about moving to make sure you’re in the clear.

Housing Options

If you’re moving abroad to a country that is less pet friendly, it’s highly recommended to research your housing options to make sure you can secure something that allows your large breed dog. It’s also wise to consider the environment and make sure you’re comfortable bringing a big dog to your destination. Will you have a yard? Are dog friendly parks available? Can you find all the food and supplies you need?


Because of the custom or extra large crate, manifest cargo fee (which is based on weight and size), possible ground transportation additions and more, prepare for the fact that moving a large dog will probably be significantly more expensive than moving a small dog or a cat.

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