It is important to realize that some breeds and conditions for live animal shipping can face travel restrictions. Also, some countries may not allow for dangerous dog breeds to be imported. Another consideration is the weather and heat. Many airlines impose strict temperature guidelines for transporting live animal cargo. Most commercial airlines will not ship live animals in temperatures forecast for higher than 85 degrees, proving problematic for certain island locations.
Restrictions for Puppies:
Puppies traveling on United within the U.S. and Puerto Rico must be at least eight weeks of age prior to traveling with a commercial airline. Puppies weighing less than one pound must be at least ten weeks of age. Puppies imported to the U.S. must be at least 16 weeks of age and must be fully immunized against rabies before being imported into the U.S. The rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age of the dog and at least 30 days before arrival to a U.S. port of entry.
Short-nosed (brachycephalic) dog breeds:
Extra care is required when the following breeds travel because they often have hereditary respiratory problems. These animals are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme heat:
*On the recommendation of veterinarians, most airlines require customers to follow these guidelines to reduce stress and heat exposure when shipping or handling the breeds starred above:
- Use a kennel that is one size larger than normally required.
- Use a kennel with ventilation on four sides. (If the kennel does not have ventilation on four sides, modify the kennel by drilling seven holes in the rear top and seven holes in the rear bottom of the kennel using a 3/4-inch keyhole bit.)
- Acclimate the pet to the kennel by letting the animal spend time in the kennel for several days before its departure.
- Include water but not food in the kennel during the flight
Restrictions on Adult Bulldogs:
Many airlines not accept English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogges 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.
Some airlines 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.
- 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.
Dangerous Dog Breeds Requiring Reinforced Crates:
The following dog breeds and their mixes that have reached six months of age or weigh 20 pounds (9 kg) will be accepted only in a reinforced crate meeting International Air Transport Association (IATA) Container Requirement #82.
Breed, age or weight of the animal should be confirmed by the animal’s health certificate (dated within 10 days of transport). If the breed listed on the health certificate is inaccurate, the airline reserves the right to refuse the animal. Additionally, each airline reserves the right to refuse any animal that displays aggression or viciousness at the time of tender.
Individual Island Breed Restrictions
- Akita Inu (American) (Japanese)
- Alano Español (Spanish Bulldog)
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Bandogge (Bandog)
- American Bulldog (AmBull)
- American Staffordshire Bull Terrier (AmStaff)
- Armenian Gampr dog
- Aryan Molossus (Afghanistan Mastiff)
- Asian Shepherd Dog (Central)
- Belgian Mastiff (Matin Beige) (Chien de Trait) (Belgian Draft Mastiff) ¨
- Boerboel (Burbul)
- Cane Corso (Italiano) (Cane di Macellaio) ( Sicilian Branchiero) (Italian Mastiff)
- Catahoula Leopard Dog (Catahoula Hog Dog)
- Caucasian Shepherd Dog (Caucasian Sheepdog)
- (Caucasian Ovcharka) (Kavkaskaia Ovtcharka)
- (Caucasian Owcharka) (Caucasian Mountain Dog) (Sage Ghafghazi) (Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka) (Caucasian Ovtcharka) (Russian Caucasian Ovtcharka) (Russian Caucasian)
- Central Asian Ovtcharka (Middle Asian Ovtcharka) (Mid-Asian Shepherd) (Central Asian Sheepdog) (Central Asian Shepherd Dog) (Alabai) (Sredneasiatskaïa Ovtcharka) (Turkmen Alabai)
- Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) (Bordeaux Bulldog) ¨
- Dogo Argentino(Argentinian Mastiff) (Argentine Dogo)
- Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)(Brazilian Molosser)(Cão de Fila)
- Georgian Shepherd Dog
- Guatemalan Bull Terrier
- Gull Dong (Pakistani Bulldog)
- Gull Terr (Pakistani Bull Terrier)
- Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Kangal Dog
- Karelian Bear Dog (Finnish Bear Dog)
- Korean Jindo Dog
- Lottatore Brindisino
- New Guinea Singing Dog (New Guinea Highland Dog) (Singer) (NGSD)
- Olde English Bulldogge (not to be confused with an ENGLISH BULLDOG)
- Pakistani Mastiff (Bully Kutta) (Pakistani Bully Kutta) (Bohli Kutta) (Bully Cutha) (Pakistani Mastiff) (Sindh Mastiff) (PBK)
- Perro de Presa Canario (Canarian catch dog)
- Perro de Presa Mallorquin (Ca de Bou)
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier (American, English, Irish, etc.)
- Tibetan Mastiff
- Tosa (Japanese) (Inu) (Ken)
This country has a ban on all types of Pit Bull breeds and Staffordshire Terriers.
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero
Antigua and Barbuda:
Dogs of the “pitbull” breed or mixes of this breed are not allowed to land on Antigua and Barbuda. Any dog, which physically resembles this breed, must be accompanied by certification from a recognized kennel club, which verifies that the dog is not of this breed (pitbull).
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis:
The following dogs will not be permitted to enter St. Kitts and Nevis – Pit Bull Terrier/ Staffordshire Terrier Dogo Argentino Presa Canario Fila Brasileiro Japanese Tosa American Bull dog.
Turks & Caicos:
You may NOT bring in to the Country certain breeds which consider dangerous. The following breeds are banned – Akita, Any breed of Bulldog, Any breed of Mastiff, Any Pit Bull including the American Staffordshire Terrier, The Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a mixed-breed dog which has any Pit Bull lineage. Bandog, Beauceron, Canary dog or Presa Canario, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo Argentino,Fila Brazilliero, Japanese Tosa, Jondo, Kuvasz, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Roman Fighting Dog, Rottweiler, South African Boerboel, any dog which appears to have been bred for fighting, and all non-domestic canine species and hybrids of such.
The importation of a pit-bull terrier type dog is not permitted.