Airlines that Allow Snub-Nose Dogs and Cats In Cabin

Snub Nose Dogs and Cats are very popular breeds; however; when flying, that special little face comes at a price. Here are all the airlines that allow flat-face breeds.

Airlines that allow snub nose breeds of Dogs and Cats In Cabin:

  • United
  • Lufthansa
  • Southwest
  • KLM
  • Alaska Air
  • Copa
  • Korean Air
  • FInnair
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • AeroMexico

IN CABIN

AIRLINEINT’L Max SizeDOMESTIC Max Size
UNITED
$125usd Each Way
Yes
Soft=18”Lx11”Wx11”H
Hard=17.5″Lx12”Wx7.5”H
Yes
Soft=18”Lx11”Wx11″”H
Hard=17.5’Lx12”Wx7.5”H
LUFTHANSA
17.6lbs Max w/ Carrier
Domestic=$57usd
Int’l-$69-$150usd
Yes
Soft Sided Only
22″L x 16″W x 9″H
Yes
Soft Sided Only
22″L x 16″W x 9″H
SOUTH
WEST

$95usd Each Way
No Snub Nose
Pets Allowed
In Cabin

Yes
18.5”Lx8.5”Hx13.5”W
KLM
17.6lbs Max w/ Carrier
$88-$465usd
Each Way
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9.5″W
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9.5″W
ALASKA AIR
$105usd Each Way

Yes
17″L x 11″Hx 7.5″W
Yes
17″L x 11″H x 7.5″W
KOREAN AIR
15.5lbs Max w/ Carrier
$150-$300usd
Each Way
Yes
Sum Total (LxHxW=45″
Soft Max Height=10″
Hard Max Height=8″
Yes
Sum Total (LxHxW=45″
Soft Max Height=10″
Hard Max Height=8″
COPA AIR
20lbs Max w/ Carrier
M-F Only for Int’l
Int’l=$125
Domestic=$25
Yes
17″Lx7.5″Hx13″W
Yes
17″Lx7.5″Hx13″W
FINNAIR
17lbs Max
Europe, Russia &
Middle East=$60
Intercontinental=
$100


Yes
Soft=22″Lx9″Hx16″W
Hard=14″Lx12″Wx8″H
Yes
Soft=22″Lx9″Hx16″W
Hard=14″Lx12″Wx8″H
AIR CANADA
Int’l=
$100-$120usd
Canada & US(Excluding
HI=
$50-60
Yes -Except HI
Soft=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx
10.5″H
Hard=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx9″H


Yes
Soft=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx10.5″H
Hard=21.5″Lx15.5″Wx
9″H
AIR FRANCE
8kg/17lbs w/ Carrier
Int’l=
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9″W
Yes
18″Lx11″Hx9″W
AeroMexico
Dogs Only
7-9kg/15.5-19lbs
w/Carrier
Int’l-$125
Domestic=$50
Yes
Aircraft E-145=
16″Lx12″Hx 7″W
All Other Aircraft=
19″Lx12″Hx 10″W

Yes
Aircraft E-145=
16″Lx12″Hx 7″W
All Other Aircraft=
19″Lx12″Hx 10″W

The factors that determine if your snub nose pet is allowed to fly and if in Cabin, Checked Baggage or Cargo are:

  • If your flight International or Domestic
  • If your Destination and any Layover City
  • The Size and Weight of your Pet with Carrier
  • The Length of Flight restriction are often imposed for flights over 11 hours.

More Info on Flying with Snub Nose Pets

Delta–Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats and their mixes are not permitted on Delta or Delta Connection flights in cabin, checked baggage or cargo.

Southwest AirlinesAllows snub-nose pets in cabin on domestic flights only. Snub-nose pets are not allowed on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. Southwest Airlines allows small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs to travel with you in-cabin under the seat in front of you. All pets must be carried in an appropriate carrier. Pets traveling are subject to a $95 Pet Fare each way per pet carrier.

American Airlines— The airline does not allow the transportation of brachycephalic and snub-nosed cats and dogs because of safety concerns.

United AirlinesAllows snub-nose Dogs and Cats. Pets must be at least 2 months (8 weeks) old. On international flights, Dogs and Cats must be at least 4 months (16 weeks) old due to rabies vaccination requirements. Pets can’t travel with unaccompanied minors. Cost is $125 each way. Your pet must also always remain in the floor space under the seat.

Alaska Air—Alaska Air does allow brachycephalic breeds in cabin. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been fully weaned. Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Alaska Airlines does not accept snub-nose breeds in cargo or checked baggage.

KLM—KLM allows snub-nosed pets in cabin. Cost is $65-$200usd per pet in cabin. KLM does not transport most of snub-nose pets in the hold as they may have trouble breathing during the flight due to high temperatures and stress.

LufthansaYour snub nose dog or cat can travel in the passenger compartment/in cabin.   Snub-nosed breeds of dogs or cats can be transported as air freight, not as traditional cargo.

COPA AirlinesAllows snub nose pets in cabin and in cargo.  Cost is $25 for Domestic flights and $125 for International flights.  For International flights, you are allowed to transport pets from Monday through Friday only. Pets are not accepted on flights where the departure itinerary originates on Friday and the arrival is on Saturday morning.  One pet per container. One pet per passenger.  Children under 11 years of age are not allowed to travel with pets.

Korean AirSnub nose Dogs and Cats are accepted in cabin/passenger compartment and as checked baggage.  For In-Cabin, the Total weight of pet + carrier maximum is 7kg or less.  For Checked Baggage, the Total weight of pet + carrier maximum is 45kg or less. The total sum of the carrier’s width, length, and height should be less than 291cm/114in and the maximum height is 84cm/33in. Each passenger may be accompanied by 1 animal on-board or 2 as checked pets. Brachycephalic/ snub-nosed Dogs and Cats cannot be accepted as cargo.

British Airways– accepts some snub nose breeds in a larger kennel. They specifically do not allow Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese or their cross-breeds.

Emirates Airlines– does not accept snub nose breeds as of December 2020.

Aero Mexico-allows snub-nose dogs and cats in cabin and cargo. In cabin up to 20lbs/9kg including carrier In Cargo up to 99lbs/45gk including crate. Flight must be 6 hours or less.

Finnair–Bigger dogs and all ferrets can travel in the hold on the same flight with you, if the combined weight of the pet and its pet carrier is under 50 kg (110 lb). Please note that if your pet and its box weigh together over 50 kg (110 lb), the pet needs to be shipped as cargo.


Even airlines that allow snub-nose pets on flights, each has restrictions on the number of pets per flight and for the length of the flight (usually any over 11 hours).

Snub Nose Dog
Matthias Zomer from Pexels

Snub-nose, also known as brachycephalic, these pets have been bred to have noses/snouts that are shorter than most and this adorable signature feature can cause them to have breathing and heat acclimation issues. These breeds include:

• Affenpinscher
• American Bulldog
• American Staffordshire Terrier
• American Pit Bull Terrier
• Boston Terrier
• Boxer (all breeds)
• Brussels Griffin,
• Bulldog (all breeds)
• Cane Corso
• Chow Chow
• Douge de Bordeaux
• English Toy Spaniel (King Charles)
• Japanese Chin

• Lhasa Apso
• Mastiff (all breeds except Great Danes)
• Pekinese
• Pit Bull
• Pug (all breeds)
• Shar Pei
• Shih Tzu
• Staffordshire Bull Terrier
• Tibetan Spaniel.
Burmese Cats
• Exotic Cats
• Himalayan Cats
• Persian Cats



Why Do Airlines Not Allow Snub-Nose Breeds on Flights?

Because snub-nose breeds have smaller nostrils, a longer soft palate, and a narrowed trachea/windpipe, brachycephalic breeds don’t breathe as well as animals with average length snouts. They can have difficulty cooling off when playing, exercising, or if they are stressed or overheated.  They have difficulty breathing normally at higher altitudes. Their airway can actually collapse, either partially or completely, and cut off their airflow.

Do I need a different Crate for a Snub-Nose Pet for Air Travel?

Yes. Because of their breathing issues many airlines require a pet crate that is at least 4”/10 cm larger than the dog or cat (this includes 1 size larger is using Standard Crate Sizing or 10% larger). This additional space allows for extra ventilation and air flow.

Airlines that accept brachycephalic breeds require pet owners to have an airline or IPATA approved flight pet crate that is at least one size larger than the size for a pet of equal size. Purchasing a larger pet travel crate will help minimize the risks.

Can I Put My Pet in an Oversized Crate?

The correct size crate for a snub-nose pet is one size larger than the standard for their size. All other pets should use the standard crate for their size. A crate larger than one size larger is not recommended for brachycephalic breeds by airlines for two reasons: 1. Airlines have limited cargo space and each pet is apportioned their space depending on their size and breed, and 2. It can be hazardous for a pet when air turbulence occurs; your pet may be thrown against the wall of the crate instead of leaning against the wall of the crate.

Why Does United Airlines have so many dogs die in flight?

United’s sky-high numbers of recent pet deaths may be more complicated than they appear at first glance.

While United does carry a disproportionate number of the animals who die on planes, the airline says the disparity results from one simple variable: United accepts higher-risk dog breeds that other major U.S. carriers do not allow.

“Snub-nosed” breeds such as French bulldogs are banned from Delta and American Airlines, because their compact airway can lead to in-flight breathing problems. But up until last month, United continued to accept shipments of these dogs

 

Published by Stephanie Anne Fling

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