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Can My Dog Fly? Here Are The 8 Best Dog Breeds For Air Travel

dog breeds for air travel

We know you want to bring your furry friend with you wherever you go, whether it’s on a road trip through the States or a long-haul flight to somewhere tropical! We hate to break the news to you but not all dog breeds are made equal for air travel. Before embarking on a journey via aircraft, you’ll have to read up on pet-friendly airline policies and consider how equipped your pup is for air travel. In this article, we’ll cover the best dog breeds for air travel (and the breeds that should avoid flying).

Flying with a dog in the cabin area

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Ideally, you’ll want to be able to take your dog along with you in the cabin area. Not only is it safer (read about this here), cabin fees also tend to be less expensive than flying cargo. As a dog owner, you’ll feel more secure when you can keep an eye on your pup. With that being said, dogs under 20 lbs. are permitted in the cabin area on most airlines and that’s why some of the best dog breeds for air travel include:

  • Pomeranian
  • Chihuahua
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Toy Poodle
  • Maltese
  • Bichon Frise
  • Dachshund
  • Toy Schnauzer

These breeds can fit easily and comfortably into a carrier or crate and have longer snouts which minimize the risks of difficult breathing while in the air.

Worst breeds for air travel

Generally, brachycephalic breeds (those with short noses and flat faces) are prone to respiratory issues which can be exacerbated by air travel. If your pup is one of these breeds, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will never be able to fly (read which airlines have breed restrictions here). These breeds include:

  • French Bulldog
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • English Toy Spaniel
  • English Bulldog
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Pekingese
  • Chow Chow
  • Pug
  • Shar-pei
  • Shih Tzu

Short-haul flights can be doable but we recommend you seek professional, medical advice about whether or not your dog is suited to fly.

Resources for pet-friendly air travel


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Traveling by air with a furry companion can be daunting but you can start by reading these helpful resources to prepare you before your trip:

The Definitive Guide To Airplane Travel With Your Dog

Attention! 6 Doggy Travel Mistakes To Avoid

Dog Travel Safety: 6 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe On Vacation

5 Important Tips To Know Before You Travel With Your Dog

Dog-Friendly Private VS. Public Transportation – Which Is Better?

The Importance of Socializing Your Dog for Traveling (A How-To)

Is your pup one of the best dog breeds for air travel? Do you have any doggy air travel tips to share? Comment below!

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