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Dog Transport: Restricted or Banned Breeds Explained

When it’s time for us to move, we know our beloved dogs are coming along as cherished family members. However, it’s crucial to be aware of stringent dog transport requirements for certain dog breeds.

We’ve previously covered the requirements for restricted brachycephalic breeds, but it’s equally essential to consider other specific breeds when planning your pet travel adventure.

Aggressive Breeds

At the top of the list of breeds often considered aggressive is the American Staffordshire Terrier. However, we want you to know that we understand this doesn’t mean your loving Staffy is inherently aggressive.

Some airlines and countries have banned the import of many breeds deemed as aggressive, including the American Staffordshire Terrier. Some of these breeds and their mixes include:

  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Barboels
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Dog de Bordeaux
  • Doberman
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Mastiffs
  • Pitbull Terrier
  • Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Tosa Inu

It’s important to note that the list of banned or restricted breeds can vary from one airline to another and from one country to another. Additionally, some airlines may have policies that restrict or ban dogs of certain sizes or any dog with a history of aggressive behavior, regardless of breed.

If you plan to travel with a pet, especially one of the breeds mentioned above, it’s important to check with the airline and review the pet transportation policies of both your departure and arrival locations to understand any specific restrictions or requirements that may apply to your pet’s breed or size.

Airline Requirements for Aggressive Breeds

Airlines that accept these breeds may require that they travel in a special reinforced travel container to protect them during travel. Their container must meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) safety and security regulations.

The IATA rule for these breeds states the following in reference to their travel crate:

  • Must be made of wood, metal, synthetic materials, weld mesh, or wire mesh.
  • No plastic may be used for any part of the crate.
  • The door must be made of heavy duty wire mesh, reinforced wood, or metal and must be securely fastened without the ability to accidentally be opened by the dog.
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These are only a few of the many requirements from IATA and LAR (Live Animal Regulations) that must be met for their crate to be accepted for dog transport.

World Pet Travel has build many reinforced travel crates over the years to meet these specific requirements. If you need assistance in building or locating a kennel for your fur baby, let us know and we can help.

Expertise in Handling Restricted and Banned Breeds

We frequently handle cases involving restricted or banned breeds and have experience in locating airlines that can accommodate these breeds. While the list of such accommodating airlines may be shrinking, we remain confident in our ability to assist you in finding a suitable solution.


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