Transport of short-nosed dogs

A Frequently Asked Question: Is my short-nosed dog allowed to fly?

In principle, yes. However, it is important to monitor some special features of these particular breeds.

Animals, and especially dogs, with flatter noses are to some extent disadvantaged in breathing due to their particular nose shape. This must always be taken into account, especially where climatic changes are involved.
Our GRADLYN experts are thus very aware of the importance of using a flight box of the correct size. Good air circulation inside a transport box will make a major contribution to a stress-free flight, because calm breathing affects the well-being of the dog, and therefore greatly facilitates any transport arrangements.

Short-nosed dogs can quickly get out of breath, especially in a hot, stuffy atmosphere. Breathing problems can thus arise during flight travel through very hot regions. In-flight air conditioning helps when aboard the aircraft. But, just like other travellers, these dogs feel like they have encountered a "hot, stifling, wall" when they emerge at the destination airport. However, temperature fluctuations always have a much greater effect on short-nosed breeds.

Most pet owners and breeders know about this and take the issue into consideration in everyday life. However, as responsible animal transporters, we always point out that short-nosed breeds should fly only when in the best of health – simply because they find the experience more of a challenge than their canine contemporaries with a longer nose.

Some airlines have even decided to impose a ban on the transportation of certain dog breeds. Extensive information on this issue, and detailed advice on the transport of dogs with respiratory problems, is a key component of GRADLYN's responsible approach to handling and transporting animals. It’s only when all such questions regarding transport are clarified that transport planning can really begin.

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