Delta Airlines Revises Their Pet Policy

Recently Delta Air Lines announced that they will no longer allow American, English, and French bulldogs on their flights regardless of age, size, or weight. This is because of the restricted airways of the dogs and the dangers it can impose when they are in flight. It has nothing to do with their personality or reputation but rather health hazards and respiratory issues.

Short-snouted breeds (aka brachycephalic) account for many of the dogs that have died while on an airplane over the years. English bulldogs account for the highest number of deaths. The skull of dogs that have short snouts already have a smaller respiratory system than their longer muzzled colleagues. Being on a plane and feeling stress, uncertainty, and needing to cool down or pant can become extremely difficult for these breeds.

Brachycephalic breeds have the same amount of tissue and structure as longer muzzled dogs but it’s all compressed and panting to cool down or panting during stressful situations can be tougher.

Bulldogs aren’t the only dogs on the list that Delta Airlines will not transport. The list is as follows:

1: Boston Terriers
2: Staffordshire Terriers
3: Boxers
4: American Pitbull Terriers
5: Brussels Griffin
6: Chinese Pugs
7: Chow Chows
8: Dutch Pugs
9: English Toy Spaniels
10: Tibetan Spaniels
11: Shih Tzus
12: Shar-Peis
13: Pugs
14: Pekinese
15: Mastiffs
16: Japanese Spaniels
17: Japanese Pugs


1: Burmese
2: Exotic
3: Himalayan
4: Persian

For the safety of the animals, if you have a dog or cat that has a short snout and may be in danger flying, talk to your vet and if necessary, think about driving or taking a train to your new location or vacation spot with your furry friend.

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2 thoughts on “Delta Airlines Revises Their Pet Policy

  1. it is my understanding that the only airline that has animals travel in a pressurized area in the cargo hold is American. The breeder that I got my dog from told me this as it is the only airline she will ship dogs on for that reason.

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