Airline Pet Travel: Lufthansa adds temperature restrictions on 10 breeds of dogs

Effective immediately, Lufthansa will not transport 10 breeds of dogs (or mixed breeds thereof) in the cargo hold if the temperature exceeds 27°C or 80°F at the originating or destination airport. The affected breeds are: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds except American Bulldog), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), and Shih Tzu. Additionally, Lufthansa will require that the exact breed be listed on all pet transport documents. The restriction affects snub nosed dogs as their brachycephalic condition impairs breathing. Owners of these breeds should plan their pet travel during periods of cooler weather or avoid cities with higher temperatures.

UPDATE:  Issues in holding areas have been corrected in all locations (DFW still unconfirmed) so ban has been lifted.

 


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  1. Manjula – the temperatures in Sri Lanka are the concern with the transport of your English Bullie. A quick Google search showed temps are the coolest in January. You should try to find an airline that flies into Sri Lanka in the early morning or late evening hours when temperatures are no so extreme. When temperatures exceed 75 degrees, most airlines will not transport this breed. You may want to check with Sri Lankan Airlines if they fly your route.
    Jason

  2. Hello, I am planning to relocate from Canada to srilanka and looking to transport my 85 pound English Bull Dog. Please advice me what time of the year is good due to the temperature restrictions and what airline will service this matter.thanks

  3. Paula – temperatures are always a concern in the heart of both summer and winter. Not sure where you are traveling from, but you should look at the mean temperatures along your route to make sure they remain above 45 degrees F. If not, contact your airline for direction.
    Phil

  4. We are trying to transport two Boxers to Frankfurt, Germany. Would this be a problem in February?

  5. Cristina – it would be far preferred to carry your Shih Tzu with you in the cabin to Rome so keep it within weight limits. Lufthansa will accept soft sided carriers which are great because they allow your cat extra room and can squish down under the seat. Make sure your cat can stand up and turn around in the carrier, it has a waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and is secure (zippers, not snaps). Get your cat used to the carrier as far in advance as you can.
    Susan

  6. Hi to everyone i just want to ask if it is ok carrying my shihtzu of 4 months old (she will be 7months old when we will leave the philippines due to her blood test) to rome with lufthansa? Or any carrier which are pet friendly?, because i will move to rome for work and i dont wanna leave her here.

  7. Gloria – this post was generated from a bulletin issued by Lufthansa originating from issues with holding areas in certain airports. Since that time, corrections have been made although DFW is still not confirmed. Post will be updated. Thank you.
    Susan

  8. The article states: “Effective immediately, Lufthansa will not transport 10 breeds of dogs (or mixed breeds thereof) in the cargo hold if the temperature exceeds 27°C or 80°F at the originating or destination airport.”
    On Lufthansa Airlines website it is stated that for the mentioned breeds “Dogos which belong to the pug-nosed breeds are escpeically sensitive to temperature and stress. We (the airline) therefore recommend that you do not transport your dog if the emperature at your departure, transfer or destination airpor exceeds 27C(80.6F)
    Therefore on the airline webpage it is recommended not mandated.
    Where can I find the information source as noted in the PetTravel.com Blog that the airline will not transport the 10 breeds? Thank you

  9. Jatin – this is very difficult as Bulldog breeds are banned from many airlines due to their breathing problems. You may discuss with Air France, but temperatures may be a real problem. If they are higher than 85 degrees, it is not safe and the airlines will not transport them.
    Susan

  10. Hello i buy a american bulldog adult female from hungary europe.is it possible to send this female to nepal from hungary or from germany to nepal .tell me please which airlines do this

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