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Emirates places embargo on snub-nosed breeds

Emirates Sky Cargo has placed an embargo on all snub-nosed cat and dog breeds and will not accept them as cargo on their network. The ban will be in place throughout the entire Emirates network in all seasons, including summer and winter.

Snub-nosed dogs and cats will not be able to fly on Emirates Sky Cargo starting December 1, 2020. All confirmed bookings will be honoured by the airline; new bookings will not be taken.

Why are snub-nosed breeds vulnerable during air travel?

Snub-nosed dogs and cats have short noses or snouts. They do not breathe as efficiently as other dogs and cats and are prone to overheating. They take longer to cool down and regulate their body temperature, which makes them high-risk flyers during air travel.

Brachycephalic dog and cat breeds have smaller airways that make them vulnerable to respiratory problems even under normal circumstances; these problems are likely to be heightened during air travel. If the dog or cat is stressed during the flight, it may lead to overheating. Since these breeds find it harder to regulate their temperature during the fight, they are considered high-risk. Brachycephalic dogs and cats that are easily stressed and overweight are at much higher risk for these same reasons.

Prohibited brachycephalic breeds

Emirates Sky Cargo has announced that the following snub-nosed cat and dog breeds will no longer be accepted by the airline:


  • Affenpinscher
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldogs (all types)
  • Bullmastiff
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua (apple headed)
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Lowchen
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • Pekingese
  • Pitbull Terrier
  • Pug
  • Shar-Pei
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Spaniel


  • British Shorthair
  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Exotic Fold
  • Himalayan
  • Persian
  • Scottish Fold
  • Selkirk Rex

Travelling with your brachycephalic pet? Call the pet travel experts

Pet travel with a snub-nosed breed is difficult, but not impossible. Though some airlines have an embargo on these breeds, it is possible to fly them to your destination with careful planning and safety arrangements. Your snub-nosed pet will need a well-ventilated crate for international air travel. Make sure they are healthy and not overweight and remember to crate train them, so they are not overtly stressed during the flight.

If you are planning international travel with your snub-nosed cat or dog, reach out to Petraveller for more information on zero-harm pet travel and a free pet travel quote.