How to travel with dangerous dog breeds
1. Know your dog breed
If you are the owner of a dog on the following list, you need to take extra precautions that the country to which you are traveling will accept your pet. Keep in mind that these aggressive dog bans, in many cases, are not based on any restrictions put on the pet (i.e. that they will be muzzled while in public,) or the fact that they are a mixed breed.
Here is a list of common breeds that are banned in many countries worldwide:
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Staffordshire Terrier
- Pit Bull Terrier
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Doberman Pinscher
- Dogo Argentino
- Dogo de Burdeos
- Fila Brasileiro
- Mastin Napolitano
- De Presa Canario
- Tosa Japones
2. Know your destination
For those people who travel with dogs commonly classified as aggressive, it is very important to become very familiar with immigration restrictions of the country to which you are traveling with your pet.
3. Try cargo pet travel
Though cargo pet travel does sound a little scary at first, with a little research you’ll see that it’s actually very safe when the right steps are taken to minimize risks.
4. Crate training your dog
Crate-training your dog is also extremely important, as is proper hydration, choosing a pet-friendly airline, and discussing any health concerns you have with a vet.
For dogs with aggression issues, we suggest labeling the travel crate with a note explaining that Casper is wary of strangers. During the travel process only trained professionals will be handling him so his personality quirks should not preclude him from completing a safe flight, but it helps to do as much as you can to notify everyone involved.
5. Contact pet travel agencies and organization for more information