Moving to Germany: T-58 Days – Flying with Your Pooch

This topic is one that gives me a lot of stress at night and here’s why:

Look at this face!
Look at this face!

Over the last few years, airlines have banned snubbed-nosed dogs from flying in cargo hold over the summer months. Snubbed-nosed dogs (also known as Brachycephalic) include not just Pugs but Boston Terriers, Boxers, some mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and bulldogs. Here’s the best analogy as to why Brachycephalic dogs have a hard time breathing: they still have all the same anatomical parts as a normal-nosed dog but packed into a smaller space. This is like moving from a house into an apartment and still keeping all the same furniture. Things get cramped and the air flow is not ideal.


These dogs are also more sensitive to changes in pressure and temperature as a result. So being shut in a crate in a cargo hold without any temperature hold has caused a lot of deaths of these breeds mostly bulldogs and pugs.

So he has to come in the passenger cabin with me.

However, there are some airlines (like Lufthansa) that have a climate-controlled cargo space specifically for your pooch. I would still rather have him with me.

When preparing for the flight, you have to plan ahead by calling different airlines and asking about their pet policies. If you find an airline that best suit your needs then book your flight as soon as you can (by calling) and letting them know that you will be taking your dog with you. Depending on where you store your dog will determine the fee.



I will be in the process of doing all this soon now that my start date is official (June 1st) and my contract is set. So now I need to make sure I book early because most flights only about 2 or 3 dogs at a time.

Wish me luck!

4 thoughts on “Moving to Germany: T-58 Days – Flying with Your Pooch

  1. I don’t travel because of my own health, but your information is very helpful for folks who do travel with their pugs or other canine flat-faced friends. Because you like pugs, I thought you might be interested in my book about pugs, “Funny Tails: Adventures and Misadventures in Living with Pugs,” which I’m posting FREE online, one chapter at a time, in order to develop a following and build my non-academic platform. It’s a lighthearted look at 10 years of life with our own 3 pugs and various others that we’ve fostered for Pug Rescue of North Carolina . So far, my readers think the book is quite funny. I’d love to hear what other pug folks such as yourself think about it. My website is
    Best wishes,
    Maija (pronounced My-uh)

    1. Thank you! Of everything I have to worry about with my move, this topic is the most stressful. I am glad you find it useful and I hope others do, too. I do love pugs and will definitely look into your book! Thanks for the read!

  2. Hi,

    I have a pug, Nina, and I’m trying to relocate from london to Bangkok – The only way I’ll fly with her is if she comes in the cabin with me. She is just over 8kg tho and no airlines accept any pet (including carrier bag) over 8kg. With your experience are the airlines very strict with their 8kg policy or is there some give?


    1. Hi Nina, sorry that I didn’t respond earlier. I used United when I flew from the States to Germany and not only did they not have a weight limit – they didn’t check. Usually they are more concerned if the carrier can fit under the seat. I think you’ll be fine, but call the airline you’re interested in first (which is what I did before I even purchased my tickets). Is your carrier bag a soft one?

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