Airlines Banning Short-Faced Dogs
Bulldogs, pugs, boxers prone to overheating during hot flights
By Sarah Whitmire, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2011 9:13 AM CDT
An English Bulldog: The breed had the most deaths (25) of any other in airline canine deaths between 2005 and 2010.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – More and more airlines are banning flat-faced breeds of dogs and cats for the animals’ safety. Snub-nosed dogs—think pugs, bulldogs, and boxers—and certain exotic cats face full or partial bans on American, Delta, United, Continental, and most recently, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific airlines, CNN reports. These breeds are prone to breathing problems and overheating on planes, accounting for half of in-flight canine deaths from 2005 to 2010.

English bulldogs fared the worse, with 25 of 108 deaths for known breeds, according to US statistics. Hong Kong's SPCA says it understands Cathay Pacific's rationale for the new ban, but think it's too extreme. "There are cases when air travel is unavoidable, especially when owners need to emigrate,” says a spokeswoman. “If owners cannot send them in the cabin they may have to abandon them or put them to sleep.”

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Jul 24, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
How in hell do you die of "overheating" in a pressurized, unheated cargo hold when the temp outside is -60 degrees F?
Jul 23, 2011 10:11 PM CDT
givbe me a mid sized MUTT anyday..they are more healthy, and less prone to genetic abnormalities...besides...pugs and bulldogs look like shit, and almost always sound like they are snoring
Jul 23, 2011 6:04 PM CDT
Everyone will admit Hitler was a dog. Now humans are selectively dogs. What goes around, comes around. There's got to be a way to resolve this and the budget crisis, too.