Does Alaska Airlines Allow Pit Bulls and French Bulldogs?

As the best airline for traveling with a pet, per Nerd Wallet ranking, Alaska Airlines accept brachycephalic or short-nosed dog breeds such as Pit bulls and French bulldogs to fly in the cabin, provided their carrier fits under the seat. Other Airlines that allow Pit Bulls and French Bulldogs include Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Airlines.

A Pit Bull, a French Bulldog, and an Alaska Airlines flight

However, Alaska Airlines does not allow Pit bulls, French bulldogs, and other short-nosed dogs to fly in its cargo compartment. This is because these dog breeds have pushed-in faces and short noses and are consequently at a higher risk of suffering respiratory distress or overheating due to constricted airways.

Nevertheless, Alaska Airlines allows Pit bulls (all breeds) and French bulldogs to fly under the care of their owner while in the cabin.

Rules for Pit bulls and French bulldogs in the cabin

For starters, you must be 18 years or older to fly with your Pitbull and French bulldog in the cabin on Alaska Airlines flights. Your Pitbull and French bulldog must be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned. Alaska Airlines allows up to two dogs of the same species, meaning you can travel with two Pit bulls or two French bulldogs in the same carrier, provided the canines are not in distress.

Furthermore, pet-friendly Alaska Airlines allows passengers to fly with a maximum of two pet carriers in the main cabin by buying a second ticket with an adjacent seat. However, passengers are not allowed to occupy an emergency exit row or bulkhead row when traveling with a pet on Alaska Airlines flights.

Your precious Frenchie or Pit bull must remain in its carrier with the door/flap secured at all times during the entire flight. More importantly, your dog must comfortably fit in its carrier and be able to stand and turn around freely.

But if your Pit bull or Frenchie has an offensive odor or creates a noise disturbance, it must travel in Alaska Airlines' climate-controlled baggage compartment for a fee of $150 USD/CAD each way. The weight of your dog and its carrier combined must not exceed 150 lbs when traveling in Alaska Airlines' baggage compartment.

Pet Carrier Requirements

Before your Pit bull or Frenchie is accepted by Alaska Airlines to travel in the cabin, its carrier must meet the type and dimensions requirements. Alaska Airlines accept hard-sided pet carriers that are 17 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 7.5 inches high. The company also accepts soft-sided pet carriers that are 17 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 9.5 inches high.

In addition, your pet carrier must be escape-proof, leak-proof, have adequate air ventilation, and must not have cracks or breaks. Furthermore, your pet carrier must include absorbent bedding made of material that is safe and non-toxic to your Pitbull or French bulldog.

Because pets are accepted on a first-come first-served basis, Alaska Airlines advises that you reserve a spot for your dog early, as there is a limit on the number of pets allowed in the cabin. In addition, as a Pit bull or French bulldog owner, you should ensure that your fur baby is acclimated to its carrier prior to the day of departure.

Furthermore, Alaska Airlines advise that you bring a towel, blanket or puddle pad, a small favorite toy, stuffed animal or something that provides comfort to your adorable Pit Bull and French Bulldog.

For more information, you should contact Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522.

Health Certificate

Alaska Airlines does not require a health certificate for dogs and other approved domestic animals flying in the cabin with their owner. However, the company recommends that pet owners check with the state veterinarian at their destination before travel, as many states, including Texas, and Florida, have specific importation health and vaccination requirements.

Alaska Airlines accepts dogs to travel between the U.S. and to international locations such as Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico. However, you are strongly advised to research the types of documents that are required by your country of destination.


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