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Nic295
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February 15, 2017 8:26 pm  

My girl, Hershey, is part Pit.
There is a picture of a pit bull on the American Airlines website showing banned breeds that looks exactly like her. On her documents required to fly she is listed as a Terrier mix. No issues getting her on the plane.
No mention of the word pit bull exists on her paperwork.

I could try this, but I feel like it would be so risky for us. We have a blue pit. And boy does he look like a pit. I don't think there's any other breed that looks like that. Anyone who cared (if those people exist lol) would spot him in a second.


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Gator's Mom
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February 15, 2017 8:31 pm  

My Shih Tzu is a bit portly stocky. He's right at 20 lbs with soft carrier. On the other hand, my terrier weighs less but is a leggy young dog.

From others I understand AA in MIA can be difficult if a pet plus carrier isn't under 20 lbs. They (AA) also are sticklers on whether your dog can stand and turn around in his/her carrier.

Anyone with experience?

My girl, Hershey, is part Pit.
There is a picture of a pit bull on the American Airlines website showing banned breeds that looks exactly like her. On her documents required to fly she is listed as a Terrier mix. No issues getting her on the plane.
No mention of the word pit bull exists on her paperwork.

I forgot about Gator's Mom having the brachyocephalic breed but don't they allow in cabin if at acceptable weight? Much better and less stressful than cargo.

I was so worried they were going to lose Hershey in Miami.
(And that we wouldn't get on the flight in STT!)
When I got to the departure gate in Miami, I notified the agent that I was traveling with a dog and that if dog wasn't on board, I wouldn't be either. The pilot walked up and I told him he couldn't leave unless my girl was on board. He laughed but he said he'd check and he did. He sent the stewardess back to let me know before take off that she'd been brought aboard. I sat on the left side of plane so I saw her loaded in STT, offloaded in Miami, loaded on our flight to Tampa and offloaded when we got there.
Much relieved to have her arrive, safe and sound and to get her out of the kennel for the 2.5 hour drive back to Lady Lake. Long trip for both of us.


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Alana33
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February 15, 2017 8:34 pm  

As mentioned, Hershey looks exactly like the banned pit bull on their website. Your veterinarian would have to sign off on the paperwork.


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AandA2VI
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February 19, 2017 1:41 am  

Many of the rescue pups I've flown off island have been pits. They're just labeled as crucian mix or terrier or mutt. We've never have had anyone even ask... including the one that went to London. To be fair they only ever check the health certs when leaving STT and STX but never in the states, including long layovers and when we moved here with our cats. Hell in Paris, we had to MAKE customs them stamp our paperwork since we were driving through to London and they're "strict" on incoming animals there... which they really weren't either lol! All the worry for months and it was a total non event.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!


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