Are there any health, breed, or age restrictions?


For the safety of the animal, Qatar Airways does not accept certain breeds of domestic dogs and cats that cannot maintain a normal body temperature and are therefore susceptible to an increased risk of heat stroke. These include:


  • Exotic
  • Persian
  • Shirazi

The following breeds of dogs and mixes will not be accepted for carriage on Qatar Airways including all snub or pug-nosed.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boston Terrier 
  • Boxer
  • Brussels
  • Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)
  • English/British Bull Dog
  • French Bull Dog
  • French Terrier
  • Greyhound dogs with the exception of pets
    (No more than two greyhound dogs can be booked as pets)
  • Japanese Chin
  • King Charles Spaniel
  • Neapolitan mastiff
  • Pekingese
  • Pug (all breeds)
  • Shar Pei
  • Shih Tzu
  • Valley Terrier

The below list of dogs can be accepted only when carried as Cargo on Qatar Airways and all requirements are in compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) container requirement 82. 

  • American Bull Dog
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Mastiff (English Mastiff)
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Chow Chow
  • Dogo Argentino
  • English Mastiff
  • Pitbull
  • Presa Canario
  • Stafforshire Bull Terrier

Note: For the carriage of cats and dogs, we recommend that you obtain a veterinary certificate certifying that the animal does not fall within any of the above categories.

We also will not accept:

  • Primates that are being carried for research purposes
  • Animals younger than twelve (12) weeks
  • Fragile / weak animals
  • Female animals with suckling young – carriage will only be permitted on the basis of a veterinary certificate stating that both mother and young are fit to travel
  • Cats or dogs which are more than six (6) weeks pregnant - carriage will only be accepted if a veterinary certificate certifies that the animal is fit to travel and there is no risk of birth during the journey
  • Certain breeds of dogs and cat (such as snub-nosed breeds) as they are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke when exposed to temperatures above 21 degrees Centigrade, or when under stress.
  • Rodents such as mice, rats, marmots, and rabbits are not allowed as excess baggage. Such animals must be transported as cargo.

Further requirements and restrictions may apply per country. If you are planning to travel with a pet, click here to check local country regulations before booking.

For the safety and comfort of the animal, we recommend transporting your pet as cargo during the hotter months (May-October).


For information on excess baggage rates click below 


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