Good move by Delta to ban bulldogs?

Delta has put bulldogs on its no-fly list — a move welcomed by animal advocates after a string of deaths involving the breed, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes.

Of the 16 pets that died on Delta flights last year, six were bulldogs, Yamanouchi reports.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the airline saw a pattern involving animals susceptible to respiratory problems.

Other major carriers also have restrictions on carrying bulldogs and some other breeds, or simply do not carry pets in cargo holds at all, Yamanouchi reports.

What do you think of the practice? Do you use it? If you own a bulldog, how will you transport your dog now? Or will you decide to leave the dog home, if possible, by making other arrangements?

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April 6th, 2011
7:02 am

I can’t stand Delta, but in this instance I have to agree. Having been around English bulldogs my entire life, and having seen how much hardier breeds (golden retrievers and such) struggle with being transported on airplanes, I would never put a bulldog in a cargo hold. They just can’t handle extremes of temperature well enough, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they also had problems with the relatively-lower air pressure in an aircraft.

Now, if we could only convince Delta to ban obnoxious, delusional UGA fans…

Golden Hand

April 6th, 2011
7:03 am

Could they please extend the ban to UGA fans?


April 6th, 2011
7:49 am

Better yet, why doesn’t Delta just put UGA fans in the cargo hold and let the Bulldogs fly in coach?


April 6th, 2011
8:05 am

The ban should also include peskey yellow jackets!!!!


April 6th, 2011
8:54 am

Well, if cargo hold conditions are such that they are lethal to some breeds then it has to be pretty darn stressful and uncomfortable for any of ‘em. Kind of seems a bit cruel to subject a dog to that even if it does not kill him.

Road Scholar

April 6th, 2011
9:06 am

Jackie, then who would you find to fly the planes?


April 6th, 2011
9:27 am

I think it’s a sound move; English bulldogs are genetic maladies, and Delta wants to stay in business.

I’m not sure why it’s cool to create dogs who cannot breathe normally, cannot mate or whelp without human assistance, can’t breathe well in good weather, let alone in the heat, and die abnormally young.

Now if we could just get Sonny Seiler to stop breeding the completely unsound UGA line, maybe some of these dogs would have a chance. It wouldn’t kill him to outcross.


April 6th, 2011
9:32 am

Good for Delta…but Bulldog owners should know better.


April 6th, 2011
9:32 am

I own pugs and would never ship them as they are extremely sensitive to temperature changes as well. Personally, I think any responsible pet owner shouldn’t ship their pet unless there is a dire need to; it’s just cruel. I’ve shipped an animal one time, and then was when we were transferred to Germany.


April 6th, 2011
10:50 am

This must be the reason UGA has been losing to UF, they’ve been flying on Delta to Jacksonville.


April 6th, 2011
11:26 am

This is a great reason for why there should never be two-way discussion on the ajc Web site. Really!? Why is this topic even relevant for discussion….


April 6th, 2011
11:54 am


It’s all about the page views.

Since the Bulldog is the mascot of the University of Georgia and because the UGA’s unhealthy dogs have been dying at a prodigious rate, AJC editors and Henry Unger probably assume they’ll get a lot of page views out of this item.


April 6th, 2011
12:04 pm


April 6th, 2011
12:10 pm

Why do people feel the need to travel with their pets? Get a dog sitter or put them up at the vet.


April 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

Sanjeev: ditto that for kids.


April 6th, 2011
12:39 pm

Woof woof woof woof woof woof! Translation, only poor dogs fly Delta, I have a G6.


April 6th, 2011
12:41 pm

No way in hell would I put my dog, of any breed, in a cargo section of a plane. I don’t fly, so my doggies don’t either.

I much prefer putting them in the car and going on a road trip.

Jennifer Brett

April 6th, 2011
1:36 pm

Our cat Howard once took a trip on Delta and did fine.



April 6th, 2011
2:27 pm

Well kim, the next time we’d like to take our 1 y/o son to see his grandparents and see our family and friends, I’d welcome you to drive up to chicago, pick us up, and drive us to atlanta. You must allow for at least 3 stops for him to eat during the 12+ hour trip, and I promise her won’t scream the entire trip- only half . Or we’ll just save ourselves 12 hours and fly with our son who is a better passenger than most adults I’ve sat by.

Regarding what this article is actually about, I’d have to agree. My brother has a bulldog who can hardly breathe in fresh air…


April 6th, 2011
3:26 pm

I’m glad them put a ban on flying sensitivty dogs such as the bulldog. I’m a breeder and I would not ever send my dogs on planes cargo hold it is to crule.


April 6th, 2011
3:50 pm

It’s amazing what the Atlanta Journal considers news worthy stories for allowing people to leave comments on.


April 6th, 2011
4:09 pm

As a former Airline Agent with both Cargo and Ticket/Gate experience, flying all animals is stressful for them. They obviously don’t understand what is going on and they are caged and transported around the loud airport and have no idea what is going on. Dogs, cats, and even the occasional dolphin that has been shipped, all have massive amounts of stress placed on them during the flight. All animals should be banned from being flown on passenger aircrafts in the cargo hold. I understand that people move across the world and have to fly their belongings, including the family pet. But the airlines should put a clause in their contracts that the owner accepts full responsibility for choosing to ship their pet in the cargo hold area and release the airlines of all liability, unless the death is at the fault of the airline itself…as was the case of leaving the 7 Police German Shepherds in the cargo bin over night on a hot summer day.

But any pet owner should be fully educated of the risks that are involved with any breed of animals. They should have their pet fully evaluated by their Vet, have the Vet sign that the animal is healthy enough to fly and have the owner sign at the Vet’s office that they have been briefed of the risks of flying their animal, whether it is in the cabin under the seat or in the cargo hold. They should then have to sign again at the airport or cargo facility.


April 7th, 2011
12:58 am

If the airlines weren’t so greedy, they would allow a seat to be purchased for a dog. Keep it in the back rows. bathe the dog and give him/her a doggie tranq. I have sat by people on a flight who would put any dog to shame in the stink department… I would gladly pay for a seat and if I must put a muzzle on my dog to have him with me. He suffers more in a kennel from not enough attention. I am a travel agent so I know all the fee’s and greediness of the airlines.