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    Question Air travell with a larger breed

    Hi all, We are hoping to take our 4month old Bull mastiff x amstaff pup with us on our holiday to Perth. For this we need to get an air travel approved crate and I was wondering what you would recommend size wise for our pup? She weighs 23kgs currently.

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    There are a bunch of companies that specialise in transporting dogs by air freight. It's not her weight that I'd be worried about - it's the height and width and ability to put water without it spilling in the crate. The airlines specify rules too. You can't use a soft sided fold up crate that you might prefer to use once you've arrived.

    I'd be looking to hire a plywood crate like they use to transport zoo critters. So that the luggage people can easily pick up and move the crate (eg it has suitable grab handles) but not risk getting bitten by the (possibly upset) dog. It's also possible to buy specialised plastic hard shell crates.

    I would also be wondering how much crate training you are going to do with your puppy first so she's not completely freaked out by the experience. And practice being around airplanes taking off and landing.

    I've seen these guys recommended. And they include a calculator so you know what size crate you need.
    Pet Transport - Pet Friendly Travel & Relocating | Dogtainers

    There is also some risk with pets travelling by air - especially in summer. Baggage men are not always that careful about where they leave the animals. Five minutes in the sun can turn into a few hours and then you have dead dogs. And Qantas - completely washes its corporate fingers of any responsibility even if the animal dies because they left it out in the open too long.

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    thank you for your response. My pup has been crate trained when she was younger as we flew her over to us when she was 8 weeks old. She was quite placid during the experience. but now my worries are is that she is just so much bigger I am tossing up between a large to Xlarge crate at the moment. I guess I will just have to try and measure her as best I can.

    I know there are risks with travelling with the pup but as it is not summer I am hoping she won't get too uncomfortable as long as she has her ice block container with her.

    Thank you for the recommendation I will have a look in to it =)

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    See if you can hire a crate for her...

    Then you don't have to commit to one until she's fully grown.

    Or you can get her breeder to measure their biggest dog (the mastiff) and get one big enough to fit that.

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