AC Live


Minimum age requirements

  • Dog and cats must be 12 weeks old for air transportation. However, specific countries have their own regulations with regards to immunizations and age limits. If your animal is travelling to another country, including the United States, please make sure to verify with that country’s animal importation regulations to make sure your animal is of age to travel.
  • Shipment of females in heat (estrus) is not recommended
  • Females with suckling young and weaned puppies younger than 8 weeks old will not be accepted for air transportation.

For other animal types, contact us.

Number of animals per container

The number of animals allowed per kennel varies according to your origin or destination.
For details, contact us.

Travel to/from the U.S.

Species Age Number of animal permitted
Dogs and Cats Up to 6 months old Up to 2 pets per kennel provided each animal weighs less than 9 kg (20 lbs.).
Over 6 months old 1 pet per kennel
All other animals Varies Varies by species. Contact us.

For all other countries, please contact us.

Aircraft type and weight limit

Depending of the aircraft type, we cannot accommodate all kennel sizes and each aircraft has their own animal weight limits.

Please contact us for more details on accommodating your animal.

Seasonal Restrictions

For details on any of the restrictions described below, please contact us.

November 1 to March 31:

Air Canada Cargo will not transport hairless breeds of cats and dogs during the winter months, for their comfort and security.

November 1 to March 31: Restrictions on Narrowbody Aircraft

Live animals are not accepted as cargo on some of our narrowbody fleet, as the cargo holds of these aircraft are not heated.

Reptiles, amphibians, live tropical fish, insects, worms, bees, live coral rock and rodent species are permitted during this period provided the packaging meets IATA Live Animal Regulations container requirements and the appropriate waiver is filled out by the shipper.

December 15 to January 12: Holiday Restrictions for Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs are not accepted for transport with Air Canada Cargo within North America, or on international flights with a connection in North America during this time.

The restriction applies to shipments from breeders, kennels and freight forwarders, and to pets travelling as checked baggage.

Cats and dogs are allowed on direct international flights. The restriction does not apply to other animals.

Special Requirements for Snub-Nose Breeds

Air Canada Cargo adheres to strict regulations for the transport of all live animals. We regularly review our procedures and guidelines to ensure that animals travelling with Air Canada Cargo are safe and comfortable.

Please note the following specifications for the transport of the brachycephalic (snub-nose) breeds indicated below.

Dogs Cats
Boston Terrier
Brussels Griffon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pit-bull (all breeds)
Chow Chow
Japanese Chin
Shih Tzu
Lhasa Apso
Dogue de Bordeaux
Mastiff (all breeds)

Temperature Restrictions: 24˚C Limit.

Brachycephalic (snub-nose) breeds are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to heat or stress. Air Canada Cargo does not accept the breeds listed above for transportation on days where the temperature is higher than 24 degrees Celsius, at any point of the journey.

Shipping non-human primates

Air Canada Cargo does not accept shipments of non-human primates intended for laboratory research and/or experimental purposes.

Shipments of non-human primates not intended for laboratory research and/or experimental purposes are accepted. These shipments must be accompanied by a shipper's (or the shipper's agent) declaration form stating that the non-human primates are not intended for laboratory research and/or experimental purposes.

Shipper's Declaration of transport of Non-Humain primates

  1. Fill out the form on a computer.
  2. Print out the completed form.
  3. Bring the form with you at the time of tender.

Threatened species and related products

Air Canada Cargo does not accept shipments of threatened species and their related products, or wildlife known as unsustainably traded and their related products. These are only accepted for carriage if the shipper (or the shipper's agent) completes and presents the declaration form included below certifying that the species are either:

  • Sustainably sourced
  • Transported for the conservation and protection of the species
  • Carried under a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) permit

Such shipments will not be accepted for carriage without the duly completed declaration.

Shipper's Declaration of transport of Threatened species

  1. Fill out the form on a computer.
  2. Print out the completed form.
  3. Bring the form with you at the time of tender.

Requirements for transport of puppies and kittens

A valid health certificate from a veterinarian is required for all puppies and kittens travelling on Air Canada Cargo, including those travelling within Canada.

The minimum age for puppies and kittens to travel on Air Canada Cargo will change to 12 weeks. Puppies and kitten under 12 weeks of age will not be accepted for carriage.

US-Bound Dogs Must Be Immunized Against Rabies

The US Center for Disease Control requires that all dogs travelling to or being transported to the United Sates be fully immunized against rabies prior to entering the US.

The rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age, and at least 30 days before arrival at a US port of entry. This means the youngest that a puppy can be to enter the US is 4 months of age.

Proof of immunization will be required for all dogs travelling to the US. Please make sure to have this documentation with you when bringing a dog to Air Canada Cargo.