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DH & me love to travel around and for the last 2 years we have manly just drove everywhere so we can bring the boys. We are now considering trying to fly with the boys but I am really concerned that Riley is too big. I took my medium size carrier out last night and tried to get him in it LOL. The carrier is only 10” tall and Riley is more like 11” or more, I really need to measure him. He also is probably weighing in around 15 lbs. now. DH said I should put him on a diet to get him in the carrier but he is not fat, he is just a very solid muscular boy.

Has anyone used the larger travel bag on planes and if so which airline?

I tried researching this on the forum last night but could not find any info on carrier sizes people have used.

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You also need to check with your airline. they have minimum requirements. I believe they have to be able to stand and turn around in the crate. If your pup can do that, then it is probably ok. check that and call the airline.
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I'm not sure anything larger than the the medium carrier will fit under the seat. It is always tight on any plane, even in most Business class. The isle seat is best. I could not zip Smarty into her medium carrier with her standing up. She lays down and has enough room. My DD travels with her 18/20 lbs dog in the same size carrier, she also has to lay down to be zipped in. We have never had anyone weigh the dogs or question their size. Rather than carry her through the airport, my DD puts her dog on her wheeled carry on.

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I do not have any advice but I am sooo excited for your trip??? Where are ya goin??? I bet you will meet some neat people on your trip!!!!!

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I have always wondered about this too. Brady is 18 pounds and we would love to fly with him (although I am not convinced he could sit still that long, but that is another topic). Hopefully, Kristin will chime in here. I know she flew with Lito from California to Pennsylvania and Lito was around 17 pounds or so at the time. Now, where are you thinking about going? We were just talking about taking Brady to Cape Cod over the summer so he can experience the beach and some fun activities. We figured we would start with a drive with him and see how that goes before trying to plan a flight.


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I have a friend who breeds mini poodles and she travels all over. She is also very passionate about not paying and she has only been busted once!!! I will shoot her an email and find what she uses cause I know her dogs are 12" plus and definitely more than 12lbs.

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I'm not sure anything larger than the the medium carrier will fit under the seat. It is always tight on any plane, even in most Business class. The isle seat is best. I could not zip Smarty into her medium carrier with her standing up. She lays down and has enough room. My DD travels with her 18/20 lbs dog in the same size carrier, she also has to lay down to be zipped in. We have never had anyone weigh the dogs or question their size. Rather than carry her through the airport, my DD puts her dog on her wheeled carry on.
Thank you Sandi, I did fly home with Monte in the medium carrier and it seemed to fit fine. I just wish I could remember if there was a little more room, this was on Delta.
I guess what I am also thinking if I go with the large Sherpa (11” or 11.5”) it would be more comfy when not under the seat and I could try to squish it down a little when on the plane? I’m not so concerned about the weight, most airlines don’t give a weight or say 20 lbs. so I should be o.k. with that.

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I have always wondered about this too. Brady is 18 pounds and we would love to fly with him (although I am not convinced he could sit still that long, but that is another topic). Hopefully, Kristin will chime in here. I know she flew with Lito from California to Pennsylvania and Lito was around 17 pounds or so at the time. Now, where are you thinking about going? We were just talking about taking Brady to Cape Cod over the summer so he can experience the beach and some fun activities. We figured we would start with a drive with him and see how that goes before trying to plan a flight.
Oh I worry about Riley too, that boy does not know how to sit still… If we fly I WILL be talking to the vet about this one, I also plan on getting the carrier and just start really working with him so hopefully that will help enough and I will not have to give him anything.

The Cape is great, Brady will love it. You must tell us when you are going, I know Riley would LOVE Brady’s energy.
I am heading to Indy, our original plan was to drive but DH is really not liking this idea anymore. Plus all the plans I have made in Indy & OH I could really use the extra day’s I would save be flying

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I do not have any advice but I am sooo excited for your trip??? Where are ya goin??? I bet you will meet some neat people on your trip!!!!!
you little stinker.

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Leeann,
I have a friend who breeds mini poodles and she travels all over. She is also very passionate about not paying and she has only been busted once!!! I will shoot her an email and find what she uses cause I know her dogs are 12" plus and definitely more than 12lbs.

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Thanks Amanda, I think the more I hear of bigger dogs flying the better I feel.

I will admit a 2 hr flight vrs 16 hrs driving does sound soooo much better.

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