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I've been reading threads about travel carriers and I'm undecided about what to get. We don't fly often but I want a carrier that is airline approved. I'll talk to our breeder to see what she usually uses, but I'll most likely have whatever carrier I buy delivered to her so she can use it when bringing our puppy home to us. Most of the time, we'll just use the carrier for the car. I don't see how they'll be large enough for a puppy to stand up and turn around in but that's what I should consider, correct?

Here's what our breeder recommends:

Dog Carrier Morpilot Cat Carrier Pet Travel Carrier Bag Airline Approved Folding Fabric Pet Carrier for Small Dogs Puppies Medium Cats, w/Locking Safety Zippers, Foldable Bowl https://a.co/d/85law4F

Other options I'm considering:
I love the look of the Away carrier but I don't love the price.

Sherpa Original Deluxe Travel Bag Pet Carrier with Machine Washable Liner, Airline-Approved - Multiple Colors & Sizes Amazon.com

Prodigen Pet Carrier Airline Approved Pet Carrier Dog Carriers for Small Dogs, Cat Carriers for Medium Cats Small Cats, Small Pet Carrier Small Dog Carrier Airline Approved Dog Cat Pet Travel Carrier https://a.co/d/eS1yxTc

I worry about ventilation with this one but I know they've been popular.
Sleepypod Air in-Cabin Pet Carrier https://a.co/d/dLOWo4Z

Or maybe an expandable carrier?

Which would you recommend? There are too many options! Amazon should just tell me, "Maggiemae, you have two choices, this one or that one." 😂

Thank you, in advance!
 

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We used SturdiProducts for our Chihuahua, and we now use it for our Havanese. We flew with our Chi, but not with our Havanese and you need their size Large for a small Havi. Our Havi is 9 lbs. and he fits comfortably in it. It will be very large for a little puppy, but he will grow into it. We use it in the back of our car for traveling. We tried all different carriers before we realized the carrier we used with our Chi (in a new size) was really all we needed. We bought their classic large and it was clearance priced (but not cheap.) Here is the link: SturdiBag™ Classic Size Large

That being said, we haven’t flown since Covid and the room under the seats was getting smaller back in 2019. This bag has a compressible top, but it is not a tiny bag.

We bought the first carrier you listed for a great sale price and we did not like it at all. The bag is basically soft until it’s completely zipped up, and then it takes form.
 

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I agree with HavaneseMe that for ADULT Havanese for FLYING, Sturibags are great. Of the ones you have listed, the ONLY one I would consider is the Sherpa. The others all look like they do not have enough ventilation for me. It is likely that your puppy will not be comfortable in it as an adult dog unless he is a very small Havanese, but that makes it safer for him as a puppy.

My current flight bag is this one, recommended by Melissa Brill, who has more (long haul, overseas flight experience with a Havanese than anyone else on the Forum, and anyone else I know!!!):


It is inexpensive, gives a smaller Havanese LOTS of room to move around once it is opened between your feet, and it's cheap too! They are not always available, but it is again right now!!!
 
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Thanks, Karen! That's the expandable carrier I had in mind but I couldn't find the link before I posted. I first saw it when reading through Melissa's posts.

Yeah, I like the Sherpa for how much ventilation it has. I also like the idea of the expandable carrier so the puppy can spread out when he/she gets bigger. So it looks I've got it narrowed to 2. Progress!
 

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Thanks, Karen! That's the expandable carrier I had in mind but I couldn't find the link before I posted. I first saw it when reading through Melissa's posts.

Yeah, I like the Sherpa for how much ventilation it has. I also like the idea of the expandable carrier so the puppy can spread out when he/she gets bigger. So it looks I've got it narrowed to 2. Progress!
The puppy will not need it expanded at this point, but it is nice for the future.
 
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I do have a sherpa medium size that fit on the airplane just fine (southwest flight) and still fits Enzo now that hes fully grown. I will say However for the price point it is a bit flimsy. It is already showing some signs of wear and tear and I've only had it for about 4 months. I do use it frequently for car travel but I feel like it should be able to handle that.

That being said, I wish I had looked into the sleepypod atom in particular. They have been crash tested and certified by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) and should fit your dog through its entire life. They also seem to fit under most airplane seats. Sleepypod Atom

I have not used it myself but it seems that a lot of people like them and I am considering getting one for Enzo in the future. I'm always a bit of a maniac about safety though so I like that it is up to some quality control standards. The CPS website has a number of carriers listed that it tests and rates based on safety.
 

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Thanks, Gabbygool! I like how the Sleepypod Atom and the Sleepypod Air look. It just bothers me that the long sides aren't ventilated. It's too bad that your Sherpa carrier is wearing out so quickly.
here's a link to the current CPS certified carriers/crates/etc.

I wish more was being done to test animal products for safety. I don't know of another organization that is testing things.
 

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Thank you for the link! I'm kind of surprised that there aren't more products listed.
I think it's more related to a lack of funding or ability to even test everything sufficiently. Honestly so long as your dog is secure in a car, be it in a soft carrier or even in a wire crate, it certainly is better than nothing, so long as it is also tied down in place. The biggest concern with accidents from what I understand is if dogs are able to become ahem projectiles. I buckle Enzo's sherpa in every time i put him in the car.
 

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I'm glad Karen posted the bag we use for flying - saves me the time of finding the link :)

Perry used to get car sick all the time so we traveled with 2 bags - a sherpa for the car (easier to clean out than the other one) and the expandable bag for flights. I'd usually keep it zipped up on short flights and expand it on longer ones.

For now when we're just traveling in a car I usually have a varikennel for him to travel in and his sherpa bag to use to "smuggle" him into places he's not supposed to go (especially if we're traveling when it's warm and I can't leave him in the car). Having a black bag with a black dog, no one ever noticed he was with me - I just throw the bag over my shoulder and slip it under the table in a restaurant (if we can't eat outside on a patio)
 

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I like the idea of a hard sided crate for the car but the super pricey ones just aren't doable right now. I also like the idea of having one carrier that is good for both car and plane travel. I'm glad Perry can go incognito when he's in his Sherpa bag.
 

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I like the idea of a hard sided crate for the car but the super pricey ones just aren't doable right now. I also like the idea of having one carrier that is good for both car and plane travel. I'm glad Perry can go incognito when he's in his Sherpa bag.
Everything is a matter of doing the best you can. I don't have a pricy, really high quality crate for the car, I just have a normal varikennel which I seatbelt into the back seat. I know there are others that are better, but this is the best for our circumstances at the moment.
 

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Everything is a matter of doing the best you can. I don't have a pricy, really high quality crate for the car, I just have a normal varikennel which I seatbelt into the back seat. I know there are others that are better, but this is the best for our circumstances at the moment.
And, while, as you said, there ARE safer crating systems, I have seen MANY real-life photos from people who have gotten into accidents with with their dogs in plastic crates in just this position, properly secured, in the MID SECTION of the car, and even if the crate sustains damage (they often do) the DOG is fine. And that’s the outcome you want!

It is those of us who have multiple dogs ans MUST travel with them in the BACK of a hatch back or SUV who really have to look most carefully at our containment systems, and be prepared to spend a lot of money to keep their dogs safe. Because this area of the car is meant to be a “crumple zone”, so the crate has to protect the dog(s) as well as contain them.
 

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I use the Sherpa. But. Last year I bought a different one, supposedly airline approved only Jet Blue has lowered their seats and the new one was not flexible enough to fit completely under the seat. A very fussy airline representative escorted us off the plane and we had to come back the next day with the old Sherpa carrier. Jet Blue now sells their
own carriers but they are probably only good for Havanese puppies, Daschunds and Ferrets. It's a good idea to make sure your airline hasn't also lowered their seats.
 

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I agree with HavaneseMe that for ADULT Havanese for FLYING, Sturibags are great. Of the ones you have listed, the ONLY one I would consider is the Sherpa. The others all look like they do not have enough ventilation for me. It is likely that your puppy will not be comfortable in it as an adult dog unless he is a very small Havanese, but that makes it safer for him as a puppy.

My current flight bag is this one, recommended by Melissa Brill, who has more (long haul, overseas flight experience with a Havanese than anyone else on the Forum, and anyone else I know!!!):


It is inexpensive, gives a smaller Havanese LOTS of room to move around once it is opened between your feet, and it's cheap too! They are not always available, but it is again right now!!!
I love all the suggestions and this bag for my small Havi during air travel, but how is it secured for use in a car?
 

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I love all the suggestions and this bag for my small Havi during air travel, but how is it secured for use in a car?
No idea. It is designed as an airline bag, as far as I know, not as a car bag. My car crates are fixed in my car and do not move. I have a different set for our pick-up truck, that CAN be moved from vehicle to vehicle, but it’s a chore. In both cases, they proved more room fore the animals than these VERY tight under seat airline carriers. I would not want to use any of these for every day car use for even my 9 1/5 lb Havanese, let alone my larger ones. My dogs just spend much too much time in the car for that tight confinement. They are in the car for an hour or more a day at least 2-4 days a week, minimum.

It’s not the same as an occasional plane flight.
 

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I use the Sherpa. But. Last year I bought a different one, supposedly airline approved only Jet Blue has lowered their seats and the new one was not flexible enough to fit completely under the seat. A very fussy airline representative escorted us off the plane and we had to come back the next day with the old Sherpa carrier. Jet Blue now sells their
own carriers but they are probably only good for Havanese puppies, Daschunds and Ferrets. It's a good idea to make sure your airline hasn't also lowered their seats.
I have not traveled by air with mine. I am curious to know if airlines allow to purchase a seat for Havanese.
 
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