Import Restrictions and Banned Dogs

Find out about the additional conditions for pet travel, plus details on assistance dogs, and banned and restricted breeds...

Pet Carriers and Travel Arrangements

When transporting a pet by air some airlines insist that a professional pet exporter is used to arrange flights to ensure that everything is completed on time prior to departure.

The International Air Transport Association provides guidelines on how to transport an animal by air. To travel by air the container must allow the animal to stand and turn normally, as well as sit and lie in a natural position.

Travelling can be very traumatic for an animal so it advisable to allow it to get used to their travelling crate in the months leading up to the flight. Different airlines have different regulations so the rules for a chosen carrier should be checked when planning the journey.

Banned Dogs

Additional conditions are in place for the importation of restricted breeds of dogs. For details check the relevant requirements according to the country of export: Click here.

Restricted breeds of dogs:

  • Bull Mastiff
  • Bull Terrier
  • Doberman
  • German Shepherd/Alsatian including Belgian Shepherd and East European Shepherd
  • Perro de Presa Canario (Canary Dog)
  • Rottweiler

Banned breeds:

  • Akita
  • American Bulldog
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull (also known as American Pit Bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs must comply with the same import regulations as other dogs. For more information about assistance dogs in Malaysia, contact the Malaysian Association for the Blind.