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Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

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Traveling with your pet is easy with this Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier. This stylish yet functional carrier makes traveling a breeze whether it's by air, train or car! It's approved for use on most major airlines and the small and medium sizes are included in Sherpa's exclusive Guaranteed on Board program. This carrier features mesh panels so your pal can breathe easy, a non-slip shoulder strap, locking zippers and a rear storage pocket for treats and other goodies! And with a machine-washable faux lambskin liner, your pal will feel cozy and comfortable during his travels.

Key Benefits
  • Perfect for traveling in style and comfort by plane, car, for an adventure or just a trip to the vet.
  • Patented spring wire frame allows the rear end of the carrier to be pushed down several inches to conform to under seat dimensions.
  • Features include mesh windows for ventilation, top and side entry with locking zippers for safety, padded carrying strap with adjustable no-slip shoulder and a machine-washable faux lambskin liner.
  • Has a rear pocket for convenient storage and seatbelt strap to help keep your pet safe.
  • Approved for use on most airlines and included in an exclusive Guaranteed on Board program: Small is approved for American Airlines, AirTran Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada Airlines and West Jet Airlines. Medium is approved for American Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada Airlines.
What's Included

Liner, Carrying Strap


Supervise pet in carrier.

Airline approved; restrictions apply for Guaranteed on Board program. Please contact your airline prior to booking a flight to ensure this pet carrier meets their specific requirements.

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  • Item Number
  • Dimensions
    17 x 11 x 10.5 inches
  • Weight
    4.1 pounds
  • Lifestage
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Features
    Top Load, Shoulder Strap, Seat Belt Loop, Removable Pad, Airline-approved, Pockets
  • Material
    Polyester, Mesh, Fleece
  • Assembly Required

Wipe clean with damp cloth. Machine washable faux lambskin liner.

SizeLengthWidthHeightPet Weight
Small15 inches 10 inches 8.5 inchesup to 8 lbs
Medium17 inches 11 inches 10.5 inchesup to 16 lbs
Large19 inches 11.75 inches 11.5 inchesup to 22 lbs

How to Find the Best Fit: Select the carrier size based on your pet’s measurements first and then by your pet’s weight, making sure not to exceed the maximum weight limits. Also allow enough space for your pet to change positions while inside the carrier. Note: the carrier is designed for pets lying down, so your pet may not be able to stand.

How to Measure Your Pet: For pet’s length, start at the nape of the neck (where the collar falls) and measure to the base of the tail. For height, measure from the floor to the top of the shoulder.


How Do I Know What Size Carrier Is Best For My Pet?

Please weigh and measure your pet carefully. The pet's length should be measured from the nape of the neck to the base of the tail. The pet's height should be measured when it is standing, from the floor to the shoulder. Please note, pets should have enough room to lie down comfortably but also stand up and turn around should they wish to change positions.

How Do I Fold My Carrier When Not In Use?

  • Remove the faux lambskin liner from the stability board
  • Detach the stability board from the carrier by pulling up the Velcro tabs on either end
  • Secure the faux lambskin liner back onto the stability board and move to the top of the carrier so the liner and board are beneath the U-shaped opening
  • Fold either end of the carrier down and underneath the liner and board
  • Store in a clean, dry place for future use

Does My Sherpa Carrier Push Down?

All Sherpa carriers are soft-sided and made with a patented spring wire frame in the rear of the bag. The spring wire frame allows the back end to be pushed down several inches to slide beneath the airline seat without restricting the pet's head room.

What Does Airline Approved Mean?

Airline Approved means that a carrier:

  • Provides adequate ventilation
  • Is leak-proof
  • Safely encloses the pet

What Does Guaranteed On Board® Mean?

Guaranteed On Board® is the only program that guarantees a Sherpa carrier meets an airline's specific rules and regulations and will be allowed on board. All small and medium Sherpa carriers are included in the GOB program. However, the medium size carrier is not Guaranteed On Board on ALL of the airlines included in the program.

Why Is My Airline Not Listed On The Guaranteed On Board Site?

Just because a particular airline is not included in the Guaranteed On Board program it does not mean your carrier will not be allowed on board, just that you will need to confirm directly with the airline. Please note, our carriers are soft-sided and made with a patented spring wire frame that allows the back end to be pushed down several inches to slide beneath the airline seat without restricting the pet's head room.

My Carrier Is Larger Than What The Airline Specifies As Being Permitted In-Cabin. Will It Be Allowed On Board?

Please check with airline directly. Some airlines allow carriers that are larger than the dimensions they specify if the carrier is soft-sided and pushes down. All Sherpa carriers are made with a patented spring wire frame in the rear of the bag which allows the end to be pushed down several inches to conform to the under seat dimensions without restricting the pet's head room or compromising the structural integrity of the bag.

I Cannot Find My Style / Size Carrier On The Drop-Down Menu On The Gob Form. Is It Allowed On Board My Airline?

No. If the style / size carrier you have is not included in a particular airline's GOB page it is not Guaranteed On Board that particular airline because its dimensions exceed what the airline specifies as being allowed on board.

Safe, Comfortable Travels With Your Pet

Whether you're traveling by plane, train or car on a fun trip, or just heading out to the vet, SHERPA carriers are sure to keep your pet safe, secure and comfortable. They come in a variety of different colors and styles to accommodate small dogs and cats, and they all have convenient features to make traveling with your pet stress-free.

Safe, Comfortable Travels With Your Pet
Guaranteed On-Board Program

Guaranteed On-Board Program

You can fly with confidence knowing that there's an actual guarantee for your pet's carrier to be allowed on board when flying with your pet. This program was designed to meet most major airlines' specific rules and regulations, so you don't have to worry about your carrier being refused while getting on the plane. All small and medium SHERPA carriers are a part of this program. Simply go to the Guaranteed On-Board website, find your airline, print the Guaranteed On-Board form, make sure you have your pet's health certificates, and get ready for takeoff!

Comfortable and Airline Approved

These comfortable carriers have received the stamp of approval and fulfill all the essential requirements of most major airlines. SHERPA carriers provide plenty of ventilation by allowing fresh air to flow through the mesh panels, so the space is comfy for your pet. The carriers feature leakproof bottoms in case of accidents and zippers that safely enclose your pet. SHERPA carriers can also adjust slightly to meet the under-seat dimensions that airlines require.

Comfortable and Airline Approved
Conveniently Designed With Minimal Maintenance

Conveniently Designed With Minimal Maintenance

With SHERPA carriers, you can travel in style, and most importantly, provide a safe place for your pet during your travels. Most are made with a spring wire frame that makes them able to fit under airline seats while keeping their form. SHERPA takes safety to a whole new level with locking zippers that can't be opened from the inside in many of the carriers to keep your pet secure while traveling from one destination to another. Seat belt straps are included in most models, and because they can also be used as luggage straps, you can have one carrier for all occasions. For low-key maintenance and care, SHERPA liners are machine washable.


SHERPA carriers were designed by a former flight attendant as a way to allow pets to travel in-cabin with their owners. They make traveling with your pet a more enjoyable and stress-free experience, whether you're going by car or plane. SHERPA carriers have been around for over 25 years as an ideal solution for making trips with your pets pleasant and memorable. These stylish carriers are great for going to the vet or heading out of town—the possibilities of where you and your four-legged friend can go to are almost endless thanks to SHERPA.


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