SHERPA Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag, Black, Large -

Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

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Color: Black

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About This Item


  • 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.

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About Sherpa Travel Pet Carriers

Sherpa Travel Pet Carriers

Sherpa Travel Carriers are airline-approved carriers that let your pet travel comfortably on the go, in the car or on walks. They are easy to use and durable enough to keep your pet safely contained and protected.

Fits Under Most Airline Seats

Sherpa Carriers with a built-in spring-wire frame allow you to push down the rear side of the carrier several inches. This helps them fit under most airline seats in compliance with airline requirements and FAA regulations. The flexible design makes the carrier in-cabin friendly and airline approved for most airlines.

Fly With Peace of Mind

Sherpa worked with major airlines to make a carrier that is Guaranteed On Board. Sherpa’s Guaranteed On Board program provides you the information you need for future travels with your pet and added assurance that your carrier will be allowed to fly.

Sherpa Makes Travel Easy

Sherpa Carriers feature mesh panels for ventilation, top and side entries, locking zippers for added safety and a seatbelt safety strap.

About Sherpa

In 1989, Sherpa introduced their first soft-sided carriers so pets could fly in-cabin. Today, they continue to innovate to make traveling secure and comfortable for every pet – every day and on every trip. Whether you’re going around the block, across town or on a flight around the world, Sherpa products will help you travel with peace of mind.

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Questions & Answers

39 Customer Questions

Where is the entry door?
Answer by ChewyOct 07, 2017
This Carrier feature both top and side entry points.

What colors does the Carrier come in
Answer by ChewyMay 13, 2022
This carrier only comes in Black.

are there instructions on how to use the car safety belt to secure the carrier in the car?
Answer by ChewyOct 31, 2018
The seat belt may be looped through the seat belt strap on the carrier and secured into the seat belt buckle. Please see the picture below for reference.

Can this be used to transport a rabbit?
Answer by ChewyApr 24, 2019
While this carrier is primarily made for small dogs and cats, many customers have reported using it with other small animals including a rabbit, a Guinea pig and even a hamster.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on Dec 14, 2022

Approved by newly adopted cat

I adopted my cat 12 days ago. she's 2 years old and weighs 8lbs. When they gave me her vaccination info, I saw that I was going to have to come back to the shelter's clinic to get her an updated vaccine. As a new cat mom, I was apprehensive: cat crate or cat carrier bag? I read many reviews, including for this one. I saw that some people's pets broke through the mesh, so I almost planned on returning this but decided to give it a try. I didn't know if she would be an anxious traveler. She eased up to me pretty much on day one, so I knew I wouldn't have too much of a bad time, but I dreaded setting up the vaccine appointment. Not sure if this might help some people, but I kept the traveler bag next to her favorite napping site so that it could be familiar to her. I also gave her pet treats inside the bag a few times so she could associate it with snacks/ something that is safe. The mesh is actually VERY STRONG in my opinion. I assumed it would be more flimsy because of those reviews. A pet would have to gnaw at this for a long time before they could break through the mesh. Maybe a dog could do it faster than a cat. Idk. Regardless, she didn't try to bite her way out. I appreciate that she had enough room to turn around, because when she walked in, she was facing the back of the bag which had no mesh. I didn't want her to see black fabric the entire ride (if she didn't have space to move), but she rotated to face the front of the bag which had the mesh. I measured her with a tape measure at first when deciding between medium and large, and she was about 19 inches long (when standing at a comfortable pose). I didn't realize that she would most likely be sitting with her legs tucked in. As you can see in the photos, there was a lot more room in the bag, so when I was walking down the stairs, I had to keep the bag flat or it felt like she would've been sliding around. I'll see if I can return this for a medium. If you're going to be using it often, try not to get one that's too big. but I won't be using this that often, so it's fine if I can't return it. She had plenty of space which helped her feel comfortable. This is sturdy and I love it.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Michele on Dec 27, 2022

Not For Long Trips

My cat put holes in this thing within 24 hours of just having it out in the living room to get used to. They are the perfect size for airline travel, but I would not dare use them unless your pet is extremely calm and accustomed to it. Unfortunately, I threw away the boxes and cannot return them now.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on Dec 8, 2022

United Airlines Approved!

I got this carrier months ago when I adopted a cat in case I would have to fly with her (and because I needed a carrier anyway, and this one was highly rated). I will spare details but ended up having to fly with her recently. I flew United and had absolutely no issues with this carrier. She was comfortable with plenty of room (I got size medium and she is a 7 pound cat). Highly recommend this carrier.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Patty on Jan 9, 2023

Super carrier!

Both my chihuahua and I love this carrier! She has always hated to ride in the car--This makes our trip a lot safer and less stressful for both of us! It is also very light to carry, and she seems quite comfortable in it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on Dec 28, 2022

Highly Recommend

Bought 2 of these for my cats for a move across the country. Four days in a car….would open carriers in car to let cats out…..they were so content IN the carriers that they slept in open carriers most of the trip. Extremely SATISFIED! Well built and sturdy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on Dec 9, 2022

Great Carrier!

This carrier is super easy to carry and not too heavy. My cat has room to move around a little bit inside but it the carrier keeps it compact shape. It will also pack flat, which is a big plus! My cat also doesn’t seem to mind being in it— doesn’t love it, understandably, but it’s much comfier than those bulky plastic carriers.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Wildwomen on Jan 11, 2023

Everything I wanted in a carrier

Everything I wanted for my precious little ones. Bought one for my cat and loved it so much that I purchased another one for my little dog - even though he already had another one. Inside is so soft

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By CatMomOf4 on Nov 12, 2022

Great Find!!

So this carrier is great. I didn't buy it for traveling but rather to walk my cats to the vet instead of carrying those clunky plastic ones that are uncomfortable for me and my babies. This one has a nice soft bottom and plenty of peek a boo screens for them. Very good quality. Easier to store as well considering it can go flat. Highly recommend these as opposed to the plastic crates. Pay attention to the sizes and weights..I'm glad I did because it's perfect for all of my babies.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Julpro on Nov 11, 2022

This is perfect

This is exactly what I was looking for to transport my cat in the car. We travel every other weekend about an hour. She is so finicky and quite the princess, but she even enjoys sleeping and playing in this carrier when we are not using it for travel. My cat weighs 11 pounds. And this size is perfect.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Caitlin on Nov 6, 2022

Lightweight but sturdy space-saver

I bought two of the large carriers to replace old plastic hard-sided carriers for my two 11-year-old cats. I was really pleased with how lightweight these carriers are compared to my older ones. Much easier to transport my cats, who are 10 and 16 pounds. The carriers are sturdy but also collapse down easily when not in use. Both of my cats seemed to like the view, compared to their old carriers.