Can a Drone Lift a Dog?

Can a drone lift a dog

This topic can be classified as fun and entertainment. Today we will talk about drones and dogs, and see can a single drone lift a dog. Just to point out that I do not endorse or recommend anything in this topic, as the sort of a “do not try this at home”. Here we will consider an example that was already tested. Someone has already tried this, so let’s see how it turned out and can a single drone lift a dog up.

So Can a Drone Lift a Dog? Short answer for this fun and entertainment question is yes! But not all drones are designed to carry payload. Drones that are designed for this job are professional drones. Professional drones can carry extra weight while flying, therefore they can safely lift up and carry a dog without a problem.

Today it is difficult job to find something that has not yet been tested or recorded on Youtube. So is this, answer to the question can a drone lift a dog. Someone already tried lifting their dog into an air, so you don’t need to go find out yourself. In this attempt DJI Phantom 3 was used. So is the DJI Phantom 3, the most popular hobby drone of today powerful enough to carry a dog? The answer to this question you will find out in the video below.

How the Attempt Of Lifting a Dog Was Made?

First of all, the important thing about this is if you decide to try this (although I do not advise) is to attach the leash to the dog’s chest and not its neck. Phantom 3 can do this job as you can see in the video.

Also, you can notice that this video doesn’t show if the dog got hurt or not (my personal opinion is NO), but it’s worth noting that a lot of people consider this morally unacceptable.

As you can see the Phantom 3 didn’t have the power to fly away with the dog, because the video ended to early therefore our assumption is that drone and the dog landed safely. Therefore, I can tell you that if you have a drone, fly safely and don’t hang dogs on your drone! Here is the video how DJI Phantom 3 lifted a dog in the air.

Is It Safe To Lift Up a Dog With Drone?

No matter that some drones are specialized for carrying a huge payload, it is certainly not advisable to carry or transport a living being with the drone. There are 2 types of drones.

The first of them are hobby drones, whose main purpose is the general public, and their only goal is to have good flight time duration and flight range. Hobby drones are not designed and equipeed to carry an additional load. They can lift approximately 0.2 to 2 kg of extra weight without a problem, and anything above that is risk.

So when it comes to hobby drones it is not safe to lift or carry up a dog. When we talk about professional drones (UAVs), they are primarily designed to carry extra weight while flying. These drones can carry impressive loads. Professional drones on average can lift weigh around 40 lbs (18kg).

But there are some professional drones like Griff 300 that can carry around 500 lbs (226kg) of payload weight. Therefore when it comes to professional drones, they can safely lift up and carry dog without a problem, but as I said it is not advisable. Also, if you are more interested in this topic, I wrote an article about 15 Best Heavy Lift Drones In The World.

Related Article: Can a Drone Lift a Human?

A Drone Walking Your Dog?

Drone Walking a Dog

Today we can witness all kinds of strange things in the world of technology like: Drone cleaning your window, drone delivering packages, drone that is following you etc.. But just because our drones today are useful, that’s just the reason, why we use drones for doing the time consuming things, so we can have time to enjoy with our pets.

First of all, I do not support this, even though I’m not a great dog lover. You certainly remember the famous sayings „Dogs are a man’s best friend”, and trust me, it’s not just mith, it’s the honest truth!

So no matter whether your drone can or can’t walk your dog, it’s up to you to spend time with him. What I’m trying to say is that in the near future this will also be the possability for sure, but we must not lose our humanity to do it ourselfs.

If you want to learn more, be sure to read Can a drone lift a person?


No matter what this topic is classified as fun and entertainment the answer that you get is pretty accurate. So short answer is yes! Long answer for: can a drone lift a dog is it all depends on the size of the drone, its purpose and specifications. As we have taken some examples in this article we came to the conclusion; hobby drones that are available on the market today can carry a range of weights from 4 grams to 220 kg, and they are not designed to carry an additional load.

On other hand, professional drones are primarily designed to carry extra weight while flying, so they can safely lift up and carry a dog, but it is not recommended. We took only one example where someone used DJI Phantom 3 drone to lift his dog, and as it was shown on the video that attempt was sucessful. I would love to hear your opinions in the comments below.

FAQ: People Also Ask

Can a Drone Lift a Person?

Flying and lifting people around in drones is a very exciting development and that keeps us even more interested in this new technology which is rapidly evolving. While many drones are designed to either carry small packages, there are drones that can carry people from one point to another in a very safe way. Ehang 184 is the world’s first electric passenger drone who has that ability. So the answer is yes!

How much can a Drone Lift?

Asking the question how much weight can a drone carry is much like asking how fast car can go.  All drones are made of 3 main things: complex balance of power, size and weight. Every drone is designed to carry payload exactly according to their main purpose for which it was designed. There are too many variables, but average carrying capacity for hobby drones are 0.3 to 2 kg while average carrying capacity for professional Drones are 20 to 220 kg.

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