Dog Breeding Establishments

On 1st January, 2012, regulations came into force in Ireland under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act, 2010 (available to view on These regulations apply if you keep six or more female dogs which are more than six months old and are capable of breeding. (Note that the regulations may cover dogs even when they are not used for, or never will be used for breeding purposes).

In accordance with Section 15 of the Act, an establishment which is covered by these regulations is required to register with their local authority and ensure that their premises conform to the guidelines issued as part of the regulations. The Register of Dog Breeding Establishments is available for inspection at the Environment Section, Kilkenny County Council, John Street, Kilkenny, during office hours.

Guidelines on Dog Breeding Establishments 2018.pdf




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