Dog Breeding

Do you keep 6 or more female dogs?
If yes, then you need to read this and act now!

On 1st January 2012, new legal requirements under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act, 2010 came into force in Ireland.

These legal requirements apply if you keep 6 or more female dogs which are more than 6 months old and are capable of breeding.

You should contact your local authority to check if you are covered by these new requirements. Anyone who is covered by the new requirements must register with their local authority and must ensure that their premises meets the new requirements as set out in the guidelines issued by the Department of the Environment.

Failure to register with your local authority is an offence under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010.

These new requirements may cover the keeping of dogs even when they are not used for, or never will be used for breeding purposes. Your local authority will clarify if you are covered by the new requirements.

The Department of the Environment has published the following GUIDELINES on the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 which give clear guidance on the structural, operational and record keeping etc. standards required by Dog Breeding Establishments under the Act.

To access these guidelines, click on the link below :

  • Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 Guidelines
  • Dog Breeding Establishments Application Form

  • Contact the Dog Warden

    0761 10 20 20

    • Environment Department, 2nd Floor, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford, X91 PK15.  [ view on a map ]