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 below.

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.

Register of Dog Breeding Establishments
Waterford City & County Council is required to maintain a register, available below, of dog breeding establishments situated in its functional area. The register of Dog Breeding Establishments for Waterford City & County Council is available for viewing by members of the public at our offices.

The register includes the following details:

  • The name of the applicant and the address at which he or she ordinarily resides
  • The address of the premises or dog breeding establishment to which the application relates
  • The maximum number of bitches over 4 months old capable of being used for breeding purposes that may be kept at the premises or dog breeding establishment
  • Any conditions attached to the registration
  • Downloads

  • Dog Breeding Establishments Guidelines 2018
  • Dog Breeding Establishments Application Form
  • Register of Dog Breeding Establishments, 2020
  • Closure Notice - 29th March 2021

  • Contact the Dog Warden

    0818 10 20 20

    • Environment Department, 4th Floor, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford, X91 PK15.  [ view on a map ]