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3 Irish Wolfhounds looking to rent an unfurnished house in Dublin

3 Irish Wolfhounds looking to rent an unfurnished house in Dublin (and two humans)

Natara, Maya and Roxanne have been living in Inchicore for the last few years and now have to move. If you know of any suitable house for them and two humans, please contact roxanneannino[at] Please share or retweet.

I wonder if you might be able to help, Jean Yves and I and more importantly, Natara, Maya and Roxanne have to move home as the landlord is selling the house where we have lived for over 10 years.  We are therefore looking to rent a house which would be suitable for 3 Irish Wolfhounds in Dublin during something of a housing crisis…. Would it be possible to share the message below with your Facebook page and/or the IWSOI website to spread the word amongst the Wolfhound community?   We would be most grateful.Thank you so much


Posted by admin on April 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Spring Outing – Coolmore Stud

The Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland announces its Spring Outing !

We promised you something really special , a visit to the world famous  Coolmore Stud  and the IWSOI always  delivers !!! ….

Our Visit to ‘Coolmore’ Stud  is arranged for Saturday  26th April 2014 .

Just a quick overview of our spring outing on Saturday April 26th.

We will be doing a tour of Coolmore, then lunch at Jolly’s Café, a talk on AI/DNA with Dr. Sarah Mitchell from Southview Vets. Sarah is an AI specialist so have your questions ready. And finally to round off the day a walk thru The Grove.

Now down to details.

Our tour of Coolmore will start at 10:30am. Our tour will take about an hour and a half. Jason will be our tour guide. Because it is foaling season and there will be mares and foals out in several of the paddocks no dogs will be allowed out of the cars. Willie O’Meara will be meeting everyone at the Fethard Ballroom (directions below)  between 10:00am-10:15am this will give you a chance to let the dogs out of the car to do there business and get a drink before heading up to Coolmore.

After of our tour of Coolmore, we will head to Jolly’s Café on the main street of Fethard. This is a wonderful little café with loads of soups, sandwiches & tasty treats. Weather permitting they will be putting tables out front for us so we can eat al fresco and get the dogs out of the cars.

After lunch we will head to The Grove. The Ponsonby Family has generously offered us the use of their hall for our AI/DNA talk and our tour of The Grove. After our talk we will head for a walk around The Grove. The Grove is several hundred acres of farm & woodlands. And it is one of the most scenic privately owned estates in South Tipperary. So don’t forget your cameras.

This will be a wonderful day out and one not to be missed. So please RSVP by Thursday April 24th. We will need numbers for Coolmore.


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Contact  us  as soon as possible .

Posted by admin on April 12th, 2014 Comments Off

Irish Wolfhound Pups Available

Irish Wolfhound Puppies Available

Buyers and breeders must read and accept the terms and conditions. Click here to read

Unfortunately, our breeders do not have any puppies available right now. Please check back again for an update.

Posted by admin on January 5th, 2014 Comments Off

Return of the Hounds to the Boyne ValleySaturday 1st December at 1pm

Return of the Hounds to the Boyne ValleySaturday 1st December at 1pm

The Boyne Valley Visitors Centre welcomes the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland with their wonderful Irish Wolfhounds for a Heritage History Walk on Sat 1st December. We encourage members of the public, tourists, and everyone to come along and experience what will be a memorable spectacle when this ancient breed assembles in front of Old Bridge House.
The Irish Wolfhound is a breed which is intertwined with the myths and legends of Ireland and with the Irish nation. Brun na Boinne (Boyne Valley) was their ancient home where they hunted large game and became famous for their size, strength, courage, beauty and loyalty.
Come and see for yourself these gentle giants, the magnificent hounds of Ireland, the Kings & Queens of the canine race.
Warm clothing and wellies/boots are recommended for the walk.
The Tea Pavilion at the centre serves light meals, speciality teas and coffees in beautiful surroundings.
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located on the South bank of the River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village. The site is sign-posted from the  M1 (Dublin/Belfast), Exit 9, off N51 (Slane/Drogheda).



Posted by admin on August 18th, 2013 Comments Off

Wickerman Fesitval of Fire

Wickerman Fesitval of Fire

Dear Members,
We have been invited to become part of the Wickerman Fesitval of Fire at the Navan Centre in Co. Armagh. The event happens on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th of August. 

Our reason for being part of the festival is to bring wolfhounds back to birthplace of the Cu Chulainn legend, to promote the breed and the Society and generally to have a great family day out! There are lots of other attractions as part of the festival and these are listed on the enclosed flyer. 

We have been invited to be at the centre on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm. 

On the Sunday there is to be a grand parade (including us!) as part of the festival which will climax with a 40’ tall Wicker Man being set ablaze. There are no fireworks involved in the festival, and we will be able to take the hounds away from the Wicker Man before it is set alight. 

We have been invited to be at the centre on Sunday between 6pm and 9pm. 

So far, we are going to be taking part, along with Cathy & Sean and Velda. 

Enclosed is the flyer for “The Wickerman” and full details can be seen on the Navan Centre website. 

The centre’s address is 81 Killylea Road, Armagh BT60 4LD- about three miles from Armagh City 

Telephone from Northern Ireland: 028 3752 9644 and from the Republic: 048 3752 9644 

If you and your hounds can join us on one or both days that would be great! Please let us know, 

Best Wishes,
John & Mary
on behalf of the IWSOI


Posted by admin on August 18th, 2013 Comments Off

Additional Lure Coursing Event this Sunday

The Kennel Club have kindly granted permission for us to use the facilities at the Show Centre in Cloghran for a Lure Coursing get-together on this Sunday, 3 March 2013, starting at 11 am. sharp.

The usual rules and regulations will apply.

Our scheduled meet for next Sunday, 10 March 2013 at Bellewstown Race Course will still go ahead as planned.

As always, all are welcome to join this fun event.

Posted by Lois on March 1st, 2013 Comments Off

Lure Coursing Newsflash

The new year for our lure coursing will commence on Sunday 14th October at the usual venue, Bellewstown Racecourse, Co. Meath. Sign-in will be at 11.30 am and racing will start at 12 midday sharp. Thereafter race meetings will be held on the second Sunday of every month, weather permitting.

Annual membership fee is €10 and a nominal payment of €2 will be charged for each race meeting you attend, irrespective of the number of dogs you have.

The categories are: -

Irish Wolfhounds
Any other Sighthounds
Rhodesian Ridgebacks
‘Pavement Specials’

These are fun get-togethers and everyone is most welcome.

See you there!

Thank you to all members who attended the prize-giving last week and congratulations to all the winners. The rest of us will continue to try.

Posted by Lois on October 11th, 2012 Comments Off

Championship Show 2012

IWSOI First Annual Championship Show on Sunday, 22nd July 2012.


To be held at the Bellewstown Race Course, Ireland’s oldest racecourse. Our judge this year is the well-known Els Swelheim from the Netherlands. Judging commences promptly at 11 am.

Click here to down load this information as a PDF IWSOI_Championship_Show_2012

At  halftime (after all dogs have been judged and before the bitches are called) there will be a falconry display by Dennis McCarthy of Animal Magic – a truly amazing experience to look forward to.

Last year our show day was a sweltering one, perhaps a bit too hot for the dogs, but please bear in mind that in Ireland we can have all four seasons in one day, so dress accordingly and have backup clothing in your bag. There is plenty of shelter and shade in the grounds.

We also hope to have the fun run after judging has ended, weather and time permitting.

You may be interested to note that Sligo and Districts Championship Show will be held on the day before, Saturday 21st July, the judge Finnish breed specialist Markku Kipila and the following week, on Saturday, 28th July it is Dundalk and Districts Championship Show at the National Show Centre at Cloghran, not far from the Bellewstown venue. The judge will be the Afghan Hound Specialist Brian Fogarty (Irl).

For full details and entry form, including our IWSOI show, go to


On Sunday morning breakfast will be available from 10 am. to 12:30 pm.

The evening meal will commence at 5 pm. on Sunday and weather permitting we plan on a three-course barbeque at €22 per person. There will be a children’s menu at €7 per child. The menu will be:


Striploin Steak with baked potato and salads

Apple pie with cream or Strawberries and cream

Should we be unlucky with the weather we plan on serving:


Roast Beef with 2 vegetables

Apple pie with cream or Strawberries with cream

If you could advise Lois Sinclair of your intention to partake of the evening meal it would be greatly appreciated and give us a good indication of how many to cater for. Click here for contact details

How to get to Ireland

Spectator Only

Please book at least 21 days in advance. Ryanair and Aer Lingus regularly have special offers, please keep a check on their website.


Aer Lingus:


There is a wealth of ferry crossings from Scotland, England, Wales and Europe. We believe that bookings need to be made 21 days in advance, but of course this needs to be confirmed when you contact your preferred carrier/travel agent. To mention some of the more popular ones:

From Scotland (Larne) to Northern Ireland (Belfast Port), P&O Ferries as well as Stena Line. They also sail from Cairnryan, Troon and Stranraer.

From Wales (Holyhead) to the Republic of Ireland (Dublin Port) we have Stena Line and Irish Ferries. It is advisable to ask for their 24 hour Special.

From Pembroke to Rosslare we have Irish Ferries and from Fishgard to Rosslare there is Stena Line.

From France (Roscoff) to Rosslare we have Celtic Ferries.

From Cairnryan and Troon on P&O Ferries ONLY, Willie Dobbin in Northern Ireland offers special rates (£130.00 return for a car or any size van plus passenger) to the dog showing fraternity and he can be contacted at:-

Tel: 028 27 63 8502     M: 0044 770 358 2731

Write to him at the address below enclosing a stamped and self-addressed envelope and he will return a form for you to complete. Send no money, as you will be asked to pay at the port.

Mr W Dobbin,  Brooklynbear,  59 Kilmandil Road, Cloughmills,  Ballymena, Antrim Northern Ireland, BT44 9BH

Whatever your choice, do go to the website of where you will be able to get exact details.

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Directions to the Show Grounds at Bellewstown

From Larne (Belfast):

From: Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
To: Bellewstown, Bellewstown, County Meath
Distance: 165.60 km
Time: 2 hr 34 min
Estimated Fuel Cost: €25.26

Cost: €25.26 (Fuel Cost Calculator) 

A2 0.00 Your route starts at: 54.855003, -5.811312
Your route finishes at: 53.640880, -6.348567 

Start out on Glenarm Road

0.55 Larne Town Railway Station
A8 0.60 At Circular Road Roundabout take the 1st exit onto Circular Road – A8
0.82 Continue forward, then merge onto Circular Road – A8
2.61 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Ballymena Road – A8 (signposted Belfast)
3.44 Continue forward onto Old Belfast Road – A8 Entering Millbrook
4.17 At Millbrook Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ballymena Road – A8 (signposted Belfast)
13.66 Continue forward onto Larne Road – A8 Entering Ballynure
14.40 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Belfast Road – A8 (signposted Belfast)
19.28 At Coleman’s Corner roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ballynure Road – A8 (signposted Belfast)
21.58 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Ballynure Road – A8 (signposted Belfast)
A8(M) 23.01 At Corr’s Corner roundabout take the 3rd exit, then join the A8(M) motorway (signposted Belfast)
M2 24.64 At Sandyknowes roundabout take the 3rd exit, then join the M2 motorway (signposted Belfast)
31.78 At Junction 1 continue forward onto the M2 motorway (signposted Belfast)
A2 34.52 Leave the M2 at junction 1A, then merge onto Nelson Street – A2 (signposted Belfast West)
A2 34.52 Leave the M2 at junction 1A, then merge onto Nelson Street – A2 (signposted Belfast West) Entering Belfast
34.95 At traffic signals turn right onto Great George’s Street – A2
A12 35.07 At traffic signals continue forward onto Westlink – A12 (signposted The West, The South M1)
35.42 Continue forward (signposted Motorway M1, Dublin, Craigavon)
M1 38.16 Continue forward onto the M1 (signposted The West, The South, Dublin)
A101 52.40 Leave the M1 at junction 8, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto Hillsborough Road – A101 (signposted The South, Dublin, Newry)
A1 53.38 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Hillsborough Road – A1 (signposted The South, Dublin, Newry)
55.41 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Hillsborough Road – A1 (signposted Dublin)
73.85 (Junction for) Banbridge
N1 105.51 Continue forward onto the N1 (You are entering the Republic of Ireland)
M1 114.42 At Junction 18 continue forward onto the M1 motorway (signposted Dublin)
153.06 At Junction 10 continue forward onto the M1 toll motorway
156.28 Leave the M1 at junction 9, then at roundabout take the 2nd exit (signposted Dublin M1)
158.09 At roundabout take the 3rd exit, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the R152 (signposted Duleek)
159.07 Turn left
162.06 Turn left onto the R150
162.80 Turn right
165.67 Arrive on unnamed road
Total time 2 hr 34 min



From Dublin Port:

From: Dublin Port Tunnel (Northbound), Dublin, County Dublin
To: Bellewstown, Bellewstown, County Meath
Distance: 41.68 km
Time: 0 hr 45 min
Estimated Fuel Cost: €6.36 (Fuel Cost Calculator)


0.00 Your route starts at: 53.359448, -6.233297
Your route finishes at: 53.640880, -6.348567 

Start out on the M50

4.43 At Junction 2 continue forward with the M50 (signposted Belfast, Dublin Airport)
M1 5.76 At Junction 3 (Junction with M1/M50 Dublin Western Motorway) continue forward onto the M1 (signposted Belfast, Dublin Airport)
20.33 M1 Lusk Service Area Northbound
N1 32.33 Leave the M1 at junction 7, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the N1
33.10 Continue forward, then merge onto the N1
R132 33.20 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the R132 (signposted Julianstown)
35.04 Turn left
37.66 Turn left
38.04 Turn right
41.39 Turn left
41.75 Arrive on unnamed road
Total time 0 hr 45 min


From Rosslare:

From: Rosslare Harbour, County Wexford, Republic Of Ireland
To: Bellewstown, Bellewstown, County Meath
Distance: 215.01 km
Time: 2 hr 59 min
Estimated Fuel Cost: €32.80


0.00 Your route starts at: 52.250639, -6.336271
Your route finishes at: 53.640880, -6.348567 

Start out on Cliff Road

1.59 Continue forward onto Saint Patrick’s Road – N25 Entering Kilrane
3.93 Continue forward onto the N25 Entering Tagoat
14.65 At Rosslare Road roundabout take the 1st exit onto the N25 (signposted Cork)
14.65 At Rosslare Road roundabout take the 1st exit onto the N25 (signposted Cork) onto Wexford Bypass
18.57 At Duncannon Road roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the N25 (signposted Cork)
N11 20.49 At New Ross Road roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the N11 (signposted Dublin)
30.53 Continue forward onto Powers Range – N11 Entering Oilgate
39.70 Continue forward onto the N11 Entering Enniscorthy
39.83 Bear left (one-way) (signposted All Routes)
40.02 Bear left onto the N11 (signposted Dublin, Carlow N80)
41.54 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Dublin Road – N11 (signposted Dublin, Carlow N80)
45.06 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the N11 (signposted Dublin)
51.06 Continue forward onto Enniscorthy Road – N11 Entering Ferns
51.63 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Main Street – N11
56.75 Continue forward onto Fatima Terrace – N11 Entering Camolin
M11 61.48 At Clogh roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the M11 (signposted Dublin)
N11 91.41 At Junction 20 continue forward onto the N11 (signposted Dublin)
98.73 At Jack Whites continue forward onto the N11
M11 110.27 At Junction 17 continue forward onto the M11 motorway (signposted Dublin)
N11 118.01 At Junction 14 continue forward onto the N11 (signposted Dublin)
129.23 Glen of the Downs
M11 137.13 Continue forward onto the M11 motorway (signposted Dublin)
M50 140.74 At Junction 17 continue forward onto the M50 motorway (signposted Airport, M1)
165.76 At Junction 7 continue forward onto the M50 toll motorway (signposted Northbound – toll)
167.29 M50 Toll (eFlow – barrier-free tolling system)
169.01 At Junction 6 continue forward onto the M50 (signposted Belfast, Dublin Airport)
M1 179.36 Leave the M50 at junction 3 (M1) then take left-hand lanes, then join the M1 motorway (signposted Belfast, Dublin Airport)
193.54 M1 Lusk Service Area Northbound
N1 205.55 Leave the M1 at junction 7, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the N1
206.32 Continue forward, then merge onto the N1
R132 206.41 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the R132 (signposted Julianstown)
208.23 Turn left
210.87 Turn left
211.26 Turn right
214.61 Turn left
214.94 Arrive on unnamed road
Total time 2 hr 59 min

Caravans and Camper Vans can be accommodated in the show grounds at a nominal fee of €15 per night from 6 pm. on Saturday until 12 midday on Monday.


Self-Catering: We recommend Balrath Courtyard, Balrath, Co. Meath, situated about 4 miles from the show grounds. The facility sleeps 6 persons at a cost of €750 per week.



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Meath Heritage Trail

Balrath Woods – Forest Walk

Battle of the Boyne Interpretative Centre – scene of battle of 1690


They can be contacted on: –  00353 41 9825749 or

The Bracken Court Hotel, The Bracken Court, Bridge Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Tel: + 353 1 841 3333 | Fax + 353 1 841 5118 | or

We also recommend The Snail Box, Ashburn, Co. Meath. It has 9 rooms and serves good pub food. Contact them on: -

Tel: 00353 1 835 4277  Fax: 00353 1 835 5811

City North Hotel, Gormanston, Co. Meath, Ireland | T: +353 1 690 6666 | Lo-call (ROI):1890 252 420 | F:+353 1 690 6677 | E:

They offer a courtesy coach and would be able to arrange delivery and collection to the show grounds – please arrange directly with the hotel.

Daly’s Inn, Donore, Co. Meath. They have 24 rooms at €39 per room and can becontacted on: -

00353 41 982 3252 or Ireland Meath Donore

The Old Forge B&B, Co. Meath.

The Old Forge has three double rooms and one family room, which accommodate two adults and two children.

Standard Prices are as follows:

Single Room with breakfast Sharing with breakfast Single Room without breakfast Sharing without Breakfast
Adults €45 €35 each €40 €30 each
Child 0- 5 yrs Free Free Free Free
Child 6 -11 yrs €15 €15 €15 €15
Child 12 – 15 yrs €20 €20 €20 €20
Child 16 – 18 yrs €30 €30 €30 €30


They can be contacted on: 00353 41 982 5855 or

Riverstown Country House B&B, Riverstown, Rathfeigh, Co. Meath.

Tel:+353 41 9825737 mobile: 087 6213072

B&B Rates: from €45.00 to €60.00 per person sharing

A fun day for the children could be had at Funtasia in Drogheda.

Funtasia Waterpark and Funtasia Bettystown

Enjoy fabulous family fun at Funtasia Waterpark and Funtasia Bettystown, the home of great days out and brilliant birthday parties. Try Funtasia wonderful waterpark, themed birthday parties, fantasy bowling, sky climb, crazy golf, magnificent play area, casino and loads and loads of fairground fun.

Come join us in Funtasia – Ireland’s best indoor entertainment centre. We have a day out to suit everyone! We have our waterpark for all ages, sky climb for the adventurous, bowling for the energetic, casino for the adults and play area for the little ones!

Click here to down load this information as a PDF IWSOI_Championship_Show_2012

Posted by admin on June 16th, 2012 Comments Off

Pet Passport

To travel to Ireland with your pet, you now need a pet password. A basic requirement is that your dog has a micro chip.


For more information, here are some handy links.



Posted by admin on April 1st, 2012 Comments Off

Irish Wolfhound Pups Available/Stud Dogs

Coming Soon, members of the Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland will make their  pups available and put their dogs for stud here.

Check back soon.

Buyers and breeders must read and accept the terms and conditions below;



updated 2012




This Code of Practice shall apply to all breeders who are members of The Irish Wolfhound Society of Ireland (IWSOI). Its purpose shall be to provide breeders with a set of mandatory standards and requirements relating to the proper maintenance, breeding, selling and overall protection of our beloved Irish Wolfhounds.

It shall be the aim of every breeder to breed dogs that are healthy and sound in both mind and body, to ensure that the dogs are true to their heritage and that they meet the requirements of the Irish Kennel Club (IKC) Breed Standards, to whom we are affiliated.

It shall also be the responsibility of every breeder to adhere at all times to proper and ethical business practices when buying, breeding, selling and placing their dogs.

Of course the Society cannot underwrite or guarantee the various issues involved in the areas of Hound Health or Commercial activity but we can recommend a set of standards, not uncommon in dog breeding circles, effectively a ‘code of practice’ which will allow members to advertise and promote the breed. These standards are common to many Dog Societies and Clubs and are widely accepted as a central ethos of breeding and breed standards. This understanding reflects on our general priorities of Hound welfare and responsible, researched breeding practice.

II. Breeding Principles

The breeding of dogs is a serious responsibility; therefore, the decision to breed should never be taken lightly. To this end, every breeder, or prospective breeder, must be willing to embrace the following general principles:

Be prepared to make a serious commitment of both time and financial resources in order to ensure that a proper breeding program can be carried out.

Be prepared to provide for the wellbeing of the dogs, both while in your care as well as in the ultimate placement of the dogs.

Be prepared to work hard to preserve and maintain the breed for future generations through the judicious selection of breeding stock.

Be prepared to share knowledge that is gained through experience with fellow breeders, particularly those who are novices.

III. General Responsibilities

The following are a set of general responsibilities that shall be understood and accepted by all IWSOI member breeders:

Every breeder shall be conversant with and fully adhere to the By-laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures of IKC, as well as the requirements of the The Control of Dogs Acts 1986 and 1992. Please refer to the Guidelines on Dog Breeding Establishments issued by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. COPY ATTACHED

Issue of Guidelines on Dog Breeding Establishments

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has published Guidelines in relation to the operation of dog breeding establishments and compliance by operators with the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010. The regulations contained in the Dog Breeding Establishments Act came into operation on 1 January 2012.

It is important to note that only establishments with six or more female dogs over 6 months of age are covered by the Act. While these guidelines are intended to lead to best practice for dog breeding establishments, they have been prepared by veterinary professionals and can be used by anyone who keeps dogs as a useful guide to welfare issues.

All litters and all dogs in each litter shall be registered with the IKC. Litter registrations shall be forwarded to IKC as soon as is reasonably possible after the birth of the dogs.

Upon the sale of each dog from any litter, breeders shall transfer ownership and register each dog in the name of the purchaser in accordance with stated requirements.

At all times the dogs shall be provided with proper housing, nutrition, health care and necessary exercise.

Every breeder shall make a conscientious effort to learn about structure, movement and behaviour, understand and stay current with inherited traits, congenital and hereditary health problems related to their breed, and to have a basic knowledge of health care and first aid.

Breeders are encouraged to regularly test for health and genetic problems and are encouraged to openly share the results of all such testing that are undertaken. They should also follow recommended protocols for the control of genetic disease. The Society takes an active role in blood testing for the purposes if pooling of information sometimes on an International basis, always to promote the breed standard, longevity, quality and ongoing success of the Irish Wolfhound breed.

Every breeder shall maintain current and accurate records pertaining to their breeding program, the particulars of all dog registrations and all sales transactions.

No breeder shall sell or donate dogs for the purpose of their being auctioned, raffled, or to pet stores.

IV. Breeding Practices

In order to attain the goal of producing quality dogs that are healthy and sound in both mind and body, a breeder must give priority to the following:

Select breeding stock that conforms to the approved IKC Breed Standard to the highest possible degree.

Use dogs that are known to be of sound health and stable temperament.

Choose both a sire and dam that have reached such maturity that they can produce and raise a healthy litter.

Assure that all breeding documents and registrations are available for inspection and completely in order.

As the owner of a stud dog, ensure that the owner of the dam has the ability and the necessary facilities to successfully whelp, raise and assure the future wellbeing of any resulting litter. Commercial arrangements between the owners of Stud dogs and proposed dams are not the responsibility of the Society.

As the owner of the dam, ensure that the owner of the sire has the knowledge and experience to provide a safe and proper mating, including the diligent care of the dam.


5. Selling Practices

All breeders have a serious responsibility when selling dogs to purchasers, whether they are fellow breeders or members of the general public. In order to fulfil this responsibility and without limiting the specifics of the IKC By-laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures and ALL RELEVANT LOCAL AND COUNCIL STANDARDS, ALL RELEVANT LEGISLATION.

All IKC breeders shall adhere to the following general sales practices:

Dogs must never be sold on a “with or without papers” basis. As noted in Section III. (b) above, all dogs must be registered with IKC.

In accordance with the By-laws, the breeder is responsible for the submission of and payment for all registration applications. Such costs may be included in the price of the dog. Under no circumstances shall the buyer be asked to submit or pay for any applications to register or transfer the ownership of a dog.

All dogs must be uniquely and permanently identified with an approved Irish Standard microchip transponder or a tattoo, prior to leaving the breeder’s premises.

Potential purchasers of dogs shall be reasonably screened for their suitability and capability to own and meet the needs of the particular breed. The concept of a dog being a lifetime commitment should always be reinforced with the purchaser.

Breeders shall represent their dogs to prospective purchasers with honestly and integrity.

Breeders shall commit themselves to assisting novice dog owners in understanding the breed. They shall also encourage new dog owners to become involved in the activities of the sport of purebred dogs and inform them about the values in becoming a member of IKC.

Breeders shall provide a written sales agreement containing the name of the purchaser, the date of sale, a statement confirming that the dog is purebred, the name of the breed and the dog’s unique identification number. In addition, all terms and conditions of the sale, including a return or replacement policy, shall be clearly defined. The agreement shall be properly dated and signed by all parties.

Breeders shall provide the purchaser with a reasonable written guarantee that protects the dog, the purchaser and the seller.

Regardless of age, spaying or neutering of all dogs sold as companions should be actively encouraged.

Purchasers should be provided with copies of all relevant documentation, including such things as CKC registration documentation, copies of non-breeding agreements, completed sales agreements, guarantees, health and vaccination records, and a set of instructions on the care, training and diet for the dog.

It may be possible to have video content showing a litter or individual puppy added to this section of our website. Please contact our Webmaster for discussion.

How can I contact the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals?

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA)

Derryglogher Lodge,


Co. Longford.

Tel.: +353 (0)43 25035    Fax.: +353 (0)43 25024   Email:

How can I contact The Irish Blue Cross?

The Irish Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity,

15A Goldenbridge Industrial Estate,

Tyrconnell Road,

Inchicore,   Dublin 8

Tel: +353 (0)1 4163030    Fax: +353 (0)1 4163031   Email:


Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines



I am delighted to introduce these guidelines on dog breeding establishments, as provided for by Section 15 of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act, 2010, I am confident the guidelines will help to increase awareness regarding welfare standards and will aid good practice in dog breeding throughout the country.

The guidelines are written in a direct manner, using as little technical language as possible. I hope that they will be of use to professional breeders, sportsmen and women and the amateur breeder with a few dogs who, while not covered by the Act, would want what’s best for their dogs.

The guidelines are set out in two parts for ease of reference-

Part 1 deals with the construction and maintenance of establishments, including temperature, noise, bedding, hygiene, pest control and storage of food and chemicals.

Part 2 deals with the registration, operation and management of establishments including staffing, the welfare of the dogs, veterinary and health checks, and possible inspection by an authorised officer.

The draft guidelines reflect common sense and good practice. Breeders acknowledge that the welfare and performance of their dogs go hand in hand. Therefore, any well run dog breeding establishment would already have most of the requirements in place.

In this regard, I want to especially emphasise the unique position of registered hunt clubs in rural life and assure their members that the implementation of the Act will have due regard to their traditional practices, particularly in respect of communal kennels, flooring, bedding and feeding routines.

Local Authorities will use these guidelines to assist legitimate establishments who wish to maintain or improve the welfare standards of animals in their care in a positive spirit of consultation. In the unfortunate event that enforcement under the Act is required, it must be signed off by the qualified veterinary officer of the Local Authority.

The guidelines will be placed on the Departments website.

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D.,

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government

21 December, 2011


Construction and Maintenance of a Dog Breeding Establishment


  2. In order to comply with the Act the owner or manager of a dog breeding establishment should:
  3. provide accommodation and equipment which suits the physical, behavioural and social requirements of the dogs held
  4. protect the dogs from other animals and adverse environmental conditions
  5. provide sufficient space for dogs to stand, move around freely, stretch fully and rest
  6. provide sufficient quantities of appropriate food and clean water to maintain good health and support optimal growth and reproduction
  7. protect the dogs from disease, distress, injury, fear and pain
  8. maintain the hygiene of the breeding premises and health of the dogs held
  9. ensure the premises is appropriately licensed under the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 to 2010.


2.1      Location

2.1.1     Buildings which house dogs should be located away from sources of

excessive noise or pollution that could cause injury or stress to animals.

2.1.2 Buildings which house dogs should not be a source of nuisance such as

excessive noise or smell.

2.1.3 All kennels should have an adequate supply of clean water which

should be available to all dogs at all times.

2.1.4 Suitable isolation facilities should be available on site.


2.2 Construction

2.2.1 The Dog Breeding Establishment should:

  • protect dogs from rain and wind
  • provide adequate shade
  • provide a sheltered sleeping area
  • be suitable for dogs as regards temperature, humidity and ventilation

2.2.2    Kennels should be separated from each other by a suitable barrier that will minimise noise, prevent fighting injuries and prevent the spread of infectious disease.

2.2.3     The floor surface for all kennels should be constructed of an impervious material that facilitates thorough cleaning, disinfection and drainage in order to prevent/control disease.Similarly all surfaces that may come in contact with dogs should be capable of being easily cleaned and disinfected. Grassed or landscaped sections may form part of large outdoor runs and must be adequately maintained.

2.2.4    Whelping bitches should be provided with a separate area away from interference by other animals.


2.3    Size and Number of Occupants

2.3.1    Dog housing, whether for a single dog or for a group of dogs should provide enough space for each dog to feed, sleep, sit, stand, lie with limbs extended, stretch and move about unimpeded.

2.3.2 The accommodation of dogs in any way other than loose in a kennel is not acceptable and, in particular, the use of portable crates as a kennel will not be permitted.


2.4    Temperature

2.4.1    Dogs should be protected from extremes of temperature.

2.4.2    Special consideration should be given to young and old dogs which are more sensitive to changes in temperature. They may require special provision of heating or cooling.


2.5    Noise

2.5.1     Noise from barking dogs should be managed to ensure that the premises is not a source of noise nuisance. For example noise may be reduced by limiting external stimulation by having partitions between kennels or the use of blinds, by holding dogs in singles or in compatible groups, by situating kennels so that they do not face each other , or by any other appropriate noise attenuating measure.


2.6    Lighting

2.6.1    Lighting should be as close as possible, in duration and intensity, to natural conditions.

2.6.2    Sunlight is the preferred means of lighting, provided shaded areas are available to the


2.6.3    Artificial light should be provided where necessary to allow animal housing areas to

be thoroughly cleaned and dogs to be checked.


2.7   Ventilation

Suitable ventilation should be provided and should ensure that dampness, draughts, noxious odours and the spread of infectious disease is minimised.


2.8    Bedding and Sleeping Area

2.8.1     All kennels should be provided with an appropriate sleeping area. Ideally this should be a separate, raised sleeping area, free of draughts. Where required, suitable bedding should be provided.

2.8.2     Bedding, where provided, should be kept clean and dry and changed as appropriate.

2.8.3     Whelping bitches should be provided with a suitable whelping area that is provided with clean bedding.


2.9     Safety

2.9.1     In the event of an emergency any security methods used should allow for ready access by staff to dogs, and ready exit of staff and dogs from the premises.

2.9.2    Under Health and Safety legislation adequate fire-fighting equipment must be readily available.




3.1    Cleaning and disinfection

3.1.1    In order to facilitate cleaning and disinfection dog kennels, housing and exercise

areas should be kept clean and maintained in a good state of repair.

3.1.2 To aid a thorough sanitation programme a convenient method of delivering water, such

as the appropriate number and location of hose points should be available


3.2 Pest Control

3.2.1    A suitable vermin control programme should be in place.


3.3     Waste Disposal

3.3.1 All dog breeding establishments should be constructed such that all waste, including

washings, urine and faeces is managed by a suitable waste, drainage, storage and disposal system.

3.3.2 All waste should be collected and stored in suitable, closed, lidded, leak proof containers held in a dedicated waste storage area. Waste removal or storage should not be a source of nuisance or public health risk.



4.1    A Dog Breeding Establishment should have a suitable exercise facility in order to:

  • allow dogs to urinate and defecate
  • allow dogs contact with humans and, if appropriate, with other dogs
  • allow dogs to be checked over
  • allow dogs to exercise appropriately.


5.1    A Dog Breeding Establishment should have a suitable enclosed room or area to store dog food. The food store should;

  • allow food to be stored in vermin proof conditions
  • guard against extremes of heat, cold and condensation
  • be secure from contamination
  • be located to facilitate orderly feeding of dogs



A Dog Breeding Establishment shall have a suitable enclosed room or area to safely store chemicals, including cleaning agents and disinfectants. The storage area should

be secure, suitably located for operational reasons and should not be a source of



The dog breeding establishment should have a suitable facility to properly wash all equipment, including utensils.



Operation and Management of a Dog Breeding Establishment


1.1 Any premises containing six or more female dogs over 6 months of age and capable of breeding, is a Dog Breeding Establishment as defined under the Act.

1.2 In accordance with Section 15 of the Act the operator of a Dog Breeding Establishment must apply to the local authority responsible for the area in which it is situated for registration as a Dog Breeding Establishment. For existing Dog Breeding Establishments, an application for registration must be submitted within 6 months of the commencement of the Act.

1.3 The application should be completed without delay and returned to the relevant local authority. Unless the premises is fee exempted as described by section 9 (18) of the Act, it must be accompanied by the appropriate registration fee. Any false or misleading information will invalidate the application and will be an offence under the Act. Fee exempt premises include registered hunt clubs1, charitable organisations (Charities Act 2009 or having a Revenue CHY number), and commercial boarding kennels.

1.4 In processing the application, the local authority may visit the premises and/or may request further information. In such instances the local authority will give at least 24 hours notice for the initial assessment visit.

1.5 If registration is granted the applicant will be notified within 14 days. A registration certificate will be issued to the applicant who should display this certificate in a prominent location at the establishment. The details of the registration will also be entered into a register maintained by the local authority and will include details of the applicant, the address of the dog breeding establishment, the maximum number of bitches over 6 months that may be kept and, if applicable, any conditions attached to the registration.

1.6 Where a local authority proposes to either attach conditions or refuse the application, it will notify the applicant in writing and the applicant may make representations to the local authority within 14 days after receiving this notification. These representations will be considered by the Local Authority Veterinary Officer – as outlined in Section 18(1) (a) of the Act.

1.7 The local authority shall notify the applicant of its decision within 14 days of making that decision. Appeals against a refusal or against any conditions attached to the registration may be made to the appropriate District Court within 14 days of receipt of the notification, or such longer period as a judge of the District Court may determine.


2.   STAFF

2.1   Staff must comply with dog welfare legislation and must have experience in handling dogs. Formal training in animal care is encouraged.

2.2   Staff should be competent and be aware of their responsibilities.

2.3 An adequate number of staff/persons should be available, appropriate to the size of the establishment and the number of dogs being kept



3.1  Grooming must be to at least a minimum standard of care required for that breed. Coats should not be left unduly dirty, tangled or unkempt.

  1. Dogs should be protected from distress or injury.

3.3 Dogs should be protected from excessive or rough handling.

3.4 Dogs should be fed adequately and regularly to maintain good health as appropriate to their breed.

3.5 Clean water must be available to all dogs at all times.

3.5 Bedding, where provided, should be appropriate and cleaned at suitable intervals

  1. To ensure bio-security all reasonable measures should be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious disease. This also applies to both staff and persons visiting the premises.
  2. A suitable treatment and prevention programme to control endoparasites (eg roundworms, tapeworms, etc.) and ectoparasites (fleas, lice, etc.) should be in place
  3. A suitable vaccination programme, as advised by a veterinary practitioner, should be in place.
  4. All dogs should be exercised appropriately. Such exercise regimes will facilitate dogs to urinate and defecate, stretch limbs, allow contact with humans and dogs if appropriate, and allow dogs to be checked for signs of ill health



4.1 In order to facilitate cleaning and disinfection, dog kennels, housing and exercise areas should be kept clean and maintained in a good state of repair.

4.2   Faeces should be removed at least once daily.

4.3    Kennels and associated housing and exercise areas should be cleaned and disinfected as appropriate, and on a risk basis e.g. before new dogs or puppies are introduced or after an outbreak of infectious disease.

4.4 After cleaning/disinfection, housing or kennels should be free of surface water.

4.5    Cleaning and disinfection agents should be chosen on the basis of their suitability, safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer’s instructions in respect of the correct use, dilution and contact time for the product should always be followed.

4.6    A suitable vermin control programme should be in place



5.1    Each dog should be checked at least once a day to monitor its health and well-being, and more frequently as appropriate, for example in the case of whelping bitches.


  1. The person checking the dogs should observe their general health, for instance checking that they are eating, drinking, defecating, urinating and are of normal appearance.

5.3    Any change in the health status of any dog should be reported promptly to the person in charge. Prompt veterinary attention should be obtained as appropriate.

5.4 Dogs known or suspected to be suffering from an infectious disease should not be admitted to the premises or else placed in suitable isolation.


  1. The operator of the premises should be a client of a veterinary practice.

6.2 Any dog(s) showing signs of disease/ill-health should receive timely and appropriate treatment including, where necessary, veterinary examination and treatment

6.3 Veterinary attention must be obtained immediately in cases of suspected exotic diseases

such as rabies.



7.1 A Dog Breeding Establishment operator should establish and maintain a system to record the details of births, deaths, sale, movement or other event relating to dogs kept within the establishment. These records must include all microchip details, dates of whelping of each bitch, number of pups in each litter (including the number of live and dead pups), and details of sale or disposal. The premises should also have a separate record of all bitches, over 6 months of age and capable of breeding.

7.2 For a period of 12 months after this Act comes into force, all dogs over 12 weeks of age on the premises must be micro-chipped and the details recorded on a suitable database.

7.3 After this 12 month period, all dogs over 8 weeks of age on the premises must be micro-chipped and all dogs must be micro-chipped prior to being moved out of the premises.

7.4 Records of all micro-chipped dogs must be recorded in a register maintained at the Dog Breeding Establishment and this register must be available for inspection by an authorised officer.

7.5 The requirement to microchip shall not apply to a dog breeding establishment that is a registered hunt or game club member where the dogs concerned are registered in a register maintained by the Hunting Association of Ireland or the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conversation of the European Union. The register held by these clubs and/or evidence of registration, which will be available for inspection by an authorised officer, must contain the following details;

  • a reproduction of the mark imprinted on the skin or coat of the dog to enable its identification;
  • the name of the owner of the dog and the address at which he or she resides;
  • the address of the dog breeding establishment at which the dog is kept;
  • the date of birth and sex of the dog;
  • the dog’s colouring and any particular feature or features that distinguish the dog.
  1. The operator of a dog breeding establishment shall notify the particulars of any sale or transfer of a dog kept by him or her at that establishment in writing to—

(a) the local authority in whose functional area the dog breeding establishment is



(b) the person charged with the maintenance of a database to which paragraph (aa)

(inserted by section 24) of section 19(2) of the Act of 1986 applies.


8.1 A person appointed by a local authority as an authorised officer under this Act is allowed to inspect a dog breeding establishment at all reasonable times. Routine inspections will be by arrangement. The inspection process should be managed by the authorised person as outlined by Section 18(1) (a) of the Act.

8.2 An authorised officer may inspect, take copies or remove and detain any books, records or other documents found in the course of an inspection and may require the operator to answer any questions relative to the dog breeding establishment. Obstruction of an authorised officer will be an offence under this Act.

8.3 In cases of significant deviation from the standards outlined in the Act an authorised officer may serve a Fixed Payment Notice or an Improvement Notice. An Improvement Notice will outline the remedial actions required and the time scale within which these actions need to be completed. An Improvement Notice may be appealed in the District Court within 7 days of service. Enforcement actions will be overseen by a Local Authority Veterinary Officer (authorised person as outlined by Section 18(1) (a) of the Act).

8.4 In cases where the authorised officer is of the opinion that a serious and immediate threat exists to public health or animal health and welfare a closure notice may be issued, requiring the operator of the dog breeding establishment to cease the breeding and keeping of dogs at the premises and to surrender the registration certificate. A closure notice must state the grounds for this action, and will outline the measures required to be taken by the operator to enable any dogs affected to be kept at suitable alternative accommodation at the expense of the operator. A copy of the notice will be affixed to the premises by the local authority who will also publish the notice.. This notice may be appealed in the District Court within 7 days of service. Enforcement actions will be overseen by a Local Authority Veterinary Officer (authorised person as outlined by Section 18(1) (a) of the Act).

Transportation of Dogs

The transportation of dogs and puppies to and from a commercial dog breeding establishment is covered by specific European legislation (Council Regulation (EC) No. 1 of 2005). The authority responsible for enforcing this legislation is the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). The requirements of this legislation in relation to commercial dog transport are summarised in the DAFM “Guidelines for the Welfare of Non-farming (“Other”) Species During Commercial Transport” which are available at

Managers of dog breeding establishments should familiarise themselves with the contents of these guidelines. It is their responsibility to ensure that dogs and puppies in their care are transported in line with the guidelines, in particular in relation to the following:

  • Fitness for transport (section 1.1 of the DAFM guidelines provides a detailed list of conditions that would render a dog unfit for transport),
  • Transport practices (issues such as appropriate segregation of dogs during transport, feeding/watering requirements and care of sick or injured dogs).
  • Transport vehicles (including general requirements applicable to all vehicles used to transport dogs and additional requirements, including the need for DAFM approval, for vehicles transporting dogs on journeys greater than 8 hours in duration).
  • Requirements for commercial dog transporters to be authorised by DAFM if they are transporting dogs on journeys in excess of 65km.

Further information on any of the issues included in the DAFM guidelines cab be obtained from the DAFM website or by contacting the DAFM Transport Section on 01 5058647.

1 For the purposes of these guidelines, fee exemption under the “hunt club” means a registered hunt or game club—

(a) registered with a national hunting association that is a member of—

(i) the Hunting Association of Ireland or

(ii) the Irish branch of the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the European Union (FACE),


(b) that operates in accordance with the guidelines for kennel

management issued by the HAI.




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