Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines July 2018 – R of I

The Department of Rural and Community Development (the Department) has put in place a revised set of Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments (DBEs

The Guidelines are in place to support the improvement of standards in DBEs and form part of the framework within which local authorities carry out inspections and issue improvement notices where required.  There is a substantial shift in the new guidelines towards a focus on the welfare of dogs and pups.  Better socialised pups, housed in appropriate accommodation make for better pets.  Where there is a focus on socialisation in the key first few weeks of life, there is a smoother transition to life in a family home.

The Guidelines have been issued under Section 15 (4) of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 (the Act) following a public consultation process.  They come into effect from 1 January 2019, at which time they will replace the previous Guidelines.  These Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Act.  For more information –

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