Dog Breeding Establishments Act signed into force

On 21st December 2011 Phil Hogan, the Minister for the Environment signed the Dog Breeding Establishments Act into law. This important piece of legislation brings in long overdue regulations governing so-called puppy farms (it applies only to breeders with 6 or more breeding age bitches). The veterinary profession welcome this new legislation and hope it will reduce welfare abuses associated with large scale dog breeding.

As a dog owner you can play an important part in promoting welfare standards in the dog breeding industry. If you are buying a dog:

  • Always ensure that the vendor allows you to meet the pup’s mother, with the litter, in their normal surroundings.
  • Never agree to meet a breeder on the road , even if it sounds like a good idea at the time.
  • Never buy a puppy out of pity if you see it in very poor conditions – it only rewards low standards by the breeder. Consider reporting the breeder to a local SPCA instead.
  • Remember that a puppy that has been brought up living in a house with a family is likely to make a far better pet in terms of socialisation and temperament than a pup that was reared on a puppy farm.
Fintan Browne

About Fintan Browne

Fintan Browne is a vet in Anicare Veterinary Group in Dublin and is the Chairperson of the Veterinary Ireland Companion Animal Society, the representative group for Ireland's 'Pet Vets'.
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