Pete the Vet Podcast: it’s time to have your say on puppy farming in Ireland

Puppy farms – or Dog Breeding Establishments, as they are formally known – are regulated by the law in Ireland, and this is currently open for public consultation. Listen to the podcast at the foot of this page to find out more.

If you want to have  your say on this topic, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Mr Simon Coveney, T.D. has announced a public consultation on a draft review document of the current Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines. undertaken to date has been to The Department of Environment has already produced a first draft revision, but the review has now been opened up to a more formal public consultation, both for quality assurance and to address the need for transparency and inclusiveness.

This consultation will close on 28 February 2017.

How to get involved

You can make written submissions or comments, preferably in electronic format, on the draft revised DBE Guidelines by 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017 to:

  • email:
  • by post to the Dog Control Unit, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo. F26 E8N6
    Submissions should be as succinct as possible and should include the section(s) number(s) to which reference is made.

A copy of the current DBE Guidelines, together with the revised draft guidelines (colour coded with proposed changes for ease of reference), may be accessed by clicking on this link.

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