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A dog sits in front of a typical kennel panel

A kennel is a structure or shelter for dogs. Used in the plural, the kennels, the term means any building, collection of buildings or a property in which dogs are housed, maintained, and (though not in all cases) bred. A kennel can be made out of various materials, the most popular being wood and canvas. The term "kennel" can also refer to a dog crate or doghouse.

Breeding kennels[edit]

This is a formal establishment for the propagation of dogs, whether or not they are actually housed in a separate shed, the garage, a state-of-the-art facility, or the family dwelling. Licensed breeding kennels are heavily regulated and must follow relevant government legislation. Breed club members are expected to comply with the general Code of Ethics and guidelines applicable to the breed concerned.[1] Kennel clubs may also stipulate criteria to be met before issuing registration papers for puppies bred. A kennel name or kennel prefix is a name associated with each breeding kennel: it is the first part of the registered name of a pedigreed dog which was bred there.

Boarding kennels[edit]

This is a place where dogs are housed temporarily for a fee, an alternative to using a pet sitter. Although many people worry about the stress placed on the animal by being put in an unfamiliar and most likely crowded environment, the majority of boarding kennels work to reduce stress.[2] Many kennels offer one-on-one "play times" in order to get the animal out of the kennel environment. Familiar objects, such as blankets and toys from home, are also permitted at many kennels. Many kennels offer grooming and training services in addition to boarding, with the idea being that the kennel can be the owner's "one-stop shop" for all three services.[3]

In the United States the term boarding kennel can also be used to refer to boarding catteries and licensing agencies[4] do not always differentiate between commercial boarding kennels for dogs and other animal or cat boarding kennels. In 2007 market surveys showed that $3.0 billion was spent on these services. Annual kennel boarding expenses for dog owners was $225, and for cat owners was $149 according to a 2007–2008 survey.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AKC's Guide to Responsible Dog Breeding". American Kennel Club. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  2. ^ Belpedio, Camille (2010). "Understanding Kennel Stress in Canines (Canis lupus familiaris)—A Review of the Literature" (PDF). Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior. 4: 7–14.
  3. ^ "Jet Pet Resort". Jet Pet Resort. Retrieved 25 September 2023.
  4. ^ "Snohomish County, WA - Official Website - Official Website". snohomish.wa.us. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  5. ^ "Industry Statistics & Trends". American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2008-07-26.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Kennels at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of kennel at Wiktionary