Why register my dog

The Irish Kennel Club run over a hundred different events annually throughout the country. If you want to show your dog – at home or abroad – you need make sure it is registered first.

Registering your dog with the IKC confirms that it was bred within a strict code of ethics, that the pedigree has been validated by IKC records, which date back to the foundation of the State. As the IKC is a full member of the FCI, an international organisation, its registrations are recognised worldwide.

When registering a dog with the IKC, you agree to be bound by the club’s rules and regulations regarding the care and welfare of dogs, and its code of ethics. This affirms your status as a responsible dog owner and breeder. VICAS, the veterinary association, support the IKC in promoting responsible dog ownership and any IKC member found guilty of cruelty to dogs is banned for life.

Registration is confined to dogs whelped in Ireland where either both parents registered with the IKC or the dam is registered with the IKC and the sire is registered with another recognised kennel authority. Dogs whelped outside the jurisdiction of the IKC that have been registered with another recognised club can be registered with the IKC by completing Form OS1. Applications that don’t fulfill these conditions will be considered for approval by the General Purposes Committee.