Dogs come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, even aside from the unique personality traits of each animal!
A key decision when choosing a dog is whether you go with a pedigree dog, with a documented ancestry certifying that it is part of a distinct breed, or a non-pedigree dog. Both varieties have advantages and disadvantages: you can research more about specific pedigree dogs below and learn about non-pedigree dogs here.
The Irish Kennel Club is the Registration body for Pedigree Dogs, (in other words the Kennel Club keeps the lineage records of your Puppy’s Parents, Grandparents, Great Grandparents going back many generations, and when the Breeder registers a litter from Registered Parents, the IKC will then issue a Registration Certificate for each Puppy in the Litter.)
Prospective New Owners when purchasing an IKC Registered Puppy must obtain the following documents from the Breeder.
Many dogs share similar characteristics across several breeds, such as terriers or retrievers. These are organised into FCI groups. You can read more about the groups that exist, and their broad characteristics, here.
There are literally hundreds of breeds, some native to Ireland and some extremely rare. You can learn more about the most popular breeds in Ireland here.