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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ Irish Kennel Club ~

      The Irish Kennel Club promotes the responsible ownership and breeding of dogs throughout Ireland through education, registration, training and support schemes and events.


      Irish Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -


      Brief Bio: The Irish Kennel Club promotes the responsible ownership and breeding of dogs throughout Ireland through education, registration, training and support schemes and events.

      About Us:

      Mission & Core Values
      Our mission is to advance the health, breeding and sport of purebred dogs and promote responsible dog ownership. Read more on the IKC's core values here.


      The Irish Kennel Club holds a register of purebred dogs in Ireland, issuing export licenses, pedigree certificates and transfer of ownership certification where required. It is the key authority on pedigree dogs for both breeders and buyers.


      Training and Support
      The Irish Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme helps educate dog owners and develop dogs into happy, loyal and well-behaved companions. The Good Citizen Test is offered by approved clubs and training classes, ensuring a high standard of training for owners.


      The Irish Kennel Club runs a number of activities for members, including exhibitions, agility tests, and working trials.

      National Kennel Club/ non-profit


      The work of the Irish Kennel Club is overseen by a General Purposes Committee, while voluntary committees enable the smooth running of the club in several key areas. These are the Field Trials Committee, the Green Star and Judges Committee, and the Agility, Obedience & Working Trials Committee.


      General Purposes Committee
      The General Purposes Committee of the Irish Kennel Club is elected by An Ard Chomhairle. It meets on a regular basis to discuss strategic issues facing the club and to oversee the club’s management. It is currently chaired by Mr. N. Hammond.


      Field Trials Committee
      The Field Trials Committee sets rules for and oversees regular field trials approved by the Irish Kennel Club. It is currently chaired by Mr. B. O'Hara.


      Green Star and Judges Committee
      The Green Star and Judges Committee oversees the approval of judges, and also the regulations governing which dogs are regarded as the equivalent of a green star. It is currently chaired by Mr. C Beattie.


      Agility, Obedience & Working Trials Committee
      The Agility, Obedience & Working Trials Committee governs the rules and approval of competitive events in agility and obedience. It is currently chaired by Mrs. J. Owens Poole.

      Our People:

      President: Mr. Sean Delmar, ex-officio to all committees

  • Our Signature Work


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   is the online platform for IPFD and is a curated information hub as well as housing resources to support actions by IPFD and its Partners and Collaborators.




    International Dog Health Workshops



    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'. The 5th IDHW takes place 13-15 June 2024, in Helsinki, Finland and will be co-hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club.




    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database


    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education and provided the foundation for further developments.




    Health Strategies Database for Dogs


    The HSDD Database includes breed-specific health/mentality testing requirements and recommendations established by Health Strategy Providers (HSPs) including kennel clubs, breed clubs, veterinary organizations, and others.



    Pedigree Breeds Database



    As of March 2024, our Pedigree Breeds Database lists 184 breeds. Information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles; Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles, which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed; and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs who share information on their breed with the Community.




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