or Kennel Prefix?
In the world of
show dogs, most people who have or are beginning to establish
a line of dogs bred by them use a "kennel
prefix". For example, I use Kalahari
and have since 1969.. That lets whomever is looking at a catalog
recognize the dog or dogs behind them as bred by me. If your kennel
prefix is unique enough, you can have it registered with the AKC and no
one else may use it without your permission. Of course, most breeders
would not intentionally poach on someone else's established name - most
reputable people, that is.
Having a kennel prefix DOES NOT MEAN YOUR DOGS ARE KEPT IN A KENNEL.
A kennel, in the strictist sense, could mean a place where
are boarded. It could be a place of business that people pay to have
their dog kept while they are out of town, or a place where you would
send your dog for training, ie trained for hunting birds, retrieving
birds, etc. This would usually mean a building apart from the owner's
living quarters, or outdoor runs with individual dog shelters or houses
for them. Many hunting breeds are kept in this manner to help climatize
them to the hunting conditions they'll be used in. An example would be
foxhounds, who are hunted over the fall and winter months and are kept
in buildings and runs where the temperatures would run comparable to
their hunting areas - about 43 degrees F at the lowest. It would be
very hard on a dog to be kept indoors at 72 degrees, then expect that
dog to be able to hunt for hours in 32 degree weather in the snow.
Some people who show do keep their dogs in kennel building outside of
their homes. Perhaps they have several dogs, or train puppies
the ring, or show dogs for other people. Nothing wrong with that and
many people I know who do have kennels will rotate the dogs into the
house for socialization and because they LOVE their dogs. These
people have "kennel prefixes" in addition to a "kennel".
Then there are the folks like me who only have a few dogs and those
dogs are household pets. Our dogs live like most pets - in the house
with a dog door or let in and out by the owners. We only have "kennel
If you want to visit a breeder and see their dogs, remember your
manners. Call them, find out if their place is a business that has
particular hours to be open. If you will be visiting someone's home,
please make an appointment - and be on time!
Before you think about dropping in unannounced at a breeder's house,
think how you would feel if people just showed up at your front door