AskDefine | Define kennel

Dictionary Definition

kennel n : outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog [syn: doghouse, dog house] v : put up in a kennel; "kennel a dog" [also: kennelling, kennelled]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A house or shelter for a dog.
    – We want to look at the dog kennels.– Ah yes, well that's the pets' department, second floor.
  2. A facility at which dogs are reared or boarded.
    The town dog-catcher operates the kennel for strays.
    She raises registered Dalmations at her kennel.
  3. U.K. The dogs kept at such a facility; a pack of hounds.


  1. A gutter at the edge of a street.


shelter for a dog
  • Dutch: kennel
  • French: chenil
  • German: Hundehütte
  • Italian: canile, cuccia
  • Japanese: 犬小屋
  • Polish: buda
  • Spanish: perrera

Extensive Definition

This article concerns shelter for dogs. For the missile with the code name "kennel", see AS-1 Kennel
A kennel is the name given to any structure or shelter for dogs. A kennel is a doghouse, run, or other small structure in which a dog is kept. American English often uses the word "doghouse" in this context; in British English the term "kennel" is preferred, but the phrase "in the doghouse" is understood but does not mean "in the kennel", rather it is a colloquial phrase meaning (of a person) "in trouble" or "being shunned". Used in the plural, the kennels, the term means any building, collection of buildings or a property in which dogs are housed, maintained, and bred.

Breeding kennels

This is a formal establishment for the propagation of purebred dogs, whether or not the animals are actually housed in a separate shed, the garage, a state-of the-art facility, or the family dwelling. Breeding kennels are heavily regulated and must follow rules laid down by the breed club, the kennel council, and relevant legislation.
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.

Related terms

  • A boarding kennel is a place where dogs are housed temporarily for a fee, an alternative to using a pet sitter.
  • A pet crate can also be called a kennel .
  • Kennel cough is a bronchitis-type contagious disease that affects dogs.

Other usage

  • The word kennel also formerly meant a drain channel for street waste water. Such usage is obsolete.
  • The word kennel is also used to refer to boarding catteries and licensing agencies do not always differentiate between commercial boarding kennels for dogs and other animal or cat boarding kennels.
  • Two sports dog venues at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington have been nicknamed "The Kennel". This nickname is a play on the school's athletic nickname of "Bulldogs".
    • "The Kennel" was first applied to the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre, home to the school's basketball teams from 1965 to 2004, and still used by the school's women's volleyball team. The "Kennel" nickname is still used for this venue, which has been replaced for basketball by:
    • "The New Kennel", officially the McCarthey Athletic Center, which opened in November 2004.

See also

kennel in Danish: Kennel
kennel in Italian: Canile
kennel in Finnish: Kennel
kennel in Swedish: Kennel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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