Definition of kennel in English:

kennel

noun

  • 1A small shelter for a dog.

    • ‘A North Vancouver RCMP police dog has been deemed a dangerous offender and been ordered to be kept inside a kennel or muzzled when not on duty after it bit a gardener who was doing landscape work next door.’
    • ‘When Brandy was taken out of her kennel to go home with her new family, she seemed to know: her walk perked right up.’
    • ‘These vicious killers will surely strike again if the owners fail to ensure that the dogs are not confined to kennel or tied up at night-time.’
    • ‘The thieves targeted the two terriers despite more valuable dogs in kennels nearby.’
    • ‘The sight of the little puppy hooked up to an IV, panting in his vet kennel, was one of the hardest things I've ever seen.’
    • ‘It is normally kept in a kennel out the back, where it acts as a guard dog.’
    • ‘The thieves had scaled two fences and dragged the pup out of her locked kennel and lifted her over the walls, leaving two less valuable dogs behind.’
    • ‘We were debating the possibility of leaving Zumi out of her kennel while we went out for dinner.’
    • ‘I have a dog, and I've noticed that though she is pleased to see me when I get home, it's often because now she can get out of the kennel.’
    • ‘She put him in his kennel behind the house and filled his food and water dishes, then went inside, dragging out her luggage.’
    • ‘The one happy story amid the destruction was the rescue of the guard-dog ‘Jackson’ from his kennel at the rear of the garage.’
    • ‘Well she is learning, being socialized, because this morning when I went to clean up, there was no ‘stuff’ in the kennel.’
    • ‘The woodland gardens which surround the house have been well maintained and include a water feature, three stables, dog kennels and patio area paved with limestone flags.’
    • ‘Molly was taken to the vet after her back leg was savaged while she was in her kennel outside the house.’
    • ‘In rows of kennels, dogs awaiting adoption wag their tails furiously, bark in a deafening chorus and whine desperately for attention.’
    • ‘The dogs were kept in the cement kennels, the cats were kept in rooms attached to the main building.’
    • ‘But he would probably need to have his own kennel or place to live outside.’
    • ‘Normally, it is kept in a kennel out the back where it acts as a guard dog, but we have two lads living with us and it is also a family pet.’
    • ‘His owners chain him to his kennel when they leave in the morning, and the poor little fella sits there barking for an hour or so until he settles down.’
    • ‘As well as poultry sheds, they make everything from rabbit hutches and dog kennels to smaller homes for hamsters and ferrets.’
    1. 1.1usually kennelstreated as singular or plural A boarding or breeding establishment for dogs.
      ‘I put my dog in kennels if I go away’
      • ‘Domestic pets then had to be taken to other RSPCA centres or to private kennels and catteries, which meant inspectors and animal collectors sometimes had to travel up to 30 miles.’
      • ‘His breeding kennels have insured that this breed will be perpetuated.’
      • ‘I think the animals are better off in a kennel where they are given shelter and attention rather than being landed into a busy house on Christmas day.’
      • ‘Once you have found the kennels or cattery you like you will have to make sure that your pet's vaccinations are up to date, as the kennels or cattery will need to see the vaccination certificates.’
      • ‘Many pet owners find they are not able to enjoy their vacation when they are forced to leave their pets at a kennel.’
      • ‘It is understood that pet owners became concerned when they tried to contact the kennels to collect their animals but were unable to obtain any reply from the number.’
      • ‘So if you are considering putting your pet into a kennel or cattery you should ask to see the current licence which should be displayed on the premises.’
      • ‘Contact a local breeders club, and ask for a list of reputable kennels or catteries.’
      • ‘Because the kennels and cattery are in our grounds, we are constantly on hand to care for the animals.’
      • ‘Regulations against the trade of dogs were made in Shanghai - kennels can only sell dogs they breed, and are not allowed to sell dogs they buy.’
      • ‘Our funds are vital for the care of animals at our kennels and cattery in Keighley, and without our shop-generated funds, we may have to refuse admissions.’
      • ‘The owners of the house, Vera and Lesley, established the kennels more than 20 years ago.’
      • ‘They were at the dog kennels looking for a dog for Liam.’
      • ‘He described Zara as a bubbly well liked person who dreamed of setting up her own dog kennels.’
      • ‘We'll have to put her in a kennel, which is very expensive.’
      • ‘I chose this greyhound from a kennel in Sowerby Bridge and he was fantastic.’
      • ‘Over the last two years local kennels have submitted a number of bids to provide the kennelling service.’
      • ‘Apart from doing some shopping this morning, my most important task has been to pick up my dog Tara from the kennels.’
      • ‘A greyhound owner has lost her fight to keep her dogs in kennels in the countryside - because they make too much noise.’
      • ‘We use the barn and we keep the more fragile ones in our homes but we want to build proper kennels and a cattery.’
  • 2rare A pack of dogs.

    ‘the proper care of a kennel of dogs is a business and a science’
    • ‘If not treated, this mange can affect a whole kennel of dogs and can be spread to humans as well.’
    • ‘As a boy, his father had had a kennel of dogs and he had hated them.’
    • ‘The young actor was photographed walking a whole kennel of dogs.’
    • ‘Where the pool had been was now a boulder-sized mass heaving like a whole kennel of dogs fighting in a sack.’
    • ‘I had accumulated a large kennel of dogs.’
    • ‘When Queen Victoria began to add collies to her kennel of dogs in the 1860s, sheepdogs soon became society's dog of choice.’
    • ‘One keeper tells me this kennel of dogs has been bred from the best working black dogs for years.’
    • ‘Because this hunter could not afford a large kennel of dogs, he required a single dog who could find every kind of game.’
    • ‘We saw hunt groups who can no longer hunt foxes but still keep large kennels of dogs that have to be fed.’
    • ‘A large kennel of dogs was simply another accoutrement of the landed upper class.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Put (a dog) in a kennel or kennels.

    ‘the dogs have been kennelled’
    • ‘Louis XIV spent 200,000 gold francs for the construction of the royal kennels at Versailles where he kenneled hunting hounds, truffle terriers and toy poodles.’
    • ‘He said dog wardens' time was also used up dealing with dozens of stray or lost dogs found in the district: last year 65 were kennelled and a further 20 were returned to their owners.’
    • ‘The pack has been kennelled at Holcombe for more than 200 years.’
    • ‘My friend, his wife, three teenage children and his aging parents were all living in space that Canadians would feel guilty about kenneling their dogs in.’
    • ‘And because they are kennelled in a part of the county still designated ‘at risk’, they will be unable to roam across the vast stretches of Ryedale's countryside.’
    • ‘Everyone knows hunting is not about paying country-dwellers peanuts to kennel hounds.’
    • ‘Records show that the hunt probably dates back to 1634 when hounds were kennelled at Slebech Park.’
    • ‘First to consider, of course, is your personal situation: size of home and family, opportunities you can devote to training and ample areas to work a hunting dog plus whether he'll live indoors or be kenneled outside.’
    • ‘In January Mr and Mrs Kingham, who are helpers at the branch in Little Totham, took on two dogs - Jenny, from the Halifax group, and Roly who was kennelled with her at Little Totham.’
    • ‘The charity also revealed it had cost £27,500 to kennel the dogs since they were confiscated in October, 2003.’
    • ‘Fluffy does not do well when she goes to the vet, so I would not be able to kennel her because they require pets to have certain shots before they will accept them.’
    • ‘Every animal recovered is checked by vets then kennelled.’
    • ‘The stables were capable of housing more than eighty horses and the Earl's fox hounds were kenneled behind the stables.’
    • ‘Loving and attentive, the Sheltie will not do well kennelled out of doors.’
    • ‘Eison kennels the pups in a fenced-in corner of his backyard, in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes in St. Albans, Queens.’
    • ‘In future the pack of 50 hounds kennelled at Crag Top Farm will be chasing rabbit.’
    • ‘Homemade diets are also hard to provide for pets who may be kenneled from time to time.’
    • ‘They're flown back to the race start, where they're kenneled until the musher or his or her representative collects them.’
    • ‘This dog can be kennelled outdoors but is just as happy snoozing at the feet of his master.’
    • ‘Dogs kept exclusively in cages and kenneled and not exposed to people at all after 14 weeks of age may have severely undeveloped social skills.’

Origin

Middle English: from an Old Northern French variant of Old French chenil, from Latin canis ‘dog’.

Pronunciation

kennel

/ˈkɛn(ə)l/