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The word kennel has several meanings in relation to dogs:
- The small shed in which a dog is kept; a doghouse.
- A collection of buildings or a property in which many dogs are housed, maintained, and bred, often used in the plural 'kennels'.
- A breeding kennel: a breeding 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.
- A boarding kennel, in which dogs are housed temporarily for a fee.