Thornwood Kennels
Home from home for your best friends

About Us

Who are we?

Paul and Mairi Betterton are first and foremost animal lovers. Owners of four dogs - two leonbergers and two labradors, and four fantastic donkeys which can be seen and spoken to when you drive through the gates! 

Paul is a behaviourist with years of experience as well as being a renowned trainer and breeder of beautiful dogs. Mairi, as well as being a Kennel Club Breeder, is also a member of the Donkey Breed Society and regularly attends events and meetings concerning donkey welfare and rehabilitation.

Their aim is very simple - provide an environment in which the welfare of the animals they care for is second to none.

Where are we?

You can find us by taking the B1111 off the A11 towards East Harling. After crossing over the Harling Road railway line take the first major right turn towards Roudham.  Drive down Roudham Road, leaving the Industrial units behind you, after about 3/4 of a mile you'll find us on the left hand side, look for the large white sign.


We are very much a family affair. When you arrive you are greeted with the large white farmhouse surrounded by landscaped grounds and gardens. Adjacent to the house is the Reception, Grooming Room and Kennels all set in 5 acres of countryside with 2 acres exclusively dedicated to training and exercise paddocks.

What facilities do we have?

All of the kennels are extra large, which was a conscious decision. Even the smallest kennel we have is 1.5 times the legal requirement and the largest can easily house up to 5 large dogs. The kennel building is centrally heated and has additional heating inside each individual kennel.

One thing you'll notice upon your first visit is how calm the dogs are. They are regularly exercised in the 2 acres of exercise paddocks and each dogs personal requirements are met ensuring they're both happy and relaxed.

The kennels are spotless and regularly maintained to keep them in their best condition. We believe in quality over quantity and will happily give you a tour of the entire building.

The Grooming Room is a pet beauty salon. Light and airy, smelling wonderful, and having everything your pets need to be pampered and loved. Jan takes great care and pride in her grooming service, offering a very high level of individual attention. There is also a mobile service and collection and drop-off service too.

Do we breed dogs too?

We have bred a selection of beautiful dogs including Labradors, German Short-Haired Pointers, and  both English and American Cocker Spaniels. All our dogs are pure breeds and Kennel Club registered.