Is your dog legal?

Dog at vet being micro chipped

Micro Chipping


Don’t get caught out because in England, Scotland and Wales, from the 6th April 2016, it is a criminal offence if your dog is not microchipped. You must also ensure that the details on the microchip database related to your dog’s chip are correct. Failure to do this could result in the owner being served with a notice to get the dog microchipped, or database details amended, within a certain time. If this isn’t done by the owner they could face a fine up to £500 and criminal prosecution. Puppies must also be micro chipped and on the list before they are 8 weeks old.

Micro chipping your dog can be done at most vets and gives your dog its own identification. It has already proved successful in reuniting lost dogs with their owners.


Identification tag


Your dog must wear an identification tag otherwise you could be fined £5000. In the United Kingdom, under the control of dogs order 1992, you need to ensure that when your dog is in a public place that they wear a collar or tag with the owners name and address on including post code. Although not compulsory putting your telephone number on is also a good idea.

The micro chipping law doesn’t replace the need for your dog to wear identification.