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Compulsory dog microchipping

From 6 April 2016, it is a legal requirement that all dog keepers will be required to have their dogs microchipped and registered on one of the authorised databases.

There are three main reasons why associations such as the British Veterinary Association have been campaigning for the compulsory microchipping of dogs:

  • To help reunite strays with their owners

  • To help tackle puppy farming

  • To encourage responsible ownership

All dogs that are eight weeks of age or older and not a certified working dog will need to be chipped and registered.

The Dog Warden will enforce the law if your dog is:

  • Not microchipped

  • Not registered on an authorised database (such as Petlog)

  • Or your dog's details are not kept up to date

You may be served a notice insisting that your dog is chipped within 21 days. The Dog Warden can even take possession of a dog to check if it is chipped or to arrange for the procedure to take place.

Updating your dog's microchip

If you move or change your telephone number, it is important to tell the relevant microchip database so they can update their records. You can find their details by looking at your dog's paperwork, or by speaking the microchip implanter who chipped your dog.

Change of ownership

If you sell your dog or give it to a new keeper, you must arrange for the details on the dog's microchip to be changed.

Buying a dog

When you buy a puppy, it must be chipped and registered to the person who bred the dog. You must also check that they are licensed, feel free to call and ask.