Dog Law

Microchipping – All dogs in the UK have to be microchipped and registered in the name of the keeper.

  • Puppies have to be microchipped by the age of 8 weeks and the keeper must ensure that their name, address and contact details are kept up to date.
  • It is an offence to fail to report an adverse event (microchip not working; the dog having a health condition attributable to the implantation; the microchip having migrated).
  • It is an offence for a keeper to transfer a dog that hasn’t been microchipped and so a breeder must ensure a dog is microchipped and registered to them on the database before sale.
  • The Council or the Police may service a Notice requiring the keeper to get a dog microchipped or to update the database and if they fail to comply that will be a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £500.

For more information, check out the Dogs Trust Website

Collar and Tag

Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, when outside, a dog must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner, or this information must be on a tag attached to the collar.

This requirement applies:

  • Even if you’re with the dog at the time, or
  • Even if the dog has been microchipped

The Council can prosecute if you fail to comply and this may lead to a fine.


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