Compulsory microchipping for dogs
Microchipping is now compulsory for all dog owners in the UK for dogs over the age of eight weeks.
Dogs need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers’ contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date. The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.
If a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the notice.
Anyone breeding dogs will be responsible for microchipping their puppies before they sell or give them to new keepers. All imported dogs will need to have a microchip. Breeders will be required to register their own details and these will be recorded against the microchip for the life of the dog.
Microchipping must be done by a trained professional and we recommend you speak to your vet or The Dogs Trust for further information and advice.