Responsible dog ownership


Since 6 April 2016 all dog owners are required to have their dogs microchipped.

Microchipping permanently identifies a dog. A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin of a dog by injection. Usually within the scruff of the neck. 

The owner’s contact details are then recorded against the number of the microchip and stored on a national database.


We charge £20 to microchip your dog.

Please call 01202 123123 to book an appointment.

Dog breeders

If your female dog has puppies, before being sold, you must have them microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. The new keeper must update the contact information on the database at the transfer of keepership.

A dog must not be transferred to a new keeper until it has been microchipped.

It is also a legal requirement for your dog to wear a collar and tag when in a public place. The tag must have your name and address on it (and a phone number if possible)


By law all dogs must wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on the tag (it is recommended to include your telephone number).

Page last updated: 19 April 2021
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