Dog microchipping, collars and ID tags
Find out about dog microchipping and where to get your dog microchipped in the county.
It is the law that all dogs aged eight weeks old or over must be fitted with a microchip. If you already have a dog, and it is not microchipped, we recommend you have your pet fitted with an identification microchip. You can get your dog microchipped by your vet.
Always use a registered breeder. Breeders are responsible for microchipping the puppy before it is sold. Always check the puppy is microchipped before taking it home.
Neighbourhood wardens and vets routinely check for identification microchips which means your dog can be returned to you if it becomes lost, stray, is found hurt, or is stolen.
Your dog must wear a tag
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that all dogs must wear a collar and ID tag when out in public. This tag must detail the owner's name and address and applies whether your dog is on a lead or not. Contravention of this order is an offence and risks a fine of up to £2000.
The legislation states there are exemptions, including:
- any pack of hounds
- any dog while being used for sporting purposes
- any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin
- any dog while being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep
- any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces or Her Majesty's Customs and Excise or the police force for any area
- any dog while being used in emergency rescue work
- any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association