Looking to get a dog, puppy or rescue

All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland, must get their dogs microchipped to ensure they are compliant with the law.

Puppy buyers must not buy a dog from a breeder unless it is microchipped. Puppy buyers must ensure that the breeder provides microchipping documents to ensure the new owner can update their details in order to comply with the law.

For anyone getting a dog from a rescue organisation, the dog must also be microchipped and the dog must be

registered to the new owners and contact details need to be kept up-to-date in order to comply with the law.

The owner of an unchipped dog will be given 21 days to comply and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.

It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that contact details for the dog/dogs are kept up-to-date to ensure a dog can be reunited with its owner in the event that it is lost or stolen.

Legislation Requirements

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  • All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland, must get their dogs microchipped
  • Puppies must be microchipped by 8 weeks
  • Breeders will be responsible for microchipping and must be recorded as the first keeper
  • The recorded keepers (where the dog resides) MUST keep contact details up to date