- What is the minimum age a puppy has to be before being microchipped?
There is no minimum age specified in the regulations. The puppy only has to be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. We interpret the rules as the person who has the puppy at 8weeks of age must have it chipped. So if the breeder still has the pup at 8weeks they must get it chipped. If it is sold before then, the new owner must get it done.
- Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t get my dog microchipped?
Yes. Under the regulations, your dog is microchipped when you
- implant the dog with a chip and
- register your details on an approved database such as Petlog.
If you do not get your dog microchipped or your details registered on an approved database, then it will be considered as not complying with the regulations and a notice may be served. If the keeper does not microchip their dogs within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
- Is there a fine/penalty if I don’t keep my database details up to date?
Yes – same as above, however, if the keeper does NOT get their details up to date within 21 days of the served notice, then you will be liable to pay a fine of £500.
- Will compulsory microchipping for dogs be government controlled?
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 will be enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations.
- How long has a person got to get a dog microchipped if they get one after April 2016?
From the 6th of April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. For every dog that is currently not microchipped, you will have until 6th of April to get them microchipped and registered on an approved database. If a keeper of a dog which is not microchipped gets served with a notice requiring them to have the dog microchipped, they will have 21 days to do this.
- What happens if the breeder registers the new owner as the first keeper instead of themselves?
The breeder must always be the first registered keeper of the puppies and it will be illegal for the breeder to not be listed as a keeper on the database. The breeder must also provide microchipping documents to the puppy buyer to ensure the new owner can update their details in order to comply with the law.
|How do I contact my database?||01904 487600 anibase.com||0844 463 3999 petlog.org.uk||0800 077 8558||0800 652 9977
|How do I change my details?||Online or in writing using the form supplied at registration||Online, over the phone or in writing using the reverse of the form supplied||Over the phone as long as the keepers name doesn’t change||Online, by phone, in writing|
|Are my details up to date…?||Login online using the details given to the owner or phone the 24/7 hotline||Check online or by phone using the details on the certificate||Phone the 24/7 call centre||Check online, by phone or in writing|