Microchipping, Ear Tattoos and Insurance
What's The Law?
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your telephone number is optional (but we would recommend this).
What's The Consequences?
You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag. You do not have to put your dog’s name on the tag, this is optional.
Unfortunately, dog theft is a real danger and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog because the dog responds to their name. We would, therefore, recommend, you do not put your dog’s name on the tag.
What Should Go On My Dog's Collar?
An example of the information to put on a dog tag is:
Mr A Smith
No 54, BH17 7TD
Mr A Smtih
No 54 Letsbe Avenue
Does My Dog Need To Be Microchipped?
All dogs in England and Wales must be microchipped. For free microchipping, see the Dogs Trust website here: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/microchipping-neutering/
What About A Tattoo?
For a very visible, permanent way of identifying your dog, consider an ear tattoo. If your dog is ever found they may only be a phone call away from you: http://www.dog-register.co.uk