The Law on Dog Identification from 2016
Dogs currently are required by law to wear a collar and ID tag.
Also if you purchase a puppy from 2016 it needs to be microchipped by the breeder before you buy it, and you then need to have that chip information transferred into your ownership details.
The 1992 Control of Dogs Order stated that dogs in public places must wear a collar and ID tag.
This means that your dog can have a collar with your details engraved on it or that it wears an ID tag from the collar.
There are some exceptions from wearing a collar for working dogs.
The information required on a collar or ID tag is:
Personally I prefer not to put my dogs name on the ID as this can aid thieves if your dog is stolen.
I do recommend that you have the words 'I am Chipped' or 'I am Microchipped' added to the ID.
Your choice of tag is a personal one, but whatever design you choose please ensure you have the right details according to the law (as above).
There is a fine of up to £5,000 if your dog does not have an ID tag and the fine is the same if the ID does not include the information as stated above.
As a side note - please ensure anyone who supplies you with a pet ID tag does put on the correct information, alot of these people including my local Pets At Home!!! do not know the law - relying on them could cost you £5,000 if they do not add in the correct information.
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