- Over 100,000 dogs either stray or are lost or stolen each
- Local authorities and welfare charities spend around £57
million per year on kennelling costs
- Over 50% of strays cannot be returned because their owners
cannot be identified
- 6,000 dogs are euthanased each year because their owner cannot
- Of 450,000 dogs in Wales, approximately 58% are already
What microchipping involves
Microchipping is a simple, safe and quick procedure which makes
reuniting dogs with their owners much more likely. A microchip is
the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out
by a vet or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes
and lasts a lifetime.
The KC view
The Kennel Club is in favour of microchipping being compulsory
for all dogs and contributes greatly to the promotion of
microchipping through various events, including National
Microchipping Month. The Kennel Club also manages the UK's largest
pet reunification database, Petlog.
The Kennel Club, through all its activities and particularly
through its Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme, seeks to educate all
dog owners about the benefits of responsible dog ownership,
In addition, it is a requirement of the Kennel Club Assured
Breeder Scheme that all members must permanently identify dogs used
for breeding and since January 2010, all dogs presented under the
BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes must also be permanently identified by
microchip or tattoo.
The Kennel Club has pledged to gift microchip scanners to every
local authority in England and Wales in support of the government's
decision to introduce compulsory microchipping for all dogs.
Where we are
Governments across the UK have announced a package of measures
to promote responsible dog ownership which includes the
introduction of compulsory microchipping for all dogs. In England,
Wales and Scotland, this requirement will be introduced by way of
secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the
Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, and is effective
from 6th April 2016.
From this date, dog owners/breeders will need to have their dogs
microchipped and registered on one of the authorised commercial
databases available, such as Petlog, and subsequent keepers of the
dog will have to register their details and keep them updated.
Failure to comply could result in dog owners being fined up to
In Northern Ireland compulsory microchipping was the final
provision to be introduced under the Dogs (Amendment) Act (NI)
2011. Since 9 April 2012, all dogs held under an individual dog
licence must be microchipped. The Act also provided powers to
specify the technical specification of microchips to be used and
introduced new record keeping requirements for all holders of a
block licence issued for multiple dogs.
For more information on compulsory microchipping of
dogs, visit the Chip It, Check It website:
A one-stop shop for everything you need to know about compulsory
microchipping, from checking a microchip to advice, tips and
downloads for breeders, vets, dog owners and more to ensure all dog
owners and breeds are complying with the law.