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All dogs must be micro-chipped in UK by 2016

All dogs must be micro-chipped in UK by 2016

It was announced on Wednesday February 6th 2013 by the UK Government, that is has plans for compulsory micro-chipping of dogs, with owners being given three years to comply.

Dog micro-chipping to become compulsory

All dogs in England will have to be micro-chipped from 2016 with new rules hoping to also help missing dogs be reunited with their owners, but will it help crack down on dog owners who are irresponsible, which is a major issue across the UK especially over the past 15 years.

Along with compulsory micro chipping, the Government has announced plans to extend legal protection over dog attacks to cover incidents on private property, which will be a relief for many postmen and women, health visitors and all who may call at private addresses but have not been covered by the law if they are bitten by a dog.    

Micro chipping was introduced in 1989 and is the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet.

A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner's details are placed on a database, although we know of many instances when details were not updated when the dog had new owners

Microchipping should also have other welfare benefits, including:

-Puppies being traceable to their breeder

-Deterrent for dog theft

-Fast identification and return if lost

-Immediate identification and possibl arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty

-Makes any emergency procedure feasible in an accident situation or when the owner must be contacted without time wasted.


Dog owners who refuse to fit their Dogs with a microchip may find themselves 'fetching a hefty fine', the British government said.


All dogs in England will have to be fitted with microchips by 2016, authorities said, meaning that dogs across the country will be computerised when chasing cars, with the micro-chip embedded beneath the skin on the back of their necks.

Britain’s Environment Department said that the chips would help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, promote animal welfare and take the pressure off animal shelters.

“It’s a shame that in a nation of dog lovers, thousands of dogs are roaming the streets or stuck in kennels because the owner cannot be tracked down,” Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said in a statement. “Micro chipping is a simple solution that gives peace of mind to owners.”

"Unfortunately since the United Kingdom threw open its doors to uncontrolled immigration,  the rise of ethnic gangs with dogs as weapons has come to back to haunt all the liberal wishy-washy do-gooders who supported their arrival in this country" said a spokesperson of  political polling group 'right move' .


Many responsible and loving British pet owners have already had veterinarians insert chips under the skin of dogs, cats, and even gerbils and rabbits in bid to help keep track of their pets should they vanish.


The Department of Environment  say that 60 % of Britain’s eight million pet dogs already have microchips. But officials added that what was once an optional extra will become mandatory in three years time.

Owners who refuse to fit their dogs with chips face fines of up to £500 (pounds sterling).


Different parts of the United Kingdom have different rules governing pets. Microchips are compulsory in Northern Ireland whilst Wales is considering such a move and Scotland has no such rule.


Fitting the Microchips into the Dog is a simple act and is used worldwide to keep track both of domestic animals and livestock, although rules vary wildly according to the country and indeed according to the dog type.  It is commonly accepted that the move to microchip dogs in the UK is long overdue and to the benefit of the animal and responsible owner. Let us hope that is how it will work!