Since April 6th 2016, it has become compulsory for all dogs aged 8 weeks old and over to be
microchipped and recorded with a government approved microchip database, such as Animal Tracker.
For puppies of 8 weeks, the first registered keeper on the database must be the breeder – it is
illegal for breeders to sell a puppy that is not microchipped and registered to them with a
compliant microchip database. The penalty for non-compliance is a fine of £500 per puppy or a 6
Once a puppy is sold/rehomed, the breeder must initiate a transfer so that the new keeper can
ensure their details are added to the database.
By law it is the new keepers responsibility to ensure that their details are registered and kept
updated. The penalty for non-compliance is a fine of £500 per puppy or a 6 month sentence.
There is no law, for breeders of cats or other pets to be the first registered keepers, however a
lot of cat and rabbit breeders are now using their initiative to do this.
There are specific laws for exotic species and protected Annex A specimens to be microchipped.
Equines must be microchipped & passported, by law, with an ISO Standard 15 digit FDXB Microchip.
ONLY qualified Veterinarians can implant exotics and equines.
If you need any information on specific animals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as to what
information you require or visit the DEFRA website; www.gov.uk