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All dogs in Scotland over 8 weeks of age now require by law to be micro-chipped.

Under The Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016, keepers are required to have their dog/s implanted with an approved microchip (except if less than 8 weeks old). Keepers also have a legal obligation to ensure that the details registered against the microchip are accurate and updated as required, for example where a keeper's details change or ownership of the dog is transferred to another person.

The regulations also put a responsibility on breeders and importers to ensure all puppies are microchipped before being sold and moved on to their new homes.

In the event of a keeper failing to comply with the regulations, authorised officers have the power to:

  • take possession of a dog for as long as is reasonably required to check whether a compliant microchip has been implanted in the dog; and
  • serve a notice requiring compliance within 21 days.

If the notice is not complied with, authorised officers have the power to:

  • seize the dog to arrange for a microchip to be implanted in the dog; and
  • report the matter to the Procurator Fiscal.
  • This can result in a fine of up to £250.

For more information visit the Scottish government website (opens new window)

Requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag

In the UK, 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 is recommended as it would allow anyone finding your dog to call you and reunite you as soon as possible.