Countdown For Dog Owners And Breeders To Microchip Their Dogs

Dog owners and breeders in the Republic of Ireland have until 31st March 2016 – to comply with new laws which make it compulsory to have all dogs microchipped and registered with a Government-approved database such as .  As part of the new legislation dog owners must also have a Certificate from the database provider to prove that the dog is properly microchipped and registered. Dog owners must also keep their contact details up to date and register any change of contact details or change of ownership on the database.


National Microchipping Month has been moved to March this year – starting on Tuesday 1st March 2016 –  to help raise awareness amongst dog owners and breeders about the new legislation.   If you haven’t microchipped your dog, now is the time to speak to your vet.


Dog owners across the country can avail of free microchipping at over 200 participating veterinary practices as part of a Nationwide Microchipping Month, supported by FIDO and Dogs Trust and available on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  For a nation-wide list of participating vets see . You can find out moreat and on Facebook at National Chipping Month.


Owners of dogs already chipped are invited to check that their details are correctly registered on an approved database free of charge at


Planning for Puppies ?


It is now illegal to buy or take ownership of a pup that is not microchipped and registered on an approved database such and that does not have a Certificate from the database to prove this.


Under legislation it is now compulsory for all puppies to be microchipped and registered with a Government approved database such as before the age of 12 weeks – or before they are moved from their birth home.


You must inform a Government approved database when you buy, sell, take ownership or transfer ownership of a dog.


Why Microchipping is So Important


The compulsory microchipping of dogs and new certification of the microchipping process with an authorized database such will have big animal welfare benefits and is good for dog owners too.

If you love your dog you will want to do everything possible to protect it from getting lost.  When a dog is lost, microchipping can help its owner to be found quickly as possible, which reduces the stress and trauma for the dog as well as for the owner and their family.

Every year thousands of dogs are put to sleep in Irish pounds.  Many of these were healthy, well-adjusted pets. Where compulsory microchipping of dogs has been introduced in other countries there has been a drastic reduction in the number of animals destroyed in pounds because their owners can not be identified.

Mandatory registration and certification will help families to identify whether they are sourcing a puppy from a reputable breeder.

The new laws will also help to regulate transportation of puppies and dogs between countries, which is good for animal welfare and also for health in terms of disease control.

How Microchipping Works – Your Dog Could be Lost Without It


  • Microchips offer a quick, effective and permanent way of making sure your pet is always identifiable and that you can be contacted in the event of them being lost and subsequently found.


  • A sterile microchip is the size of a grain of rice.  It is inserted painlessly under the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades and takes seconds to complete, meaning a dog can be in and out of a veterinary practice within a few minutes.  The microchip is designed to last the lifetime of the dog.


  • The owner’s contact details must be registered on a Government approved database and owners are now legally obliged to make sure that their contact details are correctly registered.  This is particularly important if you have moved house or changed phone number.  Also if you have bought a puppy from a breeder you need to make sure you have been registered correctly as the owner and that the database has not been left with the breeder’s contact details on file.


  • Dog rescue centres, dog wardens and vets scan every stray or unidentified lost dog that is presented to them.  This can be traced to the owner’s details on the approved computer database, resulting in a quick and happy reunion should a dog become lost.


  • It is hoped that the compulsory microchipping of dogs will result in fewer dogs and pets being destroyed in our pounds, because their owners can not be found.


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