If you breed dogs, before they leave you're expected to:
- microchip them – before they're 8 weeks old
- register their details on a database – registering yourself as their first owner
A vet can exempt a puppy from getting the microchip implanted for health reasons. For example, it may be exempt if it has:
- severe illness
- an infection in the place where it should get microchipped
- a condition that interferes with blood clotting
It may also be exempt if the vet is concerned about it being too small.
If you pass a puppy to a new keeper when it's exempt, you must pass on any exemption letter to them.
What to tell dealers or buyers
When you're handing a dog to a new keeper, you're expected to tell them:
- their dog's microchip number
- what database the information is held on
- that they need to update the information on the database when they take the dog home and if it changes, e.g. if they move house