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Compulsory microchipping is coming to Scotland

The Scottish Government have announced that by April 2016 all Scottish dogs must be microchipped. The hope is that compulsory microchipping will help reduce the number of lost and abandoned dogs in Scotland. England and Wales are also introducing the law at the same time.

The legislation will most likely be in line with English legislation which states that the microchip information should be up to date and registered to the “keeper”. The definition of  “keeper” as the person that the dog normally resides with. The only exception to this is for assistance dogs.  The use of the word “keeper(ship)” is deliberate as microchips will not be proof ownership.

So that means that if you have a rescue dog with the microchip registered to the rescue you will need to contact them directly to have it changed to your personal details before April next year. Otherwise you could face fines. Adopt a Boxer Scotland will be contacting all adopters to make sure the details are correct long before the law comes into force.

The legislation also states that dogs will need to be chipped by the time they are 8 weeks old, this means that the breeders details will have to be the first details registered on the chip before the puppies move off to their new homes, this can only be a good thing!