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Dog Tags Engraving And The Law In The UK

Written by Chelsea Dogs

We sell a large number of dog tags through our online store offering free delivery and a free engraving service. It is essential for you to know about Dog Tags Engraving And The Law In The UK to make sure that you are putting all the required information on the back of your dog’s new id tag.

dog tag laws uk

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 we highly recommend this).

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog is not wearing an identification tag in a public place!

You do not have to put your dogs name on the tag, this is optional and something that we do not recommend. Unfortunately dog theft is a real danger and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog because the dog responds to their name.

An example of the information to put on a dog tag is:

Mr J Bloggs
No 32, PE25 6DH
01366 666666

OR

Mr J Bloggs
32 The Street
PE25 6DH
01366 666666

Many people think that having their dog micro chipped is a good enough form of identification and that having an engraved dog tag too is not necessary. This is incorrect and your dog MUST wear a clearly engraved dog tag with your contact details on at all times when in public places whether he is microchipped or not. Microchipping is soon to be required by law too, coming in effect April 2014.

Certain dogs are exempt from having to wear a collar with a dog tag. They are:

  • Any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
  • Any dog while being used in emergency rescue work.
  • Any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, HM Customs and Excise or the police.
  • Any dog while being used for driving or tending cattle or sheep.
  • Any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin.
  • Any dog while being used for sporting purposes.
  • Any pack of hounds.
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Chelsea Dogs

We sell the finest pet accessories on the market. From luxury dog beds, designer dog collars and leads, ceramic dog bowls and treat jars plus a wide range of gifts and accessories that can be personalised with your dog's name, you are sure to find your pet's next favourite accessory here. Visit the shop by clicking the icon below.

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