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The Law and Identity Tags for your Dog

It is a sad fact that thousands of pets go missing every year and are not returned to their owner because they have no form of identification. It is extremely important therefore to know that they are properly identified so that if lost they can be returned to you as quickly as possible.

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 mandates 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 advisable). 

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

We are only able to engrave a maximum of four lines (two lines on smaller tags. See individual tags for more information.). Please note that the more characters on a line, the smaller the engraving will be. We reserve the right to amend or abbreviate the wording on your tag in order to get the most from the information engraved therein. ie ROAD may be abbreviated to RD. For maximum visibility, all print is in capitals.

All our discs are precision engraved with the latest computer controlled diamond cutter enraving machines.

There are a variety of ways you can make sure the information on your pet's tag is sufficient to ensure its return to you should your dog become lost. Given the limited space available on the tags you could consider using just your house name or number and postcode instead of a full address.

Some people feel displaying the dog's name on the tag could be used in a negative way, if a dog should be stolen. The choice is yours.

Those excluded from wearing a tag are:

  • Dogs used on official duties by the armed forces, HM Customs & Excise or the police
  • Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds
  • Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin
  • Dogs used for driving or tending cattle or sheep
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Dogs used for emergency rescue work