A microchip is a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted under the dog’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchips contain a unique 15 digit numerical code which is linked with the owner’s details.
Many dogs in Ireland are already microchipped. Under the Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015, a programme of compulsory microchipping is being introduced.
From September 2015 on, all newborn pups will be legally required to be microchipped and registered on an authorised database (pdf).
From 31 March 2016, the Regulations will apply to all dogs. This means that if your dog is already microchipped, you will have to register it on an authorised database as well.