Not only do you need a Dog Licence and a Pet Passport but since 31st March 2016 your furry friend needs its very own Microchip.
The new Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 came into force on 31st March 2016.
After that date, any dog over 12 weeks old must be microchipped by a vet who is registered to carry out this procedure.
A dog that is being sold must be microchipped before the sale.
On a sale the buyer must register as the new owner of the dog.
Dog Identification Databases have been set up so that all dogs (and their owners) can be easily identified.
Currently the authorised Dog Identification Databases are the ones maintained by:
Irish Coursing Club
Irish Kennel Club
But there is no need to search each of them: a single search on europetnet.com will give you the database details where a particular dog is registered.
You can also switch databases so that all your dogs can be registered on the same one.
But beware, failure to comply with these Regulations is an offence and can lead to prosecution, a fine and/or imprisonment depending on the seriousness of the offence.
See the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website for more information: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/animalhealthwelfare/dogmicrochipping/FAQdogmicrochipping040516.pdf
The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 Regulations were made under Section 36 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and are in addition to the Pet Passports (No. 2) Regulations 2014.