Are there any exceptions to microchipping?
There are only two exceptions: working dogs with their tails docked in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act (2006) are exempt, as are dogs whose health would be further compromised by microchipping. You’ll need a vet to certify that either of these is the case.
If your dog is deemed too unwell to be microchipped and a vet has given an exemption, they may also stipulate when that exemption expires. When it does, you’ll need to have your dog microchipped unless another certificate is given.
If you’re a breeder and aren’t able to microchip a puppy for health reasons, you can still sell the dog at eight weeks but it must be accompanied by the vet’s certificate of exemption.
It doesn’t matter how old your dog is, unless it’s deemed to be exempt by a vet it must be microchipped.