Did not want to over dose people on pups, so thought I would sneak in a little rant. By April 2016 your dog by law in the UK will have to be microchipped. Legislation I believe is still in process for this law and I had run my idea of what I think should be legislated in the process of a dog being microchipped by the Kennel Club (KC) because who should the responsibilty fall on ? It's simple the breeder. Now a few days ago I had an ephiphany about what I told the KC and then thought, although they said they would pass on my ideas to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) my idea is not in their interest, so I thought it best to put a shot across the bow of my Local MP, Mr Geoffrey Cox about who I think should be responsible in microchipping a dog and air my concerns that having input from the KC or any club that may be governed by how something effects them financially may not be good for the objective of better welfare which is what microchipping dogs could be used for especially in the dog breeding sector. So the email was sent today as follows :
"Submitted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10:40
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Your name: Jane Howarth
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Subject: Microchipping of dogs
Dear Mr Cox,
I believe the legislation for the microchipping of dogs is still in process.Could it please be put forward that a pup has to be microchipped by the breeder before leaving the bitch or premises it has been bred at and that the microchipp numbers of both parents are recorded with the pups microchip registration. This is done with the recording of microchips for horses and in farm animals such as cattle when a calf's ear tag number is registered it also has to have both parents ear tags registered as prove of parentage for traceability.
In time this will build a more effective way of tracing back dogs to breeders and hopefully will help in managing the puppy farming and importing of puppy farmed dogs. Recording the parents microchip details with a pups microchip registration in time will help to better welfare of breeding dogs and easier to gain evidence to stop bad breeders.
I believe that no direction should be taken on this legisaltion by the Kennel Club, as I believe they may not wish for parents microchip details to be recorded with a pup, as by default it would create another body recording ancestory of dogs, which they will precieve as seriously in time encroach on their biggest earner the registration of dogs to have prove of ancestory. If the Kennel Club really cared about the welfare of all dogs they would already have a policy that all puppies that are registered with them must be
microchipped but they don't because this would almost have certainly had a detrimental effect on registration of pups/dogs numbers. They earn over 3 million a year from just the registration fee for individual pure breed pups before we take into breeders buying official pedigrees for each pup and all the other spin offs they have and before a new owner of a pup pays the same fee again of £15 to then register the pup in their ownership, so you could see how they would not wish any thing that might cut into this market, but this legislation for microchipping dogs should be about welfare not the financial interests of a Pure breed dog registery service and dog showing club like The Kennel Club.
This legislation has a chance to make a big difference especially to the practices of dog breeding and this will only happen if by a certain year all breeders have to microchip pups before being sold and that the microchip details of both parents are recorded with the pups microchip registration, please do not miss this chance to make a difference and help to stop the suffering of puppy farmed dogs in the UK.
I recieved a reply and then sent this add on , as forgot it on the first email :
"Dear Ms Croft,
would it also be possible to foward this email as I forgot to say that the breeder of the dogs should also be recorded as well as the parents of the pup on the microchip registration, as is done with cattle etc.
See if what I suggest was done, by default a microchip data base then also over time creates a record of ancestory of dogs by each time recording the microchip numbers of the parents, so as the dog showing world in the UK is less than 2 % of the dog owning population I could see in the future that a lot of dog breeders for the pet market will see no need to register with the KC at all and will just do by law the microchipping and use the microchip data base to then produce their ancestory records for each pup, why would they pay twice, most people buying as a pet are not overly concerned in having an Official KC pedigree because an Official KC pedigree only relies on the honesty of the person registering the pups, as unlike other animal registries the KC has yet to embrace DNA registering of all offspring, may be they is worried some of those pure breeds might not be so pure as they think. Microchip registering pups with the microchip details of parents in time would mean mutts/mongrels as the the pure breed brigade like to call mixed race dogs, could have official pedigrees as well, a nightmare the KC would not like to see happening, my God that thought would bring most of them out in a cold sweat. The word pedigree has been somewhat hijacked by pure breeding. A pedigree is a line of ancestory or a family tree whether pure or not, or proof of provenance of something. Pure breeding is also a human made up thing. Nature is more elastic in its approach to survival and it branches off or converges when needed and when it gets it wrong more often than not it is when we see genetic isolation, which is what we are producing in pure breed dogs. I'm starting to wander here.
Lets get back on subject. When microchipping becomes law in 2016 it will be the owner of the dog's responsiblity to microchip the dog but I would like to see by a certain date that this can be rolled over to the breeders responsibility and any dogs being imported have to be microchipped and registered on a UK data base before being sold in the UK. In farming all cattle is registered with ear tags of the parents being recorded and the details of the person who bred them. This gives traceability and responsiblity. It would make evidence gathering on breeding dogs easier. People will try and get round it, but it will make it harder and just because people can break a law we don't then stop a law, we make it either harder for the law to be broken or easier for us to catch them if they break the law and if breeders are made to microchip pups before they leave them and the microchip detail of Mum and Dad are recorded along with the breeders details, then it will make it harder for them break the law and easier for them to be caught when they do. Microchipping dogs by law in the UK could be used as a big step to improving the life of breeding dogs and I just hope that the powers that be do not miss this chance.
Did you really think I would not indulge with a dose of puppies ? A few photo's of Smudge's pups now ten days old. All going well just waiting for eyes to open and then the we will see the character of each pup start.
Finish on a photo of the three boys together. We now have Dolly on heat, so with Belle and Primrose we have three girls on heat on the property at the moment. The three girls are kennelled at the moment, so no accidently romantic meetings, although Reggie will be romancing Primrose hopefully after the weekend, but we have no animosity between these three chaps which is very good and even when they go up to the fence and the girls shamelessly flirt with them the other side of the fence, they just take it in turn trying to dig under the concrete to get to them, with the occasional dry humping each other, real gentlemen. Its quite natural for males to try and hump each other as females will do the same to each other and normally stems from sexual frustration. The only time our males display this behaviour to each other is when females are on heat. Hope that was not to much information for some.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.