Do you need to get your dog microchipped?
Any dog born before 1 July 2006 does not have to be microchipped unless it is classified as a dangerous or menacing dog.
Exemption is also available for dogs used for herding and driving stock (PDF 119 kb).
Dogs born since, or first registered in New Zealand after 1 July 2006 must be microchipped.
How do you get your dog microchipped?
Microchipping is a simple procedure in which a chip the size of a grain of rice is inserted into your dog’s neck. Animal Services offer microchipping for $35.
To get your dog microchipped, you can bring your dog to:
Animal Services Centre
21 Meachen Street
Opening hours: Between 8-9am, 12-1pm or 4-5pm Monday to Friday, 12-1pm on Saturday
You can also ask your vet to microchip your dog. If so, you'll need to provide us with a copy of the microchipping certificate.
Dog registration and microchipping are two separate processes. You must register your dog each year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.