The Animal Welfare Act 2006 says you must take care of your animals and their needs.
Ear cropping is against the law.
Find out more about ear cropping in dogs from the RSPCA.
Tail docking is against the law, unless carried out by a vet for medical reasons. Working dogs are not exempt from the rule.
By law, every dog owner must have their dog microchipped.
If your dog has puppies, you must have the puppies microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they're eight weeks old.
Read more about microchipping your dog on GOV.UK.
By law all dogs must wear a collar and tag with the owner's name and address on the tag. It's recommended you include your telephone number.
Neutering or spaying is the removal of the reproductive organs in dogs.
Read about neutering on the RSPCA website.
Further information on responsible pet ownership
- animals in a smallholding
- farm animals
- animals like horses, sheep or chickens
Further information on farm animal health
- animal or pet feed
- disposal of fallen stock