- who does them, the breeder or the vet? - are they done with the same contraption they use to tatoo people? - where does the code come from? is it unique to the breeder's dogs or is it given by a registry? - at what age do you tatoo them? - are they better done on the inside of the leg or in the ear? - are breeders not tatooing anymore if the dogs are microchipped?
i am curious about this question myself. my female french bulldog has a tattoo on her belly just inside her back leg. i was told that it is a requirement because we bought her from a breeder in russia. and they have to be tattooed before entering the u.s. for identity purposes. i dont know if that is true or not. but i do know that a tatoo is required
my dog has a tattoo but it is the letter S to let anyone in the future know she is already spayed, in the event she gets away and becomes a stray. Probably not the same thing, but I thought i was intresting I had never heard of it before. Althougth it looks more like a Z.
Breeders tattoos are usually on the inside flank and are a way to permanently ID a dog they bred. The ones in the ear are a vets tattoo and done with a stamping tool. I know a breeder here that has her tattoos done by a tattoo artist!
Some breeders are simply moving towards a chip or doing both. The breeders get their number sequences from the AKC or CKC and the letters are the code for the kennel and the numbers are for the year and litter. The vets tattoo same thing, they are issued by the Vets Association in whatever country you are in and again the letters signify the vet clinic and the numbers are usually for the year...
I have never heard of tatooing an 'S' on a spayed dog.
I wonder how much of an issue that really is, getting dogs into the shelter and not knowing if they have been fixed. On both of my dogs, if you look, you can see where they have little scars on their bellies.
When Rusty was adopted from the shelter they tatooed their special number on his stomach.
When I adopted Lady from the track she has tons of tatoos, but that is because she was racing. She has a racing ID number and all sorts of stuff.
I don't know how they do them, but they are still there and very visible if you know where to look. You wouldn't see them just looking at the dogs though.
I think it would be good to have both microchip and tatoo, just in case whomever found the dog didn't have the scanner for the microchips. Our shelters are just getting around to that and I know the city doesn't have one at all. People here are so out of touch.
I tattoo all my pups on the inside of the ear and with numbers that only make sense to me, as I'm the only one who keeps the record. I use a vets stamp and india ink. It only hurts for a few seconds and I do it as early as 3 weeks to as late as eight weeks.
I have three of my dogs microchipped. And I also used to have all of my dogs tatooed. They were done on their inner thigh. I was told not to do it in the ears because if someone wanted my dogs bad enough and they had tats in the ear then they could just cut the ear off. It has been done. This was back in the 80's when Shar-pei's were very very common and a hot item.
No the tattoo is for me to identify them and since they are always with me when they can be the only wqay they would get lost is to be stolen. Yes an ear could be removed, but wouldn't that be a sign? My dogs all have very distinguishable markings and I would be hot on their trail. Microchips can be removed as easily as they are put in and a tattoo on the thigh can always be recovered to make a new tattoo.
The AKC CAR registry and other microchip regisries will register tattoos as well. If a tattooed dog is found, the owner can be found the same way as with the chips.
Many people use the AKC reg #. It can basically be anything you want as long as it is unique enough.
A chip can only be removed surgically. You need to somehow figure out where the chip is, sedated the dog, cut the skin open, take it out and suture it back up. It is not nearly as easy as putting it in.
With tattoos, all you need to do is add one letter or number and the dog has a new unique identification.
my female frenchie is tattooed but my male is not. we are going to have them both microchipped also. i have heard that there are some that are not good ones. does anyone have a brand that they reccommend? or are you limited to what you can get by area