Dog Registry

Provisions on the identification and registration of dogs are laid down in Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Decree 68/2022 (previous version 1/2021). The decree lays down provisions on the identification of dogs and the deadlines for the identification of dogs, the identification certificate and its contents, entry in the Dog Registry and notification of changes to register data, as well as the qualifications of the person who has set the microchip. The Dog Registry is an official register, in which the information referred to in section 5 of the Decree is stored. The official register does not store dog pedigree data or other information related to hobby activities.

Dog Registry e-service

According to the Decree, a dog born in Finland after 1 January 2023 must be chipped and reported to the register no later than 3 months after birth. If a dog is handed over to a new owner before the age of 3 months, the dog must be chipped and reported to the register before it is handed over. Dogs born before 1 January 2023 must be chipped and reported to the register by no later than 31 December 2023. The notification for entry in the register is to be submitted to the Finnish Food Authority (hereinafter FFA) or a party authorised by it.

A dog arriving in Finland from another country for a permanent stay must be chipped and reported to the register in Finland within four weeks of arrival or before the dog is handed over to a new owner if the change in ownership takes place before the four week deadline. A dog temporarily staying in Finland for more than three months must also be reported to the register within the corresponding time limit.

The dog owner is responsible for obtaining identification for the dog (chipping and identification certificate) from a private actor (veterinarian or other person competent to set a microchip), in which case the price for this service is set in accordance with the prevailing market rate. Entering an identification certificate in the register is an official activity whose costs are determined in accordance with the selected method of identification. These are regulated by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry decree.

The FFA will issue an invitation to tender for register maintenance and customer service for animal keepers. The aim of the FFA is to provide as user-friendly and seamless a service as possible in order to keep register data as up-to-date as possible. Work related to invitations to tender, development and commissioning of the new register began in summer 2021, and the aim is to make the register available by the beginning of 2023.

Animal keepers will be given instructions and more detailed information will be provided in 2022.

Frequently asked questions about the function of the Dog Registry, the identification and registration of dogs and its monitoring can be found on the website: Frequently asked questions about the Dog Registry

Page last updated 5/22/2023