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Every dog needs a pet passport

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 October 2020

What changes?

Every dog in the Netherlands should have a European pet passport. The passport should state for instance:

  • where the dog is from
  • who bred it
  • which vaccinations it has had

Only vets can issue dog passports. The passport will be linked to the dog’s registration. Vets and authorised microchipping professionals will be responsible for the correct birth registration of dogs instead of breeders.

For whom?

  • vets
  • specialist pet shops
  • dog breeders
  • dog traders
  • microchipping professionals

When?

The change is law is expected to come into effect on 1 October 2020.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in an official State publicationExternal link (Staatsblad or the Staatscourant, in Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO