Dog Tattoo Schemes

Reading and identifying dog tattoos

AUSTRALIA German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia (GSDCA) A unique tattoo is placed in the right ear of puppies at the age of 7- 8 weeks. The tattoo is made up of 3 letters (identifying the kennel prefix, unique to that kennel in Australia), followed by a 3 digit number indicating the puppy number bred by that kennel ("ABC123"). Both state and national records are kept and this tattoo is then used as the means of identification for the purpose of hip, elbow, haemophilia and breed survey schemes. It also means the dog is very traceable in the event of loss or theft via its tattoo throughout Australia. Web Reference
GERMANY Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (German Shepherd Dog Club -- "SV") All registered puppies are tattooed in the right ear. Web Reference
GREAT BRITAIN National Dog Tattoo Register (NDTR) Web Reference
NEW ZEALAND New Zealand Kennel Club 3-letter Kennel Identifier followed by a 3-digit sequence number ("ABC123"). Contact: Mary Bradley, National Tattoo Registrar, TeL: 0064 3 2131 252; Email:; Web Reference
USA German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) Puppies are tattooed in the right ear with three letters and three numbers ("ABC123"). The letters represent the breeders’ prefix and the numbers the individual puppy. Each tattoo is unique and is used as identification in all GSDCA registry schemes. Web Reference
USA United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USA) Puppies are tattooed in the right ear. Tattoos may be a unique tattoo number of owner's choice, or a 7-digit tattoo may be obtained from the USA organization's tattoo numbering system. Web Reference
USA American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Providing lifetime recovery services for microchipped and tattooed pets. Web Reference
USA The National Dog Registry America's oldest and largest pet recovery system registers dogs, cats, horses, goats, ferrets--all species of animals. 800-NDR-DOGS 24 hours a day; email; Web Reference
USA/International Tatto-a-Pet Tatoo-A-Pet, established in 1972, is the worlds largest network of pet protection registration and recovery utilizing a permanent painless identification on a pet. It is available at low cost on a daily basis through our authorized agents and participating veterinarians throughout the world. 800-TATTOOS; email; Web Reference

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