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Pardon my ignorance, but if the breeder does not tattoo, where do you go? A vet? A tattoo parlor? LOL I don't think my breeder tats her dogs but I know now permanent ID is required regardless of age for showing and I'd rather do a tat than have to get a microchip scanner and carry it around.
 

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I'm curious too. My breeder doesn't do it and my vet's office said they don't either. Last visit my regular vet was on vacation so I need to ask next time.
 

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There are breeders who do tat. Perhaps your breeder knows of one in your area that would tat for a fee.

What about SchH clubs...give one a call and see if they can refer you.
 

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I would rather microchip and not tattoo. The scanners are at almost every vet clinic, too bad they can't (or won't)rent them out! Tat'ing a dog that is not a pup~heck, even a pup, would be very time consuming and irritating ,vs a jab for a chip. The only reason I see to give a tattoo is to show a female has been spayed, mark her, so it is obvious if she has had that procedure and do it when spay is performed. IMO now that chips are so available, tattooing will be a thing of the past...
 

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Originally Posted By: HeidibuThere are breeders who do tat. Perhaps your breeder knows of one in your area that would tat for a fee.

What about SchH clubs...give one a call and see if they can refer you.
Anyone know anyone in west or central Michigan?
 

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Aren't tattoos required in some competitions?
 

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We had Argos tattooed at 13 months when he was sedated for his Hip Xrays by a friend who is a breeder and tattoos his own puppies. We were doing the a-stamp and the SV requires dogs for the program to have a visible tattoo. He is also microchipped, but $250 for my own scanner to make sure there's one for trial and that it reads my chip is kind of a pain.

The thing to remember is that most ear tattoos are done by a clamp and not a pen, like human tattoos. There's usually a preference for ear tattoos also since then you don't have to flip the dog over to show the judge the tattoo. They just clamp the ear and rub the ink in. It doesn't take but a second, so dogs don't even necessarily have to be sedated, it just may be easier. There is a chance that the ear may fall, but the person that did mine has never had it happen to him.

The USA website has a list of official tattooers...they're just kind of few and far between...

http://germanshepherddog.com/breed/tattooers.htm
 

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If you are going to compete in anything related to Schutzhund a tattoo is advisable. You can get by with a chip, but then you need to buy a reader. Look at breeders of working lines, or call USA and you can get a list of certified tattooers. I just had to rent a scanner for Diesel when he earned his BH as he is not tattooed. I will get him tattooed shortly.
 

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Yeah that's what I want, an ear tattoo. We'd need it possibly for SchH but definitely for showing. I read that from now on all dogs have to have the permanent ID, even to get the VP rating as a pup.
 
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