Dog Licenses Law and Legal Definition

Dog licensing is governed by state and local laws, which vary by jurisdiction. Licensing helps the recovery of lost or stray animals and helps protect the public from rabies, since licensed dogs must have proof of vaccination. The license is attached to your dog's collar, and will identify you as the owner should the dog be lost. If your dog, with his license attached, is found running at large by the Dog Warden, you will be contacted by phone to let you know that the dog has been impounded and where you can retrieve him.

Generally, dogs with a license can be kept in custody longer than those found without a license. Licenses typically must be renewed for a fee each year and fines may be assessed for failure to properly license your dog. Local laws should be consulted for exact requirements in your area.

Some dog organizations, such as the AKC, have specific private regulations for registration. Under the Canadian Animal Pedigree Act, rhe registration of animals of a distinct breed must comply with the by-laws of the association incorporated in respect of that distinct breed.