At this stage chipping is only compulsory for commercial breeders with more than 10 breeding bitches, pet shops and welfare/rescue.
So small registered breeders aren't under obligation to chip.
Some breeders just don't like doing their pups at 8 weeks, that's ok. They need to be chipped by 3 months to be registered with your council though.
The thing is that here we need to submit the microchip registration form within two days, so in a DogsVic registered litter, all the pups are registered to the breeder, the breeder then needs to sign a change of ownership for every pup and that needs to be submitted- double the paperwork. Some breeders find it easier that the owners get the dog chipped within 4 weeks and then it ensures the pup has been checked by a vet too. Perfectly legal.
I think all registered breeders should
be chipping their pups before they go for other reasons but if they tick every other box in terms of what you're looking for in a pup then I wouldn't not buy a pup for that reason.
This post has been edited by Staff'n'Toller: 17 August 2010 - 02:16 PM