By Jonathan Petre For Dailymail.co.uk
UK â€” Every dog owner will have to take a costly â€˜competence testâ€™ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs.
Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.
The proposals are among a range of measures to overhaul dog laws in England and Wales being considered by senior Ministers, who are expected to announce a public consultation within weeks.
But critics said responsible dog owners would be penalised by yet more red tape and higher bills â€“ one expert estimated the extra costs at Â£60 or more â€“ while irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs would just ignore the measures.