Since 2012, dog thefts have been on the rise. The main reason is the tendency to own purebred dogs. Indeed, these dogs have been popularized by celebrities like Uma Thurman. But what do thieves do with stolen dogs? The majority of stolen dogs are sold as pets or fighting dogs. Some breeds of dogs are more at risk of being stolen. Dog owners should, therefore, know to be careful with their pets. Here are, without further ado, the 10 most commonly stolen dog breeds.
10. French Bulldog
Everyone loves the face, fluffy ears and mischievous nature of a muscular Bulldog. They have been so popular in recent years that supply can no longer meet demand. Unfortunately, this leads to unacceptable actions.
But what makes them so desirable to thieves? Simple math. At the breeder’s, you can buy them for $5,000 and resell them for $4,000.
This mixed breed has several different assets that make it very popular with dog lovers. They are hypoallergenic, soft, trustworthy and their attractive appearance is worth up to $3,000, nothing less. For all these reasons, this canine breed is frequently stolen.
In general, Labradoodles are so friendly that they will be happy to go with a stranger who offers them a treat.
8. Siberian Husky
People love this breed of dog. What could be cuter than a dog that looks like a wolf and has blue eyes? Also, Siberian huskies have an easy-going attitude and are extremely friendly.
Stealing an adult Husky is almost impossible. Therefore, puppies are targeted. They are ready to leave with anyone who pays attention to them. They are sold for thousands of dollars as adults or used for reproductive purposes.
The Chihuahua is one of the most popular breeds, and also one of the most common stolen breeds. These dogs are highly desirable and their size makes them an easy target.
What dog thieves don’t know about this breed is that no matter how big they are, they will share a bite or two to protect themselves. Unfortunately, the smaller the Chihuahua, the higher the price.
6. Labrador Retriever
It seems that no one can imagine a home without a Labrador Retriever. With their friendly nature and affection for children, it is not surprising that they are often stolen. These dogs are so popular!
Due to their trust-based nature, it is easy for dog thieves to attract them, whether they are puppies or adults. Once the thieves have taken these pretty dogs, the labradors are sold on the black market for thousands of dollars.
The Maltese are a city dog often seen because it is more than suitable for apartment living. Also, cute, small and portable, which makes it – unfortunately, a dog that attracts thieves.
These dogs are friendly to the people they know and love, dashing to strangers and ready to fight a good fight. But because of their size, it is easy for kidnappers to silence them.
4. German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd is both popular as a pet and as a working dog. Moreover, he is suspicious of strangers and is an excellent watchdog. It is logical to wonder how it is possible to steal a German shepherd.
As with huskies, puppies are extremely targeted by thieves. Puppies of this dog breed are sold for at least $1,500 on the black market.
3. Pit Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull
Sad to say, but these breeds are often not stolen for resale. In general, they are used for notorious illegal fighting.
Besides, they are often used in dog fights to be trained as fighters or bait. In short, they are the ones who will suffer the most from dog abduction.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is the best choice for dog thieves. Their size makes them an easy and lucrative business. Also, their living character and love for humans make them popular.
The Yorkshire Terrier can be easily sold for as little as $2,500. Also, they are generally sold to unsuspecting buyers. Remember that a purebred Yorkshire Terrier costs at least $3,000.
If a breed is popular and the dog is easy to pick up and take away, you can be sure that it is coveted by thieves. Unfortunately, the Pomeranian is often one of the stolen dogs.
The Pomeranian is an expensive breed. This dog can easily be sold for between $1,000 and $3,000. Whatever the price, the market for this breed is huge.