Most stolen dog breeds in UK ranked, and how to keep them safe

New research has shown that the 10 breeds of dogs are the most likely to be stolen with expert advice on how to keep your pets safe.

The study analyzed freedom of information data on the number of dog thefts people have reported over the past five years, as well as the types of dogs that have been stolen most often.

The dog breeds that have been the most stolen in the past 5 years

  1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 367 thefts

  2. Chihuahua – 163 thefts

  3. French Bulldog – 149 thefts

  4. Jack Russell Terrier – 107 thefts

  5. Pug – 97 thefts

  6. Bulldog – 94 thefts

  7. German Shepherd Dog – 93 thefts

  8. Yorkshire Terrier – 77 thefts

  9. Cocker Spaniel – 66 thefts

  10. American Bulldog – 63 thefts

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are some of the most popular dogs in the UK, so it may come as no surprise that they are among the most commonly stolen dogs. However, when we factor in the various crossbreeds, staffies are actually responsible for 19.4% of dog thefts over the past five years.

Not only are Chihuahuas understandably in great demand, but their small size unfortunately also makes them easy targets for criminals. This attractiveness also gives them a high resale price, with 163 stolen in the last five years, although that is still less than half as many Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Another small breed of dog is the third most stolen French Bulldog with 149 thefts in the past five years. Frenchies have grown in popularity over the past five years, but unfortunately that also means thefts have also increased – slightly more than doubling from 20 in 2016 to 41 in 2020. Frenchies typically cost between £ 1,000 and £ 2,000, but can range in value from £ 3,000 to £ 10,000, so it’s easy to see why thieves are targeting them.

If we look at the dog breeds with the largest increase in theft in the past five years, German Shepherds come out on top, followed by French Bulldogs and American Bulldogs, respectively.

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The investigation also revealed the hotspots of dog theft in the UK:

  1. Leeds – 346 thefts in the past 4 years

  2. Bradford – 244 thefts in the past 4 years

  3. Sheffield – 129 thefts in the past 4 years

  4. Huddersfield – 128 thefts in the past 4 years

  5. Blackpool – 108 thefts in the past 4 years

How to protect yourself against dog theft

  1. Microchiped – If you haven’t already, it is important that you microchip your dog, not least because it is now a legal requirement. This will ensure that your dog can be easily identified and brought back to you if he is lost.

  2. Be Vigilant – While it’s always nice when friendly strangers come over to chat with you and greet your dog in the park, stay vigilant towards people you don’t know. Always be mindful of your surroundings and keep an eye on your dog. Don’t let them off the leash unless you are sure they will return to you!

  3. Keep Your Garden Safe – Try to keep an eye on your dog in the garden, especially in the front yard if he is easy to get to from the street. Make sure all gates are locked and consider putting a bell so you can hear someone opening it.

  4. Be Careful on Social Media – As much as you want to share pictures of your dog online, it is important to be careful. Do not reveal any information, e.g. B. Where you live and walk your dog, or view your privacy settings.

  5. Get Pet Insurance – In addition to protecting your dog from expensive veterinary treatment, dog insurance will cover the cost of your pet if your pet is stolen or lost (sometimes called “missing pet cover”). The best policies also cover all advertising costs if your pet is lost.

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