The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Dog Breeds
Since 2012 dog thefts are on the rise. The main reason for it is a trend for owning ‘designer dogs’, as they are called by the media. These dogs are popularized by celebrities from The Rock to Uma Thurman.
The majority of dogs are re-sold as family pets or fighting dogs. However, some breeds are identified as higher targets than others, and dog owners should know about this. Check 10 most commonly stolen dog breeds.
10. Siberian Husky
People just love this breed. Wolf-like look with blue eyes and easy-going attitude is what makes them so appealing. Moreover, they are extremely friendly.
Stealing an adult Husky is almost impossible to steal. Therefore, puppies are targeted. They are willing to walk off with anyone who pays them some attention. Later on, they would be sold for thousands or used for breeding purposes.
9. German Shepherd
German Shepherd is both popular as a pet and a working dog. Moreover, they are always speculative about strangers, and great guard dogs. So, how can one steal a German Shepherd?
One more breed who’s puppies are a massive target. If a Shepard is a puppy or a youngster, he may be a dog-nappers target. They are sold at least $1,500 on the black market.
8. Labrador Retriever
It seems that no one can imagine a home without Labrador Retriever. With their friendly nature and affection toward children, no wonder they are often stolen.
Due to their trust-based nature, it is easy for dog-nappers to lure them, both puppies and adults. Once they are cough, Labradors are sold on a black market for thousands of dollars.
7. American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull
Sadly to say this, but these breeds are often not stolen to be re-sold. In general, they are used for notorious illegal fighting purposes.
Furthermore, they are often used in dog-fights to be trained as a fighter or to be a bait. Basically, they will suffer the most from dog-napping.
This mixed breed comes with so many different assets. They are hypoallergenic, gentle, trusting, and their cute appearance can cost up to $3,000. Overall, they are a top preference for dog-nappers.
In general, Labradoodle’s are so friendly that they will happily walk off with a stranger that offers them a sweet.
5. French Bulldog
Everyone loves a mushy Bulldog’s face, fluffy ears, and playful nature. They are so popular in recent years that the supply cannot keep with the demand. Unfortunately, it leads to unacceptable actions.
But what it makes them so desirable to thieves? Simple math, actually. From breeder, they can be bought for a $5,000 and re-sold for $4,000.
Maltese is an often seen city dog, as they are more than suited to apartment living. Moreover, cute, small and portable, which makes them – unfortunately, kind of pick-and-go dog.
They are friendly toward people they know and love, frisky toward strangers, and ready to put on a good fight. But, due to their size, it is easy for captors to shush them.
Chihuahua is one of the most popular breeds, and also one of the most common stolen breeds. They are highly desirable and extremely desirable. Their size makes them an easy target.
What dog’s thieves don’t know about this breed is that regardless of their size they will share a bite or two to protect themselves. Unfortunately, smaller the Chihuahua bigger the price.
If a breed is popular and the dog is easy to pick up and whisk away, you can be sure that it made dog thieves list. Unfortunately, Pomeranian is often part of this list.
Pomeranian is an expensive breed. They can be easily sold from $1,000 to $3,000. Regardless of the price, the market for this breed is massive.
1. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier is the top choice for dog thieves. Their size makes them an easy and lucrative steal. Furthermore, their lively character and love toward humans make them popular.
Yorkshire Terrier can be easily sold from $2,500. In addition, they are usually sold to unsuspecting buyers. Bear in mind that a purebred Yorkshire Terrier costs at least $3,000.