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Most stolen dog breeds in the UK and how to protect them in a theft outbreak

Dog theft is the fastest growing crime of its kind in the UK, where Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Chihuahuas are among the breeds most likely to be targeted.

Pet thefts up 39% last year, figures show

Dog theft is on the rise in the UK where cases hit over 2,000 for the first time last year.

According to the Metropolitan Police, incidents of pet abduction rose by 39% last year.

This means dog theft is the fastest growing crime of its kind in the UK, reports Hull Live.

The country’s most targeted dog breeds based on previous crimes have now been revealed amid a stark warning for owners to be aware.

These include Staffordshire bull terriers, Chihuahuas and Jack Russells.

French bulldogs and Labradors are also among the five most targeted breeds.

It comes after the average cost of a puppy more than doubled after lockdown.

To combat this growing problem, the government’s Pet Theft Task Force has introduced a new pet abduction offense with tougher penalties for thieves who are caught.

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Gather Insurance Experts also shared a list of ways pet owners can make sure their pets are safe.

Company research shows that 70% of pet thefts involve dogs or puppies.

Meanwhile, the number of cat thefts increased by 194% between 2015 and 2020 with a 12% year-over-year increase.

Surveys also show that more pet owners are taking extra safety measures to protect their pets, with four in five feeling more fearful when walking their dog.

Preventive measures include registering pet dogs, fitting them with a collar, fitting them with a tracker and testing for canine DNA.

French bulldogs are also among the most targeted breeds


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Pet owners are also encouraged to take photos of their beloved pets to help verify ownership if they go missing.

Other suggestions include increasing home security, being aware of your surroundings, being careful when walking, and varying routines to reduce the risk of dog theft.

Owners whose animals are stolen are asked to report the theft to the police and inform their local council.

It is also recommended that they contact the microchip database where their dog is registered and submit the pet’s details and photos to lost pet websites.

Rescue centers and veterinary practices can also offer help and advice.

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