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Dog breeds most likely to be stolen

Some are more in demand than others


Posted 8 months ago

Dog theft is a very painful thing to experience, and the pandemic has seen a notable rise in incidents. People often wonder whether there are dog breeds which are especially at risk of being stolen - the answer to which is an emphatic yes. As is the case with breeding, there are dog breeds that consistently rank as popular targets for theft. 

1.Staffordshire Bull Terrier

In 2019, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was the most likely to be stolen of any dog breed in the country - at 89 reported thefts. The Staffy is an extremely popular choice because it’s an extremely versatile and adaptable breed - they’re friendly animals that are capable of forming attachments easily. This makes them a boon to anyone looking to steal and resell a dog, because they don’t need to worry about it being distressed from a change of environment. In addition, the price of a Staffy can generally be anywhere between £1,000 and £3,000 - making them even more worth stealing to use as a breed puppy. 

2. Crossbreeds

Crossbreed dogs are a target for theft because they offer someone the chance to get the very specific breed that they’re looking for. A product of the designer dog craze, crossbreeds appeal to the idea of having something that’s both unique and extremely popular. The sheer variety in crossbreeds means that the price point can vary widely depending on the mix - with some selling at just a few hundred pounds, but others reaching £4,000. 


The Chihuahua is perhaps the most iconic designer dog of all, gracing celebrity handbags and magazine covers the world. As such a famous designer item, the Chihuahua is a very in-demand dog, with prices ranging from £500 to £3,000 pounds and sometimes above. This, alongside a small size that makes them easy to transport, makes the Chihuahua a lucrative option for dog thieves.

4.Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a widely beloved dog, with a variety of qualities that make it a common option for dog thieves. One feature that distinguishes it from other breeds is the fact that, as working dogs, Cocker Spaniels are often kept outside - which makes them significantly easier to steal. In addition, their working life makes Cocker Spaniels generally very well-trained - and a friendly nature on top adds up to an extremely appealing dog breed. With a price tag in the range of £1,000 to £4,000 it’s no surprise that Cocker Spaniels are an at-risk breed in regards to theft. 


Bulldogs are an extremely popular breed, with a friendly and loyal disposition that makes them a welcome addition to any family. They’re also usually extremely expensive as a result of the extensive work that can be required to breed and birth them safely, This means that the price of a bulldog can often easily clear £2,000, and reach £4,000 without too much trouble. The real boon for a dog thief is that they can make this money without any of the prior costs. 

6. Yorkshire terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier shot up in theft rates between 2018 and 2019, seeing a 200 per cent increase in thefts from seven to 21. Unsurprisingly, this is the result of increasing demand for Yorkshire Terriers as pets - as the breed becomes a rising star of the must-have dog industry. Yorkshire Terriers are particularly popular in cities due to being relatively low maintenance - being so small and only needing a few reasonable walks a day. In addition to this they’re a hypoallergenic breed, making Yorkshire Terriers an extremely convenient choice. This increase in popularity sees them fetch between £1,000 and £3,000 - an attractive prospect for any thief.

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