10 Alarming Dog Breeds Most Stolen & How to Prevent It

Tragically, an estimated 2 million pets are stolen in the US alone each year, and the number seems to be increasing. Which dog breeds most stolen, and what can you do to prevent it from happening to your BFF?

10. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was bred to be both a friendly companion and a useful working dog breed, making them one of the quintessential family pets.

While some dogs disappear for more nefarious reasons, which we’ll discuss later, many thieves steal Labs to be re-sold as pets.

With its friendly personality, the Labrador Retriever makes an easy target.

Considering that a Lab can easily fetch $2,000 or more from uneducated buyers, Labradors are a quick buck for those with less than honorable morality.

So, what can you do about it? Never leave your dog unattended outdoors.

Unfortunately, even with a lock, a fence is seldom enough to deter thieves, so the safest place to leave your dog when you’re not home or at night is indoors. This becomes especially true if your yard is visible from the street. Remember, most thefts are crimes of convenience.

9. German Shepherd Dog – Dog Breeds Most Stolen

Often touted as a top Police and Security dog, the German Shepherd is not a dog many would consider an easy target, as they are generally suspicious of strangers and have an intimidating presence.

Unfortunately, they are popular, and if nothing else, thieves know that a well-kept and healthy German Shepherd will be an easy sell, possibly earning them upwards of $2500.

Having your dog spayed or neutered may make them less appealing targets for those that would sell them to puppy mills and backyard breeders.

8. American Pit Bull Terrier

Generally easy-going and friendly to even strangers, the American Pit Bull Terrier presents an easy target to those who aren’t intimidated by the fact that it’s a Pit Bull and financially motivated.

While some are stolen to be re-sold as pets, quite often, more docile pet Pits are stolen to be bait dogs that morally bankrupt individuals allow fighting dogs to kill for practice.

Unfortunately, even if you take preventative measures, thieves can still steal your dog. If this happens, taking immediate action can sometimes make a difference. Report the crime to your local police or animal control officer, and encourage them to list your dog in the “stolen article” category with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Have you ever had a dog stolen and got it back? If so, please share how you got your dog back in the comments. You might help someone get their loved-one back.

7. Labradoodle – Dog Breeds Most Stolen

You may have noticed a trend in this list. They are all popular dog breeds, which makes them more valuable targets. Before the 1990s, a Labrador Mix was just another mutt.

But, ever since they became famous for their possible hypoallergenic coat and adorable looks, Labradoodles have become quite the hot commodity. They can fetch a bad guy up to $2k in unearned cash.

Friendly to family and strangers alike, the Labradoodle is one of those easy targets among larger dog breeds.

Since you can’t teach a dog “stranger danger,” be wary of strangers too interested in your buddy. Most of us love sharing details about our pups but don’t share detailed information about your dog’s breeding, cost, or where you live with strangers.

6. Chihuahua

Popular, easy to carry, quite often out with their people, it’s relatively easy to see why the Chihuahua might be a target for criminals. They’re not especially friendly toward strangers, but they are easy to overpower, as you might expect.

And, these little guys can fetch upwards of $2000 on the right market.

Keep your small dog on a leash, even if you are carrying it. It’s much easier to swipe a dog that is not physically attached to you.

5. French Bulldog

Everyone loves the French Bulldog with its adorable squishy face, even dognappers. In 2019 the French Bulldog ranked number 4 in AKC rankings and remains one of the most popular dogs in the world, making this friendly squishy-faced companion not only popular with dog lovers but with evil-doers out to make a profit of up to $4,000.

One way to help protect all dogs from being stolen is to prevent people from making a profit from dognapping. Don’t buy stolen pets.

Yes, we know that many people want to “rescue” dogs that they see being sold, but they are merely encouraging pet poachers.

Don’t buy a dog from a website or online classified ad, a flea market, or a roadside vehicle. And, especially, don’t fall for the “rehoming fee” scam often found on sites like Craigslist.

Do your research to ensure that you are dealing with a reputable breeder — or, better yet, rescue a dog from a shelter instead.

4. Boston Terrier – Dog Breeds Most Stolen

We’ve compared the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier in other videos. Both are great little dogs. Unfortunately, we find them side by side yet again in this video. The Boston Terrier is a friendly, happy-go-lucky, and popular companion dog breed.

As companion dogs, they are quite often out with their loving caretakers. Unfortunately, this all adds up to them being common targets for profiteering dog snatchers.

If you’re out and about with your dog, don’t tie your dog up outside a store, even if you are just running in “for a second.” Instead, stick to only dog-friendly locations. That coffee will not be worth returning to find your dog missing.

3. Maltese

The Maltese, especially those in an adorable puppy cut, are so cute, they might even make an honest person consider walking off with them. Their ultra-friendly demeanor not only makes them an easy target but an easy resell. And these tiny toy dogs are easy to walk away with.

It’s never a good idea to leave a dog in a parked car. I hope you all know by now about the dangers of heat inside a vehicle, but it also attracts pet thieves, especially if you leave the window cracked to avoid the heat issue. Unless your dog is going inside your destination, leave her at home. And, remember that a quick stop on the way home isn’t worth the risk of losing your dog. It can wait.

2. Pomeranian

Pomeranians are popular, consistently in the top 10 most registered breeds. Couple with the fact that they’ve become arm-candy for many notable celebs, the appeal for thieves can be irresistible.

These fluffy pups are hot targets and can fetch an evil-doer up to $3k.

Get your dog microchipped. That cute dog tag isn’t enough. It is removed easily. But an up-to-date microchip can provide absolute proof of ownership. It is standard procedure for shelters and veterinarians to scan for a microchip upon receiving new canine patients.

Having your dog microchipped dramatically increases the chances of a reunion. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs with microchips were returned to their owners over 52 percent of the time, instead of less than 22 percent for those without them.

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1. Yorkshire Terrier – Dog Breeds Most Stolen

A widely sought-after companion dog, the Yorkshire Terrier ranks number one on our most stolen dog breeds for almost every reason given above.

They are a happy, friendly, small companion dog that can fetch handsome sums of money.

They are easy targets and easy to re-sell to unsuspecting buyers who haven’t done their research.

If you are gone all day for work, it’s best to have your dogs in a part of the house where they can’t be seen from the street. If you have a doggie door to an outdoor run, make sure it’s as safe and secure as possible, with high fencing, preferably privacy fencing, and locks.

I hope the takeaway for this is that even if your dog is not on this list, never allow your dog to be a target.

Stay Safe. And as always, catch ya next time.

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