Here are the breeds most coveted by thieves

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A charity dedicated to helping pet lovers find their lost or stolen dogs has said a recent increase in the number of registered dog thefts can be attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic and warned pet owners to be aware of the possibility that they may buy stolen dogs.

A British police force registered 53 dog thefts in 2021, a drop from 20 in 2020 and only eight in 2019, according to a request for freedom of information from Direct Line Pet Insurance.

Only two of the 53 missing dogs have been returned to their owners.

Across the UK, 2,077 dogs were reported stolen from 2,760 police forces responding to the R & D request, although Direct Line Pet Insurance estimates the true number at 35.

Because of this threat to our furry friends, the experts at have compiled a list of the best tips for preventing dog theft and provided owners with useful information about the crime.

The service has also listed the most common breeds targeted at thieves, which The Derbyshire Times has compiled into a gallery below.

– Exercise recall and / or use of extended leash: If your dog is in an emergency or in danger, it is important to make sure it responds to your calls. Try to give your dog tasty treats as this will greatly help him remember.

– Avoid routine: This makes it harder for dog kidnapping gangs to track you down and figure out when to catch and steal your dog.

– Go for a walk with a friend: Choose security in numbers if possible, a friend will give an extra witness and backup if you encounter a dog thief.

– Do not name your dog: Putting your dog’s name on their collar, harness or ID card makes it easier for strangers to attract them.

– Be aware of your surroundings: Take care of your dog and avoid distractions like cell phones. Always try to have a charged phone with you, and do not wear earplugs when walking your dog.

Be seen and heard as the owner: to let everyone know that the dog is yours and that you are constantly watching it, to deter dog food killers, open and populated areas where you can be easily seen.

– Follow your instincts: if you think someone is following you, or if you suspect someone, leave the area quickly.

– Avoid location tags on social networks: This prevents thieves from discovering your address or the place where you regularly hang out with your dog.

– Extra vigilant: Report any suspicious activity you see.

– GPS Tracking Collar: Consider investing in a GPS tracking collar so you know your dog’s location at all times.

– Beware of strangers who ask you many questions: Always be wary of strangers who ask unusual or constant questions about your dog (both online and offline).

– Dog grooming / kennel / grooming services: Always perform complete and thorough checks to ensure that they are reputable and reputable.

Note the SOS emergency shortcuts on your phone: they can help you when you feel threatened or in danger.

– Wear an alarm device: These can help scare attackers and attract attention.

– Refusing help from strangers: Avoid offering help from strangers with your dog unless absolutely necessary.

– Color your car windows: Dognappers have been known to steal canines from cars.

– Keep your dog on the side of the building: keep it away from the sidewalk.

– An adult should always be in control: Make sure that children always walk dogs in the presence of an adult, as dog thieves are more likely to attack those they think will be less resistant.

Find local dog-friendly stores: to ensure your dog is not left outside or in the car.

– Protect your home and protect your property: think of dog cameras, CCTV and video doorbells.

– Dogs are easily taken out of courtyards: especially front gardens, so be sure to secure your yard with high fences.

– Alarm locks and gates: to prevent unwanted uninvited guests.

– Let a candle light when your dog is home alone: ​​it can be useful in the evening to give the impression that someone is home. Also, always turn on an outdoor light during supervised night bath visits so you can see your dog at all times.

– Outdoor kennels should also be alerted and locked: For all dogs kept outdoors, make sure the kennels are properly secured.

– Engrave your path or driveway: This makes it difficult for uninvited guests to approach unnoticed.

– Test your home alarm regularly: to make sure it works.

– Lock your dog’s door when you are not using it: and do not leave the window open in the room where your dog is.

– Do not introduce new puppies online: Be careful when sharing new pets with others, puppies are especially valuable for sleeping dogs.

– Unchipped puppies are more valuable because they have no ID: be very careful about protecting puppies as they are primary targets.

– Be especially careful with purebred dogs: they are the most valuable and therefore the optimal targets.

– Neutered dogs deter thieves: With some thieves trying to steal pets for breeding, a neutered dog is less of a target.

– If you sell puppies, let another person accompany you: Limit the number of people and show them only a safe place to protect your dogs from theft.

Proof of Ownership: It is important that you have proof of ownership to ensure that there is no dispute in the event that your dog gets lost or stolen.

– Keep ID Requirement Marks up to date: Make sure your current mobile phone number and other contact information are on the mark.

– Get your dog microchipped: This will be done by your vet, it will be relatively painless for the dog and inexpensive. This is a legal requirement in the UK before the dog is eight weeks old.

– Be sure to take pictures of your dog: remember to capture many angles and any identification features. Also, take a picture of you with your dog and before and after grooming.

– Your dog’s DNA: If you’re really worried about dog theft, consider collecting its DNA to match it later, if necessary. There are services that can help with this.

Dog breeds most likely to be stolen and their average price:

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