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The dog breeds in the UK are the most vulnerable to theft

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New research shows which breeds of dogs in the UK are most at risk of theft due to their high price tag.

Benchmark Kennels found that Chow Chows, Golden Retrievers, and English Bulldogs are now worth more than £ 3,000, making them the most vulnerable dogs in the country to theft.

Cavapoos, Goldendoodles, and Miniature Schnauzers are also among the top ten most expensive dog breeds in Britain.

Research shows that puppy prices have skyrocketed since the pandemic began, and the average cost of a puppy has increased a whopping 132 percent since last March.

Cheryl Sampson of Benchmark Kennels said, “The rise in puppy prices was due to a huge surge in demand over the past year. Such a sudden change in price is shocking as many people are unlikely to need to buy a dog anymore. ”

The ten most expensive dog breeds of 2021:

1. Chow Chow – £ 3,700

The most expensive breed is the Chow Chow, which is worth an average of £ 3,700 for a puppy. That price is up 84% in just one year, from £ 2,015 in March 2020.

2. Golden Retriever – £ 3,360

The golden retriever is the second most expensive dog. Among the most expensive breeds, Golden Retrievers saw the biggest price hike, climbing from just £ 1,430 to £ 3,360 last year.

3. English Bulldog – £ 3,300

The English Bulldog was the most expensive breed in March 2020 and now ranks third with a value of £ 3,300.

4. Cavapoo – £ 3,030

Cavapoos are the most sought-after designer dogs, nearly doubling in value from £ 1,615 to a staggering £ 3,030 per year.

5. Goldendoodle – £ 2,976

The Goldendoodle is the fifth most important breed during the lockdown. The pups cost an average of £ 2,976.

6. Miniature Schnauzer – £ 2,930

The Miniature Schnauzer is next on this list, costing £ 2,930 per dog.

7th Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – £ 2,784

Spaniels and spaniel crosses are among the most sought-after breeds. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is now worth an average of £ 2,784.

8. Standard Poodle – £ 2,770

Poodles are in great demand as they produce the highest quality designer crosses. The standard poodle has risen in value from £ 990 to £ 2,770 over the past year.

9. Cockapoo – £ 2,740

In ninth place is the Cockapoo with an average price of £ 2,740.

10. Labradoodle – £ 2,700

The top ten is rounded off by the fourth designer cross on this list. Labradoodles are now worth £ 2,700, which is £ 400 more than the Labrador Retriever, one of the most popular breeds in the UK.

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Traditional races are a target

According to the benchmark, the traditionally popular dog breeds are currently even more in demand. Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the UK and this breed is the second most in demand today and is worth £ 1,045 more on average than most breeds.

Fashionable crossbreeds are more in demand than most purebreds

The average designer cross has increased from £ 1,256 in March 2020 to a current value of £ 2,862. By comparison, the average value of a purebred animal is currently £ 2,257.

When it comes to the breakdown of the ten most sought-after breeds, designer crossbreeds are heavily represented, while parent breeds for these combinations such as poodles have also grown massively in value.

Benchmark Says, “The designer Instagram appeal and trendy nature of these breeds mean they appear frequently on social media posts. Police have warned thieves can find the locations of these dogs before they steal them.”

“Don’t reveal your region or whereabouts online and take extra precautions when walking designer intersections.”

Dog theft in Bristol

Avon and Somerset Police Department data shows that two dogs were stolen from Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset this year, both Shetland Sheep dogs.

In 2020, 18 dogs were reported as stolen. This includes two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, two Bulldogs, two Dashchunds, a Chihuahua, a Whippet, a Rottweiler and a Dalmation.

This is a sharp decrease from 2015 when the reported number of stolen dogs was 50.

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