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UK puppy thefts are on the rise, but new dog owners are partly to blame

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Amid the chaos of our coping with the daily changes to the Government’s C-19 battle plan, a plague of puppy thieves operates beneath the radar.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 03/08/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

During our extended break at home our demand for dogs has risen. Despite warnings from various charities about not adopting a dog solely for company, the number of adoptions is soaring. And in turn, that means breeders and dealers are increasing their costs per head. 

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Since the beginning of the lockdown in late Marchm the Kennel Club has logged almost three times more adoptions than last year. And pet shops such as Pets4Homes have seen a huge increase in the number of dogs being advertised for sale. 

Puppy thievery

The trend has seen the price of a puppy leap to unprecedented levels, and an unfortunate rise in puppy thievery. According to The Guardian, a French Bulldog now costs as much as £7,500, and rare or exclusive breeds cost even more. In calmer times, the Bulldog pedigree would have cost between £800 and £2000. 

Given this hike in value, the commensurate rise in the number of puppies being stolen from UK owners is hardly surprising.