10 Breeds Favored by Dog Thieves

The AKC reported a 70 percent increase in dog thefts. Dog “flippers” are out in force, stealing and selling other people’s beloved pets for top dollar. If your dog belongs to one of these 10 breeds, you need to be on high alert.

1. Boston Terriers
Boston Terriers are a small, very popular breed. And they're known to be very social, so it's easy for dognappers to befriend them quickly and run off with them.

2. Chihuahua's
Chi's hold the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most-stolen breed in U.S. cities in recent years. Part of the Chihuahua's popularity stems from their role as celebrity "accessories." Their owners find them easy to bring along — which also makes them easy to steal and conceal.

3. Frenchie's
Frenchie's are the third most frequently stolen dog in the U.S., thanks to their portable size and the breed's huge popularity.

4. German Shepherds
Purebred German Shepherds command a high price. They are typically stolen and flipped as attack or fighting dogs.
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5. Labradoodle's
Labradoodles are commonly referred to as "designer dogs." They are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle (typically a standard size or miniature), a Lab and a 'Doodle, a Poodle and a 'Doodle, or two 'Doodles. Designer dogs are very trendy right now, which means thieves can sell them at a high price.

6. Labrador Retriever 
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the U.S. (for several years running). This makes them plentiful for stealing, and easy to sell.

7. Maltese
The Maltese breed is extremely popular with small dog lovers, expensive to buy, and just the right size for thieves to pop into a large purse or backpack and be on their way.

8. Pit Bulls
Sadly, Pit Bulls are usually stolen for use in illegal dog baiting and dog fighting. Unlike smaller, less powerful dogs, many pitties spend a lot of time in the backyard, making them easy marks for thieves.

9. Pomeranian's 
Poms are popular, pricey, and their size makes them easily snatch-able.

10. Yorkshire Terrier
The tiny Yorkshire Terrier is the most stolen breed in the U.S. according to the AKC. And here's why: Yorkies are a very popular breed; purebreds sell for thousands of dollars; and they are tiny and therefore portable, making them easy to steal.

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