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Top 10 dog breeds most vulnerable to theft as dognapping surges in UK


Puppy prices have skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic, with the average cost of a puppy increasing by a whopping 132 per cent since last March. Retrievers, along with Chow Chows and English Bulldogs, are each worth up to £3,000. Therefore, these three breeds are now amongst the most vulnerable to dog theft in the country. 

Research has been carried out by Benchmark Kennels after a spate of dog thefts across the UK, including the shameless nabbing of a Labrador who was tied up outside a Marks and Spencers while its owner did some shopping. 

Now 2021’s ten most expensive dog breeds has been reported by Bristol Live.

These also include Cavapoos and Goldendoodles. 

Cheryl Sampson from Benchmark Kennels said: “The increase in puppy price has been driven by a huge surge in demand over the past year. Such a sudden price change is shocking, with many people likely priced out of buying a dog.”

2021’s ten most expensive dog breeds:

10. Labradoodle – £2,700

At ten is the fourth designer crossbreed on this list. Labradoodles are now worth £2,700, which is £400 more than the Labrador Retriever, one of the most popular UK breeds.

9. Cockapoo – £2,740

In ninth place is the cockapoo, worth an average price of £2,740.

8. Standard Poodle – £2,770

Poodles are in high-demand as they produce the highest value designer crossbreeds. The standard poodle has risen in value from £990 to £2,770 in the past year.

7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – £2,784

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

6. Miniature Schnauzer – £2,930

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

5. Goldendoodle – £2,976

The Goldendoodle is the fifth most desirable breed during lockdown, the puppies averaging £2,976.

4. Cavapoo – £3,030

Cavapoos are the most desirable designer dog, almost doubling in value from £1,615 to a stunning £3,030 in a year.

3. English Bulldog – £3,300

The English bulldog was the most expensive breed in March 2020 and is now third place, worth £3,300.




2. Golden Retriever – £3,360

The Golden Retriever is the second most expensive dog.

Within the most expensive breeds, Golden Retrievers have seen the largest price increase, rising from just £1,430 to £3,360 over the last year.

1. Chow Chow – £3,700

The most expensive breed is the Chow Chow, now worth an average of £3,700 for a puppy.

This price has risen by 84% in just one year, from £2,015 in March 2020.

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