Every time I open Facebook or see the news, there's a story about a poor dog being stolen out if it's parents arms or yard.
This is especially true when it comes to popular (and expensive) breeds like French Bulldogs. Of course, this is an extremely traumatic and horrible situation for both the human and the dog and breaks my heart.
So here's some important information I'd love to share with you to keep you (and your pets) safe.
#1: Why are dog thefts on the rise?
While there are a myriad of reasons, one of them is the pandemic itself.
At the start of Covid, everyone decided they wanted....actually NEEDED a puppy. The demand was so incredibly high, that rescues and breeders couldn't keep up.
This led to some (not nice) people realizing they could steal puppies and "high demand" dogs and sell them for TONS of MONEY.
PS- We see even more of these types of pet scams around the holidays, so PLEASE be careful.
#2: Why are French Bulldogs particularly susceptible?
-French Bulldogs have become one of the "IT" breeds due to popular culture and social media.
-Because they're so popular, everyone thinks they MUST get one and they're willing to spend top dollar for them.
-MOST French Bulldogs can't naturally mate and breed. This is a HUGE part of the equation. They are basically man-made dogs that need human intervention to procreate.
This situation ALSO adds to why they are huge money makers and can be sold for thousands and thousands of dollars.
Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself and Your Pets:
#1-Don't buy a French Bulldog
#2-Adopt a dog that needs a second chance
#3-Make sure your dog has a secure collar and is microchipped with up to date information
#4-If your dog is spayed/neutered, indicate that on their tag. This may deter someone from stealing them if they're looking to breed for money
#5-Vary your walking times and routes and keep an eye out for strangers watching or driving by and slowing down
#6-Try to stay off your phone, so you can be aware of your surroundings
#7-Never leave your dog tied up outside a store, the market, etc...
#8-Consider carrying an alarm or security device with you on walks
#9-Avoid putting TOO much information about your dog on social media