There's a reason why French bulldogs are such frequent targets for thieves

The portly and petite French bulldog is an ideal canine companion: They don’t bark much, verkies snuggles en binnenshuise spel as lang wandelinge of vangspeletjies en hou hul hondjieagtige gestalte hul hele lewe lank.

Their popularity makes them a frequent target for theft, wel.
Perhaps the highest-profile case of French bulldog theft happened this week, wanneer two of Lady Gaga’s dogs were stolen after unknown assailants shot her dog walker in the chest.
This is a particularly horrific incident,” dog trainer Victoria Stilwell told HLN’s Elizabeth Prann on Friday. “Maar ongelukkig, dog theft is not.
    French bulldogs, die fourth most popular dog breed in die VSA (and the smallest breed among the top five), are often preyed upon by dognappers for the same qualities that make them such beloved pets. The best way to keep them safe is to stay vigilant and within your sight, canine experts say.
    lady Gaga's French bulldogs Gustav, hier afgebeeld, and Koji were stolen in a violent attack on her dog walker.

    They’re in high demand

    French bulldogs are one of the “Dit” breeds of the 21st century: Their adorably flat faces and affectionate attitudes endear them to owners and breed admirers.
    But the higher their demand, the more likely theft becomes, said Brandi Hunter, vice president of public relations and communications at the American Kennel Club.
    Smaller breeds are more appealing for theft, and French bulldogs are wildly popular right now,” Hunter told CNN. “The demand for the breed is higher than the supply so they are often a more targeted breed.

    They’re small and easy to steal

    The breed’s size makes it a relatively easy target. Volgens die AKC, Frenchies can weigh up to 28 pounds and don’t grow more than a foot in height.
    They’re just easy to access; they’re easy to grab,” Stillwell said. “So if people leave their dogs of any breed in the front of backyard, unattended, that’s an easy grab.

    They’re expensive

    Because the breed is so in demand, French bulldog puppies can fetch between $ 1,500 en $ 5,000 or even higher, Hunter saida restrictive price range for many prospective French bulldog owners.
    Thieves generally know how popular these dogs are, what they cost, and how much people are willing to pay for them,” Hunter said.
    Their value also leads some to steal French bulldogs for breeding purposes, Stilwell said.
    If they’re not spayed or neutered, the will make good breeding stock, so people can make money for their puppies,” sy het gese.
    lady Gaga's dog walker shot and dogs stolen


      Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot and dogs stolen


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    How to keep your Frenchie safe

    Watch your dog. Dogs are easier targets when they’re left alone, even if they’re just in your yard. Keep an eye on them at all times, Hunter said.
    Microchip your pup. If your dog becomes lost or is stolen, your pet’s microchip can tell the people who find it or the veterinarian who treats it that it belongs to you, Stilwell said. It’s also a good idea to keep an ID tag on your dog.
      Spray or neuter it. To prevent a stolen dog from being used to breed, spray or neuter your dog when it’s old enough, Stilwell said.
      Use social media carefully. Try not to disclose any identifying information on your social media platforms, Hunter suggestspeople who prey on French bulldogs could find your dog this way.




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