They can be wonderful companions for many years and have a special place in their owner’s hearts.
But that means something happening to your pooch would be heartbreaking.
There have been reports of rising dog thefts over recent years, particularly as demand for pooches boomed over the pandemic.
Pets4Homes have revealed 9 of the dog breeds most targeted by thieves.
These include some of the most popular dogs.
You can see the list in our gallery below.
Pomeranians are among the dogs most commonly stolen. They can regularly fetch up £1,000, making them lucrative for thieves.
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Maltese is another breed of dog that is commonly targeted by thieves.
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Labradoodles are among the most popular breeds in the UK and are often targeted by thieves.
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4. German Shepherd
German Shepherd puppies are often targeted by thieves.
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