New data from GoCompare has revealed the UK’s most popular lockdown dog breeds, who are prime targets for thieves
The data comes after dog owners were issued a warning by police about posting pictures of their pet on social media and leaving them unattended outside shops, after a rise in the number of dog thefts in the UK.
Dog Lost, a UK charity helping victims of dog theft, recorded a 170 per cent increase in the crime, with 465 dogs stolen in 2020, compared to 172 in 2019.
The rise in dog thefts coincides with a boom in the sale of puppies, which saw an increase since the UK official entered lockdown on 23 March 2020. Here are the top ten most popular dog breeds through lockdown.
1. French Bulldog
The French bulldog is the most popular breed in the UK in lockdown with 9,324 purchased. Photo: Shutterstock
2. Labrador retriever
Second on the list is the larger labrador retriever, with 7,255 purchased. Photo: Shutterstock
3. Cocker spaniel
The Cocker spaniel is next on the list, with 5,269 purchased. Photo: Shutterstock
4. German shepherd
The German shepherd (Alsatian) is fourth on the list, with 2,645 purchased through lockdown. Photo: Shutterstock
Fifth is the Bulldog, with 2,085 purchased. Photo: Shutterstock
6. Staffordshire bull terrier
The Staffordshire bull terrier is the sixth most popular breed in the UK through lockdown, with 1,906 purchased. Photo: Shutterstock