The French bulldogs are the new obsession in town. These beautiful little creatures with all their exotic colors and breeds are quite expensive and in-demand among celebrities these days.
The breed may cost anything from $5,000 to $200,000 for a single pup.
Because of their great value, the French BulldogsFrench Bulldogs, among other purebred dogs, have become equally coveted among criminals, enticing burglars to make fast cash.
According to a news report, over two million dogs are stolen every year in the United States. Dog thieves steal dogs, take in and adopt dogs to breed, and then resale them for a quick profit.
In March 2021, Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of the singer’s French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen in Hollywood.
Similarly, there are several stories of violent confrontations and kidnapped Frenchies. In 2014, a Miami breeder lost his prized French bulldog, Che, and two litters of pups to burglars.
Diana Zingaretti, the owner of Miami Blue French bulldogs, has heard far too many tales about stolen Frenchies.
According to her, automobiles circle her house and scout it out every now and then. However, her home has several interior and outdoor security cameras installed.
“That’s why I don’t enjoy walking my dogs anymore,” Zingaretti said. “I simply have a pistol with me now to be safe.”
Diana says she does not allow clients to visit her breeding site to view pups. She generally meets them in a police station or a mall, and she first performs a criminal history check on them before suggesting a meeting.
She advises breeders and owners not to let their Frenchies alone in their backyards for even a minute. Bandits scale fences, preparing to take the dogs and flee.
“Unless it’s Lady Gaga, it doesn’t appear in the headlines,” Zingaretti stated. “However, it does happen often.”
Another Miami-based breeder who requested not to be named for fear of being targeted by thieves said French bulldogs were more common a few years ago. She noted that in many instances, the criminals who breed the stolen dogs have no idea what they’re doing, and the pups end up with health problems.
French Bulldog Village, a statewide rescue organization, has seen an upsurge in overbred and inbred dogs with significant health difficulties, according to treasurer Cara Berardo. And they aren’t simply medical conditions. They’re also social.
Some Frenchies are bred to be “fad hues.” She claims that blue, merle and lilac-coated puppies have more medical and behavioral concerns.
While lovely and cute, French bulldogs may be temperamental and need training. In certain situations, they might become aggressive, said Berardo to Press Herald.
She said that the rescue organisation has had issues with dogs biting volunteers and foster homes. Many owners of pandemic Frenchies have relinquished their dogs because they are unsocialized and attack everyone in their vicinity.