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Dele Alli buys Dobermann dog to boost security after knifepoint robbery

Footballer Dele Alli has beefed up security at his rural home with a Dobermann after being robbed at knifepoint.

The Spurs and England star lives in a £2million country mansion with model girlfriend Ruby Mae and his adoptive brother Harry Hickford, all 24, plus a toy poodle called Uno.

But the footballer began talking to firms who supplied fellow players, celebrities, business execs and foreign royals with the highly-trained dogs following the 'horrible' raid in May.

Watches worth hundreds of thousands of pounds were taken when robbers scrambled across fields at the back to gain entry to Ali's Hertfordshire home shortly after midnight.

The footballer, who was playing pool, was punched in the mouth by the mob who assaulted another man after demanding the frightened occupants hand over valuables.

One raider ran upstairs and ransacked several of the star’s bedrooms.

Afterwards Alli, who did not need hospital treatment but was badly shaken, wrote online: "Thank you for all the messages.

"Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.''

Two months earlier four masked robbers armed with knives and machetes broke into the home of Alli's Spurs teammate Jan Vertonghen in Hampstead, north London, and terrified his wife and family while the Belgian defender was playing in a Champions League fixture in Germany.

The theft of Spurs and England star Harry Kane's £100,000 Range Rover in broad daylight from outside his home in Chingford, east London, three weeks ago will only have strengthened Alli's resolve to step up his own security.

The £150,000-a-week midfielder has now taken delivery of a Dobermann to give himself peace of mind.

Protection dogs cost up to £25,000 depending on their level training and are often Belgian or German shepherds, Dobermanns or giant Cane Corsos.

Two UK firms – K9 Chaperone and Elite Protection Dogs – use pups from military or police backgrounds.

They are trained to change from docile family pet to vicious attack dog if an intruder is detected.

On its website London-based Elite Protection Dogs said: "All of our puppies come from military and police backgrounds with generations of experience in protecting borders, searching for missing persons and drugs, and sniffing for bombs in war zones.

"With all respect to other breeds we intend to use two breeds of canine only as our cadets.

"These are the Belgian Shepherds (Malinois) and the German Shepherds.

"The military and police all around the world tend to choose these breeds as their first choice, as do we.

"These dogs have the highest IQ in the protection dog category.

"We produce two types of trained dogs- a guard dog and a personal protection dog.

"Guard dogs are typically very independent and don’t need companionship as they are trained to guard a territory.

"They are taught to refuse food from strangers and react to intruders.

"Guard dogs are mainly suited for farms and gated areas. Prices start from £10,000.

"A personal protection dog is not only a family friendly pet but also a form of protection.

"They crave a family bond, affection and love and are very child friendly.

"They are dedicated to shield you, by demand, from any possible danger or threat as taught through intense training, mental stability and obedience. Prices start from £15,000.''

Premier League stars Hugo Lloris, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Andy Carroll and Jamie Vardy all now have guard dogs, as does singer Stormzy.

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