10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

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Man’s best friend? Well that’s what you would think all dogs are, but this is not true for all dogs! Researchers and critics do not necessarily agree on what factors make these dogs dangerous. In other words there is no unanimous opinion regarding the criterion of declaring the animal, dangerous. Dog lovers too disagree on this aspect that these dogs cannot randomly be assigned the tag of ‘dangerous’ and be banned in some countries. At the same time, it can also not be ignored that some breeds of dogs are potential threats to their human counterparts. They can be extremely aggressive and cause serious harm to humans. Though dogs are essentially bred to protect their masters and bring unconditional love to the families that own them, some of these breeds turn out to be truly dangerous to others. The reasons do not rest with the breed or the dogs as much as do their nature of ownership and treatment by their masters. It has been found that some dogs are trained to be aggressive and attack strangers in their sight no matter who these people may be. They are treated harshly and grow up to be ferocious creatures with any sense of discerning. It may be appropriate to say that most of these attacks by dogs on innocent people are a result of deliberate training to harm and inhuman ownership attitudes. Despite logical reasons for any kind of attack however, some breeds are inherently more lethal than other dog breeds. Let’s know a little more about 10 of the most dangerous dog breeds from around the globe.

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  1. Brendan

    June 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    There is no such thing as a purely dangerous dog breed. Some breeds, like the ones listed on this article are very powerful, they just need the proper socialization and training when they are pups in order to control their strength. One of the most “dangerous” dogs in the world, the German Shepherd, is only lasted a dangerous because it can be used as an attack dog by people like police departments. They are chosen because they are smart, strong dogs. The only time a dog is dangerous is when the owner drops the ball (pun intended) on socializing, training, and caring for the dog as a puppy, or the owner trained it to be an attack dog. Dogs like the breeds in this article are chosen to be attack dogs because they are powerful animals that will do harm to a human when trained to attack. Just like humans, dogs are not born good or bad, sweet or vicious, it is what their owner does to teach them how a dog behaves when they are little that creates the dogs docile or violent personality.

    • firewolf

      June 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

      i am with Brendan, i have a akita this is my 3rd one i only know 1 time for one of mine to attack and it was another dog that took a lunge at my husband she grabbed the other dog then let go when my husband told her no then pulled back on the lead, she was not attack trained i would add, just house hold pet. of course everyone said she was vicious, but later on the other people’s dog did attack someone ( theirs was a dobe)

      • .l.enore dba

        June 7, 2015 at 7:44 am

        was it a computer chipped animal that effects is hearing airwaves……

      • Christina

        June 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Thank you so much Brendan! I’ve seen more problems with smaller dogs, Jack Russell terriers, etc. than I have had with my Cane Corso. I’ve had both a Rottweiler and now the Cane and both have been loving, gentle dogs. They were wary around strangers, of course, but if my husband and I were calm, so were the dogs. The problem is bad humans not bad dogs.

    • StarThrower50

      June 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      I’m also with Brendan on this. Irresponsible owners have given many dog breeds, but particularly pit bulls, bad and undeserved reputations. Most people are unaware that not long ago, pit bulls were called “nanny dogs” because of their powerful protective urges toward their families. Even a chihuahua or a poodle can be dangerous if improperly (read: stupidly or not at all) trained or treated.

    • Justin

      June 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      I’ve met plenty of mastiffs and pit bulls that are huge babies. All in how they are raised. I have a boxer,biggest (not in size she’s actually small for her size at maybe 40lbs) baby you’ll meet. She may lick your face off though.

    • Mel

      June 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Agree…

    • Lady Hawke

      June 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Absolutely correct, I have a Tosa Inu and she is the most loving and docile 140lb baby! She has a wonderful relationship with my Belgian Malinois, Blue Merle Border Collie, Jack Russell, and my 2 long coat apple head Chi’s, as well as my numerous cats. All of my animals we taught as babies to live with each other as family. If a dog or cat is treated inhumanely it will behave as such.

    • Capwhan

      June 15, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Have to never read of a pit bull turning on it’s owner? Well I have and quite a few times I might add. A lady raised a pit bull from a puppy and for no reason it turned on her one day. All she did was give this dog love and she gets killed for it. So don’t hide behind the myth that a dog has to be raised to be mean. This doesn’t happen much but it does happen.

    • Len Hobbs

      June 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Well said Brendan. I agree with you. I also agree with MOST of the things that Cesar Milan teaches.

      Dogs – ALL DOGS – are domesticated and can be taught to behave and follow instructions. There is no such thing as ‘an inherently dangerous dog’ – only ‘dangerous’ people who don’t understand animal behavior and will not impose proper discipline.

      I’m in my early 80’s and I’ve worked with every breed of dog on this planet – and EVERYONE of them responded to my care, feeding, teaching and love. Some took longer than others – but they all became good ‘citizens’ and not one of them ever attacked a human.

      Democrats are the only breed of species which are inherently dangerous and un-teachable.

      NOTE: There are MILLIONS of ignorant women who are oblivious to the effect of their own menstrual odors on male dogs. If you’re a woman in her ‘cycle’ – use caution with male dogs…and ALL male animals. They pretty much act like ‘teenage human males’ when they are aroused.

      I’ve never met a dog I wanted to strangle to death – can’t say the same about humans.

    • Lisa

      June 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      I always believed that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners!

  2. Kelly Houghton

    June 2, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Pitt Bull Terrier’s were not bred for fighting. They are farm working dogs, used for herding cattle and were actually referred to as ‘the nanny dog’
    As a American Staffordshire Terrier and Pitt Bull Terrier owner with one of my former Pitt’s being deaf, I suggest you get your facts straight before saying things that are untrue.
    As for the dog fighting aspect, yes some terrible people train their dogs …. TRAIN their DOGS, and actually have surgery performed to make the dogs look mean to make them fight, however it’s only the dogs loyalties that make them do what their terrible owner’s have trained them to do.
    Forks don’t make people fat.
    Pitt Bull’s don’t just go around attacking people unprovoked.

    • Robert Pellicci

      June 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Kym,
      I couldn’t say it any BETTER!…Band STUPID PEOPLE NOT DOGS!

    • Beth

      June 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Pit bulls were, in fact, bred to fight. Thats where the name came from. Originally the dogs were used to bait Bulls for sports. Eventually that led to dog fighting( in a pit or cage) Pit bulls came from crossing something like an American Bulldog (an actual farm dog) with smaller more aggressive dogs.
      I know lots of people today have pits because of all the attention they get with these dogs. They can be good dogs if they are not inbred, which is a real problem with all the overbreeding. They should always be considered a working dog, without enough to do or energy used up they are very destructive.

    • Beth

      June 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I have to agree with Kelly. Shelters are full of pits and mixes because they have large litters and are overbred for a quick buck for people who should go out and get a job! Also people get the adorable puppies then find out their landlord doesn’t allow dogs and the cute puppy who is now a bigger dog dies in overcrowded shelters. They are sweet dogs, very loving. People make them nasty dogs by abusing them and as Kelly said training them to attack. And they are doing what their person wants them to do out of love and loyalty. These people should go to jail because they are the reason other people are getting bit!!

  3. Kym

    June 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I wish statistical references would be given with these articles (I couldn’t find ANY report referencing that every 2nd bite is by a Rottweiler – hard to imagine that many Rottweilers around!!)
    I also find it interesting that this same blog has a post about “Dependable Dogs That Will Protect You” and references Staffordshire Terrier (A pit bull – just called by a different name)
    The truth is ANY dog can be dangerous! This article just happens to point out which dogs are most powerful. In the wrong hands, “power” of any sort can a danger.
    By not socializing, not training (or poor/negative training) humans have inadvertently made dogs more dangerous.
    Dog bites happen when animals are pushed too far and humans don’t pay attention to the signals….or we put too high of an expectation on their understanding of human behavior. Fatal attacks always have common denominators – most likely a lack of socialization, lack of supervision, unfamiliar people and a history of concerning behavior. Breed is a secondary (or tertiary) issue. The danger lies with the human who has been placed as the dogs guardian.

    • Lynn

      June 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

      The BEST and most correct comment yet on here! No socialization leads to aggressive behaviour—-period!!

    • allen

      July 6, 2015 at 3:01 am

      I raised Rottweiler’s for 18 yrs and never had one bite anyone unless it was needed and allowed by me. I raised and bred german standard. my best male weighed in at 155 lbs and was beautiful black and mahogany. he stood just under 25 inches at the withers but had a 28″neck. you were in danger if you were a steak and were in his food bowl. he allowed children to ride him like a horse. His prime mate was my personal protection and companion for 12 years until a stroke caused me to lose her. she was 25 lbs lighter but much faster but still just as gentle unless you threatened me or I asked her not to be nice. all of my dogs were even tempered and gentle unless trained otherwise and only went to the not nice side when needed. they would give their lives for their people and I hope their people would have given theirs for their dogs. I know Lady, and Dancer would have for me as I would have for them. Dancer was the last of Thunder and Ladys line and I lost him to cancer after 15 wonderful loving years. do not tell me that rotties are dangerous only dumb assed owners are dangerous.

      • tina

        July 30, 2015 at 11:03 pm

        i have had my rottie for ten year and will protect the breed till the day i die,recently social services have told me my dog is dangerous i can prove it if need be,but if this was a person they were slaggin it would be discrimination so what can i search for to get the bastards back xxx

  4. steven l. mauss

    June 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I would like to point most of the breeds listed require an experienced owner who knows how to train and handle an animal as potentially dangerous as these dogs can be. It should be noted that it is the reputation of these breeds that often attract the WRONG kind of owner. It’s been said fairly accurately that they need to be trained with a kid glove and iron fist.

    • Chaplin

      June 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I agree with you. My Caucasian Ovcharka is a wonderful dog, the best friend I’ve ever had but I have to an eye and a hand on him every second as he is very suspicious of strangers.

  5. Patti

    June 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I walk through my local animal shelter every few weeks and, there is a very disturbing trend. The shelter has around 20 or so cages; It breaks my heart to see that in at least 15 or more of those cages are pit bulls. Although I am not a particular fan of this breed, I do think they are impressive and yes intimidating in their look. As I’ve walked past these penned dogs, some have jumped for attack and some seem very placid. The truth that breaks my heart is the knowledge that the greater majority of these dogs will most likely get “put down”. What I would like to see is a moratorium on breeding these dogs for a period of time. They were a trend and the “hot” breed for several years. Now there are so many unwanted pit bulls out there. It is so sad that because unlike a fashion trend item that eventually will be handed over to a place like Goodwill, forgotten, sold and reused possibly. An unwanted pit bull will be will most likely just be destroyed.

    • aida

      June 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      your post brought tears streaming down my eyes because I have felt exactly like you when I have gone to shelters, and I agree with you and also have thought many times that they should put
      a stop to the breeding of this dogs for a period of time, giving time to the ones that are alive now hopefully to find a home and that when we go to a shelter pit bulls don’t outnumber the other breeds the way they do now, because that have being my experience too when I go to shelters and it brakes my heart. As soon I live in a place where I can have a big dog I am adopting a pit bull. We human beings that are the ones who supposedly can reason should never again take any dog breed as a trend, dogs are living creatures with a lot of feelings as we already know, they are no things, and look at the harm we have done to these dogs.

  6. makenna

    June 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    It is not the dog, it is the person that trains them. If you train them to be fighting dogs then yes, they are going to be aggressive and more likely to attack. But, if you train them to listen to you using positive reinforcement and show them love and affection, there is never going to be an issue unless the dog is trying to protect you. I have a pit bull. She is the sweetest dog that you can ever imagine. you have to treat them with kindness and compassion. You have to play with them, feed them, take them to the doctor. If you leave them alone then they are never going to be socialized with other people or dogs and then it stands to reason that the dog is going to be afraid of other dogs and new people. and guess what? dogs bite out of fear. So, by you ignoring your dog, you are inadvertently training him to be mean out of fear. Its no different than how a human is raised. If a baby is raised by bad parents, they are going to be bad kids. No dog is inherently evil. They are taught to be that way by ignorant people who are either too stupid to know any better or are evil themselves.

    • Ginger

      June 12, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      I couldn’t have said it any better myself Makeena. ALL dogs need love, attention,and caring owners who treat them like what God intended them to be, man’s BEST FRIEND.

  7. Danielle

    June 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I have always found articles like this one to be hilarious and unfair. If you get a dog no matter what breed it is and raise it to be vicious it will be just that. Many of these listed breeds are really sweet dogs if you raise them the correct way. I have a pit bull and I am so sick of hearing “Aren’t you worried she is going to grow up and attack someone? They are unpredictable.” People really need to educate themselves and read the millions of articles out there of people advocating for such breeds and why they deserve a chance. People are the reason for the reputation and label behind these breeds.

  8. Susie

    June 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I have two American Bulldog mixes breeds that we adopted from our local animal shelter. Never having had this breed before I didn’t know what to expect – and I was raised in a family of dog breeders (bloodhound, beagles, black and tan hounds, golden retrievers, Boston terrier, German Shepherds, cocker spaniel, etc.).

    We have had our oldest dog six plus years and our youngest five or six months no the dogs were almost adult when we got them. Both were due to.Be euthanized the next day because the shelter was over full.

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea this breed would be so hilariously funny and good natured. They actually play jokes on each other and us. There is not a mean bone in their bodies.

    I am disabled due to numerous types of arthritis and severe joint damage. The youngest dog knows when I should rest and he pushes me to stop what I’m doing and snuggle with Him. He won’t take no for an answer. He knows when my blood sugar is about to drop and he herds me into the kitchen.

    Our old dog is blind and slightly deaf. The young one takes care of her and watches for potential hazards like running into something. He herds her to safety.

    Do not tell me these are vicious killing machines! Love your dogs and TREAT THEM RIGHT and you will never have a problem!

  9. James

    June 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I own several wolves; all have been trained as service animals (1 of my children was born blind, & I have PTSD). Never once have any of them shown the slightest bit of aggression toward anyone. Animals like humans are a product of NURTURE not NATURE; they will do as they are taught. Bottom line: only bad owners NOT bad dogs.

  10. WC

    June 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I love my pit bull and he is 5 yrs old. Recently my daughter had an argument with my partner and my daughter lunged at my partner and he bit her bottom lip off. I have kept the dog because he was protecting my partner, who is also owner of the pitt. My daughter is an adult and has lived with us since the pitt bull was a puppy. Any comments tha t would help us get through this? My daughter is upset he still lives with us.

    • Becky

      June 15, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Mothers should not pick a man over their child. I don’t care if she is an adult. And no human should pick a dog over another person. You have some issues and need a psychiatrist.

    • Capwhan

      June 15, 2015 at 11:16 am

      It’s BS to think a dog who was shown lots of love as a puppy will not be aggressive. Have you never read about a pit bull “turning on its owner?” Well it happens and just google “dogs turning on their owners.”

  11. Shay

    June 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I’m owner to 3 beautiful & very loving pittbulls & I agree with most of u!! There’s bad owners not bad dogs!! I have 2 females & 1 male, our male was severely abused & neglected we brought him home & have loved him as well as rehabilitated him. This breed is amazing!! Their main concern is pleasing their owners. We also have children that they’ve grown up with an have never showed any aggression even when the kids were younger & would take their toys or their food, the dog might cry or pout but that’s it lol

  12. Mary

    June 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Breed discrimination is unfair. This article targets the larger more powerful breeds. Smaller dogs have aggression issues, too, but they are overlooked by society and insurance companies because of their size. Any untrained, undersocialized dog, regardless of size, can be a nuisance or dangerous. Instead, the heading of this article should read: THE MOST DANGEROUS DOG OWNERS FOR THESE TOP TEN BREEDS!

  13. Mike

    June 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Our Yellow Lab has never been hunting but five generations back were all serious bird dogs. At the beach he routinely does a violent shaking motion with his ball or toy. This is a bird kill move that is part of his DNA. There are numerous other traits he exhibits.

    Breeding matters and anyone who thinks nurture will balance nature in all cases is being foolish.

    – An ethical vegetarian

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