Many dog owners have different ideas when it comes to which breeds of dogs are the most dangerous and which ones are the most docile and friendly. The most aggressive dog breeds generally exhibit behavior that’s meant to scare or intimidate other animals or people. You can tell if a particular breed has aggression issues by the way it acts. You should especially pay attention when you are selecting a puppy. Is it the bully of the group, or quite shy and timid?
Don’t just look at a dog’s breed when selecting one. Even the gentlest of breeds can be violent ones, especially if they aren’t given enough socialization and training. Did you know that the breeds that are more likely to bite are the ones people rarely think about – like the cuddly toy poodle or the Jack Russell Terrier?
So here is our list of the most dangerous dog breeds.
- Chow Chows are one-man dogs that be given to bite with no warning. They’re also a bit ferocious around unknowns, and can be quite tenacious fighters. So be sure to discipline this dog and set right from wrong, immediately.
- The Papillon is fiercely loyal of their owners – to a fault. They can be quite possessive and standoffish to strangers.
- Old English Sheepdogs are very protective of their owners so they might be aggressive if anybody comes too close to their masters.
- A Llasa Apso often gets quite cranky around kids.
- Rottweilers are extremely protective of their masters and home so they also make great guard dogs.
- Chihuahuas aren’t too fond of kids so they also make it into our list of most aggressive dog breeds. They’d rather be with adults than play around with tots.
- Toy Poodles bite people and other animals out of self defense. Unfortunately, ‘playing’ according to you may be perceived as a form of ‘attack’ to them.
- Dachshunds aren’t known for their patience and are quite quick to ‘snap’.
- Jack Russell Terriers are feisty creatures who require early training to prevent long-term biting and digging problems.
- Giant Schnauzers are very dominant. They often challenge adults, particularly strangers.
- Cocker Spaniels often suffer from a dangerous genetic disease known as “rage syndrome.” This syndrome causes spontaneous violent action against not strangers, but even family members too. Many Spaniels have been put down because of this unwanted behavior. Check with the breeder to ensure your Spaniel is free from this dangerous dog disease.
- The Pekingese isn’t all that tolerant of strangers and can be aggressive little ‘ankle biters’.
- The worlds most aggressive dog breed though has to be the Pit Bull Terrier though accounting for more mauling’s, injuries and even deaths to other animals and people. They are the breed that is covered the most in the news when it comes to dog attacks. Of course it is not usually the dogs fault when they do attack as it’s purely down to their own animal instincts, but attacks can usually be put down to their irresponsible owners.. Athough pit bulls are ‘generally’ quite gentle and can make a well loved pet.
Here’s a rundown of more breeds of dog that are typically gentle but can’t shake off their “bad dog” image.
- Boxers are pretty good with kids. They are good watchdogs, but will only become aggressive
- Bulldogs are very playful and gentle.
- Great Danes, while considerable in size, happen to be kind and affectionate.
- Mastiffs are especially quiet and docile.
- German Shepherds are great with kids too. These are courageous, fiercely loyal dogs who, if trained properly, will be extremely gentle to family and guests.
- Rottweilers are also capable of tenderness and affection. They have a bad rep, but if they trust you, you’ll never have to worry.