25 dangerous dog breeds most likely to turn on their owners

February 28, 2019

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Start telling people their dogs are dangerous and you’re likely to begin an uproar; the fact is, however, dog attacks do occur and even against the dogs’ owners.

Many insurers will often not provide homeowner’s insurance coverage for several of the dog breeds listed below.

The following fifteen dogs are among the most dangerous breeds evidenced by statistics that include attacks on the owners.

1. American Pit Bull Terrier

These dogs repeatedly make headlines for attacking people. Their aggressive temperament matched with their strength historically saw them bred as fighting dogs. While dog fights are illegal, many of the dogs still exhibit the traits of fighters. These dogs were also used for baiting both bulls and bears so their genetic makeup is rather fierce.

Pit bulls have been known to attack children, the elderly, their owners – anyone that happens to be in their path. If the dog feels provoked or startled, it has been known to bite. Many owners swear that their pet would never attack them; however, this breed has led to more human fatalities than any other.

The sheer volume of Pit Bull attacks have prompted many insurers to deny coverage associated with homeowners insurance. Many owners have to seek a special policy for coverage liability protection where their pet is concerned. Of course, some don’t bother to tell their insurer about their new pet and this could lead to problems, especially if the dog does bite or injure someone.

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It’s essential for pet owners to understand the nature of the breed they choose to bring into their home. While it may be true, indeed, that many of these canines have become revered members of the family, it also cannot be denied that this particular breed is responsible for more fatalities than any other type of dog.

2. German Shepherd

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A favorite breed for police and military units among other professionals who require the use of canine squads, German Shepherds are well known for their intelligence.

While they are popular pets, there are many cases where the dogs have turned on their owners or someone in the household.

They are aggressive and self-assured dogs that often exhibit protective behaviors for their human family. Even so, some poorly socialized German Shepherds have been known to attack and even kill.

Just this year a thirty-five-year-old woman was attacked and killed by the family German Shepherd. Statistics show that these dogs are among the top five most likely to bite.

While these dogs are extraordinarily smart and alert, they were originally bred for work. As working dogs, they have been used and trained by the military and police for various occupations in their line of duty. While they may be suited to their jobs in the line of duty, they may not always be suitable for the role of family pet.

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Though they can be fun-loving and loyal, people should not ignore the fact that they have the capability to do harm as some have discovered. In fact, their energetic and fun loving nature can easily make the leap to excitable and aggressive depending on the situation they are faced with.

3. Rottweiler

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This breed is often used as a police dog or guard dog. As an old breed dating as far back, according to historians, to the Roman Empire, Rottweilers have also been used as herding dogs.

Their aggression and strength makes them dangerous, however, even for households where they are called pets.

While they can be obedient and lovable canines, they have been responsible for fatalities as recently as this year.

Many experts advise Rottweiler owners to seek professional training for their dogs as their strength is an inherent risk, particularly for children. If you choose to have one of these dogs, be sure it is properly socialized and always remain vigilant regarding its temperament.

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Would-be Rottweiler owners should keep in mind that Dogbite.org stated that from 2005-2013, 74% of all dog bites could be attributed to Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Frequently employed as guard dogs or police dogs, Rottweilers’ fierce reputation is not built upon thin air. They have proven numerous times that they can be dangerous and even deadly.

Even when purchasing a Rottweiler from a reputable kennel, owners must certainly weigh the pros and cons of bringing this dog breed into their home. Also, it’s a good idea to check with your homeowner’s insurer to see if they’ll even cover it as many will not.

4. Doberman Pinscher

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Sure it looks like it would be right at home guarding the gates of hell, but looks aren’t the only scary feature of this dog breed.

The Doberman Pinscher was bred in Germany and remains one of the most distinctive looking breeds-particularly when its ears are cropped.

These working dogs have been called ‘ferocious’ to the lament of their owners who revere them for their many fine traits.

Though these dogs make great guard dogs, their bite and strength makes them a hazard, nonetheless, as evidenced by the attacks they have been involved in. Studies show that these dogs are more likely to bite another dog than a human, but they have been responsible for human fatalities as the result of attacks.

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Dobermans have been called fearless and exhibit strong traits of loyalty toward their owners which is why so many deem that lifelong friends. Yet what if the dog is mistaken and believes someone with no ill-intent has designs on its owner? While these are noted to be intelligent dogs, is it smart enough to know the difference from friend or foe 100% of the time?

These dogs may be revered by many dog owners, but they were initially bred to be intimidating to would-be trespassers. Owners should also check with their homeowner’s insurance provider before bringing one home.

5. Wolf-Dog Hybrid

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Wolves are, of course, rather controversial figures in the wild. Though many work for their conservation, many a farmer has lamented their presence so near humans.

The wolf’s notorious reputation has, not surprisingly, also attended the wolf-dog hybrid. These dogs are regarded as having considerable potential to do harm.

While many hybrids that involve dangerous breeds are also responsible for attacks, this is not an indictment against mixed breeds.

The wolf mix, however, is one to avoid and such pets are typically never going to win the insurer’s favor. Wolf-dogs exhibit many wild traits and are not likely to be tame. By the end of the last century, there were roughly 300,000 known wolf-dogs in the United States.

With behavior traits that are difficult to predict, the wolf-dog has proven a danger to owners as well as other humans that come in contact with the breed.

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The fact is that one generation removed from the wild wolf isn’t enough to breed out the aggression and dangerous elements of the animal. The wolf, while majestic, is a survivor and uses all of its power to survive and dominate its foes. Moreover, if the wolf is bred with another especially aggressive breed, the outcome could be a highly volatile and dangerous mix.

6. Bullmastiff

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This dog’s sheer size is often deemed a hazard especially around children. Yet these dogs were also initially bred to work as guard dogs on large estates in England.

These dogs can be trained and many people find that they make excellent pets, yet it only takes one poorly trained or poorly socialized dog to make an unfortunate headline.

These dogs have been involved in attacks on owners as well as their families. A bullmastiff with an aggressive personality can very well be a significant risk in the home or on one’s property.

The Bullmastiff’s solid build is particularly formidable. It is a powerfully built animal to say the least. Because the Bullmastiff is a born guard dog, it can aggressively if it believes its human family is in danger.

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It can also be confused or agitated if kids or teens are rough-housing or wrestling. The dog could act out and someone could easily be hurt if it does.

Also, such a big dog lumbering about can get in the way or accidently knock a child or elderly adult down without intending to. While this true of any big dog, the Bullmastiff’s power makes it a worthy of concern. All family members should take care around so powerful a pet.

7. Cane Corso

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The Cane Corso breed hails from Italy and it is renowned as a guard dog as well as a reliable hunting companion.

A muscular dog that typically bonds with its owner, this dog can occasionally become unruly as can any dog if poorly socialized or ill-treated.

The Cane Corso has been involved in attacks so it frequently makes lists of dangerous dog breeds.

The breed has been favored as a ‘catch dog’ for hunters of boars and cougars. It is quite athletic and strong so if it does attack, injuries are likely to occur.

Experts suggest that novices or those unfamiliar with this breed avoid it as it is a dog that needs intense socializing–ideally with someone who is familiar with the breed. Puppies require considerable leadership and regular training to be molded into well-socialized pets.

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Cane Corso dogs that react even when unprovoked or in situations that do not call for aggression may pose a considerable risk. Though the dog can pose a loyal bond with its owner, it should be watched with care when visitors come over–especially children as their play or rough-housing could distract and agitate the dog.

Anyone contemplating this dog as a pet should do more substantial research to be sure it’s the right pet for them.

8. Great Dane

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This dog’s immense size makes it a risk for homes where there are children. Originally bred in Germany, this large dog is one of the tallest breeds on the planet.

While they are often known for their friendliness, they can also be dangerous.

Though known as ‘gentle giants,’ the Great Dane that isn’t properly socialized could pose a hazard especially if it exhibits fearful or skittish traits.

Calling this particular breed dangerous, however, will cause many Great Dane owners to argue as overall these dogs do tend to be gentle and loving; the idea is to remember that the capability is there in the rare instances these animals aren’t properly socialized.

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Also, like other big dogs, the Great Dane may not know its own strength. If young children get caught under foot, the dog could easily trample them or simply knock them over. People should take extra care if they live in homes with stairs if they share their home with a Great Dane.

The dogs also prefer familiar environments. If faced with a new and unfamiliar situation, the dog could become uncomfortable or even disturbed. A disturbed dog can be momentarily unstable which can always pose a risk.

9. Tosa Inu

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This Japanese dog may be rare, but it was originally bred as a fighter.

This dog can weigh as much as 135 pounds and exhibits many aggressive qualities that were traditionally prized in the fighting ring but not so much in the living room.

In some places it is illegal to own this breed of dog; Australians cannot import the dog and UK residents are required to obtain special court permission before they can import this breed.

In fact, it has been banned in major international cities like Hong Kong and Dublin. Don’t let its calm face in photos fool you; this dog is regarded as quite dangerous around the world.

In fact, the dog is still employed as a fighting dog in various parts of the world even where dog fights are illegal. The Tosa Inu has exceptionally powerful jaws and a powerful build which bolster its performance in the ring. In the home, however, powerful jaws can be a detriment for the people who live there.

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Though many attacks have been attributed to a dog’s poor training or lack of socialization, some attacks have involved long-time pets. Many owners will even state that “the dog never did anything like that before” after a bite or attack.

10. American Bandogge

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This dog looks scary, but then that’s often a criterion among many dog owners that want to own a guard dog or a breed that will make people think twice before they cross the home’s threshold.

This dog is bred from Neapolitan Mastiffs and American Pit Bull Terriers. Its formidable appearance is dangerously complemented by an aggressive temperament.

Intensely muscular, this dog is nothing to trifle with if it happens to have an attitude problem. Like many other dogs on the list, if it is poorly socialized or suffered abuse, it may pose a danger to new owners who adopt it.

Experts warn that these dogs can become unruly for owners who do not enjoy dominance over the dog. Like many breeds, some dogs like the American Bandogge can become extremely unruly for some owners. Often a problem occurs when the dominant owner leaves the home and the dog is then under the care of a spouse or older children.

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The dog must be trained to obey all family members or it can pose a risk. Dogs that are overly aggressive and remain hard to control may simply not make acceptable pets particularly where children or the elderly live.

11. Dogo Argentino

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Bred to hunt boar and puma, this dog is no Golden Retriever. Another dog that looks as dangerous as it is, the Dogo Argentino certainly fulfills an important role for hunters.

While it can make a great companion, it has not been bred to play with the family out in the backyard. It is an extremely powerful animal with a fierce bite.

Should it get overly excited or momentarily decide to turn on its owner or someone in the home, the results could be serious, indeed.

Sometimes known as the Argentinean Mastiff, this dog requires an owner that knows how to take command. Yet many families must address this question, “how will the dog behave when the owner with the proven command is absent?”

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Too often one member of the family seems to have the knack for controlling the dog while the rest of the family does not. This can be a genuine problem if the dog is presented with an unfamiliar situation and becomes agitated or unruly. The rest of the family may not be able to control the animal and, too often, this leads to problems.

Because of its fearless temperament and intense stamina, this dog can be a danger if it becomes unruly.

12. Perro de Presa Canario

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Sometimes referred to as Dog Canario, this breed has a dangerous reputation.

Noted for its muscular body and strength, this dog from the Canary Islands has a massively broad head and sharp teeth.

Obedience training during its puppy years is a must; otherwise, this breed could be risky to own especially around kids.

Essentially a pack dog, these dogs can be led astray by poor-leadership. For this reason, training is especially important so that dogs will learn early on to respect their human leader.

Of course, many families have members that may not be respected by the dog as a “human leader.” Often an attack occurs when the respected human leader is away. Without its guiding human, the dog may become unstable and unruly for the people left behind to supervise it.

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Attacks can begin simply. For instance, a dog may grab a child’s toy and when the human comes along to retrieve it, the dog reacts. Poorly socialized dogs or dogs that are often aggressive may be dangerous to have around the home. In fact, families that have young children may want to opt for a different breed altogether, one that is known to enjoy children and is not known for aggressive behavior.

13. Chow Chow

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Don’t let its fluff fool you! The Chow Chow is an irritable dog known for its bad attitude.

These dogs may not be as dangerous as a Pit Bull. They do turn on their owners or anyone else that happens to rub them the wrong way.

Moreover, they have been involved in human fatalities so while they don’t appear as muscular or fierce looking as Dobermans or Rottweilers, they pose a threat that often has them ranked on lists of most dangerous dogs.

The key with this breed is to socialize them early and think twice before introducing it to a home with young children.

The Chow Chow’s teeth meet with a scissors-like bite that many have had the misfortune to endure. A rather ornery dog, it isn’t known for its sweetness. The Chow Chow does not always tolerate strangers well. The dog has a natural dominance and it tends to flaunt this around people it doesn’t know.

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While typically well-mannered, the provoked or disturbed Chow Chow can nip or bite with authority. This isn’t an ideal dog for a passive owner. The ideal Chow Chow owner takes authority and is respected by the dog that may then follow direction well.

14. Gull Dong

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Bred to fight, this breed is known to be very difficult to control.

Bred in Pakistan, this breed is definitely a fighter and is often adopted because owners believe it will protect them from thieves or criminals.

However, this dog can turn on its owner. The key to training this dog is to start when it is a puppy.

Adopting a Gull Dong as an older specimen could be risky without knowing its background. These dogs need to be intensely trained and socialized; they can be great pets that are loyal and loving, but there simply is no denying their dangerous abilities as fighting animals.

The Gull Dong resembles an American Pit Bull which may be enough to make some people back off when they encounter it. Backing off from an unknown dog is always a good idea, but is especially so when it comes to this particular breed which can be extremely excitable and aggressive.

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Intense training usually occurs as soon as possible with puppies if the dog is to be housed as a pet. Trainers must work to minimize the dog’s natural tendency toward aggressive behaviors. This takes continuous training and, of course, constant vigilance.

15. Siberian Husky

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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, but the elegant husky can also be skittish and wild-especially in its youth.

Again, these dogs make some of the best pets, but some examples have been involved in human fatalities.

It’s important to remember that of all the dog breeds, the Siberian Husky is the closest dog relative of the wolf.

In fact, the Husky is often chosen to breed with wolves among people who desire to own the dangerous wolf-dog. Huskies are admirable work dogs that pull sleds like nobody’s business; yet they can be dangerous for some owners and under certain circumstances.

Every potential dog owner should take time to research a breed before choosing to own it. Huskies require plenty of exercise. Without access to exercise, it might become unruly in its quest for freedom to run. Huskies, particularly mature dogs, can also be loners. This means they like their independence.

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Children who pester the dog may not always be welcome or endure with much grace. These majestic dogs also require a firm hand that can inspire obedience. When it comes to puppies, early training is always a good idea as aggressive behaviors can be tampered down in favor of more family-friendly behaviors.

16. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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The ancestors of this South African breed were introduced to southern Africa by European pioneers that settled throughout the Cape Colony located at the tip of the continent.

These dogs have also been referred to as African Lion Hounds, which tells people something about their use. This breed has historically been relied upon to keep lions at bay until their hunters can kill them.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a reputation as an excellent guard dog. It can behave quite ferociously, which is one reason why many people behave with caution around these dogs.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback takes its name from the ridge of hair that grows down its back. Males typically weigh at maturity around 80 pounds. In order to hold back lions, the dogs must demonstrate their fierce aggression and know-how. These dogs tend to be highly cautious around strangers, which is why they are adept guard dogs.

Many owners find that they make good companions, however, and enjoy this breed. Even so, obedience must be instilled as this breed is intelligent and apt to develop its own brand of dominance if left to its own devices.

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Many examples of this dog also demonstrate a fun-loving side when they are housed in friendly situations that complement their good nature.

17. Boerboel

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Another South African breed, the Boerboel is a type of mastiff that has been bred as a guard dog.

Agile and strong, these dogs have not simply been employed to guard against human trespassers; they are also posted to guard against big cats such as lions and hyenas.

Early farmers relied upon this breed’s strength and bravery to fend off wild animal attacks.

Known for their incredible loyalty and family-friendly demeanor, it’s a shame to include these dogs on this type of list; however, the capability exists for danger.

It only takes one maltreated example to lead to tragedy. These dogs are capable of inflicting serious damage on anyone or anything they care to attack.

Because of this capability and their great strength, the Boerboel must be raised with care so that its loyal traits are encouraged. It can be quite obedient and friendly in family situations. For this reason, the Boerboel is greatly loved in its homeland and revered for its companionship.

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Owners, however, must encourage socialization from a young age as with other large dogs. Undue aggression must not be tolerated. Dogs must be trained for obedience to avoid any negative tendencies. When content, these dogs will happily lounge around the house and nap.

18. Pharaoh Hound

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This unique dog makes its home in Malta and is a relatively rare breed in spite of its age.

Legend has it that these dogs are descended from ancient Egyptian breeds; however, DNA has not supported the claim.

Even so, these Maltese hunting dogs appear similar to dogs painted on Egyptian tomb walls. It’s possible that the dogs could have traveled from Egypt to Malta with Phoenicians who were well-known ancient mariners.

Renowned for their sleek athleticism, these dogs are incredibly intelligent; however they are also known for their stubbornness. They are also muscular and must be reigned in to instill obedience or they could become overly aggressive.

While most of these dogs do make fine pets and are popularly owned as hunting companions, they require a good deal of exercise so they do not grow bored and adopt negative behaviors. Early Maltese hunters bred dogs for independence and many examples still exhibit the ability to think for themselves.

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This quality owes to their natural intelligence, but they can also become unruly if they are not adequately socialized while young. The Pharaoh Hound blushes when it is excited; strangers may want to keep this in mind when they approach these dogs.

19. Akita

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This Spitz dog breed originated in Japan. Today there are two strains–the American Akita and the Akita Inu, primarily raised in Japan.

Akitas are well known for their dominant temperament. Because they have a mind of their own, they can exhibit unruly behaviors which may make them risky in some situations.

For this reason, the Akita requires a skilled owner who takes time to instill this dog with obedience.

Akitas were originally bred to hunt deer and bears in their native Japan. They are bred for strength, endurance, and courage. As one of the world’s oldest native hunting breeds, the Akita still enjoys this pursuit and requires a good deal of exercise and mental stimulation to avoid boredom. A bored Akita is likely to find a negative pastime to occupy itself.

Akitas boast thick double coats and don’t mind cold weather like other Spitz types of dogs such as the Siberian Husky. The breed is extremely territorial when it comes to its property. This is one reason why many people prefer the breed as it helps deter trespassers.

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Akitas can make excellent companions. Although they can be aggressive, with the right owner and family, they can make great pets. The idea is to provide an environment that allows them to thrive.

20. Caucasian Ovcharka

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The Caucasian Ovcharka is a well-known breed in the Caucasus Mountain region in nations like Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

These dogs are known to be problematic around people they don’t know. For this reason, they pose a risk to others; however, they can also turn on their owners if not properly socialized.

Even when well-trained, however, these dogs are known to be incorrigible when it comes to discipline. They often exhibit traits of dominance and aggression simply because they happen to be “in the mood.”

Most Caucasian Ovcharkas are kept as solitary pets because they do not get along with other animals. They are mainly revered as guard dogs. Because of their ferocious temperament, they are feared by would-be trespassers. People rely on them to protect their homes and even large-scale properties like farms.

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When the dog is not on duty, it has a tendency toward laziness and is happy to lie around its home. On patrol, however, it can certainly be relied upon to perform its job well. It’s important to note that some types are more vicious than others. Many people find this dog to be an important member of the household. However, dogs that exhibit ferocity must be supervised at all times around other animals, children, and even the elderly.

21. Boxer

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This dignified-looking dog is known for its distinctive head.

Revered for bravery and stamina, the boxer can make a great family pet; however, owners must be diligent when raising their boxer to be obedient and must also curb aggressive tendencies.

The Boxer tends to be loyal and loving to its family; yet, again, proper socialization must be provided.

Intelligent and generally tractable, the Boxer can make a great family pet, especially when positive reinforcement is employed during training.

By nature, Boxers are not known to be vicious or overly aggressive as some breeds are. However, these negative tendencies may occur in neglected or mistreated dogs. For this reason, it’s important to get to know an adult Boxer well before introducing it to a family situation.

Boxers are quite strong and may inflict serious injury if they choose to attack. Many trainers have insisted that Boxers boast above-average intelligence. They are very trainable and will reward their owners with loyal and even temperaments when induced. When obtaining a Boxer puppy, it’s important to provide adequate socialization.

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Though the breed was developed in Germany as a hunting dog, it is today typically employed as a companion or family dog. Some Boxers are used as guard dogs.

22. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was originally bred, not surprisingly, to bait bulls. While these dogs are known for their friendly demeanor and loyal disposition, they have been involved in attacks.

These stocky dogs are muscular and intelligent. However, they are also fearless and not likely to back down in a fight.

Even though this breed appears to be intimidating, they are also rather enamored of people. It’s not entirely in their nature, therefore, to be aggressive toward humans.

Even so, members of this breed can differ substantially in temperament. Without consistency, it is difficult for people to know which ones are most people friendly. For this reason, care should be used around this breed.

Examples that make best pets and companions tend to be cared for with diligence. Obedience training is important for this breed as is early socialization. These dogs are quite active and enthusiastic about their need for human interaction. Even when trained, they may jump and lick without reservation. Many people confuse this breed with Pit Bulls.

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In fact, experts worry that some attacks dubbed as “Pit Bull attacks” may actually have been committed by Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Families with elderly household members or children should take care when introducing this active breed into their home.

23. Saint Bernard

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This working dog of the Swiss and Italian Alps is world famous for its rescue abilities.

Sometimes referred to as the Alpine Mastiff, this breed is remarkable for its great size and friendly disposition. Though the dogs are no longer employed in Alpine rescues, they are popular family pets.

Due to their size and fearless temperament, owners must properly socialize these dogs to prevent them from becoming unruly.

They can inflict injury without even trying because of their size. Obedience is important for keeping this big dog in line once it reaches maturity.

Saint Bernards can be aggressive as well as territorial. This is what makes them somewhat of a risky pet to own. On the other hand, when properly socialized, this dog can make a wonderful family pet that brings a tremendous amount of joy to its households. Loyal and affectionate, this dog is not typically prone to attack–especially its owners.

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However, because it has happened and because these are such enormous dogs, it’s important for owners to be vigilant about discouraging untoward behaviors. Many people love to own these dogs because they are so intimidating. Intruders would have to definitely think twice about crossing a full-grown Saint Bernard.

24. Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamutes are known for their resemblance to Siberian Huskies.

Sometimes referred to as Alaskan sled dogs, these energetic dogs have long been used to haul freight as well as sleds.

Similar to various Arctic breeds like the Samoyed, the Alaskan Malamute may weigh upwards of a hundred pounds.

Although some of these dogs are still used for mushing or sledding, most are employed as family pets where they tend to be beloved by their households.

Of course, these dogs, like other Arctic dogs, have a high prey drive. They must be watched with other small pets in the home. Due to their size, they should also be supervised around young children.

As high-energy dogs, these animals are most likely to thrive and exhibit best traits when they have been properly socialized and have access to the exercise they need. It’s never good for Alaskan Malamutes to be caged or kept from mental stimulation.

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Although strong and intimidating, Alaskan Malamutes do not make very good guard dogs since they tend to like people. These dogs seldom bark so they aren’t likely to alert family members if an intruder slips through. Although attacks are not common, they have occurred making this dog one to keep your eye on in family situations.

25. Czechoslovakian Vlcak

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Originally bread in 1955, the Czechoslovakian Vlcak is a cross between German Shepherds and Carpathian wolves.

Of course, any breed so closely related to wolves is apt to exhibit aggressive and independent tendencies in some cases.

Breeders hoped to create a breed with the muscular physique of the wolf and the trainability of the German Shepherd.

The result is a breed with a wolf-like appearance and turns heads wherever it goes. Many examples of this dog are actually quite revered in spite of its wolfish background. However, it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. These dogs should be properly socialized or they could become a significant danger.

Noted for their speed and strength, Czechoslovakian Vlcaks also boast great endurance. They often exhibit loyalty to their owners, but require strong leadership in their owner. A strong leader is apt to inspire obedience in this unique breed. Because these dogs are relatively new on the dog scene, they are still rare. Given the right situation, these dogs can make good family pets.

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However, care must be taken with small children. Moreover, these dogs may never become completely safe to have around smaller household pets that could become lunch or dinner for this canine.

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Carol Geyer
Carol Geyer
6 years ago

All I can say is, I am glad my dog is not a purebred dog. He is a walking marshmallow, who, over the last 6 years ( he was a full grown stray) has never even threatened anyone. He loves people and cats, and gets alonf with other dogs. He even puts up with my goofy Akita/Husky cross!Believe me that thakes patience!

Tamsyn Blackwell
Tamsyn Blackwell
6 years ago
Reply to  Carol Geyer

I have a purebred Malinois. Well-behaved and protective. He came from the pound. He’s perfect.

Erich Kartmann
Erich Kartmann
6 years ago
Reply to  Carol Geyer

Carol, muts are some of the best dogs in the world. They are much healthier and longer lived than purebreds too.

ukpittyluva86
4 years ago
Reply to  Erich Kartmann

really??? so the fact that mongrels have issues in there genetics and can cause caner issues, join problems and serious health issues….COMPARED to a pure breed that has not been geneticly spliced with some other breed.

QcontinuumIQ2006
QcontinuumIQ2006
4 years ago
Reply to  ukpittyluva86

Well you obviously don’t know much about “Purebreds” and what that even means. So many “Purebreds” have been crossed with other breeds and inbred so much to obtain certain traits that people want to see in the breed that it’s causing major health issues in the breed. Mutts choose who they mate with and then nature takes over and harvests the best qualities from each of the animals and that’s why people end up with extremely good animals that put “Purebreds” to shame in intelligence, loyalty, endurance, and health. Humans aren’t qualified enough to be mixing breeds as compared to… Read more »

JK
JK
6 years ago

Notice that they did not include any of the small breeds like chihuahuas. I have never been bitten or been afraid of any of these large breed animals, but my brother was mauled by a small breed mutt many years ago. All dogs can be aggressive if not raised and trained properly. I love pitties and if I could have dogs, I would have a Brindle Pit.

Cristina E Gonzalez
Cristina E Gonzalez
6 years ago
Reply to  JK

I’ve had both small breeds, and pitbulls, and to tell you the truth, its the way you raise these dogs that make them the way they come out. If you socialize them at a young age they aren’t afraid of strangers. And the reason these small dog breeds attack is that we treat them more like babies then what they are. That’s most of the reason these small dog breeds attack all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always careful when it comes to my large breed dogs around small children, but the reason is not cause I was… Read more »

Hiram Belt
Hiram Belt
6 years ago

I have Pit and a Chihuahua, and they sound just like yours. Even down to biting the muzzle with the Pit not responding with force.

K.L.G.
K.L.G.
4 years ago

I totally agree! I have a small mutt (about 6 pounds) who is old and cranky and tends to attack my pit a LOT! My pit usually runs and hides from him until he calms down! People are so ignorant about ‘pit’ breeds! That is why PARMA still exists. ANY dog is going to be whatever you train it to be combined with their individual personality. And actually pits are very much conditioned to do anything to please their owner. So they are really one of the easiest dogs to train and have the most easy going personality with people.… Read more »

Jim
Jim
4 years ago
Reply to  K.L.G.

Pit is not a breed. American Staffordshire, American Bull Terrier, and others make up that slang “Pit” term.

G. R. Reese
G. R. Reese
4 years ago
Reply to  K.L.G.

Its the practiced denial of pit-bull owners that I find so appalling.Your single sample evidence is utterly irrelevent in comparison to the massive scientific studies AND annecdotal evidence to the contrary. The “ignorance” here, K.L.G. I’m afraid is yours and that of your self-deluding ilk – ultimately putting yourselves and other at risk..

Mughal
Mughal
4 years ago

Very useful article. Yesterday a cat was killed by 3 pit bull dogs. Cat was trying to save her 3 kittens . 4 weeks old kittens are saved.

GoneApe
GoneApe
6 years ago
Reply to  JK

I don’t fear chihuahuas but I do fear Dobermans, Shepherds, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, and other big and potentially aggressive dogs. It is best to have a gentle dog with good ears and do the protecting yourself with a firearm. (This is about the potential to be seriously harmed or killed by a dog and size does matter. You cannot predict animal behavior absolutely.)

PyjamaPanda
PyjamaPanda
6 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

You’re sorely mistaken if you think those breeds cannot be gentle. I’ve got a mixed breed (Great Dane and Husky) and he is a gentle, laid back dog. By your thought process all ‘big people’ would be vicious killers, while smaller people would be labeled as demure and gentle. It doesn’t work that way. Every dog has an individual personality, and can be capable of aggression- regardless of what size they are. My mom has a 30lb Shetland Sheepdog that barks at everything and everyone, and will not hesitate to growl, snap, and bite if he feels so inclined— and… Read more »

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  PyjamaPanda

I have to openly differ here, PyjamaPanda. Unlike with pitt-bulls, I’ve never, ever heard/read about Great Dane, a Shetland Sheepdog, a Husky or a Basset Hound inflicting bites that go for the musculature, and causing death, permanent maiming and dismemberment of their victim(s).

Gene Vickery
Gene Vickery
6 years ago
Reply to  mplo

I’ve got a Boxer-Pitt mix who let’s my 3 year old granddaughter stand on his head while he’s laying down so she can smack at her grandma. The dog did nothing but look at my wife with pleading eyes to get the child off of him. He didn’t even so much as twitch an ear. 95% of an animal’s disposition is their upbringing and training. 4% is their own personality and 1% is their genetic background.

amyslays
amyslays
6 years ago
Reply to  Gene Vickery

Also have a boxer pit and hes an aloof sweet heart who plays like a wussy he would not get rough no matter how much we say is that all you got. When you say enough he stops immediately. People are stupid to believe that this behavior is innate. Because all pit bulls full breed or mix have the SAME personality…. that’s like saying all killers have the same personality characteristics sorry not all have the same mental illnesses. Ignorance is bliss.

S.T.
3 years ago
Reply to  Gene Vickery

So many pit bull attacks (maulings) were done by dogs whose owners claimed had never shown aggression and were good with kids and family, yet turned on them one day.

Bill Atnip
Bill Atnip
4 years ago
Reply to  mplo

I have heard of vampires doing the same thing.

Courtney Grimshaw
5 years ago
Reply to  PyjamaPanda

“Big dog does not equal ‘potentially aggressive’- “Dog” means potentially aggressive.”

I freaking loved that statement haha — Well said!

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6 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

if trained properly and not abused, those dogs are gentle dogs as well.

all dogs, like all people, have the capacity to be gentle, unless they are trained otherwise or abused.

卌SOS Fam
6 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

In my life, I’ve had MANY dogs. All of them, but two, were so-called “big and potentially aggressive dogs”. My favorite breed is Pitbull. The two that were small were a Chihuahua and a Cockapoo. The only dog I’ve ever had aggression problems with was Hershey, my Chihuahua. Don’t give me the strength/size argument! How a body is built doesn’t affect a personality. Hershey was scared of people, so he bit and jumped. The fact that a dog is small doesn’t change the fact that they could easily bite down hard. Have you ever been bit by a teething baby?… Read more »

OhSoRight
OhSoRight
6 years ago
Reply to  卌SOS Fam

” How a body is built doesn’t affect a personality.”

However, it does affect the result when the dog decides to attack someone.

Would you rather be attacked by an angry chihuahua or an angry pit bull?

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  OhSoRight

If push came to shove and I had to absolutely make a choice, I’ll take an attack by an angry chichuahua over the angry pitt-bull, thank you!

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  OhSoRight

I disagree, cove2014. Pitt-bulls do much more horrific damage, and, unlike smaller dogs, are capable of dismembering, mauling, killing and permanently maiming their victims. Nobody says that the bites of smaller dogs can’t inflict a certain amount of damage, but smaller dogs such as the chichuahua don’t have either the physical, genetic or temperament capacity to inflict the kind of horrific damage that pitt-bulls inflict.

TLK
TLK
4 years ago
Reply to  mplo

Chihuahuas don’t have the muscle strength or jaw strength to cause the damage of a large dog, obviously. Temperament however, isn’t what causes damage. And yes, many Chihuahuas DO have the temperament for biting.

K.L.G.
K.L.G.
4 years ago
Reply to  mplo

Please check some facts regarding pit bulls temperment! They are genetically conditioned to ‘please the pack leader’ which means their alpha human. Therefore if they are not raised to be aggressive they are just genetically more inclined to be gentle and loving with people. Which is why for hundreds of years they were known as the ‘nanny dog’ until some scumbag humans thought they would fight them for their sick and perverted pleasure. And even those dogs that were fought their whole.lives or used as bait dogs CAN be reformed with proper intense training and a whole lot of love!

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  卌SOS Fam

Come on now! The strength/size/breed argument has lots of merit to it.

Unlike Pitt-bulls, Chihuahuas don’t inflict bites that penetrate deep into the musculature of their victim(s), kill, maul, permanently maim or dismember them.

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

Good post, GoneApe. Size and breed really do matter, and some types of dogs are even more likely to kill, maul,maim and dismember their victim(s) more than other.

JK
JK
5 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

I have never met a large dog that I was afraid of and we have had large dogs ever since I was a small girl. In fact, my first dog was a large male Doberman and he adored me and took good care of me. However, when my brother was about 7 years old, he was severely bitten by a little dog that was supposed to be “so friendly and loved kids, you can pet him”. My brother attempted to pet the dog with the owner right there and the dog bit him in the face in 2 spots and… Read more »

psd
psd
5 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

cant trust gun nuts either

spt1988
spt1988
4 years ago
Reply to  psd

Join the discussion That’s why I own many firearms!

Bill Atnip
Bill Atnip
4 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

Cant predict animal behavior absolutely, same can be said about humans. So lets ban all humans over 90 pounds. See the idiocy in that.

Kat
Kat
4 years ago
Reply to  GoneApe

Yiu most certainly can predict behavior. I have 2 pitbulls. Both rescues. Both sweet as can be. I treat them as dogs. Not allowed on the bed or furniture. They know thier place in our pack. They are obedient nd loyal. Most of all they love children. Did u know pitbulls were bred to be nanny dogs for royalty? Did u know HOW a dog is raised and treated and trained has everything to do with how it acts? Everyone things labs are such great family.dogs. I have seen at least three AGGRESSIVE labs in the city I live in… Read more »

FullServiceSally
FullServiceSally
3 years ago
Reply to  Kat

Oh the good old “nanny dog” story again. Pitbulls were NOT bred to be nanny dogs, ever. Nor is there any valid proof of such a comical story. (For royalty? That’s a new twist on it) You Pitbull owners and your denial piss me the hell off! Every damn one of you always claim the same thing almost verbatim. “My pit is the sweetest” “my pit wouldn’t hurt a fly” “my pit lets my kids climb all over him” which just screams stupidity in the first place. Who in the hell let’s their kids stand on a dogs head!? That’s… Read more »

Jane madison
Jane madison
3 years ago

My family sweetish pit bull would never hurt a fly turned into a killing machine she turned on one of our small dogs killing her she never showed aggressive behavior ever after that I wanted to get rid of her the problem she’s not my dog now I have to keep my little dogs locked up an beside me all the time my little ones left are traumatized they seen it happen so here’s to sweetish pit bull story’s pit bulls don’t like small dogs or small children this is a wake up for pit bull owners p.s she wasn’t… Read more »

old34
old34
6 years ago
Reply to  JK

It is not how you raise them all of the time. You have dogs with different personalities just like people do. I happen to like huskies. My first husky was a gentle spirit. The husky that I own now has a nasty disposition with other people.

Kat
Kat
4 years ago
Reply to  old34

Is the husky a rescue?

Amyslays
Amyslays
6 years ago
Reply to  JK

Agreed. Much like most abused humans don’t report it so the statistics are only based on those that are reported which means statistics don’t count for the hundreds of people that are abused men and women as well as children. So who’s to say that other dog breeds don’t bite hard enough to potentially kill someone solely because its not reported. Education is the downfall of this country.

Amyslays
Amyslays
6 years ago
Reply to  JK

Because “tiny babies” don’t count as people….that’s a moronic comment. Death is death, even if its a small dog attacking an infant/toddler and as a result they die.

JK
JK
5 years ago
Reply to  JK

see my reply to the person above. I would trust a large dog over a small dog any day of the week.

JaneDoh
JaneDoh
6 years ago

Any dog is capable of turning if not raised properly. Unfortunately for a lot of the bully breeds, try have become status symbols of our ghettos. They are over bred. Everyone wants a pittbull puppy, no one wants the unwanted adults that are euthanized daily.

TrueJustice
6 years ago
Reply to  JaneDoh

Dear Jane I own a german shephard . He has never turned on me. I have owned two before him as well. However let someone break into my home when I am away . My dog will actually protect my home unlike a lab or poodle that will do nothing but hide or wish to be petted. My dog isn’t a bully. Dogs can sense intent, something we can not with eyes alone. Dog owners should however be required to own their property . Renters fit your description better than ghetto types. I’ve seen what you describe though far to… Read more »

Gary T
Gary T
6 years ago
Reply to  TrueJustice

I agree that dogs, esp. in the case of German Shepherds can by and large sense peoples intentions, they still don’t always have perfect perception. I have a German Shepherd I got when he was about 2 years old. He immediately took to me from the moment we met, and he doesn’t really seem to mind most people he meets. It seems like he likes girls more often than not, he loves me and my father, yet some of the other men he sometimes comes into contact with tend to rile him up. His response is incessant barking. He is… Read more »

pbrower2a
pbrower2a
6 years ago
Reply to  TrueJustice

A man’s home may be his castle — but it is his dog’s jungle, and he defends his jungle as ferociously as any great cat. A dog may be perfectly suited to a single-family house as its territory. Move that dog to a tiny apartment, and it may have an exaggerated idea of what is its territory. Think of animals similarly predatory and similarly built — and figure that getting into a dog’s territory is much like entering a zoo enclosure for one of the Big Cats. Dogs are slightly above us humans in the food chain. Good behavior is… Read more »

Linda
Linda
6 years ago
Reply to  pbrower2a

How right you are. When I was born over 65 years ago, I came home to 2 GH and the female guarded over me. I cannot ever remember not having a GH in the house always more than one, up to 4. We always got them as puppies and trained them. The first thing my father taught me was to be the pack leader (not boss). I have always lived in a house with yard. They were taught first thing their boundries, not one of them went outside of their yard. When my sons were small, I would take them… Read more »

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6 years ago
Reply to  TrueJustice

disagree re renters – i used to be a home owner but due to economic problems (job loss, new job pays less) i had to sell the house and move to an apartment. i would of been heartbroken if i had to give my dog away to do so.

theres too many unwanted dogs already in the world, no need to add to the problem by requiring home ownership to own a dog. thats ridiculous.

Boxerlover
Boxerlover
6 years ago
Reply to  TrueJustice

Really? All dog owners should own their own property? What a ridiculous thing to say. I rent because I am a 25 year old dental student and do not consider myself “ghetto.” My boxer is perfectly happy in our 2 bedroom apartment.

TrueJustice
6 years ago
Reply to  Boxerlover

No offense meant. I refered to renters as the most problemed of pet owners . I know this from experience. Personally however as a non home owner if you lost your 2 bdrm apartment , what then? Be careful not to erode the enamel while getting your on the job training on those who you practice on.

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  TrueJustice

One must bear in mind, however, that German Shepherds are much more intelligent than pitt-bulls, which is why they’re often used as rescue dogs, police dogs, fire-dogs, and seeing-eye dogs. Pitt-bulls aren’t used for any of those things for obvious reasons; they have both the genetic and physical capacity, as well as the temperament to really kill, maul, maim and dismember their victim(s).

TrueJustice
6 years ago
Reply to  mplo

An educated and experienced individual. As well as a well deserved upvote . Mplo, I love my shephard for those reasons. Smarter than many and far more loyal. Much respect and honor too You mplo.

AJohnson
AJohnson
3 years ago
Reply to  mplo

Hmmm. My husband was attacked at the age of five by a German Shepherd. He required 135 stitches to his face. Any breed can attack.

Shelby Lynn
Shelby Lynn
6 years ago

I work for a dog trainer that specializes in aggressive dogs and she as 4x as many small dogs as large. The reason small dogs are not on this list is because people hardly report small dog attacks. The dogs that live in my neighborhood are the same, I have been repeatedly chased or growled at from the small dogs but the large ones are fine including the Pitbull, Boxer, and Rottweiler I own. It is the owner not the dog, would you blame a 4 year old child if it has aggression issues or would you look at the… Read more »

kevin
kevin
6 years ago
Reply to  Shelby Lynn

If there ordering a persons dog destroyed, there property they might as well. its an infringement on rights. now I’m not saying the owner shouldn’t have to quarantine the dog or keep away from small children/guests but guard dogs are very useful. p.s. pit bulls were once known as the nanny dog because the will protect those it cares about like it would its own pups.

FullServiceSally
FullServiceSally
3 years ago
Reply to  kevin

PPS: no they weren’t. Ever.

Cristina E Gonzalez
Cristina E Gonzalez
6 years ago
Reply to  Shelby Lynn

Its true. no one ever seems to blame the owner, its never the dogs fault, its the owners. Also true what you said about the comment you made of the 4 year old. Its the same, when a child has problems they always look to the parents, cause the parents are the ones guiding this child, its the same way for a dog, just because the dog reaches full grown at a year old, doesn’t mean they are adults already, most vets say a one year old dog is mostly a 7 year old child. I don’t know if others… Read more »

Ashley Bopp Work
Ashley Bopp Work
6 years ago

great danes are not dangerous i have one and she is such a sweetheart my husband and i love her. she is loving and caring and also a smart one.

Rob Huckfeldt
Rob Huckfeldt
6 years ago

I have owned 2 black labs, 1 rottweiler, and 2 pit bulls. The best family dog was the female pit. She acted like we were all her young to protect and was the most loving towards all, even the children. The worst, however, was my 2nd male black lab! Supposedly one of the best breeds for families/children and he was just plain ornery to the kids. He had to go in a short order!

Steve Nickell
Steve Nickell
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Huckfeldt

That would be the mosquito, actually.

old34
old34
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Huckfeldt

Do you think that is because they are the most owned dogs? Just saying.

Sandy
Sandy
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Huckfeldt

Top 3 biters in order: Doxie, Chi, JR

Ragdoll Mommy
Ragdoll Mommy
6 years ago

It depends on how the dog was raised as a puppy. Not all breeds of those listed are mean.

nadine
nadine
6 years ago

I have a Dogo Argentino that I rescued when she was about 2 years old. She was 35 pounds under-weight and I thought she was a puppy. My vet had me put her on a high calorie diet ASAP and 16 years later she is still the best dog in the world. She allows my friends children to grab her and tug at her ears and mouth, and trust me I was really hesitant to let them rough house with her at first. She is the most patient dog with all the children she has encountered, including some that just… Read more »

Johanna
Johanna
6 years ago

I have owned a pitbull mix for 13 years. Not once had I ever had to worry about him attacking someone. Sorry false statement there, I never had to worry about him aggressively attacking anyone, he just had a tendency to lick people to death. My family’s pug on the other hand, if you pet her when she doesn’t want to be pet she will bite you hard. When someone comes over we always tell them, don’t worry about the pit, worry about the pug, she is more likely to bite you than he is.

WCWard
WCWard
6 years ago

The statement made about the American Bandogge says it all, “if it is poorly socialized or has suffered abuse”. There are no bad breeds of dogs, just bad dog owners.

MJ2079
MJ2079
6 years ago

Only Humans are & will continue to be most dangerous not the dogs & till something is done about humans, these dogs will continue to suffer. I will bet my life that ” My Pitbulls” would never do what they say. To all you close minded, heartless, hateful people, I’d be more afraid of people like me, I’m capable of a lot worse than ” My Pitbulls” could ever do!

Tami Moneymaker
Tami Moneymaker
6 years ago

they were once referred to as the nanny dog because they were good with kids………..the one who use them for fighting are what gives them a bad name, that and bad/stupid owners

nosmiley
nosmiley
6 years ago

Thanks for mentioning that they can be nanny dogs. The author of “Little house on the prairie-” Laura Ingalls Wilder had pit bulls , as nanny dogs. The dog on “Little Rascals” “Petey” was a pit bull. I had a female, that was the sweetest dog I’ve had out of 4, other breeds. Allow her to smell you a minute, and she’ll jump in the car with you, and never look back. She loved riding. My sister had a toddler, and came to visit. She had heard all the bad talk about pit bulls, and was scared to death, for… Read more »

David Lowell
David Lowell
6 years ago
Reply to  nosmiley

I agree. Sounds like my pit. If they are aggressive most likely they are being used to protect drugs.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  nosmiley

That nana dog tale is nothing more than a myth created by neurotic childless women with an urgent insane need to save something, anything including pit bulls.

Moxie M
Moxie M
4 years ago

So all the mentions of pits as “nanny dogs” during that time period, from multiple sourches, are just part of one big conspiracy…?
And Laura Ingalls Wilder, devoted mother, was a “neurotic childless woman”?

You sound like the sort of person that ignores facts in favour of your own bias. Just like people who claim black people are all violent because “look at how many are in prison,” or that cats are dangerous because they “suffocate babies” (both based on misinformation & bias).

Donna Lee Craig
Donna Lee Craig
6 years ago

…no bad dogs, just bad owners…

Trish
Trish
6 years ago

You don’t need “scientific evidence” for statistics and facts. Pits are still responsible for more human fatalities than any other breed, especially against children. Sure, much of a dog’s temperament (bit not all) is how they are raised. And with that being said, then why is it that more pit owners abuse or don’t train their dogs than any other breed owners? I do find it amusing that Chihuahuas are mentioned as aggressive. I’ve known MANY of this breed, my best friend raises them, and never once have I encountered any that were more than yippy and excitable, but would… Read more »

Tyler Peck
Tyler Peck
6 years ago
Reply to  Trish

Again, the reason why Pits are involved in a significant proportion of fatal bites is because, as you rightly pointed out, they are the most likely to be abused and mistreated, or owned by thugs, as any other breed. Other strong, “bad” breeds like rottweillers and dobies are in the same category. It is almost ALWAYS the owner, through either abuse, bad training, or bad breeding.

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago
Reply to  Trish

Twenty years ago, all the dog bite/mauling stories were about Rottweilers. Twenty years before that, it was Dobermans. Twenty years before that, it was German Shepherds. Twenty years from now, it will be something besides pit bulls.

There will always be idiots who must have a big, bad dog, for whatever reason. Certain breeds get popular, and unscrupulous breeders breed anything that looks like whatever is popular, with no thought to health or temperament.

And in my not-so-humble opinion, there are people who should not own dogs.

pbrower2a
pbrower2a
6 years ago

A knockdown by a dog — any dog — is as dangerous as any slip-and-fall incident. Dogs are the strongest and most powerful mammals for their size (I would have expected the leopard), and they are extremely agile. Here’s a basic rule: in a fight between a human and a dog, the dog half the size of a human, the dog wins.

That’s before anyone mentions the teeth and claws. These animals are closer to being tigers than to being humans.

Stan Bryars
Stan Bryars
6 years ago
Reply to  pbrower2a

Please show some sort of cite for those “facts”

The dog is not even close to the strongest mammal for it’s size, and you will have to show some sort of evidence for the comparison of a knock down to a slip and fall. I have a very hard time believing that the knock down form a shih tzu or even a cocker is all that dangerous

birdpond
birdpond
6 years ago
Reply to  Stan Bryars

I tripped over Zach, a short, 20lb, gentle cattle/ collie mix I was walking one day (he zigged when I’d expected him to zag), and the fall stunned me for several minutes – I was barely able to limp home (seriously!) I was in agony and might have put a hairline fracture somewhere. I was all alone and no cell phone in those days – So I ended up leaning down to counter-balance gingerly on the cooperative dog’s back. He understood my situation immediately (brilliant dog) and stayed right with me, off lead, under my flat hand, step by slow,… Read more »

FredC1968
FredC1968
6 years ago
Reply to  birdpond

Great story

Bill Atnip
Bill Atnip
4 years ago
Reply to  pbrower2a

I can show vast amounts of EVIDENCE some thing the article lacks. That ( using your example ) Humans are the most aggressive and dangerous animal.

Unverified User
Unverified User
6 years ago

Chiuahahs are the number one in terms of biting humans. Bully breeds are generally towards the bottom of the list of attacking humans. If any of the ignorant people who wrote this P.O.S. did any research, they would have noticed that Bullys are not usually guard dogs, being as they were bred to be LOYAL to their human owners. Their aggression is geared towards other animals. And if anyone has ever read or seen a documentary on dog-fighting, owners can be in the pit, putting themselves in direct proximitey to the fighting dogs mouths, and still not even so much… Read more »

Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
6 years ago

My Shi Tzu is not as calm as my Chow Chow’s and a lovable sweet disposition I could not have imagined in my 2 Chow Chow’s. The Shi Tzu rules the roost with these Chow’s also. It comes down to breeding and socialization, with out these two components you will have an issue with just about any breed of dog.

Tammy
Tammy
6 years ago

I’ve had a few different dogs and I have always found that if you Socialize them and give them plenty of love they will be more likely to listen to you when you train them, and not be aggressive unless they are protecting their family or domaine. I don’t care what type of animal you have, that works with cats too. You just have to gain their trust.

Erich Kartmann
Erich Kartmann
6 years ago

In the case of German Shepherds, if they are poorly trained and socialized they definitely can bite and often do. But its very rare for someone to be mauled to death by one and I’ve only read of a few cases of them turning on their masters. They are the MOST loyal, most trainable, and most respectful of authority.

Erich Kartmann
Erich Kartmann
6 years ago

Robert Butler, there is a mountain of statistical evidence that pitbulls are dangerous dogs who have caused hundreds of deaths and injuries. They are deliberately bred for aggression as they are used to this day as fighting dogs. HOWEVER, not all pitbulls are vicious killers! There are some nice ones and yes, some gentle ones, but with a breed like that you don’t really know what you’re getting. @Leigh: Michael Vick culled most of the pitbulls that weren’t mean enough before he was busted. And futhermore, I have heard of labrador retrievers attacking kids! Black labs are much more aggressive… Read more »

Jenn
Jenn
6 years ago
Reply to  Erich Kartmann

you got that right about their tails. My Amstaff beats her tail against me when her daddy comes home because she is excited

Rob Huckfeldt
Rob Huckfeldt
6 years ago
Reply to  Erich Kartmann

Careful there, that comment about certain Labs being more aggressive will get you labeled racist in this country!

Earl Kuon
Earl Kuon
6 years ago
Reply to  Erich Kartmann

The success of the Vick dogs is probably the greatest proof that Pit Bulls are NOT disproportionately dangerous. It’s all about the way you treat them. These dogs were deliberately bred for agression, fought, definitely abused and still when taken out of that environment make great family pets and some became therapy dogs. So all you “backyard “animal behavior experts, how do you explain that ?

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  Erich Kartmann

I have to disagree with the notion that pitt-bulls aren’t dangerous. Their overall physique (EXTREMELY strong jaws, noses built back to enable them to breathe while suffocating/damaging their victim(s), being extremely muscular), and the fact that the DNA for fighting has been bred into them through cross-breeding of regular bull dogs (which were bred as work dogs), and terriers, and their combative temperament, all make for an especially dangerous and risky combination. I once watched an episode of “Sixty Minutes” on TV, where a family with a pitt-bull had raised their dog to be “very gentle” and affectionate towards everybody,… Read more »

Stan Bryars
Stan Bryars
6 years ago
Reply to  mplo

First off , there is no difference between a pits jaw and another large dogs jaw, their noses are not “built back” any more than any other dogs, less than many dog’s in fact. Yes they are muscular, but that doesn’t make them mean. I have had too many pits and been around way too many pits, well over 100, in my life to buy into this combative crap. Te meanest dogs I have ever encounters, well into the hundreds, have been Labs. People confuse raising a gentle dog with raising a well adjusted dog. I have seen many many… Read more »

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  Erich Kartmann

Unlike other dogs, including Labs and Retrievers, pitt-bulls are meant to fight and kill–through their DNA, their physique, and their temperament. Moreover, most dogs, including Labs and Retrievers, UNlike pitt-bulls, DON’T have the capacity to dismember or otherwise permanently cripple or kill another animal, or a human being. I also might add that, unlike most dogs, the bites of pitt-bulls go right for the musculature of their victim(s), causing even more extensive and more horrific damage with their bites than other dogs, not only because of their extremely strong jaws, but because pitt-bulls clamp down when they bite, and don’t… Read more »

jgh59
jgh59
6 years ago

My male Chow is one of the nicest dogs I have ever owned. He was given to us at age 6 months by a woman in front of a Wal Mart. She was in tears because she said her husband was going to kill the dog if she brought it home. He was independent, more like a cat than a dog, but nothing in his behavior warranted a death sentence. I quickly determined that you don’t train Chows, you reach a mutual understanding. Once this respect was understood, he actually became more cooperative than many other breeds I have ever… Read more »

nosmiley
nosmiley
6 years ago
Reply to  jgh59

Glad you understand your dog. Many Chows are “1 man” dogs. I did know one that approached people just to get to know them.. A vey nice male. He never approached with a wagging tail, so if you didn’t know him, you didn’t know what to expect. I always suspected if you started a bad situation with him, you might lose. If you were happy or neutral, you were OK

Randy
Randy
6 years ago
Reply to  nosmiley

I have a chow that is 13 years old now and has cancer. He always barks when someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door. When they come in, he gives them a little growl just to let them know he see’s them. Then he walks back over to my chair and sits down beside me. He did break loose from me one day when I took him outside and I was walking him back to go inside the house, when a guy was running by with his dog and he broke loose from me and ran out and… Read more »

jgh59
jgh59
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

Thanks for sharing Randy, my chow is eleven and getting the same way. He did the run away thing much more frequently when he was younger; the last time was last year and I almost lost him in a rough stretch of woods. Wild hair I guess. Please read my reply to Tia below. I hope you enjoy it.

Randy
Randy
6 years ago
Reply to  jgh59

Thanks jgh59….at least some of us are human beings…Some in here, like Tia must not be much of one…At least they don’t act like one anyway,,,,But you know what they say,,,,,,You can’t fix stupid…..So I guess we understand Tia now anyway…

Super Hamster
Super Hamster
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

Somebody must be since he got up votes all dogs are cool to me.

Pangur Ban
Pangur Ban
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

🙁 very sorry about your friend.

Karen Quartzstone
Karen Quartzstone
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

You probably are unknowingly poisoning your dog, with food and water if it’s tap or plastic bottled water.. check out information about common pet food, and real, organic, food that you could be feeding your dog instead. along with some other gifts from nature you could easily reverse the cancer. cancer is honestly simply just “poisoning”

Randy
Randy
6 years ago

Believe me, I know a thing or 2 about cancer in humans and dogs. I am a 7 year survivor of type 3 lymphoma. I have studied the affects of different foods and how they affect the body. My Dr. couldn’t find out what was wrong with me for 10 months, so when I went to another Dr. in Omaha, Ne., he knew what it was within a few minutes. And as I said before, I have studied countless hours on the things that cause cancer and even different alternative medicines and the way they affect the body, whether in… Read more »

Karen Quartzstone
Karen Quartzstone
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

If you really understood cancer you would be aware it’s really not a big deal, as long as you’re not poisoned and/or malnourished so nah I don’t believe you. I wasn’t accusing you anyway just stating a simple fact to help a person who I thought didn’t know, since you were complaining your dog had cancer n all. I’m glad you were able to realize your previous mistakes with your cancer and hopefully treat your dog with high quality organic food and pure water etc. along with some metaphysical healing to quicken transmutation

Courtney Grimshaw
5 years ago

Good for you for having intelligence! It gives me more hope in humans; It especially helped after reading Karen’s comments haha

Courtney Grimshaw
5 years ago

Seriously!! How can people be that uneducated???

Betty Geist
Betty Geist
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

Can you please tell me what your feed your dog I would to more

morph2020
morph2020
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

Sugar makes ALL cells grow like wildfire.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  morph2020

Especially fat cells.

Jane Green
Jane Green
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

So true, unfortunately.

morph2020
morph2020
6 years ago

Karen, you seem to believe that “natural” stuff is gentler and safer, but then like a lot of people, you believe stuff that isn’t true. Rattlesnake venom is all natural; so is poison ivy. Being natural has nothing to do with being safer. Nature starts trying to kill us from the moment we are born. After that it’s a constant struggle to stay alive.

mplo
mplo
6 years ago
Reply to  morph2020

Thanks for your points well taken, morph2020! Bravo!

Just because things are natural/organic doesn’t mean that they can’t be harmful.

dangkids
dangkids
6 years ago
Reply to  morph2020

Um morph, I think she was talking about natural medications for human consumption.
BTW, the only way to get the anti-venon for a rattlesnake bite, If you can, is through the venon itself. So yes, it is natural and could save your life!
They make plenty of medicines out of nature, flowers, roots, plants, some tree barks, you would be amazed to know what some pharmecudicals companies use.

morph2020
morph2020
6 years ago
Reply to  dangkids

Dangkids, I wouldn’t be surprised a bit. I have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from an internationally-recognized university. “Natural” substances cannot be readily distinguished from their synthetic counterparts. For identical compounds, the only difference will be in small levels of impurities, with more of them in the “natural” product.

TrueJustice
6 years ago
Reply to  morph2020

May I add, what works for one animal or person may not work at all for another with the same diagnosis. Each may have an opposite effect , fact.

Moore2itthanthat
Moore2itthanthat
6 years ago
Reply to  TrueJustice

The difference with Pits & other strong, muscular dogs is their ability to kill, not just injure. A smaller dog may be a biter, but his jaw pressure & tenacity will probably not equal that of the breeds listed here. Yes, owners can determine a dog’s behavior, but some dogs have temperaments that require more vigilance than others. Imbalanced dogs, like imbalanced people, cannot be relied upon for consistent behavior in varying circumstances. Dogs with aggressiveness bred into them need early, constant, multifaceted socialization with people & other animals. I have had many types of dogs in my lifetime, from… Read more »

Jason Rox
Jason Rox
6 years ago

I disagree that “pits” or American Bull Terriers are inherently more dangerous than any other medium to large breed of dog. Any dog can become unpredictable and therefore dangerous if it’s abused or neglected. ABTs are not any more or less prone to this reality. The fact that many of them wind up with bad owners doesn’t automatically make them bad too; just unlucky.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  Jason Rox

Nowdays pits end up with deluded liberal wimp owners who think they are “saving” a discriminated against breed. These owners couldn’t train the most docile collie or poodle let alone any aggressive breed. So now pit bulls need crates and jaw breaking sticks to prevent them from killing anyone.

Courtney Grimshaw
5 years ago
Reply to  morph2020

Go easy on ’em, they haven’t even learned how to spell venom yet hah

ozrkmtndd
ozrkmtndd
6 years ago
Reply to  dangkids

Rattlesnake anti-venom is made by injecting it into animals such as horses and letting them build an immunity. Very painful for the animal.

Eagle wolf
Eagle wolf
6 years ago
Reply to  morph2020

I have a razor edge red nose. He had been rehomed twice all in one year! He is one of the best dogs I have had and I have owed or trained.I have had or help train most of the dogs on this list! My experience is that you can’t have discipline with out relationship!! With a dog or kids. Some people get a dog that needs love and they put in a kennel all day. Lets put a human in a bath room all day and see how u act. The founding fathers of the United states had pit… Read more »

Jane Green
Jane Green
6 years ago
Reply to  Eagle wolf

I agree with you. Dogs should be respected for what they are, not made into animal babies, no matter what size they are. Dogs are happy when people treat them like dogs, such as people being in charge and teaching them what is expected of them. Also giving them a job of some kind that is appropriate for them. They should be exercised, and should eat an appropriate amount of good for them food. Children should not be allowed to mistreat dogs in any way ever. All living beings want to belong, be useful, respected, and loved, dogs are no… Read more »

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  Jane Green

Have you ever read the pit bull lover websites? Always have a really strong crate and keep the dog in it when you have people over. If you have more than one dog each needs its own crate in a room with a door basically a bedroom. Keep a strong jaw stick around at all times so if it bites on someone you can stick it in the dogs dog and break the bite. Then there are the extra strong collars and leashes. Why get that dog if it needs to be confined in a crate to keep it from… Read more »

Krystal Mansour
Krystal Mansour
6 years ago

You could eat organic everything, drink the cleanest spring water or rainforest waterwater, you could stay away from every chemical possible buying all natural products for your body, skin, etc but everyone and a lot of animals including dogs have cancer cells in their body already. Whether they decide to grow into cancer itself is something you will never know. Most people die of cancer, that’s the number one cause, then heart disease heart attacks, strokes. You have less of a chance of getting cancer doing all that I mentioned above but it does not mean you can’t get it.… Read more »

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

Ever heard of Adele Davis? She was one of the first health food propagandist. She made a fortune from her books going on and on about health food and organic food. She died of cancer in her early 50’s.

Petronius Arbiter II
Petronius Arbiter II
4 years ago

Wrong, Adele Davis was 70 when she died.

Lindsay
Lindsay
6 years ago

While it is true that contaminated water or poor quality food can be carcinogenic, switching to less-carcinogenic options will not cure cancer. There are also many more variables in our lives – carcinogens in the air, synthetic chemicals we come into contact with, radiation including that from medical and dental imaging, etc. that are potentially cancer-causing. Cancer is not simply poisoning, it is a warping of DNA that causes cells to rapidly multiply, and this cannot be cured by changing habits. You cannot reverse the DNA damage with a healthier diet or purer water. Your post gives the impression that… Read more »

Karen Quartzstone
Karen Quartzstone
5 years ago
Reply to  Lindsay

When the human or animal body is in homeostasis it can not be affected by disease or disorder. To get to homeostasis you have to detoxify previous poisoning and not add any in. Then you rejuvenate with a boatload of nature’s star players, and keep putting more positive things in and do extra healing techniques if you want (so many ways to heal, the body, the brain, all the senses heal, nature just even being in it is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and a number of other health benefits, we’re really spoiled and naturally awesome which is why… Read more »

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

Almost all bottled water is tap water anyway.

Nilza Ivone
Nilza Ivone
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

Tia Schmidt, you are a ice cold person, and I fell sorry for you, “who cares?” what happened if were someone close to you? would you say “Who cares? do you have any feelings at all?
talking about human and live animals, and a deadly disease, a slow killer and extremely painful at the end, shame on you!

Frances Bonner
Frances Bonner
6 years ago
Reply to  Nilza Ivone

Maybe she said that because the dog breed stereotype has been debunked. We don”t believe it so why the article?

Krystal Mansour
Krystal Mansour
6 years ago
Reply to  Randy

Don’t listen to people like Karen! It’s not your fault your dog has cancer! I replied back to her and you should read what I said so I don’t have to type it again 🙂 don’t blame yourself. I feel horrible right now myself, my ferret has adrenal disease, insulinoma, and lymphoma and I feel that I contributed to her cancers. Unfortunately they ask die of these diseases no matter what you do. It is just life.

Devon Maxwell-Pierce
Devon Maxwell-Pierce
6 years ago
Reply to  nosmiley

As a trainer, I’ve been *seriously* bitten three times. By seriously, I mean requiring treatment. All three were chows or chow mixes. One chow took off part of a fellow trainer’s ear. My sister’s chow would kill cats like some dogs go after squeak toys. I don’t think all Chows are inherently bad and they do require a skilled hand and an independent owner in a lot of cases. But in my experience, the Chow is the only breed I’d call inherently aggressive. Wildly unpredictable. I’ve been bitten by other breeds, but most of those times I saw it coming… Read more »

Mongoose218
Mongoose218
6 years ago

Our neighbors had a dog that was half Lab, half Chow….she had SUCH a high pain tolerance than their electric fence, which kept in their much bigger full blooded Lab, didn’t stop her for a minute. She would be out, chasing anyone who was even near her house/ yard….and snapping, growling, head down…she MEANT it…!
I was interested to read that the dog that attacked the four year old for no reason the other day, that was chased off by the boy’s cat, was also half lab and half chow.

catbell7cat
catbell7cat
6 years ago
Reply to  Mongoose218

my friend up in MT had to put two electronic collars on their 150 lb lab to stop him at the electric fence in their front yard

wolfcat
wolfcat
6 years ago
Reply to  catbell7cat

Why not just have a regular fence with all that effort? Sheesh. Electric fences are not dependable for big dogs.

wolfcat
wolfcat
6 years ago
Reply to  Mongoose218

Electric fences are very recommended against for dogs. They are not safe at all. They don’t always keep dogs in, and they certainly don’t keep strangers out.

oohshinyobject
oohshinyobject
6 years ago
Reply to  Mongoose218

Yikes! We had a half golden retriever, half chow for about 8 years until he died. He didn’t like dogs but wasn’t aggressive toward people, including the two kids we had shortly after rescuing him. I think we just got lucky– this time, no chow mixes.

Frances Bonner
Frances Bonner
6 years ago
Reply to  Mongoose218

Well if I was kept in an electric fence I might get aggressive… too!

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  Frances Bonner

So vicious dogs should be allowed to run through neighborhoods biting and mauling?

Jane Green
Jane Green
6 years ago
Reply to  Mongoose218

That was amazing. I had a cat who guarded my son against dogs, and chased a neighbor’s German Shepard Dog all the way back to his house. She was tiny, the smallest cat i have ever had.

catbell7cat
catbell7cat
6 years ago

I just don’t like to look at a dog or a cat’s ass — prefer those where the tail covers that up and feeding them probiotics helps with any ‘gas’ from veggies – my friend figured that out — their dog would eat veggies from their little one’s tossing them off his high chair and stink up their bedroom at night lol

Janet Diehl
Janet Diehl
6 years ago

Devon – My experience for the past 10 years with my now 14 year old red Chow mix is very different than yours. I found her in a rescue shelter in Florida. Now we are in Wisconsin, she loves the snow!! My Rosie looks very Chowy , some wonder if she is full Chow. She is friendly very to humans of all ages and to most dogs. She won’t play with all dogs, but she does not attack them: she just ignores them. She loves to be petted & gently brushed, and accepts having a bath. She is relaxed and… Read more »

chris
chris
6 years ago

I’ve heard similar things from others in rescue and training. But have also heard that chow mixes don’t have that issue – the unpredictability – wondered if you’d noticed any differences?

wolfcat
wolfcat
6 years ago

I find that they do have clear body language, they just aren’t obvious. You have to be watching. They are not bred to be pack dogs like most others dogs. It’s generally written that they are an expert level dog and not an every day pet. Same as most more primitive mountain type dogs.

MerrySue
MerrySue
6 years ago

I have had two vets and a groomer list chows as the breed (or one of the breeds) they’re most leery of. Unlikely the groomer was working with smooth coated dogs, though.

John Brown
John Brown
6 years ago
Reply to  nosmiley

You are right Chows are very protective of there people they oppose aggresive force and react to it.
When I got my First Chow I got him from my Friend She bit me because we were Horsing around and She didn’t know but after a Year as my Littleman she was a great Pet not just for me but my FRamily as well

Kaylee6
Kaylee6
6 years ago
Reply to  John Brown

My family had a bad experience with a Chow, but I don’t think the dog had been socialized to be a family pet. For instance, my brother (11 or 12, so not a little kid) was sitting still, watching TV, and the dog came into the room and chomped on his arm. Dad took it right back to the guy he’d gotten the dog from and said “Nope.” I try really hard not to hold it against the breed as a whole…but it’s hard. And I admit it’s my own experience and prejudice. And in many ways, it’s completely irrational.… Read more »

morph2020
morph2020
6 years ago
Reply to  Kaylee6

When I was a kid, my dad brought home a mixed-breed chow and German shepherd. She was impossible to socialize to humans.

morph2020
morph2020
6 years ago
Reply to  jgh59

We’re not interested in vicious humans who have the ethics of an aggressive dog.

Danesha Williams
Danesha Williams
6 years ago
Reply to  jgh59

OMG! The first dog that ever bit me was a dachshund. Crazy dog it was.

jgh59
jgh59
6 years ago

Mine is so smart it is scary and he uses his intelligence for evil! He counters all suspicion with his incredible cuteness. Dachshunds are incredibly protective dogs that were originally bred to go into holes and fight badgers. A bad combination for the unsuspecting.

Gretchen1999
Gretchen1999
6 years ago

The only dog that ever bit me was a chihuahua! I have a doberman (my second) that is a rescue, an Australian Shepherd-Catahoula mix, and an Italian greyhound-whippet mix. All are rescues and have been around my young granddaughters and other children. All are very good with children! My dobies were awesome with children – even if the babies touched their eyes, mouth, or tail! I would never leave a child alone with any dog, but my experience makes be skeptical about articles that generalize. Any dog (or animal) can bite. Humans are the most dangerous animals in the world!

Emily
Emily
6 years ago
Reply to  Gretchen1999

A Chihuahua is the only dog that I have ever been bitten by and I own Pit Bull. Sweetest dog alive. <3

Josh
Josh
6 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I also have a pitbull that just turned 5mos old. I’ve had him since he could fit in my hand, about 7wks old. I have 2 children in my home, one that’s 4,and one that’s almost 2. I sometimes worry about my lil guy around him as he can be quite rough, hitting him with toys, etc. I don’t leave them alone, but it’s amazing how much the puppy loves these kids! Even though my son can be mean, and does get corrected as I don’t approve of the behavior, my pup just goes along, wagging his tail and kindly… Read more »

jake
jake
6 years ago
Reply to  Josh

thats what they all say about their pit bulls. I work in an ED and have personally seen the family loving pit bull do very substantial damage to a little child. It is just dangerous keeping a pitbull in your home with kids that young. Say what you want, but that dog has it in its blood to do damage at a moments notice. stay safe

Lou
Lou
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

I’m a firm believer that, genetics play a huge part with respect to a dogs temperament. Also, how the pooch is raised by it’s owner. I have had numerous dobermans without incident. Raised with lots of love and corrected with a firm, harsh voice rather than a slap with a hand. In essence, I believe dogs are what we make them and the vibes we gives off to them. If you are unsure, afraid of it or mean, your dog can sense it and like a child, with take advantage of your weaknesses. They are supposed to be “mans best… Read more »

Nancy
Nancy
6 years ago
Reply to  Lou

I have owned 2 dobies. Both great dogs and were wonderful with every one. Not an ounce of aggression in either. I am 71 years old.

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago
Reply to  Nancy

Nancy: Don’t you understand that your “personal opinion” is meaningless against statistics!

NOT EVERY DOG WILL BITE! (If they did, we would not have attempted to domesticate dogs 10,000 years ago!)

We are looking at AVERAGES which says that your dog is the 4th most likely to bite! And, your age has NOTHING to do with these dog statistics! Geez, take a class!

JRJ21
JRJ21
6 years ago
Reply to  Lou

Until you are very feeble and your dog challenges you and goes for your throat as you bled out wondering how little skippy could do this.IT’S A BEAST,NOT A HUMAN AND IT SEES YOU AS A BEAST.

Jamie Krasnoo
Jamie Krasnoo
6 years ago
Reply to  JRJ21

Chicken little much?

JimmyRotn
JimmyRotn
6 years ago
Reply to  JRJ21

You must be a cat person

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago
Reply to  JimmyRotn

I don’t think cats would put up with that. 🙂

Janie
Janie
5 years ago
Reply to  Lou

I have to disagree The difference in owning a Pit and owning a Chihuahua is when a pit decides to go off there is no stopping it the same with a Rotti. I have owned all 3 breeds The Rotti was pro trained for obedience. She loved people. She got along very well with my other dog a mutt. She would drag you on your belly if she saw a cat and kill it. When she hit 2 She tried to kill our other dog the mutt. The training I paid for did not work. I wont go into details… Read more »

forgot
forgot
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

A small child is not able to “read” a dog’s behavior to understand it’s intent. nor do they understand how to properly interact with Any dog. THAT is the responsibility of the OWNER! If a dog has not been properly socialized with small children, then, yes, keep the children away. Dogs don’t grasp “baby” the way humans do and will defend itself if it feels threatened or is hurt by a child.

Stubby's Heroes
Stubby's Heroes
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

What’s dangerous is children not being supervised, with ANY breed. If you’re going to try to help, then tell how many parents were not present, and how many other dogs bite. Be fair, JAKE.

Tomme Liam Bradaigh
Tomme Liam Bradaigh
6 years ago

Vociferous pitbull haters like Jake are never fair.

High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
6 years ago

Pitbulls should all be euthanized. They ARE instinctly dangerous animals.

Pitrescuemom
Pitrescuemom
6 years ago

You are definitely drifting, I would euthanize you before I would any one of my Pit bulls.

High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
6 years ago
Reply to  Pitrescuemom

Wait until one of your pit bulls (loving animals) attacks and maims someone. We were close friends with a family whose 8 year old boy was attacked by grandpa’s three loving and adorable pit bulls. At last count, the little boy had experienced over ten surgeries and he looks like a freak due to the fact that these ‘wonderful’ animals tore his face to shreds. All three dogs that attacked him had never shown any sign of aggressiveness. You Pit bull lovers are delusional and ignore the facts about the records of vicious attacks that occur frequently. And don’t bother… Read more »

Fairisfair
Fairisfair
5 years ago

Hell people do worse to each other everyday, and they do it for fun.

gdwn411
gdwn411
5 years ago

That is a sad story but your brush paints a broad stroke. Just because you know of a handful of pit bull incidents because they are sensationalized does not make the entire species guilty. More often than not, dogs that bite are a direct result of irresponsible ownership. Pitbulls do need an experienced and responsible dog owner but so do many breeds. By your logic the human race should be destroyed because pound for pound the human species is far more vicious and aggressive than any dog that ever lived. How many humans attack and maim children and others every… Read more »

High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
5 years ago
Reply to  gdwn411

You delude yourself. Check the stats on numbers of fatalities caused by Pit bulls versus other breeds in the past years. They outnumber all other breeds combined. No vicious pit bull attacks aren’t rare.

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago
Reply to  gdwn411

truth be told, the breeding comes into play, and that’s where the road gets rocky. any dog breed can become vicious, or turn on it’s owner if provoked. there are, i’m sure, also cases where the attacks are unprovoked–stands to reason that the inevitable will happen from time to time. but overbreeding–like why goldens now have such high cancer rates–breeds, or inbreeding them, especially the more naturally aggressive ones, well yeah, what does one expect? same things apply to humans…but fear is always the strongest emotion, so, people buy into the stats that reinforce that negativity. I’ve had a 180lb… Read more »

Anneisme
Anneisme
5 years ago
Reply to  limp nodes

When I used to have a couple of Rotties all the neighbor kids would come over to play with them. They didn’t like adults unless introduced or other dogs at all, but boy did they love kids. My male was 155 and my female was only 90lbs. I only had one issue and that was my ex handed me my male to help some neighbors when we were almost home and one of the kids rode by on his skates calling my male’s name and he got a scratch as I was not strong enough to hold him back when… Read more »

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago

dude….you ever try to shoot three moving targets, at speeds up to 30mph, moving in different directions at once? I think you would lose….gratifyingly so.

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago
Reply to  Pitrescuemom

You are a real PIP! Anyone dares to say something you don’t agree with and your response is to KILL THEM!

No wonder you worship “pit bulls;” you think you are tough, but you are a just a deformed pimple on the butt of society.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

Pit bull lovers think they are missionaries protecting some natives from the colonizers. Or they are total liberals who defend blacks who kill Whites with the difference that the pit bull lovers defend pit bulls who kill people.

Zouquette Senesi
Zouquette Senesi
5 years ago

I hope one day you have the privilege of understanding and witnessing how amazing this breed truely is.

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago
Reply to  Pitrescuemom

well, at least vasectomize….

Sandra Schultz Hurt
Sandra Schultz Hurt
5 years ago

It’s people like you that are dangerous!

Jazmine Davis
Jazmine Davis
5 years ago

So we gonna say that about humans then?!? And every dog breed! God. Stop being judgmental. They are part of family’s and mean just as much as kids would. Humans kill humans everyday, so are we gonna euthanize everybody?!

High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
5 years ago
Reply to  Jazmine Davis

Read the statistics about FATAL attacks by Pitbulls versus other breeds. No comparison. They are unstable vicious animals including those that attack people after never having shown aggressive tendencies. You sound like a liberal who ignores the facts.

Jazmine Davis
Jazmine Davis
5 years ago

You don’t really know what goes on in the house hold. Owners say they never were aggressive to get heat off of their backs but not all of them are harmful. A German Shepard and a Lab is just has harmful as a pit bull would be.

Jessie Burgdolf
Jessie Burgdolf
5 years ago

You want to talk about facts how about this fact who are you to condem an entire species of dogs when only three of them has hurt a loved one and yes those numbers are very high i know but you should be thankful that boy is still alive to see the light of day if the boy had died i know it would hurt but that does not include all the other pit bulls i have a friend who has ptsd and the only thing that keeps him from going into an attack is his pit bull

linda garris
linda garris
5 years ago

amen. hes had his mind made up. and who knows if that dog was being trained to be viscious. ive seen people with kids training their pits to attack. im 100% sure that’s the case here. btw the whole ONE CASE.

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago
Reply to  linda garris

I was in an alley, in a bad section of a minority laden neighborhood–everyone had dogs of an aggressive nature in their yard, it was surreal. I was doing my job, when I noticed a female pit, of course on a chain, watching me intently. it was hot out, and I was suffering from the heat. can’t imagine what she felt like because she had no shade. I had water in my truck,so I took it to the fence, reached over and poured it in her bowl, which was adjacent to the fence. and watched as she came and slurped… Read more »

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago

there’s truth to that for sure. I mean, if you aren’t watching your dog interact with others’, or children, how do you know where the behavior will trend? personally, I watched my niece and my lab mix–and she’s a bull @ 95lbs–race around the house together, chasing each other. then, my niece(4yrs old btw) reversed direction to surprise my pup, and they both came from opposite corners, not able to see one another until it was too late….fortunately my lab mix loves my niece, and put her brakes to work, avoiding barreling my niece into the next life…

1652
1652
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

You may have seen the damage, but do you know the history of the dog? You can’t claim that it is dangerous unless you do more research on how that dog is being brought up.

truth sucks
truth sucks
6 years ago
Reply to  1652

Not true. A person who has seen a multitude of dog bites from different breeds doesn’t need to know the dogs history to see the damage done. He(unlike many of the commentor’s on here) has personally seen the difference between the bite(s) of a pit bull as opposed to say a retriever. Sure, some kids may get bitten by a retriever (I knew a guy who did) however, there is an obvious difference between the bite of a retriever and say a pit bull (also knew a guy who was bitten/attacked by one of those). The guy bitten by the… Read more »

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago
Reply to  truth sucks

As I posted earlier, the woman who had the world’s first face transplant had her original face torn off by a lab mix. You know, a retriever? And since you’re big on what a dog was bred to do, I trust that you know that pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs? And that in a staged dog fight, a human handler was supposed to be able to separate the dogs unharmed? And that if one of those dogs attacked the handler, that dog was put down on the spot? Twenty years ago, all the dog mauling stories involved… Read more »

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago
Reply to  panzerakc

panzer: Do your own research!

Go to the official lists of dogs, and dog bites, and dog mauls, and dog kills. LOOK AT OFFICIAL RECORDS!!!

Then compose an opinionated rant!

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

Ya, because their” never WRONG.” Stop reading & experience “real life” you are the most stupidly spoken person I’ve ever seen.

makamae
makamae
5 years ago
Reply to  Jason

If you’re going to mock someone’s intelligence, you really should learn how to spell, proper grammar, and how to properly structure a sentence.

makamae
makamae
5 years ago
Reply to  panzerakc

Actually, your whole post isn’t true. In a study showing dog bites by breed from 1982 to 2013, we see that pit bulls are more than 5 TIMES the nearest “competitor” in the dog bite sweepstakes, which is Rottweilers. Some interesting notes from this study: “Even if the pit bull category was “split four ways,” attacks by pit bulls and their closest relatives would still outnumber attacks by any other breed. Pit bulls are noteworthy for attacking adults almost as frequently as children. This is a very rare pattern, only seen elsewhere in the bullmastiff/presa canario line. If a pit… Read more »

VoodooRon
VoodooRon
5 years ago
Reply to  makamae

Um..my 5presa canario have never attempted to harm anyone, not even the old pit bull I had that used to play with the pups. Btw, the only dog I have been bit by was a chihuahua.. So, I would like to know about this so called “pattern” of presas biting adults and children, because I have owned multiple presa canarios and “DOGO canarios, and that does not count the training and studying of the breed. Please educate yourself before educating others (it helps).

makamae
makamae
5 years ago
Reply to  VoodooRon

Do your own research if you want to know about it.

I’m sure your dog never attempted to hurt anyone… that’s what ALL pit bull owners claim, when their dog kills someone else’s dog or mangles someone permanently.

You should educate YOUR self before throwing throwing out what is merely your own anecdotal personal experience, rather than looking at studies that cover the gamut of information available.

maudelynn13
maudelynn13
5 years ago
Reply to  VoodooRon

Educate yourself. There was a woman mauled to death by 2 press canarios in her apt building hallway.
And, really, why do you need 5 such animals?

Bronwyn Marsh
Bronwyn Marsh
6 years ago
Reply to  truth sucks

No offence but every other dog but a pitbull bites multiple times. UNLESS TRAINED OTHERWISE pits bite and push to the ground and hold there. That’s how they were bred. Pits bite and hold. One bite. Your retriever is gonna bite and bite and bite. That is more likely to ‘rip off a face’ than a single bite and hold. Educate yourself before you make yourself look even more… Stupid. Please- for everyone’s sake- move away from you computer before you hurt yourself.

makamae
makamae
5 years ago
Reply to  Bronwyn Marsh

That’s rubbish. Pit attacks are usually characterized by multiple bites that include massive trauma and tearing.

YOU should move away from your computer before your dogs hurt someone.

maudelynn13
maudelynn13
5 years ago
Reply to  Bronwyn Marsh

Typical pit bull nutter. Always resorts to name calling instead of addressing the issues. And you are very wrong. Pits do bite more than once.

Felicia Luburich
5 years ago
Reply to  Bronwyn Marsh

Oh really? Tell that to the jogger in NY that had his feet & lower legs so mauled by PBs amputations were needed. The state of PA has a web site that lists all PB bites in the state. It is a busy site. Bites are one thing, but maiming & killing are in another category. An owner can only speak for their own dogs & not the breed.

eddie
eddie
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

Idiot. Number one dog for attacks in USA is the golden retriever and yellow lab.

Jeff
Jeff
6 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Yeah of course it is. It’s ANY dog but the pitbull. You people are so fing amazing with your denial. Pitbull were BRED to kick ass and they do EXTENSIVE damage when they decide to. A dachshund is not going to kill you. A pitbull will.

Cody Averesch
Cody Averesch
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Any dog will kill you bro if you’re saying they are doing it based on instinct that means a dog will grab your throat the moment they feel threatened… I will admit you’re right when this pit murder laying beside me turns over and knawls my face off until then educate yourself on what that was originally bred for and how many dog bites are reported but not made public because it wasn’t a pit… I’m saying check hospital records and stuff and you might be surprised to see that pits don’t do it all and all dogs bite. I… Read more »

zarnon
zarnon
6 years ago
Reply to  Cody Averesch

Until my personal experience matches the statistics I won’t believe them.

You must’ve been a wonder in school.

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago
Reply to  zarnon

So you’ve been killed by a pit bull?

Krzy Rebel
Krzy Rebel
6 years ago
Reply to  Cody Averesch

you tell them, I’ve had shepherds all my life have also fostered pits,dobies, and rotties and have never been bitten, but have been scratched a few times when playing with them but it was my fault not theirs.

Debbie Bell
Debbie Bell
6 years ago
Reply to  Cody Averesch

I’m okay with the consenting adult pit owner being maimed and killed, but if a neighbor or passerby, pet/person is mauled severely or killed, that is not acceptable. If a dog walking leashed down a sidewalk or sleeping in the sun in his own back yard is attacked and killed, it’s not an attack by the small dogs, it’s not the setter types, it’s a “good” pit doing exactly what makes pits THE dog fighters choice all across the USA and the UK. Good pits leave home and kill. That’s what they were created to do! The instinct to attack… Read more »

Rivka
Rivka
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Bell

The United Kennel Club very explicitly states that human-directed aggression is not characteristic of American Pitbull Terriers, but dog-directed aggression is.

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago
Reply to  Cody Averesch

Don’t you ever worry about your pit licking you to death?

🙂

Xandersyaya
Xandersyaya
5 years ago
Reply to  Cody Averesch

My son has a 4 inch long by 1/2″ long scar on the top of his head from his cat. He was carrying it around in the yard when a dog started barking next door and scared her. The cat spun and dug it’s claws into my son’s chest then when he got on top of his head, she lost her footing as she jumped. Now has permanent part in his hair and “pox” marks on his chest. Mommy knows she didn’t mean it but she went be be after that because nobody his my baby. What dog do we… Read more »

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  Xandersyaya

Hope the boxer genes conquer the pit genes. Most dogs love kids because kids are willing to wrestle with them for hours and play with them. Adults have work and houses to care for and don’t have the time.

makamae
makamae
5 years ago
Reply to  Xandersyaya

All your post indicates is that you’re an idiot. Cats don’t belong outside, especially in the arms of a child & especially if there’s a dog next door. On the other hand, if your pit bull mix has a bad moment like your cat, you’ll be likely to lose your child’s life or have him severely mauled.

Dean
Dean
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

American Pit-Bull Terriers score the second highest on Temperament of all breeds of dog tested where the sample size is greater than four hundred dogs.
Also, Pitt-Bulls had nearly all human aggression bred out of them. While they do obviously have very high aggression to other animals, particularly other dogs, human aggression and dog aggression are two very different things. As is Prey Drive & Aggression.
No I don’t have any Pit-Bulls, and yes I do know what I’m talking about.

Debbie Bell
Debbie Bell
6 years ago
Reply to  Dean

The ATTS? True that pits pasd with an overall score of ,86%. But READ the test. It was created to weed out dogs not brave enough for police work. The dog that just killed the 59 year old grandmother would pass the ATTS. Read the test! There are no other dogs included in the test, like the sleeping dog lying on a lawn chair in it’s backyard, there are no senior citizens stepping out to pick up a newspaper, there are no children playing in their own front yard several doors away. All these are examples of victims of pitbull… Read more »

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
Sarah Elizabeth Clark
6 years ago
Reply to  Dean

Yes and a lot of people get attacked trying to prevent their own pet from being attacked. Pit bulls can be fine breeds but they should be acknowledged as dangerous because they are not a suitable pet for someone who wants to half ass their ownership. A dog is a privilege not a right.

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago

“Pit bulls can be fine breeds but they should be acknowledged as dangerous because they are not a suitable pet for someone who wants to half ass their ownership.”

A lot of dog breeds fit that description, not just pit bulls.

Dean
Dean
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Also, just as a bonus bit of information, not too many dog attacks get reported in the media if they aren’t breeds that can be demonized. Sometimes if you go looking you can find some things though. What about the Jack Russell that ripped a child’s whole bottom lip off?

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago
Reply to  Dean

Dean: IF you had ever actually studied statistics, you would KNOW how to approach a topic. But, let me give you some quick updates and then you can go to work and do your own research. #1) No one “assigned” the title of “most dangerous biter” to the “pit bull” and THEN started reporting pit bull attacks. Yes, that is what you said, but that is not how “statistics” work. #2) Pit bull bites were reported FIRST and THEN the title of “most dangerous biter” was assigned to that dog. #3) Statistics are studied on a constant basis because anyone… Read more »

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Pit bulls were bred to kick another dog’s ass.

Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers, fairly aggressive animals in their own right.

Bronwyn Marsh
Bronwyn Marsh
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Read up honey. They were bred NOT to harm humans… How about searching pitbull saves person on Google instead of pitbull is evil…you have no idea what is real and what is made up online…

Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
6 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Why? Because there are more of them and they are considered so sweet that no one worries when Little Billy pulls their tails, rides on them, pokes them in the eye. In fact, they are laughing and filming when poor “Buddy” attacks the child after asking repeatedly to be left alone!

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

So your dog is more important than your child.

Murray Guy
Murray Guy
6 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Idiot – the issue is the outcome of an attack, more so than the number of attacks!

Jenna Glover
Jenna Glover
6 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Truth!

Sean
Sean
6 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Moron. If there are 1million pit bulls and only 25% are agressive compared to 10 million Labradors and 6% aggressive. Then yes your statement makes since.

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
Sarah Elizabeth Clark
6 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Because they are more popular. Statistically a pit bull attack is more likely to be fatal because they are bred not to give up. I’m not okay with demonizing an entire breed but I’m also not okay with people buying animals without knowing what they are getting in to. Pit bulls can be safer than a retriever but they require more work because their natural disposition is not as calm. Humans actually put a lot of effort into breeding dogs to be exactly how they want them to, I find it funny that we downplay that success now when it… Read more »

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

The problem is that so many dog owners don’t spend the time and do the work to train them.

fitz
fitz
5 years ago
Reply to  eddie

There is a difference between a nip and being torn apart.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  eddie

Relatives got a beautiful female golden lab 3 years ago from a rescue. She was about 2 at the time. She is the most evil rotten dog I have eve met in my 70 years. She really needs to be put down. She has bitten about 12 people including a city councilman. The post office refuses to deliver because of her. She bit the wealthy great aunt who promised to pay for college tuition. She has bitten neighbors. When taken on walks she lunges towards the front yards and doors of houses to attack neighbors. She wants to rule the… Read more »

Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

Maybe you shouldn’t keep children in a home with a pit bull (or any other dog for that matter). The truth of the matter is that it is almost always the child that is the “aggressor” – moving in to the dog’s space and “tormenting” it. If you don’t read the dog’s reaction and separate dog and child, trouble can follow, whether the dog is a teacup Yorkie or a pit bull.

goodandbad
goodandbad
6 years ago

With a good dog you shouldn’t have to separate them, they should be smart enough to do that themselves. I grew up with dogs. We had a family of nine and we had mixed dogs all the time. We would take in others unwanted dogs. We had lots and lots of kids and always felt quite safe with them around the dogs. The dogs had a safe zone, an outdoor fenced area where no one but my mom was allowed to follow them. The dogs were smart enough to separate themselves when necessary. All except one, it so happens that… Read more »

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago

WHY are you picking on Jake? JOSH is the one who worships pit-bulls over his children and is putting them in harm’s way.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

Why should a parent have to keep an eye on the dog and the child at all times? I mean, we have yard work and housework and cooking and remodeling and home maintainence to do. Then the parents might like to sit down and actually talk to each other.

So if I have to cook a meal or wash the car the kids and dogs might get into it? Train the kid, train the dog.

the Truth
the Truth
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

The difference is the amount of damage. Get hit by a Kid on a Bicycle not that big a deal. Get hit by a Mack Truck, you’re as good as dead. The lead in is “turn on their owners”…. While Dobermans & Chow’s do tend to suffer a type of senility that can make them aggressive in their later years: Dogs like Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians have been so ruined by humans & Disney that aggressiveness is the nature of way to many.

Tomme Liam Bradaigh
Tomme Liam Bradaigh
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

Gee Jake, I’m almost 70 now and I’ve had pitbulls in all my homes since 1990 (that’s 24 years now), but I guess that I just missed all that violence that my pitbulls were initiating against little children, as well as other people. I had the insanely crazy idea that they were loving family members since they were so gentle with anyone with whom they met, especially with little children, exhibiting absolutely no aggression toward anyone whatsoever. But I’m sure that you know better than I, since you “work in an ED” and so you are quite obviously an expert… Read more »

Debbie Bell
Debbie Bell
6 years ago

Yes and many drink drivers don’t kill anyone.

You’ve been lucky and your pits aren’t “good” pits. Good pits maim and kill.

Even Ted Bundy had his supporters. Ted Bundy didn’t kill thousands of people he met either, he only killed dozens.

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Bell

c’mon now, go gentle with ole Teddy…he and Jack Kevorkian were the same people, just used different methodologies, right? people are completely without blame in any of the listed stats, correct?

panzerakc
panzerakc
6 years ago

Eh, your pits probably waited until you weren’t home to commit their violence.

And then cleaned up the mess before you got home. 😉

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago

My “pit bull expert” is my vet (who has owned his own practice for OVER 24 years) and his records do not reflect YOUR biased opinion. His records are the culmination of treating these horrid beasts and the dumbbells who need to own them. Your opinion is meaningless. You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit your butt. (Which it will; we just have to wait because we KNOW it will happen.) Denial is just silly from anyone and particularly silly when it’s from someone who keeps a dangerous dog. I refuse to visit the home of anyone who keeps… Read more »

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago

you are officially not welcome to visit my home…my lab mix may not bite you, but my Golden may just piss on your head…wtf-ever.

Jazmine Davis
Jazmine Davis
5 years ago

YOUR opinion is meaningless. Its all about who raises them, any dog could turn and bite you in the butt thank you. LOOK UP YOUR RESEARCH!. I’ve met pits that we’re the sweetest dogs on earth. Its about what happened to the dog and how they are raised. Dont judge a dog just because of its ancestors, humans have a worse past so stop treating pits this way, that’s exactly why people fight them and mix treat them. Stop judging off of what you’ve read or ‘heard’. Thank You.

maudelynn13
maudelynn13
5 years ago

Why are you so rude? he was giving facts as he sees them. I have seen a child that was mauled to death by a Pit Bull.
You obviously know better than anyone because you are old and have owned a few pit bulls.

Rivka
Rivka
5 years ago
Reply to  maudelynn13

That was truly truly horrible. But I know of that happening with dogs of other breeds too.
An over emphasis on breed can lead to people neglecting safety around “safe” breeds. This is what led to the drastic increase in serious dog attacks in the UK in the years after 5 pitbull type dogs were banned there.

Sandy Klocinski
Sandy Klocinski
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

Do you mean an ER? So you never see these pits do you? Before or after? How on earth would you know that the dog was a “family-loving” dog? Most owner’s of dogs that attack DO say “Oh, he was friendly and never bite.” Often that’s not true. They want to shift blame from themselves, and even in rare cases where the dog HASN’T displayed overtly vicious behavior in front of the owner, it’s usually because the dog is left tied to a tree or in the back-yard all day (this is neglect and creates an incredibly anxious and unsure… Read more »

Bronwyn Marsh
Bronwyn Marsh
6 years ago

Well said.

fourscoreandseven
fourscoreandseven
5 years ago
Reply to  Bronwyn Marsh

It was not “well said.” It was silly! “Pit Bulls” have been bred for hundreds of years. If Sandy thinks 50 years is the full extent of time, she is very young or very uninformed.

She would prefer to have a pit bull’s blood in her veins than human blood? You think that is “well said?”

“ED” is “ER.”
“warps the mind”

Sandy completely misquoted Jake. But, you think that was “well said.” BALONEY!!!!

Dean
Dean
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

You very obviously know nothing about APBT’s. They had nearly all human aggression bred out of them. When trained to fight the handlers were in the “pit” with two dogs who wanted to kill each other. The last thing a handler wanted was to have an aggressive dog turn on them in the pit or anywhere else. They also score as the second highest rating for any dog with American Temperament Testing Association. So saying “it’s in their blood” is ridiculous. Can they do damage as you said, yes, but any dog can be like that. It’s breeding, socialization, and… Read more »

real life experience
real life experience
6 years ago
Reply to  Dean

Ahahaha! They had all the human aggression bred out of them?!?! Lol! Yeah, that’s why most people buy them for protection huh? I really love that line. I have a huge family and we all like dogs. Out of the 5 dog bites we have experienced, 1 was from a basset hound (barely broke the skin), 1 from a dachshund (left a hole in my shoe) and the rest were from pit bulls. The basset hound and daschund were dogs that were being protective of their homes and weren’t acquainted with the people they bit. That is totally understandable. One… Read more »

MYpitbull
MYpitbull
6 years ago

If you get inside my house, my loving Pitbull will SMELL you to death, then go lay down. She only barks to let me know someone needs me. Ten years with her…she is much more loving than my two yellow labs were, rest their long-living souls.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

Apparently pits always wag their tails when starting an attack. In rural areas they have been known to hang around the school bus stops to attack children when the kids get off the bus.

TellNitStr8
TellNitStr8
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

I’ve personally seen hundreds of bites by small breeds that required stitches (one by a chihuahua required my uncle to have his lip reattached) but none by a Pittie, Rottie, GSD, or Doberman. I have seen an Akita attack a small child, but it wasn’t the dog’s fault. The moron took his 10 month old puppy that was in chronic pain from Hip Dysplasia (too young for hip replacement yet) to a family reunion and then ignored the dog as it whined, tried to hide from all the children swarming it, and growled to try and warn them away. When… Read more »

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
Sarah Elizabeth Clark
6 years ago
Reply to  TellNitStr8

Yes, that’s exactly the point though. Educate people that their pet might be dangerous and to select a more manageable breed if they are incompetent to train them.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago

I would say about 60 percent of dog owners don’t train their dogs other than housebreaking them. The dogs that are trained are either collies that herd sheep and cows or hunting dogs. Pet type dogs are seldom trained. I once saw a merle collie herd at least 80 cows across PCH in Marin county home to be milked all by him or herself. That was a trained dog. But most pets are not trained and not under control by their owners. Would you tolerate a 12 year old child jumping all over you and the dishes when you were… Read more »

Felicia Luburich
5 years ago

Most of what the dog did was INHERITED by many generations of breeding only dogs with a high instinct to herd. The training part was to respond to whistles on which way to herd the sheep when they were first learning. Genetics is the final arbiter.

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  TellNitStr8

you seem to like the dog better than the child it ravaged. But again, so many dog owners should not have dogs. I loathe people who drag their dogs to parties, camping and other people’s houses. Even the best behaved dogs are a disturbing influence as they need water bowls and are nervous or aggressive when they enter a new place.

Train your dogs and leave them at home.

Zlonewolf
Zlonewolf
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

To say that a pit bull has bites is in the blood, then you’d have to say that all dogs have it in their blood. I work with animals for a living, i cant tell you how many times i have almost been bitten by smalls breeds like the Chi countless times. THE ONLY pits that i have had to euth were behavioral animals that WERE TAUGHT to bite people from the get go. Any animal can bite, its really all about the training. And FYI starticially shown you are more likely to get bite by a chihuahua or cocker… Read more »

meriah
meriah
6 years ago
Reply to  jake

I have had pit bulls all my life. My kids were born with them in the house and not one got attacked. My dogs never got aggressive,bit,growled any of that. Not all pit bulls are bad. Any dog in the world can attack a person.

94SupraTT
94SupraTT
5 years ago
Reply to  meriah

Poor kids.

guest
guest
5 years ago
Reply to  94SupraTT

Poor Supra…

Fairisfair
Fairisfair
5 years ago
Reply to  jake

Well thank you for your well informed opinion jake, Btw what Vet school did you attend?

Hannah
Hannah
5 years ago
Reply to  jake

Exactly! It was bred to kill, not snuggle children. People just think THEIR pit bull would NEVER bite. And that will always be their downfall.

Felicia Luburich
5 years ago
Reply to  Hannah

When PBs were bred by real breeders, dogs that bit people were shot. There were few, because the breeder would know or find out were the trait came from & remove all his animals that bore that dog or dogs in the pedigree OUT of the breeding program. Do any of you know what a Break Stick is ? If not all you say is opinion & not knowledge. You know what is said about opinions?
they are like bum holes. Everyone has one & they all stink.

markjd15
markjd15
5 years ago
Reply to  jake

Thats just not true jake. If an unprovoked dog bites a child or anyone for that matter someone dropped the ball raising that dog. I kno what you’re saying being a wittness to an attack is good reason to be convinced of their agressive nature but id bet my life somewhere along the line the fault will lie with the owners shortcomings not the dogs natural temperment. I do agree no dog should be left unattended with a child particularly dogs with the strength of a pit. Better safe than sorry.

Jazmine Davis
Jazmine Davis
5 years ago
Reply to  jake

Not just pits. Any dog could do damage. Just because of its pat does not mean anything. You never know what happened to that dog that day.

john
john
6 years ago
Reply to  Josh

My friends pitt bull killed two of his cats and is constantly looking to kill. A dachshund can’t do that. I think that’s the point of the article. The pit is a sweet dog but his ability to kill must be understood.

Dawn
Dawn
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Dachshunds were bred for killing badgers. Badgers are a heck of a lot more vicious than cats…

I have seen a dachshund kill an armadillo, and he would stalk and hunt them after that. Literally had to be drug away from trying to kill any armadillo he sniffed out.

forgot
forgot
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Any dog has the “Ability” to kill, regardless of breed or size! It Is ALL About Training!

disgustedreader
disgustedreader
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Any dog can kill prey. I work in a shelter with indoor/outdoor kennels…the Chihuahua’s bring down birds and lizards all the time. ALL DOG BREEDS are predators. Cats are prey, birds are prey, lizards and rodents are prey, small dogs are prey to smarter, faster, and bigger dogs. Especially to hunting dogs. Which terriers are, no matter what you call them i.e. pits. Dachshund’s are hunting dogs as well. and yes, they can and will bring down animals bigger and larger than themselves given the chance. Any responsible and knowledgable dog owner knows that and should act accordingly. Meaning, that… Read more »

Murray Guy
Murray Guy
6 years ago

How many Chihuahua’s have seriously maimed, killed their owners?

JimmyRotn
JimmyRotn
6 years ago
Reply to  Murray Guy

Good point! How many people die in car accidents every year, WE NEED TO BAN CARS!

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
Sarah Elizabeth Clark
6 years ago
Reply to  JimmyRotn

Yes. And we make people get licenses to drive and punish irresponsible idiots who get other people killed.

You sir, are deliberately missing the point or an idiot. I hope it’s the former.

Rivka
Rivka
5 years ago
Reply to  Murray Guy

Obviously a large dog can caused more damage than a small dog. That goes for any breed of large dog.

But size doesn’t influence the dog’s predator instinct.

Andromeda Hadouken
Andromeda Hadouken
5 years ago
Reply to  Murray Guy

Eh, in my opinion, little dogs would kill a lot more if they were capable of it. I have never been shown aggression by a pit bull, a rottie, or any other large breed. Little dogs bite me all the time. Sure, lots of little dogs are sweet, but plenty of them would kill if they could. And let’s not forget that babies have been killed by Pomeranians and other small breeds. :/ I’m not going to hate on large dogs just because they are CAPABLE of killing me. I’ll judge each on as an individual, as I do with… Read more »

zarnon
zarnon
6 years ago

How many of your shelter animals are pit or pit mixes?

Sarah Elizabeth Clark
Sarah Elizabeth Clark
6 years ago

Yes, that’s the point so I don’t understand your problem with the article. Some dogs are more likely to be predators than others. For example, I will probably never own another rabbit or guinea pig while I have my Jack Russell X. But that’s because I understand her nature. This article seeks to educate people about the nature of these animals so they can train them properly or select a more suitable companion.

Stubby's Heroes
Stubby's Heroes
6 years ago
Reply to  john

John, You do realize that several breeds have what is called “prey drive”? Look it up.

Zach
Zach
6 years ago

All dogs have a prey drive.

Krissy
Krissy
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Dachshunds can easily kill cats, as can jack Russells and many other smaller breeds. Yes big dogs will typically do more damage, but they are Way less likely to bite than most small dogs. And don’t think that one or 2 small dogs couldn’t kill a baby or toddler….

Keshia
Keshia
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Any breed of dog had the ability to kill is what you must understand. Dogs are animals, every animal has the instinct to kill. Even humans. Dogs are pets that should be treated as so. Too many people treat their pet as a child which it is clearly unhealthy for the animal.

1256
1256
6 years ago
Reply to  john

It is not just going to kill out of the blue.

mollymac
mollymac
6 years ago
Reply to  john

A dachshund certainly can kill! They are the size they are for going down holes and rooting out their prey! Then the grab and shake. That’s why they were bred.

Felicia Luburich
5 years ago
Reply to  mollymac

A Dachs can kill a Badger, but not a human except in extraordinary circumstances.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Dachies were bred to have the same fearlessness and aggression as pit bulls. For the same reasons. Its job is to go into underground dens of badgers and drag them to the surface or kill them.
The AKC describes dachies as snippy and short tempered. and not safe around small kids.

Kaylee Pasuy
Kaylee Pasuy
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Dachsunds were bred to kill badgers they can easily kill as cat if they wanted to.

Loum
Loum
5 years ago
Reply to  john

You have obviously never worked with a dachshund. Although small, these dogs are bred to kill. My aunt kept one at her farm as a guard dog, and it managed to kill a boxer that walked past her property. Needless to say the dog was put down.

BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized
BSL=Bigotry Stupidly Legalized
5 years ago
Reply to  john

Are you aware that dachshunds are bred to pull badgers from their dens? I would sooner tangle with two cats than one badger… you try and tell me what the results are…

james
james
6 years ago
Reply to  Josh

Hello fellow dog lover..ye won’t find a guy that luvs all types of dogs for many reasons.. please please my friend..never for any reason leave them unattended for even a sec..I had a wot I described as the most loyal loving amazing pit x staff..1day I was buisy on PC..2 secs later my 2 yr old wee baby boy was mauled..had to hav dog destroyed..small piece of me died that awfull day..my wee boy is now 15..and has the scars of that terrible day..I now work as a volunteer in animal shelter ..every single wk no exception I will see… Read more »

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  james

Sounds like you are more upset about having to put the pit down than your baby almost killed. Dog lovers are insane needy people who have to project on the dog that the dog loves them, sort of like a stalker thinking a movie star loves them.

JRJ21
JRJ21
6 years ago
Reply to  Josh

You dog lovers never get it,NEVER.It’s in their genetics,read the damn article.Every thing can be peachy for years and then the beast can rare up and like the new mother who woke up to find her one year old pup eating her newborn,you can never undo this stupidity.Get a clue,even a small one.

Debbie Goldthwait Clemeno
Debbie Goldthwait Clemeno
6 years ago
Reply to  JRJ21

You sound so ignorant on this subject with no knowledge on dogs what so ever, just news clippings that you’ve read. You need to get a clue before you post.

sgsg
sgsg
6 years ago
Reply to  JRJ21

You get a clue. It’s not all genetics it’s training. If you knew anything about dogs!

none of your business
none of your business
5 years ago
Reply to  Josh

Sounds like you love your puppy more than you love your kids. Many lovingly raised and properly trained pit bulls have killed family members. It’s not the owner, it is the breed. There is also the strength. I was in England about 1990 and it was in the news that a small pit bull managed to drag down to the ground a police horse with its rider on it. I hope your children survive having a pit bull in the house. When it does kill one of your kids will you hire an attorney to defend it from the death… Read more »

limp nodes
limp nodes
5 years ago
Reply to  Josh

amen. enjoy that pup…
lol

Lori Lynn Christiansen
Lori Lynn Christiansen
6 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Chihuahuas don’t kill Gretchen. Pits do.Ugh, I am so tired of seeing that claim (excuse).

forgot
forgot
6 years ago

It is hard for a 3 lb dog to kill Any Human simply because it Isn’t BIG Enough. However, Chihuahuas are FAR more Aggressive than most other breeds, regardless of size. If a Chihuahua was Larger, it WOULD Kill!

disgustedreader
disgustedreader
6 years ago

Pit’s are terriers. Terriers are hunting breeds. Why do people forget that? And yes chihuahuas will kill. They will kill cats and birds, and lizards. They are a dog. Dogs are predators. Predators will hunt and given the chance…they will kill. Why do people forget that?

Murray Guy
Murray Guy
6 years ago

The reason should be obvious. Most in society consider an attack on a human, with injury and death as an outcome more serious than an attack on a lizards! Jeez, you have to wonder …

AmySlays
AmySlays
6 years ago

Aren’t humans hunters? Don’t they kill? If that’s the argument why are people breeding humans every day. I’m pretty sure more people kill people than pit bulls kill people. I’m pretty sure people kill more animals than pits attack people or other animals but it’s all about how you raise your children just like it is about how you raise your pets.

Katt
Katt
6 years ago

Chihuahuas DO kill – my chihuahua would have taken on a bear if I hadn’t called her off. Chihuahuas are big dogs in a very small body. They do not understand that they aren’t as big as their attitude.

Stubby's Heroes
Stubby's Heroes
6 years ago

Lori Mae Lynn, So explain to me then why the thousands of pit bull owners in our community have never been attacked by our dogs? I’ll wait while you come up with your answer

Radny Hecks
Radny Hecks
6 years ago

Because you are lucky.

zarnon
zarnon
6 years ago

Right. You went and interviewed every one of them. You might believe your BS but no one else does.

Jason Rox
Jason Rox
6 years ago

Chihuahuas are more than capable of maiming a child. Ditto JRTs, not to mention dachshunds, terriers, retrievers, labs. Any medium to large breed dog can be neglected or abused into becoming a very dangerous animal. Singling out American Bull Terriers (and their similar looking cousins) as uniquely dangerous is misguided and not supported by empirical evidence.

1256
1256
6 years ago

I’m tired of seeing the pitbulls kill claim. I have had more issues with “viscous” little yappy dogs than pitties. My neighbors chihuahua bit my dog for doing absolutely nothing. My sister inlaws chihuahua doesn’t like anyone or anything. My pittie has never been viscous and doesn’t hate anyone. All she wants is love.

Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
Jeanne Dulaney Andrus
6 years ago
Reply to  1256

I keep my Lab away from yappy little dogs, because she has very little tolerance for them. And she has big teeth. But USUALLY, the small dog has bitten her first – but since their teeth are so small, no damage…

zarnon
zarnon
6 years ago
Reply to  1256

It’s statistics duncelroy, not people’s opinions. Most. Fatalities. Of. All. Breeds.

Jane Green
Jane Green
6 years ago

Besides all the training, socializing, and teaching one has to do, one always has to closely supervise all dogs around children, children under 7 years old in particular. Dogs expect people to read their body language, and they may be indicating eminent attack to a child who has no clue. So the dog attacks. But an adult could have stopped it if they were present. Dogs are not ready made pets. They need teaching and even then one should be sure by being present when children are there. Why risk your child’s health and your dog’s life? By the way,… Read more »

the Truth
the Truth
6 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Chihuahua should be #1 on the list. I have known Chihuahuas that attack Humans multiple times a day.

Murray Guy
Murray Guy
6 years ago
Reply to  the Truth

Bloody amazing!
How many victims end up in hospital or worse following a Chihuahua attack?

Jenna Glover
Jenna Glover
6 years ago
Reply to  Emily

Same with me!! I have a chihuahua and a bully and my chi is ten times more aggressive than my “Bully”!

MAX
MAX
6 years ago
Reply to  Emily

I KNOW.I have a pittbull.I love HIM TO DEATH!

Kaylee6
Kaylee6
6 years ago
Reply to  Gretchen1999

When I worked in animal rescue, we had more problems with small breeds (under 20 pounds) biting volunteers and staff than with any of our big dogs. My theory is that a big dog knows it’s big, and has its size and vocalizations going for it. Little dogs, they don’t have much to defend themselves with except for their teeth.

Katt