25 dangerous dog breeds most likely to turn on their owners


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.

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.

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  • Carol Geyer

    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

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

    • Erich Kartmann

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

  • Jamie Keller

    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.

    • Erich Kartmann

      Well Jamie Keller, those small breeds can bite but really can’t kill anyone who’s not a tiny baby.

      • Cristina E Gonzalez

        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 afraid they would attack, yes with my very first pitbull it was cause of that, because that’s what everyone was telling me, but to tell you the truth the only problem I have with my pitbulls is that they think there small dogs, and don’t know how much they weigh, they like to jump on people, even though I try to train them not to do that, but my father is the type that likes dogs to jump on him. That’s the only problem I have with my pitbulls when it comes to children, they tend to jump on them and lick them a lot. I trust my big dogs more then my small dogs. One of my small Chihuahuas likes attacking my pitbull, she has been here with me since I had my very first pitbull back in 2005, and she has hated all three pitbulls, and has attack all three pitbulls, and none of the pitbulls ever tried to do anything back to her, and believe me she is a monster, her preffered spot to bite my pitbulls is on there muzzle, and that’s the most dangerous spot to attack a pitbull. Because my pitbulls mouth is big enough to chomp onto my Chihuahuas head, yet they don’t do anything to her. They actually try to run away from her, or try to curl up into a tiny ball to cover there heads.

        • Hiram Belt

          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.

      • Hayley Macan

        Well if people knew how to raise dogs they wouldn’t do that. Get off your soap box. You people think you are better then anyone else. Learn more about the breed before you judge

        • old34

          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.

    • GoneApe

      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.

      • asher2789

        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.

      • http://sheeran-diamandis.tumblr.com 卌SOS Fam

        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? They are tiny, but that doesn’t make them unable to bite down on something/someone. You can tell that argument to my friend who got all bruised up from a Beagle. My other friend has been bit hard (she bled) from her Boston Terrier!

        • OhSoRight

          ” 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?

          • FredC1968

            I was mauled by an enraged chihuahua. I needed to wash with hot soapy water,

    • Not ignorant

      Nobody reports when they are bit by a small dog.. so that PROVES dog bite statistics are BOGUS

  • Robert Butler

    Reading through this I saw no references to any scientific or empirical evidence that supports ANY of these claims. Presenting opinion as fact is a dangerous practice..

    • Marcus Twainius

      Really? You need empirical evidence to believe that getting hit by a fast moving car will injure you?

      • jasonjrf

        read my post above yes if you look at evidence you would relize pits are 7nth from the bottom out of 100 breeds most likely to bite a person so you dont need to get hit by a car to know but for this you at least need to know wtf you are saying

        • Tami Moneymaker

          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

            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 about 2 minutes. My dog smelled her little kid for a minute, then they were “buddies” for the next two weeks , with no problems. The dog would bark at strangers walking down the street, but would never attack. If you raise them as you would a new member of your family, they turn out fine. If you train them to be vicious, they will be that instead. I always talk to my dogs like I would a little kid. Not that mushy stuff some people use, just ordinary talk.

          • Donna Lee Craig

            …no bad dogs, just bad owners…

        • Langley Park

          Ah but most likely to bite is not the same as most likely to severely injure or kill, and for that they are at the top of the list.

          • geektinker

            The link I followed to this article had the title of “Top 15 Dog Breeds that Bite the Most”. The article itself says, “The following fifteen dogs are among the most dangerous breeds evidenced by statistics that include attacks on the owners.” Yet doesn’t cite the source. The title is “15 dangerous dog breeds most likely to turn on their owners”.
            All three of those are far different that “most likely to injure or kill”. And for that, you have no list, evidence, or statistics.

          • puh

            The evidence is at the ER department. The evidence is the people killed.

        • Dani

          But no other breed is targeted to be a fighting dog… just ask that NFL fellow what’s his face Michael Vick(?) All the torture he did to his dogs for them to fight and we only know of him because he is a public figure… you can throw numbers left and right with statistics but where are you getting this statistics??… I have a pitbull complete sweet hear was attack badly by a dalmatian… when I ask the owners for proof of vaccination they grab their dog and left super fast… it’s any breed that can attack if not trained properly. ANY breed… chihuahuas are the worst!

      • terrilynnmerritts

        There is plenty of evidence that if one walks out in front of a fast moving car you can be injured, On the other hand, there is no evidence that any of these breeds will, if not abused, trained to attack, or feeling threatened would “turn on their owners.”

        • damitajo1

          You’re debating someone from the Church of Sarah Palin. Wasting air.

          • Lysander

            That’s the best you can do? So when will you be 12?

          • David Breinig

            How does Sarah Palin affect a story about dog breeds? I have had 2 rescued pit bulls and am expecting another one this week, pulled from that life and once shown that people can be kind, my dogs have become the best companion pets I have ever had. I grew up with Labradors so, if you know anything about dogs, my previous statement might shock you. If I beat a kid daily, made him/her sleep in a closet, fed them things on the verge of spoiling and after a year let them loose on a playground with other kids, what type of social interaction do you think would happen? Pits were bred as protectors it was later that they started to be bred for fighting. Funny how that’s not mentioned above. Most decorated military dog, Pit Bull. Im done for now.

          • c

            What??? Strange.!!

          • Earl Kuon

            “You’re debating someone from the Church of Sarah Palin. Wasting air” Thanks I needed a good laugh after getting upset listening to all this ignorance that I call Pit Bull Hater Nation.

            The Dunning-Kruger effect. It beautifully explains the utter confidence of those who, with no expertise, remain stubborn in their views regardless of overwhelming evidence.

      • Margie Reynolds

        You need proof if your going to claim that more people are injured after being hit by fast moving green BMW’s driven by Asian women than any other kind.

      • asher2789

        this isn’t an article about getting hit by cars.

      • webcrawler

        Don’t be ridiculous! So let’s ban fast moving cars.. They will injure u if they hit u! Let’s ban Trains.. If they hit you, they could kill you! More people get hurt falling off of, being stepped on and thrown from horses each year.. Because they are big and if they fall on you, they could kill you!!! See how stupid? Pitbulls have iron jaws, and if they bite you, it’s going to mess you up! No doubt about it, but that’s not what the article is about… It is about certain breeds being more apt to turn on their owners than another… Don’t twist it into anything else, or I’ll sic my mini-Ninja Shih-tzu on you.. He’s from China, so he naturally knows Kung Fu… It’s bred right into them! LOL

    • pbrower2a

      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

        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

          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, painful step as I limped the 1/2 mile or so home. Zach was a stray I’d rescued from traffic as a pup, and I never intended to keep him (I have too many other dogs). He ended up being adopted to a family with an autistic (hyperactive) child – I was afraid it would be a terrible match until the dog followed the boy dotingly, even indulgently, and with obvious concern, down to the kitchen – despite the child’s loud voice and erratic motions – That dog glombed right on to him, worried over him, fussing and over-seeing him, bonding instantly, crying and fretting if they were ever separated.LOL I was history, he never looked back. Last I heard, Zach had helped this boy more than any other ‘therapy’ the distraught parents had tried. I know it’s a little off-topic, but – your statement about tripping over a small dog just made me remember that. Gotta give credit to a special dog when it’s due!

          • FredC1968

            Great story

    • jgh59

      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 here 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 owned. Now my dachshund, he’s another story. How he didn’t make this list I will never understand; he is perhaps the most savage dog I have ever owned, the only reason he is under control is he is so loyal that when you fuss at him, it seems to completely break his spirit.

      • nosmiley

        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

          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 took a bite out of the other dogs hind leg. He broke it and I had to pay a vet bill. Guess it could have been worse, if he had taken a bite out of the guy…

          • Tia Schmidt

            who cares?

          • Posting Smith

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

          • Nilza Ivone

            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

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

          • Pangur Ban

            :( very sorry about your friend.

          • Karen Quartzstone

            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

            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 humans or animals. So please don’t make a statement about someone you know nothing about and also their history. I have set my dog up on a diet that has almost removed the larger masses he had and it looks like since he has lived about a year and a half and is getting better that I might know a little about what I am doing for my pet….And by the way, they didn’t give me much of a chance to survive the treatments they put me on but I am still here after over 7 years…

          • Karen Quartzstone

            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

          • virginiamarie94

            You have an extremely uneducated and one sided opinion of cancer. As a med student(yes I am still in school/no that does not mean I know nothing) I can say without doubt that cancer can be dangerous even if you are in peak physical health. If you really understood cancer you wouldn’t make judgments on someone’s treatment plan without first asking for quite a bit more information than what was provided. So yes organic food and pure water are fantastic things and will help any mammal live a much healthier life, but it is most definitely not a guaranteed cure for everything that is just simply naive.

          • PNUT1

            It’s amazing how many otherwise intelligent people fall for pseudo scientific crap. Especially when it’s “Big Pharma”, the Gubbermint, and “the man” keeping the hero and his magic potion from the masses. I had to break up with a woman that was otherwise amazing because she was so invested in batshittery and would get furious when I would not agree.

          • wolfcat

            Lost a life long best friend because she was too into conspiracies and gobbly-gook mumbo jumbo.

          • nosmiley

            @Karen if you really understood cancer, you would know thousands die each year directly or indirectly from it. It ruins lives, both for the person or animal that has it, as well as the folks that are close to the person or dog. What I have stated is FACT, not simply an opinion, as you are puffing and blowing about. Yes, the world has made great advances in the treatment of the various types of cancer, but still, some are treatable, and some don’t respond well to much of anything- medicine, homeopathic, surgery, prayer, as well as your “understanding” . Needless to say, I put little confidence in what you posted, as do several others.

          • kells

            “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.”

            WTF? This is the most asinine statement I have ever read.

          • Betty Geist

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

          • catbell7cat

            NYTimes printed two research articles by two separate onocolgy groups – sugar makes cancer cells grow like wildfire — and CNN’s programs on Marijuana – in Israel and in UK — marijuana kills off cancer cells – so make up a tea with some other tea and suck it up :)

          • Jon Garcia

            You’re the only sensible person in here. Everyone else is fighting about stupid things lol. You do realize that the same companies that gave you the cancer, also sell the chemotherapy drugs right? Pharmaceuticals companies also manufacture olestra, and aspartame. These people are hilarious. Now back to talking about dog breeds!

          • morph2020

            Sugar makes ALL cells grow like wildfire.

          • wolfcat

            Most cancer is genetic.

          • Jane Green

            So true, unfortunately.

          • wolfcat

            Studies do not say that weed kills cancer. It slows/inhibits growth. HUGE difference. lol

          • margaret
          • Mongoose218

            You are wrong…cancer is NOT “poisoning”. Organic food and non tap water won’t prevent or cure it. NOTHING “easily reverses cancer”….PLEASE don’t spread ridiculous but hopeful posts to people who may believe you.

          • janisofny

            stop being ridiculous. I have had dogs live very, very long lives and I do not feed my dogs organic food and I do use tap water. how long have your dogs lived? One of my dobermans lived to be 17 which is exceptionally long for a doberman, and one of my cats lived to be 23.

          • Crystal

            Karen, you know absolutely nothing about his dog’s health, yet you are going to accuse him of “unknowingly” poisoning him? What an arrogant woman.

          • Elizabeth Jml Newman NéeGedye

            At 13years old, how do you go from 13years old, for a Dog(that’s like 90 in dog years). To oh you’ve given your dog cancer. Karen for his dog to have gotten to 13yrs old, he must be doing something right not like yourself, whom Assumed by his dog having cancer he has done something wrong. Cancer unfortunately happens. One friends puppy had to be put down at 6mths old, because it had been born with Cancer, the Breeder knew her dogs carried these Genes, but kept having them as her Breeding pair.

          • Krystal Mansour

            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. No one or any animals just does of “old age”. Everyone living creature dies from some sort of disease.

          • Lindsay

            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 cancer is an easy fix, and that is dangerously misleading.

          • Krystal Mansour

            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

          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 and could figure out what I did to earn that response. The Chows got me out of the blue with little body language to indicate that the situation was turning.

          • Mongoose218

            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

            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

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

          • wolfcat

            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

            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

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

          • Jane Green

            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

            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

            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 not aggressive, even when a jumpy young dog keeps pestering her. Then she lies down and does a mouth closed low growl, as if to say, “get off, kid”.

            She lives with cats and when younger, she took care of a litter of motherless kittens. I bottle fed them, but she took over all the other tasks & slept with them for 9 weeks. The kittens even tried to suckle from her! They loved crawling through her thick red hair.

            Except for the fire alarm, Rosie very seldom barks. She has quite a bit of arthritis now, but still likes to go for interesting walks. She is my sweet Rosie posie.

          • chris

            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

            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.

        • John Brown

          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

            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. Still hasn’t stopped me from crossing the street when someone is coming with a Chow.

          • morph2020

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

      • Tia Schmidt

        no one is interested in your dog’s life story

        • Nathan Graham

          actually, “tia the troll”, we were interested in his story.

        • nosmiley

          Actually Tia:
          No one is interested in you. Please show your credentials to verify you have law enforcement authority of the internet

        • Gretchen1999

          You can’t speak for anyone but yourself, Tia! Do something productive!

        • Maynard Runkle

          I am interested . That’s why I am on this site to find out about people’s experiences with dogs.

      • Danesha Williams

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

        • jgh59

          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

          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

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

          • Josh

            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 plays with him! My 4yr old on the other hand is his baby girl. They love each other to death! I’ve been raised around dobies and have had other pits. I firmly believe that it’s all about how you raise them. I swear my last pit was a poodle trapped in a pitbulls body! Just the sweetest thing ever, I miss him so much! Now with my pup, he’s been around other dogs and people since I have had him. The biggest problem I have is that he wants love and attention from everyone he sees, including other dogs. Poor guy has had a couple incidents where he’s approached other smaller dogs and they go after him! He just cries, tucks his tail and runs backwards! But he’ll go from rough playing with Shepards, labs, his best boxer buddy etc., to gently playing with the smaller dogs that are willing to play with him. He truly amazes me. He’s my therapy dog, as I have ptsd and has definitely made a difference in my life! I love him as a child, and hate the label people put on these dogs! Yes, you beat, neglect and train to be a fighter, then that’s what you’ll get. Same goes for your kids, you beat, neglect and show hatred for them, they’re probably not going to turn out to be honor roll students nor respect anyone! Thanks for sharing and listening. Best of luck to everyone who loves these “evil” dogs!lol

          • jake

            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

            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 friend” so treat them as such and the mutual respect will show. I’m 72 years old, never been bitten and I’ve never owned a mean or unruly dog so I would say I have the right formula for owning a good dog.

          • Nancy

            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.

          • JRJ21

            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.

          • forgot

            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

            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.

          • 1652

            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.

          • eddie

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

          • Jeff

            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.

          • Jeanne Dulaney Andrus

            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!

          • Murray Guy

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

          • Jeanne Dulaney Andrus

            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.

          • the Truth

            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.

          • john

            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

            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

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

          • disgustedreader

            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 before mingling his terrier with cats, he should have found out whether or not his dog had a high-prey drive. And then kept them separated. That was ignorance on his part and I’m sorry that his cats paid the price for that with their lives. But the blame for that lies with the owner, not the dog, because of his lack of knowledge.

          • Murray Guy

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

          • Stubby’s Heroes

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

          • Zach

            All dogs have a prey drive.

          • Krissy

            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

            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

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

          • mollymac

            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.

          • Jim Smith

            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.

          • james

            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 at least 1 family pet thats never done anythin like it before in 8 -9-10-11 yrs.. please don’t think I’m MAKIN all this up..I’m 40 yr old father..it makes my blood boil when I see a dog clearly showing signs of not enuf exercise n no socialising at the crucial stage of life..I wish u and yer family all the best for the future I hope u all hav long happy life’s together..fellow pbt lover..I hav an akita and English bull terrier..my 2nd btw..had pure white 1/ lived grand old age 15..rip wee lad both my dogs r soft n well socialised..I wud recommend puppy classes to all new owners of any dog..they in turn make your life less stressful as u hav a happy dog..I laughed wen was advised..changed our lives..

          • JRJ21

            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.

          • Lori Lynn Christiansen

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

          • forgot

            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

            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

            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 …

          • Katt

            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

            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

            Because you are lucky.

          • Jason Rox

            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

            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

            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…

          • Jane Green

            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, I have learned of a case where a Pomeranian killed an infant… So, watch your Chihuahuas around kids, too.

          • the Truth

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

          • Murray Guy

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

          • Kaylee6

            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

            Thank you! My vet has also voiced he worries ‘about the little guys’, and not my bulldog mix.

          • Lori Lynn Christiansen

            Chihuahuas don’t kill Gretchen. Pits do.Ugh, I am so tired of seeing that claim (excuse). And the other tired rant “Humans are the most dangerous animals in the world.” Grade 3 reasoning.

          • mamakosa

            Correct me it I’m wrong, but the article is titled ’25 Dangerous Dog Breeds Most Likely to Turn on Their Owner’. No where in the title does it mention which dogs are capable of ‘killing’. Anyone with a brain knows that Chihuahuas are not capable of killing humans. And making statements like, “Chihuahuas don’t kill Gretchen. Pits do” are examples of the ignorance that make humans the most dangerous. Get a clue. Oh, and for the record, I’m an owner of both pit bulls and chihuahuas – having only ever been bitten by my chihuahua.

          • John Doe

            You’re probably tired of hearing it because you know it’s true…dogs are like any other object that can cause harm, cars, guns, power tools and other people.

            We tend to look at this out of perspective….dog attacks are terrible, I’ve broken up a few dog fights that were really bad. However, seen in perspective…with pit bulls killing 20 people in 2010 and accidental falls killing 27,483…we realize that the world is not a ‘safe’ place. I’m not making excuses for the people who did not control their animals and allowed this to happen, while on the other hand I’m not going to run screaming for the government to ‘protect us’ by limiting other people’s rights to own their cars, guns or dogs. Owners of these objects should be held responsible for any damage caused by them.

            Here is a case in point: The most horrifying example of the lack of breed predictability is the October 2000 death of a 6-week-old baby, which was killed by her family’s Pomeranian dog. The average weight of a Pomeranian is about 4 pounds, and they are not thought of as a dangerous breed. Note, however, that they were bred to be watchdogs! The baby’s uncle left the infant and the dog on a bed while the uncle prepared her bottle in the kitchen. Upon his return, the dog was mauling the baby, who died shortly afterwards. (“Baby Girl Killed by Family Dog,” Los Angeles Times, Monday, October 9, 2000, Home Edition, Metro Section, Page B-5.)

          • Aaron Weinberg

            thanks for that post :)

          • Dawn

            I have seen a chihuahua attack and maul a cat, a rabbit, chickens and a miniature poodle before it was eventually out down. Don’t say Chihuahua’s DON’T kill because they do.

          • Anon

            But humans ARE the most dangerous animal in the world. They’re responsible for more death and destruction than pretty much any other lifeform on the planet. If we wanted to, we could probably sterilize the entire fucking planet.

          • Jason Rox

            I understand that some people don’t like American Bull Terriers, that’s their right. I don’t particularly care for chihuahuas myself– The fact remains that any, out control, neglected, or abused animal may potentially become unpredictable and therefore dangerous. It follows that (all) large breed dogs would pose more of a threat in that condition. Scapegoating ABTs as somehow unique in this regard is not supported by evidence.

          • Debra Kenny

            So says the uneducated. I like the way you don’t even try to justify your reasoning. Humans ARE the most dangerous creatures on this planet. We destroy a lot of species of animals and plants across the globe. We are constantly using up the earth’s natural, finite resources etc etc…If that isn’t dangerous then I don’t know what is! Chihuahua’s CAN kill people just like ANY dog can if it is not properly trained or socialised. Size doesn’t matter. I have a friend who, from a young age, had a Staffie and she was the most loving dog you could imagine. No problems of being a danger to anyone. They were close and yet staffies, like Pitts etc get tarred with the same brush. So do your research and educate yourself. If all else fails and you aren’t convinced then at least come up with some justifiable evidence for your “claim”.

          • randomwebbrowser

            yes Chihuahua’s are mean little dogs my neighbor has two when she lets them roam free I have to grab my one year old up and run if we are outside playing…

          • Vezna Veneris

            an old lady torn apart by pitbulls in Perth park 2005

          • IndoorDog

            what does that argument mean, do you have any information besides breed, such as how they lived, what they were used as…racial profiling…sick bit

        • Steven Crimmins

          Ha, same here! Dush bit my thumb good, only time I’ve ever been bitten.

        • pitter43

          The thing is, when a dachshund bites you, you get a few teeth marks. When a pit bites you, you might end up dead.

          • liz

            Oh stop pitbulls aren’t bad the owners are u defend one dog cuz u have that dog what if u had a pit u would defend it as well all this is bull crap it’s how u raise the dog

          • Jason Rox

            That’s true for any medium to large breed dog. The argument is that American Bull Terriers (and their cousins) are particularly aggressive. I contend that they are not, with the qualifying statement that any dog, irrespective of breed, can be made unpredictable and/or dangerous by abuse or neglect. ABTs are not more or less inclined to this reality.

          • Dogbird

            American Bull Terriers are banned from my county due to frequent attacks. They have jaw power of about 1000 pounds. Wouldn’t want that clamped on me!

          • MariaWest66

            do your research, rotties have a stronger bite then pitbulls & pits do not lock jaws

          • Jeff

            You are completely clueless and in denial. Pitbulls were originally bred to bait bears and bulls. They were prized for their jaw strength and TENACIOUSNESS. It is BRED into THEM therefore it is in the BREED. When and if they decide to attack they have the capacity to do MORE damage than other dogs. I’ve seen this first hand. Numerous times. If this isn’t the case then why are they chosen as fighting dogs over all other breeds? You people wear me out with your delusions.

      • ann

        friends of mine had a chow. anytime that john would get near sharon, the dog would bite and nip at him. they got rid of it. they ended up getting a Lassa apsa (unsure of spelling) jack russel mix. i have scars to this day from that dumb dog. my point? any dog can be made mean or nasty. john was they only one that held her when she was a puppy. she was kinda islolated. eventually she got used to me being around. their sons boxer ridgeback mix has one person he doesnt like. max has actually gone to bite brandon, but the owners have prevented it. for some reason max doesnt like him. point in case? aagain any dog can be made to be mean.

        • jgh59

          They have a strong herding instinct; if you’ve ever been around a border collie, they will nip at you to get you to do what they want. or maybe the dog was just mean. Funny you mention Lhasa Apso’s. I also have a Lhasa mix, he is one of he nicest dogs in the world, almost saintly in his good will towards humans. He and the chow are buddies.

      • Rod Prather

        My understanding of the chow is that it was used both for hunting and for fighting. the hunter is a companion dog. The two breeds got crossed for modern dog breeding but they still seem to remain. You either get a lover or a fighter. You will learn which very quickly. Love these humorous dogs.

        • jgh59

          They also raised them for fur (like sheep) and meat. I had not heard of them being bred to fight, they definitely have a hunting instinct.

      • John Brown

        I agree as one that has owned this type of Dog and they are able to show much love to those it cares for

      • True Dog Owner

        Dachshunds like many stubborn and independent dog breeds will mirror the actions of their owners. If yours is savage and you are actually suggesting that your own pet be added to “top 25 dangerous dog breeds” then you should not own him. My dachshund is an angel, yes he will do things in his own time but if anyone dared use the word “savage” when describing my dog I would assume them I mentally unstable. My dachshund has a group of dachshund friends with whom I take him to socialise, and if any the owners heard a dachshund being described as “savage” they would draw the same conclusion as I: bad owner.

        My German Shepherd, 2 Lakeland Terriers, Collie, Boxer, Bullmastiff and Dachshund each have their own personality and we’re trained according to individual needs, but they each get on perfectly together and I would not nominate any of them for this list. But then again I am a good owner.

        • jgh59

          How dare you insinuate that I am an unfit dog owner. I was an owner of 8 rescue dogs until this past year when I lost two to old age. We found this Dachshund running down a country road, skin and bones with over 250 ticks on his body. He was approximately four years old by the vet’s best estimate. I love the dog dearly, he is affectionate and sleeps under the covers at my feet on a nightly basis. But when it comes to other dogs outside of his pack, he is highly protective. He will also go after strangers if not for our fenced yard. If you know anything about the breed, the are notoriously defensive of their territory and noted for their independence; fiercely loyal to their owners. They were designed to hunt badgers in the badger’s hole. This is in the dogs DNA and the four years he lived prior to living with me were obviously not easy for him. I cope with the dogs quirks and he is a beloved member of my family. You, on the other hand, are one of the smug, self-righteous dog owners that give the rest of us a bad name. And check the list – your German Shepherd is #2 and your Boxer is #21. My dachshund will never turn on me, I am just surprised that he didn’t make the list based on the number of Dachshunds you see on “Cesar” and other dog training shows.

          • Es

            I get the “don’t blame the breed, blame the owner,” but people get close minded about it. When you rescue a dog, there is often damage done that you can never completely heal. Last year, I adopted a 3 year old Dachshund/Chihuahua male who was rescued from CA. The shelter told me he was a stray and he was shy. When I got home, he immediately showed signs of fear aggression and that he had been abused. My dog has finished training classes and his timid self has learned to enjoy life. My neighbors will hate on him, the small dog, when their big dog is running circles around him or their kids choose to ride their skateboards on the sidewalk behind us. A lot of small dog haters antagonize the little dogs. It’s quite a shame when they are owners of large dogs who are not calm, but possess the so called traits of small dogs.

      • kimakazee

        I agree about the chow–I too had a chow–and did much research about chow–they are they only breed born mean as much as I hate to say that–and maybe I’m using the wrong terms–but they are stubborn and you have to build trust with them and they will be loyal FOREVER! mine saved me twice from very scary situations one in which I probably wouldn’t be alive today. She was very much like a cat and loved my cats too —I spent a LOT of time socializing her- and she was a great family member! she is greatly missed!!!

        • Maynard Runkle

          Kim, what were the scary situations. It would be interesting to know.

      • Toni K Burniston

        I raised Dachshunds for over 34 years and never ever had a savage one. They are as independent as a pig on ice but were totally fun loving and goofy. And they were yappers. If you have never witnessed a Weiner Dog Race, you’ve missed out on a lot of fun. Yeah, I miss my pooches. I hope God has a kennel up there. I want them all back.

        • jgh59

          Funny you should mention racing, mine is fast, extremely fast and I wish I could race him, but he is just not good around other dogs. My original comment is misleading, my dachshund is a beloved member of my family, but he also has the traits of the badger dog from which he descended.

      • josh

        I have a saint bernard and today I was playing with it with toys when all of a sudden it started getting rather ruff. Kinda intimidated me. Then I would push him away and he would try to get ruff.

        He is amazing with my kids. Any suggestions as to what I should do?

        • jgh59

          My chow passed away this weekend, I am heart broken. You can crank up most any dog to an aggressive state even playing. The problem with big dogs is that aggression can be dangerous. I walked and walked my chow when he was young, I think it helps establish you as leader of the pack and bleeds off built up energy. Unfortunately it is too hot this time of year to take big hairy dogs like St. Bernard’s and chows for long walks. Maybe taking them to a lake is a better idea.

    • James Gonzalez

      Soo true…I’ve owned “Ptbull’s all my life and never have had a problem? They’ve always been great with my children and my grandchildren so where this “Dog Notebook” got it’s data is very suspect.

    • Pangur Ban

      Feel free to see the fact- and headline-stuffed blog this grieving parent maintains about pits, updated daily: http://sruv-pitbulls.blogspot.com/

      I love dogs. They are more in tune with people than any mammal on earth, including chimps, apes. Fact is, pits (and less often other breeds) have killed more than 400 people since records have been kept, and at least 43k pets and domestic animals. They should be bred out.

      EDIT: shoot. I meant 43k pets/domestics in 2013 alone. :(

    • PorterJustPorter

      I agree…it should be based on cited, statistical data. And if is, that should be printed. Only the American Pit-Bull Terrier was cited in this article as being responsible for the most human fatalities.

    • Michelle Olson

      Amen Robert!

    • Britney Croteau

      That’s because there is no scientific evidence to support this cretin’s ignorant, uneducated opinion. dogs don’t “turn” on people – they always give a warning. Totally agree that presenting opinion as fact is downright dangerous. This person clearly does not have the credentials to put out such an article!! It’s an insult to us professionals that dedicate our lives to these animals!!!!!!

      • Mike

        Every dog is different, and just like people they have bad days. I think all dogs should be socialized and have some obedience training starting as a puppy. My trainer has socialization groups of 12-15 dogs with many pit bulls, shepherds, rotties, as well as small dogs, they have to learn these skills that normally they would learn in their pack if they were not pets. I also agree with you that dogs always give a warning, that’s where the human needs to pay attention.

      • makamae

        Absolutely untrue. I was bit by an English Spaniel when I was a kid… no warning, no growl, not so much as a funny look or an untoward tail-wag. Dogs DO turn on people, on family, on other pets, to disastrous consequences… if it’s a pit bull, that is.

        • Britney Croteau

          Since adults, more often than not, don’t even know what to look for as far as warning signals go, its highly unlikely that a CHILD is going to know what to look for. Are you aware that a hard stare, yawn, lip lick, tongue flick, looking away and showing the whites of their eyes are all warning signals that a dog is telling a person to back off? If these subtle signals are ignored, and the dog is pushed past his limits, the dog has not “turned;” he communicated appropriately and escalated the way he said he would.

        • Britney Croteau

          Considering the majority of adults are unaware of what “warning signals” in dogs look like, it’s highly unlikely a CHILD would know what to look for. Looking away, showing the whites of the eyes, yawning out of context, raising one front paw, lip licking, etc. are all warnings dogs give to tell someone to back off.

    • Yesse

      I agree Robert I have known many Pitbulls none of which were aggressive toward people. Some of them are the nicest dogs I’ve ever known including my dog Niko. I’ve walked down the street and a couple of pitbulls have come up to me happy wagging their tails. I call bs on this article no statistics what so ever.

    • susanblv

      I very much agree with your comment. As the commenter with the Dachshund mentioned, some small dogs are just as likely to attack. Doxies have it in their genes to hunt down and kill ferocious badgers, and some can of these little cuties can be dangerous. I must comment about the half-truth in the article regarding the Doberman Pinscher. Most of them are from one of two breeding lnes –German or American. It’s true that the German line gives you a much more aggressive animal, but the American lines are a completely different temperament and in fact, when raised lovingly will give you a wonderful family dog with the ideal temperament that is gentle and obedient yet very protective of its family if a threat arises. They do know the difference! I was the lucky guardian for 13 years of a beautiful female Dobie who was the best dog I ever had, and I’ve had a few, mostly mixed breed dogs. The little 2-yr old boy neighbor would tug on her tail and she would just stand there and let him, with her little stumpy tail wagging, and when she’d had enough, would simply walk away. She never threatened the pool guy when he made his weekly arrival to clean the pool. She was friendly to other animals and people and let our new little kitten bite her ears and mouth without complaint or aggression. Yet I also experienced how well she did the job of protecting me when it was necessary. I never had any apprehension that she could hurt me. It is important to get them as a pup and make the rules clear, and provide plenty of activity, but NEVER punish them harshly, and in my opinion and experience, you will have the best dog you could have.

    • susanblv

      Well said, Robert. The article is remarkably unreliable.

    • bob

      pitbulls kill an average of 20 people per year- including their owners- you can look it up online- that’s a verifable fact- The show Ax-Men, the brownings I believe their name was, their daughter was killed by their family pet- a Rottweiler while the wife looked out her window and watched- that is also another verifiable fact. In 2012, 36 people were killed by dogs in the US alone- of those, 63% of the deaths were from pitbulls. From 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans. Every dog owner says “Oh buy my dog was raised right and would never do that” until of course the dog does do that- 20 times per year infact- then the owner usually says “My dog was provoked- you can’t blame the dog”. The brownings were so devastated by the l oss of their Daughter, they quit the Ax Men show

      • dogdaddy

        36 deaths by dogs in a country of 330 million people, and many many millions of dogs, is NOTHING statistically. I don’t care what percentage of that miniscule number is by any particular breed.

    • DBugg

      A MEN!

    • Mary Buerkley

      No, there is a reference source of people killed by dogs, it is very detailed. This is based on ‘records’, police records, a nation record. Need you know more? I’ve seen the list. It posts everything; the name of the person, how old, when, what breed of dog. Maybe you could google it? It’s there.

    • Ron de Vue

      Just do a google search for “death by dog attack” and see what comes up.

    • PJ Kutscher

      Thank you–I agree! The problem(s) are not so much with the breeds as with the people–both those that breed indiscriminately and those that acquire these dogs for the wrong reasons and without any foreknowledge of what that dog was originally bred for and that ALL dogs (no matter what breed) need to be socialized). I have had many different breeds in my lifetime–including German Shepherds and Dobermans, and I have a brother who has a rescued Rottweiler. I’ve also had small dogs (Pekingese, Boston Terrier, mixed breed) and really have to say that that smaller breeds are much more pugnacious. If the large breeds had that same personality THEN I might be worried. Of course a Chihuahua or Miniature Poodle would have a hard time being a real threat no matter how nasty they were–size does make a difference. You won’t likely hear of a MinPin killing anyone though the bite ration might be quite high.
      As far as Danes go–I have known several and ALL have been VERY nice dogs.
      ANY large breed that is not properly bred and socialized has the POTENTIAL to be dangerous—period.

    • Grace

      Agreed. I would like to respectfully point out that my pit bull is a lap
      dog, and i got bit so hard by a 10 pound yorkie I had to go to the
      hospital and get stitches.

      I would just like to see these articles have more, as you stated Robert, empirical evidence.

    • Buddykin

      Robert you are 100% correct. Just because insurance companies won’t insure a breed does not mean that the breed is bad. Insurance companies react to protect their assets. Assets are at risk via litigation. Excessive litigation is the outcome of avarice and media hysteria designed to attract viewers which results in increased revenue (more greed).

    • Fred

      Umm, Gee only real life people who were killed or maimed by pitbulls in particular..YA know, ones you can find easily on the net if you LOOK for them. If you want to play the pretend game about these dogs- especially pits you can keep doing it.. A person is a TOTAL idiot to deny the obvious about certain breeds of dogs. And if you don’t stop, I will have to bring my pet lion over to eat you and your dog( ROAAARRRR)… It is a DANGEROUS practice to deny police reports and EMS reports, too, or Deny it when you can simply FIND the facts right on the net. Oh and only about 700 towns/ cities ban pits now or have limits on them.. YA.. just made up stuff you see.

    • Margaret Young

      I couldn’t agree more, this is nothing but an opinion piece. It would be far more helpful if actual statistics were cited. Also not to pick on any breed, but pit bulls do attract idiots – as do many of the other dogs listed here. In many cases it will be said idiot who owns the dog who is responsible for the attack.

    • Rod

      But their big and scary and have teeth. It couldn’t possibly be how the moron owners are raising them. :-)

    • pitter43

      I looked it up one time. Pits have killed 500 children. That doesn’t count the ones maimed or adults killed and maimed by them. As far as I’m concerned, pits should be hunted and killed where you find them, just like any other killer animal. I’ve written to the animal shelter where I live wanting to know when these killers will be banned from city limits. Anyone that owns one of these killers have mental problems, as do the people that think it’s OK to own them in city limits.

    • Tara

      So true Robert butler

    • Josiah Wheezer

      “Would-be Rottweiler owners should keep in mind that Dogbite stated that from 2005-2013, 74% of all dog bites could be attributed to Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.” Yes – Presenting opinion as fact is a dangerous practice.

    • Vezna Veneris

      Which is what you are doing right now-the truth hurts.

    • Jeff

      So is assuming. Just because they don’t go to extreme lengths to make a hugely detailed article doesn’t mean it’s not accurate. For the sake of time and space constraints maybe they just didn’t include the statistics with every single claim.

  • JaneDoh

    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

      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 often and all were renters not home owners.

      • Gary T

        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 much more likely to bark and growl than bite: biting is the last resort.

        Once, my dog (while leashed) got into a scuffle with a little white fluffy neighbor dog, who apparently thought it wise to trespass onto our property (three sides of which are fenced in) and engage a German Shepherd. Fluffy dog ended up in my dogs mouth for a bit and got to experience what it’s like to be a chew toy or rag, he was released unharmed but visibly shaken (pun intended).

      • pbrower2a

        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 all that keeps them from being extremely dangerous. Of course, burglars are meat.

        • Linda

          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 outside and put them on a blanket while I mowed the yard or worked outside. I had a GH on each blanket with each of my sons and they would never leave their side. Heaven help the person who got too close. My female had her own boundry for my sons which was an apple tree about 3/4 of the way in our front yard. If one of my kids went beyond the tree, she would literally go get them and bring them back. She was not trained, this was just instinct. However, these last two GH I have are rescues, a male and female. They had been together a long time and they wanted to keep them together. They were both in poor shape and abused and I really expect a lot in training. I took the female first to the vet, she had 4 broken ribs on the left side, fractured jaw and broken teeth and three fangs broken off at gum level and weighed 35 pounds. My vet had to go back in and rebreak the ribs fix them. She couldn’t eat crunchy food so I put her on a soft food diet and now she weighs 90-95 pounds. The fracture has now healed and she is healthy and happy, but is very mistrusting of people, she only truly trusts my husband and me. She just stays beside me when we have company. Her motto is you leave me alone and I’ll leave you alone, but she is so lovable with us. The big purebred boy is from old German stock. He weighed 57 pounds and had stage 2 heartworm. My vet had him for 10 days. Now he is heartworm free and weighs 135 pounds. He is black and very intimidating. He has the pure instincts of GH. Inside his territory he can be very agressive towards people that just walk up to my house, but I put my finger on his nose and he is silent. However, he is not beyond baring his teeth, hair up, and ears back if a stranger tries to touch me. And I believe he would attack if someone tried to harm me. But I take him everywhere with me. Outside his territory he is so friendly. I take him to Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby, all nurseries, nearly everywhere there is not food. Most adults back away from him, but little kids run up and throw their arms around him and he just sits there, does nothing, they paw him all over, but I warn the parents, not to approach the child, I’ll bring the child to them. If I stand too long in an isle looking for something, he just lays down, I drop his short leash and tell him to stay. People wallk past him with carts and he doesn’t even look. Real sweetheart. Although neither had any training, even house broken, GH are so easily trained, being so intelligent, to any commands. You just have to be firm and be the one in control. Who ever wrote this has no clue about dogs, particularly GH. However, I will admit neither care for small dogs. We live on 2 acres and I never leash them. They go to the garden with me on the back side of the open part of the property, they never leave my side. For him, I am his prioity and she comes next then property, however for her, the property is her priority and she will defend it to the death. She knows every square inch of her property and anything comes in is fair game. I laughingly told my husband, she would go after a grizzly bear if it came on her property. She is very territorial and most GH are. We have a large fenced backyard where they run. I will not alllow them outside the fence unless I am there. I have trained them not to go through any gate until I give them permission. They have no problem with the pool guy, they bark to let me know, and I tell them it is ok. They settle down and just watch him. I can take them into the back yard and they won’t do a thing, they kinda know him, but I had to ask the company to change pool guys. One guy who seemed ok to me, but my boy would get really riiled and not settle down. He simply hated him. I trusted his instinct, change guys. He’s ok now. In my 65 years, we also have had Rotties and Pinchers. The most dangerous dog we had was a St. Bernard. He hated the world and everyone in it.

      • asher2789

        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

        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.

        • http://111.12.121/ TrueJustice

          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.

  • Shelby Lynn

    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 parents and see if they are the cause?

    • Marcus Twainius

      Yeah, but judges hardly ever order the owners destroyed.

      • kevin

        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.

    • Cristina E Gonzalez

      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 have noticed, when they have a rebellious dog, they seem to get better by that time there a bit older then 2 years old. And most of my dogs have come out rebellious, mostly cause mostly all of them are related towards each other, so they came out with the same rebellious traits. But I have noticed that when they were 2yrs old and a few months, they started behaving better.

  • Ashley Bopp Work

    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.

  • Pit Lover

    This article is one persons opinion not fact. I have a pit bull rescued from the pound and he is the most loveable, non threatening dog I have ever owned. It is people like the one that wrote this article that give dog breeds a bad rap. The news does the same thing. “Pit bull attack” and you see the photo and it isnt even a pit bull. Get your fax straight people before accusing these dogs. Its prejudice is all it is.

    • OhSoRight

      My fax machine is fine.

  • Rob Huckfeldt

    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!

    • Tamsyn Blackwell

      The number one biter in the US? It bounces between the lab and the Golden!

      • urw51002 .

        and the #1 most dangerous animal in the world? HUMAN!

        • Steve Nickell

          That would be the mosquito, actually.

        • Sandy

          Actually mosquitoes kill more people than any other animal. Humans are only in 2nd place lol.

      • old34

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

      • Sandy

        Top 3 biters in order: Doxie, Chi, JR

  • Paul Clasen

    shameful,disgusting,load of hogwash and the author has some type of ax to grind regarding large breeds of dogs. no statistical information just a lot of highly questionable opinion.

    • pbrower2a

      I’ve met German shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweilers. Unless they initiate aggression, I am not scared. I know the rules. One behaves well around those dogs or gets hurt badly. That’s how things go with one’s equal in the food chain.

      Those dogs are built to kill. Nobody can deny that. Just don’t bring out the killer instinct in them.

      • KPR

        They aren’t built to kill, they are trained that way. Dogs aren’t bred to be aggressive, the owners teach them that trait.

  • Cathy

    All I gather from this article is that one must take the time to properly socialize and train their dog, especially large, powerful breeds. That’s some insight there (rolls eyes).

  • HannibalTwo

    What a crock! Full of “may”, “might”, “could”. Gosh, that is true of non-socialized anythings, including people. Dangerous because it is big/large? >> can you say supervision? It is not the dog that is the problem, it is the human idiots it has to hang around with.

    • independent thinker

      As my veterinarian daughter says…Ban stupid people not dogs.

      • Earl Kuon

        I think you have to ban intelligent ignorant people too.

    • pbrower2a

      Could you win a fight with a Great Dane? It approaches the size of a lioness. It’s built like one. It’s not much less lethal than a Big Cat; it’s just far better behaved. Heck, it’s better-behaved than many humans. For real scariness, try ‘angry humans’.

    • Jamie

      Agree! Agree!

    • Jax

      Well said. And @Cathy, I agree. Aside from providing the socialization, training and leadership that any responsible dog owner should, the article fails to mention some very important factors that affect a dog’s behavior, regardless of size or breed. Things like providing adequate exercise and play to release energy and prevent boredom, letting a dog be a dog, and recognizing that the energy the human puts off does have an affect on the dog. I’ve run a large pet-sitting business for many years and my clients have everything from Pits to toy breeds. I’ve never been bitten but have witnessed aggression in three dogs. The large breed was a Golden Retriever who was an intact male (the article also fails to mention the importance of neutering to help control dominance and aggression). The other two were a Dachshund mix who was overly anxious and fearful whenever the owner was away, and a perfectly healthy Shih Tzu who was carried everywhere, went for “walks” in a stroller, and was treated more like a child than a dog. In interactions with clients, I’ve seen dogs go from calm to excited, agitated or fearful depending on the owner’s demeanor or tone of voice at that moment. I agree that the physiology and in some cases, genetics of a breed can enable their bite to inflict more injury than that of another breed. But I don’t buy into the notion that any breed should be labeled “bad” because of that, when there are so many other factors, human and otherwise, that directly influence their behavior. As a pet-sitter and dog owner, I am not a breed snob favoring one breed over another. But I have to give this to my clients…the majority of them who own large powerful breeds know exactly who their dogs are and what they are capable of, and are diligent in their care. The result is, some of the best dogs I pet-sit are the “dangerous” Pits, the “irritable” Chows and the “unpredictable” Rotties.

  • Ragdoll Mommy

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

  • terrilynnmerritts

    What nonsense. I am 55 and was raised by parents who were animals. I have raised my own family while in full time animal rescue. I also train rescue dogs. I have had and have worked with tens of thousands of pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, chows, dobermans, bullmastiffs, Great Danes, presa canarios, cane corsos, etc and have never come anywhere near being bitten or attacked even by those who had suffered severe abuse. I have never had even one of them turn on me and this comes from living with and sleeping with such dogs. I have routinely taken ALL of the breeds I have mentioned above to nursing homes, children’s hospitals, hospitals, hospices, and to visit shut-ins and they make great visitors for the people in these places. Why are you trying to generate negative stereotypes for these breeds? I have even worked with wolf-hybrids with no trouble. The only attacks and bites I have had have come from pomeranians and chihuahuas but I would not write crap saying they turn on their owners. ANY dog might attack an abusive owner or someone they perceive is attacking them or invading their territory. Wouldn’t we as HUMANS do the same? You want to know the most dangerous and scary animal on the planet that is more likely to turn on and kills its own family? It is humans. Why don’t you write about THAT. Maybe humans need to be banned.

    • Jamie

      I have raised and rescued Great Danes all my life and both my kids were ‘nannied’ by Danes. I am offended by the idea that they are ‘dangerous’. It is not the breed but the ‘raising’ that causes the problems. As a child I was terrorized by little dogs because their owners let them get away with anything.

    • irategramma

      The government is working on it.

  • jurz

    talk about zero basis in fact. laughable media following opinion here. Guess why you have never seen the big bad pitbull used as a police dog… because its damn near impossible to get a pit bull to bite a personn. if you had a clue, pitbulls were bred in the pits where they would be with 2 handlers and a referee. any dog that turned and bit his owner or anyone else was put down on the spot. they need dogs they could reach in between and seperate withoiut getting bit. any and all human aggression was bred out of pitbulls long ago. story after story of pits cornering people like a burglar and not letting them leave are endless yet never biting once. trying to get a pit bull to bite a person in any other situaation besides protecting its family is all but impossible. there are 5 times more pit bulls in america than all other breeds combined. its our breed. there are over 30 breeds that when report as attacking are labeled pitbulls when they are not. i dont even need to flip to the next page and see the rest to know this post is 100% opinion based on zero facts, unresearched, just repeating media fears. you realiz the news is not in the business of truth, but in the business of selling advertising space right? people dont watch stories of scary labs (one of the worst dogs around kids) they watch scary pit stories. before the pit it was rotts, before that it was dobermans, before that it was shepards… all dogs are what you make them, but certain things cannot be denied like basic breed genetics. getting a pit to “TURN ON ITS OWNER” or any human would be like forcing a bloodhound not to smell shit or a pointer not to point at shit, or a ridgebck to point his hair the other way… if you can do it, you f%$#d up somehow and deserve what you get.

    omg i decided to flip through anyway and the first 5 dogs were everything i listed here as what the media said. shepard, rotties, dobies etc etc… too funny… i called her list before i even looked.. once you see the number one breed is a pitbull or any of the other few i listed above you dont even need to read any further cause you know the person was educated by channel 11, and not by facts. ive had large packs full of many breeds, and the ONLY one id leave around the kids were the pits. but you go ahead and get a lab or golden retriever cause the news says they are great. i never seen one that would play wiith kids without getting ticked off sooner or later why my pits would sleep like babies while the babies would jump all over them… get a clue, find a fact…

  • jurz

    wow, if people would educate themselves further instead of just grabbing the first thing they see as proof to back up their claims the world would be so much better… PIT BULLS are the least human aggressive dog on the planet. they were bred that way so their owners could seperate them in the pit without getting bit. any dog that bit was put down. they are animal aggressive. there is a reason you have never seen the big bad human killing pitbull as a police dog. cause it is as hard to get a pit to bite a person as it would be to get a bloodhound to stop sniffing and a pointer to stop pointing. ITS IN THEIR DNA TO BE HUMAN SUBMISSIVE!!! unless they are protecting family, they corner and guard. They dont bite. Fact is that there are 5 times more pitbulls in this country than all other breeds combined. its our breed. but when a dog bites a person and they dont have papers on the dog, if its even remotely in the bully breed range they label them PITBULLS when they are anything but… recalculate those numbers like other logical honest people have, and pitbulls fall at number 93 out of 100, 7th from the bottom at being dangerous or human aggressive. The pit name simply sells news, and helps haters and uneducated people push their own biased beliefs on an animal they know nothing about more then what they saw on the news. News is not education, its entertainment and pit attacks sell.

    • old34

      “Fact is that there are 5 times more pitbulls in this country than all other breeds combined. ”

      No there are not. That is just a ridiculous statement.

      • jurz

        wrong, but you think what yo want

      • jurz

        uh yes there are… pits have been here far far longer than any other breed… they are americas original breed… in the days of the little rascals pits were nearly the only breed… only rich people had foreign purebred dogs… i can walk down any street and point out pitbulls… multiple on any given street compared to a scattering of different foreign pure bred dogs… you probably couldnt identify a pit bull if one was licking your face…

    • Julie Deschenes

      The same characteristics can be applied to the Tosa. My good friend had one, that I would babysit. They can be aggressive to other animals, but are submissive to humans. Unless their owner is attacked, they do not target humans to bite.

    • not ignorant

      There are pit bulls as police dogs…

      • jurz

        your an idiot if you didnt get the point of the police dog comment… of course there are its rare as shit but if these dogs were what people claim they would make much better police dogs than all the shepards you see… shepards are far more dangerous… always have been… ive owned both at the same time, would never even consider leaving kids around a german shepard unsupervised… wouldnt think twice about leaving my pits with the kids…

  • The Truth

    This list is complete wrong!!! plain and simple!!! its the mind of the author who made up this list an most like NEVER own any of these dogs..Ive had a Shepherd, Ive had a Rotti and currently own a Pit Bull an NEVER once did I experience any kind of aggression…An Pit Bulls are very loyal to their owners more than other breed..Ive seen Smaller dogs an Labs attack more than any Pit or Rotti has ever done…This is another way for these morons to make u afraid of something that isnt there..Properly train ur dog an u will have yrs of a great pet..

  • nadine

    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 run up to her at the park. I always inform the parents that they should be a little more careful about allowing their children to come up to any dog without the owners permission. She has only growled at a person a couple of times in her life, and to be perfectly honest, I was getting a bad vibe as well. She has also stopped a dog charging at me, but simply held it down and rolled it over, lots of growling and spit but no actual bite. She is very well trained and under voice control, and I think you have to be really willing to take the time to train them well (she listens to everyone not just me) and be a responsible dog owner.

  • Kat Jones

    okay lets set this thing straight anything with teeth can bite you yes anything , you may think these are most likely to turn but how about small dogs , yeah pits have a bad reputation but that isn’t the dogs fault there owners make them a fighting dog, i have a pit bull she is far from dangerous she is stupid as hell and sleeps with my daughter and got beat up by a kitten, i also have a german shepard , it is so nice and wouldn’t even hurt a fly never bit anyone. You know why because you train them to be good dogs , yes animals bite so do people but you train them to not bite , i also have a husky and he is so sweet , now i also have 2 small beagle terriers , they are not as nice they attack because i wasn’t the one who trained them , they are rescues . Now understand any animal can attack or bite , if they have teeth they can its life now dont go saying these dogs are bad dogs , it is the owners who are the bad ones . So shame on the owners not the animal !!

  • Johanna

    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.

  • David

    The level of delusion on this list is staggering. Next time a pug kills its owner, be sure to let everyone know.

  • WCWard

    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.

  • Proud to own a Pit

    Yet again another article demonizing the Pit without the writer having a clue. I own an intact male Brindle Pit and he is by far one of the most docile, even tempered dogs I have ever come in contact with as are the 5 other Pits in my area. The only Pits that I have ever seen that were aggressive or ill-tempered were owned by people that had no business so much as ever owning an animal let alone a dog as loving as a Pit. The writer should do some real research about dog attacks such as a large scale poll to see just how many people have actually been bitten by a Pit vs. the many many small yet very aggressive dog breeds. I know personally of only one person that has been bitten by a Pit and yet I know at least ten that have been bitten by dogs like chihuahuas. Somehow I don’t think that I am the only person that has noticed the slander of this wonderful breed by extremely uninformed writers.

    • urw51002 .

      EXACTLY!!! the writer apparently got his/her information from one of those “oh so authoritative”internet sham operators that give out false information like Halloween candy.

    • pitlover

      Neuter!! He could have serious health issues later… and there is already an overwhelming amount of pit bulls being euthanized in shelters . (3 every hour) Neuter is cuter!

  • MJ2079

    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

    I almost lost an eye from a dachshund attack. I have owned at one time or another most of the dogs on this list, never had one turn on me or my family. They go by how powerful the bite is not how often I guess. Small breeds bite more often.

  • Pamela Austad

    I have a big problem with this list is no dog would just vicousily for “no” reason unprovoked!the biggest problem with articles like this is all the IGNORANT PEOPLE /INSURENCE COMPANIES WHO will believe this article and ones just like it and ban the breed.another thing that irritates me is the “purse” dogs,is,the chihuahuas,yorkies,etc who bite or attack someone and people/owners will actually laugh or thinks its cute.I have three favorite breeds the american Eskimo (eskies),keeshound (kees) and the Rottweiler (rottie) and I can assure you that the kees and the eskie will bite just as quickly as the Dottie if someone trys and hurts his/her family or breaks into his/her home.

    • DixiesDad

      FYI, it’s Keeshond, not Keeshound…. there no “hound” to it. And it’s pronounced “kayz-hund”, not keesh-hound.

      • Pamela Austad

        thanks for correcting that.I love keeshonds.

  • Trish

    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 just about wet themselves if you said BOO! to them. Huskys are perpetual 4-year-olds and love everyone. Dangerous? Ha! There are exceptions to every breed. But you still can’t deny documented cases and facts. I would not see any animal harmed, no matter what, but I would never risk a pit in my home.

    • Tyler Peck

      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

      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.

    • Earl Kuon

      Ah Trish you are wrong. It’s just amazing how non experts can speak so confidently against the opinions of the experts. In this case yes you do need scientific evidence to interpret statistics.

      The American Veterinary Medical Association

      Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions

      Which dogs bite? An often-asked question is what breed or breeds of dogs are most “dangerous”?This inquiry can be prompted by a serious attack by a specific dog, or it may be the result of media-driven portrayals of a specific breed as dangerous.Although this is a common concern, singling out one or two breeds for control can result in a false sense of accomplishment. Doing so ignores the true scope of the problem and will not result in a responsible approach to protecting a community’y citizens.

      Dog bite statistics are not really statistics, and they do not give an accurate picture of dogs that bite. Invariably the numbers will show that dogs from popular large breeds are a problem. This should be expected because big dogs can physically do more damage if they do bite, and any popular breed has more individuals that could bite. There are several reasons why it is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed or compare rates between breeds.

      First, the breed of the biting dog may not be accurately recorded, and mixed breed dogs are commonly described as if they were purebreds. Second the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known, especially if they did not result in serious injury. Third, the number of dogs of a particular breed or combination of breeds in a community is not known, because it is rare for all dogs in a community to be licensed, and existing licensing data is then incomplete. Breed data likely vary between communities, states, or regions and can even vary between neighborhoods within a community.

      Statistics on fatalities and injuries caused by dogs cannot be responsibly used to document the “dangerousness” ” of a particular breed, relative to other breeds for several reasons. First, a dog’s tendency to bite depends on at least 5 interacting factors: heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health (medical and behavioral), and victim behavior. Second, there is no reliable way to identify the number
      of dogs of a particular breed in the canine population at any given time (eg, 10 attacks by Doberman Pinschers relative to a total population of 10 dogs implies a different risk than 10 attacks by Labrador Retrievers relative to a population of 1,000 dogs). Third, statistics may be skewed, because often they do not consider multiple incidents caused by a single animal. Fourth, breed is often identified by individuals who are not familiar with breed characteristics and who commonly identify dogs of mixed ancestry as if they were purebreds. Fifth, the popularity of breeds
      changes over time, making comparison of breed-specific bite rates unreliable.


  • Thomas

    I am calling shenanigans on the Siberian Husky being a dangerous breed. I have been around Huskies my whole life and every new person they meet is love at first sight. Using examples of extreme neglect and abuse to generalize this breed is a damn disservice to an amazing companion/playmate. Maybe you should actually spend some time with these breeds before you slander them as aggressive death-machine.

    • Erich Kartmann

      I agree. Siberian huskies are quite friendly. My neighbor has one but the thing about them is they’re some of the naughtiest, most mischievous dog breeds that need extensive supervision or they can cause trouble.

      However, they DO have a strong hunting instinct and have been know to attack and kill smaller animals when they’re allowed to run loose.

      • Pangur Ban

        Pits (not huskies :) killed a known 43k pets and domestic animals last year.

    • Lan

      I have a Siberian Husky who is about 1 year old. He is sooooo sweet. Loves everyone! Gets so excited to meet new people. Extremely friendly with dogs and humans. He is even gentle with toddlers

      He would definitely kill a cat or a or a bird. He’s also very mischievous, but I think it’s funny; and I think he thinks it’s a game to see how much he can get away with. He’s also an escape artist, lol. But, I can’t understand how huskies would be on any aggressive list.

  • independent thinker

    This article is nothing more than an anti big dog rant by someone who has likely never owned a dog that weighed over 5 pounds. Her information on Chow-Chows is so wrong I do not know where to start in refuting it.

  • Margie Reynolds

    in any reports having to do with the attacks on people unless its a pitbull. If this author had called the hospitals and got the reports the ER’s generate they would have found “the dogs most likely to turn on their owner” are the little dogs, dashound is very high on the list as is the Chihuahua. Granted their bites are not as dangerous but the article read “most likely to turn….” and the pitbull being the first on the list is such a crock, a very lazy, uninformed and ignorant statement. This person should be brought to task for making this poor dogs life just that much harder, for adding to the misinformation already out there. There is no dog more loyal than a pit bull. As powerful as they are they have been beat to death by their owners and done nothing but cower and take it. I’ve heard the stories I know there have been awful incidences involving them but this is so very rare, you know how many are out there? And without the attacks made by other breeds being reported it seems no one gets bit except from pitbulls. This is not the truth! Its the bais of the stinking media, (like the idiot who wrote this) that has caused this thinking not reality. Anyone who has known a pitbull knows what I’m saying is true.

  • Jason

    How old is this article? Just about every statement in this article has been de-bunked as media B.S. and stereo types.

  • Unverified User

    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 as be considered a thing worth biting. They are not agressive towards humans. That is why they exist.

  • Anon

    Sigh… dog people. Face it, dogs are carnivorous animals. In simplton terms, that means they bite things. Granted, some are less likely to do so than others, but all this BAWWing about how x breed is harmless and kind and loving and whatever is just ridiculous.

    • Earl Kuon

      What’s ridiculous about this article is that there is no scientific evidence to back it up, just like your statement.

  • Tamsyn Blackwell

    I love how people just slap articles together like this and ruin it for responsible people.

    The biggest sloths I’ve ever met were a Rottweiler, a Dobie, and a Great Dane. The only things they ever aggressed on were fleas.

    To the author: credible sources would make you far more creditable.

  • Jim Morrison

    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.

  • cutso

    Pit bulls are the probably the most mistreated breed and therefore probably attack with cause.

  • Tammy

    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

    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.

    • panzerakc

      Yeah, maybe someone should tell the folks that run the Seeing Eye that German Shepherds are, according to this article, really, really likely to “turn on their owners”.


  • Cristina E Gonzalez

    I’m mad that there first dog up there is the American pitbull terrier. I’ve had pitbulls since I was 18. I’m now 28, and out of all the dog breeds I have had, the ones that turned out to be the most loyal and not dangerous is the pitbull. Man my 7lb Chihuahua mix attacks my pitbulls and they never do anything back to her. It’s the way you raised these dogs. My first dog ever was a golden retriever I was 10yrs old, and my brothers were mean with him, and when it came down to it, I couldn’t blame the dog for attack when someone would get near his food bowl or water bowl, cause that’s what my brothers did to him, they would use a broom to get him away from his food. I couldn’t do anything I was 10, and my brothers were older, one by 4yrs and the other by 6 yrs, and much, much bigger than me. So I find it weird that there first choice up there is the pitbull breed, cause to tell you the truth I trust the pitbull breed than any other breed. I’m speaking from experience. I was attack by a collie mix once, and small breed dogs are the worst ever. The experience I’ve had with pitbulls is, of course from the ones I’ve owned, and also a male pitbull showed up at my house back in 2006, back then my pitbull was barely a year. The pitbull that showed up had signs all over his face and body that somebody had recently used him in a dog fight, his ears had holes in them from dogs teeth, his face was all covered in blood and more dog bites, and throughout the rest of his body had similar wounds that his ears and face had. I felt bad for him, but back then I didn’t know much about the pitbull breed, the pitbull I had in my backyard was my very first pitbull. So didn’t think I could break him of his habit if he was aggressive towards other dogs. The pitbull that showed up at my house jump into my fathers van, he had left the back doors to it open and the dog jump in there to get out of the sun. My dad tried to get him out of the van and the dog growled at him, my brother tried to get him out of the van as well, and again the dog growled at him, My dad knowing me called me out of the house for help, I went out there saw the dog, and I was able to pet him, and able to get him out of the van without the dog even making a noise, my mom called animal control, and they were going to use that noose thing they use to control dogs, and I told him not to. with his injuries, I knew it was going to hurt the dog more, and he would resist, so I got him in the animal controls truck without the noose, or anything else. All these reports of pitbulls attacking, nobody ever calls the cops on a small breed attacking and believe me I know, I have several small dogs, and they have all attack people, and out of the three pitbulls I’ve owned, and yes that’s a very small amount, they are kind towards stranger, small kids, and even small dogs that try to attack them. Out of the three pitbulls I’ve had, two have passed away, one in 2011, and one this year on valentines day. The pitbull I have right now, I took him in from my friend, the dog was almost close to a year old, and he hates cats. I do own cats, and when Zeus tried to get to my cats, I called him, put him in a sit and stay, and told him, that if he ever did anything to the cats that he would not remain in this house, he still looks at them like if he wants to eat them, but he has never even gotten more than a foot near them, because I think he understood that under my house, everybody gets along.

  • Katherine Fernandez

    For all those that INSIST that Pit bulls, and others on this list are dangerous- go learn something about these breeds first. I have owned the first three breeds mentioned in this article, and I am very well alive, am fine from being brought up with them, and they were (are) big ‘ol BABIES!! Because I OWN a pit now, and know many others, it is such a shame and disgrace that people would let the media (this article) spoon feed them this bulls***! I also bet half that have these comments, have not owned a dog, nor these breeds. First go learn something about them- Like Helen Keller owned and American Pit Bull Terrier, like the dog in The Little Rascals is an American Pit Bull Terrier, that Pit Bull Terriers were NANNY DOGS due to their temperament with children. I just read an article other day that a Chocolate Lab bit a kid in the face- and I have met vets who agree that these “family” type breeds are not always that great, but those never make the headlines now do they….

  • Leigh

    What about Michael Vick’s dogs? According to you, they were bred for aggression. All but two of them were adopted out, many to homes with children in them and some of them are service/therapy dogs. We have had pit bulls (one of them was even found on the side of the road with home made sutures in his face), mastiffs (presa carnio, neapolitan mastiff, and a cane corso), a pit bull/german shepard mix, bull dogs, cattle dogs, rat terriers. Saying all pit bulls are evil is like saying all muslims are terrorists, or all whites are white trash. The reason you hear of pit bull attacks is because it is sensational. When was the last time you head of a lab attacking a kid? Never, however there are plenty of dog bites and attacks by “family-friendy” dogs.
    There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.
    P.S. the most dangerous end of a pit bull is their tail.

    • Jenn

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

    • Stan Bryars

      Actually Leigh, a grat many “pit bull” attacks are lab attacks.

      If you actually read these accounts of attacks somewhere towards the end of the article the author will finally tell you that it was a lab/pit mix.
      So why does the pit get top billing? Like you said , sensationalism. The same reason all guns used in crimes are “automatics” or “assault weapons”

      If pits are so inherently mean, why do people like Vick have to cull out so many that just wont be mean.

    • Earl Kuon

      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 ?

  • Rich Goodwin

    Lol at this article. I grew up around many of these breeds. My dads friend had a pit. The major danger with it was she would smother you in kisses. I’m surprised they didn’t mention blue heelers. I grew up with thoes and i got bit several times and so did many of my friends thinking it was a good idea to go in my back yard alone. I have one even now and wouldn’t want to be on the business end of her. She chews large bones in half quick, and bites holes in metal containers. I’m pretty sure if some on breaks into my house i’ll find pieces of them all over.

  • Craig G

    In other news: YOUR CAR CAN SPONTANEOUSLY EXPLODE AND KILL YOU!!!! (when you drive drunk and crash!)

    This article while, having a kernel of truth, is mostly inaccurate garbage.
    I’m going to leave the breed bias alone (but I’m willing to be the author holds similar stereotypes for breeds of human).

    Generally speaking a fully mature dog has about the same mental capacity as a 4 year old (give or take). Dogs also don’t have hands, so what do they do? Use their mouths, for almost everything. Scare/or piss off a small child with no hands, what do you think will happen to you? You’ll probably get bit.

    Don’t be stupid. Treat dogs with respect. Take a minute and learn how to approach a dog (Youtube), and you’ll save yourself some pain. Ignorance, just like stupidity, can hurt a lot.

  • Rottweiler Owner

    So with his arguments, we should stay away from certain races because they make up a large percentage of violent crimes? *Gasp* lets all stay away from MEN! They make up 90% of violent crimes!

    Please. Statistics can make any argument sound valid. Don’t throw around opinions so lightly. We all just saw what happened to Donald Sterling…

  • Barbara W

    I used to have a dog that was part husky and part german shepherd(2 of the dogs listed as dangewrous) She was the kindest, gentle dog i have ever had.
    Its all in how you train your dogs. I now have beagles and alot of people think they are noisy and sometimes aggresive. AGAIn its all in how to train them.!! I have never had a problem with any of our dogs!!!

  • HarrySylvester

    What a stupid bunch of dribble for the most part. Most dogs respond to how they are treated and raised. The only one I agree with is the Chow-Chow. My dad was a vet for close to forty years and he always told me if I ever bought a Chow-Chow I would have to find another vet.

  • Brenden PirateEye Cerndizzle

    dalmations are notorious for being shit heels. all the inbreeding to ensure they maintain the spots. but they have a disney movie bearing their namesake so cant include them in this list huh?

  • Beverly

    I have a 9-year-old pit bull, got him when he was 7-weeks-old, he has never been aggressive towards anyone and he has lived with 2 of my grand daughters since they were born. He is protective of them and everyone in the immediate family. Any dog will turn on their owner if the owner is abusive and treats them cruel. I worry more about the ankle biters than large breeds. The pit bulls are in the headlines because of ignorant people who want the breed exterminated. You don’t hear about all dog bites. I bet statistically that small breeds bite more than large, someone ought to take time to develop headlines for this problem. You always hear about the bite, but never the people that raised them! I would never own a different dog than a pit bull, they are intelligent and very loyal, lovable family members if raised with love and respect!

  • Tamara Phillips

    *rolls eyes* I have ALWAYS had huskies. my parents had two before I was born and I have had them my ENTIRE life. stubborn, yes. hard-headed- sometimes. likely to turn on their owners- no. the REAL truth is that they are not even likely to turn on strangers. I have also been around numerous pit bulls, rottweilers, etc. EVERY dog needs to be trained and taken care of properly, just like a child. If you let your child run wild when he is a child, he will do so as an adult. DUH! I would also advise everyone to take pitbull stats with a grain of salt. PUREBRED pit-bulls are NOT naturally aggressive- especially when properly trained. They also get a bad rap because people are so focused on the mis-conception that they are bad that they will label ANY mutt that KIND OF looks the same as a pitbull. Tooth size and jaw strength also have a lot to do with fatality rates for dog attacks. Anyone with common sense can see that. If you don’t go outside and allow a squirrel to get an exploratory bite in on your hand. Once you are finished, drive to the ocean, find a shark, and let him get an exploratory bite on the same hand. See the difference? ALL dogs have the potential to be good dogs with the right owner and a reputable breeder. Not all these backyard puppy mills with inbreeding and god knows what else going on.

  • coco

    WOW. What stereotypical BS. It’s crap like this that makes the insurance companies charge me more for homeowners ins- cause i own a bullmastiff. They really should give us a credit- no one robs us because he looks scary- but i can count on two hands how many people he’s even barked at- has certainly never attacked anyone… and the kids used to ride him all the time.

    • Julie Deschenes

      Bullmastiffs are good dogs. They will protect family and home, but would not go out of their way to attack random people outside of their territory. I have a fila brasileiro (bullmastiff + bloodhound) considered dangerous. He is well socialized, good with friends and safe to take out in public. When raised properly, even scary looking dogs can be an asset to society. Like your dog, coco.

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  • Josh Berninger

    I’m sure they could scrounge up enough evidence to show that these breeds are the most likely to attack or turn on their owners, but the statistics are skewed. Almost all of these dogs are ones that are commonly used as guard dogs and trained to attack people, or worse used in dog fights. So it wouldn’t be surprising for a dog trained to attack to actually attack. However many of these dogs can be some of the best dogs when trained properly. I saw many from this list that are also on most lists as best family dogs.

  • Archangel

    I have raised and bred many animals in my 50+ years, from Persian and Maine Coon Cats to Dogs from Collies to Chihuahua’s to Poodles to Pits. I can honestly state that it is not the breed, it is the breeder, it is not nature it is nurture that makes a good Pit Bull.Originally they were bred in England to protect babies and young children but here in the US so called ‘Sportsmen’ wanted them for their powerful bodies and dedicated hearts so they have been cross bred and inbred to produce what we today call the American Pit bull and yes this animal can sometimes be very aggressive, that comes from poor breeding, poor handling and extremely poor nurturing. Don’t blame the dog, blame the dog owner or breeder. The best thing you can do if you are interested in a good Pit Bull is find a reputable breeder and review the dogs bloodlines, check with owners of dogs you like and then make a smart decision. Pit Bulls and good dogs if they have good owners. By the way, Pit Bulls are now being trained as Service Dogs for homecoming Veterans with PTSD, so don’t kick this dedicated animal to the curve yet.

  • M. Shaw

    This article is ridiculously slanted, poorly supported and an absolute outrage. The few statistics you have are even skewed; yeah, I bet Rotties and Pits (even though “Pit Bull” isn’t a breed!) have a sick percentage regarding dog bites.
    Here’s some issues with this one statistic (though they pertain to your entire article)
    1) Bites from small dogs are far more likely to go unreported than an attack by a little dog. Testimony: I have been bit multiple times by Jack Russels, Terriers and (especially) Chihuahuas. I never once reported it.

    2) Since the Pit Bull breed doesn’t actually exist, you are encompassing a LARGE variety of breeds. This skews your stats. “You can’t breed a dog to fight other dogs for almost 200 years and expect those instincts to vanish.”

    3) The colloquial Pit Bull is LARGELY born and bred for DOG FIGHTING. When these dogs are released, around people or are attempted to be re-homed, they act as they have been TAUGHT, not as they were born. Thus, they attack. Again, it skews the stats.

    4) I watched a documentary on Pit Bulls which stated that most attacks are as a result of human behavior. For instance, a child running up behind a dog an startling it. Animal instinct is to attack. My friend got her nose ripped off by a Goldie Ret when she was 10 doing that…she made so much money in the lawsuit that when she received her money at 18 she bought a condo in San Diego and a car. It was completely her fault. What about when people get close to dogs while they’re eating? Also, animal instinct. Think of how Americans trample, stab, shoot and fight with one another over parking spots during Christmas or great deals on Black Friday.

    You need better support. You are preaching something without any research. One partial website does not an argument make.

    Think of it this way:
    A black man raped, beat and murdered a little girl. Should we kill all black men? How about all black people? Well really, we need to eliminate anyone mixed with a black person.

    But wait,
    A white guy ripped out the teeth and cut off the fingers of his girlfriend he murdered in a fight. Clearly all white people should die, right?

    Eliminating several breeds because of WHAT HUMANS MADE THEM, is very similar to Hitler and his Holocaust.

    “For if you suffer your people [read: animals] to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.”

  • Unicorn_Meat

    This article is complete b.s. complimented by the fact that the author’s name is nowhere to be found nor are any statistical data shown for the claims made. I’ve seen far more aggressive small dogs (in particular, terriers) than big ones. It’s a played-out cliche but true–dogs aren’t bad, their owners are.

  • Melissa Voorheis

    If you go to the end, there is a separate article listing Small Breeds most likely to turn on owners. I have a 20 lb Cocker Spaniel that is mean as can be. Cocker Spaniels made #4 on the aggressive small breeds list.


  • thomas redman

    Whoever wrote this article must half stolen the insurance writers guide to bumming people, who cant have these dogs in an apartment complex. Everyone of these can be trained no problem–if you put the time in! Im a wolf dog owner of three– Chances are the wolf-dog has differnt levels of wolf, but its the dog in the wolf that will be the agressor. No what your mix is!

  • Jenn

    I have a neighbor who has a brindle pit who cries all the time for attention. I also have an American Staffordshire Terrier who has no mean bone in her body. Please get it through your head. ITS HOW THEY ARE TRAINED!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mikeike

      Yes, but if a chihuahua is not properly trained, no one is fearing for his life.

  • Guest

    Funny list. I guessed a lot of them just because I figured it would be any dog that is large. I have owned several rotties, none of which were trained professionally, and I have never seen a reason to fear these large, evil, man-eating dogs. Reason their bites range on the upper end of dog bites along with other breeds such as pit bulls is because nobody takes the time to report and log the attacks of well known human pleasing dogs like a chihuahuas and poodles. Side note, these cute innocent little dogs are the only breed to have ever bitten me. Thanks for the list, the “large size” and “strength” is the only factual reasoning for this list.

  • Pei Nisiniu

    Dogs who were historically selected for the purposes of aggression (fighting/killing/protecting), have been selected for both physical capability and neurochemical differences. Training, socialization, diet, and exercise, can make literally ANY deadly breed of dog act harmless, sometimes for its whole life, and owners who achieve that should be proud of their dog and of themselves! However, sometimes biology rules over any good stewardship. Too many times, we’ve read about loving families who treated their pet like a family member in every kind of way since birth, only to kill a neighbors dog or worse…their kid. The answer then, knowing that they did everything a good owner could be expected to do, is a perplexing “he just snapped”. What they should really be saying is, I tried to train and love away the breed’s historically selected behaviors, but biology won that battle.

    • Earl Kuon

      Zippy is proof that pit bulls have an image problem. In truth these dogs are among the most people-friendly on the planet. It has to be. In an organized dogfight three or four people are in the ring, and the dogs are often pulled apart to rest before resuming combat. (The fight usually ends when one of the dogs refuses to reengage.) When separating two angry, adrenaline-filled animals, the handlers have to be sure the dogs won’t turn on them, so over the years dogfighters have either killed or not bred dogs that showed signs of aggression toward humans. “Of all dogs,” says Dr. Frank McMillan, the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society, a 33,000-acre sanctuary in southern Utah, “pit bulls possess the single greatest ability to bond with people.”

      Perhaps that’s why for decades pit bulls were considered great family dogs and in England were known as “nanny dogs” for their care of children. Petey inThe Little Rascalswas a pit bull, as was Stubby, a World War I hero for his actions with the 102nd Infantry in Europe, such as locating wounded U.S. soldiers and a German spy. Most dog experts will attest that a pit bull properly trained and socialized from a young age is a great pet.

      Read More:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/magazine/12/22/vick.dogs/1.html#ixzz32BRMn6gM

  • Brianna Lynn Smith

    Shocker, I didn’t even have to read the whole thing before I knew “Pit bulls, Rots and German Sheppard’s” would be in the top five. I’ve owned all three breeds, currently own two pit bulls and I did years of working in a shelter. I saw more Hounds, labs and SMALL dogs come back for biting the owner/owners kid then ANY of these three breeds. This isn’t fact nor does it have any real based evidence other then what has been forced into peoples minds by society. If you have never owned one of these breeds YOURSELF then I don’t even began to see your argument. A dog is taught by its master, If your a frak up most likely your dog will be too. It’s ALL in how they are raised. Dangerous my ass, my cat is more aggressive then my dogs.
    Please people get over your “dog breed racism” so innocent dogs like pit bulls puppies can stop being “humanly put to sleep” because of a damn name! Any dog can be mean or aggressive, if treated wrong.

  • proamerica

    Trained for an obedience club for 11 years. Was never bitten by a large dog. Terriers, Chihuahuas and small Poodles are the worst biters and the scars on my hands prove it. I owned and bred German shepherds and Kuvasz for many years. Never had a bite but did find burglars in the yard trees when I got home a couple of times. My current Golden loves people but hates other dogs due to an attack when he was a puppy and at 110 pounds well … No amount of socializing /training has had any effect, Thankfully, we live away from people with the bad attitude little rats.

  • asher2789

    this is a terrible article with no scientific backing, just old wives tales. do you know what happens when you call breed x dangerous? breed x gets killed.

    so essentially, you’re dog killers.

  • Charles Baldwin

    Dobermans were bred by a German tax collector (named Doberman) to protect him when he made his rounds to collect taxes (that’s the way it used to be done)

  • bob

    As retired law enforcement i’ve never been bit or attacked by a large dog and have owned several in the top 4, i was bit by more small dogs alls these idiots did was pick big dogs that look tough and label them.

  • Janice Wilson

    Wow. Who wrote this article, and from where did he/she get their statistics? This is so wrong on so many levels. The Internet has mis-educated our people to the extreme. People believe everything they read on the Internet without verifying authors or data. Get a grip. We’re going backwards. The decline of the US Empire (a la Roman, Greek, Egyptian empires, etc.). The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

  • Chalkie

    I have seen more aggressive dogs that are not on this list, I guess just because of their size. I have seen more Chihuahua and other small dogs that will bite you as quick as look at you. I have a High breed german rotty and he is protective but one of the most lovable dogs I have ever owned. I have had Cocker Spaniels and miniature poodles that were a lot more aggressive then my rotty has ever been. So this list is just a persons personnel opinion. I will own a Rotty or a shepard anytime. My rotty loves kids and is very none aggressive, so they can go back and do some real studying and find out what dogs that really bite are. They even list Rottweiler as a very good family dog. So I have no idea where they are getting their information from, but it is a bunch of lies. It is all in how you raise these dogs. I know more pitbulls that are scared of their own shadows and are not even aggressive. Yes my dog can be protective, but once I tell him someone is ok, is all love and play time for that person. And I have a unusually large rotty at 180 lbs.. So if he wanted to by size alone he could hurt someone. Funny thing is the most dangerous dog isn’t on this list, because all his damage is done by his size and not by biting, and that is a St. Bernard. Yes they are listed as the worlds most dangerous dog because of just their size and strength.

  • Guest58

    You are so off-base with this.

  • Barbara Brockett

    I am a dog lover and have had various breeds throughout my life. I firmly believe that any breed can be capable of biting. As a nurse for over 40 years, mostly with children, I have seen numerous cases of severe dog bites. Out of the last ten, six were inflicted by pit bulls, all family dogs with no prior history of aggression. The worst was to a 4yr old girl who was lying on the floor watching TV. She had no food or toys around her but the family dog attacked her face, removing most of the tissue on one side of the face. She has had extensive surgical procedures and will continue to need more surgeries in the future. I have seen other bites to the face from labs, german shepards and a mutt. I was bitten in the face by a Shih Tzu owned by friends as I was just sitting talking with no food or drink and she jumped on the couch and bit my nose as I turned my head. I feel bad for the reputation of pit bulls but there is truth to some of the reports. The shelters in a 30 mile radius of me have a majority of pit bulls and Chihuahuas. It is terrible to see so many pits spending large portions of their lives in shelters due to being given up for various reasons.

  • Jeanette

    What about dachshunds, chihuahuas, and almost all small terriers. These dogs send more children to the hospital with serious bites annually than all the breeds you listed combined. The headline “vicious chihuahua rips mans nose off” isn’t as compelling as “savage pit bull sends child to hospital”. All this article did was pander to stereotypes and did the reader no favor.

    • Juliasv

      Exactly! My mini schnauzer is one of the laziest, most laid back dogs in the world. Until a child is around, then he turns into a tasmanian devil. We *never* allow him around children, he is always leashed when walking and has the strappy thing around his muzzle when we go to the dog park. He weighs a whole 18 lbs, about the height of a large house cat, carries a stuffed monkey around in his mouth and snores in my ear all night. He was professionally trained as a young puppy, obeys every command we give, absolute darling of a dog. Except children…or actually, anyone shorter than me (5″3′). As my dad always said, it’s got teeth, it can bite.

  • Monica Goforth

    Pit bull is #1? This article must have been written by one of Colleen Lynn’s followers. Wake up people this is bull. This opinion has never been proven by anyone. This is all the media’s propaganda. Why don’t all of you pit bull haters move to a island by yourselves and leave our family members alone.

  • Lacey Peacock

    I own a Presa Canario, she is well mannered and is great around children. She was well socialized as a puppy and even goes to doggy daycare. We trained her very well as a puppy and she respects our authority. She is a great protector when she needs to be, but would love nothing more then to lay in your lap. I do agree that people need to do their research and train each dog appropriately, but to say thia breed is one of the most dangerous is ridiculous. It all in the training, hell even a golden retriever can be dangerous if trained poorly.

  • whooosh

    I maintain the attitude, that if any dog attacks me, it will be the last thing that dog does in his life.
    I don’t trust any dog, until I’ve had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him.
    Always view any dog with suspicion, until they display good behavior.

  • VT

    You should not be writing articles like this…. This is written merely on reputation of these dogs. I am a vet tech, and I show dogs, and while some specific breeds come in difficult to handle (huskies for one), the majority of your ‘breeds most likely to bite’ that we see are great dogs. Stop stereo typing these breeds that are struggling in the media and being represented as vicious dogs. I owe a pitbull from a shelter in CA, and I have never owned a better dog, in every aspect.
    Put some actual facts in your stories.

  • Toxi

    I own Pits and mine have nenver once been aggressive not even to other dogs/animals. However my mothers blck lab has bitten at least a few men and children.


    • OhSoRight

      Posting in all caps shows that you have an aggression problem. Doubtlessly, you don’t see it in your dogs, or you prize when your pitbulls behave in all caps.

  • Josh Nielsen

    You trolls, my pit loved my son from the moment he was born. If I tied you up, beat you…. and you got a chance to kill me and save yourself, would you not take it? Trolls speak not of what they know, but of what there told…. good little trolls you are.

  • Pepper9448

    What is the source for these statistics? “Statistics show that these dogs are among the top five most likely to bite.” National dog bite statistics count ALL bites by the breed, INCLUDING those bites performed in the line of duty! So police dog, military dogs, border patrol dogs, etc. will have their bites counted toward the national bite staistics. If the only bites counted were thos that were inappropriate, you’d find most of the working dogs MCUH lower on the list.


    Erich Kartmann is right!!!!!! READ HIS COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Some of these dogs might be big but that does NOT mean anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dawn

    This article is completely unfair and subjective! There are more bites inflicted on people and kids by little dogs, however very few of those attacks are reported. Both of my kids have been bitten hard enough to break the skin by three different Jack Russells. I know more people that have been bit by Chihuahuas and Yorkies and zero that have been bit by any of these breeds listed. My sister is a Veterinarian and says herself that it is the little dogs she has to muzzle the majority of the time. One may say that little dogs can’t inflict the damage of a big dog… I beg to differ. Staph infections can leave nasty wounds. I have had two German Shepards in the last 15 years which have proven to be guardians for my kids and all the kids in the neighborhood.

  • nancyleecole

    There is plenty plenty of proof that put bulls are a vicious breed of dog. One lived next door to me and bit the whole neighborhood up, and when it went after the mail lady the Post Office threatened suit. DO NOT TELL ME PIT BULLS ARE NOT THE NUMBER ONE DOG BREED FOR VICIOUSNESS, I KNOW DIFFERENT!!!!!

    • NewMexicoGlo

      Nancyleecole, keep in mind, you know ONE pit bull. They are not all like that, and I’d take a pit bull over a chihuahua any day. Those little devils are MEAN!!! Take a look at the black dog on the left in my avatar. That is my pit bull several years back. I’ve had him for 7 1/2 of his 8 1/2 years and he has never bitten me, or any other human. He loves people, but is protective of his humans and home. It’s sad that you were exposed to a pit bull that was not properly trained or handled, but believe me, they are not all like that.

    • Earl Kuon

      Scientific evidence to support your claims please. And I’m not talking about media reports.

  • CynicalMe

    Okay so where are all the small dogs with the ill tempers than constantly bite and nip their owners, strangers, and children?!? Chihuahuas, Cockers, Snauzers… The list goes on and on. There are problem dogs in all breeds! This has to be one of the most bias lists I’ve seen to date!

  • flyingsword

    Our German Shepard and Korean Jindo may have licked a few people to death…and they are guilty of stealing a steak or two when our back was turned…..

  • jay

    i had two bullmastiffs that would have let any intruder into the house while they woudl attempt to sit on their laps. these dogs are the most gentle and peaceful creatures i have ever encountered. i rescued both of them from an irreseponsible puppy mill type breeder. these dogs did not have a mean bone in their body. they have made me a big fan of the breed. it is the owners you need to blame not the dogs. unfortunately both of my beautiful girls have since passed away.

  • c0wgirlfr0mhell

    This is just stupid. It is the owners that are to blame most of the time. Either they get a dog, put it in the back yard, feed it, but other then that don’t do anything with them. Or they think they need to train them to be a guard type dog, when dogs are protective naturally. Some dogs need to be socialized more then others, and other dogs need to be exercised more then others. If you are going to get a dog, do research on the breed, and learn how to take care of them right. Get a dog with the same energy as you, or less. If you get a high energy dog, expect to exercise them, and socialize them. High energy dogs can get aggressive if they don’t get excess energy drained daily. They get frustrated. The worse thing is putting fear into peoples mind about certain breeds. Animals know what you are feeling, and react to that. If you stay calm, and learn to read what they are trying to tell you, then you will be fine. Just remember they are dog’s, not humans, and respect them for that.

  • Sandy

    I’m a trainer. No dog “turns” on its owner and most issues can be non-issues with proper socialization and training. Sensationalism for sensationalism’s sake is what this is and it’s pure bull..

  • Eric Ogden

    This is absolute bunk. Babble. APBTs have a very good temperament rating from the AKC – one of the highest actually. That means that this article is patently false and should be retracted. It means that American Pit Bull Terriers, an icon of American culture and one of the most popular breeds for centuries is one of the least reactive breeds to people – i.e. these are safe, loving and highly intelligent dogs that are wonderful for families. They can be animal aggressive and are strong and willful dogs. But really – this article reeks.

  • Langley Park

    I take care of hundreds of dogs a year. I have no opinion about turning on the owners, but the list is good as far as showing which breed are less stable. Whoever is breeding German shepherds these days should be ashamed of themselves. Most of the ones I see are very tightly wound up and are very bad at handling any changes in their environment. The only sensible and relatively calm shepherd I’ve taken care of came from a litter bred by a police officer, bred from his police department’s own dogs. I imagine that law enforcement looks for dogs that have excellent temperaments and can handle being taken places without falling apart.

  • NewMexicoGlo

    This is so not true!!! Pit bulls were bred to be agressive to other DOGS, not humans. They were, in fact, selectively bred to be very gentle with humans specifically so they could be used to fight other dogs and still be safely handled by their owners/handlers. The only reason that they get such a bad rap from the uninformed is because groups such as PETA and others who don’t like a particular breed go out of their way to sensationalize it when a Pit Bull, or other breed they don’t like, is involved in any type of incident. Do some research from reputable sources such as the AKC or the UKC when getting your facts about any breed, also talk to reputable breeders of the breeds you are interested in. Remember, there are vicious dogs in EVERY breed, and the only breeds I’ve ever been bitten by were dachsunds and a couple near misses with cocker spaniels. I own a pit bull and have had others in the past and have never been threatened by them. They are loving family members to all humans in their circle and very protective of their humans. They also look really cute in sun glasses. :-)

    • Pangur Ban

      Sorry, I didn’t get beyond your first sentence. Lots here should image-search “pit bull bites.” Lots of kids, older people, even infants. Peddle that ‘only when provoked or in defense of people’ crap elsewhere.

  • NewMexicoGlo

    Your Pittie is adorable. Is he old? I’m guessing by the greying on his muzzle that he is. Mine is 8 1/2 now, and starting to turn grey around the muzzle too, but still has tons of energy. He’s the one on the left in my avatar. A truly sweet boy and loves people in general, especially if food is involved. :-)

  • Nursekat

    I had a Doberman . She was small , only 50 lbs. She was scared of her own shadow when I got her. She wasn’t dangerous to people at all, but would kill birds, rats, mice, and grasshoppers. She got a hold of one of my cats and thankfully I was nearby and the cat was unhurt. I yelled at her and she never tried for that cat again. She attacked my other cat at the time in front of me so I stopped it immediately . And I yelled at her and she never tried for that cat again either. Dobies are VERY specific lol. She lived to be almost 15. She was a good dog and was the only dog I ever had that really liked to please. My Min Pin could have cared less about pleasing. She just wanted her food and to snuggle with the Dobie lol

  • OzzyMcSabbath

    LMAO that the Siberian Husky made the list.

    Form the American Kennel Club;

    “Siberians are perfect dogs for homes with children and prefer being in a family group instead of as a one-man dog. This same personality trait prevents them from being great watchdogs, as they love to meet new people.”

    Yes like ANY other dog incidents have happened and will continue to happen but Husky’s are far from what is said here.

    • Veritasortruth

      I agree about the Siberian Husky. I have experience with the breed and can say I’ve never seen any behavior that would indicate the breed should make this list. I’ve never heard of a number of the dogs on this list.

  • ilr1950

    My son has a pit and a German Shepherd. I have a pit and a pit mix. All four are dangerous, the fastest tongues in the west. More than once Ive offered them a treat and found a finger taken along with the treat, licked, and promptly spit out. The biggest danger they pose is their wagging tails, or a** hammers as I call them. Ive been bruised a time or two by a fast moving tail, but thats about it.

    • Calamity Jane

      Count yourself lucky that they don’t have gas. My pit is an environmental hazard.

  • Gail Cornwell

    I love my purebred mutt. She is afraid of cats, loud noises and most strangers unless they carry food in their pocket or hand. Even then she will probably pee on the floor. Got her from the animal shelter and she was a good pick.

  • Chuck Stillman

    Sounds like more BS Insurance company propaganda designed to increase they’re profits.

  • Zero_Dark_Obozo

    A number of serious caveats (excuses) there, dude. You’ll notice that Mr. Butler up there mentioned REFERENCES to proof not being mentioned in the article – That doesn’t mean such proof doesn’t exist.

    As for me, statistics – as opposed to only incontrovertible proof – is plenty for me to make an educated decision rather than insist on a stubborn choice. And this article is NOT baseless.

    • Erik Allen Smith

      Statistics are only as good as the way they were gathered.

  • Zero_Dark_Obozo

    A number of serious caveats (excuses) there, dude. You’ll notice that Mr. Butler up there mentioned REFERENCES to proof not being mentioned in the article – That doesn’t mean such proof doesn’t exist.

    As for me, statistics – as opposed to only incontrovertible proof – is plenty for me to make an educated decision rather than insist on a stubborn choice. And this article is NOT baseless.

  • nyx

    This seems incredibly bias. I’d think Chihuahuas are way more likely to turn on their owners.

    • GotScience

      True enough, but you ain’t gonna get kilt!

  • Animals24-7

    Of the 4,733 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,205 (68%) were pit bulls; 550 were Rottweilers; 4,033 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 553 human fatalities, 290 were killed by pit bulls; 86 were killed by Rottweilers; 417 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,852 people who were disfigured, 1,941 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 321 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,417 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

    • pupeperson

      Interesting stats. Equally interesting, perhaps even more interesting, would be some context. How many of these injuries were inflicted on persons intent on making the dogs master or “pack member” a victim of some sort of violence? How many of these injuries resulted from the dog acting as a protector, which is a well known attribute of all of the breeds mentioned?

    • http://batman-news.com Jake Lakota

      And what is your point? Kill all the dogs? Tell me, does a dog contemplate killing something? Does a dog’s actions prior to killing something indicate pre-meditation? In 2012, 10,322 people were killed by drunk drivers, IN ONE YEAR NOT 30, 30% of those convicted of DUI are repeat offenders (no euthanasia there), 1,200,000+ of your PEOPLE were arrested for driving under the influence (they intentionally got drunk and intentionally drove a vehicle). What animal with 4 legs intentionally decides to go out and bite somebody to death? Statistics show that 30% of the people drink at a level that puts them at risk for alcoholism.

      • Veritasortruth

        @ Jake When someone like Animals24-7 hits you over the head with statistics, you shift the argument over to drunk driving, which has next to nothing to do with what we are talking about. That’s absurd. You are not addressing the point that certain breeds are inherently more dangerous than others. That’s a demonstrable fact. The notion that you don’t like the facts, doesn’t account for jack. No one is advocating killing all Pits or Rots. However when people are considering adopting an Animal, they should do their homework. And Pits should ONLY be owned by those who have experience with the breed and know what they are doing. Someone who goes to a Shelter and adopts a Pit without knowing its background or having experience with the breed is a major league fool.

    • Earl Kuon

      Merrit Clifton is an investigative reporter who gathers his data from “classified ads and media reports”. He has no professional training in animal behavior and thus is in no way an expert in the field. Statistics based solely on media reports have been found to be inaccurate and unreliable.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in 2000 on dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF) that covered the years 1979–1998. The report concluded that relying on media coverage of dog-bite-related fatalities presents a biased view of the dogs involved. They stated that media reports are likely to only cover about 74% of the actual incidents and that dog attacks involving certain breeds may be more likely to receive media coverage. They also reported that since breed identification is difficult and subjective, attacks may be more likely to be “ascribed to breeds with a reputation for aggression”.[


  • sulphur kennel

    My thoughts are that many of the truly aggressive dogs were left off. As a vet tech I would rather have a pitt, Cane Corso, Great Dane, or Dobie come in than a lot of the small or medium dogs to come in. Rat Terriers, Chihuahuas, Jack Russells, Blue or Red Heelers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Dachshunds are some the most notorious dogs to grace the clinic doors. We know someone will be bitten when one of these come in. We have even taken bets as to which breed will bite one of the staff members this month.

    I would rather have a pitt bull that had been injured severely than a chihuahua with a simple laceration. The pitt will be easier to treat and will heal with less complications while the chi would have to be put to sleep just to get the cut sown up. Every time an animal is knocked out there is a risk of them not coming out of it.

  • Beth

    This article just feeds the mass hysteria the media as created about certain dogs. Especially pit bulls. There are about 12 dog related deaths a year in the US and bully breeds are responsible for half – but let’s not forget that bully breeds also attract a lot of irresponsible owners due to their look and strength. So I suggest looking at the type owner more than the type of dog.

  • Peter F.

    This article looks like it just picked a list of fear fads and listed them out with no sited evidence. Some of these may be true but I suspect about half are incorrect.

  • Patty Williams

    My pit will lick a person to death but protects our fence lines from birds, who knew? ha

  • Stan Bryars

    You would also have to scientifically determine that they were actually pits, not just dogs that resembled pits to barely trained government workers.
    I had a champion pure bred Malinois that the geniuses at animal control called a shepherd mix. I also know of a welsh corgi/black lab mix that was identified as a pure bred staffordshire bull terrier by the same set of geniuses at another fcility

    • gerbilsbite

      You would further have to check the methodology used by the site that compiled the data. If you did, you’d learn that they go off of press reports, not actual surveys, meaning that the bites they record will be the more serious, “newsworthy” ones, essentially invalidating that statistic beyond use.

      • Mongoose218

        OR they used ER records…..more accurate and much more likely…..do you think they don’t realize that going by just media reports (which tend to highlight only the most vicious attacks) is not very scientific?

    • makamae

      The characteristics of pit bulls are pretty obvious. Certainly there are are many off shoots & strains that are called something completely different. I had a corgi mix & the corgi part was quite distinctive… didn’t have to worry about her biting anyone, because she wasn’t capable of doing significant damage.

      • Stan Bryars

        The Corgi part of this dog was also very distinctive, they still called it, not only a pit, but a pure bred staffordshire bull terrier.
        And that is not the only example I know of. True characteristics of pits are easily distinguishable to the people familiar with the dogs, but by law, any muscular dog with what the observer considers a large head is a pit. If you mix an English Lab with a Black and Tan, half of them will be pit bulls by the time they get to their third family.

        • LaBella

          Lab X Boxer = “pit bulls”

          Boxer x Rottie =”pit bulls”
          Rottie x Lab = “pit bulls”
          My pure bred ADBA Grand Champion show American Pit Bull Terrier?
          Fox Terrier cross.

      • MariahM

        Pit bulls do not have “distinctive” characteristics. Many lab mixes, boxer mixes, etc. can be considered “pit bulls” to the public eye. Dogs are not mean because of their breed. It is how you raise them. In reality about 80% of reported dog attacks are from dogs that can’t even be pin pointed to a certain breed. In fact, many owners do not know their own dogs’ dog breed. If your problem with dogs is size, then fine, get a small dog of it makes you ignorant heart happy. But I refuse to sit here and let you tell me my dog will viciously turn on me because of his breed. Let me tell you this– many mamy small dogs turn on their owners too.The mistake is not isnt dogs breed but the people who raise them. If you look at real statistics on dog bites and fatalities, a good amount of them is from dogs who were tethered (chained up) to something and were not fixed. Dogs who are tethered (this goes for ANY BREED) tend to become restless, defensive, and hostile. They will become stressed and will do anything to get free. They quite literally lose their minds. These two things happen because people dont CARE about their dogs.The #1 cause of child fatalities from dog attacks were because they parents were not supervising. I dont know if you are a mom, but, never in any way would I ever let my kids alone with any animal. I was attacked by a jack Russel terrier and almost attacked by a Labrador when I was 4 and 7. Why? Because no one was watching me. I was a kid, I didnt know better. I was lucky I screamed when the lab lunged at me and my mom was in the other room to take me away. This was not our dog, by the way. Watch your kids, teach your kids how to approach dogs, there is importance in teaching kids how to handle dogs. Dogs are not toys to be played with. They are living and breathing creatures with emotions and thoughts. They are not robots or toys come with pre-built settings. Where some are built with a “dont attack people” mode or a “attacks humans mode”. It is pretty pathetic how stupid you can be for believing that. Statistics say pit bull type dogs are more likely to attack. Statistics also say that it is near impossible to completely and 100% be sure of a dogs breed. That is fact. You cant always tell with your eyes alone, and usually you cant tell at all.

        • makamae

          If you think pit bulls don’t have distinctive characteristics, then you’re not very discerning. While there are many cross-breeds, their characteristics are pretty obvious.
          I won’t get a dog at all – I prefer cats.
          If you’re trying to deny that pit bulls and pit bull cross breeds are more dangerous than other types of dogs, you’re indeed foolish.
          As for me and my family, I will teach my kids how to be careful around dogs, to avoid pit bulls at all costs, and will watch any and all pit bulls in my vicinity very careful. If I see a pit bull running loose and I’m by myself, with nobody else around, I’ll be ready to deal with it, but won’t act unless necessary. If I see a pit bull running loose and my family is nearby, I’ll kill the pit bull if it even looks at us, rather than wait for the inevitable “he’s never hurt anyone before.”

          • Jane Green

            You prefer cats. Cats are nothing like a dog. Have you ever even owned a dog? You really should know dogs well before you judge them. I have been lucky to have had many cats, some dogs, and even horses in my life. They are none anything like the others, but I love them all. So very special. Mostly they are all individuals with different traits regardless of breed or even species. They are loving and good friends just like humans, and often way better. The one dog I knew who was vicious and almost killed someone was a mix of arctic breeds with a lab. Not a bit of pit bull blood in him. I still say, do not judge the breed.

          • makamae

            I have owned MANY dogs, but cats are easier to deal with.

            Just because a dog of a different breed than pit bull attacked someone doesn’t change the FACT that pit bulls are by far, the most dangerous dogs.

  • Stan Bryars

    I have a 80 pound pit now that was rescued a little over ten years ago. He had been brutally abused by a jerk that wanted a mean dog.
    I was afraid of the dog and finally decided to have him put down. An old friend that had trained dogs in the army intervened and offered to train the dog
    After one month of competent training he became what the vet , that was also initially afraid of him, calls the most docile animal he has ever seen
    This alone tells me all I need to know about the breed.

    With these powerful animals it does take more than just a loving environment. It takes a firm sure hand and someone who is able to be supreme pack leader.

    • http://batman-news.com Jake Lakota

      You sir, are exactly right. We have a 1 yr pit bull/boxer mix. She will lick the skin off anybody’s face if she could. She loves to play, and chase our 3 cats around the house. When she gets too close you hear a yelp from the claws. Once, picked up the kitten we rescued at the same time as we rescued the PB and brought them fact to face – the PB licked the kitten’s nose. repeatedly. The kitten has also cleaned the PB’s ears. Yes, the PB can bite hard when playing but she is reminded not to. I am the pack leader and she knows it. Every freaking night we go to bed she curls up and waits for me. When I climb in she lays on me and proceeds to lick me to death. Pits who are mean and attack and bite are treated wrongly. We do not encourage biting, but if my wife and I argue she is right in between us barking at us to stop. BEST DOG EVER.

      • Veritasortruth

        The Pit Bull can be one of the sweetest breeds ever, right up until the time it isn’t. There is a genetic defect in many of these dogs and a lot of them are ticking time bombs just waiting to go off. For your sake I hope you don’t have one of those dogs. I’ve read story after story not unlike yours where a loving, sweet, pit bull went crazy and seriously injured or even killed people. You are playing “Russian Roulette” with the Pit you have. Your dog may never “go crazy” , but you cannot or should not ignore what can happen. You have been warned.

        • Earl Kuon

          Scientific evidence to support your statements please.

  • Anonymaus

    Um… statistically the Dachshund is the breed most likely to bite. This whole article is absurd and unsupported by anything but the author’s bad feels about bully breeds. (full disclosure: I have a dachshund.)

  • Jeremy Anderson

    Anyone who has worked with dogs knows this is not fair and untrue. Pit breeds have been a favorite target for years now, and it’s because of their size. I worked 2 years for Save A Bull which is a bully breed fostering and adoption non-profit. I then worked 3 years for Animal Inn, which boards your dogs when you need it.

    Here’s what I found: Chows are mean. Lots of them. However there are exceptions.
    Poodles are often mean. However there were some nice ones. Labradoodles were often mean and often dog aggressive. WIth exceptions. Pit bulls and Am-Staffs are sometimes dog aggressive, and there was two in 5 years that I wouldn’t pet because it may bite me. Out of fear. Retrievers (Golden, Labs, etc) were meaner, mostly crazy (until they’re old and then they’re great), and hardly anybody trains them…even when they think they have.
    There are more breeds but this is not my point.

    The constant I did find is this: By in large, the smaller the dog gets, the meaner it is. Almost always true. People think it’s cute, and eventually very annoying, when their little yapper is nipping and playing. If it was big this nipping would be seen as scary, hurtful biting. There were so many dogs I couldn’t take outside for a playtime because of their savage demeanor. It’s too bad. When people have a big and little dog, it is the little one that is dominant, 90% of the time. Maybe a higher percentage. Little dogs look cute to many people, but they are almost always untrained, mean, and they do what they want!
    Doesn’t fly for a bigger dog, unless it’s a lab or golden.

    Minneapolis Animal Control, where I’d pick up many dogs for Save A Bull, told me that they got bit the most by Golden Retrievers.

    I got bit once my a Basset Hound, and it went lock jaw and hurt a lot. Bassets have big heads, therefore bigger jaws…bigger jaw muscle…you get it.

    Pits were used as baby sitters. They were known as the Nanny Dog. They got a bad name because they are strong. Because they are strong and are known to be dog aggressive, but not people aggressive. But there are lots of dogs who are dog aggressive, it’s a pretty common trait.
    Google Pit Bull history…you’ll find more…
    Don’t be fooled by the media. They are unfortunately there to entertain, not inform.

    • Joel

      English Springers are crazy, my Uncles attacked my Bishion this Easter sunday in MY HOUSE for no reason, I had to get the ear stapled back on and two deep puncher wounds to the neck.

    • Veritasortruth

      I’ve been working with dogs for over 40 years (since I was a kid) and I can say without hesitation, you are wrong on just about all of your points. In fact, it’s rare that one poster can get so much wrong. I hardly have ever (even on the Internet) read as many misrepresentations as I have in your post. I don’t have time to respond to all, so I just list one.
      You say go Google Pit Bull History. How’s about this one:
      Google: Fatal Dog attacks 2013
      There were 32 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2013. 25 of these were from Pit Bulls. And yet Pits (and Pit mixes) are only about 5% of the total number of dogs.

      • Earl Kuon

        So what vet school did you go to?

        The American Veterinary Medical Association says this about Pit Bulls

        “Owners of pit bull-type dogs deal with a strong breed stigma,35 however controlled studies have NOT identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. The pit bull type is particularly ambiguous as a “breed” encompassing a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and appearances that cannot be reliably identified. Visual determination of dog breed is known to not always be reliable.36And witnesses may be predisposed to assume that a vicious dog is of this type.

        It should also be considered that the incidence of pit bull-type dogs’ involvement in severe and fatal attacks may represent high prevalence in neighborhoods that present high risk to the young children who are the most common victim of severe or fatal attacks. And as owners of stigmatized breeds are more likely to have involvement in criminal and/or violent acts37—breed correlations may have the owner’s behavior as the underlying causal factor.

      • Earl Kuon

        Are you an animal trainer ?

        Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

        “The Association of Pet dog Trainers APDT supports the adoption or enforcement of a program for the control

        of potentially dangerous or vicious dogs that is fair, non-discriminatory and addresses dogs that are shown to be

        dangerous by their actions. The APDT opposes any law that deems a dog as dangerous or vicious based on

        appearance, breed or phenotype. Canine temperaments are widely varied, and behavior cannot be predicted

        by physical features such as head shape, coat length, muscle to bone ratio, etc. The only predictor of behavior

        is behavior. As an organization comprised of dog trainers, behaviorists and other animal professionals, the APDT

        is fully aware that any dog can bite, any dog can maim, and any dog can kill. A dangerous or vicious dog is a product

        of a combination of individual genetics, upbringing, socialization, and lack of proper training. The solution to

        preventing dog bites is education of owners, breeders, and the general public about aggression prevention, not

        legislation directed at certain breeds. Singling out and publicly demonizing certain breeds as dangerous is unfair,

        discriminatory, and does an immense disservice to those breeds and the people who care about them.


      • Earl Kuon

        Maybe are you an animal control officer ?

        National Animal Control Association (NACA)

        “Dangerous and/or vicious animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or behavior and not

        because of their breed. Any animal may exhibit aggressive behavior regard-less of breed. Accurately identifying a

        specific animal’s lineage for prosecution purposes may be extremely difficult. Additionally, breed specific legislation

        may create an undue burden to owners who otherwise have demonstrated proper pet management and



      • Earl Kuon

        Please list your professional training/experience that qualifies you as an expert on Pit Bulls and animal behavior.

  • Beverly Meier

    First of all ANY breed of dog can and will bite! A lot of small dogs bite m ore than the big dogs, but because they are small the damage isn’t as great. Know your dog. watch carefully when children are around.

  • Homer Sansom

    I have been bit by a chihuhua. Mean little bastards.

    • jpg

      I was viciously attacked by a GOLDEN RETRIEVER. one of the “friendliest breeds”
      Luckily i only had a huge chunk of hair ripped out. I was able to scare the dog away.

  • Macrobolic

    Oh this “article” is such a bunch of bull. No scientific evidence. The reason there are statistics supporting this is because when a Chihuahua attacks their owners, they usually don’t cause a whole lot of harm. This article should be taken down for its ridiculousness.

  • irategramma

    Obviously written by someone who knows nothing about dogs, has little or no personal contact with them and is twisted and uninformed and extremely biased. Guess this is the governments next target–we shouldn’t have guns for protection and now we shouldn’t have dogs for protection. I have had the privilege of owning and being owned by,at different times during my life, 4 german shepherds, 2 dobermans, and 3 rottweilers. Although each breed has different characteristics, they were with no exceptions each intelligent, loyal and loving with their families. Better friends than most two-legged varieties and more honest. I resent the depiction here of dangerous, vicious animals. There may be a few aggressive individuals but these traits are generally instilled by the way they are treated, not naturally inherited. This is garbage.

  • Afraid of Thor

    My son has a 7yr old bull mastiff. When the dog was a puppy i “trained” it by giving it hot dogs and dog biscuits so it would not bite me when it grew up. It’s name is Thor. Well he grew up and i always feed him biscuits now. As soon as i get in the house he bothers me for treats. I’m the treat lady. Sometimes he would try to drag me into the kitchen by my sleeve if i don’t give him a treat right away. That’s cute eh? Well, as much as he seems to love me – he has nipped me 3 x already and every time it was when my son was not home. I was all alone with the dog. One time he nipped me on the butt, another time he was on the couch with me and i gently nudged his head so he could move his big head and he nipped me, and another time i accidentally stepped on his foot and he nipped my leg. I do not trust or like him at all. I just treat him real good cuz i don’t trust him. One time when my son was away for 2 months i had to take care of him in my house and he would go to the door cuz he was looking for my son and when i got to the door to let him out he would growl at me. I was so afraid of him. I told my son i will never watch him again!! He loves my son and they say they are a one person dog.

    • Karen K

      Be very careful– make sure you don’t leave your son and the dog together unsupervised (of course I would say that with ANY breed with a small child). Mastiffs can turn on you– I know from experience. Even if the dog isn’t aggressive, it’s BIG, and can unintentionally knock a kid down.

      • Crystal Sourceint

        Uh, CLEARLY you are not tracking…

    • james008

      You fed the puppy hot dogs?

    • Crystal Sourceint

      You set this situation up. You have no one to blame but yourself.

  • webcrawler

    You also have to ask why they bit? Could it be that those breeds are favored for their muscular builds and ferocious looks, by innercity gang members, used for dog fighting and betting, which took off in the 80s? Prior to that, there wasn’t much ever said about pitbulls or mastiffs.. And they have been here in the states since the immigrants brought hem here These dogs were abusing and made mean, trained to attack, and because of their tenacious dispositions and jaw strength, when they do bite, it is bad… And so their reputations grew.. don’t attribute it to anything else.

    • Mongoose218

      But if you go back FURTHER in time, pit bulls were used for fighting in England, dog fights were popular from the Middle Ages on….they also fought bears and bulls. They were BRED to fight…..and yes, I know the “nanny dog” reputation, but that was a short period in the Victorian era and a little afterwards when they were a “fad” dog for families…..they have a much longer, deeper history as fighters….I’m NOT against pit bulls, as said before, I know some nice ones. I’m just saying, you can’t remove hundreds of years of breeding in one or two generations. (For any breed).

      • Linda 9065

        I have a doxie, (dachshund), and a doxie/terrier mix. Both of these take a strong hand to socialize since we live on a farm and have chickens around. They have taken well to their environment….HOWEVER they are both hunters and will kill small prey and dig them out (they go after rats a lot). They do not attack the chickens however. To address the fighting strains…even some chickens were bred to fight and this hard wiring still shines through with breeds that can be dangerous due to aggression in spite of being raised well for their species. One may laugh at the thought of a chicken attack, not so after you come away clawed and pecked at to the point of needing medical attention.

        I also had a wolf hybrid that was the most wonderful “dog” I ever had, however she was socialized too well as a pup by her owner that treated her like a child. I took over her care at 18 months and never regretted having her; she was a joy. However I was dumb about hybrids at the time and was very lucky that I was able to enjoy her for 12 years until she died, other wolf hybrids I have met made me shake in my shoes. Each dog is different no matter what breed, as is each owner, sometimes the combo can be toxic to both and society. There is no fairyland goodness that a dog treated well will be a loving dog no matter what…this is not so all the time, so best to beware and investigate the breed and have a good understanding of yourself as a leader before even getting a dog.

      • theo

        You are also not taking into account that dogs were NEVER PETS until fairly recently so the bias in these “reports” is new and based on ignorance!!!

        • makamae

          By recent, do you mean in the last 4 thousands years?

    • makamae

      In all of the pit bull bite stories I’ve read, I’ve never once seen where it’s owned by a gang banger… it’s always someone’s nice neighbor, whose first words are “he’s never hurt anyone before” or “we even let him play with our children” – that is, except when it’s not their children that were killed…

  • My Name

    They just trashed every large breed with exactly no backup data.

  • Andy Kramer

    I have noticed a trend here in my hometown of “pit bull” attacks. Ironically, these are usually mix breeds, one was actually a Char Pei mix. now I don’t know what y’all know, but in my vast experience bathing dogs in my wife’s grooming shop, there are two dogs I will never turn my back on: Char Peis and Chows. Both are likely to sneak a bite at you.
    Here’s the thing; I have never met a Pit, Rotty, Sheperd or Mastiff I didn’t like. Any non socialized dog can can present a bite hazard. If the dog has fear issues, it can bite.
    Dammit it is the owner not the breed! These so called “Pit Bull” attacks happened in the part of our town where there is known dog fighting and drug houses. I wonder why these dogs attack? I hardly ever see a story about an attack coming from the dog of a responsible owner. Hmmm.

    • Joel

      I don’t own a Pit, but I love them. a few friends of mine have them and the only problem if you want to call it a problem, they think they are lap dogs and they just want to sit on you lap and give you kisses, you treat a dog good and it will be your friend!

    • Earl Kuon

      Owners of pit bull-type dogs deal with a strong breed stigma,35 however controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. The pit bull type is particularly ambiguous as a “breed” encompassing a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and appearances that cannot be reliably identified. Visual determination of dog breed is known to not always be reliable.36And witnesses may be predisposed to assume that a vicious dog is of this type.

      It should also be considered that the incidence of pit bull-type dogs’ involvement in severe and fatal attacks may represent high prevalence in neighborhoods that present high risk to the young children who are the most common victim of severe or fatal attacks. And as owners of stigmatized breeds are more likely to have involvement in criminal and/or violent acts37—breed correlations may have the owner’s behavior as the underlying causal factor.


  • Karen K

    Re Rotties, they CAN be excellent dogs. extremely loyal… The thing is, they only really like their masters, and can be standoffish with strangers. I read somewhere that female Rotties are preferable, because males CAN be aggressive and unpredictable. My brother had one, and she was smart, calm, and nice… she would walk beside you, stop when you stopped, as if she were guarding you. This same brother also had a Mastiff at another point, and that thing was VERY aggressive, mean as hell– he had to be locked up when people were over because he was so dangerous. My brother finally had to get rid of him.

    The Cane Corso and and American Bandogge LOOK scary… probably a good breed to have around for protection.

    The recurring theme here, and what’s important for the owner of ANY breed of dog, is that the dogs must know who’s boss, and that it isn’t them.

  • fiveforce

    If you want numbers, just ask your insurance company. I am sure they have stats on which dog bites most.

    • Crystal Sourceint

      Nope – only the ones “reported”, and under questionable circumstances at that…

  • BK Martin

    Dog hating 101…

  • Jesse Rosser

    This list is a load of BULLL. Any dog is a GOOD DOG; its not the dog its the OWNER’s fault if the dog turns on them. Ive owned and been raised around Pitts and German Shepards; Boxers and not a single one bared their teeth, we had a 2 year old around pitts and they treated her like a puppy. Blame the Owner not the Dog; don’t believe steryo-types of any dog breed.

  • Erik Allen Smith

    These statistics were garnered from newspaper reports. Pit bulls make the newspaper. Poodle bites don’t.

    • Donna Lee Craig

      …nor chihuahua’s, as i read they bite more than any other dog…just not as dangerous so i guess that doesn’t count???…

      • Mongoose218

        Chihuahuas ARE high strung and do bite, but can’t kill anyone, for obvious reasons!

      • Gretchen1999

        I steer clear of those little dogs :) I am more comfortable around doberman pinchers, German Shepherds, etc.

      • Jacob Robert M

        exactly, the actual numbers will NOT be found in biased headlines. fools….Donna ^ is completely right! majority of dog bites are actually committed by small snappy breeds, but they don’t make the prejudice headlines. A chihuahua bite wouldn’t sell papers. so if you want to sit in ignorant bliss continue to base your statistics off headlines news. Goodness nows the news and reporters have a bible under their hand to ensure 24/7 honesty.

        • makamae

          Again – the reason pit bull bites make the news, rather than a chihuahua, poodle, or even a corgi, is because pit bulls maim and kill. These others aren’t likely to even break the skin.

          • Britney Croteau

            not true by any means. A Labrador recently ripped a child’s face off the next town over from me, but that didn’t make the news. A GSD put 98 stitches in a kid’s cheek 3 months ago, and that didn’t make the news. A Pomeranian KILLED an infant years back in RI……….. but THAT didn’t even make the news. It’s called fear mongering, and you obviously eat that stuff up!!!

          • makamae

            If it didn’t make the news, how do you know about it?
            I don’t “eat up” fear mongering – I’m a realist. Reality says that you don’t leave kids near the most dangerous dog commonly found in the US.

          • Andrea

            Pitbulls score better on the American Temperment test than any other breed on average. How can you classify a dog as the most dangerous dog commonly found in the US without facts? The media taints all evidence to point it against pitbulls. You are more likely to be bit by a dalmation (yep the cute firehouse dogs) than you are a pitbull!

          • Britney Croteau

            Not sure how this turned to leaving kids with dogs. That sounds more like common sense than being a realist….
            I know about the lab because it’s my career involves dealing with aggression cases on a daily basis.

          • Michele

            Absolutely true. Other dogs may also bite, but the jaws of a pit bull or some of the other breeds mentioned in this list, are dangerous because they have massive jaws and mouths, and are inbred to fight or protect. It is absolutely correct that when the dominant human leaves the home it could be dangerous for other family members. I had a doberman that absolutely defied the stereotype of the breed. Sweet as pie and loved everyone. But I had a roommate that had one that attacked anything that moved. I had two pit bulls. One was bad from the get go. The other was mildly trustworthy. I would NEVER leave a child alone with either of them. Don’t believe the myth that its the way they were raised. Why don’t you believe that a dog can be mentally ill? They can be, just like people. Dogs are meant to live in packs and when the dominant person is gone they CAN be dangerous.I love dogs and animals but you must be smart and aware, and I won’t defend a bully breed. People who have small children are taking a huge risk leaving a small child, or elderly person alone with any one of the breeds mentioned

          • makamae

            Michele – yours is the first reasonable response I’ve received on this.

          • Suzanne Marie

            Your post seems to suggest that you think a lot of dogs are “mentally ill”. Are you saying that both your two pit bulls and your friend’s Doberman were all “mentally ill”? It seems highly unlikely from a mathematical or statistical standpoint. Also, you won’t defend a bully breed, but you’ll adopt them? Are you mistreating them because you mistrust them? There’s something more to your story and it doesn’t smell good. I would suggest that you not have anymore dogs. You’re not doing yourself or them any favors if you’re spending your time being afraid of them and denouncing them on the internet.

          • Stan Bryars

            Wrong, there was a guy that did a study on dog bite reporting by the media. He tracked a fatal attack by a non pit type dog and found only about a dozen reports. Then he tracked a moderate by by a pit and found thousands of reports

    • lady

      poodles don’t kill people!

      • virginiamarie94

        people kill people!!

        • Mary Martin

          And dogs kill people too. They don’t carry guns.

          • theo

            You make it sound like a normal, every day thing!

            Do you ever THINK before you make silly statements?
            I’ll take any bet that there are more people killing dogs, than dogs killing people!

        • makamae

          So do Pit Bulls

    • Mongoose218

      Do you know that for sure? They could have gotten them from ER reports which would be far more accurate.
      I know there is a “breed prejudice” against Pit bulls, and I know of some good ones that are good family pets…..but the point is, all of the dogs in this list are LARGE, STRONG dogs with powerful jaws.
      Several of the breeds were originally bred for guarding, for war, of for fighting. They don’t just “outgrow” this past breeding….its in their genes.
      We had a Golden Retriever, who was never any where near a hunt or hunters, and yet HAD to carry something in his mouth at all times, as a retriever, that was hard wired into his personality…he was also a GREAT swimmer: another thing the breed is bred to do, when it is retrieving downed game.

      • theo

        No matter WHERE they got these so-called statistics…I’d never believe numbers that are not 100% proven!
        IN a neighborhood where every home has at least 1 pet, I am supposed to believe they went to every single house and queried bites???
        And THEN made up the numbers to suit their ideas!
        Please tell me why small dogs are not on any of these lists!
        Are we supposed to believe that terriers and other small breeds NEVER bite?
        Want a bridge?

        • makamae

          You miss the point… the reason that so many pit bull bites are reported is because they do so much damage. Who cares if a chihuahua nips someone – it won’t even break the skin. If a pit bull gets annoyed, someone’s going to have some serious damage or die.
          There’s no such thing as a 100% proven statistic, yet numbers are representative of the whole.

          • dolph122000

            If a golden retriever attacks a person (especially a small child who is more likely to go up to one while ignoring any warning signs) it could easily kill that person. Retrievers a string, large and have powerful jaws. The same could be said of pretty much all medium to large breeds. How many times do you see that in the paper though? Versus how many times it actually happens (which it absolutely does!) the statistics grabbed from the media are horribly skewed. Most attacks from larger dogs are mixed breed and even the classic APBT is often confused with other dog breeds. There is no standard defining characteristic of the average “pitbull” seen on the news. Only “pitbull-like” dogs are covered. There is nothing defining about these dogs as pure-bred APBT’s and further, the other dogs that bite aren’t even covered as I said previously!
            Many mutts bite, many mutts do damage, there is nothing about one specific breed or breed “characteristic” that makes a dog more dangerous than another. Owners are what make dogs dangerous. Owners and people too stupid to recognize warning signs of “back-off” or “leave me alone, or I will bite!”.

          • makamae

            dolph – you don’t see it in the paper because it so rarely happens. Pit Bulls don’t have a reputation because someone in the media randomly picked them out… Further, you see so many reports in the media about Pit Bulls, not only because of the number of attacks, but because of the ferocity and damage.

          • Andrea

            I suppose you also believe pitbulls have locking jaws, huh? Pitbulls cannot do any more damage than another dog. ALL DOGS BITE. Bites ARE NOT breed specific

          • makamae

            No, I don’t believe pit bulls have locking jaws. Can’t you discuss an issue without trying to suggest I’m stupid? Pitbulls can do FAR MORE damage than most other dogs. Further, they have a clear propensity to do this. According to the CDC, not the media.
            In a 3 year study, Pit bulls did BY FAR, the most damage and caused the most deaths. Here’s a comparison of bites & the results between Pit Bulls & Rotweillers:
            Bodily Harm: PB – 1970, R – 481
            Child Victims: PB – 826, R – 272
            Adult Victims: PB 687, R – 126
            Deaths: PB – 207, R – 78
            Maimings: PB 1093, R 268

            The numbers for other dogs drops off significantly as you look at the rest of the top 10 most dangerous dogs.

            What’s seems clear to me is that you persist in your defense of this horribly dangerous breed in spite of the facts. I just hope it doesn’t come back to bite you. (pun intended)

          • Jane Green

            Pit bulls have a longer and stronger reaction to negative occurrences, and take longer to calm down, so do GSDs, Rotties, and other strong breeds. Pit bulls are probably abused often by horrible owners, and are often owned by wrong people for wrong reasons. Even inexperienced dog owners might not be a good match, while those attracted to the dogs’ power and negative reputation are obviously wrong, as those who exploit these dogs for fighting are unspeakable excuses for human beings, and should never be able to get near a dog. Even then, there are many sweet pities with forgiving hearts who get adopted and offer love, friendship, and are not aggressive to their families. Pit bulls may also be bred for aggression for dog fights. This may or may not remain with them. I believe that the majority of these dogs are just like any others: some kinder and easier than others. And they do often get worse press attention than they deserve. Still, inexperienced dog owners should try a softer dog first to learn on, and after that ad a pity. And no matter what or which breed or what size, kids should not be left unsupervised with a dog.

          • makamae

            “Pit bulls are probably abused often by horrible owners…” I’m sorry – “probably” which is based solely on your assumption, means nothing. We see incident after incident after incident where pit bulls attack without warning, without provocation, and with the strong assurance from owners & friends alike that their beloved pit bull has NEVER hurt anyone and NEVER shown any sign of aggression and how this is just unimaginable!

          • Andrea

            I know people who have been bit by small dogs and ended up having to go to the hospital and some have been left with permanent scarring. That’s not damage?

          • makamae

            Compared with losing one’s life? Nope. Compared with losing limbs or having lifelong disfigurement? Nope. I have a scar on one finger from a slip with a chisel, but at least I still have the finger & use of it… much less likely to happen with a pit bull bite.

    • makamae

      Poodle bites don’t make the newspaper because poodles don’t kill anyone.

    • sunflower52

      Oh yes they do! I gave beef bones to our four dogs and had no problem taking them away for the night (the dogs chewing on them wake me up). It didn’t phase me to reach dog and get the bone from our German Shepherd, Akida mix, and…well only God knows what breed Cookie is. When it came to the Luv, our miniature poodle…that’s a different story. She bit me once for coming at her too quickly (I polished her nails and she jumped on the couch), and when I lifted her ear to see if she still had her bone she growled. That was enough to make me decide she could keep her bone until she left it unattended. She’s a sweet dog, but she also thinks she is alpha and HUGE. Funny, she’s so small but fierce.

    • jake

      infact they are gathered from emergency department visits, not “newspaper reports.” There is a difference too in total bites and significant bites. Small poodles may actually bite more, but since they are not serious enough to require medical attention, the victims do not report. Pit bull and some of the other dogs listed on here inflict much more serious injury.

  • Kyle

    That only counts bites that result in a hospital or doctor visit. Bigger dogs get a unfair rep for being dangerous because of how many bites are reported, but nobody goes to the doctor when their chihuahua or dachshund bites them, because it barely does anything. I can promise you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, more people get bitten by small dogs than by pits or rotties or anything else, it’s just nobody goes to the doctor for that.

    • Mongoose218

      Yes, but thats part of the rationale for listing the breeds they did…cockers are known biters, as are chihuahuas but have never killed anyone…the breeds listed in the article HAVE killed many people, just a fact, not a breed prejudice.

    • Linda 9065

      Humm I wonder why I ended up in my physician’s office due to my doxie/terrier mix bites. That dog bit me twice in quick manner. my hand and fingers became infected requiring treatment. I had nerve damage in my thumb due to the bite. Now the lead up to the bite was she was new to us, removed by us from previous owner who was kicking her and taken to our home. She was telling me in no uncertain terms not to corner her, to lean over her while trying to pick her up or when she acted scared. Since I learned rapidly how not to approach her we have gotten along great. Small dogs do bite, and do damage by infections or injury to muscle etc. Watching how they treat prey, in my case usually rats, they can be dangerous if not firmly trained.

      • makamae

        It’s more than likely that you ended up in your doctor’s office with an infection because you didn’t clean the would properly.
        If you’d had the same bite from a pit bull, you would stand a better than even chance of losing your hand or your life… pit bulls won’t let go & have a bite strength akin to that of an alligator.

    • makamae

      Okay – so what if someone’s little dog bites? It’s not likely they’d even break the skin, in most cases, while pit bulls often result in significant maiming or death.

  • LauraAnn Johnston

    I was attacked by a German Shepherd just before my 13th birthday. Not surprised that they made #2 on the list right behind the Pit Bull

  • Scott Smith

    This article is such garbage! ANY dog can turn on a person, depending on how its raised and how it has been associated with other people and dogs. You can to any of the reputable websites and read on any breed of dog to get the expert opinions of the dog’s demeanor and attitude. Everything that I have read about the American Pit Bull is that it is a great family dog with loyal attributes. They will even tell you that they are especially good with children.

  • Scott Smith

    Why isn’t the cocker spaniel on here? I’ve known several people, including myself, who have been bitten by these little monsters! LoL

  • Scott Smith

    That would be 74% of the dog bites that the newspapers report on!

    • makamae

      When was the last time you heard of a Corgi killing someone? How about a Yorkie? Dachshund? Dalmatian? St. Bernard (other than Cujo)?

    • makamae

      Ask yourself why the media reports on pit bull attacks, rather than chihuahua attacks…

  • Dave

    I run a carpet cleaning business and go in different homes all day long, most of them have dogs and the breed that I have the most trouble with are poodles. It seems to me the little dogs are the ones that nip and bite the most. I never have trouble with the big dogs. Most of the dogs listed here are also used by idiots for fighting and supposed guard dog duty but they are often over-breed and under trained so your left with a dumb mean dog and then the stats go up because of this when what your really tracking is the number of stupid people that do not take care of their dog properly. I do not own a pit-bull but they are not naturally a mean dog. This article is the dog version of racial profiling of people.

  • Anonymous

    Good job perpetuating stereotypes. As said below, where are your sources and statistics?

  • Dana Oakley

    I work at a vets office and the MOST dangerous pets we see are the tiny ones or the ones without training!! Quit giving pits a bad name!! HATE THE EED NOT THE BREED!!

  • retiredDeputylefthome

    Were did you get your facts? are they from an E.R.? An insurance company? LawEnforcement.? in fact if you extend youre research you may be suprised that another article lists the top dangerous dog as a Daushound. I contend that all dogs are dangerous in the hands of stupid, ignorant people. And many should not own a dog.

  • Andrej

    Not many facts and many breeds that are generally very dangerous are missing ….Sharplaninac, Caucasian shepard, Kangal….and these dogs are much wilder (that is their job…to protect herds from wild animals in the wild) and more dangerous then Chow Chow etc.

  • Alice Gallagher

    I LOVE DOGS!!! And this article seems pretty on point with what I have learned over the years! Even my favored German Shepherds are dogs that should be respected with fear. I am 52.. and I have encountered MANY dogs and stories that ring true to all this. Yes.. there are always exceptions to all rules.. but this is good advice for those seeking to adopt a doggie!

  • geektinker

    My experience and training with working as a cable TV installer is entirely different that the “statistical” data that the author apparently used for this article. In training, cable workers are warned to be wary of the small dogs, as most of the claims for an on the job injury involving dog bites were with the small dogs who look harmless, but will then bite the worker who is perceived as “invading their home”. Since this list includes a lot of working breeds, I’m wondering of the “statistical data” that was used to come up with this list includes bites from working dogs who were doing their job. Such injuries sustained by a criminal from a police dog or a dog guarding his home from an intruder.
    My dog looks like a German Shepherd puppy, but is only 42 pounds and is a full grown Australian Kelpie mix. People just assume that she is friendly because she looks really cute, but she will growl a warning and then nip if played with roughly. She doesn’t break the skin, but it sends a very obvious signal that she means business. It’s similar to a herding dog nipping at sheep. I always warn the kids in my neighborhood when they want to pet her, but they don’t always listen and still do it anyway. I’m always watching carefully and have her on a leash during our daily walks.

  • Jen Gordon

    This is the kind of article that those of us who regularly work with “bully breeds” hate to see. It is based on utter ignorance! I work with rescue dogs and have two of my own. At the time I adopted my two, the first of which was a lab with a whole lot of issues, Labrador Retrievers were, statistically that year, the #1 most dangerous dog as far as # of bites and fatalities. Both of my dogs were dangerous at the time I adopted them but with consistent training, lots of exercise, and activities that strengthen their self-confidence and fulfill their breed specific needs, they have both come a long way and are great house dogs. When I saw Pits as the #1 on this list, I knew how ignorance based this article is. I have worked with a lot of pits, most of whom have been abandoned, abused, bait or fighter dogs. The reason we see so many attacks in the media are because of the fear factor they provoke. (Just like media on humans, we seldom get the feel good stories but routinely get the shock value and fear factor stories.) There are millions of stories about the true nature of pits and how amazing they are. It is not a pits nature to harm a human. They were, after all, the nanny breed for many years with good reason. Pits as with ANY dog are what the human trains/allows them to be. ALL dogs can be dangerous as they are animals and instinct can certainly override their love of or loyalty to people. The key with ALL dogs, as was run thru each of these breeds as an afterthought, is early (as early as possible) training and socialization as well as consistency from their human. A responsible dog owner will learn about the breed they are thinking of before getting one. There are many dogs that can pose a serious threat to humans if not handled appropriately. If you are going to own a “bully breed”, you must know that you will give that dog 100% and you will be the dominant under any circumstances. With any large dog, you must be confident in your ability to physically handle that dog. It is what YOU do as the human that will determine the results you get from your dog (barring physical ailments that can lead to irritability or aggression). It is NOT the dog (breed, size, etc.) that determines the results the human will have with the dog. Different characteristics of a breed does mean that training/socialization needs may exceed the norm and how you establish yourself as the dominant. My lab is 100lbs with a huge head and set of jaws, struggles with fear aggression and has epilepsy (which causes periodic, spontaneous aggression in him). He has never hurt my child or any other human (other than me before I learned he was epileptic and got that under control). I will handle his physical strength when I need to (BTW, I’m a 5’2″ gal and he stands shoulder height to my ribs). I train with him daily (even after 8 years of sharing life with him). I exercise him vigorously. And, barring specific things, like a seizure, a thunderstorm, a bear (living in the woods), etc, he is a happy, healthy, perfectly big lover. This has been the case with of the pits I have personally worked with. And I can say for certain that it has nothing to do with who I am, but everything to do with what I choose to do. I know nothing about the wolf-hybrids but wolves are not domestic animals so do your homework before considering this or any other breed. This article contains very inaccurate information!

  • http://www.coloradogs.org/ ColoRADogs

    Potentially the most ignorant article ever written. Very sad.

    • Earl Kuon

      Agreed but instead of sadness, I feel anger. Every day my Pit Bull and I experience prejudice and hate.

  • lizzitish

    Our once-friend and neighbor had a chow she rescued from the pound. We would go over to her house and the dog stayed away from us all, ignoring us. She would leave his dish of food under the table where we sat, which made us uneasy. He never bothered his food when we were there. Once we went over to visit, not to sit at that table. She inadvertently kicked the dog dish of food. The dog snarled at her. then, because she said she was so disabled, she would let the dog out, loose. It would always come to our yard, where she would ask us to fence it in (1/4 acre) until she could come and get it, usually at dinner time. We figured out her angle…dinner invite, free dog sitting, no yard to clean up. Finally found from a friend she was addicted to Darvocet because of her “disabling back injury”, which she could not prove. That ended our friendship, as I had always figured her affect was a bit off, due to the drugs. I guess the dog was smarter than we were, thus he hated her but was stuck with her, which is why he always came over to our house. One day he came over. The next day she had him euthanized, because “he was dying of cancer”. He was such a sweet dog. She was the problem, not him. He did not have cancer at all.

  • Phillipgalloway

    Why not just call it a story on how any dog other than a toy dog can be dangerous. Yes, boys and girls, dogs do have teeth.

  • Balthazars Rebellion

    I believe the author ranked these dogs by personal bias. I have owned 4 German Shepherd Dogs over the years. They were all great, extremely intelligent dogs.
    Last time I look at the “real” dog attack data, German Shepherds were quite a ways down the list from Pit Bulls….those dogs give me the willies.

  • Tori

    We had a bullmastiff and she was the best. They are known as gentle giants. Who ever wrote this doesn’t know what they are talking about. Go check out the ankle bitters.

  • lepidopteryx

    There is no such thing as a dangerous breed. There are some dogs within any breed that just have unfriendly personalities. The worst dog bite I ever received in fifteen years as a vet tech was from a cocker spaniel.
    MOST dangerous dogs are MADE, not born. Improper training and inadequate socialization results in dogs who don’t know what is and isn’t a reason to bite.


    Wow obviously you’ve never heard about http://www.atts.org that test already exists it’s called a temperament test. Bully Breeds score near the top every time and Am. Pit Bull Terriers in the top of that group. THAT IS SCIENCE and feel free to check my reference. You may be surprised that your lovable furry companions breed didn’t do as well. Sorry there are no baseless opinions there just the real numbers of how each breed did.

    • makamae

      And yet, Pit Bulls are STILL the most likely to kill their owners, neighbors, neighbor’s dogs, etc.
      The only lovable furry companion I have is a cat.

  • singer23

    We have a Bull Mastiff, he is the sweetest dog we have ever had! He is
    gentile and loving, he accompanies us everywhere we go. When we let him out in
    our fenced in yard, he waits for us to go with him, he loves to be with us. I
    was at our local Sams Club last Friday, I had the rear door window open, a guy
    came by with two of his children, he stopped, petted our, “Zeus” his
    little boy also petted him, he was as gentle as a, “Lamb!” He loves
    people, he is friendly and even tempered. This story is full of, “Old
    Wives Tales” and “Generalities!”
    As far as I’m concerned, this story is bogus!

  • Michelle Olson

    If you look on biast websites you can find whatever kind of statistics you want. Doesnt make it fact. I have 3 American Pit bull terriers in my house and at times as many as 5 with friends over and statistically that means I have been bitten before. NEVER ONCE!!! Again do not judge something by a website. It really takes meeting and greeting the dog to really see them for what they are. I love mine and they are my world, but they are well behaved and belong to two responsible owners. Please understand its not the breed.

    • makamae

      You can say “it’s not the breed” all you want… you could say that with ANY dog. The fact remains, that when it comes to dog attacks, Pit Bulls are going to do the most damage and are the most likely to go after someone. You can’t be certain it’s not the breed any more than you can say definitively that the nature vs. nurture argument in humans is settled one way or the other.

      • Cerridanae

        Actually the American pit bull terrier scores nearest the top of all breeds in temperament testing, even higher than most “family dog” breeds you can name. Look it up.

        • Michelle Olson

          So don’t own one. Plain and simple. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether they know what they are talking about or not. But I don’t believe that people that don’t have first hand experience have any right to speak for those that do.

    • makamae


      • Michelle Olson

        thank you so much for the correction. I hate that…

        • makamae

          Hate what? Being corrected or not spelling correctly?

  • Mozy

    Some facts:


    The University of Lincoln

    Bad dog owners to blame for aggressive animals not their breed


    Author Of New Study On Canine Aggression Says Don’t Blame The Breed, Educate The Owners


    Read the 2012 Summary Report here: http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/uploaded_files/tinymce/Summary%20DBRF%20Report%202012.pdf


    The Journal of the American Veterinary Association has released the most comprehensive study to date regarding fatal dog bites and the common factors that link them. The authors of the study found that there were some significant errors reported by the media in certain stories, so rather than relying on a potentially biased media source, their findings are based on investigative reports from interviews with animal control agencies, investigators, and homicide detectives.

    Interestingly, the breeds of the dogs involved in fatal attacks could only be identified in 18% of the cases. Often times, the media’s report of the dog’s breed conflicted with animal control reports. Within that 18%, twenty different breeds were identified, which correlates with previous studies that have found that no single breed of dog is more likely to attack than another. The results of these studies make it clear that the solution to preventing future dog attacks is better management and husbandry practices, and not banning specific breeds.

    The findings from this study are intriguing, although not entirely surprising. Here are the various factors they found to be commonplace in fatal dog attacks:

    #1: There is no able-bodied person present to intervene (87.1%)This common factor is why I persistently beg parents not to leave their infants or young children alone with a dog under any circumstances. It only takes a split second for a tragedy to occur, and this staggering statistic shows just how vital it is for an able-bodied person to be present in case of an incident between a dog and a child, or any person who is unable to defend themselves against an attack.

    #2: The victim has no prior relationship with the dog (85.2%)This factor serves as an important reminder that we need to be particularly careful with dogs when there is a new person around them, especially if the dog has a history of fear or aggression. The statistic shows that the majority of fatal dog bites occur when the victim does not have a relationship with the dog, so it’s important that you manage your dog’s environment so that he is not set up for failure and you don’t put a guest in a position to get bitten. On the other hand, it’s also vital to be careful when you’re interacting with unfamiliar dogs.

    #3: The dog is not spayed or neutered (84.4%)There are many reasons why spaying and neutering is important, but this might be the top one. In almost 85 percent of cases, the dogs responsible for fatal attacks on humans were unaltered. Be a smart, responsible owner and spay or neuter your dogs, or properly manage your dog if you prefer not to have them altered. In the United States especially, spaying and neutering is often attributed to responsible ownership, and therefore some of the unaltered dogs that fatally attacked people were likely subjected to irresponsible ownership. In some cases, a dog being unaltered may have actually caused the aggressive behavior, and in others it was simply correlated with an owner’s irresponsibility.

    #4: The victim is unable to manage their interactions with the dog (77.4%)Usually due to the victim’s age, or as a result of their physical or mental health state, they are compromised in some way. Teaching children how to safely interact with dogs is imperative for preventing fatal attacks, but it’s also in the hands of parents and guardians to monitor all interactions between dogs and people who are physically or mentally compromised in any way. Check out our friends with Family Paws Parent Education or American Humane’s Pet Meets Baby campaign to learn more about protecting your child from a dog attack.

    #5: The dog is not kept as a family pet (76.2%)We’ve all seen a “backyard dog”–the dog who barks incessantly at all hours of the day and night and who has minimal interaction with people or other animals. Dogs who live in this way are much more prone to aggressive behavior since they live most of their life without any positive social interaction. This is why chaining and tethering is such a bad idea–it breeds the pent-up frustration that is often a precursor to aggression.

    #6: The owner has mismanaged the dog in the past (37.5%) or has abused or neglected the dog (21.1%)Abuse, neglect, or general poor ownership are all factors that can contribute to aggression and violent behavior in dogs. Dogs who are starved or who suffer physical abuse or mental intimidation can seemingly “snap,” even though the frustration has been building long before an attack ever happens. If you suspect a dog you know of suffering from abuse or neglect, contact your local authorities.

    Read the full analysis of the study.

    • Earl Kuon

      Thank you Mozy.

  • Britney Croteau

    This is nothing short of an ignorant, uneducated opinion. Dogs don’t “turn” on people – they always give a warning. Totally agree with Robert that presenting opinion as fact is downright dangerous. This cretin clearly does not have the credentials to put out such an article!! It’s an insult to us professionals that dedicate our lives to these animals!!!!!! How about teaching people how to read and respect a dog instead of fear mongering???

  • Mozy

    How often do dog bites in the United States require medical attention? How severe are the injuries in comparison to other common causes?

    Find out the answers to these questions and more on our updated “Medically Attended Dog Bites” Page:

  • Melly

    This is a spectacularly ill-informed article. It lacks any actual evidence for these claims, yet still manages to insert one after another statistical error.

  • Crystal Sourceint

    Notice that the writer of this propaganda is anonymous…

  • Leanne Here KittyKitty Mags

    This ‘article’ is stupid, biased and rife with falsities.

  • sockbunny08

    Yes, but sources. That’s what counts.

    • makamae

      Facts are what counts.

      • sockbunny08

        Your comprehension of which facts are important, and your bias, has no relevance to me.

        • makamae

          And yet, you felt the need to respond to me.

  • Toni Bean OBrien

    i see at the top of the page theres a tab to another article about misunderstood breeds defending some of the very ones deemed “dangerous”. just goes to show the ignorance of this article. ANY dog can be either a loving, trustworthy family member, or be aggressive. research the breed, do appropriate training, socialization, exercise, etc. this is ridiculous.

  • Toni Bean OBrien

    70% of REPORTED dog bites. i know they do less damage, but what about the small dogs that bite? they dont get a bad rap cuz the bite is less severe, but that shouldnt give any breed a bad name tag.

    • KevinLawson

      Why not. The issue is risk to humans.

    • makamae

      I disagree – it SHOULD give the breed a bad name. They attack aggressively and don’t relent. Your logic is like saying that grizzly bears shouldn’t be given a bad rap, just because they weigh 1200 pounds, run 30 miles an hour over uneven ground, can climb a tree, and will kill you without provocation, since they’re really just cute bears.

  • Janet Thome

    The most dangerous is the HUMANS raising them!!!

  • kika

    My boyfriend’s Chow “Tripod” who was born with 3 legs & a “flipper” appendage was a sweetie pie,but one day I tried to get a tick off his eye & he bit down on my hand through the webspace between my thumb & first finger. I screamed, my boyfriend smacked him on the head with a broom to make him let go, the dog looked contrite immediately. we were all friends afterwards. It was my own stupidity and lack of skills that made this incident happen, but you gotta know your dog. Our other dogs would let us do these sort of things without snippy bites, but not Tripod. It was my fault & I always felt bad about the fact that I got him in trouble because I insisted on being dominant in that situation.

  • D. Lee

    from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299544: The most recent study of the epidemiology of fatal dog bites in the United States was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2013.[8] While earlier studies were based on television and newspaper reports, this was the first study to be based on law-enforcement reports, animal control reports, and investigator statements. It identified preventable factors in the fatal incidents. They found that the most common contributing factors were: absence of an able-bodied person to intervene, no familiar relationship of victims with dogs, owner failure to neuter dogs, compromised ability of victims to interact appropriately with dogs (e.g. mental disabilities), dogs kept isolated from regular positive human interactions versus family dogs (e.g. dogs kept chained in backyards), owners’ prior mismanagement of dogs, and owners’ history of abuse or neglect of dogs. Furthermore, they found that in 80% of the incidents, 4 or more of the above factors co-occurred.

    The authors found that in a significant number of DBRFs there was either a conflict between different media sources reporting breed and/or a conflict between media and animal control reports relative to the reporting of breed. For 401 dogs described in various media accounts of DBRFs, media sources reported conflicting breed attributions for 124 of the dogs (30.9%); and where there were media reports and an animal control report (346 dogs), there were conflicting breed attributions for 139 dogs (40.2%)

    According to this study, reliable verification of the breed of dog was only possible in 18% of incidents.

    • Earl Kuon

      Thank you for letting the light of truth shine on the darkness of the mob mentality hysteria regarding Pit Bulls

    • Corey

      Nice find. Unfortunately, people who are anti-Pit Bull and pro BSL will conveniently ignore real statistics like this. Instead, they will listen to the BS that is reported on the news. They don’t let logic interfere with their argument.

  • Jack Nextdoor

    “Sources? Who needs sources?”

  • Sherrie Lynn Greene Brubaker

    I adopted a pit/lab mix that had been routinely beaten by the owner’s brand new girlfriend. The dog never retaliated but took the beatings. The owner, instead of protecting his dog of 5 years and getting rid of the woman, hid the dog in a warehouse 24/7 to protect it. Thankfully it was surrendered to a rescue group but was very fearful of women and would bark aggressively at them, as fear is often exhibited as aggression. I was taking care of this dog at the kennel, he came around, trusted again and we fostered him in our home. We adopted him as he was the best dog we had ever fostered or owned. The only thing he does now to women is give them french kisses. We have had him 6 years, he allows all women into his home without a bark, only hugs and kisses. I foster pits routinely and have never had a problem.

    • CorruptionInColumbia

      “The only thing he does now to women is give them french kisses.”

      Eccch! Nasty!

  • Really?

    And we wonder why some of the most beautiful dogs get such a bad name. Really? Come on, now…

  • mplo

    It’s not surprising that pitt-bulls are number one on this list. Not only do they have an extremely combative temperament, but they have the physique for inflicting the most horrific damage on their victims, be they other animals, or humans. Unlike most dogs that bite, then let go and then bite again, pitt-bulls clamp down and don’t let go, thus suffocating their victim(s), at least in part because their noses are built back so that they can keep breathing. Also, unlike most dogs, pitt-bulls really go for the musculature of their victim(s), causing much more extensive damage. No otner dog is capable of permanently crippling, dismembering or killing their prey.

    • Earl Kuon

      please list your credentials, professional training that qualifies you as an expert on animal behavior.

    • localcop

      Any dog is capable of permanently crippling, dismembering, or killing their prey.

  • Paul

    Wow, how irresponsible of a so-called ”dog site” to label any breed as likely to turn on it’s owner. Most of these breeds are simply for more experienced dog owners that understand firm pack leadership. A thorough understanding of the breed and exactly what you are getting into is key for any dog breed. Problems stem from people not having a clue, and just getting a dog for it’s looks.
    My English Setter was dumped by her first family because she was ”too hard to groom” and ”too jumpy and hyper”. HELLLO….It’s a #$%*# Setter!! And uhmm..she’s a FIELD Setter, not even a show type, so she has HALF the long hair that a show type would, and even that was too much. It’s fine though, I (unfortunately) needed a new best friend after my Boxer passed away.
    People suck.

  • John

    Considering I saw Great danes on this yet I didn’t see boxers on her I not looking at this as credible at all. I have two rescue pits, a great dane as well as a 5lb shit head and my 5 lb dog has bit my 2 yr old a dozen times yet my pits and Dane have never bit, snapped, growled or even shown teeth to her. They will lick you raw before they would ever try to hurt you. That goes for anyone, any kid, any dog they meet.

  • Todzzgod

    There are no such things as bad dogs. Just bad owners.

  • Katy Cummings

    You should start training any dog, regardless of breed, as a puppy to prevent problems with poor socialization, impoliteness, and fear. Any dog without training, proper care, and love has the potential to be a dangerous dog. There’s no dangerous breed though! I hate articles like this. American Pit Bull Terriers score higher on temperament tests than the so-called family dog golden retrievers! Unfortunately more bad people want pit bulls because they want to look cool… it’s these people who fight, abuse, and neglect their dogs that give a lot of the dog breeds on this list bad reputations.

  • Earthy Mom

    The problem with relying on statistics is that they are to easily biased, and 10 groups using all the same animals and criteria can come up with different results depending on the people, the animals and how the testing is done. If you are going by actual stats of how many bites are reported, they to are often biased.
    Many folks will report a large dog biting them because they are scared, however a Chihuahua could bite them on the ankle, more than once and they would not report that. In my experience small dogs are just as viscous as any large dog, just not as damaging, hence the statistics are skewed there as well.

    • makamae

      Actually, statistics are what AREN’T biased – they’re just numbers.
      People report a large dog, such as a pit bull, biting them, because they’re likely at the hospital, or someone’s at the morgue. A chihuahua bite is unlikely to cause any damage at all. Don’t get me wrong about chihuahuas… I hate the ugly little curs, but I wouldn’t trust a pit bull further than I could throw it.

  • Earthy Mom

    SO what I am reading here is that the OWNERS, need to take responsibility and make sure their dogs are trained properly and socialized. Not so much about the personality of the dog being bad. Interesting.

  • Scott Lanier Sprayberry

    WOW!!!! I just read an article on this web site where the German Shepherd was listed as the #1 best dog for protecting your family and home, now in this article it is dangerous……I guess it will protect you til it decides to kill you.

  • Randy

    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…

  • Nichole Arlene Scott

    i think this is wrong i have a pittbull and there aint no meanness about him.he is very protected over children and woman.i cant stand that pitts are the number one breeds that they throw out there.and quick to put em to sleep

  • KevinLawson

    Some dogs are more of a problem and those are the dogs that problem owners want. The combination is bad, but the dogs can be part of the problem. Just to say “no bad dogs, only bad owners,” is an oversimplification and not really accurate. Why would a dog be a blank slate that displays only the owner’s behavior? You wouldn’t say “no bad wolverines, only bad owners.”

  • Stanley Yelnats

    I have a Siberian Husky. I was surprised to see the breed in the list. My Siberian is the most gentle dog I’ve ever been around. I’ve never heard an angry growl (he is 10 and has lived with me since he was 8 months old).

    He is head strong and to this day still at times wants to do things in his own time frame. But for the most part is very responsive to my voice commands with no training except my gentle prodding.

    He has been a sickly dog, several surgeries, unknown allergies, zinc deficiencies, and sheds like crazy. He is in the house at lot.

    I wouldn’t suggest a Siberian to anyone. He has been a good friend to me, but I will never have another. But as far as an aggressive dog? I don’t see it.

    I would add one thing, I think if I were mean to him, he would definitely defend himself.

    Guess you can make them turn on you if you try hard enough.

  • HuskyOwner

    The most important thing in determining whether or not a dog will attack is finding out how proactive its owners have been in ensuring it is properly trained. Breed matters little when the owner has not attempted to instill proper command responses in their pet; hell, a Chihuahua could tear the skin off your leg if the owner neglected and abused it.

    My Husky wouldn’t hurt a fly, and that not because he’s sweet… it’s because he responds to my commands. If I say SIT, he sits. If I say STAY, he stays. We’ve had one aggression issue with him, and that was with another dog that got in his face repeatedly and growled and snarled at him. He lunged, I yelled for him to LEAVE IT, and he sat and stayed until I got next to him. Sensationalists simply see “X BREED” ATTACKS OWNER and run with it. They don’t interview the owner and family to see whether they got off their asses and trained the animal.

    And yes, there are outliers. Dogs have personalities and social preferences just like any other animal. You might have the one pure-bred wild wolf, that you raised from a pup, that wouldn’t even kill a rabbit. On the other hand, you could have the Long-Haired Chihuahua that causes a child a serious injury after little to no provocation. The key is learning your dog’s personality and preferences, training what you can out of it, and then not putting yourself in a situation that leads to the dog attacking you or others (So if you know your dog always gets aggressive around loud noises, maybe don’t have him somewhere with loud noises.).

    And I know this might seem insensitive, but I will never side with someone who gets attacked after DELIBERATELY provoking a dog. You walked up to an animal with teeth and claws, provoked it, hit it, whatever, and then are shocked when you get bitten.

    One last thing: Please don’t be “That Dog Person.” Other dog owners know what I’m talking about. The person that comes up to your dog and, after you warn them that he or she is skittish around strangers, they say “OH ALL DOGS LOVE ME!” and reach towards the dog. Idiot, I’m warning you for your health, not mine.

  • lisa

    I agree that a wolf-hybrid is not an animal to take lightly. However, we had a female wolf/malemute mix who, in time, became a wonderful pet-my husband & I were both experienced dog owners, and she was a challenge. Took almost a year to housebreak her, she learned obedience quickly (once she knew we were the alpha pair) but was insulted by the leash, and could escape from anywhere (if she was in the house & wanted out, she pushed out a window &could dig under or jump over any fence) . Fortunately she was quite social & got on well with the neighbors. Sonja disappeared one Halloween & we never saw her again..she is still missed.

  • lisa

    Any poorly socialized, poorly trained, lonely, bored dog can become mean & untrustworthy…No matter what breed.

  • Karen Quartzstone

    yeah I’m pretty sure you’re wrong twice and the logical reality that little puppy bites don’t get reported is much more believable than your assertion that it’s “Not true.” cuz you say so and ALL bites are reported and factored into statistics lol

    • nosmiley

      And just think Quartstone: You were the one stating that cancer is no big deal.
      After reading that, I, like so many others here, have no confidence in your statements-LOL

    • Mongoose218

      Not sure what you’re trying to say, I doubt anyone goes to an ER for a bite or bites from a puppy, who is probably teething.
      ER statistics would take into account really dangerous, life threatening bites or attacks. As opposed to the media reports which just cherry picks the most “vicious” attacks.

  • Karen Quartzstone

    I’m glad that people like Robert and those supporting his logical statement are here speaking some sense, but on another note I wanted to say, that animals are literally being poisoned by their owners, as most people will buy whatever mainstream brand of food is in the aisle or even sold at specialty pet stores.. just like we humans (tho most don’t) should be familiar with our labels and food processes/growing, the same kind of toxic ingredients can be and frequently Are in pet food. I don’t own any dogs so while I obviously think the article is bs propaganda or written by someone who isn’t all that bright, I wanted to highlight the fact that animals are being poisoned in their homes by their loving owners and this can directly effect behavior as well as of course cause disease. If your animal has cancer it pretty much means that it’s been poisoned by something mainstream that you assumed was safe without doing any real research about it.. So people please stop feeding the mainstream murder machine and buy organic food from companies not affiliated with any common poison parent companies, or make them organic food yourself fresh. If your animal means that much to you as most people would concur, then treat it so. Lastly, a lot of healing techniques that work for humans can work on animals too, even just to pamper them, but also to correct emotional disturbances or nuances and physical illness. acupressure, various therapies involving the senses, mind and body work, and one specific technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique) that is well worth a try and a miracle for humans as well.. trying it on your animal first can convince you how ‘magical’ it really is. stuff like bach flower therapy and herbs too. well I could go on, but alas this is the internet and the knowledge is at your fingertips =) stop poisoning your pets mmk thanks ♥

  • Morlando26

    I’ve had a German Shepherd, and a couple of Pitbulls. None have ever bitten anyone. You know who bit all of the time? A Lhasa Apso I had as a kid. He’d bite for no reason and I was his favorite. This is an uninformed and irresponsible article.

  • Speedriff

    I have known many and owned Great Danes. One was severely abused and was the sweetest dog I have ever had. They are indeed gentle giants. The author of this article should just call it. “Any Dog Can Bite”. Yes they are large and can knock kids over which may or may not be fun to the child. I have seen kids laugh uncontrollably after being bumped over by a Dane. Every Dane I have known has loved kids.

  • CorruptionInColumbia

    My pit bull was very aggressive toward everyone, even me. I found that adding about 1 part anti-freeze to 1 part of his drinking water calmed him down remarkably. That was a few years ago and he hasn’t been aggressive since then.

    • Earl Kuon

      Not funny at all.

  • David

    the percentage of bites from certain breeds is irrelevant if you aren’t considering the mnakeup of dogs of each breed currently. additionally that study was based on MEDIA COVERAGE of dog bites, and media outlets are disproportionately more likely to cover bites from pit bulls, further skewing the evidence. This is a nonsense article.

    • Randy

      I raised cocker spaniels for about 12 years and I can tell you that each and every dog has his own personality. Some are the most loving dogs while other will take a bite out of someone because of almost no reason. Each dog is different and I couldn’t tell which one would turn out to be more likely to bite or not…I believe a lot of the way a dog turns out is the way he was raised as a puppy. If it was shown mostly love, then they usually turn out very mild mannered, but sometimes even that doesn’t work..It is each dogs temperament…

    • makamae

      It’s reality. As I’ve said elsewhere, the reason that media accounts detail so many pit bull attacks is because they attack so often and when they do attack, they do so to horrible damage.

  • Jasper Eliot

    Becomes a completely different story when you change one word:
    15 “sexiest” dog breeds most likely to turn on their owners

  • Amnon

    This is from the ASPCA website regarding the APTB:

    “Despite the fact that pit bulls were bred to fight with each other, early breeders took pride in producing dogs that were trustworthy and friendly to people. Handlers bathed their opponent’s dog before a match, stood in the pits with the battling dogs and often pulled them apart to end a fight. Any dog who behaved aggressively toward a person was culled, or killed, to avoid passing on such an undesirable trait. Pit bulls typically lived in their owner’s homes, where they earned the nickname “nursemaid’s dog” because they were so reliable with young children. In fact, “Pete the Pup,” the children’s friend from the old TV series “Our Gang,” was a pit bull.

    Sadly, the pit bull has acquired a reputation as an unpredictable and dangerous menace. His intimidating appearance has made him attractive to people looking for a macho status symbol, and this popularity has encouraged unscrupulous breeders to produce puppies without maintaining the pit bull’s typical good nature with people. To make matters worse, irresponsible owners interested in presenting a tough image often encourage their pit bulls to behave aggressively. If a pit bull does bite, he’s far more likely to inflict serious injuries than most other breeds, simply because of his size and strength. A pit bull bite is also far more likely to draw media attention. Many dogs of other breeds bite people, but these incidents almost always go unreported. They’re just not exciting enough fodder for television and print.”

  • David Brown

    This article is total vile nonsense. We have had many pitbulls in my family, both as owners and foster owners. They only incident of attack on my family was from a Jack Russell Terrier in front of a cafe. Small dogs not properly socialized, including pack order, are the biggest threat. Too many of these lap dogs are treated like children. As a result they are the “Alpha” and act accordingly. I see them initiate conflicts at dog parks. When a larger dog is confronted by the small “Alpha” and the larger dog disagrees, all of a sudden it “Your dog attacked my poor little poopsie”. Well, poopsie just found out he isn’t what you taught him to be, an Alpha. The pitbull that I own is an Omega and as a result moves on when confronted. There are many techniques to order your dog. As a dog owner, perhaps you should learn a few.

    And I am unaware of a singe incident of a dog turning on it’s owner for no reason. Think about it: who would admint to abuse? “The dog turned on me, because I keep it tied to a spike in my yard 24/7 rain or shine and forget to feed it now and then.” No. They say “I don’t know why the dog turned on me. I just did, suddenly”.

    Quit generating hate for animals you don’t bother to understand. If you are going to write on this subject, do more research because all you understand is the rhetoric of morning TV shows.

    David Brown, Seattle WA

  • http://batman-news.com david swank jr.

    Yeah actually the 2 most aggressive dogs that bites more people than any 10 breeds combined are your lttle dachsund’s and chihuahua’s. But their soo small people usually just laught it off. Not soo funny when they pierce their childrens lip. But that never reaches the media why well simple that wont sell papers.Yes there has been a study. Also in that study a dog of unkown breed can and does get put into the pit bull category google it. So i would love to know the number for attacks by dogs actually confirmed to be pit bulls. But instead of pointing the finger” lets just be idiocic and say yes they are blood craving hell beasts bred by satan himself lmao. If their owners had even an ounce of responsibility and keep their dog on a leash or dog lead/fence. These kind of attacks would surley start to disapate. Not completely cease but happen far less. so in reality its the sole responsibilty of the owner and where the fault lies. I own 2 american pit bulls 1 male and 1 female. Which were attacked by a golden retriver and did nothing in return. which makes me question what condition did theses dogs live in and how bad were they treated. These dogs seem to attract the scum of the earth so i believe its more a human caused problem rarher than they are born killers. nothing is born evil or aggressive but like humans its a learned response. Abusers raise more than not others that will abuse. Again a learned response.


    Hey Chicken Little, the sky is falling. Geez, what dog aren’t you afraid of? Watch out, a pack of rogue Chihuahuas might get you.

    • Pangur Ban

      Any provoked/hurt/frightened dog will bite, but a few breeds will maim and kill, after attacking for no apparent reason. Just google today’s date and ‘pit bull attacks’. I think pits should be bred out.

  • susanblv

    As the commenter with the Dachshund
    mentioned, some small dogs are just as likely to attack. Doxies have it
    in their genes to hunt down and kill ferocious badgers, and some can
    of these little cuties can be dangerous. I must comment about the
    half-truth in the article regarding the Doberman Pinscher. Most of them
    are from one of two breeding lnes –German or American. It’s true that
    the German line gives you a much more aggressive animal, but the
    American lines are a completely different temperament and in fact, when
    raised lovingly will give you a wonderful family dog with the ideal
    temperament that is gentle and obedient yet very protective of its
    family if a threat arises. They do know the difference! I was the lucky
    guardian for 13 years of a beautiful female Dobie who was the best dog I
    ever had, and I’ve had a few, mostly mixed breed dogs. The little 2-yr
    old boy neighbor would tug on her tail and she would just stand there
    and let him, with her little stumpy tail wagging, and when she’d had
    enough, would simply walk away. She never threatened the pool guy when
    he made his weekly arrival to clean the pool. She was friendly to other
    animals and people and let our new little kitten bite her ears and mouth
    without complaint or aggression. Yet I also experienced how well she
    did the job of protecting me when it was necessary. I never had any
    apprehension that she could hurt me. It is important to get them as a
    pup and make the rules clear, and provide plenty of activity, but NEVER
    punish them harshly, and in my opinion and experience, you will have
    the best dog you could have. The absurdity and unreliability of the article seems to be obvious to most of us. It’s almost always how you treat the dog that determines how the dog treats you…and others.

  • Peter L. Berghold

    I find that this set of articles is misguided at best and downright bovine scatology. Some of the behaviors you cite in your decriptions could be applied to *any* breed of dog.

    The bottom line a properly socialized and trained dog is going to be a safe member of the family regardless of the breed.

    Small children (< 10) should be supervised around dogs again regardless of the breed. Children need to be educated on the dos and don'ts of interacting with a dog to dog proof them.

    Bottom line, education for both the humans and the dogs as well as proper socialization.

  • Lee Zehrer

    My Cocker Spaniels weren’t on there.

  • Mike

    I gotten bitten by dogs many times and have never gotten an infected bite, many times I let my dog lick my wounds as they heal faster. Little dogs bite all the time, but since the damage is minimal they never get reported. You are just making up statistics. Dogs are all different just like people. You would not say all black people are on welfare or criminals. It’s people like you that don’t know what they are talking about that gives dogs bad reps. By the way I have always had big dogs and currently have 2 Rottweilers and they are awesome dogs.

  • Hayley Francesca Smith

    1. First of all, personal experience is irrelevant here. “I got bit by a pitbull” and “My pitbull is the nicest dog ever!” are not scientific statements.
    2. Furthermore, you need to understand how surveys are compiled. It has been proven that smaller breeds bite more people each year than pitbulls. Specifically, poodles. Poodles are responsible for more bites per year than pitbulls (and if I’m remembering correctly, they bite more people each year than pits, shepherds, and rottweilers combined). That is not debatable. That is fact, and repeated by non-biased studies. However, most reports you see will state that the bull terrier is responsible- you have look at their sources. More often than not, these surveys scan newspaper headlines, or hospital/ER visits. How many newspaper headlines do you see that say “Child Bit By Poodle?” Probably none. How many people do you know that go to the ER because of a chihuahua bit them? Probably none. Any survey you see, you MUST look at the source, and even then, you must find out their method.
    For example, in my town there was a recent headline about a lady who went to the hospital from a “pitbull attack” but what they don’t tell you is that the lady was attacked because she illegally broke into someone’s backyard, and the pitbull was merely protecting his family. That circumstance doesn’t matter, though- that case WILL be counted as “an innocent person getting attacked by a vicious pitbull.” for years to come.
    Try to find the non-biased reports, and that’s when you’ll find truth.
    3. Also, you need to be intelligent enough to know the difference between “aggressiveness” and “high prey drive.” Someone quoted a study where pitbulls did poorly on temperment tests. Well, most animals that are tested are taken from shelters- meaning there’s a higher chance they were abused, neglected, and unsocialized. This goes for any type of dog. Even if they tested pitbulls from loving homes, there’s a chance they were testing the dogs prey drive. A high prey drive does NOT mean a dog is aggressive or unloyal. It just means that when that dog sees a small animal (like a squirrel, or possibly a child), and if that small animal tries to run away from the dog, it triggers the dog’s brain to chase the animal and “go get it.” which can result in injury or death. Some breeds naturally have a high prey drive, and one of those breeds is a bull terrier. That means you may have a pit that doesn’t have the genetics for that, or maybe you trained it to behave better, but the majority of pits will have that trait and if you don’t properly train your dog, it’ll act on those impulses. Some dogs are stubborn, so even if you do train it, it can revert back to it’s instincts in a split second. But that doesn’t mean the dog is aggressive. It means the dog is a “Go get that squirrel!” type of dog, and is best suited to families who don’t have cats or small children.

    If you talk to anyone who is educated on dogs, they will tell you these things. From my research, and my schooling, and my friends who are studying to be veterinarians, and my friends who have dedicated their lives to rehabilitating stray and abused dogs (including pits), I know for a fact: that Pits are not aggressive, but they have a high prey drive and tend to be adopted by people who are unaware of the breed and how to train the breed to behave; that most of the surveys regarding whether pits are aggressive are skewed and biased; that pits are actually one of the most loyal dogs you can acquire, and if they turn on anything, it’s rarely their owners, but other animals; and also, that pits are ONLY more dangerous than poodles because of their size, their muscle mass, their strength, and the genetic trend that they can (but not always) biting over and over- whereas other breeds have a trend of biting once and then backing down.

    There’s aggressive pits, there’s aggressive poodles. But the biggest factor when it comes to how a dog behaves is it’s environment and training, not it’s genetics.

    EDIT: And I just saw that German Shepherds are listed as the second “most aggressive” dogs? You’re kidding, right? German Shepherds are genetically inclined to protect, not attack. They tend not to attack unless necessary, or unless professionally trained by the police. They’re extremely loyal, and they rarely will turn on anyone, unless you’re acting violently. I’ve had German Shepherds my entire life, and although each dog is different and experience doesn’t mean much, I can back up what I say. Shepherds were used to herd animals, and domesticated shepherds have a habit of being extremely protective of children. As child, my dad could be abusive and when he would try to throw me or my sister to the ground and hit us, my German Shepherd would jump in between my dad and I. He wouldn’t even bite my dad unless it was out of control, but he’d bark at him and nip at him, while standing over me to protect me. If I ran, my German Shepherd would either run with me and shield me, or he would stay and jump at my dad and block his path, refusing to let my dad near me until he calmed down. He loved toddlers, and would let toddlers pull on his fur as they try to walk, and if they got too close to the stairs, he would be the first one to block their path and gently re-guide them, haha. He would even collect all of his stuffed animals into a pile to “herd” them, and instead of chewing on them like most dogs would, he would lay his head on them like a pillow. All my German Shepherds have displayed this trait, and it’s scientifically typical of German Shepherds.

    Whoever wrote this article clearly is not educated….

  • Tammy Caston

    I’ve worked in the veterinary field and trained dogs for 24 years. I’ve trained and worked medically with most of the breeds listed on here. I’ve owned multiple Dobermans and Pitbulls. Never, in my experience or in any studies or continuing education that I’ve read have I heard such bullshit. Over the years I’ve seen many owners that have been bitten by their dogs. Any dog of any breed can and will bite in the right circumstance. Some breeds are predisposed to having higher aggression than others, but the majority of dog bites on owners that I have seen have mostly been from the smaller breeds, such as Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, and small Terriers. I don’t blame the breeds, though. Most of the aggression that I’ve seen stems from the owners not being a strong pack leader. I find this site to be extremely irresponsible for printing such misinformation. As someone who has been denied housing and insurance because I have Dobermans and Pitbulls, this type of article pisses me off.

  • http://www.toddwilliamsphotography.com Todd Williams At Magnolia

    Your article is nonsense and not backed by science or facts.

  • Argent Furor

    According to this article ALL large breed dogs are aggressive and dangerous to own.Having worked at a veterinary clinic for 3 years and having been bitten repeatedly in that time I can say definitively that small dogs are about 15 times more likely to bite than large breeds.

  • Darcy Jackson

    Thats funny because the most bites in the 90s were from white labrador retrievers. For that stat to flip like that is very curious.

    • makamae

      And of those white labrador retriever bites, how many ended in fatalities?

    • makamae

      How many of those labrador retrievers killed anyone?

  • Stafford51

    Seems to me this Article directly contradicts the one that is posted above it;

    Seems Dog Not Book is playing both sides of a biases based on nothing more than newspaper clippings. They would do better by promoting Responsible Dog Ownership for dogs & their owners. Educating them on proper supervision & interaction with children, and stressing that animals & Children should never be allowed to interact alone. That Both Animal & Children should be supervised at all times & not allowed to Wonder freely.

  • Kati

    I think that when it comes to different breeds what some should consider is the owner themselves. I am an owner of 2 pit-bulls and the controversy over this breed is insane. Yes, they were used in dog fighting, but not by choice, humans put these animals in these situations. Because of their strength and agility humans figure it could be a sport for these dogs and of course it gets embedded in their mind that its okay to pursue these vicious acts. Maybe humans should start taking responsibility for what they have condoned in dog behavior. And what people also need to realize is that they can be rehabilitated. Just because you see a pit-bull doesn’t mean you have to be afraid of them. if you are afraid or anxious around any dog you are going to scare them and make them wonder more than you are. In my eyes pits are misunderstood, because I have done my research and am an owner, there are 5 misconstrued facts regarding the pit-bull breed:

    1: Pit bull is a breed of dog

    “Pit bull” is actually a generic term applied to various breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Blue Blood Bulldog, Dogo Argentino and hundreds of mixed breeds of similar physical appearance.
    Therefore, the term “pit bull” often designates how a dog looks and not a breed itself, typically leading to a larger degree of misplaced blame on these dogs.
    Most people cannot actually spot the difference between a true American Pit Bull Terrier and other breeds.

    Myth 2: Pit bulls are born to fight

    Pit bull dogs are not born ready to rip into another dog, animal or human being. They are trained to fight by people who are interested in making a profit and providing “entertainment” in the form of a dog fight.
    These dogs are forced to fight to the death in many instances, and those who cannot go on are abandoned, or killed by electrocution, gunshot, or other cruel means. It is then not the dogs who are cruel and vicious, but rather those behind their training.

    3: Pit bulls are naturally violent, aggressive and mean, and are very dangerous dogs

    Pit bulls are not inherently dangerous. Like any other dogs, they can become violent, aggressive and mean through a lack of training, abuse, neglect and irresponsible ownership and breeding as well as a lack of attention to health and temperament issues. If they are treated with respect and trained properly, pit bulls will exhibit little to no negative traits (just ask a loving pit bull adopter!)

    4: Pit bulls have locking jaws

    This myth, like the others, is completely false. According to the ASPCA, there is nothing “unique about the anatomy of [a] pit bull jaw.” What’s more, leading veterinary experts including Dr. Howard Evans and Dr. Sandy deLahunta, both of Cornell University, have stated that there is “no such thing as a ‘jaw locking’ in any breed,” as reported by Pit Bull Rescue Central.

    Pit bulls do indeed have strong jaw muscles and their fighting style is one that involves grabbing and shaking, but that does not mean once they get a grip they can’t or won’t let go.

    5: Pit bulls have a high bite rate

    Dog bite statistics are often unfairly skewed to paint pit bulls as the primary perpetrators. Moreover, dog bite or attack stories involving a bully breed are typically written in a way that demonizes the dog and sensationalizes the story, further fueling fear and misconceptions about pit bulls.

    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “It is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed… [because] mixed breeds are commonly described as purebreds … [and] the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known … if they did not result in serious injury.”

    This is not to say that certain dogs are not responsible for bites or attacks. Rather, it highlights that perhaps there is more to the story than is actually being reported (i.e. poor training and care, and in some cases, the victim has actually provoked the dog).

    Thank you for reading. I hope that people will start to do their research on dogs and their breeds before passing judgement and believing all the hearsay. Many stories are dramatized leaving us to believe the worst in animals.

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  • Nikki

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

    This is utter bullshit. They are no more related to wolves than any other dog.

  • Brittany

    These statistics are greatly skewed by the media and the fact that if your neighbors Chihuahua bites you are not likely to need medical attention and therefore it goes unreported while even a minor bite from a bigger dog might require attention. I have been grooming dogs for almost 4 years now and I have never had a problem with a pitbull but I have had several small dogs that were very aggressive. Also, the Sharpei breed did not make this list and I have only ever seen one or two of those dogs that I would trust around people other than their owners.

    • makamae

      And yet, we don’t hear of larger dog breeds, like dalmatians, St Bernards, etc., killing anyone… The point of this issue is, pit bulls are extremely dangerous.

      • Brittany

        You don’t hear of other larger dog breeds killing anyone because it doesn’t sell newspapers and the media is all about the Benjamins. I recommend you watch the documentary “Beyond the Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination” and educate yourself before you make blanket statements. Yes, aggressive pitbulls exist but so do the people loving pits. Every dog has a the potential to be a great dog and every dog has the ability to be a terrible dog.

        • makamae

          No – you don’t hear of other larger dog breeds killing anyone because it rarely happens.

      • rachel

        dude fuck off! you’re repeating the same words over and over, and not listening to anything anyone has to say. Dalmatians can be very aggressive, especially as they grow older as it is common for them to go blind, and therefore less trusting. my cousin was killed by a lab, a inherently ‘nice’ breed

  • Donna Lee Craig

    …abuse a dog & of course it very well may turn on you…i wouldn’t wait as long as a dog, myself…

  • http://conrefutes.org/ drumz

    Looks like the prerequisite for fear is what the dog looks like!
    This article is a disservice to all dog owners!

  • Bryce Gardner

    No bad dogs only bad owners……… #Pitbull owner

  • Pittie momma

    Sure statistics show more bites from certain breeds, but the main reason for this is those breeds are also more popular and there are more of them! DUH!!!!! This article is Bullsh%t and I for one am EXTREMELY OFFENDED!! I own 3 Pit Bulls and they are the most loyal, loving and affectionate dogs I have ever met. This is the kind of article that gives Pit Bulls a bad wrap. Here is a statistic for ya. I’ve been bit by a black lab and a chihuahua but NEVER by a Pit Bull. So put that in your juice box and suck it!

  • My Truong

    Anybody else understand that Chihuahuas are completely insane?

  • Danesha Williams

    Glad I have my sweet and gentle Bernese Moutain dog. Truly a wonderful dog that doesn’t have an ounce of aggression in him. Barks just enough to let me know when someone is near our home but has never even growled at me once since I’ve had him. Some dogs are just gentle by nature I guess

    • LV3XKL

      I have had several dogs over the years…the last one, was a lab mix, but she had some Rot in her….she was a very very funny dog god rest her soul….I have a neighbor who doesn’t bother me but I dont particularly get along with, the first time they ever met, she looked at him one time BARKED REAL LOUD ONCE AND GRUFF looked at him for a second, turned away and never looked at him again. From that point on she never responded to anything he ever tried to do to get her attention…she let him know from day one what the relationship was going to be and that was going to be that. While she occasionally would snap at an animal, and was A VERY POWERFUL DOG, she was the best dog I ever had..smart as heck and knew very well who was worth what and she kept a tight ship so to speak. Unfortunately she had a big appetite and I think it eventually hurt her, she died at the ripe old age of nine. The best dog anyone could ever have, a family dog which really cared and understood what a family really was perhaps better than humans do.

  • Betty Geist

    This is all B.S This have to be all the bully bread out there .Sorry I’m not getting a poodle

  • Lisa

    As a long term (respected) animal advocate in Los Angeles, and having adopted or worked with more than several of these breeds, I will say this once, you are perpetuating the wrong message here…this article is dangerous not the dogs. Dogs who attack, regardless of breeds have been at the worst and sadly abused or at the least mishandled. Don’t blame the problem of irresponsible human beings and abusive human beings on the animals, it is just wrong and yes BOGUS.

  • LV3XKL

    Well thanks for telling us what the INSURERS want us to take in as a pet. God forbid we disappoint the insurance companies…I mean they do need to make money poor things..

  • DBugg

    I’d like to see the valid data behind this article. First they should confirm that all bites and attacks are accounted for (they aren’t) and that all sources are valid (they aren’t). Then how you compare it to dogs that are left unattended outside on a chain and unaltered… see how it measures up. You should be ashamed to spread this ignorance. This is the type of crap that some sort of sheeple will read and think Breed Specific Legislation is a good idea. BSL the killer of more dogs than anything else – thanks a lot for NOTHING.
    For anyone REALLY interested in the TRUTH (which you will not find here by this agenda-pushing site) please watch Beyond the Myth.

  • Q364

    Whoever wrote this is must not have a dog. Most of these dogs mentioned are the best dogs for families. Great Dane? German Shepard? Pit Bull? Obviously this person is going on stereotypes and not actual fact.

  • cezook

    This is not a well researched article. It relies on stereotypes to make its points. For instance, there is no record of any healthy wolf attacking a human ever, however, it is true that wolf-dog hybrids are very dangerous as they combine the neurotic tendencies of domesticated dogs with the predator instinct of a wolf.

  • Earl Kuon

    On January 5th, 2011, James McWilliams published an article in theNew York Times titled “Breeding Killers?” discussing the topic of BSL and breed bans. He attempts to describe the nature of pit bulls and uses his personal experience to qualify the argument that pit bulls are, “genetically hardwired to be anxious, aggressive and defensive.”[ii]Dr. Jim Ha, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and professor at the University of Washington, responds, “There is no scientific evidence for this. When people make statements like that, they need to back it up. There are a lot of un-sourced statements out there.” Like so many other journalists, instead of reading and citing studies that would present scientific evidence contrary to his personal opinion, McWilliams justifies his genetic pontificating with personal anecdotes. His evidence is that he owned a pit bull in which “no amount of training or socialization helped him in the least”. Needless to say, his experience with just one pit bull does not constitute a scientific study and from a research perspective, this is a sample size of one dog that he uses to characterize millions of dogs.


  • admittruth

    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him
    prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference
    between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

    Dogs who are well-treated and loved do NOT “turn” on their owners. This whole “article” is BS.

  • Nolwe

    Huskies are not the most closely related to wolves at all, their behavior is extremely different, the only similarity is in the appearance.

    • Katrina Fletcher

      I know… it’s it fabulous how they used a photo of a husky as a wolf hybrid?

  • minimouse45

    All these tested breeds have owners that bring them. Bully breeds STILL are ranked at the top. Do you really think that drug dealers would have well trained Chihuahuas as guard dogs ? They want mean a nasty dogs and could turn a poodle into a killer….yes, they have killed too !

  • Ant-Con

    yeah, yeah, heard it all before….ZZZZZzzzzz

  • jon skelly

    I have 3 pure bred pit bulls, one of which is 115 lbs. my four year old rides him around like a pony and he loves it. the fact of the matter is these dogs are only seemingly dangerous because people get them and have no idea how to properly train an animal. you cant label the animal as dangerous because of human error, it isn’t fair to the animal. its the same with all of these breeds and most other breeds of dog, its all in the way you socialize and train them.

  • http://stoplynching.com Suki49

    Of course, there is no mention of how WE treat the dogs. In my over 40 years of activism I have seen the most horrific things done to dogs by people, a lot of it institutionalized, and much of it played down or hidden. We inbreed many of these dogs to suit our own desires, including breeding for aggression, we torture the pit bulls by various means even before putting them in pits to fight. The fighting dogs live in pure Hell until they are dead. Many of the kinds of people who want these dogs horribly abuse and neglect them. The German shepherds, and similar breeds, are used in the military and police and sheriffs, where they are ALSO tortured behind the scenes by being hanged to unconsciousness, kicked while being hanged, dragged while being choked, “helicoptered” and slammed to the ground, etc., and kept isolated when they are not being used or abused. When individuals abuse and neglect their dogs and then the dogs attack, there is most often NO investigation or mention of how the dogs were being treated, or any other possible extenuating circumstances. I and my brother and sisters have had “dangerous” breeds of dogs all of our lives, more than one at a time, and guess what. We have never had any problems. But then, our dogs are loved and well socialized, well treated, and part of the family. One of mine saved my life several years ago, by warding off an aggressive man who was trying to assault me, and my dog did this ALL WITHOUT BITING. I didn’t teach him to protect me, he just did it because we care about each other. In the media, we seem to always being covering up and making excuses for our own behavior toward the animals, and then blaming them for everything. What a bunch of sleazy cowards we are!

  • Earl Kuon

    Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998

    Jeffrey J. Sacks, MD, MPH; Leslie Sinclair, DVM; Julie Gilchrist, MD; Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM; Randall Lockwood, PhD

    In contrast to what has been reported in the news media, the data contained
    within this report CANNOT be used to infer any breed-specific risk for dog
    bite fatalities (e.g., neither pit bull-type dogs nor Rottweilers can be said to be
    more “dangerous” than any other breed based on the contents of this report). To
    obtain such risk information it would be necessary to know the numbers of each
    breed currently residing in the United States. Such information is not available.

    • Data in this report indicate that the number of dogs of a given breed associated
    with fatal human attacks varies over time, further suggesting that such data should not be used to support the inherent “dangerousness” of any particular breed. More than 25 breeds have been involved in fatal human attacks over the 20-year period summarized in this report.

    • Fatal attacks represent a small proportion of dog bite injuries to humans and,
    therefore, should not be the primary factor driving public policy concerning
    dangerous dogs.


    During 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998). At least 25 breeds of dogs have been involved in 238 human DBRF during the past 20 years. Pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of these deaths.


    Although fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers), other breeds may bite and cause fatalities at higher rates.


  • Jeff Erickson

    Yeah the one in the main picture looks sooooooooo evil. GTFOH man!

  • Earl Kuon

    The Pit Bull Debate in Seattle

    Those That Want to Ban Pit Bulls

    A speech and acting coach and a freelance web designer.

    In Seattle earlier that year a speech and acting coach named Ellen Taft proposed legislation to the city council that would, if not outright ban the dogs, make it nearly impossible to legally maintain them within city limits. Another woman, Colleen Lynn, a freelance web designer, launched a victims’ advocacy site, inspired in part by an attack she sustained while jogging in Beacon Hill.

    Those That Believe That Pit Bulls Are Not Disproportionately Dangerous

    An animal behaviorist at the University of Washington

    Dr. James Ha, an animal behaviorist at the University of Washington who has testified in the courtroom for numerous animal attack cases, agrees with Van Helvoort. Despite the splashy headlines and even the dog-bite death rates, there is nothing about pit bull–type dogs, as breeds, that makes them any more dangerous than many other dogs, Ha says. “We have to make a big distinction between a genetic breed predisposition, and how the animals are handled or trained. Many years ago German shepherds were the ‘bad’ dogs, because people kept them for protection, and criminals held them for protecting property. Then it was Dobermans, then Rottweilers, now pit bulls. All of these breeds have equally high aggression drives and can be trained, or mistreated, into becoming dangerous animals.” And while it’s true that due to breeding that took place a century ago, the dogs, with their superior neck and upper-body strength, are capable physically of doing deadly damage to humans and other animals, “pit bulls have no different threshold for aggression than those other breeds.”

    Even the numbers that Taft, Lynn, and other proponents of breed-specific legislation (or BSL) recite are problematic. Because “pit bull” isn’t a breed but rather a catchall phrase to describe multiple breeds, when one notes that “pit bulls” killed, say, 18 people in 2006, that isn’t entirely fair. Rottweilers killed eight people that same year, but the 18 deaths attributed to “pit bulls” could have been executed by as many as three different breeds.

    So pit bulls have a category problem, one that Malcolm Gladwell, in his oft-cited New Yorker article (“Troublemakers”), which questions the efficacy of BSL, describes this way: “When we say pit bulls are dangerous, we are making a generalization, just as insurance companies use generalizations when they charge young men more for car insurance.”

    Really that’s what this debate is all about. Non experts like Ellen the speech and acting coach and Colleen a freelance web designer pushing for a ban against Pit Bulls and experts like Dr. James the animal behaviorist that says the breed is not any more dangerous than many other dogs.

    Seriously isn’t that like Joe the plumber telling John the climate scientist that global warming is a hoax.


  • theantiantihero

    Dogs that are well socialized, loved and cared for do not attack their owners. Check out any Pit Bull rescue organization and you will see this for yourself. Articles like this are similar to propaganda that promotes racism.

    If you want to know why a person or an animal behaves badly, the answer is almost always found in how they were treated by others, not in their DNA.

  • a pet therapy volunteer

    How does the public know the difference about dog breeds when an article like this is posted? Obviously there is no scientific support to this. Dogs behave the way their owners teach. Most dogs, of any breed, are willing to be trained and should be trained by responsible people. There are so many unwanted animals it makes me cry when I read this drivel. Get someone responsible, educated in dog behavior and owner responsibility to write an article for a change. This is disgusting. I am a pet therapy volunteer who has shared over 5 years with my obedience trained dog in local hospitals, libraries and classrooms. Find a behaviorist to write the next article about dog breeds.

  • Danny

    They forgot to put the #1 “dog to turn on its owner” on the list… the Chihuahua. I feel like this article was just a scare tactic against big dogs.

  • sa

    Hey Morph Good post.
    I live in a part of NC where there is a faith, or religion that handles rattlesnakes as part of the service on occasion. The idea, is that if you get bitten, and you truly “believe” , you won’t die from it. There is a verse in the Bible that suggests this. The rattlesnakes haven’t been made aware of this idea. We lose somebody to this faith, every few years, or at least that’s how often the “news” reports it. We recently lost a preacher, or pastor that had been snake handling a few decades. A year or two ago, a misinformed Rattlesnake bit him, and he died. His son arrived at the conclusion, that he needed to take over as pastor. So the faith continues on. The folks involved, keep quiet about the snake handling, so it’s not something you can come to town, and go visit, like a sideshow. It just goes on in very rural locations, and as I understand , you have to live in an area, a long time, and become trustworthy, and virtually a local, before you learn any details, which come in the form of a verbal invitation, if you appear to have whatever qualifications are required.

  • sa

    It’s the way the dog is brought up. I had one for 8 years, that I got as a pup. It was the most intelligent, friendly, dog I have owned. If you had no prior conception about Pit Bulls, and came to visit my dog, you would go away with the idea, that Pit Bulls can be like setters, or Labradors. My dog would come up , wag it’s tail , and slightly smell you, as most dogs need to do. If you petted her, and acted normal, you could go to your car, open the door, and she would jump in and ride away with you. She seemed to enjoy one sided conversations with people. A very good, and intent listener. She might change her mind about living with you, but it would not result in your being bitten. She was around toddlers, babies, and even other dogs. She never started a fight, or bit anyone- I wouldn’t own an animal that randomly bit people, or started fights. I never had to hit her, to train her not to do those things. She never tried.
    If you really knew about pit bulls , you would know that they were used as Nanny dogs in the early 1900′s. The woman that wrote “Little House on the Prairie” grew up with a nanny dog or two that were Pit bulls. I don’t know if you ever watched ” The Little Rascals” like I did growing up. The dog that was in that series constantly ,” Petey”, was a Pit Bull. He wasn’t put in the show to demonstrate the attitude of “Pit Bulls”. He was in it, because so many folks had them as friendly pets, for kids. It’s the people that are the problem : Robert Blake, that was a little kid in that show, grew up to murder his girl friend a few years ago. That wasn’t a result of being around “Petey”. Check it out Bubba Yay.

  • JustIrish77

    This is stupid. ANY dog, especially if badly socialized, or mistreated will react aggresively if it feels threatened or cornered. I’ve met far more chihuahuas that pit bulls that were aggressive and bitey.

  • Louann W.

    I totally do NOT agree with this about the German Shepherd Dog. All dogs can bite. I have been bitten by both small and large dogs through no fault of my own. I own a wonderful, loving, gentle German Shepherd Dog. My daughter owns two wonderful German Shepherd dogs. My dog has never even snapped at anyone! She barks, sure, but we’re working on controlling how much. She is so smart. I work with her EVERY DAY. She is my best friend. It’s how any dog is raised that makes it a biter.

  • Joseph Leslie

    The information stating that the Siberian Husky will attack its owner is a 100% fabrication! The Siberians who developed these dogs bred them to be companions in addition to sled dogs. They adapt extremely well to small children and a “pure bred Siberian Husky” has never attacked its woner or the owner’s family. They will protect their human family from other aggressive dogs. A neighbor’s Pit Bull tried to attack my daughter and my female husky fought the Pit Bull. The Pit Bull lost!

  • Kay

    My Dobe is an amazingly loving creature. He meets everyone and every dog with a wagging tail and happy face, and if he’s wary, he can easily be assured with a simple pat on the head and a happy-toned “you’re good.”

    Dobermans are highly intelligent, and can pick up on even the slightest uneasy feeling from its best friend/owner. The owner has complete control over the dog whether the dog knows it or not. “Dangerous breed” lists should be changed to “dangerous owners” lists.

  • Kate

    Actually dog bite “statistics” are an unreliable source. Most witnesses can’t identify the breed of dog that actually bites, or the misidentify a mixed breed as a pure bred. The only way to know for sure is to catch the dog right after it bites and get a DNA test. Even shelter personnel and animal control officers get visual IDs wrong most of the time (I won’t quote numbers, but I’ll look for the articles I’ve read). The only sure way is DNA.

    • makamae

      Pit bulls, or their very close relatives, are pretty easy to identify. They’re more than territorial – they’re aggressive, vicious, and so dangerous that anything other than constant and strict control is reckless. There was a dachshund that was killed the other day by a pit bull that was stalked inside a convenience store… didn’t wait for the little one to come out, but ran inside as soon as the door opened & then killed the dachshund. The owner uttered the familiar refrain “it’s never hurt anyone before” and “it must have gotten out.”

      • annie

        The pit bull’s owner, a 28-year-old woman, told officers the dog escaped her yard the night of the incident. She said it is not aggressive toward people — only other dogs.

        • makamae

          Sure… for now. The fact that he AGGRESSIVELY PURSUED a small dachshund, which was clearly no threat, speak volumes about the temperament and threat of pit bulls.

  • Russell Taylor

    This is misleading. Not all dog bites are reported, usually only the serious ones. Our Cocker Spaniel was quick to bite, but seldom did any damage. Therefore, no one was concerned. My Pit, however, never bit, but could do grave damage if he did. The danger of the bulldog is not the frequency of the biting, but the potential seriousness of the biting. As an owner of Pits I can say that they are among the smartest and, in my experience, most manageable dogs. However, I’m always aware of their surroundings and potential for trouble because they can do so much damage so quickly if something ever did happen. These breeds may not be the most likely to bite, but they certainly are not the kind of dogs that irresponsible owners should have. My Pit that just died was the most enjoyable and rewarding dog I’ve ever owned, but he was under my constant training, care, and watch when he was out and about.

    • makamae

      Not worth the risk, IMHO.

    • makamae

      I’m not sure that comparing the behaviour of your cocker spaniel to your pit bull is doing your pit bull any favors… cocker spaniels all seem to be a bit nuts, to me, and are quite irritable. However, you hit the point on the head, but still miss it entirely. Your pit bull, should he turn on you, your family, your cocker spaniel, the neighbors kid, the neighbor’s dog, etc… would kill or maim.

  • wilkinak

    This list is pretty obvious. The large breed dogs were historically bred to either be guard dogs or hunt large animals. So they were bred to be strong and aggressive. Not rocket science. If they bite, it is logical that they’d do more damage than a toy breed. Why people can’t grasp that I don’t understand.

  • Mike Stein

    This article writer does not get my vote when it comes to saying bad things about German Shepherds. One can hardly find a more smart, kind, balanced, hardy, alert, and protective breed. Just like people, there may be a few bad ones.But there may be certain factors this article isn’t saying….Is the dog in a family with irritating teens that do painful things to the dog? What about kids that want to “ride horsey” on a dog with hip dyspepsia when the parents aren’t looking? And there are always those adult fools that think throwing shoes, striking, and other painful things as appropriate discipline. Thes are some of the things this article fails to mention about many of the cases. I think it is wise to get a good healthy DNA checked & cleared puppy from a reputable breeder, get him socialized early, learn about personality appropriate training, be nice, fair, and kind to your dog, AND NEVER USE VIOLENCE AGAINST HIM FOR HIS MISTAKES….and one should not have any problems like this author is talking about. Finally, I have seen too many sweet, kind, and peaceful Pitt Bulls & Rotts by people that understood the breed, treated them well, raised them in a proper environment, and socialized them to kids,men, women, and other dogs very early. But there are some people that have no business with these dogs for various reasons and THIS IS WHERE THE PROBLEMS COME IN.

  • Earl Kuon

    OK ok I hear what you’re saying but here is a list of professional animal expert organizations that do not support BSL or the idea that Pit Bulls are disproportionately dangerous.


    I understand that you have had negative experiences with Pit Bulls and you know of people who have had negative experiences with Pit Bulls but there are millions of Pit Bulls out there that have not killed or attacked anyone. It is not fair to vilify all for the actions of a few. Also”,owners of pit bull-type dogs deal with a strong breed stigma,35 however controlled studies have not identified this breed group as disproportionately dangerous. ”


    Please view “The Dogs Are Alright”, a PBS presentation of the successful rehabilitation of the Vick Dogs,” the most vicious dogs in America”.


    Lastly I just want to say that I am no animal behavior expert either, but I just think that we should look to science to solve the dangerous dog problem.

  • Ricardo Caiano

    Very irresponsible article

  • guest1xprq11

    Note these are all large dogs. Larger dogs = more dangerous dogs. When they do attack (bite) for any reason the bite is dangerous and can be severe. As a result bites by larger dogs are reported. I know for a fact small dogs can be just as agressive but since their mouths are smaller and their jaws weaker the damage from their bites is less and thus fewer are reported. I have seen many small dog owners who laugh hysterically when their dog goes berserk and even encourage bad behavior in their dogs.

  • truther

    30M dogs in the US, 3% are pit bulls.
    300M people in the US, 15% are black people.
    26 pit bull related deaths per year
    2800 black person related deaths per year
    1/35,000 chance of a pit bull being a killer
    1/17,000 chance of a black person being a killer.

    what is the deadliest breed?

    • Den

      Black people are not a breed. You cannot compare breed of dog to race of human. Sigh. This is what is wrong with the world…

  • Kyra_Athena

    This is more of a sensationalist piece with little research or citations for the claims.

  • 1PrettyPitBull

    I have been a vet tech for 26 years and have only been bitten by a Shephard. I have also been a pit bull owner of 5 years. Stop spreading lies.

  • fred

    this is the most BS filled report.. it is not based on any thing valid… the author obviously hates bully breeds.

  • CeliaSueHecht writer

    Whoever wrote this does not know anything about dogs so this is a bunch of opinion made to sound like fact. Here is the truth. 1. dog bites have NOTHING to do with dog breeds. PROVEN studies show this to be true. And in fact, in places where pit bulls have been banned such as Denver, dog bites have GONE UP. 2. Pit bulls were not bred to be aggressive towards humans or for guarding purposes. This is one reason why they score so highly in tests such as the American Temperament Test Society’s standardized temperament test: http://www.atts.org

    An often-overlooked fact of the APBT’s history is that human aggressive dogs have been actively culled from bloodlines. In the world of fighting, it is not useful or desirable for a dog to attack handlers or spectators.

  • Katrina Fletcher

    Like how the wolf-dog hybrid is a Siberian Husky. It’s freaking hard enough to make people understand my dogs are not wolves. They couldn’t find a REAL picture of a hybrid or do they not know the difference?

  • Kristine Mejia

    This is one of the worst articles I have ever read! Any dog can turn on his owner!!
    Why don’t you just write an article about which race is most likely to rob you? Please stop writing and go educate yourself and stop feeding the public nonsense that will only provoke fear and ignorance!

  • Reburtonjr

    What a clueless broad spectrum assumption!! Pit Bulls sure as hell didn’t get the nickname “Nanny Dog” from turning on their owners!

  • Jables

    Can you define what a Pit Bull is?

  • jennifer

    Omg..This article is stupid. All dogs have the potential to be agressuve if abused or not trained and socialized. I have 2 very sweet pit bulls and a bull mastiff. I have slso owned 3 other pit bulls. They are awesome dogs..you just have to know how to raise them. I am more afraid of a chihuahua ..could you imagine if chihuahuas were the size of any of the dogs on this list…they would take the lead…

  • theo

    You seem to have been completely sold by the anti-pit bull stories.
    Do not EVER buy any dog!
    You will be shocked and surprised to find that most dogs are aggressive and you are not smart enough to ever have control!
    Insurers want them gone because they DON’T WANT TO PAY OUT ON A POLICY!
    Just want to keep collecting YOUR money and ignoring you!

  • Earl Kuon

    Tell it like it is Heather C, tell it like it is. Articles like this fuel the mob mentality hysteria that is Pit Bull Hater Nation.

    May I add “The Dogs Are Alright”, a PBS video chronicling the story of the Vick dogs.


  • Conservativesniper

    What an unfounded load of gibberish. Dobermans are VERY loyal dogs, known for their loyalty. My Dobie, I was told, would stand on my foot because he wanted to make sure I was around when we stopped when on walks. Duke was what is known as a ‘velcro’ Doberman. And he’d sacrifice his life to protect mine. The author of this tripe is COMPLETELY IGNORANT about Dobermans, and most likely all dogs. Louis Doberman, who created the breed, wanted a dog which would defend his owner “against the devil himself’. Why is their no author listed? Too cowardly, perhaps?

  • Conservativesniper

    This article was written by someone who thinks a dogs look is indicative of behavior. Pure rubbish.

  • goatman62

    Oh Puleeze ! My ferocious Dobie is curled up next to me in my bed as I write this. He is a perfect gentleman at 3 yrs of age. When he meets a stranger his first instinct is to want to give them some sugar, and the only thing he’s likely to “turn on” is one of my home made biscuits. There have been 9 fatalities attributed to Dobies recorded in recent history, and all 9 involved protecting heir owners. The Peckerheads writing this article are long on myth and conjecture, and short on facts. The major cause of “vicious dogs” is the fool at the other end of the leash.

  • Jeff

    This is one of the most irresponsible articles I have ever read. I have owned huskies and rots and currently have a doberman and pit bull in my home. The fact is this, blame the shooter not the gun, blame the driver not the booze and blame the owner not the dog. ANY breed can and will bite, but being that the writer probably has never came across any of these dogs in person I will offer you this, in 12 years of being an insurance adjuster and going to people’s homes I have been nipped 12 times all by toy breeds. Why? Their owners spend very little time actually training them because they don’t worry if they bite because what will truly happen? You writing this article is why when I go to petsmart or take my dogs on walks why I get dirty looks when my dogs are much less of a hazard than your poodle……. Smh!

  • William Hofmeister

    This author obviously knows nothing about dogs.

  • Randy N Amy Fair

    Any dog can be dangerous that is not trained or socialized. I have had a American Pit as a companion for 35 years out of 40. I’ve never had one to bite or even growl at another canine or human. I have a rescue Chihuahua that was abused and neglected. He would be dangerous if he had teeth. He attempts to bite people who come too close to me when he is near. I really hate that this article is breed discriminating. Ignorance is as Ignorance does. Feed the public garbage and more garbage is produced. The author of the piece should be ashamed.

  • Joslynn Pelletier

    This whole “article” is a farce. ANY dog can be aggressive. Blame the right side of the leash, there are no bad dogs. ONLY bad dog owners. If your dog lunges at people, you made it that way, if your dog is unpredictable, YOU made it that way. If your dog bites strangers or children or whatever, YOU trained him to do it. Blame the PERSON, not the breed.

  • Patti

    Wow I just found this sit, and I agree with you. I have 3 pit bulls and have raised a few more these animals all have the right to exist and be loved. Even So called or self proclaimed animal lovers hate on these dogs.not just pit bulls but all 15 that they named. Do they know how many children cocker spaniels have disfigured. I have seen at least 3 and they were unprovoked attacks. They didn’t even make the news. One 3 year old had a hundred and fifty stitches in her face. I get so tired of people. Any animal treated and train with love is worth having. Who are we to take away an animals God given right. I bet they if they have cats they are declawed but they love the cats. Lift the bans on these dogs and if you want to judge each dog then go for it. Please stop writting all these negative things about breeds you have never owned. It prejudice and unmoral. Two months ago, i had to put my 19 year old pit bull “Mytoy” asleep and I can tell you, she wouldn’t let you hate her. She never had a bad day and children she would given her life to defend any child. So Stop if you can’t be fair then just don’t say anything.

  • Jenny K

    The statistics against Pit Bulls are probably from former fighting dogs who have been rehabilitated to become household pets so there’s obviously a risk. I have a half Pit who is the sweetest dog and she loves other dogs as well as children. Pit Bulls were actually considered nanny dogs back in the early 1900′s. They’re an extremely loyal and protective breed.

  • baklava

    This article seems to have been written in a hurry and relies on well-known generalizations. I agree with Robert Butler that the article suffers from a lack of empirical evidence. Just one example: the author makes it sound as if it’s a coin toss as to whether any chow will turn on its guardian. Where is the evidence for that assertion? Shoddy journalism.

  • Marla Singer

    I stopped reading after #7 because all you did was list “bully” breeds. Yes, these dogs are more likely to kill someone if they attack them, but no, they are not more likely to be aggressive. Dogs will act the way that you raise them to, and it’s unfortunate that so many people raise these wonderful dogs to BE AGGRESSIVE, thus giving these breeds a bad name. And stop using the word “owners”, you don’t fucking own a living being. Too much asshattery for me to handle here.

  • WillowFish

    I have heard of husky bites and basset hounds killing.

  • DJ Sparkles

    Pit Bulls are just like any other dog. ANY dog will bite if startled or threatened. I’m more afraid of that Chihuahua down the street than I am of my Pit. If they are properly trained and supervised, a Pit is a WONDERFUL, loving, calm and goofy pet. Stop blaming the wrong end of the leash, people. ANY dog can be dangerous. It’s in the training, and that’s from the owner.

  • yoda

    List of dog owners who make lame excuses for their dog’s bad and/or dangerous behavior … that would be ALL of them.

  • janisofny

    I have been in animal rescue and advocacy for over 30 years and have owned many dogs, mostly dobermans and pit bulls (my two favorite breeds). I notice dachshunds and chihuahuas weren’t mentioned, yet they are responsible for more bites than pit bulls. And, regarding pits, it is media hype. Yes I know some have bitten. All dogs are capable of biting, but the media likes to zero in on pit bites and sometimes have even reported bites by pits that were not pits at all. I have been bitten twice in all these years, by an afghan hound and a beagle. Some of the breeds I have never heard of, but most I have had personal experience with and this is a lot of bull.

  • onemoretime

    Had a presa canario, the most magnificent dog ever, a perfect guardian for our kids and companion for us. It is completely reasonable to suggest that these dogs be intensely socialized and configured for pack order to be safe. They’re no joke. Highly intelligent, stable and loyal. They need to go to only those people up to the challenge.

  • Courtney Rowe

    Are you kidding me? I have seen so many small dogs snap at their owners and I hardly ever see large breeds lash back at their people. This is not scientific or factual at all; just someone’s opinion.

  • dangkids

    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

      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.

      • http://111.12.121/ TrueJustice

        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

          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 mutts to purebred Shepards, Akita’s, Cocker Spanials, etc. just as your dog understands you, you must understand your dog. Not everyone can read their dog & preempt unacceptable behavior. Some people simply should not have a dog of any kind because they are not willing to dedicate the time, affection & learning necessary to bring the best out in their pet.

          • Jason Rox

            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.

    • ozrkmtndd

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

  • Earl Kuon

    The American Veterinary Medical Association

    Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions

    Which dogs bite? An often-asked question is what breed or breeds of dogs are most “dangerous”?This inquiry can be prompted by a serious attack by a specific dog, or it may be the result of media-driven portrayals of a specific breed as dangerous.Although this is a common concern, singling out one or two breeds for control can result in a false sense of accomplishment. Doing so ignores the true scope of the problem and will not result in a responsible approach to protecting a community’y citizens.

    Dog bite statistics are not really statistics, and they do not give an accurate picture of dogs that bite. Invariably the numbers will show that dogs from popular large breeds are a problem. This should be expected because big dogs can physically do more damage if they do bite, and any popular breed has more individuals that could bite. There are several reasons why it is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed or compare rates between breeds.

    First, the breed of the biting dog may not be accurately recorded, and mixed breed dogs are commonly described as if they were purebreds. Second the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known, especially if they did not result in serious injury. Third, the number of dogs of a particular breed or combination of breeds in a community is not known, because it is rare for all dogs in a community to be licensed, and existing licensing data is then incomplete. Breed data likely vary between communities, states, or regions and can even vary between neighborhoods within a community.

    Statistics on fatalities and injuries caused by dogs cannot be responsibly used to document the “dangerousness” ” of a particular breed, relative to other breeds for several reasons. First, a dog’s tendency to bite depends on at least 5 interacting factors: heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health (medical and behavioral), and victim behavior. Second, there is no reliable way to identify the number
    of dogs of a particular breed in the canine population at any given time (eg, 10 attacks by Doberman Pinschers relative to a total population of 10 dogs implies a different risk than 10 attacks by Labrador Retrievers relative to a population of 1,000 dogs). Third, statistics may be skewed, because often they do not consider multiple incidents caused by a single animal. Fourth, breed is often identified by individuals who are not familiar with breed characteristics and who commonly identify dogs of mixed ancestry as if they were purebreds. Fifth, the popularity of breeds
    changes over time, making comparison of breed-specific bite rates unreliable.

    https://www.avma. org/public/He…

  • C.C.

    I agree with Robert.
    “Historically saw them bred as fighting dogs”? Pit bulls were actually historically bred to be “nanny dogs” and look after children in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were considered the quintessential “America’s dog” for years. I see this article makes no mention of that at all. It was only AFTER ignorant, inhumane people began using them as “fighting dogs” that any “news” came up reporting aggressive behavior. Any breed can become aggressive due to upbringing, mental instability, fear, pain, etc. from a Chihuahua to a Golden Retriever.

  • ycplum

    Most of the dogs mentioned were bred for fighting, whether against other dogs, other animals or human intruders. These dogs all have the capability for damage and need a strong dominant hand. Unfortunately, it is usually the human side of the equation that causes the problems, either the lack of training/self-discipline or the desire for a mean aggressive animal to enhance the perceive stature of the owner.

  • Mike Arienti

    All dogs could turn on their owners. Any animal with teeth can bite. Train your friggin’ dog and don’t beat it and it’s far less likely to be a problem. Remember, domestic dogs were bred from wild wolves and aren’t really domestic unless we make them that way.

  • John Brown

    Bull My Family has owened Huskies, Rotties and Danes they were the most Lovible and very protective of my Family.
    I had a Dane that went through a Glass door to protect my Grandson she gave Her Life for Him.
    And as for the Chow no way He was My Wifes Baby and He was very well trained as well My Wife would walk him a night without a Fear He Loved Her and my Family.
    and Never did what you say and as for My Rottie I called Her Angel because that is what She was A sweet Lady that Loved me and my Wife more than anything She got Bone cancer and it was the worst day of my Wifes life when had to have her put down.
    Even when our street had Parties or loud events Our Dogs would just sit and watch And yes Protect nif needed but mostly they would just sleep.
    Heck my youngest GrandSon would mall our dogs they loved it.
    The other Breeds not sure of but if you do not take the time to Train a dog any Dog could turn plus You need to give them the Love they Require and need to know they bare part of Your Pack.

  • Jason

    In the past 55 years we have had German Shepherds. Some were AKC and some rescue but they were just like family, friendly, sociable, good watch dogs, excellent companion dogs. ..excellent when the children were young. Last one had lymphoma and we did all we could to save him but nothing helped. If you have one you must keep them in the house and not tie them up as guard dogs. Take care of them, play with them and enjoy their company.

  • Emily

    Of course the “scarier” looking dogs make the headlines, not the cute Golden Retrievers or the little dogs you can carry around in your purse. Speaking of little dogs, the only dog I have ever been bitten by was a Chihuahua. And I own a Pit Bull. IT’S ALL HOW YOU RAISE/TREAT THEM PEOPLE! That is that and that’s a fact. :)

  • Ang

    awful generalizations making no reference to the fault of the HUMANS behavior that may SOMETIMES cause a dog to behave a certain way. how dare you

  • Fallopia Tuba

    I don’t see springer spaniel in that list, or yorkie, or chihuahua—all dogs that I’ve been mauled or nipped by. And I will agree with the commenter that says his dachshund is a terror—as a matter of fact, dachshunds usually rate as a ferocious breed.

    Next time, do your research.

  • rt108

    My pitbull is a big mush. She just wants to cuddle and lick you all day. If you try to hurt me or my family, then you will see a mean dog. Look at this pic, does she look like a dangerous dog? She’s just relaxing in the backyard, happy as can be.

  • James Lee

    Likelihood of getting bitten chihuahua is more than pit bull. I was in the park, my little son likes dog. My wife don’t like dog in the house. There’s a year old pit bull we always see in the park, the pit bull likes also playing with kids. Then came a chihuahua, I said watch out you don’t go near that dog. As I was still talking the chihuahua bit me at the back of my knee. Chihuahua has napoleon-complex, non fight-dog pit bull don’t have napoleon complex.

  • guest

    this whole list is bias and has no scientific proof. the leading cause of dog attacks are poor training and people who assume that all dogs act the same and do something that makes the dog uncomfortable or irritated. just because you touch your dog a certain way doesn’t mean every dog is ok with it. Humans are to blame, not the dogs.

  • Tess

    Everyone of these write-ups states that the dogs can be aggressive if not “properly socialized”. That statement can hold true for any dog (or human for that matter). I’m sure the statistics show a high percentage of dog attacks for certain breeds, but those statistics only show numbers, nothing on the environment the dog came from. Were the dogs rescues? Were they from abusive situations? Were they trained to be mean? Were they raised from puppies and if so what was the home environment they were raised in? Numbers always look bad, but I’m more interested in the dogs family life.

  • Pittie Mom

    This article seems to reinforce incorrect stereotypes, backed with nothing but how many times the media chose to cover an isolated incident of an attack. It’s not the breed. It’s the humans who own them. We have two pittie/rotties who are incredibly well-tempered dogs. They are smart, loyal, and always listen to commands. They’re good with people, cats, and kids. Lots of friends with pit bulls say the exact same thing.

  • Doug M’Jay

    Pit bulls are no more likely than any other breed to attack people. Their problem? They attract shitty owners who use them as guard dogs or fighting dogs. If they’re trained well and loved, pit bulls are the most friendly dogs on earth. Historically, they were bred as “nanny dogs,” used as companions for children. Sure, they cause more injuries but that’s because there are so many of them. If you collect per capita stats on which dogs bite the most people, it wouldn’t be pit bulls.

  • stacie McTeague

    try talking to the owners see who they handle their pit bull … Im sorry I have a husky pit mix and she licks and jumps and that’s all and never has been tethered and has a wide range of doggy friends and ppl .. its all in the raising of the dog and most the time its the owners fault most are fighting dogs …. one game ive never played with my dog was tug of war … NEVER EVER !!!

  • Miss T

    This is simply opinion presented as fact, and sadly people eat this stuff up. It’s just plain hurtful to those of us who are good dog owners.
    I am a behavioral therapist and have applied many of my techniques to my own animals. My dog is quieter, better socialized, and better behaved than any other dogs in my neighborhood. He gets along well with our cats and even our ferret, who he adores. And yet– because he is a pit bull– I have been yelled at by strangers at the dog park, and my next door neighbor has even threatened to kill him. “You shouldn’t bring your dog to a place like this,” they say. “You need to take your dog NOW,” they say.
    The fact that people are content to be so misinformed is a flat-out disgrace.

  • luvinanimals

    It saddens me that this type of negative information is still being propagated by people who obviously don’t know ANYTHING about dogs. Don’t you know by now that dogs are a products of 2 things – breeding and ownership. Any dog, no matter what breed has the potential to be aggressive. Most dogs, even with negative breeding backgrounds can be wonderful pets with a responsible owner. This type of information is what has led to these breeds being euthanized commonly in shelters. Shame on you. Obviously, you need to watch The Dog Whisperer on Nat Geo Wild or do some real research.

  • Pei Nisiniu

    “Professional animal experts” are not unanimous, except for on the fact that good animal stewardship is critical, a point of view I also share. I dare you to find a single article written by any credible “animal expert” who thinks neurochemical differences between the breeds are irrelevant to bite stats. You can’t do it, because it doesn’t exist, because human selection for aggression resulted in neurophysiological differences particular to the breed, which results in increased bite stats.

    • Earl Kuon

      Dr. James Ha, an animal behaviorist at the University of Washington who has testified in the courtroom for numerous animal attack cases, agrees with Van Helvoort. Despite the splashy headlines and even the dog-bite death rates, there is nothing about pit bull–type dogs, as breeds, that makes them any more dangerous than many other dogs, Ha says. “We have to make a big distinction between a genetic breed predisposition, and how the animals are handled or trained. Many years ago German shepherds were the ‘bad’ dogs, because people kept them for protection, and criminals held them for protecting property. Then it was Dobermans, then Rottweilers, now pit bulls. All of these breeds have equally high aggression drives and can be trained, or mistreated, into becoming dangerous animals.” And while it’s true that due to breeding that took place a century ago, the dogs, with their superior neck and upper-body strength, are capable physically of doing deadly damage to humans and other animals, “pit bulls have no different threshold for aggression than those other breeds.”

      http://www.seattlemet. com/news-and-profiles/articles/consider-the-pit-bull-february-2013

    • Earl Kuon

      Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Australia (RSPCA):

      “The RSPCA does not support breed specific legislation, also known as BSL. Our view, based on the available
      international scientific evidence, is that any dog may be dangerous and that dogs should not be declared as
      dangerous’ on the basis of breed. While we recognise that there is a strong genetic component in a dog’s propensity for aggressive behaviour, their trigger point for aggression and capacity to inflict serious injury, these factors are not isolated to any specific breed. The SPCA does not believe that BSL is in any way effective in preventing or reducing dog attacks or in protecting the public from dangerous dogs.”

      (http://kb.rspca. org. au/What-is-the-RSPCAs-position-on-breed-specific-legislation_497.html)

  • Robin

    I’ll only comment on GSD’s as that’s where my experience lies. The author repeatedly sites what a dog is bred to do which leads to their sometimes negative behaviors. I do believe instinct plays a role in animal behavior so why didn’t the author discuss that a GSD is bred to herd. They fall under the herding dog category at Westminster. They are good police dogs because of their intelligence and ability to be trained to bite and let go on command.

    I’ve read the complete study on dog bites, I don’t think the author did. It clearly states that GSD’s that bite are the ones who have been chained and abused. A GSD will first bark a warning then bite and hold, not go for a kill. It was also clearly stated that the fatalities do not take into account GSD’s that killed in the line of duty or protecting their owner. A GSD is more likely to kill because of the power of its bite not because its an aggressive dog. An aggressive dog would be useless in herding.

    I would be wary of a strange Pit Bull, not because I’m afraid of the breed but rather because there are too many Pit owners that own them for all the wrong reasons creating a dangerous animal. Its a people problem. A well cared for and nurtured Pit doesn’t concern me at all. I know people working hard to restore the American Pit Bull’s reputation and their dogs couldn’t be sweeter or better behaved. My GSD has been raised to be a credit to her breed. In her one year with me she has changed many people’s minds already…a sweeter dog you’ll never find.

  • pam

    This article is ridiculous. Most aggressive dogs were made that way by people, whether that’s from mistreating them or giving them the idea that the dog is dominant in the relationship. Other forms of aggression are brought on by illnesses such as rabies. It has NOTHING to do with the dogs breed.

  • Kendall

    I own a doberman and am part of many doberman communities, not once have I ever heard of a doberman turning on their owner! This is soo stereotypical. Mine is the biggest baby and love bug.

    • Cock of Steele

      Same here, except mine has weird hoarding problem and if you get near his kennel when he has a bone he does get angry. But I’m pretty sure Theodore is Aspergers anyways.

    • Carlz

      Omg my doberman is the exact same way he’s such a baby but if he has a bone he will get angry only if you get near it

  • Kara

    The key to any good dog reliability and citizenship is early socialization with other dogs, people and varied situations, so that the dog learns it’s owner is reliable and trustworthy regardless of what’s happening or where, and looks to the owner(s) for guidance how to behave in new or confusing situations.

    Dogs are pack animals, so owning more than perhaps two is potentially risky, as three or more forms a pack. Because dogs are pack animals, it’s crucial that the owner(s) establish themselves from day-one and minute-one as pack leaders, as the Alpha pack member(s). If the owners of a dog or dogs are not Alpha, one of the dogs will become alpha–definitely NOT desirable, especially when dealing with guard / protective breeds. Toy and terrier breeds were not listed; however, many toys and most terriers are also prone to potentially undesirable aggressive behavior if not properly socialized and taught who is Alpha in the pack.

    Couples need to establish that each of them is Alpha to the dog(s), and that threats to their pups (children) will not be tolerated. In a canid pack that would be the rule, and must be the rule in the home, as well. Establishing owners as Alpha does not require abuse of the dog(s), but does require training and firm discipline. If prospective owners are not willing or able to undertake that responsibility, then dog ownership (except perhaps for a passive, lazy breed) is unwise.

    Behavior thought to be “cute” in a puppy that would not be “cute” (read “dangerous”) in an adult must also not be tolerated in the puppy. Such tolerance, even amusement and approval, sets the stage for later dangerous potential behaviors. Playing tug with a toy or food treat must always end with the humans winning, or the puppy will learn that it may become the alpha, or enter conflict with its owner. It may be life-saving at some point to remove food or a found item from the dog. This authority must be established when the pet is still a puppy, or the owner may be attacked when trying to take a dangerous item away from the dog.

    I have owned two wolf-German Shepherd hybrids, 1/4 of the breeding being various wolf breeds. From their puppyhood I taught them that I am the Alpha bitch, and have also taught them that I have the right to take food or treats away, just as I am the sole source of those things. Both bitches have been friendly among groups of people and not hostile to other dogs or animals. (I also spayed both bitches, as further “breeding” was not desirable.)

  • Brian Batista

    Here we go again. Another list where the pit bull is the #1 Dangerous Dog Breeds likely to turn on their owners. All this does is provide more fuel to an already 100-foot tall fire of things that work against this breed. BSL, negative media coverage, public opinion, fear, apathy and outright ignorance are working well to destroy the pit bull. They don’t need your conjectured “opinion” about how dangerous they are. No one mentions the fact that thousands of “pit bull” dogs are killed every day simply because of the way they look. If your solution is to kill all pit bulls because you believe something will happen to you, I got news for you Adolf! You need to volunteer at a pit bull rescue, or any rescue for that matter. See what these animals go through because of the prejudice you constantly put out and then tell me which one of you is the dangerous one.

  • Keith

    Journalists aren’t mathematicians, as a blanket statement I’ll take bets I’m right for a statistically significant majority. Why they feel they can accurately discuss issues revolving statistical analysis is beyond me, they are parrots repeating what they’ve heard without fully understanding their own elaborations. The problem with these inflammatory articles is that while mis-quoted statistics are thrown around negatively, no one ever discusses or solves statistically for the fact that many of these breeds, because of their strength, are chosen by sub-cultures looking for a certain macho image and then are abused, neglected, stuck on yards in chains, not fed regularly or flat out taught to be aggressive. Because of a lack of care, they often do get loose or just run wild and wreak havoc. If labs or golden retreivers had a bad-a** vibe you’d hear a lot more about lab attacks too, but instead suburban families own and love them as a rule so they don’t act out en masse. Pitbulls, rotties et cetera loved and cared for don’t act out either. To really discuss bite statistics, you’d have to solve for all possible data inputs, skews et cetera, and these studies, misquoted time an again in these articles, miss some big ones.

    • Earl Kuon

      The American Veterinary Medical Association

      Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions

      Which dogs bite? An often-asked question is what breed or breeds of dogs are most “dangerous”?This inquiry can be prompted by a serious attack by a specific dog, or it may be the result of media-driven portrayals of a specific breed as dangerous.Although this is a common concern, singling out one or two breeds for control can result in a false sense of accomplishment. Doing so ignores the true scope of the problem and will not result in a responsible approach to protecting a community’y citizens.

      Dog bite statistics are not really statistics, and they do not give an accurate picture of dogs that bite. Invariably the numbers will show that dogs from popular large breeds are a problem. This should be expected because big dogs can physically do more damage if they do bite, and any popular breed has more individuals that could bite. There are several reasons why it is not possible to calculate a bite rate for a breed or compare rates between breeds.

      First, the breed of the biting dog may not be accurately recorded, and mixed breed dogs are commonly described as if they were purebreds. Second the actual number of bites that occur in a community is not known, especially if they did not result in serious injury. Third, the number of dogs of a particular breed or combination of breeds in a community is not known, because it is rare for all dogs in a community to be licensed, and existing licensing data is then incomplete. Breed data likely vary between communities, states, or regions and can even vary between neighborhoods within a community.

      Statistics on fatalities and injuries caused by dogs cannot be responsibly used to document the “dangerousness” ” of a particular breed, relative to other breeds for several reasons. First, a dog’s tendency to bite depends on at least 5 interacting factors: heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health (medical and behavioral), and victim behavior. Second, there is no reliable way to identify the number
      of dogs of a particular breed in the canine population at any given time (eg, 10 attacks by Doberman Pinschers relative to a total population of 10 dogs implies a different risk than 10 attacks by Labrador Retrievers relative to a population of 1,000 dogs). Third, statistics may be skewed, because often they do not consider multiple incidents caused by a single animal. Fourth, breed is often identified by individuals who are not familiar with breed characteristics and who commonly identify dogs of mixed ancestry as if they were purebreds. Fifth, the popularity of breeds
      changes over time, making comparison of breed-specific bite rates unreliable.

      https://www.avma. org/public/He…

  • Robert

    German Shepherd should not be included unless they specify what kind of German Shepherd is involved. There are two distinct standards, one dangerous and unreliable and the other as reliable as any breed there is. German Shepherds on the German-English-Japanese standard are smaller, more intelligent, more reliable, and less fearful than those on the American standard, which are much larger, less intelligent, more prone to hip displaysia, less trainable. The American standard – and not all German Shepherds in the US are bed on the American standard – is a horrible breed and should be eliminated.

    I have always owned German Shepherds and yet I have never seen a single dog that I have owned show even a second of aggressive, unreliable behavior (except for one that had a primal hatred for tires that had been removed from the rims of cars). But I have been obsessive about making sure that the dogs were bred on the German standard and not the American. I have always insisted on seeing pedigrees three generations back, and I would never get a dog that didn’t have at least half of its ancestors bred in Germany, Great Britain, or Japan. They are a LOT more expensive, but worth the added expense. One of my dogs knew over 400 commands. None weighed more than 75 pounds.

    The German Shepherds to avoid like crazy are the ones where the breeders brag about how big they are. You will see these. People boasting in ads that the bitches weighed more than 115 pounds and the sires more than 130.

    But I hate the generalization that combines the American and German standard German Shepherds. They don’t even look that much alike. My current German Shepherd is told by about 75% or 80% of the people we pass how beautiful he is. That is largely because a lost of horrible looking animals get called “German Shepherds.” A real German Shepherd is a thing of beauty and the best companion animal a person can have, if they are willing to train and work with them. Even a German-standard German Shepehrd can be ruined by poor training.

  • Christy G

    I agree with Robert, no references to prove any of this is factual are listed. I have a Siberian husky, it’s a SCIENTIFIC FACT that my dog is no more closely related to a wolf than a poodle is, he is a pure bred dog. He would make a horrible guard dog because he wants to play with everybody, he is only a danger to pesky squirrels. I feel like some of these “fatalities” he could be referring to (from many of these breeds) could be the result of cruelty or abuse towards the dog and the dog reacts in defense of itself, but what else would you expect? Interesting that no small dogs are on the list, what about terriers, Lhasa apsos, and chihuahuas?

  • SinDelle Morte

    I don’t see any recognition here that the reason there are so many Pit Bull attacks is because 1. there are so many Pit Bulls and 2. Pit Bulls are consistently misidentified by eyewitnesses and the media.

  • <3myrottie

    I have a beautiful 1 year old Rottweiler who is the most loving dog I have owned. He gets on great with my King Charles x who is the same size as his head and all the children in our street love him. There is no malice or aggression in him and I fully believe it is the OWNERS fault not the dog’s. I do not believe that these dogs have the highest number of dog bites, I think that they is just more media attention.

    I work in a vets and can guarantee at least once a week we have a large dog breed that comes in after being bitten by a Jack Russell or Yorkshire terrier. These are the more snappy breeds and a lot less predictable than your larger dog.

    As long as you understand your dog and treat it like a dog, not a human, you wont have problems. Of course I do not think that larger breeds are for everyone but having this sort of ridiculous article published only fuels the fire for people to not only fear these dogs but give idiots a reason to want to own them as a ‘statement’ dog. These idiots are the cause of the bites as they don’t offer their animals the environments they need to thrive in.

    Rant over.

  • Andrea

    Where is your proof? Where is your evidence? Did you know pitbulls were trained to fight because they are so LOYAL to their owners? Because a dog who has been TRAINED TO FIGHT can be in full attack mode and their owner can yell for them or grab them and they will stop? Did you know that pitbulls on average bite less frequently than other breeds? Did you know that your absolutely horrendous excuse at an informative article just like others are the reason that pitbulls have such a bad rap? When a negative story about a pitbull is covered by the media they automatically say “pitbull” when a positive story about a pitbull is covered, they say “a dog.” Media like yourselves and news stations are disgusting. Go spend ten minutes with a pitbull. Or come to my house and see for yourself. As much as I would love my pitbulls to bite you for your ignorance, unfortunately they won’t. They may lick you or whack you with their wagging tails. Get your facts straight!
    “Pitbulls are a girls best friend and no one bullies my friends”

  • Andrea

    How do these “little bites” get factored in when they are not reported? Oh that’s right, they don’t. These statistics are seriously flawed.

  • Sally Jo Shelton

    My daughter was 5 years old waiting for the school bus when the neighbors Chow broke loose from his chain and attacked her. It took several people to get the dog to let go of her. She had surgery, 180 stitches before they started using staples, to close the wounds on her head & neck. It nearly severed the carotid artery in her neck. It was a horrible attack, and she hadn’t done anything to the dog.

  • PNUT1

    I can see a Rottie biting an intruder, but never its master. Loyalty and devotion to their person is perhaps their strongest trait.
    The dogs on this list are guard dogs, of course they bite .They are also more often in “guarding” situations, doing their jobs . We can’t fault an animal for doing what it was bred to do.

  • CaliZack

    PItbull #1??!?! C’mon if you are going to write be informed. Pitbulls are historically the most loyal to humans. They were the 1st US military dog. The dog from the lil rascals was a pit and so was Betty Boops dog. In the UK, where the Staffordshire descended from the Pitbull Terrier was nicknamed the “Nanny Dog” as it was widely considered the best dog to leave with children. Now more educated studies have concluded that the most aggressive dogs are chihuahua and small dogs only their bites go un-reported. But as far a common bites go Pit bulls were so far down that list they were considered “non-aggressive” by the study. Now Pitbull fighting has done a lot of damage to the breed that is a fact. But that damage is promoted and supported by dumb articles like this meant to scare people away from arguably the best breed of dog in existence. And I have labs so no personal bias here. Im just an honest observer and someone not scared of a little research….

  • CptCommonSense

    Bunch of bologna. Show me an “aggressive” dog and I’ll show you a failure of a dog owner. I’ve worked with all kinds of breeds, and owned “aggressive” breeds. The dogs I’ve been bitten/nipped by; black lab, and boxer(not mine), both were cornered and felt in danger(in a crate at the vet’s). The reality is that a dog is an ANIMAL and when cornered or attacked an ANIMAL will try to PROTECT itself, pack, or home(regardless of breed). A properly trained dog will be more loyal than most humans. With that being said, how about we use a little common sense and make sure we are attentive to our surroundings which include our pets. Lets see, it’s dark, I let me dog free roam in the house, I’m “sneaking” around trying to get to the kitchen and out of no where my dog attacks me! Guess what, MY FAULT for giving my dog the perception that I was an intruder! Get real people.

  • orwell

    Moral of the story: cats make superior pets.

  • Keith

    Huskies aren’t any more related to wolves than any other breed…

  • Walker

    I’ve been working with dogs for years. I’ve required stitches on bites from two English bulldogs and one French bulldog. Stitches from a scratch from a Dogo that was simply playing. I have never had a problem with a Rottie, do by, and sure as hell not a Great Dane. I have come across several aggressive chows and cane corsos. That is all in America. When I went to Italy the cane corsos were gentle and kind. We’ve had attacks by malamutes, bull terriers, one bullmastiff, blue tick coon hound, chihuahua, boston terriers…. Basically ANY breed can attack their owner if they have a bad owner!!!

  • jpratt

    We adopted an 8 year-old Husky from the animal shelter. He had been raised by one family, together with a second husky puppy they got at the same time. When he began having seizures, and the couple had a baby, he became too much trouble. They surrendered him. He lost his buddy and his family and his home all at one time. After three months in the shelter, we found him and took him home. Best dog we’ve ever owned. He makes me laugh every day. He adores my pyrenees and my grandchildren and doesn’t have an aggressive bone in his body. He gets into things he’s not supposed to and is quite unrepentant, but thats as bad as he gets. He has tea parties with the granddaughter and waits at the door for the grandson to come home from school. I trust him with both kids.

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  • kells

    I have a rott mix, 3 great danes and a sibe. I’m not sure they could get off the sofa to bite someone. Bunch of lazies. ;)

  • Horsecherisher1

    There is a theme to most of these: “not properly socialized” it comes up in almost all the descriptions. well duh if any dog is not properly socialized it can end badly.

  • Lexi_sumpski

    American Pitbulls are not dangerous! I currently have mine and rescued him 6 monthes ago. The day we got him home from the shelter, he was so stressed out, and caused himself to have diarreah, but anyways my 13 year old daughter layed on him and fell asleep! He stayed perfectly still, eventhough she was still a ‘stranger’! When I give him a treat, he takes it so gently from my hand. I would rather put my life in a pitbulls hands than in a german shepherds hands!

  • Joseph Piller

    Small dogs and other breeds probably attack just as much, if not more often, as do these breeds. They just don’t get reported or make headlines because those dogs are too weak and small to hurt anyone. It’s simply a matter of ability to hurt, not inclination to hurt.

  • gavin grant

    i have to disagree dogos are the most amazing dogs that i have owned they have never bit anyone it is not the breed it is the owner that makes the dog feirce and mean.dogs like dogos and pit bulls are somtimes abused and mistreated and thats why people think the are bad dogs

  • J. Alexander Stevens

    I’ve been involved with Rottweilers for over thirty years. In my experience, all behavioral problems with that breed–any and all–can be traced directly to their owner(s) and/or to others whom the dog has come into contact.

  • Bestboy1234

    The first dog i ever got attacked by was a chihuaua sad to say lol but i owned a rotty and rhodesian ridge back and they were the best dogs i ever had i use to let them run in the open space by where my horse was and my rotty got attacked by a little dachsund and blubbered like a baby now i just have an affenpinscher but still idk a lot of these claims dont have a lot of evidence (the article) also pitbulls were bred as cattle dogs not fighting dogs lol

  • sunruh

    could just as easily have been a list of big dogs. the only problematic dogs I have ever been around are cocker spaniels and golden retrievers. My 90 lb. mixed breed has been attacked by both while walking on leash by two different golden retrievers and one obnoxious cocker.

  • Stan Bryars

    Or, if you wanted to be scientific you could reference the CDC who says that the makes and models of dogs included in these reports are spurious at best, because they do not rely on definite breed identification but on media reports. But that’s only if you want to be all scientific and all

  • Stan Bryars

    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 cases where a child is allowed to abuse a dog because it looks cute, the dog is obviously stressed but does not respond. Not because he is gentle and accepting, but because he is cowed. Then one day the kid puts his knee in the dogs balls or starts pulling his tail when he’s eating, or jumps on his stomach when he is sleeping.
    The child suffers, the dog suffers, the parents get to pass the blame off on the dog instead of their own incompetence and everyone feels sorry for them because THEY have been through so much

  • G

    Personally I know a lot more people that have been attacked my smaller dogs than the larger dogs mentioned in this post. It just with these dogs, if you get attack it causes a serious amount of damage. I have a Full blooded Pit Bull, I have a Boxer and I have had Rotts, Dobermans and a Saint Bernard and have never had not one of them attack anybody. My Saint Bernard would bark and growl and follow you around the house if she didn’t know you, but after about an hour she lost interest and would go lay down somewhere (but trust she knew where you were in the house and if she couldn’t see you she would go find you)

    Everyone of these dogs can be either the most loving, affectionate animals with all kinds of personality. Or they can be a demon that will terrorize your house and your neighborhood. Just like your kids, your dog reflects the owner. How you raise it will shine through eventually. But there are the rare cases where even if it is raised and care for and loved properly, it will still attack somebody.

    I love these dogs on this list and do not think they are no where near as bad as this article made them out to be. but I approach all animals I don’t know the same way.

    If it has teeth, it has the potential to bite so i’m always on my toes.

  • Joe Michael

    I have a Giant Alaskan Malamute,a good hundred pounds, Use him as my service dog,all I tell him is where I’m going,he knows speed limit and changes on county roads in Nebraska, U.S. and will guide me through left and right turns either barking out of the right window for a right turn or against the steering wheel for a left and all excited when destiny is reached. Lets me know when the door is closed if a stranger or friend is on the other side either single bark or tail wag .Recognize neighbors or stranger in the park we live while sitting out in the yard, hates coming into the house in winter snow.will rather dig a hole and sit in it because of his heavy coat. Yes I trained him along with my German Shepard who I trained to let me know when my seizure is due.I live alone and cannot do without them.

  • LaBella

    No such thing as an American Banndogge, it’s just a pit bull neo crossbred, that neo people and pit bull people both agree is crap. They’re decent home protection dogs in the first generation, but you breed a bandogge to a bandogge all you get is a crappy pit bull.
    The REAL APBT is a small to medium lb dog and VERY safe with people.. other dogs, maybe not do much. Most of the dogs that are attacking people labeled as pit bulls are one of these other breeds or APBT crossed with one of these other breeds.
    Most people can’t tell the difference between an APBT, a dogo, a Canary dog or a cane corso anyway.
    The Gull Dong is highly unlikely to be seen here in the US, and is a bull terrier crossbred they use for fighting.
    The so called akita picture is actually a shiba inu, it’s not even a Japanese Akita as compared with an American Akita which is grossly oversized compared to the real deal.
    The Caucasian Ovcharka is a livestock guardian dog and NOT MEANT TO BE A PET. this dog is bred to guard the herd and kill BEARS. If you’re an idiot that thinks you’re going to make a PET out of one of these WORKING DOGS, you deserve to have your throat torn out.

    Now, I want to know where are the chihuahuas and cavaliers and cocker spaniels, all of which could turn on their owner in a heart beat.
    This non story is saying what anyone with any common sense knows, if you have a large dog, you need to train it. Period. I summed up the whole story right there.

    • slam3000

      Fact is, whilst a chihauha can give you a nasty bite, it doesn’t have the strength to kill a human in the way that a pitbull-type dog can and does. If, however, you have any information about fatal chihuahua attacks, I’d be very interested in reading it.

  • MTeez

    I’ve had the top three dangerous breeds, currently I have a Pit and he’s a great dog. What people need to understand is if you want a Pit, Rot, German Shepherd, you NEED to be a responsible owner. Train them properly, give them love and affection and be the pack leader. With ANY DOG this is a requirement but with these dogs there is no room for error because of there reputation. ANY DOG can be aggressive these dogs just tend to attract irresponsible people

  • Patricio

    I wholeheartedly disagree with your assessment of boxers as a danger. Boxers have been in my household for 50 years and never have I had an aggressive or maladjusted one. Insanely happy, yes. WILL go insane if someone does attempt to enter their home without a known person. AMAZING with children. They are incredibly social animals and are not called “wiggle butts” for nothing. In addition, any dog that is mistreated or not socialized is libel to bite any human, not just their owner.

    • slam3000

      I was chased, knocked down and mauled by a boxer on my way to school as a small child. I’d kept my distance and hadn’t done anything to provoke it whatsoever, so they definitely can be aggressive for no reason at all.

  • Aileen Miles

    Hahahaha! Notice no small dogs on the list. Truth is the little ones are the most likely to snap and turn on their owners, because they are often poorly trained and spoiled rotten but no one reports getting bitten by a little yapper. When the owner can’t take it anymore they dump them at the shelter.

  • Patricia H

    I think that the chihuahua is the most vicious dog breed I have ever encountered….I am afraid of them…..and so is my dog.

    • scooterose100 .

      I agree, thank goodness they are small lol

  • sindrirune

    Again the dog’s behavior reflects how much their owner has trained them….if a chihuahua misbehaves and bites their owner or a child it doesn’t make the news because the damage is minimal, just like being hit by a bike. If a large breed dog attacks it can severely injure or kill, just like being hit by a truck.
    When you have a powerful breed it’s your responsibility to train it, and make sure children know not to play tug a war or tease it. I have counted in my city alone thousands of pits tied up or left alone in small yards most of their lives. This doesn’t bring about good social skills, nor does never exposing them to other dogs, cats or children. People think avoiding situations is going to stop a incident but all it does is make an animal unsocial regardless of the breed. Pits are terriers and terriers are great with children but no dog is going to do well if never given the proper exposure or training. All dogs can bite and all breeds do bite but we only hear about pits…..why? Dog Fighters have made them villains but it’s the Human’s that neglect and mistreat them that are at fought .
    On another note….I have chihuahuas which also get a bad rep…they love children, cats and other dogs and even adult humans that they shouldn’t like.
    Canine prejudice has to stop, take responsibility for your dog and it’s training.

  • Gregory Goodell

    It’s all in how they are raised and treated. Stop blaming the wrong end of the leash.

  • Ford Truck

    Through my 62 yeas, I have owned many dogs. When I was a little kid, we had a number of German Shepherds on the farm. Since then, I have always owned and loved German Shepherds, and 1 Shepherd/Wolf hybrid, and a Malamute/Wolf hybrid. For the last few years, we have owned a Siberian Husky and a German Shepherd. Of all those dogs, not one of them has “turned” on me, my wife, my kids, my grandkids, my neighbors or anyone else. A few years back, one of them did do some damage to a burglar that broke into my workshop, but he was supposed to do that.

    The only dog that has ever bitten me was my neighbors stupid poodle!

    • A-Train

      2 times bitten: both small dogs.

  • Uask4itdave

    Conspiracy much?!?! There was no evidence, just propaganda. Call me a wack job, but read your history books folks. The first thing the British did to maintain control was outlaw big dogs…. Easier to control the populace if all household only have dogs under 20 pounds. A few of these dog have no history of aggression…they were nothing more then big dogs…ALL dogs need good training.

  • Chi weenie owner

    You left off the Dachshund. While less likely to be deadly, I believe they have the highest bite rate.

  • LaBella

    I do not doubt there are zealots who have gone out of their way to “cook the numbers” so to speak.
    But these numbers have been valid for nigh on 20 years when they were done by legitimate, non biased third party participants.

  • A-Train

    Pitbulls are the nicest! then they keel you!

  • Maximus

    I moved into my house on the corner of a 4 way stop. The house diagonally across from me had a pitbull that would get out of the yard constantly. He was extremely aggressive but kept his distance. My parents lived 2 blocks from my house and I would commonly walk my black lab over to their house. I live in Texas and I have a CHL and long story short, I had to stop walking my dog because the owner would not keep his dog in his yard and I ended up having to shoot the dog because it cornered me a block from my house. I love how pit owners defend their honor yet no other breed boasts more attacks and fatalities. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t so much blame the dogs as I blame the owners, but, you cant deny genetics. I have owned labrador retrievers all my life and I duck hunt. They retrieve, its genetic. As puppies they do it before they even know what theyre doing. I honestly believe pitbulls have the same genetic behavior. Im sure that your pitbull is sweet and your positive its harmless just like Siegfried and roy thought theyre tigers were until one bit Siegfried head off.

    • MrsDoc

      Labs are boring.

  • IronFist

    If I ever see any of these dogs with out a leash I will shoot.

  • dessi

    I adore pits and rotties, I bred and trained them. They were all good babies and I never got a single complaint about them or their behavior. In my own personal experiences I have raised two animals that bit someone. A keeshond I rescued from an abusive man at the laundromat when he ŵas about a year old. Very very protective. He was MY dog. ex husband made the mistake of hitting me Bear ate him. Not nipped, not bit singularly, he ate him. Dumb man took bear and hid him from me during our divorce. Long story short bear had to be put down he literally went crazed. I was told bear wouldn’t let anyone close enough to feed and water him. Did I say I hate my ex? I do. The other was a timber wolf, I bottle raised. Beautiful animal. Loved the whole family, lol two kids, the cat, and a nanday conure. Precious had pups and the whole time she was in labor the cat stayed with her licking her face. lol everytime precious went out crybaby moved pups to her bed. She was so gentle she would let the bird ride on her back. I had her a little over eight years. Cut to a 4th of july party with precious in the backyard playing fetch with me. Drunk friend came looking for me. She fell against me. Precious thought she was attacking me. A sober terri came home with 187 stitches. Neither of them was a mean animal just protective. I wish people would learn the difference.

  • Toxophilite

    I have two Rotties (My avatar is the female) and, since they ARE Rotties, I made sure they were well trained and socialized. I train dogs (well, not really, it’s the PEOPLE that need the training) and the only time I’ve ever been bitten was by a Dachshund. And that little guy was SERIOUS about trying to damage me!

  • frxere

    I’ve had 3 Rottwielers in my life and I didn’t have any of them EVER as much as growl at anyone.

  • Steven Crimmins

    Funny, corner my sister’s pit and she’ll try to barrel past you in fear. You might get scratched. Biggest chicken on earth! When some friends stopped by the house when we weren’t home and let her out, all she did was go to the other side of the house and bark. Every fourth we have to stop her from shaking from the booms. She once saw a hot air balloon outside and wouldn’t go out for hours. A friends baby came over and she acted like it was a puppy and got worried whenever it cried. A lab was brought over to play one day and tired her out so she tried to hide from him. She didn’t show a bit of aggression, even as he continued to pester her. I had to block him from bugging her in the end. This breed is what you teach it to be. It just happens to be the breed of choice by people who want them for dog fights & guards and abuse them. Don’t socialize any dog and it can be a danger to others. They also call just about every mutt a pit, just needs to look vaguely like one. The media also has some kind of grudge against them and rarely makes much of attacks by other breeds or twists it so a part pit is now a pit. They use to be THE American dog and hopefully will be again some day. Over here in Keizer Oregon there are a lot of pitbulls (even the bums have them), but I never hear about them hurting anyone.

  • Djr

    We had a new neighbor who owned two Akitas. They broke their chains and found another neighbor’s old dog on its tieout. The Akitas ripped that poor dog into tiny pieces.

  • FredC1968

    After being attacked by an enraged Chihuahua, I needed to wash up with hot soapy water. After, my cat got dismembered by a neighbor’s loving gentile pit bull I had to clean my porch with peroxide based bleach.

    • Andie_Pauly

      WHY was your cat outdoors?

      • FredC1968

        The porch was inclosed. Why was the dog roaming loose?

  • Eagle wolf

    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 bulls, spanky and the gang, “pit bulls”, most politicians “pit bulls”, new police dogs out “pit bulls”. My point is everyone knows that all the dogs have different backgrounds. Some are smarter, intelligent design from cross breading. My dog lets every kid hand feed him, dig in his bowl as he eats. Goes and get his bowl if he is hungry and brings it to you, climbs tress plays good with other animals” lizard, dogs , cats, people etc. I’m so over uneducated people giving only opinion on none facts. Small dogs have more to prove. I got rid of my tea cup Chihuahua for attacking me my kids and friends that have came over. He attack my pit lol. We spend quality time with are dogs we have full authority in full dominance over animal. Now with all that being said! The diet for dogs are like humans we all can’t eat the same thing’s. My dog had bad allergies from dog food blue buffalo, all kinds. $150 a month he scratched all day, ears bleeding in his neck bleeding is back bleeding. like I said I’ve been training dogs and breeding dogs for 30 years I went back to all natural. So as an American Indian we had hybrid wolves. his diet consist of chicken quarters, rice, mixed vegetables, eggs, oatmeal, fish and spring water. Same for all my dogs!!! $50 a month
    Most of the time raw. Now most of you will say something about bones. ? What are canines, what did they eat before they was domesticated to pets. “Bones” “raw vegetables from garden, raw fish. My dog was 65lbs he is a solid 95lbs solid muscle.
    No additives or wack byproducts etc. Oh no more scratching or bleeding. The country does not want anything that can protect us from them. WATCH ALL THE THINGS THAT THEY TRY TO BAND IT’S DONE BY YEAR AND Popularity! The first dogs on the list . Oh and watch some of the shots they need all are not needed if diet is correct. And use common sense people. Bzy life no big dog bully bread life. Just because a kid is cute all of us don’t need or want one!! Dogs are not toys, that you return when they don’t work correctly. Love, training, socialize, discipline with authority, no kennel no abuse treat like a child look in their eyes when you’re training etc…

    • Jane Green

      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 exception. That will create a strong bond. I never crated my dogs, and they always lived up to what was expected of them, and how they were trained.They wanted to so as to belong. Crates are against the law in many European countries. If you cannot treat and teach a dog not to destroy your house, eat your cats, etc., you need to educate yourself before getting one.

  • Gene Vickery

    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.

  • kathy christensen

    My family had German Shepherds, my husband’s family as well, and I just lost my Jasmine in April and her brother Max in October at barely 9. NONE of any of these shepherds ever bit a soul. We didn’t dogs that came from a line of dogs bred and trained for a specific type. GSDs are used because they are highly intelligent AND strong.
    A few yrs ago a local animal control officer was asked about pit bulls and she said that she responds to more dog bites by Chows than any other breed. And those little tiny things – yeah they bite.
    As for pit bulls; they were originally the family dog, the caretaker of the children. I’ve encountered a few who were fixed young and as sweet as any other animal. You need to be aware of where your dogs come from if you can, you need to train them and YOU NEED TO FIX THEM! It does seem that the vast majority of dogs that attack are unaltered males.

  • ruby

    I have a wolf hybrid, I have had her since she was 6 months old. She is my service dog. She raised a kitten and loves cats, kids and all people if I would let her.. She does know the bad people though.. Plus she is protective of me.. I don’t care what insurance companies say or what anyone says. She is the smartest and best dog I have ever had. I would definitely have another hybrid. I have a daughter who has 2 pit bulls. The female is 120 lbs and the male is 90 lbs. I believe it is all in how you raise your dog and you can tell allot about a person just by there dog.

  • http://111.12.121/ TrueJustice

    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.

  • yourlieing

    I notice that you put pit bulls at number 1 and cite that they cause more fatalities but this is about chances of a dog biting which is statistically lower in pit bulls than in many other breeds just because a breed has more chance of causing fatal injuries does not make it more violent.You are ignoring breeds like the german shepherd and the poodle which both along with others have more chance of biting than a pit bull. In conclusion you are lieing and misrepresenting the facts to further your own bias and should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Dominique DiFede

    With any dog, but especially the top 4 on here, its all about how the OWNERS treat the dog and train them. I have a dobie(2nd one) and she is the sweetest most gentle dog ever.

  • ADD

    The problem is that not many people report small dog bites. If a small dog bites you its usually not serious enough to go tot he hospital. I believe most large dog bites happen because the owner does not understand their dog. They fail to notice the signs that their dog is upset, scared, or uncomfortable with the situation. Many people cite the fact that the dog was wagging its tail and was ‘friendly’. A wagging dogs tail is much like a cats purr, it signals more than one emotion. Remember just because someone ‘owns’ a dog it does not mean they know what they are doing or that they are properly caring for the dog.

  • Frances Bonner

    Right….I have yet to meet anyone who has been bitten. Dogs turn out how they are trained. Don’t train a dog with violence! Also, be careful if you adopt a dog who has been abused and trained to violence. A special trainer may be needed.

  • Dog Lover

    I have owned (or been owned by, depending on your outlook)a shepherd, 2 chows, 2 akitas, a shar-pei/mastiff cross, husky cross, a greyhound, mutts, to name a few of the dog breeds that I’ve been blessed with. I have also known some Canes, and wolf hybrids. Reading through this list, I’ve agreed with some of the points, and disagreed with others. One of the main things that I most strongly agree with, is the “socialization and establishing alpha status.” This is true of ANY breed. ANY dog is capable of turning on its owner or another person or animal…and any dog is capable of being a loved companion. My first chow, I received when he was 18mos old, had been through several families, had been abused, and was NOT neutered. Recipe for disaster, eh? Nope. He was one of the best dogs I’ve ever had. He won over many a person afraid of dogs. My first akita was also a rescue…but he was neutered. He too won over many people, even though he was big & looked like a black wolf. His only faults were that he suffered from separation anxiety (fixed by crate training him) and if he got out…he RAN (but he would jump right into the car when I’d pull up to him).
    I do NOT agree with crossing wolves with dogs, NOT because of their potential for aggression. The aggression comes from the dog side, as wolves are not aggressive, unless trying to establish dominance. This is simply a tool for the pack’s survival and not aggression for aggression’s sake. A wolf will most often choose flight over fight.
    It’s comments like the ones posted in this article that put a stamp on a breed, when, at the end of the day, it’s the human’s behaviour that determines the dog’s attitude…but it’s much easier to pin the blame on the dog.
    Oh, and btw, for a long time, the highest number of dog bites in the US were caused by Goldens…one of the “gentlest” family dogs.
    As for the numbers quoted in this article, how many of those bites came from poorly trained/socialized dogs? I’m sure that the number of well behaved dogs far outnumbers the “bad” ones…and so the bites represent a small percentage. I am not saying that makes it ok…no, quite the contrary. Dogs should never have to resort to biting their owners or any people.

    Bottom line: RESEARCH a breed, speak to rescues, go through a rescue & do everything possible to learn how to be the alpha in your house.

    Oh, and all of my dogs were around all sorts of people…and in all of the years I’ve had dogs, I’ve only had to put one down due to a prey drive that got out of hand. In spite of that, I would happily have another dog of that same breed…

    My chows?? One was the son of my first chow…awesome dogs…very friendly, unless you tried to come into my house uninvited, or tried to hurt me, or any child. Even so, they backed down at a firm command from me, or another confident person…including my niece when she was only 6!

    So, be careful & choose wisely, ask for help & support, and remain the “alpha”! And always be aware of your dog and its moods & needs! Just because you love dogs doesn’t mean that you can own any type of breed. Some breeds are definitely more challenging, and should not be taken on willy nilly, as you can end up with more than you can handle.

  • Peramia

    This is ridiculous! Just another example of humans never wanting to take responsibility! If a dog is dangerous/bites/aggressive it isn’t the dog or the breed’s fault, it’s the human’s. You can’t expect a dog to learn to think like a human so you have to learn how to think like a dog. Dogs live in packs and have a clear leader. If you aren’t being that leader they will do it for you. But humans don’t live like dogs. In a pack the alpha says where they live, who they allow into the territory, who is allowed to leave the den, who is allowed to mate and have kids, etc. But a dog won’t understand, if they are alpha of a human pack, why you won’t listen to it’s commands and will become frustrated and try to get you to fall back in line. You want the perfect dog? Train yourself first.

  • xavric

    I have been bitten by 2 dogs (both before I was 10, a chihuahua and a toy poodle.) In the last 30 years I have had a Great Dane, a German Shepherd, a Rottweiler, and my current dog a German Shepherd/Rottweiler cross. 30 years and not one of these “dangerous” dogs have even threatened to bite anyone.

  • Chelsea Breazel

    These things they’re saying can lead to problems are things that can lead any breed to bad behavior. I agree with most comments, most of my aggressive animal experiences have been with small breeds with napoleon syndrome

  • Animals24-7

    Of the 4,953 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,411 (68%) were pit bulls; 556 were Rottweilers; 4,247 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 567 human fatalities, 299 were killed by pit bulls; 87 were killed by Rottweilers; 430 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 3,008 people who were disfigured, 2,090 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 327 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,569 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • Cassie

    ANY unsocialized dog , owned by an ignorant human can “turn”. It’s all about knowing your dog, their needs, limits, and being able to read their signals when they’re telling you, “alright, enough please, I’m scared/feeling threatened/feeling sick/unsure/too hyper/etc. “. So no dog really “turns” on their owner, they give plenty of warning. It’s up to us to be able to translate.

  • Mystic Rose

    Looks like a BSL supporter wrote that up. I don’t see any yorkie’s, JRT, hound dogs [like a coonhound], heck no small dogs at all. My SD is a GSD/Lab/Chow mix. He has never turned on me in the 3 1/2 years we have had him. He’s always gentle. He can be protective if he feels I’m in harms way. Example when another dogs owner isn’t paying mind and their dog charges me from behind with it’s teeth bared and lowly growling. He puts himself between that danger and me so that it can’t reach me. I can’t and won’t fault him for that.
    Now the coonhound mix we are rehabbing so he can find a good home is very quick to turn on it’s owner. My husband learned that fast after being bit three different times over three different issues.
    However improper handling, no socializing, no training and having no knowledge of how a pack works… sure ANY dog will then fail.

  • Oktober24

    The so-called ‘bullmastiff’ is (according to the official breed standard) 60% fighting molosser and 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

  • Oktober24

    Thank you for posting honest descriptions of these various breeds. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of flack for it, but it’s really the most dog-loving, animal-loving, child-loving thing to do. It’s too rare that anyone but dogfighters are honest about the dangerous breeds. Thank you! and please resist the intimidation that will be poured over you for your honesty.

  • Bite me

    as a professional dog trainer of 16 years and still going, I can state with the utmost confidence that unless a dog has an UNKNOWN underlying medical condition, dog’s DO NOT turn on their owners!!! to the contrary, humans are the first to turn on the dog! this article only perpetuates this bs. do you know that actually little dogs bite more than big ones. they go unreported because you can go to your medicine cabinet for a band-aid. however, if a larger dog bites you typically need stitches. ALL DOGS BITE, big dog’s just bite bigger. sad, that some people will never know the love these breeds have to give because of this stereotyping.

  • Jasmine Smith

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This article contains one or more incomplete lists which may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it / them with entries that are reliably sourced.

    Fatal dog attack scenarios include escaped guard dogs and children wandering into their territory.

    Fatal dog attacks in the United States are a small percentage of the relatively common occurrences of dog bites. While at least 4.5 – 4.7 million Americans (2%) are bitten by dogs every year, only about 0.0002% of these (less than 0.00001% of the U.S. population) result in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which published a special report on the subject in 2000.[1] In relation to deaths due to other animals, dog attacks cause about half as many deaths per year as do wasp and bee stings.[2] Farm animals also kill about twice as many people per year as do dog attacks.[2]

    The second part of this article consists of an annotated list of individual U.S. dog-attack fatalities. The list is not meant to be exhaustive nor conclusive. For example, there were at least 26 fatal dog attacks in 2000,[3] of which this Wikipedia article lists only 5.

    This article relies on news reports as references, but at points it runs concurrent with studies reviewed in the first part and may include information from the studies at those points. Care has been and should continue to be taken that this information is verifiable in the sources and that any contradictions or other indications that the information might not be valid are addressed reasonably. Nevertheless, the reader should bear in mind that data from news investigations is generally less reliable than information from published scholarly studies, and that where specific breeds listed, they are rarely based on conclusive proof of ancestry.

  • Jasmine Smith

    more likely to die from a bee or a wasp sting.

  • James

    This omits the fact that most of these dogs are abused, or have faced conditions that most sane people would object to. I have trained many dogs and only once had one turn on me and the owner fed the dog gun powder to make it mean unbeknownst to myself. Idiots cause bad dogs.

  • Lee Mun Lim

    I wish they would talk about the facts of other breeds that do harm and not say this dogs are dangerous. any animal with fangs and claws are dangerous. some need more mantience then others though

  • 2happypitbulls

    So your saying pit bulls are dangerous yet I have two ones a rescue from an abusive home and the other has been with my fiancee his whole life and neither of them have ever been even the slightest bit aggressive towards me my fiancee or each other. You make it sound like a pit bull is born with a disease. Actual fact is is that small dogs bite way more often its just they don’t have the power a pit bull does. Something like a jack russle won’t get on the media simply because it couldn’t do the damage of the pit bull. Every dog has the liability to snap on anyone no matter the breed and it isn’t fair that because the bigger dog can do more damage that its the one.constantly getting the bad rep!

  • DBunnie

    My uncle had a Wolf-Shepherd mix for 15 years and Snaggles was the most gentle, loving dog I’ve ever met. I miss him!

  • jordon starcher

    imagine that pit bulls are of course first on your completely opionated and biased dog attack pitbulls are some of the nicest family oriented dogs i’ve ever seen my aunts pekingese are more aggressive than over half the pitbulls ive seen the only reason pitbulls are so bad because they’re put in dogfights because of their lockjaw and everytime ive seen an aggressive pit is when the people beat it and feed it gunpowder or they’ll sit there and drown them until theyre almost dead and pull them out and just throw them to the side for the one to have the same treatment people make dogs mean they don’t just come out like that tell me would you want to be fed like that, beaten and completely neglected tell me you wouldnt be a complete asshole hating everyone and everything that comes near you. pits also actually listen to their owners before anything i can snap my fingers at any of my honest dudes dog and they will do whatever i tell them and they won’t fight bite or even growl unless someone who the owners don’t want in their home get your facts straight the people that say pitbulls are dangerous only look at the amount of attacks theyve had and not at how many homes have had perfectly fine family oriented pit bulls its a biased study just like all other studies that go on daily

  • gwayne

    In the world of a police state that is so willing to kill anyones dog it is best to keep a full control of ones own canine. And statistics are what the insurance companies base all of the coverage upon and it has to be exact to avoid liability claims, so they tend to list which dog breeds bite often enough to be uninsurable.Make your own decisions and if they are not based on empirical evidence, you will suffer the being dragged into court and giving what you have to someone who is bitten or worse killed as a judgement to the dependents of the victim.STATISTICS ARE EVERYTHING TO THE LAW and the law can truly rake anyone over the coals.

    • ethanspapa

      I have seen lap dogs shot multiple times by heavy badged people. The 6 month old golden retriever puppy comes up to greet the stranger on the owners property with his tail up and wagging. Without hesitation he/she shot said dog as the whole neighborhood looked on horrified. The children wept as it lie’s there lifeless. All he had to do was stay in his car and have dispatch call the owners or hit the siren.
      You can guess that he probably got his butt in the ringer when he got back to the station by other dog owners on the force. Plus the taxpayer had to pay the owner a large civil settlement for abhorrent behavior.

      In another case a lap dog, A springer spaniel that the whole neighborhood loved got loose into a retired cops yard . He had rabbits in a steel pen that no dog could get into. He said he was frightening the penned in wrabbits. RIGHTTTT !. He knew the dog. He went to unlock his fun cabinet. He then proceeded to load the weapon with a full metal jacket. Then.took his AR/15. Then walked through his house to the bathroom. He had to open the doors to the tub or slide back the shower curtain. Then he had to open the bathroom window. Then he had to take out the screen.Then he had to search the area thoroughly for any other people. That must of taken him at least 5-10 minutes. In that time he could of walked less than a 150 feet to his neighbor’s home and asked him to retrieve his pet spaniel. NOPE!! instead, fired several shots and killed the dog instantly. It was in the paper for months. The neighbors and friends in the neighborhood were furious. He used some 200 year old law that gave him the right to shoot as he wished. Let us just say his Christmas card list wasn’t very long after that tragedy.
      I haven’t a clue on how people like that can live with themselves.

      In the old timers case,he had to turn in his service weapon when he retired and couldn’t play policeman anymore. he must of spent month’s in the library looking up these archaic laws that aren’t pertinent anymore.
      Talk about a bunch of angry dudes. Pathetic. There is no honor in what they did. Plus you embarrass the NRA.

  • Dianna DeWitt

    I have German Shepherds male and female and the only time I have seen them turn on anyone is the person walking around my house without permission. No one can get near me unless I tell my dog it is okay, even then he whines and is nervous when a stranger is around me. Never have I been bitten and I can put my hand near them while they are eating and they just hand me the bone or move away until I tell them okay. I know dozens of people who have had Shepherds and say they have had them all their lives and never had an issue. So Please spare me your theories.

  • Taylor Cannon

    Terrible owner = terrible dog. Period. I own a German Shepard (7 yrs), and from experience, I understand that some breeds are prone to be more dominant or
    “stubborn”. The trick is to NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. As a puppy, teach them boundaries (like a child), discipline them when they do not listen or misbehave (like a child), give them exercise and stimulation to reduce stress and anxiety (like a child), and socialize them to as many people and animals as possible so they are used to them (like a child). Any dog can become dominant of their home, if the owner lets them. Dogs follow leaders, so if they feel like you are not in control, they will try and take over. Can’t handle a dog….then get a lizard. Rant over (drops mic)

  • Jessica

    So you’re telling people to not get dogs because they’re ‘dangerous’. Some dogs are trained differently then others. I rescued a Pit-bull when he was about two and he is 12 now. His old owners used to beat him yet he is still as sweet as can be. Just because there were some incidents doesn’t mean anything. It’s sort of like saying that all white people are killers after you see a couple white people who have killed.

  • Truthseer123

    `This survey is skewed negatively toward the most numerous breeds
    . It does not take into consideration the total numbers of the dogs being considered. Of course the number of Pit Bull incidents will be more than the Cane Corso – there is probably 100 times as many of them. A truly meaningful survey would track the number of incidents per one hundred dogs, for instance.

  • URKiddinMee

    While growing up, my sister had an Attack Chihuahua. If its size had been in proportion to its disposition, I’m certain our entire small town would have been wiped out.

  • alsatian

    I own large cross breed; German Shepherd/Beagle/Labrador. I have never been bitten by my dog, neither have I ever been bitten by any of these breeds before. In fact, the dog I was almost bitten by was a miniature terrier breed.

  • dogowner

    The common thread that runs through this article is socializing and training your dog – of any breed. While my breed of choice is not listed here, I am somewhat surprised since they seem particularly concerned about dogs with any size to them. Of course if a large dog runs into a toddler or an elderly person, something bad could happen but that is equally true of Golden Retrievers and Labs.

  • Elizabeth Hampton

    I’m sick of everyone blaming the dog personally. Id never allow a small child to be in a position to get mauled or killed by any dog bc my dogs are never around a small child unsupervised. Not even with just my back turned. Not bc my dogs are bad but bc children can’t comprehend yet that what they do to human sissy they can’t do to doggy sissy. Oh and how many of these dogs were taught that the verbal cue “I don’t like this” *growling* was not allowed?

  • Mrsmassflex.

    My husband and I are currently proud parents of two male Rottweilers. We have been blessed in the past with several others. Not one of them has ever turned on us. Must socialize them. I volunteer at an animal shelter, and there are so many AWESOME pit/terrier mixes that deserve homes. Please consider adopting a shelter dog. RIP Mack and Lady, mom and dad miss you.

  • The Void

    Long story short people, socialize your dogs well, treat them with love, and train your family in the art of ownership! Just because you’re the “owner” doesn’t mean you’re the Alpha. All dogs should be respected for their nature, whether Chihuahuas or Pit Bulls. Instead of fearing certain breeds, we need to step up our game in eliminating dog fighting and using them for war. Defending our country isn’t the dogs’ responsibility. It’s ours!

  • Dan Borwick

    Honestly, any dog can be dangerous if not trained correctly.

  • john galt

    I always find it fascinating how these comments turn from the discussion at hand to your pathetic self-patronizing diatribes. My theory is you are not able to construct an opinion that doesn’t revolve around “your male Chow”, or your “sweetest dog alive”. Read the article again, with OPEN eyes and do NOT think about “fluffy, the bit-bull” sitting at your feet. THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT! Robert Butler at least read the post and is looking for statistics to back it up.
    78%fatal Dog attacks are by Bit Bull (25)
    6% Bull-mastiff and German Shepperd (2 each)
    3% (1 per 4 different breeds)

    Source: US Dog Bite Fatalities 2013

    • britt

      where are your stats on small dog attacks that happen way more then any big dogs attacks? “fluffy the pitbull” has scored highest on all temperament test and charts. and that is fact.

  • MannyHMo

    Muzzle your dog. Get the best well-fitted muzzle that allows feeding and drinking. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and it’s the best way to avoid the dog being killed (or sometimes the owner) if that dog bite or killed somebody. That dog doesn’t stand a chance if it attacked a person with a gun. Google ‘Craig Sytsma’. He was killed by 2 dogs, a Cane Corso breed.

  • WhatsammatteU

    They have pretty much discouraged the ownership of any good home protection dog

    I guess between no guns and no dogs we are to let ourselves open to whomever wants to do my family harm.I don’t think so!!!

  • rejectrepublicanlies

    It’s both genetics and nurture. Some breeds were specifically bred to be aggressive, dominant and extremely strong. I would say certain breeds have a propensity towards aggressive behavior. That behavior can be mitigated or redirected; but not entirely eliminated. The difference between a Pitbull’s bite and a Chihuahua’s is night and day.

  • Terrie Tackett

    As a dog groomer, I was attacked on two separate occasions by two separate Dalmations who attacked me without cause. As groomer I was most bitten by Schnauzer’s. I have seen Goldies and Spaniels bit people. Any dog breed can be dangerous.

  • Drew Snow

    This all sounds like a bunch of bias bull… to put it lightly. The owners make the dog. Dogs aren’t predetermined to be uncontrollable, or nasty, it’s on the owners to nurture and teach. They’re just like children; they just never learn to speak any human language, and they do there business outside.

    • slam3000

      This is only true up to a point. Poorly socialised dogs are far more inclined to misbehave, but breeds which have a propensity to aggression will always have a greater potential to exhibit that trait.

      And for most of the dogs on this list, they are either powerful, large or both. Combine that with behaviour tendencies that can trend towards the aggressive, then you have a disaster waiting to happen.

      There’s a reason chihuahuas aren’t on this list; they’re simply too small and weak to be able to do any serious damage, let fatally attack a human.

  • Olga Zurova

    All pit bulls should be exterminated. Their owners should be sterilized, as they are obviously low-class morons who bought pit bulls as a status symbol.

  • lisa

    I believe that any breed any size of dog can be dangerous and do some damage or even kill a person it is our responsibility to be responsible owners no matter what the breed is. and also if you’re a breeder to be a responsible.

  • sherry

    i adopted an american bulldog full blodded from the local animal rescue league when it
    was 11 mo. I had a small puggles already. they got along great. then when the dog turned
    2 he started hoarding the little dog and eventually started biting him if the dog wanted to
    be left alone. As a result i took the dog back to the rescue league and they immediately
    put the dog down, saying that this breed sometimes turns vicious at 2 yrs. Why they didnt
    adopt it out to a family that didn’t have other dogs , i don’t know, but wish i had known that
    from the beginning.

  • unimportant

    its not just some dogs that turn on people every kind of dog can. and maybe the pitbull wouldn’t have such a bad name if some people would stop raising them to fight and be violent. because all the pitbull i have encountered have all been raised right and with respect and they are so friendly and protective, i would leave my kids to one before half the people i know. so people need to stop giving them a bad name. and maybe start pointing the finger at the person or people that raised them to be mean.

  • adi

    But my german shepherd is not so dangerous…………

  • Sam

    Why are chihuahuas and labs not on this list? small dogs bite more, because they are more easily intimidated, and breeds like labs and dalmatians have extremely high bite statistics, because they are popular, so their overall number numbers are higher, plus, they are more often the products of puppy mills and such where inbreeding and over breeding can “breed the brains out” of a lineage, making them more prone to aggression and going psychotic. This article merely plays off of breed prejudices and not fact or experience is ridiculous. My wolf dog hybrid sleeps with me every night and is better with children than any lab or retriever I’ve ever met.

  • High Altitudes

    I guess my Morkie will never go for my throat.

  • Christina page

    My dog keynii is a pit bull/black lab/German shepherd/chow,and he is 10 in a half month’s old an the strategist thing happened to me he looked at my friends ex boyfriend the day before yesterday an sniffed him and turned around and growled at him.

  • Radny Hecks

    Our family had a Spitz from early puppy hood on. He was a great loving dog. We never had *any* problems with him as far as aggression or anti social behavior, he was just an ideal family dog. . When he was 3 years old, my wife and I were on the floor in the living room with the pooch, wrapping the kid’s Christmas presents. All was well for probably an hour as we wrapped, chatted and watched TV.

    I started a new package and reached for the roll of wrapping paper laying beside me. As I picked it up, our Spitz “went off” savagely attacked my arm, biting me twice deeply before latching onto my hand and refusing to let go. My wife grabbed him and tried to pull him off and he attacked her and lunged at her and bit her shoulder. I fended him off with a couch cushion and got him into the back hall where I locked him up. He laid down and seemed to be back to being our old dog as if nothing had happened.

    We went to the Emergency room as my hand wound was down to visible bone. The wounds were cleaned up, I received 11 stitches and we assured the hospital staff that all of the dog’s vaccinations were current. The police showed up a while later as the hospital is required to report all animal bites. We told them what had happened and when the officer asked what kind of dog was involved, was not surprised when we answered a Spitz. He advised us to take him to our vet, and also notified us that he was now registered as a dangerous animal.

    Long story short, we kept the dog, but about a month later, he bit my Father in law on New Years day. Same type of attack, from lazing around the floor to a raging all out attack at the drop of a hat.

    We consulted with our vet again and he recommended having the dog put down. He told us there is a recognized condition called “Spitz Rage” that affects some Spitze’s and that it is a neurological condition, not a disciplinary condition.that can be corrected with training.

  • Michel De Reier Magouilleur

    The data can be found on the CDC page

  • MP

    working in the animal control business nearly 20yrs this article appears to based on what is heard in the media not anyone who has any experience with these breeds and it is very frustrating that “pit bulls” are constantly deemed vicious they do not have an aggressive temperament by nature and most dog bites are provoked if people paid more attention to an animals body language they wouldn’t get bit there are many warning signs in an ear and eye movement

  • EnnuiEffect

    This is simply the most ludicrous bunch of b.s. in regards to dog breeds. You realize that a vast majority of animal behaviorists now know that aggression is almost never truly breed specific. When a dog “turns on their owners” it is almost NEVER without warning signs before hand. Dogs don’t just snap. There is almost always a reason for attacks and usually it involves very poor social skills caused by abuse, neglect, and/or spoiling. Also people need to understand dog behavior when they decide to get a larger dog that has the capacity to possibly kill a human.

    All that being said, statistically speaking, the most aggressive dog breed is actually the dachshund. This is mostly because many owners don’t think small dogs need obedience training since they are so small. This is essentially saying, “I’ve got a Smart Car, I couldn’t possibly hurt a pedestrian or cyclist because it’s just so small.” WRONG! All dogs, even the small ones, need to be properly socialized and taught their place in your family.

  • Frank Ribbensky

    It’s not merely opinion, as said in the article the statistics support what is being claimed.

  • pdmalrose

    I had a Pitt Bull as part of a foster care thing where I take in animals for a little while until the owners can claim them. They are some of the sweetest little things. This little guy jumped up on my bed and curled up next to me the whole night. Not once did he even try attacking my other animals or eve snap at my little nephew when he tried peting him. Hell he let my nephew ride him around like a damned horse.

  • Ordo Ab Chao

    Rottweilers have killed more people since the 1970′s than pit bulls have. More scare tactics and fear mongering over pit bulls.

  • Robin Baker-Cook

    Bottom line, any dog has the potential to bite under certain circumstances. I was recently bitten by my own dog, a Malinois, that I have owned for 8 years. The bite was an anxiety bite, but unacceptable non-the-less. I was heartbroken that he would bite me after being in our family so long. But I also know that his breed is a potentially dangerous breed and I have to take responsibility for the role I have played in his actions. Too permissive, and like most dog owners, I tend to treat my dogs more like children than dogs. Lesson learned. My dog was feral for 8 months before I adopted him so I did not socialize him early on, which is important. Now that I know that he has the potential to bite me, I will take great care not to put myself in a position to be bitten again. I take great care of my dog around others, and do not allow him to interact with other people unsupervised. I just never thought he would bite me.

  • Ellie

    It’s funny that I’ve been around and owned quite a few of these breeds and none of them ever showed any aggression. The only dogs I’ve seen behave aggressively and some even bite are everyone’s favorite Labrador and Chihuahua. The bite done by the Labrador was just as bad as any injuries these breeds can cause again proving it’s how you raise them

  • Zach

    I have a full blooded pit bull and an pitt bull doberman mix. Regularly leave both unsupervised around my cats. They are actually timid of the cats because they’ve gotten clawed a couple of times. A dog is a dog is a dog. Any that are mistreated or not raised properly (or raised by idiots that want them to fight) can be dangerous.

  • Brittney Nugent

    the american pit bull terrier or any pit bull is not prone to turn on its owner. only of it has been raised horribly. once known as the babysitter, the breed is more protective than any other. people used to just sit their children by a pit bull and it would defend the child. yes it has been given a bad reputation but that is because of horrible and irresponsible owners. and the lock jaw isnt true. its just their powerful jaws.

  • the Truth

    I guess “Dangerous” is the subjective word here…. The Top Dogs that attack their owners, some on a daily basis, are not even on this list.

  • Evie

    I think we’ve established that any dog has the capacity to think and react like an animal, so a pit or doberman might have more luck attacking if they feel so inclined. I think if you raise the dog right, it will not feel so inclined. Just because the media loves to cover stories of pits mauling people doesn’t mean it’s actually responsible for the most deaths. All we see on the media right now is cops shooting unarmed black man. Is someone going to now argue that while some cops should be trusted, we should never forget that all cops have been TRAINED and have it in the job description to kill you if you seem suspicious? Or that most rapes and murders in this country are committed by minorities (look at statistics of Americans in prisons), it must be in the blood of blacks and latinos to do these things? Or do we know now that WHERE and HOW you were raised will determine how you grow up?

  • mollycruz

    Friend had a beagle with epilepsy. Found out from an article that 98% of them do. She had these fits that lasted almost an hour. Way over-bred. Great dogs though.

  • Culloden’s mom

    you’re crazy! A German shepherd that was raised right and treated well will never, ever hurt his/her family. That’s simply not happening. GSD’s are the most loyal and loving dogs ever. Mine loves small children (anyone’s children!). He is not a friend of small dogs, but will accept even those as long as they are quiet. I’d stake my life on the fact that my dog would never, ever hurt a person!