25 dangerous dog breeds most likely to turn on their owners

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

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

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

1. American Pit Bull Terrier

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

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

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

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

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Carol Geyer
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Carol Geyer
2 years 7 months ago

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

Tamsyn Blackwell
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Tamsyn Blackwell
2 years 7 months ago

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

Erich Kartmann
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Erich Kartmann
2 years 7 months ago

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

ukpittyluva86
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3 months 1 day ago

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

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QcontinuumIQ2006
26 days 18 hours ago

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

JK
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JK
2 years 7 months ago

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

GoneApe
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GoneApe
2 years 7 months ago

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

PyjamaPanda
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PyjamaPanda
2 years 7 months ago
You’re sorely mistaken if you think those breeds cannot be gentle. I’ve got a mixed breed (Great Dane and Husky) and he is a gentle, laid back dog. By your thought process all ‘big people’ would be vicious killers, while smaller people would be labeled as demure and gentle. It doesn’t work that way. Every dog has an individual personality, and can be capable of aggression- regardless of what size they are. My mom has a 30lb Shetland Sheepdog that barks at everything and everyone, and will not hesitate to growl, snap, and bite if he feels so inclined— and… Read more »
mplo
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mplo
2 years 6 months ago

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

Gene Vickery
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Gene Vickery
2 years 3 months ago

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.

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amyslays
2 years 1 month ago

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

Courtney Grimshaw
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1 year 9 months ago

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

I freaking loved that statement haha — Well said!

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2 years 7 months ago

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

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

卌SOS Fam
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2 years 6 months ago
In my life, I’ve had MANY dogs. All of them, but two, were so-called “big and potentially aggressive dogs”. My favorite breed is Pitbull. The two that were small were a Chihuahua and a Cockapoo. The only dog I’ve ever had aggression problems with was Hershey, my Chihuahua. Don’t give me the strength/size argument! How a body is built doesn’t affect a personality. Hershey was scared of people, so he bit and jumped. The fact that a dog is small doesn’t change the fact that they could easily bite down hard. Have you ever been bit by a teething baby?… Read more »
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OhSoRight
2 years 6 months ago

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

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

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

mplo
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mplo
2 years 6 months ago

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

mplo
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mplo
2 years 6 months ago

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

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

mplo
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mplo
2 years 6 months ago

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

JK
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JK
1 year 11 months ago
I have never met a large dog that I was afraid of and we have had large dogs ever since I was a small girl. In fact, my first dog was a large male Doberman and he adored me and took good care of me. However, when my brother was about 7 years old, he was severely bitten by a little dog that was supposed to be “so friendly and loved kids, you can pet him”. My brother attempted to pet the dog with the owner right there and the dog bit him in the face in 2 spots and… Read more »
psd
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psd
1 year 19 days ago

cant trust gun nuts either

spt1988
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spt1988
11 months 11 days ago

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

Bill Atnip
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Bill Atnip
6 months 13 days ago

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

Kat
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5 months 17 days ago
Yiu most certainly can predict behavior. I have 2 pitbulls. Both rescues. Both sweet as can be. I treat them as dogs. Not allowed on the bed or furniture. They know thier place in our pack. They are obedient nd loyal. Most of all they love children. Did u know pitbulls were bred to be nanny dogs for royalty? Did u know HOW a dog is raised and treated and trained has everything to do with how it acts? Everyone things labs are such great family.dogs. I have seen at least three AGGRESSIVE labs in the city I live in… Read more »
JaneDoh
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JaneDoh
2 years 7 months ago

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

TrueJustice
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2 years 7 months ago
Dear Jane I own a german shephard . He has never turned on me. I have owned two before him as well. However let someone break into my home when I am away . My dog will actually protect my home unlike a lab or poodle that will do nothing but hide or wish to be petted. My dog isn’t a bully. Dogs can sense intent, something we can not with eyes alone. Dog owners should however be required to own their property . Renters fit your description better than ghetto types. I’ve seen what you describe though far to… Read more »
Gary T
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Gary T
2 years 7 months ago
I agree that dogs, esp. in the case of German Shepherds can by and large sense peoples intentions, they still don’t always have perfect perception. I have a German Shepherd I got when he was about 2 years old. He immediately took to me from the moment we met, and he doesn’t really seem to mind most people he meets. It seems like he likes girls more often than not, he loves me and my father, yet some of the other men he sometimes comes into contact with tend to rile him up. His response is incessant barking. He is… Read more »
pbrower2a
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pbrower2a
2 years 7 months ago
A man’s home may be his castle — but it is his dog’s jungle, and he defends his jungle as ferociously as any great cat. A dog may be perfectly suited to a single-family house as its territory. Move that dog to a tiny apartment, and it may have an exaggerated idea of what is its territory. Think of animals similarly predatory and similarly built — and figure that getting into a dog’s territory is much like entering a zoo enclosure for one of the Big Cats. Dogs are slightly above us humans in the food chain. Good behavior is… Read more »
Linda
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Linda
2 years 7 months ago
How right you are. When I was born over 65 years ago, I came home to 2 GH and the female guarded over me. I cannot ever remember not having a GH in the house always more than one, up to 4. We always got them as puppies and trained them. The first thing my father taught me was to be the pack leader (not boss). I have always lived in a house with yard. They were taught first thing their boundries, not one of them went outside of their yard. When my sons were small, I would take them… Read more »
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2 years 7 months ago

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
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Boxerlover
2 years 7 months ago

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

TrueJustice
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2 years 3 months ago

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

mplo
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mplo
2 years 6 months ago

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

TrueJustice
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2 years 3 months ago

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.

Shelby Lynn
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Shelby Lynn
2 years 7 months ago
I work for a dog trainer that specializes in aggressive dogs and she as 4x as many small dogs as large. The reason small dogs are not on this list is because people hardly report small dog attacks. The dogs that live in my neighborhood are the same, I have been repeatedly chased or growled at from the small dogs but the large ones are fine including the Pitbull, Boxer, and Rottweiler I own. It is the owner not the dog, would you blame a 4 year old child if it has aggression issues or would you look at the… Read more »
Cristina E Gonzalez
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Cristina E Gonzalez
2 years 7 months ago
Its true. no one ever seems to blame the owner, its never the dogs fault, its the owners. Also true what you said about the comment you made of the 4 year old. Its the same, when a child has problems they always look to the parents, cause the parents are the ones guiding this child, its the same way for a dog, just because the dog reaches full grown at a year old, doesn’t mean they are adults already, most vets say a one year old dog is mostly a 7 year old child. I don’t know if others… Read more »
Ashley Bopp Work
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Ashley Bopp Work
2 years 7 months ago

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

Rob Huckfeldt
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Rob Huckfeldt
2 years 7 months ago

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

Ragdoll Mommy
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Ragdoll Mommy
2 years 7 months ago

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

nadine
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nadine
2 years 7 months ago
I have a Dogo Argentino that I rescued when she was about 2 years old. She was 35 pounds under-weight and I thought she was a puppy. My vet had me put her on a high calorie diet ASAP and 16 years later she is still the best dog in the world. She allows my friends children to grab her and tug at her ears and mouth, and trust me I was really hesitant to let them rough house with her at first. She is the most patient dog with all the children she has encountered, including some that just… Read more »
Johanna
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Johanna
2 years 7 months ago

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

WCWard
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WCWard
2 years 7 months ago

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

MJ2079
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MJ2079
2 years 7 months ago

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

Trish
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Trish
2 years 7 months ago
You don’t need “scientific evidence” for statistics and facts. Pits are still responsible for more human fatalities than any other breed, especially against children. Sure, much of a dog’s temperament (bit not all) is how they are raised. And with that being said, then why is it that more pit owners abuse or don’t train their dogs than any other breed owners? I do find it amusing that Chihuahuas are mentioned as aggressive. I’ve known MANY of this breed, my best friend raises them, and never once have I encountered any that were more than yippy and excitable, but would… Read more »
Tyler Peck
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Tyler Peck
2 years 7 months ago

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.

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panzerakc
2 years 6 months ago

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.

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2 years 7 months ago
Chiuahahs are the number one in terms of biting humans. Bully breeds are generally towards the bottom of the list of attacking humans. If any of the ignorant people who wrote this P.O.S. did any research, they would have noticed that Bullys are not usually guard dogs, being as they were bred to be LOYAL to their human owners. Their aggression is geared towards other animals. And if anyone has ever read or seen a documentary on dog-fighting, owners can be in the pit, putting themselves in direct proximitey to the fighting dogs mouths, and still not even so much… Read more »
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Jim Morrison
2 years 7 months ago

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

Tammy
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Tammy
2 years 7 months ago

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

Erich Kartmann
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Erich Kartmann
2 years 7 months ago

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

Cristina E Gonzalez
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Cristina E Gonzalez
2 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
Barbara W
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Barbara W
2 years 7 months ago

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!!!

Beverly
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Beverly
2 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
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Archangel
2 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
Melissa Voorheis
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Melissa Voorheis
2 years 7 months ago

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.

http://www.dognotebook.com/top-10-most-aggressive-small-dog-breeds-in-the-world/

Jenn
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Jenn
2 years 7 months ago

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
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mikeike
2 years 7 months ago

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

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guest
2 years 7 months ago

Point is not the size of the dog, its the ignorance in saying all, most, or several pits, rots, and shepherds are dangerous and will “turn against the owner”. Jenn’s point is a lot of small breeds seem to bite anything for any reason, but no one cares. By the way, Dalmatians are known for their aggression, no one mentions them. I bet they can put hurt people…

Pei Nisiniu
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Pei Nisiniu
2 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
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AC
2 years 7 months ago

I’ve been working with and around dogs for almost ten years. I’ve never been bitten by a pit bull, rottweiler, doberman, or any of the supposed bully/ dangerous breeds. What have I been bitten by? A chihuahua, a yorkie mix, and an american eskimo dog.

Brooke Sweeney
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Brooke Sweeney
2 years 7 months ago

How about we look at at the statistics of the type of people that give these dogs a poor name. Those who use dogs to do there dirty work pick loyal dogs powerful dogs and in turn these dogs suffer. I think we forget all dogs have teeth and ALL have the potential to bite. Maybe we should start regulating people instead the dogs whose names are tainted bc of this.

Wolf Girl
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Wolf Girl
2 years 7 months ago

Punish the deed not the breed. With proper training injuries wouldn’t occur. I blame humans all day. I’m a dog trainer and it’s the smaller dogs and golden doodles and theses designer breeds giving the most trouble

Edis Edo Nikšić
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Edis Edo Nikšić
2 years 7 months ago

There is no such thing as a dangerous breed, there are only dangerous individuals and owners. Just like how u can’t blame a gun for a death, u can’t blame a dog either. U have look at who is holding the gun and who is the “owner” of the dog.

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proamerica
2 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
Charles Baldwin
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Charles Baldwin
2 years 7 months ago

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
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bob
2 years 6 months ago

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.

Barbara Brockett
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Barbara Brockett
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
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Lacey Peacock
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
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PITBULL LOVER
2 years 6 months ago

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

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flyingsword
2 years 6 months ago

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…..

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jay
2 years 6 months ago

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.

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Langley Park
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
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Nursekat
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
ilr1950
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ilr1950
2 years 6 months ago

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
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Calamity Jane
2 years 6 months ago

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

Gail Cornwell
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Gail Cornwell
2 years 6 months ago

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.

sulphur kennel
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sulphur kennel
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
Patty Williams
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Patty Williams
2 years 6 months ago

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

Stan Bryars
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Stan Bryars
2 years 6 months ago
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.… Read more »
Jake Lakota
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2 years 6 months ago
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.… Read more »
Veritasortruth
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Veritasortruth
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
Beverly Meier
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Beverly Meier
2 years 6 months ago

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
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Homer Sansom
2 years 6 months ago

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

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2 years 6 months ago

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.

Afraid of Thor
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Afraid of Thor
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
Karen K
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Karen K
2 years 6 months ago

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
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Crystal Sourceint
2 years 6 months ago

Uh, CLEARLY you are not tracking…

james008
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james008
2 years 6 months ago

You fed the puppy hot dogs?

Andy Kramer
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Andy Kramer
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
Joel
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Joel
2 years 6 months ago

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!

Karen K
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Karen K
2 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
fiveforce
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fiveforce
2 years 6 months ago

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

Crystal Sourceint
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Crystal Sourceint
2 years 6 months ago

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

LauraAnn Johnston
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LauraAnn Johnston
2 years 6 months ago

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
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Scott Smith
2 years 6 months ago

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

kevin
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kevin
2 years 7 months ago

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
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Cristina E Gonzalez
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve had both small breeds, and pitbulls, and to tell you the truth, its the way you raise these dogs that make them the way they come out. If you socialize them at a young age they aren’t afraid of strangers. And the reason these small dog breeds attack is that we treat them more like babies then what they are. That’s most of the reason these small dog breeds attack all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always careful when it comes to my large breed dogs around small children, but the reason is not cause I was… Read more »
Amyslays
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Amyslays
2 years 1 month ago

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

JK
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JK
1 year 11 months ago

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

Steve Nickell
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Steve Nickell
2 years 6 months ago

That would be the mosquito, actually.

old34
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old34
2 years 6 months ago

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.

old34
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old34
2 years 6 months ago

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

Sandy
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Sandy
2 years 6 months ago

Top 3 biters in order: Doxie, Chi, JR

Hiram Belt
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Hiram Belt
2 years 6 months ago

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

K.L.G.
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K.L.G.
9 months 6 hours ago
I totally agree! I have a small mutt (about 6 pounds) who is old and cranky and tends to attack my pit a LOT! My pit usually runs and hides from him until he calms down! People are so ignorant about ‘pit’ breeds! That is why PARMA still exists. ANY dog is going to be whatever you train it to be combined with their individual personality. And actually pits are very much conditioned to do anything to please their owner. So they are really one of the easiest dogs to train and have the most easy going personality with people.… Read more »
Mughal
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Mughal
7 months 10 days ago

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

Pei Nisiniu
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Pei Nisiniu
2 years 6 months ago

You’re probably right. That dog attacked because of bad PR.

mplo
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mplo
2 years 6 months ago

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

Pei Nisiniu
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Pei Nisiniu
2 years 6 months ago

“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.

Amyslays
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Amyslays
2 years 1 month ago

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

TLK
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TLK
11 months 2 days ago

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

K.L.G.
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K.L.G.
9 months 6 hours ago

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

Jim
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Jim
6 months 29 days ago

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

G. R. Reese
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G. R. Reese
6 months 27 days ago

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

Bill Atnip
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Bill Atnip
6 months 13 days ago

I have heard of vampires doing the same thing.

Kat
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5 months 17 days ago

Is the husky a rescue?

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