We understand that there are many factors that could cause a dog to be potentially dangerous, nature or nurture. It might seem unfair to callously label a dog as dangerous, but we need to realize that statistically certain dogs are indeed more prone to violence than others. Hence, we put the list together with the intention of better informing our readers when making the decision to purchase or adopt a dog.
12. Tosa Inu
The Tosa or the Tosa Inu originated from Japan and is considered a rare breed. They are bred to be fighting dogs. They are massive dogs that can weigh between 130 to 200 pounds. The Tosa Inu is one of the most dangerous dogs in the world due to its nature and heritage. It has been banned or considered illegal in several countries like United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Denmark and New Zealand.
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11. Great Dane
Great Danes are also known as the German Mastiff or Danish Hound. They were originally bred for hunting wild boar and deer in Germany. Great Danes are known for their massive size. They can weigh over 200 lbs and this dog breed holds the world’s record for the tallest dog at 44 inches. To give you a better idea of its size, when a Great Dane stands on its back legs, it can be as tall as a full grown adult. Great Danes is one of the most dangerous dogs because they startle easily and do not respond well to harsh training. Hence, the potential of them turning into rebellious dogs is higher than other dog breeds.
10. Akita Inu
Akita Inu (Japanese Akita) originated from the mountainous regions of Japan. They are independent, powerful and dominant dogs. Even though they tend to be affectionate with family members, they can be quite aloof with strangers due to their territorial attitude. The Akita was never bred to work or live in group so it is not surprising that it prefers to live and work alone. They are not suitable for first time dog owner because they need consistent and confident handlers to make sure their dominant and territorial traits do not turn into aggressiveness towards other dogs and strangers.
Huskies are commonly utilized in the northern regions for sled dog racing and also adventure trekking due to their fast pulling style. They have very likable appearance: fluffy, striking eyes and gorgeous color pattern. When the Huskies are well trained, they are very loyal and incredible kind, secure and loving. Unfortunately, not all of them are routinely given the training and exercise that they need. When they are bored, they can be destructive. There were more than 15 deaths related to Huskies for the last twenty years.
8. Doberman Pinschers
The Doberman Pinscher was developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman (a tax collector) from Germany in 1890. They are big dogs with strong jaws, narrow heads and can weigh up to 90 pounds. They were once very popular as guard dogs or police dogs due to their intelligence, loyalty and alertness. However, they had been phased out from such duties because they can be extremely aggressive when dealing with strangers. Although their aggression is rarely directed to their owners, it is still considered a dangerous breed due to its massive size coupling with its potential aggressive nature.
7. Chow Chow
Chow Chow originated from China and is considered one of the oldest dog breed in the world. It is also called Songshi Quan in Chinese, which can be translated to puff-lion dog. Its physical appearance has slight resemblance of a lion with its squished up face, overflow around their eyes and snout, and its squat body. Chow Chow can weigh up to 70 pounds. This dog breed is considered one of the most dangerous dogs because 238 fatalities from dog bites from 1979 to 1998 were linked to Chow Chow. This dog breed is very stubborn, aggressive and it struggles to get along with other or new animals. Chow Chow is fiercely protective of its owner and that is the main problem of its behavior. Chow Chow is considered an adult after its first birthday so that makes early, timely training ever more important for this dog breed.
Although Boxers are not typically aggressive by nature, they are included in the most dangerous dog breed list because there were 48 negative incidents from 1982 to 2012. In 2013, a man in Arizona died tragically when he tried to break up a fight between his boxer and another dog. Boxers originated from Germany and were bred for hunting. They are big dogs, ranging from 50 to 70 lbs. Boxers are not notorious for their bad tempers, but they are headstrong enough to impose danger and also they have powerful build. Even though they are considered a dangerous breed, they are still one of the top ten most popular dog breeds in the United States. When they have proper obedience training, they are a perfect family pet with playful, energetic and bright personalities.
5. Alaskan Malamutes
The Alaskan Malamute is related to the Siberian Husky. It is a large, fluffy, big boned dog breed that can weigh up to 100 pounds. This dog is a perfect companion for activities like mushings, bikejoring, skijoring and carting. The Alaskan Malamute loves all the action. It requires daily exercise to let its energy out in a positive way, or else it can become bored and turn into a disobedient, aggressive and destructive dog. Another difficulty with the Alaskan Malamute is that it is hard to be trained because its is a slow learner. Hence, it is one of the most dangerous dogs in the world.
4. German Shepherd
Being one of the most commonly owned dogs in the North America, it might be difficult to associate the German Shepherds with the most dangerous dog label. Originated from Germany, the German Shepherds are known for their size, which can weigh between 70 to 100 pounds, their striking color pattern, and their ability to be the police dogs. This dog breed is known for being intelligent, vigilant, fearless and alert. However, the German Shepherds can become overprotective of their owner and territory and lead to unfortunate attacks.
3. Caucasian Ovcharka
The Caucasian Ovcharka was bred to be a Shepherd of livestock from other predators for ages. They are ferocious with its duties, assertive, strong-willed and courageous. When the Caucasian Ovcharka feels threatened, it would potentially attack other animals or humans. Hence, it is considered one of the most dangerous dogs in the world. In order to properly socialize and train the Caucasian Ovcharka, one needs to commit to do so from its young age. Similar to other dog breeds on the list, when the Caucasian Ovcharka is properly trained, it can be a great company and a protector for your home.
2. Pit Bull
Pit Bull or pitbulls were originally bred for baiting bulls and bears. They are also known for being purposefully cross bred to maximize their fighting abilities with disproportionately strong jaws and sturdy bodies. They are the most common “fighting dogs” in the world. It is no wonder they are considered the most violent dog breed in the world. Pitbulls encompass a few breeds such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Bulldog and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Again, if pitbulls are pushed through the proper behavior training, they can be extremely loving and loyal to their masters.
Rottweilers were originally bred for herding livestock and pulling carts for butchers. They are also popular service dogs such as police dogs, guide dogs, and rescue dogs. Rottweilers are also commonly used for fighting dogs because of their size (weigh up to 130 pounds). Even though Rottweilers are typically not aggressive towards their owners, but they do exhibit aggressive behaviors towards strangers. While they can be a loving dogs when trained the exercised correctly; they can also easily turn into dangerous dogs with their surplus energy and massive build. Rottweilers and Pitbulls made up 60% of the dog related human fatalities from 1993 to 1996.
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