10 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds: Temperament Ratings and Information

Updated on July 24, 2020
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Are you are looking to get a new puppy to keep as a family pet and would like to know the breeds that may not be the best for children? After doing much research, I have compiled a list of the 10 most aggressive dog breeds.

10 Meanest Dog Breeds

 
Breed
1.
Chihuahua
2.
Dachshund
3.
Chow Chow
4.
Doberman Pinscher
5.
Dalmatian
6.
Rottweiler
7.
Jack Russell Terrier
8.
German Shepherd
9.
American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier
10.
Siberian Husky
Sorted by most aggressive to least aggressive based on percentages by the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)

How I Determined Which Dog Breeds Are the Most Dangerous

In doing my research, I have found that different organizations and different “experts” have their own opinions as to which dog breeds are the “most aggressive." The ratings also vary.

The dogs on this list are sorted in order of lowest to highest percent of dogs that passed the temperament test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society. Breeds with the lowest percentages are ones that frequently showed signs of aggression, panic, or extreme shyness during the test.

While there are breeds with even lower percentages than the ones mentioned in this article, I've decided to limit the list to 10 breeds that are most frequently ranked as highly aggressive (i.e., these are breeds that are most commonly considered "aggressive" or "dangerous" and/or are included on breed-specific legislation).

Definition of Dog Aggression

Dog aggression is defined as dangerous behavior directed at another individual, including other animals. This behavior includes barking, biting, lunging, snarling, etc. The cause can range from territorial defensiveness and protectiveness to fear or social anxiety.

Chihuahua
Chihuahua | Source

1. Chihuahua

  • The chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog registered with the American Kennel Club. They are also known as being the smallest dogs in the world.
  • They are included in the toy group of dogs and range from 4 to 6 pounds.
  • They can have either short or long hair.
  • The chihuahua can come in just about any color, and their coloring can be either solid, marked, or splashed.
  • The chihuahua is considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in America.
  • The breed originated in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, thus its name. It was introduced in Europe by the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.
  • Chihuahuas are very loyal and devoted to their owners, but they are generally one- or two-person dogs. They can be devoted to the point of jealousy and may bite or snip at someone coming too close to their owner. They are very temperamental and are not known to be child-friendly dogs.
  • Because they do not like strangers, they bark often and can be good as an alert-style watch dog.

Chihuahua Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
46
32
14
69.6%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Source

2. Dachshund (Standard Smooth)

  • The dachshund is categorized in the hound group by the AKC.
  • They can range in size from 8 to 32 pounds.
  • The dachshund comes in both long and short hair and can be any color.
  • This small dog breed originated in Germany in the 17th century, and they were used primarily to hunt badgers. They were on the verge of extinction after World War I but are now one of the most popular dogs in America.
  • The dachshund is susceptible to "small dog syndrome," which basically means that it tries to make up for its small size with a large attitude. This can lead to behavioral issues.
  • If socialized at an early age, they do well with children, but do not do well with too much rough play.
  • Take caution with small pets, such as mice, rats, hamsters, as dachshunds have a strong hunting instinct towards this type of animal.

Dachshund Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
48
33
15
68.8%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Chow Chow
Chow Chow | Source

3. Chow Chow

  • The chow chow is listed as a medium-sized dog in the non-sporting group with the AKC.
  • They can weigh between 45 and 70 pounds.
  • They have long, thick coats that can come in red, black, blue, cream, or cinnamon colors.
  • The exact origin of the chow chow is unknown, but it is believed that they originated thousands of years ago in either China or Mongolia. It is known that they were most often used as hunting and herding dogs.
  • They became popular in the U.S. during the 20th century when President Calvin Coolidge owned one as a pet.
  • The chow chow has a dominant personality and can become assertive at times. Because of their assertiveness, they are not recommended for first-time dog owners.
  • Strong guidance and firm training are required to have a well-mannered chow chow.
  • It has also been noted that they do not have good peripheral vision, so they can be easily startled.

Chow Chow Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
99
71
28
71.7%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinscher | Source

4. Doberman Pinscher

  • The Doberman Pinscher is listed by the AKC as a medium-sized dog in the working group.
  • They range in size from 70 to 90 pounds.
  • They have a thick, glossy, short-haired coat and come in red, black, blue, or fawn colors.
  • The origin of the Doberman goes back to Germany, where a man by the name of Karl Louis Doberman is credited with developing this breed. He worked as a tax collector and wanted a dog that he could take with him for protection on his visits to the more dangerous areas where he traveled.
  • The Doberman is a very intelligent breed and has been used mainly as guard dogs and for police work.
  • They have a very strong, protective instinct towards their masters, but if raised with strong leadership and good owners, they can get along with children as well as other dogs.

Doberman Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
1,733
1,371
359
79.1%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Dalmatian
Dalmatian | Source

5. Dalmatian

  • The Dalmatian is listed by the AKC as a medium-sized dog in the working group.
  • They range in size from 45 to 60 pounds.
  • They have a short, dense, glossy coat that is white with either black or brown spots.
  • The exact origin of the Dalmatian has not been confirmed. Similar dogs have been found in paintings on walls of Egyptian tombs where they are running behind chariots. They have been used as carriage dogs, guarding passengers as well as cargo, since the late 18th century.
  • The Dalmatian can be reserved with other dogs and needs to be socialized at an early age.
  • They are good with children, but if not given enough attention by their master, they can develop some behavioral issues.
  • They are very energetic dogs and need a good place to release some of this energy.

Dalmatian Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
358
291
59
81.3%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Rottweiler
Rottweiler | Source

6. Rottweiler

  • Rottweilers are listed as large-sized dogs in the working group.
  • They can range in size from 85 to 130 pounds.
  • They are short-haired dogs with a straight, dense coat that is black with rust or mahogany markings.
  • The Rottweiler gets its name from the small town of Rottweil in Germany. They were first known as the “Rottweil butcher’s dog,” but the name was later shortened to Rottweiler.
  • In the earlier days, they were used for cattle herding and bear hunting, among other things.
  • They became popular in the U.S. as guard dogs and worked with the Army and police forces.
  • Rottweilers can be rather aloof and do not accept strangers easily.
  • They are very loyal and protective of their owners and will defend their home “area."
  • They are normally good-natured with children, but because of their size and energy level, they are not recommended for families with very small children.

Rottweiler Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
5,866
4,954
915
84.5%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier | Source

7. Jack Russell Terrier

  • The Jack Russell terrier breed is not recognized by the AKC due to opposition of the breed's parent societies. This has resulted in the recognition of the Parson Russell terrier instead. The Jack Russell terrier and the Parson terrier are basically the same breed but with minor differences.
  • Jack Russells are small-sized dogs and range in size from 14 to 18 pounds.
  • They are predominantly white in color with black or tan markings.
  • Their coat can be short-haired, long-haired, or broken. The term “broken” refers to a coat of both long and short hair.
  • The Jack Russell’s origin began in England where they were primarily used for fox hunting. They have also been used in groundhog and badger hunting.
  • The “Russell” terriers are all very energetic and stubborn dogs.
  • They have little patience and are not very tolerant with children.

Jack Russell Terrier

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
68
58
10
85.3%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
German Shepherd
German Shepherd | Source

8. German Shepherd

  • The German Shepherd is a medium-sized dog included in the herding group of the AKC.
  • They range in size between 70 and 85 pounds.
  • The breed's origins can be traced back to Karlsruhe, Germany in the 1800s.
  • During WWI, they were used as military dogs by both the German and French military.
  • They do not like strangers, and therefore make good guard dogs.
  • They are a very intelligent breed and were the first to be used as guide dogs for the blind.
  • They are often used in search-and-rescue teams and also serve as police and narcotic dogs.
  • The German Shepherd has become one of the most popular dogs in America.

*Despite appearing on many "aggressive dogs" lists, everything I have researched tells me that they are good with children. As long as they are not trained as guard dogs, I, personally, do not view the German Shepherd as an “aggressive” breed.

German Shepherd Temperament Test

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
3,318
2,827
494
85.2%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier | Source

9. American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier

  • The American Staffordshire terrier is also know as the American pit bull terrier.
  • They are medium-sized dogs included in the terrier group and can weigh between 55 to 65 pounds.
  • The American Staffordshire terrier originated in England, in the Staffordshire region, thus its name.
  • The first strain of this breed was designed for use as guard dogs and dog fighting, and they were bred for stronger, stockier frames. When the breed was brought to America and dog fighting was banned, a second strain of this breed developed. This new variation was more mild-mannered and smaller-framed.
  • Known as the American pit bull, this newer strain of pit bull is very loyal and protective of its owner and family. They are also known for being very good and patient with children.
  • If you are uncertain about a pit bull's pedigree, do a background check before you choose it as a family pet.

American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier Temperament Test

 
Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
American Pit Bull Terrier
913
798
115
87.4%
American Staffordshire Terrier
716
610
106
85.2%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)
Brown/Red Siberian Husky
Brown/Red Siberian Husky | Source

10. Siberian Husky

  • The Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog, listed in the "working" group by the AKC.
  • They range in size from 35 to 70 pounds.
  • The have medium-length hair and a double coat.
  • Their colors are red and white, black and white, gray and white, or silver.
  • The Siberian Husky originated in Siberia, where they were used to pull sleds over long distances in cold climates. They have also been used as rescue dogs.

*Through my research and my experience owning four Siberian huskies, I cannot find definitive studies that prove huskies have aggressive personalities, but they have appeared on many lists of aggressive dogs, which is why they are on this one. From my experience, huskies do tend to be territorial and do not always get along well with other dogs, but they are usually good with children.

Siberian Husky

Tested
Passed
Failed
Percent That Passed
304
264
40
86.8%
Based on statistics from the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)

Understanding the Results of the Temperament Test

I do not fully agree with the percentages provided by the American Temperament Test Society, because the number of dogs tested per breed is not the same. For example, when conducting the aggression test on the Rottweiler breed, over 5,000 Rottweilers were tested, while only 46 Chihuahuas were put through the same test. Therefore, the percentages cannot fully represent the aggression level of an entire breed.

How the Test Is Conducted

According to the ATTS, the test "focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat."

The test simulates a walk through the neighborhood where the dog encounters neutral, friendly, and threatening situations. This is conducted with a series of different strangers approaching the handler, as well as a number of hidden noises. The goal of the test is to examine how the dog reacts to people, noises, and its surrounding environment.

How the Passing Rate Is Determined

The percentage listed under each breed indicates the number of dogs that have passed the temperament test based on the total number of dogs tested for that breed. If there were 46 dogs tested for the Chihuahua breed and 14 of those dogs failed, the percentage would be the number of dogs that passed (32) divided by the total (46), which yields a 69.9% passing rate.

Failure is determined when a dog shows any signs of the following:

  • Unprovoked aggression
  • Panic without recovery
  • Strong avoidance

Shortcomings to Consider

  • Because "strong avoidance" is considered a failure, the ATTS test may not be an accurate measure of aggression alone.
  • The number of dogs tested per breed varies greatly, so the percentages may be skewed.

A Divided Debate: What Is the Most Dangerous Dog Breed?

There are many dog trainers who, when asked what the most aggressive dog is, will not respond with a specific breed. Celebrity dog behaviorist Cesar Milan is one such person who is against breed-labeling. Milan strongly believes that "the most dangerous dog in the world is the one that has been made that way by a human."

His view reflects the importance of seeking out the truth beyond mere numbers and statistics. Anyone who has owned a pit bull—a breed notorious for viciousness—can attest to the pit bull's gentle, if not overly affectionate behavior when it is raised with love and care by its owners.

Dogs are a reflection of their family environment and training. So if a certain breed is commonly considered to have an "aggressive" personality, it could point to the type of person who tends to own that specific breed (e.g. German Shepherds are often owned by people who train them to protect property, hence their hostile behavior towards strangers).

Conclusion

Again, this is information that I have compiled from many sources, as well as from personal experience. Just because a certain breed has landed on this list, however, does not mean that they would not make good family pets given the right owners and training.

Because training (or lack of training) and how the dog was previously treated can make a huge difference in the personality of any dog, doing some type of background check would be a good idea.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Sheila Brown

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      Cole 

      5 days ago

      The only reason Pitbulls are on here is because of there reputation i'm telling you now pits are big baby's that love people and attention.

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      no 

      5 days ago

      I have a jack Russel terrier mix he sleeps on pillows he is not any where close to aggressive. Pit bulls are also wonderful it is how the owner raises them.

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      Harry Potter fan 

      13 days ago

      So my aunt has a pitbull

      He’s so nice and she just had a baby and he gaurds her

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      Anton Gully 

      4 weeks ago

      It's understandable but most people don't understand how self-selection works.

      People taking the time to read PetHelpful have had good experiences with their pets and are enthusiastic enough them that they want to be more engaged with the wider community of pet caretakers.

      Firstly, surveys don't exclude the people who've had bad pet experiences but comment sections like this do. This is a site for people who love dogs. If you've ever had a child or pet savaged by a dog, you're probably not on here.

      Secondly, personal anecdotal evidence is always going to appear more important to you than statistics. You and EVERYBODY you know has never seen X-breed of dog do anything aggressive, so that must mean that breed isn't aggressive? It does not.

      Going back to the self-selection bias, people here are more likely to train their dogs. A lot of people don't, and a lot of dogs don't need much more than walking at heel and figuring out what NO means. Outside of the relative bubble of people who actually train their dogs there are millions of people with dogs that barely know their own name. And I mean neither dogs nor owners are sure about their name.

      Across all those millions of dog owners who don't train their dogs, the dogs most likely to be aggressive are the ones you see above. Even Sheila misses this point, and of course it's understandable, but owning a hundred dogs is ZERO substitute for collecting statistical information about the other hundreds of thousands or millions of a particular breed out there.

      You could say that no people are criminals because no-one in YOUR family is a criminal. There ARE criminals.

      If every dog was perfectly trained and constantly supervised there'd be no bad dogs.

      Also, some of my best friends are Russells or Russell mixes. They are definitely all little a-holes in their own right. I have scars.

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      Karon Reiter 

      4 weeks ago

      Chihuahuas are not the oldest dog breed in the Americas. The Xoloitzcuintle is. Aka the Xolo. Also known as a Mexican hairless dog, it's the national dog of Mexico has been around for at least 3,500 years! Archaeologists have dug up bones that date back to ancient Aztec times. Drawings of dogs that look a lot like Xolos appear on ancient cave walls. Archaeologists believe the Xolo might have been the original, the first dog domesticated from wolves

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      Kadence 

      5 weeks ago

      I have had a few of these dogs, and have been around the rest. They are just misunderstood. They aren't mean or aggressive unless you raise them that way. I have a lot of pitbulls and they are so loving and caring. However, if it ever came to protecting their family they would. So instead of going by what people say about these amazing dogs go meet a few of them.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you so much, Sophie!

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      Sophie Hill 

      7 weeks ago from Michigan

      Well researched article, Sheila. Many of these commenters clearly did not read the whole thing and see your disclaimer. These trends should not be ignored because people "disagree" with them, but they should also not be viewed as an end-all-be-all, as you point out. Good job!

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      Michael Fry 

      2 months ago

      Dachshunds, my parents owned them for years and bred them, as a kid they were my brother and my constant companions, and while I moved on to GSD'S my brother stuck with the Dachshund, I agree 100 percent with a couple of comments Dachy's are the sweetest of dogs, they are willful and require consistent training, again it's the owner not the dog, we have owned combined in our family from Collies (Scotch and Border) to Dachy's to GSD'S and bitzas never had a bad one, one must ask why all our dogs have been great and TBH most peoples dogs are sweet and great and only a few a in the news for bad behaviour, the answer is simple it is the people who own them.

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      Michael Fry 

      2 months ago

      Have owned German Shepherds for some 40 years, do they protect yes, will they prevent strangers entering your hose absolutely, will they take over property management if you are there NO, they will advise arrival, always seem to understand friend family the unknown and deal with them differently. They if trained properly will follow your command, so are GSD'S aggressive no, they are protective, only a bad breeder or owner can produce an aggressive GSD, same goes for most dogs.

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      Sheila Brown 

      2 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I am not familiar with the Kangal Shepherd, but after doing some research on them, I would not be inclined to add them to my list. I find them to be quite friendly with people they are familiar with, but not overly aggressive with strangers. I also found no temperament testing on them. (My opinion.)

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      Lola 

      2 months ago

      I love huskies and me and my brother have 5. They never bite. They are 2 years old and they are so cute

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      .... 

      2 months ago

      Chihuahua's are loving creatures and they only attack to OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY SENSE DANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Husky 

      2 months ago

      Hi I had a husky and she was the most kind and sweet dog in the world! Husky’s aren’t aggressive at all they should not be on this list!!! Yeah she was aggressive with cats but that’s only because she didn’t grow up with them! I also had a Pomeranian and her and my husky were the best of friends. When they were puppies the played tug of war and my husky always let her win! So I’m just telling you that husky’s are not aggressive at all!!!!!

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      Nick 

      2 months ago

      I am sorry, but ya'll, read the whole thing! Most of these comments are avidly argueing the same points that are made in the conclusion and saying how the author did bad reaserch or doesn't know what they are talking about. Please, don't accuse somebody of this until you read the whole post, thank you.

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      Aliana 

      2 months ago

      I think you should not determine dogs on little accidents that have happened before also I have 2 huskies and 1 cockapoo and they are the nicest dogs ever they treet my cockapoo like parents

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      Daria 

      2 months ago

      I’ve got a 2 year old Siberian Husky, and from my personal experience my dog can get very territorial with other dogs and can get quite alert when he sees a stranger talking or approaching me and sometimes can let out some barks. There was this time when he bit a man walking behind us, that was really unexpected and happened so quick I could barely get him off! After pulling my dog off him I apologized, and as soon as I’ve tried to offer any help to the man he end up running. And till this day I don’t know what caused my dog to react like that. Maybe the guy tried to some how harm me? I don’t know. Another weird thing about him is that I never tough him not to eat food that is offered by a stranger, but every time someone tries to offer him a treat of any kind he would never eat it! Only with my permission! For example, when I took my boy to the vet check up a veterinarian offered him a treat but he wouldn’t even look at it or touch it!! My boy only ate it when I gave it to him, and he does that all the time. The only problem is he can get pretty aggressive when he sees a dog that’s approaching him. But I believe that’s because of the experience he had in the past. When he was about 1 year old he got attacked by some stray, and then again by some pit mix (I am no way blaming the dog, the owner of the dog was a junky that clearly didn’t know what he was doing and never trained or socialized his dog properly). But he doesn’t do that all the time, he’s nearly 3 and after a bit of training his trauma seems to fade away and he’s not as aggressive as he used to be towards other dogs.

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      Rohan Patel 

      2 months ago

      Don’t you think kangals should be on the list.

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      Coco 

      3 months ago

      I love dachshunds but I never thought they were aggresive

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      LW 

      3 months ago

      I have a chow chow, she is the most loving dog. Biggest sweet heart ever. Although she is 75lbs, she is so gentle with everything. Won’t even hurt a fly. I hate these “lists” that give them such a bad reputation.

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      3 months ago

      Dachshunds are the sweetest dogs

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      Me 

      3 months ago

      Chihuahua’s are jerks

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      TCole 

      4 months ago

      Dobermans with the exceptional few aren’t aggressive. My dads is 2yrs oldand mine is 1yr old and are the sweetest dogs even with my 1yr old daughter. We’ve never had a problem with them or the breed in general.

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      Zack 

      4 months ago

      One should not fail to compare a dog's capabilities to cause physical harm as well. Compare an aggressive chihuahua to that of an aggressive APBT. I own both breeds, love them both, and they have been trained well. But I won't be biased. An untrained APBT can cause more physical harm than an untrained chihuahua. But if this is just about aggressiveness then okay

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      Maria 

      4 months ago

      So you are NOT an expert in dog behavior you simply did a bit of googling to find what you have printed

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      Gia 

      4 months ago

      I also have a pitbull and he is the best most lovable dog ever. When my grandson was a toddler he could open my dogs mouth, stick his hand in, play with his teeth and tongue my dog loves him and he is a huge pitbull. People get scared when they see him, but he had never ever shown aggression towards a human and he will wag his tale and go with anyone. Its so sad that people want to blame the breed. We should be blaming the owner not the dog. Sure they might have a strong prey drive, but my Chihuahua did too. There are many large dogs that would eat a chicken and most people eat chicken too we just have someone else someone else kill it for us. People please educate yourself before you get any large dog, or any dog for that matter. To label all pitbulls as being bad is rediculous. Also, if you are someone that thinks being mean to your dog (like rubbing their face in pee, or hitting them) to teach them, then you have no one to blame but yourself when your dog becomes aggressive because they learned it from you. Just educate yourself before getting a large dog or any dog and don't get a puppy unless you have time to train it. Love your dog like he's part of the family and learn how to train them properly and be responsible for what your dog does and for heaven sakes stop blaming pitbulls please. Know your dog and act accordingly.

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      Chuck 

      4 months ago

      I have had Chow Chows for 30 years. The best dogs I ever had. Even two at a time. They've been great with cats and other dogs. Now I have 2 Shepherds and a Chow with a cat. Play time is awesome and relax time is the best. Treat your animal good and they'll be good toward people. This study is bogus and these people should own these breeds before making a hasty decision.

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      Cindy 

      5 months ago

      I had an American Pitt He loved people, big lap dog to everyone But, one day he killed one of our neighbors chickens and it never stopped. He would kill any animal he could get to . He was family but I will never trust a Pitt again.

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      UnClear 

      6 months ago

      To have a good canine companion you have to treat and raise it correctly. Not all dogs are the same. Sometimes aggression can be fear, so if you don't want your dog to be aggressive towards other dogs you have to socialize them and it goes the same with people. If a dog doesn't know how to approach another dog it could lead to problems. It's all about how they are trained, but sometimes they could have a mental health problems or something traumatic that happened to them. The owner just need to advocate for the animal.

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      AshLipton 

      6 months ago

      Some of you have mis-understood the point of this article. The author clearly says: "Just because a certain breed has landed on this list, however, does not mean that they would not make good family pets given the right owners and training."

      This is 100% correct. With the correct training, ANY dog breed can be calm and docile. I just wish some dog owners knew how easy training can be. If you're unsure there's a fantastic guide here: http://www.braintrainingdogs.info/ - Once you win your dogs mind, any behavioural issues become a thing of the past.

      Overall great article in my opinion with data to back up the claims.

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      IanCleary 

      7 months ago

      nice article

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      Melina 

      7 months ago

      Dogs are not mean there are only mean on how the owner treats them and trains them. I have 8 dogs and they are all soo nice and so cute they will let anyone pet them. I have experienced a lot of mean dogs and I train them to be really nice to be cute dogs. And I'm crazy about dogs so no hating on any no of them.

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      Michaela 

      7 months ago

      Dogs should not even be ranked as aggressive at all. The whole thing of doing a background check of a pitbull before choosing it as a family dog is not true at all. Every breed has their certain dogs that are aggressive, but i's usually never their fault. I have a pitbull as a family dog, and I wouldn't ever ask for any other dog.

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      Frankie Fab 

      8 months ago

      Wow! I cannot believe some of these comments! So petty! Sheila Brown has done her research and explained the criteria (the temperament test) she's used to produce this list, but most of these posts are petty and biased... We get it - you love your dog breed - and that's cool, but just because your mutt is harmless doesn't mean the breed is suitable for an environment with children, unsocialized and untrained... get some objectivity people!

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      Dee 

      8 months ago

      You have no idea what you are talking about.

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      Tara 

      8 months ago

      I am currently looking at the ATTS Temperment test scores and Staffordshire Bull Terrier scored: 90.9% and American Staffordshire Terrier scored: 85.5% , I would like to know the sources you've gathered your data from

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      llalalal 

      8 months ago

      so cute

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      ChihuahuaAndCatLover 

      8 months ago

      @Shawn Of course chihuahuas are mean if you KICK THEM! They're trying to defend themselves. By kicking them you are just abusing them. I have 9 chihuahuas and all of them are nice. And you know why? Because we don't hurt them! Yes, they can be mean, but it's usually because they are defending someone or something or are in pain! So chihuahua haters BACK OFF!!

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      8 months ago

      Every single dog is different. I have a Staffy who adores people and small dogs but not dogs his size, and a Chihuahua who likes most other dogs but only people in our family (pack) until half an hour later when he warms to them. You claim to be basing information on 'other sources and first hand experience' when all you have did to label these dogs as dangerous. Shameful!

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      sc 

      8 months ago

      Husky breeder here. In my newbie days I got a female Siberian husky pup. We loved her and she loved us. She got along real well with the kids, the cats, strangers, everyone and everything. Then about a year later I decided I wanted a male husky. So I got an adult husky. Not a pup. That was a mistake. He did ok with the kids but then turned on my 5 year old girl. Landed her in the hospital with multiple gashes on her face and in her mouth. Luckily it didn't get her eyes, nose, or neck. She still has scars but she is ok. We had to put the dog down. (People take priority over pets any day) and you can argue that the child was bothering the dog and it was her fault.. blah blah blah. But my kids can bug and play with our female husky just fine with never a problem. So my point is maybe the article is flawed and maybe it isn't. The author did their research as you should do yours. Know what did your getting. My honest opinion get a puppy and raise then how you want them, don't get dogs that are already adults. But again that's just me. Feel free to have your own opinion.

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      Sandie 

      8 months ago

      I've had many of these breeds in my 60 years and never had an aggressive or bad dog, I've even had wolfdogs. As a kid for each dog I recieved my father would get me a book on the breed. Too many people get a dog because of how they look or think they are cool without knowing how to handle or train them. When something bad happens it's then blamed on the dog and the dog suffers not the incapable owner.

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      TheWinstonChurchill 

      8 months ago

      Odd how often “research” doesn’t equal any truth or advancement of knowledge.

      Dear Lady, I’m afraid your list is flawed. And because of it, there are many people making judgements against an entire breed or breeds.

      Our own family has adopted many of these breeds to be part of our family. We’ve not seen aggression towards our family or others.

      Take the Rottweiller, for example. Our own dogs (beyond barking) have been the worst guard dogs. They love everyone and although a little cautious towards strangers (same as our cats and children) - they are big clowns and will do anything for a bit of love.

      Which bears to mind - the real aggressive animal here is - Man.

      Maybe try writing on a different subject.

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      Matt Shaw 

      8 months ago from United States

      Not all are aggressive mine is mot aggressive at all,

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      Mr.danky626 

      9 months ago

      In my experience chihuahuas are the worst

      We have 2 blue nose pit bulls, and an English Bull Terrier and my moms inside chihuahua...

      my pit bulls are great they get along with other dogs and kids no problem although they are huge And big headed make great pets they just look intimidating... and my bull terrier gets along with my pit bulls and great with people but just wants to kill any other dog or animal which just has to do with there breed... And my moms chihuahua horrible she’s aggressive hates kids bites all of our dogs and friends for no reason she’s a mini bomb and barks like crazy these dogs are not good for kids the only person that chihuahua likes is my mom... want a great dog get a pit bull they are intelligent protective and very tolerant with kids and animals

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      Chryl 

      9 months ago

      I have had two American Eskimos puppies. Just a heads up they are lovable puppies to adults. But neither one both girls likes children. I even bought one at 8 weeks to grow with son and she is a biter and is aggressive to strangers and doesn't like cats. But I would own another one. I trained my small children and grandchildren to leave her alone when she is under table sleeping or eating.

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      The Unknown 

      9 months ago

      After I read most of the comments, I noticed that people have been saying, "It is not the breed that makes it aggressive it is how they are treated." Well, for the conclusion he clearly states that it is how the dogs are treated.

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      EB 

      9 months ago

      It has a lot to due with the breed and not just the owners...I wish people would understand that!!

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      Rachel 

      9 months ago

      I own a chihuahua who is very protective of me towards my other male dog but is fine with every other dog. I have a pit bull that is friendly towards everything with a heart beat. My friend owns a pit bull that is dog aggressive but raised vrry well. My friend has a german shepherd that bite my face. My other friend own 2 German shepherds that are very friendly and placid.

      If you read the bloggers evaluation of this article it states all of what these comments are saying.

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      9 months ago

      why are yall so mean to dogs

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      Jessika 

      9 months ago

      The American Staffordshire Terrier i find that very misleading they are considered nanny dogs because of how well they temperament is with children, i have one, he is the sweetest thing so your telling me there monsters but yet, he plays with kittens and ferrets all days and has a love for other animals. He is a big gentle giant. I think you need to do you research again. Because this isnt accurate

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      John 

      9 months ago

      You're nuts.

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      .. 

      10 months ago

      I’m sure you like to write but this article i think Is just ridiculous. It is not the dog breed that makes it mean. It’s simply the owner! I wish people would understand that

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      A female ight 

      10 months ago

      Okay lets get this straight, there are a few types of pibbles (apbt)

      Bull terrier

      Apbt

      American bully i am pretty sure and i think one of two more

      Staffys ARE NOT catergorized/classifyed as pibbles and no dog is aggressive its always how you raise it, you can have two "bad tempermented" dogs and if you raise the pup differently than the parents, then that pup is different.

      Like with humans, lets say with twins

      One is raised poorely and one is not, they are gonna be nearly totally different people.

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      Person 

      10 months ago

      My cousin has a husky. She is so nice!

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      Shawn 

      10 months ago

      @Laurel: The article is NOT inaccurate. It speaks to the aggressiveness of the dog; not how well it carries out its aggression. I have known many smaller dogs that were more aggressive than a pit bull. They come, bite your foot, you kick them and they go away. It is, as you mentioned, far worse when a pit bull decides to get aggressive. The pit bull does not just 'go away' like the yorkie... hence, your logic is flawed.

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      Person who is awesome 

      10 months ago

      I have a Chiwawa named winston

      I have a Dashound named winnie

      And i have 2 Jack Russell terrier named Hugo and Monty

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      Laurel 

      10 months ago

      I do not agree with your assessment. I have owned a mini wire haired dachshund , a chihuahua and a Yorkshire terrier. All these dogs were are of gentle temperament and show no aggressor at all. I cannot believe you rate chihuahua and dachshund more aggressive that a pit bull. Pit bulls maim and kill more people than all other breeds combined. Pit bulls are banned in many countries including the Canadian province I live in. I have yet to find a country that has banned chihuahuas or dachshunds. This article is completely inaccurate.

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      Emma 

      10 months ago

      I have a very large (80kg) German shepherd, who's extremely friendly to people when we're out for a walk, but very protective of the house and his "pack" when he's at home. This is exactly why I have him: home invasions have been a bit of a problem in my part of the world in the last few years, and I know for sure that anyone intending to come into our house and do us harm would have to get past him first. My point being, he would only be aggressive if he had to protect his family.

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      Elizabeth Goldie-Scot 

      10 months ago

      I am afraid I find your list of aggressive dogs very misleading and not

      well researched. I had a standered wire haired dachshund Lola for 13 who had a lovely nature and was wonderful with children of all ages.

      I now have a long haired sable 17 month old chihuahua Gracie.I could

      not have asked for a sweeter natured dog who loves every body.

      It is very often the owners fault that a dog is aggressive because it

      has not been socialised and given the right training. Or the small

      breeds get little dog syndrome because the owners spoil them.

      Please do not put labels on certain dog breeds,when it is

      the owners who have made them become aggressive.By not

      Understanding what their dog needs to behave properly.

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      Anon 

      10 months ago

      This study was already done by 3 reputable societies. Your list is not correct. Labs and Pits tested as the 2 nicest breeds. Studies have shown that it is poor socialization, abuse, neglect and un-neutered males cause 86% of dog involved fatalities.

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      Mark 

      11 months ago

      This article falsely states that ASTs are the same as APBTs. They are not as there are some differences. Both breeds fall under the pit bull category and are usually one of the nicest dogs around. These breeds would just do anything to please their master.

      In reality , there are no mean dogs, just mean people. If the owner is an aggressive jerk his dog would also try to copy him. As pit bulls have a tendency to please their masters no matter what, aggressive and mean people tend to choose these breeds to please their ego and in many cases use them for their own purposes. So people see a jerk walking a pit bull and a dog becomes aggressive and they just assume it is just an aggressive breed. When in reality it is just an aggressive owner who probably mistreats his dog anyway.

      Many countries have done a lot of work to restrict pit bull type dogs labeling them as dangerous and aggressive. However they did nothing about people who are dangerous and aggressive and who would eagerly want to have a pit bull and mistreat it until it becomes aggressive.

      As a second time AST owner, I can say there is no sweeter, caring, kind and nurturing dog. It will only be aggressive if you teach it to be or if you mistreat it. If trained and taken care of properly there is no better dog companion.

      Dogs tend to become aggressive after they experience some sort of psychological trauma. People usually don't go to a pet pyschologist to sort it out and dogs stay aggressive in similar circumstances. Aggressiveness is especially true for small size dogs. In general you can say the smaller the size the higher the level of aggressiveness. Reasons for that are of psychological nature. Being short in nature they tend to compensate it with higher aggressiveness, attacks etc. It can of course be corrected but people rarely seek help for these kinds of behavior. So breeds like Maltese, Westie, Yorkie etc should really top this list.

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      cherokee 

      11 months ago

      i have a huskey and they are not dangous that you ver much

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      Madison 

      11 months ago

      None of that is true at least one of each of those dogs live on my street and they are all friendly

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      Dogs 

      11 months ago

      I have a pug. He is a very well behaved dog. He only wrestles with me. Not anyone else. He loves people alot too.

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      FrodogenicFrogs 

      11 months ago

      Well written and researched article, thank you Sheila. I too agree with your assessment, figs artemperaments are a testament to how they are raised and since every one is the same same but different, ie. humans- dogs are therefore also just as differing in temperament as they are a product of their experiences and environment as well. I love Malmutes myself and Rottweilers and I’ve known people with pit bulls and they’ve all been lovely affectionate companions and great with children too.

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      Allie 

      12 months ago

      Training and socializing can only help to a point. I am saying this as someone who has bred and worked with Bully breeds for over 15 years. Primarily American Pit Bulls and American Bullys. If the parents are even tempered then the pups are as well. The biggest issues these breeds have are the wrong people breeding for the wrong reasons, primarily just doing it to "make money" and throwing any pair together without careing about the importance of quality in the breed, or even knowing the physical and mental standard expected. Then there are all the people supporting them because they can get a "pit" pup for $40-100 at the flea market or off of sites like craigslist with no clue as to the personality traits or temperment genetically. These people also tend to be younger and/or inexperienced dog owners that are not ready for what it takes to own a highly intelligent and often quite stubborn breed that can make every single thing a battle of wills if you give in even once, they will expect you to give in again. That can be said of a few breeds though. The best thing people can do is research the breed you are interested in and what it takes to work with them, then to adopt from a rescue or shelter. If you want to buy a specific breed there are rescue groups for most breeds but if you want to buy from a breeder make sure to do your research and make sure the breeder you are buying from has not only done their research but knows their dogs inside and out and only chooses to breed dogs with good even temperments. No good breeder would be offended by being questioned about their dogs, or by asking to meet their dogs away from the pups. They would appreciate someone that cared about where they were getting their pup from, if they have an issue with their dogs meeting new people that could be a red flag in relation to the dogs temperment. Yes, It is also important to properly train and socialize any and every dog. Even small dogs like Chihuahuas should be held to the same standard and can be well rounded and well behaved if care was taken in selecting the parents and the pup is raised properly including training, socialization... And most importantly, like a dog! Being carried around in a bag and held 24/7 may look cute to some but it is detrimental to the psyche of the dog and leads to issues with insecurity, seperation anxiety as well as other anxieties and overall an unhealthy level of codependency. Time should at the very least be split evenly between being held/carried and walking on their own on a leash. My daughters chi is the perfect example of how wonderful they can be personality wise if care was taken on where they came from and how they were brought up.

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      Jane 

      13 months ago

      I respect ✊ your article but I’m a owner of Doberman all my life never had a issue I believe as long we treat are doggies with love

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      meese54 

      13 months ago

      Thank You for sharing information about the Golden Retriever. I just put my baby down. Some time in awhile I would love to have another one. Because they are are my companion and friend and my family.

      Question how long should you wait before getting a new puppy?

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      Natasha 

      13 months ago

      I owned a chow and he only ever TRIED to attack someone once when i was walking him alone at night and some guy tried to walk up to me. We had a rabbit that would climbed all over him that we got when he was older and he never bit him.....he would growl at him and throw him, because the rabbit wouldnt leave him alone and then just get up and walk into my room and close my door, my daughter was also around him in his older age and she did what she wanted to him. We didnt even use a leash most of the time.

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      Robin like the bird. 

      13 months ago

      So I am an owner of 2 Pitties, and i have had pits my entire life. I want to start this off by saying i am not attacking you or this article. I think it was beautifully written. You also included that you do not think the tests were fair because the amount of dogs tested were not the same with each breed. I have also done research on this subject. Actually golden retrievers tested more poorly than pitties. :) hard to believe but true. Its hard to test the temperament of a living thing based on the breed. That would be like saying all white people are mean, or spanish are mean. Dogs are a lot like humans. They each have their own personalities. It's up to the puppy mommy and daddy to shape their personality to be a beautiful thing and not a thing of evil. All dogs just need a firm but living hand to guide them. Don't attack the lady writing this article because you didn't read the whole thing. Most of the comments she touched base on in the article. If you are going to read it, read the whole thing y'all.

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      ChynaGoodeR.I.P. 

      13 months ago

      To GoneDoggyGone;

      I absolutely agree with you on Pitbulls and all other breads labeled "Most Aggressive or Dangerous" dogs. I am a previuos owner of Doberman, Pitbulls, Huskies and Rottweillers. And all my dogs were loving and excellent with people and all children, but Boston Police always stereotyped them! To the point, of one day brutally mudering one of my family pets in front of me and the neighborhood (shot 4 times point blank)! I think it should be against the law for ANYONE to be able to purposely raise/breed dogs to be vicious, neglectful or brutally kill a dog just because it's been unfairly stereotyped!

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      GoneDoggyGone 

      13 months ago

      The biggest problem with pit bulls are the owners. This is a breed that in Victorian times was the “nanny dog”, chosen to watch over children. With the rise of a culture of gangs, illegal drugs etc, the pit bull became the dog of choice for the lowest members of society. Abusing the breed’s traits of strength, loyalty, protectiveness, and territoriality, the pit bull has become the most bred dog in America. Frequently the people breeding them know nothing about proper breeding. They match two aggressive dogs, hoping for more aggressive pups.

      Dogs from professional breeders who care and take time to find the right match for breeding rarely have aggressive dangerous pups. But you pay for it.

      People who use the dogs as a cultural status symbol don’t look for good genetics and usually are unwilling to pay the cost of good dogs (which can reach $3000-$5000 or more). They aren’t knowledgeable about socializing, training or even decent care.

      Pits are people dogs and leaving them chained or alone in a yard is heartbreaking to them.

      Pits require a strong owner who will be the alpha in the relationship, setting boundaries, etc. If the owners aren’t capable of being a benevolent leader the dog will take matters into his own hands. And dogs revert to instinct rather than using owner determined rules of behavior.

      Physically and mentally abusive owners are using fear to control the dog. Once away from the presence of the person they fear, they really have no training or controls. These are the kind of dogs that roam loose and often attack someone.

      I love pits and I think BSL is useless, damning good dogs. Rather than ban the breeds, control the right to ownership. Not everyone should own a pittie. In Germany people have to earn the right to own one. Required are psych exam and test on proper care of dogs. Dogs are registered every year with the govt and transfer of ownership is greatly restricted. You can’t just give away or sell the dog. Spaying/neutering is required. Germany isn’t euthanizing over a million pit bulls every year like the US.

      I don’t believe dog ownership should be a right. It should be a privilege and if owners can’t behave as if it is, they should stick to guppies.

      I hate the way the pit bull has been corrupted, turned into weapons for the baser elements of society.

      Yes, when a pit bull bites it can be deadly, they do a lot of damage. But the chance of being bitten by a bully belonging to a responsible owner is 1000 times less than a bite from a dachshund, chihuahua, or any number of the smaller but more aggressive breeds.

      Take the pit bull out of the hands of bad owners.

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      GoneDoggyGone 

      13 months ago

      I’m active in rescue and have owned up to 8 dogs at a time of diverse breeds- Dachshund, Chi, Dane, Poodle, Beagle, Flat Coat Retriever, Coonhound, Border Collie, Staffy to name a few. My experience has been that it is almost impossible to find a dog or human aggressive Coonhound, Beagle or Flat Coat. The Flat Coat was exuberant about meeting everything/one he met. The Danes were sweet but were protective of the home. The Std Poodles were neutral with everything. The Chis and Doxies were extremely confrontational with dogs and humans. The only dogs that have ever bitten me were those two breeds. My favorite were Staffys. Sweet, playful, stoic with overly rough children, yet still protective of home and family if threatened. Recently my 13 yr old Staffy, with terminal cancer, fought off 3 coyotes in my yard when she & Border Collie were attacked. BC ran, Staffy sustained severe bites but chased off coyotes. I’ve even dealt with Pit Bulls that had been fighters and everyone was loving and gentle with people. Pits/Staffies are often dog aggressive but most did not initiate aggression, responding when confronted by overly forward and dominant dogs.

      Pits get a bad reputation because of bad or abusive owners. They are not a backyard dog and want to be with their owners. As a breed they are incredibly resilient physically and emotionally, able greet people with wagging tail and bully grin even after the most horrible abuse. It is heartbreaking that over 80% of most shelter dogs are pit bulls and most die there.

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      Some one 

      14 months ago

      Some of these dog breeds are actually aggressive but it is all how you train and treat the dogs

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      Sheila Brown 

      15 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you for your kind comments and your response is very true. :)

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      ScubaSaunders 

      15 months ago

      I think some people on here are being a little harsh. This was a very comprehensive article and the author deserves credit for backing up her findings with real statistics.

      However, what I will say is that EVERY single dog breed can be aggressive without proper care and training. Likewise, every breed can be the most amazing, gentle creatures. The point I'm making is that the behaviour of dogs, are the direct result of their training. If you're unsure about how to train a calm, obedient dog there are some really helpful video tutorials at: http://www.dansmethod.com - It's just a matter of patience and consistency.

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      Momof2 

      16 months ago

      Omg apparently noone reads the article before commenting! This world is doomed!

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      Rose 

      16 months ago

      Hey LOL, look it up! Protective aggression IS a real thing. Do alittle research before posting a comment.

      Protective Aggression - Dogs may show aggressive behavior when they think that one of their family members or friends is in peril.

      https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog...

      Dumb is dangerous

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      Amanda 

      16 months ago

      I’m actually surprised and happy bull terriers are not first on this list and how less than half of them came up as aggressive! I wish more people saw that and understood that they’re not all bad dogs :)

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      Clare Butterfield 

      17 months ago

      All of these dog breeds are great! Any one having them as companions are not "namby pambies"!

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      Wyatt 

      17 months ago

      Well I have to say that my little miniature long hair dachshund is sweet most the timeline. He can be a little aggressive when he is playing.nhe is fairly new and I was wandering the best way to train him to sit stay and not run away when we’re taking a walk. PLEASE HELP!

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      Wick 

      17 months ago

      I’ve had huskies and my male was way more aggressive then my female, to the point I could not be around him with my children around. The huskies also literally killed everything that came in the yard, and chewed through my screened in porch to eat my cat. Sorry but would not recommend to anyone with small children or other pets. These dogs were puppies when I got them and were raised with my children and other pets...didn’t matter.

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      Jenna 

      18 months ago

      Did any of you even read the article or did you just skim through the pics? She didn’t run the tests and it’s not based on her opinion, she only posted the results. As someone who worked as a vet tech for 15 years I agree with most of the dogs on this list, especially the chihuahua, Dalmatian, chow, rottie, and husky. Akitas should be on this list too.

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I'm sorry, GPJ, but I am not the person to answer this question. I would ask their physician.

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      GPJ 

      19 months ago

      My husband wants to bring home a young Jack Russell Terrier. Is it a good idea to have a dog / any dog around when a senior member in the family is a paranoid-schizophrenic for over two decades?

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Yes. Border collies are excellent family dogs and extremely intelligent!

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Top-10-Smartest-Dog-Br...

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      Ramnish Gupta 

      19 months ago

      Do border collies make good family dogs

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience! There seems to be no explainable reason sometimes. I am so glad your were not injured! Thank you for sharing your experience and your kind words. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you so much for the share, Lisa! Howdy Doody to you as well and I hope you and your family have a safe and Merry Christmas!

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is based on research information, it is not up to me to add or remove a breed.

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Such a sweet story, Sandy. Thank you.

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Mary. It is not I that did the testing. You would have to speak to the American Temperament Test Society about that. Thank you for reading and replying. I hope you have a happy holiday.

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      Sheila Brown 

      19 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Tim, for such a kind and well written reply. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well as your "fur babies"!

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      Hannah 

      19 months ago

      How is this a fair representation when the amount of dogs tested varies so greatly?! I think you need to research more before writing inflammatory articles that are factually incorrect and mathematically biased!! Being protective does not mean a dog is aggressive. There is a huge world of difference. I have a Doberman and a Rhodesian ridgeback and both have beautiful temperaments and are extremely friendly, but they would protect me and my family if it came to it. It does not make them aggressive; it is a natural characteristic of a dog who has been properly ingratiated into their ‘pack’.

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      Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 

      19 months ago from Conneticut, USA

      Very good read especially for some one who has been bit and attacked or stalked by 2 young dogs circling me as hunting tactic. I do like dogs, but some I refuse to be around. The scariest one a friend had, that I even took care of house sitting and I thought the dog liked me? But one day it flew off a couch as I tried to scramble away, to make a long story short it just kept coming! I have had dogs like a sheperd collie mixes who give warning bites (that if anything they might scrape so skin) but this pit bull crossed with a boxer intended to keep coming to mall me! Finally I fell on the floor and was just thinking maybe I could protect my face with the beach bag I had in my hand when finally the owner was there in time to grab his collar! Why would a dog all of a sudden turn on me after he was earlier laying on the couch for Lovins with me? Wierd? But the dangerous part he just kept coming with the intention to mall me, not just bite! Anyway it was a very good write. Thank you for sharing..

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      Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 

      19 months ago from Conneticut, USA

      I haven't had time to read this yet but I hope to return to it soon because it looks very interesting! So I shared this on Facebook to read later, I just thought I should say Howdy Doody to you also! Thank you!

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      A Shepard from Germany, a Labratory Retriever, and a Retriever made from Gold. 

      19 months ago

      I am just wondering, why did you add the German shepherd if they are good with children and nothings wrong with them

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      Sandy Marshall 

      19 months ago

      I had a doxie that loved a hamster they would sleep in the same dog bed.and if the hamster got out of my sight he would find him and bring him to me ti put back in the cage. Was like this for a year till the hamster passed away. Then he would not let me near the cage he wanted his buddy back.

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      Mary 

      19 months ago

      It doesn’t seem right to me that you didn’t have the same quantity of dogs for every breed test, that’s not how you get the right results. Very biased may I say

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      Tim Truzy 

      20 months ago from U.S.A.

      Wonderful and thoroughly written article about an important topic. We own three rat terrier mixes. My dog is part Chihuahua and part rat-terrier. She is the most friendly dog in the family. Love (her name) is protective of me, my wife, and the other two dogs. In fact, I named her Love because she enjoys climbing in your lap and giving you a kiss on the cheek, which is why I wrote an article about why people should adopt these animals. Love and the other two dogs came from rescues.

      I also lived with a German shepherd. It was very friendly and we enjoyed tv together.

      I think you brought up good points in an artcle which is filled with valuable information so people will not be biased and can look at this issue with some awareness.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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