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10 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds: Temperament Ratings and Information

Updated on May 19, 2017
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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 the oldest dog breed 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)
Dachshund
Dachshund | 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 origin of the Dalmatian goes back to Croatia where it was used as a hunting dog for rats and other small rodent pests. They have also been used as carriage dogs and guard dogs.
  • 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 withthe 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 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.

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      mya 13 days ago

      yeah this isnt even right. pitbulls get such a bad rap although really they are the sweetest and kindest dogs in the world with the proper training people are just so lazy and dont want to take time out their day to do it , currently i have 3 pitbulls and they are great with my 4 children and with my 13 year old cat .

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      Ross 3 weeks ago

      I find all of the jack rusself I have met to be extreamly good with children, I have a jack Russel myself, she's great with children too! A bit iffy with other dogs but that stems from a bad experience with another dog so we are trying to socialise her more so she becomes comfortable again and not intimidated to the point of being aggressively defensive. But yea, brilliant with children but temperamental with other dogs

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      Sheila Brown 4 weeks ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Most dogs really could use socializing at an early age. :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 weeks ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you, Robbo. I appreciate your stopping by to read my article as well as your kind and informative comment! :)

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      Robbo 4 weeks ago

      As s vetvtech for 15 years , I have handled every breed there is many times. I love all dogs and have no predjudive against certain breeds . Here is my list of the most consistantly aggressive dog breeds I've experienced over and over in no certain order. German shepherds, Rottweilers, chows, chihuahuas,jacknrussells,mini pins,. Nope, not one pit bull even though a large percent of our clients had pits. On a so so level, golden retrievers, English bulldogs. This is not to breed bash, it's just what I've experienced over 15 years.

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      Mkbwray 7 weeks ago

      Pit bulls army aggresive if they are it is the owners fault for training them that way for dog fights and such.

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      vetgirl43 7 weeks ago

      Dachshunds are not aggressive at all. I'm a vet, and all the doxies that come in are the sweetest dogs ever. Maybe consider changing this article?

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      Someone with intelligence 2 months ago

      Just read a different article that had dobermans, Rottweilers and German Shepard in the top ten most tolerant. But in your defence that other article was based on science

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      john 2 months ago

      No dog is just extremely aggressive. They have to be trained or beaten to become aggressive. A "dangerous" dog can be a great pet. There for a dog that has been trained to become aggressive does not care whether it attacks a kid adult elder wild or tame animal. That is why a lot of them have that reputation.

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      Dana 3 months ago

      Not a very scientific study and I don't understand having different samplings of each breed. I do however, agree that the smaller dogs like dachshunds and chihuahuas are more aggressive than larger breeds

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      Joe B 3 months ago

      This is a very misleading article. These are not the most aggressive breeds according to the one source that is sited.

      "The percentage of the test results I have included are from the American Temperament Test Society."

      While the test results in the link are from April of 2016, they certainly don't represent the claims of this article.

      I do agree however that the tests were not fair in that some breeds only had 1 or 2 tested. Not good science.

      I agree with many of you saying that pitbulls are not aggressive.

      Another article that also uses the ATTS for it's information really puts the pitbull test results on display here:

      http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/1220-america...

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      ??? 3 months ago

      I hate this Pitbulls are one of the least aggressive dogs ITS NOT THE DOGS FAULT ITS THE OWNERS FAULT FOR MAKING THEM AGGRESSIVE

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      Kathy 4 months ago

      Golden retriever should be up there...they scored worse than the American pitbull....

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      Carol 6 months ago

      Husky's are not known to be aggressive with humans. They are very friendly and social dogs. However, they were bred to hunt small animals. Instinct will kick in. They are not good with small pets, and be very careful with them around tiny infants. They may not distinguish between a baby and a small critter.

      Also the comment in the article about not believing that German Shepherds are aggressive can be misleading. In the past,we have owned 2 German Shepherds. They do not actively seek out confrontation, but they will defend their territory quite violently to any real or perceived danger.

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      CoraRychlik 10 months ago

      My sister ,Dorothy, 74 has a chihuahua that definitely has "Little Dog Syndrome " but I have two toy rat terriers with the same syndrome. They chase any dog, barking and running after regardless of size. Our neighbor, Ed had a Rhodesian Ridgeback. That would just stand there when our Rex bit her on the ankles. Growling and biting all-the-while, never made a defensive movement. Rex still chases any four legged animal that is twice as tall as him."Small Dog Syndrome is appealing to very small dogs. Must be aggressive, bite first, the bigger the target the greater the challenge, the greater the victory when you have ."scared him off"

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      Cameron 10 months ago

      This is a very good article. I hate how soften many people here in the comments still insist that pitbulls are the most aggressive dogs. The fact is that they are not. They simply have a high fatality rate because they were bread to not let go where as most breeds bite repeatedly and can be removed. You have to understand they were bread and trained for centuries to literally drag Bulls to the ground (bull baiting). All dogs bite. Some more than others. But pitbulls are not one of those others. They just have a more dangerous bite when they do. Also the only thing in the article I didn't like we're the inconsistent sample sizes.

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      MizVixi 10 months ago

      Siberian Huskies are not really aggressive if well socialized. I have shared my life with 3 of them. Two we had since puppyhood (one was 8 weeks, the other 6 months when we got her), and the other was found roaming the streets by the police who gave her to us instead of to the pound when no one claimed her. The two we raised and socialized, Maggie and Katie were Canine Good Citizens. Both were great with kids. Katie, the one we had since 8 weeks was a Nanna Dog to my son. She was so intuitive with our epileptic Boston, she almost became an epilepsy therapy dog. Margie, the dog found running the streets seemed friendly but was aggressive. She bit people when they came on our property and we could not find anyone who would take her. She never bit my child, but she would growl at him as a warning. She attacked Katie whenever she had the chance. When we got her she was still lactating from having puppies. We advertised but could not find her owner. We tried to rehome her but the only people who wanted her, wanted to breed her. One guy sounded good until he called from the racetrack. Some people use Huskies as bait in dog fights as they will fight to the death. I think Margie was used by a backyard breeder. She was beautiful and friendly but was not used to being indoors and was half wild. She was not housebroken and hid under furniture and lurked in the shadows of a room. I did some research a few years ago, and almost all the Siberian Huskies that killed people in the last 25 or so years have been kept outside and tied on or left to run with other Siberian Huskies in a pack situation. There was a Siberian Husky in a city near us that killed a child on Thanksgiving day in 1996. The dog was kept tied on in the backyard along with a Chow Chow, which is known to be an aggressive dog. The child had been told not to go near the dogs, but it was Thanksgiving and adults were not attending to him. Witnesses say that the Chow Chow attacked first, and probably killed him, but the Husky kept it up. Huskies are beautiful because they look wild. There is still a lot of the wild in them. Even the best trained Huskies have some degree of wanderlust. When they are not kept indoors with people, especially when they are tied on outside or left to roam on a large acre property with a pack, they become wild. They are not aggressive, but they have been involved in a number of fatal dog attacks. If you study this list, the vast majority of fatal attacks involving a Husky was "Chained Dog." There was also an incident in Canada where the Husky was left to run with a pack. http://americaagainstbsl.tripod.com/fatal_dog_atta...

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Interest list of dog breeds. I was surprised to see dalmatians on here, but then I am not familiar with any of that breed. Not surprised by the rest listed. I would much rather have a large dog breed, and a German Shepard it at the top for me. Having had a few, I know they can be protective and I like that. Aggressive and stupid for now reason, no way.

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      Damon Peterson (Animal behaviorist M.S.) 2 years ago

      Hi All

      Unfortunately your list is confused. You report the percent as percent failed when it meets your a priori assumption about specific breeds, and present those same data as percent passed when when convenient. German Shepherds for example "PASSED" 84% of the time. This is very high as the highest rated breed listed was Labrador retrievers at ~90% (http://atts.org/breed-statistics). But dont just take my word for it, use the link!

      It is critical we use these data appropriately as this can lead to misinformation.

      To address the concern about deaths caused by particular breeds, one can not simply look at the number of deaths as it does not take into account the actual number of animals in the system (ie how many German shepherds are there vs Rottweilers). In addition, one could also ask if there is bias in reporting attacks. There is good reason to believe that folks attacked by pitbulls report attacks more often then attacks by Chihuahuas because of the severity of the injuries. Powerful breeds can muster powerful attacks.

      Train all dogs well and expect happy mentors (you...) and neighbors!

      Cheers

      Damon

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      NolaDarling 2 years ago

      This obviously slanted & biased opinion piece just proves that what they say about opinions is definitely true.

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      Darren Pellichino 2 years ago

      The list is great I even liked how you mentioned Pit Bulls are great with little kids. They are very sweet loving dogs but that is a double edged sword. I had a Chow who was the smartest dog I have ever seen. Realistically they are so smart they don't see why pleasing their owners is that big a deal. Like he would take a few pats on the head so you could feel good then walk a step away. He still loved us as completely as any family member could, he was just independent, and content with himself internally. One old guy next door had fed him egg yokes every morning for several years before he thought he could pat on Bears head. He nipped his hand without hesitation. The ratio of width/depth/height of his mouth and the heaviness of his back molars is nothing like any dog I have seen. Plus his natural obsession with patrolling and watching every door and window for intruders was his all encompassing passion. He would get out sometimes once in particular a huge yellow lab made the slightest little grr as he was walking near him(away from me of course). And without the slightest warning he had flipped the dog like a world champion Judo master. He started the lunge impossibly low and then exploded with power into the throat of the Big lab driving him up enough to then perform the complete head over heals flip. It was quick and I honestly could barley see how it happened, but I was close enough and adrenaline surged enough to lift bear off the dog. The lab was on his back with all four legs pointing straight up and bear was on his chest with the dogs throat in his mouth. I do love this breed but it can seriously hurt someone or someones pet.

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      jessika 2 years ago

      Chiwaguas are territorial. My sister has three but toy. They have never bitten. Some bite others don't. Depends on treatment,training, and socializing other people. I have duchhound with chiwagua. Demanding,jelous, and,hyper, and yes had not good behavior. Had to train her. Those dogs sometimes have to show who is boss.

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      YaOkay 2 years ago

      To the people saying Pit Bulls shouldn't be on here or they "have bad press for no good reason"

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_dog_attacks_in_...

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      ep96 2 years ago

      This is a very inaccurate representation. Pit Bulls should not be on this list; they scored higher on the American Temperament Test than Beagles (80.0%), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (80.0%) English Springer Spaniels (84.9%), and even Golden Retrievers (85.2%). There is no mention of breeds such as the Bearded Collie, for example, who only scored 54.3% on the test. Of course, how a dog is raised is what really matters, but Pit Bulls really don't need the bad press; they get more than enough already, and for no good reason.

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      RORY 2 years ago

      Why would you include the American Pitbull Terrier and Staffordshire (which, by the way, are not the same breed), the Husky and not include the Golden Retriever for that matter? The Golden Retriever scored lower in the test, according to the American Temperament Test Society. By those standards, shouldn't they be in your Top Ten? Even before the AMPT, Staffy and Husky?

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      James 2 years ago

      Hey just bit of info a an American pit bull is a different bread to an American staff they look similar but are different breeds also were not originating from England The Staffordshire bull terrier does ant that's the base of both breeds

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      jessika 2 years ago

      Hi new hear. Wow just adopted chiwaweenie best of both words chihuahua with duchhound. She was streetdog. Yes their more aggressive. But they are misunderstood dogs. Usually bond one or two people. And of trainned can help aggression. She was 11 months but when turned 1 became aggressive. Because of heat . Body changes i have trainned her she respects me. I dont let her take control. Those dogs become more aggressive from bordom jelously or illness. I have learned a lot i love her regardles of the way she was and sometimes i still have put her in check. Barks excessivly also at strangers. Need alot attetion

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Boss! I guess because of their small size, most people don't think of the chihuahua as being aggressive. :)

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      Boss 3 years ago

      Was shoked to see the Chihuahua as #1 was expecting German shepherd

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi moonlake! Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. I got a new lap top for my birthday and I am still trying to get it all set up and figuring out how to use Windows 8. I'm glad you came by for a second visit on this hub, I guess I did something right! You have lived in some cold places, you need to go south next time! Thanks for stopping in again, have a great day! :)

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I came back for another visit. I didn't realize the German Shepherd breed started in Karlsruhe, Germany. I knew it was Germany but not Karlsruhe. I use to live in Karlsruhe.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      We never let him off the leash. He would be gone in a minute. He is attached to me. He likes my husband but when they walk in the door he looks for me.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi moonlake! Chihuahuas are such cute little dogs, but they do tend to have an aggressive attitude. I'm sure you keep a close eye on him outside, as I would not be surprised to hear of him going after a bear. You will have to write a hub about him some way so I can see a picture of him. Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate your comment, votes and pin! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      We just adopted a Chihuahua. He is so cute and love people but when we take him for a walk in meadow and woods if he thinks he smells another animal he kicks his back legs and acts like he's ready to fight. I have no doubt he would go after the bear if one comes in the yard. He's cute as a bug. Enjoyed your hub and pinned it voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Mary! I'm so sorry to hear about your mom and the poor puppy! It just didn't know what to do, I'm sure. Several of the dogs on this list surprised me as I have had most of them at one time or another. I agree, who knows how the choose the statistics they do.

      Thank you for stopping by and all your support. It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I must admit, I too was surprised to see the Dalmation and the Jack Russell Terrier on this list. There's no accounting for how research comes up with its results sometimes.

      The Chihuahua is another story. My mother's aunt had a Chihuahua and when she died the dog had to be put down because no one could get near it!

      Great read SG.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sheila Brown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Kathryn! I'm glad you found my hub useful. Most dogs are good by nature, it's usually the owners that are the aggressive ones. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a very useful list, and a few of the breeds I was surprised to see here. But like you said, it varies by how the dogs are trained, etc.

      Thanks for sharing this with us!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello habee! It is said that the Chihuahua has "little dog" syndrome. They are trying to make up for the small size with their bigg attitude. If they weighed 100 pounds, we would really be in trouble! Thanks for stopping by and your vote up! I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Interesting read. Like you, I don't fully agree with the findings, based on my own experiences with the dog breeds. I do agree with the Chihuahua, though. Can you imagine if those little rascals weighed 100 pounds? Scary! Voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Suzanne! When I was 16, my first boyfriend's mother had 6 Chihuahuas and I can't count the number of times those little buggers bit me! It may not have been a hard bit, but those little nips on the back of your legs still hurt. I really think they scared me more than they hurt. Good thing they are such small dogs! I would trust a pitt bull sooner than I would a chihuahua! Thanks for stopping in, I enjoyed your comment and appreciate your votes! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      The only dog that ever bit me was a Chihuahua. The little devil hid in the bushes and jumped out and bit me on the back of the leg when I was 6 years old. Chihuahuas suffer from little dog complex. They are constantly trying to assert their dominance. Give me a pit bull any day!

      Great HUB! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Sherrie! My first boyfriend's mother had 6 chichuahuas. I couldn't walk into the yard without him being right beside me, or I would have been bitten, probably numerous times. I don't understand why people have dogs that want to bite anyone and everyone. I hated to go over there! One of my sons has had 3 boxers now and they have always been very friendly dogs. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sherrie Young 4 years ago

      The only dog bites I have ever received was from a Chihuahua, even have scars on my fingers!! This certain adult dog has been in my husbands family since he was 8wks old, he is now 8yrs old. I believe everyone who has been in his presence has been bitten at least once! Not my dog, & his person won't listen to reason... just sayin

      Lots of great information. I'll stick with my boxers :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Solaras! It's a good thing the chihuahua is a small dog! The husky surpised me too, I have had huskies for more than 10 years now and they have never shown to be aggressive. Thank you for your comment and vote up! Have a great day! :)

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      Solaras 4 years ago

      I expected the chihuahua to top the list lol. The husky surprised me though. Voted thumbs up

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi alexadry! I was replying to your comment, when it just dissapeared! So I would like to reply to your comment here. Rotts and pit bulls have the same problem, they look "bad ass". The undesireable owners prefer to train the "bad ass" looking dogs for attack dogs. You don't see anyone training a poodle to be a guard dog! They have become popular amoung the drug dealers and theives for protecting their illegal activities and that has given them a bad reputation. Hopefully people such as you and myself can help repair their reputation by educating people about them. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a great comment! :)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I always wanted to take my Rotts to an ATTS test and see how they scored. Rottweilers and Pitbulls have been doing actually great according to the ATTS test! Rotties have scored 84.1% which means that 84.1 % of them tested by the ATTS had a good temperament. Indeed out of 5562 only 901 failed! American Staffordshire terriers have scored 84.5% according to the latest numbers, which is also above many other breeds considered "friendly". When people claim these breeds are aggressive I tell them to look at the ATTS scores. They are often surprised to see them with these better than average scores!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello LeTotten! You have some great experience in this area, having worked for a veterinarian. I don't have much experience with Dachshunds or Dalmations. My daughter and I rescued a long haired dacshund from the side of the road one day. He was covered in fleas and ticks and sooo skinny. He took off again after a little while, I think we was trying to find his way home. He never attempted to bite or even growl. I think he was just appreciative that we were trying to help him. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      LeAnna Totten 4 years ago

      I worked for a veterinarian years ago and in that experience Dachshunds and Dalmations seemed especially quick to bite.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Sherry! I agree that people are probably not as diligent about training smaller dogs as they would be bigger dogs. I love the term, "Small Dog Syndrome". Some small dogs tend to make up for their small size with a big dog attitude! Can you imagine having a big dog with a chihuahua attitude? Yep, I bet animal control would be paying a visit! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Dolores! It's true that some dogs are bred to be aggressive dogs. I think this is truly a shame! Wild dogs, such as the wolf are aggressive naturally for survival. To breed a dog to become aggressive is just not right. A good dog can be trained as a guard dog and still be a good family dog. I have many friends that have trained police dogs that are still family pets. Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a wonderful comment! I appreciate the share too! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I think that with small dog breeds, like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds, people are not as diligent about training as with larger breeds. A small dog can get away with aggressive behavior more easily than a large dog. If a Rottweiler or Pit Bull acts that way animal control will probably be paying a visit.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Very interesting. I know that some people claim you can't judge a dog by it's breed, but my question for them is why were dogs bred anyway? It's not all about looks but very often behavior. And sometimes aggression is part of that behavior component. Thanks for pointing this out. (Shared!)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Brett! I agree, a bad owner can mistreat a dog to the point that it becomes a bad dog. The same can be said for people. I do have to say that I think Chihuahuas, have little dog syndrome! Many "bad" dogs have been rescued and turned around to be good, loving dogs. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comment, votes and share! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Interesting article. Although I agree that some are unfortunately genetically 'rebellious', I think for people and dogs alike, it is the people around them and their treatment that affects them more then genetics. With good owners, most dogs can be trained and be wonderful companions. With bad owners, even the most lovely dog can be turned evil through bad treatment and training.

      Shared, up and interesting.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Tammy! Chihuahuas are really aggressive little dogs. It's a good thing they are so small! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Jmillis! My daughter and her soon to be ex-husband, got a pit bull when their baby was just weeks old. I was furious at first, but "Lola" turned out to be one of the best dogs a family could have. Pit bull have a terrible reputation that is really undeserved. Most of the stories we hear about the killer pit bull dogs is because the owner has trained them to be aggressive. The pit bull actually ranks very well on the temperament scale. I'm sorry you don't get to see Jake anymore, I'm sure he misses you!

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Torrilynn! I'm glad you found my hub helpful. Thank you for stopping by and your vote up! Have a wonderful day. :)

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      sgbrown,

      thanks for this information

      I've been thinking of getting a dog

      now I know which dogs to avoid

      Voted up

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I use to have a pit bull named jake when my son was a baby, we actually got him when I was pregnant , he was the best dog ever he slept in my bed and played with my son all the time ,not once showing any form of aggression , unfortunately when I split up with my sons father he took him so I do not get to see him anymore.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I have to agree with your number one choice. Chihuahuas may be small but they all seem to be very territorial. My Grandma had one and it would attack if you put you hand on her lap. Great hub!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Ireno! I am so sorry your were bitten by your cousin's dog. No matter what the breed, the are always going to be some that are aggressive dogs. I'm glad you still love dogs! Thank you for stopping in and have a wonderful day! :)

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Even though I was bitten by my cousin's she-dog (I don't know what's her breed-I think a crossbreed between terrier and rottweiler), I still love dogs.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Pollyannalana! My first boyfriend's mother had 6 of them! He had to walk with me throught the yard or I would have at least one of them pulling at my pant's leg! Thanks for stopping in, I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      I remember back to those Avon selling days. Those tiny dog were the very worst! Mostly snarls and yaps but still not fun! Great read. ^

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you DDE! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! I had heard before that Dalmations were not very friendly dogs. Thank you for your kind comment and vote! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting list of aggressive dogs just like billybuc I had no idea the Dalmatian would fit this list. I am living in Croatia and know exactly where these dogs originated form, you have a well researched Hub voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Mama Kim! A few of these surprised me too! My Huskies have always been very good natured dogs, even with children. Our 15 month old granddaughter, Jazzy, likes to lay on top of our current Husky, Meisha. She plops down on her like she is a furry blanket. Now that you mention it, I too am surprised that the Shelty is not on the list. My parents-in-law used to have a Shelty and she was very aggressive towards anyone who was not around often. Johnny and I would visit 4 or 5 times a year and she would always growl and snap at us.

      I don't agree with how they did their test. I think they should have used the same number of dogs per breed. I don't see how they could get accurate results otherwise. Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a great comment and vote! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      A few of these surprised me... I've had quite a few of these and they were the sweetest. I was born with a pit bull and that girl what my baby sitter until she died when I was six. My rott was never ever aggressive and I currently have a husky samoyed mix who plays with my two very young children. Not once, even in play, has she EVER growled or shown any kind of aggression. I was actually surprised to not see Shelties on the list... every one I've ever met has been self absorbed and aggressive. It seems to me that it mostly depends on how they're raised. I was happy to read that you aren't sure about the results either. I would think it's unfair to test a bunch of dogs... possibly from shelters and not know how they were raised. For this to be a completely accurate "scientific" test then your right.. there should have been the same amount of dogs tested per breed AND they should have all been raised the same way or ways from the time they're born. If dogs are raised in a non abusive environment and not allowed to believe they're "alpha" and they still become aggressive then I'll believe it. Very interesting hub! Voting as such and up ^_^

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Eileen! Can I send our dogs to you to train? LOL I have never had a blue heeler but have heard that they are wonderful and smart dogs. Yes, it seems that the larger dog always gets blamed for the aggression, not fair. Thanks you for stopping in and leaving such a wonderful comment! Have a great day! :)

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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      We have and love our blue heeler. To us he is harmless although he will always protect us and I think this is the problem with many dogs.

      They are willing to go out of their way to protect us even at the risk of losing their own lives. Our will do anything for us. He helps carry in the shopping, gets the mail, paper, brings us our shoes or thongs. Yes sometimes he will get odd shoes. But hey he does his best at all times.

      The trouble is we taught him too much and he wants to carry everything even when we pick something up he wants to carry it.

      I do not like small dogs when they confront him, because they act so friendly and they suck him in then suddenly growl. But it would be the blue heeler blamed because he is bigger and supposedly more aggressive. Great article.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello mypetfinderph! Many smaller dogs are more aggressive than the larger ones. There is a term used, "small dog syndrome". Small dogs that tend to have a large attitude to make up for their size. I think the Chihuahua "leads the pack" on that! Thank you for stopping in! Have a wonderful 2013! :)

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      Jef 4 years ago from Philippines

      True! The Chihuahua is also on top of my list! I am actually more scared with toy dogs rather than those large ones! ;)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Alastar! Several people have been surprised by the Dalmation. Over the years, I have heard that they were not good with kids. One of our sons was bitten by one when he was little. I was surprised by the Dachshund. I have only had one, for a short time, but he was very loveable. However, he did manage to kill two of our chickens one day. That's so sad about the kittens, wow! I have not heard of theGeorgia Tiger dog, sounds like a bad a** dog! Thank you for your wonderful comment and kind words! Have a safe and Happy New Year! :)

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This list has a surprise or two with the most aggressive dogs. How about that with the Dalmatian's origins. After seeing them as youngsters in movies like 101 Dalmatians you might not think they'd be on the list but I've had more than a few folks through the years say they weren't all cuddly. Once saw from a distance a Dachshund pull out 5 or 6 kittens from a den and kill them one after the other. By the time I got there to shoo him off- with difficulty- there were only 2 left. And the Georgia Tiger dog-not on the list- was a meticulous breeding program that produced a dog bad enough to take on a big bobcat and kill it with one bite to the neck - yet they were gentle with children. Very well done and interesting Shelia.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Glimmer Twin Fan! I don't agree with the Husky for sure, as we have never seen one of ours become aggressive, in probably 20 years. One of our sons was bitten by a dalmation when he was little, so I am a little nervous around them. Thank you for stopping in and your comment and vote! I hope you and your family have a safe and Happy New Year! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is fascinating and I would not have thought huskies and dalmations would be on the list. This is good info for people looking for dogs. Voted up!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello collegedad! I was just visiting a lady yesterday and as I was walking away, her little Chihuahua was going after my pants leg! I thnk they have "small dog syndrome" too! You are right, alot depends on who their owners are and how they are trained. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello again! Thank you! We had given up on having any more Huskies when our daughter came home with Meisha. Who could resist those eyes! Luckily she doesn't like to roam about like the males did. She stays close to home. We had a blonde cockerspaniel one time also. I hate to say this, but that was the dumbest dog I ever had! There had to be something wrong with her. We gave her to a couple down the road from us that had little kids, she was happier there. I love the way Dalmations look, but since one bite our son Aaron when he was little, there is no way my hubby would have one. Thank you for stopping in again and leaving such a wonderful comment! I have tried to comment on two of your hubs today, but they are "not taking any more comments". Sorry! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Great article! Our neighbors have a vicious Chihuahua. That thing goes after everybody and his Rot is a big love. A lot depends on the owner/training.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi, nice to meet you. Sorry to hear that your Huskys were stolen. They're such a beautiful breed. My doberman doesn't handle strangers very well either. He barks at the mailman too. Lol. I used to have a blonde cockerspaniel years ago but he died of a heart condition. The Dalmatian is another nice breed.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Suzie! We had a black lab for a little while, she came to us after she escaped from being tied up somewhere. I wrote a hub about her actually. We have a yellow lab now, her name is Sadie. She is actually our "guard dog". She doesn't let strangers get out of their car until we come outside with her. I love this, living out in the country. After we tell her it is ok, she will run along beside them, wagging her tail! Thank you for stopping in, and all your support! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sg,

      Interesting list here and I was like many others a bit surprised with Dalmatians but also Chihuahua. I am not surprised by the other breeds but as you say the training of them makes a huge difference. German Shepherds I love and have friends who love them as family dogs. We have a black Lab who is incredibly loving and gentle with everyone but with any breed . . . . you just never know. Thanks for a really interesting hub, VU ++++ shared!!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello Faith! I was not surprised to see the Dalmation, one of my sons was bitten by one when he was small. I have been very cautious of them since. I think Chihuahuas have "small dog syndrome" too! Just today, I was taking to a lady and as I walked away her little dog was nipping at my pant legs. I'm sure they glad they are small dogs! We had a Dachshund for a short time, he was a rescue dog and such a good little fella. I never worried about him biting. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello lovedoctor! I think Dobermans are such "handsome" dogs! Yes, they are very intelligent, they seem to have it all, good looks and smart! I have to say that the Siberian Husky is our favorite. We have had 4 now. The males tend to wander and I am afraid they were both taken by someone who just opened their car door and the dog jumped in, they both loved to ride! We know our previous little girl was stolen and we know by whom, we could just never prove it. Our Meisha girl has been with us for about 6 years now and she is so sweet! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      He Rebecca! It's funny, just today I was talking to a lady that had a little Chihuahua. As I started walking away, little "Ginger" came after my pants leg. It's just a good thing they are so small! Thank you for stopping in and commenting! I always enjoy hearing from you! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Carol! Your welcome! I love cats too. I have almost always had a cat. My last kitty, Shadow, was our daughter's cat, she died about 5 years ago. Now, the two dogs we have will not allow another cat in the house. They are too big and love to chase just about anything that moves. Thank you for stopping by, voting and sharing! You know it is always appreciated! Have a Merry Christmas, my friend! :)

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      I was also surprised to see Dalmatians on the list, as well as Jack Russells! I have a rescued Chihuahua who certainly struggles with possessive aggression, and a Dachshund who is the sweetest thing ever. I know Dachshunds have a rep for biting, but thankfully socialization and a naturally laid back disposition in mine have saved me from having to worry with him.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello cfin! I have reservations about the white German Shepherd too. There were two that lived across the street from me when I was a kid. The fence was about to fall down and they could jump it if they really wanted to. One day they decided they wanted to...and chased me back to my house. I was scared to death. The police made the owners fix the fence and shortly there after they moved. I think about that every time I see a white German Shepherd! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great comment. I just learned something new from you today! :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      My baby is in the picture: I have a doberman pincher exactly like the one in the picture. He's so adorable and very territorial. you're right! They're very intelligent dogs. He barks at any little noise. The Alaskan husky is another one of my favorites. Great hub! I learned something new about the different breeds of dogs.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very interesting. I am a dog lover. I have never much cared for Chihuahuas but I didn't know that they were considered aggressive. It makes sense though!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for all this great information...most of which I did not know. Also good photos..sadly enough we are a cat family. Voting up and sharing.

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Unfortunately, the German shepherd is a hit or miss. They should categorize the the white ones separately, as the wickedness was breathe into them by the Russian armed forces over the space of a century. They rounded up all the white shepherds for use in the snow. I never believed this until my family, after having dozens of German shepherds, received our first white one. He killed 16 sheep his first day at the farm.

      The others, however, are the kind of dog that you never forget. They love children and would do anything for you. The only time I ever saw them growl was at the post man and when I was in danger as a kid.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello bdegiulio! I was not surprised by the Dalmation. One of my sons was bitten by a Dalmation when he was little. I had a Chihuahua when I was young and remember how aggressive she was. I was surprised by the Husky! I have owned 4 of them now and have never known any of them to be aggressive. Thank you for stopping in, I always enjoy hearing from you! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Bill! I was not surprised about the Dalmation. One of our sons was bitten by a Dalmation when he was little. The dog bit him right on top of the head. He had been around the dog many times. I don't know what caused him to bite, but he did. The Husky surprised me. I have owned 4 of them and never known them to be aggressive. Thanks for stopping by. You know I always enjoy hearing from you! :) Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill...misspelled Dalmatian! LOL

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Sheila. I too was surprised by the Dalmatian being on the list. Most of the others would seem to belong here. Love the picture of that mad little Chihuahua. When I was a kid I was bitten by a Dachshund so I am not overly fond of that breed. We have a Shih Tzu and she is a joy, loves to be around people.

      Great job. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was really surprised to see the dalmation on that list. Very interesting. None of the others surprised me at all, but that one most definitely.

      Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!

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