I am a blogger from Southern Oklahoma who loves to write about nature and animals.
Are you are looking to get a new puppy to keep as a family pet and would like to know which breeds may not be the safest for children? In doing this research, I found that different organizations and "experts" have differing opinions as to which dog breeds are the “most aggressive," so I've listed the 10 that most sources seem to agree on below.
How Canine Aggression Is Defined
Dog aggression is typically defined as dangerous behavior directed at another individual (like a human or another dog). Aggressive behaviors include barking, biting, lunging, snarling, etc. The causes of these behaviors can range from territorial defensiveness and protectiveness to fear and social anxiety.
How I Determined Which Dog Breeds Are the Most Dangerous
The 10 breeds listed below had some of the lowest overall passing rates in the temperament test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society and are sorted in order from lowest to the highest percentage of individual dogs that passed. Breeds with the lowest passing percentages frequently showed signs of aggression, panic, or extreme shyness during the test.
While there are breeds with even lower passing percentages than those mentioned in this article, I've decided to limit this list to the 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 in breed-specific legislation). Each breed on the list is discussed in greater detail in the sections below, and overall passing rates are included for each.
The 10 "Meanest" Dog Breeds
- Chow Chow
- Doberman Pinscher
- Jack Russell Terrier
- German Shepherd
- American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier
- Siberian Husky
The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is thought to be the smallest in the world. They are included in the "toy" group of dogs and usually range from around four to six pounds. They can have short or long hair of just about any color, and their coloring can be solid, marked, or splashed.
Having originated in the Mexican state of Chihuahua—hence the name—the breed is considered to be one of the oldest in America. It was first introduced to Europe by famous colonizer Christopher Columbus.
Chihuahuas are typically 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 individuals who come too close to their owner. They are very temperamental and are not known to be particularly child-friendly. Because they do not usually like strangers, they bark often and can serve effectively as alert-style "watch dogs."
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2. Dachshund (Standard Smooth)
The Dachshund is categorized as a member of the "hound" group by the AKC. Ranging in size from around 8 to 32 pounds, they can have long or short hair of just about any natural color.
They originated in Germany in the 17th century and were used primarily to hunt badgers. By the end of World War I, they were on the verge of extinction, but populations have since recovered, and they are now one of the most popular dogs in America.
The Dachshund is susceptible to "small dog syndrome," which basically means that it often tries to make up for its small size with a large attitude. This can lead to a variety of behavioral issues. If socialized at an early age, they can do well with children, but they do not enjoy rough play. Take caution with small pets, such as mice, rats, and hamsters, as Dachshunds have a strong hunting instinct toward this type of animal.
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3. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow is listed as a medium-sized dog in the "non-sporting" group by the AKC. They typically weigh between 45 and 70 pounds and 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 where 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 kept one as a pet.
Chow Chows tend to have dominant personalities 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 in order to raise a well-mannered Chow Chow. It has also been noted that they do not have good peripheral vision, so they can be startled easily.
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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 around 70 to 90 pounds and have thick, glossy, short-haired coats that come in red, black, blue, or fawn colors.
A man by the name of Karl Louis Doberman is credited with developing this German 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 to which he traveled.
Dobermans are very intelligent and have been widely used 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.
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The Dalmatian is listed by the AKC as a medium-sized dog in the "working" group. They range in size from around 45 to 60 pounds and have short, dense, glossy coats that are white with either black or brown spots.
The exact origin of the Dalmatian has not been confirmed. Similar dogs are depicted running behind chariots in paintings found on the walls of some Egyptian tombs. Since the late 18th century, they have been used as carriage dogs to guard passengers and cargo.
Dalmatians need to be socialized at an early age. They are good with children, but if not given enough attention by their owner, they can develop behavioral issues.
They are very energetic dogs and require frequent opportunities to release some of this energy through exercise and play.
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The Rottweiler is listed as a large-sized dog in the "working" group. They can range in size from around 85 to 130 pounds and are short-haired with straight, dense coats that are usually black with rust or mahogany markings.
The Rottweiler gets its name from the small town of Rottweil in Germany. It was first known as the "Rottweil butcher’s dog," but the name was later shortened to Rottweiler. In their earlier days, they were used for cattle herding and bear hunting, among other things. Later on, they became popular in the U.S. as guard dogs, and many worked with the army and police forces.
Rottweilers can be rather aloof and do not usually get along with strangers easily. They are very loyal and protective of their owners, and they tend to defend their home areas. They are normally good-natured with children, but because of their size and energy level, they are not recommended for families with infants or toddlers.
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7. Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier breed is not recognized by the AKC due to opposition from the breed's parent society, the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA). This has resulted in the recognition of the Parson Russell Terrier instead. The Jack Russell terrier and Parson Terrier are basically the same breed, but there are some minor differences.
Jack Russells are small-sized dogs that range in size from around 14 to 18 pounds and are predominantly white in color with black or tan markings. Their coats can be short-haired, long-haired, or broken. The term "broken" refers to coats that feature both long and short hair.
Jack Russells originated in England where they were primarily used for fox hunting, but they have also been used in groundhog and badger hunting.
Russell Terriers tend to be very energetic and stubborn dogs. They have little patience and are not known to be very tolerant of children. Most experts recommend that families with young children choose another breed, especially if they are first-time dog owners.
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8. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a medium-sized breed included in the "herding" group by the AKC. They range in size from around 70 to 85 pounds and typically have a mix of brown, gray, black, and tan fur.
The breed originated in Karlsruhe, Germany, in the 1800s. During World War I, they were used as military dogs by both the German and French armed forces. They are a very intelligent breed and were the first to be used as guide dogs for the blind. They are also used in search-and-rescue teams and frequently serve as police and narcotic dogs.
The German Shepherd has become one of the most popular dogs in America. They tend not to like strangers, so they make good guard dogs. Despite appearing on many "aggressive dogs" lists, everything I have read and experienced tells me that they are good with children. As long as they are not trained as guard dogs, I personally do not view German Shepherds as an "aggressive" breed.
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9. American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the American Pit Bull Terrier,
is a medium-sized dog included in the "terrier" group that usually weighs from around 55 to 65 pounds.
They originated in the Staffordshire region of England, hence the name. The first strain of this breed was designed for use as guard dogs and for dogfighting, so they were bred to have stronger, stockier frames. When the breed was brought to America and dogfighting 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, but if you are uncertain about a pit bull's pedigree, do a background check before you choose it as a family pet.
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American Staffordshire Terrier
10. Siberian Husky
The Siberian husky is a medium-sized dog listed in the "working" group by the AKC.
They range in size from around 35 to 70 pounds and have medium-length hair and a double coat. Their colors are red and white, black and white, gray and white, or silver.
They 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.
If you plan to adopt a husky, I recommend this interesting and informative book. It will give you the real ins and outs of owning a Siberian Husky. They are definitely a high-personality dog breed, and they are also my personal favorite!
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Understanding the Results of the Temperament Test
I would take the percentages provided by the American Temperament Test Society with a grain of salt 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. Since the sample sizes differ dramatically, the resulting percentages may not fully represent each breed's aggression levels.
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. A series of strangers approach the handler, and surprising noises are emitted from secret locations. The test's goal 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 passed the temperament test divided by the total number of dogs tested for that breed. 46 Chihuahuas were tested and 14 failed, so the passing percentage for Chihuahuas is the number of dogs that passed (32) divided by the total number tested (46), or 69.9 percent.
Failure is determined when a dog shows any signs of the following:
- Unprovoked aggression
- Panic without recovery
- Strong avoidance
Potential Shortcomings to Consider
- Because "strong avoidance" is considered a failure, the ATTS test may not accurately isolate the trait of aggression alone.
- The number of dogs tested per breed varies greatly, so the sample size isn't consistent throughout the study. The passing rates of breeds that had larger sample sizes tested may be more reliable than the passing rates of breeds that had only relatively small samples tested.
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 opponent of 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 that has become 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, this 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).
The Takeaway: No Breed Is Inherently Vicious
I compiled the information in this article from a variety of sources and personal experience. Just because a certain breed has landed on this list does not mean it would not make a good family pet given the right owners and training.
Because training (or lack of training) and how a dog was previously treated can make a huge difference in its personality, doing some type of background check on an animal before adopting it is always a good idea.
Resources and Further Reading
- Annie Klacks, "The Most Aggressive Dogs? An Unexpected Answer", Natural News Blog, 15 February 2014.
- Catey Hill, "11 Riskiest Dog Breeds for Homeowners and Renters," Forbes.
- "Common Dog Behavior Issues: Aggression," ASPCA
- Dr. Polsky, "Dog Expert Opinion on the Most Aggressive Dog Breeds," Dog Expert.
- "Most Agressive Dogs," Sound Defense.
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
Tamara on September 02, 2020:
I believe that dogs are aggressive or bad tempered because of the owner and who raised them. I have a 9 year old long haired chihuahua and a 3 year old jack terrier. BOTH of them are well mannered, housebroken since 3 months of age and have the best temperment for "aggressive" dogs. They are the sweetest dogs who give kisses galore and would not ever becone aggressive to anyone unless provoked to do so just like any dog! If you train your dogs properly and you, yourself present as a stable person, then your dogs will present themselves the same. Not everyine should own a dog and if you do, then take it as serious as raising a child. Then maybe all dog breeds will not be put on most aggressive, barks a lot or worst to potty train lists. Complete rubbish!!!
Someone on September 01, 2020:
All dogs are special in their own way. I usually hate these lists! But I like how you pointed out why/how the dogs get aggressive. I’m still going to get a Dalmatian but thanks for the heads up. I will love it and socialise it as soon as possible.
Frank on August 29, 2020:
GET A BORDER COLLIE!!!
shequila covington on August 24, 2020:
I have a Jack Russell Terrier mixed with Chihuahua and a German Shepherd my babies are 2 and 9 years old. they only bark when they don't know who's at the door. but when we out at the dog park so sweet they can be and they love children, my German shepherd his a baby himself that is my shadow wherever I go he's there. He only barks because he know people are scare of big dogs. but he will let you touch him and everything. Now my Jack Russell mixed now he love kids and the friendlies thing ever. he act big and bad too. but he's a softly. I think it's how you treat and raise you animals. I'm not just going to say dog. animals are human too some of them just can talk. These people act like these dogs that they have on their list is a wild animal. but they are not. they are not lions or anything that's in the wild. dog learn what their human tells them and how the treat them.
Donna & Turquoise on August 17, 2020:
Turquoise, my Angel Doberman, has been my Amazing Service Dog for 6 yrs now. I have Progressive MS & she wakes me up for medication time, she reminds me to eat, she gets my clothes, helps me walk, she does my PT with me-makes me when I’m not feeling up to it (the dr did it all around several dog type toys so it’s Our Play Time 2wc a day I just can’t say no to those eyes that love & help me sooo much), she catches me before I fall, if I pass out she picks me up & puts me on my bed or couch & covers me up(staying by my side the whole time), she gets drinks & so many things for me, she goes out to dinner with me & use to go grocery shopping with me (I have someone else do that & order online now). I could just keep going on & on about my Doby. Of course she was trained as a Service Dog, however, they didn’t train her to catch me when I fell, or put me on my bed & cover me up, or tuck me up like a burrito & lay on me until I was done having a seizure so I couldn’t hurt myself, or wake me up or alert me during the day when it was medication time..... so so many things my angel just decided she wanted to do for me out of pure amazing love
Bea Fitz on August 14, 2020:
We have a Husky and Malamute mix who loves kids, cats, dogs, anybody.
Becky Roberson on August 09, 2020:
I would like to say that your article was very well written and it seems thoroughly researched.
However I do have a couple of issues with it
Firstly I do not think that any dog aggression test can ever be fair. Many of those dogs go in those tests already scared or afraid. They are in an unfamiliar setting and don't know where they are or what is going on. As you know, this would make them most likely fail the test.
Secondly, we currently have enough racial tension in this country. We don't need to be perpetrating any type of breed tension with dogs. So I would appreciate it if people would stop posting lists like these for their own gain. I realize you posted this many years ago. But maybe you can help get other people to stop posting these. It does not help shelters that are trying to find homes for dogs that have been abandoned and abused. All it does is keep people from adopting dogs that desperately need homes and are perfectly adoptable.
Thirdly, have owned Shih Tzus and Dobermans for 25 years. Weird mix I know. I know Shih Tzus are not on the list. However Mr. Doberman bred Dobermans for one thing, to protect him. Dobermans are not only one of the smartest dogs ( see the top 10 list on any website ) they are also one of the most loyal and protective. (They're called velcro dogs for a reason) I personally have never had an overly aggressive Doberman. And only one of my dogs has been at all aggressive, and that was only towards a service man that went into my backyard when I wasn't home. But the only thing she did was corner him in the backyard and keep him there until I got home 45 minutes later. She did not injure him in any way. I was surprised because he was threatening her with a screwdriver. She could have easily hurt him very badly but she did not. She was a 90lb Doberman. She just scared him half to death. I bet next time he pays attention to that Beware of Dog sign! However people do not get Dobermans, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, German Shepherds, etc because they want something cute and cuddly. They get them because they want a dog to protect them. So while I agree that they could be aggressive, their aggressiveness was bred into them for a purpose. The aggressiveness is bred into them to protect their owners and MUST be channeled properly through training. However, as everyone else has stated the owner makes the dog. If you don't train them they will be out of control. I don't recommend Dobermans for first-time dog owners. Dobermans are VERY smart and they are strong-willed and they need a firm NOT, (and I stress this) abusive hand. Once you make that bond with a Doberman you will never have a more loyal, loving and protective 'child'. I truly believe all my dogs do have the intellect of a four-year-old child. I currently have my 4th and 5th ones. I will be a Doberman owner for the rest of my life. There are many other GREAT breeds out there. However, Dobermans are my choice. There is a breed out there for everyone. Or maybe you like the ones that are some of everything.!
Amber on August 05, 2020:
My German Shepherd sleeps on my pillow with me!! He is so nice and loves meeting new people
Peggy Mcnamara on August 04, 2020:
Anton Gully, thank you for sharing your knowledge.
teso on August 04, 2020:
Apple head chihuahuas are aggressive, i have a deer head chihuahua and she's not aggressive or mean at all ,just thought i'd leave this comment.There are different breeds of chihuahuas and not all of them are mean, apple heads gave them a bad reputation
Daniel on July 30, 2020:
this is so fake I have had a chow chow a husky and a german shepard and they are the sweetest animals ever
Cole on July 29, 2020:
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.
no on July 28, 2020:
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.
Harry Potter fan on July 20, 2020:
So my aunt has a pitbull
He’s so nice and she just had a baby and he gaurds her
Anton Gully on July 05, 2020:
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.
Kadence on June 23, 2020:
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.
Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 18, 2020:
Thank you so much, Sophie!
Sophie Hill from Michigan on June 10, 2020:
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!
Felicia Moore on June 06, 2020:
To me all dogs can turn on u i have had dalmations that have turned min pins that have turned and several others that have done the same if i made this list chow chows would be number one and so on i dont trust that breed at all my papaw lived by sombody thag had two they bit several people and killed my papaws lil poodle in my papaws own yard there were times my pawpaw couldnt come out of his own house cause they were in the yard and trying to attack him..... Siberian huskys neber had one but my mom did when she married my dad and i was a baby i was told he was protective over me and would be very careful around me all around good dog never showed any aggression.... my mom owned a doberman as a kid and that dog was her best friend never bit her or anybody else in the house but showed aggression towards people she didnt know.... we had a cow dog when i was six and it was as mean as a rottweiler like we had to keep him in the bathroom when somebody visited and nobody could step out of their ride until we put him up a cow dog now .... heres my order of the most aggressive and this is my opinion and one of the breeds are a small breed 1. Chowchow 2. Doberman 3. Pitbulls 4. Min pins 5. Chihuahuas 6. Rottweiler now theres my top six in my opinion 1. i cant stand the breed 2. I have never had the breed 3 i have a pit bull but hes mixed with lab and hes the sweetest thing u will ever meet will literally lick a kid to death he only shows aggression towards certain 4. We had two when i was eight and they were pretty aggressive towards strangers ome of them even bit me remember what i said up top about all breeds can turn we had these dogs since they we 6 weeks old and whem they got about 1 year old the male bit me for trying to get a sucker out of his mouth yea i know it was food but thats not the point 5. I wouldnt own one of these lil demons lol i dont even trust them i would trust my fifty pound pitbull before i would a chihuahua 6. Now finally my favorite breed of dog i was raised aroud rottweilers from around 11 till i was sixteen and my stepdads brother who owned two fought them but guess what u messed with one of us kids and it was your ass they were the most sweet natured and down to earth dogs and smart as a whip the only thing that would make me hesitate in buying one is they keep a skin disease and they have breathing problems... so there u have it yes i do believe these most aggressive dogs do tend to turn more but when we hear these stories we dont get the whole truth we dont know what provoked that rottweiler or pitt to turn on its owner u think the owner is gonna tell u the whole truth about it naw they aint i believe amd this is my experience with these two breeds is that i bet alot of these cases the dog was either abused or mistreated something had to provoke these dogs to attack no animal not even rottys or pits are gonna turn for no reason i just don't believe that mostly the only reason people fear pits is because of their jaw pressure which makes me hesitate but the pit i got and hes three years old i would trust with my life and any kids life hes loyal good guardian over me and my boyfriend and the only time he shows aggression is when he has to by like me being home by myself amd someone drives up but after he gets their scent hes goes back to his mellow self thats every dogs instinct u show these dog breeds alot of love and affection they will do the same back to u that's just my opinion
Michael Fry on May 31, 2020:
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.
Michael Fry on May 31, 2020:
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.
Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 25, 2020:
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.)
Lola on May 22, 2020:
I love huskies and me and my brother have 5. They never bite. They are 2 years old and they are so cute
.... on May 18, 2020:
Chihuahua's are loving creatures and they only attack to OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY SENSE DANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Husky on May 16, 2020:
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!!!!!
Nick on May 15, 2020:
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.
Aliana on May 14, 2020:
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
Maqsood Ali on May 14, 2020:
I read the article. It was really awesome. And exact information was there in the article. Really appreciable. I am dog lover and I created a blog about dog breed. I would like if you will come on my blog.
Daria on May 09, 2020:
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.
Rohan Patel on May 06, 2020:
Don’t you think kangals should be on the list.
Coco on May 03, 2020:
I love dachshunds but I never thought they were aggresive
LW on April 26, 2020:
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.
L on April 17, 2020:
Dachshunds are the sweetest dogs
Me on April 12, 2020:
Chihuahua’s are jerks
TCole on March 30, 2020:
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.
Zack on March 30, 2020:
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
Maria on March 26, 2020:
So you are NOT an expert in dog behavior you simply did a bit of googling to find what you have printed
Gia on March 09, 2020:
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.
Chuck on March 09, 2020:
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.
Cindy on February 12, 2020:
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.
UnClear on January 29, 2020:
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.
AshLipton on January 25, 2020:
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.
IanCleary on January 02, 2020:
Melina on December 21, 2019:
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.
Michaela on December 16, 2019:
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.
Frankie Fab on December 03, 2019:
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!
Dee on November 30, 2019:
You have no idea what you are talking about.
Tara on November 20, 2019:
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
llalalal on November 20, 2019:
ChihuahuaAndCatLover on November 16, 2019:
@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!!
? on November 14, 2019:
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!
sc on November 12, 2019:
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.
Sandie on November 11, 2019:
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.
TheWinstonChurchill on November 08, 2019:
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.
Matt Shaw from United States on November 08, 2019:
Not all are aggressive mine is mot aggressive at all,
Mr.danky626 on November 04, 2019:
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
Chryl on October 31, 2019:
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.
The Unknown on October 30, 2019:
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.
EB on October 29, 2019:
It has a lot to due with the breed and not just the owners...I wish people would understand that!!
Rachel on October 23, 2019:
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.
. on October 22, 2019:
why are yall so mean to dogs
Jessika on October 22, 2019:
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
John on October 19, 2019:
.. on October 04, 2019:
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
A female ight on October 04, 2019:
Okay lets get this straight, there are a few types of pibbles (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.
Person on September 27, 2019:
My cousin has a husky. She is so nice!
Shawn on September 27, 2019:
@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.
Person who is awesome on September 22, 2019:
I have a Chiwawa named winston
I have a Dashound named winnie
And i have 2 Jack Russell terrier named Hugo and Monty
Laurel on September 18, 2019:
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.
Emma on September 16, 2019:
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.
Elizabeth Goldie-Scot on September 10, 2019:
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.
Anon on September 10, 2019:
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.
Mark on September 07, 2019:
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.
cherokee on September 03, 2019:
i have a huskey and they are not dangous that you ver much
Madison on August 29, 2019:
None of that is true at least one of each of those dogs live on my street and they are all friendly
Dogs on August 26, 2019:
I have a pug. He is a very well behaved dog. He only wrestles with me. Not anyone else. He loves people alot too.
FrodogenicFrogs on August 18, 2019:
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.
Allie on July 30, 2019:
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.
Jane on July 08, 2019:
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
meese54 on June 28, 2019:
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?
Natasha on June 25, 2019:
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.
Robin like the bird. on June 25, 2019:
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.
ChynaGoodeR.I.P. on June 23, 2019:
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!
GoneDoggyGone on June 15, 2019:
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.
GoneDoggyGone on June 15, 2019:
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.
Some one on May 22, 2019:
Some of these dog breeds are actually aggressive but it is all how you train and treat the dogs
Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 19, 2019:
Thank you for your kind comments and your response is very true. :)
ScubaSaunders on April 15, 2019:
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.
Momof2 on March 20, 2019:
Omg apparently noone reads the article before commenting! This world is doomed!
Rose on March 17, 2019:
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.
Dumb is dangerous
Amanda on March 16, 2019:
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 :)
Clare Butterfield on March 03, 2019:
All of these dog breeds are great! Any one having them as companions are not "namby pambies"!
Wyatt on February 17, 2019:
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!
Wick on February 13, 2019:
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.
Jenna on February 04, 2019:
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.
Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 11, 2019:
I'm sorry, GPJ, but I am not the person to answer this question. I would ask their physician.
GPJ on January 09, 2019:
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?
Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 30, 2018:
Yes. Border collies are excellent family dogs and extremely intelligent!
Ramnish Gupta on December 30, 2018:
Do border collies make good family dogs
Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 25, 2018:
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!