10 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds - Temperament Ratings and Information

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Have you ever wondered which dog breeds are the most aggressive? Maybe you are looking to get a new puppy for the family pet and would like to know which dog breeds may not be the best with children. After doing much research, I have compiled a list of the 10 most aggressive dog breeds.

In doing my research I have found that different organizations as well as different “experts” have their own opinions as to which dog breeds are the “most aggressive”. The ratings, as far as which is the most aggressive, vary as well. The dog breeds that I have listed here are the breeds that have been ranked as the most highly aggressive, most frequently. The percentage of the test results I have included are from the American Temperament Test Society. I don’t know that I agree with the per centage findings here, I would prefer if the same number of dogs per breed were tested, but I am not the “expert”.

#1 - Chihuahua

Chihuahua - 41 tested, 28 passed, 13 failed = 68.3%

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 chihuahua originated in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, thus it’s name. It was introduced in Europe, by the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. Chihuahuas are very loyal and devoted to their owners but 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 as child friendly dogs. Because they do not like strangers, they bark often and can be good for alert style watch dogs.


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#2 - Dachshund

Dachshund-(Standard Smooth Haired) - 48 tested, 33 passed, 15 failed = 68.8%

The dachshund is listed in the small dog breed and is included in the “hound” group by the AKC. They can range in size from 8 to 32 pounds. The dachshund can come in both long and short hair and can be any color. The dachshund originated in Germany in the 17th century and was 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 it’s small size, with a large attitude, which can lead to behavioral issues. If socialized at an early age, they do well with children, but does not do well with too much rough play. Take caution with small pets such as mice, rats, hamsters, etc. as they have a strong hunting instinct toward this type of animal.

Chow Chow

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#3 - Chow Chow

Chow Chow - 98 tested, 70 passed, 28 failed = 71.4%

The chow chow is listed as a medium size dog in the “non-sporting” group with the AKC and can weigh between 45 and 70 pounds. They have a long haired thick coat and can come in red, black, blue, cream or cinnamon colors. The exact origin of the chow chow is not known 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 US during the 20th century when President Calvin Coolidge owned one as a pet. The chow chow is a dominant personalitied dog 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 dog. It has been noted that they do not have a good peripheral vision and can be startled easily.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher
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#4 - Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher - 1,629 tested, 1,274 passed, 355 failed = 78.2%

The Doberman Pinscher is listed as a medium sized dog in the “working” group by the AKC and ranging in size from 70 to 90 pounds. They have a thick, glossy short haired coat which can be red, black, blue or fawn in color. 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 he traveled. The Doberman is a very intelligent dog and has been used mainly for guard dogs and police work. They have a very strong, protective instinct toward their masters, but if raised with strong leadership and good owners, they can be good with children as well as other dogs.


Dalmation Puppy
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#5 - Dalmation

Dalmation - 331 tested, 273 passed, 58 failed = 82.5%

The dalmation is listed as a medium size dog in the “working” group by the AKC and ranges in size from 45 to 60 pounds. They have a short, dense, glossy coat, which is white with either black or brown spots. The origin of the dalmation goes back to Croatia where it was used a hunting dog or rats and other small rodent pests. They have also been used as carriage dogs and guard dogs. The dalmation 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, can have some behavioral issues. They are very energetic dogs and need a good place to release some of this energy.


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#6 - Rottweiler

Rottweiler - 5,545 tested, 4,652 passed, 893 failed = 83.9%

The rottweiler is listed as a large size dog in the “working” group by the AKC and can range in size from 85 to 130 pounds. They are a short haired dog with a strait, dense coat that is black with rust or mahogany markings. The rottweiler gets it’s name from the small town of Rottweil, in Germany. It was first known as “Rottweil Butcher’s Dog” and later shortened to rottweiler. In the earlier days they were used for cattle herding and bear hunting, among other things and became popular in the US as guard dogs and worked with the Army and police forces. The rottweiler can be rather aloof and does 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 are not recommended for families with very small children.

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier
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#7 - Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier - 63 tested, 53 passed, 10 failed = 84.1%

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

German Shepherd

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#8 - German Shepherd

German Shepherd - 3,133 tested, 2,651 passed, 482 failed = 84.6%

The German Shepherd is a medium size dog included in the herding group of the AKC. Their size ranges between 70 and 85 pounds. The German Shepherd breed began in Karlsruhe, Germany in the 1800's. During WWI, they were used as military dogs by both the German and French military. They do not take to strangers well and therefore make good guard dogs. They are very intelligent dogs and were the first dog breed to be used as a guide dog for the blind. They are also used often in search and rescue teams as well as police and narcotic dogs. The German Shepherd has become one of the most popular dogs in America. Every thing I have researched tells me that this dog is good with children. As long as they are not trained as guard dogs, I, personally, do not see that the German Shepherd is an “aggressive” breed.

American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier
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#9 - American Staffordshire/Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier - 839 tested, 728 passed, 111 failed = 86.8%

The American Staffordshire Terrier is also know as the American Pit Bull Terrier. They are a medium sized dog included in the terrier group and can weight between 55 to 65 pounds. The American Staffordshire Terrier originated in England, in the Staffordshire region, thus it’s name. The first strain of this breed was designed for use as guard dogs and dog fighting and were bred for stronger, stockier frames. When the breed was brought to America and dog fighting became banned, there was a second strain of this breed developed. It is a more mild mannered, smaller framed strain. This strain can is very loyal and protective of it’s owner and family. This strain is also known for being very good and patient with children. Just be sure you do a little background check on this dog before you choose it as a family pet.

Siberian Husky

Brown/Red Siberian Husky
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#10 - Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky - 298 tested, 259 passed - 86.9%

The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog, listed in the working group by the AKC and they range in size from 35 to 70 pounds. The have medium length hair and a double coat. Their colors can range from red and white, black and white, gray and white and 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. In all my research and having owned 4 Siberian Huskies, I cannot find where they have an aggressive personality. The Huskies do tend to be territorial and do not always get along well with other dogs, but are usually good with children.


Again, this is information that I have compiled from many sources as well as some personal experience. Not to say that any of these dog breeds would not make good family pets, given the right owners and training. Because training, or the 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” on the dog would be a good idea.

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jeff 3 weeks ago

i have a Chihuahua and a Jack Russell and neither of them are aggressive, to be honest i think this list is complete bull. I have meet all of these dog breeds multiple times and not one of them were aggressive towards me or other dogs

CoraRychlik 3 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"

Cameron 3 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.

MizVixi 3 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.

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colorfulone 19 months 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.

Damon Peterson (Animal behaviorist M.S.) 21 months 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% ( 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!



NolaDarling 23 months ago

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

Darren Pellichino 23 months 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.

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.

YaOkay 2 years ago

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

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.

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?

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

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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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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

Boss 2 years ago

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

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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tillsontitan 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 Stratford 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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habee 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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! :)

Sherrie Young 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 years ago

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

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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alexadry 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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LeTotten 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 years ago


thanks for this information

I've been thinking of getting a dog

now I know which dogs to avoid

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Jmillis2006 3 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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tammyswallow 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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travel_man1971 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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DDE 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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Mama Kim 8 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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mypetfinderph 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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.

lovedoctor926 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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Suzie HQ 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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! :)

lovedoctor926 3 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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rebeccamealey 3 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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carol7777 3 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 3 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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

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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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thanks Bill...misspelled Dalmatian! LOL

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bdegiulio 3 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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billybuc 3 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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