8 Aggressive Dog Breeds You Should Not Mess With

Updated on May 8, 2019
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I am an entrepreneur and a research analyst by profession, a blogger and traveler by passion.

Dogs are some of the most adorable pets a person can have. There are very few other pets that can even come close to a dog. Not even a cat can beat a dog in being a man's best friend. Having said that, there are certain breeds of dogs which can be quite ferocious and can make you wet your pants if you treat them wrong. Here is a list of 8 world's most ferocious dog breeds. These can be quite gentle companions if you bring them up the right way, but beware!! Do not mess with them or you may end up in a hospital.

1. Pit Bulls

Talk about ferocious dogs and pit bulls are one of the top breeds that come to mind. Of course, much hype has been created by the media and Hollywood about their ferociousness The pit bulls have their origins in the United States and weigh between 30-55 lbs.`This breed is the result of interbreeding between a breed of bulldogs and terriers. The result is a pit bull terrier that has the athleticism and strength of the bulldog and gameness of a terrier. Though the locking of their jaws has been proven a myth, it still has one of the most ferocious bites. Most times these dogs were bred for dog fighting. Though these dogs are bred as normal pets nowadays, they are still a breed you need to watch out for.

2. Rottweilers

This breed of dogs comes from Germany and weigh between 85-110 lbs. They have strong and powerful jaws. The breed is bred primarily for guarding purposes. And you can expect a guard dog to be aggressive than a normal dog. Though these dogs are good-natured and obedient, they usually hate strangers and other dogs as they are highly territorial. This nature makes them quite aggressive and ferocious.

3. Doberman Pinschers

This is one tough, loyal and aggressive breed of dogs. These dogs can be gentle and wonderful family pets if they are trained properly. However, if you provoke them, they can be quite aggressive and dangerous. These intelligent and alert dogs serve well as guard dogs. No person can trespass a property guarded by a doberman pinscher due to its tough and aggressive nature. These dogs can attack without second thoughts if they perceive any danger to their owner or property. This is what makes them some of the world's most ferocious dogs.

4. German Shepherds

As the name suggests, this breed comes from Germany. A dog weighs an average between 70-100 lbs. They were originally bred as guard dogs for sheep against the attacks of wild animals such as wolves. Now these are bred both by home owners as well as the police. Their reliable and obedient temper as well as intelligent, agile and fearless nature make them excellent canine units. These are probably the most popular dogs among the law enforcement authorities. The can be reliably deployed in airports for tasks such as sniffing out bombs, drugs and illegal paraphernalia. They are highly active dogs and need constant physical activity.

5. Boerboels

Boerboels come from South Africa where they are bred for guarding the homestead. The word boerboel translates into “farmer's dog” in Afrikaans. The general belief is that these dogs came from the interbreeding of certain African breeds and the breeds brought by the Dutch, British and the French settlers. They were also used as the first line of defense against predators. These dogs are known to be calm and stable, at the same time being agile, strong and courageous. They are also known to have strong territorial instincts which makes them the popular choice among farmers as guard dogs.

6. Boxer

The boxer originated in Germany. These dogs are very strong and agile, and can weigh between 50-70 lbs. Their energetic and playful behavior gives them a label of being headstrong and difficult to train. Though they are highly energetic, they are not aggressive or violent by nature. They can also appear aloof and unfriendly to strangers. However, do not make the mistake of messing around with them as it may land you in serious trouble. The dog may attack you anytime and anywhere, but only in certain circumstances. One of the reasons that makes the dog dangerous is lack of socializing. One must be extremely cautious when breeding a boxer.

7. Presa Canario

These dogs come from the Canary islands. They are known to be dominant and have strong character. These were known to be bred as hunting and killing machines and were normally used in fighting rings. They can bring certain death to their prey if they attack. They require regular training and early socializing to keep them obedient. They can be aggressive towards strangers and other dogs in some situations. If properly trained, they can be very gentle and noble to their families and being great guard dogs.

8. Alaskan Malamute

This breed is known to be fierce due to its strong facade and energetic body. They are usually quiet and loyal, at the same time being independent which makes them quite hard to train. They are known to have great survival instincts. They are feared due to their capabilities and versatility of doing things beyond that of a typical dog, such as pulling a sled, herding reindeer and serving as a watchdog. They tend to become aggressive if they are bored. Hence, they need proper care, exercise, and control to avoid aggression.

So, these are some of the world's most ferocious dogs you can find. If properly trained and bred, they can be the best friends you can get and if crossed, they can be quite dangerous and you may pay dearly.

Important

  1. This article comes as a mixture of my opinion, my research based on some of the people who have shared their experiences with me and my own personal experience. A fierce dog doesn't necessarily a bad dog.
  2. Please understand that while your comment may be important for the article, foul language will not be tolerated and the comment will be deleted, however valuable it is. Any comments that may not add value to the blog will be removed.

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.

Questions & Answers

  • Do you think all of the eight most ferocious dog breeds are dangerous?

    The answer to that is very simple: Any plant, human or animal grows according to its environment. Having said that, a lion will eat meat and not grass. A cow will eat grass and not meat. Every animal has a natural instinct; you cannot beat that. You may love your Doberman, but if someone other than you enters its territory, it can become ferocious.

  • I live on the main floor of a house, and my place faces the backyard. My landlord lives above me and is getting a Rottweiler puppy for their three young sons. I'm afraid it will attack me or my cat. Is this likely?

    Not necessarily. It really depends on how your landlord will train the puppy. If he trains it to be a well-behaved dog, then it shouldn't be of concern. Also, keep in mind that dogs instinctually (with some exceptions) bark at cats. So, I don't think you should be concerned.

  • Why do you think a pit bull is ferocious? A chihuahua, for example, is much more aggressive.

    There are barking dogs and there are dogs that can send you to a hospital for a long time. That is the difference between a chihuahua and a pit bull.

  • Do you recognize that writing biased, one sided opinion papers on the internet breeds unnecessary fear?

    I do not believe that the article is either biased or opinionated in any way. Just ask for a moment when someone asked you, which is the dog you fear the most and you gave out a name. Does it make it a biased opinion? Or is it just your viewpoint? What I have done here is publish my viewpoint. You are much welcome to agree or disagree with it. And most of the dog breeds I have mentioned here - I either had a personal experience with them or it is through my observation.

  • What about pit bulls? They aren’t aggressive but only if they are bred that way?

    True. And that means that they can get aggressive, right?

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      Cat 

      3 days ago

      I am offended to because I have a pit bull and she would not hurt anyone and I also had a boxer that boxer would not hurt anyone and are u trying to scare people and kids because what if there are kids on here I would not do this and STOP!

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      Rachel 

      3 weeks ago

      First personally I’m offended by this because I have 2 pit bulls blaze and snoop and they wouldn’t hurt a fly secondly now I’m sort of scared of my dogs

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      Unknowen 

      3 months ago

      THIS IS B.S. I HAVE A PIT BULL AND A DOBERMAN! They both are the the sweetest dogs ever

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      MizN 

      4 months ago

      Don't write articles about things that you have little to no actual knowledge about. All you are doing is perpetuating stereotypes that have put these animals in danger. And as far as "researching a subject," Anyone can read other people's work and rewrite it, then call it the truth. Become a vet. Get a license as a trainer. Work in an animal shelter. Then you can talk. You don't even list your sources. Your opinion and that of others is exactly that, opinion. And how trustworthy is your research resources? You could be quoting someone like you. I will not apologize for my passion. You should apologize for your ignorance.

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      Batman 

      4 months ago

      German Shepherds are NOT dangerous at all! My aunt has one and he is the sweetest and most playful dog ever! Chihuahuas also ARE NOT DANGEROUS!!!! I have one and she will not bite me no matter what I do but she’s bitten my cousin twice, but she’s just not used to her, she lays on her...so of course she’s gonna bite her. My other cousin also has two chihuahuas and yes they bark and growl but that’s because they’re protective. My chihuahua doesn’t even try to kill my bunny,but she is protective, she barks at other dogs but she’s just protecting me. But almost all the time she’s either eating, or sleeping. So,don’t judge a book by its cover, a dog is usually only aggressive when protecting its owner or because it has been mistreated, so get to know a dog before you judge it.

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      Batman 

      4 months ago

      Pit Bulls are NOT dangerous! Pit Bulls are one of the sweetest dog breeds. I’ve met LOTS of Pit Bulls and they were all wonderful dogs.

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      Sav Santilli 

      4 months ago

      I live in a house connected to a dog rescue and am the full-time caretaker. I've had a few of each breed listed here and I have to say that this list is completely inaccurate. The sweetest breed I've had? Pit Bull. (I've had numerous of each of the breeds classified under Pit Bull.) The meanest breed I've encountered? Chihuahuas.The breed I wouldn't want to mess with? Human. (And Chihuhua. I have seven here now and they are the meanest dogs I have ever encountered in my four years living here.) This list is opinion, and it's the wrong opinion at that. I don't believe any research went into this whatsoever. Reading a few articles and watching news clips doesn't give any insight into what these breeds are really like. They are kind, loving, gentle, loyal and have more humanity in their toenails than most humans do in their entire bodies. I suggest going and doing actual research. Getting bit is a job hazard for me, but I have never been bitten by any breed listed here. I would recommend any of these breeds, especially Pit Bulls, to families with children. They are the Nanny Dog, after all. I would be interested in reading a follow-up article after you go and actually research these breeds. Get up close and personal with them. I guarantee you'll want one of your own.

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      Jessica Gallardo 

      4 months ago

      A boxer is a dangerous breed? You are absolutely out of your mind or have clearly never met a boxer before. Ridiculous.

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      Cary 

      4 months ago

      I have yet to meet an owner of any of the above dogs that would agree with you. My chihuahua may not put you in the hospital, but she is much more likely to bite you than my doberman pinscher ever was! We had two dobies who were the sweetest dogs ever. We also had dalmatians who because of their nervous nature were more likely to bite as well, if they were scared.

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      Jessica 

      5 months ago

      This is such a useless article. I have owned American staffies for years and they are the kindest most beautiful breeds possible. We have had a sob who had grown up with ours and he had been boisterous, and over loving with them as kids can be and they are the most tolerable and loving breed I have ever known. We are also Judy about to bring a Doberman into our family so your article is invalid..

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      Scarlett 

      5 months ago

      Pethelpfull...more like petuseless.

      Firstly, I have had the privilege to have pitbulls and german sheppards. You do breed specific articles labelling dogs when you should be labelling their owners. A bad owner means a bad dog.

      My german sheppards which I have had more than 3 quarters of my life are great companions amd pitbulls secondly are not agressive at all.

      Take as a person, if you sit in fear and agressive behaviour all day from the day you are born, you become what surrounds you. Same goes for dogs.

      Stop writing articles labelling dogs as agressive and start learning your dogs and what they need, not what you need..

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      Tracy 

      7 months ago

      People also tend to expect animals to lay there and do nothing while children pull their hair, try to ride them and do all kinds of things. A kid was standing outside of MY fence shooting my dog in the face with a water gun! Sometimes they attack because they are being hurt or taunted. We not only need to train the animals but also the humans!!!

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      naura 

      7 months ago

      My dog is not included here but super protective

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      Michael 

      7 months ago

      I own a Staffy and honestly with all of these needs except for the ones that seem to have their own agenda Doberman especially, if you can't outsmart the dog to train it, it will outsmart and overcome you.

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      Debbi 

      7 months ago

      I love reading comments to things like this. Now mind you I am in no way shape or form trying to belittle or attack anyone who has their OPINIONS. I have worked with all types of domestic animals. i am a Pit Bull rescuer. I have 3 sons that have been raised for the last 20 years with nothing but pit bulls. Now mind you a lot of people cant tell the difference between an American Pit bull terrier and a staffordshire terrier.The only reason people know what a bull terrier is well because he has the funny snout. Oh and he was the mascot for the Target. I have never been bit or even growled at by any Pit bull I have rescued nor any that I have worked with. Even the ones I had to restrain at work to get blood tests from. I've had friends and families that have owned them and never a problem. Just the other day my arm was grabbed by a Jack Russel Terrier because she was attempting to bit another dog and instead of me allowing that I put my arm in the way so she grabbed me instead of the other dog. I have Chihuahuas attempt to try to eat my face off and Dachshunds as well. I have always had a motto.. Anything with teeth is considered dangerous and can bite you. Really do your research better yet get to know some of these animals before you breed shame or become afraid. Just like people there are good and bad dogs. Don't judge a dog just like you wouldn't a person. Better yet a cat bite can actual kill you. I watched a fellow tech lose instant feeling in her arm because a cat bit her and she was rushed from our facility to the ER because of it. Again I have dealt with all breeds and types.. My sons have never been bitten nor attacked by any dogs including my neighbors Bull Terrier. I enjoy my job and I do have all rights in the world to defend my Bully companions because that's all they have ever been. BTW Pit Bulls aren't so bad. At one point in time they were considered Nanny Dogs.. So really don't blame the breeds they will do anything to make their owners happy. They are that loyal to whom ever they are by. Think about it. If you were starved for days and locked in the kennel and the only way you got eat was by doing what your owner trained you to do... Yall have a great night... #bullieshavearightnottobejudged #judgethedeedNotthebreed

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      Olivia 

      7 months ago

      This article is not true made up of true facts yes in the past these dogs have been trained to be more aggressive but aggressiveness is not a bread my neighbour have 3 pit bulls and one likes to visit my house quite a bit when she sees my cat she runs I have met a Chihuahua and the first thing it did was try and bite me.

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      Talulah 

      8 months ago

      Ive heard way too many pitbull horror stories, which make me believe that they are dangerous. Most recent about a little girl who almost had her arm ripped off. She was afraid of the dog. Why would he attack her? Otherwise docile with the owners and visiting another family? A calm 8 year old dog suddenly attacks a baby? I love dogs, but am now afraid of the breed. They can apparently turn on a dime with no provocation.

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      g-dog 

      8 months ago

      German shepherd all the way

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      Mike 

      8 months ago

      It seems no one understood what was being said. Or maybe I didn’t. The person that wrote the article was clear about what most of you are saying. “A dogs behavior is simply based on it upbringing”. But what the author is trying to say, (I think) and I would fully agree, is that if the dog was to be aggressive these would be the top 8 that would tear you up without breaking a sweat. Of course the Akita isn’t in there sand it should be. These are all fantastic breeds. I’ve had a few of them with no issues. But having experienced the power and potential of these dogs as I spoiled them, even I realize they can be lethal.

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      CD 

      9 months ago

      This is a great list. It is not all inclusive or exclusive. All dogs can be mean. These dogs can be vicious. I like that quality. I have had 4 Chow Chows. They were lovable and friendly......to me. They were lethal to strangers. I also had a Jack Russell and a Yorkshire Terrier. They were lovable and friendly....to me. They thought they were lethal. They were not!!! They did bite strangers but they couldn't protect me. They could "alert" me. Then I could protect them. This is not a "bad" list. Those dogs can be nice AND they're great for protection. All dogs must be "socialized" in order for them to be friendly. My dogs are not socialized. My yard is fenced. My doors are locked. My Yorkie will announce "your" presence. My Chow Chow will protect me.......AND I will protect her!!!!!!!!

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      Sherlyn 

      9 months ago

      I daycare a lot of dogs like 100000 dogs very hard to do it in the same time and I have pit Bulls and all the dogs my best friend is 14 and trained dogs k9 and a lot of things me and my besties

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      Honey too too 

      9 months ago

      I believe all dogs can be mean, but it depends on how you treat them. If they come from I good home then any breed of dog can be good would be just fine. If it comes from a bad home or whatever then the dog would probably have some problems. It’s all on the way you treat your pet and how you train it as well. I have a chow and lab mix loveable to everyone and I’m watching my step daughters pitbull loves everyone and well behaved. It’s all on how they are treated people.

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      "Dangerous" Dog Lover 

      9 months ago

      This should be titled Stupid Humans

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      Sofia 

      9 months ago

      You are not who to say if a dog is ferousious or not. Each dog is different and they will grow to be different depending on the way you treat each one of them. I have a pitbull named lila and she is the sweetest thing ever with everyone. She is not "aggressive" or "feroucious" at all. This is not a reasonable article because you dont have any proof every pitbull will be the same or if every rotweiler will be the same. Every dog deserves a chance.

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      Doktor 

      9 months ago

      Lol thx now ik which dog to get

      Tbh I have trust issues and having a aggressive loving dog well help a lot

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      Savannah 

      9 months ago

      pit bulls are not mean. I know a lot of them. I have a couple pit bulls they are great with my kids

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      robert 

      9 months ago

      my mother raised a chow after its mother died when it was 3 weeks old it was a perfect companion for her. she loved that dog we thought it loved her until one day she reached to pet it. it bit her arm several time resulting in several stitches. that dog had seen it last sunset.

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      User 

      9 months ago

      I agree that pit bulls are very dangerous

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      Hayden 

      10 months ago

      All dogs are good no dog deserves to be labeled ferocious

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      Donetta Sifford 

      10 months ago from Parrott, Virginia

      Hello I've read a lot of articles online listing the world's most "ferocious" dogs. A majority of these articles list the Great Dane as thr6mwe were you at the to

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      Myra 

      10 months ago

      This article should be called "8 Times Humans were Judgmental about Loving Creatures"

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      Allie 

      10 months ago

      U said pitbulls are mean have u ever had one cause i had one of she was so nice and loving she would never bite anyone one and then u said rattreweilweilers r mean i had and she was a baby and they can die easy she died at3 and i have one now and she is more scared of u than u are of her and then to top it of u said German Shepherds r mean my aunt has 1 and all she wants is a bone and her ball

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      Sparkles 

      11 months ago

      I agree with Scott. I am 36 and I have been raised with Boxers since I was a little over a year old. Every Boxer that has owned us (6 in all - because those of you that own Boxers know that's the case), has been super-loving, and while they may strike fear into the hearts of unexpected guests with their ferocious bark, every single one of them would have only been guilty of licking people to death, lol.

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      Dod 

      11 months ago

      This is awful. As many have already mentioned, any dog is capable of being dangerous with the wrong upbringing. We had a rescue lab that was very violent to other animals. We kept her in situations safe for herself and others and she was a wonderful and loyal sweet companion. We have a big rescue pit bull that loves my parents puppy. They roll around mouths wide open and tongues hanging out wrestling on the ground for hours.

      Every dog is individual and has different histories. It’s our jobs as pet owners to responsibly raises them based on their personality traits and not show prejudice based on their breed.

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      Nikki P 

      11 months ago

      You have no idea what you are talking about. I have had 3 real authentic pit bulls 1 English bull dog and 1chow. People always want to say how mean these breeds are. That isn’t the truth. Maybe you should do some research. Pitbulls were first created as babysitters. Most people don’t know that but you can look it up. I have two small little girls. My dogs have never bit anyone or been in trouble what so ever. It is all about how you treat them and raise them. Now I will say if you mess with the owners of these dogs you have your hands full.

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      Nikki 

      11 months ago

      The knly thing my two german shepards wants to do is stay up day and night with a tennis ball kn their mouth

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      Tuyet 

      12 months ago

      I want to know which dog in the pound are not bite people

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      Dog Lover 

      12 months ago

      None of these dogs are vicious when loved and treated right. So, it's wrong too even have a sight that states these things. Because, that's how all dog are.

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      Randi 

      12 months ago

      This article makes me question three validity of everything else on this site. It really shows that you can say anything here without much knowledge or reason. All dogs can be vicious when treated to become that way. You're just perpetuating myths.

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      Always horses 

      12 months ago

      I have a pitbull and she is really nice but she doesn't do great with non submissive dogs but gets along great with my neighbors dog

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      Pit bulls for life 

      12 months ago

      I do not think pitbulls are vicious

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      Jeanene 

      12 months ago

      I hardley think pit bulls are vicious.

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      12 months ago

      People should stop being ignorant, stop criticising the author and read the article very carefully word-by-word so to speak. If you were paying attention when you wre reading you would have noticed these lines "These can be qiute gentle companions if you bring them up the right way." and this one "Not even a cat can beat a dog in being a man's best freind."

      Only when provoked, treathened or not properly trained will these dogs endanger human life.

      Im writing as a man whom has grown in a dog loving family. I have 5year old son and nine month old daugther.

      Owning 4 dogs, 2 Rottweilers a 6year old and a 1yr old, 4yr old pit bull, 3yr old boerboel. they are all brothers and sisters. I have never had any problems with them in the same yard. they are well mannered and very well socialised. they are very good gaurds and family freinds. My 5yr old son can take the boerboel on a leash to buy some bread and there has never been incident.

      People should stop mistreating dogs if they want them to be best behaved.

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      Muttine 

      13 months ago

      The big problem with pits is that most of them are bred and mixed with other unknown breeds. I'm pretty confident that most of the reported attacks are not from purebred pits. From what I understand, pits are often bred with more aggressive breeds like cane corso and bull terrier for "bloodsports". But, unless you have a licensed breeder, there is no way to know.

      And yes, there are much more aggressive breeds than pits and rotts, but with such a powerful jaw like theirs the damage is much worst and often lethal. Owners should use their best judgment and socialize their dogs properly from when they are puppies or put a muzzle on during walkies to prevent incidents.

      I rescued a lab/mastiff cross who was not socialized properly as a puppy and has anxiety towards noise and other dogs, however she is not aggressive at all. Still, I take precautions. She wears a harness during walks so I can control her, avoid interactions with dogs we don't know and we go out mostly when it's quiet outside. Her re-education is slow but we're making progress.

      It's all about avoiding incidents and making sure everyone, including her, is safe.

      Don't you hate when other dog owners just assume that you want their dog to come and snif yours? My shih-tzu got attacked by other toy breeds a few times in spite of me telling the other owner that I'd prefer if they didn't approach my dog. My dog is all friendly and their vicious little brat jumps him. Not cool.

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      thanks for not putting jack russel i get mad people think their bad plus i have one and i love her so much 

      13 months ago

      thanks for not putting jack russel i get mad people think their bad plus i have one and i love her so much

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      Tamara Bonilla 

      13 months ago

      Why dogs attack people

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      jayden skyler teusch 

      13 months ago

      my ninja

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      Debbie 

      14 months ago

      This makes me so angry!!!! NO dog is "ferocious" unless brought up that way!!!!

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      joe 

      15 months ago

      if German shepherds are number 4 then why do police use them...

      i fostered a pit bull (mix) for a while, the only thing she was, was loving.

      no i'm wrong she also killed a toad. the only other thing she could have done was lick somebody to death.

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      Marcus M 

      16 months ago

      Most of the dogs on this list are no where near "most ferocious". Aside from the Pitt bull, boerboels and cane Corso. The fact is when it comes to protective loyalty and ferociousness there are only two. The mighty Caucasian shepherd and the kangal! Anything else is just a dog. I see comments about how their German Shepherd is toughest and can handle any dog? Maybe at a suburban dog park. I've never seen a German Shepherd that could come close to my Caucasian male. Let alone my 135 lb rotties. During rough play my Caucasian has tossed 135lbs 5 ft in the air with no real aggression just a game. True story. Again this list is made up of Hollywood dogs. Surprised kujo wasn't number 1. Try harder with more research. Darn it I almost forgot the dogo argentino that could run through this list before lunch.

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      Libby 

      17 months ago

      I've had different breed of dogs.and pit bulls are the best dogs ever! they were the best dog nannies back in the days. They have a really good temperament. We shouldn't blame or tag the dogs when they get aggressive...it's how they were raised. Any dogs that have been treated cruelly and trained the wrong way obviously will turn out the way they knew and were taught how to act. However, if they were given and shown love, they will act right and give love and loyalty in return.

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      Ellie 

      17 months ago

      pit bulls are not even mean if y'all were nice to them and didn't abuse them then they are marshemmlows and are very loving and cute they only turned aggressive for self defense or if they are scared

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      Dog 

      17 months ago

      No dogs are dangerous! Any dog can attack! My dog was attacked by three different labs. I don't hate labs though. We just need good owners for every dog.

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      Joe 

      17 months ago

      I love boxers, pitbulls and I assure you pitbulls are the best breed being a family dog

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      Mere 

      18 months ago

      I’ll pray for you!

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      Shyla 

      20 months ago

      Can a Doberman pinscher actually kill you

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      Scott 

      20 months ago

      Boxers? Boxers? Really? Only dangerous if they were to lick you to death!!!

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      Booya 

      20 months ago

      I have a 70lb American Staffordshire/ Lab mix and it is the most loyal passive dog I've ever had. He plays very well with dogs it has never met before. I love that I rescued him. He just wants to be loved.

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      Blanca 

      21 months ago

      How many years of personal experience do you have with each breed that makes you qualified to write this article?

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      TheChini 

      21 months ago

      Pitbulls are not mean dogs which is a common misconception. Pitbulls are companion dogs as well as very friendly dogs, but if mistreated will become dangerous, but that is only because they are scared and feel threatened. I have an American Pitbull and she is one of the nicest dogs I've ever seen. The only other reason people think they're dangerous is, because they were the dog breed that was in the military before the current dog breed and if you want to learn more about Pitbulls then watch a show called "Pitbulls And Parolees".

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      Rob Goodman 

      21 months ago

      if your dogs is smarter and stronger than you get a cat .Ignorance follows with bad problems

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      Jim Madden 

      21 months ago

      Totally surprised to see Boxers on the list of most dangerous breeds. My boxer lives to rough house with me. But has NEVER been hurtful.

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      mr.x 

      23 months ago

      i love pitbull

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      Mmac 

      2 years ago

      Chows should be on here.

      Also People that say "pitbulls aren't agressive because I have one, she's cute and 6 mos old" are deluded and the type of owners that cause deaths at dog parks.

      A sweet pitbull with humans/family can often turn on other dogs when the dog gives a small "warning growl" to back off.. (They have attacked mine - a sweet sheperd -and I've had to go break it up - always pitbulls and the owners always say the same thing- she's never done this etc)

      Owners have to accept that the breed was bred to fight in a pit hence the name. Bred rom bulldogs who were bred to kill Bulls in a ring. They are naturally pre-disposed to aggression itv was bred into them. Not all are but a majority.

      You cannot breed this out. you can somewhat control it but it the right situation it will always attack. The way a Beagle will ALWAYS chase a rabbit and and Aussie will always herd other dogs animals in a feild.

      Owners need to accept the innate characteristics of these dogs and what they were bred for.

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      Frank 

      2 years ago

      German shepherds vicious? I don't think the author knows the difference between vicious and capable. My GSD 's are always gentlemen. A little aloof but courteous. They aren't up for nonsense however. Especially if it's another large dog that doesn't have manners. Doesn't matter if it's a pitbull, Rottweiler or what have you. They're going to get schooled.

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      Natalie 

      2 years ago

      I think you guys just judge a dog by its cover and you think that just because they look tough and scary doesn't mean they are hurt people. It makes me sad because I have 3 baby pit bulls and they don't do anything and I also have 2 baby germen shepheards and they are harm less they don't deserve to be treated this way, there are more than 2,0000 dogs in shelters and a lot of them are pit bulls and germen shepheards and way more other dogs you think harm people. You think that the way dogs look are what they are (I'm seriously crying right now) and to tell you the truth you are really mean and rude if you were a dog sir you would be suffering and how many people judge you

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      jessica 

      2 years ago

      the are wrong these dogs do not do anything it's the owners that train them to do these things

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      Alexis 

      2 years ago

      You obviously don't know about the pit bull sir I Own one and he is very intelligent unlike you . He is eight months old and very playful his name s King . He already knows how to sit ,shake,stay,roll over ,lie down ,and he knows how to get on our kitchen table chairs and eat our food .He is also very playful ,active ,healthy and very Love able ,and super loyal .Sir I'm Alexis and I'm 11 years old .All I'm trying to say is don't judge a dog you don't even know about .

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      CB 

      2 years ago

      @rob:

      You obviously don't know much about Boerboels. Smartest, most loyal and strongest dog I've ever had. With a bite force of over 800 psi the only dog that even comes close is the Kangal. And these dogs are fearless when it comes to protecting their charges, something I've seen time and again from mine. And he's only half grown, I pity anyone who has the misfortune to get I his bad side when he's grown,

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      rob 

      2 years ago

      lollol no offense guys but boxer, Alaskan Malamute,gs,rotti,doberman shouldn't even make the list. heres real dogs that should be put in there insted

      kangal,fila brasileiro,caucasian shepherd,tosa inu,caucasian shepherd,dogo, the above dogs you stated come no where near the dogs i mentioned cant even stand in the shadows of them!

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      SEAN 

      2 years ago

      2 things one i dont know half these dogs and two pitbulls are agresive because owners train them like that and i should know because i know 2 pitbulls who are very very nice and well behaved

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      Devilish Snare 

      2 years ago

      I agree with the author that although a dogs temprement is partly determined by the way in which it has been raised, it is also determined by what breed it is and by extension its behavioural traits that dog breeders deliberately try to produce by interbreeding over thousands of years. A guard dog breed has undergone, as a breed, cross-breeding for sometimes only hundreds of years to have natural instincts to protect its property or territory. Indeed Pitts were originally designed to be used for bull hunting and were bred for this purpose. Even though, with duly care and appropriate measures, one can tame a pit bull and ensure it poses no threat to man or dog, you cannot supress its fundamental hunting instincts. 82% of all fatal dog attacks are from pit bulls and although this statistic was found last year and not this year, this is astonishing and although some may interpret this as owners negligence, it seems too wayward to assume that all owners of pit bulls are negligent. Certainly it cannot come to the 82% figure that we have reached. In short, breeds such as those listed above, are bred for blood-sports, hunting, guarding, so are of course fundamentally agressive and certainly required much more care, professional advice and socialisation compared with a more calmer, gentler breed of dog. It does not mean to say that a gentle breed such as a Labrador will not be agressive, all I am suggesting is that their base instincts differ and that biologically, a Labrador was not bred to be violent and if it is, this is as a result of the way it has been raised. If a pit bull is violent, it could be as a result of cross-breeding designed for this breed to partake in blood sports or mistreatment and abuse at the hand of its owner. If a Labrador has not had sufficient socialisation early on with other dogs, it's temperament toward other dogs will perhaps be agressive but if a pit does not have enough socialization early on with other dogs, then it will be almost certainly agressive and, due to interbreeding, it has a high prey drive and will attempt to injure any dog. Each dog requires different amounts of care. A pit does not need to be treated badly to be agressive, it just needs closer care to suppress these hunters instincts. This argument is the nature versus nurture argument applied to dogs. For example, a dog will dig underground in the dirt because it is instinctive and a trait inherited from wolves. Any kind of raising the dog will not suppress this instinct. You can not suppress his instincts because it is, to simply put it, inherent. Apply this thinking to the issue of breeds being agressive and you see that, a pit possesses hunters instincts, biological tendencies fine tuned over hundreds of years and one cannot simply completely suppress them. One can perhaps limit them but never suppress them. A pit at the end of the day was bred to be agressive, to hunt bulls and not much later for blood sports. There are two ways of looking at the argument but I think that it is a combination of both and I think it is illogical to ignore one or the other. Both the nature and nurture arguments are valid. Recent research seems to suggest that both are more integrated than originally thought. It is for this reason, that I believe both a dogs natural instincts and the way it is raised will influence temprement and by extension their actions.

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      Thomas jing Yang Guan 

      2 years ago

      I tell you from what I know and yes they lived in the wild way back before we existed and trust me you are not to suspect it only to be abused by their owner or treated unfairly and trust me read the articles again and you will know if they did really not live in the wild and all I can say if there was no god there is no living humans, living things or even living beings and yes don't go crazy about it because they why are we he do not ever trust fully what scientists have you up against

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      Thomas Jing Yang Guan 

      2 years ago

      Wrong and I object and I can prove more than this the reason is when you treat bad, abuse them or teach them to attack and like to stay in the wild because before humans even knew dogs did live in the wild and if you also think you are right look at their nature

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      indra christian 

      3 years ago

      Yeah even its a domesticated dog they still have their wild instinct

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      kara 

      3 years ago

      but I had 2 pitbulls that i myself took care of, and i would spoil them, my nan would warn me to not put my face so close to the dogs face as it could bite, but it never once did, they would walk away or lick me, but never bite. When I walked them only one of them tried to get close to another dog to smell him, the woman yelled at me to get away, my dog didnt even bark wile the woman's cocker paniel was tearing his throat out.

      My friends would come over and my dogs would be so lazy that they didn't care that they were here. My friends always wanted me to put the dogs into another room as they were scared of them, like why? my dogs never even looked at them and they were scared? I would understand if they started growling or barking but they didn't? I'm starting to believe that only people who never had a pitbull would say its dangerous, as I never seen a person who had a pitbull complain. love can melt every heart if u treat ur dog with love while its a pup than it will stay with him ^-^ while if u abuse it than u shouldnt be surprised it bit u XD

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      Clark 

      3 years ago

      Stop being so dog racist. Pit bulls are some of the sweetest dogs and rank above average on temperament tests. The sad part about any dog, is when people don't raise their dogs properly. This means socializing them with EVERTHING and getting them used to different situations. I have seen a pit bull be dog aggressive and turn right around within a few weeks. (This was at a rehab home for dogs.)

      Instead write an article about helping dog owners of these breeds train their dogs to be good around other dogs and people. England has banned pit bulls (dumb mistake) and their dog bites per year has not gone down. EDUCATION is was people need, not fear.

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      Jerry5210 

      3 years ago

      These replies are by people that are blinded by love for their dogs. And anyone saying a pit bull/Rott is are non-aggressive dogs are out of their freaking minds!! Same for German Shepherds

      I live on a farm and we currently have 18 dogs living here (Between 3 families). We have Labs (2),White-Englishes (3), Beagles (2), Chahuahua (1), Cocker Spaniel (1), pit bulls (2), Rottweiller/Mix of something else (1), and some mutts!!

      None of our mutts/Labs/Beagles/Cocker Spaniel gave us any problems. The only problems we have are when the Rottwieller mix (Big boy) I call him and one of the Bulldogs get together. Only myself (age: 17), my uncle, and my stepdad can pull these beasts apart. I literally have to grab one of them and yank him back, then pick the other one up and put him in the back of my truck, and they are both still barking and growling at each other like fools, neither side willing to quit (Very ferocious animals). My little cousins nor my little brother are even allowed to intervene. These 5 dogs are so aggressive that when they just see each other in our different yards, they start pacing back and forth ready to fight, unless one of us goes out there and forces them to stop their posturing. And you can't say, "Well y'all just don't know how to raise dogs...... Lol we live on a farm with donkeys (The most aggressive animal I've ever been around btw) and we keep them in line pretty well, also why is it that we have problems with these dogs rather than our mutts, labs, spaniel, etc? It's stupid and ignorant to say, "Rottweiller's are only aggressive in certain situations, well that doesn't excuse the fact that they do tend to aggressive.

      My point is: That is like saying, "lions are only aggressive when someone walks into their territory, they aren't agressive when it is just them sitting around with the lionesses and Cubs"!! How foolish is that?? Of course Rotties and Pits are agressive, let a small animal that your Rott has never seen before walk onto your lawn, he'll rip it to shreds, my mom had a Rott when she was growing up and she said it would kill their cats, baby pigs, etc. none of the other dogs did but their rottie, they had many dogs back then too, so why didn't the other dogs do it?? Also, why is it that pit-Bulls account for 27+ human killings every year yet beagles/labs/mastiffs all put together don't even account for 1?? The answer is obvious, because pit bulls are ferocious and agressive dogs!! Same with Rottweillers. It pains me to see how many "suffered fools" get on here to try and say that even though Pitts and Rotties alone account for over 75% of fatal dog attacks!! Some people are just stupid and ignorant of FACTS!!

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      Steve 

      3 years ago

      There's no dog that comes out of there Mother Aggresive !! I've owned Pitbull's for over 30 year's and have never had a problem !! I'm also a Fireman/Paramedic for over 20 years and have never seen a Pitbull Attack !! It's a Shame to see people write this CRAP about a breed you obvious no nothing about !!

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      Coma 

      3 years ago

      It's really sad when your slumlord landlord accuses a Boxer bullmastiff mixed with old English bulldog of being part pitbull when the dog doesn't have pit in him at all and tells you have 30 days to get rid of a most loving gentle dog that loves to be around people and children.

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      3 years ago from India

      ajd: Thanks a lot :) Will add it to the updated list.

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      ajd 

      3 years ago

      Wow. Who wrote this post. I see no caucasian shepard here. My two year old caucasian is d most ferocious thing. He would rip a pittbull or rottweiler into shreds. Those dogs should.be in the no 1 spot. Pure aggression runs through them. They are overprotective of their family members and weary of strangers. My dog loves his family, but nwould murder anything outside us

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      Robyn 

      4 years ago

      APBT's were originally bred to hunt rats. They are quite strong, but they are one of the least aggressive. Rottweiler's are VERY sociable. Dobie's are protective and loyal, and very strong, but they also are hell-bent on pleasing their owners. This article is just crap opinion and discriminates. Any dog can be aggressive under the right (or in this case, wrong) circumstances. I've met more aggressive toy and terrier breeds than anything. If you want to discriminate against a breed, why not toss cocker spaniels, beagles, Chowchow's, and Dalmatians into the mix? You probably just should avoid all dogs and get a cat instead. I'm sure they will share your ignorant views.

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      Moo 

      4 years ago

      it's sad that although the dog is considered man's best friend, man is often the ever faithful, loving dog's worst nightmare

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      James 

      4 years ago

      Did no one read the disclaimer? He never said they were bad dogs and he did not stereotype them. Honestly people. You people think it's bad when a dog gets stereotyped as a dog that would bite when that's what they're meant to do. For instance, the doberman was bred with the sole purpose of being the best protection dog on the planet. Nowadays you would have to look long and hard (and pay an arm and a leg) to find a doberman with the nerves for protection work. People want the look of working dogs but not the temperament so the dogs have been watered down. If you can't own a working breed, then don't buy one.

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      Seth 

      5 years ago

      Oh cool! more bullshit that furthers incorrect stereotypes regarding dog breeds. Is there any way that I can just get a weekly newsletter of this kind of stuff?

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      jami 

      5 years ago

      Judge the deed, not the breed. Perhaps, before you call all of these dogs ferocious you spend some real time with them....just because they can hurt you doesn't mean they have any desire to do anything but bed for treats. Seriously, hands on research dude. Get it done.

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      Samantha 

      5 years ago

      My bosses Labrador Retriever ripped off his moms Labrador Retriever's ear for absolutely no reason. This is all false information given by prejudiced/ uneducated people.

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      nagaraju 

      5 years ago

      The "top 8 ferocious dogs" what does it mean no breed is ferocious above all are lovely companions even a lab can be ferocious with an irresponsible owner this all breeds will be wonderful companions if people understand their behaviour according to situation and little bit of reserch must be done before selecting a puppy for EX if a family living in an apartment with busy schedule considered buying huskey will it make sense! the dog behaviour is completely dependent on his packleader this type of blogs will mislead the people and mispopular the dog breeds no dog is ferocious

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      Sebastian 

      5 years ago

      No specific dog is vicious I have four pits and none of them have bitten anyone it is not the dog it is the owner and how he/she treats him/her

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      5 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot for both the negative and positive comments guys.

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      ME 

      5 years ago

      Hate to be one of those people who just comments to complain some more , but I will make an exception in this case. What dogs are "dangerous" is more a product of societal hype than anything else. The current consensus that pits are an overly aggressive/ bad breed only proves this point because that was not always the case. Thirty years ago it was the German Shepherd, twenty years ago the rottie. Just because those breeds have been put on the back burner does not mean that they have become less dangerous and that pits have become more dangerous. The danger is in horrible people who neglect dogs or train them to be dangerous. I have worked at vets offices and currently work at an obedience kennel and I can tell you I have been bitten by more 15 lb dogs than any breed on your list. While I do not think that this blog post contains inherent hatred of these breeds, the inflammatory title misrepresents the nature of domestic dogs in general. Few, if any, have natural tendencies to be "ferocious". It is a biproduct of what genes were unconsciously selected for as the domestic dog evolved with the early humans. The ancestors of dogs that were primarily scavengers that followed early human tribes around and picked off of leftovers. The ones that had less aggressive natures were not seen as a threat an continued to coexist in that symbiotic relationship. As a result, this less aggressive quality was disproportionately selected for in the gene pool because those dogs were allowed to the scraps and were better fed, giving a better chance at survival. A separate study has also shown that genes corresponding with subservience and good-natured personalities are linked to physical characteristics of the domestic dog. A several generation breeding trial of foxes that were selected and bred based on subservient personalities, and more aggressive ones as a control trial, show that after several generations the foxes selected fore based solely on less aggressive traits developed unexpected physical characteristics that made them look more like dogs. In conclusion, there is no such thing as a naturally "ferocious dog". There is only bad ownership, overly-influential stereotypes, and the physical capability of harm. Then again, with the right motivation human beings are much more dangerous than any dog could ever be.

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      angiepalmer 

      5 years ago

      I only read the pit bull section and decided I wasn't going to read the rest. I've done extensive research and written at least three research papers on different occasions about this exact topic. I have a pit bull Rottweiler mix. He is animal aggressive, I'll admit that but as far as people go he is overly friendly and gentle. No, not all pit bulls are people friendly vut that has nothing to do with the breed and has everything to do with socialization. I wouldn't never put a stamp on an entire breed of dog as one "you should be aware of." People should be cautious of all dogs because you don't know how they've been raised, what they've been taught or their temperament. The difference between an aggressive chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the pit bull is much larger and much stronger and nothing else.

      Here's food for thought, although pit bulls are viewed as killing machines and breed for fighting ( which they weren't, someone else mentioned the true reason for the breed) you have never heard of a pit bull who was trained to fight attack their handler. Pit bulls who are trained to fight are trained to be animal aggressive, not human aggressive. They fight because they are loyal and aim to please even if it means being killed in the process. If you've ever heard of pit bulls being called a "nanny dog" that's because in the early years of our country they were brought over and used as working dogs and sadly in most cases fighting dogs. When they were done doing their job (or fighting) they had to be able to be around the children.

      You are entitled to your opinion however more research is highly recommended to give you a more educated opinion.

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      lilcupcake 

      5 years ago

      Um, excuse me, pitbulls were not bred to fight. they were to PROTECT THEIR OWNERS WHEN A BULL GOT OUT OF HAND. which is how they go their name, and the tradition of clipping ears. clipping their ears was to protect the dog. do you know what the most common aggressive breeds really are? those tiny little ankle biters. no one thinks to train them and they get all crazy. a dog is made aggressive by training or lack there of. NEVER by blood.

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      Me 

      5 years ago

      My doberman almost bit some ones neck of he jumped and then almost bit him and her

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      Chris Leather 

      5 years ago from Cornwall UK

      I love posts like this. All those 'dog lovers' who post about how its all wrong and their dog wouldn't hurt a fly.

      Maybe, but many of these dogs are the favoured breeds of criminals and a certain type of person. As a result they are often bred by unscrupulous 'breeders' and owned by clueless idiots. So yes, they are often dangerous.

      On top of that, if I want to walk down the street with a machete, I'm probably going to be arrested. If I walk down the street with a dog bred to intimidate nothing happens. Go figure...

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      Me 

      5 years ago

      Doberman are really ferocious and dangerous I think that because my dog almost made two pit bulls almost die with smashing against nail

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      jojo 

      6 years ago

      i hhad i boerboel and she was the most loving dog i have ever had and im 10 and i haved a husky a boerboel crossed with a boxer and my mom gave my 2 dogs away that ment my life one lives now on a farm i can't see her because my sister is not in touch with my knew owner of my dog and she was the boerboel and then there is the boxer crossed with a boerboel she was also a great dog but she is dead i have had more than 25 dogs and all of them was loveable cuddly cute so if i were yyou who opend this website il shut it down because if you train your dog right an play with him or she they wont be dagerous im furios and sad with who ever opend this website

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      Taylor Hobbs 

      6 years ago

      I disagree with this, i have had a few pits and everyone of them were and are big babies unless they are trained to fight in a pen with other dogs.

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      Kate 

      6 years ago

      I've just been reading some of the replies to comments and I had to reply to them!!

      You compare your calling these breeds ferocious to calling a lion a carnivore. A lion IS a lion, it IS carnivore and ALL lions eat meat. Not all pit bulls or Rotties etc are aggressive or ferocious so there is no logic to your argument.

      Furthermore, although you are able to converse very well in English, you definitely do not speak English better than most Americans or British people, your writing does not flow as smoothly and so it's obvious English is not your first language. I don't even know if you truly understand the word ferocious? A ferocious dog is one that is overtly aggressive, out of control and violent - so applies to an individual dog, certainly not a breed as a whole (if it was, then logic says all dogs in that particular breed would be overtly aggressive which obviously isn't true going by the comments from owners on this page)

      My other issue is that you do not class Chihuahuas as territorial, well I actually have had worse experiences from small dogs than any large breed. I know many people who've been bitten by and snarled at by Jack Russells and terriers than dobermans etc

      My friend has a Chihuahua which nips the postman, snarls and tries to bite if you go anywhere near it. My other friend has a Jack which is so overprotective over its owner (my friend's partner), it took her 6 months before the dog would allow her to sit on the same sofa as her partner because it would snarl and go for her. I also know someone with a Westie which barks and growls none stop at you until you leave their house. My other friend has a Bull Mastiff which just sleeps at your feet, another has a German Shepherd which just wants her ears scratched none-stop. My boxer greets people with kisses and brings them his toy chicken to throw for him and tends to dry his face on your leg, his farting is the only aggressive part of him. He also greets other dogs well, has never growled at any person or dog no matter what happens and just looks at me confused when another dog growls at him. Hardly ferocious. And he is not a one off, I've had Boxers all my life and am yet to meet a bad natured one.

      Reading between the lines, it sounds as though your own dog was out of control in certain circumstances so you've taken your own experience and the odd tale and rumour and have declared them to be traits of a breed - if you really are a writer I would suggest researching topics properly before posting because you make yourself sound like a very insular writer. ANY breed can turn out ferocious if they are poorly trained or have bad experiences, it's not right to post this article and make such claims, because they're simply not true. Interestingly, I recently saw a TV program about dogs and they said that more people in the UK are treated for bites from Labradors than Staffordshire Bull Terriers, it shows not to make assumptions based on breeds and myths!

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