While all dogs are potentially dangerous, some are more dangerous than others. Some breeds of dog are significantly larger and stronger than the average person, and it is the duty of their owners to use training and discipline to restrain their pets. Although socialization, training, and care can make an enormous difference, some dogs are by nature aggressive and violent creatures. Here it is the compiled list of the most dangerous dog breeds:
10. Dalmatian (Weight: 40-70 lbs.)
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This breed is distinguished by intelligence and perfect memory, independence and survival instincts. Sometimes Dalmatians can be aggressive towards people. There’s still no definite info about what this breed was originally bred for. This is the first dotted breed in Europe, Asia and Africa. They were serving as warriors, hunters, and shepherds before finally becoming the symbol of the English fireman.
9. Boxer (Weight: 50-70 lbs.)
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Unlike their name suggest, these dogs are not typically aggressive by nature. They are bright, energetic and playful breed. Boxers have been known to be “headstrong”, which makes it a bit difficult to train them but with positive reinforcement techniques, Boxers often respond much better.
8. Presa Canario ( Weight: 80-115 lbs.)
The dogs of this breed can be gentle and noble with their families, showing great affection to their owners, and being suspicious of strangers. It is well known that an attack of this guard dog can bring to the death any prey. One of the main features of this dog is fearlessness, huge power and man-stopping ability.
7. Doberman Pinschers (Weight: 65-90 lbs.)
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A Doberman is known as a guard dog, and it tends to be very aggressive, but a skillful training can make it a wonderful pet that becomes very loyal to its owners. A Doberman dog is known for its intelligence and alertness. If a Doberman is at home, it is tough for anyone to trespass upon your premise. The dog usually attacks only in case its family is in danger or when being provoked.
6. Chow Chow (Weight: 50-70 lbs.)
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The Chow Chow seems to be distant and independent, however they require staunch attention. If badly bred they can become aggressive dogs.
5. Alaskan Malamutes (Weight: 75-100 lbs.)
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This breed requires a lot of exercises to be happy as being bored they become disobedient. On the whole their characteristic features are energy and activity.
4. Huskies (Weight: 44-66 lbs.)
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Very energetic and intelligent dogs. Not considered a good guard dog because of its personality characteristics and gentle temperament. A 2000 study of dog bites resulting in human fatalities in the U.S. found fifteen such fatalities (6% of the total) were caused by “husky-type” dogs between 1979 and 1997.
3. German Shepherds (Weight: 70-100 lbs.)
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The German Shepherd is an obvious inclusion in this list of most dangerous dogs. That is why I deliberately put it on the list. German Shepherd dogs are renowned for their strength, intelligence, and response to obedience training. These dogs are known for their eagerness to learn. They often need a purpose, a goal to chase.
2. Rottweilers (Weight: 100-130 lbs.)
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Due to their intense territorial instinct these dogs are very aggressive. Rottweilers are commonly used as guard dogs.
1. Pit Bulls (Weight: 55-65 lbs.)
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Pit bull is one of the most brave and dauntless dogs that usually takes on any opponent. Therefore they take part in dog fighting. It is common knowledge that this dog breed can even mangle the human to death as pit bull locks its jaws onto the booty until it is dead.
dog bite facts:
- 22 reported dog bite related human fatalities in the United States (2004)
- 29 human fatalities (2006)
- 33 human fatalities (2007)
- 45% of the attacks occurred to adults over the age of 18
- 55% occurred to ages below 18 age
- Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 67% of fatalities
- rottweiler at 12% of fatalities
- US citizen is bitten by a dog every 75 seconds
- For each US dog bite fatality there are about 670 hospitalizations and 16,000 emergency room visits, 21,000 other medical visits (office and clinic), and 187,000 non-medically treated bites …. source