Many dog proponents argue that specific dog breeds are not predisposed to aggression and that the rearing and training of a dog is the most significant factor in determining a dog’s temperament. This may well be true, and it is certainly true that any given dog isn’t dangerous simply because of its breed. However, it can be clearly shown that certain dog breeds are more statistically likely to be involved in a dog biting incident than others. This, combined with an evaluation of the breed’s size and strength, allows for a perfectly valid method of identifying dog breeds that are more dangerous than others.
Regardless of the breed of the animal, dog owners have an obligation to be aware of their pet’s demeanor and tendencies and to take the necessary precautions to ensure that the dog is never put in a situation where it may be a danger to other people.
Research by the Center for Disease Control, the Humane Society, and the American Veterinary Medical Association has identified the following breeds as the most dangerous:
Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a dog breed recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA)
The Rottweiler is a robust working breed of great strength descended from the mastiffs of the Roman legions. A gentle playmate and protector
The German shepherd dog is a herding breed known for its courage, loyalty and guarding instincts. This breed makes an excellent guard dog, police dog, military
Siberian Husky, a thickly coated, compact sled dog of medium size and great endurance, was developed to work in packs, pulling light loads
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of dog that was originally bred for its strength and endurance to haul heavy freight as a sled dog and hound
Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberman Pinscher is one of dogkind’s noblemen
The Chow Chow is a spitz-type of dog breed originally from northern China. … The Chow Chow is a sturdily built dog, square in profile, with a broad skull
Great Danes are sociable, friendly, and eager to please, and they respond well to firm, consistent training methods. They need to have human
The Saint Bernard does not rank very high in AKC registrations, but the genial giant of the Swiss Alps is nonetheless among the world’s
The Presa Canario is a Spanish breed of large dog of mastiff or catch dog type. It originates in the autonomous region of the Canary Islands
It is by no means a sure thing that a dog of one of the above breeds will be aggressive or violent, but it is best to use extra caution when interacting with these dogs. It should be remembered, however, that any dog can become aggressive or dangerous, regardless of its breed, size, or strength.