Most Dangerous Dogs in the World

What makes one dog breed get a reputation for being more dangerous than others? Should you be more cautious around specific breeds? And does a dog’s breed even matter, or is it always a case of bad training?

Let’s explore some of the world’s most dangerous dogs, what makes us consider certain dog breeds to be dangerous, and role and history of dog training in building these reputations.

Dangerous Dogs (by Design?)

There are a number of reasons people tend to think of certain dog breeds as more dangerous than others. Not all reasons hold the same validity (hard statistics versus personal experiences for example). But they can play an important role in our understanding of these animals and our discussion about what might make some more dangerous than others.

Here are some of the reasons we tend to consider certain dogs to be the most dangerous dog breeds:

  • There are more reported incidences of dog bites and serious injuries from some breeds (this is one of the big reasons pit bulls are considered the most dangerous dog in some municipalities, even requiring special insurance if you want to have one in some areas).
  • The sheer size of some breeds can increase that perceived “danger factor.” While many of the largest breeds are known for their calm temperaments, the danger has to do with the potential for more serious injuries if those dogs happen to attack or even accidentally injure someone.
  • Some dogs are seen as dangerous because they were literally designed to be seen that way over the course of history. For example, we’re used to seeing German Shepherds used as police dogs. We’re used to seeing breeds such as Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers being trained as guard dogs. And we’re used to the stories of American Pit Bull Terriers being trained for dog fighting.
  • Another big thing that affects our opinions of dog breeds is our personal experience with them and anecdotal stories we hear from others who have had either positive or negative experiences with certain types of dogs.

Let’s focus more on that last example, as I believe it can have the most impact.

How Our Personal Experiences Affect Our Views of Dog Breeds

Whether it’s right or wrong for us to judge a dog breed based on our limited experiences and the stories we hear about them, it’s something most of us do on some level (myself included). So I’d like to share some personal stories and how they’ve affected me (or not affected me how you might think).

In our comments on the original list we saw this. For example, we had people saying pit bulls aren’t dangerous because their own experiences with the breed have been pleasant. Others shared experiences on the other side of the spectrum.

Personally I come in somewhere in the middle. I’m not naive enough to think that breed alone makes all pit bulls dangerous or more vicious than other dogs. But I’m also not naive enough to ignore the evidence that this breed has a history of causing more frequent and more serious injuries than most, if not all, others.

Clearly the breed plays some role. Some breeds lean toward different temperaments, or have different loyalties (such as being great with their own families but naturally suspicious of strangers or other animals or even small children, who have less self-restraint than adults).

Personal experience is also a factor though. My brother has a small dog. He took the dog outside at his apartment building into the parking lot. Another neighbor was outside with their pit bull. It wasn’t on a leash (which was required there, but going unleashed isn’t terribly uncommon around here). By all measures the dog would have seemed like a normal, calm family pet. Until it saw my brother’s dog. It immediately charged at them and grabbed his dog by the throat (there was no provocation, no unusual noise, and they were across the lot — not close to the pit bull’s owner in any way). My brother was able to rescue his dog by lifting the pit bull and literally prying its mouth open (which, by the way, is a stupid thing to do — please don’t ever follow that example). The dog let go and his dog was okay after being treated for its injuries. The pit bull then latched onto my brother’s arm though. Again, he was okay after being treated, but the wound wasn’t insignificant. It could have been far worse.

That puts me in that middle ground territory I mentioned before. Personal experience with this breed is terrible. There is no sign that this dog was trained to attack or fight. Its owner seemed to be caught completely off-guard. It just snapped at the sight of a smaller dog. That kind of sudden reaction is far from unheard of with this breed.

But that said, I don’t fault an entire breed (this case pit bulls actually including three different breeds) for the actions of that single dog. The lack of predictability of some breeds would make them “more dangerous” in my view, almost as much as poor training and bad behavior by an owner (like allowing any breed with known issues with children or other animals to run free without a leash).

This is far from the only example I could give. Saint Bernards are also sometimes cited as some of the most dangerous dogs. But they’re also known for being calm-tempered and being good with kids. It’s their fierce loyalty that can be an issue.

A family member had one years ago. That dog was a great dog for most of its life. It even helped to stop a burglar in the family’s building. But years later it lunged at another family member who the dog knew for its entire life. They came to visit, and out of the blue the dog lunged and went for her eye. She’s still terrified of the breed to this day (and understandably so after an experience like that). We can’t explain the unprovoked attack. It might have been a breeding issue. The dog might have been having a bad day in some way. We just don’t know. I understand her fear of the breed. But it’s not one I hold myself as a result — perhaps because I didn’t see it first-hand.

Some people find my dog’s underbite to be intimidating. But I know this is just her smiling after eating her favorite treat (with crumbs still all over her face and the floor). But even happy pups can be dangerous in their own ways.

I personally own a mixed breed dog — border collie mixed with a lab. At this stage in her life, I would also consider her to be a dangerous dog, especially around children. She is in no way violent. She’s great with cats and other dogs. But she’s still at that point where she’s young, wants to play all the time, and she doesn’t realize her own size or strength. The hyper aspect is breed-specific. Both labs and border collies can be very high strung, especially in their first couple of years. Neighbors and family members don’t want her playing with their tiny dogs, and I think that’s understandable. And I wouldn’t take her out to play with small children for fear that she’d accidentally hurt them by jumping up or knocking them over as she tries to play. Being dangerous isn’t always a case of being vicious, and that’s why so much falls onto the owner. It’s our responsibility to make sure our dogs aren’t put into situations where they’re more likely to cause harm.

It’s this little guy that my guests should be most concerned about. He can be more vicious than any dog I’ve personally known. He mauled the last stranger who tried to rub that tummy (never, ever, ever pet an animal you don’t know without asking the owner first; she tried even after being warned).

If you’ve had experiences that have shaped your own views of what makes for a dangerous dog breed, let us know in the comments. Tell us what happened and whether or not you think it’s a fair way to judge a larger group of dogs based on the action (or actions) you’ve seen first-hand, and why.

Now let’s get to our original list of some of the seemingly most dangerous dogs, based on breeds. Now that you know why certain breeds have earned their “most dangerous dogs” reputations, can you think of others that might also have a similar history? Tell us in the comments.

Every person that I know deeply cares about his or her pets. They are their best friends. They tenderly love each other. Sometimes they eat together, sleep together, and go for walks together. I’m more of a cat person, but I can’t sit still when I see little puppies or big dogs with big soft fur. I want to hug them, play with them, and give them some of my love and tenderness too. I’ve also seen many adult dogs of different breeds worth praise and true admiration. They are clever, sociable, and funny when you want to play; calm and patient with kids. And they’re something I can’t credit to cats: they are faithful.


Personally, I don’t know any dog that would bite without warning or just snap. It’s my firm belief that behavior of the dog doesn’t depend on its breed so much as it being the right training and the “master” that matter. In my opinion, humans are most often responsible for dangerous dogs. That said, there might be some truth in the idea that some breeds have more unstable temperaments than others, but knowing this we should never provoke them.

Think for a minute and analyze your own life. Are we always polite? I can think of several situations when I would have gladly slapped a man in the face, but thank God I’m weak enough and I can control myself (at least I think that I can). Now think about animals. They have instincts too, and they may forget about good manners. It’s not as if they understand them in the same ways we do.

It’s also important for dog owners to protect both other people and their dogs from unexpected circumstances and thus the unpleasant situations. For example, when going outside, they could always use a dog-lead and a muzzle. They could be careful and not let the dog play on its own without a leash, especially when there are other people around. When you have a dog, you become forever responsible for the animal you’ve trained and tamed.

In any case, it’s good to know what breeds of dogs might be most dangerous, just to keep yourself safe. Sometimes the danger in a dog isn’t even a nasty personality, but a matter of them not knowing their own strength. Even though I personally still find it hard to believe that breed alone deems a dog “dangerous,” you never know what a dog’s owner has taught it. The research into the most dangerous dogs included below was performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States. We’ll start with least dangerous of the bunch. Sorry, but there won’t be any terrifying photos today.


Origin: Balkans, India, Middle Ages
Weight: 40-70 lbs
Height: 20-24 inches

Dalmatians are active and energetic dogs, loving to be outdoors. They are very playful and love running.

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.




Origin: Germany, 1850-ies
Weight: 50-64 lbs
Height: 20-25 inches

The boxer is a very strong “square” dog. Boxers love to walk, but the owner should never forget the leash. It’s also better to refrain from aggressive games. Still, boxers recognize all members of the family and can play well with the children.

The boxer breed was bred in feudal Germany and dates back to the line of bulldogs that existed in Europe in the XVI century. Its ancestors were used in hunting wild boars and other big wild animals. The first puppy in a new breed was given a name “Box.” Boxers qualities, such as their strength, were highly valued by farmers and shopkeepers.



Presa Canario

Origin:Canary Islands, Africa
Weight: 100-125 lbs
Height: 25-26 inches

The Presa Canario hails from the Canary Islands, where the dogs were trained for hunting and for war. During the 18th century, English traders and merchants came to the Canary Islands, bringing with them their working and gladiator dogs, notably the Mastiff of England and the Bulldog. Englishmen also brought with them their traditions of pit fighting for which their breeds and the island dogs were inevitably mixed and eventually bred to produce the ultimate fighter. Nowadays the breed is used for guarding and the handling and driving of cattle.

The dogs of this breed can be gentle and noble with their families, showing great affection to their owners, and being suspicious of strangers.



Saint Bernard

Origin: Switzerland, Middle Ages
Weight: 110-180 lbs
Height: 24-29 inches

Saint bernards are amazingly big and easygoing dogs, but due to their impressive size they can look a bit awkward. They are quiet and peaceful, love children and are not built for active and rapid games. Saint bernards will need all of your attention, so if you spend days in the office, this dog is not for you. They are tremendously strong and, of course, they require a good bit of space.

Most likely, the ancestor of the Saint Bernard was the Alpine Mastiff, which was a pretty aggressive breed. They were used as working dogs and scouts. Nowadays they are considered excellent home companions.



Great Dane

Origin: Germany, Middle Ages – XIX century
Weight: 90-120 lbs
Height: 27-32 inches

Great danes are beautiful and majestic animals, with a gentle and loving nature. They love to play with children and participate in all family events and activities, especially in the outdoors. They are happy to go for a walk and don’t mind the company of other dogs, and despite their gigantic size Great Danes can even feel quite at home in a city.

In the middle ages, these dogs were used for dog fighting and for hunting big mammals.



Chow Chow

Origin: China, antiquity
Weight: 40-65 lbs
Height: 18-22 inches

The chow chow is an independent dog often focused only on its own needs. Chow chows need constant physical activity and communication, even if they don’t seem to like being disturbed much.

Chow chows were bred for hunting and helping shepherds.



Doberman Pinscher

Origin: Germany, XIX century
Weight: 65-90 lbs
Height: 26-28 inches

Doberman pinschers (often just called dobermans) are dogs that were originally bred to protect and defend. It is important to avoid any type of aggressive play and struggle with these dogs, instead letting the games be guided to develop the doberman’s intelligence. Even though they aren’t small dogs, dobermans can adapt to life in a city and become a perfect companion for the experienced, physically active owner.

This breed was bred in Germany by Louis Doberman who decided to combine the qualities of guard dogs and and the terrier. Luis was a policeman and needed a dog that would devotedly defend its owner.



Alaskan Malamute

Origin: North America, ancient times
Weight: 80-110 lbs
Height: 23-28 inches

The malamute is a friendly dog, but it has rather an independent temper. It’s better to keep this dog in a village, far from the city. Sometimes violent and energetic, they constantly need to move or play. It’s a working breed where the dogs are used to a cold climate, so if you don’t live in the deep north, make your malamute a nice playground as they are always in need of physical activity.

The name was given to the breed by a local tribe which used the malamute to transport goods on a sleigh.




Origin: Siberia, ancient times
Weight: 35-55 lbs
Height: 20-24 inches

The training of a husky is a complicated thing, and this dog is not recommended for beginning dog owners. Initially these dogs were used to transport goods on a sleigh. Not afraid of cold weather, they’re very active and loving dogs. The love to get together with other members of their breed and howl at the moon.



German Shepherd

Origin: Germany, XIX century
Weight: 70-85 lbs
Height: 22-26 inches

German shepherds are very beautiful dogs, distinguished from other breeds by their reliable and obedient temper. They are in need of constant and serious physical activity though, and they seem to give preference to long walks and active games.

Originally (as obvious from the name), the dogs were used for grazing sheep. They are great home guards and often participate in programs for the disabled.




Origin: Germany, 1820-ies
Weight: 85-110 lbs
Height: 23-27 inches

Rottweilers are powerful dogs with strong jaws, primarily meant to protect. The breed was bred especially for that purpose. They often don’t like strangers and other dogs — they are guards at heart, and the dog owner should always remember that.



Pit bull

Origin: US, XIX century
Weight: 30-55 lbs
Height: 18-22 inches

The pit bull was bred especially for dog fighting and, sad as it is, they’re still used for this purpose today.



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1,044 thoughts on “Most Dangerous Dogs in the World

    1. Yep, that’s a strong dog and can get aggressive, and it also resembles some of the dogs listed in the post. Good addition, thanks.

        1. Hello there, i have to say that some of these dogs are not dangerous, i strongly believe that you can change a dog from young, i agree it’s in there breed too, but still we can make a difference. It’s the owners fault for not realizing that they should of trained it in the first place, we are teaching our dogs things every day, we have to be more careful… the message i’m trying to put out is, its not our dogs fault its our fault for teaching it these things they learn from us!!! i also strongly believe that your must NOT ever HIT A DOG…. be calm and assertive, ceaser millan said that we will follow on.

          1. This list is not fully accurate. check out the ATTS website. I have been around many of these breeds fro 40+ years and I have seen an agressive dog from just about every breed. You can generalize to a point but to include Great Danes and St. Bernards is adding false information. In general they are gentle giants. Especially the danes. I have raised and rescued many of this breed and even the rescues that have come from the meanest of situations showed nothing but love and gentleness.

          2. I find it hard to believe someone who can’t distinguish the usage of “their” and “there”. Uneducated people need to be silenced. I actually agree with what you are saying 100% but when I see that you don’t even know the English language (“i also strongly believe that YOUR must NOT ever HIT A DOG”) it makes you sound silly and uneducated. Go back to the ghetto.

          3. James Boxton is an English language Nazi who should not be allowed to comment on the Internet. I hope you are aware that some people like to loosen THEIR written English when posting comments on the Internet. Here is a little something for you:
            i hope u dont comment on each nd evry post tht doesnt tickle ur fancies coz id be sure that u’ll b doing it for the rest of ur life and i think it is there (<- see wat i did here) business nd not urs

          4. Hey James: You have poor punctuation skills.

            *the usage of “their” and “there”.*

            The end quote must always go after the punctuation at the end of a sentence.

            Learn (and practice!) this simple rule before you embarrass yourself on the internet yet again.

          5. Sorry Shelby, there’s a difference between American usage and British usage of quotation marks regarding the final punctuation.

        2. there not the most Dangerous dogs they can if no one treats the dog properly it’s not the dogs falt itt’s the owners falt any dog can be the dangerous dog it all depends on the owner

          1. HAHAHA! You don’t know when to use “there” or “they’re”??!! Hopefully you are still i n grade school. Then I can understand your lack of grammar skills. In reading your jibberish answer, I can’t make out what you are saying. Must be embarrassing..someone with an education can’t understand what you are saying “(

          2. @James Dad & @Hannah, I completely agree to you guys.

            And I would also like to say that, v shud even try to keep a “JAMES BOXTON” breed as a pet. You know why, its because of their words they are soo sharp around. and dumb enough to keep looking for th things we once say, blindlyy following its own command which was once given to it.

            I am gonna order one of the breed JAMES BOXTON right away. hahahahahahaha.. And will be waiting for “there” response.. LMAO…

        3. Your are an idiot. Saint bernards typically weigh from 150-210 from the one my friend ahs been rasing for 23 years. the msot dangerous dog would be a mastiff breed or molosser type do your hsitory and great danes go from 150-190 and they are very agressive if not trained correctly.

          1. Wow, you’re aggressive. Lots of unkindness on this message board. I don’t think it’s aggressive dogs we have to worry about……

          2. James Boxton, if you want to talk about grammar mistakes, then do not make any yourself! You forgot a few periods at the end of different sentences that you wrote. So James, don’t be an ass. If you want to discuss spelling, and grammar, find a different website. And while you are at it, suck stale fart out of a dead seagull! And be a jerk somewhere else! No one likes a cyberbully. (<look who remembered a period at the end of the sentence.)

          3. recently I have seen more and more people try to show how superior they are by degrading others…yes we type mistakes, do we care? NO! It is a small minded person who feels s/he has to troll through sites for spelling, vocabulary mistakes….and it has nothing to do with the subject spoken about..These sites are to share information not degrade and be rude to others who post! Many people type in a hurry, many have health problems and do the best they can, and many just could care less!! not here to impress you with my grammar or spelling knowledge which I know is atrocious at times but you can read the contents and get what I say …..Ugly minded people are best ignored …..they want to stir things up and are just obnoxious!
            As to the subject, any dog can be vicious if treated badly or taught to fight, Although I believe many breeds are bred especially for their fighting abilities….I too find it hard to believe Great Danes, Saint Bernard and some others especially the Boxer who are big puppies most of their lives, if you buy from a reputable dealer, see both parents and so on, Boxers are great family pets….But they have been interbred with more vicious dogs to make the Pitbull!….The Pitbull is bot a breed …it is a mix of the Stafordshire bull terrier, these dogs are one master dogs! lock on bite and never let go, very territorial to their family and will attack! English Bull dog though not as vicious, have the right build breeders want, are also in the mix, and then add Doberman and Rottweilers and you have the perfect fighting dog….We must remember that all dog breeds were used as working dogs centuries ago, so sometime no amount of training will stop the animals natural instincts …All breeds can be vicious if treated poorly…And never ever let children annoy them pull hair and so on, might be cute! but so unfair to the animal!! and you have to teach children how to respect and care for animals, soon enough the dog will be wanting to play with them, but it has to their choice, not your rambunctious 2yr old pulling him by his leg ! I love all dogs! but am wary, even afraid of many….

          4. Mastiffs r the most gentle breeds. Any and all breeders and websites will tell u the same. U never hear about mastiffs attacking people or other animals. They r known as the babysitter breed. They r too lazy to actually put out the effort…!!

          1. I own a 3-year old pitbull and she is an absolute sweetheart. We rescued her at 4 months (she was previously abused). She LOVES kids, is very gentle even when playing, listens great and plays well with other dogs. They’re only dangerous if you abuse them…..just like any other breed. Any pit owner needs to know how to properly handle their 4-legged friend and know when somebody should not be holding them. There was a good chance that she was not paying attention to him and noticing that he saw something. Always be aware of your pet and surroundings.

          2. Lexi, what have YOU been teaching your Pit Bull? They are NOT naturally agressive!! What was your mother doing to make the dog pull her off her seat? I hope you didn’t hit the dog! That’s called ABUSE and it was probably doing something you considered “cute” when it was a puppy and failed to train him not to do that.

          3. thats just a idoit to let a dog do that. if my dogs did that they know they would get popped hard on the nose. even thought i had a pit mix he was as sweet as sugar his name was puddles. he was so sweet.

          4. Just like any other breed or animal its about the training that they are given. I have been around Pitbulls my entire life and the only ones I have ever come across that dd things like that were the ones that were not trained or given attention. By pulling your mom off of a seat shows that you dog is in need of attention and hasnt had proper training between right and wrong. Any dog that isnt given any amount of traing is subject to do things like that not any specific breed.

          5. There is no such thing as lock jaw…..pitts just have bigger jaw muscles. Rottweilers actually have the strongest bite and PSI [pressure per square inch] than anyother breed. Even larger breeds. Pitts r definently strong too!!

        4. You are speaking nonsense. Ankle biters bite frequently, but really harm few. These breeds are big and have the capability to seriously injure or kill a person and some of them do. It is a mistake to assert that it is always the owners fault when a dog attacks. Some dogs are trained well and do not have any incidences with anyone until that one guy or kid that is threatening in some way we cannot know. Most people who sit here and try and refute the facts and statistics are owners of these breeds and have never had any issues and thank God for that. But are you gonna argue with the parents of a mauled kid? You gonna look them in the eye and tell them it was their fault that dog ate their kid. I lost 3 fingers to a pit bull that was raised without abuse or neglect. The dog didn’t know me. I came into it’s house, invited by the owner. The dog immediately went for my hand and as you know, removing your hand from the jaws of a pit usually ends in removal of the hand.

          1. that mauled kid should have been supervised and yes i would argue with its parents. dogs attack when they fill threatend. if the kid was supervised then they could have prevented the threat. and you are only saying this because you have benn attacked by a threatend dog. your fault for intrudding

          2. Ankle biters may not harm much, but look what they have to work with. If you look at a Chihuahua vs a Pitbull, a chihuahua actually has a worse attitude than a pit does and is probably more likely to bite. But, nobody cares about that because they can’t inflict much pain due to their small size. Toy and small breeds tend to have horrible temperaments….and never know when to shut up.

          3. Large breeds can be more dangerous. However, I have experience with large and small breeds. Small breeds tend to be more dangerous with children. The small breeds (40lbs or less) tend to be fear biters. Medium size breeds (like German Shepherds) also will tend to be more aggressive. Large or giant breeds are typically gentle. The larger breeds are more confident when raised correctly. I have had the honor of living with giants and tiny breeds. It was much easier to train a Caucasian Ovcharka than a Pomeranian. I think it came down to the fact that the Caucasian was not intimidated by me. They knew what I wanted without my saying. The Pomeranians, had to be essentially told what to do and are often a little skiddish. Yes, I have told a parent or two that their beloved brat was at fault. I have even had the police department and courts tell parents that the child provoked the attack. I’ve had my insurance polocies cancelled but luckily, I can afford attornies.

          4. Zombie, please don’t blame the dog for what happened! Why did your “friend” allow the dog to greet you at the door in the first place, if he knew the dog was aggressive? Blame your friend, NOT the dog! And if you’re going to blame the dog, then blame the individual animal and not the BREED! There will always be agressive dogs in EVERY breed, but it’s up to the owner(s) to restrain the animal when iniviting someone over. If your “friend” knew his Pit was stranger agressive, he should have put him in another room before answering the door.

          5. helaina, you have lost your mind. Only a fool would argue something so stupid with the parent of a child who has been mauled by a dog. I have not been attacked by a dog like that but I completely agree with zombie. Let a dog attack one of my kids for being a KID and it will no longer be a “threatened” dog but a DEAD dog. PLEASE, stick with your animals and do not reproduce.

          6. tell the 25 people pit bulls have killed in the last two years in america alone. including 13 children under the age of 9 and their families why you had to have a dog created for fighting. and how when it did what it was created to do it was their fault. tell the mothers their children are dead cause you are too cool for a corgi and wanted to make a statement by showing the world pitbulls can be nice. and yes aggression is in their nature it is just capable of being suppressed using socialization methods

          7. nope not true removing the grip of a pitbull’s jaws is as easy as removing the grip of a chihuahua’s jaws you should look it up chihuahuas and german shepherds have the highest bite rate in all of the u.s people(mainly the government) use german shepherds as attack dogs and mostly they dont could the attacks because they dont want a bad name on the breed so people need to stop putting bad names on the american pitbull terrier

          8. And that is the fault of the owner if you never been around the dog the owner should have known better than to just let you walk in. You were a trespasser on the dogs territory making you a threat to his family. Statistics that are given about Pitbull attacks are incriminating and inacurate. There have been attemps at full statistics done my the CDC and a few other government funded studies done with all of them having them final statement that they are inaccurate and unrepetable. Facts in many attacks are distorted and when they looked into it further the breed that was accused, in most cases being a Pitbull, came out not being what was reported but another breed all together in most cases. Im sorry that something like that has happened to you and for the families that have suffered because of something like that but the facts are that the only time its broadcast and made a point of is if it is a pittbull not other breeds. Where Im from I know of someone being attacked and there have been cases were there was someone killed by dogs and it never makes the news because it was not a Pitbull so it wasnt as important.

          9. some breeds almost become possessed at one point and could kill or seriously injure there owners. I had a pitbull that graduated from dog obedience and seriously injured my dad the second he came in the house from work. Also we got him only at 8 weeks old and was going to become a police dog so he was never abused. Then i got a german shepherd the best dog of all. so we still have him and are breeding them./ They are SO nice

          1. Wow! What a cool ghetto dweller you must be! You saw one dog killing another! Man, I am glad that I have money, make a good living and I don’t have to be associated with minority sub-humans like you that view animal cruelty as entertainment. Know this: I am sitting in a nice house in the suburbs with not a care in the world and you are struggling to make ends meet while you have to resort to torture for entertainment. I win (and am looked at as superior in society). Dirtbag

        5. you havent got a clue kid, Pitbull is the best fighting dog and always will be, all these wanna be pitbull breads n dogs that are like 8ft tall….dont mean shit. pitbull would kill off any dog 1v1 standard.

          1. Pitbull is like a puppy for bully kutta you retard. The only reason pitbull are considered fierce is because of popularity. I can bet a billion on bully, ’cause I’ve seen how much it is capable of when it comes to a dogfight or guarding it’s owner. Also they are very easily trained.

          2. actually dogs whom are part wolf such as huskies and malamutes in a 1v1 would kill off any pitbull as their extremely thick fur protects them from all dog attacks, they are naturally very active and extremely strong physically and are by far the most aggressive if not trained properly.

          3. pit bull or bully nothing stands a chance near the great TURKISH KANGALDOG. may be a dog which may prove to be a competent rival is the great CAUCASIAN OVTCHARKA.

          4. In your dreams, I have a german shepherd girl and there was a stray pitbull wearing a huge chain which usually isnt a good sign and guess what all she did was bark lunge and growl and it came closer then she tried to snap and it growled but ran off. . But i still love pitbulls! But even tho i do they arent the strongest dog in the world according to my proffesional attack trainer here

          5. For those of us who are educated, employed and don’t live in the ghetto, we don’t care what the best “fighting dog” would be. We give our dogs great lives while you minorities torture yours. You are savages

          6. Apparently you have never witnessed a Caucasian Ovcharka, Sivas Kangal, Tibetan Mastiff, or the like when in battle. Pitbulls while strong and aggressive, stand no chance against dogs bred to kill large predators. These dogs are bred to kill wolves, bear, and large cats such as tigers. I admire the Pitbull for what it is, a small to medium size breed that can hold it’s own with medium size breeds, even some large breeds. However, you cannot compare a Pitbull with several of the large livestock guardian breeds. Pitbulls have been bred to fight other dogs while livestock guard breeds have been bred to fight and kill any threat to their property, people, or livestock.

          7. Do any of you know what a pitbull was actually bred to do?
            Did any of you actually know staffordshires were dog bred to fight beside early warriors in battle? Or that they were bred to hunt bulls? Of course not because its always size that matters to these “professionals” but bully kuttas and kurdish kangal are definatly strong dogs believe me because I’ve worked with my parent around rescues and fighting dogs but if a bully came around a pitbulls owner and got a little to close a pit it would do more damage to a bully. They are faster and have a harder bite. I dont care what anybody replies about “oooh yeah man my bully would totally beat up your dog” but in reality you’ve never handled one. I’m 15 and worked with more dogs then most people here and i can tell you its not the breed it’s the dog. I myself have a rescue named bently, he is a black lab and no matter what dog and no matter how big he will protect me. Kangals are a different story kangals will forever be the scarriest dogs, my parents have rescued a fighter kangal and it tries to fight its reflection in the mirror. In my book best guard dog is and always will be a Rottie. Dog would take a bullet for you anyday and are very good with kids.

          8. PLEASE STOP PERPETUATING (?) THE MYTH THAT PIT BULLS ARE BRED FOR FIGHTING! It’s people like YOU that have encouraged society to have such an ugly view of these dogs! STOP IT!! It’s CRUEL and AGAINST THE LAW!! I pray you don’t own ANY Pit Bulls because you come off as a very cruel, self-centered, money hungry person. If you DO own a Pit Bull, I pray for the life of that poor animal. To you, it’s a tool to make money off of. To you, that dog has no heart, no blood, NOTHING! If you had a child and you could make money off that child, you’d most likely teach that child to be mean & hateful. I feel badly for people like you, Conor, because you seem to have no heart or soul. Anyone who would use an amimal for fighting to make $$$ is inhumane in my estimation. God help you, because the Pit Bull breed is HIS creation & people like you are taking a very sweet and loving animal and turning it into a MONSTER!

          9. Harshvardhan, Bull Terriers are easy to train? You have got to be joking (then again, sadly, perhaps you are not). I have had several in my obedience class and have seen, first hand, their lack of understanding of basic commands time and time again. They have a VERY short attention span, making them difficult to train in obedience. A scientific ranking of various dog breeds by intelligence ranks the “bulliy” 66th in intelligence out of 79 canine (another term for dog) breeds. Look up S. Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs” and see the rankings for yourself. Maybe you are confusing aggression “training” and the responsiveness of the “Bully” to this type of “training” with its innate intelligence? You do sound like you are easily confused.

          10. @ James Braxton no you dont look superior you look just as ignorant as the person that is bragging about the fact that they have seen one dog kill another to brag about what you have doesnt make you better than anyone else it just shows your stupidity, ignorance, and how closed minded you are or maybe even your age because someone who actually worked for what they have doesnt brag about how much better they are than another person.

            Also @ Rook you should also no your history before jumping the gun Pitbulls were breed as Hunting dogs. They were mixed with various breeds to get the different abilities so that in packs of 3 or 4 they were able to take down Big Game animals such as bears and Ox and Bison. In the 1800’s the outlawed the use of dogs to take down big game which then theyu just became protectors of the family and it took one person that came up with the idea to use their abilities in a different way by fighting them. The Pitbull Terrier was actually one of the most popular dogs because because they were the families hunters and protectors and then man turned their backs on them because once dog fighting was banned it became underground which has created todays hype and disalusion of the breed.

          1. It is very dangerous, was breed in Caucasian Mountains for protecting life stoke. Some exemplars weigh more than 200 lb. Good for farms with large land. It is very active dog, needs a lot of space, barks a lot. Not a good dog to keep in you apartment. Good with family members, but will not respect neighbors or family friends. Needs to be socialized with other dogs from young age, otherwise will try to dominate and subdue them. The best dog for protecting your farm and domestic animals that it will accept as family members. It is not shy, very aggressive, does not feel pain much, will fight to the death to protect your house and your family. These dogs are known to kill wolves, sometime more that one at the time.

          2. Own three at my country house, definitely would not recommend it for any purpose other than a guard dog. Vicious to anyone, but the family. Were bred to hunt bears and are naturally aggressive. Unlike most breeds that require proper training to be guard dogs they have that instinct since birth.

        6. Totally disagree. Pitbulls are NOT the most dangerous dog. Golder Retrievers are the most aggressive. Pitbulls are number 5 on the list

        7. personally cant believe danes have been listed but kangals,akitas, fila brazilieros and japanese tossas have not . maybe before stating so called facts on dog breeds maybe a bit of reading would be helpfull . and why is there a picture of a staffy for a pittbull ??????????

          1. yea like the fact that pit bulls were originally breed to catch rats in England bet nobody really knew that on huh

        8. just spent an hour or so reading about the bully . the dog is a maniac its deffinately up there with the japanese tossa . anyone thinking the pitt is the most dangerous dog are complete morons . there are dogs out there that would you pitts as tooth picks

          1. If you think the Japanese tosa, is a big dog, you should check out the Korean mastiff. It’s huge!


        10. Well I have been around a lot of dogs in my life, and the most vicious are those little Taco Bell dogs!! mean as heck! would never get one! very loyal to owners ,, my friends used to hide under couch and snap at your heels! obnoxious little thing! He only had 1 tooth left but his gums were hard!! Another is those tiny poodles rotten little spoiled rats!! and I know it is owners who spoil them rotten, but many people spoil their dog rotten …and they don’t attack for no reason!

        11. true i own a gultair and guldong mix he is pure white he is only 2 and a half months but his aggression is on a different level

        12. it says that pitbulls are the most dangerous dogs in the world but thats the not the dogs fault yes pitbulls are fighting dogs but they dont have to be if you bring them up right from a puppy then they ont be dangerous dog and they wont be banned from england so hat im trying to say is bring them up to be lovley dogs because i know they can be

        13. I think you never heard aboeut mongolian mastiff used from genggis khans time in battles for hunting for humans bears syberian snow tigers veeeety large dog height around 1,2m and still you can find in mongolian countryside

      1. My 7 year old Boerboel “Daisy” is so gentle, why would you consider this a dangerous breed? You’re confusing dangerous with protective!

      2. Hello Anastasia;
        I am looking for a breeder of Esther Dobermans and I believe he has his Kennel in Germany. His name is Willis Romanow, are you aware of such a breeder?

      3. Hi Anastasia, we have an rottie that look just the same as the photo of the one lying, its the best dog we ever had and I simply wanted to know which tipe of rottweiler that is?

      4. I have to disagree with everything you’ve posted above in terms of the dogs listed, I am definitely not suggesting these AREN’T powerful dogs; and I agree that dogs don’t usually attack without a warning and most of those warnings are ignored by little children who do not understand the strength of any dog. However, all dogs are capable of harm, you also missed out the Japanese Akita, I have heard a lot more stories about Akita’s harming people/kids than A Rottweiler. I put inexperienced owners down to this.
        Sorry if you find my post biased or anything, I do own a Rottweiler myself; and I am a child so of course I am going to be slightly biased about Rottie’s placing 2nd on the list.

      5. Most of these dogs arent dangerous at all, this needs to be updated and the name does not go with the article, SORRY

      6. I beg to differ from your No. 1, I own a American Pit Bull Terrier and he is the MOST loving dog I have ever seen. He is just as loving as any other dog. People only Think they know a Pit Bull by what others do to them, but I say own a Pit Bull First before you judge them. Any dog will be danegerous if YOU as owner raise them to be dangerous.

        1. why does your dog being nice have anything to do with the breed they kill people pits have 25 kills in the last two years in america alone

          1. If you actually look at statistics that number is completely inaccurate the CDC doesnt even stand behind those numbers because reports that have been taken in alot of cases they automatically stereotype the dog as a pittbull and in a few cases they dogs stated to be a ptibull had no attributes or caricteristics of one. Also I believe there are 3 cases alone were children were on the receiving end of an attack were it is stated in the headlines that the family pitbull did it and if you actually do some digging it wasnt the pitbull, Which is included in the statistics, but actually the family Ferrett.

          2. hmm well most people i see that hav pits are either crack heads, gangster wanna be, people with lots of tatts and probably really small u know wutz so guess wut thats a recipe of disaster idiots with strong dogs what else can the dog learn?? u giv these people say boxers or germ sheps or any other strong dog this will be the same thing…………….. pits are sadly givin to rejects and end up doin bad things cuz they were abused in many ways mostly treated like crap poor little pits they r wonderfull petz

        2. You cant own “A” pit and know enough to judge the breed. Many lines of pits have aggression bred out of them but they are naturally more dangerous than many other breeds They are known for their strength and strong bite. They are used in hog hunting as catch dogs because of their lack of fear and willingness to bite and hold on till the hog can be caught by hand. The dog breeds used to find the hogs are typically too timid to catch a hog by themselves but pits rarely think twice about taking on a hog 3 times their size. You can take just about any ole pit from the pound or any of your ‘gentle’ family pet pits and make a catch dog out of it with little trouble. This isn’t so with the majority of other breeds. They have little to no fear. That is why they are dangerous. Also unfortunately the pitbull is very popular with dog fighting. While many lines of pits have been intentionally breed to have low aggression, many other lines are bred to have super aggression.
          My dog is a pit mix. He is a very loving dog to me and my wife as well as anyone I welcome onto our property but I have to watch him carefully around other dogs, mainly alpha males. He just can’t help himself. Believe me he knows I don’t approve but it is in his breeding.

      7. sorry casey but pittbulls have always been bred for fighting hence the name they have always had pittbulls. to fight in the pitt . and i think you will find staffys were bred for badgor baiting . and the breed is not old enough to fight with early warriors lol . dogs like the akita irish wolf hounds great danes and chow chows have been used in war as these breeds are as old as the hills and unlike your bullterrier breeds have high enough intelligence .

      8. i have a labrador but i want to agracive doges han i sugges root rottweiler for security & guard in my shop can u tell me that my good sugasation

        1. A Pitbull is a Pitbull
          I love my Pitbull and we walk 10km a
          day but he is what he is… If you love your
          Dog like I do you need to have him or her muzzle
          all time . Because it would kill me inside if I had
          to put him down because of something that he did.

      9. Why would you list a St. Bernard, this breed is one of the most loving, docile breed you can buy!
        They are like big loving cuddly teddy bears..their ancestry doesn’t make them aggressive. They were bread to be work dogs and rescue. I have NEVER met a St. Bernard that was even the least bit mean or aggressive. Even in your description of them it says; peaceful, good with children, easy going, and quiet. Also I’ve never met a Great Dane that was mean either…they are gentle giants.

      10. If you are going to include Alaskan malamutes and husky’s, then you should add the wolf hybrid. Owning a wold dog is not like owning any other dog, you have to think of it as a wolf, rather than a dog. If someone does not know how to handle the breed they can become aggressive. They also tend to be overly dominant with other dogs.

        1. Also..a wolf has the strength of 10 dogs, when say wolf, I am including the wolf hybrid dog. They are huge and very powerful. They can and if provoked will take on and kill any dog that they do not like. My father had a wolf dog when he was growing up, they are good with the family but very wary of strangers. His dog was always getting into fights, and easily took down any dog that was dumb enough to challenge him. Including Rottweilers and Pitbulls.

          1. lol maybe they were malnutritioned rotts and germs…….. just because one pit or wolf or dogo or wut evr doesnt mean that this dog can kill the entire race of that breed i have a 160 pound rott and once loose at the park a so called wolf hybrid beautiful dog got aggresive and went for my dogs neck 20 seconds later 15 people were hitting my dog with bats and broomsticks to get it off once he let go the wolfs leg was nearly severed had to be takin to animal hospital but im not gonna say just because this one incedent that rotts r the toughest dogs in the world and can kill all wolfs im sure there is a wolf out there that could do damage to him…. as well as pits ive seen really weak ones that i could slap around if i needed then ive seen ones that i wouldnt go around agn it doesnt mean all pits can kill evry dog all these breeds r tough and which evr breed there may b some that excell others within there own breed. bottom line most of these dogs u r talking about on this site are very tough dogs and u cant say one is tougher then the other it all depends on the dog,

      11. I really wish people like you could get there facts straight before posting stuff like this. Its people like you that give these dogs bad names. If you want to post stuff like this put there owners up, because they are the problem not the dogs…. Do a little more research next time and you will learn a few things ie….Pit Bulls were not bread for fighting. They have no proven record of when the breed came around. They just have an approx time frame and they were used for taking down bulls, then used in protection of tribe invasions,baiting, then brought to America and that where the problem began. Also look up the definition of dangerous..the only thing you are correct is part of that definition “able” and yes any animal is ABLE to harm someone. In conclusion i think you are dangerous in giving these loving animals a bad name. just my 2 cents.

    2. as a owner of now my second st bernard
      i dont know why you would say that they are dangerous
      more teddy bears than dangerous

        1. I have what is referred to as a ”Gator Mouth” pit bull. I have never owned a more gentle or loving dog.Dogs are not bad unless they are made that way.The bpeople who fight and abuse dogs …well I would like to put them in a pitt with the animals they have trained.(but first they need their caritid severed)the only time my dog was ever aggresive was a time when my life was in danger

          1. Kim…I agree…well said. I own a lab/pit mix-from a rescue shelter. We have been fortunate to have owned another rescue dog-shepherd/lab mix and a purebred-beagle. They were wonderful family members. But my current dog-the lab/pit is the most affectionate, loving, funny and gentle and absolutely beautiful and fyi Conan has been very easy to train! She is intelligent and picks up on new commands quickly. It is the fault of so called human beings who turn these dogs into fighters-pits are so loyal to their masters-they are attempting to please these horrid people. At one time, in England, they were called nanny dogs, as parents used them to watch over their children. Finally, Conan, this is a forum to discuss breeds, not to correct and insults others if their spelling or grammar is not perfect! I guess we all cannot be as well educated (I did not say intelligent) as you. Stick to the topic.

    3. The title Dangerous Dog suits to many, Borboel is one which is missing from list.

      but except Chow Chow none must be called Aggressive Dogs :-p

      the smaller breed ones are more aggressive, and tend to bite and bark at other dogs and humans.

      Yes what makes diff. is the list above (incl. borboel) they attacks are Fatal.

      Especially Rotty and Pitbull. They are sweet lovely ones, but when provoked they can attack which can be fatal.

      1. While some smaller dog breeds tend to be more aggressive, the article is about dangerous dogs. Although small breeds may be more aggressive, they are not as dangerous as say, an aggressive pit bull, because they lack the size and strength do major, life altering damage.

        1. Thats bull crap about Pitbulls. My brother rescuses and reahabilates Pit Bulls that PEOPLE have abused. They are very loving and loyal and kind dogs. They are great with kids and love to please they’re owners. You need to get your facts straight before you start talking bad about a breed of dog you know nothing about. Alot of these dogs on this list wouldn’t hurt a fly. And just because they’re big enough to cause damage to a person it’s more likely that your gonna be attacked by a small dog then a large one. Get your facts straight before you start giving dogs a bad reputation like so many have already done with the Pit Bulls. Judge the Deed NOT The Breed!!!

          1. I love the last part of your comment. Judge the deed not the breed!! The list of breeds on here confused the crap outa me???? But when I looked back I seen it says LEAST DANGEROUS which makes more sense to me but is still really wrong!! I’ve seen more dalmatian’s bite and turn on their owners then any of the other breeds on this list. So regardless of the way this list is supposed to be it is still false information.

          2. The list is perfect. it is based on the number of fatalities caused by these dogs in the past.

          3. Then, could you please explain to me how “very loving and loyal and kind dogs”, such as a Pit Bulls, just so happen to be banned from breeding in Ontario, are required to be muzzled in public, and must be sterilized?

          4. I agree with you on this just to the simple fact that I own a rednose pitbull and a rottweiler. They get along great with my wife and daughter and yes they are protective. I also believethe reason why all the dogs mention get a bad rep is cause of dumb owners. All it takes is tlc(tender, love and care)

          5. that is so right i have 2 pitbulls,2german shepherd,2 rotties and 2 bullmastif they saved my life.i was being attacked by a grizzly bear 4 of my dogs died saving my life.1 of my german shepherds died,Roxy she had a broken rottie Lucky i put down because he had brain damage.and my 2 bullmastifs R-kie and AJ R-kiis was killed, is 4 legs were broken and so were is ribs he and Roxy were the first to attack AJ was eaten all that was left was his head and his 4 legs. the my other dog were hurt nu not bad.But the point is dont say crap about a dog cause no dog are dangerous it is what people make them.Ohya and all of my dogs were abused so it dose not matter if they were abused or not no dog should be abused or dangerous so don’t abuse dogs

          6. They seem to just be nasty dogs but I supose not all of them are nasty.My friend has a rottie and even though they seem to be overlooked as vicous she is a lovely dog. But still I think that is a lie, I do not think they are great with kids.

          7. GN, the key word in your posting is “provoked!” ANY dog would attack when provoked! It’s a defense mechanism! But it seems the Pit Bull is blamed for something that it did not instigate! Again, key word here being “provoked!”

          8. It’s the bad owners that make the dogs dangerous not the dog. I have an 8yr old Red nose pit bull that we have had was since he was a pup. He has been the best dog I have ever had. I have 3 special needs children and would never trust a dog more around them then him. He has been our best friend our companion for the past 8yrs. He is going to be an impossible dog to ever replace. So before all you big mouthed ppl say anything about the breed take into consideration who the owners are. dogs are a product of there enviroment just like ppl are!!!!!

        2. I think these lists should be labelled a little clearer than “most dangerous” How about dogs capable of inflicting the most damage if left in the hands of irresponsible owners?

          1. i agree with u no dogs a dangerous it is what people mack them i have 1 german shepherd,1 pitbull and 1 rottie and they r so nice and loyal they save my life.

      2. Why stand up for a Rotty and Pit, but discriminate against a Chow? We have a Chow Chow and she doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body. She loves all people, will probably lick an intruder to death. I trust her 100% around our other dogs, cats and kittens, chickens and parrots. She is a real teddy bear. It depends on how you raise them!

        1. ChantalI am not just standing up for the pit and rott but all dogs. This is is not perfect it is based on some things that are and true. Just another way to give the dogs we grew up with. Also the great dane was never bred for fighting but for hunting game where did you get your information and facts from

        2. wrong guys most dangerous dogs are bully kutta, afghan saga kochi, pakistani gulldong.they are not familiar in the west but soon they will arrive.

        3. all dogs are great.. i was bitten by a rottie and they did not know if it had rabies. but while i was bleeding i begged my parents not to let them put it down..but now i have a rottie and i love her very much…plus our chow mix was shot,because she was part chow and our neighbers did not like her

        4. Chantal, thank you for posting this! I am looking to get a chow chow puppy and have been doing lots of research on their temperament. Most of what I have been seeing is that they are a loner breed who can be very temperamental and dangerous at times which has made me wary. However I have always believed that a dog is only as loving as how you raise it and treat it. so thank you for posting this it has eased some of my worries and confirmed what I had already believed. If you have anymore info you could tell me about chow chows please let me know. Thank you very much

      3. Ummmz sorry but pits arent really agresive if u raise them rite cuz i own on and i own a rotty and she is the most gentle and sweet dog ive ever had just saying.

        1. i agree with all the comments about it is how the dog is raised and treated, however i do believe it is in the nature and breed of some to attack. my lab as you notice is not in the dangerous catergory, was just attacked by a Pit Bull. I believe that to be the case, the dog was not nurtured. However in the area that I live in there is a lot of that, therefore I would like to have them outlawed in our town.

          1. You were attacked by a Pitt? Did you know most attacks brought on by Pitts are because of people so no u being attacked by a pitbull dose not make them a bad breed and I think it’s stupid that u want them outlawed in our town I mean I was attacked by a lab dosnt mean I want them outlawed… Just sayin o ya BLAME THE DEED NOT THE BREED BAN BSL

          2. Phyllis-on one list on the net, labs were cited as being responsible for many attacks-I was surprised as I have owned lab (mixes)-gentle, sweet, loyal, but my pit/lab mix is the sweetest, most affectionate, loves everyone, etc. Read up more on pits-it is almost always the owners, who take advantage of the breeds incredible loyalty, who turn these sweet dogs into the “attackers” the media portrays-and very often it turns out they were either mixed breeds or not even pits!

      4. dogs are aggressive due to the owner, we have had 3 chow chows and while they are very self absorbed, they have not been aggressive dogs and were very well mannered especially around children

    4. [Insulting comments removed.]

      Rottweilers are the best dogs in the world and no other breed can be so caring and alert as Rottweilers.

      Pitbulls are clownish and will do anything for you.

      It’s all the fault of owners. They all are potential dogs with great capabilities but its the owners responsibility to train them and socialize them.

      If the owner is the pack of leader then no dog can show aggressive behavior.

      1. i agree growing up we had a german rott and he was the best dog ever! he would just lay there not bark but if you came in the yard and he didnt know yu he let you know to get out!! and pits are verry frindley i have had many i curenlt have 3 it is all how they are raised my 2 year old can do anything to my dogs and they dont do nothing!!!!

      2. I have to disagree with this comment. We did our very best with our doberman pinscher. We did everything right. Consulted vets and behaviorists, obedience training was completed, socialization, etc. But the dog was poorly bred. To put it simply, she was a few sandwiches short of a picnic. People always blame the owners of the dog; in many cases we should be blaming the breeders. We loved our doberman to death but after she bit our son when he touched her bone, we had to make the choice to put her down. Broke our hearts.

        1. Owners fault again…..why would your son want to take the dogs bone away???? did he let the dog know that is what he was going to do? did he approach her in the right way. If he wasnt old enough to adhere to the rules then he should not of been left unsupervised……poor dog….

          1. Again–deed not the breed!

            I always wonder why boxers are listed here. They are wonderful with children, known for their patience with little people.

            In response to the comment about the dog attacking the child over the bone–sorry, doggy has to go! I would rather re-home him to a child-free environment, but you cannot raise a child in a hazardous environment. If the dog attacked a child in his own home, a member of his pack, then he’d go after a stranger and that would be a real disaster. You’ll lose homeowner’s insurance in a heartbeat for a dog bite!

          2. All dogs should be taught to allow anyone to take their food, toys, etc. We raised our staffy puppy where we and our children would take his food and toys away at any time and then return them so that he understood they were not his belongings, but ours. It is very important with powerful breeds to let them know who has ownership of everything because no matter how well supervised your dog is it only takes a split second for them to react. The rules should be applied to the dog not the child.

          3. The dogs actions all come down to the owner. We are the humans and they are the dogs…….humans should be responsible and act like humans therefore fatalaties, attacks and bad behaviour would not exist or at least be minimal if the owners took responsibility for their actions or inactions should I say!. All dogs no matter what breed can be brilliant domestic pets if brought up in a good loving environment and socialised as every vet will tell you!

          4. Granted that training a dog should include teaching it not to be food protective but I have to defend someone who sounds like they made an obvious attempt to keep their dog and saw it as a part of the family. Why else would someone go to so much trouble for behavioral consultation? I love my boys with all my heart but if they hurt my children despite all of their training then sometimes you have to make a tough decision. Don’t get me wrong. Our boys walk away from the food bowl when the kids start reaching for it as they have been taught but we also teach our children to be firm but loving and patient with the dogs. Its a two pronged approach. Both the kids and dogs know to respect each other. Its completely unfair to say a child was in the wrong in this situation.

          5. I’m really surprised at your reasoning. A child should let ba dog know his intention. A dog that can attack a child for taking its bone is a dangerous one and should not be kept as a pet dog.

        2. wow thats sad that poor dobie you realy shouldnt have a dog if your an irrisponcible owner and a bad parent you obviously didnt train your dog against food agression and not to watch your kid is just dumb. i have a properly trained 120lb rottie and my children can take a steak from his mouth if i would let them.

          1. This arguement is stupid, as are most of these people. This is a simple discussion of Nature vs. Nurture. Some dogs are born aggressive, just as certain people are, others learn the trait from poor ownership. Don’t act superior because one person failed at raising a dog you once had success with.

            Again, this is about dangerous breds, and while I own a 250lb English Mastiff (sweet as pie), I understand that she is dangerous. Little dogs yip and yap, nip and bite. One bite from my mastiff could kill a grown man. That makes her dangerous, even if she has never attacked and probably never will.

            When purchasing a dog that is powerful, even if your friends told you the bred is soooo sweet and would never hurt anything, they, like these people on this comment list, have no idea what they’re talking about. Take responsibility for your dogs, understand the signs of aggression and train train train train train.

            All of these dogs are DANGEROUS, maybe not aggressive by nature, but definatly DANGEROUS.

          2. i to own a mastiff and have trained close to 40yrs. thats one of the reason i own a english mastiff what a breed.ive trained many of the akc breeds and its called reading breed…. then you read the dog no to dogs are the same.THE same for people. You made more sense then all of the them put togeather.May i ask where you got mastiff from? Randy

        3. Doberman poorly bred I disagree with you. Did the doberman come from a bad home, and was it around kids, cause they are good with children if they were brought up with kids from puppies.Number 1 what are you doing allowing your child to be unsupervised.The missing some screws hmmm, I think you were missing some screws.Simply put your child had no buisiness going for the bone Hello.

        4. I disagree with your comment. Why would you leave your son unsupervised with a dog bred for guarding is beyond me. And why he went for a dogs most prized possession is also beyond me. Every doberman I have ever met has been the sweetest thing. Either the dog was not taught not to be aggressive when someone reaches for their food or she was not oriented very well with the child. Those are the only way that any of that could have happened. As for the other dogs on this list, this is a bunch of crock. I’ve owned 2 rottweilers, an american and german, and they were the best dogs. the american even let my 2 year old sister sleep in the same bed as her and use her as a pillow on car trips. And i know a Pitt Bull that right now i could walk up to off the street and as long as you let your attentions be known pet and take its food.

      3. I completely agree with the comments regarding the duty of owners and how the owner train the pet eventuslly being the deciding factor as to how your pet turns out to be- its totally wrong to blame a particular breed of dog and keep on writing bad things regarding them online- I am a proud owner of an eight month old Rottweiler and that is the most (loyal,loving,trustworthy,huggable,playful,intelligent,obidient,always trying to please) dog i have ever been around – its sad that media and internet has dented the reputation of such wonderful breed of dogs- I have a friend who has a four year old Pit Bull and has all the qualities which i mentioned above in my Rottweiler- they are simply man’s best companion.

      4. I myself have a rottie and to be honest he is more dosile and loving than the dog i had while growing up which was a collie spaniel cross.

        I have to say that rotties were not bred for guarding the romans used them as hearding/droving dogs who would also pull carts full of meat for them.

        I am a great believer in the fact that the tempermant of a dog has a lot to do with how they have been brought up! However i also understand the fact that an animal is an animal

        1. i would like to know where you got that info about rotties being used by the romans seeing as they werent bred anywhere near there or that time frame. the were bred in rottweil, germany to guard the butchers shops. thats why they are named rottweilers. so please disclose some links or refernces.

          1. You cannot have a guard dog and a family pet…..just as you have to choose if you want to show your dog…or is he going to be a family pet?.
            No dog should be around children if he is food aggressive,
            A guard dog is not a dog who barks at end of chain all night long at least little thing, a true guard dog will walk the perimeter of yard, be silent, and will attack as soon as someone tries to get in…He may be trained to bark at intruders, to alert household…these dogs do not make good pets…. They are focused on one thing keeping intruders out…

            Someone said the Pit Bull was its own breed, I stand corrected then, but I also learned that most real trainers breeders, do not want any brown fur, not the tiniest bit ….because the original dogs were black and white and any brown markings show it has another breed in it’s back ground… Also was told they were called pit bulls because they fought in a a makeshift pit ? or again was it because they were put down in the pit mines to kill rats? I do not know ….

            Dogs, any dogs will do anything for approval of it’s master, they can be lovable and eager to please, especially rescue dogs…..Still genetics do come into this, otherwise why would these scum breeders choose very carefully to breed the most aggressive dogs to train their puppies to fight? some of these puppies go for thousands of dollars…big money in fighting dogs…

            We all love our fur babies….but I can truthfully tell you of three cases when the beloved family pet turned, and still the owners kept them…One man was on his patio relaxing in his chair, with his 8 year old Doberman lying at his side, he fell asleep he really was in a deep sleep and his arm relaxed and fell on dog, dog immediately savaged the arm and tore it off, Dog was a family pet, grandchildren slept with him! But somehow his natural instincts caused him to attack..
            My neighbor’s little boy was sleeping on floor he was like 2 beside him was the family rottweiler, that dog would growl at anyone!! he scared me! anyway same thing boy turned in sleep, dog thought he was being attacked and bit him in face! Normally the dog was well behaved and tolerated the kids, so what made him turn on the little fella who learned to walk holding on to the same dog? they kept the dog!!

            Have had several friends who gave their dogs away when the new baby came and dog would growl,every time it saw the baby, one was a spaniel, other a cute mixed breed, …When we had our first, I set crib up early, dog got used to it, I went in first and made a big fuss over him..while hubby put baby in crib, we asked everyone who came to see us to make a fuss over dog first, That dog was baby’s best bud!! he would howl if I was not quick enough to change or feed him!
            Each of us has to realize there is potential for all breeds to go bad! I went to buy a one year old Shetland Sheepdog….he was timid, but I noticed every time the woman’s 2yr old came near he growled ? was going to go without dog, but something made me buy him…I did tell the woman to wait until her son was grown before getting another dog, I never heard him growl again, kids loved on him! cat’s loved on him!!! He died of cancer 12 years later…we were heartbroken…

      5. I agree, I own a Rotti and he is the most loving dog I inturduced him to my 3 year old step son about 8 months ago and considering the dog has never been around children he loves my step son and has never shown any aggresion I only have to make sure he doesn’t get too excited because he can become a bit clumsy.
        Rotti’s are a lovely bred and a pleasure to own

      1. You must be talking about the Presa canario they are not really aggressive but there is a case involvling them with Diane whipple it is a sad story. You should look it up.

    5. It is good to see that there is no real measure of a dangerous dog……Each has there own good and bad experiences of every breed. I must say to some of the posts regarding a dog biting a child when having it’s bone removed…How would you feel if someone constantly gave you something to eat and then took it away . Man that would make me cross.

    6. I have got to say you are completly right…I have a FULL BLOODED PITBULL people and Im thirteen and have a 11 year old sister and they are the sweetest dogs I have ever seen in all my life!!! She snuggles up with me and is one funny dog full of personality. So everyone do you really wanna know what the MOST DANGEROUS DOG IS???? Well there isn’t one…. ITS THE OWNERS!!!!

      1. My family and friends have owned pitbull’s and a few of the other various breeds and any one of them can be very dangerous. One of my friends loved her Pitbull’s and you could go to her house and they would run to you and give you kisses and would stay right next to you for you to pet them constantly. I liked her dogs and never thought they could ever be capable the being straight out vicious. I was aware of the breed and I worried about her baby being around the dogs. One day she heard a horrible scream and it was of her puppies. One of the pit’s was tearing the puppy to pieces while its mother joined in and helped in the vicious attack. Her and her husband tried everything to stop the attack. The thing that bothers me the most is that it actually turned on it’s own innocent baby instead of protecting it. I could have been my friends son playing instead of the puppy. Any dog can be dangerous just like a human. Anyone who owns a dog should always study the breed and be prepared. They are like children and sometimes act out which can be dangerous to others. Any dog can turn for any reason or no given reason even if they are the sweetest lovable animal in the world. I believe the biggest mistake of dog owners today is getting the wrong breed and not being educated on their animal. I love and have been rescuing animals including some wild animals most of my life. I was attacked by a dog as a child. I try to educate myself on each breed that I have came in contact with so I may be prepared. The biggest mistake an owner can do is think their animal would never bite. I personally don’t care much for the breed since I have seen what they can do without being provoked. I would still rescue them if they were in danger and I am sure they are wonderful dogs but they can get upset very easily. A little girl riding her bike down my street set one off the dog. It seems it attacked her because of the shiny spokes on the bike set the dog in a frenzy. This dog had to be shot so they could pry it loose off of the little girl. She never even acknowledged the dog until latched onto her. I have seen first hand what German Shepard’s, Boxers, Pitbull’s, Rotweiler’s, Dobermans and many other breeds can do and I don’t wish that pain on any person or animal. Serena you are very right about some of the owners because they can be careless and that can be a very dangerous situation for the dog and anyone else involved. Everyone should know their breed and make sure they can handle the animal at all times.

        1. i agree to a point with both dog breeds an owners .i think people have to understand that dogs are just like humans in the sence that some of us are just born with a few srews loose! whether it be this dog or that dog some are good an some are bad . it just take experience to be able to see early signs of agresssion in a dog an train accordingly . everyone likes to say i trust my dog 100% but that is bull crap it is or was a wild animal ! all considered . peace guys just love an respect these awesome animal.

    7. what you think about the argentinian dog.. They protect the flock of cows against pumas.. got a mixbreed of argentinian dog with american stafford..who fought against pitbull and split the leg of the pitbull.. Comparing to my dog all other dogs are weak

    8. Okay i just have to say that i look up on the doverments and they was breed for wiching flocs if sheep at by there sell this person don’t know what there talking about

    9. i am a proud owner of a pit bull and her name is Roxie and she is 8 months old, she is one of the biggest babies i know and i have grown up with pit bulls my entire life and hate that fact that people will list these dogs as most dangerous that is not the case these dogs are the most kind and forgiving and would do anything for some love and affection if any animal should be considered dangerous it should be the human that forced the dog on a vicious life style not the dogs so i can only hope that one day people will get the big picture and realize that the pit bull is NOT the problem the HUMAN is…

    10. Everybody forgets the bordeaux dog one of the powerful dogs in the world. My bordeaux dog has a bite strength of more the 650 kg per bite.

    11. well they are fierce dogs…… but if you rais them as pups you can make them nice. like a dovermin pincher…. you can make em nice if you had it as a pup…. i have a golden retriver it is nice it would not attack a fly! soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo my dog dose not atack my cat ally but… my cat ally attacks ruby…. my dog and ruby dose not attack ally back……

    12. Yes the boerboel but you ve forgot the bravest dog in the world ŠARPLANINAC,the strongest dogs in russia KAVKASKI OVČAR and ALABAI,you also forgot the KANGAL.

    13. Excuse me, I have two boerboels and they love people. They very cuddly and they love to sleep. It’s all the matter of thow the owner treats the dog!

  1. We have a pitbull. She was a rescue dog. She is the sweetest, most gently animal we have ever owned. She quickly made her way into our hearts and our family. She is good with our cats and dog. The only thing she has any aggression towards are rabbits. She thinks they are chew toys…..

    1. I fully agree with you, this stats don’t mean that every dog that belongs to the breeds listed is dangerous. I believe that they can be best friends and the loveliest creatures in the world!

    2. hi how old is your pitty i have two girls almost three and they are starting to get agressive towards each other.
      They are social with other dogs so i might have to give one up, but not till i’v explored EVERY option
      Any tips ?

      1. one main reason most dogs fight after they’ve been together, is they start to get jealous of one another. if you think you’re babying one more than the other, that could be a very good reason. they think they need to get more out of you, so they fight over it. check into it, I have a pitbull myself & he always got along with my sheltie that I had, but when they were together for a few years and I would start showing the sheltie a little more attention on some days, the pitbull would instigate a fight (which of course I never let happen)

    3. We own 3 Pitbull’s !We have a 4 yr old female , 3 yr old male and 1 yr old male . They are great with our kid’s ,other dog’s and people very loveable think they are lap dogs when we are sitting.Absolutly loveable, Never so much as raised a hair in aggresion toward anyone or anything . Teach them how to behave and they can behave. We have 4 yr old female , 3 yr old male and 1 yr old male .

    4. i love pitbulls most gentlest caring sweet loving dogs in the World!! i wish the media knew that same with the idiots who train theses wonderful dogs to fight so sad i have rottweilers not a mean bone in there bodies

    1. are you kidding me?! those cane corso’s look like Giant Teddy Bears:) I am getting my own place soon, & I’m looking all over for large dogs. Pitbulls are my #1 favorite, but I want to explore with the different bully & mastiff breeds.

      1. altho they look like giant teddy bears they have a powerful bite and are alot more engrytic then most of the large dog breeds witch makes them more dangerous then lets say a Saint is also rpeated over and over a dog wont become dangerous unless the owner lets them become it and that what it comes down too

      2. are you kidding me a cane corso outweighs a pit by like 50 pounds, pits are nothing compared to large molasser type breeds. a large doberman would destroy a pit. a caucasian ovchakra, kangal dog or bully kutta would eat one for breakfast.

        1. you know what my fathers 80 pound black lab destroyed a 3year old cane corso. there is no superior breed of fighting dog. but a*sholes like you are the reason certain dogs gain a reputation for aggression you want your dog to be a bad a*s. the reason for this is because you are a coward! you are the type of person that trains a dog to be aggressive all because you have NO BALLS!

  2. I have a pitbull.. and like JeanJean said above, she is the sweetest dog I’ve ever had. Over my lifetime we’ve rescued six or seven dogs, and Harley Jane was the first dog I’ve ever bought from a breeder. And she is the best pet I’ve ever had.

    1. everyone who has good things to say about pitbulls are right. commenting on the statements of other people is not going to save this amazing breed. the problem lies in the information that is recorded! the people who say which type of dog is to be feared establish the lists using only the negative parts of the breeds history. pits as a whole are judged by the bloody path dog fighting has left. you never see a pit touted as a hero on the news. but at the same time labs which do attack are never on the either! i have been bitten by 2 labs in my life. never once has a pit ever showed aggression towards me the media is the problem too not the breed

  3. I really loved that you prefaced with the fact that it depends on how the dog is taught. But both my pit bulls were abused before we got them and they’re still the best dogs I know. I would have liked if you talked about their amazing temperaments more, despite their bad rap.

  4. Yes, I do agree with you that the training is the one that will make the difference in the dog. It also depends on the owner. If the owner is a good person, naturally the dog will be influenced too. Some of the dogs here can really make my hairs stand just looking at them.

  5. I am and have always been a responsible American Pit Bull Terrier owner. I have had them all of my life. I currently own an APBT, an American Bulldog, a Boxer, and a Pomeranian. My fiancee and I have 5 children in our home and ALL of our dogs are great with them. The APBT is by no means inherently dangerous. These animals will do anything and everything to please their master, owner, or handler. It takes a higher caliber of dog person to correctly raise, love, and care for an American Pit Bull Terrier. Once you and your dog bond, that animal will do absolutely do whatever it can to please you – even to the death. That is what is exploited with the creeps and scum that fight them. The person that wrote this site is obviously ignorant to the fact on what the APBT was originally bred for – they were not bred for fighting at all! That has been exploited. They were actually bred for small animal hunting. Several American Pit Bull Terrier throughout history have done and accomplished great things. So, next time – you can keep the APBT off the most dangerous list. The other ones on the list you never hear about. There is no Breed Selective Legislation going against them. They are not trying to be eradicated by certain cities and states in this country. No one ever hears about the attacks of the other breeds listed above. I will end with this question. After the American Pit Bull Terrier is gone, which breed will be next?

    1. finally someone who understands the wonderful sweet loving natured dogs pitbulls are my favorite breed in the world!!! american bulldogs are so pretty im glad you enjoy your bully breeds i have rottweilers second best dogs in the world but no dog breed can beat the pitbulls teddybear quality!!!!

    2. hold up! do you know the real reson the APBT is listed as dangerous probably not. dont get me wrong APBT’s are without a doubt the breed i love most! like you i feel these amazing dogs are wrongfully getting a bad rap. but it is the love of the breed that fuels the laws regulating them. the true origin of the name we know so well is part of the problem none of the breeds listed as pitbulls were not bred for fighting. but the dogs selected for this cruel bloodsport were collectively known as pitbulls. that is something you will not find in government legislature!so it definitley is not the breed. any dog can kill but the most common information on all dogs of the pitbuul type is their bloody past. the truth is there thousands of dogs that die defending the people they love many more than any other breed but the only ones that get recognized are the ones that have attacked someone while cowardly labs are regarded as brave protectors because they are only recognized by the good they have done most unfair!

  6. Boxers are smart, and possessive. If socialized properly, they are no more dangerous than golden retrievers or Labs.

    They are ACTIVE, though, and some might take this for some form of aggression, it is part exercise and part pecking-order exercise (fast, physical, and tall are likely to improve your standing in the pack).

  7. I am involved with Boerboel rescue in Southern California, and I have yet to meet a really aggressive Boerboel.

    I am the proud owner of a 150 pound Great Dane therapy dog — a wonderful, sensitive, calm, intelligent, and loving creature.

  8. I’m a pet supply store owner and see lots of dogs come through our door as all are welcome. Our “store” dog is a great dane Halle who people will stop in just so they can say “Hi” or show her to friends. She’s 150 pounds of pure mush. Most times she doesn’t even get up to greet anyone..she will lay in her bed while kids sit on the floor next to her and gently stroke her. She is a pampered princess.

    Her boyfriend is Hudson, a Katrina dog and a Rottweiler, they greet each other with lots of “kanoodling” and I always get a big smooch from him myself.

    Then there was Sue, another Rottie, abandoned and found roaming. She would come in with her little pink polka dot collar and sit side saddle on the floor and watch as her owner walks up and down the aisles buying her lots of goodies. When her Mom came in and told me Sue had passed I cried like a baby. She was the perfect picture of what a rottie is not..aggressive.

    We have pitty customers as well as boxers..not one has ever shown agression towards me or our customers.

    Oh..we did have one agressive dog in our store…as I was handing her a treat I was a poodle…not miniature..standard size. She is no longer allowed in the store to protect our customers.

    Any dog can be aggressive…ANY!! A list like this could do more harm then good as the ignorant will use it as a basis to hurt these particular breeds of dogs because “their aggressive”.

  9. First, why do you say in your article, ‘Going outside always use a dog-lead and a muzzle,’?? If you’ve worked with your dog and bonded with it, you really shouldn’t need a muzzle!!
    Unfortunately, not enough people consider the historical function of many of the breeds when they purchase their pup. The fact is there are breeds who were bred for fighting or for being more aggressive (guard) than other breeds. Just fact-and through the years of breeding for these traits, the temperments of these breeds are more inclined toward the traits they’ve beed bred for. Doesn’t mean they are ‘natural born kilers’ just means they have the potential to slip into the function the were bred for, when placed with an irresponsible owner.

  10. excuse me.. but the South African Boerboel is the most fierce and strongest dog on earth. as said by poster #1

    1. that is so not true.

      it depends on how it’s brought up. if any dog is aggressive, blame the owners that weren’t responsible enough to properly train & raise the dog!

  11. The research was performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, it’ not me personally who made the list of the most dangerous dogs, so sorry guys that’s what the facts say. Believe me or not, but even my cat sometimes looks more dangerous than a pit bull 🙂 thank you all for sharing!

    1. Theres nothing about bull,terriers.I think there the most powerfull dog in the world and the friendliest dog in the world. I know because i own one and his 14,year old.,..

    2. If your cat even looks more dangerous than a Pit Bull, why in the world would you create an article that would point to the Pit Bull as the most dangerous dog? Pit Bulls are not the only dogs used in ILLEGAL DOG FIGHTING. I don’t agree with the rest of this list either. Have you ever owned any of these breeds of dogs? Do you personally agree with the list you have presented? Do some surfing on the internet, do your own research. Please stop contributing to giving the Pit Bull a bad name. Why don’t you write about the hundreds of thousands of Pit Bulls that are abused, neglected, starved, beaten and they never bite a soul. They live in fear and die unloved. They just want human contact, not so they can bite, but so they can love. Far more dogs live and have earned the right to bite, but don’t. Why don’t you start writing about these dogs? There are far more of them, then those who responded to a bad situation with aggression.

    3. if the research done is by american vets why have you titled the worlds most dangerous dogs . im sure america is only one country out of 196 .

  12. who ever wrote this article on pit bulls is WRONG! This is the reason pit bulls have a bad name because of articles like this…also, do your research. The pit bull was not called a pit bull until it came to the states in 1970! They were not bread for fighting solely! The breed is called american staffordshire terrier!! NOT PIT BULL!!!! They bread this dog for BULL BAITING..NOT PITT FIGHTING… BECAUSE OF THE DOGS SIZE AND FEARLESSNESS IT WAS FIERCE IN THE RING THAN ANY OTHER DOG….PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU MAKE CLAIMS ABOUT PITT BULL…. YOU CLEARLY HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THE BREED!!!! OR ITS ORGINS… I HAVE A REGISTERED AM STAFF…THIS DOG IS FEARLESS BY NATURE…IS THE MOST GENTLE ENERGETIC DOG AND IS GREAT AROUND CHILDREN…. http://WWW.YANAKKENNELS.COM

    1. Perhaps you should do some research. The pitbull and the American Staffordshire terrier, while very similar, are two different breeds. The bulldog mix that originated in Europe was used for bull baiting, but when it came to the United States, the breed was used for fighting. When dog fighting became an illegal sport, the breed split into two types: a show breed and a fighting breed. The show breed is the American Staffordshire terrier, but the fighting breed became known as the pitbull. Today, the AKC will not register a pitbull, but will register an American Staffordshire terrier. If your dog is registered with the American Kennel Club, you don’t have a pitbull. Your dog came from the line that was used for show purposes. Before you go off on someone, you need to check your facts.

      1. You should do some research aswell the pitbull if you where to look it up by wikipedia woulds include four breeds in this area including the American staffordshire terrier. It was not breed for fighting but it was mainly used for fighting

    2. you are the one that needs to do research! the American Bulldog was the most highly prized bull baiting dog! and if you think there is no difference you are wrong! the easiest way to tell is the obviously have no clue what you are talking about!

  13. WRONG! pits were NOT bred for dog fighting! they were bred to protect farmers while they worked with the bulls and cows. before you wirte something do your research! and how come doxies, cocker spaniels and other small dogs arent on there? those guys would bite you long before a pit, rottie, dobie or german shepherd

    1. Niki I agree with you,chiuahua,s and smaller dogs are the ones that gowing to be the ones to try to attack you or even bigger dogs. Also articles like this are going to contribute one day to all dogs being put down. Then what domesticated animal is next.

  14. Well, I’ve already mentioned that this article was written based on the research performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, it’s not my personal opinion. As for the history of the breeds, we’ve reviewed many articles and websites and published the most widely spread info. Of course, there are different opinions about origins of the breeds and there’s a place for the different history as well. Also, I’d like to repeat myself, every dog can be dangerous and this article in no way means that all the pit bulls are fighters, or killers or will bite you to death. Here’s the link to one of the researches made: As you can see, that’s the list of Dog-Bite-Related Fatalities in United States for 1995-1996 and pit bull is number one is this list. However, this doesn’t mean that this is the “bad” dog, or any other dog from the list as well.

    1. Does this list take into account the number of dogs of each breed that exist? If there are (im just using these nos as examples)a million pit bulls and a hundred st bernards then it stands to reason that there will be more bites by pitbulls. Perhaps these stats should be interpreted by percentage of each breed that has attacked rather than purely the number? Sounds to me that the list could merely represent the most popular and readily available breeds.

    2. hey I understand but by putting this article out on the internet you have better have actual stats reseached on your own and not through a vet

    3. all the big animal associations say that they love animals but they always suspect that every pitt they see has been used for fighting. they always try to find any scratch or scab possible just so they can put it down.

    4. All of your research comes from those agencies? Seriously because everything I have read that you comes from those agency is different from what I read. It’s like getting a jail house letter with half of the context blackened out. You took bits and prices from multiple agencies information and sewed together a little article that makes you look like YOU know what you are talking about. Most of my research from those same agencies say that the boxer is more aggressive than a rot and pit. And I find my nieces boxer to be the sweetest thing but very restless; always wants to play and just do something. I recommend that you reference your resources in their entirety and not pick and choose the nuggets of information you have gathered , for the next time you decide to write an article on something you know absolutely nothing about.

    5. Are you kidding me again?!?!!! You write an article in 2009 and use as your source of information stats from 13 years prior? That’s ridiculous! That’s like writing an article about the economy in 2012 and referencing the the cost of living in 1970. Get up-to-date information please. What has happened in the canine community nice 1996? I bet plenty has changed.

  15. Actually, old english bulldogs were bred then with the boston terrier. What they were looking for in the 1800’s was the bite of the bulldog and the agility and fearlessness in the terrier.. they were bread to bait bulls,bear…but when they changed the law… the common people started to turn the dogs on each other! The blue paul terrier also in the mix as well as the great dane! SO, they called them “pit dogs”.
    so, in 1970..ukc reconized pit bull as a breed.. akc would not..they do reconize however,
    stafford shire terrier…american stafford shire terrie..not pit bull..the pit bull here in america is nothing more than in line breeding…in my opion they are not a breed!
    you have this article that is 20 years old.. they should not be on your dangerous list.

      1. Anatasia you mention that you own cats. If someone had mentioned lets say the worlds dangerous cats you would probably jump to defend cats that are beeing thrown through the washer. When post articles like this where it seems to me that you are basically quoting the Humane Society and Veternarians. Why not go out try find people that actually own these type of dogs or breeds them for one and ask them what is there take on it. Oh my god so you did very little research. Anybody will tell you that Louis Dobbermann was not a policeman he was a tax collector. There are other areas in your article that you posted are not current. Why even post the article at all

      2. sorry anastasia but how because its said by the us veternarian group whats the most dangerous dogs have you titled it the worlds most dangerous dogs ? america believe it or not is not the world

  16. I Understand and i think it went out into left field a little.
    your article means nothing to me!
    reason: pit-bull type dogs.
    no. in the same rticle they mention rotties straight away..not rottie types…
    get my point! what is a pit bull type of dog????? what does it look like??

  17. This is so not true. Pit bulls should not be on this list and niether should the Rottweiler. These are two of the most dosled dog you can ask for. If you think that a pit bull is mean you are so wrong. The smaller the dog the fast it will bit you. I once had a begal and that little bastrad would bit you in a new york minute. Where as I now own a pit bull and she is much more intellegent then the begal was. The pit bull is not mean you can make any dog into a fighter. It just depends if a dumbass raises them or not.

    1. It’s talking about how dangerous a dog is – if a small dog bit you what’s the possibility of getting seriously injured versus a pit bull or rottie where it is much bigger and aggressive – I mean come on…..

  18. I have owned 3 boxers. They are very gentle and very good with children. The only time they were aggressive is if they felt we were threatened. The boxer is also on the top ten most popular dog list.

  19. I just want to say that all dogs have the potential to be dangerous just as us people or any animal for that matter. It’s all about the upbringing. As for small dogs like cocker spaniels or chihuahuas being on lists like this, please don’t fool yourself. Yes these small dogs have the tendency to snap or bite more often do to their smaller stature but the breeds of dogs on this list are being recognized for the potential damage done with a single bite and reports made by people of course.

    Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and so on have bad reputations solely because when not properly cared for and when put into hostile situations, they are without a doubt among the worlds most damaging dogs. They can inflict large amounts of damage in just a single bite. Im talking torn flesh, punctured arteries or even bone.

    I have been bitten by a chihuahua and by a pit bull and believe me, I’ll take that chihuahua bite over the pitt bulls anyday. And the pitt bull didn’t even get me all that good. I was breaking up a fight between my friends 2 pitt bulls. Normally they are very sweet and gentle dogs but for some reason that day out of nowhere, they jumped at each other and locked up. I hold no grudge against pitt bulls or any breed. I blame owners and people who just don’t understand what kind of attention and environment these dogs need.

  20. After reading this article, I feel the need to comment. I am a dog lover but I have always been very questionable when it comes to pitts. Well, about 5 months ago all that changed. My brother found a pregant pitt and she had been abused. She had a huge scar on her leg, that had been sewed up with a neddle and thread. She was used as a bait dog and then as a bredder dog. Well, the first time I meet her she walked up to me and just started licking. She was the sweetest dog. On the day she had her pups, I was still afraid she would try to bite because most mother dogs will. Well, instead she licked me and I ended up helping her give birth to the pups. All the pups were little poop heads and would nibble at you as most pups do. Well, 5 months later I now own my first pit bull. He is one of puppies I helped deliver. I now wake up very morning being attacked with kisses from him. He is only a pup but is turning out to be one of the best dogs I have ever had. I also read on a website that pitts were harder to control. That’s bs, because I also own a black lab and my pitt is easier to control then he is. I now have a better understanding of the breed and love to be around them. I will agree that ppl need to becareful around them because just like any other dog, you never know how the owners have trained or treated them. I would also like to mention that as a child a played with my cousin rotties and they were great dogs too. Altought, one of them did bite me because he was scared of my bike. Wierd right but, I have notice with just about every rottie I have been around has an issue with bikes. Even the one my brother owned. But still rotties are wonderful dogs. And just for the record just about every pitt or rottie I get around seem to be so sweet. Damn the stupid ppl that give these dogs a bad repitation. I am not saying that about the author because she only wrote the information she had been given. I just hope she doesn’t believe it. But for the next time she needs to mention that pitts are wonderful animals with great dispositions. Oh, and I have also always heard that pitts are not good with other animals thats also bs because my pitt loves our cats and other dogs too.

  21. To all people going on and on and on about your wonderful PitBull dog that won’t harm a soul: READ THE ARTICLE NAME. “Most Dangerous Dogs in the World”.

    PittBulls, bred for FIGHTING, guess f*cking what, fall into the ‘dangerous dog’ category. Yes we know, any dog can be brought up to be nice – DUH. You still cannot deny the pittbull belongs in the dangerous dog category. If you have ever seen a couple pitbulls rip the face off a kid (I have) and scar/deface the kid for life, you too might smarten up.

    READ the friggin article name before you post off topic.

    1. I have like 10 and they are all sweet and loving and get along with anybody and any dog

      [Insults towards other commenters removed. And do not comment multiple times about the same thing just because the first comment is still in the moderation queue.]


    3. Yes I have seen it, on top of that I have even seen a little sent to icu behind being nearly mauled by to death by a pitbull that was brought up wrong. The peopple who are commenting against this page feel that she is against dog period, and this is her article that she decided to post on the internet.

  22. I understand a lot of dog owners feel attacked when someone mentions “their” dog in a list like this, but it’s getting silly here. The list is based on research, as the author says. Dangerous also does not mean aggressive. Clearly, getting attacked by a rottweiler is more dangerous than getting attacked by a poodle, even if the rottweiler attacks once a year and the poodle attacks once a month. Dangerous means big, strong dogs that were breeded for hunting, guarding, fighting, etc.

    1. you are dumb dangerous just means hostile not big. A monkey is more dangerous than any of these dogs listed. Think about it.

  23. Any dog can be a biter and most of the comments above are accurate in that the way the dog is raised has more to do with its tendency towards agression than anything. As with most things the impression of certain breeds to be agressive is media driven. Cocker Spaniel bites child is not news. Rottweiler bites child is big news. I operated a very large pet store for years which encouraged people to bring their dogs in. Only two dogs did I ever see behave agressively were a cocker spaniel, a breed that is squirrly from in breeding, and a Rottweiler that was raised as a “bad guy image dog” by a thug. One day a nice lady came to me to tell me she would not be able to shop there anymore because we allowed dangerous dogs to come into the store. I thought some dog had growled at her and asked her to show me the dog and owner. She took me to a lady who had a Rottweiler on a leash who was shopping. The lady who was bothered said to me “they are agressive dogs that should not be in the store”. I asked her to watch me. I introduced myself and her to the lady with the dog and then to the dog. Long story short, in about 5 minutes the first lady was on the floor with the Rottweilers head in her lap and she was petting it. A month later she came in with a Rottweiler puppy. It is all media driven perception.

  24. Owner of 4 Huskies..why would this breed show up on this list? Personally, i think even a poddle can hurt you if you really make them mad. I have mine for over 9 years now and i will continue to love this breed as they are loving, strong, challenging almost human-like animals. No one ever was in danger when they walked in to my house, unless you consider licking dangerous behavior. It is possible, that some abused huskies fought back , or their animal instinct kicked in and they reacted. No matter what breed- people make the bad choices – leaving small children with a dog that is not trained or introduced properly to the new kid on the block is never a good thing. They are all good breed – but they are still animals, and only bad people will bring this out from them. Good owner – good dog. I dont agree with the labeling of the breed – i will swear by mine always

    1. The research was performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States

      This list isn’t a list for dogs that are predisposed to bite. It is a list of dogs that can do the most damage if they bite. There is no doubt that Huskies can be brought up to be great pets.

    2. We have an Alaskan Malamute and there is no way there dangerous! Seriously! It’s the owner not the breed. We also have an American Bulldog x Bullmasstiff. Both gentle giants! Any dog is dangerous if not trained right. Pitbulls pack a good bite hence why there number one but it doesn’t make them the most dangerous breed. I honestly think The Chiwawa is most dangerous. So aggressive towards nothing.

      1. I can’t beleive someone said a Mastiff was dangerous. I have an English Mastiff. He’s big, but the worst he would do is squish you as he climbed on your lap to lick you to death.

  25. (Sorry for my very bad English so if i offend anyone or got some other things wrong in other ways i did not meant to do that and i am realy sorry if so… )

    Here in the deepest forests of the noth 😀 We laso hawe some dog races that are very much like those dogs.

    Yes, poddles (for example) are MUCH more agressive than (for examples) Huskies, Malamute and other similar races, but i guess that we had to remember those dogs are (at least i guess so…) much closer to mother nature than “city dogs” and i think, (correct me i i am wrong) they are not so far from the volves, in fact volves are much like modern domested dogs, but they are slightly different and will not always act exactly as as modern domested dog. I Guess to take care of those dogs one must understand them and undestand how they work and how they will response to Your command and (friendly, personaly i dont think “human style violence” will work here,)) tell him that You are the one in charge not him, if one fail with this step or doing it wrong he will often try to tell You what rank he think You will hawe. dvs, the dog not mean to attack people for hurting, just tell one who is now the true leader of the pack. I think many people dont allways can handle that the right way and understand that cooperating with the dog as a companion and a god friend rather than just a cute pet. We had to remember that Those dogs are very much smarter than most of the other races. (Than remember volves fur is much thicker than human skin so if one get some small scratsches it was not alwas the meaning to hurt You, often just he wanted to play around with You as a friend.)
    It´s all about thrust and understand each other.

    Yes, those dogs are not for beginners, but once one learn how to handle them correct You will hawe wery good friends for long time.

    So, Yes, the list is probably correct.

  26. Always use a muzzle??? Do you even own a dog? I own a doberman that’s never bitten anyone. I have no need of a muzzle.

  27. You have an interesting article here, but I am afraid it simply shows people pictures of dogs that almost anybody would just assume are capable of being dangerous. When I volunteered for the Humane Society in 1993 the most dangerous dog to own as a pet was the Cocker Spaniel It had, and I believe still does have though I have not checked this recently, the most reported bite incidents per year in the US, which is unfortunate seeing as quite a few people get the dog because it is small and they assume it would be a good family dog. It is however the “family” part that is the problem, becoming easily jealous of children and easily scared because of its smaller size.

    You are right, none of these breeds represent a “bad” dog necessarily, but this article doesn’t go deep enough into the subject matter. If someone buys a Doberman, most likely they are getting it because they want a guard dog, that is what it is known for. If someone buys a large dog, they already know that if the dog were to bite there would be trouble due to its size. If someone buys a Cocker Spaniel however, are they aware that it is so prone to biting? Would they still get it if they knew that? As it is, it just seems like you took some of the more popular larger dogs and through them in a pictorial list with an attention grabbing headline. That isn’t going to help anyone, least of all the dogs.

    1. We have 3 dobermans. We love these gentle giants. My family and I live in a semi-rural community and there have been times when they are our first warning to anything that seems out of place. In fact our female refuses to go to sleep until all of us are safe in our beds. One evening, several months ago, I was the only one still up. She followed me around the house as I finished my chores. All of the lights were off in the front of the home. Someone attempted to break into our home! She went into protection mode. She was barking at the door and the perp ran off. I called the sheriff’s department and they came out. If there are some out there who think we have 3 dobermans for only protection, they are very wrong. They are a part of our family. We love these dogs. They are spoiled rotten! They own us! In return they love us, are gentle as lambs and yes they to protect us just as I or my husband would protect each other, our son and our beloved dogs. One of the saddest days of our lives will be the day our dobermans leave this Earth.

      1. u might have some very nice dobies but I was bit in the face as a child by one whom on all other occasions had been sweet and loving and then I went to kiss him on his head and he snapped and bit me. I am now 31 and I still have some scars. Dobies seem to b unpredictable but u would b cautious too if u had been bit too. So most of my life I had ben terrified of most big dogs but especially dobies. Then we happened to adopt a white boxer which helped me not to fear all big dogs. Then after Armani passed we took a huge step and got a rottweiler/tibetan mastiff. Who is the best dog. He loves everyone, cats, small dogs,kids and even our turtle. So now I have learned not judge a dog based on their breed but on the individual dog. I still find myself not a huge fan of dobies or any dog with a pointy snout. Eventho I do love shepards.

      2. I agree with you about Dobies. I have owned 4 in my life…..or rather they owned ME. All of them were remarkable dogs and I love the breed. Clownish and sweet with their family……..friendly but reserved with strangers, quick to learn and anxious to “make the connection” with you from an early age. I have never been watched so intently and loved more intensely than by this breed. I cannot, to this day, resist approaching a Doberman and I have never yet met with anything but friendliness. My husband was a vet for 50 years here in this rural area of Arkansas……..and over the course of his life had many many dogs………but had never owned a Dobie until we married and I gave myself a birthday present of one. His name was Klaus and he lived happily on our ranch, growing up with our son……..for more than 16 years before we had to finally put him down because of cancer. My big strong husband cried when he buried him. We all did. Klaus probably wasnt the smartest Dobie I ever had, but he certainly was the most loving and handsome of them all. I expect to be met someday “on the other side” by a big red Dobie, who leans against me and wags his stub of a tail…….good dog, Klaus.

  28. You mention basing this partially on “research done by the American Veterinary Medical Association”. Slight problem there: 1) the AVMA does not perform research, 2) the AVMA strongly and actively opposes designating any breed of dog dangerous.

  29. I call BS!!! So what if a site lists a dog as “dangerous” There is no such thing as a bad breed, only bad owners. PERIOD!!!

  30. Dogs are always nice if owners are nice to them. Two cousins of mine had a Rottweiler and a Pit Bull each, both animals rescued from some idiot who wanted to kill them because they did not respond to the fight training. Both dogs were the most amazing, tender, caring dogs I’ve met. It was their “personality”, so to speak.
    BTW cats are loyal and loving…I guess you’ve never had a cat friend who fights a cocker spaniel to defend you. My cat did that. He is the best cat ever.

  31. I used to take my sister’s Australian sheep dog to a dog park, and observed many dogs. The sweetest, most tolerant dogs by far were the Great Danes. The small terrier types would get all macho and confrontive with them, and they’d just peer down at them with interest. One tripped on a little dog and fell down, and was very careful to avoid landing on a dog. What sweeties!

    Did anyone mention the Great Pyrenees? They look like horses in the show ring. By the way, my vet has gotten “fear bites” from more daschunds than any other dog.


  32. Under husky you pictured a siberian husky which unlike other breeds have been reared for thousands of years in north siberia. In which if they ever bit their owner would have had their teeth filed down and not allowed to bred. Quite possibly the oldest example of selective breeding in dogs. Siberian huskies are one of the least dangerous dogs to people but most dangerous to other smaller dogs and small animals. As well as not a good dog for any climate that is not arctic.

    1. yes, that’s the siberian husky, and yes this breed exists for a long time now but still, they are considered as dangerous if treated in a wrong way

  33. Any and every animal can be aggressive under the right circumstances. I got bit by a stray Labrador once in front of my house. You have to know your dog. The more you know the better prepared you are, and the safer you and you canine companion are.
    I love dogs and I hate to see them pushed to aggression.

  34. What you really need is a Most Dangerous People list. The problem with injury inflicting dogs lies in the breeders lack of fore sight, the owners ignorance, and everybody else being racist against big strong dogs. Any and every dog will bite. It is a hard wired behavior. But there are learned behaviors that we need to take control of if we are going to keep such an animal as part of our society.

  35. I am not going to enter into a debate about which dogs are dangerous or not. The author makes a blanket statement in the title and list generalities to each breed. There is nothing in this story that is offered as proof. Poor poor journalism. I’ll be sure to add to my s*** list.

  36. I think you must add to list Turkish shepherd dog which name is ‘Kangal’.
    A video sample is here:
    And wiki page is:
    Kangals bite only neck of body.
    And the other Turkish or Anatolian shepherd dog is Akbash can be in this list.
    Wiki page:
    Video sample:
    Thanks for this great article.

  37. Hey guys, I’m not trying to prove anything in this list, this makes no sense at all. It’s not my personal stats and it’s not my personal opinion, these are the FACTS. Take it easy, I don’t want any of the dog owners to be upset or hurt, you love your pets deeply and that’s a great thing.

    As for the muzzle, my bf has a dog, and the dog is not from this list, but still any time they go for a walk they take a muzzle. Surely, your dog is the best dog in the world, but I don’t speak about your dog in personal.

    1. why dose he muzzle the dog its stupid and a lasy way of keeping your dog from biteing take the time and responcibility to train it like a real dog owner

    2. Really so why put the list on the internet so what you are basically saying is that you did no pure researchcause it is not based on facts. So do you agree with list

  38. The thing is these are not facts, and do not come from the sources you quote. Perhaps you should give your actual source rather than just expect people to take you word for the undeniable truth of what you are saying?

      1. on this I agree with Emily cause veternarians work with animals at large rather than just one particular breed basically all of these comments are saying is due a little research from people who actually own these dogs on this list. Then give your opinion. Well think about it great dane since when was ever bred for fighting.

  39. Very nice pictures, but it is downright ignorant and misleading to suggest that these breeds are more dangerous than others. Frankly you should be ashamed of your misleading statement.

  40. How factual is an article of which the authors in their research do not even know what Dalmatians were bred for?

    (Military guard dogs and then the breed was refined in England for use as carriage dogs – this is where the fireman mascot was born back in ye old days and just held over once mechanical engines replaced the old horse and buggy ones)

    A more relevant study would be this one…

    The 9 Breeds of Dog That Bite the Most

    According to a 27-year study of dogs in the New York City area made by Dr. Robert Oleson, of the U.S. Public Health Service, these are the 9 dogs most apt to take a nibble out of a human being. They are, in the order of their aggressiveness:

    1. German shepherd

    2. Chow chow

    3. Poodle

    4. Italian bulldog

    5. Fox terrier

    6. Mixed chow chow

    7. Airedale

    8. Pekingese

    9. Mixed German shepherd

    and even he states that this may be inaccurate as people bitten by a small dog are less likely to report it as the bite itself is less serious. Continuing to perpetuate myths about certain breeds like the pitt is just wrong. There are some people who are serial killers… does that mean everyone is?

    1. When I was 5 years old I was nearly killed by a German Shepherd. I agree with the German Shepherd’s position on the list. I also think that the owner’s must take most of the responsibility in the training of the dogs. Of course some dogs will be poorly bred and have mental issues. I have trained horses for several years and no matter how well one trains a horse some have issues that cause them to be dangerous period. People are the same in that regard.

    2. pit bulls can be very loving pets. but they are dangerous. if not trained properly they can be a desaster.
      people say that dogs should not be tagged dangerous because of its breed. this is wrong. if you research pitbulls and rotties, you would find that they have caused more fatalities than all other dogs put together.
      so if you are a beginer, it is very risky to start with a pitbull or a rotty.

  41. as for the history of the dog breeds, there are many and many histories online, they are same in some way and they are different in some way. we can make it in the following way: you can give your suggestion for the history and I will post it online with your name as the author. Same, if you think that any dog should be added to this list, please give some stats why it should, not just because it’s a big dog. Everyone is welcome to contribute.

    1. Also here is some thought why not title instead of what you have titled it why not have say we as people are the reason these dogs on this list becoming aggressive. Do you own dog? If you do then ask your self a few question concerning some these comments before posting this article

    2. try having all breeds you put on your blog, then you can say anything you want about YOUR dogs,
      not all dogs of these breeds are vicious as you say it. All will depend on how the owner trains the dog.

  42. i think you should also mention, despite the rumors and myths about pit’s, tons and tons of research conducted stated that pitbulls canNOT lock their jaws, yes their brains DO in fact stop growing and the only reason why they’re considered the most aggressive is because they’re the most dangerous when put with other dogs…when put with human’s, they’re the most loving. i have a pitbull and an akbash and yea, they fight sometimes but that’s only when i am petting one and the other gets jealous but they’ve never harmed a human. we’re actually required to have a specific dog tag for a pit otherwise if you get caught in the city without one, your animal will be confiscated and put down. sad, i know…all the while the people two houses down have had their 9 year old daughter bitten by their boxer more than once…

    so technically, is this list directed at “most dangerous to humans” or “most dangerous to other animals” because if the first is the case, then a few of these should be taken off of the list and your research should be reconsidered.

    by the way, this is “not my opinion” …as you clearly stated. i am clearly stating facts as well.

    1. Breeding pitbulls is very irresponsible!! There are so many shelters full of pitts. Thousands lose their lives everyday cause of people like u. Pitts r the most likely to b euthanized. I call u selfish so u can look toughb with ur (badass) pitt. People like u make me sick!! Get a real job thatrequires u to do someting without killing dogs cause almost everyone of those dogs will be in a shelter or put to sleep. U should b ashamed of urself!.

  43. I’ve two doby’s one is 7 one is 8 they love all people they meet,if they don’t lick you to death then your safe.I can not speak for people who own and treat any dog bad,before anyone judge’s any dog they should look at the owner.if you want a killer dog,treat it like sh#$!it will deliver.any dog can be aggressive.givin, the dangerous dogs are bigger,but don’t be so shallow to judge a dog for
    it’s active and report neglect!!!who’s the dangerous dog here?THE OWNER!

  44. When you write an article like this you must be responsible for it’s content. How many sites did you gleen your information from, did you talk to actual owners of these breeds of dogs? Did you talk to vets in large city’s or inner city areas? Did you talk to rural vets?

    The PDF file you reference to is from 10 years ago..and published 9 years ago. Is this what you based you article on? Where else did you get information from? Did you look to find something that was more up-to-date?

    There are many ignorant people out there who will take your article to heart. These same people will hurt or kill a dog based on their breed because “its one of the most dangerous dogs in the world”.

    Think before you write. Is my article going to do more harm than good? In this cases, in my opinion it did more harm. In this day and age where we are hearing more and more about abuses to animals in sick ways did you need to put out an article which would “sterotype” a breed of dog.

    You want to know the most dangerous breed in the world…HUMANS! They are responsible for more deaths then any breed of dog could ever cause.

  45. will people u all are correct even i a have a pitbull and a boxer i got them ever since the time they ever born and the became great dog and a friendly with friends and family members i have researched so much bad things about pit bulls and boxers but the are wrong it the owners that make the mistake the dog they are very much loyal to the handeler and afre great with kid this article is bull crap

  46. I was expecting the classic: ” I have a pittbull and he he’s the sweetest thing” comment.
    Sure enough.
    Stupid people are so predictable!

  47. My five year old pit bull was thrown out of a moving car window into a parking lot when she was five weeks old. She was malnourished, had flea anemea, tapeworms, and road rash. She was quickly nursed to health, and has become the greatest dog our family has ever owned. While she is an obidient protector of our house, our family, and our guests. She warmly welcomes those we welcome into our home.
    All dogs are pack animals that are only a product of the environment in which they live. Any dog that spends it’s life in fear of humans is a threat to all people it encounters.
    You should be ashamed for writing and posting an article based on nothing but your opinion and not the facts. Try doing some research next time. Better yet, stop writing articles all together.

  48. I have a pitbull as well and he is not danerous, needed training as he was rescued, I wonder if the reason they are higher is because of the numbers of them? And, every dog that even looks pitbull is called pitbull, look at the list here, half could be mistaken for a pit!!!

  49. DearTeam Members,

    I think you guys are doing a great job by informing all dog owners
    how to react when they have a problem with they dogs.great going
    guys keep up the good job



  50. The Pit Bull is a very Sweet Dog. I have known people with them as pets and guess what they never ate the kids! Just because a few “Idiots” Abuse and miss train the is not the dogs fault. Is it the fault of a car because some drunk slides into a bus load of children?

  51. can anyone tell me how dangerous dogue de bordeaux are.Ours is 4 months old and i didnt realise how big and strong they are are they suitable as pets iam learning how to use a computer at the moment and i would really appreciate some advice

  52. I had a Neopolitan Mastiff from when it was a pup, it was the nicest dog. At age two it went from nice to agresive within 2 days after we had to put down 2 other dogs. It suddenly become agressive towards family members. It stayed that way, couldn’t let it near anyone. I took the dog with me constantly for it’s entire life. we drove everywhere together, he sat near me as I worked, we slept next to each other, he loved the twisty slide on the playground. We were like best chums his entire life then suddenly he even attacked me 2 days after I took his bone away, bit me on the skull. Had to put him in a head lock when he did that. He was 145 pounds. He died a few days later a couple days after a vet did a botch job on the neutering surgery from internal bleeding.

    Someone had told me that Neos can suddenly change like that. i was worried I might have to have him put down. Oddly he loved going to the vets office and was always nice to everyone there. I’d say Neopolitan Mastiffs could possibly be one of the most dangerous breeds and most aggresive. I’m sure they would kill virtually any pitbull that gave them enough gruff.

    I don’t think most anyone should own a neo. I’m a very experienced dog owner. There are only a few people that should have one. They are your entire life once you get one. They need costant attention, I mean truly constant.

    1. You are very correct! He needed a dog that was loyal and that could protect him. He had a dangerous job…

      I love the fact that his job created such a wonderful breed!

      Hate the tax thing though. Grrrrrr!!!

  53. Pit bulls were not bred for fighting. They were bred to bring down bulls in the pits where the owners needed to brand and/or neuter the bulls. The dogs provided a defense for the men against an angry bull. Men in their idiotic wisdom thought it would be cool to use these dogs to bring down bulls for fun and as time went on got bored with it and decided that to fight them against other dogs would be more fun and bring in more money. But as I pointed out in the beginning they were first bred to protect the men in the bull pit and that is where the name pit bull comes into name not the pit that dog fighters have. I just feel that people should know the true origin of their name and use because it did bother me when it was stated that they were bred for fighting, maybe now but that was not the original intention.

    1. Pitbulls in particular were actually bred for sport fighting. The European breed they originated from, the Staffordshire terrier, was bred for the purposes of which you speak. When they came to the United States, the dog was bred to be larger and more muscular than its European counterpart. The American version was split into two distinct breeds: the pitbull and the American Staffordshire terrier. The pitbull was used for fighting while the American Staffordshire terrier was used solely for show.

  54. I need to make another comment. I have 11years of dog grooming behind me and some years of animal shelter work and I have only once out of all those years and places been threatened by any of the so called dangerous/aggressive/intimidating breeds ( it was a dog taken from an abuser ). The dogs that are dangerous are the small breeds, poodles being at the top and most of your so called pocket dogs. they bite your fingers, face, arms, and whatever they can reach. I talked to a lady who’s friend had a poodle and when she was at her friends house her friends daughter came over with her two and a half year old. They put him in the corner with the toy basket where he started to play quietly. the friend let her poodle in from the back yard and it made a beeline for the child who did not even know the dog was there and the poodle proceeded to rip off half of the child’s face. I asked the lady if it had been reported and she said no because it was just a poodle. This is what is being kept from the public that these small breeds can be equally as dangerous as the large breeds but people just think that they are so cute and if they bite then the one who got bit deserved it ( scared it or looked at it wrong ). There is not enough recording of small dog attacks and there are A LOT more than people are aware of.

  55. My mom has a German Shepherd Dog. He’s the biggest baby there is. He’s never truly physical harmed anyone. He has snapped a few times. But he’s a gentle beast.

    My sister and brother-in-law used two pitbulls. The oldest is my brother-in-law’s and she’s the sweetest and gentlest pitbull.

    It’s the owner who causes these animals to be “dangerous.” Not the breed!

    1. U totally contridicted ur self. How can a dog be the sweetest biggest baby but in the same sentence u say she has snapped a few times. A dog of that size could reallyy hurt a child or small animal with just a snap. U sure are a bright one aren’t u??

  56. Why did leave you leave out all information about Pitbulls except that they have been bred to fight? Mine’s sleeping on the couch with me right now, but when he is awake, all he wants to do is play. You should have atleast talked about how they make great companion dogs too. You talked up the other breeds.

  57. I really think dingo’s are the most vicious dogs in the world because they live in asturilla and they have to live off what ever they can find to eat, they don’t care what it is they will eat it if they want to survive(ex human). Dingo’s are not picky eaters.

  58. Irish Wolf Hounds are great big sappy eyed gentlemen and ladies. They will be a lap dog if allowed. They may look scary but looks are deceiving. They are quick, smart, gentle and loyal. They are great with children and will protect them with their life. They need to have a job to do or get exercise and attention as not to be stir crazy.

  59. My cousin was a Dalmatian breeder/horse farm operator and told us that Dalmatians were used as carriage scouts, running near carriages and horses to deter wolves etc. I’m told they were particularly used because the gate of a Dalmatian falls strangely in tune with that of a horse.

  60. Is that all you can say about pitbulls? What about them being bred to be especially loyal and obediant to humans? Or that they were and are still popular FAMILY pets. You seem to be able to name some redeeming qualities for all the other breeds except pitbulls. If you don’t know enough about the breed to at least elaborate on its history and qualities, I do not understand why you would put it on this list, especially as the most dangerous one on here. What makes them dangerous are the people that own them. Any dog that is unsocialized or eager to please can be made “dangerous”. And you’ve seem to left out terrier breeds, which were bred to kill. Even trained and socialized, a lot of them still retain their hunter instincts, such as the dogs you’ve listed above with guarding or protecting instincts. Even the small terriers can and have killed young children or mangled limbs.

  61. Actually, the most dangerous dog I’ve encountered was a Jack Russell Terrier.
    She was my dog, Dixie.
    That little dog had more balls (hypothetically, of course) than any of these dogs.
    She would’ve fought, and won, a fight with any of these pit bulls you all think are so dangerous…
    My little dog stood up to every dog- even the great dane we saw on the beach once.
    She was always stealing toys from them. She may not have gotten them right away but she put up a fight for so long they’d get tired.
    She was always showing her pearly whites.

    R.I.P Dixie Marie


  62. The list is for most dangerous dogs not most aggressive. I have been bitten a few times by smaller breeds, but that does not make them as dangerous as a Husky that I’ve owned which has never bitten me or my young children. I know the responsibility of owning a larger breed and would never leave the dog unattended with smaller children no matter how friendly my dog is. Any dog can hurt you, but a poodle or chihuahua can not do as much damage as a larger breed. It’s like comparing a garden snake to a rattlesnake. They both can and will bite, but it doesn’t make them equally dangerous and you will never see the garden snake bite on the news.

  63. There was a guy that worked for my dad that owned a chow chow. One day he was in the park playing with his dog and kid and the thing latched on his arm and put the guy in the hospital. The argument continues … one side claims you never know when these “dangerous dogs” will snap and the other claims that it is all based on environment and upbringing of the animal.

  64. I recently got a third pup… The person that i bought this pup from saves unwanted litters and vaccinates, vet checks, worms and hydrobaths them before selling them for ridiculously low prices to good homes… Even she said that Pitbulls and american staffy’s are bad breeds to have… I disagree with this comment as I’ve known a friend to have a pitbull and american staffy and whatnot.. Its all in the training… Why is there a huge debate and ignorant fear of certain dog breeds? I strongly disagree with this as I think it is entirely up to the time, energy and devotion that a human has to the dog.. If you choose to buy a dog its similar to having a child… You need to research, read and then care for your pet in a way that is suited to its breed… I have 3 dogs… 1 bull arab x irish wolf hound girl, 2 x german shephard x rotty boys… They are gentle natured, well behaved and loving… They are widely socialised with other dogs and their favourite playmates are their 2 staffy friends bo and angel… they go to dog parks, get walked and have time with me for a 2 – 3 hours every week day and at least 5 hours on the weekends… if you choose to have a pet it will change your life and you can’t just buy a dog, dump it in the backyard and go out and party and neglect to spend valuable time walking, playing and training your pet… its a long term commitment… I dub my dogs my kids… and the only trouble i have with these “dangerous” breed dogs is that I may overlove them…

  65. I hate al these articals on pitbulls, always putting them down, I have a pittbull (since she was 6 months old) she is now 1 year 6 months, And she is so sweet, she gives kisses,dances, walks on her hind legs, and she shacks hands, I wouldn’t chnge her for nothing and just like most pitbull owners say It’s all in the way you train ANY animal DOGS, CATS, ect……Don’t knock the pit bull intill you get to know one!!

  66. I could see were ur coming from on how those dogs can dangerous but there only dangerous if u train them to be mean dogs or some dogs if u dont train them at all are mean….any ways just because of what people trained thos dogs to do like 200 years ago doesnt mean there the same now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. how can dalmations be classed as dangerous ive got one and where on that list are weinamareas cause they are very visouse and have attact several people and dogs where i live!!!

  68. I think pit bulls and staffordshire terriers are a stupid animal to keep they may seem sweet but one day they will turn and you will have wished you had never ever owned them then and then there will be no one to blame but yourself!!!

    1. you are wouldn kill a child if it was brought up wrong and stole your things or hit someone now would you..poeple like you make me sick…

  69. I own a pit bull. He is almost 3 now. I think that pit bulls are wonderful dogs. It’s the owner that creates the bad reputation that the pit bull has. I know in my heart that my pit will never turn on me. He is so loyal, sweet, and gentle. He is the best dog that I have ever owned. Once he passes away I will continue to own pit bulls forever. I work at a boarding facility. I’ve got bitten by more small dogs than any of the dogs on this “dangerous list”. People just need to learn more about the breed. DO SOME RESEARCH. STOP LISTENING TO THE STUPID MEDIA that’s how they make their stories because of the “Pit bull” title. Did you know that the pit bull passes its temperament test against the famous typical American golden retriever. People need to be more responsible with these type of pets. These pets need owners that know about the breed that can train them. I never thought that I would ever have a pit bull. I have one now and it changed my whole attitude about the breed. Once you have one you will understand. All the negativity about the pit bull will be out of your head. I know that a lot of pit bull owners know where I’m coming from. People also don’t understand that Pit bull back in the early 19Th century were the “lab”, golden retriever, etc in that day. They were the family dog. Their reputation changed after the 1980s when gang bangers wanted to have the baddest dog on the block, because the breed is so strong and aware of their fighting capabilities . Also pit bulls are NOT human aggressive by any means. A lot of people get that confused. They are however bred to be dog aggressive you just have to train and socialize them the day you get it as a pup. Always monitor you pit when it plays with other dogs. All I can say here is get EDUCATED stop discriminating the breed. They are very loving, smart, and loyal pets.

  70. i was looking at this site to see what they had to say about the dogo agrentino.. that is the dog im planning on getting.. what do ya’ll think?

  71. I think it’s very funny that those who are putting down the pitbull are actually people who have never owned one and do not know anything about the breed. Most people make broad generalizations about things they know nothing about. I’m fine with people being ignorant. It happens every day, all the time. But, for those that do not have a pbt and can honestly go on this site and say “they will turn on you” etc etc, I have to laugh.. you seriously know nothing about dogs. My husband and I have three cats and created a loving home and environment for our first and only dog. He is a 4 year old pitbull. If I could post a picture it would be of him sleeping with us, cuddling with house guests and being a normal well-adjusted dog. It’s sad that people are so closed- minded and it’s sad there are horrible people out there that will do horrible things to animals and make them something they are not. Ptbulls make wonderful family dogs, but do need a lot of discipline and training. I believe them to be like any other “bully breed/terrier”, very strong willed- independent minded and stubborn. But with proper training and a great foundation for love and kindness- just like with any other dog it will be a wonderful addition to any home. Though their appearances can be scary, he is scared of our three cats and they bully him around. I often have to watch over them with caution because they would harm him if anything.. they have chased him around the house and he RUNS from them. It’s quite funny. He plays with other dogs well, is wonderful with people… and just like any other dog is a PRODUCT OF HIS ENVIORNMENT. Just like people, they act and do.. as they know.

  72. A friend of mine who owns a Rot. had an interesting experience. After coming home from work one day we walked into his house to find a kid sitting on his couch holding a VCR and an amplifier that he had planned on stealing. He knew my friend and his dog and thought the dog wouldn’t be a problem since he was around him and knew him. But as he went to leave the house with stolen stuff the Rot. walked infront of him blocking the door and growled at him. So he decided to go to the back door. The Rot. ran infront of him and did the same thing. Not knowing what to do he sat down on the couch I guess hoping the dog would get tired of watching him and step aside. The Rot. didn’t. Come to find out the kid had been sitting there for almost 6 hours. My friend didn’t tell him if he had set the stuff down he could have walked right out the door no problem. After seeing all of this we tried an experiment. I picked up one of his drum sticks from his drum set and started to walk towards the door. The Rot. walk infront of me and pushed me back away from the door with his shoulder. As soon as I set the stick down I was able to walk right out. Pretty amazing! Just another example of how intellengent these dogs can be. The dog was also born deaf and he communicated with it using sign language.
    As for Pit Bulls I have seen agressive ones and ones that would lick you to death before they would bite you. But as one person stated, just about any dog at one time or another can bite and do damage. I think pits have gotten a bad wrap because of idiots raising them to be mean and that’s what you hear about the most. Same with Rots., Pinchers, and other breeds. My father and I have had Blue Healers which are part Dingo. It seemed like the males were complete air heads one male would let you pet it all you wanted but if you stopped he would bite your arm and hold it until you started petting it again. He wouldn’t bite hard enough to break the skin but it made you nervous anyway. I had a male also and it was so hyper-active that you couldn’t teach it anytihing. It was reckless and totally out of control. It wasn’t mean and would lick you to death. The females on the other hand were always calm and very intelligent. One in particular was sent to a cattle school and trained to herd cattle. This dog could cut a single cow out of a herd just by you pointing at the one you wanted. Pretty cool to watch.

  73. I don’t get everyone’s comments. From what I understood of this article, these dogs are the most likely to cause damage if they were to get aggressive. No one is saying that they are all aggressive or mean. Yes, I know lots of pit bulls and rotties, they are all friendly and nice…

    But, talk to my Lab who just got operated on last week because she was bitten by a rottie who ran out if its back yard when my parents were walking down the street. The owner swore that this dog had never bitten, and my parents saw for themselves that the kids in this family were all over the dog, climbing on him and everything without a problem. So, why did it attack? My Lab was minding its own business, but the dog felt threatened…

    The point I’m trying to make is, obviously something set the dog off.. My Lab didn’t stand a chance, because, as we all know, the Rottweiler was much much stronger. So, not necessarily more aggressive, but for sure more dangerous because of sheer strength.

    I know that when my sister’s boxer was hit by a van, we had to bring it in and get it stitched up (and what other breed would be able to walk away from getting hit by a full-sized van going 50km/h, I ask?) the vet was concerned about him/us being bitten. My sis and I were all over the dog, holding him down, but the vet made a point: No matter how good and trustworthy your dog is, you should never forget how strong and harmful they could be, if the circumstances were right. And, of course, an accidental or impulsive bite by a boxer would be much more painful than one from a smaller or weaker dog.

    1. every dog owner will swear that their dog never bit before(that dog probably never seen another dog before) dogs have to be socialised,used to everything around us. most of the owners will say that their dog doesn’t like bikes or skateboards….is have to be the leader. if you allowed your dog to attack anything(objects,humans)that is what they’ll do. i have a 3year old Rotty and she been attacked twice by a labrador.she didn’t even defend herself, she just hide behind my legs.they are very calm and patient dogs if treated right. I’m a dog walker and I take her everywhere,bus, tube,train, walks off lead,with other dogs.her attention is on me she doesn’t even look at people around. My friends bullmastiff(always on lead) been attacked by labradors off lead. neutering is very important (lots of dog on dog attacks are to establish the leader ).If we are not the leaders our dog will be even if is a toy breed. owners should be more responsible.

  74. i believe its equally important to know about wich breeds, big or small are more agressive before buying a puppy, or wich breeds are more dangerous because of their temperament combined with their physicall power, so all this article and comments are very usefull together. i have an anatolian shepherd, a rhodesian ridgeback and a dalmatian, and even though the three of them are gentle and beautiful, i have to say the anatolian shepherd is far more dangerous that the other two…so he never gets off the leash when out of the house, even in the forest.

  75. i got two pittbulls and two rottweiler,and we like when is it a mass fight,pittbulls are bullsit…there is always blooded at all…

  76. Most of the comments on this article seem to be by owners of these dogs that are classified as “dangerous”. The common reply by you is “MY dog won’t bite. It’s a sweet dog”. Have any of YOU ever been bitten by one?

    I personally was a dog lover, up until a few months ago. Then a friend’s pitbull, who I was told would NEVER bite, attacked me and mauled my right arm. I now have to look at a scar every day and be reminded of that night. I have a different perspective, and do not understand why anyone would want a dog like that in their house. You can train a dog as well as you’d like, but the instinct sticks!

    1. yuppers i also have a scar on my rite hand due to a rottie biteing me as a child. i am a proud owner of a 7 year old rottie its my favorite breed of dog. i dnt blame the breed for my stupid moment nor sould you

      1. yes i been bitten by dogs when i was little. nothing stopped me having my rotty! i come from a country where dogs are in packs in the streets and since little we are taught how to behave around them. you can’t start screaming and start running away(1-you never win;2-dogs are animals and they will chase) I think schools should have lessons on how to treat animals and how to behave around any pets



  78. I’m sorry but i completely disagree with your opinion that pit bulls are the most dangerous dog breed. Statistics and science is bullshit. Animals are creatures that are raised to be the way their owners make them. I have owed numerous pits, one even being rescued from dog fighting and she would never hurt a fly. People are the most dangerous breed. Evil.

  79. ok 1st the rotweiler has a stronger bite force the only thing that keeps pits ahead is the fact they lock there jaws, and jeanjean it all depends on wut kind of bloodline the pit has if its family bloodline is aggresive fighting then the dog is most likely to follow up on that, but some pits are the most sweetest things also keep in mind theres people that thought there pit was soo harmless and after 6 years the dog turns and attacks, all dogs are unpredictable

  80. first of all Pitbulls DO NOT lock their jaws. This is physically impossible because their mandible (jaw) structure is no different from any other breeds. Pit bulls do have a deeper drive and higher pain tolerance which gives the illusion that they “lock” their jaws. I have 4 Pitbulls, 3 rescued, and i have never had any problems with aggresion or violence. Pitbulls require ALOT of physical excercise to relieve anxiety that they develope from lack of attention or unused energy. This anxiety is often defined as AGGRESSIVE TEMPERAMENT which is unfare

  81. There’s a reason why pitbulls are classified under dangerous dogs. even if they do not lock their jaws, they do have the ability and are daring to kill a human being. Imagine keeping a pit bull, which are used in Japan for dog fighting, as pets! They are temperamental and can attack without warning or provocation. It is strongly advisable to understand pit bull and their general behaviour better before considering to keep them as pets. Many lives have been lost, or affected by attacks from pit bulls, in UK.

    1. You are dumb for actually buying into toit. Pitbulls are not actually like that at all I own one he sweet. Pitbulls do not start out like from puppy

  82. Some can argue that all dogs bite. Yes, I cannot deny that. However, the difference can be obviously established by comparing a chihuahua’s bite to a pit bull’s bite. While one does not affect victim much, the other can be fatal or cause serious damage!

    I strongly feel that citizens should exercise self-responsibility. Should you get a dog, be responsible for it. Understand the temperament and behaviour of not just the breed but itself. Get it properly trained regularly. Teeth should be made slightly blunt so that they would not be able to cause serious damage to others. This is especially important should the dog you get is a dangerous dog (you may not think its dangerous though).

    Of course, I also feel that the government has an even larger role to play. They have to ensure that owners are responsible and enforce laws that would protect people from dangerous dogs. As I mentioned, some may not even know that their pet can be dangerous until something negative and irreversible happens.

    I have a neighbour who has a pet dog. Its a cross breed and its breed temperament is of a gentle, loving creature. However, when I visited her and played with the dog for a day, I realized some dangers in the dog and was pretty surprised. By the time I got home, I had scratches all over my hands and legs. Some were bleeding badly while others was not. I made light of it but warned her. Her only reply was “I will not get rid of him until he severely injures someone.” To this, I, of course, did not reply. The following week, I was at home when I heard screams. My fears were confirmed and the dog has bitten my neighbour on the leg and was refusing to let go. Dogs ARE unpredictable.

    I myself used to have a miniature bull terrier which was pretty big for a miniature one. It was friendly, cute and loving. It did not even show a slightest hint of aggressiveness- never growled, whatsoever. So, you can imagine my surprise when it attacked me 5 days later. Thankfully it was not severe.

    Now, I’m reading up on dog attacks in other countries and what measures the various countries are taking. My personal opinion is that I am quite disappointed. As to why, you will understand when you go to this website:

    I feel pity for the victims and families of victims. I’m saddened by the fact that a harmless, sleeping baby was actually mauled to death by a dog cruelly on the neck! Babies lives were lost and reading the article, I can already feel the stabbing pain. Just imagine how much pain the families whose children or spouse is attacked and suffering, or worst, losing their loved one, felt.

    Its true that a owner’s behaviour and attitude towards dogs is an important factor in a dog’s character too. Generally, pit bulls are most dangerous. However, that is generally. Only a small, minute minority of pit bulls are gentle and forever non-agressive. I believe you cannot say things for sure, for one day, you might not know what will happen.

    I think the most loyal dog which has a history dated all the way back to over 3,000 years is the TIBETAN MASTIFF. i absolutely love this dog (:

    I agree with abby’s and danielle’s well-said comment: “You can train a dog as well as you’d like, but the instinct sticks!”

    i think you yourself should do some research instead of ranting here at people to “get EDUCATED stop discriminating the breed”

    research is everything.

    i think the reason why these dogs are dangerous is because most do not show signs of aggressiveness ,and owners interpret that as them being docile pets, and all of a sudden, they attack. And that, can be terribly fatal.

  83. please take a look at these RESEARCH:

    the above is one whereby its pretty much one sided as the name suggests- pit bull lovers…

    injuries thanks to pit bulls, not to forget, lives are lost.

    there are simply so MUCH more. TOO MUCH in fact. why not just google search yourself if you still insist on being… fIRM (??)

  84. i have 1 male rottwhieler i think rott weilers rulez d world … they r d most dangerous dogz and d most lovable dogs are lebra… dalmation dogs are 99% deaf and pitt bulls are dangerous but they r u quite lazy it’s gud competitor is dowemein and germanshefard…. but ROTT WEILERS ROCK D WORLD…..HUHH…. LOVU BRUUNO ….MMUUAAcchhhh…!!

  85. OMFG, that scares the hell out of me, there are some scary a*s looking dogs on that list LOL

  86. The Pittbull terrier WAS bred predominantly for fighting purposes, the Staffordshire bull terrier is a seperate breed & the dog that was bred for bull baiting is the British Bulldog – hence the name. Also, the Boerboel is definately missing from this list, but a dog I consider to be more dangerous is the Japanese Tosa, (Tosa-inu)

  87. how dare you!!!!!!!!!!!!! its the owners not the dogs. you cant blame a dog for doing something bad when they just want to please their masters!!!!!!!!! i have 2 kids and 8 pure bred pittbulls and nothing bad has ever happened!!!

  88. Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro and the Tosa. None of these dogs are on the above list but when it comes to dangerous dogs these three are top of the food chain.

    1. Lol I use to own a Tosa and I have no doubt that if someone posed a threat to someone in my family expecially me he would no doubt do his best to literally rip that person to shreds. Yet he was sweet as can be with me and my family we loved him so much and miss him dearly.

  89. Pits, Rotts , Dobies ? Are you kidding me ?

    These dog dont even hit the mark when it comes to true aggression. Fila’s, Dogo’s, Tosa’s, Cane’s, those are REAL dogs that can be extremely aggressive in the wrong hands. Much worse than any Pit or Rottie in the wrong hands, but the difference between the pit and these other breeds, is that they can be a slave to a bad owner… The Fila hates strangers, no exceptions. If a Fila likes a stranger, it assumed to be mixed breed. The Dogo was bred to take out big game animals and the Tosa was bred to be the best fighting dog in all Japan(once the Akita but was quickly removed and replaced by the Tosa), these dogs can make a pit or a rottie look like a kitty cat. Caucasian Ovacharka deserves to be on the list as well, they can take out a full grown man with ease. Good dogs with an experienced owner who has dealt with extra large, dominant breed, but not city or suburban friendly. Neither is the Fila..

    The majority of people who own pits and rotts, probably shouldnt have those breeds. Very powerful and very domineering. That “raise them right” like it does with pits, stuff doesn’t work to well on them, they need to be trained and taught boundaries and limitations early in the game. If you wait to late, your going to end up with a troublesome dog.

  90. Any species of animal including humanes has the potential for aggresion, dog, cat, bear, lion, birds and even fish. As for the domesticated dog any breed has the same potenical for aggression as it’s owner. I have trained many breeds of dogs and find that there are breeds that are more aggresive than others but that early developement and training or lack of profoundly affect the temperment of any breed. Stupid people are the reason for the aggresiveness of many breeds i.e pitbulls, dobermans, rottweilers. These dogs can be the most loyal and docile pets without training. As with all creatures certain types of stimulation will affect their behavior negative stimulation will result in negative behavior. If a child is abused that child will usually grow up to abuse and so forth. I raised Collies when my children were young and these dogs are known for their loyalty and protective nature toward children. They are considerd a non aggressive breed, however on one occassion when a drunk man came into my yard and started a fight with my husband it was my 4 collies that came to his defense and attacked the perp. and not my husbands rottie. She ran under the house, while the 4 collies found flesh and only released after I gave the command. My husband sold the rottie because she wasn’t the aggresive dog he wanted and I divorced my husband because i didn’t need a stupid man. I had my Collies.

  91. Oh yea and at this very moment there is a 5 pound pomeranian at my feet snarling at a cat that is twice her size, she is 1 yr old and thinks she can take down a lion. That alone should tell you that breed is not a factor. Stupid people, thats where the training should begin.

  92. All dogs are “domesticated” which means they are naturaly a wild animal to begin with, and as most any wild animal, they can turn back to their natural insticts. Even if for just a brief moment. Some are predetemined to do so more than other breeds. I’ve known people with pure bred wolves as pets and they can be as gentle as any other dog but they are a wild animal. While up bringing plays a very large roll in their temperment they are still domesticated.

  93. I loved my husky for almost 9 years. I put him down because he had diabetes, but already had seizure meds for 3 years. He was sick & could not walk very far. He hated the vet & I did not want him to have to be monitored regularly & have injections daily. I wanted to keep him but I let him go because I loved him too much. He was my companion. He died Sept. 19. I will continue to suffer & grieve his loss. I look for another, but none is like him.

  94. Anastasia, this is a great article. The pictures are wonderful, also.

    I’m sorry there are some people who didn’t read the words ‘The research was performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States’ and decided it was okay to yell at you. Especially those who spouted out & didn’t do any research of their own. I’m a pit bull owner who liked this as I obviously read it properly. Nice job. 🙂

  95. I found this article hard to believe.I am young and dont think i know everything however i have been working with rescue dos for roughly eight years now and not once have i been bitten.I believe tnhis is because every time i have met a dog i have approached in the correct way and have not shown vunrability to them.All dogs have the potential to be dangerous on the other hand the most fierce looking dogs can be gentle and truly mans best friend.I was interested to see that some dogs listed are not on other lists is this therefore fact or somebody opinion ???
    Once when working with a rotweiler everybody assumed he was dangerous this was not the case infact he was simply scared of people this was quickly corrected and is now living in a lovley home with young children.I get cross when people assume that just because the breed is on a opnionated list all of that breed should be shot !!! Maybe people should learn for themselves and meet a breed of dog insted of pass around and take to heart its bad reputation !!

  96. This is in with reply to Denise : I completly agree with how a dog acts is very much up to her/his owner i think if the has severe phycological problems then sometimes for the dogs sake anethatising is truly the best thing but i believe that this should only be used in severe cases !!

  97. it all depends on how you train and treat your dog i had a pure bred rottweiler and he was the best dog you could ever have. so i disagree on your list cause every dog on there can be a sweet as an angel as long as you train them properly a friend of mine has a german shepard and he would blow your mind with how gentle he is so rethink your list cause just because there is stories about attacks from those dogs dosnt me they are the most dangerouse dogs in the :0(

  98. Ok, so this is named ‘most vicious dogs in the world’ and yes the person whom writing it might have found this some where and bla bla but still i have to say. I have no idea why the alaskan malamute, husky, rotweiler, dalmation, st bernard, boxer, german shepard, great dane, doberhman and pitbull are on here BECAUSE huskys and malamutes are known to be good with children and other animals because they protect and care for them (i have a malamute and he litrally ADORES other dogs and little children, also sits here washing my kittens i have).

    Dalmation again i have no clue why because there are no facts to state that they are ‘vicious’ nor the st bernard, boxer. Dob ok i could understand a little why they are on here and rotweilers but TRUE to be known they are actually the most PROTECTIVE over thier family (especialy other dogs and kids) they litrally again love them and would do anything to protect them i know this due to my aunty having 2 rotties with kids under the age of 3) and we used to have a dobe. German sheperds where used in the police (still are) and are not vicious at all.

    Pitbulls have just had bad press (for one of the above comments about the pit biting a childs face) all i can say is i wonder why the press never picks up on the bloody pitbull being smaked or terrorised by the child and then perhaps getting its tail pulled or been put through abit of pain so all i have to say to that comment is good bloody ridence perhaps it should STOP children from fooking around with dogs and pulling at them! i know if a little child pulled at me and i was a dog id bite its face!

    I dont agree with this list at all and i think its aload of crud.
    Why are the stupid little snappy dogs not put on here they more vicious than big dogs just ask the fooking postman!!

  99. This question is two part and only for public law enforcement officers which have canine partners which are used every day in High Profile Public enforcement work.
    Part one question: What is the ratio of Pit Bulls used in the above senirio in service today; in comparison to other breeds presently in service.
    Part two question: Why are there not more Pit Bulls Used.

  100. I have a 12 year old chow chow and she is a lovely dog . She never hurt anyone, but you all should know that ALL DOGS without exception have the potentiel to bite. I was bite 2 times in my life.( at 5 years old by a germain shepard and last year by a dalmatian). A well trained, well balanced dog is a friend for life.

  101. I’d just like to point out that Rottweilers were not bred with the sole aim being of being guard dogs, they were actually initially bred as herding dogs

  102. I have a dobermann, wallace, who is 2, he is the most loyal & gentle dog you could imagine, so gentle he is terrified from the pet hamster! My friend has a pitt bull who is 3months old & managed to keep wallace out in my garden, thats how aggresive dobys are! Wallace also allows anyone to take his bones from him including kids & shares his dinner with other animals with not a bit of aggression. I have always said that the owner of any breed of dog is responsible for the way the dog turns out. That is the reason for aggressive dogs & nothing at all to do with the breed, to me that is a poor excuse & irrisponsible people should not be allowed pets.

  103. I have been rescuing and working with abused and neglected pits for over 15 years. This list seems to be derived from the propaganda against these breeds from the power of the media. Hating pit or any of the other “bully breeds” has become the new acceptable form of racism. Even out of the dogs I have rescued from fighting rings I have never been bit. All of the pits I have rescued have become family dogs or service dogs. If you show a pit love and that you are the one in charge with out abusing them they will do any thing you ask of them. I’m presently working with a dog named Zeus. He came from an abusive home. For the first 3 weeks it would take me a great deal of time to even get him to allow me to pet him. Now Zeus has become one of the most energetic, intelligent, loving 84lbs lap dogs you would ever meet. He has had so much fun learning how to be loved that now I can take 1 day and teach him 1 new trick on that day. They are the MOST eager to please breed I have ever owned or worked with. On the other hand through the years other peoples dogs have bit me. 1 golden retriever, 1 toy poodle, 1 boston terrier and 1 Irish setter. The bottom line and one and only true fact to all of these discussions is that it is ALL about how the dog is treated and raised. The only true danger is humans.

  104. Sorry but my boy would never hurt a soul,but tazz will bite your a$$if you want to hurt mine,which is sometimes considered what they were bred for love my doberman,and my moms min pin whoops his a$$ anytime they play 10lbs vs. 100lbs another reason why size don’t matter just like how I feel about the breed don’t matter but the owner does!!! But interesting article and suprised by the attention it has gotten!

  105. i had a pit bull and it was really friendly but unfortunaly he passed away with old age. Anyways i think it is all in how you train you dog and take care of it. all dogs can be vicious and all dogs can be friendly.

  106. Here is another opinion among opinions
    I must say; I have handled only about three or four Pit bulls; so I do not consider myself an authority on that breed. But I consider myself competent and understanding on the psychological make up of the average dog, which allows me to train them. Any good trainer can train any dog to perform what that dog is physically capable of. A trainer cannot make a dog, reliable, like doing something or be good at it, the dog must offer up those qualities to the trainer.
    I was reading the Boone County Recorder and come upon your article about Walton Ky. not permitting Pit Bulls in the city. The Pit Bull; is a beautiful, magnificent looking animal, with very powerful physical abilities. Like any animal of this magnitude, their presence demands one’s attention and admiration, and in my case concern. From what I have seen; the Pit Bull is fearless; and in addition; when in a fight, is relentless in holding their victim/prey/foe. Put two of them together weighing 100 lb each, working on a common cause and they are formidable. The sad part about this beautiful animal is; they and other dogs of such capacity have been, and will continue to be a serious threat to the safety of owners and others and other dogs in their presence. The simple truth is the dog is only part of the problem.
    The main problem is the owners of these dogs and of other dogs of various breeds of like capacities. The owners must change the way they think of their dogs. To do this, they must learn to recognize and understand the meaning of the signals of the three innate mediums of communications by which the dog convey its intent. In addition to learning and understanding their dog’s attributes, ability, and capacity. A lot of owners cannot foresee the subtle change in the dog’s behavior, telling them there is a small problem, which is going to become a BIG problem, if something doesn’t change quickly. In addition they either; do not respect the dog’s strength, temperament, and capacity or they do not know it, or they ignore it. Until the owners do so, the injury and mayhem of these dogs and others like them will continue.
    In regards to Pit bulls; there are many, far too many incidents in which Pit Bulls when at home and in public; have wreaked havoc on innocent people. These incidence of injury, (which are far greater in damages to persons than incidence with the average dog), could not have taken place in most cases, if the owner/handler knew and was attentive to the dog’s communications. In being attentive and controlling the dog physically, the owners/handlers could have a positive effect on the conduct of the dog; consequently, there would be less encounters of attacks and injury to people. Well trained dogs are obedient; off leash or on leash.
    When in public all dogs should be on leash, (unless in an enclosed area, specifically fenced to allow dogs to be at liberty, but under close scrutiny of the owner/handler, I used to let my Heeler be at liberty, now I do not). The leash and collar (capable of restraining the dog in times of stress) is probably the most valuable piece of equipment an owner can have in their possession. The leash will keep your dog from going too’ trouble, and assist the owner/handler and enhances handling their dog safely, should trouble come to them.
    If a person handling a 100 pound dog was jerked to the ground and retained hold of the leash, it would be very difficult for a 100 pound dog to drag the average person of 165 pounds (I think that is the weight of the average American citizen) for any great of distance, thus diminishing that dogs mobility and consequently any undesirable adverse impact.
    I am a practicing trainer of dogs for obedience and horses for riding and driving, single or multi hitch. I am nomadic, in that I travel across the U.S.A. in my work. I like to think I keep my opinion open to persuasion, which keeps my mind open to learning.
    In my travels, I have retrained aggressive dogs and they adjusted well, most of the time their aggressiveness is because they have been spoiled and let do what they want, just as are some children. When I take a dog to train, I work with the owners also. I try to enhance their understanding of what they must learn and practice if they want to maintain a good relationship with their dog. I have found all dogs are not good natured and compatible with humans, consequently, we cannot make them good dogs for the average person. In my travels I see a lot of good natured animals, and ill natured animals being handled badly.
    As part of my working with animals and people; I make follow up calls. Sometimes I found the owners were lacking in their dedication in communication with their dog, which allows the dog to regress back to its former undesirable behavior.
    This is one of the reasons I do not train Pit Bulls. I do not want my name referenced as the trainer, should an incident occur where; the owner did not maintain communication and responsible control of the dog. The Pit bull is an animal, and like any animal is subject to good training. However, I” personally cannot train him to the degree of reliability to which I can train most dogs. I respect the Pit Bull for many of his desirable physical features, as well as I respect him for his physical abilities of strength and determination he displays when in aggressive circumstance, and I certainly do not want on the receiving end of these abilities.
    Respect is a little word with many connotations. Respect is a two way street. From what I see, most people are not worthy of a dogs respect much less obedience. The owners need help and for whatever reason, they don’t get it.
    There are approximately 65 million dogs in the U.S.A. Every one of these animals; think, perceive, interpret and react. Although we can and do train our animals to respond only to “our personal” directive, they can and do respond to circumstance without our directing them, in which case we must be in a position to intervene. A dog is like a small child; and we must constantly be aware of what that child is doing, if we are to keep it from harm’s way. And so it is with our dogs. If we are responsible and attentive to our dogs, we can have a positive affect their conduct and the safety of people and other dogs in their presences.
    The aggression aspect is certainly a concern of any breed, large or small. Dogs must learn to respect and be obedient to their owners, family members and be tolerant of people in the presence of them. The only way they will learn that, is from good trainer/owners/handlers/leaders.
    Reiterating; dogs are somewhat like children; they will both learn with or without our input. So there must be a strong leader from whom they can learn what is expected of them. Without that leadership and role model it will not happen, respect is not an innate attribute of a dog; it must be learned and earned. A dog who does not respect humans becomes empowered and becomes the leader in that relationship.
    In regards to Pit Bulls, the main concern to me would be the consequences of the actually attack of a Pit Bull. I do not trust any person or animal as individuals, until they have proven trust worthy. I certainly do not trust people in the company of their dog, whether the dog is on leash or at liberty. I give both the same respect I would give a person with a gun in their hand, that being I do not place myself in a position where that persons carelessness will cause me harm.
    Pit Bulls are not a dog for people lacking dedication to the safety of other people and their dogs. This status of safety can only come from recognizing, understanding, learning, and using the communication of dogs. These mediums of communication whether with people or animals, are Visual, that being physical movement of their extremities individually or in correlation, therefore we must be in a position to see the communications, such as the dog’s tail and/or ear movement, their body frame. Sound, that being the levels of barking, growls, whines, moans, therefore we must be in a position to hear the communication, and Tactile, that being; physical touch, therefore we must be in a position to feel the communication, such as the dog pulling on the leash while I am walking him, The dog’s communication conveys the dog’s idea or intent toward humans or other animals. To a dog we are merely an animal, some of us are big (adults) some are small (infants and children).
    From the beginning; as our relationship with dogs progressed, we bred dogs to develop certain innate features/traits that particular dog offered. For whatever reason one chooses to argue; the Pit Bull and other dogs of like capacity were bred for a purpose, and are continuing to be bred today, although the average person having theses dogs in our society today, does not own them for the original purpose of breeding, nor do most of the owners need them for the original purpose of breeding. Therefore we are responsible for the dogs dilemma, just as horse owners are responsible for the present day dilemma of the horse and abuse some of them are a part of.
    In comparing dogs of all breed we must look at their purpose and capacity. For example; If there were a 44 magnum pistol, loaded, laying on a table….it is not dangerous!!! The gun does not think, interpret and react on its own. However, Dogs do. A gun only becomes dangerous when someone picks it up, and is careless with it, or intentionally uses it,
    The Pit Bull in comparison to other dogs is; (this may be over simplifying) a 44 magnum pistol; whereas the average dog is a 22 pistol. If the same surface of your shoulder is hit with a bullet from a 22 pistol, it is probably going to hurt, and may have residual adverse affect on ones use of that shoulder, if that same surface area is hit with a bullet from a 44 magnum; your shoulder will probably be destroyed. I am not an expert in guns and their capacity, although I shot both, the 44 magnum and the 22 short.
    Thinking along these same lines of potential affect of various dogs; I posed a question to myself. The law enforcement agencies use the fear factor of a growling snarling lunging dog. So why do the police not use Pit Bulls in their every day work? The police use other dogs, in high public profile, to support their law enforcement efforts, so why not the pit bull? A dog growling and lunging at the leash is a powerful image and certainly is a deterrent to my approaching that officer or the dog. If it were a Pit bull; with my perception and understanding of that dog; my fear and concern would be much greater. Because I do not think the dog is anywhere near as reliable to obedience as the other dogs.
    Police use these same dogs for patrolling with them on leash, riding with them in the cars, detecting drugs, and perhaps other areas as well. From what little’ I know of the Pit Bull and of other breeds; I would not want to be in a crowd of people where a Pit Bull is on leash and I am restricted from moving away from him.
    In closing; I’ as an individual, do not have the right to say who owns what animal and where they keep that animal.
    Do a group of citizens with a vested interest; have the right to ask for protection of animals through legislation by restricting certain animals and where they may be housed, temporarily or permanently? YES
    Should animal owners be required to ensure their dogs remain on their property, and not place me and mine in peril? YES.
    Should Animal owners be held accountable for injury and mayhem their animals commit intentionally or unintentionally? YES
    Rights of Americans” would seem are no longer “inalienable”, but must now be legislated. That is not the way it should be. We have enough legislation; however irresponsible, ignorant, and selfish people require or cause more legislation. If it must be; we must be diligent and prudent in writing that legislation.
    On the subject of “Rights of Americans” Do those same citizens legislating matters of animals, have the right to keep me from owning, displaying, or using any gun?
    NO…….until I’ as an individual’ prove unworthy of that inalienable right. Guns does not think, interpret and react, Guns only function by our physical actions.

    So……what is yuor opinion?

    1. I have five dogs from a toy poodle to two terriors and a buldog and a pitbull. My pitbull is fine with me and my girlfriend but is a terrible liability to anyone else. I love my pittbull but they are a terrible responsibility. They do not fight or bite like other dogs. My dog I love but it like a loaded gun.

  107. hey abby why in the hell are you on this site if you hate pitbulls? ok not all pitbulls are bad thankyou very much!!!!! it was one of the few pit bites. you have more of a chance of getting killed in a car then a pitbull attacking you. read the statistics. if you show fear around one yea they will over run you but if you put your foot down they wont. i have a pitbull and my 3 year old rides his back oh and i also need to mention hes an animal control dog and i got him as an adult and no problems so check facts and go meet the good ones.

  108. A few people mentioned the (FILA) Brazil, they are right, dangerous (THE MOST DANGEROUS HANDS DOWN). he will not be broke in, meaning making him a nice dog. if he socializes after 4 months of age he is consider to be a mix. Read about him,it will raise your eyebrows. if your looking for a pet,skip this dog.

  109. saintbernards are by far the strongest dogs in the world; they still have the world record in drafting. they are also the most gentle, however no dog should cross a saint they could snap a pitbull in half with there huge mouth.

  110. I had a pittbull for almost two years since she was a puppy, and after her first year she attacked our Doxen which had been here for 6 years. We could barely get her off the poor dog. The doxen lived through it. And my older brother insisted that we kept the Pittbull so we did. Then about 3 days ago she attacked our doxen again and is still hurt very badly. We had to get our pittbull put down. I will miss her though, I thought that she was the most sweetest dog on earth, until that happened again. After she had done that the second time she was growling and trying to snap at everyone. Pittbulls are great dogs ours was extremely spoiled and loved on all the time. Now our doxen has a gash in her back but we cant affored treatment for her. I still love pitbulls but they just dont do well around other dogs.

    1. To be honest, theres a difference between spoiling and rewarding, rewarding is good for instents and this spoiling probeblies instegated attension from humans is it’s own bringing jelousy to its people and not to share with the dachund. yes the bite from a pit is nasty espially to a small aniaml but it could have easily killed it so why put it down and not just rehome it to someone who is willing to give it the training and exercise it needed. i know it wasn’t getting exercised the amount which it should have since it started going for people as well which when terrer types don’t fufill they do habits which just comes natural to their breed if no one corrects this and treat it like a dog first. Yes baby your dog, but make sure your incharge first

    2. pitts r known to b much more dog aggressive than people aggressve. That is because the human has to b able to walk into a dog fight and get there dog at some point. I’m not saying all pitts r dog aggressive but I don’t think I would risk having one with my young kids and many oter pets. I do have a rottwelier/tibetan mastif mix and he is a wonderful og. Good wth young kids, cats other dogs. We also have a yorkie and they play all the time which is hilarious to watch. The yorkie is 10lbs and my big dog is pushing 200lbs.

  111. I own a Blue Pitbull and must say he is the best dog I ever haved,he seem very intimidating since he is small and muscular but everytime a visitor comes home the dog just won’t stop wiggling his tail of happiness!We need to stop the bad profilling on these dogs.Any dog can snap and bite someone hundreds of people get bitten a year by dogs and is not only by pitbulls! Stop the profilling and be good owners! Teach them well and you have a good pet!

  112. I say the boxer should be off the list. My friend owns a boxer that has never tried to “box” any person unless they were playing. In other words boxers are the 2nd most friendly dog in the world. So please take the boxer off the list.

  113. Learning can be painful or enjoyable, why not make it enjoyable for yourself and less painful for your dog. Learn how to understand their commmunications.
    April 24, 2007
    If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail
    Every dog lover knows how a pooch expresses its feelings.
    Ears close to the head, tense posture, and tail straight out from the body means “don’t mess with me.” Ears perked up, wriggly body and vigorously wagging tail means “I am sooo happy to see you!”

    But there is another, newly discovered, feature of dog body language that may surprise attentive pet owners and experts in canine behavior. When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left.

    A study describing the phenomenon, “Asymmetric tail-wagging responses by dogs to different emotive stimuli,” appeared in the March 20 issue of Current Biology. The authors are Giorgio Vallortigara, a neuroscientist at the University of Trieste in Italy, and two veterinarians, Angelo Quaranta and Marcello Siniscalchi, at the University of Bari, also in Italy.

    “This is an intriguing observation,” said Richard J. Davidson, director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It fits with a large body of research showing emotional asymmetry in the brain, he said.

    Research has shown that in most animals, including birds, fish and frogs, the left brain specializes in behaviors involving what the scientists call approach and energy enrichment. In humans, that means the left brain is associated with positive feelings, like love, a sense of attachment, a feeling of safety and calm. It is also associated with physiological markers, like a slow heart rate.

    At a fundamental level, the right brain specializes in behaviors involving withdrawal and energy expenditure. In humans, these behaviors, like fleeing, are associated with feelings like fear and depression. Physiological signals include a rapid heart rate and the shutdown of the digestive system.

    Because the left brain controls the right side of the body and the right brain controls the left side of the body, such asymmetries are usually manifest in opposite sides of the body. Thus many birds seek food with their right eye (left brain/nourishment) and watch for predators with their left eye (right brain/danger).
    In humans, the muscles on the right side of the face tend to reflect happiness (left brain) whereas muscles on the left side of the face reflect unhappiness (right brain).

    Dog tails are interesting, Dr. Davidson said, because they are in the midline of the dog’s body, neither left nor right. So do they show emotional asymmetry, or not?

    To find out, Dr. Vallortigara and his colleagues recruited 30 family pets of mixed breed that were enrolled in an agility training program. The dogs were placed in a cage equipped with cameras that precisely tracked the angles of their tail wags. Then they were shown four stimuli through a slat in the front of the cage: their owner; an unfamiliar human; a cat; and an unfamiliar, dominant dog.

    In each instance the test dog saw a person or animal for one minute, rested for 90 seconds and saw another view. Testing lasted 25 days with 10 sessions per day.

    When the dogs saw their owners, their tails all wagged vigorously with a bias to the right side of their bodies, Dr. Vallortigara said. Their tails wagged moderately, again more to the right, when faced with an unfamiliar human. Looking at the cat, a four-year-old male whose owners volunteered him for the experiment, the dogs’ tails again wagged more to the right but in a lower amplitude.

    When the dogs looked at an aggressive, unfamiliar dog — a large Belgian shepherd Malinois — their tails all wagged with a bias to the left side of their bodies.

    Thus when dogs were attracted to something, including a benign, approachable cat, their tails wagged right, and when they were fearful, their tails went left, Dr. Vallortigara said. It suggests that the muscles in the right side of the tail reflect positive emotions while the muscles in the left side express negative ones.
    While some researchers have argued that only humans show brain asymmetry — based on the evolution of language in the left brain — strong left and right biases are showing up in the brains of many so-called simpler creatures, said Lesley Rogers, a neuroscientist who studies brain asymmetry at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.

    Honeybees learn better when using their right antenna, she said. Male chameleons show more aggression, reflected as changes in body color, when they look at another chameleon with their left eye. A toad is more likely to jump away when a predator is introduced to its left visual field (right brain/fear). The same toad prefers to flick its tongue to the right side when lashing out at a cricket (left brain/ nourishment).
    Chicks prefer to use their left eye to search for food and right eye to watch for predators overhead, Dr. Rogers said. But when chicks are raised in the dark, they do not develop normal brain asymmetry. In trying to eat and watch for hawks overhead, such nonlateralized chicks become confused and vulnerable to attack.
    Sheep, which are good at recognizing individual faces, use the right sides of their brains for knowing a Dolly from a Molly.

    Chimpanzee brains are asymmetrical in the same ways as human brains, said William D. Hopkins, a researcher at the Yerkes National Primate Center and psychologist at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. When chimps are excited, they tend to scratch themselves on the left side of their bodies, reflecting strong negative emotions, he said. And left-handed chimps are more fearful of novel stimuli than right-handers. Their dominant right brains may make them more cautious.

    Brain asymmetry for approach and withdrawal seems to be an ancient trait, Dr. Rogers said. Thus it must confer some sort of survival advantage on organisms.

    Animals that can do two important things at the same time, like eat and watch for predators, would be better off, she said. And animals with two brain hemispheres could avoid duplication of function, making maximal use of neural tissue.

    The asymmetry may also arise from how major nerves in the body connect up to the brain, said Arthur D. Craig, a neuroanatomist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Nerves that carry information from the skin, heart, liver, lungs and other internal organs are inherently asymmetrical, he said. Thus information from the body that prompts an animal to slow down, eat, relax and restore itself is biased toward the left brain. Information from the body that tells an animal to run, fight, breathe faster and look out for danger is biased toward the right brain.

    In this way, Dr. Craig said, animals are naturally designed to cope with changing environments.

  114. hi, i am having a Great Dane female and her name is sheba. Sheba is a very friendly dog and each and every people in my area know her very well as she is huge in size and friendly with people near by me. People recogonize me by my name and with my love one sheba the Great Dane. She is loyal towards me as i trained her by myself and she obay to my order. Their way a day when i went to my auntys city for and occation and while i was passing from road a littile boy he called me with my pet name as sheba and i gave him smile and i asked him that how do u know sheba? then the boy reply that when he had a visit to his cosin brother home at my city his brother told him that their is a huge dog near his area and they boath took their bicycle and had a visit on the community ground where i go with sheba in the evening and their they saw her.
    Like this their r much more incident which happends with me and this is all because of sheba hehehe……….. and i feel very proud at that time when people ask me about my sheba. Althow people recogonize me with my GREAT DANE named as SHEBA.

  115. I agree, a rottweiler. I once got bit by one!!!

    My fave dog is a german shepard so i hate it its the third most dangerous dog (not fair)

  116. My friend had a pit once. It was the sweetest dog i had ever met, but my parents wouldn’t let me go near it or pet it and i didn’t understand why. I few weeks after my friend rescued that dog it killed my cat. That cat could’ve taken anyone anywhere anytime, and she was chomped on by a stupid dog. My friend gave that dog away soon after instead of putting it to sleep like she should have. Soon after it bit the guys mom and two people after that. All of ya’ll sayin’ pits are the sweetest things ever to roam the planet obviously have not had ur face ripped off yet and do not know how deadly these dogs are. Any dogs can be dangerous, sure. I’m not saying that pittbulls are the seed of all evil, i’m just saying that fighting is a trait that has been bred into most of them for generations. If idiots hadn’t treated them like crap they might still be regular loving dogs; but that’s not the case from what I’ve experienced. All dogs have the potential to kill, i know that im not stupid. But pittbulls ARE dangerous. Wake up and smell the bacon homey G’s.

  117. Pitbulls are misunderstood alot because no one really knows the breed but makes classifications about the breed just by looking at them. They are put into a catergory that they are only dangerous and they were only breed for fighting, off of this people need to do their research because they weren’t. American Staffords were breed in England as Hunting dogs to take down big game, ex. Bears. They eventually made there way to the United States for this purpose then the Americans created their own spin off breed, The Pitbull, and not to long after that the government banned the use of dogs to hunt and kill large animals thats when they began to be used as fight dogs. I have had Pitbulls all my life, Im responsible with them and now how to train them to avoid them from attacking someone or something. They are not naturally aggressive to people the have a strong animal aggression and they are very protective of their owners. Before you can judge a breed bad experience or not you need to know where that dog came from and its history. For you RUDI I think your full of it your saying that 1 dog ate a cat and bite 3 people that you know of. I beleive this is a lie because how they crack down on Pitbulls, after that dog bite the first person your city would have forced the owner to put it to sleep. With comments such as ” All of ya’ll sayin’ pits are the sweetest things ever to roam the planet obviously have not had ur face ripped off yet and do not know how deadly these dogs are.” Shows your ignorance and disrepect for owners in general. I know someone that did just about have their faced ripped off and it wasnt from a Pitbull it was from a German Shepard. In fact Ive been snapped at plenty of times by German Shepards and Chows not by any Pitbulls though. Its all in how their raised and treated

  118. Pitbulls do not have lock Jaw and it doesnt have anything to do with their mental state. This myth comes form the fact that by natural instinct if a Pitbull gets into a fight they grab on and dont let go. The dogs that have the more powerful bite is the Rottweiler and Presa Canario, both of these dogs have been around for parts of my life and the Cane Corso just for example their are more with a stronger bite

  119. any breed of dog can be man’s best friend it just depends on how it was brought up if it was treated well it will probably be the best pet to have but if you treat them wrong when they are young they will probably be aggressive

  120. Hello Terri
    Reading your comment about Pit Bulls, What does ” both of these dogs have been around for parts of my life” mean. There are agressive natured dogs just as there other species which are agressive, as are some humans, aggressiveness can be learned or it can be innate. the fundementale problem is CAPACITY (litttle aggressive dog of 5 pds or BIG aggressive dog of 125 pd.) and with knowing that”….. Being responsable for the dog(s) One choose to bring into their circle. If ones dogs causes mayhem, for what ever reason that owner(s) are liable, They are, or should be the sole controling source for that dog and whom ever or what ever it comes in contact with. If one places their loaded gun on the table and there are other people, adults or children around, the owner of the gun is and should be held liable, regardless of who done what. If one’ loaded gun is not accessable there can be no incident with it.

  121. ever heard of GADDI , INDIAN MASTIFF N KUTCH TAZI any one of these can tear apart two three rotts at a time n same can happen to pitt..

  122. So, actually Rotties don’t have a problem with strangers or other dogs inherently; they do need to be trained properly and early however. My Rottie loves everyone as long as he does not perceive a threat. And yes, I did realize what the article is called, just don’t think ppl should be spreading false information. PS, pits were NOT bred for fighting you fools…

  123. Well Erik
    It does not make any difference why the gun was conveived, it is the capacity of the gun…….., when handled badly that turns a mistake into a catastrophic incident. And so it is with all dogs of this capacity. Whether the Pit bull was bred for taking down cattle or hunting is mute….the point is it’s “CAPACITY” when handled badly. Ignorence an innate of humans, SOME CHOOSE TO to remain ignorant, WHILE OTHERS SEEK KNOWLEDGE. SO, ARE YOU SAYING YOUR ROTTIE, WILL REACT TO A THREAT HE PERCEIVES REGARDLESS OF RATHER THAT THREAT COMES FROM ONE OF YOUR FAMILY CLOSE FRIENDS, BE THEY CHILD OR ADULT? aND IN DOING SO AGAINIST YOUR COMMAND. By the way when the pits services were no longer desired for taking down cattle……they were then bred for fighting……………..and continue to be bred for fighting today in the Unitred states and foreign countries, legal or not……………..?

  124. Before one sends another person a dog, One should be certain of the character and integrity of the person to whom that dog is going. that means refernces that can be varified, and that the person has the money to attemnd to the dogs needs. Most “Poor People” do not have money to spend on a dog care and welfare…….Although it is in most cases illegal, there are research facilities the United States and foregin countries which use dogs for research……………..It is not hard to ship a dog for that purpose. If yuo do your reearch yuo will findout just how much money the dogs bring. Check out the receiopent through their local agencies.

  125. Jack,
    So by that argument, YOU should be banned, as you have the CAPACITY to murder your family and burn down your house to cover up such an awful crime.
    Yes, I am saying that my rottie is trained to listen to me, he will not ‘attack’ anyone. He will however DEFEND HIS FAMILY AND HIS HOME against a threat. Goodbye. P.S., learn to spell.

  126. Well Erick 😉
    Civility is called for in this exchange, I could use spell check and avoid such errors, but then, in this case sspelling does not impact the intent of the writing, considering the poor spelling on my part,….you being such a knowledgeable and wise person got the message. Yes..I’ …like the dog have the capacity to kill, in addition I can do so, at such a distance that the eye of the victim cannot note the threat of my presence. That ability makes us the greatest predator on earth…..via synthetics of course.
    When I choose to live in this society. I accepted the rules of this society. If I disagree with something to the point it angers me, I cannot become physically hostile, without suffering the consequences, and I know there will be adverse consequence for me. The dog does not know there may be fatal consequences for their conduct. They are only doing what they have been trained to do or learned to do through lack of training.

    The signals with the communication between dogs, no matter what breed, or a dog’s origin is common, and clear, as it the intent in that communication. Dog do not Euphemize or lie to each other. On the other hand we humans, have a very perplexing and complex medium of sound to convey out intent, and we still misunderstand each other.

    There are many innate differences between humans and dog is; for instance; dogs discover, explore, experience and React. ….Humans discover, explore, experience and Respond. Depending on the level of the threat , when circumstance requires me to Respond, ideally, I analyze the circumstance, look at my options and select the one which causes me less adverse impact. That is a trait/innateness of sound minded humans. Animals interpret and react with either, fight, flight, or tranquility/indifference. This is why we are responsible for our dogs behavior. I can and do rationalize, for the most part…dogs do not. Dog commit acts of aggression for several reasons, It is up to us …..the owner/handler to avoid letting them misinterpret the intent of people.

  127. I like how everyone us quick to judge the person who typed this article for other people benefit and
    knowledge. And get in a hissy fit because of something written about pit bulls. You may own a pit
    bull and think it’s the sweetest dog in the world, as with any dog their temperment is based on owners
    treatement and attention to the dog. But here’s a fact to you that some of you,(or all of you), seemed
    to over look about pitbulls and why they are labled most dangerous on here and countless other sites I’ve
    been to on this topic. Pitbulls skulls are too small for their brains so the pressure built up from that fact
    causes these dogs to basically snap, it’s no fault of the dog and or owner in most cases, just poor breeding
    from way back when. So ur sweet gentle dog, underneath everything is just a tucking time bomb.
    Some do and some don’t but imagine you having a headache for your entire life and an very painful, you would
    snap too.

  128. Hi Robyn
    If what you say about the Pit bull having Big brain with a small cranial cavity is true, then the dog is geneticly faulted, and should not be propergated. I would like to read the source of your information which moved you to make this statement. I might learn something from it. Thanks

  129. Hi all,
    I find it amazing the number of people willing to give just one example of a family pet that has never attacked anyone and claiming that is evidence of the safety of that breed – without understanding the basics of proof using large sample sizes.

    Statistics does not work based on a sample size of one.

    It’s like your mum telling you that it’s ok to drink ten pints of beer a night cos grandad did it and lived to 94!

    Is it possible that some of those that have written in, have since then experienced an animal attack? yes, it’s possible….

  130. iv got 2 dogs … A dogo argentino and a pit bull … They love over dogs and all humans no matter what age and theyve never shown any sign of agresion and i think that banned dogs shouldnt be banned because its not the dogs fault if its been trained to fight its the owners fault for teaching it to do those things

  131. Hello Amy
    Dogs learn intentionally or unintentionally…..with or with out our help……..The objective is of course to let them learn what we want them to learn and make it difficult or uncomfortable when they attempt to perform what we do not want them to learn. BIG dogs have a BIG impact, 2 BIG dogs have twice as much impact little dogs have little impacts, 2 little dogs have twice as much impact. When one dogs engages something interesting the second dog will get involved.
    Why would anyone care which dog is tougher…… answer the question…would require them to fight. Is that the reason for asking the question? to rationalize the desire to fight them?
    The idea is to avoid the opportunity for the dog to have a choice, and if we can not avoid it, then at least we are present to effect an immediately positive affect the circumstances. I do not want my dog to fight another dog for anyreason other than it’s survival, in fact I would rather he ran. As long as he is obedient and friendly he is tough enough for me.

  132. Cat Monkey
    There have been many dogs mentioned in this site. To which are you refering when you state: You are kidding, they are the nices doogs ever?

  133. Oleg stated it perfectly – This is the most ridiculous artcle about dogs i have ever read – obviously your a cat person and my advice is that you may want to stick to cats. I appreciate you paragraph about not being dog breed biased, so maybe you shouldn’t try to pigeon hole breeds that certainly don’t deserve it.

    To a few people who may be confused, Pit bulls first of all are American Staffordshire Terriers – one and the same breed – and they were initially bred as a working dog to help with livestock, and as companions. A long time ago – were’ talking like 1800’s -horrible people – the same type of person that would injure roosters and attach blades to them for cock fighting – started using them for dog fighting because of their jaw and over all strength and stature. they put them in a pit to fight them which is how people have come to call them pit bulls. i do not personally own one but have known many in fact have one living next door at our very good neighbors house, any everyone of them would have LICKED ME TO DEATH – and that’s about as violent as i have ever seen one. I am not saying they can’t be aggresive or won’t be aggressive – i am saying that ANY DOG FROM ANY BREED can be dangerous – you should always be wary and ask the owner permission to pet etc.- my neighbors coon hound mix is more aggressive than the pit bull next door. They don’t socialize fighting dogs so someone out walking their dog or at a park etc will not be a “fighting” dog, a dog mauling is actually quite rare – it just sticks in our minds because it is horrific and viloent – and usually done to a child. Some dogs may be snippy just from temeperament or age (puppy or senior) or from injury or a million other reasons- this should not be considered aggression but normal dog temperament. We have to remember they are animals and have animal instincts- they are not people and do not behave as such – no matter how hard we try to make them.
    Andrew – You say that we are “willing to give just one example of a family pet that has never attacked anyone and claiming that is evidence of the safety of that breed – without understanding the basics of proof using large sample sizes. ” but certain breeds have aquired a bad reputation because of small “sample sizes” as you say-
    1.) •Mixed breeds and not pure bred dogs are the type of dog most often involved in inflicting bites to people. (TRANSLATION: AGGRESSIVENESS IS NOT BREED SPECIFIC)

    2.)•There are approximately 4.5 million reported dog bites annually in the United States (nearly 2% of the American population). The majority of dog bites are never reported to local authorities. (TRANSLATION: (2 % BITTEN – and how many of the 2% are actually pit bulls or rottweilers?) sounds like a SMALL SAMPLE TO ME)

    3.)•According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents.(TRANSLATION: TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT SAFETY AROUND DOGS)
    and interstingly enough …•The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that a chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than an unchained dog.
    and lso very interesting ”
    Does breed specific legislation effectively protect people from dog attacks? The consensus of most animal behavior experts is that it does not. For example, a recent published study shows that German shepherds, chows, and Jack Russell terriers {{oh jack russells are not on your list}} are overall the most aggressive breeds, and therefore the breed most likely to bite people. In England, there was no substantial change in the frequency of dog bites by pit bull type dogs after the Dangerous Dog Act was initiated. And recently reported results from Spain yielded similar results.”

    The first most dangerous dog on the “list” for FATAL BITES (what percentage of the 2% of the population are actuallt fatal bites from a pit bull?) would be staffordshire terrier (Pitt bull) and the second is rottweiller – which is HALF the % of the pit bulls. This information this however is for their sheer strength not aggressiveness – if you were bit by a smaller weaker but more aggressive dog you may not suffer as much as from a bite from a larger stronger dog – but perhaps the larger stronger dog attatcked the man that was trying to climb his owners fence, or felt that his master or child of the family was in danger.

    My point overall is this – FIRST – PEOPLE need to be smart about owning a dog (any pet really) then the knowledgeable people need to properly TRAIN their dogs – no matter what breed – and third you must teach your children DOG SAFETY.

    In my house we have adopted from the animal control – 2 mixed breeds – lab mixes – one with aussie shepard (3 years old – had him from 8 weeks) and one with rotty (1 year old – just got her a month ago ) – my 6 year old son has been with our oldest dog- for 3 years ~obviously. My son can lay on him, stick his face in the dogs face – take a toy or a bone away from him, stick his hands in his food while he’s eating – whatever. That’s from training – he growled a bit as a puppy about food or toys being touched or taken away – but we worked with him – took an obedience course and we taught him not to put his mouth on people – and he doesn’t. although i have no worries that he would protect us if needed. If we (parents and kids) are playing around with each other and someone says “ow!” – his reaction – not ferocious at all but just behaviorally – tells me that if one of us were attacked by a stranger, or if he by another dog- he would definately use his teeth to fight.
    NOW – I have also taught my son that while you may be able to do this with our dog – it is only because it is our dog – other dogs will not tolerate this treatment – especially from a strange kid – all other dogs you must be wary – NOT AFRAID, BUT WARY of – you must ask to pet a dog – you cannot just start hugging on a strange dog and you ALWAYS gently put your hand out for them to smell first and then pet after given permission. Alot of people and children just go to pat a dog on the head without properly introducing themselves first – and going right for the head feels aggressive to a dog that does not know you. let them sniff you and then if they relax to let you know that it’s okay to pet them – start buy rubbing their chest or neck a little. People need to educate them selves – WITH CORRECT INFORMATION – and THEN educate and train their dogs and friends and family.
    our new puppy – although already 1 – is going through all the same training our first dog went through…and continues to go through because training never really stops – my dog is not food aggressive but every so often i bend down while he’s eating and take a handful of his food – and he doesn’t care – and i will continue to do it until we lose him. LEARNING SHOULD NEVER STOP AND NEITHER SHOULD TRAINING.

  134. Hello jen
    Your writings for the most part are on point. We differ when say BSL is not needed. Communities have the right to demand any legislation which they feel refects the marjirity of the community. Ohterwise people would have tigers and lions and other dangerous animals in hteir back yard, as in fact they do and have done. This is the only fare way to legislate if majority of intellegent peopl are not permitted to vote their opinion and it not be respected then what good is legislation. I do not feel legislation should be left to the representives on some matters, in others it is acceptable. dogs are not dangerous, until people get involved and stuipid inexperience people create circumstane for injury and mathem.

  135. I own two pitbulls and they are very well behaved and good with children and other dogs. But they are high strung with alot of energy! I won’t leave my dogs alone with my four year old brother-in-law, not because I think he will be attacked, but because I think it would be irresponsible! No dog should be left alone with a child! Dogs will treat human babies the same as the would their own young. They disciple with their mouths! I believe that animals are just being animals when they bite. There is no premditated motives when they attack. I believe that most animal bites are because HUMANS did something wrong.

    My second complaint about dangerous dog statistics and pulls is that alot of them are 10-15 years out dated! With all the shows on the animal planet, and national geographic I have to believe that the general public is more informed about dog behavior then they were in then the nineties!
    Even the links that the author gave to site her sources had graphs from the 70″ to the 90’s. That doesn’t seem right. There are so many dog laws and more education out there so I am sure those statistics are not acurate anymore!

  136. Hannah
    it is as you say irresponsable and stupid to leave children alone with dogs, people have done it with out consequence and with fatal consequence. It goes back to people lacking knowledge, expereience and understanding behavior of animals; do stupid things, and stupid people are not able to learn from the mistakes of others….so stupid people do stupid things. That is why we keep having bad things happen with peop;e and dogs. After 5000 years we are still doing the same bad thing to each other.

    However if you look up the word, premeditated you will see it is applicable to dogs, during in their stalking, positioning, hunting, chase, and the kill, in addition, they plan where to have their litter.
    Dogs are stimulted by sounds and action when hungry or…….when seeking play. either of these conducts would be fatal where children are concerned, or adults for that matter.
    All that is needed would be to have one of your Pitt Bulls want to play with an item your son in law is playing with or wearing, such as dogs do when playing in tug of war. During the play. the dog misses the item and instead takes hold of a body part. Then incorporate the whinning or crying of the child which the dog may consider that noise to be that of a wounded animal, then incorporate your second Pit bull wanting to take part , and You have the makings of a mauling. Once the mauling starts it takes seconds to be fatal and you have an eternity to remember not to mention the destructive aspect on your family. Your not fearing or thinking the Pit Bulls “will not harm” is foolish. However your statement “No dog should be left alone with a child” reflects good, sound reasoning, but does not support other parts of your statement.

  137. well jack – first of all i don’t know what you mean by BSL is that basic life support , british sign language ? if you are referring to your legislation argument – i never said it was or was not needed so i’m not sure why you brought it up after my comment. I think their should be legislation on how we care for our animals and that they cannot be used for fighting, cannot abuse them etc etc – i think there is already that type of legislation in place however that doesn’t stop some people. as far as legislation that says “if you live in this town you cannot have a pit bull” i think that is pure garbage. last i checked it was a free country – maybe we should pass legislation on people haveing common sense – perhaps they should pass a test before they are allowed a pet – but i don’t think it’s fair that someone tell me you can’t have that breed in this town, or state. also the last time i checked lions and tigers were considered wild animals and are against the law to have – but as you said that doesn’t stop some – at any rate i think i was just stating that people basically should be mor responsible with their animals and family as well as other animals.
    and i am pretty sure when hannah mentioned the word premeditated what she meant was the dog does not look at the child and say “i’m gonna eat this kid as soon as the adult leaves the room !’ of some of their actions are premeditated – what a ridiculous argument.

    are you breed racist? do you not like pitt bull just because they are pitt bulls? are you the one trying to get the legislation passed in your neck of the woods? is that why you feel the need to keep bringing it up? is this your blog or did your wife write the article? i guess i am just wondering why you are feeling the need to comment on everybody’s entry – seemingly to try to set eveyone straight…
    just saying…

  138. Good Morning Jen
    This posting is the best way to answer you posting, Hannah is correct about dogs and children being alone. I am not associate with this site other than posting. I am not married, I am a practicing trainer. I am Nomadic in that I travel the United States and canada learning about animals and people. I start horses under saddle and train them for riding and driving, single or multi hitch, draft or light horses. I also train dogs for obedience. I look at our dometic animals as a blank canvas….we are the artist, what that dog/animal reflects is our training or lack of training. I comment because it stimulates a response which allow me to learn.

    “Training horses/dogs/animals is about Communication”
    Training” horses is an intentional act to modify their behavior.
    Communication’ is an intentional or unintentional act which conveys information. Clear’ intentional communication is the essence of any enduring relationship.
    Whether human or animal there are three innate mediums of communication: visual, sound and tactile. When it comes to training animals…, communication …..When understood, leads to predictability.
    The sound’ medium of communication (For the most part the spoken word) of humans is complex and very often perplexing to learn; as we have so many tongues and dialects spoken through out the world. As humans we are able to develop sounds that mimic those of animals. Animals, however (for the most part) cannot verbally mimic us. At the same time both humans and animals seem to learn quickly the superficial aspects of each others visual and tactile mediums of communication.
    Horses communicate in the same ways, no matter where in the world they are located. I do not think it is possible for a horse to misinterpret the communications of another normal horse. In addition, horses are not able to euphemize or lie. On the other hand, we humans are not only able, but apt at euphemizing and lying, misleading or deceiving each other and, we are able to do so using all three innate forms of communication.
    Training is an intentional endeavor to modify behavior. However learning can be an intentional or unintentional process.
    For example: If take swimming lessons I am intentionally trying to learn to swim. However, if I fell off a bridge into the water and didn’t know how to swim; I would probably frantically begin flailing my arms and legs about trying to stay afloat. If I did stay afloat and made it to shore I would have unintentionally learned to swim.
    As a trainer, I learned early on; in order to develop a mutually respectfully relationship with a positive, residual affect; the animal and I must experience each other face to face.
    As a trainer, I want to communicate to the horse, my true intention; that being, I mean him no harm. I’ in turn will interpret his conduct looking for any behavior modification and determine if it is positive or negative. During the initial stages of our encounter, I consider tolerance a positive affect on his behavior.
    During training; both the horse and I are learning. However only one of us is teaching, In short we are both learning to trust each other. With mutual trust established; I enhance my efforts of training him for performance; in riding or driving as well as work in- hand or at liberty.
    My nomadic life style, has allowed me to experience… and learn from many people, horses and dogs. This opportunity led me to create an aphorism “CUP of Blended T’s.”
    The letters C. U. P. are an acronym for communication, understanding, and predictability. The Blended T’s, segment of the aphorism is defined below. I found keeping this in the forefront of my thinking, aids me in discovering new pathways of learning from the people and animals.
    The letter C = Communication’ through the mediums of Visual, Sound & Tactile, which ironically are also three of the horses’ five senses
    The mediums of communication listed below are not prioritized
    The first medium of communication is: visual
    I call it visual because one must use their eyes to understand the communication being conveyed to them by the body movement of the source of origin, as with those of the deaf community when signing.
    Horses’ when communicating use their eyes, ears, baring of their teeth, rapid opening and closing of the mouth, lip licking, movement of the head, feet, tail, and over all demeanor of their body. The signals may be presented individually or in correlation. This visual medium of communication is also similar to the hand signals a traffic cop uses when directing traffic.
    Using our entire body or using our extremities individually or in correlation; we can develop signals which we display to cause the horse to perform a certain action or movement. When presented consistently the horse learns to respond appropriately. Although one could use visual signals while on the horses’ back to train him to perform; normally visual communication is transmitted during in-hand or liberty work.
    The second medium of communication is: Sound
    Horses use various noises made with their breath flowing from the lungs, through the nose and mouth.
    The sound might be a slight “mmmmm” like that of a mare nickering a message to her foal to stay close or the scream of a mare that lost track of her foal, or the screams of warning…from a stallion telling another stallion to stay away or to give alarm to his herd as to the presence of a threat.
    During riding or driving we use sounds (Whoa) to direct our horses to stop or encourage them to stand still when In-hand. Our horses can just as easily be trained to stop’ when they hear other sounds, such as a whistle; if we consistently associate that sound with the act of stopping/standing. The old teamsters trained their work horses/mules to turn left by sounds of Haw’ to turn right and Gee to turn left.
    The third medium of communication is: Tactile
    Tactile communication between horses would be when a foal rubs against his mother for comfort or bumps her in the flank to demand she let him nurse, still another tactile communication is when the stallion nips, nuzzle or rubs against a mare during the mating ritual to determine her receptiveness.
    Another tactile communication is a “seeing eye” dog leading a blind person who is holding the harness handle. The dog’s movement is communicating a message to the person as to what the dog wants the person to do. For example; If the dog refuses to walk upon command; the dog could be telling the person there are dangerous or undesirable conditions ahead.
    Brail’ is another form of tactile communication; where in the reader must use their sense of touch with their finger tips upon an array of dots on a brail board. The arrangement of the dots, convey the message.
    Another application of tactile communication is when a man and woman holding each other while dancing; both are communicating in tactile. We rely upon tactile communication when we touch the horse using pressure and release of our personal aids in an effort to direct its’ movement when riding, driving or in hand work.
    U = Understanding: When we recognize, learn and understand the signals horses uses to communicate; we know the message they convey.
    P = Predictability: This means when we observe a horse communicating, we can forecast the outcome of various circumstances.
    Blended T’s = Training & Trust: The sequence is definitely training first, and if done humanely, kindly, consistently one will earn a certain amount of trust. Trust between an animal and a person is simply: willing participation in degrees, without concern or fear. Trust between animals and people come only from good training.
    I must mention the absence of fear, does not necessarily reflect the presence of trust. The Lion in the wild or a wild certainly does not fear me.
    The bottom line in training is; do not ask for more trust than you have earned. In addition, remember both fear and trust are learned and earned.
    Training is an intentional effort to modify a behavior. Training can be accomplished two ways. One way is face to face, where we train the animal to trust us. This training begins at the first encounter when both parties are present and aware of each other. With a psychologically sound horse; humane, good training will produce trust. With this trust I will train him for performance in riding, driving, in-hand or at liberty.
    The more I train him the more trust he will extend.
    The other way to train a horse is through Pavlov’s involuntary response to a stimulus. Where in I may train a horse with use of grain or other desired substance; to open a gate or load into a trailer; and not let him associate me with the circumstance. In either case he will develop trust for the environment……, but he will not develop trust for me; I wasn’t in the equation, so how could he.
    In closing, may I suggest; while incorporating a “Cup of Blended T’s” will not make one a trainer, it certainly is a fundamental aspect of good training. Perhaps we should start every day with a “Cup of Blended T’S”

    Footnote: Oder
    Communication conveys information; therefore Oder’ is a medium of communication. However with humans, as with the use of perfumes, it can be intentional or unintentional, as the use or intent may be for self fulfillment. With animal it is only unintentional. With horses Odor’ is a non-cognitive, biological, involuntary function that communicates status or presences, therefore it is unintentional communication, much like the message a lame horse would convey to a predator, or a mare in heat conveys to a stallion. The sense of smell is one of the horse’s five senses for processing information. The sense of smell which detects Oder; if the Oder was previously experienced it would convey a message to the horse. If not previously experienced; and the horse did not find the Oder offensive I would think it would incite the horse to investigate, if he perceived the environment safe.


  139. Please keep in mind that studies show that when a dog attack happens there is often no offical verification of the dog’s breed. It is normally left up to the responding officer to record the breed of the dog. Therefore, unless said poilce officer is a dog expert, there is a very high margin for error.

  140. I have had pitbulls my whole life. And the information here is wrong. Pits were initially bred to protect the emperors family is early China. They love children and if trained properly can be playful and not harmfull during rough play.

  141. Hi,
    I just wanna say that one day i was bitten by a doberman pinscher and he was always trying to bite me and something like that. He is wery cute but how can i let him stop? I have trying to put water in his face but it don´t work anymore. I just hope some one can help me?
    Thanks, icelandic girl.

    P.s. I am disagree about the pit bull (Brianna), i now about a 6 pits and their are all wery sweet and nice dog! They ware always trying to kiss me and my sister ;). Take good care of them!

  142. Hello Icelandic Girl
    If you e-mail me I will send you reading material that may enhance your understanding of what you must do to establish a role of leadership with your dog. There several good books that cover this type of behavior. This behavior is communicating a serious problem forth coming. The books are among others; Smarter than you think, Mother knows Best, and the Intelligence of dogs. Get some help before you become subservient to the dog. Once that takes place it just gets harder and harder to re-establish control. Your dog is conducting himself according to what you are communicating to him….intentional or unintentional, through training or lack of training. He is what you allow him to be.
    Good luck

    1. i have had chihuahuas or breed them for twenty years and still have two of them and have never had or heard of a vicious chihuahua yet.

  143. Wowwwww… Yall think just cuz yall typed in”pitbulls” in the google search bar and read an article on wikipedia about them makes you geniuses? I don’t care if your parents put honey on your face when you were little and let a pit lick it off! They can click like that and are sooo dangerous. It’s sooo retarded how people get on the defensive when someone says something like “Did you hear about that little girl who got attacked?” and you jump in like its your duty to defend them or something

  144. SOOOOOO!!!
    what of your commentary should people NOT relate to on this site, Pit Bulls,reading, honey, Parents, danger, children, little girls being attached by dogs, or one’s duty to enhance their fellow human’s life? The site is for expressing YOUR” opinion. Because this is one of the benefuts, we get to learn by reading opinions like YOUR
    Thanks for sharing

  145. Well to all you who say pits are for fighting are wrong a pit is a a terrier not a Pt bull they are a bird dog in the early 1700’s they breed terrier’s in England one was a bull terrier and a american bull dog to get what we now call the pitbull!! Because of there size a jaws they started using them for what they called baiting rings and we call fighting!!!!!! did you no that The first United States war dog was a Pit Bull named Stubby. Stubby served in World War I and was honored with medals and a visit to the White House. He went on to inspire the United States Military K-9 Corp!!! ANd Pit Bulls have long served as therapy dogs. In fact, Helen Keller’s canine helper was a Pit Bull. Organizations such as the Chako Rescue Association have Pit Bull therapy dogs across the country in Utah, California and more. And that Petey, the Pit Bull, spent countless hours with children day after day on the set of “The Little Rascals” TV Show. It is said that he was one of the most intelligent dogs in Hollywood. and that After a dam broke on the Tijuana River stranding 12 dogs and one cat on an island, Weela crossed the river to take food to them for a month until they could be rescued. Weela led a rescue team to a group of 13 stranded horses and ran back and forth barking to warn a group of 30 people of the deep water they were attempting to cross. Weela was awarded Ken-L-Ration’s Dog Hero of the Year in 1993 for her bravery. so who is bad the dog or the person you tell me!! And it is a lie that pitbulls are born with lock jaw you have to train them to have lock jaw!!!

  146. Everything you just stated was false. No truth to the pitbull. Please do research before you give made up facts . Blue paul terrier and the bulldog was bred in the 1800 for baiting. The amstaff came over to the united states in the 70’s. Americans called the staffordshire pitbull because the common people of that time fighting dogs. The staffordshire terrier was not a bird

  147. I find the internet is full of misleading information and untruths; as well as a great and easy source to access to information. One must be dilgent in research, if one is to discover truth. Truth can be very cloaked, either through ignorance or intention. History is truth, the problem is; how to find the truth of the matter you seek, then determine the value of that truth.

  148. By the way….. the term Baiting” although acceptable termonology in past times, euphamizes a terrible and discusting activity of fighting dogs. It would support our endeavor, to enhance’ the life of our dogs, if we used the dispecable term Pit Fighting, why soften such a cruel activity.

  149. nott really because she didnt say all dogs aggressive she just said these dogs are more likly to be agressive than others!but your are right about the dates!

  150. i wouldnt say it is a vicous dog, but the shar pei, is a fighting dog, also from the chow chow, i thought may b in the top 10, even tho i love them

  151. i just want to say that ,dogs turn in to what you train them to be i love dogs and i always have pit bulls and rottwailers i love them in 18 years i only have a problem with one of my puppies i got hem from a bad person.after some time he turn in to a lovely dog he was agresive as a guard and faithfull friend untill somebody kill hem.

  152. Not all pit bull owners have them 4 fighting. Any1 that has a pitty 4 the right reasons will tell u that pit bulls r something else, they r a fun, loving, loyal, caring, dog, they r excellent with kids and they r a very good judge of character. They do get bored easy and r very active cheeky dogs, so they need things to play with and lots of walks. There is something about the pitt bull that u dont really find in other breeds..

  153. This website stinks first of all dogs do not bite. They are very tempermental that’s all. Dogs bite because people annoy them, abuse them, or mistreat them. Everybody don’t listen to this its so not right. Some dogs bite anyway because some other dogs as their ancestor’s blood runs through them. Their ancestors must be tough dogs but she can someday train them right.

  154. When you begin thinking of buying a dog, ask advice or watch those who have owned dogs for a good spell. Make sure to buy the dog that suits your life style, intended use, and with which you are compatible & comfortable. In addition, select a knowledgable person to ask questions of.
    Dogs and humans are somewhat alike in that, if we work and play in an environment we find comfortable, that suits our energy level, athletic ability, and psychological make-up, we are happier, make much better partners and become more productive. Put us in an environment that does not match the aforementioned and it probably will have an adverse affect on our productivity, along with our physical and mental health.

    The psychological make-up of a dog is reflected in the level of energy he generates in response to stimuli. This, coupled with their innate attributes, supports development of their abilities to perform better in one line of work as opposed to another. We cannot change what God created. However; we can use it where it best works.
    Consider, for example, a St Bernard 150 pounds and standing 30” tall. This guy is right for heavy draft work and play. If I want him as a lap dog, I would soon get very frustrated. Although, I may think his company may be better than being alone.

    If you are looking for a dog, find what breed or temperament others are using for your lifestylethis activity and select a dog out of that group that matches your life style. There are multitudes of breeds that have the ability to perform varied activities.

    A physiologically sound dog is trainable. A dog’s ability and performance is directly affected by the training or lack of training. The question is; are you able and knowledgeable enough to train it. Are you humble enough to know that you need help and willing to learn more about dog behavior.

    Ignorance is a state of mind we are all born with, but it is not mandatory to remain ignorant, that is a very personal and conscious decision.
    There is to much free and accessable information for one to remain ignorant and have an unhappy relationship with a dog.

  155. thx godnes some1 elsethinks pitbulls r good dogs they r so sweet and cute i now ppl who have them they dnt bite and kille and they are not meant to kill or hurt. They insticnt is to obey their owner and be loyal i ve got a jack russel with some pitbul in him and he is so cute and sweet yes h can get agressive but he is so loving and cute. That is how they play we play tag a lot but yes your shirts get ripped but he doesnt do it anymore bc they learn they no the diference between right and wrong. Pit bulls and routweilers are not mean they r sweet you just have to train tem nily and hit them or get mad at them if they feel threatened they atack but tht is bc u theatened him. Theonly ppl tht can make a dog CRAZY IS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  156. There’s more ignorance in the posts here by pit bull defenders than anything else. Originally bred in China to protect the Emperor? LMAO! That’s priceless! The conformation of the modern pit bull is the direct result of its being bred as a fighting dog regardless of what its original purpose was. And for someone to say “pit bulls are sweet” seems to me no less ignorant than someone saying “pit bulls are dangerous.” Maybe your pit bull is sweet; not all are. It all depends on the individual dog; however, there are certain breed characteristics that make certain dogs more inherently “dangerous” than others. For instance, guarding instinct, suspicion of strangers, prey drive, etc. The fact is, if you want to use statistics to prove the dangerousness of certain breeds, then you would have to say the pit bull, statistically, is, by far, the most dangerous of dog breeds. It is the breed that statistically produces the most reported bites and the most reported fatalities. It’s not even close. Does that mean the pit bull is just a vile creature that can’t be trusted and should be destroyed? Of course not. Perhaps other breeds are even more aggressive, but how many people are going to report a Yorkie bite? The fact is, when a pit bull does decide to attack, it is capable of producing massive damage. They are also very pain tolerant, meaning there is little one can do to fend off an attack. Finally, pit bulls are often the dog of choice for thugs, drug dealers, and other ignorant people who simply own the animals as symbols of power or weapons of destruction. No dog breed is evil, but numbers don’t lie. If confronted by a roaming pit bull with a spiked collar, I’m much more likely to see my life flash before my eyes than if confronted by a golden retriever.

  157. I have owned 9 dobermans and have never experienced dangerous behavior by any of them. They have all been extremely affectionate and loyal. I did have one prevent a stranger from entering our house once. The next day a rapist was caught in the neighborhood. Maybe had she been aggressive a rape would have been prevented.

  158. I have had a few German Shepherd’s over the years. I truly believe that they are a great natured dog and do not think they should be on this list of top ten dangerous dogs. The description you say about them commented on them being ‘beautiful, loyal, obedient tempered, used for grazing sheep’. ….NOT ONE comment on how they are dangerous!! They are used as drug detecting dogs and are trained by professionals to chase down criminals. The Professionally trained commander stops the dog before it mauls the person. Obviously, other dogs that are on the list cannot be used for this because they have a tendency to not stop attacking another dog/person.

    A lot has to be said about how the dog is raised as a lot of people have said. This is absolutely true. However, a dog needs to be trusted when the owner is not there and it’s not good enough to say that a dog isn’t aggressive to humans so it’s okay to own because it’s ‘safe’, other dogs and animals are just important. It’s not fair to other well behaved (good natured) dogs to get attacked at a dog park or a dog beach etc.

    Another thing that isn’t really mentioned is that mixed dog breeds are a lot more dangerous than pure breeds. You are mixing two different types of dogs with different personality traits. Of course that will equal trouble!!

    Another important thing to mention that a lot of people are forgetting is that dogs are for companionship, good family fun day trips, to bring out compassion in people….They are not supposed to be bought for guarding a house or property. That does make them territorial and can endanger other people or dogs.

    All dogs have the potential to be dangerous and how it’s brought up does play a big factor in that but don’t forget some dogs will be more dangerous than others. Just like humans who were taught by their parents on how to behave they can still grow up to be abusive people. Animals are the same!

  159. Dobermans were bred by an accountant… not a policeman…. and they are very misunderstood just like the pit. There is no such thing as dangerous dogs, just dangerous owners…

    I have several dobies and they are all the sweetest dogs I have ever owned.

  160. pitbulls were not bred to fight they are popular for fighting dogs and you can train any dog to be a fighting dog. i think pitbulls are the BEST dogs out there

  161. People, Bull baiting took place in england years ago, meaning fighting dogs against Bulls, larger dogs were used like the Mastiff’s the old bull terrier (the large breed). later bull baiting became illegal in england, then dog to dog combat became the new thing. a gentleman named James Hinks started breeding dogs, his quest for breeding was to achive a pure white dog. in his quest for whiteness he devolped the white english bull terrier,you know (Spuds Mckenzie). he had know intention of breeding a fighting dog, but this dog was game, he would fight & would not quit. people realized a stronger, smaller dog in comparision to mastiffs, quickness, strong jaws, would be the ultimate fighter, the Bull terrier was born, know as the white cavalier the English bull terrier was king in the ring. Later on dog to dog fighting became illegal in england, dog fighting then made it’s way to the U.S., Then through breeding differnt dogs with the English bull terrier (spuds) the American Pit bull developed. The Pit had nothing to do with the ASIAN Breeds, Its roots are most definetly from a fighting background. Through proper breeding the gamness of the animal can be breed out, the problem today with the PIT is so many people breed them to be game, meaning only breeding two game dogs together, People have created exactly what they wanted. But good AKC breeders have taken time to breed this dog correctly to remove the gameness from the animal, need to know which dog your buying.

  162. I can understand why people are getting so bent out of shape when their dog shows up on a list like this. As a former owner of 2 Chow Chows (Wolfgang and Sebastian) I too use to get upset when someone would say my dog was vicious. To me my boys were the most loving dogs on earth, but I was not so stupid as to not realize that they along with any other breed of dog had the potential to do serious damage. Saying any breed of dog is vicious is like telling that person their child is a brat or is out of control. Because a lot of people think of their dog as one of the family and no one likes to hear anything negative about a family member. My dogs were fearless except for when it came to my Maine Coon cat Norman. They were scared to death of only him and with good reason. He was more vicious than any breed of dog on this list and would bit you without cause whenever the mood stuck him. What most people do not know is that some people are allergic to cat bites and it can be fatal. So just think…you could actually die from one tiny cat bite.

    I checked out the top ten causes of death and no where does it say a vicious dog attack. It does say unintentional accident but does not specifically vicious dog attack so getting hit by a bus can be included in that! A person is more likely to end up in a hospital dying of heart failure or even a cat bite than a vicious dog attack.

    Dog owners don’t let it get you down when they say your dog is vicious, because we really know that it is the owners of some of these breeds that are stupid enough to raise a dog like they themselves were raised. God help us if they have children too. If they are raising dogs to be like this can you imagine what the kids are like!!!

  163. All dogs can be dangerous, take my grandmothers dog Pepper. It is a small nasty fur ball. It will gladly rip your hand off, though at times when it was lucidness it will play with you. Weird. I had a Rottweiler and the dog was incredible friendly and would go nuts when I got home. Lastly about Bullies. I forgot to ask permission before petting a dog that had come by. I was shocked it was a bully and his mother. These two dogs were incredibly friendly and that is the way I have most of them. The saddest thing I saw was a dog muzzled. The owner new he would bit and took the right precaution.

  164. These comments seem to an endless; I suppose as endless as is the list of first time dog owners. However” Ignorance’ is a state of mind we are all born with, but it is not mandatory to remain ignorant, that is a very personal and conscious decision.
    There is to much free and accessable information; for one to remain ignorant and have an unhappy relationship with a dog.

  165. Nice overview and cute pictures covering the most dangerous dogs – which can be like puppy dogs treated and trained the right way! Even the Pit bull could charm the unsuspecting….

  166. You know, why is it that when people own the dogs that on the most dangerous list. They feel the need to justify that their sweet pooch shouldn’t be on the list be THEIR dog is so nice. This list isn’t talking about YOUR dog. They are talking about the power of dogs like yours. If you own a nice pitbull, doberman, rottweiler, etc., what does that have to do with the fact that statistics of people who have been mauled killed or mamed most one of the these kinds of dogs. Absolutely nothing! People are so selfish, and can only think about themselves. But let me tell you, I have seen it too many time on the news, and heard it said, “he/she’s never done anything like this before. He/she has always been the most sweet dog to OUR friends and family. See once again, it about you and your four and not more. Every dog on this list petrifies most people not because of how sweet they are, but because of their capabilities. Owners of these dogs need to get the revelation. To have one the dogs on this list, you will have to deal with the attitudes and statistics that goes along with having one. A mean rushing chihuahua, cocker spaniel or yorker terrier, can be kicked into submission. But what in the world can anyone do with a mean rushing, any one of the dogs on this list? Nothing, but be absolutely and totally harmed. Ask the people who have already experienced it. Get the revelation. That’s what this list is about. Not about YOUR SWEET LITTLE POOCH!

  167. Marie!
    You are on target. I stated this early up on this site and I will repeat it for those who didn’ t read it. It is of coursr my opinion
    The Pit Bull in comparison to other dogs is; (this may be over simplifying) a 44 magnum pistol; whereas the average dog is a 22 pistol. If the same surface of your shoulder is hit with a bullet from a 22 pistol, it is probably going to hurt, and may have residual adverse affect on ones use of that shoulder, if that same surface area is hit with a bullet from a 44 magnum; your shoulder will probably be destroyed. I am not an expert in guns and their capacity, although I shot both, the 44 magnum and the 22 short.
    Thinking along these same lines of potential affect of various dogs; I posed a question to myself. The law enforcement agencies use the fear factor of a growling snarling lunging dog. So why do the police not use Pit Bulls in their every day work? The police use other dogs, in high public profile, to support their law enforcement efforts, so why not the pit bull? A dog growling and lunging at the leash is a powerful image and certainly is a deterrent to my approaching that officer or the dog. If it were a Pit bull; with my perception and understanding of that dog; my fear and concern would be much greater. Because I do not think the dog is anywhere near as reliable to obedience as the other dogs.
    Police use these same dogs for patrolling with them on leash, riding with them in the cars, detecting drugs, and perhaps other areas as well. From what little’ I know of the Pit Bull and of other breeds; I would not want to be in a crowd of people where a Pit Bull is on leash and I am restricted from moving away from him.

  168. All these hot shots thinking they can just waltz in and start preaching on this ” gentle, misunderstood creature ” make me sick. I am so sick and tired of these people standing up for these lousy excuses for dogs. Do you have any idea how dangerous these things are? Keep in mind that the pit bull had nothing to do with its origin, and that its fighting background was created by humans, but do not label them as just any other dog. They are dangerous and volatile animals, and those out there who think its acceptable to let pit bulls wander around your children need to rethink this decision fast. I have heard too many stories on the news about little toddlers being mauled by pit bulls, and its upsetting to know that something so savage could have been prevented by not wasting your money on such a dangerous animal. And PLEASE stop saying how cute and innocent your pit bull is. A)Pit bulls are hideous B)They are not at all innocent and C)Your pit bull may not have the same characteristics as the rest of its breed. Pits give dogs as a whole a really bad name.

  169. And I don’t get my information off the internet, because the internet “can be full of misleading information” I got mine first hand when a pit bull killed my cat and attacked two other people before finally being put to sleep. All of you who plan on defending this breed better have a good reason to do it, because someone somewhere needs to give me a good reason why the breed shouldn’t be banned from the U.S. entirely.

    1. So sorry to hear about your kitty Rudi, but I must stop you there.

      I myself dont own a pitbull, nor do I plan to. But all dogs can snap, all dogs can cause damage.

      I have been attacked by a labrador TWICE. The breed is known for having a softer mouth used to retrieve waterfowl, but ask anyone who has been bitten by one and they’ll tell you their mouths are anything but soft.
      Once the dog seriously injured me and I had to get a series of stitches and mild surgery on my hand while the second time I was bittn my dog was seriously injured.

      One pitbull does not account for the entire breed, and actually the “pitbull” is made up of several different breeds, so statistics that state that pitbulls attack more than any other dog can be misleading.

      And not to be rude or blunt, but just because one piece-of-crap dog killed your cat, doesnt mean the breed wil be banned. What do you plan on telling the legislatures? “Oh well this pitbull attacked and killed my cat, so let’s condemn the whole breed!”

      And not to be a moron who equates humans with animals, but I must use this comparison for a moment:
      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen african americans attack other people, especially gang members. But does that mean that they can all “snap” one day and start shooting people? No.

      Also, dogs dont just “snap”. We will most likely never be able to understand the mind of a dog, so we will never be able to understand why they attack. We’re just going to have to live with that fact, because let’s face it: we can’t understand everything on our planet as much as we like to believe we could.

      PS: The lead biting dog breed in the US and Asia is the Chow-Chow. And you can take that to the bank.

      1. well said well said also have to add golden retrievers have been known to snap but you will never hear about that in the paper but if it was a pit bull you would never hear the end of it.

  170. what do u all think of the french mastiff as a dangerous dog. im sorry to say but i very much doubt a boxer should be on this list as mine wont stop greeting people by jumpin them just to lick them to death.

  171. See here we go again, selfishness! “‘MY’ friends” two PITS love’s cats”. So what’s your point, in the whole scheme of this issue. None! This is, “once again” not about YOUR friends pitts! Ugh! It’s hopeless!

  172. Marie
    It is not hopelss……It is endless. English boy says; as a visitor, I must tolerate his dog jumping on me in addition to slobbering on my clothes,. Biggie says his friends two Pit Bulls loves Cats, why would they feed their dog cats. 🙂 ):

    We are born ignorant, that being a lack of knowledge. Some do not want to learn or cultivate knowledge, which makes it difficult for them to gain insight and wisdom of how to use knowledge. Not to imply that knowledge and wisdom walk hand in hand

    If we, who have knowledge and experience, just share what we have, which is a common love for dogs, and do so in kindness….this may be all we can do.

  173. i think dobermans and pits are the most aggresive and vicous but depends on the dog also i know my dobermans are very protective and will bite on command i would recomend the doberman to any person

  174. I have the sweetest German Shepard that ever lived.She was attaked TWICE by two breeds that are not on this list.The boerbull,who attaked our dog killed a yorkie,jack russel and 2 fox terriers.I saw the jack russel die.The bull mastiff bit my dog and me it troumatised my daughter so much she refused to go on walks anymore and she would beg and cry for me not to go walk the dogs.Also my GERMAN sHEPARD WOULD NOT GO ON WALKS!She would walk 20 feet and stop and pull towards home.Whats amazing is that the first time after that incident my daughter walked with us Tessa was okay because my daughter kept talking to her.I belive that dogs owners are responsible for their pets,I am an animal lover and does not want animals to be put doun unesseserily howeever when a dog kills 4 dogs and may bite a child it should be humanely uthenised.

  175. Hello Mom
    This senseless injury and uncontrolled dogs just seems endless, The sad part is; in most cases these incidents could be avoided, it is not the dogs fault, However this does not lessen the adverse residual impact to the victim dog and owners.
    Unless there were unusual circumstance involving the attacks I would think you will have no trouble getting justice…..medical bills and such; IF YOU persist in insistist the owners be held responsable. You should consider your self and daughter fortunate if you both come through such an experience with out physical injury, to compound your emotional state. I would like to know the physical circumstance of the two incidents. How, When, Where, leashes or at liberty’

  176. I’m sure your little beagle or other “kick dogs” do have a higher temperment but i really don’t think thats what this articles about. Many smaller dogs will snap a lot faster than a rot, german shephard or a pitbull but, i doubt there are that many recorded deaths from these nepolean dogs. Sure there are other breeds with a higher temperment but they definantly wouldn’t be on a list of the top “dangeous” dogs. Its all in the amount of damage they can do statistically and otherwise. And I do totally agree that it is not all on the breed. Some breeds you have to work harder with but it is all on how you raise your dog.

  177. I think, that with proper training of the dog and awareness of the dog owner, most dogs will not be harmful. It’s only when either the dogs did not learn to follow rules or the owners aren’t really aware of the potential of their dogs, things tend to go wrong.

  178. Myself and my fiance’ have now rescued our 18th APBT “american pitbull terrior” and well i have to say from the small female we last rescued that i had to cut her collar from her neck to the 100+ lbs. red nose that I rescued all of them have been the greatest dogs in the world yes some of them have their problems here and there but with work all of them have turned out to be great family dogs and have either been turned out to homes were they still reside, we now have 4 of our own dogs one of which we just took in 3 days ago she was out roaming the streets scrouring trash cans for a meal. Go to search atts and check out the statistics there they are real, tried and true, they have backing all the way to 1970’s they tell the whole story and the true story. As for anyone i have seen pitbulls come and go, but in the end they are all good dogs just like any other dog its just how much love and attention they are givin to reach the potential that they are already capable of reaching.

  179. i have 2 Dogo Argentinos and from what i have read about them, they seem to be a very dangerous dogs. they replaced the cordova fighting dog which is now extinct, but somehow the Dogo never makes it to the Top ten list, maybe its because they are rare dogs and very well know??

  180. Hi I’m an owner of a Pit bull as well.. And some of you are saying, People need to do Their research, Well sorry to say it but so do you. Pit bulls start from the WAR. They used them to go into the trenches first and they were known to take at least 2 to 3 shot and still keep coming at you. They also were cop dogs. And in the states the worlds biggest drug bust by a dog, was a pit bull and still has not been beaten.. And some one said up their to that they need to be raised by the right person and they are so right.. I found my dog almost 3 years ago.. On the road beaten,bleeding and hungry.. I took her in, love and care. She wont leave my side. BUT as some said. You can’t not be scared of them or they will run you. I was at first and she tryed to run me. Untill I did alllllllllooooottt of research to see what I was getting into. Then I learn to not let her dominate me, to show her who is boss, No hitting or anything. You don’t need to hit your dog. I could go on and on. Long story short. My dog was tooken because she was not registered or anything. I mite not get her back. Because of all these a*shole that should not own a pit bull. Remember they can feel too, they have a hart, they can love, they can sense fear, They are just like us, but different..

  181. After reading this with an open mind i feel like i should share some of my stories! First of all, i live in England where pitt bulls are banned, which is totally unfair in my opinion. I would love to own one myself, but because of bad press, its impossible! My family members have owned large dogs and luckily they have been the sweetest things. One aunty owned a doberman, mainly to bark at burglars (they got broke into a lot) but whenever anyone went to the door, it played dead! Another pet was a rhodesian ridgeback. There were 2 young children in the house living with it, and it loved bath time. Whenever one child had finished in the bath, it would gently hold the towel the child was wrapped in in its mouth and walk him down stairs to the rug infront of the fire to dry off until the other kid and mom came down. If the boy moved from the fire the dog would gently nudge him back to the rug and sit with him. Pretty amazing i think! I have been around rescue dogs in kennels that seem aggressive, but if you approached them correctly they would sit and wag their tails!! So i strongly believe in 2 sides to dog aggression. Firstly, it helps if the dog has been brought up by a responsible owner, and secondly, if you approach the dog in an aggressive manner, such as not respecting their personal space, not allowing them to smell you, and giving eye contact, then in the dog world you are challenging them, and they will react!! Dont wanna be attacked? Respect the dog 🙂

    And btw. the worst bite i ever got was from my uncle’s cat! I have scarred hands and arms as they dont just bite, they latch on with all their claws. Also they have more bacteria in the mouth than dogs so the bites are more likely to get a nasty infection. But do you ever see a cat being put to sleep because it bit someone who annoyed it?? Or a “dangerous cat list”? Nope!!

    Thanks for reading, hope the ban on pitts in England gets lifted!!

  182. Just a little add-on from reading more comments. Some people comment on dogs being ugly, dangerous, and creating a “bad name”. Im sorry, but plenty of people are ugly, only humans wage wars killing thousands and thousands of people, yet we’re the most intelligent species on the planet? Humans cause more damage in total than sharks, lions, snakes, crocodiles/alligators, all animals put together. So come on people, thats really not fair hating a dog cos you think its ugly and can wake up on the wrong side of the basket.

  183. “Most Dangerous Dogs” ? Gotta be kidding right? Yeah. Surely. Totally uneducated list 😀

    How could they forget breeds like the Fila Brasiliero, Caucasian Ovtcharka, Alabai, Kangal, Tosa and Bully Kutta? 🙂


  184. I’m sorry but did you do any research before typing up that bunch of bull sh*t?
    Anyone who know the history of Rottweilers can easily say that they were bread for HERDING!

    I think most Rotties love other dogs. Most of the Rottie owners I know always has at least 2 of them.

  185. pitbulls are NOT DANGEROUS none of these dogs are the ones who are dangerous are the people who raise them i have two pits my self and one is mentally retarded and the other is the best dog you will ever meet they both listen and would never hurt a fly so tell me again why you think any of these dogs are mean o thats right their owners. treat them right and they will be your best friends forever!

  186. One of my cousins mom has over 7 dogs and all different specis and none of them are dangerous.I say that the reason some dogs are dangerous its because the way the owner treats them. 🙂

  187. just one post here and then Im done.. For a bit of background, I am a member of and certified decoy for( that’s the guy in the bite suit ) an accredited organization whose purpose is to help train and certify police dogs and privately owned working / protection dogs. I make no claims of being an end all expert, but as such, I have an insight into training methods and canine behaviors. We assist and train dogs for detection of explosives and narcotics, open area and building searches, patrol, protection, obedience, and agility. ( note that our agility training is not competitive agility as per AKC agility but rather, teaching dogs to overcome and navigate obstacles they may possibly encounter in “real world” working scenarios.

    So, although I believe the original article was written with good intentions, I think it does more harm than good. I believe this because all of the sources quoted where I believe narrow in opinion, based on very specific factors and they all lack what I would consider “equal statistical comparison’s” for the lack of better term. I may have missed it, but I didn’t see any of the sources quoted address breed popularity and density. There was no comparisons based on equal numbers, but rather the results were based on reported “incidents” with no regard to any other factors. This article should be retitled as “dog breeds to be aware of” or “dog breeds to pay attention to” something other than “The most dangerous dogs” because it very clearly doesn’t come anywhere close living up to it’s title.

    As others have already articulated, I’m mostly in the camp that believes human error is the primary cause of overly aggressive, dangerous dogs. I’m the first to say that there most certainly are exceptions, I’ve been witness to them, but the fact remains that most of the time, its human influence that damages the dog and not the other way around. I also agree very strongly with Jen’s post. Many people are simply “dog ignorant”. I fully believe as others have stated, that we, as dog owners and perspective dog owners need to be responsible and realistic. We need to do our best to insure we don’t put our dogs and other people into situations that could result in something bad happening. It means we need to know the characteristics and behavioral tendencies of our chosen breed and handle them accordingly. And obviously as such, we need to be aware of and attend to the proper care and treatment of our dogs. There are shelters and kennels and rescue groups stock full of unwanted dogs that are in those circumstances for no other reason than human stupidity and selfishness.

    With regard to the “most dangerous dogs” listed in this article.. The first mistake is, as a few others have indicated, there 5 or 6 dog breed not mentioned that are in reality far more dangerous and difficult to handle and train than those listed. The Bully kutta, and Tosa Inu are such examples.

    The next point is, a large number of the dog bite incidents quoted by the sources.. are not intentional attacks by dogs. Rather, they are caused by a total lack of knowledge, and respect of canine behavior by handlers, owners and the general public. I do decoy work and trust me, there is a huge difference in a dog giving a single bite for whatever reason vs a dog “attacking” or “fighting” in full prey, fight or defensive drive. Obviously, there are documented cases where a dog or pack of dogs have intentionally attacked a human in full prey or fight drive, but those are the exception and not the rule I agree with Jen and Hannah, if more people simply took the time to be more attentive, and be more realistic and responsible, the number of dog bites, especially bites involving children would drop dramatically.

    Are there “bad” dogs, of course there are. But are dogs more or less dangerous based on breed? I would say no. Obviously, like all things in life there are exceptions to every rule but that applies singularly here. Yes, there is the occasional “bad” pit, just like there’s the occasional “bad” GSD or Rottie or Golden.. unfortunately, it happens. But, to say pits as a breed or more dangerous than Golden’s or Lab’s.. I can’t agree with that. BSL or breed specific legislation to the best of my research abilities hasn’t effected the rate or severity of dogs bites at all in USA. ( I can’t speak for other countries ) And as such I see it basically as a way for politicians to pretend to address a social issue or problem without actually have to address it’s root cause.

    And lastly, Jack, we’re all entitled to our opinion but I really wish you’d not use the pit is a 44 mag and other dogs are .22’s analogy. First it shows a lack of any realistic firearms knowledge and more than that.. it shows what I’d say is a lack of understanding and experience when it comes to the capabilities of various dog breeds. Pits bite and hold… so they rate a .40 smith and wesson.. maybe.. a bite from a big pit is bad but not nearly as bad a bite from say.. a bully kutta, or a presa or a tosa say.. when we get to these breeds we are now talking .44 mag.. and if you really want a “big gun” bite.. lets talk about a trained eastern bloc GSD or Mally or a trained Bully or Tosa.. trust me jack I work in a bite suit and I know the difference..

    Anyway.. just me 2 cents..

    Cheers people


  188. one last thing.. my apologies for the grammatical errors in my first post.. I typed this on a netbook and didn’t get all the fixes.. my bad


  189. Hello Greg
    This name of this site; “The Most Dangious Dogs in the World” is certainly not accurate in the content. However I think it incites people to comment and debate. Which I think is good, as it creates communication. Communication leads to Resolution” As I see it; we are all entitled to our opinion be it ignorant, bisaed, or knowledgable in experience. As long as there is communication the truth will eventually prevail. Learning is an intentional and unintentional process, however we as individuals have the responsability to establish what we learn’ is in fact the truth.

    I think for the mos’t part your comments were accurate, When one writes a public comment, one must be very accurate in the content. Below are my thoughts

    Can proper obedience training and owner control make a potentially ‘ Dangerous Dog a safe canine companion? What about a pit bull with inherent dominance and fighting ability?
    I was reading a newspaper article about Walton KY not permitting Pit Bulls in the city. The Pit Bull is a beautiful, magnificent looking animal, with very powerful physical abilities. Like any animal of this magnitude, they demand one’s attention and admiration and in my case, concern and absolute respect for their capacity.

    Respect is a little word with many connotations as well as a two way street. From what I see, most people are not worthy of a dogs respect much less obedience.

    I must say I have handled only about three or four Pit bulls; so I do not consider myself an authority on that breed. But I am competent and understanding of the psychological makeup of the average dog, which allows me to train them. Any good trainer can train any dog to perform what that dog is physically capable of. A trainer cannot make a dog reliable or a change the breed characteristics a dog is born with. No trainer can insure that training and control will be properly maintained by the owner.

    The Pit Bull is fearless and relentless in combat whether in self defense or initiating the opponent. Pitbulls can weigh in at a formidable 100 pounds. They can be a serious threat to the safety of owners, other people and dogs, unless the owners acknowledge and accept their responsibility.

    The owners must change the way they think of their dogs. They must learn to recognize and understand how a dog communicates in addition to learning and understanding their dog’s attributes, ability, and capacity.

    To a dog we are merely an animal, some of us are big (adults) some are small (infants and children). As regards Pit bulls; there are far too many incidents in which Pit Bulls, at home and in public, have wreaked havoc on people. These incidence of injury, (which are far greater in damages to persons than with the average dog), could not have taken place in most cases, if the owner/handler knew and was attentive to the dog’s communications.

    When in public all dogs should be on leash. The leash and collar (capable of restraining the dog in times of stress) is probably the most valuable piece of equipment one can own. The leash will keep your dog from going towards trouble and it enhances handling the dog safely, should trouble come to them.

    If a person handling a 100 pound dog was jerked to the ground and retained hold of the leash, it would be very difficult for a 100 pound dog to drag the average 150 pound person for any great of distance in an effort to get to another dog or person.

    I am a practicing trainer of dogs for obedience and horses for riding and driving, single or multi hitch. I am nomadic, in that I travel across the U.S.A. in my work. I like to think I keep my opinion open to persuasion, which keeps my mind open to learning. In my travels, I have retrained aggressive dogs and they adjusted well. When I take a dog to train, I work with the owners also. I try to enhance their understanding of what they must learn and practice if they want to maintain a good relationship with their dog. I have found all dogs are not good natured and compatible with the average person. In my travels I see a lot of good natured animals, but also ill natured animals being handled badly.

    Most of the time, I found the owners were lacking in their dedication in communication with their dog, which allows the dog to regress back to its former undesirable behavior. This is one of the reasons I do not train Pit Bulls, (Ammendment; or other big’ dogs of like innate capacity). I do not want my name referenced as the trainer, should a mishap occur.

    The Pit bull is an animal, and other like any animal of like innate capacity, he is subject to good training. However, I personally cannot train him to a degree of reliability within my comfort zone; that to which I can train most dogs. There are approximately 65 million dogs in the U.S.A. Every one of these animals; think, perceive, interpret and react. Although we can and do train our animals to respond only to our personal directive, they can and do respond to circumstance without our directing them.

    A dog is like a small child; and we must constantly be aware of what they are doing and thinking if we are to keep them from harm’s way. Both will learn with or without our input so there must be a strong leader to protect and train them. Without that leadership, respect and obedience will not happen. Respect is not an innate attribute of a dog or a child; it must be learned and earned. A dog or child who does not respect humans becomes empowered and becomes the leader in that relationship.

    Aggression in any breed is a concern. With Pit Bulls, the consequences of an attack is paramount. I do not trust any person or animal as individuals, until they have proven trustworthy. I give both the same respect I would give a person with a gun in their hand, that being I do not place myself in a position where that persons carelessness will cause me harm.

    Safety in handling dogs can only come from recognizing, understanding, learning, and using the mediums of communication the dog uses which, are Visual, that being physical movement of their extremities individually or in correlation, therefore we must be in a position to see the communications, such as the dog’s tail and/or ear movement, their body frame. Sound, that being the levels of barking, growls, whines, moans, therefore we must be in a position to hear the communication, and Tactile, that being; physical touch, therefore we must be in a position to feel the communication, such as the dog pulling on the leash while I am walking him. The dog’s communication conveys his intent or feeling toward something which has got his attention, be it animal, vegetable or mineral.

    We breed dogs to develop certain innate features/traits. The Pit Bull and other dogs of like capacity were bred for the purpose of deterring threats by aggressive means. These traits remain in the dog today, although the average person having these dogs today, do not own or need them for the original purpose of breeding. The “need” has turned to a “desire.” Average owners are ignorant of and lack respect for the breeds capacity, training limits, and unreliability as regards obedience. Does this make the Pit Bull a BAD DOG? NO! It makes them dog with traits, just like a sight hound verses a Scent hound. They are both dogs, but have capacities and limits that must be respected. Are there exceptions? YES.

    An Obedient, reliable dog follows the handlers command, even though it does not want to. This means when there is a threat, or other stimulus which incites the dog to revert back to his “innate state” of survival; your “training” which the dog learned to trust, will surface and override his natural instincts to fight, flight, or chase. This type of training requires dedication, which I find the majority and average dog owners do not have.

    In comparing various breeds of dogs, we must look at their purpose and capacity, much like one would compare guns. For example; if there were a 44 magnum pistol, loaded, laying on a table….it is not dangerous!!! The gun does not think, interpret and react on its own as a dog does. A gun only becomes dangerous when someone picks it up, and is careless with it, or intentionally uses it,

    The Pit Bull in comparison to other dogs is (this may be over simplifying) a 44 magnum pistol; whereas the average dog is a 22 pistol. If the same surface of your shoulder is hit with a bullet from a 22 pistol, it is probably going to hurt, and may have residual adverse affect. If that same surface area is hit with a bullet from a 44 magnum; your shoulder will probably be destroyed. I am not an expert in guns but please trust my analogy.

    Thinking along these same lines of potential affect of various dogs; I posed a question to myself. The law enforcement agencies use the fear factor of a growling snarling lunging dog. So why do the police not use Pit Bulls in their every day work? The police use other dogs, in high public profile, to support their law enforcement efforts, so why not the pit bull? A dog growling and lunging at the leash is a powerful image and certainly is a deterrent to any hostile approach to that officer. If it were a Pit bull; with my perception and understanding of that dog; my fear and concern would be much greater. The pit bull is rarely used because it isn’t anywhere near as reliable to obedience as the other breeds used in law enforcement. And let’s face it, I would not want to be in a crowd of people where a Pit Bull is on aggression leash and I am restricted from moving away from him.

    In closing; Do a group of citizens with a vested interest; have the right to ask for protection of animals through legislation by restricting certain animals and where they may be housed and what materials and specification must be used for such housing? YES Should animal owners be required to ensure their dogs remain on their property, and not place me and mine in peril? YES. Should Animal owners be held accountable for injury and mayhem their animals commit intentionally or unintentionally? YES

    Rights of Americans” it seem are no longer “inalienable”, but must now be legislated. That is not the way it should be. We have enough legislation; however irresponsible, ignorant, and selfish people require or cause more legislation. Therefore; we must be diligent and prudent in writing such legislation, and in requiring responsible ownership. Can we require owners of put bulls or certain other breeds to train them? No, but we can and must educate all dog owners.

    I plead with you to share with me the manner of training which you use to secure the reliability of obedience of the dog(s) in question. I am sure if you can secure such a status, law enforcement would certainly incorporate them into their present canine program, in addition the various breeders would hail you’; and rightly so’ as a worthy and creditable person and trainer, for enhnacing the public acceptance of their breed.

    jack vance

    1. Pitbulls actually were bread for fighting but the fighting back thenwas far less aggressive, bt they were also bread for bull baiting and baby sittiing, I would also like to say that pitbulls do not have a lOck jaw

  190. All of these dogs are not at all the way people say they are cause I got a pitbull my self and she is just a sweet heart she don’t bark or even bite now I got a toy yorkie and my pitbull is scared of him but they love each other they play eat drink and even sleep together..

  191. I wish dogs weren’t so dangerous, and they aren’t. It depends on the way you treat them. I want one real bad!

  192. I have a malamute and a malamute/german shepherd. Both are rescues and both were seriously abused before brought into rescue. They are probably the best dogs we have ever had. I grew up with german shepherds and never had an instance where they were aggressive unless their “people” were threatened and even then would respond to commands by their owners. I think the reason these dogs are listed as “most dangerous” are strictly because IF they decide to bite they can do more damage than many other breeds. I think them little yippy dogs are more aggressive than most big dogs!

  193. I really like your website here. I have three dogs of my own: 1) a boxer-pit mix 2) a Huskey mix and 3) an Australian Shepherd. All where rescues. I think with work and having the owner realizing what ANY dog can do, I believe that all dogs can have a great life.

  194. i have pitbulls they are good dogs mines play with kids all the time im 34 yrs old i’ve had pitbulls sense i was a little boy never once have they bit or growl at anyone unless you were trying to harm a family member pitbulls are easy to train if you know what your doing i trained my dogs to go to the bathroom on command an im not a trainer some of our presidents had pitbulls an they were used in world war I & II an they where given medals they are an american symbel just like the eagle but the bad rap took that away know your history before you blab that out their

  195. Wow,it never ceases to amaze me how ignorant people are of pitbulls. First off I own two,they are the first pitbulls I have owned but I have been around a ton of them in my life and I think I have had an interaction with one that was beaten that was not of the sweetest disposition. I do construction and my co-workers two australian cattle dog’s are the ones trying to show dominance over my pit’s. The bully breeds in my experiance are some of the sweetest dog’s out there,and as long as they are raised with love and a calm leader there is no safer dog for a family pet,in fact before dog fighting became what they were known for they were referred to as the “nanny dog” in england. They are a sport dog and unfortunatly the sports they were breed for are blood sports,bull baiting,bear baiting and later dog fighting. But I’m curious where this information really came from because the last information I saw that had to do with dog breed’s biting human’s the weiner dog came in at number 1,followed by the fox terrier and pit’s didnt hit the list till number 11. Every dog has a snapping point I’ve been bit by a blue healer, a border collie and a fox terrier for trying to pick up his toy(my bad) but I can take my pit’s food out of their bowl with no response hell my cat eats out of their bowl while they are eating it. The dogs have been fighting dog’s but that is a people problem dont forget they are also therepy dog’s,they accel at agility sports,weight pulling,they are even used in law enforcment and they have and can be used as herding dog’s. Do not form an uneducated opinion on dog’s of any breed but especially one like the pitbull if you have only dealt with 4 dog’s of a certain breed you should probably keep your disinformation to yourself,hell I’ve been around more than 4 yellow lab’s that were horrible dog’s when it came to temperment but I would never try and smear the breed.

  196. the person who dream t this bulls*it up knows nothing about seriously dangerous breeds the pit bull number 1 are you serious human aggression was a very undesirable trait in the breed yes aggression toward animals that’s a different story they were used to fight each other aggression toward humans would be dangerous to the very people who owned them the original breeders bread this trait out of them yes irresponsible people who shouldn’t own them in the first place can make them aggressive toward people but they are the number 2 dog to own behind only the lab if you have kids if you get them from a puppy and socialize them properly that’s fact not fiction you never even mentioned the cane corso mastiff which was bread to be more of the people aggressive guard type dog pit bulls are actually not even very serious when it comes to truly serious dogs true pit bulls don’t generally exceed 60 to 75 pounds there are dogs that are way more people aggressive by breed and weigh twice as much long story short pit bulls not in the top ten definitely not number 1

  197. This is just a list of dogs originally bred for hunting, what about the Bedlington Terrier and Shar Pei originally bred as a fighting dogs like the Pit Bull.

  198. i have a germin shephered and a boxer. the German Shepherd is the biggest baby i know he loves kids and would never hurt anyone. my Chihuahua on the other hand is a big baby to but she hates the boxer and always barks at him. she is good to the family she is just jealous. i had a Rottweiler the my german shepered tried to save from a car but it was to late. he was a great dog. they all are.

  199. This is to Clarkson and who ever else would like to say that the pitbulls belong on the dangerous dogs list, im not saying they CANT BE but when raised right THEY ARENT! And you try and tell my friend 7 yr old boy that my am. staff Kia and am. staff/shar-pei Maggie are THE DANGEROUS DOG WHEN HE HAD HIS FACE RIPPED OFF BY A GOLDEN RETRIVER YELLOW LAB CROSS!!! All 3 dogs knew the little boy just as long and played with him altogther EVERYDAY FOR 8 YRS and if it hadn’t of been for my “VICIOUS PITBULLS” jumping through a patio door to go after max, the dog who ripped the kids face off, HE WOULD BE DEAD!!! ANY DOG HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE DANGEROUS THESE DOGS RAE TOP ON THE LIST FOR THE ONLY REASON BEING THAT THEY Are the most popular in the states! So in other words the