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Most Dangerous Dogs in the World

by Anastasia on May 13, 2013 · 1,041 comments

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Beware of the Dog Sign

Credit: Mandee Sears (via Flickr)

Note: This post was originally published on April 1, 2009. It has since been updated with a new introduction and further background on the history of dangerous dogs. Our original author’s list by breed can still be found below.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dalmatian

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.

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Boxer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Husky

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.

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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.

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Rottweiler

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.

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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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Lynn Watson December 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The strongest bite force for a dog is the Turkish Kangal. 743 psi of power. They were bred to kill Tigers and Lions.

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Filip June 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

That is not true, look at the video of dogs bite force on youtube, rottweiler jaw wins!

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Vector June 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

I own a Rottweiler and while very powerful they are not as strong as the bigger dogs such as Kangals, Boerboels, and Neapolitan Mastiffs who all most certainly have stronger bites.

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Cam July 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Kangal’s really? Not a chance, Rottie’s are stronger in almost every way compared to those dogs, even though they are larger. In fact rottie’s are considered the third strongest dog breed in the world relative to their size (after 2/3 of Pit Bull types, and American Bulldogs)

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stu January 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

kangal’s are. watch a clip on utube a kangal pulling a 8 tonne tractor , no rotty in the world could do that . peace :]

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jody March 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Actually Turkish kangs have the most powerful jaws. It was tested. Rots came in second. Look it up. Turkey banned the sell of there dogs to the U.S. because of what we did the pitbulls. We can only get german turkish kangs

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garry March 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm

that is very inaccurate… Kangals are Livestock Guardian Dogs that protect their stock against all enemies but would not stand a chance against Lion or Tigers… Why people make and repeat these silly myths is beyond me… there is no real way to know if a dog is giving it’s best bite or not .. I have seen pitbull chew up golf balls like they were candy and German Shepherd chew on one all day and just make marks on it… yet the German Shepherd is considered to have a stronger bite than a pit bull .. Truth is no domestic dog has ever registered 743 lbs on a bite sleeve .. Kangals have a bite very similar to a large German Shepherd or a Mastiff…

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EastCoastRagRacer December 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

I think that the author of this piece should think twice about summarizing expert studies and rehashing them with her own opinion on topics such as this. I do not believe the public is better off by reading this opinion made to look like a fact sheet. What is next, top ten pace makers, storms, deadly diseases?

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Dani June 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

This article is not meant to offend anyone. The purpose of blogging is to share YOUR opinion with the world. I can see your point though. Perhaps a tip for this author is to include more research facts in her/his posts next time. I am not saying that she did not prioritize the list accurately. Some of the dogs mentioned are quite aggressive like: Chow Chow, Doberman, Pitbull and Rotweiler. On the other hand I have had a German Shephard for years and he was such a sweet dog providing you give it training and a lot of time to exercise so that it can loose energy. I think that the goal of any owner (to avoid aggression) is to socialize its dog properly at an early age.

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nathan July 3, 2013 at 2:23 am

Dani nice job being a hyprocrite aww this website isnt ment to offend anyone even though pittys rottys and chow chows are quiet agressive but my german shepared is to nice to be agressive

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Majid January 2, 2013 at 3:33 am

Nice. i have one which i do not see the breed here . It is called Sarabi from Iran

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Smith January 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The Pit Bull Was originally breed to catch rat did anyone know that one
blame the deed not the breed

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Pallavi February 6, 2013 at 4:57 am

HI.. I have had rabbits love birds as pets, but now I need a dog that is super-cute as pup (not ferocious, for have a 3 months baby) though when the pup grows up, it looks almost like German shepherd or even lebrador or retriever. PLEASE suggest me!! Been a week now for this research.

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GrowMap February 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Hi Pallavi,

German Shepherds are more likely to have issues, so I would recommend a Lab from a good breeder or from someone whose parent dogs are calm and have good dispositions. There are working labs that are very hyper and others that are very mellow. With a baby you need one that is less hyper and definitely one with a safe disposition. Puppies will generally act like their parents in most cases, so never get a puppy whose parents are aggressive if you want a family dog to be around infants or children.

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abby June 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I suggest a Golden Retriever, beautiful smart obedient and great with kids

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kobina June 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

what u need is a german shepherd or dobermann or rotweiller or bullmastiff

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branden September 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Pit bulls were originally bread to hunt bore they are one the most loving dogs in the world I have 4 of them cause I love them so much so those of you who blame the bread should shut the fuck up and blame the piece of shit owner.you have a better chance of getting attacked by a dalmasion then a pit bull so please stop talking shit on them.thank you

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amanda February 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

pit bulls are love able dogs it all depends on the owner so unless you had one keep your stupid as comments to your self and this website is fucking dumb

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xxxxx February 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

i have a doberman and shes very friendly with every dog she meets on her walk and she loves my minature jack russel they cuddle and sleep together she would never turn on some 1 or any dog but why is she a dangerous dog and she thinks my dog other dog the jack russel is her baby there always playing there fair cute but why is she a dangerous dog and she loves to play wit little children and my 2 and 5 year old neices she licks them .when u pertend to cry she jumps up on to the chair and licks ya she the best dog ….. i like ur articale …………

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ajay June 15, 2013 at 2:38 am

i want ur dog mam plzzzzzzzz

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ajay June 15, 2013 at 2:41 am

i want dober man pinscher plzzzzzzz help not valible in india

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caroline January 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm

they where breed to hunt out there attacters in the war to go into trentches and there are different breeds of Doberman mine is American the german and the ones in texas are the largest breed the American are smaller even though my female is a little large she is very friendly , she is my best friend

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Brian February 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Pi+bull is de dog everyone fears +hese days and i can see why. Dey would kill any o+her dog wi+h ease, da+s why dey are de breed da+ are used for figh+ing. Such a shame because dey are lovely loyal dogs.

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robert downer July 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

that hurt to read…..

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vandita March 7, 2013 at 3:40 am

rottwellier art the dangerous dogs but i have them if they love any one they care from heart but if they hate any one they can kill them it happens very very rarelly only my dogs live in the cage they love me and my flat members they are very friendly and playful if they get angry on the outsiders so i think the can break the cage!!!!!!!

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jzahm June 21, 2013 at 4:50 am

never ever keep a dog locked up that is prone to aggression such as the pit bull or rottweiler, siberian husky, the list goes on, they need to be socialized with people constantly growing up, otherwise they will turn out mean toward other people, my dad has a rott and he is the biggest baby ever because he was shown attention and socialized with people, if he had kept him locked up or tied outside he would be an aggressive dog, my brother had his rott tied outside for the first 2 years of his life and he turned mean and ended up getting rid of him cuz he growled at his son, raise a dog around people and they will be friendly and protective

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bell March 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

the bottom picture is actually a staffordshire bull terrior, it should be removed!

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Rachael April 4, 2013 at 3:25 am

This list is very inaccurate, there are heaps more breeds that are more aggressive than the ones you put here, the cane croso for example. As for Great danes and the St bernard, they are actually well knonw for being the complete opposite of aggressive. Besides as you mentioned above, it is not the fact that they are a breed that makes them aggresive, it is the fact that they are an animal, it is in their nature, and when a dog become aggressive it can be because of many contributing factors but the blame should never go to the hound but the human who controls their hound. And never, ever hit a dog, it only gives him a reason to bite you. Owners should be calm-assertive leaders who provide their dog with exercise, discpline, affection and training.

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abby June 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

St Bernards and Great Danes are not aggressive but known for being “gentle giants” however they are on the top of the list for bite fatalities because when they do bite, they are big and very strong. So that was actually accurate.

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Mike G April 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Great Danes are dangerous?
you obviously have never owned one.

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Pat June 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm

My aussie mix was atacked while we were walking on the sidewalk together. My dog had a leather leash and The great dane was let go on top of us with a flex leash!
Crazy owners….my dog got bitten badly and I let animal control take care of those nuts.
Great danes or any other breed can be dangerous on idiots hans.

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mia August 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I have a cane corps and she don’t play when it comes to her family. Of course a great Dane is tall but doesn’t weigh as much as a cane corps plus canes have strong jaws and is very difficult to beat as a dog I can guess that you never had one (cane corps is in the Masstiff family)

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LittleInsect April 15, 2013 at 4:36 am

I grew up with a father who bred dogs (working Border Collies) and I worked as a veterinary nurse in quarantine kennels for a time, and we were taught to judge each animal by trying to gain a rapport with it, and establishing its temperament on an individual basis.
Although we were taught that NO breed is inherently vicious, we were warned that some breeds had a more unstable temperament than others. We were also warned if any dog came into kennels that had been known to have been abused or mistreated in the past.
The only brreds we were given a high level warning about were Rottweilers, Dobermen and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. There were several breeds that were not permitted into the country by law, as they had been bred solely for fighting purposes. (1 American, I Japanese, 3 or 4 Asian breeds)
In all my years of working with dogs, the only one that ever bit me was a miniature Dachshund!
Any one who breeds dogs for fighting, or uses them for such, should be thrown into a pit with half a dozen of the said dogs and left to find out just how dangerous dogs can be!
Dogs, like any living creature, should be treated with respect and humanity. (It’s ‘humanity’ that designates you as ‘human’). Sadly, it would appear that some folks on here are definitely sub-human.

As to constantly criticising people for their poor use of grammar and spelling – life’s too short – go get one……..

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annette palmer June 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

I have a three year old mini doxie, he was hit by a van when a baby and I had him operated on two brokenhips he recovered after I literally stayed by his side for months hand feeding etc, yesterday for no reason other then I picked up clothes and put them on my sons bed he attacked me bit chased me and bit bad I am out of my mind , I have a five year old doxie he is my dog he growls at other people when he is beside me but would never bite and when I am not around he loves everyone I am an animal lover we have a lab catsw etc I have never b een afraid of a dog ehay are loveable but strange little dogs

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jzahm June 21, 2013 at 4:53 am

although the pit bull and rottweiler are the 2 top dogs prone to aggression, they can also be as gentle as the golden retriever if raised properly

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Zach June 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Well said.
It is rare to find comments that do not glorify ‘dog whispers’ or ‘asinine canine’ genres. I know’!
The only dog I have been been bitten by was my Dane ( and, I am a trainer and a behaviorist) and it was only because I totally i goofed up.

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MRS G ROBSON November 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

WELL SAID !!

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ayush April 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

i agree this thing i saw that video rottwiller took pitbuul down

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harinder April 27, 2013 at 5:57 am

this website is wrong on first there should be rotwiller not pitbul

if u dnt beleive go on you tube and type rotwiller vs pitbul

i gaurantee rottwiller will take pitbul down

f****** dumb

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pk nagar July 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

ONLY INDIAN DESI(LOCAL) DOG IS BEST

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Tim Halon May 8, 2013 at 11:50 am

This is a truly awful article. To start, 90% of the information is false. And most of the claimed “aggressive” breed are indeed not aggressive by nature. And a helpful hint: Pitbulls were not bred especially for fighting. They were originally bred to be “nanny dogs.” Gentile yet protective, look it up.

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EBT May 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

I agree …. a load of bullsh!t on here.

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lucky May 10, 2013 at 5:39 am

You didn’t mention about “Tibetan Mastiff” and “The Newfoundland”, then how your result will be correct..

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Kate Loving Shenk May 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

What a beautiful depiction of such glorious creatures! You are so right– never touch an animal you do not know. I would add, admire from afar!

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Heritagehomesteader May 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I loved reading the comments as much as the original article. No one in their right mind considers a Dane to be a “dangerous” dog unless he hits you with his tail. (Mine is cowering beside my chair right now because he’s afraid of our Border Collie puppy.) Yes, there are the occasional aggressive or abused Danes, but they are the rare exception. The breed has been BRED to be gentle since the 1900s.

That’s not true for all dog breeds, though. That’s the difference. What’s the dog bred for? Just like there are horses bred to jump; there are dogs BRED to be extremely aggressive. The breeders are selected for this trait just as you’d select a dog for its color or personality. The breed standard for the Brazilian mastiff says that attacking the judge shouldn’t be considered a fault, because this is the breed’s temperament. While there may be docile individual dogs from these breeds, these dogs were BRED (not trained) to attack and (in the case of the Caucasian mountain dog) even kill potential threats. Thankfully, these dogs still seem to be mostly in the hands of the right people.

You can debate whether or not dogs like this are “dangerous” or if it’s the “dog’s fault.” As long as the dog is doing what it was bred for: to guard some 10,000 acre drug lord’s estate or in the remote mountains of Russia, the point is probably moot. These dogs were bred with a purpose. They were not abused or trained to make them this way; it’s in their blood and will be until it’s bred out of them. BUT are these dogs “dangerous” for most normal suburbanites to have? YES, simply because most of us lack the time, skill, and containment system necessary to keep these dogs in civilized areas. They weren’t bred to be pets or live in a suburb.

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EBT May 22, 2013 at 6:12 am

… Some of these comments, that some of you may think make you sound very intelligent, are really Pathetic to say the least – it is obvious that a lot of you do not have a clue about bringing dogs up & training them, in the correct manner at all !! Wake up and smell the coffee: Humans are the Most Dangerous DOGS in the World !! The hand that holds the leash determines the outcome of the dog on the other end of the leash ;-)

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Pat June 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

Will said.

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kate jackson May 30, 2013 at 1:44 am

i do not agree that pitbull and dalmatian are dangerous dogs.i hv both of them. they r so friendly with me.of course they should be.but the r also friendly 2 my frndz 2.n boxer and saint bernard should also b not there in the list of dangerous dogs they r so frndly my nana[maternal grandmother] own both of them.i agree with one comment that 90% of this list is not true.

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SYLVIA June 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I love love love my German Shepherd. Had this breed all my life and they are the best dogs on earth.

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John June 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

The most difficult thing about reading this bullshit article is trying to stop my pit bull from licking me for two seconds so I can read it.

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VideoCroc June 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I think pitbuu is the most dangerous dog!

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jzahm June 21, 2013 at 4:59 am

thats a matter of misconception, my cousin has a pitbull and he is as friendly as a golden retriever, get facts before you believe what you hear from others

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Breezi October 30, 2013 at 12:41 am

Clearly you have never been licked to death by a pit then. My Hank lets my brother jerk him around all he wants, loves to play with puppies, and wakes me up every morning with kisses…wow he sounds dangerous doesn’t he? So before you say oh i fuckin think pits or dangerous get to know one before you judge one.

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April June 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm

A boxer???? Are you serious???? My boxer is the only one of my 3 dogs I trusted near my newborn nephew. Now he is 2 yrs old and romps and rough houses with my dog. Never once has she done anything in retaliation. If boxers made the list then blame the owners and stop laying at the dogs feet.

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thoughtful June 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

Dogs that have bitten me:

When I was about four I approached my grandmother’s neighbors dog, not knowing any better, a Pomeranian who was chained in their yard and was bitten as soon as I got close. My parents called out to me, but didn’t reach me in time. As an adult, of course, I would have known better, and understand that a chained barking dog would be threatening.

The other bites were all without any particular provocaton and should have been controlled by their owners…

At a dog show, when I was about 13, walking near a Saint Bernard, I was bitten on the arm when it lunged out at me unexpectedly. He was being held by the handler. There was no provocation on my part that I’m aware of. I was chatting with a friend and not paying any particular attention to the line of dogs we were walking by that were awaiting the ring – I’m guessing I was probably about five or six feet away.

As a college age student, I had to walk by, nearly daily, a house in which the owners allowed their little pack chihuahuas to roam free. I would have had to take a long detour of several blocks to avoid them. I walked as far away as I possibly could and tried to avoid alerting them to my presence, but I estimate I was bitten at least 100 times by this pack of vicious little dogs. This being in the ’70′s and not knowing their was any recourse, I would try to get by them by allowing my back pack to dangle between them and myself. They’d always drop off as I cleared the block.

I find it interesting that when people talk about certain breeds, they acknowlege the bred in responses that are ingrained in the dogs.

For instance, here’s what I just saw on a Border Collie site: “Border Collies are some of the most intelligent dogs in the world, and they need a lot of physical and mental activity. They can be a challenge for even the most seasoned dog owner. They must have at least two hours of activity a day in order to stave off behavioral problems, and the behavioral problems that develop in Border Collies can be severe.”

Here’s a blurb on Jack Russell Terriers: “It’s important to note that above all, the Jack Russell Terrier is a working Terrier, a breed of dog specifically bred to perform specific tasks. The entire reason for the Jack Russell’s existence is to run, hunt, chase and flush out fox and other animals. They were specifically breed to perform this task aggressively throughout England. It’s the excitement and rush of the hunt that can be credited for the infamous personality and temperament of the Jack Russell.”

Rottweiler: “The Rottweiler Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is courageous and loyal. They are instinctively protective of their family and home territory. Rottweilers form their closest bond with their primary caretaker. This breed is not for everyone, as they require intense socialization and training throughout their lives.” AND from another site: “Rottweilers must be thoroughly socialized at an early age so that their territorial instincts are controlled rather than indiscriminate.”

A quick search of any almost any breed and the word temperment will lead to frank discussions of the breed, bred in tendencies and advice.

However, with the Pitbull I read OVER and OVER – statements that basically deny any bred in tendencies – and over and over, people saying it’s NOT the dog, it’s the OWNER! So maybe, rather than sugar coat or villainize – it people would actually acknowlege that it is BOTH, just as other breed owners do, we might not be having as much as a problem!

“”The Pit Bull is goofily friendly towards people – family, friends, and strangers alike. Known for its sound character, strong nerve, and great intelligence, the breed makes an ideal companion for households with children, while remaining strong and vigilant enough to protect its loved ones if need be. It is never necessary to embark on guard or attack training with this breed, as they are naturally attuned to their environment and intuitive about real threats. Although never aggression towards people without real need, the Pit Bull may show dog-directed aggression, but sensitivity to other dogs will vary from dog to dog.”

AND: “Traits we see in the pit bull personality: Highly affectionate toward people, even strangers and
children; Loves physical affection and attention; Never redirects aggression on humans even during
times of high arousal; Confident and not anxious (calm, cool, and collected); Obedient; eager to please; Balanced, emotionally stable; Submissive but not to a point of lacking confidence or
being fearful;A certain amount of reactivity or sensitivity toward other dogs is normal and acceptable in a pit bull and in many breeds of dogs

Or: “Pit Bulls are loving, loyal, clown dogs who make excellent companions or those with active lifestyles. They love being with people and want to be included in all family activities whether it’s a ride in the car, a neighborhood stroll or a romp in the park. While it’s true that in the wrong hands, Pit Bulls can be viscous, in the right hands, Pit Bulls can be sweethearts, which many owners describe as babies in a dog’s body.”

Just Google the phrase, “Its not the dog its the owner” and you’ll find hundreds, perhaps thousands of posts on the Pitbull – what’s with that??

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Big Z June 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

Pit-bulls do harm lots of people, but are great family dogs. If you treat them right, give them love and care. Nothing bad will happen. Remember, it is the owner that makes them bad, not the dog

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Smp June 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I agree I’ve owned 3 pit bulls and love them to death. Best dog ever!!! I have books, that name them to be great dogs to have around children. I have a 10 year old son, and he grew up around one of my female, pits. She guarded him till she died. She slept under his crib everyday. At the end of the day, people have destroyed this dog’s reputation. Fighting them is the reason they turn on humans. Imagine if you too, would get starved and thrown in a dark room, and ran on treadmills for hours, at a time. Then, to get put In a kennel, and have peppers Shoved into your rectum for a change.

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jzahm June 21, 2013 at 5:01 am

make sure your facts are straight before you post them, they are all skewed and inaccurate, do some research

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Emily June 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

I have a boxer that is almost 2 years old. Although she is in no way aggressive and is extremely friendly and loving, I can understand completely when you say that dogs can be dangerous at that age for other reasons. I keep her leashed at all times around young children, families etc while on walks purely because she’s so excitable that I’m afraid she would jump and knock someone over! Equally a close friend of mine owns a rotty and his dog is always pleasant around him and me when I visit, although I do think mood swings should be taken into account. When I first met my friend’s dog I tried to stroke him and he began to growl and my friend told me to stop. He said that whenever the dog faces away from you he is telling you not to stroke him, so I agree that these dogs can be harmless towards their owners and those who know them and are aware of their behavioural patterns but I can see (even in a well-trained pup) why there would be a potential for danger towards those who aren’t aware like I was that day.

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nathan July 3, 2013 at 2:15 am

I agree i 11 month old pitbull all aggressive but it can get pretty excited pretty fast and do some unpredictable stuff so I keep on leash dog park but other than that greatest family pets you can havr.

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kenneth October 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

can i ask this 25 dangerous dog..i want to collect them…pleaseeeee
can i ask…to you..i will pay….per month

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Santa Barbara Interior Design June 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I know pit bulls can be sweet but I won’t let them around my kids.

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Pat June 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I am with you . Some breeds are just too strong and could kill a young child. My son is 6 years old.

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nathan July 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

Eveydog but the party has a good statement about them but instead you say to use dog fighting sadly you could have said theyed be great dogs and you need to give them lots of exercise and good training and sturdiness lifesyle.

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debbie ashbridge July 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm

first the Dalmatians came from Dalmatia a province Austria on the eastern shore off the coast of Venice
2 the are the mascot for the firehouse and the protector to horse drawn carriages such as a the Budweiser Clydesdales .These Dals are very mild manner dogs and they love meeting people which in fact the dogs and the horses have a special bond and with the humans they live with .so who ever said that Dalmatian are a dangerous dog need to own one as a owner of one of these amusing dogs and it all how the dog is raise for puppy to adult .

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pk nagar July 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

ONLY DESIG DOG ARE BEST

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mia August 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm

True

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sam August 8, 2013 at 11:05 pm

After reading your comments, I had to let you know that no dog can be placed in a category and be called safe or dangerous. I owned a Gascon Bluetick hound that was loving toward the family, but deadly to strangers or strange animals. I had owned GSD, Rotts, and Dobermans, and had no trouble teaching them to accept other dogs or people on command. Not so the Bluetick. When he started for someone or something, even a shock collar would not turn him. In fact it seemed to make him worse. When in attack mode, he seemed to be incapable of feeling pain. He weighed 105 pounds in running shape, and was tireless. In his life he killed well over 150 racoons that were uninjured before he got to them, during daylight he would run down and kill any coyote he came across, ground hogs, foxes, and stray dogs that came on the place, and had to be put down at 16 1/2 years old. When he died he had one small scar on his nose, and a small notch in his left ear, the gift given by a 200+ pound black bear that he tackled. I had to get in close enough to get a rope leash on him to get him to quit. All this to make the point that hounds are supposed to be laid back. During the time I had him, from a pup until he died, he never offered to bite or threaten me or my wife, but was very protective of us, although he never would allow me to roll him on his back, and I never saw him lie on his back. One thing I would like to mention was an incident where he jumped a fence in the dark and had a barb of a barbed wire catch in his belly skin, and rolled into the skin and his whole weight was supported by that area. I called him by name, picked him up to get the weight off, and my son was able to work the barb out and release him. He was liking my face as we were freeing him.

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Matthew King August 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Always thought staffordshires were the toughest dog, but the caucasian Shepard is a bear killer.

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Jim-Bob August 21, 2013 at 6:22 am

I deliver pizza for a living and have done so for over 15 years and so I have a lot of experience dealing with strange dogs. However, Pit Bulls do not scare me nearly as much as other breeds that I have found to have far more aggressive tendencies. My number one would be the Chow Chow as they are almost universally aggressive towards outsiders whereas most of the Pit Bulls I encounter are not. My number two would be the Chihuahua and number three the Schnauzer. The problem with the Pit Bull is that they are such a energetic, strong and muscular breed that when they go awry, they almost always do a lot of damage. Also, ANY dog can be aggressive. It is important that you recognize this fact. If you are not used to dealing with strange dogs then you should approach all of them with a lot of caution. You never know how they have been treated and if the owner did not raise them right then any dog can be dangerous. I do not always have the option of total avoidance though so I have had to learn to read dogs as best I can and have so far avoided being bitten or attacked.

I am not an apologist for any specific breed here either. I do not own a dog and have not had one for almost 30 years. I just feel that the Pit Bull gets a bad rap from people who mostly have had no actual experience with the breed and only judge them from what they hear on the news. I have known people with them and none of their dogs have ever caused me any trouble. However, I also respect what they are capable of, much like you would give a certain deference to a professional fighter if you met them in person. Fail to respect them at your own peril.

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keith August 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Nonsense. “Scary-looking” does not equal “dangerous”. I have owned many boxers in my lifetime. They are worthless as watchdogs. They are bigger cowards than I am. They are absolutely great companions because they are playful and non-aggressive. Same with great danes.
Do some research. Focus on smaller dogs (chihuahuas, Jack Russell Terriers, etc.). Those are the dogs that bite.

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alice October 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Little dogs like chihuahuas are little snacks for my Doberman .

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MB September 13, 2013 at 11:59 am

the list missed the #1 dog…dogo argentine…big game hunter, fights pumas and wins one on one…and jaguars sometimes 2 vs 1

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MB September 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

sorry Dogo Argentino

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alice October 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Bullmastiffs are the strongest dogs in the world to me but my
Doberman can beat a Rottweiler .

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alice October 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I think every dog in its own way is proactive and
the dogs risk their lives on us and we get all these
big dogs so they could get protected and risk these dogs life
I would never ever do that

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LaDonna October 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I think the person who wrote this article really needs to do their homework Pit Bulls were not bred especially for dog fighting. Unfortunately thats what they get used for and tageted by people who writes articles like this one.

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Pete November 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I have gone on sights like this one and always seam to see the same breads of dogs but never have I seen what I consider two of the most aggressive, dangerous dogs ever. The first one being the Fila Brasileiro, and the second the Caucasian Shepherd.
I own two Fila’s and socialized both excessively for the age of 8 weeks. My female is 22 months and I can take her most places, she loves kids will tolerate woman as long as they are small, but you are a guy don’t try to touch her, and she will only allow 4 people in the house. The male is now 9 months and as he gets older he is displaying more of the Fila’s natural temperament. They are extremely loyal, love there family and will lay there life down for you but if they don’t know you before they are 4 months old DON’T go near them. When first shown in AKC shows they were shown behind 10 foot fences, they can easily clear a 6’ one.
Caucasian Shepherds are from Russia and males are generally 200 lbs. They are loyal to family and extremely protective of family. They are used by there military and in there prisons.

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Karly December 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Boxers please, they are one of the most lovable and non agressive dog i have ever known, the fact that they are big does not mean they are dangerous. They love people, they are playful, protective and loyal dogs. Please do more research.

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Tosha January 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

I agree with you completely! I own two boys! They are the biggest babies I have ever had lol! Im surprised the Boston Terrier isnt on here (smaller dog of course not), I had one of those once.. he attacked everyone who walked through the door. My boxers just fake people out. They bark to seem scary but if anyone comes close they take off running haha! I hate these stupid articles! People do not know what they are talking about. Now I have a fear when I try to get an apartment so I can go to a Veterinary Technician Institution I won’t be able to find a place for myself as well as my middle aged boxer babies. :(

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amninder January 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I want to buy a fighting dog plzzzz suggest some dog breeds

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rat January 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

I suggest you become a better breed of person and don’t buy dogs just to abuse them.

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Dr. Keller February 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Rottweilers are powerful dogs with strong jaws, primarily meant to protect. The breed was bred especially for that purpose.
That is wrong, they are originally a cattle herding dog and draft dog.

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Tobs March 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I disagree. We have owned pitbulls, a Rottweiler, and many Great Danes. The Rottweiler has a more powerful bite force than even a pitbull but is not as energetic. Our Rottie was one of the best dogs we had and loved the family, he would not let strangers near kids or out of their vehicle unless my dad was outside with them. He also stayed hip to hip with the young ones while they played by the creek and killed many snakes that got too close. There was never an aggressive bone in him around family members and that goes for the Great Danes also. All of the 5 Danes that we had though did seem slightly temperamental towards our neighbors dogs and had to be supervised but otherwise made great family dogs. The pitbull we had bonded to only me and tended to be shy around everyone else but also would not let a stranger within 5 yards of the children or me, but he was very hyper active and tried to chew through his cage and our back door when he was left alone(quite a hassle). All were great dogs, it just depends on how they are raised and trained.

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