Most Dangerous Dogs in the World (2021)

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 together. You’ll also learn about what makes us think of certain dog breeds as dangerous. Additionally, we’ll cover the 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 are valid in the same way: Some are hard statistics, others are personal experiences. But they all 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:

Reasons for (Perceived) Dangerousness

  • There are more reported incidences of dog bites and serious injuries from some breeds. This is one of the big reasons some municipalities consider Pit Bulls the most dangerous dog, 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.” Many of the largest breeds actually have very calm temperaments. Their danger has to do with the potential for more serious injuries if those dogs happen to attack or even accidentally injure someone.
  • Some dogs give us a feeling of danger because they were literally designed to instill it 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 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. Similarly, anecdotal stories we hear from others can affect us. They may have had either positive or negative experiences with certain types of dogs.

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

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Credit: Mandee Sears (via Flickr)

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, though you might think it should have).

We saw this in your comments on the original list. 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. These might make them great with their own families but naturally suspicious of strangers or other animals or even small children, who have less self-restraint than adults.

My Brother’s Pit Bull Encounter

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 (while this is a requirement, 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.

My Take on Breed vs. Training

That puts me in that middle ground territory I mentioned before. Personal experience with this breed is terrible. There was no warning sign that the owner trained this dog to attack or fight. In fact, the aggression caught its owner 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 (in the case of Pit Bulls, actually 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. But the same goes for 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.

Guard and Danger

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.

Why my Dog Isn’t Harmless

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 specific to breeds. 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 naturally 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).

How About Your Experiences?

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 cats with: They are faithful.

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The Human Influence

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. 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.

Why I Wrote This List

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 determines whether a dog is “dangerous,” you never know what a dog’s owner has taught it. Reliable research into the most dangerous dogs included below comes from 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.

Read Also: Ready for a Dog? What Breed?

Dalmatian

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

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

There’s still no definite info about what this breed was originally bred for. What is known is that it is the oldest spotted breed in Europe, Asia and Africa. They were serving as warriors, hunters, and shepherds long before finally becoming the symbol of the US fireman.

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Boxer

Origin: Germany, 1850s
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 has its origins in feudal Germany and dates back to the line of bulldogs that existed in Europe in the 16th century. These ancestors lived for hunting wild boars and other big wild animals. The first puppy in the new breed received the name “Box”. Boxer’s qualities, such as their strength, were highly valued by farmers and shopkeepers.

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Presa Canario

Origin: Canary Islands, Africa, 18th century
Weight: 100-125 lbs
Height: 25-26 inches

The Presa Canario hails from the Canary Islands. Dogs of this breed had two jobs: Hunting – and 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 finds use in guarding, handling, and driving cattle.

The dogs of this breed can be gentle and noble with their families, showing great affection to their owners, but are highly 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 inclined to active and rapid games. A Saint Bernard 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, a pretty aggressive breed. The original Saint Bernards were working dogs and scouts. They were also much calmer than their Mastiff ancestors. For that reason, they make for excellent home companions today.

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Great Dane

Origin: Germany, Middle Ages to 19th 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. Despite their gigantic size, Great Danes can even feel quite at home in a city.

In the Middle Ages, these dogs earned their living in dog fighting and by 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.

The chow chow’s original purposes were hunting and helping shepherds.

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Doberman Pinscher

Origin: Germany, 19th century
Weight: 65-90 lbs
Height: 26-28 inches

Doberman Pinschers (often just called Dobermans) are dogs whose traits emphasize protecting and defending instincts. It is important to avoid any type of aggressive play and struggle with these dogs. Instead, use the games 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 an experienced, physically active owner.

This breed has its roots in in Germany. The breeder Louis Doberman decided to combine the qualities of guard dogs and and the terrier. Luis was a policeman, and so saw the need for 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.

Note that Malamutes are a working dog breed from a colder climate.  So, if you don’t live in the deep north, make your Malamute a nice playground. That’s because they are always in need of physical activity.

The name of the breed comes from a local North American tribe. They 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

Training a Husky is not that easy. For these reasons, breeder don’t recommend this dog for beginning owners. Initially, these dogs transported goods on a sleigh. Not afraid of cold weather, they’re very active and loving dogs. Huskies love to get together with other members of their breed and howl at the moon.

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German Shepherd

Origin: Germany, 19th 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  prefer long walks and active games.

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

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Rottweiler

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

Rottweilers are powerful dogs with strong jaws, primarily meant to protect. Their original breeders selected those traits 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, 19th century
Weight: 30-55 lbs
Height: 18-22 inches

The Pit Bull is named after its original purpose: The questionable amusement of dog fighting in pits. Sad as it is, that bloody tradition has survived in places, and Pit Bulls still have to take their part in it.

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Photos source: Flickr

American Bulldog

Origin: Southern U.S., 17th century
Weight: 60-120 lbs
Height: 20-28 inches

The American Bulldog is descended from the now-extinct Old English Bulldog, which was bred for farm guarding, livestock herding and bringing down game, and blood sports such as bull-baiting.

Today’s American Bulldog arose from any such dogs brought to America by working-class immigrants, many of them former farmers. In the South, these dogs were an important line of defense against feral hogs.

By the time of World War II, the American Bulldog almost went extinct, but was saved through selective breeding. 

These dogs are large, heavy, and have powerful jaws with a typical overbite. They were bred for aggression and protection instincts. While they are suspicious of strangers, they are also very loyal and family-friendly. However, they need lots of space and attention. 

Bullmastiff

Origin: England, 19th century
Weight: 100-130 lbs
Height: 24-27 inches

Bred around 1860 by English gamekeepers, the Bullmastiff’s job was to guard game preserves. They caught poachers, holding them until they could be arrested. They emerged from a cross of the large but non-aggressive Mastiff with the aggressive but smaller, lighter Bulldog. 

Starting in the 20th century, they became a distinctive breed. 

Today, Bullmastiffs are typical watch and guard dogs. They are fiercely loyal and love their families, but they have an extremely strong territorial instinct, and can be stand-offish towards strangers. When they’re properly trained, Bullmastiffs are also frequently used as gentle therapy dogs. 

They are easy to groom, doesn’t shed, but are very prone to drooling. Bullmastiffs generally don’t need too much attention or movement. 

Note that this dog was bred to be very quiet, so it won’t audibly warn when it’s startled or otherwise in a bad temper. In combination with their strengths, this makes Bullmastiffs one of the potentially most dangerous dogs.

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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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:

    http://www.ukandspain.com/dangerous-dogs/

    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.

    http://www.ukandspain.com/dangerous-dogs/

    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.

  • please take a look at these RESEARCH:

    http://www.pitbulllovers.com/pitbull-attacks-deadly.html

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

    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&q=pit+bulls+attacks&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=eRWqSs_vMszIkAXb6JWVBg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1

    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 (??)

  • 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…!!

  • OMFG, that scares the hell out of me, there are some scary a*s looking dogs on that list LOL
    BLAME THE DEED, NOT THE BREED

  • 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)

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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 !!

  • 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 !!

  • 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(

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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
    By SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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…

  • 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……………..?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    jack

  • 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….

  • 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

  • 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……..to 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.

  • 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?
    jacj

  • 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-
    – STATISTICALLY
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.
    HER POINT IS THAT NO MATTER HOW WELL BEHAVED HER DAGS ARE SHE STILL DOES NOT ASSUME THAT NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. and my point is more dog owners should be like her.

    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…

  • 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.

    Jack

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Hello Icelandic Girl
    If you e-mail me [email protected] 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

    • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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 dog..lol