Some dog breeds have more potential to cause injuries to a victim than other breeds and this is exactly why we call them “dangerous”. Based on the number of accidents caused by different dog breeds in US and Canada, I have compiled the list of top 10 most dangerous dog breeds.
According to the research from Animal people in US and Canada – right from the period September 1882 to 31 December 2012 — Pitbulls and Rottweilers have topped the dangerous dog breeds list because they are supposed to be causing more dog fatalities and injuries.
Check out the table below for detailed statistics:
|Breed||Bodily harm||Child Victims||Adult Victims||Deaths||Maiming||% of dog population|
Akitas are very bold dogs. They can be easily controlled with little training.
They weigh 75 lbs to 120 lbs.
Facts About Akitas
- Akitas are loyal and is a fearless companion for your family.
- This dog breed would not back down from challenges in any situation and can’t be frightened that easily.
- If you don’t train and socialize with them properly, this affectionate yet bold animal can screw up and turn into one of the most dangerous dog breeds.
Even though “Boxer” is listed as one among the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds, by nature these are not so aggressive. Boxers are very intelligent and hard to train. Since these dogs stay energetic the entire day, their energy has to be utilized in positive ways.
It can weigh around 70 lbs.
Facts about Boxers
- In the United States, Boxers are the sixth most popular dog breeds.
- They became popular after WW-II when soldiers brought them home as their pets.
- One of the most funny facts about boxers is that they snore loudly.
- In the past, you could have seen boxers in circus ring performances. The reason: they are intelligent and easily trainable. Thus, people used them to make money.
- Originally, these dog breeds were developed in Germany where they are still used as police dogs.
- Boxers are loyal and die to please you. But if you punish them violently for wrong behavior, they will become worse.
- Great Danes
Great Danes are claimed to be unique dog breeds, catching attention wherever they go. These dogs weigh around 200 pounds. Since they are gigantic, you can imagine the kind of fear they can pose on an opponent. Even if you are fond of dogs, when you look at it suddenly, it can startle you. However, Great Danes must be trained with adequate exercises. On the other hand, if you fail to give the kind of attention it requires, it starts to rebel. Long walks are necessary for this dog breed.
These dogs weigh around 200 pounds.
Facts about Great Danes
- “Giant George”, a Great Dane was measured 43-inches tall but it weighed only 245 pounds. It made a Guinness record for being the world’s tallest dog ever. There is a short sweet story about this gentle giant. You can read more about this here: “Top 10 Biggest Dog Breeds in the World”.
- Apartment living is quite fine for this huge dog breed. Just half-an-hour walk a day can keep Great Danes fit.
- Great Danes grow rapidly. Within a year, it can grow upto around 36 inches.
- These dog breeds barely eat their food.
- Great Danes are one among emotionally sensitive dog breeds. They won’t respond well to hard training methods. On the other hand, anxiety can easily kill this dog (in less than an hour).
- You can’t expect a poorly bred Great Dane to be friendly like Scooby Doo.
- Chow Chows
These dogs are very independent. However, when they are not bred with proper attention, they easily turn aggressive. As one of the top ten most dangerous dogs, it weighs around 70 lbs.
Facts about Chow Chow
- Chow Chow dog breed is the only dog breed that has purplish lips and tongue.
- Originating in China, Chow Chows are there since the last 4000 years. Therefore, they are believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds. Some experts believe that these dogs were the very first ones to be evolved from wolves.
- Chow Chows are usually stubborn. As they are more dominant, it’s good to train and socialize with them when they are young.
- Once Chow Chows complete 1 year, they should be considered adults.
- Doberman Pinschers
Dobermans are widely known for alertness, loyalty and intelligence. Theseguard dogs will give up their lives to guard their home. It usually attacks when its master’s family faces some sort of danger. It also takes over when it is aroused.
It weighs around 65 to 90 lbs
Facts about Doberman Pinschers
- These intelligent dog breeds are often referred to as “Dogs with a human brain”. Although Doberman pinchers serve you faithfully, you still have to train them properly with your leadership. Else, they assume they are the leaders.
- These dogs will do their best when they have something to do. They can even watch TV, help your business and may suddenly sit on your lap too. However, they are completely reserved with strangers.
- Doberman pinchers can do self-estimations. So if your family is being threatened, you don’t have to utter a word. They will automatically sense and do everything to protect you.
- As these dogs are highly intelligent and energetic, improper training can cause behavioral issues. This is why it has made it to my list of dangerous dog breeds.
- These dog breeds are more sensitive to sounds. In fact, they can hear sounds 250 yards away.
- Alaskan Malamutes
In my list of list of top 10 most dangerous dogs, Alaskan Malamutes are very intelligent breeds. Just like Huskies, these are very energetic. However, when their energy is not used positively, they can turn aggressive.
It weighs around 100 lbs.
Facts about Alaskan Malamutes
- Alaskan malamutes are slow learners. So you will need a lot of patience to train these dog breeds.
- These dogs are prolific hair shedders. Just bring Alaskan Malamutes to your home and watch how fast your house is piled with hair.
- Alaskan Malamutes have the ability to make a variety of sounds in order to convey their needs to you. As these dog breeds enjoy human company, you got to spend plenty of time with them to keep them happy.
- They need a whole lot of energy, exercise, love and your attention too. Malamutes that lack exercises frequently misbehave & at times can turn dangerous too.
- They are ridiculously friendly with well-behaved kids.
- These dog breeds insist you to allow them to be a part of your family activities.
- German Shepherds
A “German Shepherd” is a very intelligent and powerful animal. However, they are reported to be very dangerous too. That’s why it has raised them to number 4 in the list of top ten most dangerous dogs. These dogs can serve you loyally but when they are not treated well, they can be dangerous too.
It weighs around 100 lbs.
Facts about German Shepherd
- Even though their aggressive nature has labeled them as one of the most dangerous dogs but when they are trained properly, believe me — they are your best companion (and I’m saying this from my personal experience).
- By nature, German Shepherd is fond of food, fun and friends.
- These dogs show immense curiosity in exploring their surroundings. If you own one, you must have observed. This inquisitive behavior is apparent when he or she is a puppy.
- German shepherds can pick up great speed while running & at the same time can halt all of a sudden without stumbling or losing balance.
- German shepherd is an extreme hair shredder. Even if you brush its hair for just 15 minutes, you will see its hair all over the place. So brush its hair everyday an clean it up immediately if you want to keep your home hygienic.
- Though German Shepherds are prone to suffer from many different types of illnesses, the most common one is “hip dysplasia”, which occurs due to poor breeding practices.
Although Huskies look puffy and soft, reports say that 15 people have died in the last 20 years because of them. Since these dogs are very energetic, they should be taken on regular walks. A well-trained Huskey will be very loyal to its family.
It weighs around 66 lbs.
Facts about Husky
- Although huskies have nabbed a spot in the list of most dangerous dog breeds, generally they are more friendly towards children, your visitors and other dogs. But again, you should train them properly.
- However, factors like improper training, poor socialization and bad social experiences can turn them into aggressive pets.
- Due to its high shedding, huskies are not suitable for people who are allergic to dog hairs or want their home to be clean all the time.
Rottweilers occupy second place in my list of “top 10 most dangerous dog breeds”. As a territorial animal, these can guard your home really well. Most owners of Rottweilers find them to be a little soft. But they can get aggressive if they are not trained right.
These dogs weigh around 100 to 130 lbs
Facts about Rottweilers
- Rottweilers fall under “working dog breeds” category. It is one of the widely known Rottweiler facts.
- Life expectancy of this dangerous dog breed is around 12 to 14 years
- When they are one year old, Rottweilers are considered as adults.
- Generally, Rottweilers are considered unsuitable family pets.
If you are someone, who is familiar with almost all the dog breeds, then I am sure, seeing a “Pitbull” in the list of “top 10 most dangerous dogs” must be a big surprise. When compared to other dog breeds, death rates caused by Pitpulls are far higher. Due to its aggressive nature, some state governments have even banned breeding of Pitbulls.
It weighs around 55 to 65 lbs.
Facts about Pitbulls
- Though these dedicated companions love people more than anything improper training can sometimes make them aggressive. They can even attack humans if not trained the right way.
- 86.8% of American Pitbull Terriers have passed their temperament tests.
- No matter what the task is, when pit bulls are committed to any task, they carry it out with full enthusiasm. It’s often the nature of pitbulls to bite something and refuse to release it that easily.
- Pitbulls are widely known for participating in the illegal sport of dog fighting.
6 Tips To Handle A Dog’s Aggression
No one will love to see an aggressive pet in his or her home. Now talking about dogs, it might be jumping and playing around but all of a sudden, it can turn violent. So, how should you control such a dog? Here are few tips listed below to stop its behavior.
- If you have 2 or more dogs fighting often, separate them
Chances are that you might own 2 or more dogs in your home and they might not get along well with each other. If this is causing aggression problems often – say for example, fighting over food — then think of a wise solution. Feed them in separate rooms. The strategy is very simple here — If you own 2 dogs, who cannot walk together, then have them walked separately.
- Obedience Training
Your dog’s behavior comes down to the way you have “trained” it. Obedience training is one of the best ways to teach a dog how he or she is supposed to follow certain commands & value your authority.
- Keep Him Busy
In few cases, a dog becomes aggressive when it doesn’t have anything to do. So, it is important to keep your dog busy with a 20 to 30 minutes outdoor walk, give him few toys or have him play in the backyard with a ball. Whenever they have a lot of energy, feel bored, anxious or lack focus – chances of becoming aggressive is higher.
- Know Your Dog’s Fear
A dog can really go out of control when it is scared of something. Hence, as a dog owner, you are supposed to know your dog’s fears and take essential steps to make him or her overcome them. And most importantly avoid using negative punishment just to change his behavior. Rather than punishing, try correcting.
- See A Vet
Even health problems could trigger aggression. Say for instance, if your dog is ill or lacking proper nutrition, then don’t delay in taking him to a vet. Right treatment at the right time is very important. Else, you will face violent behavior from your dog.
- Get A Professional Help
If everything fails and still you see your dog behaving aggressively often, then get a professional help. A dog trainer, who is well experienced & knowledgeable could handle your dog better. He or she could help your dog overcome behavioral issues, including aggression. Don’t wait until it is too late.