Most of the time, a dog’s behavior and personality are all determined by how it was raised. But there are some dog breeds that have gotten a bad name for being mean and dangerous because of how they act toward people and other dogs. Experts say that an aggressive dog can be made less aggressive with proper training and domestication, but we wonder how many people would go to great lengths to take one for the team. Even though all dogs are great companions, the breeds in the next few paragraphs need a little more care and training.
1. Bull Terrier
Bull Terriers are easy to spot because they have big heads and a lot of lean muscle. Because they want to eat, they often attack animals that are smaller than them. This gives them the bad name of being a breed that could be dangerous.
2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
People thought that this dog came from South Africa. Lions have been known to stay away from people when this dog is around. Still, you wouldn’t want to mess with this breed. They are only half-tamed, and they don’t like strangers. Rhodesian Ridgebacks also need a lot of positive feedback, since they can be too sensitive at times.
The Boerboel, which is also called the South African Mastiff, is one of the larger Mastiff breeds that are used to guard homes. But their size, strength, and personality can be very dangerous. A 59-year-old woman was killed by her Boerboel in North Carolina. When the police came to the house after getting a 911 call about the incident, the dog was at the door and wouldn’t let them in.
4. Pit Bull
Pit bulls are one of the most dangerous types of dogs in the world, and many countries have banned them. They have to go through a lot of training and exercises to keep them from acting out aggressively. Here’s a scary story to tell you! “A 1991 study found that 94% of pit bull attacks on children were not caused by the children,” Before getting a pit bull as a pet, you might want to think twice.
According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all dog bite deaths in the United States between 1993 and 1996 were caused by Rottweilers. That information says a lot about how aggressive the breed is. A Rottweiler’s bite can be up to 1,460 newtons, which is way too strong to believe.
6. Deutscher Schäferhund
Several studies have shown that German Shepherds are more likely to attack smaller dogs. And when they do attack, they bite with more than 1,060 newtons of force. German Shepherds are often used as police dogs, and there’s a good reason for that. People who break the law have to be on guard at all times, or even better, they should stop breaking the law.
7. Doberman Pinscher
Dobermans have a reputation for not hurting their owners in any way. But the same can’t be said about how they treat strangers. Even though Dobermans are thought to be less dangerous, they are still big and strong enough to cause trouble. In the United States, a Doberman killed its owner, an elderly woman, in 2011. This was the last time a Doberman was blamed for a death.
The bullmastiff is a big dog, so it makes sense to be scared of it. They can weigh up to 130 pounds, after all. So, if you want a bullmastiff to obey you, you have to train it well. Because of how they act, most of the time this breed is used as a guard dog. So, if you want to keep your safe, you might want to get a bullmastiff.
The Husky is mostly known as a sled dog, and it is related to the Malamute. Huskies are energetic dogs with a lot of energy to spare. They were not made to be pets, and they are set up to work all the time. You might wonder if the saying “work like a dog” came from how hard huskies work. Between 1979 and 1998, 15 people died in the United States because of being mauled by Huskies.
10. Wolf Hybrid
This type of dog is very unpredictable and very scared. There are many risks that come with putting a wild animal with a domestic animal. In fact, many states have made it illegal to own a wolf-dog mix as a safety measure to make sure no one does. Between 1979 and 1998, wolf hybrids were linked to 14 deaths in the United States, according to the CDC.
Boxers are the descendants of hunting dogs, and during World War I, they were used as attack and guard dogs. If a family wants to feel safe, all they have to do is get a Boxer. They protect their young and have strong jaws and bites. The last time a boxer killed someone was on December 28, 2013, in Arizona. When the owner tried to stop a fight between his boxer and one of his other dogs, the boxer bit the owner.
12. The Great Dane
A Great Dane is a dangerous breed because of its size. Male Great Danes can get up to 86 cm tall and 200 pounds when they are fully grown. If you take care of them, they will become a gentle giant. In 2003, a 2-year-old girl in South Carolina died from a Great Dane bite. This was the last time a Great Dane was known to have killed someone.
13. Caucasian Ovcharka
The Caucasian Ovcharka, which is also known as the Caucasian Shepherd, was first bred to protect livestock. It is important to train and socialize it well because it is usually brave, strong-willed, and direct. Or it could mean death for all the living things near it. This breed is very protective and doesn’t like being around strangers.
Chows need to be cared for all the time by their owners. Or else they will grow up to be rude and mean. The chow, which is also called a “puffy-lion dog,” can tell when someone is a stranger. They can also be too protective of the people who own them. High-risk dogs were to blame for 238 deaths in the United States between 1979 and 1998. Of course, they need to be active all the time to keep from being too aggressive.
15. Akita Inu
This breed of the dog never backs down from a challenge, and it takes a lot to scare it away. The Akitas are loyal, strong, independent, and dominant. They come from the mountainous parts of Japan. They have a sense of ownership. So, they don’t get along well with strangers. Having an Akita Inu can be your worst nightmare if you don’t train and socialize it well.
16. Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard is a big working dog that comes from the Swiss and Italian Alps. Originally bred to be rescue dogs, this breed has gained a strong reputation for its large size and ability to help save people in the Alps. But you have to be willing to train a Saint Bernard from the time it is a puppy to keep it from being territorial and aggressive.
The Basenji is a type of dog called a “sighthound,” and it comes from Central Africa. This type of hunting dog is very alert, very curious, and very loving. Most people think that this breed of dog, which is shy around strangers, is the second hardest to train of all breeds. Don’t use the phrase “as stubborn as a mule.” Instead, use “as stubborn as a basenji.”
18. Gull Dong
The gull dog is a mix of the Gull Terrier and the Bully Kutta. It is so strong and powerful that it is hard to believe. There was a reason why it was first bred to be a fighting dog. This breed is known for being very aggressive. So don’t try to control it with the little you know about training dogs.
19. Boer Boel
The huge, South African mastiff dog breed was originally made to watch over homes and farms. They were a good first line of defense against predators, and they often helped find and hold down prey that had been hurt. This breed has a strong reputation for being loyal to their families and looking out for them.
20. Dogo Argentino
The Dogo Argentino was originally bred in Argentina to hunt. It is a big, white, muscular dog that can hunt wild boar and puma. Even though they are strong and athletic, they don’t usually attack people. In the United Kingdom, it is against the law to own a dog. This is because of the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. This law tells us that we shouldn’t mess with Dogos.
21. The Cane Corso
This dog breed comes from the Canis Pugnax and is thought to be one of the last of the coursing Mastiffs. It weighs between 99 and 150 pounds and has a lot of muscle. The Cane Corso is known for being dangerous because it was used in wars. In particular, the dog was kept around to keep enemy attacks away from the soldiers.