The 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Biting and Fatality Statistics

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What we want to start off saying is that we love dogs on this site.  It’s an informational and fun website.  So bottom line is that we are NOT in any way saying that these dog breeds are not safe.  It depends on a number of things such as genes, temperament and most obvious, how the dog is raised and trained.   So when we’re talking about dog attacks, it’s not always the dog’s fault but we still felt it would be useful to report on biting statistics of dogs just in case it might affect a person’s choice on buying a certain breed.   We’re not posting this article to discourage you from buying these dog breeds.  We just want to make you aware of the statistics out there in certain studies.  The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a twenty year study on the most dangerous dog breeds, and here are the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds based on the amount of fatalities they have caused.  Again, this is purely statistical and should not discourage you from purchasing any of these breeds.

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  • Molly Uribe

    I am incredibly disappointed that someone would waste their time still posting things like this. Each dog is its own individual with their very own personality. Maybe you should do some background investigating as to why these fatalities happened and what the situation was surrounding the attack. Was the dog protecting its owner or itself?

    • Dogman

      We’d be willing to bet many of these instances involved good intention from the dogs

  • Molly Uribe

    Could you please post the “study” details? Who performed the study?

    • Dogman

      The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a twenty year study. As we said, these were only biting statistics. We didn’t say these were necessarily bad dogs. It was simply based on bits and fatalities.

  • Jenna

    Of course pit bulls are #1 on the list. The reason there have been so many deaths by these dogs is because they fall into the hands of idiot owners who abuse them and use them as fighting dogs. Therefore making them scared and angry which
    results in aggression. I have 2 pitbulls both of which are very well trained and love meeting new people. They’re extremely intelligent friendly dogs. Don’t let the media make you think otherwise. hell, I’ve seen way more aggression in yippy little lap dogs.

  • silly

    I own a pit bull, but unlike the naive dog owners who insist ”my breed is not dangerousl”, I know my pit is much more dangerous than the average dog. I use good training to keep the risk low and ensure she has quality socialization with every human she should to keep her friendly, but most people just blindly ignore that some very lovable breeds do have slightly higher tendencies to be aggressive. If you ignore your dogs aggressive side blindly insistent that ” my” dog is safe, you put people around you at risk. You should not own an aggressive dog if you can’t set your ego aside and at least admit done dogs are higher risk than others, and done breeds are more dangerous than others.

  • Eva

    It is so easy to blame the dogs for their actions however I submit it is the irresponsible owners who are truly to blame for the behavior. People think you just go and pick up a dog and that’s it. Home Training is essential to have a truly happy healthy relationship with pets just like kids. You can always easily spot the ones that didn’t any home training……kids and dogs

  • Rachel

    Was each dog in this study DNA tested to prove it’s breed? I doubt it.
    I’d bet money that most of the “pitbull” bites were mixed breed dogs that people incorrectly identified as pitbulls.

  • savvy sista

    I love my pit terrier! But I know he needs lots of exercise that keeps him happy and not hyper. Sweet dog. ..and I was the first to be leery when my husband mentioned getting a “pit “..I read up on their personalities, and he’s been so mascot dog ever since !

  • Michael

    as far as pit bulls being the #1 dangerous dog, well most of the cases its due to poor training among abuse by the owners, i have one and she is the sweetest dog i have i actually trust her more then i do my little dogs,the dog breed shouldn’t be blamed as much as humans should cause they are the ones training the dogs.i hate hearing how pits are so dangerous, when most of the time when a pit attacks if you look into the life of the pit it was mistreated, neglected or abused…. like it or not any dog can be dangerous..

  • Lesley Karen Luscombe

    Good work; thank you. No-one SANE can state otherwise – 28 of the 33 dead in the States 2013 down to Fighting Breed dogs, 16 of those were innocent children. Time for people to wake up and realise that dogs are PURPOSE BRED, and that fighting breed dogs are not born ‘evil’, they are born with highly aggressive maul and kill propensities, put there deliberately over hundreds of years by US. Thank you again.

    • Jeanne Dulaney Andrus

      Let’s ban SUVs then. These vehicles cause many thousands of deaths each year, many of them innocent children. SUV’s are built and designed with the idea that they can smash and crash their way through anything in their way. Is anyone surprised when they maul smaller cars and their occupants?

      • dm

        love it!

      • Aforallie

        If you had a choice between a make of SUV with a defect that killed 25 people last year and an SUV with no defect, which would you choose? Pitbulls killed 25 people last year; Labradors didn’t kill any. I would choose the Labrador.

        • sixfoottoo .

          A lab attacked The Dog Whisperer Ceaser Milan. It was the only dog who actually attacked him. A yellow Lab. What do u say about that??????????

          • Uscsig

            He is still alive. Lucky for him it wasn’t a pit.

        • Sophie

          How odd; since there were only 16 dog-related fatalities that year it’s a bit difficult to understand how “pit bulls” could have killed 25 people? Curious as to the source of that number – the CDC is the nation’s OFFICIAL organization that tracks ALL animal-related fatalities, and they clearly emphasize that they do not and have not since the early 70s tracked dog bites by breed, as it is NOT POSSIBLE to determine that. It is on their website, I daresay the US government’s agency that is responsible for tracking ALL health statistics for our country is a far more credible source for any information regarding dog bites, and/or fatalities than some spurious agenda-driven, sensationalized site that obtains it’s “statistics” from a web-crawler service set to gather all news stories with search terms including “dog,” “bite,” “attack,” “maul,” “death,” “pit,””bull,” and the like, then compiles the results of ALL the stories (which of course we all know are 100% true and accurately reported – NOT) and voila! Huge number of dog “fatalities,” all attributed by the website’s owner to “pit bulls” without any fact checkin, checks for duplicate dyories, accuracy, veracity . . . That’s how you end up with more deaths caused by pit bulls than actual victims of fog attacks in total. It’s astonishing how people can be either so gullible or else lazy that they can’t be bothered to even ask themselves where the information they’re reading is coming from and whether it’s even possible.

          • Scott

            Exactly the numbers and breakout of the numbers has a bad odor to it. You need something like a least 5-10 years of study to get a good reading as well as good information gathering. Focusing on just fatalities is not the whole story.

      • UpperLeftCoast

        Do to regulatory action by the government and personal injury and class action litigation motor vehicles have become steadily safer. The US death toll in motor vehicle accidents is now under 35,000 per year, about 2/3 of its level just 15 years ago and still declining. Its on course to decline below gun deaths in the next few years.

        So, by your reasoning, government regulation and lawsuits are the way to deal with dog attack fatalities.

      • Roger Smith

        They run in packs too. And if they are left on the streets, they turn feral.

      • chuckcloninger

        Again, a terrific post. IF we were talking about cars. The post is about dogs so your comments are inconsequential and not on subject.

      • Scott

        Not totally untrue but don’t forget as long as 18 wheelers and cars share roads, cars of any size lose when you talk about head-one or broadside impacts. I know of a new Mini Cooper Driver who died when his car was hit head-on by an 18 wheeler even though his car slid backwards into the path of the truck. The drivers area was virtually intact but the sheer force of that 18 wheelers mass hitting that car snapped his neck.
        SUVs sales increase ARE an overreaction to the perceived and real threat of crashes but even an SUV driver and passengers die when an 18 wheeler rolls over or into them at highway speeds.

    • panzerakc

      Here’s the thing: if you were to look at stories of dog maulings from 20 – 30 years ago, the dogs involved were mainly Rottweilers. Twenty to thirty years before that, it was Dobermans. Twenty to thirty years before that, it was German Shepherds. Twenty years from now, it will be some other breed.

      There are always people in society who will want to have a big, bad (in their eyes) dog. Some for nefarious purposes, some are image related. People with those mindsets choose particular breeds, to start, and then through “training” and usually bad management, end up with a dog that they really can’t control. I use to live across the street from some folks that had a Rottweiler, a very sweet dog. (I always suspected he was smarter than his owner.)

      Anyway, one day I saw the man I think was his owner trying to get the dog to attack a buddy of his. And the dog was having none of it. He kept backing away from the proposed victim, and looking at his owner like, “are you nuts?”

      Another point: the third most dangerous dog on this list is the German Shepherd. That’s the same breed that’s used quite frequently as a Guide Dog for the blind.

      The interesting thing about fighting dogs is that they were bred to fight other dogs. In fact, a human referee was supposed to be able to separate a fighting pair bare-handed, without being bitten. If any of the dogs in a fight bit a human, that dog was put down immediately. That certainly seems to offer proof that something has gone seriously awry with breeding these dogs.

      If you could snap your fingers and have every “fighting” dog disappear, it wouldn’t take long for the collective bad-asses of the world to settle on another breed. Because there are bigger, stronger dogs out there.

      • bluemalak

        I think the German Shepherd, like the Doberman, are on the list because they attacked protecting their humans. Big difference than a dog running loose attacking innocent people in the neighborhood. German Shepherds and Dobermans can be the most loving family dog there is.

        • Britany Rowlett

          Really? Because when I was 6 I was attacked by our family German Shepard. My face was unrecognizable and I was in the hospital for two and a half weeks. This dog NEVER showed any signs of aggression and we never rough housed it. I was playing fetch with him. I threw the ball and ran with him to get it and that’s when he bite my face and shoot me like a rag doll. So he was not defending his owner. Even though this happened I am not scared of German Shepards. ALL dogs have the ability to do this. I have grown up with pitbulls and they are the only ones that never made me feel uncomfortable. My chow lab mix charged at me through a fence when I was going to pet him. My shitzu bit my brother and put and hole in his lip when he went to kiss him.

          • sylvia young

            Prayers to you. My daughter also had her faced ripped off but it was when a neighbor allowed kids to touch new puppies with mom there. It was a mutt of no specific type. Don’t take this wrong but a word of wisdom…when you chased the ball at the same time the dog did at that point he saw you as competition for his item of possession. Sad I know, you didn’t know but this is what is wrong with people owning dogs of any kind. They are animals…period. Read my article to understand it can be done but you must know the nuances of each dogs personalities. This makes all the difference in the world. God bless.

    • sylvia young

      Read what I just posted.

    • Sunshine

      dogs who are trained for fighting are trained to fight other animals, not attack and maul humans. Any breed of dog can be trained to attack a human. ANY breed. My pittie has an absolute wonderful purpose !! To prove to people like you that it is all the the raising of your dog. Pits are supposedly high prey breeds. My girl lives with 3 cats who run the house. They sleep together and eat together !! Blame the deed not the breed !

  • Ken Green

    Danes are just big. Put a chihuahua brain in one now there’s a dangerous dog.

    • Margaret McClurkin

      The Great Dane and the Apollo of the dog world. Big gentle giants that like to relax on your sofa and try to sit on your lap. Protective, loyal, and have a sense of humor.

      • joeboken

        I absolutely agree. When I met my wife, she had 3 Danes, and they were all sweet and gentle as can be, and yes, they do try to get on your lap, lol. They can be very entertaining and funny, you said it right when you said “Big gentle giants”. The only downside to Danes is their lifespan is very short, 8,9, and if you’re lucky, 10 years. They have all since passed, but now we have Jack, our 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier, (Pit Bull). I described him above.

      • Sherri Taylor

        They’re great leaners, too.

      • Matt

        A great dane randomly decided to attack and almost kill my daughter! No gentle giant!

        • Rick Black

          any dog can attack, its all according to how they are trained, how they were abused or not, how they are treated. I find smaller dogs to be much more aggressive than the large breads. If there is any bread that should be labeled as dangerous it is the human breed. The human breed has been known to kill out of pleasure, greed, revenge, discrimination, etc. The breeds that attack usually can be found that they were trained to attack or were abused.

          • Matt

            This dog was owned by a family member, trained right, and never abused. The dog just snapped. Any dog can snap and decide to kill. It’s in their nature.

          • Bryan

            dogs dont just snap….. there is a reason behind it, animal behavior…..

          • Erin Klinger Davis

            No it is not

          • fairportfan

            That sort of thing has been caused by over-breeding of popular breeds; a while back there were several cases of Saint Bernards suddenly snapping and attacking people.

            And the Saint Bernard is quite probably the least-aggressive dig in the world – the story goes that the most famous of the original Hospice of St Bernard rescue dogs in the Alps found a wounded soldier in the snow (during the Franco-Prussian War), and was digging to him when the soldier (hallucinating from his wounds and the cold) thought the dog was attacking and stabbed him with a bayonet.

            The dying dog curled up with the soldier and his remaining body heat helped keep him alive until the monks found them.

            My mother had a Saint, and i think that the only time i ever heard hims speak genuinely threateningly to anyone (as in “Touch me and draw back a stump”) was when the vet wanted to check him for worms. (He’d just heard my mom’s Springer Spaniel complaining loudly about the process…)

          • RichShewmaker

            I had a St. Bernard who was gentle and loving with me and my wife, but dangerous to strangers. From the time she was a puppy she was a “fear biter,” which is particularly problematic, requiring vigilance on our part. She was well trained, and never seriously injured anyone, but was prone to “nip,” often sneakily.

          • Bert Tainow

            My Saints are dangerous to strangers too and they will let you know that, but my house is the only one in the area that never got robbed

          • Michael Hallman

            That’s the same scenario with Rottweilers (and a few other big breeds). Rotties have a naturally passive and gentle temperament, but when a huge craze for big aggressive guard dogs became popular in the 80s, they were one of the most overbred breeds in the country, bred by breeders who pay no attention to the breed standards, thus diminishing the integrity of the breed. That has since largely been corrected, of course, and Rotties again are some of the best, most loyal, friendly dogs one could ever hope for.

          • fairportfan

            Cocker spaniels have been through the over-breeding/rescue cycle something like three or four times…

            …and don’t get me started on show collies, with skulls so narrow their brain has to be about the size of a large legume, or shelties so overbred for “delicate proportions” that they snap their leg bones jumping down off the couch…

          • Jon-Eric Patriarcha

            Yes and yes. A coworker was trimming his shelties toe nails and the thing started bleeding so bad they had to take it to the vet! Apparently they have a very thin membrane that runs much closer to the surface than normal.

            Chow’s with their blue tongues are also crazy.

          • Richard Sutton

            No matter what breed of dog you have, you have to be careful when trimming their nails. This is also true of birds.

          • Richard Sutton

            The Shetland Sheepdog i.e. shelies came from Sheltland Island, by natural selection their bred grow smaller because of the terrain or habitat in which it lived.

          • fairportfan

            Well, yeah. I KNOW that. What i was referring to is selective breeding to make them even smaller and more “delicate”.

            My comment about snapping bones by jumping off the couch was because some years ago some friends had one who did it twice.

          • Jon-Eric Patriarcha

            I like Rotties, I don’t know if they’re good for kids or not. They were Germanys first bank couriers. German merchants would put a sack of coins in the Rottie’s mouth and he would drop them at the bank or so the story goes.

          • http://depravda.blogspot.com Paul Zink

            The only two Rotties I knew personally were both delightfully goofy, slobbering softies who lived for chasing tennis balls.

          • Nik

            I grew up with a rottie. My rottie was great with me as a kid and with our family. Our rottie did not like strangers at all. She was very protective. But, I think my parents were cool with that because they knew if I was walking her there was no chance of anybody harming, kidnapping me etc. I remember reading some story about a little girl getting kidnapped while walking her dog (it was one of those small yippy dogs) and I’m willing to bet if she’d been walking a rottie her family would still have her.

          • Robert Dunkes SR

            This is what has happened to the Staffordshire Terrier. The pit Bull, The genetic line has been tampered with, but the dog itself still remains loyal and docile to humans, they however, do not get along with other dogs.

          • G-Man

            And The Amish are some of the biggest offenders here…..

          • Robert Smith

            that’s why dogs like cocker spaniel should be on that list they bite more people every year then all dogs breeds combined, I know I see the statistics on dog bites for every year and for the last 5 years the dog you would never suspect Is the number one biter that lovely little spaniel with the sweet face who goes nuts when the owner isn’t standing there

          • Roy Gaston

            This about fatalities, not “bites”.

          • Robert Smith

            IF YOU LOOKED AT THE BEGINNING O FTHE STORY I TLISTED BOTH CATAGORIES BITTERS AND KILLERS so sorry I knock your precious little cocker spaniel but the truth is the truth

          • Woody

            “Dangerous” Based on biting and fatalitys. Cocker spaniels are not dangerous. More like annoying.

          • Don Tarr

            Say that after one bites your child because he reached for the dog’s possession.

          • Doc Savage

            IS said child alive? Yes.
            Had it been a fighting breed dog, the attack would have been fatal.
            That’s the difference that the Bully crowd just doesn’t get.
            A Chihuahua is never really going to be able to kill you no matter how seriously he threatens you. It does not matter one iota whether every little lap dog in the world is aggressive.

            They cannot kill us.

          • Nik

            The lap dog also can’t protect you and usually they are pretty dumb.

          • Doc Savage

            My little dog is there for rodents. And she is not a lap dog. Big difference.
            I also have a DDR line GSD that will rip anyone into shreds who trespasses.
            I have all bases covered and no need for an untrainable animal that craps in my house.

          • Nik

            So again pretty cool that your little dog actually has a job but I fail to see how your having a little dog for rodent hunting and big dog for protection is at all different from me having a cat for rodent hunting and a big dog for protection. Each has one job only in all cases. Seems like we are on even ground here. But again perhaps I am just a lucky pet owner and I would say you are as well. 😉

          • Doc Savage

            Go back and re-read. My whole point is that the cat should never have been elevated to the status of a dog, i,e, “cats and dogs”.
            My little dog ALSO sounds the alarm when there is an intruder on my property. Does your cat do that as well?
            The cat is a disposable pet like a goldfish. Don’t believe it?
            Count the number of dead, unclaimed cats on the roads as compared to dogs.
            A goldfish has one job- entertaining the owner.
            The cat can do one job more than the goldfish…… kill some mice.
            The dog can do a dozen jobs in addition to the one job a goldfish can or the 2 jobs a cat can.
            As has been noted, many cats won’t even do their one additional task of killing rodents.
            Cats are more in line with gerbils and pet birds in the grand scheme of things.
            They are NOWHERE near the status of Man’s best friend.
            Period.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            again you are an idiot who idolizes one creature and downs the rest, it is little different than racism.

          • Doc Savage

            wow! just wow! I don’t think I have ever seen such an ignorant respnonse.
            You have definately drunk the kool-aid from the litter box.

          • Doc Savage

            The only idiot is someone who compares animal breeds to human races.
            You sound like a vegan PETA moron.

          • Nik

            Actually my cat does do that. Anytime someone approaches the house he runs to the door growling (just like a dog) and puffs up as big as he can get. That said he is the only cat I have ever had that does this and I doubt any intruder would be intimidated by him but my dog has the intimidation and actual protection covered. And I do have to say that I will be just as heart broken to lose my cat as to lose my dog which to be clear is a lot. I am quite attached to them.

          • Doc Savage

            That’s not the issue.
            The issue is the overinflation of the cat’s status since the 20th century.

          • Nik

            Hmm well if that is the issue you have with it you may want to push that timeline back a smidge because I’m pretty sure they had an even more elevated status back in ancient Egypt. At least we don’t worship them as gods anymore… well most of us anyhow. 😉

          • Doc Savage

            Even in ancient Egypt they knew which animal to take hunting….the one that will work. The Dog.

          • Doc Savage

            Nice reach, but no cigar.
            Dogs have been with us for perhaps 50 thousand years.
            Cats, 10 thousand.
            There is always going to be some idiot worshipping something at any given time. This has no bearing on the solid fact that dogs enrich our lives in a myriad of ways and cats are mainly a pest animal unless confined 24/7.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            all animals can be trained, it just takes different tactic’s.

          • Doc Savage

            Try training your cat or gerbil to lead a blind person down a busy city street………yeah that’s what I thought. Now go stick your head back in the sand.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            no, if the dog had been trained right it would not have been fatal, but it would have still been serious because of the animals size

          • Woody

            I guess your smarter than the people that wrote this article. It took you 2 days to reply. Next time I will use shorter words so it won’t take you so long to comprehend. Say hi to your dad Uncle Bob for me.

          • Robert Smith

            oh wow now that’s original for a girl named woody. sorry I took 2 days for me respond I was like doing something like living my life off the computer. not everyone sits in front of these thing 24/7 making such highly intelligent comment like you little woody

          • Robert Smith

            annoying E.I. see dictionary noun person named woody

          • Don Tarr

            Thank you! That is my choice for the most aggressive breed I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve worked with Rotties, Dobies, and Shepherds with never a problem, but a silkie terrier pup and a male cocker were the only unmanageable dogs.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Your comment, “That is my choice for the most aggressive breed I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve worked with Rotties, Dobies, and Shepherds with never a problem, but a silkie terrier pup and a male cocker were the only unmanageable dogs.”

            Your comment is absurd!

            December 2014
            Portage, IN Edward L. Cahill, 40, Fatal pit bull attack (Christmas Day)
            Corpus Christi, TX Rita Woodard, 64 Fatal pit bull attack

            November 2014
            Robeson County, NC Alemeaner Dial, 83 Fatal pit bull attack

            October 2014
            Stanislaus County, CA Juan Fernandez, 54 Fatal pit bull attack

            September 2014
            Sharp County, AR Alice Payne, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
            Benton County, MS David Glass Sr., 51 Fatal pit bull attack

            August 2014
            Miami-Dade County, FL Javon Dade Jr., 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            St. Charles County, MO Deriah Solem, < 2 Fatal pit bull attack
            Levy County, FL Joel Chirieleison, 6 Fatal pit bull attack
            Butler County, OH Cindy Whisman, 59 Fatal pit bull attack

            July 2014
            Montgomery County, OH Johnathan Quarles, Jr., < 1 Fatal pit bull attack
            Hillsborough County, FL Logan Sheppard, 4 Fatal pit bull attack

            May 2014
            New Haven County, CT Rita Pepe, 93 Fatal pit bull attack
            Kent County, DE Kasii Haith, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            Lee County, AL Katie Morrison, 20 Fatal pit bull attack

            April 2014
            Highlands County, FL Jessica Norman, 33 Fatal pit bull attack
            Bexar County, TX Petra Aguirre, 83 Fatal pit bull attack
            St. Clair County, AL John Harvard, 5 Fatal pit bull attack

            March 2014
            Kaufman County, TX Dorothy Hamilton, 85 Fatal pit bull attack
            Holmes County, MS Christopher Malone, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
            Terrebonne Parish, LA Mia DeRouen, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            Maricopa County, AZ Nancy Newberry, 77 Fatal pit bull attack

            February 2014
            Guilford County, NC Braelynn Coulter, 3 Fatal pit bull attack
            Bell County, TX Je'vaeh Mayes, 2 Fatal pit bull attack

            January 2014
            McLean County, IL Kara Hartrich, 4 Fatal pit bull attack
            Comal County, TX Betty Clark, 75 Fatal pit bull attack
            Harris County, TX Christina Bell, 43 Fatal pit bull attack

          • Don Tarr

            You missed the words, “I’ve ever dealt with.” I have been around a few Pits, they were gentle and affectionate, but I NEVER trust a pit. The breed was developed specifically for its aggressiveness, not for its social temperament. To me, a pit bull is like a loaded gun left lying around it is harmless, until it goes off.

          • Just my self, no frills

            I am on my third bully/bully mix in my 56 years, and guns all my life too, never had a problem with either. Discipline, love, attention and training go a long way, my current knucklehead may put welts on your leg from wagging his tail.

          • Robin Johnson

            <3 :p lol..i am 21, and have 2 pit mixes (one is pit/lab; one is boxer/beagle/pit) the boxer/beagle/pit is a handful, yes, but is a snuggler and enjoys running with me on our walks.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Oh and guns don’t just “go off”.

          • Doc Savage

            But fighting dogs do.

          • Just my self, no frills

            ANY dog can and will fight if need be OR trained to do so. Maybe people should look up the history of a breed before posting hate et al.

          • Doc Savage

            Any dog CAN fight, true. Some breeds, probably like the one you own, were bred TO fight. Fight and kill. You cannot erase hundreds of years of genetics.

            Oh and before you say your pit bull never hurt a fly, let me add that my uncle had a pet cougar that never hurt a fly either.
            That does not mean cougars make good pets or that all pit bulls are trustworthy.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Not worth replying to, again sorry for your stereotyping of dogs in general. I feel a vendetta that will go nowhere.

          • Robin Johnson

            i agree with you! i have two pit mixes that are amazing, and will protect my family if the need arises: including barking at people who may or may not be friendly at the door. we usually don’t have that many people who call on our house, but usually it is someone the dogs know (the barks are usually friendly, like ‘we are so happy to see you! let me bark at you to show my excitement’ we have them sit and wait, or sit and stay, but it is definitely a work-in-progress. lol

          • SomethingSomething

            While true that not all pit bulls are trust worthy, that does not mean that all are bad. For all to be lumped together because of dog fighting and attacks is not right, while most have never been in the situation. Not all dogs of a certain breed are bad. There are a few out there that are though, just like humans. Some good, some bad. Environmental exposure and upbringing has a lot to do with it.

          • Doc Savage

            True. But ONE type of dog accounts for over 80% of all incidents in this country. How do you spin that fact?

          • zoi

            Probably because most of those dogs that attacked were either horrible abused or emaciated due to neglect. Also, a number of times a person was attacked because they tried to break up a dog fight. A dog that is well-fed and in a loving home won’t generally attack.

          • Doc Savage

            I am sorry you are so misinformed. Please do some real research and get back to us.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            he’s not, you are.

          • Uscsig

            Nope, you are.

          • Nik

            There’s actually a lot that goes into that calculation that makes its accuracy a bit questionable. For ones lot of attacks go unreported and also a lot of non pits and mix dogs that resemble pits get labeled as pits just because some idiot thinks that is what they are. Happens to mastiff owners all the time (ppl assuming their dog is a pit when it isn’t) and it is pretty darn annoying.

            Anyhow any breed can be dangerous. I take these sorts of articles with a grain of salt and count them as pure entertainment only. The numbers quoted aren’t exactly based on scientific unbiased studies.

            Case in point my dog and I were attacked by a standard poodle while out on a walk last week. My mastiff mix dog did not retaliate even though I’m sure a study like this would consider him the more dangerous breed. Difference is my dog is well trained, was on a leash and has a great temperament and the poodle was being walked off leash and was clearly untrained.

          • Doc Savage

            Now add up all the poodle attacks in the country.
            Yours might be the only one.
            Now add up all the pit bull attacks.
            End of discussion.

          • Nik

            My point wasn’t to compare the stats. My point was simply that if you give an idiot a dog then that dog can easily become dangerous regardless of breed. I think the difference is typically the type of people that are drawn to certain types of dogs. Most people don’t consider the poodle a tough dog so if they are looking for “tough” they aren’t going to go for a poodle also since it’s considered a showy dog you get a lot of the dog show crowd getting them which means the dog will be trained. Now a lot of people looking for just “tough” aren’t the dog show crowd they are the crowd that thinks its okay to throw your dog in the yard and ignore it and then expect it to behave magically. In other words, idiots. Lazy idiots. So ya I think there is a lot of truth behind blaming the owner and the breed gets a bad wrap because they attract the wrong sorts of people (beyond even the abusive types I mean).

          • Doc Savage

            The meanest guy in the world is not going to be able to turn a Chinese Crested into a killer attack dog by abusing it. It ain’t going to happen.
            The nicest guy in the world can own an extremely dominant/aggressive Rottie and no amount of love or hope will change that dog’s genetics.
            A dog designed to herd livestock will nip and heel.
            A dog designed to kill large mammals will do just that….people included.
            It ain’t rocket science.

            And btw, most American dog owners are, and have always been, idiots.
            Unfortunately, many of them these days have dangerous breeds.
            The idiot with a friendly Golden Retriever is not a threat to society.
            The idiot with a aggressive Pit Bull is a menace.

          • Doc Savage

            No amount of “environmental exposure” is going to turn a Corgi into a deerslayer.
            A pit bull was designed to do things others dogs wont do.
            Period.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Good point!

          • Shadow Necrosis

            i’ve seen a corgi take down a deer, funniest thing ever.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            its training not genetics. the human changes how the dog acts, treat it cruel and it will be cruel.

          • Doc Savage

            Wrong again. If you know nothing about a topic, it’s wise to keep your mouth shut.

          • Doc Savage

            Wrong. It’s both. Genetics lays the foundation of what the dog will be able to do. Please stop spreading your lies and misinformation.

          • Uscsig

            No ammount of training can change hundreds of years of selective breeding. I could beat and starve my schweenie, but it would be impossible to make him a killer. Also, name another breed where it is recommended that the owner carry a break stick.

          • Nik

            Your uncle owned a cougar?????

          • Doc Savage

            You must be a city clicker.

          • Nik

            lol Well you are partially right anyhow. I am not completely citified as I spent my summers and vacations in childhood on a farm with my grandparents. But for most of my life I have definitely been a suburbanite… I wouldn’t care for living in the big city (I need my space) but I like having stuff close enough to visit. Still I would think even among country folk that owning a cougar would be fairly unusual. None of my less urban family have ever owned that sort of wildlife… cows, chickens, goats, sheep, horses, dogs, cats… but no wild cats.

          • Robin Johnson

            i have two pit mixes. they are well-behaved, and will protect our family-including my niece (2) (whom they love getting fed and walked by). the oldest is 5 and is a ret. therapy dog through TDI. she is just a dog with a sad beginning (stray in Downey, CA) who now enjoys life for almost 4 1/2 yrs with us.

          • Cindie Froshaug

            I checked your information and 90% is made up. You need professional help you are a mentally flawed human being.

          • Uscsig

            The fatality stats are spot on and easy to corroborate. Reading comprehension is highly underrated.

          • Robin

            It’s a list based on fatalities. I’m not a fan of cockers, but they’re not killing anybody.

          • Bert Tainow

            I had them all my life and never looked back.For me its a Saint Bernard or no dog

          • fairportfan

            My mother’s Saint was the most lovable big lug of a dog i ever knew.

          • john wrona

            Thanks for sharing…..feel better now? You’re an idiot.

          • G-Man

            But the Brandy Keg was a myth…that depressed me…

          • Robert Smith

            so can a human

          • Robert Smith

            A dog, does NOT decide to kill only a human decides to kill

          • Ojibajo

            Dogs that “snap” without being provoked (teasing, etc) usually have some sort of physiological reason for doing so such as a brain injury, disease, or tumor. It’s not “just in their nature”.

          • Jon-Eric Patriarcha

            actually many years ago my Fathers brother (before I was born) was killed by his dog – a St Bernard ironically. He was shaving one morning and it kept watching him intently. What they theorized happened was he had gotten drunk and was never drunk before, this was a one off and the Dog didnt know what to make of this and the dog leaped up knocked him down, hit his head on the tub or sink while still inebriated and that combination killed him. The dog went nuts and its barking led to help being called but it was too late. From what I heard the dog didn’t attack anyone else, Landlord, EMT’S etc…
            My father disdains dogs to this day and my Mother was always afraid of Cats so growing up I was really screwed in the pet dept. actually co-owned a cat for a time with another kid but we had to keep her at his house. A few times I snuck her in for visitation and for as big as that house was/is she found MY room to hide in.

          • G-Man

            my little rescue wheaten poodle mix snap and kill?….wouldn’t THAT be an Internet sensation….

          • Mark Moberly

            The dog was originally a wild animal that hunted, chased down it prey and killed and ate it. Even though domesticated for thousands of years, they still have the capacity to revert at any time. Sometimes tumors in the brain, or swelling in it. Sometimes a cruel passerby taunting it when you aren’t home, maybe a wasp stung it. Many reasons why a super gentle dog snaps and attacks a person. If you listen to nearly every person who ends up in court for their dogs actions, it’s the same story ” He’s never done this before”. I feel sorry for those who have to put down their dog because it turned vicious, but denial is a more sad state.

          • Kevis

            “If you listen to nearly every person who ends up in court for their dogs actions, it’s the same story ” He’s never done this before”.”
            And nearly every one of them is lying. There are usually signs and they are often ignored.
            I had a co-workers Malamute that attacked one of my dogs. While I knew he was assertive, he hadn’t told me of the aggressive incidents the dog had had prior (bit a caregiver, vet warned him of aggressiveness) plus the breeder neglected to inform him that the dog had wolf back a couple generations in his lineage.

          • Skinny White Boy But Thick

            thats what I msaying

          • nickdangerthirdi

            The human was originally a wild animal that hunted, chased down it prey and killed and ate it. Even though domesticated for thousands of years, they still have the capacity to revert at any time. Sometimes tumors in the brain, or swelling in it. Sometimes a cruel passerby taunting it when you aren’t home, maybe a wasp stung it. Many reasons why a super gentle human snaps and attacks a person. If you listen to nearly every person who ends up in court for their humans actions, it’s the same story ” He’s never done this before”. I feel sorry for those who have to put down their human because it turned vicious, but denial is a more sad state.

            FTFY

            just wanted to prove that you can could replace dog with any other animal on the planet it what you said would still apply. I just picked the most vicious animal I could think of.

          • LenMe

            Excellent response!

          • AZreb

            Humans are the most vicious animals on earth.

          • G-Man

            And the fact that is conceivable to mate a human with a primate…would make that Primate the most dangerous animal on Earth..but I see and agree with you.

          • Ograf

            I feel sorrier for the people your dog eats when he is angry.

        • elho

          Dogs, like people, do occasionally suffer from mental illness. The only really mentally ill dog I’ve known was a German Shepard that had washed out of police dog training. It would wag it’s tail and act friendly as a pretext, luring you in until you got close enough for it to bite you! Also, dogs are pack animals. Whenever introduced to a new member of the “pack”, there is a chance they will act aggressive in order to establish their place in the hierarchy above the new member. Best way to deal with this is to muzzle the dog and have the new person bite the dogs ear (gently) or in some other way assert dominance. A friend gave me his only Black Lab because it had become a liability (it bit a lawyer that was visiting). The next morning, when I walked into the dogs room, it growled at me. I grabbed it’s muzzle, got up in it’s face, and stared straight into it’s eyes — and after that, she never had a problem with me, even when I punished her for getting into the garbage. Once you understand that almost all dog behavior derives from their pack instincts, their behavior is quite predictable (this also works for human beings, much of their behavior, including altruism, derives from tribal instinct).

          • EarlGrayHot

            Animals do not just “snap” anymore than people do. There was something wrong to begin with.

          • YouSaidIt

            Tail wagging is not always a sign of friendliness. It often means you’re stressing them out, and they’re trying to warn you. To imagine that dogs can make plans to dupe humans is just ridiculous.

        • Kenneth Chaffins

          There’s exceptions to every rule. Great Danes are in fact gentle. And they’re giants. I’ve seen dachshunds attack people. Had one bite my heel and hang on as a matter of fact. Don’t judge the whole lot by one.

          • LenMe

            Dachshund is #1 on many aggressive dogs lists. I adopted one. He’s good now, but what a challenge he was!

          • http://depravda.blogspot.com Paul Zink

            I’d be more worried about being bitten by a neurotic little Chihuahua or terrier than any of the giant breeds, having owned both a Great Dane and a Jack Russell Terrier.

        • webmarketstrat

          They may be lovable but the idea of shoveling a heaping pile of crap everyday is a deal breaker.

          • Robert Smith

            stupid cat lover huh?????????

          • mark

            what is stupid about being a cat lover?

          • Robert Smith

            sorry not all cats are stupid

          • Jon-Eric Patriarcha

            True. I think I read where a cat is capable of understanding upwards of …. I want to say like 28 or 29 words on average! Now…. that doesn’t mean it’s going to act like it understands 29 words, words like NO, STOP, COME HERE, DONT DO THAT, PUT THAT BACK…. Now I think I know why divorced men tend not to be cat owners! :)

          • AZreb

            Since when is it right to be ONLY a dog or cat lover? Animal lovers do not discriminate.

          • Doc Savage

            You may love Hippos, but would you want to live with one?
            Cats are a species more in line with Goldfish, Guinea Pigs, and Hedgehogs as pets. The Domestic Dog is an animal that has been genetically engineered for thousands of years to become a member of a Human family, totally eschewing his way of life so that he may serve his new leaders.

            My objection is to this latter day trend of trying to make all of our pets equal in stature.

            Is a cat or a gerbil really going to save your life in the manner that a Protection dog will?

            My terrier is a better ratter than any cat who has ever lived.
            Companionship is the only thing the cat brings to the table.
            Dogs have companionship in spades plus many other assets that enrich our lives.

            Cats are a luxury that we can live without.
            Without dogs, humanity might have gone extinct.

          • Chris M

            Wow are you off-base! First of all, it’s stupid to say that without dogs we might be extinct! Just idiotic. But cats specifically were domesticated to deal with very harmful pests like rats and mice. You pick ONE thing SOME dogs do, protect houses or families, and pretend that is all that matters? And if you really think a cat is like a fish or a guinea pig, you must be a very unfriendly person, because cats treat me wonderfully! I find that when people dislike animals, it is because of some deficiency in them, not the animals.

          • Doc Savage

            Are you really that clueless? Or just a fanatical cat lover? Most likely both.
            Go bird hunting with your cat and see how it takes before you starve to death.
            I never said I dislike ANY animals. Your reading comprehension needs LOTS of work. What I said is that dogs are in a different category than any other animal on Earth. They are MORE than just a PET, which is what cats, gerbils, snakes, and goldfish are. Do I REALLY need to go through the entire list of how dogs have brought us to the point where we are today? Are you that idiotic that you would compare a working animal that has enriched human existence for possibly 50,000 years to a house pet that has been with us for a quarter of that time? Maybe it’s time for you to read some books and educate yourself.
            And by the way, I will repeat myself because you mention the ONE job cats can do ….my terrier is a better ratter than any cat in the world.

            Some people need everything spelled out for them….

          • Chris M

            You have some serious issues. Too bad that I don’t get a woody over dogs like you do. What a moron. Go fume about some other meaningless issue, you wingnut.

          • Doc Savage

            I have serious issues? Pot meet kettle.
            YOU are the one who has a problem with “man’s best friend”(a moniker that will NEVER be applied to your house-crapping, disease ridden, bird killing pet of choice).
            Anyone who hates dogs as much as you do is a serious douche bag.
            I honestly don’t have time to explain the world to uneducated, dog-hating morons. Go lick your cat’s butt and have a wonderful day.

          • G-Man

            Now I have that optic to lull me to sleep tonight…

          • Shadow Necrosis

            now you’re throwing insult that have no force behind them, build a bridge and get over it!

          • Richard Sutton

            Doc, you do have a serious issue. Most of the Dog breeds that I know of are breed for a certain treat. There a a few breeds to you can go hunting with, but most are not hunters while most cats are hunters, and yes the cat if you are part of their pack do lieve you special treats.
            How many breed of dog are classified as companion dogs? Which by the way most cat are great companion to their “owners’.

            Before you yout get you panties in a knot I have own Rotts , Doberman, Poms, and all around mutts. Yes I even own several cats also, both makes fine pets and companion. Companion is what most want from their pets.

          • Doc Savage

            I hope you meant to say “bred for a certain trait”.
            Cats are not pack animals. You have displayed your uneducated opinion on this topic, however this is not the topic.
            The topic is the mistaken PC ideal that cats are equal to dogs. They are not. Not even close.
            Gerbils and parakeets also offer companionship just like a cat does.
            While YOUR dog may ONLY offer companionship, many of us out here in the world own dogs who perform tasks.
            Tasks that a cat will NEVER be able to accomplish.
            That is why the dog is man’s best friend and the cat is a disposable pet like a goldfish.

          • Louis DiCapua Sr

            whenever anyone gets dogs …… have it get well trained and you be fine if not then good luck having them as pets !!

          • Nik

            Doc Savage – btw cool that your terrier kills rats. I typically feel that small dogs are worthless. I’m a big dog person myself. Most small dogs I come across are little more than accessories for their owners.

            I do think my cat would beat your dog in a rat killing competition though. My cat is a vicious killing machine. 😉

            Life is all about balance in my opinion. I have my big dogs and they are great guard dogs and we do athletic competitions together. And I have my cats who take care of the rodent and bug population.

            Also I do feel a little qualified to comment on your cattitude since I am a fan of both cats and dogs. Cats can be best friends to people just like dogs. Not all of them obviously but also not all dogs can be either. 😉

            I have had cats that will try to protect me (as in literally attack people they see as threats). Not their fault that their size makes them less effective at it. Although I can tell you that the can leave some impressive scratches behind on that would be threat (just ask my ex lol).

            I would say its partially the personality of each individual animal and partially how it is raised. Never had an animal that didn’t adore me and work hard for me.

            Maybe I am just lucky. *shrugs*

          • G-Man

            Big Dog guy here too,,,,but just rescued 3 street strays..all on the same day!!…trying not to trip over them and they’re way more work than the Dobermanns..but as I age I worry that I won’t be able to care for a large sick dog…lifting them cleaning them..wife said “go smaller”…I’ll probably appreciate thjat if I make 80…but damn do I miss those Dobes…LUCI I LUCI II and Gypsy..hope you’re all;; having fun on the Rainbow Bridge…

          • Nik

            G-Man – I hear you my s.o. has told me that I must be able to lift and carry any dog we get. That was in response to my suggestion that the next dog be either an English Mastiff or Great Dane. I pointed out that there are stairs and ramps and not much reason for me to be lifting the dog when full grown. But, illness and old age was brought to my attention… so there is that. I always thought Dobes were lovely dogs who get a bad wrap. How are you adjusting to the small dogs?

          • G-Man

            tripping over them..almost caught their frail little bodies closing a door…they are MUCH more work than larger dogs at least at this stage..if I want to lie on the couch the three immediately jump on me….. face,chest, private areas etc…I’m hoping to teach the heavier one (26lbs) how to do CPR…and I think we’ve taught the little “Woodle” one how to scratch our backs :^)…Maybe start doing foster care for the larger dogs Nik…then all you have to do is “let em go”…not hard at all right ?:^(…..Mastiffs and Danes are just soooooo beautiful I feel I’m blessed by the GODS whenever I run into one on the street…

          • WJEP

            I truly appreciate your preference for larger breed dogs. I’m easily bothered by a little yapping heel bitter that pays no mind to their owners constant yapping back at them! For most of my life I have preferred the nature of larger breeds – that is until I was introduced, by a friend, to the Miniature Pinscher. I found a great local breeder and chose my first Min Pin. What an ambassador for the breed she was! Highly intelligent, easily trained and obedient. They are loyal – almost to a fault. Even if they are in a family setting they tend to select their one human and will find a way to perch on that one’s lap if they are cold or just wanting comfort. They will choose their human’s side in any altercation, and will admonish other dogs who do not show the proper respect to their human. They have the confidence to be the alpha among other canines. They were specifically breed to catch rats and mice so they are fearless, tenacious hunters. Mine successfully tackles anything from lizards and geckos to squirrels, snakes and opossums much larger than she. I was amazed the first time I saw her jump about four feet up a tree and catch a squirrel that was too slow, and even more when she caught a four foot snake, shake it to a quick demise and then eviscerate it before consuming the poor creatures. Although I have already lost my first two Min Pins, my third continues to prove the consistency of the breed’s attributes. Although they are not miniaturized Doberman Pinscher, as so many people believe, they are still in the Pinscher family and may be the choice you are looking for if you are an ardent fan of “Dobs” and need to scale down. This may be the breed for you.

          • G-Man

            So kind of you to take the time to write this to me and thank you for acknowledging that Min Pins are not miniature Dobermanns…actually the Min Pin is a much older breed…I had a Min. Manchester terrier and thought seriously of getting a standard size one. in a picture you can’t tell size a lot of the times and these actually are identical looking to Dobermanns..but when you decide to rescue you pretty much take pot luck….of course you could search out rescue sites for the particular breed you want..but my rescues more or less came to me online…read their stories and you’re hooked…I might add that I always use a double “n” when spelling Dobermann because that’s correct..don’t know why it was shortened..but it’s a man’s name and Louis Dobermann created the breed…also if I may puff a little..there’s NO SUCH THING as a Warlock Dobermann…..there was an unusually large Dobermann named WARLOCK..and that’s about as far as it goes…For LUCI BRUTUS DESTINY, LUCI RONNIE DALE, and GYPSY BRENDON St. ROMAINE..I miss you all so much and I’ll go bnefore my tears short oput this damn keyboard..

          • WJEP

            Thank you for the interesting information on the variation of the spelling of Dobermann. I’ve seen it both ways, and my spell check corrects the spelling to a single “n” so I have always used that spelling. However, now that I am aware of the origin of the name I shall continue to give credit to their namesake. I have seen the Manchester Terrier, and they are practically identical to the Min Pin, but they are about half again the height of the Min Pin. Having only seen the one, it would be unfair to make comparisons between the breeds. I have decided that should I choose to get another large breed, I would definitely look into the Dobermann. I also have two large dogs now, Buddy and Scruffie. Both of them found me when they were puppies, both of whom I feel had been “dropped off” in my area. All I can say is that they are such great dogs that those who abandoned them really lost out! My vet said Buddy appears to have Cur in him due to his blue with brown irises and gold coat, and that Scruffie is a true mutt. Both are around fifty pounds each and worth their weight in gold. Of course Sasha, my Min Pin, keeps them in line!

          • Hali Flanagan

            I’ve had Toy Fox Terriers for the last 10 years and they’re much like your Min Pin in personality and tenacity. They’re breed from Min Pins, Fox Terriers, Italian Greyhounds and some people say the chihuahua. My parents own one that regularly catches birds in the yard. Smartest and easiest dog I’ve ever owned or trained. I love my little dogs. I love big dogs too but I don’t think I want to own or handle one.

          • G-Man

            I think Cats have been around for a long time too and while I’m a Dog guy..I like the fact that I can go away for a week or so and not have to worry about a Cat…Dog?..well not so much…

          • Doc Savage

            Get a snake. You will love it. They only have to eat once a month.

          • G-Man

            GET….?…Man I live in the woods…. I Hot Tub with them……

          • Doc Savage

            I live in the woods too and have not seen a snake in 10 years.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            liar.

          • G-Man

            Got a hot tub?

          • Doc Savage

            Yup. Still no snakes.

          • G-Man

            Then your eco system wherever you live is messed up..

          • Doc Savage

            Hmmm….I will tell that to the 4 million people that visit my eco-system each year. Nobody seems to mind.

          • G-Man

            You’ve checked with them all?…you have rats……

          • Doc Savage

            I would consider an eco-system where you are constantly on the lookout for dangerous animals to be more of a downer than where I live.

          • G-Man

            Presuming you live around humans I’d rethink your last post…

          • Shadow Necrosis

            lol idiot.

          • Shadow Necrosis

            lol again stupid, ever see a cat run down a bird?? bet it will catch it before a dog does.

          • Alvin Akbar

            Of course they will. Cats are built extraordinarily different bio-mechanically speaking. They were made for stealth and ambush. It’s their natural instinct to kill things. 90% of the things cats kill didn’t even know the cat was there until it was on them. Dogs taken bird hunting don’t actually hunt the bird themselves either. They flush the birds out of cover that way we can shoot them. Then they bring the bird back. Unless the dog is hunting birds that cant fly like pheasants or turkeys.

          • Taylor Babcock

            actually my dog hunts birds he’s very good at it, along with squirrels and gets them almost every time. He hunts ones that can fly he has even jumped in the air to get some of them.

          • Nick Vog

            to most people a dog IS nothing more than a pet

          • JD

            to be fair. a dogs ability to protect a family, not just the man, but the woman and children. the ability of a dog’s ability to get a member of the family out of danger is a much more important function than catching rodents.

            i’m not anti-cat or anything, but cats don’t nearly bring as much to the table as a dog does objectively speaking.

            There is a reason that one is put on the front lines of conflicts and is in law enforcement, and the other isn’t.

            If you are a cat person, that’s great, more power to you. But they are not equal to dogs in stature or ability to contribute to a family at all. outside of companionship, of course

          • jack

            Dogs hunt all sorts of animals with humans Doc is right

          • G-Man

            Oh really?..JD?..I happen to know of a recent Navy Seals Mission where cats were used to amazing effectiveness..

          • Nik

            That sounds like a pretty interesting story. I hadn’t seen it. You don’t happen to have a link do you? If not no worries I can use the all knowing google.

          • G-Man

            Not for this..I was just joking and taking a jab at the cat haters Sorry for any inconvenience

          • Robert Dunkes SR

            I love cats as well as dogs. I have raised pitbulls with kittens, and pitbulls love kittens, they are very gentle with them.

          • Shannon Dietrich Reed

            my 2 pits love our cat, and they are very loving dogs, so yes I agree with you…

          • G-Man

            Beautiful..You can YOU TUBE lots of videos that illustrate your well made point….

          • chrish

            I will have to disagree, As someone who studies and presents aspects of history as a career. The canine has a lot to do with our safety and survival. look at the beginning of our relationship with canines thousands of years ago and you will see a hunting partner, protector, herding support. These are a lot of things humans couldn’t do in history without the dog. Dogs today have little working aspect today but over history, have been crucial to our society.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Your comment, “Dogs today have little working aspect today but over history, have been crucial to our society.”

            Working breed dogs, herding, retrieving, pointing, and even dog fighting breeds retain much of their original instincts. Confirmation to insure the dog’s working instincts are still in tact is typical of working breed dogs and their titles. That also goes for fighting breed dogs such as the every so unpopular pit bull fighting dog.

          • Troy

            That doesn’t mean that without dogs, we would be extinct. That’s just an idiotic view of history.

          • yadda1

            I’ve heard that many animal behaviorists think that the cat will be the next animal to be domesticated.

          • Tiffany Burton

            Actually, there have been historic studies that suggest that without dogs humans would be extinct, and without humans dogs would be extinct. It was a very interesting documentary.

          • Alvin Akbar

            You’re totally right. We never needed dogs to help us hunt, keep us safe, or to help herd our animals. We could have EASILY developed without their help and companionship WHATSOEVER. We never needed them around to pet or hug or play fetch with, let them run around with the kids and play, or even let them cheer us up when nobody else will on a bad day. Those animals have nothing to do with helping us survive. You’re totally right. SMGDH. Tell me what matters more than protecting your home and your family? Because it really appears as if you’re trying to say that protection of family and home comes second or third……. to what?

          • Deanna Clark

            Actually, we would still be hunter gatherers without herding dogs…not extinct, but still having rabbit and berries for dinner.

          • Karen

            My Siamese is a very intelligent, sensitive and loyal cat. He plays fetch with me better than any dog ever has. He doesn’t need a leash & loves to hike with me side by side. I like remote areas & I remember one time, this cat sensed something not good, stood in front of me with hair raised & tried to lead me in the opposite direction. I’d say that is pretty protective. Don’t get me wrong. I love dogs too & have had both. They all have different personalities & individual qualities. Have you ever had a cat as a part of your family too, sir? You may change your mind.

          • Doc Savage

            Your cat sounds wonderful. I’ll bet he never even kills birds when you let him roam the neighborhood either.
            I am sure he uses the toilet (AND flushes when he is finished) as opposed to 99.9 percent of all other cats who defecate and urinate in your house like a wild animal.
            If cats are so great, why can they not be house trained?
            You may need to get out more often and play with a dog who loves to retrieve. I guarantee you will find a dozen dogs who are better at that game than any cat in the world in the first ten minutes.
            I am NOT saying cats are not a viable pet that offer companionship and comfort to lots of people.
            I am saying they are nowhere near the stature of “man’s best friend” and should not be put on a pedestal with dogs.

          • MC

            Cats are born house trained. Cats are only capable of catching injured birds. Cats know they are part of the family. Many cats are not friendly with strangers because cats are more discriminating. Those who dislike cats usually have a problem with the cat’s independence. It takes time to get to know a cat. Cats are as intelligent and affectionate as dogs.

          • Alvin Akbar

            Cats are very capable of hunting down healthy birds. I know this because I was lucky enough to actually witness it. Was drinking my morning coffee by the window and spotted kitty all crouched and ready to pounce.. I couldn’t see what she was seeing from my view, but I kept my eye on her.

            She pretty much sniper skull dragged herself close enough to an area on the ground where the Blue Jays like to land and eat the fruit seeds and fallen plums. When that Blue Jay flew onto the deck and started pecking at the seeds on the floor.. kitty launched her ambush and completed caught that bird by surprise. Then she killed it, ate it, and then slept for like 7 hours

          • Alvin Akbar

            My cat poops outside. I love it!

          • Doc Savage

            I bet your last one didn’t and your next one won’t…..if you are even being truthful.

          • Nik

            Karen – Siamese cats rock. Mine is part siamese. I would say they are one of the more “dog like” cats. Mine walks on a leash, plays fetch, and is just as “needy” and human oriented as my dogs.

          • Nik

            doc savage – Seriously? Cats have a job. How about killing rats?

            I have cats and dogs. Every animal in my house has a job. My dogs guard our family and our house. My cats kill rats and bugs. And actually one of our cats thinks he is a dog so he kills rats and bugs and also growls at the door just like the dogs.

            My dogs have never attempted to kill a rat btw. You mention one of your’s does but not every dog does. I once caught my dog sharing his food and water with a rat…. The cat later came and killed the rat. I watched as my dog sat companionably right by the rat as he drank from the bowl. I swear it was like they were having a friggin tea party. The moment the cat spotted the rat it was dead. My dog is useless as a ratter but God help the person who breaks into our home or tries to hurt one of us.

            Everyone pulls their own weight in my home.

            Now gerbils and fish (and I would also add reptiles)… I am with you on their lack of purpose as a pet.

          • Doc Savage

            There are LOTS of cats who will not kill rodents.

          • Nik

            Well I suppose I am lucky to not have ever had the misfortune of having any of those cats.

            Really not sure why you are so adamantly anti-cat. But in case you missed the memo it is totally okay to love both cats and dogs. The two are not mutually exclusive. :-)

          • Doc Savage

            It’s also OK to love horses and hippos. One animal helped us build our country, the other kills more people in Africa every year than all other animals combined.
            They are not equals.
            And neither are cats and dogs.

          • Doc Savage

            Similar to every comment you post.

          • Doc Savage

            So in other words…..cats have ONE job. One job that they are RARELY called upon to do. One job that a dog can do as well or better.
            This is the same old broken record that cat lovers have been playing for years to justify these pests, oops I mean pets.
            Gerbils and fish are not worthless pets. They provide something to their owner whether it be companionship or relaxation.
            My argument is that cats also fall into this category and should not be mentioned in the same breath as dogs.

          • Nik

            Well now I would agree with you if this was true. As I mentioned earlier my dogs don’t kill rats. They would rather have tea parties with them. My cats do kill rats, they also kill bugs and given the area we live in they are called on frequently to do their job and they do it well. I read somewhere that 1 in 3 cats are killers and they kill multiple times a week. I’ve never had a non-killer cat.

            I don’t classify myself as a “cat person” or a “dog person”. I am bi-petual. lol

            Gerbils and fish absolutely have no job whatsoever. We don’t believe in free-loaders in my house. Rodents and fish are food in my opinion not pets (rodents being food for the cats not for us… yuck). I really don’t agree that cats are on the same footing as gerbils and fish.

          • G-Man

            MEOW!!…

          • Shadow Necrosis

            you are stupid, proof cats can defend as good as any dog my cat can take on all four of our big dogs, funniest moment i ever seen was when the dogs were barking at him and he just jumped up and swatted all four dogs at once.

          • Richard Sutton

            Did you know that the Siamese Cat was breed to guard the royal jewel

          • Doc Savage

            Did you know that almost any dog could take those jewels away from almost any cat.

          • Richard Sutton

            Not really, there are many cat will destroy dog one on one.

          • Doc Savage

            Cougars don’t count.

          • Richard Sutton

            Doc I have had rotts, 3 of them, All of them where obedient trained and yes they were smart and I also had cats, I love both of them and to me they a equal as pets. I also had patriots, and they are smart and yes they know wht they says. Each are unique in their own right. Personally I love all of my pets that I have had.
            The lion will hunt in a group i.e. in their pride, while many of the other hunts alone. So, if most of the cat breeds hunts alone then the cat is a better hunters than a dog.

            Here the thing it is apparent that you don’t like cats, and is your right.
            However I have owned Rotts. Dobermans. German Shepherd, Poodle, Poms, Shelties,a Chihuahua, Min Pin, and other mutts. Along the way I have also own cats.

          • Doc Savage

            It’s not that I don’t like cats. I am indifferent to them.
            They should not be mentioned in the same breath as dogs, as has become habit over the last century.

            Cats, like gerbils and goldfish, are disposable pets for the most part.
            Disposable pets are not in the same league as a dog.

            Oh, and btw you cannot compare large cats like lions to domestic cats .
            Totally different species…unlike dogs and wolves.

          • Richard Sutton

            I went back and read the lot of comment and it seemed to me that you had this fixation about the unworthiness of cats. It wasn’t until later that I made any comments on cats, point out to you the the Siamese Cat was bred to watch and guard the royal treasures in Siam. Don’t sell the cat short because of their size. Now, if provoked they can cause alot of hurt on someone.

            Another thing I never mention anything about the larger breed of cats. Just because you say that your are indifferent to cat, although by your comment I would beg to differ with that. Personally, I enjoy having both as pets, The domestic cat is a companion animal the has help with PTSD, so don’t sell them short just because of your “INDIFFERENCE”

          • Doc Savage

            AGAIN, I will repeat……..cats are not unworthy.
            They are simply nowhere near the value of a dog.

          • Richard Sutton

            that is your opinion bye bye yes your are a cat hater

          • Doc Savage

            Yes it is an opinion. A opinion that carries far more weight than yours.

          • Richard Sutton

            Yes, with the size of your ego you would think that, how ever because of you ego you opinion only matter to you, everyone else it about the size of a grain of sand, and I am being nice and giving you the benefit of it being worth something.

          • Greg

            My best friends are a German Shepherd and a tiny 2 year old cat.

          • G-Man

            GOD bless…

          • abda0577

            My dog had been attacked by 3 German Shepherd one bit him, he wasn’t doing anything just minding his own business. We tend to stay away from them now, by the way I don’t blame the dog I blame the owner, they are aggressive and owners need to know how to train and take care of them correctly.

          • Taylor Babcock

            Amen! Need more intelligent people like you in this world!

          • LenMe

            Ha! Good point!

          • Craig Stewart

            Actually they only crap about the same amount as a large Labrador retriever.

          • G-Man

            Are you SURE you want to start a Boarding Kennel webmarketstrat?

          • Gaela “Mike’sG” Fisher

            it’s much better than those tiny little poops that you can’t see and end up stepping on and getting between your toes.

          • webmarketstrat

            I don’t have that problem since I wear shoes (slippers).

          • Troy

            Your back can’t handle it eh?

        • Maxamillion Mansionhouse III

          That dog may not have been a gentle giant but that doesn’t mean the breed isn’t that way.
          I’m quite familiar with that breed and a breeder of them and they’re protective dogs but as your own pet they’re great pets.

      • Jen

        Was personally attacked by one. Whom I’d brought home for my best friend and was very well acquainted with. Eventually he was so aggressive he had to be put down.

        • Jen

          Just say no…. To trolling.

        • Margaret McClurkin

          Sorry to hear that. My Great Dane was a gentle, humorous dog whom I still miss. He was very protective of us as well but never harmed anyone.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Canine Behavioral Genetics: Pointing Out the Phenotypes and Herding up the Genes

            An astonishing amount of behavioral variation is captured within the more than 350 breeds of dog recognized worldwide.

            Inherent in observations of dog behavior is the notion that much of what is observed is BREED SPECIFIC AND WILL PERSIST, EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF TRAINING OR MOTIVATION. Thus, herding, pointing, tracking, hunting, and so forth are likely to be controlled, at least in part, at the genetic level. Recent studies in canine genetics suggest that small numbers of genes control major morphologic phenotypes. By extension, we hypothesize that at least some canine behaviors will also be controlled by small numbers of genes that can be readily mapped.

          • Gabriel Barros

            A dog dies with the same temperament it was born with, no exceptions. Not even the pit bull fighting dog.

            Elements of Temperament – Drives, Thresholds and Nerves
            By Joy Tiz MS, JD

            Yes, it’s true. Temperament is a function of genetics. It is inherited, not developed. A dog’s core temperament never changes. Some behaviors can be modified through training, but the temperament itself never changes. For example, a high energy dervish of a dog isn’t going to learn to be a laid back, low energy dog. But, the dog can be taught to control his energy, to an extent.

          • Linda

            A long time ago, where I was living, the owners had a great dane, it was the nicest, lovable dog you could meet, very friendly. I never had a problem with him, I would pet him, talk with him, sit with him, he was just fine, never had any reason to be scared, he was always good with me.

        • joeboken

          Can I ask where you got the Dane? How old was he or she when you brought it home?

          • Jen

            Some place down south and he was a baby.

          • G-Man

            Oh..well then that explains it…C’mon

          • G-Man

            Like I posted…need a lot more “honey” from Candiebees…..

          • Louis DiCapua Sr

            you either buy them at the pet store or from get from a friend who had puppies … have them well trained and you be fine …i had german shepard and had her well trained .she was a lovable dog for the family, and a guard dog ,too…. sure missed her a lot

          • Tracy

            We just put down our 11 year old Great Dane on Easter. Loved him to pieces, one of the dumbest dogs I ever had but had a heart of gold. He was grandpa dog to our 2 younger/smaller dogs. A gentle giant to our granddaughter. I miss him every day.

        • G-Man

          Going to need more specifics here…your post is vague…”well acquainted” then you were attacked.?..then “eventually” he was so aggressive?….

        • Blatherbeard

          Ive never met an agressive dane. Scared and friendly but never agressive. Wonder if he had some kind of brain tumor or something that made him that way. (been in customer service 30+ years and still havent seen anythign more agressive than a chiuaua, ever) Sucks that it happened for sure.

        • slconfidential

          Got a female Corgi that was very sweet and once she got spayed her demeanor changed. Maybe the anesthesia could have affected her. She got the chihuahua by the neck and would not release, she was swinging it from side to side. Screaming help break up fights, after that water and once that failed I found a cattle stick, that has a wood handle and two long pieces of plastic. Once she hears that plastic slapping she backs off. To make her behave when I see her starting to act up, all I say is “the stick” and she stops. Another thing that probably is messing up her brain, is that she started to have seizures, whenever she left the property….going to the vet. Inside her domain, no problem, but seeing the vet building, she starts seizing and it’s getting worst each visit, even though we thought meds would help. Now vet will be coming to the house.

          • http://www.candiebees.com CandieBees

            That happened to my lab :(

          • fk24520

            You’re an idiot, and should not be getting dogs as pets.

            Please do the world a favor, and do NOT get another dog.

          • BobD

            Aren’t Corgies a hunting dog, they are cute and a little goofy looking, but junkyard dogs at heart.

        • Jackie Gibson Acevedo

          Two things: Danes are not aggressive. Your friend failed to train the dog. If the dog isn’t trained, the owner is the weaker of the pack and so the dog becomes overly protective and aggressive. And because they are big, even as a puppy, one nip can do more damage. I have been bitten several times by a Chihuahua and also by a Maltipoo. Small dogs are much more aggressive and very difficult to train. And owners of small dogs make the mistake of grabbing their dog and picking it up in fear when a large dog walks by so that sends a message to the small dog to fear the large dog.

          • http://www.candiebees.com CandieBees

            Actually he was trained. Both by her and a professional. She was a veterinary technician im the army and professional sectors and raised Akitas And that greats Dane was Still nasty. Still aggressive. Next time, try not to assume.

          • Heather

            Just like people, some dogs are just bad. Whether from bad breeding or just a personality anomaly, it happens. Generally the Danes are a gentle loving, protective breed. Very much like a saint, and I have a few friends with them, so I definitely have some experience with them. Sweet as can be. Sorry you had a bad experience..

          • CandieBees

            It’s a shame. I know a couple of his brothers & sisters had to be put down for the same reasons. Eventually my friend found it it was something neurological… and personally I think it was the breeder. I think they were breading for $$, not for the breed. But it turned me off to the breed. They’re too big to be as viscous as he was.

          • Taylor Babcock

            They aren’t bad there are a lot of factors, its all about the signs and education on dogs.

          • Jackie Gibson Acevedo

            If he “became more aggressive” then he was not trained. No one had control over this dog.

          • Jack Williams

            I agree with some of what you said but I don’t think smaller breeds are harder to train.

          • Kelly DeWester

            How many fatalities have you heard of from a chihuahua or a maltipoo/ Apples and oranges, my friend. Asmall dog might bite but a pitbull will remove your entire face in one friendly gesture. Thats like saying I’ve been shot many times by a cap gun so they are more dangerous than an AK47. GIMME A FREAKING BREAK.

          • Jackie Gibson Acevedo

            I said they are more “aggressive”. Dogs who bite like that chihuahua are more “aggressive”. That is exactly what I said. Obviously a chihuahua is not going to kill you. A large breed puppy bite can do more damage.

          • Taylor Babcock

            Pit bull isn’t a dog breed, maybe you should do real research instead of believing what people make up. It’s has nothing to do with the dog breed it’s the people, and this is a proven fact. I just want you to know all the facts before you judge them and make them out to be bad.

          • louisa

            do your research pit bulls are a breed

          • Howard Houston

            No they are not there is no such breed as pit bull. These animals are a mixture of various breeds of dogs and mixed breeds thus they are not consistent in their behavior.

          • angelicvh

            It is a breed called American pit bull terrier. look it up!

          • Howard Houston

            No there is no such breed as pit bull. These animals are a mixture of various breeds of dogs and mixed breeds thus they are not consistent in their behavior.

          • angelicvh

            The American pit bull is a breed of which there are tons in AZ. I have individually liked them, but as a breed they kill children (have here in AZ) and kill more than any other breed by far. The dog bite site, says 3x the amount. It is more than the owner.

        • fred marx

          thats because he was treated incorrectly and its your own fault

          • http://www.candiebees.com CandieBees

            You know nothing of how he was treated. It had nothing to do with his treatment, but the breeder. Eventually most of his siblings had to be put down for the same reasons.

          • Howard Houston

            You seem to be intent on blaming the breeder and just because a recessive appears late in a litter it does not mean that the breeder is a bad breeder. Just like people animals can get brain tumors and it has nothing to do with the parents or the breeder. A good breeder tries to make sure that both parents are free of disease and bad genetic traits but recessives genes that don’t show until the puppy is grown make that impossible especially recessives that require both parents to have the gene and they just get unlucky because this recessive doesn’t show up until you breed two together. Animals like human beings are not perfect and many people carry recessives for schizophrenia and many other syndromes.
            Do you go around blaming their parents? I hope not and its time to stop thinking a perfect dog is easy to breed. There are no tests for all of the possible diseases and mixed breeds can have more than 229 genetic problems whereas most purpose bred dogs will be subject to less than 5 – 10 genetic problems. So you are less likely to get genetic problems with purpose bred dogs than mixed breeds. But remember no one can really see recessive genes until they appear. And that can be much later in the life of the dog. Hidden recessives are natures way of changing a species.

          • CandieBees

            Actually it was the breeder. His siblings had the same issues and many had been put down because of it.

          • smurfmonkey

            Get a clue and stop being stupid.

        • fk24520

          That’s probably because the dog wasn’t trained properly.

          Some people just don’t understand that dogs need to be trained.

          I would’ve put YOU down, instead of the dog.

    • soshiny

      Or a Dachshund brain!

      • Rachelle Fortier

        My dachshund is very sweet to anyone she meets. I constantly get comments about how nice or friendly my dog is for a dachshund. And I even have been told on multiple occasions from other dachshund owners how lucky I am to have gotten a friendly dachshund. Luck had little to nothing to do with it. From the day one I exposed her to new people (young and old), new places and new animals. I handled her food and toys to prevent possessive behavior. I think the biggest problem little dogs have going against them are the owners who allow or even encourage negative behavior because they believe their small dog can’t do any real damage. Though I grew up with dogs my dachshund was the first one I played a major role in the raising of. You don’t need to be an expert to raise a nice dog; you just need to put in the time into training and research.

        • Stephanie

          I couldn’t agree more Rachelle! I put the same time and effort into my chihuahua and she is one of the friendliest dogs in my neighborhood. She doesn’t even bark (unless the doorbell goes off). She even plays with a 150 lb shepherd/mastiff mix up the street!

          • CR46

            But I bet she is the “boss” in a group of other dogs :)

        • Catttt

          Same here with my Dachshund. There isn’t an unfriendly bone in his body. Well, unless you’re a lizard or flying insect. :o)

        • Susan Macaluso Brush

          I agree with you to a point. Ask anyone that knows my doxie, she’s playful and there is not one person who she knows that she doesn’t get excited to see. I put her in puppy training class when she was 3 months old, went up 2 more levels and take her with me everywhere that I am allowed to have a dog with me. I can take her to a dog run and she will be fine although she won’t play with the other dogs. I also handled her food and toys from the beginning to prevent possessive behavior. But when we are walking in the street she is very aggressive to strange dogs. And when a stranger wants to pet her I tell them to take it slow and see how she reacts. She has never snapped or showed her teeth, but I can tell by her body language, she’s not happy. I won’t allow strange children to pet her, which I fell bad about because they get excited “a weiner dog” although the children that she does know, there is never a problem. I have done the things that I’m supposed to do. When I’m able to I will go back to a professional trainer to work on what needs to be worked on, although I do read and try, but sometimes it’s something that’s in the dog and not the owners’ lack of knowledge or lack of commitment to training .

        • APBTLuver

          Too bad not all people that decide to get a puppy put all the time and effort that it takes to raise a well rounded mentally stable dog. I personally have raised numerous APBT’s that were happy, healthy and mentally stable dogs. I always felt it was MY responsibility to put the time and effort into making sure my dogs were not dangerous. I always felt there were already too many dangerous dogs out there. I have never had one APBT that was dangerous for strangers to be around.and I’ve had the breed for 32 years.

          • cindyloo

            I have owned APBTs for almost 30 years and have enjoyed there sweet personalities. I give them loads of love and kisses. 😉 They are very friendly towards people and most dogs however to some dogs they can tend to object to but I still consider them to be a wonderful breed very loyal dogs. That being said I couldn’t imagine not having this breed in my life they have made this ride that much more beautiful….

          • ExHelot

            Dogs, like other intelligent creatures, have differing personalities and that requires different training and handling depending on the dog. Some dogs need reinforcement of the pecking order, others are docile, it’s nature and nurture.

          • Jamie

            me too..Im on #6..wouldnt have any other dog.
            Pitties are the Best <3

          • Marina1327

            Love my pitties….best dog I ever had!

          • walleye364 .

            I don’t care what anyone says, and just like Judge Judy says.. She’s heard people say I’ve owned Pit Bulls my whole life, I put my baby down by my dog, and it licks my babies face, they’re so sweet of an animal.

            The problem is Pit Bulls are more prone to aggressive outbursts than any or most breeds. My buddy lived in an apartment and someone with a little 4 year old girl had the dog all 4 years with no problems, and that particular day the little girl was crying and causing a fuss, and the Pit Bull tore half her face off.

          • OnWard

            I’ve never had any dog snap at me except Pit Bulls. I’ve had every one of my dogs CGC certified regardless of size so I am used to obedient dogs. A neighbor brought one home and I was out walking my mini mutt, when the Pit lunged at my dog. I got between and yelled at the dog to back off with my pepper spray at the ready. The guy said, “Wow, I was told that he was sweet natured”. I told him that if the dog ever lunged at my dog again I would pepper spray him and report him to the management office. I don’t like the breed mostly because of back yard breeders that bred ill mannered dogs that should have been neutered as puppies.

          • Toya

            One, I doubt the dog was even a Pit Bull… Did it look anything like the picture??? Yeah… because Pit Bulls ARE NOT LARGE DOGS! They are thin like terriers! If it was blue, it wasn’t a Pit Bull. Second, you just straight up lied. You said you have never been snapped at by a dog other than a Pit Bull. Yet, you said the dog lunged at your dog?!?!?! So which is it? You’ve just been caught in a lie. ALL BULL BREEDS ARE KNOWN FOR ANIMAL AGGRESSION! THIS IS NOTHING NEW! YOU CAN’T GET MAD A DOG FOR SNAPPING AT YOUR DOG WHEN IT WAS WHAT THEY WERE BRED FOR.

          • Jeff

            You are a total jerk. You doubt that the dog was even a pit bull? How in the heck would you know? Were you there? So, exactly what makes you think it wasn’t a pit bull? And how was she caught in a lie? She said that she had been snapped at by a pit bull; she never said it was the same pit bull that attacked her dog nor that it happened at the same time. You show yourself to be total moron with your idiotic assumption. You are a pathetic troll, going around threads just looking for people to be a jackwad to. And, yes, you CAN get mad at a dog for snapping at your dog. If it had lunged at my dog, I would have pepper-sprayed it and then proceeded to kick the living crud out of it. Anyhow, just go away pathetic little troll.

          • alien5

            It’s a blue tip pit bull

          • OnWard

            The original name for a Pit Bull is Staffordshire Bull Terrier an
            old English breed but breeding standards are different and there are large dogs under the name of American Pit Bull Terriers who are broad and muscular not thin if well fed and cared for. I probably have a better education of dog breeds and their character traits than you do but won’t ague that fact. I do not lie by the way, life is too short to lie about something so mundane. However, all BULL breeds aren’t known for aggression, as there are many BULL breeds that are small like the Boston Bull Dog. However the ones that are aggressive are trained to be that way by people who aren’t intelligent enough to train a dog to obey. I can train any puppy to be non aggressive and to obey upon command, be it by word or signal. However, I can and will be offended if any dog comes at me or my dog when out walking and will pepper spray the dog and hit it with my Bubba Stick if necessary. My dog is trained to behave in public and so should everyone else’s.

          • hurricanehb

            Wrong! The American Pit Bull Terrier is the same dog as the American Staffordshire Terrier. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a different breed. They are known as Staffies, shorter more stocky build then Am Staffs or Pit bulls. Consider your self schooled. If you don’t believe me look it up.

          • candisbrg .

            These people comment and don’t know what they’re talking about. What is wrong with people? So Onward, what’s the first step in training your puppy?

          • Toya

            Wow. No. You are HIGHLY uneducated. There are not different types of Pit Bulls. The dogs registered as American Pit Bull Terriers are American Bullies. Staffordshire Bull Terrier? Pit Bulls came from Bull dogs and terriers. They were known as the American PIT BULL Terrier because they were made from Bull dogs and Terriers and were used to fight in a pit. I mean, come on now. You CANNOT say you know about a dog breed if you can’t even get the basic facts straight. And YES! All Bull breeds ARE prone to dog and animal aggression. Boston Bull dog? LMAO! You are so dense it isn’t even funny. Boston Terrier maybe? Notice the TERRIER at the end of Boston. You can’t love and train aggression out of a dog. It is genetic. You don’t train a Pit Bull to fight… they just DO IT! It was the sole purpose of breeding them. That is the reason they created the breed. TO FIGHT! No different than retrievers retrieving. It is GENETIC! Your dog is trained to behave in public? You just said your neighbor had just brought the mutt home. So he’s supposed to have it trained within 24 hours? You are the kind of ignorance that shames 20 different breeds into one and really think you know what you’re talking about.
            Next time, try reading a book. Google isn’t the place to go when you’re trying to look smart.

          • conehead

            so my nieces neighbor has 3 pits in a rural area. my niece is out riding her quad and the pits cross her property line and attack her as she is dismounting the quad. she receives 25 stitches in her face and arm. years ago i had a golden retriever. i fenced in my back yard so the dogs wouldn’t get out and get run over on the highway in front of my house. neighbor moved in next door with pit. one afternoon the pit digs under the fence and attacks my golden cornering her in a stairwell. the pit did enough damage to effectually kill the golden before someone could get it off. I’ll never own a pitt bull and if i would have had a gun on those two occasions there would have been two less of them to worry about. the dog warden did get the one that killed the golden and put it down. this is the experience I’ve had with pit bulls so don’t tell me their cute and cuddly. .some might seems that but is it worth the chance. now go ahead and call me a liar but don’t say i didn’t warn you.
            ..

          • Gabriel Barros

            Pit bulls tend to go for the face.

          • Нαтє∂ иєνєя fα∂є∂

            I agree with you in the fact that it’s the backyard breeders that have created this problem… And it’s sad to know that you dislike a breed solely on something that’s not their fault. I hope one day you’ll get to meet a fun loving pitbull that’ll change your mind… They are actually excellent dogs unfortunately there are some unfortunate ones that haven’t been able to receive the love and care that they desperately love to show their best side.

          • Decided

            Understandable, OnWard, but then you should not like the owners and breeders and not take it out on the breed. I’ve owned and trained dogs for the majority of my life and I’ve found all dogs to have the same capability for aggression if not properly trained and socialized (of course there are exceptions – like dogs that are badly inbred, etc.). Pits are no different. The problem with that breed is, 99% of the time, always the person not the dog. People have such bad misconceptions about these dogs that lead to the wrong people getting their hands on them, not properly training/socializing them, the dog bites someone and the entire breed is blamed. And it’s not always “bad” people that are the problem. Many good and well meaning people get Pits without fully understanding that they are a breed that needs training, exercise, and a strong leader. The same with Dobermans, Rotties, and Chihuahuas! :) Peace.

          • Navybrat

            And German Shepherds & Belgian Malinois

          • Mildred Rodriguez

            I have never had any dog snap at me at all and I’ve met all types of dog breeds, mostly Pitbulls. Pits were the sweetest by far of all the dogs I have ever met. Dogs know whom are good natured humans and those that aren’t.

          • Tom

            baloney

          • Navybrat

            No, it’s not baloney! Why do you think they call them Nanny dogs? I’ve also never had a pit act aggressively towards me in any way. Blame the a holes who make them fight. Did you know that nearly all of Michael Vick’s dogs were retrained and eventually all were successfully adopted out as family dogs? Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself.
            Oh, and you should watch Pit Bulls and Parolees on Animal Planet, you just might learn something about the breed.

          • Ted

            My Pit is a lover. He does tend to get a little rambunctious when playing though but we are workin on that! Plus he is only 3 months old….so terrible 2’s in human terms.

          • Ron Pleece

            I have avoided pits until recently, I have always been partial to German shepherds and Dobermans, yes the top three on the list, but my daughters had been bugging me for years to get a Pitt. I finally caved in and searched until I found one that I was able to see the parents of. The father was so gentle and non aggressive which was impressive having never seen me before. He was large and intimidating though had the nature of a big puppy which convinced me to give her a try. They were was raised with Chihuahua’s and treated them gently, we have Chihuahua’s so this was a plus. She is by far the smartest dog I have owned in a long time, she learns extremely fast and as she does not fear dicipline, she trains very well. My Chihuahua’s pee or cower if you raise your voice and forget what you are training them. I am still cautious with her around other dogs as well as kids, partly because of their reputation but also because of how others react to her. She is large and intimidating, though beautiful and loving. I do find that she and most Pitts are big chickens, which through experience can bring out aggressiveness through fear. They also seem to have an unexplainable immediate anger toward other pitts it does not know, though if the owner is aware and in control, this should not be an issue. Like someone said before, with proper training, most any dog can be under control. You do have to know your dogs temperament and what sets it off anyway, no matter what the breed, this is being a good owner for his and others safety. MY Pitt is one of the most loving dogs I have ever owned, I noticed that while at dog parks, she does not quite understand how others play, if another dog growls or barks at her she becomes aggressive in a defensive way. If another dog, mostly males try to dominate her, she also becomes aggressive. As she is my first, I am still very cautious and make sure when she hears my voice command, she does not hesitate to respond. It gives me assurance as well as others that she does not have to be feared. She does not feel pain like others, playing rough excites her, both are like myself so we can appreciate each other. I have always insisted she does not use her teeth to play and try to keep her from jumping on others,” still work in progress”. One thing I have always done when it comes to deciding whether to keep a pup or not of any breed is to test their temperament. This can be assessed and a quite early age. Animals are like people, no two are the same, no matter their breed, breeding, size, or history. I will play with the pup fairly rough in order to test it’s stamina and it’s limits. I keep going until the dog either wants to quit or becomes aggressive, I do not stop though, I keep pushing to see if the dog will snap, they will do one or the other. If they want to give up I continue until they eventually will show their belly in submission. This is what I preferr and will immediately demonstrate that the dog id not in trouble by cuddling it. If the pup shows aggression, I will play rougher without break until again, the pup will submit by showing it’s belly. A few times like this and the pup will not likely ever show aggression again unless it has good reason such as a command, to protect another or itself from serious harm. A few will become aggressive and never submit, even an alpha will submit when there is no choice left. One that does not, especially a pup will always be unpredictable and need training and a very strong and alert owner to give it confidence and insures the dog always knows who is in charge.Like most animals, dogs can sense what you feel, fear anger,or other things out of self preservation and some will react, some will not. Most will either feel comfortable around you or not, they may back off, growl, snap, wag their tail, have no interest or many dominant alphas will give no sign, a poker face, which can make another dog or human uncomfortable and even submit. There are animal people and people who are not good with animals. Animals know this, I have two alphas in my time, one female and one male. Best dogs I have ever had, American Eskimo, and a Long haired German Bred German Shepard. Both extremely smart and stubborn, both with just a glance caused other animals to respect them, their space, their place, and distance but not necessarily with fear. My chickens would allow their chicks to crawl all over them, my duck would groom them, they felt secure in their presence that no they were safe as long as they were near. My American Eskimo though would attack any animal that was not ours within her territory, not to harm them but to demonstrate her superiority. She would tackle and hold them until I dragged her off. My German Shepard was even more confident and would not even acknowledge another animals existence unless provoked. Then it would respond in a single massive physical move of domination and control. A Rott annoyed him for too long nipping at him, barking and pushing until he turned and hit him with his chest, taking him off his feet and sliding under a car. It took a bit for him to get back out, but without harm, he knew now to respect his space. This German Shepard did not wag his tail except for me, he showed absolutely sign of his intentions. It was hard to tell whether to fear him or not by others and he was a jumper, he preferred to be above everyone in vantage points. Dogs are like people or kids, they are not as stupid as we think and all different which makes things interesting.

          • Mildred Rodriguez

            Never ! You are full of baloney

          • Randall Miller

            my pit plays with the cat all day

          • Charles Wine

            You made several mistakes while dealing in the moment, yet you blame it on the other dog. Nice…..

          • dean

            OnWard get your panties out of a bind and have your boy friend make you a julep or something. Dogs do have their turf and do not like intruders coming there. The dog was just protecting what was in it’s mind theirs, when they let you know they are coming no worries the one you need to worry about is the one that is walking away with your purse puppy in it’s mouth dead! Without a bark!

          • hurricanehb

            Probably because the dog knew you didn’t like the breed and the fact that you were a tool.

          • jwbulldogs

            Then it would be safe to say it is not the breed. It is the irresponsible owner and or the irresponsible breeder.

          • BMcGee

            I’ve had dogs all my life too, ad the only time I’ve ever been bitten was by a mama toy poodle. I didn’t even see her until she had me by the top of my foot. She didn’t hold on long, and she never did that again. Nor did either of the toy poodles I had. As for sweeties I loved and recommend, a Jack Russell Terrier, a Papillon, and a Saluki were all wonderful characters without human aggression whatsoever. I think most dogs are just as in love with us as we are with them.

          • Renee

            I was with friends, walking our 4 small dogs, and an off leash Pitbull came after the smallest, an 8 lb puppy. The PB got ahold of his ear (fortunately the pup turned his head in time so the PB missed his neck). It took more than 10 minutes to get that dog to release that poor puppy. Two guys that were with us, plus the owner. I’m hard pressed to think I would ever want a dog that was that strong.
            BTW- Patty J. the article statistics are dog bite deaths. Chiuauas might bite, but they won’t bite your face off.

          • Marina1327

            There is a difference between snapping at you and snapping at another dog…a big difference…my pitbull you could let loose in a room full of newborn babies, however on a leash I would not let her go up to another dog…she has a tendency to posture and bark. Offleash, she is very sweet with other dogs..in fact she is the first dog I always introduce my foster dogs too. The person who owns the pitbull that snapped at your dog needs to be educated about his dog’s behavior…sweet with humans and sweet in all situations are not one in the same.

          • Dashiell A.T., esq.

            Only dogs that have ever tried to bite me were one sheepdog and some precocious small dogs like chihuahuas.

          • Нαтє∂ иєνєя fα∂є∂

            Just like any other breed excellent training needs to be put in place… This dog was originally bred for hunting and guarding and unfortunately has turned into fighting so that evil people can profit… The blood lines have been completely damaged… So just like a German Shepard, Rottweiler, and pincher this breed was bred for a specific reason and there for needs to have specific training and cautions… But to make it out like this is the worst breed there is and should be banned is absurred. This breed in my opinion is the most loyal there is…. You can’t judge the breed because of all the things you hear and see in the news or personally. you need to look at the owners behined that breed… They are animals and any type of animal has the ability to attack or act aggressively.

          • hurricanehb

            I have to disagree with your post. The pitbull was NEVER used for hunting or protection. They were used for bull baiting and fighting other dogs. Hence the name PitBull. They used a bulldog until it was crossed with a larger terrier breed (because of their loyalty) to produce a fighting dog that would not turn on their master. They were brought to the US on the Mayflower from England when they became the American Pitbull Terrier and The American Staffordshire Terrier (both the same dog but changed the names). Once they came to the US, the Pitbulls were still used for fighting, while the Am Staffs were used as companion dogs with a more strict breeding regimen. This is why the Am Staff is recognized by the AKC and the Pitbull is not. FYI.

          • jon

            I think your wrong about the staff and the pit being the same dog. The staff appears to me to much less muscular than a pit. Significant difference in the build of these two dogs. Also, I don’t believe there are bad dogs, I believe there are bad dog trainers and bad dogs owners, sure way to get a bad dog.

          • LittleBlackVanities

            Finally someone who knows the history of Pits. I had one who lived to 14 yrs. He was a beautiful, sweet, smart, dog. However, some are more game than others and can cause harm. Just sayin…

          • Navybrat

            Pits were called “Nanny dogs” because they were great family dogs. Still are and still love kids!

          • Denny Bates

            And still capable of killing them in just seconds. I don’t want to take that chance with my daughter. We have a Lab that does occasionally try to lick her to death. No more kisses Daisy!

          • Dashiell A.T., esq.

            Labs are just as capable though. I’ve seen a small terrier that nearly got murdered by a lab… It could have just as easily been a child.

          • John Johny

            Yea labs are just as capable. Go ahead and link me to the data showing that labs are responisble for just as many children deaths as pitbulls

          • Kittery

            Between my kids who are all dog lovers we have labs, pit bulls, white boxer, mutt, American bulldog, husky/shepherd mix and labradoodle. Around the Thanksgiving table they are seated next to someone waiting for their dinner. Had 9 dogs and 10 people at Thanksgiving last year. Only dog that has ever shown aggression was some lady’s malamute on the trail that attacked and tore the ear off my diabetic/blind lab. I am noticing more and more people who are adopting pit bulls or pit mixes on the trails when I am hiking. Seems to be an abundance of them..pit bulls and labs that is pretty much what I see in this ski town.

          • Jeff Yockey

            Over all they are still the most aggressive!

          • Just my self, no frills

            Got to disagree Jeff, look for my post.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Yep!

          • John Johny

            Except when one day that kid starts crying and throwing a tantrum and the dog decides it has had enough and bites the kid’s face off.

          • John Johny

            You can’t judge a breed by all the things you hear and see in the news or personally? How else do you judge a breed?

          • hyoungii

            your 100% incorrect.Do research before spreading such lies.

          • Нαтє∂ иєνєя fα∂є∂

            Agreed!!!

          • mary

            I agree – my little girl was 65 LB of pure diva; scared of cats, loved kids, anyone who’d scratch her behind and she was easy to train. that’s part of the prob – pits are easy because they’re people pleasers and this is why they’re so easy to teach to fight. Look at Vick’s dogs! they were brought back to 3 different rescue groups, 2 of which are in CA. Ceaser kept the worst (her teeth were pulled so she could teach biting w/out hurting the target dog). Next, Bad Rapp out of Dublin area (ca.) took a bunch; all of them found forever homes and they’re thriving as pets, not fighters. Those of you who have never nurtured and been adopted by a pit, it’s a shame, because they’re only taught what they’re taught. My rescue was used as a punching bag by the prev owner and she adoped our family when she was 9 mo. old. awesome girl; they smile, they love to play and they snore when they sleep on their backs. She was the best Am Staff and companion there ever was.

          • texas952

            I have two and they’re the same way. We walk a mile and a half every day and the only problem we have is with the little dogs. Mine are fine with little dogs and most other dogs, but just as with people, there are some they just don’t like. I keep a close watch and if I see any sign at all of them being nervous or anxious when they see a particular dog, we walk on the other side of the street. They are both total love bugs with people.

          • Larry Lawless

            you are so right our Lucy is just a big lover, she is only aggressive if she feels we are threated, if we tell her it is OK, then a stranger can come in and all is fine, she loves our cats who do not fear her, they are all friends, she is the gentlest dog I have ever known. We are her pack and I am the Alpha male, she is perfect.

          • Patty J

            I found the article completely slanted against large breed dogs! I am a social worker with 30 years in the field- it was a flippin’ Chihuahua that bit me. I’ve been around majority of the large breed dogs mentioned and own or have owned 4 of them. It is not bad dogs or bad breeds….it is lousy owners who think beating a dog will make it aggressive. Instead, the dog becomes a fear biter and THAT is where the problem is because they are unpredictable. I live with (an am very protected by!) a retired police K9- he is my ‘baby’ and would die protecting me. The pit, rot, shepard, wolf hybrid, malamute, and dobie are all territorial dogs and take protecting their turf and their humans very seriously. The dane and St. Bernard…. aggressive is not in their personality unless a lousy owner made them that way! I find the article to be pure BS. Now look at the bites of small breeds and find out how many have been bitten by dogs less than 30 lbs.

          • Loreen

            I will disagree–a little. We had 2 chows, litter mates, one the female was mean to little children, strangers, other animals. The male was a sweetheart, loved to cuddle, liked people in general and loved children (we had a 3 year old). We had to re-home the female to a couple without children and she did very well there. The dogs were given the same training, attention and love.

          • Laylla

            There in itself lies the real truth. To say all chows are aggressive, by your own experience, is not necessarily true. The same with Pits. How they are trained is how they will act. I work with dogs for a living and the most aggressive dogs I’ve come across has always been 10 pounds and under.

          • sue

            I have seen a full grown male Chow, grab a bull by the nose and pull it down. They had to shoot the dog to get him off.

          • LenMe

            My cousin had a Chow and her neighbor’s Doberman was scared to death of it!

          • Jeff Yockey

            It’s about dogs that kill, most little dogs can’t kill!

          • Jason Meyers

            The article said attacks and killings not just killing

          • fijidawg

            You are wrong about malamutes. They have no sense whatsoever about protecting territory or their humans. They are about the worst watchdog you could have. I have had several, including a current one, and they would gladly show a burglar the silverware.

          • Chainey

            Total idiot who ever wrote this garbage.

          • Robert Smith

            couldn’t agree more this is the second time I’ve read this one and they still leave out the worst one the BITTERS must be a slow news day!!!!!!

          • kellyange

            why people spent more time and money on the animals when human been are suffering with hunger , sickness , and more ? they need help and God will rewarding everyone who takes care the images of God , not the animals . where did you get that command ? even the bible didn’t say that ? please change your mind and start love God and their image (human )not animal.

          • Robert Smith

            just because you hate animals does not mean they do not deserve love too.. read your Bible a little better there is a St. that is for animals specifically besides you miss understood what I said I give 20 % of my annual income to my church how much do you???? but I still give time to help mistreated animals by ROTTEN HUMANS WHO claim to be GREAT CHRISTIANS WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES CRITIZE OTHER PEOPLE?????

          • Kevin Corcoran

            Wow, Kelly. Did you have a serious head injury this past weekend?

          • Nik

            Uh…. Yaaaa. Alrighty then. I might suggest you go see a doctor about that. You clearly need some help. Best of luck to you.

          • Roy Gaston

            Because its about fatalities, not number of bites. Can’t you read? Even a little bit?

          • Geri Schmidt

            How many “flippin” Chihuahuas have caused a death due to their biting someone? I’d like to see the stats on that one. The fact is that Chihuahuas are one of the most misunderstood dog breed. If they act out, it’s the lack of training on the owners’ part. They aren’t real live toys that ride in a purse. They’re just as much of a dog as a great dane and need training, not babying.

          • CHal

            Our pit is the same way. Spike is so sweet and loves life. Not all people are qualified to own a pit. Only those who, like yourself, get the breed and have educated yourself on them.

          • http://www.findingthefit.com Jen

            They do snore and they also try to talk. My pibble tries to talk to us all the time. Most loyal and easy to train dog I’ve ever had and I’ve had border collies which are as smart as they come.

          • Louise Cook

            Thank you, thank you, thank you. A lot of Vick’s dogs are service dogs. Speaking of Vicks, still waiting for some big, bad pittie lover to break every bone in Vick’s body, one break for every dog he killed.

          • hurricanehb

            So true, the best dog ever!

          • teresag

            Very true…the person who wrote this article is so off the mark when it comes to pit bulls, and the use of the term here doesn’t make any distinction as to whether the writer is referring to APBTs, Staffordshires, etc. Very misinformed.

          • j1969

            Yes, the person who wrote the article fabricated the number of fatal dog attacks by pit bulls. Surely there is another explanation.

          • Marina1327

            Well maybe there have been more fatalities by pitbulls, because more idiotic people (and I use that term loosely) have taken a normally loving and sweet breed and turned them into killers by using them to fight and then turning them loose into the streets to wreak havoc…if those said people took a 1000 golden retrievers and trained them to be killers and then them loose on society the number of fatalities by golden retrievers would rise I am sure.

          • RichShewmaker

            I agree, but even properly raised by responsible owners pits are more dangerous that most other breeds. When they do bite they cause more physical damage because they were bred to bite with powerful jaws and to hold the bite and to shake to tear flesh. I spent a career as an emergency room nurse, and the most severe dog bite injuries (including one fatality) i’ve seen over the years have all been by pit bulls.

          • Marina1327

            I agree partly. Idiots choose the breed to train to fight because of their ability to inflict alot of damage. I have two pitbulls and they would never bite unless someone threatened me, which is what they are supposed to do. So, I will have to disagree that a properly raised pitbull is anymore dangerous than any other breed of large dog. Their sweet and good natured temparment with humans mean they are less likely to bite. I had a foster dog nearly kill another one of my dogs during a fight and she was a border collie…she was able to rip and tear the flesh from his neck easily. Luckily, someone was able to get to them in time, to break up the fight and he was saved, but it was a very vicious attack. All dogs are capable of inflicting damage given the right circumstances. So, as humans we need to be the ones responsible.

          • Just my self, no frills

            I am 56 years old and on my third bully/bully mix, they become like children and tear your heart out when it is their time, yeah it takes awhile to get another one. Goofy, smart, easy to train, full of energy, big lovebugs that are misunderstood. My present Joey is 74 pounds of knucklehead with a neck like a coffee can and a skull like cement, but that boy would stop a train for my wife or myself. We volunteer at our local bully rescue as in walking the dogs, donating food, bedding, etc. We also will bring home for the weekend a compatible bully and are they tired and happy when we take them back! I have been slammed before by other posters calling them “ghetto hounds”, owning them puts you at risk to commit felonies, I’m as unstable as the breed, etc. sorry idiot haters, all I can say is….BEST DOGS EVER.

          • John Johny

            Your anecdotes are nice and fuzzy but the plural of anecdote is not data. Statistics show that these dogs are more likely to attack other dogs, other humans, and inflict massive damage than other breeds of dogs. Just because you’ve had a good experience with the breed doesn’t negate the statistics surrounding the dog, which are cumulative of the experiences of the population.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Sorry for your negative image, it is how our dogs were raised, have four other bully/bully mixes in my related family and all have been professionally trained. A dog is only as smart as it’s owner.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Hey John, some how my e-mail address got sent to you.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Maybe you might look at some other posts from a few months back from some other bully owners.

          • John Johny

            Yes, everyone has a sweet pit bull that would never harm a fly and would NEVER attack anyone ever ever ever…except that’s exactly what the owners of all the dogs involved in vicious attacks say after the fact too. “OMG he’s never hurt anyone before, he’s so sweet!” They only need to attack once to kill someone.

          • John Johny

            Why do you think golden retrievers aren’t typically used for fighting? Do you think it’s by magical coincidence that pitbulls are almost exclusively used for fighting? This is because the characteristics that make pitbulls dangerous house dogs are the same that make them effective fighting dogs. They are aggressive, do not release their prey once latched on, annd are incredibly powerful

          • John Johny

            Literally the first sentence of the article clearly states “American Pitt Bull Terrier”. Yes, they can be trained to be obedient and safe, but the fact is that these dogs are disproportionately responsible for the vast majority of dog-related fatalities. They were bred for fighting specifically for their temperament. The are bred to bite and never let go. This means that unless the owner is a superb trainer (which is not going to be the case for most owners of this ss of dog), then these dogs pose a high risk to the community. Statistics don’t lie.

          • Connor

            yes but that’s also because in reality the term pit bull is used EXTREMELY loosely. if it were all broke down to pit mixes, am staffs, APBT, and other dogs that are considered pitbulls the numbers would be much lower. also, just because someone says they raised there dog right doesn’t mean they really did, as well as the fact that they don’t always know how the dog was really treated before the adopted it. my German Shepherd was more aggressive than both my APBT’s before we had to put her down.

          • rosa

            a neighbors Pittie took a special dislike to my yorkie-poo and tried to eat her alive. she sipped her leash and charged at us while we were on our evening walk. my dog lied but was seriously wounded.

          • Mama Mia

            See the article. Study shows most lethal dog.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Maybe you should read my post before you spew that “read the article”, I have had 3 bullys/bully mix in my 56 years and are heart broken when they die of old age. All 3 of my former dogs and my current 5 year old are the most personable, friendly, loving goofy knuckleheads not only to my wife and I but he has actually been called a “gentleman” by others who have met him that have “chicken little” yellow journalism fear of bullys, at 74 pounds, yes he can be intimidating until he nuzzles your hand or leans on you. He is the polar opposite of what you or the uninformed public view as a “Pit Bull”. We also volunteer at a local bully rescue as in donations, walking them and so on. Also some posters quote them as “ghetto hounds”, sorry to shoot someone’s balloon down in flames, but no, we are far from ghetto. As the saying goes….a dog is only as smart as its owner.

          • John Johny

            On this site, dog bites are compiled and fatalities recorded. See for yourself which dog dominates the list. And it’s sad to hear all the victims’ loved ones saying the same thing that people who defend pit bulls say…”But he was so sweet and gentle…he never hurt a fly…he loved kids…”

        • Simcha

          I have two long haired dachshunds and both are gentle. One is especially wonderful around children and has never snapped at anyone. She loves meeting new people and is b always happy. The other was a rescue and is more nervous, but she just barks or hides at strangers. It’s all on the breeder and training.

          • John Johny

            Quote from grandmother of 11 week old mauled to death by a pit. ” The child’s grandmother, Willetta Tate, said the family had owned the pit bull for 8-years and it had grown up with two other children in the household, 8 and 11-years old. “It’s just unexplainable,” Tate said. “You just don’t get it when you’ve had the dog so long, I don’t know what could have happened. I don’t know,”

            Sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it

          • John Johny

            The common and frightening theme with pit bull attacks is that for everyone involved, it is surprising because typically the dog has never shown aggression before. This is why it is particularly dangerous

        • LenMe

          My dachshund is a rescue and he was extremely aggressive… mostly out of fear. He was brought into the shelter as a stray and it turned out he had been abused. He guarded everything and would bite with no warning, except his stiff body language. It took a lot of love and patience and consistency, but he is a really good dog now. Very loving. He just needed to learn to trust. A friend of mine has a mini that is the friendliest, easiest going little dog I have ever met!

          • Dashiell A.T., esq.

            Dachshunds are precious. Been bit by one but he was also formerly abused… Sadly they learn to hurt by being hurt by owers. Love them all anyway

        • paul new

          I have to agree with you my wife and I own two dachshunds one that is 10 years old and one that is almost two and they are very loving and friendly. They are very vocal but they would rather lick you to death than bite you. We have a 2 month old baby and they are very good with him and have not gotten jealous of him. The youngest one come in his room and checks on him all the time and wants to be close to him at all times.

        • Renate

          You are correct. Everyone hates yappy little dogs but, as a rescue person, I ask people who get frustrated with their small yappy dogs “would you allow a pit to get away with what you allow your Chihuahua to get away with?”

    • rosemarie mcdade

      You hit the nail on the head! My Yorkie, Too-Too, thinks he’s as big as a Great Dane. Dogs have no concept of “size”. That is why you find large breeds thinking they are lap dogs and the little ones challenging the big guys. With dogs, size just doesn’t matter. Watch out for those little ones aka “ankle biters” and remember, a pet is a reflection of its owner. Training is important, so take time with your furry friends and be patient.

      • Teresa Smith McDowell

        So true….I have had Danes, dobermans, and pitbulls. None of them had an
        aggressive bone in their body! It is all about how the owner trains the
        dog. My dog now is a 10yr old pit and she made milk to nurse abandoned kittens! Grrr

      • truckergirl702

        Amen!

      • Earl Reeves

        I was a Rural Mailman for 26 years and had to deal with all breeds. I went into yards with Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, etc. Only time I got bit was by a little Dachshund and it was my fault. He was raising a fuss and I put my hand next to the gate for him to smell. Got his nose through and nipped me. Only dog that I was scared of was a little Yorkie. Her owner told me she would bite and from the dogs actions I knew she was telling the truth.

        • Larry Lawless

          I was a city Carrier, I got tore up by a Sky Shepard, came out from under a car and bit me three times before I could kick it. Never extend your hand to a strange dog, as you learned they bite. I kicked one dog , as it ran through a screen door, it went up and completely upside down and landed on it’s feet again, it just stood there and stared at me. Another time I had to pepper spray a
          German Shepard, the wind shifted and we were both on the ground. A fellow carrier kicked a poodle as it lunged at him from off a porch and it landed on top the house, The lady owner cried “how am I supposed to get her down?” the carrier said ” I don’t know, I got her up there you’ll have to get her down”, this was a long time ago, today people get fired if they protect themselves.

          • Mike Kent

            people that are distrustful and scared of dogs probably shouldn’t work at a job where they are required to visit people’s homes. If I witness someone kicking or beating a dog I’m likely to return the favor

          • Billie NP Lusk

            really Mike? clearly he kicked the dogs as self-protection.. not simply because they dog was THERE but because the dog was attacking…

          • Richard Holmes

            A dog that charges me growling with teeth showing gets shot. I’ve had to do it three times and will not hesitate to do it again.

          • Robert Smith

            so a person who’s job requires them to deliver to a home with a dog should quit his job because you can’t control your dog. if I saw your dog acting out I would pepper spray it, and if you touch me you would get the same thing only more

          • Rick Black

            you sound like you enjoyed it with the detail you gave.

          • elho

            I think most pedestrian mail carries now carry pepper spray or a squirt gun filled with ammonia solution, especially if they know of aggressive dogs on their route. I’d avoid actually kicking dogs, though; that is going to piss off owners that may be incapable of sympathizing with your right to defend yourself.

      • eyelostmyname

        Dogs understand the concept of size very well. Some dogs are just dumber than others and some dogs are just too full of themselves to know what a good azz whipping is all about until they finally meet up with one.

      • Mama Mia

        My mailman throws dog treats in the yard if he sees a dog! They LOVE him!

        • rose528

          my mail lady brings all kinds of treats for my Daisy, a rescue, she likes women and greets her at the gate.

          • clinger2

            My dogs forget I even exist when they see Mel, my mailman. He’s their daddy with his treats.

      • wmasscowgirl

        I have owned Shepherds for 40 plus years and never have they bit anyone. The time I got bitten was by a Sheltie who came up to me while I was sitting having tea at the kitchen table with their owner. Dog was sitting there, and just all of a sudden charged and bit me. BIT ME! Broke skin, grabbed, and blood. Little dogs are far more of an issue than these big dogs – why? Because people coddle the little dogs, and they are all ill mannered, because when the dog acts up, the stupid owner picks them up and kiss faces them – so the dog continues to get nastier. No one lets a big dog get away with that. So, big dogs are ALWAYS much better mannered.

        • Ray Rainer

          I grow up with a beautiful German shepherd in Germany in the early 50’s. Always playful. These kids would take a stick to the wooden fence and drive the dog crazy. One day, when a kid was just walking by, he jumped over the fence and severely bite the boy. The kid’s parents demanded that the dog be put down or they would sue. Reluctantly, my Grandfather took him to be put down and dropped him off at a slaughter house. It was very sad. He was heart broken over it. He was actually my father’s dog but since he was in the American Army, my Grandfather took care of him. We traveled a lot back and forth to Germany because my father made a career of the Army but he always stayed with my grandfather. No matter how long we were gone, the dog was always happy to see us, particularly my father. It was believed he was never put down because a farmer saved him. But no one knows for sure. I was only 3 and still remember playing with Rex.

          • Gabriel Barros

            That is a sad story. GSDs are very loyal dogs.

        • Gabriel Barros

          All of the herding breed dogs should have a tendency to bite. It’s almost always a nip. This includes GSDs.

          What people don’t understand is the difference between nip, a bite, a full on mauling, and the reasons some breeds more easily express/prefer some of these behaviors over others.

      • elho

        I agree with your “no concept of size” statement. I’ve watched a pair of Chihuahuas harass a husky and chase it around; the mismatch in size made it quite comical! Generally, younger dogs are quite deferential, regardless of their size. I’ve also watched my female Setter mount a male Black Lab/St Bernard mix, asserting dominance over the larger dog because she was young and spry while he was old and tired. Yes, apparently size counts for nothing in establishing social position for canines.

        • RichShewmaker

          Dogs understand size just fine. They also understand that territory trumps size. I’ll bet that the Chihuahuas chasing the husky were on their own turf at the time, and the husky respected that.

          • Geri Schmidt

            My Chihuahuas are fearless and I’m afraid someday that will get them in trouble!

      • Shadow Necrosis

        correct my good friend.

    • Barbara

      Chihuahuas, like small people, have to speak up for themselves. We have one that we took the time to discipline, train, and socialize just like any of our other dogs. She has fit beautifully into our family/pack. She is an amazing lap dog and stays by my side when I’m sick.

    • Bobo

      I watched one lunge at my 3 year old brother, who was playing on the other side of the room. The dog was just watching him, snarled and lunged with his jaws wide open. The owner was close enough to grab him before he got to my brother. The owner put the dog down.
      Danes are more then just big.

    • RoLoPolo

      Yeah, he would bark bark bark the whole neighborhood to death!

    • CR46

      LOL. The most aggressive dog I have ever had was a Chi. I took her off death row where she was placed because she got picked up as an aggressive stray. Darned little thing ( not so little for a chi, 12 lbs of sly street Chihuahua) was so smart that training, including her learning English took a matter of 2 weeks. But I always did take the precaution of putting her up when there were any new kids around, not an issue at all with the Grandkiddos though.
      Darned thing was sneaky smart, at treat time she started running to the door to bark, when the other dogs including 2 ret GSD K-9’s would run to the door she’d sneak back and take their treats too. They fell for it every time.

      • BigBlueDog

        My GSD would do the same thing to our rescued terrier! Treats would be handed out, she’d bolt for the door, barking like the Mongol horde was coming in, Max would race after her and she’d double back and snag his treat! Way too funny.

    • Zeroed Out

      I’ve owned chihuahua mixes and never had a problem at all. But a few days ago, I was walking my current mix and a BEAGLE of all things raced out of his yard like he was going to play and immediately clamped down on her and wouldn’t let go. This basically proves that almost any dog breed can be mean. After we got the beagle off our dog, what did its owner do? He screamed at the dog and smacked him hard in the face.

    • Dean_G

      I have two Chihuahuas and they are sweet and lovable…They aren’t yippee or ankle biters..Its how you raise them is how they are gonna turn out

    • Kevis

      Danes are also used to guard by some, mostly for the intimidation factor of their size, but back at some point they were guard/war/draft dogs. Modern ones are mostly bred for a calm demeanor.

    • Cecil

      I agree Chihuahuas can be mean little dogs. If they were large animals, they would be dangerous. As it is they can really tear up a hand or a finger.

    • Michael

      Even scarier: imagine a pit bull w/ chiuahua’s brain.

    • appalo L.

      Some chihuahuas are afraid of others.

    • Louis DiCapua Sr

      only if you trained that big dog well enough ,you be fine !!, if not ! well ,that’s one dangerous dude!

    • Marilyn

      You are correct … chihuahua are very smart but ate tiny and loveable

    • connorlarkin

      Yes, my two AKC Canine Good Behavior Certified Lab Staffie and Staffie Dalmatian were ambushed by a long hair Chihuahua. He kept coming at them and finally they started to defend themselves under so much barking, biting by that ChiChi demon.

      All dogs bite BUT bad owners create bad dogs(including breeders).

    • ttoe

      You aren’t kidding, but even chihuahuas are gentle if they’re given consistent structure and their owner takes the time to ensure they know how to respond properly to given commands.

  • Anton

    Every breed of dog is breed for a purpose, either for hunting or working. Man created many of these breeds so they could help us out moving forward into modern times.Sadly many of the jobs these dogs were bred to do are no longer needed, but that is not the dogs fault, they are still creating new breeds today, I just read an article about a Russian scientist cross breeding 4 different dogs trying to get the right size, loyalty and smelling ability he was looking for. Yes the dog breed may have killed but as stated many were protecting their owners doing what they were trained to do, others sadly are due to lack of training and obedience. Owning any big dog is a huge responsibility, they are deadly weapons, if you own one you should be held responsible for their actions. I trained military dogs, police dogs and obedience classes for petsmart, I always tell people if they get a big dog be prepared to be held accountable if they attack anyone, training is the key to any dog but especially big dogs that can mame and kill humans.

    • Sammie Jo

      And that’s the reason insurance co’s charge pit bull owners more on their homeowners policies.
      They ask now, what type of dog you have.
      I had a wolf hybrid, and he was sweet as pie, I treated him like a baby, but, I always worried about what would happen if someone strange came around and I wasn’t there.
      I also had a black german shepherd, she came from an aggressive mother, she was gentle with us, and we didn’t raise her to be aggressive, quite the opposite, but it was in her DNA, and I had to watch her every minute, and one time she attacked a Doberman, fortunately, there was no damage anywhere.
      I now have a chow/golden retriever mix, she doesn’t let strangers in the house, but outside, she’s afraid of her own shadow.

      • Jasmine Hagerman

        I had a wold hybrid as a teen and my parents and I knew exactly what she would do if a stranger entered the house. They would probably be leaving the property in a hurry because either A they saw her charging all the while barking growling and snarling or B she already bit them and they weren’t going to hang around to tempt her a second time. But as she aged we did worry about her going after somebody unprovoked. The meter reader guy made the mistake of ignoring the warning signs and just entered the back yard to read the meter while she was back there. Needless to say the second she growled he stepped back through the gate latched it and booked it up the drive with her barking growling and snarling at the gate. He went back to the neighbors used a set of binoculars and read it from their yard. I heard the gate latch seconds before the growling then heard it again and saw the poor guy running for the safety of his truck.

        • Sammie Jo

          Sounds like she was a great watchdog, doing her job.

      • APBTLuver

        Our homeowner insurance asked us one question. Has you dog ever bit anyone? Of course we said “no” because she hadn’t …we have great home insurance and that has been a few APBT’s ago. I liked the fact that they take each dog as an individual and not clump everyone together.

        • Sammie Jo

          Some carriers are going by the breed, if you have a pit or any breed thought to be aggressive, you’ll be charged extra if they accept you at all.
          My neighbor was turned down, she has one pit who has no teeth,a mutt and a puppy of dubious breed.. She used to have another pit, but it attacked the other dogs twice, badly enough to run up a hefty vet bill. She bit hard enough to have a mouthful of blood.
          The one that attacked, I never trusted, there was just something about her, the one with no teeth is a lovebug, he was a rescue bait dog. He is very grateful to have a good home.

          • APBTLuver

            Yes I am aware of that…that is why I said what I said. Thanksfully not ALL insurance companies are that way.

  • UpperLeftCoast

    If you look at the fatality numbers here (leaving out Wolf hybrids for which none were given), there’s relatively steady incremental increase from #10 (St. Bernards) to #8 (German Shepards), from 7 to 17 fatalities. Then the number of fatalities drastically jumps. It more than doubles to 39 (#2 Rottweilers) and than jumps again to 66 (#1 Pit Bulls). The pattern is striking. In the top 10 breeds, #’s10-3 are together responsible for 65 fatalities. Pitt Bulls b themselves are responsible for more than this 66 fatalities) and Pitt Bulls and Rottweilers together are responsible for more than 1-1/2 times the number of fatalities of the other 8 dreeds. And keep in mind that these numbers include when the dogs were acting in defense of their humans (mentioned for Dobermans). Also, the numbers for Malamutes and Huskies are this high because they include semi-feral working sled dogs in the north who pretty much run wild over the summer.

    Finally, if you adjust these figures based on the proportion of these breeds in the overall dog population, the Pit Bull fatality rate is much much higher than for any other breed.

    • sidney

      Pittbulls are wonderful,kind,loving animals. The problems do not exist within the breed. The problems exist within humanity. The only animal in any breed that has ever hurt any one, are the poor,unfortunate animals that had the horrible luck of getting a poor excuse for a Human Being as a owner. People in general suck. (men)… These people want to fight these animals to the death for money. Beat this animals to teach them to be mean and hateful.Keep these animals as long as they are winning $ for the sick person. Then when said animal looses,the so called human leaves the half dead animal there to suffer more and die. So,as usual man created a monster and then wants to ban it….. GO FIGURE…..BTW, not really an animal lover, just tired of reading about it….

      • UpperLeftCoast

        All the population figures I’ve seen give figures of (about) 4-10% of the US dog population being made up of Pit Bulls. Yet, this breed accounts by itself for over about 2/3 of the fatal dog attacks on humans reported in this article. That proportion increases still further if dogs defending their humans and feral dogs are omitted.

        When a breed comprising less than 1/10 of all dogs is responsible for 2/3 or more of all human dog attack fatalities there is clearly a problem with that breed that goes beyond individual owners.

        • sidetracksusie

          The Pit bull lawyers responding to these facts, don’t want to read the good sense you just wrote.
          They just can’t believe their dog is capable of doing what the stats prove it is. I’m not saying they are all bad, they aren’t. They are just bred to do a job, and that job was KILL.

        • Tracy Price

          They may only be 10% of dogs overall, but smaller dogs aren’t able to kill someone unless something really bizarre happens. So take out every dog under, say, 50 pounds. Then the percentages are much closer. Also, the collective breeds called “pit bulls” are mostly dogs bred to be good guard dogs. How many of those attacked had provoked it by being somewhere they weren’t allowed or threatening the dog’s family? How many were in abusive homes or dog fighting rings? Things like this article make the dogs out as the bad guy when most are sweet and innocent. The few who do attack may have mental problems or were even the victim of attack. Because people think these dogs are mean, they do awful things to them like pour acid on them or set them on fire. Every dog I’ve seen things like that done to were “pit bulls” of various breeds or mutts mistaken for them.

      • Danny Rowe

        My rat terrier is more dangerous than any pitbull or other big dog ive ever owned…its all about how you train and socialize your dog…I would trust a bully breed around my kids before I would trust a small dog to be around them…

    • Deadpool1984

      One of the reasons “pit bulls” have such a high fatality rate is because of the number of breeds that get categorized as “pit bull”: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier. Sometimes other breeds get categorized as “pit bulls”. Included are: Bull Terrier, Bulldog, French Bull dog, American Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Mastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux, Neapolitan Mastiff. I think if they chose one particular “pit bull” type, we would see vastly different numbers.

      So instead of killing dogs based on appearance, how about we educate people. Don’t buy breeds you cannot handle. SPAY AND NEUTER! Follow the leash laws. Train your dog. Don’t allow your kids to harass dogs (which happens). Be careful around unknown dogs. Don’t leave your dogs on chains (promotes aggression). Don’t fight your dogs. Report animal abuse.

  • mrsyidrocks

    Pit Bulls do not have an “extremely agressive nature” unless you mean of course extremely agressive with their love and licks. I have one and she’s about as agressive as a mouse. I call bullshit on this entire article.

    • merleliz

      The owner and training, and the individual temperament of the dog are more of a factor than the breed. Anyone who knows anything at all about dogs knows that. These dogs are dangerous because of their size and strength…but a badly trained Chihuahua will bite you just as fast, and a scared dog will bite much faster than a mad one will. At least, it’s that way here on planet Earth.

    • Ron Brueske

      My 8 siblings and I had 2 favorite dogs, a Pit Bull we named Pete because he looked like the Little Rascals dog Petey and a Doberman Pinscher name Van Wycks Saracen the Torch, we just called him Torch. Both great dogs with all 9 of us kids.

    • Sammie Jo

      69 fatalities says otherwise, yes, it is how they’re raised, but far too many are raised to be aggressive. I would not take a chance on a pit.

      • Roger Smith

        Geez,,so get a pit puppy and raise it yourself! DUH!! I’ve been around too many where the “danger” is being worn out from them wanting to play constantly!

        • Sammie Jo

          I see you have a pit bull mentality. Did you see where I said I wouldn’t take a chance on a pit? Why would you tell me to go get one?
          The majority of pits are raised for fighting, my neighbor has two, one was a rescue dog that was used as a bait dog.
          That dog is so grateful to be in a loving home, he just lays around like a big pillow, the other one came from a breeder, she’s gentle and loving, but I don’t fully trust her.

          • Tyler Brtfg

            Did you say “The majority of pits are raised for fighting”? Interesting. My family has rescued 2 pits over the years and they quite possibly may be the worst guard dogs we’ve ever had. The reason is not their ‘Extremely Aggressive Nature’ but their extreme strength. You know, it’s kind of like pissing off a a big dude. (Like you are right now) The chances for severe injury increase when messing with.

      • MikePeterson

        Pit bulls are not a breed, American Pit Bull Terriers are but those 66 fatalities are I am sure attributed to American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, American Bulldog, Bull
        Mastiff, Boxer, Dogo Argentino, and Olde English Bulldog as well as American Pit Bull Terriers. Break it down by actual breed, rather than grouping 8 different breeds together, and each breed probably has around 8-9 fatalities. But then the news doesn’t get to demonize “pit bulls” so they will keep labeling them all together.

        Edit: Just realized your post was over a year old. Guess they were recycling articles and this one popped up.

  • Dave

    Fatalities is an extreme criteria. I never saw how long a period it was tracked over–assuming it’s a year. Also, I’m surprised the Akita didn’t make the list. I owned one once great dog and super loyal but as far as small animals went, she was a killing machine. Also great with people but poor with other dogs. At 1.5 years old she started greeting other dogs by chomping their nose–have no idea where this came from other than her desire to be the top dog. We had to control her every move after that. All the insurance companies flagged them.

    • Britany Rowlett

      Sounds just like my husky! Great with people but animal aggressive

      • Jasmine Hagerman

        huskies are usually aggressive towards small animals is the first place they have a high prey drive. From working with husky rescue mixing a husky or a malamute with a wolf is darn right dangerous. What you get is a powerful and highly unpredictable animal very few of them survive to a ripe old age because they have to be put down for one reason or another.

        • Gidget Church

          for over 25 years I had wolfdogs from very low content to high…the ones I knew but didn’t own were very high to actual pure wolves. They are not watchdogs…they don’t give a rip if the burlgars come in and take away your whole house…if someone says their wolfdog was a great watchdog, it was probably a very low content mixed with something like a shepherd…all of mine were malamute mixed or husky….I now have a malamute. wolfdogs present a whole different issue…

    • sylvia young

      I agree about the Akita. The reason the Akita, husky and malamute are dangerous is they are very close to the wolf on the evolutionary scale. Common sense a must.

    • LaLainya Thomas

      It says information was compiled over a 20 year period…not 1 year…

    • sidetracksusie

      I think it said 20 years tracking.

  • grammadee94

    Malamute??? No way, my daughter has both a husky AND a malamute and they are THE best dogs EVER!

  • mary porter

    Hmmmm, of the above breeds I have owned/own a doberman, rottweiler, wolf hybrid, german shepherd…all great dogs, no problems unless evading the wolf’s territory, but now my ‘chihauhua’ one fesity 4 # stinker.

  • sylvia young

    In this moment as I sit her with my 11 yr old pittie licking my feet, my 10 yr old boxer laying next to me, my 9 yr old sharpie/pittie, my 7 yr old rotweiller/wolf hybrid and finally my almost 2 yr old pit-a-dor. I’ve had them all since rescued as pups. Let me add the wolf hybrid had his throat slit and was hung on a fence to die..a pup. Let me add to that mixture that I have been raising my 5 yr old grandson since birth who is severely adhd. these dogs are our family and we there’s. I made sure Aidan understood the wolf was grumpy, not mean, just grumpy. He gets it. His personal buddie is the pit-a-dor Bear-Bear who is 90 lbs of baby Huey. Total clown and loves his boy. Pitties are the most awesome dogs I have ever owned simply because they love you heart and soul. These are big dogs who have tiffs every once in awhile..never drawing blood. This is normal behavior in a balanced pack. The wolf is indeed very dominate (he thinks…) but I, me, I AM ALPHA! PERIOD! All dogs live at a visceral level you need to be a responsible intelligent and dominate leader. The food bowls are always out so food dominance doesn’t exists. They always get the last bite of my food in order of pack order which is by age. So tell me all the tales you want…it is in ownership. And before you say disaster will happen at some point…reread their ages!

    • chuckcloninger

      You are a fool.

      • Mel Chaney

        Beautifully said Chuck!

    • LJP

      It is possible no one BRED them that way on purpose. Mating does happen without the interference of humans once in a while.

      And, if you read carefully, she says “I’ve had them all since rescued as pups.”. That means she was not the breeder, but the rescuer. Do pay attention if you’re going to seek out opportunities to be snarky or downright insulting.

    • Lexi

      Extremely well said.

    • jztherapist

      I love all breeds of dogs and have lived with German Shepherds for decades, with never an incident. I hope you know that with that many innately protective dogs, you have a pack. I would NEVER allow them to be unsupervised with your grandson, because should the dynamic change for any reason, your grandson could be in danger…as kind as the dogs are and as comfortable as he is with them.

    • Jasmine Hagerman

      I got a lab/wolf as a teen and she bit me on purpose as a puppy as I was training her food aggression out of her but that was the last time she ever bit me on purpose. I immediately showed her that I rank above her in the pack she learned right away biting is a big nono. I did it by immediately forcing her into a submissive posture and snarling in her face as another wolf would do if she were in an actual wolf pack. She bit me one other time because i was going for her collar when she got into a scuffle with my lab and the second I yelped she hit the floor knowing full well she was in big trouble. Then when she got into it with my husky over food all I had to do was yell at her and she stopped she learned the first time that she was not to be fighting with my dogs and If i said stop I meant it. She was a very good dog protective of the property and her pack members but always the lady out of her territory. It hurt to lose her last year.

      • Gidget Church

        I never had to yell at any of the wolfdogs I had, I growled, and I lifted the side of my lip…down on their back and if I narrowed my eyes they peed…it wasn’t necessary to do that very often at all because they were raised and handled with care not carelessness…double fencing, double gates, paying attention when moving them and to personalities…some didn’t like doggie dogs and some liked everything…

      • CR46

        Many wolf hybrids are not trained properly also because most people only know dog behavior and not wolf behavior and they can have conflicting messages. A wagging tail is not always friendly, as an example, as you would assume with most dogs. But again, this is on the owner to know their animal and conduct their training around their animals personality.

  • Alex

    Chances of being killed by a dog are 1 in ~18,000,000… The chance of dying from falling out of bed/off furniture is 1 in ~4,000. We’d better get rid of all our couches and cots before we worry about dogs.

    • UpperLeftCoast

      If you fall off a couch and kill yourself, you take the consequences for your mistake. If you own a Pit Bull and it attacks and severely injures someone, they are taking the consequences for your “mistake.” That’s the difference.

      • Anonymous

        Why you make it a pit bull thing? If you own a dog, any dog, and it attacks unprovoked somebody, you should be responsible. I don’t give a crap your mutt is a jack russell terrier or a pom. If your crazy, untrained off leash chihuahua get killed because it attacks a GSD, you are responsible. If you trespass on a private property well fenced and with a clear signs “beware of dog” and you get attacked, its your darn fault. If your prized poodle you bring at your nice summer cottage harasses the livestock and get shot, its your darn fault. If your dogs escape your yard and injured a child, your fault…When did common sense about dogs flew off the window and got replaced by the god darn anti-pitbulls hystericals?

      • crusader2010

        I’d trust a pit bull over a congressman or most elected officials. Wait I think I hear a drone.. Ahhhhh

    • APBTLuver

      I’ll never look at my couch or bed them same :)

  • elmcqueen3

    There are dogs with good behavior DNA and dogs that weren’t born with such good traits…Dog owners have to learn where their dogs fit in terms of behavior…Always watch your dog when children are around…You will know if and when you have a good dog and if and when they need watching when other people are around…I was mauled by the neighbors farm dog when I was 5 years old…I was walking across the yard to where my dad was talking to the neighbor when he nailed me…Luckily someone was there or he could have killed me…The neighbor said their dog had never shown any signs of agressiveness towards anyone before this incident…After I was attacked they had to put him down as he had turned agressive towards everyone and the owners had no clue what had happened or why their dog went from being a good dog to being a bad dog…Just saying…Watch your dogs around children as children are defenseless and they need be taught that not all dogs are people friendly!

  • Efrim

    Anyone with a Great Dane should be laughing at their inclusion on this list. The only way a Dane would kill someone is if they crushed them while attempting a giant hug. Even if they had the mind to kill, they’re much too lazy to undergo the task anyway. “Ehhh, i’ll do it later… this bed is calling my name”

    • UpperLeftCoast

      And how many people require hospital treatment or are killed by Scottish terrier attacks every year? What percentage of the dog population is this breed?

      • Efrim

        You’ve clearly missed the point, which is that dogs that are socialized and raised by responsible, loving dog owners are typically not the perpetrators of violent actions. It just so happens that animals like Pit Bulls attract the type of owner that are the contrary to responsible, loving dog owners. I cannot tell you how many great dog owners I’ve known that own or have adopted pit bulls that have amazingly loving and friendly dogs. The idea that these dogs are just inherently prone to injuring and/or killing people is just absolutely asinine and misguided.

        • Michael Hamerin

          Agree

        • joeboken

          A big Amen.

        • soshiny

          Well said. It’s the “type” of person, not the “type” of animal.

        • upnygal25@aol.com

          I couldn’t agree more. I have adopted a 2 year old pit that was seized from a home due to abuse. He, and the three other dogs had/have numerous small scars and scuffmarks everywhere. Mine has 10-20 on the shins of his front legs. At one point, he had a very large, deep scratch that extended across his face from the bottom right of his chin up to the upper left of his nose. The scarring usually isn’t too noticeable, but if you know its there, it seems very prominent.
          Even those that would be expected to have a more aggressive nature due to a unfit owner can be the biggest and sweetest babies in the world.
          Despite every hurdle this guy has figuratively leaped over, it has not by any means dampened his spirits. If this guy can be such a great dog, all the others can be, too. I cannot imagine not having him with me, and non-pitbull owners don’t know what they’re missing out on!
          People need to wake up and stop discriminating against a breed, or the way crappy owners have abused them.

      • ItWasAboutTime

        Larger dog attacks are more likely to result in death because they can inflict more damage over a larger area. Just like SUV’s do more damage than a mini-cooper. It would be an oddity if small dogs killed more people. It’s a fact that can’t be avoided…ever.

      • FletchGuy

        Scotties bite very often as do most small dogs. Due to the smaller sizes and less damage during bites less get reported or go to a hospital for treatmeant. I have raised many dogs trained many breeds the small dogs are the ones you watch as they bite alot. The bigger ones bite less often but you watch yourself as if they do they tend to do more damage.

    • Jon

      When I was growing up my Aunt and Uncle had a Great Dane, Max. He was a small horse to me, but as gentle as they come. It’s unfortunate that those larger dogs have a short life span.

      • CLW

        When I was pregnant almost 40 years ago, a friend of mine had a Great Dane who would sit at my feet (which were propped up on his back), and growl at anyone who approached me. When my daughter was born, he would sit at the foot of her bassinet, and growl at anyone not my husband or I, or my friend, who would approach. Because of his size, few tried.
        That’s when I fell in love with Danes.

        • Jon

          Dogs really are the best at protecting their families. And it’s not about training them; it’s all about love and support. You give a little, you get so much in return.

      • Amber

        I agree with you completely. My mom and I had to put down two Danes (litter mates) in the last 4 months because of cancer. The only aggression I have ever seen a Dane have to people was one bite in the defense of his owner

      • APBTLuver

        They are great dogs!!

    • karen titshaw

      My sister has had Great Danes as pets for over 20 years. They aren’t all gentle giants. The one she has now is agressive, protective, hostile.

    • Still a fan

      A friend’s parents have an adult Great Dane who is untrained and aggressive, and was recently banned from their long-time vet office because of this. He is terribly dangerous and should really be put down. Proof that any dog can be dangerous if not raised and trained properly.

  • gransplan

    Have had the privilege of being owned by three Great Danes. They are loveable, sweet and docile.

    • pismopal

      Rule number one with dogs is YOU must be the alpha or leader. If you dont establish this early..it is you who are to be disciplined by them and you wont like it. You know the library has books on this stuff, internet too. I agree, Great Danes are nice dogs but you may have noticed that they are large and also dogs. All dogs are pack oriented. You have nothing to do with that but you must treat them accordingly. They will continue to be nice to you when you are alpha.

    • JMixx

      I’ve never met a Great Dane who wasn’t lovable and sweet. My Rottie had clumsy moments of excitement when he hurt me just by being a klutz; and I wondered if really big breeds, like Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Great Pyrenees had those clumsy moments!

  • Sunshine

    Any dog will bite when it wants to bite. Love my pittie girl and wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world !! I have had the pleasure of being in the presence of all 10 of these breeds at one time or another and I have never seen them act aggressive. It’s all in how you raise them.

  • Bob

    i have had ever breed they listed except the pit bull some are breed to protect so if you have small kids it is not good to get this breed. unless you raise it with the kids from a pup most of all it is the human who ownes them they will pick up your habits 90% of all dogs will protect owners or kids

    • Sophie

      Great observation, Bob. There’s a really interesting book out called “Your Dog is Your Mirror” in which the author, a dog behaviorist, describes how dogs learn by watching us. Even when you’re not consciously training your dog you actually ARE training him. They learned to watch humans all the way back when wolves first began approaching humans as a matter of survival. It’s how they became domesticated. They learn what behaviors will get them what they need (food, shelter, attention, etc) and what behaviors are likely to get their owners riled up. They are also very tuned in to our emotions, and can tell when we’re upset, etc by our body language, tone of voice, changes in facial expressions, things we may not even be aware of, and respond accordingly. Fascinating book; I highly recommend it to any dog owner or indeed anyone interested in dogs at all. The author is Kevin Behan, in case you’re interested in looking for it, Bob. Have a great day!

  • Ron Brueske

    Pit bulls have kill 66 people, wow, just wow, that sure is a heck of a lot people, NOT! These are just animals, there are single humans who have killed more than that. There are leaders of nations who have killed MILLIONS of innocent people. There are groups of people in America that if the same criteria was put upon them, by the same laws passed for some of these dogs, they would no longer be allowed to breed.

    • Sammie Jo

      We’re talking dogs here.
      I wonder how many pit injuries have not been reported?

  • missskeptic

    I think part of the problem with the pit bulls is that they simply have such incredible bite pressure that when they latch onto something – whatever it is – they hang on and cause so much damage. There was a case here in central Ohio where a neighborhood pit bull latched onto a child, around age 11, and wouldn’t let go, finally another neighbor (not the owner), after trying to pull or pry the dog off, finally had to take a butcher knife and stab it. The kid barely made but survived.

    • Sophie

      German Shepherds, Rottweilers, St Bernards, and several other dogs have been measured by scientific testing as having far greater bite force (PSI) than the pit bull grouped dogs. It’s been studied and reported on extensively.

  • chuckcloninger

    If one cannot look at the numbers and see that Pit Bulls should not exist as a breed then they are incapable of 4th grade math. All current Pit Bulls should be humanely put to sleep and a fine of at least $10,000 on anyone trying to import or otherwise get the breed started again in the US.
    And if you really can’t do the math just Google “Pit Bull Attacks” and read of the slaughter of innocent children who sadly walked in the way of a Pit Bull. I am willing to agree that it was stupid humans who took a decent breed of dog and tortured it until a type of self-protective insanity took over (which was what the owners wanted) and now the breed is unredeemable. Unlike any other dog a Pit Bull has a brain that will “click” into some sort of aggressive “overdrive” and once the agression is initiated the fight isn’t over until it’s enemy is dead.
    You drive through some of the worst parts of town and there are some young punks with muscle t-shirts and a Pit Bull on a leash. All for show and all to say they are bad a**es and got the Pit Bulls and pistols in the waist band to prove it. If I could I would put these types to sleep with their dogs.
    It also isn’t right for groups to extoll the virtues of a known “killing machine”. To me someone like Caesar the Dog Whisper is almost committing a crime with his unrealistic endorsement of Pit Bulls. I am also almost willing to say that if humans would behave the Pit Bull breed could be saved. But you can’t control bad humans….you know, the ones that created the problem?
    And now, sadly, the breed must die.

    • chuckcloninger

      Obviously since I think Pit Bulls are a dangerous breed I have chosen not to take the chance that one might tear up one of my neighbors kids and, along with feeling guilty that the child was injured or killed, watch all of my assets taken in the resulting lawsuit. So I have owned none. Which still does not keep me from reading papers, looking at news stories and, yes, Googling the Internet to see the latest horror story about Pit Bulls.
      Your singular instances of playing around with Pit Bulls and not being mauled in you job as a certified veterinary technician (read certified dog pooper scooper technician) are not impressive as I was not talking about individual dogs but the breed as a whole. If the person who was reading this to you had read you the whole post you would have heard that I did indeed blame humans for inducing the psychotic rage into the breed that is not in any other breed.
      But thank you for calling me a moron. It indicates how pathetic and inadequate you feel to express your thoughts when you stoop to name calling rather than putting your argument out to be judged on its merits. Have a wonderful certified veterinary technician career. I’m sure it’s most rewarding keeping the cages clean.

      • Jill Pflugheber

        Vet techs are not dog cage cleaners–it requires a special college degree with lots of biology and chemistry. Probably something you couldn’t handle. My thought is, if you don’t understand dogs (which clearly you don’t), you shouldn’t have one.
        If you have dogs, it is your responsibility to keep them safe from themselves and their instincts. And you have a responsibility to teach your children how to behave in a safe fashion around ANY animal. I wouldn’t trust you to be able to do that.

  • chuckcloninger

    To those who say Pit Bulls are not aggressive I offer this. I dare this to be published.

    • jta5

      not me

  • William Robert Phillips

    It says at the beginning of the article that just because it lists fatalities–doesn’t mean they are discouraging you. There are a LOT of factors. I for one, have two pitbulls. Are they generally dangerous? No. Can they be? of course. If someone attacks me–I have no doubt those two behemoths would attack quite viciously. Even if I’m not attacked out right and they percieve a danger towards me–they do respond aggressively.

    I think the article is very informative. Good Job!

  • Sammie Jo

    I had a wolf hybrid, biggest baby in the world.

    • UpperLeftCoast

      A chicken that would walk into a dog kennel has a serious death wish.

  • UpperLeftCoast

    The statistics are quite clear .Pit Bulls are estimated by various sources to comprise slightly less than 5% of the US dog population, with a few outlier estimates up to nearly 10%. This article reports 2/3 of all dog attack fatalities being caused by Pit Bulls. In other words, Pit Bulls are responsible for fatal attacks on humans at 13-14 times the rate of their proportion in the dog population. Actually, the rate is higher if fatalities resulting from dogs defending people and predatory attacks by feral and semi-feral dogs are not included.

    • Roger Smith

      False. Pitt Bulls bite pressure is no more than other breeds their size. Plus the media drives the hatred towards this animal. If it’s not a pit bull, it’s on page 27B and the breed isn’t even named. If it’s a pit bll, it’s “film at eleven”, sattilite trucks and they make SURE you know it’s a pit bull.

      • UpperLeftCoast

        Work on your reading comprehension and do less cut and paste. I said nothing about bite pressure. I only discussed the statistics of the proportion of dog attack fatalities attributed to Pit Bulls relative to their proportion in the entire dog population.

        For the statistical over-incidence rate of Pit Bulls in dog attacks resulting in human fatalities to be due to mis-identification of the dog, this would have to occur for about 13 out of every 14 fatalities where Pit Bulls were suspected!

        The most noticeable attribute of Pit Bull attacks that do differentiate them from other breeds are that these are not quick snap/nip defensive bites, but prolonged attacks. The damage Pit Bulls do is not from any miraculous bite pressure, but because the attacks frequently come with no obvious warning signals and they are prolonged. Pit Bull tendency to not let go (bite clamp) is one aspect of this behavior.

  • Roger Smith

    I’ld like to know what was the criteria and the source material for their study. I’ve seen documentation that the media drives a lot of the anxiety against pit bulls. Whenever there is an incident involving dog bites and attacks, if it’s not a pit bull, the breed is rarely named. If a pit is involved, bet your bottom dollar that’s in the headline. Because the animal has been abused in training for dog fighting, the press has taken up opposition to the animal for the false notion that dogs rouinely kill each other. These aniimals are abused and trained to be aggressive.

    • LJP

      Agreed. It used to be Doberman Pinschers. It used to be Rottweilers. Or Akitas, or many others. When will it ever be the humans who do not raise them properly, or who purposely train them to be aggressive?

    • Nick

      Well put and I agree with you 100%. Pitbulls have been discriminated against for as long as I can remember by media and the public in general. I bred the dogs for quite some time and have NEVER been bitten or had any of them show signs of aggression towards me or any person for that matter.

      • Michael Hamerin

        No discrimination intended in this article.

        • Barbara

          Sometimes it’s unintentional, but bias just the same.There are comments at the end of each segment to the effect that genes play a role, but so does socialization, etc. There is no such statement for the pit. Yet most of us have plenty of examples of pits who have been raised well–disciplined, trained, socialized–and who make great family/pack members. There is a different responsibility for people who choose to have large, strong dogs.

          • Brad O

            All dog owners should be responsible. Unfortunately, pits experience bigotry because of the bad owners out there, but I’ve had many other dogs, and I will have nothing now except for pits. The worst dogs I’ve met have been the ankle biters, why shouldn’t their owners be as responsible. A pit’s natural disposition is sweet loving and loyal. They just happen to be very loyal and the strongest dog pound for pound in the world, and bad owners create bad dogs. Don’t blame the dog, blame the owner.

          • APBTLuver

            I’ve always been a BIG dog lover we have some neighbors that have somewhere around 6 or 7 Jack Russell terriers that I can honestly say I HATE these dogs! To start with the owners leave them outside on their front porch that has got a railing around it to keep them in. They never walk these poor little dogs and all they ever do is yell at them for barking and believe me they bark constantly. All the yelling does is make them bark even more.There are a lot of days that we try to keep our windows open because the weather is perfect but we can’t do that most of the time because these dogs bark constantly. The way their front porch sits and the roof on it makes it a direct line for all of their braking to be funneled right into our front windows.

          • APBTLuver

            Couldn’t agree with you more. These little dogs need someone that will take them out and spend time with them. And they need exercise and someone who knows and cares about them. I know it’s not these little dogs fault. I feel sorry for them. Most people don’t even know I have a dog. She’s an inside dog and gets all the exercise she needs. She has the run of our 45 acre farm. Plus she has manners. I would LOVE to see someone take the neighbors little dogs and give them a loving home. And everything else that they need.

          • Nate Dawg

            People really need to understand how little it means when they say “Well I have a Pit Bull and they never etc etc etc”. This is the very definition of anecdotal evidence, and this type of evidence is the very definition of useless. Statistical evidence trumps everything, so long as it isn’t a sample size. You’re one person and your dogs are a few of hundreds of thousands. These statistics aren’t.

            Now, one may point out that the stats are flawed because it doesn’t appear that they’re weighted against amount of breeds for that particular breed. In other words, a rarer breed may have a higher percentage of attacks but don’t get the ink because there are far more Pits. While true, that point is only applicable for a scientific study. This article seems to basically tell you what your odds are of getting injured by the breeds. A Presa Canario may be more dangerous, but many of us wouldn’t know because we’ve never encountered one running around in a park unleashed.

            Article is very forthcoming in how and why these attacks occur, and gimme a break with the media thing. There’s no money in targeting specific dogs. The Presa Canario got national press for killing a woman and the owner received a murder conviction (later tossed out for inept defense). This wasn’t a murder spree, it was a single person. This is anecdotal evidence of my own. See how useless it is? What isn’t useless is the fact that singling out Pits does nothing for the media. “If it bleeds, it leads” they say. Any fatal dog attack can provide the press that portion of their story. That’s just simple logic. I’ll take that and statistics over anecdotal evidence any day. If you don’t know the owner or do know the owner to be a complete a-hole, avoid their dog. Anybody with a hint of morality understands training and abuse is what causes the violence, and it just so happens these immoral people target certain breeds. So while it may not be the breed’s fault, it’s nonetheless the breed that you should avoid encounters with at all costs if you’re short on information.

          • Marilyn Willett

            Let them loose

          • kent gladden

            Indeed. America’s young stuff doesn’t know their history of the Pit… “America’s Dog”. The most decorated military dog in U.S. history, Sgt Stubby. Personally honored at the White House by President Woodrow Wilson, his remains are in the Smithsonian. Petey, the Little Rascals dog. The RCA record label dog listening to a grammafone. Helen Keller’s 2 dogs. The “Little House on the Prarrie” dog from the original books. President Teddy Roosevelt had, among others, pits. Pits are America’s “nanny dog”. In our house, our 3 rescue pit-mixes ALL live under the tyranny of our two 12 lb black cats. And at the same time, back on our ranch, the smallest of the 3 fought one of our 700 lb yaks to a stand still.

          • kent gladden

            To continue… the other half of the problem is people in general. A great many people are ignorant, arrogant, and lack respect. NO animal is a toy. People get that when they stand in front of a bear. But for some reason, they don’t when they see a dog. Some warped sense of entitlement kicks in, and people resent an animal that stands its ground demanding a degree of respect… and has the physical power to enforce it. That’s not a dog problem. That’s a people problem. Never fear a dog. RESPECT the dog, and claim your own space and respect.

          • Billy Ray

            I agree but ankle biters can’t kill or seriously injure a person.

          • La Keesha Vega

            Also incorrect. Three children were critically injured in Baltimore by Chihuahuas…one had her nose pretty much bitten off..that’s pretty serious…my mother was bitten by a Jack Russell Terrier and needed 22 stiches in her leg…get real..

      • Chuck Dougherty

        Yeah poor pit-bulls being singled out….http://www.wafb.com/story/25077600/4-year-old-dies-after-mauling-by-familys-130-lb-pit-bull#.UzRetJd6j2A.facebook

        People say only pit-bull attacks make the papers which is BS it is just most attacks are made BY pit-bulls.I have seen stories where dogs other than a pit were involved.

        http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/25101433/american-bull-dog-attacked-small-dog-and-woman

        http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Three-dogs-savage-pet-in-horror-attack-in-Cambridge-park-then-turn-on-terrified-owner-Liz-McKintyre-20140328055027.htm

        You were saying? Yeah poor pit-bulls.

        • K.G.-Journie

          Firs of all, I think certain large dog breeds, not just pits, should not be kept around small children to begin with. Secondly, I did more research on that first article and now they are trying to say the owners possibly abused the dog. They also changed the “classification” to a “dog attack” rather than a pit bull attack because tests and observance of the dog are indicating it may not have been from a traditional pit bloodline.

          I am nervous around pits. I just don’t like being around them because they LOOK scary. But I feel like a lot of cases for any dog attack, regardless of breed, are due to either abuse, poor training or neglect of the animal. Not all of them, but a lot. People let these large dogs run around neighborhoods, or show them zero compassion and then are surprised when they attack someone. Some people just shouldn’t have pets, or be smart about what kind of pet they have when they have kids. Not just pits. The blame can’t only be put on the animals that attack, who usually end up dead one way or another. So yes, I think less blame should be put on the breed and more on the people who 1. Create environments that could make these dogs unstable and 2. Expose young children to dogs that, targeted by media or not, have been reported for these kind of attacks. Same if you had a german shepherd or a doberman around a baby.Owners should do their research first and take the necessary precautions. If you want a dog, care for that dog. I have seen people who have three or four dogs who stay in small cage in the yard ALL THE TIME. What is the point. They don’t use them for hunting, they don’t play with them and they aren’t really guard dogs aside from just being able to bark at something.

          • Maile Kealohalani Favela

            none of our dogs ever even snapped at us our my children we have had a German Shepard mix , a pom , and a Pitt our Pitt is the only one left sadly and we’ve had him for 10 years.

          • Brad O

            I get really upset by people who generalize about pits. I am on my 4th pit, and my 3 young children have always been raised around my kids from the time they were born. We have also had other dogs such as shelties, an English Pointer, and a Golden Mountain dog (Bernese Mt. Dog/Golden Retriever mix). The pits have easily been the best family dogs, they are absolutlely wonderful around kids. The shelties easily the worst; terrible dogs for kids. Every sheltie I’ve ever met has bitten a child, my parents have had those awful dogs for years as well as my sister. The owners (parents and sister) write it off as something the child did wrong, oh isn’t he so cute though. My niece hated dogs and was deathly afraid of them, until we brought home my current pit, Aiko. After 1 minute they were best friends, and my niece named her pet dog after my dog.
            Pits are the sweetest, most gentle, loving dogs there are, they only have one drawback that makes headlines. They are fiercely loyal and the strongest dog pound for pound in the world. If you train them to be a fighting dog or attack dog, they will be the best damn attack dog there is to please their owners. That is why you see every drug dealer owning a pit. Unfortunately, many of the dogs you see in the shelter are ruined and I wouldn’t trust them either, but my family is done with all other dogs, we want nothing but pits.

          • APBTLuver

            Just about every Michael Vick dog was rehabilitated and that’s been several years ago. I’ve had this breed for 31 plus years and I firmly believe they can be rehabilitated in the right hands. Of course like any other breed there are without a doubt a few cases that might not. But for the most part I really do believe they most can. We feel the same way you do we’ve had just about every breed out there once you’ve had a APBT other breeds just don’t compare do they?

          • APBTLuver

            I 100% agree. I’ve had just about every breed known to man and the last breed we ever bought was an APBT and that was in 1983.

          • Aforallie

            Actually, one third of the Michael Vick dogs were too dangerous to be adopted out. One of the dogs escaped from his enclosure and killed two other dogs.

          • Sue Ellen Ewing

            Really? Two of the seized dogs had been euthanized – one for aggression, as mentioned previously, and one due to health problems. Of the 47 remaining dogs, 22 were sent to an animal sanctuary at the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah because of aggression toward other dogs, and 25 were placed in foster care. Several of the latter have been adopted.

          • PlacidAir

            Shelties are herding dogs — with nothing else to herd, they’ll try to herd children…. nipping at heels and lower legs to do so. Having ANY herding dog with small children is a very bad idea.

          • Adam Wrigley

            Dogs are a lot like people. All are born pretty much good, but are taught, based on their environment from which they are raised, good and bad traits (love, compassion, aggression, racism). This doesn’t mean that bad dogs or people cannot come from good environments, obviously they do, it just happens a lot less. Big people or dogs can do a lot more damage than small people or dogs (also stating the obvious I understand) thus creating more “headlines”. It is common sense that a pit bull can do more damage than a yorkie! THIS IS WHY THE PIT BULL IS NO 1 DANGEROUS DOG BREED. Simply it can do more damage than any other dog. This also attracts the breed to dangerous owners, who enable and encourage the breed to do dangerous things. Then these dangerous people breed the dangerous dogs with similar dangerous dogs. But lets all get one thing straight, these people are not PET owners, they are just scum doing disgusting things to innocent animals. I have a pit that I saved from a poor environment as a pup. It is the most loving creature I have ever seen, but I still know it could rip somebody’s face off. If you own a pit as a PET you need to understand and respect what it can do and always be on guard. BECAUSE IT IS A DOG, AND DOGS DO OCCASIONALLY BITE! a pit just bites the hardest and most violent.

          • La Keesha Vega

            That’s not scary. That’s “I’m in trouble and I know it”

          • APBTLuver

            What a sweet looking bully face.

        • Shelby

          They only focus on the fact that the dog attacked. I got a pit bull, best dog ever. Better than any dog I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of dogs. But hey, if someone breaks into my house and starts attacking me, dang freaking straight my dog is gonna attack them. They had it coming. They say they had tons of fatalities, but they don’t address the specifics. I’d trust my pit bull over any other dog any day. What about all the or her dogs that are deemed viscous? They are even explained as having only killed because the were protecting their owner, but on the pit bull, they just said they had 66 fatalities. No further explanation. Pit bulls have a bad rep because of STUPID ABUSIVE OWNERS :( makes me sad.

          • truckergirl702

            Totally unfair! My sister has a Pit that is a certified service animal. He is an angel and would only hurt somebody to protect his loved ones.

        • Darryl

          Chuck Dougherty, NOT TRUE!! I live in Aurora Co, just outside Denver where Pit Bulls are banned. In one year there were 55 reported dog bites to the authorities. 5 of these dog bites were by Pit Bulls and every single one of them made the news. That left 50 dog bites that failed to identify the breed or even make the news. Pit Bulls are news. The classification of “Pit Bull” encompasses 5 other dog breeds and a variety of mixes, not just one breed. Also, in a study it was proven that 80% of dogs identified as Pit Bulls were in fact not Pit Bulls. If a dog is attacked or in a fight people are quick to say the dog was a Pit Bull. Also, you do know that there is no “BREED” Pit Bull right? They are a mix, a Heinz 57, a mongrel. Pit Bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers are great loving dogs, but like all dogs in this article the owner should recognize there is a higher level of responsibility with them.

    • Michael Hamerin

      Relax! These are merely number of bite, fatalities, for a certain period and do not differentiate the circumstances or actual percentages for any particular breed .

    • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

      Pitt bulls are also pretty common (at least where I live). Listing number of fatalities is almost meaningless if you don’t adjust for base rate.

      To make this more concrete, imagine 10 documented attacks by breed X, and 1 documented attack by breed Y. Makes breed X seem much more dangerous. But if there were 10 times as many of breed X out there as breed Y, the interpretation would be entirely different.

      • anitagjen

        Thank you for pointing out this mathematical problem with “statistical analysis”. Very well put – and I bet many people (myself included) would not have thought of this without you pointing it out.

        The problem with “dangerous dog breeds” is the OWNERS.

        • Caro

          You are right, 100%. Dachshunds are well documented to be higher on the aggression scale than pits, yet simply due to level of damage a pit can inflict when pushed there makes it a more headline-grabbing event.

          • Stephanie Magera Carron

            My husband actually had a dachshund and a pitbull when I first moved in. The dachshund (Bud) was the aggresor , nipped at me and even bit me once ( I bit him back on his ear and that was the end of that!) But Shy (the pitty) quickly became my love! She was the sweetest thing! Even let Bud boss her around lol! She was always there when I was sad, she knew when I needed her! I honestly don’t know if I would have gotten through my PPD when I did if it wasn’t for her! They are very intuitive and emotional dogs. Very loyal and loving! Pitty love for life!

          • Old goat

            Scuse my ignorance. What is PPD?

          • intrinsicblue

            Post Partum Depression

          • Eric Youngstrom

            Hmmm aggression vs deaths…. Pits still lead the way

          • Robert Smith

            why were there no Cocker Spaniels on the list due to inbreeding for the AKC they were the number biter for almost 20 year straight

          • BMcGee

            My first vivid memory was of the family cocker biting my back end as I toddled past her. Duchess was rehomed within days, that much I know.

          • Heidi Green

            I recall that about Cocker Spaniels. For the longest time they top the charts for biting, sending more people to the hospital than any other Breed.

          • Troy Calvin Goulden

            Because BOB the article was bout deaths. Show me one example of a Cocker ever killing anyone. Yes the are the top of list for biting, they simply dont have the power or the aggressiveness to kill.

        • Laura Jenkins

          Amen! Who, primarily in the past owned pits, rotts, dobs? This, dog fighters, people that wanted to look impressive but had no clue about proper training.

        • Kelly Sue Everett

          thank you. I have two 70 lbs pits. and they are gentle giants.

          • heidi

            I have grown up around pits my whole life and never once been attacked or seen anyone get attacked. It is all based on the way they are raised. The only time my pit had ever gotten aggressive with someone was when someone broke into our house, no one was home he didn’t hurt the guy but pinned him up in the attic until we got home and we’re able to call the cops.

          • Dezzi Anguiano

            You are right i have four pits of my own. They are sweet, lovable, and gentle; they get along with every person we walk by and dogs. They protect my baby sister from people, when a man comes to close they keep their eye on him till he leaves. They are my babies, I love all breeds of dogs but pits are by far my favorites.

          • meg7081@gmail.com

            Awesome, I’m surprised the idiot broke into your house with a dog like this. I’d rather have a dog any day than a gun. I am not anti gun at all but I’d rather my dog scare someone off before I have to shoot them.

          • Jay Sosa

            I have a pitbull myself and two young boys and I never have fear of my dog going after one of them or another animal, they could go up to him while hes eating a bone and take it from him and he wouldnt even growl at them they get a bad name from people training them to be mean they are incredibly strong and powerful jaws making them easily turned into killing machines but a 10 year old kid could be trained the same way ie. IRAQ but I wouldnt trade my dog for any other. I wouldnt hesitate at getting another when his time is up

          • D’Artagan Jones

            i FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT aLIENS

          • Lola Guin

            Right. So because YOU have never seen it, it doesn’t happen? Ugh.

          • heidi

            I’m not saying it doesn’t happen because it does. I’m just saying if you respect your pit and raise it well 98% of the time they will not attack unless provoked or threatened. I can tell you when I was little I was 8 I was personally attacked by a German Shepard while on a walk with my family. I don’t see articles about the dangers of German Shepard out there. It can happen with any large dog.

          • Rivka

            In fact, in Germany, almost all dog attacks are from German Shepherds or German Shepherd mixes. In Canada, it’s mostly from Husky type dogs.
            In every country, it’s whatever large breed is most common in that country.

          • Mama Mia

            What about the other 2%? An acceptable loss rate?

          • Old goat

            By experience I have found Pits totally unpredictable. Three different Pits have killed three different pets. No more!!!

          • John

            To everyone putting a bad name to Pit Bulls, until you own one don’t talk bad about them biggest baby I’ve ever had. Just because you hear or read about something means it really happened just like it reads right Lola Guin

          • Old goat

            John you have been most fortunate. I have owned three and have stopped owning them. They are unpredictable!!! Period.

          • Bruce Stanley

            I was attacked by a pit bull. My son’s dog was also attacked by one and nearly killed.

          • Jamie Coughlin

            You must not know how to train a dog then I have never meet a mean pit in my life and they are great with children. A lot of my friendsfriends and I have owned multiple pits and would never trade them for the world.

          • Old goat

            As usual you only read and understand what you want to. I said, and I stand by it, they are totally unpredictable. If you own a pit bull and have had none of your other pets killed nor anyone attacked you are most fortunate.

          • Rivka

            It does happen. But it happens with all breeds.

          • Scott Britton

            Yeah pits happen to be popular with ghetto rats (sorry not to say everyone that is low income is a ghetto rat, I’m talking about people who are trapped in a cycle of crime and recidivist incarceration (over two million more than any other country). So these dogs are purchased and trained to fight and kill other creatures, including humans. I am surprised the number of humane fatalities in less than a hundred. Clearly many more people kills other people (including adults killing children), than dogs, including pitbulls trained to harm, do. I bet almost all of these incidents occurred with dogs that were abused in the way mentioned above before they were rescued by nice families.

          • krusatyr

            Not feeding dog flesh and meth to Pit Bulls = abuse, aye, causes them to take down their own prey, including humans.

          • Sue Ellen Ewing

            Stupid comment

          • Bruce Stanley

            Sue, yes your comment was.

          • Scott Britton

            How many fatalities are attributed to men? Tens of Millions. Get more dogs!

          • Marina1327

            I would never say it doesn’t happen, but just as I have seen many statements about people hating the breed solely on what they read, pitbull owners are entitled to feel and say how their dogs behave based on their experience with the breed.

          • Jamie Coughlin

            Your an idiot they are the happiest and most loving dogs apparently you have never owned or been around someone who owned one. You really should not comment if you do not even know the breed but just go off of stories you hear. Cocker spaniels are one of the top dogs that will bite and so are chihuahuas talking about mean little ankle biters.

          • Nadia Boone

            Yes they are.

        • loginsareunnecessary

          My friends have a giant pit-boxer mix. He’s rough and tough and goofy. He thinks he’s a tiny puppy when he’s a big, muscular dog.

          But when I visit, I have absolutely no fear that he is going to purposely try to hurt me. He’s a truly sweet and friendly dog with no aggressiveness at all.

          And, while I love my friends and they love and take care of the dog, he’s not particularly well trained at all. They’ve been very lax on that. Still, he’s got the sweetest disposition.

          You are so right with the numbers being extremely skewed. I really think we need to know how many dogs we’re comparing over what periods of time and under what circumstances. Since pits are a favorite dog for dog fights, how many of these fatalities have stemmed from a dog that’s been trained to be aggressive?

        • Reniece

          Agree!…Thanks for the insight.

        • Bailey

          That is very well said – thank you. I’ve never owned a pit but absolutely adore them! And you placed the blame exactly where it belongs – with the owners!

      • D.j. Montgomery

        Im glad someone else gets it. If you do adjust for base rate it becomes a completely different list. APBT’s would not be anywhere near #1. I have two that are the most gentle, loyal and obedient dogs you could ever ask for. My male is mixed with American Bulldog and weighs about 120 pounds. He is my 3 yr old daughter’s best friend. I wouldn’t own any other breed personally. They are highly misunderstood and all to often pay the price for their owner’s mistakes.

        • AmyAnd Nathan Noland

          Riley my american bulldog/pit(front) and Cleopatra my pit/German shorthaired pointer(back) both wouldn’t hurt a fly

        • truckergirl702

          It’s common sense…so if someone doesn’t get it, they are not very bright lol.

          • APBTLuver

            And there are some people who aren’t bright enough to own a yorkie that own APBT’s that give the rest of us a bad name…LOL

          • Jeff

            Your comment doesn’t even make sense. Try using comprehensible grammar.

        • APBTLuver

          My husband bought my first APBT puppy back in 1983. From the very beginning I decided to educate myself about the breed and learn as much as I could by reading AND talking to some of the “old dog” men that’s families had been instrumental in making this breed what it was back in the early years. One of the very first things that amazed me about the breed was my son was born with cerebral palsy and was 3 when we got our first. This puppy appointed himself my sons body guard and would position himself when my son would pull himself up to walk and stand there until my son learned to walk. He also would not allow a strange dog or person approach my son without letting the stranger know they were not welcome. He never bit anyone or acted very aggressive but he did get his point across. And here it is 32 years later. I would not have any other breed. I have never been without an APBT and I have never stopped learning about the breed. I will tell you something and that is the first puppy I bought (in ’83) is not the same breed of today. Back in the early 80’s a big APBT was around 60 lbs. now any of the current dogs that I’ve seen are 100 plus. You know as well as I do you cannot change the size of a breed of dog without changing other things that you probably didn’t intend on changing. Whenever I look to buy a puppy I do a lot of in depth research on pedigrees and look for some of the old bloodlines, There are some bloodlines that I wouldn’t have if they were given to me free of charge.

          • Debbie Tucker

            Well said, and well put… I would take any of the older bloodlines over the new overblown, over grown ABPT’s being bred now.

          • Rivka

            In my opinion, if a dog is 100 lbs, it’s not longer an APBT, by definition. Regardless of ancestry. We need a new name for some of these dogs that are now in vogue.

          • An old school Pit girl

            I bet I know what you look for. Wise, Weaver, Mason. Feeny in the bloodlines when APBT were bred only by the real dog men of the time. Thank the Animal Welfare Act of 1976 which made it illegal to put the pit bull in the pit.Most dogs then were under 50#. ( Ours are between 35-45 pounds )

        • Aforallie

          Pit bulls are only 6% of the dog populations, but they are responsible for 66% of the dog bite fatalities.

        • Randy Knox

          This list is purely what dog kills the most….notice they are all large breed dogs. If you want a list of aggressive dogs you would see a list of very small dogs. Its purely numbers does not take into account any variables.

      • Jennifer Church

        Well said. I am an owner of 4 pit bulls and two of them show some dog aggression but none have ever shown people aggression. This breed loves people and are breed to please them. They are protective of their owners and in most of the cases that I know the person that was attacked was causing anxiety for the dog or was a cause of distrust with their owner. This will cause the breed to be protective and will react if there is any type of argument.

        • APBTLuver

          If you’ve ever done and research on the breed you’ll find out that in the early 1900’s they were bred specifically to NOT be people aggressive. Back in the day when dog fighting was done you had to be able to get in the pit with everyone else’s dog. So people aggression was not tolerated. As a matter of fact all the reading I did back in the day said that the people aggressive dogs were not allowed to be bred. Some were even killed. No one wanted a people aggressive dog.

      • Ron Simonson

        Yes the ASPCA has documented the over reporting of Pit Bull attacks! Also in the US there is no such breed as the Pit Bull it covers several breeds!

        • dee

          Ron I would have agreed. My friend had a permit to raise them and find homes for them. She had 2 females and 1 male, after deciding to keep them because they were good dogs.. had a bbq at house and the male walked up and bit into someone’s arm. Out of no where ! I do not trust them ….

      • bmb

        pit bulls aren’t even in the top 10 for most populous dog in the US. If we’re saying its the owner’s fault if a dog kills someone then why is it happening nearly 10x more often with pit bulls? Unless we’re assuming pit bull owners treat their dogs worse or are more irresponsible then other dog owners then the only explanation is that pits are not misunderstood but are in fact more dangerous. So…not entirely the owners fault…

        • bmb

          I just looked up most populous breeds in the United states, pits aren’t in the list probably bc they’re talking about dogs people own, not ones in shelters.

          • APBTLuver

            Probably doesn’t cut it. You were talking about the numbers of bully breeds not being in the top 10 most common breeds. You cannot throw out stats and say this is fact and this other is just probably. Real facts don’t work that way. Go back and look at dates and see when the top 10 you were talking were the top 10 they change all the time. If you look at some places they only list registered breeds. AKC doesn’t even look at the APBT as a breed. Other registries such as ADBA and UKC do recognize them.

        • APBTLuver

          Look
          on Petfinders and see which bully breeds are available for adoption. It doesn’t
          take a rocket scientist to realize that the dogs that are available are the ones
          that are at rescues and shelters. Totally bully breeds are 26,898 that includes
          APBT’s, American Bull dogs, Am Staffs and Staffordshire bull terriers. Labs are
          2nd with there being 18,168. You’re not half as intelligent as you “think” you
          are. The stats do NOT lie.

          • bmb

            Glad you amended that comment as its a bit ridiculous to start insulting my intelligence just bc I tried to add something to the conversation. Either way, there are only about 50% more bully breeds (which encompasses multiple breeds not just pits,as you say- meaning there are many fewer pits than 27000) in shelters than retrievers. So all things being equal you should see 50% more fatal attacks by bully breeds. But you don’t, you see at least 66/7=943% more from pits, totally ignoring other bully breeds. I can only think that this means pits have a tendency to violence and that most of the reports of an attack being entirely the owners fault are rubbish

          • APBTLuver

            You know that a lot of bully breeds get labeled as being a pit people( maybe like you) who knows… don’t know one breed from another. And then the only reason I changed my mind about insulting is it had nothing to do with me not meaning what I first said was you can find just about anything you want on the internet depends on how long you want to look and the fact that everybody knows you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. If you really are so closed minded to think that most dog bites that are bully breeds are really Pits and that it is only because of the dogs “snapping” is because they are prone to snap is utterly rediculous. There are as many reasons for dogs biting as there are dogs. It’s not a cookie cutter reason. I use to have a Boxer and most people that saw him always asked me “Is he a Pit Bull”? Most people do not know one from another. Just to add to the conversation there are exactly 18,198 Pit Bull listed up for adoption not half of whatever stat you used. And there are just about the same number of Labs.

          • Stephanie Magera Carron

            Well said! I get so irritated when someone says things like ‘yea did you hear about that pitbull attack?’ Turns out it was a kab mix or golden retriver(a baby a couple if years ago was mauled by a retriever..) That’s how these ‘stats’ get so ridiculous! Breed ignorance and inability to determine different types if dogs!! If you can’t tell the difference between a retriever and a pit bull (*excuse me) shut your mouth!!

          • APBTLuver

            I never said there were 27,000 Pit Bulls what I said was there are 26,898 Bully type dogs on Petrinders. I also said that they were Am. Staffs, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Bull dogs and American Pit Bull Terriers. That is exactly what I first said. Most people do not one from the other and that is true. For some odd reason my first comment was deleted not by me and I do not know why Discus would have deleted it. And for your information APBT’s are no more prone to turn violent than any other bully breed. If you knew anything about the breed you’d know that to be violent toward people was NOT tolerated. If a dog was aggressive toward people they were usually killed or at least never allowed to breed. That was one trait that was not tolerated. That is why they were labeled “the baby sitter dog”. They were excellent around people and children. Also back in the early days when dog fighting was done you had to be able to get in the pit with each others dogs. If your dog was aggressive toward the other handler that was a BIG “No No’!

      • Heidi Green

        Statistics can pretty much communicate what you want them to by whoever compiles and presents them.
        This list is practically meaningless without a more comprehensive evaluation of the numbers.

      • akduck

        Naming pitbulls at the top is obvious to me. I am 60 years old and have been around dogs all of my life. I have been attacked five times, and bitten once. Four of the attacks involved pit bulls or pit bull mixes. (the fifth was a doberman) I have met nice cuddly pit bulls, but for whatever reason, these dogs are the most dangerous.

        I do question the inclusion of huskies and malemutes. I live in Alaska and I agree that these dogs can be dangerous. However, up here, it seems somewhat situational, when they get loose and run in a pack in the outback villages. I wonder whether these unusual circumstances influence the stats.

        • Tracy Price

          What were you doing when you got bit? In six years of animal-related work, I was only ever bit by a chihuahua. The only dog besides that who ever offered aggression was a shepherd taken from a fighting ring. Almost no dog will bite that isn’t being provoked. But sticking a hand through a fence or going into their yard without the owner there will get you bit by any good guard dog. If you’ve been attacked that often, you either live by a person abusing dogs or did something to provoke them.

          • akduck

            Nope. None of that. Just unlucky I guess. Two of the attacks occurred while I was on my bicycle riding on the road. Like I said, pitbulls can be nice. Unfortunately, unlike most chihuahua’s I’ve met, they can be lethal. I’ve got the ER bill to prove it.

          • CR46

            And most likely even that Chi bit out of “fear biting” and not total aggression( though I have had a very aggressive chi).

        • Hannah

          Malamutes and huskies in the U.S are very vicious. I have yet to meet a friendly one and when I go to the dog park there are never any malamutes, huskies, chow chows, dobermans, german shepherds, cane corsos, presa canarios or rottweilers lol. Why? Because they’re not social. Surprisingly I see pitbulls at the dog park regularly, playing and having a good ol’ time with the other dogs, including my own pitbulls. But there’s a reason you never see certain breeds at the dog park, they’re not social and we all know anti-social dogs are a danger, just like anti-social humans are a danger.

          • CR46

            I’ve had malamutes, huskies, GSDs, and rotties. All have been very social. Please stop labeling dogs by breeds. But hey, your pittie is welcome to come on over and play with my GSDs anytime

      • Goodvibes27

        Good point. The best measure would be deaths per thousand dogs of the particular breed.

      • Hannah

        No no, you’re missing it. Pitbulls being number one is based on total fatalities, not dog bites. Off ALL fatalities, pitbulls are responsible for an overwhelming 59%. Meaning of all the people who have died from a dog attack, pibulls were involved in 59 percent. So in this instance there’s no need for counting the number of breeds. Now if were based on dog bites then yes, you’d have a point but if you read it, it said “responsible for 66 fatalities” which is 59 percent of all fatalities. No other breed was anywhere close to that. Rottweilers came in at number 2 with 14 percent of all fatalities. So not even close. By the way my pitbulls are softies too. I’m pro-pitbull but idiots breed them to be aggressive, which is why they’re responsible for so many fatalities. Either way, according to statistics, pitbulls only make up 6 percent of the dog population in the U.S so based on what you’re saying that makes them seem even WORSE!!! They’re not the most popular breed. Pits are not even in the top 10 most popular large breeds, so there are LESS pitbulls than other breeds, yet pits are responsible for MORE fatalities, even though they only make up 6 percent of the US dog population. So there’s no getting around it my friend.

        • Lee

          Wow, a reasonable pit bull owner that gets it.

          • Hannah

            Pitbulls are the #1 dog bred for fighting so it really shouldn’t come as a shocker to these people. I’ve had pitbulls all my life, not one of them was/is aggressive. So I believe it’s all in how the dog is raised.

          • Lee

            They are not allowed in my county. Also, I want a rescue doggy and it’s pits pits pits everywhere. Sigh.

          • Hannah

            Pits are banned in several countries, which is unfortunate. They make wonderful loving dogs. All my dogs do is play with the neighborhood kids and go to the dog park and play with other dogs and go hiking and lots of fun social things. My dogs love people and other animals, they get along with cats and just love to play and have fun. I wish they didn’t have such a bad reputation.

          • Just my self, no frills

            Reasonable and responsible, I’m on my third in 56 years. Best buddy any man or woman could want, and goofy too.

        • Just my self, no frills

          Yes the idiots are the ones that should not be allowed to own a pet rock.

        • Rivka

          There are no official or verifiable statistics in the USA of dog caused deaths by breed. You got your info from dogsbite .org, didn’t you. Their “statistics” are unverified.

          A recent study by the American Veterinary Associationof nine years of dog caused deaths found that in 85% of dog caused deaths, the breed of the dog could not be verified. In those cases where the breed was verified, 20 different breeds were identified.

          • amy teal

            So true Rivka, not only are the stats on dogbites.org not verified but it has been proven time and time again that a lot of their info is pure lies just to make pits look bad

      • Rivka

        Which was exactly what the American Veterinary Association said in that study mentioned in the article. The article writer “conveniently” left that part out.

      • Robert Rhea

        Pits most common loved dog in my city.Even about all our cops here have one as a pet.

      • david erwin

        My 98 yr old mom has a pittie. I am not knowledgeable enough to tell what kind. 65 lbs of muscle. He is the most lovie dog ever. Lets the cats jump all over him. Wants to be a lap dog. This I have experienced.. I have never seen this my sister says that if a stranger comes into the house JUNO gets between mom and the stranger, no barking, growling. Just a large intimidating dog.watching every move.

      • ilr1950

        Jefferson dont let anyone tell you pits arent dangerous. When you have a 90 pound mutt who knows – KNOWS there really IS room in mamas lap if she’d just co-operate, it ensures severe nuzzling, cuddling, snuggling and puppy kisses. I have two pits, a pit mix and a German Shepherd. My greatest dangers are dog jams, obstacle courses, and dog hair on everything. I wouldnt trade them for anything.

    • Aaron Weinberg

      I had heard about two dog attacks in my county awhile back, both in the same week, one by a pit bull without serious injury or death and one by what I was later able to determine was a golden retriever that did cause death, can you guess which one made the news? (it was the pit) It is clear to me that there is a bias and that bias sells newspapers and ad space on television

    • CaninePal

      I was the proud owner of a Rottie that I rescued as a senior. She was obviously trained as a guard dog – much like you see online with German Shepherds with military training. She became protective in public – but what a mush!!! Honestly, if you left the room and came back 10 minutes later her tail was wagging (the rottie shake!) and she would whine till you acknowledged her!! I have a parrot that walked passed her face without the slightest hint of threat…I have 2 westie rescues that used to boss her around (in a cute way). She was defensive and protective in public, something I had no experience with until I got her and I had to adjust. But her private side was outstanding. That’s when I realized the issue with bully breeds like pit bulls that is mentioned in this article.
      Bully dogs are bred to be extremely strong, obedient, trainable, etc and that ATTRACTS bully people who train them to be aggressive…But all those characteristics, in the proper environment, can lead to an outstandingly well behaved dog.
      The first time I ‘punished’ my rottie – I gave her a time out in one of the bedrooms – she came back and licked one of my westies in the face! As if she was sooo relieved not to be severely punished that she couldn’t contain her relief. Rotties, like pits, can attract abusive behavior due to their reputations…
      Thanks for the forum!

      • Fox Foxx

        I agree totally with you! Some people get the rotties assuming theyre a big mean dog and when theyre not, they make them mean :( (I have a senior rescue rottie too!)

      • Spamalot

        My Brother in law has a rottie. Sweet dog – plays with all the neighborhood kids. I love it when he thinks he’s a lap dog!!!

      • CR46

        My SIL’s rottie only growls( more like grumbling) when someone bypasses her and forgets to pet her. Then she pouts about it.

    • Susan Macaluso Brush

      Exactly. A pit bull in itself is not normally aggressive unless it’s trained to be that way. It’s horrible what people do to these dogs.

    • APBTLuver

      You read my mind. Of course when you have a million APBT’s and a hundred thousand of other breeds the stats are higher on the APBT. I’ve had APBT’s for over 30 years. I’ve raised a few litters and until a few years ago I stopped. There are too many and they have been so over bred. That’s why they are usually at the top of the list for the first dogs to be euthanized. I know most people that have them go on and on about how good they are. And I totally agree. I have never had one that was the leaset bit aggressive toward people. I have noticed that since 1983 when I got my first they have changed a lot…genetically. They’ve had other breeds introduced to make them larger and in doing that they really did change. Anytime you change anything genetically you have to take the bad with the good. Back in 1983 the biggest APBT that I had ever seen was around 50 to maybe 60 lbs. Now they’re over 100 lbs. There are certain bloodlines that I wouldn’t have if they were given to me free of charge. Like anything else humans touch they ruin. If it’s not the APBT it would be another breed. Oh and you’re correct about headlines. It’s ALL about the shock factor and getting people’s attention.

    • camile jones

      i am a veterinarian tech, i have had pets of all kinds and sizes my whole life, just wanna say i see aggresion in every type of dog, you have youre good and bad in ALL, my 15 year old daughters first dog was a pit pup, she was raised with my daughter and theyre will never be a dog to top her good disposition,nature, attitude or demenor, she is excellent and it saddens me all the time that pits have a bad name, but truth is attacks are just as common in all other breeds, speak your voice roger smith somebody has to stand up for our babies…

    • Tarra Meirs

      Exactly! In the 40 s it was the German Shepard in the 50s the chow then the rottie…..they gotta have someone to pick on! My pitt plays with my cats and looses!

      • PlacidAir

        Actually, the German Shepard had a bad rap in the 70s (I remember it well and wasn’t born in the 40s, thank you very much) and I remember it being Dobies in the 80s, Rotties in the 90s….. now it’s Pitties…. and all 3 breeds are wonderful dogs if people know how to raise them as they should.

    • Ryan Ruhle

      I have to say, I own a pit-lab mix, and he is the sweetest dude ever. But, there was that one time he was going for the football and got my hand, and man that hurt! I don’t think it’s that pits have a particularly violent nature, I think it’s their sheer bite force. We had been playing so I let him know I got hurt, and I know I have to be aware of his play-time around small kids. But I can only imagine if someone had abused and mistreated him, and he decided he was fighting for his life, just how much he could hurt someone.

    • Nicole

      I agree 100% media is a major influence on the public’s perception of everything. I know Doberman, pit bulls and rotties that are the sweetest and most well behaved animals. I also know many small dogs – Maltese, yorkies, and Chihuahuas that have bit their owners and family members as well as running after strangers to attack them. Those are rarely reported. If a pit bull bites it gets the death sentence but a York’s gets another chance? Discrimination b err ing fed by media. Just the same as the media bowing up police relations, ebola etc… the public gets nuts…

    • Bobo

      Don’t buy it. Labs retrieve almost anything and love the water. Pointers will sniff and hunt for hours. Hounds will chase a racoon for hours. Why do Labs, Pointers and Hounds do the things they do? Training? Owners who understand the game? No, but because they have been bread to do these things. Years of breading creates the drive to retrieve, point and chase animals.
      Why do Pitbulls attack and kill? Because they were bread to. It is how they are wired. Proper training may help, but it won’t eliminate the drive to fight in that bread.

      • Melissa Brese

        Sorry, but you’re wrong there. My white Lab HATES water and won’t go near it. My uncle had a black Lab…same thing. When I was growing up, we had a Lab/Shepherd mix—not even treats would tempt her to play in a puddle, much less a pool, pond, lake, etc.. So, no, based on my personal experience, your “because they were bred to” argument doesn’t “hold water” (no pun intended)…

        • Bobo

          So I can train my Boxer to point?

          • Tracy Price

            If it’s smart enough and you take the time to train it, yes.

          • Bobo

            That’s funny!
            Never happen. It’s the breed.

          • Tracy Price
          • Bobo

            Now find pointing or retrieving Pitbulls.

            I’ve never said that no other dog bites. But a breed has tendencies.

          • Tracy Price

            http://www.gopitbull.com/general-discussion/25801-do-pibulls-point.html

            There you go. First under “pointing pitbull.”

            Pit bulls have no “tendency” to bite. They’re no more likely to fight than any other dog. It’s all training. Dogs are individuals, and some individuals may be more prone to something than others, but no one can make a blanket statement like “all pit bulls bite” and be taken seriously. It’s about a racist as saying all black people like chicken. Don’t be a dog racist.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Sunday, June 7, 2015

            Pit bull myths: “forced to fight”

            That pit bulls have demonstrated an enormous appetite for the blood of weaker animals comes as no surprise to anyone who knows of the of centuries of breeding by the animal abusers of the old UK, in order to produce a type of dog that would eagerly, happily and relentlessly tear apart weaker or more vulnerable animals which posed no threat.

            Ironically, now that dog fighting is outlawed (supposedly for humane reasons) the number of animals harmed by put bulls every year is at an all time high, which begs the question: what is the point of outlawing dog fighting while allowing these fighting dogs to proliferate?

            So we now have this oversupply of “working dogs” whose “work” is now considered a crime, so long as it occurs in a formal setting. If 2 willing pit bulls are allowed to square off in the ring, it’s a crime. But if a pit bull “goes to work” on an unwilling animal, tearing the victim apart, it’s not a crime. How is that in any way humane?

          • Bobo

            You’re wrong. They were bred to do battle. They are wired for it.

          • Tracy Price

            lol No, you’re wrong, Bobo. Only dog fighters breed dogs to fight. Pits have long since been family dogs, hence why they were nicknamed “nanny dogs” and the favorite household pet of the US for decades. They still have the muscular build, but their most defining trait is loyalty – the same as all dogs, really. Again, they’re individuals, so there are plenty out there that WILL bite, but it’s only because of how they were raised, treated, and trained, NOT from how they were bred. Pits have shown time and again that even after being trained to fight, after living that nightmare for years, they can still bounce back and be family pets and even therapy and service dogs. Ever heard the term “Vicktory dog”? After Michael Vick had all his dogs taken away when he was caught fighting them, they were given a second chance, rehabbed, retrained, and are now service dogs and family pets. NONE of them have ever killed anything since to my knowledge. Check it out. You might learn something: http://bestfriends.org/The-Sanctuary/Explore-the-Sanctuary/Dogtown/Vicktory-Dogs/

          • Bobo

            Nanny Dogs aren’t Pit Bulls – they are Staffordshire Terriors.

            That’s a big miss. It’s like me taking a rat terrior duck hunting.

          • Gabriel Barros

            Craven Desires – MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

            BADRAP surrenders to facts

            “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.” ~Mark Twain

            on May 20 @ 9:00am PST, BADRAP made the following proclamation:

            It’s Dog Bite Prevention Week. Did you know that there was never such thing as a ‘Nanny’s Dog’? This term was a recent invention created to describe the myriad of vintage photos of children enjoying their family pit bulls. While the intention behind the term was innocent, using it may mislead parents into being careless with their children around their family dog – A recipe for dog bites!

            INNOCENT? the phrase ‘Nanny Dog’ was never used innocently. it was a very deliberate, very deceptive campaign to manipulate people into accepting a FIGHTING bred dog into the community.

          • Bobo

            I’ve never said all pit bulls bite.

    • Jennifer

      The other problem that exists is a lack of knowledge of the actual breed-quite often dogs are labeled as being a pit bull when in fact they are not. There are quite a few dog breeds that exist that very, very closely resemble the pit bull in looks and temperament, but in fact are not pit bulls. And the media does not distinguish facts from sensationalism!

    • Brissa

      I completely agree with you. I have a Pit/Bloodhound (Emmy) and I rarely tell people she’s 1/2 pit unless they truly know her. The media has made me too nervous to disclose this fact to strangers. When she was about 4 months old we had brought her to the park to play in the creek with our son (only to find that she is terrified of bodies of water). As my family romped and goofed around, another family of 5 came over. The kids asked if they could pet Emmy, after having her sit I let them visit with her. After a few minutes their mother asked me what kind of dog she was. This was the first time that a stranger had asked me this question so I immediately answered truthfully. Within seconds my son and Emmy lost their playmates. I have spent countless hours training and socializing Emmy. She loves other dogs and people, knows many commands and has NEVER shown signs of aggression. It breaks my heart that pities have gained such a misleading reputation to the point that even saying their breeds name evokes fear. People need to finally accept the fact that no matter the breed, scratch that, no matter the species, the leading factor in aggression is training and the compassion you show towards the creature. Sorry about my lengthy reply!

    • Grune

      Pit Bull is just a commonly accepted description of certain physical characteristics. I’m with you on doubting this crap “study”

      Staffies were originally bred to be good herding dogs that doubled as a baby nurse and valued for their gentle interaction with children.

    • Helmig

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Roger!! I love my pit bull! He’s the sweetest, most loving and gentle dog. Loves kids and other dogs. Couldn’t be happier. I’d have a dozen of them if I had the room.

    • Cody

      I said almost this exact comment and mine got removed.

    • Nadia Boone

      Thank you Roger! This article does not sound credible to me, and I have worked with dogs for the past 17 years. Pit bulls, can be the sweetest dogs if owned by decent people.

    • Nancy Rappa

      Roger Smith….thankfully there is a voice of reason in this morass of undocumented and unsubstantiated data put forth by the au TN or if this tripe…whoever it is….the specious claims (“well they are highly dangerous but…not if you train them right”) are way too idiotic to dignify with a response …it is garbage like this on the Internet that infuriates me….why am I not surprised what is #1…just proves that anyone can print anything on the Internet without an iota of truth….signed…a lover and supporter of the beloved PIT BULL! (BTW…referring to all of that breed as “American pit bull” is a gross misnomer….there are three main varieties of the bull terrier which the author of the article obviously never even researched….jackass…thanks for your input Roger

    • Stephanie Magera Carron

      There was a dog attack that killed an infant ( more due to owner negligence, but the baby was just sleeping in a swing..) The news kept saying pit bull mix.. I finally see a picture of the dog- its a freaking golden retriever!! maybe mixed with something but zero sign of pit bull!! The media def. has an influence on these things!! I am a pitty lover for life! Its the abused and neglected dogs I worry about!

    • UpperLeftCoast

      Read the intro. It was an AMA study that looked at fatalities caused by dogs.

    • amy teal

      So true Roger, also most of the time they are guessing at what breed the dog is. As far as the media is concerned, any stocky dog with broad shoulders is a pitbull. Fact is most people can not tell the difference between a pit bull and a bull dog and any dog that they suspect is mixed with a pit is automatically a pit. Adog could be 75% lab 20% boxer and 5% pit and they call it a pit mix. It is a shame this website put out this article, it is such a disservice to 10 great breeds of dogs. As I type this one of my female pits is laying next to me snoring and my male and other female are playing in the yard. All 3 are big babies and run away from birds, cats etc.

    • OnWard

      Not all Pit Bull’s have been trained for fighting Roger Smith. The Pit’s started getting a bad rep when they became the popular breed and backyard breeders were indiscriminate. Dogs were bred that had a mean disposition and line breeding was popular to get a smaller sized dog. There are dogs that have mental health/behavioral issues just like people and those animals should not be bred for pets. There are also the idiots that get dogs like Pit’s and put them on log chains fastened to a house or tree and that would make me biting mad! It isn’t the breed’s fault but people haven’t been good handlers like they ought to be. I for one wish backyard breeding would be against the law with stiff fines and penalties.

      I had a Chow/Besenji that had panic attacks when non family members approached her. The dog would cower, shake and drool. Just to show you that animals do have behavioral issues.

    • T.C.

      The website dog bite dot org documents dog attacks and links to the new reports. No breed is close to pit bulls in attacks, injuries, and deaths.

    • Russ

      As with any breed it is how they are raised. I have a Pit mix that is the sweetest, gentlest dog ever. My brother has a full pit that is also a wonderful dog. Also son-in-law.
      Most pits that are aggressive have been trained to be or chained. A chained dog no matter the breed is a dangerous dog.

    • Ed Nolan

      WRONG! You need to read up on the history of this weapon of war. Dogs were created by man. Each breed created for a purpose. The purpose of the pitbull, War, is no longer needed and neither is the breed. Do some reading.

  • William J Chapman

    Dogs are just like kids. If you raise them the correct way around people they will make for great pets. All dogs that have teeth can bite given the correct set of circumstances. To have a good dog means that you invest the time to train them and above all love them. Mistreat them and the “wolf” will come out in any breed.

  • John Eichler

    Pit Bulls are some of the sweetest dogs on the face of the earth. The problem is clearly with the owners that don’t buy them to be a loving pet, but buy them so they can have a killer and be macho or tough. Their jaws are so incredibly powerful they are capable of causing extreme damage with just one bite. They are easily the most dangerous breed because when owners turn a sweet pet into a killing machine, their physical characteristics are now the only thing that matters.

  • jcbabyd

    If I would breed a boxer and bulldog what would I get.

    • Djinnenjous

      I have a dog that’s half boxer and half pit bull. I call her a “bullox” or a “box bull.” She doesn’t seem to care; she just smiles and wags her tail.

  • Djinnenjous

    Thank you very much for your work in defending pit bulls. My sister worked for a pit bull-exclusive dog shelter for the better part of a decade and my family has adopted no fewer than three dogs that are at least part bully breed. Right now I own a shelter dog who’s a boxer-bully hybrid, and a pure-bred APBT. My sister owns a mutilated Staffy who used to be a bait dog.

    These are largely wonderful animals who are frequently abused, whose history both as a breed and as individuals are rarely understood, and who need more protection from us than we do from them. And yeah, the American Temperament Testing Society’s research needs more publicity; a sample size of 870 is very, very respectable—as are APBTs’ results.

  • Djinnenjous

    Very, very few people realize that having been bred to fight other dogs means that pit bull terriers who bit human beings were immediately killed in order to remove them from the gene pool. Pit bulls were bred to be loyal to humans and aggressive to other animals—and today, anyone involved in ethical dog breeding is raising them to be safe around both.

    Thank you for your efforts to defend these dogs.

  • Djinnenjous

    Pit bulls were never bred to fight human beings. In fact, they were specifically bred NOT to bite human beings. But hey—if the news is telling you that pit bulls are all time bombs, why not believe them? It’s not like they try to sell you a hundred thousand batteries and a bomb shelter every time someone’s computer crashes, or an oil tanker spills, or a teenager gets ahold of a handgun . . . right?

  • Djinnenjous

    This generic classification is even more effective at stigmatizing pit bulls.

  • Bretzky1

    It’s nice to see an article on this topic that doesn’t attempt to whitewash the nature of the pitbull: a breed that shouldn’t be permitted in residential neighborhoods.

    The idea that pitbulls are only aggressive when they are mistreated or trained to be that way is simply not true. Most dogs that are mistreated actually become far more docile than they otherwise would be. And there’s a reason why people who want to train dogs for attacking purposes mostly use pitbulls: they were bred to be highly aggressive in the first place. The pitbull’s nature (which includes being highly loyal to its master, which is why they almost never turn on the people they live with) makes the job of training a dog for that role much easier.

  • ronniericky12

    I agree with the Wolf. You can call it half dog all you want it is still wolf. I agree with Doberman because we had one we raised from a baby and then she had pups and turned on everyone! She almost killed my mom and little brother. I am a firm believer in the German Shepard as I almost lost my leg to one when I was ten, it also tore up another man who saved me and severely mauled a little girl in the house next door. No we didn’t mess with the dog. It was a neighbors retired police dog and broke its METAL chain and ran wild through the neighborhood and mauled anyone in its path! I am a little afraid of pits and rots but only because they are intimidating to look at but I have had friends that had some of both and they were always sweet. CHows are witchy little pups and I wouldnt have one around children. I think shepherds should be number one!

  • Tylerthe Roofer

    I have a 5 year old pit mix. smartest, most loyal, most athletic dogs. i think any purebreed is bound to have issues- go with a pit mix. ive seen my dog in a couple scraps and believe me if he were the instigator or overly aggressive, the other dogs would have been bleeding out on the ground. pits have such a bad name because of bad training. raise your dog so that it is comfortable around other dogs and people. pretty simple. and it is also a security knowing that my dog could hold his own against any dog his size

  • movinsound

    All dog breeds can be aggressive, some are breed to be more aggressive. What people who say their pitbull/Rottweiller/Chow/Doberman is kind and gentle and would never hurt some forget is that dogs also have triggers. I have been around dogs all my life, and worked at a number of kennels, shows, and shelters. The most calm, trained dog in the world only needs one trigger, a color, a type of person, gender, gesture, etc to make them snap.

    The big difference between a large aggressive breed that was breed to fight or kill large animals and a toy dog like a Chihuahua is that a Chihuahua is easy to defeat and not likely to take huge chunks out of you or snap your neck.

    People who relax their attitude and expectations of their large aggressive breed dogs because that dog at the moment is soft and gentle are the people who are the problem. They are the ones who put everyone and everything around them at risk.

    • Lorre Baisch Hopkins

      I agree with you that pit bull owners should be extra vigilant and responsible and not let their guard down, but that is mostly to protect the image of the breed and ensure the dog behaves in all situations. Pit bulls were not bred to kill, they are often dog aggressive, but not with humans. Supposedly, they were bred to allow the owner or other human to put his hand in the ring to control the dog fight and to separate the human from the dog they are fighting. They are VERY human friendly and bond deeply to their human. Unless of course they are victims of human abuse…which is sadly often the case.

      • chuckcloninger

        Great denial of reality. And of statistics.

      • Jasmine Hagerman

        the problem with the pits is they are very eager to please. So it is not rocket science to train one of these powerful dogs. The the next problem is these thugs (anybody that fights dogs is a thug) are usually back yard breeders they breed these litters from aggressive dogs they keep a few and sell off the rest to the unsuspecting public. Then if they have a super aggressive dog again they breed that one to another super aggressive dog then once again the puppies they don’t want get sold to the unsuspecting public. Then the public not knowing about the parents of these pups learn that there is money to be had because the pit has become a status symbol to criminals start breeding these dogs just for pure profit. So now you see the problem with that breed that we are seeing today.

      • lindsey

        pitt bull owners have to make sure their dog is 100x better behaved than any normal dog, just simply because of how much prejudges are against them.

  • Lorre Baisch Hopkins

    As a Veterinarian’s daughter who was trained by my Dad at a young age how to act around animals, especially aggressive ones, I believe most vicious dog attacks could be avoided if people trained their children how to behave around dogs. (and cats) Squealing, poking, jumping around, running, are not appropriate behavior around strange animals. Children should be taught to greet strange dogs very slowly, gently allowing the dog to smell them and know they aren’t a threat. Running and squealing has the ability to stimulate some dogs hunting or play instincts and may cause a dog to chase. Some dogs, especially pit bulls, will make grumbling and growly sounds when they are playing with humans that may be misunderstood as aggression. People need to know this. And running from the dog screaming is definitely a way to make the dog chase you, even if its just to growl and play.

    • Scent Ofreason

      No, the rest of us shouldn’t have to be trained to by around your dog. It’s your dog and your responsibility alone to ensure it’s either locked up or safe to be around other people. As a dog lover I know it’s solely an ignorant or lazy owner that results in a dog hurting someone.

      • DMarchant74

        As a dog lover and volunteer at a canine rehabilitation center I KNOW it is NOT solely an ignorant or lazy owner that is at fault. It’s also ignorant and lazy parents. It is the responsibility of parents to teach their children how to properly interact with animals. Yes, all dogs should have adequate training, but so should children (and adults). The reason many children are bitten is because they view a dog as a play thing. Dogs aren’t play things. They aren’t there to be climbed on, have their ears pulled or to be ridden like a horse. It’s your responsibility to make sure your child is under control and is safe to be around dogs. If the owner bears the responsibility for their dog shouldn’t you bear the responsibility of controlling your child?

        • haeleyd

          Gotta side with Scent here. Bottom line, the child must be protected above the dog.

        • PNUT1

          Agreed. I have a Rottie/Boxer mix and am amazed at the people who allow their children to come running and yelling up to me and my dog. Children ,for their own safety,should be taught the proper way to approach, pet,and play with a dog. My dog has not been aggressive with any of those children but he is always visibly disturbed. It’s a two way street, I train and control my dog, parents should do the same with their children.

      • Michael Hamerin

        Could not disagree with u more.

      • http://www.julianajaeger.net/ Juliana

        No, really, it’s up to you to use common sense and teach your kids not to antagonize animals.

        • Scent Ofreason

          Partially, but limited. Kids are kids, just like dogs are dogs. You can teach a kid all you want, but they will still make mistakes. Let’s switch to guns for example, you teach a kid not to play with guns, but if you’re at a friends house and he leaves a loaded .45 on the kitchen counter unsupervised – it’s the gun owners fault if the kid shoots himself. Why? Because it’s a human child and they are young, imperfect, and can’t be held to the standard of an adult. The gun owner is an adult, so they are the ones who can be held responsible. They are in charge of that gun, they are responsible for the gun being kept in a safe location. You can keep your loaded gun on the kitchen counter all you want, but if a child comes into the home it’s the adults responsibility to put the gun away. The only difference between the gun and the dog is the dog is a living creature prone to, just like the child, behaving unpredictably. So again, the adult owns, is in charge, and is ultimately responsible for the dog and it’s actions. Let your dog have the run of your house, but if a child comes in your home, it’s your responsibility to monitor the dog, not the responsibility of the child.

          • obama_sucks2

            Ok, I have to speak up on this one. First of all dogs aren’t guns. Dogs are animals that live and breathe. Guns are inanimate objects. Second, depending on the age of the child 6 and under they should know better then to play with guns or run after a strange dog.

            Case 1: My cousin’s kid shot his first deer at age 6. No, his father didn’t leave guns lying around the house, but the child knew how to handle a gun if Ryan hadn’t put the gun away yet.

            Case 2: My little dog doesn’t like strangers. She will flee and not fight, but it’s still best to not rush up at her if you don’t know her. One day while at Petsmart a young child ran at my dog. It scared my mom and I because we weren’t sure what Sadie would do to the child. But she hid under the bench as best as she could while on a leash. That child should have been punished or at least trained to NOT rush strange dogs!

            In both situations, it’s the parent’s job to train the child. Yes, they make mistakes, but if the parent trains the child properly then there will be no case of child dying from playing with guns or rushing a dog.

            (And I DO agree that guns shouldn’t be lying around for no reason.)

      • Gráinne O’Malley

        While I agree, in general, that a dog’s human must properly socialize and train the dog, I have seen far too many children run at a stranger’s dog without parents intervening. I spend a great deal of time with my friend’s pit bull, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to put my body between the sweet, loving, gentle dog and some rampaging child, because I knew, if the child got so much as a scratch, the parents would be screaming to have the pit put down. I try to teach each child I encounter in this way that not every dog wants to be grabbed by a stranger. I tell them to first ask if they can approach a new dog, and then pay attention to what the dog’s person says to do: be gentle, be quiet, go slow… And I try to teach the parents to teach their children not to run at strange dogs, screaming and squealing. It’s worse than bad manners — it puts the dog in danger of acting like a dog, and then suffering the consequences brought on by lazy, inattentive parents.

        • anitagjen

          Yes, when will we require people to get licenses to have children?

          (it’s a joke , folks – but maybe it’s not so funny)

          • Scent Ofreason

            But it shouldn’t be. Until we require a license to have a child we will never solve any of societies problems….

        • Jasmine Hagerman

          I have a sibe that is scared of children and a black lab that just loves children. But guess which ones the kids come running up to the most….the sibe. The kids see a small pretty dog when they see her but see a big scary dog when they see the lab. Luckily she is light enough I can just pick her up to get her out of reach of the kids. 75% of the time mom and dad are not even paying attention as their precious child goes running and squealing to a dog that just might bite them. Luckily my sibe all but tries to jump in my arms when a child comes running and screaming so I can easily get the child out of harms way. But there are good parents out there that see that the sibe is clearly scared and my lab is just sitting there nicely wagging his tail waiting for attention and will direct their kids over to the lab and have their kids wait for permission to pet the sibe.

      • upnygal25@aol.com

        Although I agree to a point, we have established that not all dogs have responsible owners. Regardless of the situation, YOU need to do your part to ensure you or your child’s safety.
        MY dog is always secured if there are children around. It’s not due to aggression, he gets excited. While jumping and attempting some kisses, he can easily knock a child down and scare them. Even though I know he would never hurt one and doesn’t need to be crated the entire time, he is. Safety is my #1 priority. Safety for others, and safety for the dog. There are no exceptions.
        Most of us do our part, you should do yours.

      • Joshua

        Yes, you should teach children, and yourself, how to handle a situation with an unknown dog. If approaching, or approached, by an dog you never want to trigger instinctive behaviors. You as a human should have enough sense to understand that. You would want to be knowledgeable on handling an unsafe environment with rattle snakes or jellyfish and the same should be with dogs. Despite who is responsible for the dogs action, you have to understand it is an animal and it has the natural instinct to act like an animal. So… if you want to but all your faith in trustworthy dog owners than go ahead. I’ll be glad to teach my children to act properly around a dog their not familiar with.

        “Maulings by dogs can cause terrible injuries and death—and it is natural for those dealing with the victims to seek to address the immediate causes. Serious bites occur due to a range of factors in which a dog’s size and temperament are known to be the risk factors. Also important are dog management factors such as neutering and tethering, and child care factors such as supervision around animals.”

        • Scent Ofreason

          Partially agree. You should teach your children that dogs can be dangerous. But that fact is the kid can’t hurt the dog. If the dog loses it, the kid might die. The burden is on the dog owner to make sure the dog is not dangerous. Let’s face it, we’re talking about situations where the pit bull gets out of the yard an mauls someone. We’re not really talking about a kid poking at dog with a stick and the dog protecting itself.

      • anitagjen

        No, she makes some very good points. Stupid people have dogs that they end up abandoning or putting down for all the reasons she states. STUPID, ignorant people who are committed to remaining that way. Do you also believe that children shouldn’t be trained? – that’s what you’re saying.

        • Scent Ofreason

          Children can’t be held to the same standards as adults, that’s why we call them children. And while I whole heartedly agree far too many parents don’t teach their kids to behave – it’s still the burden of the dog owner to keep the child safe. Why? Because the dog owner is the only adult human of the three involved parties. Neither the child nor the dog can be held to the standards of an adult. Are human kids a pain in the rear? Far too often the answer is yes. But no one, dog or human, has ever been mauled by a 6 year old.

          • upnygal25@aol.com

            You’re right, children cannot be held to the same standards, BUT their parents can.
            It’s not so much that nobody has been mauled by a 6yo, as it is about the dogs perception of said child’s actions. Dogs attack when they feel attacked themselves. We know a 6yo couldn’t maul a dog, but those dogs don’t.

          • CR46

            Maybe you shouldn’t let your children run all over unattended if they don’t have any training?

      • CR46

        Actually the rest of us shouldn’t have to put up with your untrained children.

    • Thea

      I agree, people have though my pit was showing aggression till they saw his tail wagging. We growl and grumble at each other when we play, for him it is natural, and I make sure people know this.

  • Judith Freeman

    The American Pit Bull Terrier like all of it’s ancestors that were bred for the sport of pit fighting were specifically bred to NOT bite a human. These dogs had to be handled in the pit during the course of the fight, when the dog was putting all of his heart and soul into a life and death struggle. His adrenaline was at it’s highest level and his brain was focused on survival. When either dog’s handler chose to call a turn, both handlers stepped forward and took hold of their dog and with the use of a breaking stick unlocked the dogs hold on the other. Then both dogs were picked up and the decision was made by the handlers whether or not to continue. If a handler decided to withdraw his dog it was customary to allow him to put his dog back down to see if the dog was game enough to come back up to the scratch line and scratch. This proved the gameness of the dog and that had he been allowed would have fought to the death. Thus the term “Dead Game”. If on a rare occasion a pit dog did not recognize the hand of his owner when engaged in the fight and turned and bit the owner/handler, that dog was eliminated from the breeding pool immediately. Usually by death. That is why for many many years there were no pit dogs that would bit a human. When these dogs began to be kept for reasons other than fighting some were crossed with other breeds that would bite humans. Some guard dog breeds are bred for the purpose of biting humans. Others were kept in the breeding pool that would otherwise have been eliminated. And some are now bred for the purpose and are actually trained to attack humans. This can be attributed to a segment of people who for various reasons have become unreasonably ignorant and even incredibly stupid. Of course the dogs as always will pay the price for this human behavior. This change in the dogs has taken approximately 70 years and even now the vast majority of them still have an innate aversion to biting humans.

  • Anonymous

    The work of an ethical breeder is so important in setting the foundation of a good dog. Yet I am still amazed how so many dogs with an “unhappy childhood” turn into great dogs. I would say that hold doubly true for the pitbull.

  • Chris Fostek

    Dogs are only as dangerous as the owners allow them to be. Proper training and socialization is key to ANY dogs nature. I’ve seen pitbulls be fun loving animals even around children while small dogs were left barking and nipping at your feet. It’s not the dog it’s usually the owner.

    • sidetracksusie

      Small dogs are more likely to bite, but they don’t kill when they do it.
      Having had family members mauled by dogs with “responsible” owners, I disagree that dogs are only as dangerous as the owners allow them to be. Breeds EARN their aggressive ranking and are so by nature. Some will be less so, some more.

    • JMixx

      For the most part, I agree with you. There are extremely rare cases–which may involve physical abnormalities, such as brain tumors–in which a dog becomes dangerous *despite* the owner doing all the right things. These cases are exceptionally rare, and the majority of canine aggression is because of human error. However, in those rare cases, loving, responsible owners sometimes have to do the right thing and euthanize the dog to prevent the dog (or innocent human beings) from suffering.

      • david erwin

        Best friends granddaughters had 2 pit bulls. They showed no signs ot aggression. They were playing, when an older lady walked past them the dogs attacked her for no reason put that poor old lady in the hospital for several days. No reason for attack. I had met and played with them. They had never been abused, never showed aggression.I admit I am afraid of pits.

  • Tomthetinker

    Owners are responsible for their pets.Somebody looking to buy a dog should be aware of their personality and physical traits and be prepared to harness those in a productive way. The dogs on this list are all great dogs, except the chow(personal prejudiced). I feel the ignorance of most non owners of these breeds is well on display, I guarantee most people who have a fear of many of these dogs never had or been around one and also are emotional driven people absent of logical thought.

    • Sophie

      Kudos to you for clarifyING your statement regarding the aggressiveness of CHOWS is a personal prejudice. Thank you for such a rational comment.

  • reve888

    People are more dangerous than any dog, and more dangerous than Pitt bulls.. About 15,000 murders in the U.S. in 2012, not to mention other violent crimes, rapes, robberies, etc. You’re better off with any dog, including a Pitt bull, than a person. Think about that for a few minutes. Then go get yourself a German Shepherd or a Pitt bull to protect yourself.

    • Spiritof America

      My preference has always been dogs. Dogs have never lead a nation to war for profit. Nor are they capable of being deceptive for selfish gain. I prefer dogs to people,…… Dogs are honest .

      • Gorgonzola Albatross

        Cats, on the other hand…..ahh just kidding.

  • Dinosaur Thirteen

    The greatest danger from our St. Bernard is getting squished under him if he rolls over in his sleep.

    • sidetracksusie

      Agree! My favorite childhood dog, the favorite of the neighborhood, too. She pulled our bikes uphill in the summer and our sleds uphill in the winter. Of course, she wasn’t a dog, she was dad’s other daughter!

  • Eli

    I wish people would stop demonizing pit bulls. I am not sure if anyone noticed but in almost all of the entries poor training and human error were to blame for the other dogs and with the pit bulls it was just a straight forward “fact” that they killed 66 people…a bit biased I believe. Just like the other dogs it is the way it is raised and human error. Pit bulls were bred to be working class dogs, territorial and protective. So if a human is injured or killed I am willing to bet my house that it was 99% human error!

  • UrbanK9s

    Many times dogs are misidentified as “pit bulls” after bite incidents occur. Many times it is the victim or a police officer who does not know much about dogs who identifies the breed so the dogs are often not pit bulls at all. Additionally pit bull is a term that describes a type of dog, not a breed, and can be applied to several breeds so it is like saying “retriever” and lumping all retrievers into one, or “terrier” or something so when you at including multiple breeds under one name of course the statistics are going to be higher.

  • LJP

    Firstly, for the record, I am sorry you had to deal with this horrific experience. Such attacks are horrible, indeed.

    However, no owner of a pit bull type has ever denied that these attacks happen, which is what you seem to imply. No one has ever said “because my dog doesn’t attack people means that it never happens, never has happened, never will happen, anywhere, any dog, ever.”

    And sorry, statistics can always be interpreted in various ways to fit the point one is trying to make.

    You say it is erroneous and wrong so assume no Maytag dishwasher ever explodes just because yours doesn’t. Agreed. But it is also erroneous and wrong to say or assume or imply that, because there are statistically 66 deaths due to pit bull type dog attacks (“Pit Bull” is such an over-generalised, abused term) per year, that ALL Pit Bulls are bad, and ALL Pit Bulls will attack, and ALL Pit Bulls will kill people. The truth, of course, is somewhere in the middle, and highly circumstantial and situational. Just because any dog MIGHT attack a person, doesn’t mean all dogs WILL attack a person. It is an illogical and erroneous and incorrect statement to make.

    Pit Bull type dogs used to have the best reputation as America’s Nanny Dogs. By nature, they are loyal and so eager to please. That is one of many reasons so many irresponsible owners having taken to training them in highly unsocial and inappropriate ways.

    It is too bad the author did not make any of the same kinds of “well, this is the statistic, but here is a way to rationalise it” comments about Pits that he made for all the other breeds. That, in itself, lends an underlying judgement of the breed. If you make excuses for some that you won’t make for others, you inherently imply that “that one” is bad and not worth making excuses for.

    Chuck, I don’t deny that there are bad Pit types, just as there are bad Poodles, bad Labs, bad anything. Every animal descended from predators has SOME degree of predatory instinct, even if relatively miniscule. Does that make them all bad? No. More often than not, it has as much or more to do with how the animal was raised, trained, and socialised, and that falls to human beings. We domesticated them. We need to be responsible for them.

    Again, I am extremely sorry you and Scotty and your son had such a horrible, terrifying, life-altering experience with that one dog. But that doesn’t mean it is the only experience anyone can ever have with these dogs.

  • Melissa Gromley

    In regards to the wolf-dog… I call BS. I know many many people who own these animals and who have spent years of research and commitment to them. It is true that they do have a prey drive, particularly your higher contents, which is why no children or small animals should be left around them. But for those people who know what they’re getting into, know the animal itself, and have experience with wolves and wolf dogs themselves do not find them dangerous. It is sheer ignorance and lack of knowledge that makes them so. I suggest you talk to Northern Wolfdogs and Stop Misrepresenting Wolfdogs on Facebook to get your facts straight. Also, one more thing. True wolfdogs are never pets. They are kept as companions.

  • Rae London

    It all has to do with how YOU train the dog! It’s not the breed it’s the owner. Pit Bulls used to be called the Nanny breed. But since some people decided that they would fight them that’s how they got a bad rep. They aren’t dangerous if trained properly.

  • Denice Charette-Weil

    To all the “DEBBIE DOWNERS” on the Pit bull breed, or any breed for that matter! Most of the downfall is due to Human’s and Human error keep that in mind, either from abuse, cross breeding, and yes inbreeding as well, can ruin this breed or any breed for that matter! I raised pit bull’s for many years and NEVER had a problem with the breed. They acted like my children. I have had a purebred Pomeranian for 15 years that is more aggressive than any Pit Bull I have ever owned. Just a fact!

  • Michelle Amen-Ladely

    The only reason WHY these dogs are considered dangerous is because their OWNERS don’t understand HOW to handle these guys! Please don’t consider having one of these dogs be apart of your family unless you understand their breed!!! I on the other hand, will continue to have my Rotties be apart of my family because the way I love them and train them, they are big teddy bears!

  • Joel Nathaniel

    I have a pit and an ol’ English bull dog. My bulldog is more aggressive them my Pitt. Dogs smaller them her watch out. My Pitt is a love bug. they love to play and they are so jealous of each other when I give one attention. They shove each other out of the way for my attention. It is fun to watch.

  • 337chick

    ….that isn’t even a pit bull, though.. of course if you are going to lump 5 breeds of dog in together and call them all a “pit bull” you will have higher bite statistics attributed to that “breed”

  • dogfigdog

    Its a statistal based article. Facts. Done deal.

  • Cory Koff

    And most attacks attributed to pit bulls are (mixed breed dogs that look like pit bulls)

  • GulfFwyRider

    This is a good article when considering what type of dog to get. It all depends on you, your temperament, and what size/type of child you have in your home. If you don’t have the patience,placidity, or the life for a known-aggressive dog, or a big dog, then don’t get one. Get a dust bunny instead. 😀

  • BIGCHIPZ559

    I own 3 pit bulls I wouldn’t own another breed besides that they group all bully breed dogs as “pit bulls” none of them by themselves make the top 10 another bash against the best dogs in the world btw I have a 2 year-old I dare u to mess with then protection mode kicks in other than that you have a better chance of being licked to death they’re not called nanny dogs for no reason

  • Jessica Pierson

    I think pits are one of the best dogs you could ever ask for. I have 4 pitbulls and 2 kids and geuss what my kids can jump on them sleep on them pull on their tail and Do whatever they want to my pitbulls and you know what those “mean dogs ” Do? Not a thing besides lay there. And the best part of it all is ppl think once a pit has been abused.they need put down well got mmore interesting news my two oldest pits were rescue dogs and they are so well behaved and friendly loving caring and my kids bestfriends. Sorry but pits are a wonderful breed ppl just listen to rumors and start hating the breed for nothing. Ohh one more things well I’m at it. They did a temporment test on a 102 different breeds of dogs and you wanna know something pits got a 86% of well behaved and the other 101 breeds got a average of 76%. I don’t agree at all that pits are “mean” unless raised that way just like any dog would be mean if raised that way. OK rant is over

  • Michael Hamerin

    These numbers are skewed – mainly because they do not take into account the number of dogs for a particular breed vs. the number of fatalities. Percentages would tell a different story. Also, for those of you defending a certain breed – thi sarticle is not decrying any breed specifically(these numbers came from vets. after all) – just facts on bite and fatality numbers.

  • Dee Garnett

    Ok I’m sorry but I have to say something. The majority of Pit Bulls that are ever involved in some sort of attack or incident are usually the result of extremely poor breeding (over breeding/inbreeding from any idiot looking to make money), poor or lack thereof training especially from a person who is not experienced with any type of “Bully” breed, and/or poor identification. Most people can’t properly point out a true APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier) which leads to finger pointing. Chocolates Labs, English Bulldogs, Dogo Argentinos, and many other breeds are easily mistaken for Pit Bulls (let it be know the “Pit Bull” isn’t really a breed but a generalization of breeds with the same characteristics. I.e Large head, strong jaw, and muscled body). Lack of training and proper education, which is the responsibility of the owner, is what makes any dog dangerous. Giving numbers but no information of those situations does nothing but spread hate and false information.

  • http://www.julianajaeger.net/ Juliana

    Hm. Been around nearly all these listed breeds and lots of others, and all I can say is that the most aggressive, snappy, biting dog I have ever encountered was a friend’s Toy Poodle. A not-so-close second was a Cocker Spaniel.

    • Jasmine Hagerman

      my neighbors min pin for me. loved my mom though.

  • Pame Ashley

    Dogsbite.org has all the documentation you will ever need. Despite what pit bull worshipers try to debunk dogsbite with, there are literally thousands of links to pit bull attacks that you can click on to read the stories…and you will see us there, the victims, the ones who are affected by pit bull attack….real people, real children, real pets, real stories, real deaths. We know from our growing number of people joining us following attack that the issue is fighting breed dogs.

    Every imaginable owner, living space, socialization, training….none of that matters in pit bull attack because the only common factor is pit bull.

    Go to a news engine and type in pit bull attack. Go to Facebook Pit Bulls Shot By Police. go to Facebook Protect Children From Dangerous Dogs. Go to Facebook Daxton’s Friends. Go to Facebook babybeau foundation.org. Go to dogsbite.org.

    Go to 17 Barks, Craven Desires, dogsbite.alabama.

    Go somewhere other than pit bull praise sites to learn the truth. Trusting every other pit bull except the ones who already attacked is like putting your children in the car with a drunk driver because they haven’t crashed yet.

  • reggiemay

    The dog most likely to bite is an intact male that is chained.

  • Cassie

    Pitbulls are extremely lovable and loyal dogs- not extremely aggressive. Get our facts right. Pitbulls are bred to fight for dogs fights, so that’s why they’re “killers”. Raise them with love, and they’ll harm never anyone. My uncles pitbull was smashed in the head and almost died, but you know what? She hasn’t hurt anyone, even after almost being killed by a human. This is just adding to their already horrible name.

  • Laura King

    Stick with me here, okay. My son’s certified service dog is a golden retriever/yellow lab (aka. Golden Lab or Goldador). The most commonly used service dogs are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds (aka. GSD’s). Someone just posted that a golden/lab was the most aggressive they’d ever seen.

    Do you guys remember the massive scandal & trial of former NFL player, Michael Vick, and the dog fighting ring he was involved with that included over 100 pit bulls that were trained to extreme aggression, abused and starved? Not one media outlet did a story that 1/2 of the dogs were rehabilitated and used as Therapy dogs in children’s hospitals, on cancer wards, in nursing homes, hospice facilities and more. The other half had to be put down due to the results of the severe abuse and how long they’d fought.

    Now, we’ve always had Chihuahuas. They can be loving and protective, sweet babies. But, on the other hand, you must be an owner that understands they can and will bite mail carriers, strangers, and other dogs.

    C’mon, how many gazillion books/magazines are devoted to each breed and explaining that breed’s personality traits, etc?

    Mail carriers, from US Post Office national statistics, are bitten by small dogs by a large margin over other dogs.

    Also, Rescue Shelters for each breed will know their rescues are safe. They are a great resource for finding your new pet.

  • Montira Warran

    I’ve known 2 rottweilers in my lifetime, and they were both very friendly dogs. The chihuahua that lives with my family now used to be a sweet little guy. That seemed to have ended the day he caught me playing with the cats first.

    • Laura King

      Haha, if ours feels they aren’t getting their due we will get the cold shoulder for a while. They have big personalities for such little dogs. :-)

  • Jerry Murph

    Thank you for sharing the truth. It seems as if there is any bull terrier , (even small margins) it still gets labeled as a pit. Like I said before all studies and surveys are flawed and bias. Even this whole article, no matter if taken from some dug up statistics is biased. It was placed to draw viewers and controversy.

  • Stacy Frasure

    I would like to know if the German shepherd statistics include law enforcement use of the animal? From all the information I am able to find it does and that makes these ratings VERY biased.

  • Theophilus2014

    Is there a problem with including comments that disagree with the writer’s premise? I’ve heard of censorship, but this is a little much.

  • paula hibbitts

    I’ll have to agree with Mr. Roger Smith. I have a pit bull (male), a boxer female, a boston
    terrier (female). The p[t Bull is the smartest of these three. You only have to tell them one time if they did something wrong. The other two have to be told & retold several times before it finally gets through. Why don, these cities counties & states put a law up banning dog fighting & gamecock fighting, that way when the people have to either/or pay a fine or jail time this might stop all the badmouthing of pit bulls and get to the real problem of this problem. Paula Hibbitts

  • Sydney

    Pit bulls get a bad rap. If they are aggressive i tend to believe it’s the owner’s fault. I know several Pit bulls and they are ‘THE SWEETEST’ dogs I know and are full of love and very obedient.

  • Hailey Babcock-Miller

    the main reason all the dogs are big breed dogs on this list is because on bite from a big dog does more damage then a little dog but imo i think little dogs bite more often but never get reported cause often the injury isnt life threaten or people feel bad cause its a little dog and fyi every time i was bitten it was by a little dog i have yet (knock on wood) to be bitten by a big dog

    • UpperLeftCoast

      The article is about fatalities, not just bites. Chihauhuas may be nasty, bt they do little damage. Pit Bulls do damage.

  • upnygal25@aol.com

    If this were a while back, I’d have strongly disagreed with you. I’ve now witnessed this type of problem first hand. Too many people simply do not believe it’s possible. Yes, any dog of any breed can snap at any moment.
    Even one that is generally gentle and loving.
    My aunt had similar situation with a dog before. The dog seemed to get worse as time went on and was ultimately put down a few years later. Tons of extra love, attention and training. Nothing worked.
    I can certainly sympathize with the separation anxiety and yet experiencing relief at the same time.

    • anitagjen

      Dogs, too, can suffer from brain trauma, early onset dementia, forms of “mental illness” and the like. It’s unfortunate and although rare, does occur. My sympathies for your loss.

    • Nate Dawg

      There’s never a time where what he or she did is disagreeable. They obviously went through an arduous, borderline torturous process to save the dog until it became a matter of the animal vs a small child. Even then I’m not sure I’m strong enough to let go of my 13-year-old poodle even with those stakes if I she were a potentially deadly dog, but this person was able to. I may or may not have done the same, but never would strongly disagree with them. I’m pretty heartbroken and wish that I had gotten to this article in better time rather than a year-and-a-half late. What people do to dogs has a lot to do with my lack of faith in humanity and how little I value their right to live over a dog’s, but it was probably the right choice and, again, one I could barely bear to read about. This must have been nothing short of horrifying.

  • DeadLedHead

    Any animal can be raised from birth to be loving and gentle. These breeds are picked because they can be ferocious if trained to be. They are great protection and guard dogs, however, the dogs do not have any say in how they are raised or trained. Pit bulls can be one of the most loving breed of dogs in the world. I have 3 pit bull friends, all females, and they are the most loving dogs I know. My friend’s brown pit bull, cookie, makes a cooing noise when she sees my car pull up outside of her house. She knows I’m coming to see her and she loves me to peices!!

  • duckboy36

    Pit bulls are more often miss-identified than any other bred. Since police and e.m.t.s are not trained in identifying dogs they often report any medium sized short hair dog as a pittbull

  • hailey

    true. Usually golden retrievers attack more then pits becuse they have had the brains bred out of them for a shiny coat. sure they can do tricks, but what about behavioral wise? Pitbulls are intellegent and us dumb humans do dumb things or don’y understand dog behavior/language and get bit. It’s our fault. We make the dogs dangerous, all dogs are dangerous they are predators that we used to fear, but in a domestic enviorment, it’s our fault when somthing happens we control everything wether we know it or not.. But if anyone is going to take on any dog, they should be knowledgable about dog behavior or not own a dog at all.
    and too much love as what happens most of the time, shows the dog he is leader, and creates an unstable enviorment were aggression, territorial, or too much submission take place which is dangerous.

  • Jane

    It’s a shame that pitbulls are viewed so poorly as a breed. Society should be ashamed of them selves. For manipulating the public into thinking they are all bad.

  • Shira

    Pit bulls are a reflection of their owner, much like other breeds. I’m sorry but this is a dumb rating. everyone bullies this breed without actually knowing the truth.

  • federica bianco

    you obviously have on understanding of the world statistics. how many wolf-dog mixes are there? absolute numbers, instead of rates, is a completely misleading metric. and it is not a “statistical” metric as your title states. if you want to report metrics based on numbers you must have a basic education.

  • Grace

    there is no such thing as a “bad dog breed” only bad dog owners. Get that through your heads once and for all.

    • Gidget Church

      perhaps not a bad dog breed, but just like with humans, sometimes dogs are wired wrong…don’t know why, but it happens. And I’m not pointing specifically at any one breed of dog. The only dog that has ever bitten me was a sneaky little Chihuahua who came from behind (not on leash) and attacked…I wasn’t the first. I was the last.

  • BleuNiessa Kameron

    I’ll tell you what the most dangerous breed is, HUMAN. Period. End of subject. Done.

  • Jennie Jacoby

    Why does it not mention that pitbull breeds are very sweet, loveable, intelligent, and used to be the all American family dog? Yes, they can be aggressive towards other dogs if trained to fight. But, by nature they are super sweet and very friendly. I have a lot of friends with pitbulls and friends with smaller breeds and other types. Guess which ones attacked and bit me? A chihuahua, a black lab, (full on attack) along with a yellow lab at the same time, a bull mastiff (full on attack), and a weiner dog (dog has known me for many years, loves me and then one day decides to try and take a chunk off my face). But no ones pitbulls have ever acted in that manner, they are big mushes.

  • Jennie Jacoby

    Just like labs are very common family dogs, pitbull breeds have become very common as well. But overall as a breed, they have a great temperament. I believe they rank as one of the highest in best temperaments, along with labs and poodles.

  • lynn

    looks like the big breeds made the list mostly due to accidents. people have to be careful when the pony size dog plays with kids even when they are happy. really if you think about it the pit bulls have pretty low death rates too. there is more of a chance of death by car, cancer, or even a case of the flu than a dog attack. also little dogs bite more frequently but it rarely makes the news since they do a lot less damage!

  • Hmccabe

    Maybe states should ban aggressive breeds of people too. You know, identify certain external characteristics of people often associated with violent crime and then ban everyone with those external characteristics. Then talk about the gene pool and breeding behaviors of those people. Maybe even ” put them down” if they show early signs of aggression in childhood. Yeah! That’s the ticket. How about an article on the ten most aggressive breeds of humans.

  • AyitaSage

    The best dog I ever owned was a Chow Chow. He was smart and lovable. No, he did not like strangers and did not mind expressing this. He never attacked anyone but guarded his area (he would not bother you if you did not bother him). I even had to paid extra insurance because of his breed, but believe me it was worth it. Not only are they smart, but one of the older breeds. I miss him dearly.

  • Mary Kay Wiseman Boysen

    I have had a Saint, Rottie, Shepherd Chow Wolf mix, a Poodle, and 4 Samoyeds. I also ran a bark park. The only breed we had problems with, was the Pitbull. Our current fur child is one of the Samoyeds. She is a rescue. All of our pets have been rescues but one. Don’t shop, ADOPT

  • FletchGuy

    You gave the reason why the dog acted as it did. Your father allowed the dog to roam as you said killing animals in the county. He let the dog begin to feel as the alpha and that all areas were her territory. You were playing with the dog and exciting her and she decided to show her dominance to you..my toy…my area…back off.. You did right and she felt no need to further it. Basically your father poor dog training and ownership let this trait come to surface. Again usually abuse or bad owner training. Your dad may not have even known he was training his dog to do this but he did. Not the dogs fault just careless inexpirenced ownership.

    • Gioffre79

      I agree 100 percent. This particular dog was allowed to assert itself as “head of the pack”.

      • Brad O

        Agree 100% as well. Any dog will do this, the dangerous aspect of pits is their strength coupled with poor owners.

  • Jasmine Hagerman

    that is true and many dogs that look like pits are not pits they are mixed breeds. My hometown did a special on that it showed 5 different pictures of dogs 4 out of 5 looked like pits but had no pit in them the 1 pit mix in the bunch looked nothing like a pit. If I remember right one was a boxer mix, another ended up being a mastiff mix, and I can’t remember the other 2. Maybe a rottie in there as well.

  • Jasmine Hagerman

    i agree. I had just posted something very similar to this.

  • Avs fan!

    I have always had what’s considered large breed dogs. Grew up with a rott, I then had a Alaskan malamute, sweetest dog imaginable, and now have a Kangal. Most people haven’t ever heard of these dogs, but is not a dog for someone without large breed dog experience to own. They have a bite strength greater then any other dog, the size of a Great Dane or bigger, & generally very family oriented and protective of their family & environment. This large dog is known as the “guardian dog,” & has been more afraid of small dogs, & best friends with a lab & a cat, lol. I only hope my msg reaches people based on, larger doesn’t mean more dangerous. The list on this article is almost ridiculous to list the Alaskan malamute, by far the best large breed dog ever (in my opinion). The problem is never the dog and is always the owner, regardless of size or breed!

  • William Vernisie

    It is not the Breed its is there training or lack of they get while growing and yes the media plays a major role in all this ( we are talking on there line right now)

  • Lisa Sterritt

    i always have had pit bulls. they have always been loving gentle and goofy. the stats for their agression is due to poor training and bad owners

  • TimDanielle AtomicbullyzMidwes

    well people kill way more people then dogs i will keep breeding pits the fact is pits out number all other breeds so of course u are going to have more bites and deaths show all stats not just what u want too

  • Deserai

    I have a German Shepherd(50%)/Pit Bull/Australian Shepherd mix that I’ve had for going on five years. We got him when he was 3 months old and he has NEVER bitten ANYONE. He has the sweetest, most gentle temperment and is wonderful with our kids (now 7&5). He was raised with them and loves them.
    My other dog was obtained about a month ago. She is a wolf-shepherd mix. She is also very sweet and kind. She is only four months and is very hyperactive, but still has not bitten anyone.

  • David John Bono

    So lets deny the fact there are 4 different breeds that people generally consider a pit bull . When attacks are written about in newspapers, very rarely do they mention the breed unless it’s a pittbull.

  • http://societyfordaintydamsels.com mugwort2

    I thought of a handy solution to aggressive, dangerous dogs with people and especially small children. Make the dog wear a muzzle. That way they can’t harm anyone. One can argue until the end of time what dogs are most dangerous. If you’re unsure how safe a dog is with strangers make muzzle her or him. Now if your using the dog as a guard dog remember no matter how rough the dog is, what’s stopping an intruder from shooting the dog first? I think you’re much better off with a security system. Much more effective or no lawsuits.

  • Ana Calderon

    What makes pitbull dogs scary is the owner not the animal itself. These dogs are very loyal and loving. What does make the scary is there loud bark and also that they are very loyal if family is in danger they will attack as well as any other dog will try and protect there family.

  • Jeremy Strong

    i had a full blooded staffordshire pit bull for 15 years that was one of the best dog i ever seen she was great around babies,kids,cats,outer dogs she never showed aggression to anyone or any thing its sad that the dog fighters gave the pit a bad name that sticks to them even today

  • Lorre Baisch Hopkins

    The story of how Michael Vicks dogs were rehabilitated and are now Therapy Dogs is a testament to the resiliency of the breed. That wonderful story needs to be covered by the media too! I don’t think there is any other breed that has been so abused. And yet they have the potential to recover in a loving home.

  • http://www.seaweedpete.com/ Seaweed Pete

    I had a coyote husky mix I rescued in Santa Fe – she was the most gentle dog, was a graduate of Pet Therapy School and helped so many children with trust issues – totally awesome. The problem with “dangerous dog breeds” is the OWNERS.

  • Carol Smith

    I have had several of the dogs that are supposed to be the most dangerous. We have had Chow Chow’s, Husky’s, German Shepherds ( 8 or 9), and i have friends who have Pit Bulls. None of our dogs has ever bit anyone and has never tried. A dog is only like it has been trained to be, unless threatened. Pit Bulls get a bad rap too. My friends have 3 and they are the sweetest things. I am a Shepherd person. Have had one since I was a child. They have been wonderful with our children and a very loyal to their owners. I have one now that is almost 14 years old, and still going strong.

  • cjleete

    Unfortunately, a dog can’t verbalize “don’t bother me”. And many people can’t read their body language.

  • Ash Erb

    I have a Japanese akita (: and shes so sweet. recommend that anyone who wants to get a dog. get an Japanese akita

    • Margo Whitlock

      These are great dogs. I would not recommend “just anyone” get an Akita. They can be a handful to say the least. Dog ownership requires learning about dog training. You don’t just automatically know how to train a dog. Do your homework before you pick a dog breed. First time dog owners, this is not the dog for you.

      • Ash Erb

        true . but this is my 2nd time having an akita. if you train them very well they will not turn out to be so stubborn

  • Jerry Skains

    If you are in the country and lots of energy try a Beagle!! They are Great with kids that are energetic and that love dogs.

  • Rachel Durham

    My parents have 2 Great Danes and they are big babies. My 3 year old daughter calls them her circus horses lol She walks them around and waves. They love to give hugs and whine and cry like babies if you don’t.

  • Christi B.

    If you see a chow or husky, you know what the dog is. Alot of lab mixes look like pit bulls. Too many dogs are called “pit” for the numbers to be correct.

  • allysonschnipke

    ok now I have a pit bull mix and she is the sweetest dog ever. she loves to cuddle and loves new people as long as they don’t try to harm us. when we first got her she would fall asleep curled up in a ball next to me. and any dog can be dangerous so why do we put numbers on them?

  • Robert Faust

    I have never met a mean pitbull. ANY dog can be trained to be mean. My aunt had a scottish terrier that had to be locked up anytime someone visited. That was the meanest dog I ever seen.

  • Barbara

    Sorry for you loss. We had a similar experience with one of our dogs. She was a rescue who had been abused as a pup. There was some damage we were not able to overcome, even with professional training.

    • CR46

      It may have been actual brain damage. Sometimes all you can do is try.

  • Anna Hansen

    i loveeee how they tell us why the other dogs are dangerous but name reasons why they really aren’tt, but they didn’t name one for the pitbull. It’s not the dog, it’s all of the owners who treat those dogs wrong, who raise them as bad dogs, thats why they are dangerous. They may have a bad temper to begin with but I’m sure being raised in a bad environment doesn’t help.

  • Tammy

    My last dog was a Wolf/Samoyed hybrid. Got him when he was 12 weeks old. Extremely loyal, friendly, calm. My daughter and her friends would use him as a floor pillow. He lived to be 2 weeks shy of 16 years. His best buddy was the cat.

  • Alice P. Budden

    Dane’s are NOT dangerous, unless you count being hit with there tail that there wagging because there happy to see someone!!

  • Alice P. Budden

    I have a Chihuahua she not mean BUT is very protective with people she love’s and kid’s.

  • Carol Smith

    I have had German Shepherds in my life since I was a child and have never had one offer to bite anyone. Have a Chow Chow too, and she was the sweetest thing, never hurting anyone. My friends have Pit Bulls that are very sweet too. It is how the dog is raised that determines most of their behaviors. Just like people it is a learned behavior. Have had a Husky too. She never harmed anyone or anything, but like it said they are very, very smart.

  • Jackeline

    I have 5 pit bull terriers, 2 male and 3 female and i have never had any problems with them or any pit that came before them. I guess I’m one of the lucky peoplethat has never had a negative interaction with the dog that happens to be a pit bull. now my min pin on the other handis the most aggressive dogs I have ever been aroundhe not only attacks other small animals but she attacks big animals as wellyet they all live happy together I guess maybe it’s the way I raise them

  • Jennifer Church

    I also own a Great Dane and mine is about 140 lbs and she is now 7 yrs old. One of my pit bulls is dog aggressive and due to some poor decisions by some family members they have gotten into fights. The Great Dane is not naturally aggressive however they are much more dangerous when fighting. They are very large and very hard to get off another dog. My pit bull did not stand a chance against her. I however will get hurt before I let them hurt each other beyond repair.

  • APBTLuver

    Any strong breed can be dangerous. And for no apparent reason any dog can do what you dad’s dog did. I have been around dogs my whole life. I’m 54 years old. I never trust any dog 100%. Especially when it comes to small children. I was bit in the face when I was around 10 years old by a big dog he was a pointer bird dog. I am to this day not afraid of bird dogs. Dogs are animals plain and simple. And should never be treated like they’re human. I’ve had APBT’s for 31 years and have never had not one biter. I LOVE the breed.

  • APBTLuver

    I do know and I was soooo glad that almost every single one of them was rehabilitated. They are so resilient. That just goes to show how loving and forgiving they really are.

  • Ron Simonson

    What you guys are missing is its the most popular breed at the time that results in the the most attacks. Pit Bulls are really popular now so there are more attacks, they said the same about Rottweilers and Dobies too! Ignorance on parade.

  • kqs

    i’ve met a few nasty toy poodles!

  • SCB

    Number of fatalities isn’t as helpful as number of fatalities compared to number of registered dogs of that breed. If there were seven dogs and they all caused fatalities it would mean more than if seventy thousand dogs caused 100 deaths. (These numbers are absurd on purpose to emphasize I am not making any claims for the number of dogs involved in the first place. We don’t know, and that’s my point.)

  • mbutler91c

    I have had Danes for over 36 years; would bring home our babies from the hospital and lay them in bed with the Dane (monitored of course) so they could smell them and make them part of the family unit. We have NEVER had an aggressive Dane, no bites, but a few broken bones just from playing with them and having a foot, hand or forehead in the wrong place at the wrong time. All accidental and immediately after the incident, everyone has come over to see if I (or my wife) was OK. Yes, they are “dangerous” because of their size and size alone. There is a reason their nickname is “The Gentle Giant”.

  • Colin V Ploscaru

    “To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs.” This stated after making such an effort to say that ‘you love all dogs’ and do not have any breed bias (paraphrased)

    Really? I know pit bulls quite well (I have adopted two) and they are great, loving, loyal dogs. Any breed, raised by hood trash to fight can be aggressive. The American Pit bull was considered to be a family dog and very popular at the turn of the 20th Century (little rascals, various presidents, etc). It has only been in the last 20-25 years that popular culture has emphasized the breed as a fighting breed, which has led lowlifes to mistreating and abusing them so that they can be used as fighting dogs. of course they have certain physical characteristics that make them adept as fighters, but so do many other breeds- after all we are talking about an animal that is descended from the second deadliest predator on earth after humans. they are also descended from the second most intelligent terrestrial predator, which is what makes them so loyal and SAFE to be around, so long as they are not abused.
    Can the prejudice!

  • APBTLuver

    Parents should watch their children. That’s why they are adults and children are children. Parents should also teach their children how to act around dogs or out in public for that matter. It might be the difference between keeping them safe and sound.

  • APBTLuver

    My very first was a “self appointed” therapy dog. He was my sons stablility to stand and protector. My son was born with cerebral palsy. He just knew what my son’s limits were. We raised him from an 8 week old puppy. We had him for 10 years. We had to have him put to sleep because he had heart disease. To this day I still cry over him. He was an awesome dog.

  • Rick Simmons

    Most Humans are not good enough to have dogs, they are the reason any dog is dangerous

  • Ron

    Oh, yes my blue nose and red nose pits are so so dangerous. They have been accused of licking a few people to death already and don’t tell them they are not lap dogs because they will try to prove you wrong!

  • Tai Boyd

    Pit Bulls R just like that others … it’s how it’s been trained.

    • Cadel

      It’s so hard to believe that pit owners are the only owners that dont know how to train their dogs. Labs as the most popular breed, far more labs than pits and yet you cant tell me there are not any bad lab owners. It is NOT about training, it is about instinct of the dog and a pit has been bread to be aggressive, you cant train instinct out of a dog.

  • Brooklyn Mom

    My husband and I raised German Shepherd Show Dogs in the 1970s and ’80s and raised them with our two small children. We had champions bred for conformation and temperament. I trusted my dogs with my kids and they loved the kids. One of my dogs saved the life of a neighbor’s toddler in 1982. The child had wandered into a nearby pond, unnoticed by her family until it was almost too late, the dog broke through the screen door, went into the pond and pulled her out. This was total instinct. The dog was never trained to rescue. It pains me to see this intelligent, beautiful breed carry a negative reputation because of stupid, irresponsible people who own them, breed them just for money and haven’t a clue how to train them. When bred by a reputable breeder/show person, I would trust this breed over most humans.

  • Amorphous1991

    Owners who’s dogs attack need to be put in jail. Some people are very irresponsible dog owners.

  • Janet Heinlo

    “Pit Bull” is a generic term that covers several breeds and many breeds are mistakenly lumped into that category. I notice that you gave excuses for every single breed that you mentioned (size, owner not responsible, lack of training) EXCEPT for the Pit Bull. REALLY? Just keep on perpetuating the myth. Biased media every where you turn. Do your homework more thoroughly in the future. Check out behavior studies. Most aggressive dogs based on fact are not even on your list.

  • Joanne Stieferman

    No. I knew that it would be the infamous PIT BULL. and yes~I agree more people are either hurt or killed by them. BUT be reasonable. A) they are the most popular breed for a status symbol right now.( not good status) They are extremely over bred, they are extremely abused, they are in the hands of violent people. B) they are very loyal, so they fight other dogs to win their masters love, c) they are strong!!! And idiot people let them run in packs. Teenage humans running in packs is dangerous! How much more so a dog!!! Sooo. Get educated on this beautiful breed. Stop poisoning the public, but teach them how to care for dogs. Or else get a real job!

  • Laurna Macnear

    Had a Chow that we got at 9 months that didn’t get the socialization that she should of as a young pup, but we immediately started working with her and she was great. She lived in a house with about 7 cats.. she loved the kittens.

  • Steve H.

    I have studied the “Pit Bull”…First off their is no official name “Pit Bull”. They are called Nanny Dog! They are the first Police & Fire Dog! In addition, they used the Nanny Dog around children in the Little Rascals. Two Nanny Dogs. They were the only breed that they could put around the children! I spent my life not understanding this breed. I currently have a rescued Nanny Dog! He has saved my life! I wanted to leave one last statement. The most decorated dog of World War 1…… A Pit Bull… Sargent Stubby! This breed is a breed to be respected! However, they are a breed that longs to give love!!!!!

  • Stan47

    The absolute worst biters are all the terrier breeds, which are bred for aggressiveness. The fact that they are often small dogs means that the bites are less often fatal, but if you were to make an honest tally of the sheer number of dog bites inflicted, these little buggers would be at the top of the list.

    I got torn up pretty badly, twice, by a Westie, and this dog was a best-of-breed winner at a number of big shows.

  • Mark

    Pit bulls, eh? How about we factor in how many PB’s there are vs how many other dogs. Just like when people say the rich people pay more taxes, (because they have all the money) more pit’s are responsible simply because there are so many more of them.

  • Mary Kay Wiseman Boysen

    I have had a Rottie and a Wolf hybrid. Also a Siberian Husky, Saint Bernard mix, and 4 Samoyed. All have been rescues except the first Samoyed. Samoyeds are pussycats. the rottie the same way. The wolf was amazingly smart and the Saint a great dog. The siberian ate a mattress. None of them bit anyone including the grandbabies and children. It is all in the training.

  • guest

    I love Malamutes!

  • no one

    Pit bulls are extremely nice i have 2 and they are not agressive everyont they meet they love instantly

  • Jeff Trinkaus

    Pittys are great dogs! Bogus rap they get

  • Wayne Gibbons

    Ppl need to stop having so much prejudice towards Pit Bulls!!! A dog is only as aggressive or as nonaggressive as it is trained to be. It is up to the owner of the dog to ensure how a dogs’ behavior is!!!

  • Gary R.

    Any dog can become mean if you chain him to his dog house long enough. It all depends on the owner how the dog’s temperament develops. I’ve seen really lovable pitt bull (American Staffordshire Terrier) dogs, and I’ve seen really mean and rotten snarling collies.

  • VSoulcatcherV

    I’ve had two bully breed dogs – and both have been the most social and non aggressive dogs I’ve ever had. My In-laws had a Lhasa and Pom – both would attack without provocation.
    We’re more worried about dogs than the people that own them. Not unlike children – you abuse a child and that child will be abusive and untrusting.

  • Chastity Sabo

    Pit bulls, in general, are very sweet, loving dogs. We have had several in our family and have seen nothing but love from every one of them! Of course their stats are high due to scum of the earth people, training them to be aggressive. Shame this breed suffers at the hands of humans.

  • Stacey

    No dog turns on their owner without provacation, regardless of breed. just because the owners didn’t recognize the signs, doesn’t mean the dog didn’t give them

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      WRONG.

      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Another owner killed by his pet pit. Eddie Cahill loved his pit bull and his pit loved him, but he killed him anyway.

        • Mary Ann Redfern

          Mia Derouen was four years old when the pit bull pictured with here in this pic yaned her from the couch where she was watching tv with her mom and destroyed her and there was nothing her mom could do to save her.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Beau Rutledge was two years old when KISSY FACE, the family pet of eight years decapitated him.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Another? Nephi Selu, pictured uppter right corner of this pic with his pet pit bull, was killed by the pit bull that he thought loved him because, up until it killed him, it acted like it loved him.

  • Delaney Wittrock

    I have to disagree about Pitt bulls they really are friendly dogs you just have to train them correctly and treat them right.

  • John Richardson

    The most common dog bite is actually from Labrador retrievers. this is for two reasons there were more labs than any other dog. And people think that because the labs have a reputation as being lovable they can just walk up to any Lab and start petting it not a good idea with any dog

  • Haley G. M. Luttrell

    All these dogs are large and many are working as guard dogs – not really fair to judge trained behavior as negative. Many small dogs are waaay more aggressive – they just don’t have the capacity to cause the same damage.

  • Jodie Elizabeth Daniels

    I have a dog that is mixed with 2 of the breeds listed here but she is the most loving dog.. I mean she don’t like strangers coming in the yard but she hasn’t bitten anyone and btw she is pitbull/German sheppard

  • Virginia Hudson

    When will people realize that “Pitbull” is NOT A BREED!! It is a term that was coined for a dog who was used in a “pit” to go against a “bull”. The true breed belongs to the Terrier group and consist of The Staffordshire Terrier, The American Staffordshire Terrier, The BULL Terrier and The Miniature Bull Terrier. If you don’t get your info correct from the beginning then your wrong from the start.

  • Fox Foxx

    well put on the rottweilers, they’re not born aggressive they’re made aggressive.When socialized and trained they’re a wonderful companion. I have a rescued rottie and she loves everyone, but don’t think you can hurt me and get away with it. She will protect me I’m her mom, but that’s situation, not her nature. My two rotties have changed alot of peoples perceptions on what they thought they were like, they have quite a fan club to say hi to when we go out for a walk including a lady who was deathly scared of rotts after being bitten. She now sits and plays with mine and shares her lunch!

  • Megan Roberts

    Danes are lovable but they can be very aggressive…i have two….and i have seen my male tear into a few dogs and ppl for coming to close to me or my kids….dont get me wrong…he does not go looking for a fight but they can be very protective of their family which is a good thing…just remember if u are looking into getting one they become very attached to the family and because of their size when they get aggressive it is a very scary thing to see

  • Charles Fredrick Sanford

    I’ve raised a couple of Pit Bulls now. They are great, sweet, kind, smart dogs. Here is the thing though; they need a lot of attention. You cannot get one and leave in the backyard or Kennel for most of the day.
    Also, when you look at this statistic, please realize that are way, way more Pits than Rotts and German Shepard combined.

  • Canis Dirus

    All dogs are reflections of their owners. A moronic owner will raise a dangerous dog.

  • Jon Weiss

    Having owned several of the dogs on the list here, and reading the narrative, there is one aspect I see that is left out….Provocation. I recently lost a dog because I live in a neighborhood populated with parents who do not discipline their kids, and kids who run amok through the neighborhood. The kids have no respect for anything and seem to take great joy at throwing rocks, sticks, and other debris at any animal within their reach, and just generally tormenting the dogs, and when a dog happens to break free and defends itself, according to the local government, “its the dogs fault”, because “Our kids would not do that”.

    It is my experience, that in many cases, dogs are better people than most humans.

    • Shelby

      I’m sorry that happened :( and I agree. I mean, if a dog randomly came up to me and started attacking me, I would defend myself… so why is it so wrong for the dog to defend itself when a human starts attacking it in any way? Makes no sense to me. Poor dog gets punished because of other people’s mistakes.

  • janettabass

    As a rescuer of Pit Bulls, and other large breed dogs, all I can say is, your dog is what you teach it to be……My BF’s chiuahua is so much more aggressive than ANY of the 12 pits, the one great dane, and the shepherd we care for…any large dog can be dangerous, if thats what the human teaches it!!! Monsters are real, but they have 2 legs and are disguised as your neighbors, co-workers and friends..

  • Bernie Horowitz

    Funny I have never met a Pit Bull that was mean to anyone or anything. My pit bull, adopted out of a shelter at age 4 has been nothing but a mush to my 3 young kids, every dog it has ever met, and to every person he has ever seen. Then again, most people don’t realize that the dog they are thinking is a pitty is actually not a Pit Bull at all.

  • Penny Pleasant-Brown

    I found a young chow chow walking in our neighbor. She was absolutely ADORABLE! I found her owner, who was a neighbor of ours, who said she instantly saw the connection the chow and I, had. She also said, she could not care for her, so she gave her to me!!! A full blooded, purple tongued, fluffy 10 wk old puppy. I named her Pookie. She was by far, the smartest, most loyal, loving dog I ever had, and I’ve had many! She lived to be 16. When she died, I was devastated, because I know I will never find another, sweet natured, baby like her.

  • Larry

    A St. Bernard tore my hand up in a vicious way.

  • Robby Hernandez

    Pit bulls are only aggressive due to the owners. They are loyal and some have died protecting its owners.many of these statistics are just bad opinions.

  • sky hope

    ok for one yeah pits have a lot BUT its the TRAINER not the DOG i am sick of people saying that

  • http://batman-news.com Hoplite99

    Hmmm I’ve never heard of one instance of a Great Dane being a biting breed. Interesting though. Just lovable little Gronks.

  • vidalia poopnoodle

    the only dangerous dogs are those which have bad owners.

  • s_smc

    There are several things not brought into play in these statistics. A Saint Bernard should never be in the attack category but back in the late 60’s some fools decided (probably not helped by Redd Fox’s comments on his) needed the biggest baddest dog and settled on the saint. Like many poorly bred for the wrong reasons, there became a problem with bad temperaments in the saints and most of these fatalities were around that same time period. No real saint afficianado would tolerate such a move. I worked as an animal warden in the early 70’s and those saints turned in at the shelter did not have good temperaments. I also worked a vicious dog case where a saint had bitten 13 people. That fad has passed and today’s saints shold not have temperament problems.

    As a warden I can tell you nearly every black and tan dog that didnt have hound ears, cropped tail or pit characteristics was pretty much logged in as a mixed sheperd. It tended to skew the bite statistics. Another breed that shouldn’t have been in the high bite category was labs – but if it’s the right size and all black, it goes down as a lab in the paper work. We wouldn’t adopt out huskies or malemutes (usually mixes, not purebred) without 6 ft. fences as they often were bad for attacks on livestock and other dogs. These two breeds are not for people who have never owned dogs before as they are willful and need someone who garners thwir respect or they will gladly be the alpha of the family. It is also to be noted that these are the breeds often mixed with wolves for wolf hybreds – and they all sit close on the list. In my experience with these breeds, both as a warden and years of showing dogs, I would not use either to cross with another large breed. Chows have always been classified as a one-family dog and they are generally stand offish. Even at a show, one watches themselves around chows. The shelter here in town doesn’t adopt them out (or didn’t the last time I checked). The dane, rottie, dobe and sheperd are all working dogs who for the most part are used as guard dogs. Improper training and control can lead to problems, but they are bred to be secure and solid, not needing to attack. Their mere size puts them in the danger zone, especially if not bred for good temperaments and properly socialized. Pit bulls get their reputation because when they do attack, their propensity to be severe is high.We also found they tended to go for the face if “challanged” by a stare. Now, when you look at the figures – far more pits are bred than all of the others. of the 1.2 million dogs euthanized per year, nearly a million are pits. At any given time 35,000 are available for adoption in shelters across the country. They aren’t necessarily being bred by people who are looking to make nice family pets and with genetic care. Yes, they are going to top the list because of all those things.
    You will note that these listed dogs aren’t classified as the dogs most likely to bite, but as having fatalities, and being large helps put them there. When we were transferring our records to disk, I kept track of identified dog bite breeds. Mixed terrier, shepherds (see what I said before about identifying nonsheperds or mixes as sheperds) and dachsunds led the list. Dachsunds and terriers generally aren’t afraid of anything. Ask groomers and they’ll tell you cockers bite the most (another breed that fell subject to bad breeding for temperaments) Springers went through years of being influenced by rage and had some bad bite numbers. Small dogs get away with biting because they can’t usually tear you up and owners spoil them. You can’t afford to do that with big dogs (and frankly should allow it in small dogs either) The bottom line is to try and acquire dogs where you meet their parents or have a temperament test done before adopting one, then socialize it and give it basic canine good citizen obedience training based on rewarding, not punishing and realize they are dogs that have only so many ways to show their fear or displeasure. Allow them quiet space when they need it and don’t let them be pushed by kids or strangers, just to be safe.

  • Kevin Jackson Jr.

    Why wasnt there a a cute little note about pitt bulls being more used for dog fights and trained for mal intentions thats the reasons thier numbers are so high. All the rest you say just do your homework not saying dont get one. I have had a total of 6 dogs in my life span 4 being pitt bulls, none of the pitts showed any aggressive nature. My Rottweiler and Labrador were the two who became people and/or animal aggressive. And even those were likely from kids in the neighborhood taunting them.

  • Racheale Beshnak

    My dad got a Chow Chow from some man, and from what I heard, he was supposed to be a police dog. He’s the best dog I’ve ever met. It’s kind of funny how people just assume a dog/person is bad, just by what they’ve heard and such.

  • Shelby

    I have a pit bull and she’s the best dog ever! She loves other people and is so nice and cuddly! I think it’s stupid how people hate pit bulls for being so viscous. They’re a reflection of their owners, and people only like to report on the negative stories on pit bulls. They honestly aren’t bad dogs at all. Hey, I’ve met labs more dangerous than my pit bull. Because the owner was abusive and made the dog aggressive. So stop picking on pit bulls dang it!!!

  • Shelby

    Any dog can snap, just so you know. Or any animal for that matter. In fact, people can snap too. So maybe you shouldn’t trust anything then?

  • Tim Lanham

    The meanest dogs are among the smallest breeds. The Chihuahua is one of the meanest breeds there is.

  • Nobam2012

    I agree with 1 and 2, but the rest could be most any breed. Hard to believe the Belgian Malinois isn’t on there as they can tear Pit Bulls apart in most cases.

  • asrealasitgets

    Dogs aren’t dangerous, people are.

  • Sherri Taylor

    Not true about chows. Ran into too many during my years working at an animal shelter. Never saw a good one. The vets I knew back then thoroughly believed it was inherent to the breed. Definitely do not want them around children.

  • disqus_AkJn0Lcm6Y

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and I applaud you for doing the compassionate (examining and addressing potential causes for her aggression) and responsible thing. You did all you could. Sadly, not all broken creatures can be entirely healed (same is true of any species, humans included).

  • Terry Perry

    I have known several Pit owners who family raise these dogs and have Never had a problem. BUT there are several other people who i know who have had problems. Like a friend who family raised them from puppies. He had 6 Pits and then It happen one day their 4 year old who was raised around these dogs. Pick up a toy that the dogs had and that was it they tore her Arm off and her Face. All 6 dogs Join in the attack her father was able to get her away after he was bitten. She was alive but lost her arm and most of her face, the next day her Father shot all 6 dogs. I had several arguments over her being around the Dogs it mad them Really Mad at me. 50 years ago my Grand Father told me Owning a Pit Bull is like having Dynamite you Never Know When It Will GO OFF.

  • Robert Huffman

    I would like to see what the non fatal statistics are for biting among different breeds. Fatal is one thing and size is indicative of why certain breeds end up being on the list, but how many of you agree that the majority of dogs that seem to like to bite are smaller dogs and in my experience they seem to do it more often.

  • Doc

    Any dog raised with hatred and meanness will bite, or even kill, but I can guarantee you that if those dogs were raised by decent humans they would never bite; much less kill. Pit bulls are not a bad, mean or dangerous breed. Properly raised they can be the kindest of any dogs. It is the evil, treacherous and untrustworthy humans that are the problem; and in many ways. First we don’t punish animal cruelty. Take the football player Vick. Many of his dogs were rehabilitated, but no matter what HE says the cruelty and viciousness that allowed him to do what he did will never go away. The day will come when what he is will be revealed, but he is only one of many. Evil is evil, in any guise and until we, as a specie recognized the rights of animals to exist wherever there place is, then we will continue to slaughter each other and our animal friends. And no, I’m not a PETA nut. I have spent forty years rescuing and rehabilitating abused animals. I did my discertation on child and animal abuse. Want to guess which specie gets worse when abused?

  • ilyf

    Who did this study; eight year olds? Cane Corso. Boerboel. Presa Canario. etc.

  • Dawn Mortensen

    If only this were more accurate. It’s not pit bulls- it’s any breed that sort of looks like it might have pit bull in it that are pinned for the deaths.

  • kayla

    they state that the pitbull is number one and highly aggressive but they do not state all the facts. I own a pitbull and he is the sweetest. the reason for their aggression is not their fault almost always. its their need to please their owners and them wanting to save their lives.

  • Ronald Arnce

    I think this study was a bit incomplete and I know of many very aggressive breeds that were not even mentioned It was intersting but I believe it was very prejudicial

  • conradshull

    :-) You’ll never find Basset Hounds on this list.

  • Ciara Armani

    It’s really doesn’t matter what kind of a Dog it is. You have to research the do’s and don’ts of training them. Pitbulls can be aggressive if not socialized with other dogs or people. If you address these things early on when they are puppies you should be fine. AGAIN research they’re behavior first. All dogs have to be trained in different ways because of where they came from and what the breed has been used for. I own I PitBull. There’s lots of things that happen to these dogs that lead them to becoming aggressive. People think it’s ok to yell at them. Punch them in their heads, kick them, not bring them around other dogs and people. The list goes on. My PitBull is very friendly. He loves children, adluts, and other animals. He’s a really happy dog. He has also been socialized and has never been hit. Their are other ways to train a Dog and show it them it’s doing something wrong without hitting it. That’s one of the things people do with them. They think “oh this Dog look mean and I’ll look cool walking it” they know nothing about the breed and that’s where the problems start. I also trained my PitBull NEVER to put his mouth on a person even if he is just “play biting” or playing around and getting excited everyone should teach there Dog this no matter what breed it is. I also have a Chihuahua puppy that plays with my 90lbs PitBull. Lol yea. With Chihuahua’s it’s also important to socialize them with people and other Dogs. Some people let little Dogs bite them because they are small and think “oh it’s ok. They can’t hurt anyone”. WRONG if you let them continue to bite and never show them it’s wrong that turns into a huge problem. You also have to socialize them early on and teach them being aggressive towards people and other dogs is not ok. AGAIN research. Know what your buying. Also Pitbulls have saved a lot of people. Everyone focuses on the bad things that happen and normally the news doesn’t tell you EVERYTHING about what happened because they want ratings. Go on YouTube and look up Pitbulls who have saved people. You’ll see what I mean then.

  • gabriella

    Its pit bull owners that make them aggressive. I have a sister with disability & my cousin has 2 large PURE BRED PIT BULLS. One day while my sister was throwing a fit she kicked at my cousins larger pitbull, wanna know what he did? Absolutely NOTHING. He just stood there looking confused & then after trying to give Bella, my sister, a kiss with no success, he went & laid down on his bed. During the same fit, my sister slapped the other pitbull in the head as she was closest to her, wanna know what she did? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. She just stood there wagging her tail taking the slap as my sister petting her. I also know a PITBULL & A GREAT DANE who live on the same property as 8 chihuahuas, 2 cocker spaniel & St . Charles spaniels mixes, 2 annoying parrots, 2 miniature horses, 3 normal sized horses, 1 draft horse, 2 ponies, a goat, a pig, & 3 cats. GUESS WHICH ANIMAL RUNS THE FARM? The smallest chihuahua, a teacup named Tiger Lilly.

  • Just my self, no frills

    Got a almost 5 year old 70 pound staffy/lab(we think) mix and yes he is the goofiest knucklehead but the most personable “bully” mix. He is an outside(backyard) dog but we do walk every a.m & p.m. We live in “suburbia” in Central Ca. and our neighborhood is kid central, but when Joey is out in the front yard when we are doing yard work he becomes a lawn ornament, the kids walking or skating by all range from 8 to 15-17 years and it’s always “Hi Joey” We live on a corner not more than 50 feet from a park that we get a lot of walkers with & without dogs and everybody knows Joey, he rolls on my neighbors lawn with his 5 year old daughter like they were litter mates, plays with their year old male shepherd like they were cousins. I could go on but bottom line it’s all in the training and teaching.

  • Jazzminie Minco

    I don’t think the German Shepard is a bad dog at all now it is when it protects its owner now that is a different story but I dont think it needs to be the 3rd dangerous dog

  • Britni Pastyrnak

    Its not the breed of dog that’s dangerous. It’s how the owner raises them.

  • Brandi Hunter

    Please note that pitbulls are also reliant on how they are raised/trained. They are not dangerous… the owners are

  • James Fitzgerald

    Of course the bull dog is number one. i love how there is no mention of the 66 death most likely because of poor owners like with the other dogs.

  • Nicole

    Ummmmmmm “pit bull” is not technically a breed. It is a grouping that several breeds are often wrongfully inked into such as Staffordshire, American pit bull terrier, dogo de argentino, and several others. Get your facts straight.

  • Marina Pacheco

    I hate to see pit bull labeled like this. It’s not the breed! It’s the owners! Any dog can be dangerous if you do not know how to train it. My heart hurts for this beautiful breed :(

  • Deb Hopkins

    Pit Bulls are only as dangerous as the owner makes them and breeds them to be. As to Great Danes……..pft……German Sheppards, we had a retired police one when I was little. I used to lay on him, get in his dog house…..

    Any dog can be dangerous, even a little teeny tiny one…….you get in their face and act a fool, guess what……you will most likely get bit. The bigger the dog the bigger the bite, treat a dog with respect and love and they will be your most loyal friend.

  • Antmondello

    Most articles stating pit bulls as the reason for death only say it because they do not know the true breed. Also how dare you say you love dogs and then say that pit bulls are they are known for their aggressive behavior. If you truly loved animals you would not believe the crap people spread about pitbulls. I adopted one from a shelter and I know she is better than almost every dog. Huffington post did a study and found pit bulls to be one of the least aggressive.

  • Bob Jones

    Ok…don’t like that German Shepard is as high as it is because of “Its Line of Work”.

    Yes I own a German Shepard, and yes she will protect the family and is aggressive if you come in our property. But I can have anyone come in my door, kids, adults, and I do all the time and she is fine…smell ok…”my owners aren’t afraid”.

    My point is you have to exclude the stats for any dog that is a Police Dog and the event occurred during being a “Police dog”.

  • Liberty

    The most dangerous dog is a hotdog! Have you ever read what is in those things?

  • tava

    In this article, they say pit bull terriers are number one on the list. I disagree, I have raised and trained this breed for 12 yrs. I have been a vet tech for 18 yrs. So with that being said i have interacted with all the breeds mentioned, and i would rather ( in my opinion) handle a bully breed than any other breed. In other articles such as the chow chow it mentions how they are raised. This goes for the bully breeds as well. The biggest mistake is not researching the breeds and understanding your needs. Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean you need it. Dogs were predators before domestication always keep that in mind when choosing a dog for one’s self and or your family.

  • aaron

    Ok well now states can’t put bans on Pitt bulls because it is known as breed discrimination. Also I have had 3 pittbull and not a single one ever bit or attacked anyone. We have never had problems with strangers but the dogs havery stood their ground and barked and growled when strangers visited due to them trying to protect us.

  • Denise Mansi Koundry

    My sweet and loving Rottweiler was one of the most gentle animals I have ever had contact with. My then 4 yr old son was her “baby” and she slept with him, and was his “playmate”. She never met a person she didn’t love and want to lavish affection on. On the other hand, our Chihuahua, which my mother purchased from a breeder as a” puppy” (who lied about the age of the dog by 4 months or more) bit 3 family members on her 1st night at home. Although the breeder was contacted immediately but refused to refund the money or take back the dog. My husband and I took the dog from my Mother, who was frankly afraid of the dog. We have had her for about 10 yrs, as long as you are an immediate family member and she sees you often you are safe, if not she is going to bite you. We trained and took care of both dogs the same. Just like people, you have good ones and “bad” ones. We have loved both dogs, but they are very different dogs with very different behaviors. Thankfully it was the 8 lb Chihuahua and not the 140 lb Rottweiler with the biting issue, one could hurt your ankles, fingers and toes, one could take your life before we could save you. I believe any dog can be dangerous, and caution should always be used around them, especially with children.

  • jess

    I have a pit i also have 4 young kids they lay in her take her toys and she has never bit them or anything

  • Nanci Alley

    I have had Chow Chow’s for more than 35 years. I have yet to have one turn on me or anyone else. Chow Chow’s are social dogs. The more you socialize them with people you want them to know so much the better. My vet told me treating my Chow’s was like treating a cocker spaniel. My dachshund likes everybody. He thinks people come to the house to visit with him.

  • Bradley

    I have two danes and a pit. The two danes are as nice as can be but my pit is even nicer. Pits have a bad reputation because of bad owners. Any dog has the potential to be vicious if not raised properly.

  • Mark Duwe

    Here’s my dangerous pit bull that got me kicked out of an apartment, just for being a pit bull. Ridiculous.

  • Steven Hill

    Guns and dogs have one thing in common. Its not the gun and dog that are dangerous, its the human behind the dog and the gun that are dangerous.

  • Sumner Kagan

    Most of these are due to owners. People let their kids climb on and wrestle with big furry dogs and eventually they snap back when some kid yanks on an ear, pulls a tail or otherwise hurts the dog. Others are used for protection and again, not dogs to let kids and others be around who think they are just pets. Unfortunately a few though are genetics and while we want to claim the pitbull attacks are all because of owners, the simple statistics show that’s not the case.

  • VikingRN

    It’s all socialization and picking a dog that fits your lifestyle….

    Tired dog is a happy dog….

  • kristi

    Let me tell you WHY these large breeds are deemed “dangerous”. They are either bred that way or trained that way and where does the fault lie with that? HUMANS! Which, in all reality, means that humans should be deemed the most dangerous breed! Dogs are not born aggressive, they are TAUGHT! And for you to say that pit bulls are naturally aggressive, YOU my friend, need a lot of educating on your dog breeds! And chows….chows are NOT calm by nature! I have seen more CHOWS turn on people…including their owners! Because that’s how they are ! If you want to let people in on the top 10 most dangerous, aka aggressive breeds, then you should’ve listed heelers, chihuahuas, corgis and some other SMALLER breeds !! Just because they are bigger in size, does not make them anymore scary than a small dog!! It ALL lies in how they are raised and taught. Just. Like. Children! That’s my two cents and I hope you and some people who read this take this into account.

  • Still a fan

    Wow, almost the exact same experience I had as a child with our neighbor’s German Shepherd!

  • Terri

    Left off French poodles…they can be vicious.

  • Rancho Baja Mar

    I do believe this article forgot to mention that “pitbull” is a group of 20 plus breeds grouped together based on similar body types the American Pitbull Terrier alone does not have 66 fatalities attributed to it. Since people even some so called “experts” cannot tell the difference between APBT’s, Cane Corso’s, Dogo Argentino’s, and American Bull Dogs this needs to be stated somewhere. So i call B.S.

  • Ginny Petersen

    I would trust a pit bull over any other dog. I have grown up wi y h pit and still own a pit. My daughter has done more to my pit then u could imagine and she never moved a muscle. I would list a dalmatian as having a high fatality before a pit. And yes i own a Dalmatian too. My dogs have gotten in a fight and my pit hid in a corner and got hurt bad and my dalmatian had no battle wounds. Vets never belived me until i brought them in and my piy had a hole on the top xof her skull and under the eye and 1 ear shredded. So no pit do not belong as number 1 on here

  • Annette Hwang

    People should check their facts before publishing. The American pitbull terrier is an actually breed on its own with standards and lumping “pitbull” type dogs together with the American pitbull terrier is irresponsible journalism and gives the actual breed a bad rep. While I agree that “pitbull type” dogs are aggressive and dangerous because you can’t dispute statistics, there should be great care in separating out the actually “American pitbull terrier” and the “pitbull type” dogs as such public stigmatization is unfair and unjust to the actually breed of dog itself.

  • Joshua C

    I made a very honest post and it was removed for no reason, so here it is again. Rather disappointed with the conclusion to this article. With other breeds, the author took note of how the owner disposition and lack of training can make a good dog bad, but no such statement was made on behalf of pit bulls. Pitbulls do not naturally have an aggressive nature. They are often bred to be aggressive because they are all muscle and their physical attributes make them great guard dogs. However, when pit bulls are raised by caring owners to be a great family pet, they are one of the most mild-mannered dogs out there. There aren’t bad pit bulls, there are only bad owners. And for some reason, bad owners seem to be drawn to pit bulls.

  • disqus_KY81rR73SH

    I have an American pit. Got home from a shelter. He is very submissive. He is about 90lb. All though he isn’t male dog friendly. He loves kids and people. He lays down if a child wants to pet him. I don’t even have to tell him. Very obvious someone owned him before and spent allot of time training him. He stays where he is told and won’t move until my husband and I say so. He gives high fives, shakes, he heels and more. If you train a dog (any kind) right, they will be submissive. It’s all about the owner and the genes of the dog. We had a German Shepherd mixed with pit terrier…. it turned out she had neurological problems because of her breed mix. She bit everyone, she ran around like crazy, she never listened, she ran away all the time, we tried to get her trained. Failed. Like I said. It depends on owner and breed. It’s usually a bad idea to mix breeds. If people could afford to really take care of their dogs, they would check blood lines before breeding. That can be very useful. I love dogs… all kinds. I got attacked by a mini doberman. Yeah, had to get stitches. I got bit by a wiener dog too. Haven’t got bit by a large dog yet.

  • Shawn Grondin

    The Chihuahua bites more people every day than any other breed does in a year. The problem is, they don’t do much damage, so they are not reported. Anyone notice how every large breed of dog that has a “mean or aggressive” look that has been used as either a guard dog or police dog over the years has at some point been in the media limelight and everyone wanted banned. Yet, for some reason, no one talks or cares about those breeds anymore and are not afraid of them. Why? Because the media no longer tells them they should be. Dobermans, Rottweiler’s, Chows, German Shepherds etc etc, once all feared and wanted to be banned because of the media. Now the media is onto the “Pit Bull” kick, so now everyone wants that breed banned. Get a clue people, the problem is the owner, not the breed.

  • Ali Price

    Any dog of any breed with an owner who doesn’t understand the breed, is untrained, has been improperly socialized, or abused can be dangerous. The issue is compounded with large breeds due to their size! Whomever wrote this rubbish should be ashamed! Bluntly put, they are ignorant and uneducated about at least three dog breeds listed. Danes are phenomenal family dogs. The most dangerous aspect of a Dane is their tail, as any owner will tell you! They are dopey, lazy, and placid. Well trained adult Danes are very conscientious of small children, will let children climb on them, etc. Shepherds (GSDs) are not aggressive! Due to the nature of military and police work they are trained to aggress on command. They are fearless but not hostile. Like Danes, phenomenal family dogs and conscientious of small children. They are also fiercely protective of their people, especially children, when given cause. As for Pit Bulls, certain lines have been corrupted, bred for aggression by degenerates who use them for illegal purposes (fighting, guarding drugs, etc). A Pit from a reputable breeder is true to the breed standard -aggressiveness towards humans is uncharacteristic, great family companion, loves children. Danes and Shepherds have been our breeds of choice for over a decade. I have friends with Pits. The absolute menace at our house is the Jack Russell. He will bit and ask for attention later. He is a rescue and has made great progress -he no longer tries to eat our inside cats.

  • Melissa Olsen

    Many deaths get attributed as pitbulls when the dog only looked like a pity. I was disappointed this article did such a good job pointing out it’s based on how a dog is trained, except for the pitbull. Because they have a tough image, “tough” people own them and don’t raise them correctly. They can be fabulous dogs.

  • Kaiser Vaxino

    i had a pit bull mix with chow chow i had him since a puppy and she was by far mean if anything he walk away from someone being mean to him i loved that dog

  • Amanda Zupan

    Funny they had something nice to say about all the dogs except pitbulls. But I bet that most people didn’t know that they Where used as nannies at one point! Look it up and quit discrimnating.

  • Jane domes

    Why would anyone flag something that is public record?The NYCACC kills dogs everyday,without even allowing a chance at finding a home.

  • BRwoman

    I take offense at the Doberman being listed in this group. Yes, Doberman’s are guard dogs, but they are very intelligent dogs and if properly trained, they have the sense to know who is a bad guy and who isn’t. I just recently lost my 14-year old Dobie who was so gentle, he slept with the cats and became a lovable goof around any child. And although he never had to prove it, I know he would have given his life for me and my family but, that didn’t make him a ‘dangerous’ dog.

  • Terry Tubbs II

    I’ve had several pits including one now. I have never had one be aggressive it’s how they are raised that makes them mean.

  • Cagari

    Some of this article is on point, but other parts I must disagree wirh. Pit bulls are not “known for their extremely aggressive nature”; this is a reputation that has befallen them courtesy of the wrong kind of owner, who abuses the animal so as to actively encourage viciousness, or neglects to train the dog properly. I cannot speak for any of the other dogs on the list, but I presume their case is mostly the same.

    Although some people contest anecdotal evidence, let me just say this: like most dogs (I would imagine most anyway) pits require a responsible, experienced owner, who is not afraid to exercise dominance. My aunt (R.I.P) owned pitties for 30 years (10 in total), and towards PEOPLE (unfortunately not always animals; 3 were dog aggressive), even absolute strangers, all of them were the most wonderful and well mannered dogs you could imagine. I attribute this to my aunt training them properly. She always treated them with the utmost love and respect, but she was never afraid to tell them who was boss.

    Any dog has the potential to become a dangerous dog if certain conditions are not met. A dog can turn aggressive, and ‘snap’, even for the most loving owners, if [the owners] don’t know what they’re doing. Whilst it’s true each dog has its own disposition–of which some are naturally more willfull and headstrong–people need to consider numerous things before blaming the dog entirely. Is the dog getting enough exercise and mental stimulation? Are its owners rigorous in setting firm boundaries for it? Are they asserting themselves as the pack leaders? Do they realise when to say no? Are they training it beyond a 6 week run of puppy classes? Are they educating their children how to behave around it? A lot of aggression, and bad behavior in general, could be avoided simply by learning about dog behavior and applying that knowledge accordingly; and I’d presume this goes for the vast majority of dogs, even daschunds and chihuahuas.

  • Sophie

    The world’s first full face transplant was performed on a woman in France whose black Labrador Retriever that she’d had for several years attacked her and ripped off her entire face. I saw the photos, it was pretty horrible. these are the “gentle, family” dogs. In other words, ANY dog can and will bite under the right set of circumstances.

  • Sophie

    Yes, every single occasion I’ve witnessed where a small dog bites someone or another dog, without exception, the little dog’s owner has laughed because it was “so cute;” I’ve even witnessed numerous incidents where OFF LEASH little dogs will attack a big dog on a leash, sometimes even drawing blood, and the little dog’s idiot owner actually PRAISED it – “oh, did you attack that big, scary doggie? You’re so BRAVE!” That is not only rude and vile behavior on the OWNER’S part to allow their unruly and aggressive little cur to HURT and/or injure another person’s pet, but by praising and encouraging these darling little acts of “bravery,” they are literally TRAINING their dogs to be attack dogs and go after large dogs specifically whenever they see them in order to earn their owner’s praise again. Stupid individuals like that are asking for trouble; someday their little darling will inflict pain on the wrong big dog and it could end in tragedy – of course the big dog will get the blame when the entire fault lies at the feet of the little dog’s owner. It’s happened to me several times in fact, where the owner of a smaller dog will attack my SERVICE DOG even while she’s wearing her HARNESS and all the signage identifying her as a service animal and clearly leading me around/supporting me.The jerks get snotty with me when I ask them to leash or pick up the dog and explain that my dog is working. The posters here who say humans are the problem have hit the nail squarely on the head. People are a-holes.

  • Sophie

    Thanks for the smile!

  • kevin

    Pit bulls are only dangerous if treated badly and without proper training…I’ve never met one that wasn’t a complete baby when raised right in a loving home and I hate that you said that for all other dogs but them…they all ways get a bad rap for it but alot of times it’s for inbreeding and poor handling. ..I’ve been bit by more small annoying dogs then anything else. ..id pick a pit over any other dog every day of the week and that will never change cuz they are loving loyal and smart…Don’t stick up for 9 out of 10 dogs saying it’s only training problems and not say it for them…ppl are highly misinformed about these dogs and don’t need anyone else giving them a bad name…they have enough misleading info about them so don’t add to the problem

  • Caitrin Hunter Benavides

    This list is ridiculous. Obviously the only bites that are reported are ones from large breed dogs…. No one ever hears, “child was bit in the face by chihuahua/dachshund/Pekingese etc.”

  • Melanie Guthrie

    Pitbulls are great family dogs, amazing companions and they are the most loyal breed I’ve come across. We cherish our special girl. Training and love goes a long way! Like you said in the Husky section , I believe APBT stats are unbelievably unlucky As well. Unfortunately for APBT Many people who have an eye for them have unsavory intentions. I love my dog and since six weeks old she’s been my little ambassador, Traveling with me just being cute and sweet. If we make someone smile or change someone’s perception of the breed we have had a great day! We have a long long road ahead but we never lose hope that someday BSL (Breed specific legislation) will be abolished. #dontbanmybestfriend #BSLisBS

  • Tracy Brittain

    No way Danes should be on this list! Great couch potatoes are what they are! They don’t require a ton of care only a ton a dog food.

  • Brandy J Haight

    I hate when people name Pitts as the most violent I have a 75 lbs pitt and he is my registered service dog and everyone loves him. The first time the maintenance men in my apartment complex met him they wouldn’t come in until I had a hold of his harness now they love him and pet him each time they come in.

  • MurphyG

    We have a Pit Bull and a Chihuahua. Trust me it’s the Chihuahua that strangers in my house have to look out for!

  • harold jack

    I’d rather Spend my money, time and energy helping those less fortunate including underprivileged children. Humans before animals

  • factualAxel

    also on the list as dangerous SOB’s are Yomomma, holder, Pelosi, reed, sharpton, Biden , shumer, Hillary , bill, and the yomomma’s voters!,

  • CRStardist

    Dobies, fear biters, no thanks.

  • CRStardist

    Wolf-dog hybrids, another “no thanks”.

  • Jack Handy

    Malamutes? Wat???

    Did they pull some bobsledders off of a few cliffs or something?

  • Bruce Alan Wilson

    My neighbor’s dachshund is one of the meanest, nastiest dogs I’ve ever met. And this is about par for the course for dachshunds in my experience–although I have known nice ones. Consider what they are bred to do—hunt BADGERS. (‘Dachs’ is German for badger.)

    In my experience, little dogs are often the worst as their owners don’t bother to train, discipline, and socialize them properly. They think their behavior is ‘cute.’ IMHO, if you wouldn’t let a German Shepherd do it, you don’t let a Chihuahua do it.

  • ExHelot

    I have a G. Shepherd/Chow/Husky that comes in at 140 lbs and a Chihuahua that comes in at under 5 lbs. The big guy (Bear) is a lovable baby and scared of his own shadow so I do worry about fear aggression. The little girl, Jass, is a mean spirited self willed little punk. I’m just glad they can’t swap personalities. I’ve owned a number of large breeds and have never been bitten or have had an incident of biting. Still, I worry because of potential. When I was a young man I had a mail delivery person that wouldn’t come to the house unless he saw the dog in the window. I told him that the dog won’t bite. His response changed my outlook from then on, “If he has teeth he can bite”.

  • Dave Letts

    the ten most dangerous human breeds! Just saying.

  • Donna Harding

    Couple of problems. Every mutt out there is listed as a pitbull when there is a dog attack. Cops and animal control folks really haven’t a clue! And backyard breeders are morons. Everyone has to have a Pit and most of them have some X, haven’t a clue about the temperment of the parents, and quite honestly, don’t care.

    Second, instead of deaths, how about bites and damage. The Chihuahua and other small terrier breeds send more kids to the plastic surgeon for facial reconstruction than the total deaths from all breeds. We saw a minimum of 2 to 5 kids a week in the ER with bite cases and the little ones were usually the face. And it wasn’t Pitbulls, it was little lap dogs. And almost every single one of them had to have plastic surgery. They never get listed on any list of “bad” dogs.

    As to size, our little Sheltie X, Minnie Mouse (less than 20#) beats the tar out of our 4 Pits/Pit Xs and Mr. Pugsley (American Bulldog/Pit X) is 112#! And she plays tug-o-war AND wins with Tyson (Mr. Pugsley son, mom is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 80+ #). All our Pits are rescues. All brought home at different times. Contrary to the stuff that comes out of Pitbulls and Parolees, you can bring males and females together that are adults. AND, we also have 6 rescue cats. Only Minnie Mouse chases the cats, well one of them. The others have “educated” her on not chasing cats :) Oh, and they go in the chicken yard with us to collect eggs.

    It is all how you raise them AND they have to know who is boss, which, btw, does not translate to beating it into them. Also, unlike all the dogs on Pitbulls and Parolees, not one of our furbabies pull you down the road. I’m 5’2″ and I take ALL FIVE dogs for walks at the same time. They know “mom” is the boss and they listen to “mom.” They go to the beach, the park and the farmers market.

  • http://urbanstyle-barbershop.com. Kathwun

    Pit Bulls are great pets, just like the others, when trained right, treated right and brought up with kids. We have NEVER had an issue with any of the 3 we have owned, and we had 4 kids and 5 grands during those times to current. The little dogs are far more aggressive, they are just so small, they can’t hurt you!

  • Vince Oliver

    We have five Pitbulls, 4 live in our house and three of them sleep with my three kids. The fourth sleeps where ever she decides. Number five does not like the house and prefers his dog house. My question is, Dalmatians. Has anyone researched these dogs? Bred to fight dogs that chased fire trucks, wagons etc… and the only dog I have ever been bitten by.

  • johnde

    I had a doberman for eleven years. It was the most gentle dog I ever saw. But it sure could scare anyone who came around the house. And it never bit anyone.

  • fireoasis

    Sadly the ‘study’ is very biased. It only views ‘deaths’. Not if the dog was the starter of the event/defending their home/in a dog fight situation. Pit bulls are amazing dogs. They can be sweet and gentle and forgiving of very stupid owners. However they are a POWERFUL dog, and sooo many people get them who can not handle them properly. They have become the poster child for dog fighting and that is just sad. Aggressive dogs are bred to aggressive dogs and you get more aggressive dogs all because some loon thought it would be awesome to have a pit bull ‘guard dog’ or fighting dog. The pit bulls have their reputation because of the way humans have treated them.

  • Tami Brueggemann

    I do have to agree about chihuahuas. I have worked with many of them, and they tend to be very aggressive by nature. But it does depend on the individual personality. My chi Nika loved everyone and went to the playground with us all the time when my son was little. But Cookie, one of the chi’s is have now, has full blown small dog syndrome. I have had her since she was a baby, and she was raised the same as my other dogs. But no amount of training has broken her of going after every other dog she sees. She chased a boxer right out of our neighborhood, with me running behind her, being totally ignored. She even tried to take on a pitt bull, but I managed to catch her in time. She was still barking and snapping at him as I carried her away. The look on the pitt’s face was clearly “you’ve got to be kidding me”. lol

  • wilsonspaulding

    I notice there are a lot of “ifs” associated with pit bulls. “If you raise them right,” “If they feel threatened”, “If they have a bad owner,” “if they have a good owner.” etc. The difference between the “ifs” in a pit bull and the “ifs” in a border collie is that, when all the “ifs”go wrong, the border collie won’t end up killing you. THAT is why pit bulls are a dangerous breed.

  • Tracy Price

    And you clearly don’t know anything about dog pack behavior. Our shepherd was aggressive until he was trained that he wasn’t in charge. Now even our chihuahua can play with him safely. Once he knew he wasn’t alpha, he became totally docile and harmless to anyone and anything. Dogs who think they are dominant are dangerous. That’s why those spoiled little dogs will bite and bark – since they don’t look threatening, owners let them get away with dominance behaviors until it’s too late. After six years in animal-related jobs, I was only EVER bit by a spoiled chihuahua. Dogs need proper leadership, not just a yard and food.

  • RescueMom

    You keep mentioning “buying” a particular breed… how about adopting?? Tell people to consider before they “buy” is simply uneducated and a bad idea. So much for trying to rid the country of puppy mills… when sites like yours encourage biting. :(

  • RescueMom

    Never mind… the site is a waste of time. While I agree that the Pit Bull Terrier is the most dangerous breed, according to fatalities, you fail to mention the sheer number of pit bulls being bred and sold, compared to the other breeds, would only make this “finding” common sense!

  • Steve

    Where are Huskies on the dangerous list?

  • Nicole

    Pit bulls don’t have an “extremely aggressive nature,” as the truth is quite the opposite. What they DO have is an insatiable desire to please their owner. If that means through aggression/violence, or even the dog’s own death, unfortunately that’s what they will do in attempt to please their owner. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!

  • Connor

    The only reason pit bulls have the highest is due to dogfights. Rottweilers because of their guard dog nature and German shepards due to their police dog nature. My father had a pit bull mix and he was the sweetest thing on earth. My family now has a German Shepard mix and she couldn’t be nicer. You get out of a dog what you put in, you train them to be ferocious, they will be, train them to be loving and they will be. They are only a reflection of their owners.

  • Ever Simone

    My Cocker Spaniel,Honey, was murdered by a pit bull. The owner was irresponsible, neglectful and did not train her dog. I now warn people that pit bulls and other large aggressive dogs are lethal weapons if they are not trained and cared for properly. I am very alert when I walk my Cocker Spaniel, Chocolate. When I see pit bulls, I do not know if they have responsible owners, so I assume the owners are irresponsible and I move to a safe location. Before my Cocker Spaniel was murdered, I assumed the owners of large, aggressive dogs were responsible. Now, I protect me and my dog, First.

  • Ketch

    The dogs shouldn’t be banned, but the owners are another story. There are no bad dogs

  • Dan Koss

    I have had 6 Rottweiler’s and we have raised 8 puppies and they have been a great dog. I also had a Doberman and he was very loyal. I have had several German shepherds and they were beautiful dogs. I do prefer the Rottweiler because of how they have been with my grandchildren. They watch and protect them. In fact none of them would have hurt anyone but the size alone scares people.

  • elizabethrc

    I fell in love with Great Danes when I was in the 5th grade. I’ve owned then for 60 years and have done occasional breed and have shown then for many years. They should definitely not be on this list at all. They are gentle and loving and they bond deeply.
    Are there sometimes bad apples? Sure. That’s true of any breed, but it is rare and one needs to look at the owners in many of those cases. People don’t realize when they purchase one, just how large they’ll get and danes are put up for adoption (or left tied to a tree) more than most breeds. When I was breeding, I carefully screened the buyers of my dogs.
    It’s the people who are the dangerous ones.

  • Todd Spitalny

    How bout they study the owners of those pit bulls and see what their criminal background is or look at their behavior towards their own dogs. I found my pit to be sweet and gentle. He does forget he is 60 lbs and he truly believes he is a lap dog. He follows our female boxer around and he has to cuddle with her all the time. Since finding out we are having a baby he lays with my wife and protects as if he knows he has a new little brother coming. These studies are flawed beyond belief.

  • WrshpMzshn

    Pit Bull owners are quick to (correctly) point out that other breeds of dogs are much more aggressive than the APBT. It’s true. My little lap dog is far more likely to bite you or me than a well-raised Pit. However, when was the last time a child was killed by the neighbor’s Pekingese? And you can bet if it happened it’d be all over the news!

  • BD

    As a former K9 officer, I can tell you that K9’s, and all dogs for that matter, react to Situations as how they are trained. I had a Husky-Shepard mix K9 that was the most intelligent, skilled and well trained dog I have ever seen. He had exemplary hearing and eyesight, a sixth sense about people, good or bad, never agressive towards kids or other animals, and loved to work. He never bit anyone he wasn’t told to, was loyal and protective of his partner, and was as gentle as a pet puppy at home. It was a sad day when he retired, and eventually went off to that big pasture in the sky. I quit working K9 when he retired, because I had the best partner anyone could have. I couldn’t bring myself to work with another dog. Thanks, Luke, you were the best, buddy. I’ll never forget you.

  • Dan

    I’ve had Dobermans all my life and they are sweethearts. Never had one attack anyone except in a training exercise. I was a trainer for 30 years and a more loyal, sensitive, and loving dog can’t be found anywhere. No dog is born aggressive or mean. The dog is trained or ruined by the owner. When a dog attacks and harms someone, the owner should be euthanize not the animal.

  • Lily Darcey

    I was at the dog park yesterday with my Dane. I witnessed a Chihuahua go after a pit bull.

  • Lily Darcey

    I have homeowners insurance. They have a list of dogs considered a higher liability, which automatically raise the cost of this insurance. Great Danes are not on the list.

  • Ken Walker

    You gave lots of excuses for aggressive breeds saying their aggressivness was due to the owners. You didn’t give the same courtesy to Pit Bulls or didn’t do as much research. I believe the same is true about Pit Bulls. A more loyal and friendly “aggressive” dog I have not seen. Have had several and never fought them against other dogs. I treated them like I would any pet and they always behaved well. Unfortunately owners can be very ugly towards their dogs. There was a time in which they were considered the “Nanny” dogs. would make sure that your child didn’t fall into harm. Too bad that a lot of current owners think that this breed needs to be mean so they treat them accordingly. JMHO

  • Just my self, no frills

    Hate to bust the myopic bubble of the bully/bully mix haters, I am on my third bully at 56 years old, too bad they only have a life span of 10 to 12 years All were gotten as pups or at a young age and all were the most personable dogs you could meet, all were outside dogs but only came in upon request, cats?, no problem, other dogs?, no problem, other people?, no problem. They are smarter than people think, loving, sweet, goofy, but it all stems from the training, discipline and attention they get and they give back, loyalty is so much that they would stop a train for you if they could. My Joey is a star in my neighborhood, EVERYBODY on my block knows and loves Joey, he becomes a lawn ornament when we are doing yard work in the front yard, will not leave the yard to go say hi unless told to, lots of walkers and dog walkers in my area because we live right next to a park but he just looks at you and wags his tail. Dog park friendly, loves my neighbors 5 year old, they play on the lawn like litter mates, does not leave mine or my wife’s side when walked in certain areas off leash unless told it’s ok, you couldn’t give me a million bucks for my current knucklehead or convince me he will eat you.

  • MaryAnn Bova

    Pibbuls are the sweetest dogs. They have awesome temperments and are huge love bugs. I worked 10 years in veterinary medicine and would take a Pittie over a Chow-Chow any day, heck even a cocker can be more aggressive than a pittie! Pitties get a bad rap. It’s all how they are bred and raised.

  • Marka Huber

    A true animal lover knows that there are certain attributes you do not want to pass along to your new litter. I have taken ownership of a female mix breed dog that has a genetic tell-tale and an attitude I would never want in a dog. She is part american pitt, part black lab, and akita. She is smart and well behaved. The problem is the people who had her before me taught her some nasty behaviors that has so far taken me near 4 years to work out of her. As much as I love her, she will never have pups, these are traits that will cause the pups to be ill tempered and dangerous. This dog here now will get close to people and plays with children. Adults still can not touch her except for our family. I used to raise pitts, but I gave that up. It really is hard to find good homes for them, too many people want to fight them.

  • Debbie Tucker

    Too many dogs are labeled as “pit bulls” simply because they are muscular and have a squarish head. I have seen articles about “pit bull” attacks then see a photo of the dog and it is obviously NOT a pit bull. In the wrong hands an American Pit Bull Terrier can be dangerous. In the right hands you will not find a more loving, loyal family companion in the world.

  • dreamwvr1955

    Why is it with breeds other than the pit bull, they attribute some of the aggression to the owners? Its this kind of survey that gives pits a bad name. Its a shame that 66 people died but I would like to know the circumstances. Was it purely the pit’s fault?

  • Seer Kennel

    Nothing useful in this entire article, not impressed. Seriously hope that this is not representative of Puppytoob’s general knowledge of canines..

    By the way, before you continue to contribute to the public hysteria over ‘pitbulls’ it would be a good idea to do a little more serious research on the ‘statistics’. Any dog that resembles a ‘pitbull’ – including mixed breeds that have no bully in them – is often misidentified as one, which unpardonably skews the stats.

    There are no ‘dangerous’ breeds, there are only uninformed / uneducated owners.

    You’re not helping here..

  • loginsareunnecessary

    Are the 66 pitbull fatalities otherwise sweet pets that just turned on their owners out of nowhere, or are they counting the poor dogs who are trained for dog fights and through that become extremely aggressive towards people? Because in all honesty, I think they are extremely sweet dogs. They don’t seem to have a naturally aggressive nature, not the ones I’ve been around. They are big and powerful and can inadvertently hurt someone just by thinking they are smaller than they are. But they aren’t necessarily aggressive dogs.

    People train them to be aggressive and then harm people or dogs.

    And where are they getting these numbers from anyway? Is this from one year? Five? Ten? All of history?

  • Kenneth

    Through selective breeding, Pit Bulldog’s an Rottweiler’s have developed enormous jaw strength, Pit Bulldog’s also have a ruinous “hold and shake” bite style, designed to inflict the maximum damage possible on their victims. This bite trait delivers winning results in the fighting pit and that is why they are sought for fighting.

    When the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Denver pit bull ban in 2005, the high court set aside characteristics that pit bulls displayed when they attack that differ from all other dog breeds. One of these characteristics was their lethal bite: “[pit bulls] inflict more serious wounds than other breeds. They tend to attack the deep muscles – (to hold on, to shake, and to cause ripping of tissues).
    Doctors often compare similar damage in Pit Bulldog attacks to shark attacks.

  • Joann

    Pit bulls are the MOST LOYAL OS ALL THE BREEDS. THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITIES, their OWNER ARE !!! Any dog can be aggressive. With proper training… all is well. Would LIKE to say that ABOUT most HUMANS.

  • Randy Poff

    Pit bulls were do you think they get there name? from being put in a pit to flight. these dogs are useless look up the stats and you will see more people are bitten by these dogs than any other.

  • Jan Haring

    This study is flawed on at least two counts. First of all, the breeds represented are breeds that are popular so the incidents will naturally be higher. A breed like the Cane Corso that does tend to have a more aggressive nature is not represented because there are too few of them to make the list. Secondly, much information comes from people who identify breeds incorrectly. For example, the pit bull and husky are generic terms for any mix that appears to have those breed characteristics.

  • CR46

    Sounds more like she had actually developed a brain tumor. Those can cause personality changes. I have known 2 cases in older dogs, one a Dane and one a Dobie. But to find out they had to pay for autopsies. It just may have been something medically she had no control over.

  • CR46

    Actually they were bred to take down bulls, thus the “bully breed label. Please get your facts straight instead of making up your own.

    • Mary Ann Redfern

      BULLDOGS were bred way before the bull and terrier breed for bull baiting. The bull and terrier breed was bred from the Olde English Bulldogge and the English White Terrier, ;among other small terriers of that time. When animal welfare laws were passed in England in 1835, the bloodsport of bull baiting was difficult to carry on, as it required the transport of a large bull and the use of a large arena, neither of which could be easily hidden from the authorities. Pit fighting required only a small pit and two relatively small pit bulls. Many of these “matches” took place in the coal pits of Staffordshire, England. I could go on, but it doesn’t seem your IQ is up to par.

  • Guest

    This writer doesn’t know what she’s writing about. The smaller the breed, the more likely to bite (because they’re paranoid). The bigger breeds? They’re like…. Whatever!

  • Graywolf12

    Title should be 10 breeds made dangerous by stupid owners. 99% of the dangerous dogs are made that way by abuse or training to be vicious.

  • Martin O

    Im surprised the Akita never made the list…

  • UpperLeftCoast

    To be meaningful, these statistics need to adjusted based on the percentage of each breed in the overall dog population. Even so, its really clear that Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are responsible for both far more fatalities than other breeds, and at a far higher rate given the percentage of the overall dog population that they comprise.

  • UpperLeftCoast

    Based on these statistics, for Pit Bulls not to be far more responsible for fatalities than can be accounted for by their rate in the overall dog population, they would have to comprise nearly 40% of the population. I’m sure the Pit Bull apologists will not like this, but that is what these statistics show.

  • Rivka

    The American Veterinary Association did a more recent study that found no connection between dog caused deaths and dog breed.

    And there are no official or verifiable statistics in the USA on dog caused deaths or dog bite by breed.
    Please do better research, article writer.

  • Penny Thunderfarts

    Unfortunately many of the dogs on this list are either trained to be aggressive or are trained as guard dogs, which would account for many of the fatalities, as the majority of these dogs generally have very sweet & lazy temperaments. I have been a vet’s asst & a groomer and the highest biting incidences were all smaller dogs incl: Chihuahua, cocker spaniels, various small terriers. Not sure why but they are much more prone to bite & not always good around kids. We’ve had multiple Cocker spaniels so aggressive they’ve had to be sedated to get groomed. This seemed like poor breeding to me. Big dogs you can sit on, pull their ears etc & they’re like whatever………….unless their family is threatened & then that’s another story. But smaller dogs biting very often don’t get reported & are usually not fatal, so they are ignored. My little Doxie/corgie mix is more aggressive & snappy than the pitty/hound mix & the little guy has drawn blood on her before. They have both been very good w/our cats & non-aggressive & sometimes cuddly w/them. I get mixed reactions w/the big dog, people either can tell she’s friendly & will let their toddlers pull on her & let her give them kisses to people who are so afraid they give us a wide berth. Unfortunately I think this article did not do these dogs any favors, big dogs do more damage but I think if there were actual & real statistics of all dog bites, smaller more nervous/intolerant breeds would show up as biting about 20 times more often, just usually w/less damage because you can just knock a 15lb dog aside when it bites.

  • Caitlin Brennan

    I have a problem with #1.
    I own a Pit bull. Granted he is a mix, but much of their “aggressive nature” is due to poor training. Not to mention, MANY Pit bulls are used in dog fighting rings, leaving much room for FEAR aggression, rather than RANDOM attacks. How #1 was described, was purely biased.
    Please do further research on the history of Pit bulls.

  • Jennifer

    This study uses language created to completely misrepresent Pit Bulls. Any person that has any knowledge of psychology should be able to see that. With all the other breeds they never said “deadly” until they got to Pits….and they made every effort to excuse the behavior of all the other breads while completely ignoring the facts and history behind the Pit breed including that they are also used primarily as guard dogs (which was used to write off the aggression of several of the other breeds), as well as the blatant disregard for the fact that this breed is by FAR the most abused breed of dog that exists due to the prevalence of dog fighting. Way to spread ignorance and fear for a breed of dog that is in the same boat several of those other breeds have been in in the past. The fact that pit bulls are a popular breed for the majority of some very horrible people is not a reflection on the breed itself, oh wait…you know that…since you pointed it out for the other breeds…

  • Ruth Clarke-Smith

    I have seen more vicious Chihuahuas than I have EVER seen pit bulls!

  • Jill Kuhn

    Pit bulls are not the most dangerous dog! Rottys have cause more damage than pit bulls and ppl should not keep spreading this rumor! Pit bulls are very loving loyal dogs and are easily trained, that is why they make such great fighters. It is not the dogs fault ppl are jerks and train them to fight!

  • Erica

    I wasn’t going to comment, but when I saw the blatant discrimination against Pit Bulls, I had to say something. I, too, was one of the uneducated people walking around most of my life afraid of this breed of dog because of what I had “heard” about them. In 2004, I became the owner of one because I married a man who raised them his entire life. I now have three and wouldn’t get any other breed. Your article dismissed or explained away all the other breeds’ aggression as being the fault of the owner, yet in the pit bull article, it was left to read as these dogs are naturally aggressive. Do your research; pit bulls were used as nanny dogs in the early 1900s. They rank among the highest when it comes to tolerance and they are only as aggressive as any other dog. Ignorant journalism such as this only fuels the negative sterotypes about this breed.

  • waydel58

    The biggest problem with “dangerous” dogs are the owners not having their dogs properly trained.
    I used to have a job where I would go to people homes during the day. Once I started to open the gate and a German Shepard comes running around the house is barking and snapping at me, the owner comes out says one word in german and the dog moves about five feet away from me sits and everything is good.

  • 2smartforlibs

    I’ve owned most of these breeds. Human ignorance was more of a problem than the dogs. Most were overly playful and that was taken as aggression. My Rott was shot by a an ignorant Neighbor only because he was a Rott. Just proves how stupid people are

  • george

    Pit Bulls get a bad rap because of their owners who usually train them to be aggressive…I have a 8 year old female that wouldn’t hurt any human, however I must say she doesn’t do well with other animals at all…I’m not sure if this is just in the breeding or in just this one dog …

  • eyelostmyname

    Bull manure. You cannot just single out one breed of dog as the most dangerous based on bites. If that were true then Chihuahuas would be the deadliest dogs on Earth because they bite more people than any other dog. However, most Chihuahua bites don’t get reported because they are so small and their bites don’t do much damage. So much for those bite reports being some kind of a measurement for dangerous dogs.

  • OnWard

    I’ve had a Rottweiler and a Chow Chow and both were gentle lambs unless you raised your voice at me, then they tended to show their teeth. Both were CGC trained and the Rottweiler a trained therapy dog. The Rottweiler was raised with miniature poodles and thought he was little like they were and he totally obeyed our old dog who was 14. I had nieces that could use hand the hand commands to make him do whatever it was they wanted. Both dogs were two of the best companion dogs I’ve ever had.

    I would never get a giant breed dog again though because their life expectancy is short and the health issues are expensive. I’ll stick with a small dog who will live a long time even though I do prefer a large dog. The heartbreak is just too much for me anymore.

  • Ashley Brown

    I have to argue on the wolf-hybrid from my experience. I own one that 50 pounds and he’s not aggressive at all. So temperament alone plays a part, but if raised from puppy hood, they can make great pets. Siberian Huskies, they are good pets, my hybrid has been around two and their good friends.

  • rw93003

    Interesting, when my kids were little, more than 30 years ago, I got hold of the AKC to ask which ones they recommended for little kids, they recommended 3. The Malamute, the Standard Poodle and I forgot what the other one was. The theory was they were very good natured dogs that were large enough that small children couldn’t hurt them. Now the Malamute is listed as one of the 10 most dangerous. Reminds me of eggs and coffee, one week they’ll kill you then next week they make you live longer.

  • crystlfire62

    Just do not ever leave a pit bull alone with a baby or small child. For some reason they see them as snacks. A father found out the hard way. The pit bull was brought up with his infant son. At 8 months old the son used the dog as a pillow while laying on the ground. The ONE time the father left the pit bull alone with the baby, he heard a scream and ran into the room to see the pit bull with the babies head in his jaws shaking him back and forth. Of course the babies neck was broken along with the teeth in the babies head. The Father could not understand why the pit bull did this since they grew up together and seemed to be close. Pit Bulls are bred genetically to kill and it is not their fault. Small children make easy targets and the breed in the dog takes over. DO NOT EVER leave babies OR small children alone with Rottweilers OR Pit Bulls! Many parents found this out the hard way!

  • tedon

    All hairless dogs: Pitbulls, Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Danes are one nasty lot.

  • Sharon D

    Two of my favorite dogs were the top two! I’ve had rotties, and would not trade the love for anything! I currently have a pit bull mix and she is the love of the house! I can guarantee none of these dogs would kill if treated right themselves!

  • Johanna Kolb

    So stupid. Dogs are dangerous if their owners are. Stop adding to breed bashing!

  • T.C.

    Here come the comments from the redneck pitbull owners – “Pit bulls just have bad owners more often than any other breed.”

  • Skye Johnston

    This is a joke. Danes are an oversized lap dog. Mine is sleeping on the sofa as I type this. They are loyal, protective of our family, especially my kids, and have a great sense of humor. Where are the Chihuahuas, and all the ankle biters who bite more than pits? I guess because they just require hospital visits and stitches they aren’t dangerous?

  • CPR

    It would be nice if articles like this used ALL the information in the referenced article, instead of bits and pieces. https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/LiteratureReviews/Pages/The-Role-of-Breed-in-Dog-Bite-Risk-and-Prevention.aspx

  • calvin

    When raised right Pit Bulls are great family dogs; very protective and obedient.

  • Norma Searls

    i HAVE 2 DOBERMANS THE BEST DOGS EVER, NOT AGGRESSIVE NEVER EVER MEAN TO ANYONE FOR 14 YEARS, HAVE HAD THEM FROM BABIES, THESE STATICS ARE WHY DOG GET A BAD RAP.

  • John Labelle

    the akita kills more people then in vet-nam …..

  • Dolly Ward Paice

    Now, who didn’t see number one coming? It’s all in the raising, however there are some breeds that have flaws later in life that can cause aggression, one being the Doberman. I’ve had 2, the first, literally went nuts and took a smaller dog by the throat, a dog it had been around numerous times and just shook it until he ripped out half it’s throat. Now I have a red Doberman now and he curls up the sofa right next to me like a baby deer. It would just break my heart of he were to unfortunately have that brain issue later in life, only time will tell I guess.

  • Robert Rhea

    Never met a bad dog yet.Only Ruined by humans. Have some of all breeds and all live in peace on this farm.Yes there are signs posted and they know their job. Yet for safety and liability reasons.No one is welcomed here and told to leave.

  • Grace Gong

    I am a Chinese Christian woman and live my teen son as single mom. we first time adopted a female Amstaff (pitbull) name Wendy from shelter without any breed knowledge . my Wenday is so adorable, good heart never bit us, any persons or any dogs. I deeply it is God to send her to become our best friends and my fur daughter

  • Grace Gong

    If we love our dogs and they will return us the same love or more to us

    God is love !

  • Ormar

    We have had 6 Greyhounds and never been bitten by them. Some can be aggressive or are mixed and called Lurchers. They like to be petted and our cats are not bothered by them.

  • Danielle Billy

    When are people going to realize it’s not the dogs it’s the owners. Train your F-ing dogs and be kind to them

  • SUBLIME

    Where’s a pic of Dog Chapman?

  • AZsnipe

    This is a piece, by a supposedly knowledgeable source, about dogs. I have a problem with them labeling the worst offender a “pit bull”.

    What is a pit bull?

    Is it an American pit bull terrier? Is it an American bulldog? Is it a bull terrier (they’re different than the APBTs). How about the Staffordshire terrier or the American staffordshire terrier?

    “The term pit bull is often used loosely to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics, and the morphological (physical) variation amongst “bully breed” dogs makes it difficult for anyone, even experts, to visually identify them as distinct from “non-pit bulls”. While mixed breed dogs are often labeled as “pit bulls” if they have certain physical characteristics such as a square shaped head or bulky body type, visual identification of mixed breed dogs is not recommended by the scholarly community.”

  • Brian Ahern

    The “pit bull” is not a recognized breed. The AKC has a list of 187 breeds and “pit bull” is not on the list. The “pit bull” is a mongrel combination of aggressive type dogs which were bred to fight in a pit. Some of these dogs were originally “slave dogs.” They were used to chase down runaway slaves and tear them to pieces as an example to the other slaves. A “pit bull” is like a hyena. It doesn’t just “bite.” It takes a hold of you and rips a chunk of flesh out of your body. Children have had their face ripped off by their parents sweet little “pit bull.”

  • Michael Gaskill

    I had a little mutt when I was a kid. His name was Robert but we called him Bob. A Heinz 57 if you will. He was extremely smart and died at the ripe old age of 15 human years.

  • John

    Pitbulls i have met have been some of the most lovable dogs ever. Its the owners that are the problem as with every dog.

  • John

    Chihuahuas bite more people each year than about every other dog.

  • Gary Dean Musser Jr

    they should do a study on per capita, there are a ton of pit bulls, so since there are alot more of them there is more of a chance for failure. If there was 1000 red cars and only 100 white cars, which one do you think would have more accidents? Red duh, would you then go around saying dont get a red car because there are more accidents in them. No duh. I have had 4 pits and there were the most lovable dogs you could ever want

  • John Kennedy

    I owned a wolf/shepherd male that I purchased in NC. He was a very good dog but, very protective of my wife and son. He also did not get along with other dogs. I tried to breed him with a German shepherd but he bit her while doing the doo on the neck and she died a month later from an infection. I’ll never have another one, mutts are fine for me now.

  • Mel Eperthener

    So, more people were killed by Adam Lanza than were killed by all but two of these breeds. More people died on US roads TODAY than have EVER been killed by dogs. But MY dog is considered a “dangerous breed”?

  • Chris Valentine

    Pit bulls are the best. And they weren’t bred to fight so quit saying that. That’s media talk they were bred as Nannie dogs for guess what?? Children !!! What a shocker. My apbt is great with my kids and loyal to my family. Remember it’s the owner not the dog

  • jim

    Most nasty dogs are a reflection of the idiots that own them. I have raised Dobermans and Rottweilers for years and none of them had an aggressive bone in their body. Because we do not allow it. Train your dogs and they will not get a bad rap.

  • Bill Fairweather

    A pit bull killed a baby acouple days ago.. http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/baby-killed-by-familys-pit-bull-in-red-bird.html/
    I don’t trust them. I also don’t trust blue heelers, and I have the scars to prove my rationale. Most often though it’s not the breed of the dog that’s the issue, it’s the idiot that owns the dog.

  • Derek

    So the most “dangerous” is because over a 20 year span it has 66 deaths? More people died in the same amount of time from trampoline accidents. Sensationalism at work in the title.

  • William Francis

    the story should be ten most dangerous dog owners…

  • Russ Makar

    No bad dog’s, just bad owner’s

  • marilyn willett

    Pure bred german shepherd, intelligent, protective, loyal and beautiful. Big enough to protect but not insanely hugh.

  • Shannon Spann

    Not real sure I should even comment but am. I am not surprised that our Pit Bull is number 1 on this list and with no real facts in the posting. They will remain number 1 for as far as I can see. Not because they are a bad dog at all. It is because they are over breed and mid treated. If there was as many Labs (or any breed) as Pits in the US they would probably exceed them on the bite list. I work with lots of Pits and have owned or been around them my whole life, they are very loving and tolerable animals.

  • Bo Bo

    Back in the early 50’s my dad brought home a German Shepard a customer gave him for payment of a bill. He was a great dog and really playful and friendly to us kids. However, if he saw anyone in uniform especially police he’d want to rip them apart. Apparently the former owners were some sort of hoods who had trained the dog to attack police. We eventually had to get rid of him. It’s really bad owners not bad breeds.

  • john_q_taxpayer

    They should specify non-provoked bites or attacks. Shepherds and Doberman are trained to defend. Also the numbers of those dogs out there are much higher so the numbers are skewed.

  • riverrat

    The only dogs that are dangerous are the ones are the ones trained to be dangerous.

  • The Rocket

    What a crock. None of these dogs are inherently dangerous.

  • Sean Morgan

    Pit bulls and rotties along with any other dog are only What they are trained to be. Number one on this list should be human beings,we are the one’s that turn innocence into aggression,loyalty into liability. Were are the one’s that take the absolute love of a dog and corrupt it,and as usual were point the finger and put the blame on something without it’s own voice. How bout we stop blaming dogs for being vicious or children for being out of control and put the blame on those who were entrusted with teaching and molding then into What they become.

  • Randy

    Get a Pug. They have only caused one death in all their history, over 5000 years. And that was caused by extremely bad farts.

  • Joe Blough

    The sad part is that despite the statistics and the absolute certainty that there will be more people killed by pit bulls we allow them to be owned. A lot of people won’t like that statement but the fact is having them sentences innocent people to death that could be saved right now and they won’t be. Every single pit bull in the uS should be put down to save those people but we won’t and many people would choose the pit bull over those peoples lives. sick

  • Mildred Rodriguez

    This article is ridiculous. It doesn’t account for the population of the breeds in it’s statistics, the location (is this only in the US or around the world?), etc. Pitbulls are number 1 in this article because they are BRED in increasingly higher rates and are ABUSED, trained for fighting other dogs, and because of the owners. I’ve never owned a Pitbull personally, but would in a heartbeat. I currently have 2 bulldogs that are cousins of the Pitbull and they are the sweetest. Every Pitbull I have ever met were sweeter then my dogs. I had a German Shepard and he was the most loyal dog to us (his pack), but did not like other people. And we never trained him to be aggressive, he was naturally aggressive with other humans, so we had to lock him up. My American Bulldog/Mastiff rescue is dog aggressive, but has never shown any signs of being human aggressive at all. It all depends on the dogs past, the dog’s relationship to the owners and the owner’s actions!

  • Scott Taylor

    I’ve had dogs for years, most of which were Heinz 57s with the exception of one Doberman which was a sweetie, and a Beagle that was stubborn but lovable. What I’ve found is that all dogs if trained properly make great companions. It all depend upon how they’re trained and how they’re taken care of. Right now my wife and I have two rescue dogs, Maggie is a beagle lab mix and is the most loving intelligent dog I’ve ever had, second only to our other dog Saber, don’t let the name fool you. He’s a Besengi, Mini Pincer mix and is very loving and extremely intelligent. Both dogs are well trained and completely spoiled. There are no bad dogs, just bad, lazy owners.

  • Bruce Stanley

    Oh boy, the Pit Bull defenders will be out in full force! Both my son and I have been attacked by dogs, and bitten. My son was attacked TWICE — by guess which dogs? PIT BULLS. Sorry I know they can be sweet too, but why take your chances?

  • Amelia

    The whole idea that wolves are naturally aggressive really irked me. Wolves would rather run from a fight than get into one, and are even less likely on their own. They are pack animals. I have a wolf/Husky hybrid from a 13 generation line and he’s more docile than my cats. Little children pull on his ears and tail and little dogs beat up on him, he never fights back. Now he does get a little aggressive when a stranger comes into the yard but that is to be expected and praised, he is a guard dog living in the city after all. There’s plenty an owner can do to control their dog, by the way. Ugh I hate that stereotype sooooo much!

    This is Antaneq (“king” in Inuit), he turned 4 this April and is the biggest baby in the world.

  • Vettgrl

    The vet clinic where I worked as a tech always took extra care around Rotties, Chows and dobies. A woman brought in her rottie, saying the dog would walk up to her husband who was sitting in the recliner, and show his teeth and growl, which meant GET OUT OF MY CHAIR! The husband did. The dog won.

  • Mama Mia

    Oh those poor sweet gentle loyal lovable nanny-dog pit bulls. How could you pick on such a loving breed? It’s not the breed, it’s the owner!

  • Howard Thurston

    Pit Bulls have a bad name because they are relatively cheap to own as opposed to some of the other breeds and many people living in borderline neighborhood use them for protection. Hence, the larger number of attacks on record. Lower the price of owning the other breeds (by over breeding them) and the number of the attacks by many of these breeds will rise significantly. It is not a dog problem. It is a people problem

  • Nicole

    Well I have own a rott, a pit and German shepherd. Rich now we have a husky. Not ones did any of my dogs bit anyone. The pit is known to be a nanny dog. Which they we always great with my kids. My rott lived 16 years. We got her when my oldest daughter was a year old. She would always stay beside my daughter. And when my youngest daughter came along five years later my rott was always let her climb and pull on her. So to believe that any of these breeds are dangerous. Is hard for this family. And now I have a two year old and the husky is great around him. Why don’t they talk about the little dogs that bit children and how many have been fatality. Really.

  • Charles Wine

    The author of this article may have done extensive research, and for almost every dog EXCEPT the pit bull, has stated reasons why you should still own one of these “aggressive” dogs. When treated humanely, the pit bull is loyal, dedicated, and an EXCELLENT family dog that will provide years of love and devotion to it’s owner, their family, and anyone else they happen to encounter.

  • LenMe

    The 66 fatalities caused by the American Pitbull Terrier may be a little misleading. I highly doubt that all of these fatalities were caused by this particular breed. I’m willing to bet it includes any and every dog, or mix of dog breeds, considered “pitbulls”, such as Staffordshire Terriers, Mastiffs, Cane Corso, etc…

  • ishabaka

    Fatalities per breed is useless information. What matters is number of fatalities per number of breed.

  • David Harris

    The most dangerous breed of dog is the one who is handled by an idiot.

  • Bill Murray

    I think they should put out a list of 10 most ignorant races to own dogs and see how that plays out. You can train a dog. But you can not train the owners..

  • Bill Murray

    Then they should also have the 10 most dangerous guns on the market based upon wounds and fatality as it is the gun that did it, Not the Owner.. No responsibility..

  • BobH

    Why aren’t Mastiffs listed? heard stories about them, mainly ’cause of size….any credibility to the stories?

  • David

    That is the most grossest thing to let a dog lick your face!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jdbh

    I should have listened to my “inner voice” and skipped reading this. :(

  • Melody Combsmith

    ANY dog can be dangerous, doesn’t matter what size or breed. They can ALL inflict damage and severe pain.

  • jgol55f

    I notice the article mentioned nothing about upbringing of Pitbulls. I don’t own one but I know of several that are sweet as dog can be.

  • Craig

    How predictable, of course the Pitbull had to be at the top of the list. What I find even more disturbing is that any dog that attacks anyone is automatically deemed a “Pot Bull”, or a “Pit Mix”. I will take my XXL Bully over any other breed any day of the week.

  • Matt Redding

    Small breed dogs should be on this list, they cause more injuries than any other breed on the list that I’ve had the pleasure of working with

  • wilman

    The Clintons

  • Andrea

    I find it interesting that the writer justified all the other breeds statistics, blaming genetics, lack of training, etc. but just called pits aggressive and didn’t justify or explain anything along with it.

  • Robert Ahmmo

    I thought all dogs were the same like people………………………………………………

  • endo_alley

    No Great Pyrenees?

  • dean

    Dogs are scent motivated, they smell you before they see or hear you, that is what sets them off more often then anything else then how you react to them, jump and run the game is on! The sound you make if you scare them they react to being scared which is to protect themselves, People should be smarter than dogs, most people who get bit asked for it, (sorry mail persons, but you are in someone Else’s yard). The exception are little kids and why are 2 and 3 year old around a dog without mom or dad there? Do people blame water for people drowning ? Think about it what is the difference? By the way I have a boxer pit mix and he is just a baby the only person he chews on is me when we are playing and when he bites a little too hard he jumps back and the look on his face is ” I’m sorry” one of the nicest but not brightest dogs I have had!

    • MikePeterson

      I have to take issue with one of your statements. While the mail person may not live there, if the owner of the dog is not sure if the dog will bite or not then they should have to dog inside if they want to get their mail. That is an issue of a bad owner, not the dog nor the mail persons fault.

      • dean

        Dogs that are on “their” turf will defend it mail persons need to enter these places, that does not make the dog bad but just makes the dog a dog. Bad owner I disagree if they are not training the dog to attack it is just following it’s nature. I have never been bite by a strange dog and spend a lot of time on farms so , when I see one that I am not sure of the owner lets me know it is ok if they are not there I leave unscathed!

  • Carl Walther

    we had 2 great danes at once, they are the gentlest dogs you could ever own, they were great with the kids

  • MikePeterson

    Were the 66 total fatalities actually attributed to only American Pit Bull Terriers or did they include all the other dogs that are routinely called Pit Bulls but are entirely another breed. I have seen news stories where the attribute an attack to a pit bull and then when I see the picture it is clearly a boxer mix or bull mastiff or am staf.
    If they are including American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, American Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Boxer, Dogo Argentino, and Olde English Bulldog as pit bulls they are once again doing an injustice to the dogs as well as misleading anyone that reads the article.
    Split out the 66 fatalities over each actual breed and you probably have each breed in the 8-9 fatality range which would make them not very dangerous and the fatalities attributed to poor owners rather than the breed themselves..

  • janiejones13

    This is total garbage. Puppy Toob calls themselves dog lovers, then uses incorrect information and distorted facts to bring “dangerous dogs” to people’s attention. Dangerous compared to what? Sensationalizing media hacks?

  • Lori

    So basically this was just an article to say that every breed of dog except the pit bull has a legitimate reason or justification for their fatality stats. Pit bulls are NOT known for their extremely aggressive nature. They are known for being people pleasers and doing what is asked of them. Why didn’t you just leave off all of the other business about the 9 other dogs and just get directly to what you set out to do……..destroy the chances of the 1000s of loving, dog friendly, loyal pit bulls being killed every day in shelters from ever having a chance to get adopted into a loving home. Nice.

  • awake

    my 20 pound neutered male dog was attacked out of the blue by a female PIT BULL two weeks ago, just walking down the street. she saw him while she was sitting with her owner in an outdoor sidewalk cafe, and lunged at him. she clamped down on his neck and tried to kill him! it was HORRIFIC!!! there were 5 guys there all trying to get her off of my dog! they were bashing her on the head!! finally her owner got her to let him go! he had a massive neck wound. $600. on vet bills. he could have/would have died if she had not been there. I DESPISE THESE MONSTER DOGS. they SHOULD BE BANNED! of course, her dog was a “good dog” who “NEVER acted like that before” and was “great with children and other dogs” til she wasn’t. I HATE THEM. i feel sorry for her owner who had NO IDEA her “rescue” pit was capable of doing such damage. now she has a very dangerous dog to contend with.

    • awake

      the problem with pit bulls is the bite down and DON’T LET GO. they are SAVAGE. monster killers. should not be allowed anywhere. like having an alligator running around. same thing.

  • Ramblnbill

    I have an attack cat that I use to keep the rhinoceroses away. Since I
    got the cat, I have not seen one rhinoceros in my neighborhood

  • Ketchup Revenge

    I’m sick of these pitbull fanatics going on and on about “it’s not the breed, it’s the training”, because that’s nonsense. Pitbulls were bred to be aggressive dogs with powerful bites, and used for hunting, not being pets. This is the reality. You can train them to be docile, but being a family dog is not what they’re intended for.

    • Jack Inov

      Idiocy shows when you speak.
      ‘Pit Bulls’ were not bred for hunting as you claim. They were bred as arena fighting dogs and used for ‘bull baiting’ in the ‘pit’, which is where the name ‘pit bull’ comes from.
      Further, ALL dogs were multipurpose and had many jobs to do for their owners, including companion. Labrador Retreivers are bred to hunt and fetch waterfowl (and so was the poodle) yet they still are considered pets, correct?
      That is a REALITY, which some would call the TRUTH.

  • court

    Pitbulls are NOT known for their extremely aggressive natures. This article is BS. Many people who own the breed instill aggressiveness in them. Dogs all have personalities, just as people, and just like with people, upbringing is everything.

  • aquarius2

    So, a list that finally places the Pit Bull at the #1 spot, exactly where it should be. These dogs possess DNA that can make them aggressive without warning, despite how they were raised.. Sure, some may never display aggressiveness but for the ones that do, they are deadly. Too many people defend this breed and refuse to believe the dog can be dangerous UNTIL something bad happens.

    • Jack Inov

      You know nothing of DNA, dogs or most likely anything else.

      • aquarius2

        Too bad your nose is out of joint but you are exactly the kind of person I am talking about, live with it.

        • Jack Inov

          And further proving you know nothing by insinuating that I’m upset and a bull terrier owner, which I’m not and never was. I have trained many dogs including bull terriers and they aren’t any different than any other stubborn breed. Many people that can’t understand that shouldn’t own one of the stubborn breeds.
          You, however, shoudn’t own ANY dog since you’re obviously a fool and have no idea about how any dog should be teated.

          • aquarius2

            OH, you get upset and call people names it gets printed. I say too bad you are upset and my comment gets removed. Next time we meet believe me, I will call you what you are.

          • Jack Inov

            Go ahead, VI, I can take your playground mentality and lack of any adult sensibility.
            Until then I stick by my original reply…..it’s still above so I don’t have to repeat it.

          • aquarius2

            Rude, arrogant, self-praising, and a few others that are not printable. Of the 13 comments you have, all are personal insults to someone else. If that is your record, it doesn’t say much about your communication skills.

          • Jack Inov

            I also checked your reply that got removed.
            Although a reply isn’t necessary I’ll give a short one: MY ‘opinion’ is backed by many years training dogs, mostly large powerful STUBBORN breeds.
            Yours is founded in inane internet gossip.
            I win.

          • aquarius2

            Your replies are personally insulting, not just to me, but to everyone who disagrees with you. That alone is a violation of rules of protocol on most sites but somehow your replies are overlooked. It doesn’t matter WHAT the comment is founded on, opinion or fact, it should be civil. The only “win” you have is the your opinion of yourself, a “win” not shared by other people. Just your comment about “winning” shows a low level of what communication is about.

          • Jack Inov

            Wah Wah Wah…..Your attempt at insult seems to have fallen flat and your whining about ‘civility’ is inane.
            It’s also telling that you make your argument on whether it’s ‘opinion or fact’, basically admitting your post has no factual merit.
            But allow my words to get into your head even more. It’s occasionally fun to poke holes in someone’s egotism.

      • aquarius2

        How rude! Only you can have an opinion?

  • Jack Inov

    Stupid article…it puts ALL large breeds as dangerous when in reality most small dog bites are NEVER reported!
    Remember, a full on vicious attack from a toy poodle or chihuahua will require a bandaid while a warning nip from a malamute or a GSD can require stitches or more. I’ve been around most of the breeds listed and can say honestly they’re all great dogs.

  • Samantha

    Aggressive people raise aggressive Pits…sweet people raise sweet Pits! It’s simple!

  • Jack Dogg

    A pound mutt is the best dog of all. They will love you 24 hours a day forever.

  • Fritz Von

    I’m not good at math, but I know that the number of dogs of a given breed compared to the number of fatalities is where the actual statistics are.

  • Dustin Hills

    misleading and ignorant article…. they should get pictures of the owners of the dogs who attack and call it “Worst Dog Owners and Stupid People”. The reason Pit Bulls top the list is mainly because of the disproportionate amount of irresponsible Pit owners compared to other breeds. Also, you don’t see all the small breeds on the list because no one reports an attack by a Chihuahua or Yorkie because they don’t cause as much damage when they attack. Yes, big dogs can be dangerous, but no one entire breed is inherently more dangerous than another. It is the training and socializing that makes the difference. The Animal Humane Society, American Humane Association and the ASPCA agree with me and recommend AGAINST breed specific bans. I have raised 3 Pits, been around many more and have never seen a dog who is raised responsibly turn on a human or animal. I have however, been attacked and bitten by many other “family” dogs of all shapes and sizes. STOP WITH THE SENSATIONALIZED AND MISLEADING INFORMATION!!!! BREED DISCRIMINATION OF ANY KIND IS WRONG!!!

  • TheBlank

    This article is a joke…..just because a “big dog” has a strong bite, they aren’t dangerous. In fact most “restricted breeds’ is a joke. Dogs are dangerous if they are brought up wrong, bred wrong, and in the wrong hands. Dobermans and shepherds are 2 of the most intelligent dogs out there, and the most loyal, yet are restricted. Great danes are just big lap dogs. Little dogs tend to be more aggressive, stupid, but aggressive (Napoleon complex). There is no dangerous dogs, just idiot owners.

  • Lorraine Phillips Ainsworth

    Dogs aren’t dangerous unless they are trained to be. People are the most dangerous breed of animals.

  • Alexis Summer

    I really just wasted my time to find that Pit Bulls are #1 on the list, another article written full of ignorance, thanks.

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    You can’t buy insurance coverage for your dog attacking someone. Your “never nasty” dog could cost you your house, the ranch and then some when it “all of a sudden” reverts to its behavioral norm.

  • hurricanehb

    As usual, someone with no knowledge of dogs writes an article that makes absolutely no sense. The only reason any dog is aggressive towards man is because of man! Dogs like the Doberman, Rottweiler, German Shepard were bred to be man aggressive due top the fact that are used for protection. When it comes to a Pit Bull, this is a very touchy subject. These dogs were bred solely for the purpose of fighting for human amusement. Now these dogs are being persecuted because of idiotic humans. I have had 3 pit bulls and NEVER have they bitten, growled or shown any aggression to a human. It’s the people that fight, neglect them and throw them in the back yard and forget about them that produce the dogs that attack. Normally these dogs would never hurt a human, they were used as a nanny dog in the 40’s and actually baby sat kids. They were the most popular breed in these times and now, due to a**holes that mistreat them, they are public enemy number 1. Humans really suck!

  • candisbrg .

    A lot of Pit Bulls are mean because of their stupid owners. Some people should not have any dogs. Their stupidity shows in their dog’s behavior.

  • Joseph

    You gave the husky and German sheperd the benefit of the doubt but nothing for the pitbull.. What happened to dogs being dangerous have a lot to do with there training and owners? You think the stats could be a little off since consideration for the fact that pits are in many cases trained to be fighting dogs. I don’t know for sure but do you think that may make them a little more aggressive then other dogs?? Well at least you weren’t biased with the other dogs..

  • Raven Brooke Cooper

    SHUT UP ABOUT THE PITBULLS MY FRIEND HAS ONE AND ITS !! YRS OLD NEVER BIT ANYBODY IN ITS LIFE SO SHUT UP NOT ALL OF THEM ARE BAD

  • http://freedomscorner.org/dusty/ Dusty Relic

    The reason pit bulls are number one on this list is because pit bulls are abused at rates far greater than any other breed, at least in the US. Legislation aimed at limiting pit bull attacks is ill conceived unless focused squarely on human beings!

  • Magicdragon53

    In my 62 years the only time I was bitten by a dog, it was a pitbull. had been around the dog all day. My take is that if any dog bites any human and they are not confined to a fence, dog dies. No exceptions. Your dog bites, your dog dies.

  • Hank Griffin

    Cocker Spaniel down right mean

  • rose528

    Pits are not dangerous at all, at one time they were used as nannies for babies. They are the most forgiving of all dogs.

  • Richard Eklund

    how about we narrow it down. If you buy a poorly bread dog of any breed and then don’t bother training it right and socializing it, it will be a problem. If you can’t take the time to train and be your dogs friend and you think you can “buy” a good dog you are sorely mistaken. Some of the worst animals I’ve dealt with are from puppy mills.
    Go to your local pound, find a pooch that is comfortable with you and you are comfortable with and understand that your four legged friend needs your attention.
    If you don’t have the desire or time, buy a stuffed dog.

  • SCR71383

    Awful title. Also, there is no such breed as a Pitt Bull either. As a whole this slideshow is poorly researched.

  • emily

    1st of all, the “nature” of pitbulls is not agressive at ALL. i have 3… all 3 love children&playing with them. my youngest one is a bit like ‘Marley’ (honestly, he’s kinda dumb, he tries to walk through ppl, i have no idea y lol) i think maybe that has to do partially with the fact that we stopped training him as much as the siblings&because my daughter babied him alot so he’s a brat now.
    The ‘agressive’ ones are those behind the leash.

  • ecowiz

    However, again, more horror stories related to wolves. In America, pet dogs kill as many as 30 – 35 Americans per year, while in all of history, a wolf, maybe without eye-witnesses and in the redneck states, kill all of two people with no one witnessing the event — in all of American history! Second-hand cigarette smoke kills multi-thousands of Americans every year but the wolf and big dogs are exactly now, what? The badies? Why not demonize cigarette smokers, duhhhhhh!

  • glddraco

    Nothing is more dangerous and vicious than the lab.

  • Brian D. Magana

    They make excuses for Huskies, Dobies, German Shepard’s fatality statistics, as either poor ownership problems, or being in “situations” that caused them to kill. But when it comes to the American Pit Bull terrier it’s another story. They put the blame entirely on the dog. And in the case of Pit bulls, there is no mention of owners or situation having anything to do with it. IDIOTS! Dogs of ALL breeds are products of their environments and act upon what they learn and are taught. Pit bulls are like any other dog in that regard. They made excuses for the St. Bernard and Great Danes “size” and being overly playful causing them to accidentally do harm. Well the Pit bull happens to be short, stocky, very powerful, with a LOT of heart and tenacity which gives them the POTENTIAL to do great harm – just like Rottweilers for the same reason. OBVIOUSLY a dog with these physical gifts could be lethal. That’s why these dogs are put in SITUATIONS where they can harm people, being used by many criminals and people up to no good as watch dogs. Writers have a responsibility to be even-handed and not put their own spin on what they write. Pit bulls are GREAT dogs when loved and taken care of by people. I am tired of people trying to make villains out of these dogs and not laying the blame at the owners.

  • jwbulldogs

    I do not own a pit bull. I never have and probably never will. However, the article is misleading regarding pit bulls. They are not known for the aggressive nature. The pit bull is not typically an aggressive dog genetically. They are bred to calm, companion dogs. In fact before they began to get a bad reputation because the drug and gang culture they were known as nanny dogs. The were used to babysit children. For a pit bull to be dangerous it normally has to be taught to be aggressive are they are the result of some bad inbreeding. Yes they were and are being used as fighting dogs. But they were chosen to fight because they are not human aggressive. A fighting dog has to be able to be handled by humans safely. The problem was that because they were used to fight and often did this well drug dealers got them to protect their drugs. Gangs got them to increase their street cred and to fight them. As a result them became very popular. Many had to have one. People that have no business breeding dogs began to breed them. People that don’t know anything about dog training began to train them. They were taught to be aggressive through abuse. That made them dangerous. The inbreeding also has an affect. Being the most popular dog on the planet and outnumbering every other breed by a large margin lead to more dog bites from the breed. It is the number of dogs that causes it have more bites and having more bad owners.The other reason for the high numbers are that if there is a dog bite they label the dog a put bull. When in fact they have mislabeled boxers, mixed breeds, German shepherds, etc as pit bulls. Then the dog bite or fatality are linked to a breed like pit bull when it is something other than a purebred pit bull.

    I have nothing against the pit bull. it is just not my breed of choice. They are great loveable dogs. I do like many of the traits that I see in pit bulls. But I prefer a bigger dog. They are producing pit bulls that are much larger now. But the reality is they had to cross a larger breed dog in their to get that size and therefore it is not a real pit bull. Then they have to lie on the dog’s paperwork and say it is a pedigree dog.

  • Jeannette Ortega

    PITBULLS ARE TAINTED TO BE BAD DOGS, BUT THEY ARE ADORABLE AND SWEET. THE PITBULL TENDS TO BE DANGEROUS WHEN THEIR IGNORANT OWNERS TREAT THEM TO BE VICIOUS. THAT IS WHY THEY NAME THEM THE #1 DOG THAT IS BAD. I DONT AGREE WITH THIS AND I SHALL STAND BY MY BABY OREO AND ALL OTHER PITS THAT ARE THERE.!!!!!!!! :) <3

  • dwayner_h

    My Pitbull Sturgis is so dangerous everyday his about licks me to death – real killer – LOL

    He is a rescue that was rough around the edges – but has turned into a GREAT dog!!!

    His brother Buster (a cat) likes his brother too………………..

  • Sheena1a

    Dobermans are a loyal part of your family, they are highly intelligent and loving. Any breed of dog is what you make it, if
    you dont socialize early, teach them proper behavior early and give them lots of love, then you may end up with a dangerous dog if train it for that……

  • Vapor

    Dogs are never dangerous if the human trains them properly. Yes even pit bulls.

  • Brock Wilborn

    A friend of mine was riding his motorcycle and found a dead pit bull with a just born pup. He put the pup in his shirt pocket and brought it home. That pup grew up to be the best dog I have ever been around.

  • Jim Demarais

    Socialization of any dog breed is a necessity. The reason Pit Bulls are #1 is that drug dealers, etc. train them to be aggressive. Most of them that are socialized from an early age can be wonderful pets. The whole breed of Staffordshire Terriers gets a bad rap for this unfortunately. We have a Doberman/Weimaraner mix who weights in at 86 LBS. When we travel in our motorhome, all the little dogs in the parks will bark like crazy when they pass our site, and Barkley will just lay there on his doggy bed and look at them like they are crazy..Best dog we have ever had!

  • Linda Broughton

    I have to say, it definitely depends on the breed of dog AND the personality. You can have a well trained dog and provide a loving home but ANY dog can become aggressive or even turn on it’s owner. My daughter who was 10 at the time was staying at a friends house and the Great Dane they had seemed to have been completely fine around my daughter since the house had 4 kids all under the age of 13. The parents were not worried at all about their dog being around other children. My daughter was sitting on the sofa minding her own business and this dog just came up and bit her face! Her friend witnessed the whole thing and was horrified and completely shocked that her dog did that! Another example is my parents had a Rottweiler, named Cheyenne, that was well trained, smart and loving. Never any problems with her. One day my dad’s friend, who’s been over to their house numerous times in the past and has had plenty of contact with Cheyenne, was just talking to my dad and Cheyenne for whatever reason came over nonchalant and bit his hand. She didn’t even show any signs of dislike or that she was about to bite him. It was so strange! Needless to say Cheyenne became unpredictable and couldn’t be trusted. My parents could not explain why the dog as she got older was becoming more aggressive except that we found out she had cancer and it might have affected her mentally. Just like people, dogs too can have mental health problems that go unnoticed or undiagnosed until they do something out of the ordinary.

  • marquis ivey

    great Danes are just big. my parents ( almost in their 70’s) have one named Harley. never had a problem. Now some strangers takes a bit to warm up but once you do its like hes your friend for life. Hes just intimidating.

  • RipVanWrinkleTeats

    I was a groomer for many years. I had contact with all the breeds on this list, and I disagree. All these breeds are fine, the bigger dogs I’ve never had a problem with, ever. It was the small breeds that we had to be on guard every minute! My coworker was bitten hard by a Bishon (hospital trip, stitches involved). And I was bitten by a small poodle that was incredibly painful, also had stitches. I agree with the mailman’s version of Yorkie’s, too. But, all in all, it is in how a dog is raised that determines its demeanor!!! I cannot stress that enough! This list is bull, though.

  • Steven

    The owners are more dangerous

  • Jay

    How about they do a study on the owners of these breeds and not the breed themselves! Any dog can be aggressive but most of the time its the idiot owners fault. I have had 2 Rottweilers, one Rotti mix,one Shepard mix and my sister has had 4 Pit Bulls all were excellent dogs not aggressive to anyone. How about a study on how well all these 10 dog breeds can be with the right family intead of calling them dangerous?

  • http://www.gratefulchild.org/ Grateful Child

    Pit bulls should be phased out, …just neuter them. Killing people, children, hundreds of people’s pets, …thousands of attacks that weren’t lethal, but caused serious injuries.

  • Vlk Leafe

    There are not dangerous dog breeds. There are dogs that have not been properly trained or have been mistreated.

  • Jay Pierson

    Remember this is a 20 year study. Even 66 deaths related to a bread of dog is actually really low and without more information we don’t know how these deaths occurred. We have a Pit Bull cross that is protective of its’ surroundings, but once a person is okayed by us, she is the most loving animal. I can see were if not treated and trained right, how the pit bull can be considered aggressive, but that falls on the owner and not the individual dog.

  • uisignorant

    Pit bull defenders in 3…2…1….go

    • Neil

      They deserve to be defended, as they are by far the most naturally sweet tempered breed of dog I have ever come across.

  • Hannah

    Listing Great Danes really made me suspicious. Yes, there are Danes that will bite, and a bite from a Dane would be worse than a bite from a Chihuahua. For a more balanced view, see (also from the AVMA) https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/LiteratureReviews/Pages/The-Role-of-Breed-in-Dog-Bite-Risk-and-Prevention.aspx

    At the end of the AVMA article is this statement: “Breed is a poor sole predictor of dog bites. Controlled studies reveal
    no increased risk for the group blamed most often for dog bites, ‘pit
    bull-type’ dogs. Accordingly, targeting this breed or any
    another as a basis for dog bite prevention is unfounded. As stated by
    the National Animal Control Association: “Dangerous and/or vicious
    animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or
    behavior and not because of their breed.”

  • Neil

    Pit Bulls are NOT aggressive unless you train them to be that way. They used to be well known as “nanny dogs” because their temperament makes them so very good with children. I’ve owned one and known several others and I have never met any Pit Bull that wasn’t incredibly sweet natured. They simply get a bad reputation because some people train them to be mean.

  • Bassgeye

    The article stated correctly on every other dog that aggressive nature was due to the owners and how the animals were trained EXCEPT the Pit Bull. Why? PREJUDICE! These are loving caring loyal animals if brought up and trained correctly! My 12 yr old pit bull has never so much as snarled at anyone! She greets all other dogs with a sniff and kiss, even strangers.

  • clingermac

    A lot of comments about dog brains on here. I’ve got news for you, any dog is what you make it. When you see those gang bangers allowing a Pit to drag them down the street on the end of a chain big enough to tow a tank he is sending a message unfortunately the dog is getting a message at the same time.

  • Melodie

    I read this article knowing what the end result would be but in these statistics you didn’t talk about the ownership of these dogs-the pit-bull. These dogs are raised by most owners to fight and guard. I have a pit-bull who is the sweetest dog I have ever had and we know the potential of aggressiveness. He loves to cuddle and lick and in the end he is the most lovable dog I have ever had. Sorry you didn’t say that in your article.

  • Debbie Wood

    I have had several breeds on this list as pets. I currently own a pit bull and a catahoula pit. My previous dogs were a Chow, a chow/lab cross, a german shepard, and a rotweiler. I also once owned a Irish setter, one of the stupidest dogs I ever saw! My rotty was a puppy when we got him, he was “trained” by my pekenese! She was boss, and he obeyed! He was protective of us, but not mean. Once when we were gone a friend of my son’s came into the yard, played with him a while and then tried to leave. He wouldn’t let him. Didn’t hurt him, just blocked him from leaving. When we came home he was still there, getting loved on. Our chow was sweet, a loving girl who wanted to mother ever other animal. Our shepard was a sweet, intelligent boy and our chow/lab had a chow’s coat, lab body and lab atitude. Our current dogs are rescues, as were all the others. The pit has to be contained in a electrified run, not because he is mean, but because he kills cats and lost his last home when his neighbors were up in arms over it. He is a big lover. Our catahoula/pit was rescued from a puppy mill, had given birth, was only a year old, and can’t control her “licker”! She just loves to lick you everywhere! Both are obedient and sweet. I never left little children with any of my dogs unsupervised. One of my neighbors kids was badly malled by a English springer spaniel. Oh, and I also used to have dachsunds and of course my Contessa, the pekenese. She was my top dog, smart, sweet, good traveler, lived to 11 and died of cancer. The dachsunds were sweet til you turned your back. Then they would tear up the house.

  • Dave

    Glad our Rhodesian Ridgeback didn’t make the list. Even though they were bred to take on lions.

  • teresag

    1) how does a well-groomed Great Dane pose less of a risk than a smelly one?
    2) I take exception to the placement of ‘pit bull’ on this list because, now pay attention hopeless feeb who wrote this…a PIT BULL IS NOT A BREED!!! When you say pit bull you are referring to any breed of dog that was used in the days of pit fighting when various breeds of dogs, including English Bull Dogs, Staffordshire Terriers, English Bull Terriers, etc.

    So when you classify ‘pit bull’ on your list, you are basically displaying you have little or no idea of what you’re talking about. Now back to the statement regarding a ‘well-groomed’ Great Dane…?

    And the 66 fatalities you attribute to ‘pit bulls’ are often the result of negligent/abusive owners who permit their dogs to run at large or come into contact with an unsuspecting public. These are strong dogs with a terrier’s tenacity, but their temperament is far from aggressive and if you research the temperament testing that’s been performed on this breed you’ll see that it scores higher than many of your ‘family friendly’ breeds.

  • Richard Roberts

    A really stupid list. There are over 100 pitbulls for every St. Bernard. By this logic the pitbulls should have killed 600 people to equal St. Bernards.

  • Navybrat

    German Shepherds are not dangerous dogs! They are great family dogs, love kids and are very loyal. The only dangerous GSDs are trained to be dangerous: to bad guys!!

  • Nnc Ninety-nine

    as a chihuahua owner i’ll say that chihuahua is the most aggressive breed of dogs. The only reason you don’t hear about it is because they don’t do much of a damage and some people even embarrassed to say they were attacked by Chihuahua.
    but if you’ll get pitbull with the Chihuahua mentality, you got a killer on your hands

  • Lilian❥

    A pitbull isn’t really that bad I knew #1 was going to be a pitbull so many people discrimante these dogs and I just don’t think it’s right why blame the dog when it’s the owners fault for how they raised the dog yes there fighting dogs but thats bc when they’re young they’re around dog fights and they learn that dog fight are good a dog is basically like a child if your raise it around bad stuff or teach it to do bad stuff then they’ll think it’s right to do that I’m not saying y’all are blaming the dog I’m just saying for anyone out there that thinks Pitbull are the worst dogs out there and discrimante these beautiful dogs for what people teach them to do these dogs (Pitbulls) are my favorite dog breed and I just think it’s wrong how many people discrimante these beautiful dogs

  • Lewis

    There’s no such thing as a dangerous dog breed, only dangerous owners.

  • Dan Koss

    My 3 Rottweiler’s surrounded the fed ex driver, He said wow what do your feed them? I said the ups driver. He laughed and gave them treats. They have never hurt anyone. Best dogs I have ever had

  • Bullo885

    Pit bulls are dangerous as they turn on their owners more than any other breed – GS, and I have owned many over the years are very protective of their area and fatalities are usually criminals that have no business trying to harm their owners –

  • Brian Larsen

    I find it interesting this article defends each breeds “aggressiveness” by pointing out it comes from poor training from humans, then when it comes to the “pit bull” the tone changes. It is the dog’s fault and it is naturally aggressive, which is incorrect.

  • Sam Gold

    Here’s a thought, how about a list of the ten most dangerous owners.

  • tron tran

    Typically large dogs are dangerous because they can go for the throat. Little mutts you just kick them if they try to byte. I’ve had a rot lunge at me good thing the stupid owner had a leash on it. I’ve also had a Shepard stalk crawl to byte with the stupid owner holding him. Ive also had this weird lab mixed with something try to byte me and I fought it off with an umbrella then the next day I got the owner in trouble with the law. I also had a chow come at me witch I fought off with a street cone. Dogs are just stupid animals that’s all there highly territorial and any dog can byte.

  • LuAnn Morgan

    Any dog can be dangerous given the right circumstances. Much of it is in the ownership. Dogs tend to take on the personalities of their human companions. If the owner is mean and aggressive, chances are the dog will be, too.

  • biglou06

    The only dangerous animals on this planet are humans.

  • John Wright

    I think chihuahua’s should be on the list ,,,,, those little buggers show no mercy :)

  • lylejk

    There’s only one dangerous dog breed. It’s one bred by hateful and evil people. All dogs living would be loving and great children if raised proper. Cats too. :)

  • Angela

    I am a doberman owner. I also know several other dobie owners and without exception, they state that the doberman is one of the calmest, loving and playful dogs to own. They love to stick to their owners. And I do mean stick – like velcro. I agree with the loyalty statement. The only time my dobie acts the least bit aggressive is when he senses that I’m being threatened. Then he barks (loudly) and shows his teeth and that scares them off.

  • http://batman-news.com Brett Johnson

    A completely inaccurate list to start with and the “author” should have put some deeper thought into what they classify as dangerous. But what they seemed to miss completely was the No. 1 most dangerous dog in the World and it doesn’t even require much research.

    The worlds most dangerous dog is the one with a bad owner.

    It’s terrible articles like this that terribly inform the wrong people (those going to yahoo for their information) and it’s those people that seem to have an effect on legislature and local law. Sad display of irresponsible journalism if you ask me.

  • Daniel De Kok

    What I get from reading the thread is that too many dog owners are dumber than their pets, and have no blooming idea how to handle them. They conveniently allow anecdotal information and wikipedia to be their sole source of information, then act all surprised when little Cujo acts out.

  • catsrock

    Most dog bite victims are children. It’s not just dogs that need to be trained, it’s also kids that need to be trained. Too many times I’ve had screaming children run up to me and my dag while we’re out for a walk. They want to pet the doggie. Children should be taught to never approach a dog they don’t know and that includes those out for a walk on leash. They need to understand that the world is not their petting zoo and people out for a walk may not appreciate being mobbed by screaming kids.

  • Michael Ball

    I’m sixty-five and on my third Pit Bull. All females.
    It took me a while to see it, but my first one wanted to intimidate people. At eighty-five pounds, she was good at it. Otherwise, very friendly to everyone. I don’t think the second one ever so much as barked at anyone. There’s a neighbor several houses down who has a Pit and she’s just a baby. Incredibly friendly. The one I have now is very protective around the house. What she wants is to run everyone off. Her attitude is assertive.
    The problem with many people is they can’t tell the difference between a dog that is being assertive and one that will bit you. If it barks at you, you think the worst. And, not recognizing a dogs behavior, you can make matters worst.
    If a dog runs at you, do not wave your arms, shout, or kick at it. If a dog absolutely intends on biting you, there is ‘nothing’ you can do to discourage it. On the other hand, you can create conditions to cause a dog to bite you.
    If dogs could speak, what most dogs would be saying is, “Leave now”. Do just that. Calmly. Being calm is a key here. Anything beyond that just excites the dog more.
    Ya’ll have a nice day.

  • Kelly Hartle

    The dog I knew that’s bitten the most people by far was a bishon. That thing was evil. Yet we have a pit bull/lab mix that is a real lover. The only danger she’d pose is if she licked you to death. We had a rabbit in the yard the other day that ran out of a bush–the rabbit ran one way and Shadow ran the other! She hardly fits the stereotype!

  • john

    pit bull number one. “I’m surprised”, said no one ever. The breed should be banned.

  • Terry

    The only dangerous thing I see here is a writer that knows nothing of dogs. This is written in such a manner that is says stay away from these dogs. I know many people with every breed listed here and not just one or two people. I would not hesitate to leave a child of any age with any of these dogs. The kids would be far safer with the dogs than without. Another meathead trying to be writer and gets it totally wrong.

  • Lloyd

    I think that border collie just topped the list. They are now driving tractors, whose too say they won’t take up arms tomorrow!

  • Robert

    ALWAYS PUTTING THE LABLE ON PITBULLS!!!! You want to really know the most dangerous dogs. They are the ones on the other end of the leash, THE OWNERS. You can put any dog breed on the end of an irresponsible owner and they can make that dog into the most aggressive dog breed. This article is bull crap. I’ve been bit by my former Rottweiler, I was chased and bitten by a Dalmatian, my buddies face was torn up by a Chihuahua but the two PITBULLS (one an American Stratfordshire Terrier) and the other my current dog (an American Bulldog/Pitbull mix) never once went after a human. They will both defend their owner & their property but have never “attract” another human. Put it this way, what’s the most dangerous gun??? The one in the hand of an irresponsible owner.

  • Luke Stacey

    and to think the pitbull was considered the nanny dog back in the day and was the dog on the little rascals around all those kids. love that they didn’t mention that it’s the owners who turn them vicious and yes i know some dogs are just vicious no matter what you do

  • Renate

    When you think about, even at 66 for a pit, guns still kill more innocent children than any dog whether by accident or murder. I bring this up because so many communities what to ban certain breeds because so many children/people die from these dogs. 66? Guns kill more than that but no one would dare to ban guns. Stop breed specific legislation!!!!

  • Michael Malsack

    Im not sure who makes up these lists, or what the situation was when the person was bit. If it is not your dog or or if your child should approach a strang dog, as a parent do not let this happen!. I have own a lot of these so called dangerous breeds and have never had this problem. You must train your dog and peple need to use their heads if it is not your dog.

  • Scott Macdonald

    So why do you put a disclaimer about other breeds but not the pit bull. There owners are the reason for there aggression. Did you know the dog on the little rascals was a pitbull. They are extremely loyal. They were originally called the nanny dog until we humans screwed it up. As a dog person you should know this. Maybe you shouldn’t be writing about dogs.Some of the smallest dog are a lot more aggressive than all the dog you’ve mentioned. they bite.

  • R Davis

    Guess I’m lucky. Mine’s a red heeler mix but since she is unique looking and has a fairly wild dog appearance (she’s part dingo), people can’t quite place her and are wary when they go by my place. I think that’s a good thing. Truth is, she has no aggressiveness at all. The barking she does is a greeting and a wish to play which she does constantly.

  • Gretchen P Maloney

    figures they would put the Pit Bull as #1. They used to be what was called a Nanny dog, for babysitting children. When will people learn that it isn’t the breed, it’s the owner. I have 3 large breed dogs, Ger. Shep, Chow Chow and Husky/Shep mix and not one of them would dare bite someone. They are also very good with the 7 cats that live here. Seems to me that a small dog is more likely to bite out of fear than a large dog will.

  • Bill Davies

    dogs are only mean and agressive if you train them to be that way! if any of these deaths occurred when the dog was protecting his master it shouldn’t count, i have 2 chihuahuas and they would fight to the death for me!!!

  • mark

    i agree its not the breed its the deed! Owners need to take more responsibility for the actions of thier dogs and how they raise them. A parent is responsibile for thier children and how they behave and they should be with thier dogs also. Of course with the proper training, socialization and care any dog can be a great pet. That is without saying that the breeds line is good. Some breeders are not so ethical, they do a ‘line breeding’ (which is nothing more than a watered down version of inbreeding) and they dont do it correctly. Some places i have heard just try to preserve the look to much, like La Historia dogo argentino mastiffs. They do a line breeding and try to preserve the look of the dog to much. My nieghbor down south got one and it was supposed to be a family dog but came to them very aggressive as a 10 week old puppy. They are not suppossed to be that way at that age unless you encourage that type of behavior. Some breeders dont care they are just out for the money no matter what they say, these people from what i was told very rude and nasty, not professional in any would never buy dog from them. So it just shows that the line of dog is just as important as the rest of it. But a good line and good training all types of dogs can be great family pets.

  • Robert L. Johnson

    Pit bulldogs should be bred out of existence as there is no need for this animal at all. It is bred to kill and makes a very poor guard dog because it will attack anything and anyone in an instant if they even appear to threaten them. Once it attacks you, it will not stop until it is satisfied that you are no longer a threat, which usually means that you are dead. It is irrational and cannot make a good judgment as to what your intentions are and any odd movement will set it off.They should destroy all pit bulls and ban them from the planet.

  • sbsbcb

    At least this article put the blame where it belongs……on the dog’s owners! We have had 3 Siberian Huskies now and I have never seen any aggression in any one of them because we trained them correctly!

  • Rick_Mears

    This was the most poorly written and biased article I have ever read. Basically, the writer has excuses for every single breed’s aggression, and in the case of several breeds that made this top 10 most FATAL list, the writer considers those dogs NOT dangerous because their fatalities are under 10! Unbelievable. He recommends owning ALL of these dogs, basically, and blames any fatalities on other circumstances.

    You don’t have to be dog-hater to realize this article was absolutely useless. I love dogs, but Jesus, be honest, and be even-handed.

    Also, I’m sick of these other people commenting that little dogs like chihuahuas are the aggressive ones. We hear this frequently, but it is b.s. Not only do they attack less than the big dogs, but of course, they are not capable of causing the damage that the larger, stronger, dogs can cause. Stop knocking, and lying about, the little dogs, as if that makes your pit bulls and Rottweilers and Great Danes and German Shepherds any safer.

  • Axel Vasa

    German Shedders Rule!

  • CMac

    It’s all in the owner except wolves. They need their pack. They will guard family as ‘pack’. They start off okay and then slowly revert to their wilder ways. Like try to take my sons bike, that’s pack properties… I once saw some uppity people with a small dog in a baby stroller outside a bar on a patio. Being the biker type that I am I ask ‘does it bite’? ‘Yes’ I said ‘I figured so, looking at you two yuppies’

  • ilr1950

    Whoever wrote this doesnt nkw much about dogs, especially pits. The fatalities include ‘pit mixes’ and just about any mongrel will be called a ‘pit mix’. I have two pits, a pitnard (yes some moron bred a pit with a st bernard) and a german shepherd. The biggest danger they pose is as tripping hazards and dog-jams, or when a 90 pounder decides there really is room enough in the chair for mom AND him. All you can see is the top of my head and my feet.

  • Oliver Neal Ward

    I have to lock my Chihuahua in the garage because he is a straight up killer. Lil monster.

  • young chun

    i finally got a english bulldog i had 6 dogs and they all love to walk this dog after 1 month of walking now hides every time it sees the leash.Love my pitbull hate the bulldog useless

  • Frank Hut

    It All Depends On One Thing.. .Who IS Raising It ? PERIOD..

  • ICU

    I’ve had a Dane and I’ve known many others, they’re just big baby’s…

  • dayna

    Ok as a previous owner of wolves and wolf dog hybrids I have to say wolves I never had a problem with even with my very young children and would trust a wolf over any of these dogs any day as long as raised from a very young age and treated with love. However the cross is not good with a dog. Wolves are very intelligent and when crossed with a dog you have the natural prey drive of the wolf but sad to say something about the dog part seems to make them not so intelligent ( not to try to upset any dog owners and not saying that dogs are not smart because they are) just some how the dog part can’t manage to control the prey drive. But then again it goes back to the owner you have to understand what you have and how to handle it and treat it. Miss treat a wolf and you will pay dearly for it they can be a killing machine. But the hybrid cross is very dangerous. Would never have one around a child you never know when that dynamite stick will go off.

  • Lindsey M. Murillo

    I’ve owned many dogs over the years, and some big ones. I’ve had mixed breed airedales, shepherds, huskies, and now a pit bull mix. All have been “snuggle bunnies” that think they’re 70 lb. “lap dogs.” None of them has ever even barked at another dog, even when the other dog was barking at them. They’ve played with cats, and even sat placidly while rabbits and squirrels move around them. Show a dog love, and it will be a loving critter.

    The small dogs are the most annoying, with their “yip, yip, yipping.” They all seem to have the “Napoleon Complex.”

    The problem with pure breeds is just that: their breeding. They are so in-bred that they are virtually retarded. That’s why I’ve exclusively owned female mutt rescue dogs for the last forty years, and I’ve never had an issue with any of them.

  • Tony_SFO_YUL

    I stay away from dogs; Don’t trust them.

  • bynbel

    As someone who owned two pit bulls, who died of old age and who were both terrific dogs, I wonder if the stats on the bites were limited to family dogs or did they include dogs that were trained to fight and/or attack by drug dealers for example. I find pit bulls to be intelligent and people friendly. They were bred to fight dogs, not to attack people. My dogs were great around small children. In fact, people who did not recognize the breed (because their ears and tails were not clipped) always commented on friendly their were and were shocked to find out they were hugging pit bulls.

  • hyoungii

    pit bulls are the most misunderstood breed of them all due to 1 sided thoughts of those who never owned 1.

  • J Alvizo

    Pit bulls are not aggressive, the Chow’s are more aggressive and also dalmatians but you forgot those!!!

  • Brian Marks

    This article is a joke and the writer should be ashamed of herself. Where exactly did she get her “facts” in her study? All this article is going to do is feed into the stereotype of the pit bull. You say you love dogs, but then you post this BS article? There are no such thing as dangerous dog breeds and all your doing is giving these wonderful breeds of dogs a bad name. Shame on you Ali Waller.

  • Beth Sanders

    I hate articles like this for this reason. It does nothing but feed the hype that pit bulls are dangerous.

    Pit bull is the common name for a TYPE of dog. Formal dog breeds often considered of the pit bull type include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier. The APBT is the only breed with the word “Pit” in it. The American Bulldog, Bull Terrier (Miniature) and Bull Terrier are also sometimes included.

    The term pit bull is often used loosely to describe dogs with similar physical characteristics, and the morphological (physical) variation amongst “bully breed” dogs makes it difficult for anyone, even experts, to visually identify them as distinct from “non-pit bulls”. While mixed breed dogs are often labeled as “pit bulls” if they have certain physical characteristics such as a square shaped head or bulky body type, visual identification of mixed breed dogs is not recommended by the scholarly community.

  • Kevin D

    It’s not the breed, like Pit Bull or Rottie, it’s the upbringing.

  • Kevin D

    Any dog can be made dangerous by the way it’s treated when it’s growing up.

  • Thomas Musselman

    Shouldn’t the numbers be adjusted to take into account how many of each dog breed exists? If all dog breeds had the same human agression you would then have the most popular breeds at the top of the list. There are many more pit bulls than Great Danes, so of course pit bulls are going to be on the list. But in temperament tests pit bulls were among the least human agressive breeds. Chihuahuas were among the most human agressive breeds. The reason big breeds are dangerous isn’t that they bite more, it’s that their mouths cause more damage per bite.

  • CHal

    I like the fact that at the end of each description, they put that their reasoning for being on the list was due to their size or poor handling and lack of training of their owner. The aggressive nature of the pit has probably earned his spot at number 1. But part of it is not the dogs fault. It’s largely because of how the owner chooses to use the dog and how he treats it. We have a pit. He’s white and his name is spike. Previous owners named him that. He is the sweetest, well natured dog that you can imagine. My husband and I educate our kids on how to respect the space of a dog and how to treat them. From the biggest to the smallest. Our dogs have manners and know their place. Spike is great with our other dogs, I have boxers, he never bothers our cows or horses or any of our neighbors various animals. But the difference with Spike is that he was raised right from the start. I do realize there are dogs that are just off and won’t ever make a good family pet. God has been so good to us and blessed us with the best natured dogs.
    Below is a picture of spike. He’s bird watching while we are taking our walk. No leash or collar needed.

  • tek0801

    I like wrestling with my german shepherd…huge teeth but he’s always gentle when he grabs me.

  • Marina1327

    I was waiting for the very vicious pitbull to be on the list….when I go home tonight I must tell my very loving and sweet pittes that they are slackers.

  • Marina1327

    This morning my pittie was trying to “bite” her 12 pound beagle sibling who happens to be the top dog in the house. Everytime the beagle gave my pittie the evil eye she would jump back and spin around with her legs tucked under her butt…I just shook my head…I said you do realize you weigh like 75 pounds right? Terrified of a 12 pound beagle…lol

    • Just my self, no frills

      We call that Joey’s crazy boy run, he does that when he plays with our neighbors petite Bichon female. She will “stalk” him when he lays down while playing with her, and then comes the crazy boy run in the front yard. Yep, a real threat and ghetto hound.

  • Doug Gibbs

    You DO realize that “Pit Bull” isnt a specific breed… its a General Term used for dog fighting… Rottweilers, German Shepperds, and Dobermans are also known to be “Pit Bulls”

    The dog you CLAIM is the “Deadliest Dog” is actually a Staffordshire Terrier and if you did ANY research youd know that they arent actually all that aggressive, and it has to do with the raising of the animal and the training. Just like any other dog..

  • Bobo

    This is just my opinion…so take it with a grain of salt if you wish.

    I’ve seen “aggressive” breeds that are as sweet as can be, and I’ve seen “gentle” breeds as mean as can be. I’ve seen this caused by people who don’t socialize with their pet, abuse their pet, and where people treat their pet like a human.

    A dog is an animal and should be treated as such. This means it should be most importantly socialized and trained. You cannot abuse a pet or not socialize a pet and expect it to act or re-act in a gentle manner. They eventually will re-act aggressively in self-defense or mis-interpreting an action taken near it. You treat a dog like a human, and you are setting an unrealistic expectation of how an animal will act in any given situation. All of these are simply irresponsible.

  • Richard Butler

    Pit bulls are only dangerous if mistreated or not properly trained, as is any large dog.

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