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??????????

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

        • 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)

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

      • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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

  • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. :D

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Frank Cho

    I am more worried about the ankle biters, I have had large dogs all my life and never got bit but I have been bit by toy poodles and Chihuahua’s and the owners seem to think its funny.