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

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1.  Pit Bull

To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. Known for their extremely aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of pit bulls

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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??????????

        • Sophie

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

      • 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.

      • Sherri Taylor

        They’re great leaners, too.

    • 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)

        • Susan Macaluso Brush

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

        • APBTLuver

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

          • cindyloo

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

          • ExHelot

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

        • Simcha

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

    • rosemarie mcdade

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

      • Teresa Smith McDowell

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

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    • Barbara

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

    • Bobo

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

    • RoLoPolo

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

  • Anton

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

    • Sammie Jo

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

      • Jasmine Hagerman

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

        • Sammie Jo

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

      • APBTLuver

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

        • Sammie Jo

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

          • APBTLuver

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

  • UpperLeftCoast

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

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

    • sidney

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

      • UpperLeftCoast

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

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

        • sidetracksusie

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

        • Tracy Price

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

      • Danny Rowe

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

    • Deadpool1984

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

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

  • mrsyidrocks

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

    • merleliz

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

    • Ron Brueske

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

    • Sammie Jo

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

      • Roger Smith

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

        • Sammie Jo

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

          • Tyler Brtfg

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

  • 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

    • APBTLuver

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

  • elmcqueen3

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

  • Efrim

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

    • UpperLeftCoast

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

      • Efrim

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

        • Michael Hamerin


        • joeboken

          A big Amen.

        • soshiny

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


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

      • ItWasAboutTime

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

      • FletchGuy

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

    • Jon

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

      • CLW

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

        • Jon

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

      • Amber

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

      • APBTLuver

        They are great dogs!!

    • karen titshaw

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

    • Still a fan

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

  • gransplan

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

    • pismopal

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

    • JMixx

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

  • Sunshine

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

  • Bob

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

    • Sophie

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

  • Ron Brueske

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

    • Sammie Jo

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

  • missskeptic

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

    • Sophie

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

  • chuckcloninger

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

    • chuckcloninger

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

      • Jill Pflugheber

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

  • chuckcloninger

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

    • jta5

      not me

  • William Robert Phillips

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

    I think the article is very informative. Good Job!

  • Sammie Jo

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

    • UpperLeftCoast

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

  • UpperLeftCoast

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

    • Roger Smith

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

      • UpperLeftCoast

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

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

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

  • Roger Smith

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

    • LJP

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

    • Nick

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

      • Michael Hamerin

        No discrimination intended in this article.

        • Barbara

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

          • Brad O

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

          • APBTLuver

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

          • APBTLuver

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

          • Nate Dawg

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

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

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

          • Marilyn Willett

            Let them loose

          • kent gladden

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

          • kent gladden

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

          • Billy Ray

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

          • La Keesha Vega

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

      • Chuck Dougherty

        Yeah poor pit-bulls being singled out….

        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.

        You were saying? Yeah poor pit-bulls.

        • K.G.-Journie

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

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

          • Maile Kealohalani Favela

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

          • Brad O

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

          • APBTLuver

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

          • APBTLuver

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

          • Aforallie

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

          • PlacidAir

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

          • Adam Wrigley

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

          • La Keesha Vega

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

          • APBTLuver

            What a sweet looking bully face.

        • Shelby

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

          • truckergirl702

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

        • Darryl

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

    • Michael Hamerin

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

    • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

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

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

      • anitagjen

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

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

        • Caro

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

          • Stephanie Magera Carron

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

          • Eric Youngstrom

            Hmmm aggression vs deaths…. Pits still lead the way

        • Laura Jenkins

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

        • Kelly Sue Everett

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

          • heidi

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

          • Dezzi Anguiano

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


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

          • Jay Sosa

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

          • Lola Guin

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

          • heidi

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

          • John

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

          • Nadia Boone

            Yes they are.

      • D.j. Montgomery

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

        • AmyAnd Nathan Noland

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

        • truckergirl702

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

          • APBTLuver

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

        • APBTLuver

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

        • Aforallie

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

      • Jennifer Church

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

        • APBTLuver

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

      • Ron Simonson

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

        • dee

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

      • bmb

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

        • bmb

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

          • APBTLuver

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

        • APBTLuver

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

          • bmb

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

          • APBTLuver

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

          • Stephanie Magera Carron

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

          • APBTLuver

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

      • Heidi Green

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

      • akduck

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

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

        • Tracy Price

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

          • akduck

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

      • Goodvibes27

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

      • Hannah

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

    • Aaron Weinberg

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

    • CaninePal

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

      • Fox Foxx

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

      • Spamalot

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

    • Susan Macaluso Brush

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

    • APBTLuver

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

    • camile jones

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

    • Tarra Meirs

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

      • PlacidAir

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

    • Ryan Ruhle

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

    • Nicole

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

    • Bobo

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

      • Melissa Brese

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

        • Bobo

          So I can train my Boxer to point?

          • Tracy Price

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

          • Bobo

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

    • Jennifer

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

    • Brissa

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

    • Grune

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

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

    • Helmig

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

    • Cody

      I said almost this exact comment and mine got removed.

    • Nadia Boone

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

    • Nancy Rappa

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

    • Stephanie Magera Carron

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

  • 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.

      • Juliana

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

        • Scent Ofreason

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

          • obama_sucks2

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

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

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

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

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

      • Gráinne O’Malley

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

        • anitagjen

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

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

          • Scent Ofreason

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

        • Jasmine Hagerman

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


        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.


            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.

    • Sophie

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

  • reve888

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

    • Spiritof America

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

      • Gorgonzola Albatross

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

  • Dinosaur Thirteen

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

    • sidetracksusie

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

  • Eli

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

  • UrbanK9s

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

  • LJP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Melissa Gromley

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

  • Rae London

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

  • Denice Charette-Weil

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

  • Michelle Amen-Ladely

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

  • Joel Nathaniel

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

  • 337chick

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

  • dogfigdog

    Its a statistal based article. Facts. Done deal.

  • Cory Koff

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

  • GulfFwyRider

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


    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.

  • 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 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 Go to

    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.


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

    • anitagjen

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

    • Nate Dawg

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

  • DeadLedHead

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

  • duckboy36

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

  • hailey

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

  • Jane

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

  • Shira

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

  • federica bianco

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

  • Grace

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

    • Gidget Church

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

  • BleuNiessa Kameron

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

  • Jennie Jacoby

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

  • Jennie Jacoby

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

  • lynn

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

  • Hmccabe

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

  • AyitaSage

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

  • Mary Kay Wiseman Boysen

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

  • FletchGuy

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

    • Gioffre79

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

      • Brad O

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

  • Jasmine Hagerman

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

  • Jasmine Hagerman

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

  • Avs fan!

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

  • William Vernisie

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

  • Lisa Sterritt

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

  • TimDanielle AtomicbullyzMidwes

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

  • Deserai

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

  • David John Bono

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jackeline

    I have 5 pit bull terriers, 2 male and 3 female and i have never had any problems with them or any pit that came before them. I guess I’m one of the lucky peoplethat has never had a negative interaction with the dog that happens to be a pit bull. now my min pin on the other handis the most aggressive dogs I have ever been aroundhe not only attacks other small animals but she attacks big animals as wellyet they all live happy together I guess maybe it’s the way I raise them

  • Jennifer Church

    I also own a Great Dane and mine is about 140 lbs and she is now 7 yrs old. One of my pit bulls is dog aggressive and due to some poor decisions by some family members they have gotten into fights. The Great Dane is not naturally aggressive however they are much more dangerous when fighting. They are very large and very hard to get off another dog. My pit bull did not stand a chance against her. I however will get hurt before I let them hurt each other beyond repair.

  • APBTLuver

    Any strong breed can be dangerous. And for no apparent reason any dog can do what you dad’s dog did. I have been around dogs my whole life. I’m 54 years old. I never trust any dog 100%. Especially when it comes to small children. I was bit in the face when I was around 10 years old by a big dog he was a pointer bird dog. I am to this day not afraid of bird dogs. Dogs are animals plain and simple. And should never be treated like they’re human. I’ve had APBT’s for 31 years and have never had not one biter. I LOVE the breed.

  • APBTLuver

    I do know and I was soooo glad that almost every single one of them was rehabilitated. They are so resilient. That just goes to show how loving and forgiving they really are.

  • Ron Simonson

    What you guys are missing is its the most popular breed at the time that results in the the most attacks. Pit Bulls are really popular now so there are more attacks, they said the same about Rottweilers and Dobies too! Ignorance on parade.

  • kqs

    i’ve met a few nasty toy poodles!

  • SCB

    Number of fatalities isn’t as helpful as number of fatalities compared to number of registered dogs of that breed. If there were seven dogs and they all caused fatalities it would mean more than if seventy thousand dogs caused 100 deaths. (These numbers are absurd on purpose to emphasize I am not making any claims for the number of dogs involved in the first place. We don’t know, and that’s my point.)

  • mbutler91c

    I have had Danes for over 36 years; would bring home our babies from the hospital and lay them in bed with the Dane (monitored of course) so they could smell them and make them part of the family unit. We have NEVER had an aggressive Dane, no bites, but a few broken bones just from playing with them and having a foot, hand or forehead in the wrong place at the wrong time. All accidental and immediately after the incident, everyone has come over to see if I (or my wife) was OK. Yes, they are “dangerous” because of their size and size alone. There is a reason their nickname is “The Gentle Giant”.

  • Colin V Ploscaru

    “To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs.” This stated after making such an effort to say that ‘you love all dogs’ and do not have any breed bias (paraphrased)

    Really? I know pit bulls quite well (I have adopted two) and they are great, loving, loyal dogs. Any breed, raised by hood trash to fight can be aggressive. The American Pit bull was considered to be a family dog and very popular at the turn of the 20th Century (little rascals, various presidents, etc). It has only been in the last 20-25 years that popular culture has emphasized the breed as a fighting breed, which has led lowlifes to mistreating and abusing them so that they can be used as fighting dogs. of course they have certain physical characteristics that make them adept as fighters, but so do many other breeds- after all we are talking about an animal that is descended from the second deadliest predator on earth after humans. they are also descended from the second most intelligent terrestrial predator, which is what makes them so loyal and SAFE to be around, so long as they are not abused.
    Can the prejudice!

  • APBTLuver

    Parents should watch their children. That’s why they are adults and children are children. Parents should also teach their children how to act around dogs or out in public for that matter. It might be the difference between keeping them safe and sound.

  • APBTLuver

    My very first was a “self appointed” therapy dog. He was my sons stablility to stand and protector. My son was born with cerebral palsy. He just knew what my son’s limits were. We raised him from an 8 week old puppy. We had him for 10 years. We had to have him put to sleep because he had heart disease. To this day I still cry over him. He was an awesome dog.

  • Rick Simmons

    Most Humans are not good enough to have dogs, they are the reason any dog is dangerous

  • Ron

    Oh, yes my blue nose and red nose pits are so so dangerous. They have been accused of licking a few people to death already and don’t tell them they are not lap dogs because they will try to prove you wrong!

  • Tai Boyd

    Pit Bulls R just like that others … it’s how it’s been trained.

    • Cadel

      It’s so hard to believe that pit owners are the only owners that dont know how to train their dogs. Labs as the most popular breed, far more labs than pits and yet you cant tell me there are not any bad lab owners. It is NOT about training, it is about instinct of the dog and a pit has been bread to be aggressive, you cant train instinct out of a dog.

  • Brooklyn Mom

    My husband and I raised German Shepherd Show Dogs in the 1970s and ’80s and raised them with our two small children. We had champions bred for conformation and temperament. I trusted my dogs with my kids and they loved the kids. One of my dogs saved the life of a neighbor’s toddler in 1982. The child had wandered into a nearby pond, unnoticed by her family until it was almost too late, the dog broke through the screen door, went into the pond and pulled her out. This was total instinct. The dog was never trained to rescue. It pains me to see this intelligent, beautiful breed carry a negative reputation because of stupid, irresponsible people who own them, breed them just for money and haven’t a clue how to train them. When bred by a reputable breeder/show person, I would trust this breed over most humans.

  • Amorphous1991

    Owners who’s dogs attack need to be put in jail. Some people are very irresponsible dog owners.

  • Janet Heinlo

    “Pit Bull” is a generic term that covers several breeds and many breeds are mistakenly lumped into that category. I notice that you gave excuses for every single breed that you mentioned (size, owner not responsible, lack of training) EXCEPT for the Pit Bull. REALLY? Just keep on perpetuating the myth. Biased media every where you turn. Do your homework more thoroughly in the future. Check out behavior studies. Most aggressive dogs based on fact are not even on your list.

  • Joanne Stieferman

    No. I knew that it would be the infamous PIT BULL. and yes~I agree more people are either hurt or killed by them. BUT be reasonable. A) they are the most popular breed for a status symbol right now.( not good status) They are extremely over bred, they are extremely abused, they are in the hands of violent people. B) they are very loyal, so they fight other dogs to win their masters love, c) they are strong!!! And idiot people let them run in packs. Teenage humans running in packs is dangerous! How much more so a dog!!! Sooo. Get educated on this beautiful breed. Stop poisoning the public, but teach them how to care for dogs. Or else get a real job!

  • Laurna Macnear

    Had a Chow that we got at 9 months that didn’t get the socialization that she should of as a young pup, but we immediately started working with her and she was great. She lived in a house with about 7 cats.. she loved the kittens.

  • Steve H.

    I have studied the “Pit Bull”…First off their is no official name “Pit Bull”. They are called Nanny Dog! They are the first Police & Fire Dog! In addition, they used the Nanny Dog around children in the Little Rascals. Two Nanny Dogs. They were the only breed that they could put around the children! I spent my life not understanding this breed. I currently have a rescued Nanny Dog! He has saved my life! I wanted to leave one last statement. The most decorated dog of World War 1…… A Pit Bull… Sargent Stubby! This breed is a breed to be respected! However, they are a breed that longs to give love!!!!!

  • Stan47

    The absolute worst biters are all the terrier breeds, which are bred for aggressiveness. The fact that they are often small dogs means that the bites are less often fatal, but if you were to make an honest tally of the sheer number of dog bites inflicted, these little buggers would be at the top of the list.

    I got torn up pretty badly, twice, by a Westie, and this dog was a best-of-breed winner at a number of big shows.

  • Mark

    Pit bulls, eh? How about we factor in how many PB’s there are vs how many other dogs. Just like when people say the rich people pay more taxes, (because they have all the money) more pit’s are responsible simply because there are so many more of them.

  • Mary Kay Wiseman Boysen

    I have had a Rottie and a Wolf hybrid. Also a Siberian Husky, Saint Bernard mix, and 4 Samoyed. All have been rescues except the first Samoyed. Samoyeds are pussycats. the rottie the same way. The wolf was amazingly smart and the Saint a great dog. The siberian ate a mattress. None of them bit anyone including the grandbabies and children. It is all in the training.

  • guest

    I love Malamutes!

  • no one

    Pit bulls are extremely nice i have 2 and they are not agressive everyont they meet they love instantly

  • Jeff Trinkaus

    Pittys are great dogs! Bogus rap they get

  • Wayne Gibbons

    Ppl need to stop having so much prejudice towards Pit Bulls!!! A dog is only as aggressive or as nonaggressive as it is trained to be. It is up to the owner of the dog to ensure how a dogs’ behavior is!!!

  • Gary R.

    Any dog can become mean if you chain him to his dog house long enough. It all depends on the owner how the dog’s temperament develops. I’ve seen really lovable pitt bull (American Staffordshire Terrier) dogs, and I’ve seen really mean and rotten snarling collies.

  • VSoulcatcherV

    I’ve had two bully breed dogs – and both have been the most social and non aggressive dogs I’ve ever had. My In-laws had a Lhasa and Pom – both would attack without provocation.
    We’re more worried about dogs than the people that own them. Not unlike children – you abuse a child and that child will be abusive and untrusting.

  • Chastity Sabo

    Pit bulls, in general, are very sweet, loving dogs. We have had several in our family and have seen nothing but love from every one of them! Of course their stats are high due to scum of the earth people, training them to be aggressive. Shame this breed suffers at the hands of humans.

  • Stacey

    No dog turns on their owner without provacation, regardless of breed. just because the owners didn’t recognize the signs, doesn’t mean the dog didn’t give them

    • Mary Ann Redfern


      • Mary Ann Redfern

        Another owner killed by his pet pit. Eddie Cahill loved his pit bull and his pit loved him, but he killed him anyway.

        • Mary Ann Redfern

          Mia Derouen was four years old when the pit bull pictured with here in this pic yaned her from the couch where she was watching tv with her mom and destroyed her and there was nothing her mom could do to save her.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Beau Rutledge was two years old when KISSY FACE, the family pet of eight years decapitated him.

          • Mary Ann Redfern

            Another? Nephi Selu, pictured uppter right corner of this pic with his pet pit bull, was killed by the pit bull that he thought loved him because, up until it killed him, it acted like it loved him.

  • Delaney Wittrock

    I have to disagree about Pitt bulls they really are friendly dogs you just have to train them correctly and treat them right.

  • John Richardson

    The most common dog bite is actually from Labrador retrievers. this is for two reasons there were more labs than any other dog. And people think that because the labs have a reputation as being lovable they can just walk up to any Lab and start petting it not a good idea with any dog

  • Haley G. M. Luttrell

    All these dogs are large and many are working as guard dogs – not really fair to judge trained behavior as negative. Many small dogs are waaay more aggressive – they just don’t have the capacity to cause the same damage.

  • Jodie Elizabeth Daniels

    I have a dog that is mixed with 2 of the breeds listed here but she is the most loving dog.. I mean she don’t like strangers coming in the yard but she hasn’t bitten anyone and btw she is pitbull/German sheppard

  • Virginia Hudson

    When will people realize that “Pitbull” is NOT A BREED!! It is a term that was coined for a dog who was used in a “pit” to go against a “bull”. The true breed belongs to the Terrier group and consist of The Staffordshire Terrier, The American Staffordshire Terrier, The BULL Terrier and The Miniature Bull Terrier. If you don’t get your info correct from the beginning then your wrong from the start.

  • Fox Foxx

    well put on the rottweilers, they’re not born aggressive they’re made aggressive.When socialized and trained they’re a wonderful companion. I have a rescued rottie and she loves everyone, but don’t think you can hurt me and get away with it. She will protect me I’m her mom, but that’s situation, not her nature. My two rotties have changed alot of peoples perceptions on what they thought they were like, they have quite a fan club to say hi to when we go out for a walk including a lady who was deathly scared of rotts after being bitten. She now sits and plays with mine and shares her lunch!

  • Megan Roberts

    Danes are lovable but they can be very aggressive…i have two….and i have seen my male tear into a few dogs and ppl for coming to close to me or my kids….dont get me wrong…he does not go looking for a fight but they can be very protective of their family which is a good thing…just remember if u are looking into getting one they become very attached to the family and because of their size when they get aggressive it is a very scary thing to see

  • Charles Fredrick Sanford

    I’ve raised a couple of Pit Bulls now. They are great, sweet, kind, smart dogs. Here is the thing though; they need a lot of attention. You cannot get one and leave in the backyard or Kennel for most of the day.
    Also, when you look at this statistic, please realize that are way, way more Pits than Rotts and German Shepard combined.

  • Canis Dirus

    All dogs are reflections of their owners. A moronic owner will raise a dangerous dog.

  • Jon Weiss

    Having owned several of the dogs on the list here, and reading the narrative, there is one aspect I see that is left out….Provocation. I recently lost a dog because I live in a neighborhood populated with parents who do not discipline their kids, and kids who run amok through the neighborhood. The kids have no respect for anything and seem to take great joy at throwing rocks, sticks, and other debris at any animal within their reach, and just generally tormenting the dogs, and when a dog happens to break free and defends itself, according to the local government, “its the dogs fault”, because “Our kids would not do that”.

    It is my experience, that in many cases, dogs are better people than most humans.

    • Shelby

      I’m sorry that happened :( and I agree. I mean, if a dog randomly came up to me and started attacking me, I would defend myself… so why is it so wrong for the dog to defend itself when a human starts attacking it in any way? Makes no sense to me. Poor dog gets punished because of other people’s mistakes.

  • janettabass

    As a rescuer of Pit Bulls, and other large breed dogs, all I can say is, your dog is what you teach it to be……My BF’s chiuahua is so much more aggressive than ANY of the 12 pits, the one great dane, and the shepherd we care for…any large dog can be dangerous, if thats what the human teaches it!!! Monsters are real, but they have 2 legs and are disguised as your neighbors, co-workers and friends..

  • Bernie Horowitz

    Funny I have never met a Pit Bull that was mean to anyone or anything. My pit bull, adopted out of a shelter at age 4 has been nothing but a mush to my 3 young kids, every dog it has ever met, and to every person he has ever seen. Then again, most people don’t realize that the dog they are thinking is a pitty is actually not a Pit Bull at all.

  • Penny Pleasant-Brown

    I found a young chow chow walking in our neighbor. She was absolutely ADORABLE! I found her owner, who was a neighbor of ours, who said she instantly saw the connection the chow and I, had. She also said, she could not care for her, so she gave her to me!!! A full blooded, purple tongued, fluffy 10 wk old puppy. I named her Pookie. She was by far, the smartest, most loyal, loving dog I ever had, and I’ve had many! She lived to be 16. When she died, I was devastated, because I know I will never find another, sweet natured, baby like her.

  • Larry

    A St. Bernard tore my hand up in a vicious way.

  • Robby Hernandez

    Pit bulls are only aggressive due to the owners. They are loyal and some have died protecting its owners.many of these statistics are just bad opinions.

  • sky hope

    ok for one yeah pits have a lot BUT its the TRAINER not the DOG i am sick of people saying that

  • Hoplite99

    Hmmm I’ve never heard of one instance of a Great Dane being a biting breed. Interesting though. Just lovable little Gronks.

  • vidalia poopnoodle

    the only dangerous dogs are those which have bad owners.

  • s_smc

    There are several things not brought into play in these statistics. A Saint Bernard should never be in the attack category but back in the late 60’s some fools decided (probably not helped by Redd Fox’s comments on his) needed the biggest baddest dog and settled on the saint. Like many poorly bred for the wrong reasons, there became a problem with bad temperaments in the saints and most of these fatalities were around that same time period. No real saint afficianado would tolerate such a move. I worked as an animal warden in the early 70’s and those saints turned in at the shelter did not have good temperaments. I also worked a vicious dog case where a saint had bitten 13 people. That fad has passed and today’s saints shold not have temperament problems.

    As a warden I can tell you nearly every black and tan dog that didnt have hound ears, cropped tail or pit characteristics was pretty much logged in as a mixed sheperd. It tended to skew the bite statistics. Another breed that shouldn’t have been in the high bite category was labs – but if it’s the right size and all black, it goes down as a lab in the paper work. We wouldn’t adopt out huskies or malemutes (usually mixes, not purebred) without 6 ft. fences as they often were bad for attacks on livestock and other dogs. These two breeds are not for people who have never owned dogs before as they are willful and need someone who garners thwir respect or they will gladly be the alpha of the family. It is also to be noted that these are the breeds often mixed with wolves for wolf hybreds – and they all sit close on the list. In my experience with these breeds, both as a warden and years of showing dogs, I would not use either to cross with another large breed. Chows have always been classified as a one-family dog and they are generally stand offish. Even at a show, one watches themselves around chows. The shelter here in town doesn’t adopt them out (or didn’t the last time I checked). The dane, rottie, dobe and sheperd are all working dogs who for the most part are used as guard dogs. Improper training and control can lead to problems, but they are bred to be secure and solid, not needing to attack. Their mere size puts them in the danger zone, especially if not bred for good temperaments and properly socialized. Pit bulls get their reputation because when they do attack, their propensity to be severe is high.We also found they tended to go for the face if “challanged” by a stare. Now, when you look at the figures – far more pits are bred than all of the others. of the 1.2 million dogs euthanized per year, nearly a million are pits. At any given time 35,000 are available for adoption in shelters across the country. They aren’t necessarily being bred by people who are looking to make nice family pets and with genetic care. Yes, they are going to top the list because of all those things.
    You will note that these listed dogs aren’t classified as the dogs most likely to bite, but as having fatalities, and being large helps put them there. When we were transferring our records to disk, I kept track of identified dog bite breeds. Mixed terrier, shepherds (see what I said before about identifying nonsheperds or mixes as sheperds) and dachsunds led the list. Dachsunds and terriers generally aren’t afraid of anything. Ask groomers and they’ll tell you cockers bite the most (another breed that fell subject to bad breeding for temperaments) Springers went through years of being influenced by rage and had some bad bite numbers. Small dogs get away with biting because they can’t usually tear you up and owners spoil them. You can’t afford to do that with big dogs (and frankly should allow it in small dogs either) The bottom line is to try and acquire dogs where you meet their parents or have a temperament test done before adopting one, then socialize it and give it basic canine good citizen obedience training based on rewarding, not punishing and realize they are dogs that have only so many ways to show their fear or displeasure. Allow them quiet space when they need it and don’t let them be pushed by kids or strangers, just to be safe.

  • Kevin Jackson Jr.

    Why wasnt there a a cute little note about pitt bulls being more used for dog fights and trained for mal intentions thats the reasons thier numbers are so high. All the rest you say just do your homework not saying dont get one. I have had a total of 6 dogs in my life span 4 being pitt bulls, none of the pitts showed any aggressive nature. My Rottweiler and Labrador were the two who became people and/or animal aggressive. And even those were likely from kids in the neighborhood taunting them.

  • Racheale Beshnak

    My dad got a Chow Chow from some man, and from what I heard, he was supposed to be a police dog. He’s the best dog I’ve ever met. It’s kind of funny how people just assume a dog/person is bad, just by what they’ve heard and such.

  • Shelby

    I have a pit bull and she’s the best dog ever! She loves other people and is so nice and cuddly! I think it’s stupid how people hate pit bulls for being so viscous. They’re a reflection of their owners, and people only like to report on the negative stories on pit bulls. They honestly aren’t bad dogs at all. Hey, I’ve met labs more dangerous than my pit bull. Because the owner was abusive and made the dog aggressive. So stop picking on pit bulls dang it!!!

  • Shelby

    Any dog can snap, just so you know. Or any animal for that matter. In fact, people can snap too. So maybe you shouldn’t trust anything then?

  • Tim Lanham

    The meanest dogs are among the smallest breeds. The Chihuahua is one of the meanest breeds there is.

  • Nobam2012

    I agree with 1 and 2, but the rest could be most any breed. Hard to believe the Belgian Malinois isn’t on there as they can tear Pit Bulls apart in most cases.

  • asrealasitgets

    Dogs aren’t dangerous, people are.

  • Sherri Taylor

    Not true about chows. Ran into too many during my years working at an animal shelter. Never saw a good one. The vets I knew back then thoroughly believed it was inherent to the breed. Definitely do not want them around children.

  • disqus_AkJn0Lcm6Y

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and I applaud you for doing the compassionate (examining and addressing potential causes for her aggression) and responsible thing. You did all you could. Sadly, not all broken creatures can be entirely healed (same is true of any species, humans included).

  • Terry Perry

    I have known several Pit owners who family raise these dogs and have Never had a problem. BUT there are several other people who i know who have had problems. Like a friend who family raised them from puppies. He had 6 Pits and then It happen one day their 4 year old who was raised around these dogs. Pick up a toy that the dogs had and that was it they tore her Arm off and her Face. All 6 dogs Join in the attack her father was able to get her away after he was bitten. She was alive but lost her arm and most of her face, the next day her Father shot all 6 dogs. I had several arguments over her being around the Dogs it mad them Really Mad at me. 50 years ago my Grand Father told me Owning a Pit Bull is like having Dynamite you Never Know When It Will GO OFF.

  • Robert Huffman

    I would like to see what the non fatal statistics are for biting among different breeds. Fatal is one thing and size is indicative of why certain breeds end up being on the list, but how many of you agree that the majority of dogs that seem to like to bite are smaller dogs and in my experience they seem to do it more often.

  • Doc

    Any dog raised with hatred and meanness will bite, or even kill, but I can guarantee you that if those dogs were raised by decent humans they would never bite; much less kill. Pit bulls are not a bad, mean or dangerous breed. Properly raised they can be the kindest of any dogs. It is the evil, treacherous and untrustworthy humans that are the problem; and in many ways. First we don’t punish animal cruelty. Take the football player Vick. Many of his dogs were rehabilitated, but no matter what HE says the cruelty and viciousness that allowed him to do what he did will never go away. The day will come when what he is will be revealed, but he is only one of many. Evil is evil, in any guise and until we, as a specie recognized the rights of animals to exist wherever there place is, then we will continue to slaughter each other and our animal friends. And no, I’m not a PETA nut. I have spent forty years rescuing and rehabilitating abused animals. I did my discertation on child and animal abuse. Want to guess which specie gets worse when abused?

  • ilyf

    Who did this study; eight year olds? Cane Corso. Boerboel. Presa Canario. etc.

  • Dawn Mortensen

    If only this were more accurate. It’s not pit bulls- it’s any breed that sort of looks like it might have pit bull in it that are pinned for the deaths.

  • kayla

    they state that the pitbull is number one and highly aggressive but they do not state all the facts. I own a pitbull and he is the sweetest. the reason for their aggression is not their fault almost always. its their need to please their owners and them wanting to save their lives.

  • Ronald Arnce

    I think this study was a bit incomplete and I know of many very aggressive breeds that were not even mentioned It was intersting but I believe it was very prejudicial

  • conradshull

    :-) You’ll never find Basset Hounds on this list.

  • Ciara Armani

    It’s really doesn’t matter what kind of a Dog it is. You have to research the do’s and don’ts of training them. Pitbulls can be aggressive if not socialized with other dogs or people. If you address these things early on when they are puppies you should be fine. AGAIN research they’re behavior first. All dogs have to be trained in different ways because of where they came from and what the breed has been used for. I own I PitBull. There’s lots of things that happen to these dogs that lead them to becoming aggressive. People think it’s ok to yell at them. Punch them in their heads, kick them, not bring them around other dogs and people. The list goes on. My PitBull is very friendly. He loves children, adluts, and other animals. He’s a really happy dog. He has also been socialized and has never been hit. Their are other ways to train a Dog and show it them it’s doing something wrong without hitting it. That’s one of the things people do with them. They think “oh this Dog look mean and I’ll look cool walking it” they know nothing about the breed and that’s where the problems start. I also trained my PitBull NEVER to put his mouth on a person even if he is just “play biting” or playing around and getting excited everyone should teach there Dog this no matter what breed it is. I also have a Chihuahua puppy that plays with my 90lbs PitBull. Lol yea. With Chihuahua’s it’s also important to socialize them with people and other Dogs. Some people let little Dogs bite them because they are small and think “oh it’s ok. They can’t hurt anyone”. WRONG if you let them continue to bite and never show them it’s wrong that turns into a huge problem. You also have to socialize them early on and teach them being aggressive towards people and other dogs is not ok. AGAIN research. Know what your buying. Also Pitbulls have saved a lot of people. Everyone focuses on the bad things that happen and normally the news doesn’t tell you EVERYTHING about what happened because they want ratings. Go on YouTube and look up Pitbulls who have saved people. You’ll see what I mean then.

  • gabriella

    Its pit bull owners that make them aggressive. I have a sister with disability & my cousin has 2 large PURE BRED PIT BULLS. One day while my sister was throwing a fit she kicked at my cousins larger pitbull, wanna know what he did? Absolutely NOTHING. He just stood there looking confused & then after trying to give Bella, my sister, a kiss with no success, he went & laid down on his bed. During the same fit, my sister slapped the other pitbull in the head as she was closest to her, wanna know what she did? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. She just stood there wagging her tail taking the slap as my sister petting her. I also know a PITBULL & A GREAT DANE who live on the same property as 8 chihuahuas, 2 cocker spaniel & St . Charles spaniels mixes, 2 annoying parrots, 2 miniature horses, 3 normal sized horses, 1 draft horse, 2 ponies, a goat, a pig, & 3 cats. GUESS WHICH ANIMAL RUNS THE FARM? The smallest chihuahua, a teacup named Tiger Lilly.

  • Just my self, no frills

    Got a almost 5 year old 70 pound staffy/lab(we think) mix and yes he is the goofiest knucklehead but the most personable “bully” mix. He is an outside(backyard) dog but we do walk every a.m & p.m. We live in “suburbia” in Central Ca. and our neighborhood is kid central, but when Joey is out in the front yard when we are doing yard work he becomes a lawn ornament, the kids walking or skating by all range from 8 to 15-17 years and it’s always “Hi Joey” We live on a corner not more than 50 feet from a park that we get a lot of walkers with & without dogs and everybody knows Joey, he rolls on my neighbors lawn with his 5 year old daughter like they were litter mates, plays with their year old male shepherd like they were cousins. I could go on but bottom line it’s all in the training and teaching.

  • Jazzminie Minco

    I don’t think the German Shepard is a bad dog at all now it is when it protects its owner now that is a different story but I dont think it needs to be the 3rd dangerous dog

  • Britni Pastyrnak

    Its not the breed of dog that’s dangerous. It’s how the owner raises them.

  • Brandi Hunter

    Please note that pitbulls are also reliant on how they are raised/trained. They are not dangerous… the owners are

  • James Fitzgerald

    Of course the bull dog is number one. i love how there is no mention of the 66 death most likely because of poor owners like with the other dogs.

  • Nicole

    Ummmmmmm “pit bull” is not technically a breed. It is a grouping that several breeds are often wrongfully inked into such as Staffordshire, American pit bull terrier, dogo de argentino, and several others. Get your facts straight.

  • Marina Pacheco

    I hate to see pit bull labeled like this. It’s not the breed! It’s the owners! Any dog can be dangerous if you do not know how to train it. My heart hurts for this beautiful breed :(

  • Deb Hopkins

    Pit Bulls are only as dangerous as the owner makes them and breeds them to be. As to Great Danes……..pft……German Sheppards, we had a retired police one when I was little. I used to lay on him, get in his dog house…..

    Any dog can be dangerous, even a little teeny tiny one…….you get in their face and act a fool, guess what……you will most likely get bit. The bigger the dog the bigger the bite, treat a dog with respect and love and they will be your most loyal friend.

  • Antmondello

    Most articles stating pit bulls as the reason for death only say it because they do not know the true breed. Also how dare you say you love dogs and then say that pit bulls are they are known for their aggressive behavior. If you truly loved animals you would not believe the crap people spread about pitbulls. I adopted one from a shelter and I know she is better than almost every dog. Huffington post did a study and found pit bulls to be one of the least aggressive.

  • Bob Jones

    Ok…don’t like that German Shepard is as high as it is because of “Its Line of Work”.

    Yes I own a German Shepard, and yes she will protect the family and is aggressive if you come in our property. But I can have anyone come in my door, kids, adults, and I do all the time and she is fine…smell ok…”my owners aren’t afraid”.

    My point is you have to exclude the stats for any dog that is a Police Dog and the event occurred during being a “Police dog”.

  • Liberty

    The most dangerous dog is a hotdog! Have you ever read what is in those things?

  • tava

    In this article, they say pit bull terriers are number one on the list. I disagree, I have raised and trained this breed for 12 yrs. I have been a vet tech for 18 yrs. So with that being said i have interacted with all the breeds mentioned, and i would rather ( in my opinion) handle a bully breed than any other breed. In other articles such as the chow chow it mentions how they are raised. This goes for the bully breeds as well. The biggest mistake is not researching the breeds and understanding your needs. Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean you need it. Dogs were predators before domestication always keep that in mind when choosing a dog for one’s self and or your family.

  • aaron

    Ok well now states can’t put bans on Pitt bulls because it is known as breed discrimination. Also I have had 3 pittbull and not a single one ever bit or attacked anyone. We have never had problems with strangers but the dogs havery stood their ground and barked and growled when strangers visited due to them trying to protect us.

  • Denise Mansi Koundry

    My sweet and loving Rottweiler was one of the most gentle animals I have ever had contact with. My then 4 yr old son was her “baby” and she slept with him, and was his “playmate”. She never met a person she didn’t love and want to lavish affection on. On the other hand, our Chihuahua, which my mother purchased from a breeder as a” puppy” (who lied about the age of the dog by 4 months or more) bit 3 family members on her 1st night at home. Although the breeder was contacted immediately but refused to refund the money or take back the dog. My husband and I took the dog from my Mother, who was frankly afraid of the dog. We have had her for about 10 yrs, as long as you are an immediate family member and she sees you often you are safe, if not she is going to bite you. We trained and took care of both dogs the same. Just like people, you have good ones and “bad” ones. We have loved both dogs, but they are very different dogs with very different behaviors. Thankfully it was the 8 lb Chihuahua and not the 140 lb Rottweiler with the biting issue, one could hurt your ankles, fingers and toes, one could take your life before we could save you. I believe any dog can be dangerous, and caution should always be used around them, especially with children.

  • jess

    I have a pit i also have 4 young kids they lay in her take her toys and she has never bit them or anything

  • Nanci Alley

    I have had Chow Chow’s for more than 35 years. I have yet to have one turn on me or anyone else. Chow Chow’s are social dogs. The more you socialize them with people you want them to know so much the better. My vet told me treating my Chow’s was like treating a cocker spaniel. My dachshund likes everybody. He thinks people come to the house to visit with him.

  • Bradley

    I have two danes and a pit. The two danes are as nice as can be but my pit is even nicer. Pits have a bad reputation because of bad owners. Any dog has the potential to be vicious if not raised properly.

  • Mark Duwe

    Here’s my dangerous pit bull that got me kicked out of an apartment, just for being a pit bull. Ridiculous.

  • Steven Hill

    Guns and dogs have one thing in common. Its not the gun and dog that are dangerous, its the human behind the dog and the gun that are dangerous.

  • Sumner Kagan

    Most of these are due to owners. People let their kids climb on and wrestle with big furry dogs and eventually they snap back when some kid yanks on an ear, pulls a tail or otherwise hurts the dog. Others are used for protection and again, not dogs to let kids and others be around who think they are just pets. Unfortunately a few though are genetics and while we want to claim the pitbull attacks are all because of owners, the simple statistics show that’s not the case.

  • VikingRN

    It’s all socialization and picking a dog that fits your lifestyle….

    Tired dog is a happy dog….

  • kristi

    Let me tell you WHY these large breeds are deemed “dangerous”. They are either bred that way or trained that way and where does the fault lie with that? HUMANS! Which, in all reality, means that humans should be deemed the most dangerous breed! Dogs are not born aggressive, they are TAUGHT! And for you to say that pit bulls are naturally aggressive, YOU my friend, need a lot of educating on your dog breeds! And chows….chows are NOT calm by nature! I have seen more CHOWS turn on people…including their owners! Because that’s how they are ! If you want to let people in on the top 10 most dangerous, aka aggressive breeds, then you should’ve listed heelers, chihuahuas, corgis and some other SMALLER breeds !! Just because they are bigger in size, does not make them anymore scary than a small dog!! It ALL lies in how they are raised and taught. Just. Like. Children! That’s my two cents and I hope you and some people who read this take this into account.

  • Still a fan

    Wow, almost the exact same experience I had as a child with our neighbor’s German Shepherd!

  • Terri

    Left off French poodles…they can be vicious.

  • Rancho Baja Mar

    I do believe this article forgot to mention that “pitbull” is a group of 20 plus breeds grouped together based on similar body types the American Pitbull Terrier alone does not have 66 fatalities attributed to it. Since people even some so called “experts” cannot tell the difference between APBT’s, Cane Corso’s, Dogo Argentino’s, and American Bull Dogs this needs to be stated somewhere. So i call B.S.

  • Ginny Petersen

    I would trust a pit bull over any other dog. I have grown up wi y h pit and still own a pit. My daughter has done more to my pit then u could imagine and she never moved a muscle. I would list a dalmatian as having a high fatality before a pit. And yes i own a Dalmatian too. My dogs have gotten in a fight and my pit hid in a corner and got hurt bad and my dalmatian had no battle wounds. Vets never belived me until i brought them in and my piy had a hole on the top xof her skull and under the eye and 1 ear shredded. So no pit do not belong as number 1 on here

  • Annette Hwang

    People should check their facts before publishing. The American pitbull terrier is an actually breed on its own with standards and lumping “pitbull” type dogs together with the American pitbull terrier is irresponsible journalism and gives the actual breed a bad rep. While I agree that “pitbull type” dogs are aggressive and dangerous because you can’t dispute statistics, there should be great care in separating out the actually “American pitbull terrier” and the “pitbull type” dogs as such public stigmatization is unfair and unjust to the actually breed of dog itself.

  • Joshua C

    I made a very honest post and it was removed for no reason, so here it is again. Rather disappointed with the conclusion to this article. With other breeds, the author took note of how the owner disposition and lack of training can make a good dog bad, but no such statement was made on behalf of pit bulls. Pitbulls do not naturally have an aggressive nature. They are often bred to be aggressive because they are all muscle and their physical attributes make them great guard dogs. However, when pit bulls are raised by caring owners to be a great family pet, they are one of the most mild-mannered dogs out there. There aren’t bad pit bulls, there are only bad owners. And for some reason, bad owners seem to be drawn to pit bulls.

  • disqus_KY81rR73SH

    I have an American pit. Got home from a shelter. He is very submissive. He is about 90lb. All though he isn’t male dog friendly. He loves kids and people. He lays down if a child wants to pet him. I don’t even have to tell him. Very obvious someone owned him before and spent allot of time training him. He stays where he is told and won’t move until my husband and I say so. He gives high fives, shakes, he heels and more. If you train a dog (any kind) right, they will be submissive. It’s all about the owner and the genes of the dog. We had a German Shepherd mixed with pit terrier…. it turned out she had neurological problems because of her breed mix. She bit everyone, she ran around like crazy, she never listened, she ran away all the time, we tried to get her trained. Failed. Like I said. It depends on owner and breed. It’s usually a bad idea to mix breeds. If people could afford to really take care of their dogs, they would check blood lines before breeding. That can be very useful. I love dogs… all kinds. I got attacked by a mini doberman. Yeah, had to get stitches. I got bit by a wiener dog too. Haven’t got bit by a large dog yet.

  • Shawn Grondin

    The Chihuahua bites more people every day than any other breed does in a year. The problem is, they don’t do much damage, so they are not reported. Anyone notice how every large breed of dog that has a “mean or aggressive” look that has been used as either a guard dog or police dog over the years has at some point been in the media limelight and everyone wanted banned. Yet, for some reason, no one talks or cares about those breeds anymore and are not afraid of them. Why? Because the media no longer tells them they should be. Dobermans, Rottweiler’s, Chows, German Shepherds etc etc, once all feared and wanted to be banned because of the media. Now the media is onto the “Pit Bull” kick, so now everyone wants that breed banned. Get a clue people, the problem is the owner, not the breed.

  • Ali Price

    Any dog of any breed with an owner who doesn’t understand the breed, is untrained, has been improperly socialized, or abused can be dangerous. The issue is compounded with large breeds due to their size! Whomever wrote this rubbish should be ashamed! Bluntly put, they are ignorant and uneducated about at least three dog breeds listed. Danes are phenomenal family dogs. The most dangerous aspect of a Dane is their tail, as any owner will tell you! They are dopey, lazy, and placid. Well trained adult Danes are very conscientious of small children, will let children climb on them, etc. Shepherds (GSDs) are not aggressive! Due to the nature of military and police work they are trained to aggress on command. They are fearless but not hostile. Like Danes, phenomenal family dogs and conscientious of small children. They are also fiercely protective of their people, especially children, when given cause. As for Pit Bulls, certain lines have been corrupted, bred for aggression by degenerates who use them for illegal purposes (fighting, guarding drugs, etc). A Pit from a reputable breeder is true to the breed standard -aggressiveness towards humans is uncharacteristic, great family companion, loves children. Danes and Shepherds have been our breeds of choice for over a decade. I have friends with Pits. The absolute menace at our house is the Jack Russell. He will bit and ask for attention later. He is a rescue and has made great progress -he no longer tries to eat our inside cats.

  • Melissa Olsen

    Many deaths get attributed as pitbulls when the dog only looked like a pity. I was disappointed this article did such a good job pointing out it’s based on how a dog is trained, except for the pitbull. Because they have a tough image, “tough” people own them and don’t raise them correctly. They can be fabulous dogs.

  • Kaiser Vaxino

    i had a pit bull mix with chow chow i had him since a puppy and she was by far mean if anything he walk away from someone being mean to him i loved that dog

  • Amanda Zupan

    Funny they had something nice to say about all the dogs except pitbulls. But I bet that most people didn’t know that they Where used as nannies at one point! Look it up and quit discrimnating.

  • Jane domes

    Why would anyone flag something that is public record?The NYCACC kills dogs everyday,without even allowing a chance at finding a home.

  • BRwoman

    I take offense at the Doberman being listed in this group. Yes, Doberman’s are guard dogs, but they are very intelligent dogs and if properly trained, they have the sense to know who is a bad guy and who isn’t. I just recently lost my 14-year old Dobie who was so gentle, he slept with the cats and became a lovable goof around any child. And although he never had to prove it, I know he would have given his life for me and my family but, that didn’t make him a ‘dangerous’ dog.

  • Terry Tubbs II

    I’ve had several pits including one now. I have never had one be aggressive it’s how they are raised that makes them mean.

  • Cagari

    Some of this article is on point, but other parts I must disagree wirh. Pit bulls are not “known for their extremely aggressive nature”; this is a reputation that has befallen them courtesy of the wrong kind of owner, who abuses the animal so as to actively encourage viciousness, or neglects to train the dog properly. I cannot speak for any of the other dogs on the list, but I presume their case is mostly the same.

    Although some people contest anecdotal evidence, let me just say this: like most dogs (I would imagine most anyway) pits require a responsible, experienced owner, who is not afraid to exercise dominance. My aunt (R.I.P) owned pitties for 30 years (10 in total), and towards PEOPLE (unfortunately not always animals; 3 were dog aggressive), even absolute strangers, all of them were the most wonderful and well mannered dogs you could imagine. I attribute this to my aunt training them properly. She always treated them with the utmost love and respect, but she was never afraid to tell them who was boss.

    Any dog has the potential to become a dangerous dog if certain conditions are not met. A dog can turn aggressive, and ‘snap’, even for the most loving owners, if [the owners] don’t know what they’re doing. Whilst it’s true each dog has its own disposition–of which some are naturally more willfull and headstrong–people need to consider numerous things before blaming the dog entirely. Is the dog getting enough exercise and mental stimulation? Are its owners rigorous in setting firm boundaries for it? Are they asserting themselves as the pack leaders? Do they realise when to say no? Are they training it beyond a 6 week run of puppy classes? Are they educating their children how to behave around it? A lot of aggression, and bad behavior in general, could be avoided simply by learning about dog behavior and applying that knowledge accordingly; and I’d presume this goes for the vast majority of dogs, even daschunds and chihuahuas.

  • Sophie

    The world’s first full face transplant was performed on a woman in France whose black Labrador Retriever that she’d had for several years attacked her and ripped off her entire face. I saw the photos, it was pretty horrible. these are the “gentle, family” dogs. In other words, ANY dog can and will bite under the right set of circumstances.

  • Sophie

    Yes, every single occasion I’ve witnessed where a small dog bites someone or another dog, without exception, the little dog’s owner has laughed because it was “so cute;” I’ve even witnessed numerous incidents where OFF LEASH little dogs will attack a big dog on a leash, sometimes even drawing blood, and the little dog’s idiot owner actually PRAISED it – “oh, did you attack that big, scary doggie? You’re so BRAVE!” That is not only rude and vile behavior on the OWNER’S part to allow their unruly and aggressive little cur to HURT and/or injure another person’s pet, but by praising and encouraging these darling little acts of “bravery,” they are literally TRAINING their dogs to be attack dogs and go after large dogs specifically whenever they see them in order to earn their owner’s praise again. Stupid individuals like that are asking for trouble; someday their little darling will inflict pain on the wrong big dog and it could end in tragedy – of course the big dog will get the blame when the entire fault lies at the feet of the little dog’s owner. It’s happened to me several times in fact, where the owner of a smaller dog will attack my SERVICE DOG even while she’s wearing her HARNESS and all the signage identifying her as a service animal and clearly leading me around/supporting me.The jerks get snotty with me when I ask them to leash or pick up the dog and explain that my dog is working. The posters here who say humans are the problem have hit the nail squarely on the head. People are a-holes.

  • Sophie

    Thanks for the smile!

  • kevin

    Pit bulls are only dangerous if treated badly and without proper training…I’ve never met one that wasn’t a complete baby when raised right in a loving home and I hate that you said that for all other dogs but them…they all ways get a bad rap for it but alot of times it’s for inbreeding and poor handling. ..I’ve been bit by more small annoying dogs then anything else. pick a pit over any other dog every day of the week and that will never change cuz they are loving loyal and smart…Don’t stick up for 9 out of 10 dogs saying it’s only training problems and not say it for them…ppl are highly misinformed about these dogs and don’t need anyone else giving them a bad name…they have enough misleading info about them so don’t add to the problem

  • Caitrin Hunter Benavides

    This list is ridiculous. Obviously the only bites that are reported are ones from large breed dogs…. No one ever hears, “child was bit in the face by chihuahua/dachshund/Pekingese etc.”

  • Melanie Guthrie

    Pitbulls are great family dogs, amazing companions and they are the most loyal breed I’ve come across. We cherish our special girl. Training and love goes a long way! Like you said in the Husky section , I believe APBT stats are unbelievably unlucky As well. Unfortunately for APBT Many people who have an eye for them have unsavory intentions. I love my dog and since six weeks old she’s been my little ambassador, Traveling with me just being cute and sweet. If we make someone smile or change someone’s perception of the breed we have had a great day! We have a long long road ahead but we never lose hope that someday BSL (Breed specific legislation) will be abolished. #dontbanmybestfriend #BSLisBS

  • Tracy Brittain

    No way Danes should be on this list! Great couch potatoes are what they are! They don’t require a ton of care only a ton a dog food.

  • Brandy J Haight

    I hate when people name Pitts as the most violent I have a 75 lbs pitt and he is my registered service dog and everyone loves him. The first time the maintenance men in my apartment complex met him they wouldn’t come in until I had a hold of his harness now they love him and pet him each time they come in.

  • MurphyG

    We have a Pit Bull and a Chihuahua. Trust me it’s the Chihuahua that strangers in my house have to look out for!

  • harold jack

    I’d rather Spend my money, time and energy helping those less fortunate including underprivileged children. Humans before animals

  • factualAxel

    also on the list as dangerous SOB’s are Yomomma, holder, Pelosi, reed, sharpton, Biden , shumer, Hillary , bill, and the yomomma’s voters!,

  • CRStardist

    Dobies, fear biters, no thanks.

  • CRStardist

    Wolf-dog hybrids, another “no thanks”.

  • Jack Handy

    Malamutes? Wat???

    Did they pull some bobsledders off of a few cliffs or something?

  • Bruce Alan Wilson

    My neighbor’s dachshund is one of the meanest, nastiest dogs I’ve ever met. And this is about par for the course for dachshunds in my experience–although I have known nice ones. Consider what they are bred to do—hunt BADGERS. (‘Dachs’ is German for badger.)

    In my experience, little dogs are often the worst as their owners don’t bother to train, discipline, and socialize them properly. They think their behavior is ‘cute.’ IMHO, if you wouldn’t let a German Shepherd do it, you don’t let a Chihuahua do it.

  • ExHelot

    I have a G. Shepherd/Chow/Husky that comes in at 140 lbs and a Chihuahua that comes in at under 5 lbs. The big guy (Bear) is a lovable baby and scared of his own shadow so I do worry about fear aggression. The little girl, Jass, is a mean spirited self willed little punk. I’m just glad they can’t swap personalities. I’ve owned a number of large breeds and have never been bitten or have had an incident of biting. Still, I worry because of potential. When I was a young man I had a mail delivery person that wouldn’t come to the house unless he saw the dog in the window. I told him that the dog won’t bite. His response changed my outlook from then on, “If he has teeth he can bite”.

  • Dave Letts

    the ten most dangerous human breeds! Just saying.

  • Donna Harding

    Couple of problems. Every mutt out there is listed as a pitbull when there is a dog attack. Cops and animal control folks really haven’t a clue! And backyard breeders are morons. Everyone has to have a Pit and most of them have some X, haven’t a clue about the temperment of the parents, and quite honestly, don’t care.

    Second, instead of deaths, how about bites and damage. The Chihuahua and other small terrier breeds send more kids to the plastic surgeon for facial reconstruction than the total deaths from all breeds. We saw a minimum of 2 to 5 kids a week in the ER with bite cases and the little ones were usually the face. And it wasn’t Pitbulls, it was little lap dogs. And almost every single one of them had to have plastic surgery. They never get listed on any list of “bad” dogs.

    As to size, our little Sheltie X, Minnie Mouse (less than 20#) beats the tar out of our 4 Pits/Pit Xs and Mr. Pugsley (American Bulldog/Pit X) is 112#! And she plays tug-o-war AND wins with Tyson (Mr. Pugsley son, mom is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, 80+ #). All our Pits are rescues. All brought home at different times. Contrary to the stuff that comes out of Pitbulls and Parolees, you can bring males and females together that are adults. AND, we also have 6 rescue cats. Only Minnie Mouse chases the cats, well one of them. The others have “educated” her on not chasing cats :) Oh, and they go in the chicken yard with us to collect eggs.

    It is all how you raise them AND they have to know who is boss, which, btw, does not translate to beating it into them. Also, unlike all the dogs on Pitbulls and Parolees, not one of our furbabies pull you down the road. I’m 5’2″ and I take ALL FIVE dogs for walks at the same time. They know “mom” is the boss and they listen to “mom.” They go to the beach, the park and the farmers market.

  • Kathwun

    Pit Bulls are great pets, just like the others, when trained right, treated right and brought up with kids. We have NEVER had an issue with any of the 3 we have owned, and we had 4 kids and 5 grands during those times to current. The little dogs are far more aggressive, they are just so small, they can’t hurt you!

  • Vince Oliver

    We have five Pitbulls, 4 live in our house and three of them sleep with my three kids. The fourth sleeps where ever she decides. Number five does not like the house and prefers his dog house. My question is, Dalmatians. Has anyone researched these dogs? Bred to fight dogs that chased fire trucks, wagons etc… and the only dog I have ever been bitten by.

  • johnde

    I had a doberman for eleven years. It was the most gentle dog I ever saw. But it sure could scare anyone who came around the house. And it never bit anyone.

  • fireoasis

    Sadly the ‘study’ is very biased. It only views ‘deaths’. Not if the dog was the starter of the event/defending their home/in a dog fight situation. Pit bulls are amazing dogs. They can be sweet and gentle and forgiving of very stupid owners. However they are a POWERFUL dog, and sooo many people get them who can not handle them properly. They have become the poster child for dog fighting and that is just sad. Aggressive dogs are bred to aggressive dogs and you get more aggressive dogs all because some loon thought it would be awesome to have a pit bull ‘guard dog’ or fighting dog. The pit bulls have their reputation because of the way humans have treated them.

  • Tami Brueggemann

    I do have to agree about chihuahuas. I have worked with many of them, and they tend to be very aggressive by nature. But it does depend on the individual personality. My chi Nika loved everyone and went to the playground with us all the time when my son was little. But Cookie, one of the chi’s is have now, has full blown small dog syndrome. I have had her since she was a baby, and she was raised the same as my other dogs. But no amount of training has broken her of going after every other dog she sees. She chased a boxer right out of our neighborhood, with me running behind her, being totally ignored. She even tried to take on a pitt bull, but I managed to catch her in time. She was still barking and snapping at him as I carried her away. The look on the pitt’s face was clearly “you’ve got to be kidding me”. lol

  • wilsonspaulding

    I notice there are a lot of “ifs” associated with pit bulls. “If you raise them right,” “If they feel threatened”, “If they have a bad owner,” “if they have a good owner.” etc. The difference between the “ifs” in a pit bull and the “ifs” in a border collie is that, when all the “ifs”go wrong, the border collie won’t end up killing you. THAT is why pit bulls are a dangerous breed.

  • Tracy Price

    And you clearly don’t know anything about dog pack behavior. Our shepherd was aggressive until he was trained that he wasn’t in charge. Now even our chihuahua can play with him safely. Once he knew he wasn’t alpha, he became totally docile and harmless to anyone and anything. Dogs who think they are dominant are dangerous. That’s why those spoiled little dogs will bite and bark – since they don’t look threatening, owners let them get away with dominance behaviors until it’s too late. After six years in animal-related jobs, I was only EVER bit by a spoiled chihuahua. Dogs need proper leadership, not just a yard and food.

  • RescueMom

    You keep mentioning “buying” a particular breed… how about adopting?? Tell people to consider before they “buy” is simply uneducated and a bad idea. So much for trying to rid the country of puppy mills… when sites like yours encourage biting. :(

  • RescueMom

    Never mind… the site is a waste of time. While I agree that the Pit Bull Terrier is the most dangerous breed, according to fatalities, you fail to mention the sheer number of pit bulls being bred and sold, compared to the other breeds, would only make this “finding” common sense!

  • Steve

    Where are Huskies on the dangerous list?

  • Nicole

    Pit bulls don’t have an “extremely aggressive nature,” as the truth is quite the opposite. What they DO have is an insatiable desire to please their owner. If that means through aggression/violence, or even the dog’s own death, unfortunately that’s what they will do in attempt to please their owner. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners!

  • Connor

    The only reason pit bulls have the highest is due to dogfights. Rottweilers because of their guard dog nature and German shepards due to their police dog nature. My father had a pit bull mix and he was the sweetest thing on earth. My family now has a German Shepard mix and she couldn’t be nicer. You get out of a dog what you put in, you train them to be ferocious, they will be, train them to be loving and they will be. They are only a reflection of their owners.

  • Ever Simone

    My Cocker Spaniel,Honey, was murdered by a pit bull. The owner was irresponsible, neglectful and did not train her dog. I now warn people that pit bulls and other large aggressive dogs are lethal weapons if they are not trained and cared for properly. I am very alert when I walk my Cocker Spaniel, Chocolate. When I see pit bulls, I do not know if they have responsible owners, so I assume the owners are irresponsible and I move to a safe location. Before my Cocker Spaniel was murdered, I assumed the owners of large, aggressive dogs were responsible. Now, I protect me and my dog, First.

  • Ketch

    The dogs shouldn’t be banned, but the owners are another story. There are no bad dogs

  • Dan Koss

    I have had 6 Rottweiler’s and we have raised 8 puppies and they have been a great dog. I also had a Doberman and he was very loyal. I have had several German shepherds and they were beautiful dogs. I do prefer the Rottweiler because of how they have been with my grandchildren. They watch and protect them. In fact none of them would have hurt anyone but the size alone scares people.

  • elizabethrc

    I fell in love with Great Danes when I was in the 5th grade. I’ve owned then for 60 years and have done occasional breed and have shown then for many years. They should definitely not be on this list at all. They are gentle and loving and they bond deeply.
    Are there sometimes bad apples? Sure. That’s true of any breed, but it is rare and one needs to look at the owners in many of those cases. People don’t realize when they purchase one, just how large they’ll get and danes are put up for adoption (or left tied to a tree) more than most breeds. When I was breeding, I carefully screened the buyers of my dogs.
    It’s the people who are the dangerous ones.

  • Todd Spitalny

    How bout they study the owners of those pit bulls and see what their criminal background is or look at their behavior towards their own dogs. I found my pit to be sweet and gentle. He does forget he is 60 lbs and he truly believes he is a lap dog. He follows our female boxer around and he has to cuddle with her all the time. Since finding out we are having a baby he lays with my wife and protects as if he knows he has a new little brother coming. These studies are flawed beyond belief.

  • WrshpMzshn

    Pit Bull owners are quick to (correctly) point out that other breeds of dogs are much more aggressive than the APBT. It’s true. My little lap dog is far more likely to bite you or me than a well-raised Pit. However, when was the last time a child was killed by the neighbor’s Pekingese? And you can bet if it happened it’d be all over the news!

  • BD

    As a former K9 officer, I can tell you that K9’s, and all dogs for that matter, react to Situations as how they are trained. I had a Husky-Shepard mix K9 that was the most intelligent, skilled and well trained dog I have ever seen. He had exemplary hearing and eyesight, a sixth sense about people, good or bad, never agressive towards kids or other animals, and loved to work. He never bit anyone he wasn’t told to, was loyal and protective of his partner, and was as gentle as a pet puppy at home. It was a sad day when he retired, and eventually went off to that big pasture in the sky. I quit working K9 when he retired, because I had the best partner anyone could have. I couldn’t bring myself to work with another dog. Thanks, Luke, you were the best, buddy. I’ll never forget you.

  • Dan

    I’ve had Dobermans all my life and they are sweethearts. Never had one attack anyone except in a training exercise. I was a trainer for 30 years and a more loyal, sensitive, and loving dog can’t be found anywhere. No dog is born aggressive or mean. The dog is trained or ruined by the owner. When a dog attacks and harms someone, the owner should be euthanize not the animal.