The most dangerous dog breeds is a very subjective thing to say or even put in the title of an article from a website that loves dogs. We love dogs! We consider this to be a fun and educational site so naturally one might question why we’re examining what the most dangerous dogs are. We are NOT in any way saying that these dog breeds are not safe. It depends on a number of things such as genes, temperament and most obvious, how the dog is raised and trained.
So when we’re talking about dog attacks, it’s not always the dog’s fault but we still felt it would be useful to report on biting statistics of dogs just in case it might affect a person’s choice on buying a certain breed. We’re not posting this article to discourage you from buying these dog breeds. We just want to make you aware of the statistics out there in certain studies. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a twenty year study on the most dangerous dog breeds, and here are the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds based on the amount of fatalities they have caused.
Again, this is purely statistical and should not discourage you from purchasing any of these breeds.
10. St Bernard
Seven fatalities so it’s not like this breed is terribly dangerous. The real reason for their potential danger is their sheer size. St. Bernards are actually pretty lovable and affectionate dogs. So often times they may end up harming someone or something just by bumping into them and getting a little too playful.
9. Great Dane
Another dog with seven fatalities so again, not dangerous. The Great Dane, like the St. Bernard can be troublesome because of its sheer size. These are some big dogs but if groomed and trained properly will be great pets. Just be careful with Great Danes because they require a ton of care so know what you’re getting into.
8. Chow Chow
According to the study the Chow Chow has been responsible for eight fatalities. The Chow Chow does have an aggressive personality, especially around strangers and other pets. Again however, this has to do with ownership and not always a genetic problem of the dog. So as long as they are treated well you shouldn’t have issues.
7. Doberman Pinscher
Known to be one of the most aggressive breed of dogs ever, the Doberman Pinscher was one of the most recognizable dog breeds as they were used extensively as guard dogs. Dobermans accounted for 9 fatalities in the study but most deaths were caused in defense of their owners. This is a great, loyal dog.
This breed was responsible for 12 fatalities an is another case of a large dog causing unintended harm. Families with children need to be careful if purchasing a malamute. Just be sure to do your research. We’re not saying not to buy one. You just need o understand all the risks and benefits first
5. W0lf-Dog Hybrid
This one is no surprise as half of this dog is wolf. Even with proper crossbreeding, domestication, and training Wolf-dog hybrids maintain much of the prey drive of their wolf genetics making them quite dangerous to keep as pets. If they’re domesticated clearly there’s less risk but their nature alone can eventually take effect in which case there’s not much an owner can do.
With a total of 15 fatalities linked to Huskies in the study conducted, they are definitely known to be aggressive which is why they’re considered one of the most dangerous dogs, but this has been linked to poor training/obedience issues as Huskies rate as one of the most intelligent canines in the world. We totally recommend getting one as these stats are just unlucky
Also like the Doberman, their high intelligence and aggressiveness makes them sure picks as guard and police dogs. With 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are the third most dangerous dog breeds. This is certainly attributed to their line of work. They’re more likely to get into dangerous situations than other dogs.
Coming in at #2, the Rottweiler was responsible for 39 fatalities in this study. Their temperament is usually passive and attentive, but are known to be prone to aggressive outburst. Rottweilers are more dangerous because of their owners. They’re perceived as guard dogs and are treated in a more aggressive nature than most dogs. Is a rottweiler the world’s most dangerous dog? Almost but not quite.
1. Pit Bull
To anyone who knows dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is no surprise at #1 on a list of deadliest dogs. This is considered the most dangerous dog. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. However, remember, this is purely a statistic and doesn’t necessarily tell the whole picture. Most people who have owned a PitBull for pure intentions (not to fight or intimidate) love this breed. While these dogs need to be trained due to their strength and ability to injure merely by circumstance, that is part of being a responsible dog owner. Unfortunately the Pit Bull has been looped into a number of negative situations over the years, dog fighting being at the top of the list. Don’t get us wrong, this dog can be an extremely dangerous animal but do not forget that this breed is in general, mistreated more often than other breeds and gets a very bad rap. While fatality statistics are the reason the Pit Bull is on this list, we at Puppytoob love this breed.