For millennia, dogs have been considered a man’s best friend due to their loyalty and close companionship to humans. There are countless stories of dogs saving their owners from extremely dangerous situations. While it is good to appreciate all the good that dogs have done, it’s also important to understand that there are some potentially dangerous breeds of dogs. Understanding which breeds of dogs are more dangerous than others is important because it can stop you from adopting a type of dog you unable to handle.
It’s important to remember that even the breeds of dogs listed below can also be loyal and obedient pets if given a healthy upbringing and good social interactions. Many of the types of dogs listed are chosen due to factors such as the force of their bites, general strength, or a past history of violence more so than other breeds of dogs.
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog known for its strength and endurance while hauling heavy freight. Throughout history, they have also been used as sled dogs. Just don’t pose a threat to a member of their family because they can be quite protective of the ones they love.
The Rottweiler is quite territorial and can be an extremely jealous animal. In its quest to protect its owner, it may inflict damage to other people that it views as a threat. This dog breed is not inherently destructive, but could definitely become dangerous in the wrong hands.
Great Danes can be very gentle dogs if properly trained and cared for as they are one the most emotional and sensitive breeds of dogs. But, if they are not trained and socialized from an early age, they can become quite dangerous and aggressive!
Each year, multiple deaths are reported as a result of boxer attacks on children. The breed is not necessarily considered dangerous by nature, but because of its high energy level and desire to hunt, it can become aggressive. If a boxer is left alone all day and not exercised, it can lead to some pretty dangerous scenarios.
Cane Corsos tend to be violent and aggressive towards other dogs, regardless of the sex, and often will chase any other animals down. Due to their massive size and muscular build, they can easily overpower some people and animals and can cause serious injury with some instances being fatal. Due to the dangers presented by it, you wouldn’t want to bring it near small children.
Dobermans are loving animals, yet they do have the physical ability to be dangerous if they need to be (they’re large, strong, and have a powerful bite). But they’re just great loyal protectors and are generally only dangerous to those threatening the ones they are close to. Dobermans have also gained a reputation as dangerous due to the fact that they are used in law enforcement.
The German Shepherd breed is known for their aggressive behaviors and tendencies. In fact, they are often touted for this behavior and it is utilized to make good, strong guard dogs. A German Shepherd that has not been socialized properly from an early age could pose a potential threat to small children and other dogs. They are not inherently dangerous but can be if raised in a bad environment.
The Tosa is often referred to as the dog equivalent of sumo wrestlers. They are a guardian breed from Japan originally used for dogfighting. Tosas has a strong, broad skull with heavy temporal muscling, and a pronounced stop leading to a powerful, square muzzle. Many countries have either banned or require strict control over Tosa ownership due to their dangerous nature.
Originally, Saint Bernards were used for guarding the grounds of Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard as well as helping find and save lost or injured travelers. To endure such extreme conditions, these dogs were bred in order to ensure a large, powerful build. If provoked, Saint Bernards can be quite dangerous around people or other animals.
Pit Bulls have been bred for generations to be aggressive by nature. In fact, they are one of the most common breeds involved in dog-related deaths according to recent statistics. There have been countless cases of Pit Bulls attacking their owners or even children for no explainable reason. They are definitely not the type of dog you would want to provoke due to their absolutely deadly bite.
Restating my point from earlier, I strongly believe that the dog’s behaviors ultimately boils down to how it was raised and trained. If given the love and care that the dog deserves, there is no reason that it should behave in a dangerous or violent manner.
I understand that some dogs can have more aggressive personalities than others, but this just means that they need to be trained and worked with more than you might normally need to do.