Top 10 Dangerous Dogs
Smaller dogs are considered potentially less dangerous than the larger ones by many. But it is not always so. Even friendly dogs, like beagles and dachshunds, can turn ferocious and inflict serious damage in certain unfortunate circumstances. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in excess of 4.5 million Americans suffer from dog bites annually. Together, Rottweilers, pit bulls and German shepherds are responsible for fifty percent of all dog bites.
Top 10 Dangerous Dogs
Here is the latest list of top 10 most dangerous dogs:
- Pit Bulls: Pit bulls are known for their unpredictable and predatory behavior. They account for nearly one in every three serious dog bite injuries in America. The dog is known for his tendency to turn aggressive without prior warning; this has earned him the reputation as the number one most vicious dogs around. Moreover, when a pit bull bites, it hangs on to the victim without releasing its hold.
- Rottweilers: Unlike pit bulls, Rottweilers are calm and aloof, but they are also fearless and alert. Known as butcher’s dogs, they can turn dangerous when they are neglected, abused, or are given less training or socializing opportunities. Rottweilers are considered to possess the strongest bite force.
- German Shepherd: This breed is mostly used by the military and police departments for their high intelligence and bomb-detection abilities. German shepherds are highly suspicious in nature. Some of the character traits displayed by German shepherds when they become aggressive are growling, barking, lunging, biting, and snapping.
- Husky: Though huskies are mild-tempered and intelligent, they can be deadly dangerous if not properly trained. Because of their incredible energy, huskies are extremely persistent in whatever they do. This unique character trait can work both ways – positively and negatively.
- Alaskan Malamutes: Lovingly called “big teddy bears,” the majority of malamutes are quiet in nature compared to other dogs. They are generally fond of people but are not generally known to cope so well with smaller animals and children.
- Doberman Pinscher: This breed is truly majestic, having a tall and lean body. Temperament-wise, a Doberman is outstanding: aggressive without being vicious, determined without being stubborn. With proper training and care, a Doberman can be the best friend a man can have. The opposite is also equally true if one tries to rub this magnificent animal in the wrong way!
- Chow Chow: Now here is a dog with a mind of his own! He does not desire to satisfy every need of his master like a Doberman or a golden retriever does. A chow chow also does not feel the need to respond to a run-of-the-mill dog training program. He believes in satisfying himself first. But try to inflict any physical punishment to him or his master, and this magnificent animal can react with intimidating ferocity and aggressiveness. It is said that this highly intelligent dog is unlikely to allow a stranger to enter into his owner’s house unchallenged.
- Great Dane: Also known as a “gentle giant,” a Great Dane is usually easy going and non-aggressive. But a Great Dane can also display a very stubborn and aggressive temperament. They are known to display their dominant nature towards other (same sex) dogs. A Great Dane with a bad temperament can be very hard to control and severely destructive.
- Presa Canario: This large dog has a broad head and massive jaw power. This makes them attack their targets with a kind of viciousness that can bring down their victims with deep injury.
- Tibetan Terrier: In spite of being known as a gentle family dog, one may want to avoid pestering this highly sensitive dog, because this gentle dog can turn ferocious. As a protector, they can be courageous, dominant, and powerful. Early socialization and obedience training are essential.
It is the care and training given by the owners that can largely influence how a particular dog will behave in a certain situation. The bottom line is every dog has to be understood and respected according to his or her own personality so as to enjoy a loving and peaceful existence.