The fact that some particular breed of dogs have a higher
probability of inflicting injuries to their victims in comparison to other
breeds earns them the term dangerous. The list below is a compilation of the
ten most dangerous dogs based on the number of incidences associated with them
as per numerous researches carried out in both the US and in Canada as well. It is
dependent on various factors which include the following : temperament, genes and the manner in
which the dog has both been raised and also trained.
St. Bernard – Originally
bred as rescue dogs, their massive size and weight (155 pounds) and 75 cms and
the fact that they are characterized by a significantly passive temperament
makes them quite a dangerous breed.
The Great Danes – Despite
their low prey drive and large frame, they were initially bred as hunting dogs.
Moreover, they may pose a threat to individuals especially on basis of their
enormous adult size approximately (30 inches). It has a fatality number of 7
Chow-Chow – Although their small physique has
made them a preferred domestic dog, it comes 8th with 8 fatalities.
It is characterized by an aggressive nature precisely around strangers normally
inspired by lack of exercise and sheer boredom as well.
Doberman Pinscher – Originally
bred as guard dogs, mainly due to their aggression and intelligence and
loyalty, they make the list with a fatality rate of 9 fatalities, and these
dogs make the list of dangerous dogs.
Malamutes – Malamutes
display a rather passive nature hence their common use as work dogs and also as sled
pullers. Nonetheless, their significant adult size and weight approximating 85
pounds and 25 inches make them a danger to both children and adults as well. It
makes the list with a reported 12 fatalities.
Wolf-dog hybrids (Wolf X) – Their
wolf genetics are still observable even after proper cross breeding, training
and domestication which make them dangerous for domestication. Their fatality
casualty number of 14 makes it the 5th most dangerous dog breed on
Huskies – Similar
to the malamutes, they are mainly used to pull sleds. Although rated as
particularly intelligent, their aggressive nature and danger aspect can be
inspired by poor training and boredom. Nonetheless, with 15 fatalities it makes
shepherd – Initially
developed by Germans as a perfect herds protector especially due to its
intelligence, it makes this list with a fatality number of 17 casualties making
it the 3rd most dangerous dog breed.
– Similar to all other old dog breeds,
this breed requires a lot of training to suppress their high prey drive. It
makes the list as the 2nd most dangerous with 39 fatalities. Their
heavy mass of about 110 pounds characterized with their aggressive outburst,
they are one of the most dangerous dog breeds known.
American Pit bull – For individuals that know about
dogs, the American Pit bull making the top position in the list is no surprise.
Their aggressive nature has even led to some states banning their
domestication. Moreover, their temperament and aggression characteristics has
led it to being bred for dog fighting purposes.