There are specific breeds of dogs that are more prone to aggressive behavior and considered more dangerous than others. It does not mean these breeds are automatically aggressive, but if these types of dogs are treated poorly, they are more likely to become violent. The top ten most dangerous dog breeds based on the number of fatal attacks are as follows.
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1. Pit Bull
Staffordshire Terriers, more commonly referred to as pit bulls, often make news headlines as they have been responsible for 185 deaths between 2010 to 2021. Their size, strength, and determination can cause a lot of damage in an attack, and they also have a very powerful jaw that allows them to clamp down and not let go. As a result, if they are mishandled or forced to act a certain way, they can be extremely dangerous. Some cities across the U.S. restrict ownership or set limitations on adopting a pit bull. However, with proper training and kindness, pit bulls will be friendly towards people and other animals.
Rottweilers were often considered the most dangerous dog breed before pit bulls took their spot. They are large dogs weighing up to 130 pounds, and many are pure muscle. As with many breeds, these dogs have a bad reputation often because of abuse, neglect, lack of socialization, lack of training, and being cared for by irresponsible owners. They are also known to attack when they believe their owner or family is threatened or there is an intrusion on their territory. Between 2010 and 2021, they were responsible for 26 deaths.
3. German Shepherd
Also known as the Alsatian, the German Shepherd is the second-most popular breed of dog in the U.S. They are working dogs often used in law enforcement or the military, but also because they are intelligent, powerful, and can be dangerous. Poor training or poor socialization can make them prone to attack humans or smaller dogs. In addition, their jaw strength can exert over 300 pounds of biting force.
4. Doberman Pinscher
These dogs can be gentle and wonderful family pets if trained properly, but when provoked, they can be quite aggressive and dangerous. They can attack without a second thought if they perceive any danger to their owner or property.
Bullmastiffs were bred to be guard dogs, giving them an independent attitude that can come across as stubborn disobedience or lower intelligence. Due to their size and territorial nature, they must be socialized early and trained consistently, or they can be dangerous.
The Siberian Husky is not a breed that is naturally suspicious of strangers or people unknown to them, making them more inclined to befriend a stranger. However, they have very high energy levels and great stamina. Therefore, if they are neglected, it may lead to frustration, bad behavior, and aggression.
7. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamutes are generally known to be friendly and are large, powerful dogs. By nature, they are suited for heavy work and have high energy. Without properly training, they might become prone to biting and other aggressive behavior, especially when it comes to smaller animals.
8. Wolf Hybrids
While some wolf hybrids may be docile, most are unpredictable and can never be fully trusted around people. Some states ban ownership while others require permits, set minimum standards for wolf hybrid enclosures, or have strict rabies laws that could result in your pet being destroyed if they bite someone.
Boxers are excellent watchdogs, but their protective nature can sometimes cause them to show unwanted aggression. Their bite can also do a lot of damage due to a strong underbite jaw. If an owner does not properly socialize them, they are more likely to attack children or adults.
10. Great Dane
Great Danes are typically affectionate and friendly dogs. However, they are another dog breed that causes fatalities due to their large size. They are responsible for three deaths and 37 attacks resulting in bodily harm between 1982 and 2014.
If you or a loved one has been injured or attacked by a dog, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our Houston dog bite lawyers today at Ramsey Law Group for a free case evaluation.