6 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds in the World

When most of us think of dogs, we think of cute, cuddly creatures that want to lick our faces and win over our hearts.

However, while most dog breeds are like this, there are some aggressive dog breeds out there that can be dangerous.

If you’re in the market for a new dog, it’s important to know what these breeds are. If you have other pets in the home or you have young children, it’s best to avoid aggressive dog breeds.

Check out this guide to learn about the most aggressive dog breeds in the world.

  1. American Pit Bull Terrier 

When people think of aggressive dog breeds, pit bulls are usually the first animal that comes to mind.

While most pit bulls are sweet and docile, it’s important to remember that pit bulls were originally bred to fight, so aggression is in their nature.

When pit bulls attack, they do so by biting and shaking their heads back and forth. This is a style of attack that can lead to catastrophic injuries. American pit bull terriers are also extremely focused dogs, which means that getting them to release their grip can sometimes be impossible.

While many people think that associating pit bulls with aggression is an unfair stereotype, the statistics don’t lie. In 2017 alone, pit bulls were responsible for 74 percent of all fatal dog bites.

The next closest was the German shepherd, with a mere 10 percent.

If you or someone you know has suffered from a pit bull bite, get in contact with a legal representative like Bader Scott Injury Lawyers.

  1. Chihuahuas 

Many people might feel surprised to see such a small dog breed on this list, but chihuahuas are aggressive dogs.

Even though chihuahuas are one of the smallest dogs in the world, they have dominant, aggressive, jealous, and untrusting tendencies.

Most of the victims of chihuahuas’ aggression are strangers, not owners. Chihuahuas can be very possessive and protective of their owners.

These dogs also become aggressive when they think they’re in charge or when they’re scared.

If you have your heart set on getting a chihuahua, you must start socializing it early on. Allow it to get used to sharing you with strangers, being in new environments, and being around other animals.

  1. German Shepherds 

German shepherds are naturally aggressive dogs, which is why they’re usually trained as guard dogs. Many people see German shepherds as being synonymous with police dogs. If they’re put in the wrong situation, they can become dangerous.

These dogs are loyal and intelligent, but they can also be very protective of their owners. When they feel like someone is being a threat to their owner, they will often lash out aggressively.

The thing that makes German shepherds so dangerous is their stature. This breed averages 25 inches tall and weighs 80 pounds of pure muscle. Being attacked by a German shepherd can be brutal, if not fatal.

Also, many German shepherds do not realize their strength and will accidentally hurt small children in an attempt to play or show affection.

However, it’s also important to note that the German shepherd is the most popular dog breed in the United States. Training this dog to be loving and docile at all times is possible, but you’ll need to put in the time.

  1. Dachsunds 

Dachsunds are another very small dog breed that few people associate with aggression.

But, Like chihuahuas, you shouldn’t underestimate these dogs because of their size.

A recent study published in the journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science found that dachshunds are one of the most aggressive dog breeds when it comes to showing aggression against other people and animals.

Considering the original cause for their breeding, this should come as no surprise. Dachsunds were first bred in Germany to hunt badgers, with their job being to follow badgers into a corner and fight them to death.

Today, dachshunds still have a strong desire to attack other small animals if they see them as a pet. Therefore, if you’re considering getting a dachshund, know that other small pets may not be an option.

  1. Rottweiler 

Rottweilers are muscular dogs that need a lot of space for exercise. This could be because they were originally bred as farm dogs and were in charge of herding livestock and pulling carts.

Open spaces, hard work, and being pack leaders are in their blood.

Like German shepherds, rottweilers are often used as police dogs due to their size, strength, and intelligence. However, it is these factors and their history that can also make them quite dangerous.

These dogs are very territorial, and if they feel like their territory is being invaded, they’ll likely attack. They also like being dominant and will challenge anyone who is testing their dominant status.

However, they’re also a calm breed and will do anything to protect their pack (your family), so its only strangers you have to worry about most of the time.

  1. Doberman Pinscher 

Doberman pinschers were initially bred as personal protection dogs. There’s no doubt that they retain their protective instincts to this day.

These dogs can be as large as 28 inches tall and 100 pounds, which means that if they attack, it can be deadly.

Because these dogs were raised for personal protection, most of their aggressive behavior is towards strangers, not owners.

Luckily, these dogs are trainable, and if they have enough space to roam around, they can make fine pets.

Most Aggressive Dog Breeds: Did Yours Make the Cut? 

Now that you know about the most aggressive dog breeds in the world, you’ll be able to better evaluate which breed is right for you. It’s important to note that while these breeds are statistically more aggressive, there are other factors to consider. A good owner almost always makes a good dog.

If you have your heart set on any of the breeds above, know that they’ll require extra training to make sure they’re not aggressive towards other people or animals.

If you liked this post, be sure to check back in with our blog for more pet-related articles.

About RJ Frometa

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