Many things in this whole wide world have been termed as man’s best friend, from good books to diamonds. But nothing or nobody can befriend man more than a dog. Dogs are that unique gifts that only the blessed ones would understand. A dog would do anything and everything for its master till its last breath. His owner’s family becomes his own and doesn’t even complain if we are not able to take him out anywhere or give him much time. A dog’s love is unconditional in the true sense.
All said and done, time to move on to the not-so-lovely breeds of dogs. The violent and killer ones. Umm, well, they are not so desirable. Who would want a dog at his household that goes around biting and poisoning people? This list guides you through those dangerous breeds of dogs from which it is advisable to stay away. And if you are planning to buy one, well, it is at your own risk!
12. Great Dane
When you have the tallest and largest dog in the world, being 44 inches long, it is quite obvious he is not going to sit calm. This German breed of dog has seven fatality cases to its name, so it is not-so-dangerous. In fact, Great Dane can be very loving if they are well trained and taken very good care of. So get your Great Dane only if you can devote enough time to train it and play with it. The dog seeks physical attention and pampering from its master and that is what makes it dangerous at times. Earlier, it was referred to as German Mastiff because such a handsome dog deserved to be a luxury dog and not the one meant for working and doing chores.
11. Chow Chow
This breed again depends on how you treat and train it. This Chinese breed has recorded just eight biting cases till date and looks nothing less than a teddy bear. It is one of the very ancient dogs that still exist today. The problem with this otherwise well behaved species is that they are extremely protective of their masters and have an aversion towards strangers. So in order to avoid this aggressive behavior, it is very important that owners let these dogs socialize from a very early age.
10. Doberman Pinscher
This breed is known for its loyalty to its masters. They are very intelligent and smart and are often used as police dogs. This breed was originally treated as working dogs and was not really expected to be friendly. However, over the years the aggression has calmed down to a great extent and till date this dog has bitten about nine people, study shows. Most of the cases recorded were cases of the Doberman protecting their owners. They are a threat to other breeds of dogs because of their fearless attitude and quick learning capabilities.
This moderately dangerous breed of dog is often mistaken as the similar looking Husky breed of dogs. This particular breed of dogs is the ones that we see running and carrying the sledge in snow covered mountain tops. Malamutes are known for their ability to work extremely hard in tough conditions and for their endurance. Nowadays this breed is even used as pets by many households. Malamutes have been known to have bitten as many as 12 people till date. History shows that Malamutes have the record of living in harshest of conditions, hence this breed is an owner’s pride.
8. Wolf Dog Hybrid
The name says it all. This breed is half-dog and half-wolf and possesses the characteristics of both the animals in it. All well and good if it is domesticated but you never know when it shows its wilder side and bites you, like this breed has done to 15 people till date. The problem with this breed is that its behavior is really unpredictable because of mixed genetic traits. Wolf dogs are more destructible and active than any other breed of dog in this list. It is advised NOT to domesticate this particular species.
Just a look at it and you instantly know it is not on the safer side. Huskies too are used to pull sledges, much like the Malamute. But huskies are known for their speed, unlike Malamutes which are known for endurance. Huskies hold a record of 15 fatalities and after their work life, they are sent to households as pets in their old age. This breed suffers from heterochromia, which means that different dogs have different colored eyes. Remember those dogs in the movie Snow Dogs? Those were huskies, much to our delight. The level of their hard work can put most other living being to shame!
6. German Shepherd
These dogs are extremely trainable, though they have 17 fatalities to their record. These huge and heavy dogs which are specially bred for their intelligence and strength and serve as police dogs, rescue dogs and guard dogs. The sweetest thing about German Shepherds is that they are always willing and eager to learn new things. They perform high intelligence tasks like identifying criminals, holding suspects, patrolling areas of trouble. Like all other dogs, they are extremely protective of their owners and they take time to be friendly with strangers. I just fell in love with this one.
This otherwise well behaved and well trained breed can get extremely violent at times. The worst part about it is its unpredictable behavior. You never know when it gets angry and poses as a threat to you. This breed is known to be extremely sensitive and if one is not consistent in its training, then, well, you know what happens!
4. Tosa Inu
This breed is also known as the fighting dogs. This Japanese dog is a very rare breed and therefore is extremely well protected. They are large, but the Japanese ones are almost half the size of Tosa Inus outside the country. This dog is so dangerous that it is even legally banned in many countries like UK, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Turkey, Denmark, Hong Kong, Norway and many more. This ban was to stop the increasing number of dog attacks on people, especially children.
Rottweilers, with 39 attacks recorded till date, are also known as Rottweil butchers. They are extremely powerful and few years back they have been held responsible for killing four people. This breed too, is banned in many countries like Poland and Ireland. They are basically very obedient, devoted and always eager to work but react to their environments in a very alert manner. Due to their extreme strength and power, it is very important to formally train Rottweilers by experts. They also need to be trained, socialized and loved, like every other dangerous breed of dogs.
2. Cocker Spaniel
With 59 fatalities, this breed comes at the second position. They were originally used as gun dogs because of their strong sense of smell and were used to track down birds for hunting. Cocker Spaniels are basically of two origins, England and America. Though the two Cocker Spaniels from two different countries have differences in their appearances, they are yet called cousins. The American one is smaller than the English spaniel though.
1. Pit Bull
With 66 fatalities to their name, Pit Bulls are the most dangerous breed of dogs in the world. They were developed as fighter dogs and need the same amount of socialization and training as any other dog to be tamed. But you cannot trust nature! Many countries have banned Pit Bulls too due to their not-so-good reputation. Who would want such an aggressive dog around? Many countries have even banned this breed to stop the illegal sport of dog fighting