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Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs

Updated on February 23, 2017
If improperly trained, even the sweetest pit bulls can turn into the deadliest dogs.
If improperly trained, even the sweetest pit bulls can turn into the deadliest dogs. | Source

Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs: An Overview

The most dangerous dogs are known for their cases of human fatalities. When you carefully examine the history of some of these dogs, you will see that they were initially bred for other purposes and not human companionship. Many of these dogs that initially bred for fighting and hunting purposes. Some were also bred by crossing strong breeds (commonly labeled as attack dogs) known to be ferocious. Some of these breeds have even been banned in certain countries and by certain governments.

However that being said, this does not disqualify them as man’s best friend—especially because modern dog training techniques can turn the deadliest beasts to the most lovable pets.

As a veterinarian, I have personally handled some of the breeds listed below and I can ascertain that they are not as lovely as their owners may believe. If these dogs aren't properly trained, they are very difficult to handle even in a clinical setting. A dog's training is purely by discretion of the owner of course, but please keep in mind that serious legal consequences if a dog isn't trained properly and goes off his leash, literally, and does even more.

Below you'll find some intriguing facts about these ten dog breeds that are said to be the deadliest. The dogs are ranked according to the number of fatalities based off U.S. and Canada statistics. Of course, please keep mind that statistics are never entirely accurate nor is the portion sampled always representative. However for the purposes of this article and generally speaking, the ten types of dogs below might be considered more dangerous than other breeds.

Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings: U.S. and Canada Statistics

Firstly, it’s imperative that we look at the statistics on the top 10 deadliest dogs by number of attacks. According to the CDC, there were an estimated 4.5 million individual dog bites reported every year in the period between 2001-2003 alone. These figures are alarming, and in the recent dog fatalities statistics there has been a significant increase.

See below for a more detailed overview of dog breeds in U.S. and Canada.

Dog Breed
Bodily harm
Child Victims
Adult Victims
Pit Bull Terrier
Wolf hybrid
Bullmastiff (Presa Canario)
German Shepherd
Pit Bull mix
Chart Adopted from the Report of Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2014, by Merritt Clifton, Animal People (

1. Pit Bull

  • Weight: Generally ranging from 30-80 pounds
  • Height: Up to 2 feet
  • Life span: 8-15 years
  • Bite force: 235 pounds of pressure

Pit bulls are a wide-range group of dogs commonly known to top the list of deadliest or otherwise dangerous dog breeds in the world. There have been numerous efforts by pit bull lovers purporting that this is a stereotype, however the figures remain as they are. According to statistics, media reports, and medical examinations on a good number of fatal cases, pit bulls are considered deadly attack dogs.

The most worrisome thing about this is that most of the attacks are not as a result of provocation. The culmination of the fatalities and the aggressive behavior that is not initiated by provoking earns this breed the number one deadliest dog in the U.S. and Canada.

2. Rottweilers

  • Weight: Generally ranging from 110-130 pounds
  • Height: 2-2.3 feet
  • Life span: 9 years
  • Bite force: 328 pounds of pressure

Rottweilers are generally fairly large and were initially bred by butchers for the purpose of herding cattle. They were used for hunting and guarding as well. The Rottweiler has powerful body structure, with an immense amount of strength powered by their well-developed muscular bodies.

As one of the most dangerous dogs, they definitely require a responsible owner. When neglected, the breed can turn into an aggressive dog and pose a serious risk to neighbors, visitors of the home, and the community at large. Aggressive behavior can be suppressed and eliminated if the dog is well socialized, however, and properly trained.

3. Husky

  • Weight: Generally ranging from 44–60 pounds
  • Height: 1.7-2 feet
  • Life span: 12-15 years
  • Bite force: 320 pounds of pressure

The Siberan husky breed is from Asia and they were originally working sled dog—to this day, huskies are popularly known for competing in modern dogsled races still. While the Husky-type breeds are commonly known for being friendly and outgoing dogs, this can often lead them astray in the wrong direction of friendliness, given the number of fatalities they've been responsible for, thus landing them on the above list.

4. Wolf Hybrid

  • Weight: Generally ranging from 80-125 pounds
  • Height: 2-2.8 feet
  • Life span: 12-15 years
  • Bite force: 406 pounds of pressure

Wolf dog-hybrids can be great pets and companions, however they are also often not the friendliest of dogs and may shy or uninterested around strangers. Because of their size, this breed is not recommended as a pet for homes with small children. Their level of danger also of course depends highly on proper training but also in this case, the percentage of wolf versus domestic dog in its hybrid.

5. Bullmastiff (Presa Canario)

  • Weight: Generally 110-140 pounds
  • Height: 1.9-2.2 feet
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years
  • Bite Force: 552 pounds of pressure

The Presa Canario is one of the popular Mastiff breeds in Spain. They are trainable even with their dominant character, but still appear on the list of top deadliest dogs. There have been reported cases of fatalities attributed to this dog breed. They also make a dangerous breed when they cross with even more dangerous dogs. In the company of a Pit for example, they can be fatal.

Highly undesirable behaviors can develop if this breed doesn't exercise often or if they aren't trained while they're young. Combine that risk with their powerful strength can be a deadly combination. This breed is banned in New Zealand and Australia.

6. German Shepherd

  • Weight: Generally 65-90 pounds
  • Height: 2-2.1 feet
  • Lifespan: 11-12 years
  • Bite Force: Over 238 pounds of pressure.

The German Shepherd can be a deadly dog if they fall into the hands of an irresponsible owner who keeps it in isolation. This breed can turn to a vicious creature without socialization. German Shepherds, true to its name, originated from German and are also alternatively called Alsatian. These are very active dogs—perfect for policing or guard dogs.

If the dog is properly trained, the breed can be very social and will be a good pet for the whole family, including children. However they can still be aggressive toward small dogs and have been responsible for a reasonable number of fatalities, thus making it one of the more dangerous dogs to own.

7. Pit Bull Mix

  • Weight: Varies depending on the mix
  • Height: Varies depending on the mix
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Bite force: Up to or around 320 pounds of pressure.

A Pit Bull mix refers to any hybrid dog breed that involves pits. As mentioned, well-socialized and well-trained Pit Bulls can be incredibly warm and friendly. They'll enjoy going out and meeting other people, including strangers. However there is a reason that Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are on this list—if not properly guided or trained, things can turn deadly.

8. Akita

  • Weight: 100-150 pounds
  • Height: 2.2-2.3 feet
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Bite force: 350 pounds of pressure.

The Akita is a dog breed from Japan that was originally used as a guard dog, a fighting dog, and a hunting dog in the mountainous regions of Japan. It has also been mixed with other larger dog breeds in the past, including the Saint Bernard and Great Dane. Akitas are loyal companions who can also be rather affectionate too. However because of their hunting background, they can be dangerous if not trained properly.

9. Chow

  • Weight: Generally 55-70 pounds
  • Height: 1.5-2 feet
  • Lifespan: 10-15 years
  • Bite force: Unknown

Chow Chows are originally from China and were kept as guard dogs. They're known for their characteristic mane, which originally was considered armor-like. They can be adopted as pets and can be well-trained. However, the breed is very protective of its owner. This makes them, despite their teddy bear-like appearance, one of the top 10 deadliest dogs that can viciously attack anyone who threatens the owner or an intruder to the property.

10. Doberman Pinscher

  • Weight: Generally 75-90 pounds
  • Height: Around 2-2.3 feet
  • Life span: 10-13 years
  • Bite force: Thought to be 600 pounds of pressure, though this has been disputed

The Doberman Pinscher is a dog breed that shares the same origin with the Rottweilers and the German Shepherd dogs. They are one of the most fearless dog breeds that'll you'll come across and can be very intimidating to strangers. This dog breed is the kind you don't want to encounter as a family property guard dog. They are only restrained by the owner and have high intelligence. They are not the ordinary fierce dog but a very intelligent dog that will heed to instructions to stop attack from the owner. The breed is also perfect for policing and as a property guard dog.

Should You Still Keep a Dangerous Dog?

Do you own one of the above breeds? Or, are you thinking about owning one? The question on whether to keep one of these dog breeds lies on the kind of a dog owner you are. Individual preference is also important when selecting a dog for adoption.

Proper training is crucial for any dog, on the above list or not. If you can train the dog well, you can minimize the risk and concern that surrounds owning a dog seen as among the deadliest breeds.

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      Not happy person 3 months ago

      I have owned many of the dog breeds listed above and they are some of the sweetest things that I have yet to meet so you are wrong judge the deed not the breed.

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      Dog Lover 4 months ago

      What was up with that video? The creator probably didn’t take those pictures themselves, they just got them off the internet. The pictures made the dogs look like they were terrible animals or companions. I do not think that is fair but that is just my opinion.

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      clyde 7 months ago

      thank you summer

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      Tyler Stevens 8 months ago

      This report is based on the breeds with the highest rankings in attacks on people. Some breeds like the Kangal would do MUCH more damage to a person than any Pit as would an American Bulldog BUT the Kangal is rare so not much in the way of reports. I am sure the author knows there are many breeds that will destroy all these dogs and do much more damage to a man BUT again, these are the breeds most reputed to attack people. Stupid Pit owners who don't control their dogs making the breed by far the #1 most dangerous breed with Rotti in 2nd but much less reported attacks.

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      Michelle 19 months ago

      Why are you called a Bullmastiff and Presa Canario the same dog????? Two totally separate breeds!!!! You listed Pit and Pit Mix separately but lump 2 totally different mastiffs together therefore leading people to believe a Bullmastiff has caused those fatalities etc that belong as stats to the Presa!! You should correct or issue an addendum please!

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      turkey 2 years ago

      learn your breeds before you go talking .bully kutta tosa inu these two breeds will smoke any of the dogs above .you dummy

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      TPH 2 years ago

      Yet another instance of inaccurate information--as any vet knows, the Bullmastiff is a completely distinct breed from the Presa Canario and lumping the extremely diverse breeds in the mastiff/molossar family together is absurd and totally misleading--pugs are in that category too--ever see an attack pug?

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      Manda 2 years ago

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      ktnptl 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      very nice information on top 10 dangerous dogs. Pitbull are most dangerous among all. It is not recommended to keep children safe around these dog breed.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      this website is freaking stupid. there is no such thing as a bad dog. and the fact that 42 percent of people say that pitbulls are bad are stupid

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      Richard 3 years ago

      I'm with the guy above me ... Owned Dogo Argentinos for over 13 years, not one biting incident ... I must have had the 3 dogs that don't bite, right? Known people with Fila Brasileiro / Akita mix who plays with our dogs, of course without maiming each other.

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      roy 3 years ago

      I'm calling bullshit to the entire article!! Oh wait it's on the internet therefore it must be true!!

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      Summer 3 years ago

      Dear Writer,

      You. Are. A. Effing. IDIOT!!!!! My sons companion animal is a Pit bull! Best dog anyone could ask for! My son has been attacked TWICE by a Chihuahua. And it was totally unprovoked. I don't care what y'all say, it is the OWNER that creates a bad dog! Pit Bulls were known as nanny dogs for quite some time. Mr. Writer I think you are one of THOSE people who believe what ever the media tells you.

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      Joe 3 years ago

      The author isn't very educated in breeds ,presa canario is a mix blood line of about 8-9 dogs stabilized . Guy needs to pull his head out of his ass .

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      pit lover 3 years ago

      Pitbull can be dengerous you're right, but any other breed can be dengerous and bite

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      PWDIII 3 years ago

      The author is woefully (and likely willfully) ignorant. When listing “Pit Bulls” as the most deadly dog is he talking about American Pit Bull Terriers? Or maybe Staffordshire Terriers? Or could it be American Staffordshire Terriers? These are all separate breeds. Most likely he is including anything that resembles an American Pit Bull Terrier, including mixed breeds, so what we see are several breeds including mixed breeds being lumped together. I wonder was the same thing done to any dog that kind of resembles a German Shepherd? For example did they include the Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuren and the East European Shepherd? They did have separate ranking for dogs like the Dogo Argentinos, which is something, but the “Pit Bull” is still the only one listed where it is describing a group of dogs and not a single breed. No wonder the numbers are so inflated.

      It also ignores any “whys”, it manages to do this for every breed listed though. It is an unfortunate truth that many of the listed breeds are sought out by people who still use them for fighting and/or are more interested in a dog making them look “tough” than loving and taking care of a dog. It’s likely that Labrador Retrievers would end up deadly dogs in the conditions these dogs are subjected too. Of course anything concerning this or concerning grouping multiple breeds together is completely ignored so that the author can make statements like” the figures tell us the truth!” No they don’t, what the tell us is you are irresponsible and ignorant.

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      Angelo 3 years ago

      I wish a study can be done to show how many robberies, rapes, attacks on humans, break-ins, etc. did not happen due to the presence of one of these dangerous breeds in the house or yard.

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      Carmen 3 years ago

      where is the African paint or the Indian red?

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      3 years ago

      I personally have owned cane corsos, American Pit Bull Terrier, rottweilers and the very similar to German Shepard the Belgian Malinois which has a much higher drive. A pit bull was yes developed for fighting and bull baiting but they were also used to watch over children and family. These dogs are all powerful breeds which is why those who know nothing about them fear them. In order for you the understand the true facts about these dogs you need to get to know them first. If you were to see my dogs before meeting them you would not feel threatened at all because they are always around children and there isn't a point in time where they are not well behaved. Every dog has the abilities to cause destruction and death but some have been taken advantage of because of the original uses they were developed for. All of these people are example of those who have great pit bulls, dogos, German shepards, cane corsos, Dobermans, rottweilers, and all of them have never had a problem with their supposedly dangerous dog. For those of you who choose to say we are ignorant for fighting for the truth, all I can say to you is you are ignorant for not believing in pure fact. There have been tests on all dog breeds to justify their stability and commitment to people and when tested pit bulls as well as many other molosser breeds showed up right next to or ahead of the Labrador, Golden retriever, as well as you "adorable" "toy dogs" that just so happen to always have aggression issues.

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      Lexi B. 3 years ago

      This page is complete bullshit! None of these dogs are dangerous. I have a pet Rottweiler, and a pit bull. And I used to have a the sweetest German shepherd you've ever seen. She died of old age 2yrs ago. My dogs are both the biggest sweethearts you've ever met! They would never hurt a fly. Unless someone came into our home, and tried to harm me, my husband, or my kids. And, Chris the person who commented above me is right about the Dachsunds. They are aggressive little things. My aunt had one years back, and she had to get the dog put to sleep, because she bit so many people.None of these dog breeds, are naturally mean, or dangerous. It's how the dog is raised and treated that makes him mean. Get your facts straight.

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      Chris 3 years ago

      I completely forgot to mention previously in my other long post one other very crucial fact as to why some of these breeds are falsely labeled as aggressive, and dangerous. If you really look at it closely the only reason why most of the dogs on this list are considered so dangerous and the only dogs that ever bite people is because all the dogs on lists like this are all dogs that are large in size. And obviously the bigger the dog ,the larger the bite. And most of the time if someone is bit by a really big massive dog, they are gonna have to get stitches. And it's when people have to go to the hospital, that the bite gets reported. I mean if someone gets bit by a small dog such as a Yorkie, or a schnauzer they aren't going to require much medical treatment for a bite from a dog that small. A bite from a pit bull, or a rottie on the other hand is gonna obviously cause a lot more damage because it's a much bigger dog. A lot of times the reported bites from these "dangerous dogs" is accidental. Often a result of someone playing too rough with a dog that isn't trained properly. And even a playful bite from a big powerful dog that doesn't understand it's own strength can inflict a great amount of damage, and can be potentially fatal. And any chance the media gets to report about these "dangerous dogs" they jump all over it in an effort to scare people, and create a big buzz. But I bet you'd be surprised to know the 3 actually documented dog breeds with the most recorded unprovoked bites,and aggressive behavior even to its owners. Areas follows, the Dachsund at #1, the Chihuahua at #2, and Jack Russell terrier at #3. In July 2008 a woman in Illinois named Linda Floyd had to have her Dachsund named Roscoe euthanized after he chewed off her big toe. Multiple unbiased studies by different animal science centers,and universities were done on canine aggression, by documenting owners of all breeds. As well as observation of hundreds of different dog breeds including pit bulls rotties,German Shepherds,etc.And all the studies done, came to the same conclusion. That Dachsunds are the most naturally aggressive dog breed. The findings were that one in 5 Dachsunds bit, or attempted to bite a stranger. One in 12 lashed out at their owners, and 30% of the 3 breeds I mentioned have bit,or attempted to bite other unfamiliar dogs. I'll list the links for the information I sighted at the end of this post so you can read it for yourself. So you should really change your list around and place the 3 dogs I listed as the top 3 most dangerous. I can guarantee you if Dachsunds, or chihuahua's were as big as Rottweilers, they would have more fatal bites than all the 10 dogs you listed combined.I've been around dogs my whole life, all breeds. And been bit 3 times, once by a cocker spaniel, once by a schnauzer, and once by a Dachsund. The Dachsund was the most aggressive dog I've ever met. I've never been bit by the pit bulls I've been around, never been bit by my German shepherd or my Rottweiler. Or the ones I've encountered. I took 2 hours of my day to post all of this, in the hopes of educating at least one person about the reasons why these specific dogs that are always falsely labeled as dangerous. And hopefully I might be able to change at least one persons view of the dogs on this list. And maybe afriqnet who wrote this list will reconsider the dogs on this list.

      Here are links for the 2 articles I used as my sources-

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      Chris 3 years ago

      This page is just ridiculous! Almost all the information,and "statistics" you're listing are complete B.S! A long time ago I used to believe the propaganda like you posted here. But I have living proof that it's not true. I rescued my current 2 dogs last year . I own a huge 100 pound 3 yr old German shepherd, named Gretel that I rescued from a shelter, and an even bigger 4yr old 130 pound Rottweiler named Bandit I rescued also. Both of my dogs were abused and neglected before they were rescued.Most people with your mentality would assume 2 big dogs like that would be mean, vicious,dangerous beasts after their traumatic past. But you know what, I rescued them, brought them into my home, and gave them some real love and affection for the first time in their lives. And both of them are the most loyal, sweetest, and loving dogs you could ever meet. Not once have either of my dogs been aggressive or acted in a dangerous manner toward me, my family, or any friends and visitors to my home. Any one who's met my dogs would tell you the same.Sometimes people get scared, and intimidated when I'm walking them due to their size, and look. Or if someone knocks at the door ,because of the loud bark. The only time my dogs would ever get defensive, and attack someone would be if someone were to break into my home, and try to harm me or my family. In that case, I know my dogs would fight to the death to protect us. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make here is just because a dog is big, of a certain breed, and gets a bad rap from the media, does not make the entire breed dangerous! There are some dogs that have been abused to the point that they can become mean and dangerous. But even then it's not the dogs fault, it's the sick asshole owner who abused the dog who's at fault! But even after all the abuse some of these dogs endure, like my 2 dogs did. They can still turn around to be wonderful loving family pets. You just have to show them a little love! People like you who post this shit just really piss me off! All dog breeds just want to be loved, and please their owner. And if you spend the time to properly train your dog and show them love, and attention regardless of the breed. 99.9 percent of the time you'll have no problems as long as you have the dog! Anyone who can't follow those basic guidelines is not responsible to own any breed of dog.

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      I own 4 cane corso and a french mastiff I agree with most is how you orient your dog . when reading the article I began to see how it is stated that most of these breeds are used for guard dogs and they are not keen to strangers,that means that they are doing their job,not that they are dangerous.I do believe that this particular article is definitely based upon opinion and not fact.My dogs have prevented break in and kidnappings.

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      mike 3 years ago

      You're an idioy

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      Cyndi D 3 years ago

      I've owned Rottweiler's all my life and all of them have been friendly to everyone I even had one that would get extremely upset if she seen a child being hurt ( I had 2 sons) and want to protect them. Also my oldest son had a pitbull I watched for a while and she loved everyone to. It's just how and who raises them.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Allie - Larger, stronger dogs--particularly those historically bred as guard dogs or for fighting--can cause fatal injuries when they do bite or maul someone because of the strength of their jaws and weight of their bodies. Children are often the victims...innocent kids who can't get out of harm's way.

      While I understand that you care about your dogs, including pits, don't you care about innocent victims of dogs that did bite and kill? Doesn't the safety of innocent people mean anything to you?

      I know that there are many of these dogs that have been socialized early and trained to become well-behaved pets. However, for every person who properly socializes and trains one of these large breeds, there are many more who do not, or who purposely train them to attack for their own sick reasons. One of the former commenters mentioned that no one would say anything about a chihuahua that bit, but that's because a chihauahua's bite is not strong enough to kill a child or adult who was defenseless and couldn't get away from it. There are too many documented cases of unprovoked mauling by these dogs, including fatalities, to insist that these dog breeds don't cause serious injuries and death if they are kept by irresponsible owners. Yes, I think the owners should be punished, but that doesn't bring victims back to life or remove terrible scars from survivors. Facts are facts, and I HAVE done the research because of a dangerous dog that lived near me. Specific dog breeds are not banned in numerous localities without good reason.

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      Allie 3 years ago

      I hate articles like this. Way to spin information and pollute minds. All dogs are dangerous if the circumstances are right. Big dogs are big dogs and if they bite yeah it can be bad, but to say that strong dogs are deadly makes me sick. I spend plenty of time with most all of the dog breeds above and to scare people away from them is wrong. These can all be great dogs, people just need to know what they can handle and what each breed needs to succeed. So sick of crap like this. My pit-lab mix has way more potential to get scared and hurt someone then our purebred pitty. Breed bashing is a waste of time.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      There have been two serious attacks by pit bulls against three-year-old children in my area in the past few months. One child, a little boy, died from his injuries. The other, a girl, was horrendously mauled about the face and neck by pit bulls. She will require numerous surgeries even to be able to swallow properly, and likely will bear scars the remainder of her life. Investigation proved that both of these attacks were entirely without provocation.

      The sheriff of this county is in now favor of a county-wide ban on pit bulls, and I agree with him 100% because my former neighbors also had pit bulls. One of them kept getting outside their back yard fence and one day ran from across the street and chased my granddaughter. Thankfully, she got indoors before the dog slammed its body against my front door. So all of you people who do not care about the victims of attacks by pit bulls on children, ENTIRELY UNPROVOKED, need to get your priorities straight. Your personal dog may have never been aggressive or attacked, but the breed DOES have a propensity to do so, and the recorded numbers of attacks and injuries or deaths show this to be fact.

      I'm certainly not avowing that all pit bulls, if well-trained and treated kindly, cannot be good pets; however, it's possible that some breeds (especially mixes) have an aggressiveness that might not show up until circumstances that create 'the perfect storm' in the dog's mind occur. Regardless of how much you love your own pit bull, you should have some feeling for victims of these dogs.

      I noticed that many of the commenters ranting at you are not HP members, and the 'member' with no picture except a silhouette has no hubs so apparently joined, not to contribute anything, but to treat hubs as forums.

      Everyone else, even if they disagreed, was at least courteous in their comments. Apparently there are people who jump on this topic routinely via Google search. Sorry if you feel unjustly 'mauled' by people yourself. There are some topics that are controversial and invite strong comments, but no one should be nasty about it. (It's your right to deny comments to your hubs that are really mean-spirited and add nothing but ire to the discussion.)

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      Ted 3 years ago

      This article is Stupidity at best! What is a "Pit Bull Terrier?" That phrase can have a dozen dogs on the list. I have a 70 Lb. American Pit Bull that is so friendly he could become the Mayor of my city. My last Pit Bull from 1996-2009, was full white and looked like a Dogo and was the friendliest dog I have ever seen, he was 95Lb. My Cane Corso at 130 Lb. is a wonderful guard dog and could rip an arm off. However, since I train them off leash, he is a gentleman. My main point: Pit Bulls are the friendliest and most forgiving creatures I have ever seen. One major problem is the present Band-dogs! Mastiff mixed with Pit Bull breeds. They have been around since the 1600s in England. True, Pit Bulls are abused and sometimes trained to fight with other dogs. NOTICE I WROTE TRAINED! The only reason Pit Bulls are written about is because there are so many. If there were as many German Shepherds, Rotties, Presas, Corsos, Filas, Dogos etc Pit Bulls would get little attention in regard to the public.

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      Christine Gille 3 years ago from New Fairfield, Connecticut

      I feel so bad that pit bulls get such a bad rap. It really is the owner rather than the dog. My cousin rescued a pit. She found him strung up by the neck by a wire with one of his eyes burned out. She saved him and has had him for years. He's never so much as showed his teeth at any person. He just loves to play and be petted. He's an even sweeter dog than the Golden Retriever that lives across the street! (And she's sweet too!)

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      jk 4 years ago

      i love my labs

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      hassan 4 years ago

      Some informations on that list are wrong the dogo argentino was never bred to fight it was bred to hunt large game like pumas, hogs , beards...

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      Kate 4 years ago

      You people should learn how to spell!

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      Joker 4 years ago

      Yeah this page is completely inaccurate with facts. I have seen animal planet provide a different list. I'm sure they would know a-lot more. Secondly @Pitbulls. Sweetheart, if you never owned the breed please STFU and stop running your mouth. My pits jump the fence the neighbours and their kids ride them like horses. Oh, they could snap one day? Hmm one of them is 13 years old so he's about due then hey? Fkin idiot. You know, those who have the strongest opinions on the breed, are ALWAYS the same who have never owned one.

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      Kurt Shockley 4 years ago from Anchorage, Alaska

      I don't believe this is entirely correct . I have been around pit bulls all my life and not one time have I or any one close to me every been bitten .I will say this though would have one of the most damaging bites but they are by far one of the least likely to bite a human .

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      I. Was. Bitten. By. A supposed. Nice. Dog a. Freaking. Golden retriever yeah. Six. Stitches. To my chin. Real. Nice family. Oriented. Dog. By. The. Way. I. Have a. Proud. Pit bull. Mix. NAmed. Scout. As. An. Anti. Seizure. Dog best babe ever so. The. Dogs listed. Here are. Dangerous. Yes. But. In the. Right. Capable. Well. Trained hands. You. Can. Do. Wonders. With. Them.

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      Richmore Johnson 4 years ago

      So ,I suppose I shall be quite alright just getting a Boxer then!

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      Dar 4 years ago

      Wow, way off. Dobes will not attack unless provoked and Shepherds are more likely to attack it's handler than Dobermans. We have 3 Dobermans without any events of agression toward people specifically children. Furthermore, the dobes lineage is more akin to the beauceron/manchester terrier/greyhound than any other dog. What these dogs all have in common is a fierce look!

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      Luke 4 years ago

      You are taking your statistics off wich is one of the most hateful and agenda ridden pages I have ever come across , a propaganda machine the Natzis would be proud of , run by a bitter and twisted human being with a personal agenda against certain breeds have you looked at the American Tempermant Test that was released this year ?

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      AlliZ 4 years ago

      I have a pitbull-austrailian shepard and shes the sweetest dog ever, then i have a boxer-pitbull and he loves everyone and everything, then I have a pup of those two and he is even more lovable. The dog isn't mean unless it is raised to be mean!

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      Echo 4 years ago

      Listen here pits aren't the only dangerous dog I agree with dekoda I love Pits and the ingnorance you are displaying is wrong

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      Love my bulls 4 years ago

      By the way Bub I can tell you that I make sure my dogs never leave my yard and my dogs are not on chains. The problem I have encountered was other people managing to keep their dogs out of my yard. I have also had to approach a couple of my neighbors to please keep their dogs from entering my yard to avoid issues with them. I also have three visible beware of dog signs up. I take every precaution available. I also have had to speak with my neighbors about their children teasing and provoking my dogs by throwing rocks at my dogs. They also would come to the edge of the yard and make barking noises at my dogs. All I do is call them in and the come. It is simply amazing how some four legged animals are smarter than most two legged animals.

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      Love my bulls 4 years ago

      I must agree with most of the people here. Any dog can be aggressive or dangerous in the wrong hands. I personally breed olde English Bulldogges which derive from ½ English Bulldog, and the other half Bullmastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier, and American Bulldog. Which are all classified under bully breeds of dogs. I can tell you my dogs are well trained and socialized. They are extremely sweet and loving , but in the same sentence if they had to protect my family they would to there last breath. If you own a dog as a dog owner you must research the type of breed that you are getting to truly know what it is that you are getting yourself into. When I sell puppies I ask the person/people who are interested in purchasing a pup have you read up on the breed. Do you have children are they respectful of animals. I just don't sell to anyone I want to know as a responsible breeder what hands my dog will be in. By the way I also have two yorkies and I would sooner worry about my little male yorkie attacking some one than my bulls.

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      chachi 4 years ago

      i have pitbulls and they are the most loveable, caring and protective dogs Ive ever owned. if you show your pit love and respect they will protect you and your family for life. Mine dumb ass people talking so bad about pitts, probably never owned one yourself to see that its all in how you raise them.

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      bry 4 years ago

      Where do you get your facts?! The Dogo Argentino was NEVER bred for fighting. They are a hunting dog/ family dog. I know Dr. Zeballos personally.

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      The Viking 4 years ago

      I was reading this authors comments. Wow! How uneducated this individual is. I have 13 Dogs. 1. Perro de Presa Canario Dame, 1 Pugnaces Britanniae, Sire. And their off spring. I have a pack of Mastiffs ( Molosser ) is their family.

      The name Mastiff derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "Masty" meaning stout or powerful.

      The Perro de Presa Canario is a large Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means "Canarian catch dog," and is often shortened to "Presa Canario", or simply "Presa." The breed is also called Dogo Canario, meaning Canarian Molosser.

      The English Mastiff is considered to be the closest descendant of the Pugnaces Britanniae.

      The Pugnaces Britanniae is the oldest breed of the Molosser family.

      Dating back to 22 B.C. in Assyria. This is where the Vikings got them from.

      All Bully breeds are some how or way bred down and have these ancestors.

      All Bully breeds are exceptional animals. They are pack animals.

      They have a family order. They parent their off spring with excellence.

      When they are yours. And you treat them with respect and love.

      You can find no better friend. They will love you and protect you to their very last breath.

      These animals are not for week minded uneducated people. Why?

      Because they have very distinct needs.

      They do not think or act as most Canus Lupis breeds.

      They are Molossers, a very unique animal.

      They do not come from any type of wolf breeds.

      Thus they do not think or act as such.

      I can go on and on for days about the Bully Breeds.

      I love every type there are.

      But what I despise is. The fools that think they know these animals.

      And degrade them with slanderous comments without having any education about them.

      Live with a pack of them. Get to see how each is unique in his or her own way.

      No protective gear. Live with them and be their pack leader. And see how absolutely wonderful they truly are.

      One thing I would like to say is this.

      Many people should not discuss Dogs, Hounds, Canine or Dogos.

      Because they no nothing about them. But claim many untrue statements.

      These people should be ashamed of the remarks they make.

      P.s Dogs of all breeds were meant to eat meat. When deprived of raw meat.

      You are destroying these animals. Also they love fruit and vegetables.

      They do not sustain proper health when fed processed dog foods.

      Thus they can not think as they should. Bad diet. Poor quality animals.

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      Bub 4 years ago

      all these people aking the faux argument that it's the people that breed the dog not the breed are jusp plane WRONG. You are the type of idiots that get a pit bull and leave them unchained just to have a neighbors kid or dog mauled! Yes I say idiots because you make excuses over and over for proven FACTS backed by numbers! These are STATISTICS! Every one of them is the same. Pitbull= #1 meanest dog period. To humans/dogs/chickens/you name it. You look like idiots when you make your proven to be failed faux arguments. Get over it and keep them on a leash and fenced. Nobody deserves to be mayled because you are ignorant/stubborn/closed minded... About a dog!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      I have to disagree with your Dogo comment .they were created to be able to hunt then go in the house to spend time with the family. I own two apbts and have two children who are not in danger. Just remember there are three types of lies bold lies, white lies, and statistics

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      Zane B 4 years ago

      I have had 3 APBT's in my life, and let me tell you that every dog has a different nature JUST LIKE HUMAN BEINGS!!! Its is how you nurture that nature, some people want mean pitbulls so hence the dog is trained and wants to please the owner and attacks everything in sight. I can honestly say in my 20 yrs of having 3 Pitts and taking them for walks it was always the other breeds that showed aggression and caused a fight....if my pitt gave back a little more than it was getting....they deserved it!!!! Pitts are the best family dog, once you own one, you wont want another, period! Zane B from SA

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      bunny 4 years ago

      you mother ex

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      Anon 4 years ago

      I would also like to add that I've read that in recent years, if a person is attacked and doesn't know what dog it was, they will say that it was a pit bull -- regardless of whether or not it actually was a pit bull. Therefore, your statement of "figures tell[ing] us the truth" would be a fallacy.

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      Tuesday 4 years ago

      I have a APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier). She is feisty at times, but she is the most caring dog in the world. I agree with some of the post above that it's the owner not the breed, however pitbull is not a breed at all. It's a category. American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed. Just like Retriever isn't a breed, it's a category. The breeds are golden retrievers, Labrador retriever, and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. So to say the whole category is the top dangerous breed (not plural) is misleading. And in the APBT's defense the media confuses their breed with the American Staffordshire (AmStaff)Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. But I still wouldn't blame the breed, just the breeders and owners.

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      Fuzz 4 years ago

      In your statistics there is no mention of the percentage population of each breed that will defiantly skew the stats i.e. more dogs of a type of breed then defiantly more chance of attack. In Australia Staffordshire terriers have the higher incidence of attack but have the higher population and are not even in the top 20 on a percentage basis 0.9% which is behind the Shitzu at 1.0%

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      Majidsiko 4 years ago from Kenya

      Great HUB. I myself have two Boerboels, they are great and loyal, but don't get along with smaller dogs. Difficult to train but are a pleasure. Where would the Rhodesian Ridge-back rank on the list above. It is a popular breed in the southern part of Africa known for its temperament.

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      Gary Gleeson 4 years ago

      What drivel. You neglect to mention for example that the Rottweiler was the most popular breed of dog in the USA at the time the CDC did it's study or that the German Shherd was not far behind it.

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      Judi 4 years ago

      Until people - and that includes public media representation sector such as yourself - stop with the mentality of "blame the dog breed", bite injuries and tragedies are never going to end. What about steering the boat and placing your energy into education? Education on how dogs should be responsibly socialised, trained and housed. Education on how children and dogs must be supervised and taught how to interact with each other and when not to. Education for the general community about how to approach (or not) dogs in public. Education on dog body language, so that people have a better opportunity to understand dogs and recognise the many signals they try to tell people when they feel uncomfortable around them. This perpetual focus on breed has gone long enough. It is self-deletorious and creates a false and dangerous belief amongst the Community. Let's start getting the ball rolling in the right direction, which is in complete contrast to the direction it is currently bowling along in at the present. Look up "Calgary Model" laws (Canada). They've realised the gross error that is "Breed Specific Legislation". The difference between them and Australia is that their Government was smart. They abolished BSL, created and implemented different laws which are pro-active, instead of persistently banging against the wall the failed and flawed BSL has created in our Country. Stop the insanity and start reporting on what will make a good difference towards Community Safety, instead of continuing down the road that we already know is a path of failure, doom and increased bite injury stats. Please - go ahead. Google and read up on the "Calgary Model" laws. You'll be pleasantly astonished to find that there is a solution that will successfully result in the reduction of injuries by dogs.

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      Dr.P.Ragupathi 4 years ago

      I am not agreeing with the article. I own Rottweilers for the last 10 years and they are such a lovable companions. They are one of the most intelligent dogs and love their owners till death. Sure they do not welcome strangers and I feel that is their purpose - protecting the family. Well socialized rottweiler is at any time better than any other dog breeds in the world.

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      Pffft . What a waste of the last 10 minutes of my life. This is nothing but a fear mongering site. The facts on here are laughable and it should be the top 10 most dangerous dog owner types. Unfortunately the type of dogs attract the wrong people and its thanks to sites like yours. Want to get a dog that does damage lets visit the site that lists the top ten most dangerous dogs. Well done for getting even more of the wrong people interested in the wrong breed for them . Grrrrrrr what crock of crap

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      Rob Coles 4 years ago

      Your stats mean nothig without the root cause of any dog bite. .. people kill people evey day and thst is acceptable? ? If you want to .save life to justify you being .l suggest you get on the right train. Tosser!

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      the boss 5 years ago

      The following are the most dangerous and savage dog breeds ,bred primarily for fighting and some for livestock guarding.They usually tend to have a mastiff-bulldog ancestry

      Presa Canario,Fila Brasilerio,Tosa Inu,Dogo Argentino,Boerboel,Cane Corso,Kangal dogs,large livestock guardians (Caucasian shepherd etc),fighting dogs (American pit bull terrier,American staffordshire terrier)

      Note - Although German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers may be aggressive,they are not dangerous dogs as they can be controlled easily due to their intelligence,obedience and trainability

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      Mary 5 years ago

      It's the owner,, not the dog.. Ever!!

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      M Ross 5 years ago

      I think you ought to do more research, as what you have given here, ON MY OWN MANY HOURS OF RESEARCH, you data is incorrect, seriously incorrect!

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      Cassie 5 years ago

      I just wanted to say that its not the breed it's the owner. I own a pit bull and she is sweet and loving. Never once bitten a soul. I think its messed up that the troops used pit bulls a long time ago and now they are the most dangerous? NO! They're not, the people who train a pit bull to be mean and use for dog fighting should be punished. The only reason why the pit bull breed has so many cases is because the media over exaggerates. People aren't reporting, if more people were reporting other dog bites pit bulls wouldn't be so high in the ratings. A couple years ago everyone was saying ban rottweilers, now they are saying pit bulls. Its outrageous, to me. The media films what interests people, if someone says a chihuahua bit someone -- oh who cares, but if a pit bull bites someone its on every news channel and every front page of the magazine. Don't let the news or the internet or anyone scare you away from a beautiful dog.

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      bu 5 years ago

      Pitbulls should be extinct

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      Where are you getting your information from as there are a lot of attacks that go unreported, so be sure that your information it based on actual results and not just peoples feelings, or polls, to say that this is the most dangerous dog, or the smartest dog. It should be based on science not polling.

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      Jo 5 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      Great article, I am pleased that no Wolf Dogs are on this list, as we are considering getting one to train as a seizure alert dog. Responsible dog handling is the key, I see so many people who don't put the commitment into raising their dogs.

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      nate 5 years ago

      cane corsos have only two recorded deaths that i could find, and a bite force of 691lbs, not 552. the same bite force as a lion. very loving dogs that would never harm an owner

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      Dekoda 5 years ago

      This site is pathetic if you seriously think your statistics are correct you need to go back to school. Pitbulls for one is not even the breed look it up for two the cases of "pitbull" attacks that are provoked to cases that are not provoked is a 85% provoked to 15% provoked so running your mouths about pitbull advocates sticking up for the breed is wrong were not your just stupid. Look up your facts before you put your incorrect OPINIONS off the internet. They have a bad enough name because of people like you. By the way there are three different breeds of pitbull: stafforsshire

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      rose slater 5 years ago

      Pit B ulls have such a bad rap! It is NOT the breed!!!! It is the HUMAN that train then poorly and abuse them by dog fighting and all that other garbage! I have had Pit Bulls my whole life and I am nearing 50. It is the HUMANS NOT, i repeat NOT the breed!

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      sharock 5 years ago

      Pitbulls are very good dogs but its how they are raised a lot of people just want to get them so they can look an feel tough they have no idea how to raise them if raised. Probably they will b the best dog you will ever have

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      Joe Njenga 5 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Thanks for your contribution

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      Joe Njenga 5 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      @ Janta Thanks for stopping by to make a comment ..

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 5 years ago from UK

      Hi afriqnet, thank you for your very informative hub. You've shocked me with the information that Chow-Chow belongs to ten most deadliest dogs. I knew that they are very owner oriented and protective, but deadliest... Wow! I assume, that they normally don't attack their owners (so long the owners behave correctly???). Also a big surprise for me was that Akita Inu, Huski and Alaskian Malamute are in the group of dangerous dogs. They were in my eyes, the last ones I would suspect to be aggressiv.

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      Unfortunately it's not the breed but how they are raised that causes them to attack.

      The bulldog, though smaller, was used in the wars because it could go through tunnels and could literally rip apart anyone it came across. I'm surprised you didn't mention them on your list.

      The list is also skewed... it never mentions the cases that were defensive and which were unprovoked.