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Top 10 Dog Breeds that Bite the Most

Updated on April 30, 2014

Dogs are the most loyal and friendly animals to humans. Depending on the dog breed, the dog can be calm, friendly, loyal and obedient or it can be playful, active and easy to train. This makes living with the dog fun and exciting.

Despite the fun and excitement that is associated with a dog, at time the dog might become agitated and depending with its breed, it might resolve to become aggressive thus biting. Biting is a way that the dog uses to show that it is agitated or is unhappy; however, some dog breeds are more likely to bite even when they are not agitated. Here are some of the dog breeds that are most likely to bite.

Dog Bites Fatalities 2013 Categorized by Breed


1) Pit Bull

The Pitbull is considered to be the most dangerous dog. Unlike most dogs that bite as a result of being provoked, the Pitbull is said to bite even when it is not provoked. This dog is cruel and naturally aggressive especially to small animals and small children.

The above are some of the dogs that are most likely to bite. These dogs are considered to be dangerous to keep as a pet especially if you have young children. It is thus important for you to be cautious when choosing any of the above dogs for a family dog.


2) German Shepherd

German shepherd is another very popular dog breed that is mostly used as a guard dog. Due to its guarding nature, it is one of the most dangerous dogs to have around. It is large in size and very strong with a force of approximately 238 pounds. It is not social and thus has a tendency to bite.


3) Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is the strongest dog thus making the most dangerous dog to have as a pet. Due to its guarding instincts, it is often aggressive. The Rottweiler is more aggressive to strangers. Its bite is severe due to the biting force. The bites can cause serious injuries and even led to death.


4) Dachshund

The Dachshund dog is small, adorable and cuddly. This makes most people tend to undermine the potential of this dog. Despite its cuddly and cute look, this dog can at times aggressive. This dog breed can be aggressive to its owner and attempt to bite. A study carried out shows that about 21% of Dachshund dogs are aggressive towards strangers and often resolve top biting. It is thus important for you to be cautious with the dachshund dog.


5) Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan malamute dogs are friendly towards humans but they may at times become aggressive towards small animals or small children. The Alaskan malamute is commonly referred to as sled dog. Due to the large size of the Alaskan, its bites are more dangerous and can result into serious injuries or even death.


6) Chihuahua

Chihuahua is one of the most popular small dog breed. The small size of this dog makes it look harmless; nevertheless, this dog can be at times aggressive and vicious. These dogs grow only ten or twelve inches. This should however not be a reason to undermine the potential of this dog. Chihuahuas are easily provokes and can easily bite and become aggressive if they feel provoked. They can be aggressive to children and it is therefore important for you to be cautious when considering having a Chihuahua dog if you have small children. The teeth of Chihuahuas are fine and sharp making their bite deep and painful.


7) Chow Chow

The Chow Chow is originally from China and was mainly used as a guard dog. The body of this dog is covered with much fur making it have a teddy bear-like appearance which makes it appear calm and cuddly. These dogs are however so unpredictable, they are very protective towards their owners and can be aggressive to strangers. There is a high rate of chow chow dogs attacking their owners and strangers which makes them a bad choice for a pet dog.


8) Great Dane

The Great Dane is a large dog whose size can make the look fierce; however, this dog is not as fierce as its size suggest. Nevertheless, it is amongst the most dangerous dogs that are most likely to bite. The size of the Great Dane makes it bite even more dangerous.


9) Wolf Hybrids/Wolfdogs

Just as the name suggest, the Wolfdogs are a hybrid of wolves and dogs. These dogs take certain characteristics from their wolf ancestors. The wolfdog often uses its teeth while playing with its owner or even children thus ending up biting unintentionally. The most dangerous thing about having a wolfdog as a pet is that there is not an approved rabies vaccine for wolves thus even a vaccinated wolfdog may transmit rabies if it bites you.


10) Cocker Spaniels

Cocker Spaniels are loving, playful and fun dogs to be with. They are common pet dogs due to their loving nature. However, a research carried out by Cambridge University showed that the solid colored cocker spaniels and the English Cocker Spaniels are more likely to be aggressive especially to strangers and small children.

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      James 3 years ago

      Yup yet another bs article lmao I'll bet you there are a lot more Labradors bites than bull breeds put together

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      dearabbysmom 3 years ago from Indiana

      I'm not a fan of generalizing dog behavior by breed--that ends up being really unfair to individual dogs. There are many mis-generalizations in this hub, not the least being that a German Shepherd "is not social." Someone sure never told that to the one I owned. A dog will do as it's trained and raised, even if there are exceptions to that rule in every breed. My area's border collie rescue has had to put foster dogs down due to aggression, yet you won't see border collies on most bite lists. Articles like this end up causing unfair legislation to be written about specific breeds, and ultimately, cause some sweet and loving dogs to be put down for no reason other than their breed.

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      HuskyChaos 3 years ago from England

      I'm sorry, but the content of this hub is heavily debatable. The things you state about the pit bull are not fact, but rather based upon some people's opinions. Saying they are cruel and 'naturally aggressive' is an opinion, not a fact. There is huge evidence to the contrary of this. Also, quoting slanted statistics from one source proves nothing. There are statistics which are completely different to the ones you've stated. Please research your topic over a wide range of sources before stating it as fact. Your use of the statistics is also flawed, as they state they are for fatalities due to a bite. You then go on to use them to state those dogs bite the most. There are thousands of dog bites that do not result in a fatality, and you will find other breeds rank higher in those stats than pit bulls. Since the title of your hub is about bites, not fatalities, you are presenting false information that the pit bull bites the most

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      Hopeloveee 3 years ago

      Really... I have two very loving pit bulls that get along with everyone and have never bitten anybody and they absolutely love kids!!! It's not the dogs breed, it's how the owner trains it! Don't judge a dog by it's breed, but by the owner!