The world's most ferocious dog is any dog that has been badly bred and horrifically abused...
I agree with Theophanes... Any dog that has been mistreated and/or trained to be aggressive will be the most ferocious.
Well, as a specie pit bulls were bread as a fighting dog but both Theophanes and Calystazura are right ... it is the owner who trains the dog that is responsible for a dog's behavior in its life.
As mentioned, any dog can be aggressive, there is no truly ferocious or vicious dog or dog breed. Each dog is his own, and depending on how it was bred, trained, and socialized, the temperament will vary.
Pit Bulls were bred for DOG aggression, but remember the people had to be able to handle them, so HUMAN aggression was never sought after. They are a strong breed, and when not properly trained can have behavioral issues, but they are not and should never be considered vicious or ferocious.
Dobermans and German Shepards. Both are managable but caution is recommended.
I've raised pits,strictly as pets, and they can be wonderful family dogs. However, they are territorial and intolerant of other animals and sometimes unfamiliar people on their home turf. On the other hand my daughter brought home 3 stray cats, a mama and 2 kittens, and our dog cleans ,grooms and plays with them as if they were her own. Dogs are individuals, like people, but the nature nurture question is one that has yet to be answered. But some breeds definitely have a greater capacity to hurt someone if they're of the mind to, and pits have to come near the top of the list due to their physical superiority.
I think an American pitbull is considered to be one of the most dangerous as well as ferocious dogs on the planet.
My Veterinarian once told me he feared being bitten by a Golden Retriever more than any other breed he took care of because they would "fear" bite more often than any other dog he treated. (And he had been bitten by them).
I raised Rottweilers for years before they became well known and the six I had were angels - to ME. They did NOT like anyone coming into their territory and this was not something I promoted but rather controlled.
The Pits I have known were sweet - but that was because they had great owners. I personally wouldn't own one.
At a dog show I saw a top winning Mastiff maul his handler so badly the dog had to be shot to get it off the handler. I was present when the attack started. The handler had corrected the Mastiff when the dog had tried to lunge at a passing bitch in heat. Something show dogs are generally well trained to handle. The handler did NOT use excessive force and this male had been with him for 4 years.
Our lttle rat terrier, all ten pounds-worth of him. He once tried to catch and eat a helicopter flying over our back yard.
The Argentinian Mastiff, it's a white dog. I often refer to it as the Pit bull eater.
I think that the most loving dog may become ferocious if it listens to the commands of an angry human being. I can connect this thought to the movie "White Dog" where a man trains his dog to attack people. Human beings can train the most loving dog to be mean. The dog will not intend to be violent, the dog's only intent will be to follow the master's orders. I also think that if threatened, a dog will resolve to defense in any possible way.
When I was growing up, we had a German Sheperd, he was huge, yet kind and gentle with everyone, specially with children, and very protective before strangers. My grandparents taught the dog to be nice and to listen. Thus although our dog's size and presence could be intimidating, he was the most gentle creature I knew.
Our min pin. Go ask him. Carefully of course.
Seriously though Whitney is right.
Any dog from any breed can be ferocious----just like humans---and learn the code to survival every day of their lives which will turn an animal ferocious---just like humans.
To cut to the chase, those used in dog fights, abused, neglected...something usually has to happen before the animal agressed, for a dog to agress unless they are conditioned by the humans it lives among.
There are dogs that are born with mental retardation and/or mental illnesses such as anxiety, panic,unprompted barking,depression,lethargy...etc.
I'd rather ask the question: How fast are ferocious dog attacks happening Where do they tend to happen more What time frame are they being abused/neglected Who is held accountable for these animals lives When will we stop....TToni9/Pauline MoreauNava
As someone who has been in many peoples homes as a service provider, the most aggressive dogs i've come across are usualy smaller breeds. Such as chiuauas and toy poodles. Everyone assumes pitbulls are. I am a proud and responsible pitbull owner myself. Or more like a father, because i dont own him. He is more like my son. I've had many pitbulls, and can't stand the stereo types associated with them. They are great with children, great protectors, and an all around inteligent breed. Any dog can be trained for aggression. Just as any person can. Pitbulls are categorized this way because of the amount of damage they can inflict. No other breed of dog can cause as much damage in as short of time. I absolutely love the breed and will never have anything but.
any breed of dog can become a ferocious beast if it is not treated properly from day one.Any abuse or nrglrcted breed, no matter how big or small, purebred or mutt can be your worst enemy.
People who train their dogs to fight and be ferocious have no business owning any animal and should be treated the same way they treated that dog.
*TAKE TIME and BE KIND TO A STAY or ABANDONED ANIMAL TODAY*
Well anything with teeth can be ferocious.... But in the wrong hands pit bulls.
If I wanted the most ferocious dog - I would get a belgian malinois. They are nutso.
If I came upon a dog - probably Pitbull.
Well according to something in the paper here this weekend, the golden Labrador is responsible for more bites than any other breed here in NZ
Some dogs are more naturally aggressive, however with most of these types of dogs you only have to look at the owner to see where the dog gets it from, and usually their kids are not a lot better.
Personally in my line of work i have to go to a lot of peoples properties, and aside from one German Sheppard bite on the back of the leg last year, the other 9 bites i have had have been from small dogs.
I have 2 english staffordshire bull terriers, they climb over top of each other to get to the door to lick whoever has arrived
The most ferocious dog, in my point of view is one that has not had any discipline applied to them. You can't breed agression towards other dogs and not to humans. Agression is agression. It's a trait.
Agressive dogs result from unstable owners...You know, the kind that put their mini dogs in purses and talk to them like they're babies and stuff.
I've owned pitbulls and pitbull crosses, but you couldn't convince them they weren't kittens.
If you have a dog that's territorial, over protective, insecure or agressive, it's something you're doing wrong as an owner, not because of the breed of the dog, (or mix of breeds.)
My eight pound Chihuahua - she actually caught the helicopter that flew of GusTheRedneck's house!
Being serious though - our Chihuahua is a fierce little thing pound for pound and she believes she is a lot bigger. It's not that she's mean or dangerous, she's extremely protective of us and her territory - our neighbors have a Rottweiler and he runs when he sees our dog!
As many have said, no dog is born to be ferocious, that comes from man's handling - but they are born with instincts that mainly are to do with being the 'leader' and also to defend their territory....
Chihuahuas I saw a pair of them bring down a neighbor hood german shepard that had wandered into thier yard when I was a kid. They're tiny but tough.
My theory is that any animal with teeth can be dangerous. It's not the breed. Like many people have said, its the handling. I have a yellow lab that is protective of his yard, mainly because he has been teased by small children. But if they were to be invited into the house he would lick them to death.
Dogs you need to watch are obviously the ones that have been mistreated. I think reading a dogs body language will inform you of his intentions. I work with dogs all day & I have personally been bit by a golden retriever, a chow mix and a yorkie. All of which were scarred and just protecting themselves. There are too many people that approach dogs in the wrong way & it will cause you to get bit. You can't judge a breed, you have to judge the individual dog.
The domesticated canine; that is all breeds who are not actually wolves. There is no such thing as a more ferocious domesticated canine. There are of course more ferocious human beings. Dogs are like people in most respects. They generally rise to the expectations and humanity of their owners. In addition dogs have their own unique personalities; likes and dislikes. True dog people are well aware of this. It's my humble opinion that people who desire to keep dogs as pets should be required to attend dog raising classes; should be licensed to own dogs and that license should have to be renewed upon annual completion of tests. Much like a drivers license. I can't tell you how many people I've met who have no clue how to treat the animal and should not have the right to own one. Not to mention that in the wrong hands a canine is perfectly capable of killing or seriously injuring someone. If you tie your dog to a tree with a big chain and don't raise the dog as if it was a member of your family; you can expect that the dog will be vicious to just about everybody who doesn't feed it. This is animal cruelty plain and simple. To keep your dog ignorant and uncivilized is tantamount to slavery.
People would probably say the American Pit bull terrier...I have to say I believe it is all in the owner's judgement and treatment of the actual animal. I have seen very tempermental dogs..I have come to believe that there is no such thing as a most ferocious...In my city a lady had her bottom lip totally chewed of by her Chihuahua..a very small, but ferocious dog. I think larger dogs with the same temperments as this Chihuahua are given a bad wrap because they have the muscle to actually take down a larger object. Being said, if this Chihuahua were larger, the lady herself might not exist today...She flung the animal from herself, but the lip was severed and non-repaireable. I don't know....you decide...
definitly the karelian bear dog they say its the bravest dog breed cause it can fight off bears , moose,basically anything including a can
Some good answers here and some that believe stereotypes. I have been around dogs my entire life and have only had concerns about 3. Dalmatian, Chow and a St Bernard BUT I have rarely met a dog that I did not like. The Dalmatian for no reason bit the face of the niece of a friend of the family and had to be put down. This dog was aggressive and a constant problem. With this said ownership has a lot to do with behavior but as with humans there are those that just seem not to be wired right. This is where good breeding practices come into play and I greatly disapprove of backyard breeders.
Since Staffordshire terrier (Pit bull) seems to come up a lot, let’s look at a trait of theirs that is greatly exploited. Staffies aim to please its owner or handler, and if you can stomach watching a dog fight, you will see the handler in the ring encouraging the Staffordshire to fight. When they don't encourage the dogs will stop fighting and sometimes start wagging their tail and want to play. The Staffordshire has a respectable past and only became a problem when jerks started owning these dogs for demeaning purposes. Even the dogs seized from Michael Vick have had a second chance at life and some are now therapy dogs or live in homes. Only one was put down to aggressive behavior.
Any dog has the potential to turn on you and some of the misrepresented ones are the best family dogs to have around. We can all remember the uproar over German Sheppard’s, Rottweiler’s and Dobermans now with the attention being on Pits. And Whitney05 is right in that Staffies were trained to be aggressive against other dogs, not humans. That is why many that have been used for fighting fit in well after rehabilitation with a family.
The most decorated dog in military history was a Staffie, Sgt Stubby, was in the trenches for over a year and warned fellow soldiers of oncoming attacks and even helped capture a spy. He met with Presidents, other dignitaries and was made a lifelong member of American Legion, Red Cross and the YMCA.
We condemn dogs that have been greatly exploited by unscrupulous, vicious, mean people and many of these dogs would have been great family members if they had good owners.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a ferocious reputation but I have actually seen one of these dogs (it was a 'pub dog' owned by the landlord of a public house) running up and down line of children's swings (about six I think) pushing on each swing occupied by a child. The kids were having a whale of a time and so was the dog. Ferocity, it would seem, is not 'bred into' dogs. It all depends on how the dog is treated from being a pup.
German shepherd if you are trying to cut through his yard. The scariest dog is the pitbull. They clamp their jaws and never let go...like a crocodile or something. I hate those, but the only time a dog tried to bite me it was a German Shepherd.
I think there is no such a thing as a ferocious dog it all depends with how you relate with your dogs though some breeds are at a high risk of developing ferocious behavior due to breed predisposition.
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