Dogs are great companions. Any breed of dog can be friendly or aggressive depending on their upbringing. But over the decades, a certain breed of dogs were used in dog fights, hunting, guarding and breeding methods have changed the traits in them making them more prone to aggression and attacks.
The following are the top 10 breed of dogs with more potential to cause injury to humans than other breeds.
10. Great Dane
Great Danes are “Gentle Giants”. But without proper training, socialization, and care, Great Danes can cause trouble. Great Danes or German Mastiffs are one of the largest breeds of dogs ever domesticated. Even though Great Danes have low prey drive, if not socialized from puppyhood, they can be skittish and aggressive with strangers. Standing tall at 86cm and weighing almost 200 lbs, they can cause some serious injury to children and even adults.
Boxers were originally bred in Germany as hunting and guard dogs. Boxers are bright, energetic and playful breed with great love and faithful to their master and family. At the same time, they are distrustful of strangers. They have earned a slight reputation of “Headstrong” which can be related to inappropriate obedience training. Early this year in February, a 36-year old lady was mauled to death by a Boxer-pitbull mix when she was cleaning its crate.
8. American Bulldog
American Bulldogs are typically muscular, confident and active breed of dogs. They were originally bred to be used as farm dogs. They are great guard dogs but very aloof with strangers. They are capable of jumping in excess of 3 feet vertical height because of their dense muscles. Recent attack dates back to June this year – a 53-year-old lady was attacked and mauled by two American bulldogs in the state of Connecticut.
7. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamutes were used as sled dogs in Alaska. They are working breed of dogs and slow learners. Weighing almost around 100 lbs, they can be destructive when they get bored. It is better to keep these dogs in villages or farms far from the city.
6. Siberian Husky
Huskies have their origins from arctic Siberia. They were bred to use as the sled and working dogs. They have an arctic temperament and are bit hard to train. Even though Huskies look soft and puffy, they were reported for causing 15 deaths in the last 20 years.
Bullmastiffs were bred by English gamekeepers in the 19th century to assist English wardens or gamekeepers guard estates and capture poachers. They are very strong and powerful dogs with males reaching up to 120 lbs in weight. Their size, power and independent nature make them one of the dangerous dogs if proper obedience training is not given.
4. Doberman Pinscher
The breed is named after it’s German developer – Karl Dobermann. They were common police dogs in the early days but not anymore. Dobermans are aggressive, active and fast breed suitable for properties with a larger perimeter. They can reach distances in seconds. Dobermans are responsible for 20 deaths during the CDC’s reporting period. The last death by Doberman was in 2011, a 71-year-old lady was killed by her own dog.
3. German Shepherd
The German shepherd was originally bred as the herding dog. They are very intelligent and powerful animal with the strongest bite force of 1060 newtons. These dogs take training well and serve as a loyal companion. But they can be dangerous if not treated well. In 2013, a 35-year-old woman was attacked by a German Shepherd and died two days later.
Rottweilers have a long history dating back to Roman empire. The breed is named after the town of Rottweil, Germany. They were once called butcher’s dog as they were used to herd the livestock to market. But Rottweiler’s traits have changed over the recent year and they have become of the most dangerous breeds. They ranked second for the total number of death and injuries caused during the CDC reporting period.
Pit Bulls are considered the most dangerous and aggressive breed of dogs. In the 11-year period of 2005 through 2015, canines killed 360 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 64% (232) of these deaths. Pit bulls often attract the worst kind of owner because of their power and they use these dogs for dog fights. Pit bulls were once considered non-aggressive dog breed. But this has been changed by the irresponsible owners and breeders. Pit bulls are banned from breeding and owning in many countries like Germany, Denmark, Singapore, Switzerland, etc.