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Or so they tell you… because let’s be honest, some dog breeds are largely misunderstood and seen as beasts that will all lunge at you and kill you in your sleep if you pet them, when they actually just lack proper training or are treated badly. Or, in some cases, they suffer from illnesses that cause them to become aggressive and attack their owners.
It’s in some dogs’ nature to be aggressive, territorial, and unpredictable but it’s how people approach them or “use” them that can lead to tragic consequences. So, if you’re going to own a healthy, powerful and naturally aggressive dog, live up to the responsibility by training it and caring for it well!
If not, then the dog breed, which may include Pitbulls and Dobermans, may react in a way that you won’t like.
#1 – Pitbulls
Yeah…Pitbulls always rank first.
Pitbulls that are considered dangerous include the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. These dogs are notorious for being among the first blacklisted dogs by pet insurance companies, causing 284 deaths in the United States by far.
The name “Pitbulls” also refers to a type of dog that is a result of interbreeding between terriers and bulldogs and also has its origins in the US.
A large male Pitbull breed weighs between 16 and 30 kilograms, while the average female Pitbulls weighs between 14 and 27 kilograms.
Pitbulls are very athletic, playful, unpredictable, and can be very friendly.
Although Pitbulls are perceived by statistics and the media as aggressive dogs that may attack their owners without warning, many owners are defending them and criticizing the “stigma” against Pitbulls, saying that while this dog breed can be unpredictably aggressive, so can other dog breeds.
Unless you were a strong and patient owner who can provide proper training, you should not own a Pitbull because that would be unfair to it and yourself.
#2 – Rottweilers
It is advisable to not have Rottweilers as pets because of their reactions that can get aggressive at times.
The number of fatalities caused by the Rottweiler dog breed currently stands at 45, making it the second most dangerous breed that you should watch out for.
Rottweilers are very territorial which makes them naturally aggressive and ferocious. This breed whose weight can reach 48 kilograms for females and 60 kilograms for males, originates in Germany.
Although they are blacklisted as the second deadliest dogs, it does not change that Rottweilers can be loyal and obedient through excellent obedience training.
#3 – German Shepherds
The German Shepherd is known as “police dog.” German Shepherds are intelligent, agile, and can be very reliable as sniffer dogs and guard dogs, but they are considered too aggressive to have as pets in your home.
German Shepherds have about 20 deaths in the US, according to the latest statistics, which makes this breed the third-most dangerous in the blacklist.
The German Shepherd female weighs between 22 and 32 kilograms whereas the male breed weighs between 30 and 40 kilograms.
The German Shepherd was originally bred in Germany to herd and guard sheep; hence the name.
#4 – Doberman Pinschers
Doberman Pinschers are also aggressive dogs but can be wonderful family pets if trained and cared for properly. They are also very intelligent and make great guard dogs.
Doberman Pinschers weigh 32-35 kilograms (females) and 40-45 kilograms (males). These dogs are highly territorial and may not get along with other pets in the family or easily accept outsiders approaching their owners whom they can be very protective of.
When trained thoroughly, Doberman Pinschers listen to their owners and do not just attack any person that they perceive as a threat to their owners.
#5 – American Bulldog
American bulldogs are the descendants of the extinct Old English Bulldog whose name is often confused with the “Olde English Bulldogge” breed.
Bulldogs have caused 15 deaths by far in the US, which makes this breed the fifth most “dangerous” and last dog on the list.
American Bulldogs generally weigh between 18 and 25 kilograms and they are considered to be intimidating but loyal and friendly when trained well.
Despite Bulldogs’ aggressive tendencies, many of their owners say that they are gentle with kids and have a high tolerance for hunger and pain so they may not react when kids aren’t very gentle with them.
Still, if you have a pet Bulldog, you should keep it away from babies and toddlers just to be safe since they can become possessive of kids, and considering that they are also blacklisted.
Lastly, though the aforementioned dog breeds are considered more dangerous than others, it does not mean that they can’t be just as friendly and loyal, or that they are undeserving of love and care.