The American Pit Bull Terrier is often seen as a dangerous breed due to its perceived aggression and strength. Incidents of attacks on people have contributed to this reputation both in the U.S. and globally.
Rottweilers, being robust and large, possess powerful bites that can lead to severe harm or fatalities. Their territorial nature and aggression pose significant risks to both humans and other animals..
German Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and they’re also one of the most dangerous. The dogs were originally bred for herding and guarding sheep, but they’re now often used as police dogs, guard dogs, and service animals.
Huskies are intelligent but challenging to train. Start obedience training early. CDC says they're not a major health threat, but their size and energy can cause injuries or fatalities (approx. one annually). Their strength makes them less kid-friendly.
Wolf hybrids are crossbreeds of domestic dogs and wild wolves. Despite their cute appearance, they can be dangerous due to their challenging trainability and unpredictable nature. Caution is essential, especially around children.
The Alaskan Malamute is large Arctic breed bred for hunting and aggressive if not trained. Not for first-time owners or families with small kids. Caution advised.
The Doberman Pinscher can be fearful and likened to an unexpected encounter with a grizzly. Its bite holds the record for the strongest with 600 pounds of pressure, making it a formidable foe. Caution advised.
The Chow Chow may look like a cuddly teddy bear, but it's an attack dog with a history of killing adults and children. Between 1979 and 1998, it caused 238 attacks, 40 of which were fatal (37 victims were children). Looks can be deceiving; caution is essential.
The Great Dane's towering height and weight (180 pounds) make it intimidating. Beware if it shows aggression, as controlling it can be challenging, even for responsible owners. Caution is advised around threatened or aggressive Great Danes.
The large Japanese breed Akita is loyal and protective but can be aggressive towards strangers. With its scissor-shaped jaw, its bite is mighty and hard to release. Caution is advised as a bite can be deadly or life-changing for victims.