Dogs are a man’s best friend; there’s no doubt. But are there dangerous breeds?
For example, most people think Pitbulls are among the most dangerous breeds in the world. But why do certain breeds get a bad reputation for being dangerous or unpredictable while others do not?
What factors make dogs dangerous, and should you stay away from these breeds?
We’ll tell you everything you need to know about dangerous breeds below.
What dog breeds are considered dangerous?
Millions of dog bite lawsuits are filed every year due to dangerous dog breeds. Three breeds with a reputation for being dangerous include:
- German Shepherds
A quick look at history shows that dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years. However, these breeds have a history of selective breeding, when humans create particular traits in offspring. In the case of these breeds, trainers wanted them to be faster, stronger, and more dangerous for fighting or security.
Pitbulls are considered one of the most dangerous dog breeds globally because they were initially bred for fighting and had a powerful bite that can cause serious injury. Rottweilers are deemed hazardous because of their large, muscular builds that can be aggressive and territorial.
And finally, German Shepherds are often bred for police work and can be aggressive towards strangers.
While these breeds aren’t necessarily dangerous just because of their physique, selective breeding has made them much stronger animals and more dangerous than other breeds.
What factors make a dog dangerous?
Aside from physical build and selective breeding, dangerous behavior comes from two other factors:
Just like humans, breeds have unique personalities. Rottweilers are known for being protective, while French Bulldogs are known for being friendly and playful.
And the dog’s temperament will be affected by its environment. While physical strength certainly makes a dog more powerful and dangerous, any animal can become aggressive if it feels threatened. Unfortunately, many dogs that experience physical abuse will be afraid of new environments and may bite — we see this trend in dogs of all sizes, ranging from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.
In any case, because larger dogs are stronger, they can cause more damage when they attack. They often get a bad rep and may not be recommended for first-time dog owners.
Overall, the environment the animal grows up in will be a massive indicator of how dangerous they become. For example, if a dog is constantly exposed to violence or aggression, it is more likely to become a dangerous animal. Likewise, if a dog is improperly socialized with people and other animals, it may exhibit some dangerous behavior.
Why does dog socialization matter?
Well-socialized dogs are typically more relaxed and confident in their interactions with others. Dogs that aren’t socialized are often more dangerous and unpredictable as they have not been exposed to various people, places, and things. They’re more likely to be fearful and defensive when confronted with something new, leading to aggression as the dog tries to protect itself.
Socialization helps to ensure that dogs will behave appropriately in various situations. Well-socialized dogs are less likely to bark excessively, pee in the house, or exhibit other unwanted behaviors.
When getting an older dog, we recommend asking yourself the following questions to increase its quality of life and prevent any dangerous situations in its future:
- Was the dog socialized with other animals and people as a puppy?
- Has the dog been exposed to new situations and environments?
- Has the dog received obedience training?
Final thoughts on dangerous breeds
While all dog breeds have the potential to be dangerous, some breeds are more prone to aggressive behavior than others due to a history of selective breeding, unique temperaments, and environmental factors.
If you’re considering getting a dog, do your research and know the risks associated with different breeds. If you already have a dog, be sure to get training for yourself and your pet to help avoid any dangerous situations.