A dog is a man’s best friend but can also be his worst nightmare. There are several dog breeds, some so docile and friendly while others are deadly weapons that must be avoided at all costs. In the United States alone, as many as 670 hospitalizations and 21,000 health care visits are made every year because of dog bites. This is not to mention the non-medical treatments offered for the same reason.
That said, it is imperative that you are made aware of the most dangerous dog breeds in existence. One thing you need to note is the fact that even apparently friendly dogs can, in some situations, bite with deadly consequences.
Most Dangerous Dog Breeds List
Here is a list of the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds the world has to offer based on injuries and fatalities.
Soon after their appearance in the 1961 film and later in it 1996 remake so named, Dalmatian dogs became so popular that people decided to bring them home to please their children. This spotted dog breed is friendly but highly dangerous when provoked. There are many reports of Dalmatian dogs bites, some fatal. Most of the victims are children, who by their nature of play and destructiveness can easily provoke the dog leading to bites.
9. Great Dane (German Mastiff)
Great Dane is another spotted dog breed that is friendly but can be dangerous if provoked. With at least 7 reported fatalities attributed to it, some would argue that this dog breed should not be included in the list of top 10 most dangerous dog breeds. However, there are so many unreported cases of serious and potentially lethal dog bites associated with the Great Dane. It would be safe to avoid this breed. Dogs in this breed are very large (some adults measuring 30 inches or 76 cms) and therefore obviously a threat to children.
8. Presa Canario
Another dog breed that warrants being included in the topmost deadly dog breeds in the world is Presa Canario. History suggests that this dog was initially bred for guarding cattle; however, people started domesticating them as pets. These dogs are utterly fearless, very strong and powerful and have the ability to stop a man no matter how big. They generally look threatening but only attack for self-defense.
7. Doberman Pinscher
Doberman is known to be one of the most aggressive dog breeds the world has ever witnessed. Historically they were bred and domesticated as guard dogs for the protection of their masters. These dogs can be trained because they are highly intelligent and remain loyal and very friendly to their masters. However, they can be so aggressive and furious if they perceive you are a threat to their master. In this case, they are unstoppable and can definitely kill.
Attractive, lovable and loyal, the chow-chows appear very subtle and harmless. These dogs really love their masters and are dedicated to their safety. They compensate for their small size and the fact that they have very little or no peripheral vision with aggression and fury and can attack anyone that seems to be a threat to them or their master. A furious chow-chow will pounce on you when you least expect it and deliver a potentially fatal bite.
5. Alaskan Malamutes
If you meet this dog, you will easily confuse it for a wolf because it closely resembles it to the point of being regarded as a cousin. Alaskan malamutes are among the strongest and the most resilient of all the dog breeds and they are mainly used for transportation in places where the common methods of transport are not feasible. They are quite large weighing 34 kilograms (85 pounds) and measuring 62 cm or 25 inches standing. With this size and power, the malamutes are very dangerous to children and small animals.
4. Wolf-Dog Hybrid
This is a crossbreed of a dog and a wolf. The dogs retain their reputation of being some of the most effective and aggressive hunters which they’re inherited from their ancestors. When properly domesticated, these dogs can be very loyal and dedicated to their masters but they still behave like wolves. This is the source of their danger and has been associated with several deaths.
3. German Shepherd
German shepherd warrants being listed number three in the list of top 10 most dangerous dog breeds. It one of the most common dog breeds in the world and they are seen many times in action. They are highly skilled, intelligent and aggressive making them the best breed to use as police dogs and guards. These attributes also make them very dangerous and have no problem attacking anyone they see as a threat to them and their masters.
Rottweiler is one of the oldest dog breeds ever known to man. They are so aggressive because they maintain their hunting skills even after years of domestication. They are usually quiet, passive and attentive but they may outburst and endanger the lives of those it meets especially if provoked. They are also large and heavy (can weigh up to 50 Kilograms) making them very dangerous for children.
1. Pit Bull
The American Pit Bull is, without a doubt number one in the list of top 10 most dangerous dog breeds ever to be domesticated by man. These dogs are highly aggressive, easily provoked and ready to attack. They have been blamed for most deaths in the United States and many states have banned their domestication as pets.