Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Based on Bite Fatalities

The gigantic Saint Bernard with only 7 fatalities in this study, it’s not surprising as Saint Bernard’s were originally bred as rescue dogs. Adult males can measure about 75 centimeters and weigh a whopping 75 kilograms, they have a very passive temperament and are mostly a danger due to their massive size as adults. With a total of 7 fatalities in the periods in between 1979-1998, the Great Dane or German Mastiff is known to be one of the largest breeds of dogs ever domesticated. They were initially bred for hunting animals. Their immense size makes them an obvious threat around children and even adults. Somewhat surprising due to their small frame and stature, the Chow chow was reported to have been responsible for 8 fatalities in the journal’s study. With an average Chow chow weighing about 28 kilograms and only growing as large as about 52 centimeters the Chow chow is unfortunately known to have a very aggressive personality, especially around strangers. They are usually held as pets, and due to their size they can be kept in apartments. The danger rests when they lack exercise or are just generally bored, and will sometimes lash out at strangers and even owners due to boredom. Known to be one of the most aggressive breeds of dogs ever, the Doberman Pinscher was one of the most recognizable dog breeds as they were used extensively as guard dogs. They were bred for the specific purpose of guarding their masters, and thus had to be aggressive but also intelligent. Trained properly, these dogs can become very loyal to their masters, but aggressive towards perceived threats to their owners. Being responsible for 9 fatalities, most of these were notably in defense of their owners. Malamutes are commonly mistaken for another dog further up on this list, the Husky, but have many differences. They are quite large with adult males weighing around 34 kilograms and standing about 62 centimeters, however are known to be more passive due to their use as work dogs, pulling sleds and helping with manual labour. However, like the Great Dane their size makes them unsafe around children or small animals and the study found they were responsible for 12 deaths over the 20 year study period. Unsurprisingly Wolf-dog hybrids are known as the most dangerous breed of dogs. With 14 listed fatalities in this study. Wolves themselves are ancestors of the modern domestic dog, and are known as one of the most dangerous predators in the wild even today. Even with proper crossbreeding, domestication, and training Wolf-dog hybrids maintain much of the prey drive of their wolf genetics making them quite dangerous to keep as pets. Huskies are one of the oldest breeds of dogs thought to exist in the world. Like their Malamute cousins they are used primarily as sled dogs, and must be constantly active. With a total of 15 fatalities linked to Huskies in the study conducted, they are definitely known to be aggressive, but this has been linked to poor training issues as Huskies rate as one of the most intelligent canines in the world. Given their close relation to the grey wolf however, they do maintain a somewhat high prey drive. Another commonly recognized dog makes this list. German Shepherds are a fairly new breed of dog, only dating from about 1885, where a society in Germany worked towards creating a perfect breed to protect herds in rural communities. A fully grown adult German Shepard can weigh 38 kilograms and stand at about 62 centimeters, about the same size as a Malamute. Also like the Doberman, their high intelligence and aggressiveness makes them sure picks as guard and police dogs. With 17 fatalities attributed to them, they are the third most dangerous dog breeds. The Rottweiler was responsible for 39 fatalities in this study. Another very old breed the Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding breeds in existence. As with most old breeds, their prey drives require much training to dampen. Adult males have about the same dimensions as the German Shepard, however they are much heavier, with some being able to weigh around 50 kilograms. Their temperament is usually passive and attentive, but are known to be prone to aggressive outburst. In this study the Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with 66 fatalities attributed to it. Known for their extremely aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of pit bulls. Furthermore they are known to be bred for the highly illegal sport of dog fighting. Therefore, it’s no real surprise that Pit Bulls are known as the #1 deadliest dog based on bite fatalities.

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  1. says:

    here are the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds based on the amount of fatalities they have caused

  2. The Latest says:

    most dangerous dog breeds are quite well known

  3. Luke Darby says:

    All shit bulls need to be euthanized fifth estate documentary convinced me of that

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