Everyone knows that dogs are man’s best friend, but our fluffy companions are not always perfect angels. According to DogsBite.org, in 2014, 42 people were killed from dog attacks. Of those fatalities, almost half of them were children. Before getting a dog of your own, make sure you read up on which dogs pose the greatest threat to you. Although some of these dogs might not be the strongest dogs in the world they are the 10 most dangerous dogs in the world:
10. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Tall and brave, this is a dog to fear. Also called the African lion hound, European settlers used this loyal canine during lion hunts. The dog would intimidate lions, keeping them at bay and helping their owners make the kill. Ridgebacks are extremely muscular, with males standing almost 30 inches tall and weighing on average 85 pounds.
To its owner, a Rhodesian Ridgebacks may not seem like one of the most dangerous dogs. Athletic and assertive, they’re famously loyal and make incredible guard dogs. But like any dog, poor training and socialization can turn this loving lion hound into a nightmare. If it can intimidate a lion, what chance do you have?
9. Chow Chow
Aww, here little doggy! Who’s a good little– ow! BAD.
The danger of the Chow Chow lies in its charm. Cute as a button and unassuming, Chow Chows feel the need to demonstrate their dominance often. Many dogs with a penchant for aggression tend to look the part, with angular features and toned muscles. But the Chow Chow’s soft, fluffy little body is just the cutest little thing, who’s such a good boy? Who is? Who is the best li–OWW! BAD DOG.
The Chow Chow’s cuddly allure juxtaposed with its often aggressive personality makes this one of the most dangerous breeds to have around children. Despite being so small and cute, Chow Chows have been responsible for several human fatalities.
But it’s such a cute doggy! Yes it is!
8. Great Dane
The Great Dane is one of the most massive breeds of dogs in existence. A German breed, it was used to hunt deer, boar, and bear in 16th century Germany. The dogs were so big, they could hold a bear in place until their owners killed it. Now that’s teamwork.
In Reno, Nevada, a 167-pound Great Dane named Rocko is up for the title of world’s tallest living dog. His owners say he was the size of a six-month-old Labrador at only 8 weeks old. Even if Rocko’s a nice guy, you don’t want him accidentally sitting on you.
7. Border Collie
A danger to you, maybe not. But one of the most dangerous dogs to your home and personal belongings is the Border Collie. Border Collies are wonderful, loving, and, yes, hyper dogs. It’s vital that potential owners read up on Border Collies before adopting because many people simply don’t have the means to provide these great dogs with the right outlet. Because many people don’t take their busy schedule into consideration before adopting, Border Collies have a sordid history of damaging homes. Because of this, animal shelters report them as one of the most surrendered breeds of dogs.
Rottweilers are loyal work dogs, but they have a history of being bred for their physical and aggressive strengths. Rottweilers are often used as search and rescue dogs. They are also commonly used as guard dogs, so the fact that they are responsible for a significant number of fatalities each year might have something to do with their role in stopping home invasions.
That isn’t to say Rottweilers never turn on their owners. Though not common, they have been known to display unprompted, aggressive outbursts. Its powerful and robust build make it one of the most dangerous dogs in the world.
5. Tibetan Mastiff
This incredibly powerful dog was originally bred to protect livestock from wolves, bears, and even tigers. Yes, those big giant cats. Unlike many other dogs that have easy time socializing with other people and dogs the Tibetan Mastiff is very suspicious of anyone it doesn’t recognize. Recently, these dogs were brought to the United States and since then became very popular.
4. German Shepherd
There’s a reason the police force employs the use of this magnificent breed of dog. Vicious, strong, and easy to train, once a German Shepherd clamps its powerful jaws down onto its foe there’s no getting them off. Originally bred to herd sheep, German Shepherds are one of the most popular breeds of dogs for work. German Shepherds have a long history of working closely with humans, so it’s no wonder they’re the second-most popular breed of dog in the U.S. Though it may be because of the work roles they’re assigned, German Shepherds are responsible for the 4th most fatalities among dog breeds in the U.S. and Canada, putting them among the most dangerous dogs in the world.
3. Siberian Huskies
Remember the dangerous allure of the Chow Chow? Well, meet the Husky. Some reports say this beautiful and approachable breed of canine has been responsible for at least 15 deaths over the last 20 years. Siberian Huskies are work dogs and were not originally bred for socialization. This resulted in some very aggressive tendencies from the breed. While typically loyal to adult humans, a number of Siberian Huskies have attacked children on some occasions, mistaking them for prey.
Dobermans are, like just about all breeds of dog, incredibly loyal if raised in a loving and nurturing way. Unfortunately, many pet owners still don’t understand that forcefully correcting a dog’s behavior is the wrong way to approach obedience training. While some dogs will take these measures laying down, Dobermans have been shown to be particularly aggressive when responding to physical corrections. Their size, strength and speed make them an animal foe you don’t want coming for you.
1. Pit Bull
We’ve all heard the slogan “Don’t bully my breed,” but facts are facts. Pit Bulls have far and away caused more fatalities and bodily harm to humans, and claimed more child victims, than any other breed of dog. Any Pit Bull owner will jump at the chance to tell you how wrong you are about the species. They’ll point to their relationship with their dog — and they’re right! Pit Bulls are loving, affectionate animals and have served as many men and women’s best friend from birth til death. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls turn on their owners at a higher rate than any other breed. As wonderful as individual Pit Bulls may be, they are by far the most dangerous dogs.