Breeds: Top 13 Dangerous Dogs
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Top Dangerous Dog Breeds: (alphabetical order)
It is important to remember that there is no such thing as a "safe" dog breed. All dogs can become dangerous at any point in time. The following list is based on breed reputation and the number of attacks that have been reported throughout the past.
To see photos and more information about each breed, click on a breed name from the following list:
- Alaskan Malamutes
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- Chow Chows
- Doberman Pinschers
- German Shepherds
- Great Danes
- Perro de Presa Canarios
- Pit Bulls
- Siberian Huskies
Over a 20-year span, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) conducted a study and collected data on dog bite and attack related fatalities. The following illustrates their findings.
CDC Fatal Dog Attack Study
|Breed Name||# of Deaths||Breed Name||# of Deaths|
|Pit Bull Type||39||Wolf Dog Hybrid||14|
|German Shepard||17||German Shepard||10|
|Husky Type||15||Pit Bull Type||10|
|Chow Chow||8||Alaskan Malamute||3|
|Great Dane||7||Chow Chow||3|
|Saint Bernard||7||Doberman Pinscher||0|
|Total Purebred attacks||153||Total Crossbred attacks||63|
|Total unknown breed attacks||238|
|Total deaths 1979-1998||454|
It is important to remember that these are only dog bites and attacks, which resulted in death. The number of attacks for which an injury occurred is unknown. The CDC does not track these types of attacks, as they are mostly based on eyewitness accounts and cannot be deemed accurate. Other studies have been conducted to provide a list of "safe" dogs or dogs which are best to be chosen as a child's or family's pet. The dogs on the following list have been deemed "safest" for having around small children and families. They have a good temperament, which means less aggression and little chance of attack.
Dogs with family friendly reputations:
To see photos of each breed, click on the breed name from the following list:
- Border Terrier
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniel
- Labrador Retriever
- Golden Retriever
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Remember, to always use caution when approaching ANY dog, regardless of size or breed, as it is their temperament, which determines their attitude and likelihood to bite or attack.
If you have been bitten or attacked by any type of dog, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately after the attack. Never approach a dog that you are unfamiliar with and keep a safe distance between you and the dog. A fearful dog is much more dangerous than you might think. You can view a list of California dog bite laws on our dog bite statutes page.
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