The Six Most Dangerous Dogs

This is not an Anti-Breed link, although some breeds are mentioned. It is a link to bring attention to many realistic factors involved in making a dog dangerous, and breed is one of them, a large dog is naturally able to do more harm than a small one.

  1. American Pit Bull Terriers

    I know there are a lot of people who own, and love American Pit Bull Terriers, but these dogs are on this list for two good reasons, the first being the fact that these dogs were bred for a purpose, to fight (other Bull Terriers were bred to hunt and kill, these were selected and bred to create the American Pit Bull Terrier). American Pit Bulls were bred for generations to be tenacious, aggressive, and to have a killer bite, a jaw that can hold very strongly. They are the dog of choice of criminals or people who want to appear “tough“. This is not the right reason to get a dog. These people often mishandle the dog intentionally to make it mean or aggressive, or they get a dog to be “cool” and are not properly familiar with how to correctly train and discipline such a dog. A dog raised like this is a dangerous thing. While Pit Bull Terriers may make wonderful pets when raised correctly by a knowledgeable person, and handled correctly, this is one dog that if a person makes mistakes, they can cause serious problems.

  2. Chow Chow

    Again, there are many wonderful Chow Chow dogs, and I do not want to take anything away from those dogs, or their owners. The problem with Chow Chow dogs is simply that they have a reputation of being unpredictable. They will turn on somebody without warning. Chow Chows are one breed that some dog groomers will actually refuse to handle, simply because of their unpredictable nature. This nature may be due to the fact that this is an very ancient breed, being closer to wolves than the newer breeds.  Chows require a handler that knows about dog psychology.

  3. Feral, or Wild, Dogs

    A feral dog is a dog that has gone wild. Many feral, or wild, dogs form packs, and often they do not fear people. Feral dogs are dangerous and will kill other dogs for food. They are a big threat to livestock, and because they for packs they are extremely effective hunters. As well, when threatened, they will attack humans. Feral dogs are also a danger to other dogs simply because they can carry parasites or diseases. A dog who has lived wild for some time will not easily be tamed. In many areas where spaying and neutering is not common, there are real problems with feral and wild dogs.  Feral dogs are more of a threat to livestock than coyotes in areas where they are common, simply due to their lack of fear of humans.

    Art by Author.  Don’t let size fool you, a poorly trained small dog can be nasty. A Pomeranian once killed an infant.

  4. Untrained Dogs

    A dog who has never learned basic commands or obedience has not understood one very important thing, that being: People are the boss. A dog who has been allowed to do what it wants will think it is dominant. If unchallenged this is not usually an issue. The problem occurs when the owner really does need the dog to obey, or a child asks the dog to do something, or the dog becomes lost and somebody other than the owner has to handle it. If a dog thinks it is the boss, it will be a very dangerous dog, be it big or small.

  5. Unsocialized Dogs

    Socialization is another skill dogs need to learn. Socialized dogs are ones that are exposed to many situations. This is often the small or toy breeds. Their owners tend to shelter them from any potentially scary situation. These dogs are very dangerous because animals have a fear response known as the “fight or flight” response. In a scary situation they either run, or fight. Since running may not always be an option, they may fight. This is something animal shelter workers often encounter in stray dogs, particularly small breeds. An unsocialized dog is going to have a more difficult time (and be more of a risk) at the dog groomer, veterinarian, or the dog kennel if it goes for boarding.  It is often small dogs that are not properly socialized. 

  6. Dogs Who Are Kept in Chains

    Dogs who are kept chained up are apt to be more aggressive than dogs kept in dog runs, indoors, or in a fenced yard. Even dogs kept in small kennels are less aggressive than a dog who is kept tied up. When you tie up a dog it does not see that it has a boundary, this creates frustration. Even well trained, well mannered dogs have been shown to experience higher instances of aggression if they are kept on a chain rather than loose in an fenced area.

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  1. B Nelson, author

    On June 15, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I just want to clarify again, that yes, there are many wonderful Pit Bulls, and Chows, and some excellent owners for both. I am not attacking either breed, simply stating facts. I personally own a donkey, and they are known to be dangerous too.

  2. Christy Tuller

    On June 15, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I agree that there are some very dangerous dogs in both Pit Bulls and Chows. Other breeds that I found to be dangerous were, Chihuahua’s, Rottweilers, and some German Shepherds. People should always be careful when approaching any dog they do not know. Great article.

  3. salvatore

    On June 15, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    excellent article, well done.

  4. Ruby Hawk

    On June 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Even the friendliest dog can turn on a child(or adult) if the dog is surprised or accidently hurt,but Pitt Bull,Chows and children do not mix.

  5. Jessica Peeler

    On June 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    This is mean,wrong and DUMM!CHOWS ARE PRTEKTIV!And…I HAD A CHOW ONSCE!AND YOU WONNA KNOW WHAT HAPPEND TO HIM…HE DIDED OF HART WORMS AND A HEET STROKE! SO BACK OFF STOOPID!

  6. B Nelson

    On June 17, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Jessica.. you will note that I said NOT all dogs are bad… but the breed as a whole has this KNOWN nature, relax.

  7. B. Vicario

    On June 19, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Sorry dont agree, you’re attacking ‘breeds’ based on the actions of dogs belonging to this breed. The actions of dogs made dangerous by the ‘people’ who own them. I own two boxers, the Boxer, or German Bulldog to use its original breed name, was bred for bullfighting and gear baiting. During World War 2 Boxers were used as guard and attack dogs. Yet my two Boxers are wonderful around my 5 year old duaghter and 4 year old son, because my wife and me have made sure that both dogs are well trianed and monitored. It’s common sense that makes a safe dog out of any breed and ignorance and stupidity that makes a dangerous dog out of any dog. I suggest you spend time around more breeds of dog including breeds bred for specific fighting purposes. You’ll soon discover that its people who make dangerous dogs out of particular dogs not out of particular breeds!

  8. B. Vicario

    On June 19, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Sorry meant to say Bear baiting not gear baiting, just to clarify that.

  9. wbusykat4

    On June 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I absolutely hate seeing dogs chained! It should be against the law! Great article…Kat

  10. frootbat31

    On June 21, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I worked in a kennel for a year and found Cocker Spaniels to be rather mean dogs. Even having said that, the last three on your list are by far more important to realize than the actual breed. Any dog can be mean- even the breeds not known for being biters- but Pit Bulls have everything they need to actually kill someone (as do Rotties and Chows).
    I judge a dog on the owner’s behavior. That gives very telling hints to the animal’s disposition.

  11. David B.

    On June 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I agree with B. Vicario and frootbat31 in that it is not the breed that makes a dog dangerous and vicious. I believe it is mainly the human’s fault. As a whole, humans don’t understand how dogs behave. There are so many that get abused so much by their owners that they just snap. If a person were put in the same position as these dogs, they wouldn’t act much different. Now yes, some of the bigger dogs can do a lot of damage if they bite, but I have been bitten by so many of the small to toy dogs that are not properly taken care of. It is just that sometimes this is their only way to communicate. I have a pit bull. He is the most loving and kind dog that I have ever seen. I also have a 16 month old daughter and they are the best of friends. I treat my dog with the respect he deserves and let him know the rules in a kind manner. It is the people that abuse and neglect their dogs that is the true problem.

  12. Ronald Marbles

    On June 22, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I believe that any dog can be dangerous. I have a friend who has a pitbull and he is so friendly that if you take a bone from his mouth he will come lick you to give it back. Why? Because he trained him to be that way. But I agree that sometimes pit bulls are more prone to attack someone than other breeds.

    I have had 5 Dalmatians one time. Now, dalmatians are very famous for being child friendly and happy and playful. Two of them were very friendly and they simply adored my nieces and nephews and you could play with them any time…even while they were eating. The other two were a little shy and took them longer to get accustomed. But then we had a girl dalmatian who was worse than a pit bull. We never understood why, because she was in the same environment as the other 4. We have a huge garden and we let them roam there and in the house as much as they want to. Once our neighbors cat jumped into our garden and that was it. We had to get rid of her before she does something worse.

  13. Beth Krajewski

    On June 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Over my lifetime my husband and I have been owned by dozens of dogs. All breeds, many mixed breeds. We agree chaining is just not a good idea. A large kennel or run is a better alternative with the codicil attached that the animal is taken out at least twice a day for a good leg-stretcher.
    We have found that ALL breeds can be loving or dangerous depending upon the environment in which they were raised. This I must stress applies to all breeds from A to Z. Not all vicious dogs are large breeds either!
    The Biggest Cookie-Puss we ever owned topped out at 80 pounds (a Lab-Shepherd mix) while the most aggressive is by far our 15-pound Jack Russell Terrier.
    Great article! How bout more?

  14. William Carter

    On July 17, 2008 at 10:59 am

    The statement that pit bull jaws lock is a myth. They lock because they choose to. Their jaws do NOT have a majic locking mechanism.
    Pits are Not for the casual dog owner. Some shady breeders breed them specifically for fighting, but reputible breeders do not. Most pit bull owners would be first to call police to a fight.

  15. Callista

    On July 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    In truth, Pits and Chows are potentially MORE dangerous, as are ill trained, and neglected pets, You can still love them as a breed, but at least be honest about the reality of these dogs. If a chow bites somebody it will be way worse than a Chihuahua.

    this comment is to the other comments.
    I breed and show dogs, and will not dsipute the facts that some breeds really are potentially more dangerous, espeically in wrong hands.

    Simply by stating facts is NOT threating a breed, or calling for the destruction of dogs of that breed, it is just facts.

  16. Sarah T

    On August 7, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I don’t agree with #1. APBT can not lock their jaws. They were not breed to fight either. I do agree with the last 3. I truly wish people would take responsibility for there dogs. Laws for bad owners need to be tougher. Any dog can be aggressive, I’ve had the worst luck with little dogs, I do not blame the dogs for there behavior, I blame the owners. I own 3 dogs (2 pit/lab mixes and a dachshund/basset hound) and all are well behaved, discipline is first in my house and I take the time to socialize my dogs and to exercise them.

  17. Audrey and Bert

    On August 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    we Breed Staffies, the \”lock\” jaw thing is debatable, but Sarah T is wrong about the origin. All terriers were bred for hunting/killing or fighting. Even the tiny Yorkie was bred for hunting. Terriers are more \”mouth agressive\” than other breeds, it is a fact. We try to breed to stay away from negative agressive traits, but are honest about the breed.

  18. Melissa

    On August 27, 2008 at 10:03 am

    if you read everything that you wrote maybe you would realize that it isnt the breed its the idiot people who buy them i have worked with pit bulls and many other breeds, any dog can be dangerous its how there raised why should one breed be disriminated agaisnt when its humans that make them what they are i have met plenty of dogs that were not pit bulls or chow chows that were meaner then almost all of the pit bulls and chow chows i have met for example i know of a yellow shepard who is more dangerous than any pit bull you will ever meet he is at the Cattaurgus County SPCA he has been there since 1999 and was brought in at 6 months old he still lives in that shelter as we speak he will never be adopted because of how agressive he is and you people are worried about pit bulls have you ever actually spent time with a pit bull that lived in a shelter have you ever actually spent time with a one that was brought in for fighting well i have and its not the breed that makes the dog its the owner because if you give these dogs a chance they will be more loyal to you then anything they want out of what people put them through just as much as we want them out of it there is no such thing as a natural agressive breed just naturally stupid people who give them a bad name maybe you should spend a little more time with a breed before you discriminate against it any dog can be aggresive people just pick on pit bulls because there a known fighting dog well how about picking on the people that made them a known fighting dog instead of the dogs they didnt make them selves into a fighting dog people did take Michael Vick for instance look how many dog he made into fighting dogs and look what happened with them some of those dogs have families now with little kids but all you want to do is discriminate agaisnt the breed because of a bad reputation well how about you get some experiance with them before you judge!!!

  19. lena

    On August 30, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Having been bitten by labs (whom I thought were loving animals no less), goldens, boston terriers, and a chow…I will definitely say it’s the owners and not the animal’s fault. I’ve owned several dangerous dogs and I know what triggers my dogs and have trained them accordingly. I have learned to read their body language and not put them in precarious predicaments that would set them up to fail.

    Ultimately I have owned four rottweilers over a fifteen year span whom have NEVER bitten me or the children in my care. Ironically I have told these same children never to approach a strange dog the way they approach mine because it’s simply and strange dog and you have no idea what may trigger that dog to attack.

  20. Darla

    On September 19, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I have had many chow chows in my life and still have two. they are wonderful dogs i have never once had a problem with them.

  21. connor

    On September 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    JAPINISE AKITA BEST FIGHYING DOG EVA

  22. Lau 777

    On October 2, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Recently, Ecuadorian people could prove how dangerous are Pit Bulls. 2 dogs killed a 7-years-old boy…. his mother tried to safe him, but it was useless.Images were terrifying.!!!!
    I don’t know why the government doesn`t demand licences in order to safe human lifes ….
    There have been a lot of cases like that and nobody does anything.
    Great article!!!

  23. Jessica

    On October 24, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Hi

    We had a Cho and it was the most friendliest dog we’ve had. It was also good with kids

    We own a Boerboel and I must it’s not as friendly as the Chow

  24. Dotun

    On October 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I do agree a dog is agreesive or dangerous naturally, but all agressiveness and its dangerous acts depends on the owner, a dog can be dangerous but if it was trained to be gengle and accomodating then it has to be and if it was trained to be wild it will, even a pet dog can be trained to be wild while a pitbull can be trained to be as gentle as water, so the owner determines what he wants his dog to be like, all dogs are wild and one should not get near a strange dog, they cant be predicted even when seems not to attack at first sight.

  25. Presa Canario

    On October 28, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    WHAT A STUPID LIST, YOU FORGOT HUNGRY DOGS #7. A HUNGRY DOG CAN BRCOME PRETTY MEAN RRRRRRROOF, GET A LIFE! WATCH OUT FOR PITBULLS AND CHOW-CHOW’S. “STUPIDITY” NOW THAT IS A DANGEROUS BREED!

  26. Oshen

    On October 30, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I would like everybody to look up the ATTS Breed Statistics. Every
    dog has been ranked in percentage on temperment. I have a English Staffie, she is the best dog ever.Great with kids, thats why there call NANNIE DOGS in England. She has been attacked three times by little dogs.One ripped her shin off her side and she never faught back. Please look at the list and tell people who the REAL scary dogs are. We have hard time finding a place to live because we have her but people with little dogs have no problems when really their dogs are far more aggreasive.

  27. R M

    On December 1, 2008 at 5:12 am

    connors statement and poor spelling sum up their own and a general pointless damaging attitude towards dogs and Lau 777 hasnt taken note of anything a lot of the people on here are saying and that is that ‘poor ownership and neglect’ and NOT the breeds are responsible, talk about buying into the hate mongering! And if you beleive all statistics then Canadian statistics for dog bites had Pitbulls, before their ban, being one of the lowest, with Labs and German Shepards at the top. Its the ignorant and harmful owners not the breeds people.

  28. robert

    On December 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    i have read alot of articles over dogs and why some breeds are considered dangerous and this is the best one yet. good job

  29. ashley goeken

    On January 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    i agree with every one who deefended the pit bull and agree that it is not the breed it is the dumb owners who have dangerous dogs and any one who says somthing bad about one breed better have personaly been attacked and known tho owner to be a perfect pet owner! because i personaly have a pit bull who is perfect with my 8 year old sister and all of her friends who sit on her take her toys out from under her and the other thing young children do without thinking and she is always perfect

  30. Jessica Martin

    On January 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I know that even the nicest dogs can turn mean, but you need to understand that sometimes only the dogs who have had a bad past are the ones that turn aggressive. I am only 12 but I work at an animal shelter so I have worked with pittbulls and rottwilers so to me they are not aggressive to me.I am careful around any dog.I do not fall for any T.V show that shows dogs attacking humans becaues it shows every dogs little slip-up and every little negitive thing about them. I do love dogs and i know if we treat them with respect they will do the same because we love them and they love us.

  31. Jessica Martin

    On January 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I belive I have seen some things that maybe you all have seen but I am not sure. I have seen a dog living in his pee and waste in a small cage no food or water.I have seen a abandoned dog with a yeast infection and a broken knee.I have seen a dog die of starvation.I have seen a man looking for his missing dog that wondered of to a neighbors house looking for food the neighbor shot the dog while his owner walked up to ask if he had seen his dog around he awnsered the door holding nothing but the dogs collar with the gun on the table.Thats what I mean when I say a bad past.

  32. Brenda Elmore

    On January 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Even a 12 year old knows the truth about these so called dangerous dogs. Koodos to Jessica. she said, that gentle dogs can turn aggressive, It’s all in how they are treated and taken care of and their past history. I also am a volunteer at a animal shelter and have seen many dogs come and go. and some of the nicest ones we’ve ever had are the pit bulls, also we have a very sweet chow right now… So those of you who think it’s the dogs fault it’s not it’s the stupid owners that make these good dogs go bad. Maybe all that think that pit bulls and chows etc. are killers. should spend countless hours volunteering to help these wonderful animals find forver homes! and see how they really behave

  33. ANONOMOUS

    On January 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I want you all to know that the 12 year old girl is right.There is no such thing as a vicious dog. only a vicious owner.There is a good heart in every dog.but if it attacks we will only find an explination.if you are a dog that has been trained to attack and your master why did you do that.’dog’.I just did what you wanted me too’.

  34. Brenda Nelson

    On January 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    to Jessica and Anonomous.. and anyone else with concerns that 2 breeds were mentioned. I have worked at a shelter for 5 years and known some good Pits and Chows, but on average, they are simply more dangerous because of size, breeding, and strength. You will note that I did include untrained and unsocialized dogs as also being dangerous.
    People who think ANY dog is 100% safe are fooling themselves and endangering others. In many cases where dogs attack it was a “first time occurance” and the owners were shocked. Obviously you are not going to keep a dog known for attacking so theoretically an attack is usually a first time offense, frequently they occur on family members (children) who trusted the dog too much, or whose parents trusted the dog too much.
    THis is NOT an anti-dog or anti-breed link – its just common sense information to be aware of.

  35. cj

    On January 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    hnads down best all around dog is the boxer

  36. Debra Schroder

    On January 31, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I also agree with Jessica I know by what she wrote is true but if you really whant to get what she says you need to read it over and read \”I am careful around any dog \” because what she really means is that no dog is 100% safe. I have worked at an animal shelter for 12 years and i know the facts.

  37. Andrew

    On February 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I also agree with jessica, brenda and debra they all seem to know that no dog is bad untrained doga not so much. I HOPE YOU RELIZE B NELSON THAT JESSICA SAID THAT THE DOGS THAT HAVE ONLY HAD A BAD PAST ARE THE ONES THAT TURN AGGRESIVE AND SHE WASENT EVEN TALKING TO YOU SO OBVIOUSLY ALL 4 OF US KNOW WHAT WERE TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE THAT GIRL IS ALOT SMARTER THAN YOU WILL EVER THINK.

  38. Brenda Nelson

    On February 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    to Debra – yes you are right, a person should be careful around any dog, it sadens me particularly when parents \”think\” their dog is safe around young kids and leave them unattended for a while to come back to a disaster, for which ultimately the dog will pay the price.

    to Andrew- relax….
    not all abused dogs turn violent, and not all violent dogs were abused in the past. some very very spoiled dogs are the ones that become the problems because they think they are the \”alpha\” dog and when pushed become a HUGE liabilty. Never think any dog is for sure safe..

  39. P lechema

    On February 11, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    hi i total agree tht any breed of dog can be sweet and loyal i hv two pit bulls very big dogs tht look like poeple thnk they are bt i treated them rite since they i wer puppies kids cry wen i wlk thm in ma niehbour hood and say i say tht these dogs are very kind and i say the only thng between me and ma dogs u mst be scard of is me coz it all depends on how u treat thm wit love they show tht these dogs are treated gud bt if i treated thm bad it wll show to and there is nthng more sik thn a bad owner

  40. Amanda

    On March 24, 2009 at 1:42 am

    I have to agree that any dog, large or small, should be supervised while with children.

    I’ve been working with animals for almost 6 years now, and I’ve come across a great number of breeds. I’ve come across grumpy standard poodles, labs, french bull terriors, miniature pinschers, dobermans, portuguese water dogs, a chihuahua, and about 2 german shepherds, and one chow. But these breeds aren’t considered “dangerous”. I understand why these individuals are grumpy, and I don’t blame their breed. (Mr. Nelson, I know you’re not “attacking” the breed, you’re just trying to be informative.)

    But I can’t say the first paragraph didn’t boil my blood.

  41. Tony

    On March 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    This is so stupid, using this logic than black people are more dangerous because there is more blacks in jail.You r so stupid.All dogs start the same, neglegence is what makes them dangerous You moron!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Brenda Nelson

    On March 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

    to Tony #41… how does this have anything to do with “black people”? being in jail does not indicate if one is more dangerous than another, it simply means one had worse luck, or worse legal representation. Dogs and people are not handled the same way.

    I have used physical traits and KNOWN behavior patterns of the breeds mentioned as well as handling and training.

    I think alot of people would respect owners of dogs if more people simply said “yes, this breed can inflict MORE DAMAGE, than another breed, and owners should be careful”.

    In no way am I saying we should eliminate a certain breed, and I never said anything about black people.

  43. luv my pit

    On April 30, 2009 at 9:07 am

    “Even the friendliest dog can turn on a child(or adult) if the dog is surprised or accidentally hurt,but Pitt Bull,Chows and children do not mix.”

    oh no i have a pit and a child. what ever am i doing to do. They sleep together, play together, cuddle together. he is her dog and no one elses. In fact my pit prefers children to adults and plays with all the neighborhood kids. I love my pit and as long as you raise them right and train them there is nothing to worry about.

  44. Luke

    On May 3, 2009 at 5:19 am

    “THis is NOT an anti-dog or anti-breed link – its just common sense information to be aware of.

    if this isn’t an anti-breed link why don’t you get your facts strait. Pit bulls (or any dog for that matter) can NOT lock jaw. Do they have a strong hold, yes, but they CAN let go.

    I agree that pits were bread to fight, but you have to remember that those dogs were very rarely aggressive to their owners. The owners were the ones breaking up fights.

  45. Sophie

    On May 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    People are obviously getting defensive here, and not reading the facts and accepting them as such. If the media were to back off certain breeds perhaps people wouldnt get so defensive.
    A person shouldnt have a dog that they know is risky, and then say “its perfectly safe with kids” no dog is safe with kids and anyone who thinks so is an idiot, obviously a pitbull is going to be more dangerous than a chihuahua, so the point of the aticle is correct. Read more, fight less.

  46. jp

    On July 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    my black lab is about 100 % non agressive i do whatever i want with that dog and all he wants to do is play so hes not dangerous at all and the most agressive dog ive ever seen is my dads freinds rottweiler u get close to his yard he tryes to kill u and pittbulls arent agressive dogs dippends on the owner

  47. jp

    On July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    if u have a little kid do not get a duchshund or a chihuahua i have a duchund and a lab and the duchshund tryes to bite everyone it sees and tryes to be domminant over my lab and hes only 7 month old and the lab is 1 year and a half hes always trying too bite him and it might be because the duchshund isent nutered and the lab is

  48. sobrie

    On July 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    during my whole life i had pit bulls and chows and so many other breeds and i have to say u cant just go around thinking a dog is mean just becuase of its breed so far people like u goin around sayin stuff like this has everyone thinkin the same thing just yasterday i saw someone walk up to pit bull and said they wanted one then some out of nowhere said no that a bad breed of dog and it was just a puppy people like u tick me off so bad if yall had a pit bull or a chow then yall would see how much they are really good dogs and make really good compains and so far small dogs show more teeth than any other dogs so when all comes down i blame the owners and the people that dont find them proper homes to go to

  49. Kinga

    On September 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Great except I think it wasn’t neccesary to name breeds because a Lab can be more agressive than a pit if brought up the way a pit might be. The same goes for Chows. Also most of the time the “pit bulls” AREN’T true APBT’s but American Bullies, mixes of bulldogs, mastiffs and other “tough” breeds used for fighting.
    Anyway, great article. I just think ANYthing promoting the pit or the chow as a “dangerous” breed, even if it states that not all of the breed is like that is just adding to the problem of breed bans and anti-breed stuff. I know you didn’t mean it that way, though.

  50. Belynda Mitchell

    On October 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I think a lot of people on here are missing the point. Pit bulls by their nature are not dogs to have around children, any responsible parent would never allow that to happen and chows are very unpredictable and so the same applies. There aren\’t many bad dogs but there are a hell of a lot of bad owners!!!!!

  51. MM

    On October 11, 2009 at 1:55 am

    SHELTIES RULE!!! Mine is smart, sweet, friendly and beautiful. Thinks everything and everyone is his business. Always wants to please. Hates only my ex-husband.

  52. Girl

    On January 18, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Umm, this does not make sense to me. ANY DOG can be dangerous, while you pick pit bulls and chows. Okay, the pit bull. They are dangerous because of their backround. If you train them well, they can be great dogs. Same with chows. If you train a wild dog, then they are good.
    The problem is that most Pit Bulls now that are bad are in shelters when they are NEGLECTED by their owner. I could probably think of ten people right now who mistreated their dogs. If you want a good Chow Chow or Pit Bull, go to a true breeder and check their history.
    Thank you

  53. Girl

    On January 18, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Like I’ve been saying, most people who have commented here do not know what they are saying. LOOK AT THE FACTS, PEOPLE! And if you only look at the bad history of dogs, get a cat.
    Dogs are like children: if you want it, then you’ll have to take care of them.
    Again, Thank you.

  54. Girl

    On January 18, 2010 at 8:05 am

    The best dogs are:
    Labs
    Goldens
    Dachshunds (because I have one, and learns fast. just be persistent. Dachshunds MUST be socialized to be good. And my dachshund’s parents started well when they were trained, so make sure when you get one that it’s parent is not ignorant, etc. And Chihuahuas….. I haven’t any experience with these dogs. My vet owns five dachshunds that are like Border Collies. I swear, I will breed these cute dachsies nd make them the best!)
    AND OF COURSE BORDER COLLIES

  55. Man

    On January 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Hey, dudes. I was lookin at da pics, nd they r not exceptable. The dog with scales, or they dogs with horns! Look at humans. I’d rather have horns then hav guns around with me all of the time! We are the most dangerous: THE FACT. I took a survey on my family and they all agree (gots myself lots of cool peoples, bout 10 of us all together, so wassup???!!!)

  56. Brian

    On May 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Learn your facts!!!!! It is a FACT that there are more dog bites each year from LABS than any other breed of dogs. Now explain why isn’t this breed on your nonfactual little list that you obviously sat and made up all by yourself without any actual knowledge of anything that has to do with breeds of dogs. Your whole list is nothing but a bunch of CRAP!!!

  57. Brenda Nelson

    On May 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

    to Brian
    Please reread.
    This is not a link on which breeds are more likely to Bite.. its on which DOGS are the most Dangerous.
    Labs are considered soft mouthed dogs, bred to retrieve things gently, when they bite (and I never said they dont) they do not break the skin as often as Terriers, simply because Terriers were bred to hunt and kill.

    this is NOT an anti-breed link, even the BEST Pit and Chow owners know their dogs are risky

    a Lab who isnt well trained or socialized, or who is trained, is going to be a problem.. as I clearly mentioned when talking about those things.. as ANY dog could be a problem

  58. Kytha

    On May 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

    The article isn’t saying pit bulls and chows are all evil. It annoys me when I read an article aimed at informing the general public and all these dog owners feel personally attacked because their dog is not like that. It’s like they actually believe certain animals are not more aggressive than others. Yes how you rear an animal determines mostly how they behave but other animals are just naturally more aggressive, larger, and have the capability to cause more damage. This doesn’t make YOUR DOG some wicked child biting animal, it just means to be more alert towards animals like this. I just get so annoyed hearing people “defend” these dogs when nobody is attacking them to begin with

  59. megan

    On August 26, 2010 at 5:56 am

    ok I know some pits are aggresive but let me put it this way.
    It is the owners those dogs are very sweet and loving, and they can be around children. I know that because i am a 11 year old
    girl and our family has 6 and i have been playing with them all my life

  60. megan

    On August 26, 2010 at 6:43 am

    duchshunds are the best dogs u kan have around us children I mean I am onley 11. and i have one and she is so adorebel and she is 3 years old. By the way do your self a fawor and buy one yor self. But nor from a pet store because those are the puppys from dogs in puppy mills (all the dogs in petstores come from puppy mills and tell all your frends and thingk about
    all the suffering dogs next time u look at the puppys in the petstore)

  61. megan

    On August 26, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Dont buy the dogs at a petshop because thay come from puppy mills. And they get lokedup in a kage until they die. They get forst to give birth and get used (breeded) over and over agen.
    and if u want to stop puppy mills do not buy the dogs in the petstore because then the puppy mills goes out of bisnes

  62. lien

    On August 26, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Hi B Nelson did u draw those pictures of the chow and the dog with horns???

  63. James

    On September 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I’m sorry but I strongly disagree with the sweeping generalization of #6 (dogs who are kept on chains), and I would like to know exactly which research or statistical data are you basing your opinion on.

  64. Francis

    On September 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I strongly disagree. You are attacking the breeds because you mention two breeds on your first and second and the remaining are behavior related problems. Get your research done before posting. You are misleading people with your article.

  65. birkin

    On September 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    this article is terrible. to everyone that posted you’re comments.. thank you. it shows me the author is an idiot. B. Nelson – is dumb enough to actually not write this anonymously. #1. if you kept agreeing with everybody that it’s how it is raised and that any dog could turn then don’t mention breeds at all. #2. was it really necessary to draw those images? because pictures definitely speaks louder than words. YOU HATE pits and chows. YOU. this doesn’t make it a fact. so please don’t say “you’re just stating the facts.” if you do have facts please state your sources. and they better be credible. not your friends. or other pit/chow haters. #3 i really hope my friend did not show this article to me. i’ve dedicated my life and money to helping unfortunate dogs. especially pits. because of the misconception. and you’re definitely not helping. this article would’ve been fine without the images and the mentioning of the breeds. #4 i applaud and respect all the owners that care for their dogs and love them and thank you all for defending them. maybe it’s time for the author and the 3 other people (prolly the author’s friends who had to agree with her) to write an apology.

  66. birkin

    On September 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    @ B. Nelson– also. you keep mentioning that this is not anti-breed link. really? was that not your intention? admit you made a mistake and apologize. I wonder if i wrote an article and it said, ” most dangerous so-called “author” #1 is B. Nelson” how do you think you’re mom would feel about this?” seriously. it’s called responsible journalism. learn it. and then write. and whoever pays to put up ads in this website… I WILL NEVER EVER BUY ANYTHING OR OPEN ANY OF YOU’RE ADS. THIS IS A STUPID WEBSITE. AND I HOPE TO NEVER HEAR ANYTHING FROM B. NELSON AGAIN. p.s. this is not an anti-B.nelson link. psh..

  67. birkin

    On September 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    oh and i thought it was a universal rule for everything and anybody who has good common sense would already know that the bigger they are, the more dangerous they are– when they are vicious when provoked. same goes w/ people, cats, bears (even pandas. yes! they get vicious too). what a waste of time. you really had to write this dumb article? it was useless. and caused nothing but grief and annoyance. and btw, did you ever realize that only 3% of the people who posted here actually agree with you? that’s so sad. and for the people that agree with the author. go ahead. say something back to me. I won’t care. everybody who agrees with #1 and #2 and this stupid list. i hope you DO get attacked. i’ll thank god for 1 less person who has nothing but judgements and misconceptions on the poor helpless dogs. why don’t all the haters and the judgers put themselves in their shoes. example, you live in a world where when you were kids you were trained to be assassins. would you like us to write an article about you and judge you that you’re dangerous? would you like us to not allow you to live in our building or in our neighborhood? would you really not like to be loved? you’d rather be mistreated and judged? and be beaten up? and be alienated? even if it’s beyond your control? ….right. exactly. that’s what i thought. so please spare me another explanation on defending what you mean. YOU DID NOT MEAN WELL.YOU’RE A HATER. SO I’M GLAD THESE PEOPLE ARE GIVING YOU WHAT YOU DESERVE. HERE’S US HATING YOU BACK. YOU’RE DUMB B. NELSON. YOU’RE AN IDIOT CHRISTY. YOU’RE STUPID SALVATORE. GET A LIFE RUBY HAWK. WBUSYKAT4– really? that’s you’re name? are u also a child predator? what kind of a stupid name is that? who uses those nicknames at this millenium. it’s 2010. change your nickname. @ CALLISTA — maybe you should start learning what the facts really are before using the word. you make yourself seem educated. BUT YOU’RE NOT. @ LAU 777- did you hear about the 487,000 rapists that live in that country also? and their HUMANS!!!! ever heard of HITLER? he killed a lot more! the dog only killed 2? no way! (sarcasm. try it some time.)

  68. birkin

    On September 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    @ robert– i’m guessing by your comment that you’re the author’s husband? haha. did you’re wife make u post that comment? if you’re not the spouse, i apologize. you’re probable the other lover then.

    @ B Nelson- tony used “black people” as an example. obviously you’re not smart enough to get it. let me explain. tony meant you’re a racist when it comes to dogs. because you discriminate against the breeds. and we do frown upon racists.

    @ sophie- i hope you’re the last of you’re kind. seriously.

    @ kinga- how do you know so much about what fighting dogs are? do you engage yourself in dogfighting also? no? then don’t act like you know. because you dont. american bullies are the new breed of pits. they are bred to be the exact opposite of fighting dogs.

    @ belinda mitchell- i think you missed the whole point about knowing first what you’re talking about?

    for everyone else — if you are about to say something horrible about pits. dont. you’re just going to embarrass yourself.

    @ kytha– i wonder how you would react if i wrote an article entitled ” KYTHAS are the #1 most dangerous idiots”. these people defend these dogs because they can’t defend themselves. and these people help change these dogs lives.

    and honestly, my work to aim to make people take out the misconception about pits that they are BAD dogs has been successful. my foundation has saved so many lives. and these dogs actually has changed their owner’s lives in return. i believe there is goodness in everything. so hopefully all the haters in this world will come around unless they’re the spawn of satan or something.

    IF ONLY PEOPLE WOULD STOP DISCRIMINATING THESE DOGS… it pains me everytime to see ignorant people.

    and yes i get that this is a warning. but really just don’t mention breeds ever again. TO ANY ANIMAL REALLY. BE CAUTIOUS. THEY CAN ALL BE DANGEROUS AT ANY TIME. CATS, DOGS, SNAKES, BEARS, HUMANS. SAME THING. THEY’RE ALL DANGEROUS WHEN PROVOKED. USE YOUR HEAD.

    WHAT IF YOU GET PROVOKED? WOULD YOU NOT RETALIATE? WOULD YOU NOT GET MAD? WHEN OUR COUNTRY GETS ATTACKED, DON’T WE FIGHT BACK? SERIOUSLY.

    B. NELSON – I HOPE THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME WE WILL BE HEARING FROM YOU. DO US ALL A FAVOR AND KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF. AND IF EVER YOU GET ATTACKED BY A HUMAN OR A SMALL DOG, I HOPE THAT THE PITS/CHOWS NEAR YOU WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOU DESERVE IT. YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE LOVED AND PROTECTED. SO YOU DON’T DESERVE A PIT.

  69. birkin

    On September 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    B. NELSON — just the name itself sounds terrifying. she is bred purely to be ignorant and annoying. i can’t believe you even wrote in your article that pits are the choice of criminals or people who appear “tough.” really? was that necessary? you even insulted the owners? WOW. obviously you’re gonna get a nasty feedback. so dumb.

  70. Brenda Nelson

    On September 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

    actually.. bigger isnt always more dangerous…a Pomeranian once killed a baby.. a small donkey that isnt handled correctly can kill a person, where as a bigger one handled well can be quite safe.

    you (birkin) assume that I dont like Pits, but that is not correct…. I am just honest, ignorance about the breed is what gets these dogs in trouble, when people get these dogs and DO NOT understand what the dogs were bred for and neglect them – the dogs become dangerous… and are more likely to become dangerous than a yorkie for example.

    Pits are the choice of criminals.. but that does NOT mean every pit owner is a criminal.

    If you want to see how much I love Pits perhaps you should read some of my links on BSL.. I have at least 3.

    http://therealowner.com/dogs/bsl-is-killing-family-dogs/

    in the mean time birkin I suggest you relax, you are a very angry and defensive person who clearly does not see the bigger picture or admit that many pit owners are problem people who have created a problem for dogs of this breeding.

  71. Kinga

    On September 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    @birkin…. All I said was that many ‘fighting dogs’ today are not pure APBTs but a mixture of bully and ‘dangerous’ breeds. Chill. You don’t have to be part of a dog fighting group to have access to information and to have eyes to see the dogs on the streets and in the pounds.

  72. kimoshea

    On September 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Great article. I love dogs but also have a healthy respect for them. The artwork is wonderful. Great job!

  73. Nicole S

    On December 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    If you look to the ATTS you will see that the Dachshund (Smooth got 68.8%) is one of the more agressive breeds. If you want to argue that the #1 stereo-typicaly agressive dog is the APBT then you would be right, but the APBT got an astonishing 86.0% out of over 700 dogs tested. There are a lot of breeds I would never have around my children but the APBT, or any bully breed for that matter, is deffinatly not one of them. As a note the Skye Terrier (a ground dog) got 37%.
    As an example I had a Dachshund next door to me and he bit my dog through the fence and my dog did not react even though the doxie drew blood. I went over to talk to my neighbors and the dog bit me aswell. I have also been attacked by an Alaskan Malimute when I was very young.

    I now own an American Bulldog (84% which is what the Golden Retriever earned aswell). Please study the facts before force feeding the masses.

  74. Deeda

    On December 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Okay.. So.. I noticed that the number one was Pit bulls.. and I can say.. that they were not originally bread for fighting. if u do proper research you can find that pit bulls were originally beard in south for boar hunting.. and if u think that blood lines have things to do with how the puppy will act when it is an adult you need to proper research. i mean any kind of dog can be found the dangerous dog list. I personal do not think that is it is fair when u have only pit bulls and chow chows on there when most people know that u can find German shepherds, and rotties, and dalmatians, and sharpas on there.. is anyone going to mention those?

    But my whole point is to say.. that u need to do research..

  75. bumblebaby

    On January 1, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I like chow chows.We have 3 .

  76. Brenda Nelson

    On January 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    to Deeda
    the American Pit Bull Terrier has been bred to fight. Terriers in general were all bred to hunt, but more recently the APBT was bred to fight.. in a Pit or Ring. Thus the name. Other Pit Bulls were used in Mule Baiting and other sick practices, all involving breeding for agression.

    Sure I could have had a list that was 20 breeds long, but that wasnt the point. You notice I did mention that small dogs are dangerous too, and a Pomeranian did kill a baby in California.

    You cannot please everyone.

  77. Dana11

    On January 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    No dog is a bad dog. It’s the person that is bad. You can expect to have a dog like a Pit Bull and not have it trained well or just leave it locked up in a house. It will get bored and damage other things. But these dogs are very loving. I know many people who own them and they’re not aggressive in the least. Just take a look at Cesar Millian and his dog Daddy.

  78. selena

    On January 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    so not true i have a rottweiler a germand shepherd a domerman a pitbull and a husky none of them even tried to bite me and i’m 12 !!

  79. Jamu

    On January 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve always had dogs. Big dogs (Dobbies), little dogs (Bichons) and dogs in the middle. I’ve been around all kinds of dogs. Recently while walking my two small dogs, as I do three or four times a day, we were attacked by two pit bulls who burst through the unsecured front door of their house. I couldn’t protect my dogs and neither could my neighbors who tried to aide us. Who should I be most afraid of? Pit bulls or people?

  80. Brenda Nelson

    On January 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Jamu
    You should not fear pit bulls as such, but owners who fail to socialize their dogs correctly are to blame for such attacks
    I hope your dogs are okay.

  81. BCPitBullLover

    On January 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read. How can you call out Pit Bull Terriers and Chows, then go on to list “Wild Dogs” “Dogs Kept on Chains” “Untrained Dogs” and “Unsocialized Dogs” as a dangerous dog. That’s not a dog, thats a situation the dog is placed in… Think about it. Any pit bull that bites or attacks is going to fall under one these “most dangerous dogs” NOT because of their breed, but because of neglect imposed by the owner. I’ve been bitten by small, loud, obnoxious dogs yet I don’t see them on this list. I’m fearful of them because they’re so unpredictable, I don’t know if they’re going to bite or lick my hands when I go to pet them.

    I highly suggest you think about what you’re writing before you post it to the internet, where millions of people can read. People use this information and call it fact, when in reality, it’s someone’s personal opinion that is severely affecting the fate of many, many, beloved dogs.

    People blame the bikers and the rappers and the drug dealers for giving the Pit Bull a bad name but I blame people like you for tarnishing Pit Bulls beloved reputation.

  82. Brenda Nelson

    On January 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    to BC PitBull Lover
    first of all Pit Bull isnt even a breed, I guess I should add that the most dangerous dogs are the ones that the owner defends as being “safe”.
    As far as small dogs go – did you not see the Shih Tzu picture I drew? I think that explains it all, but a bite from a small dogs simply is not as bad as a bite from a big one, even though a Pom has killed a baby this does not happen regularly. These typically fall under unsocialized dogs
    I am not tarnishing any reputation. By making people aware they can be better owners.

    I did point out that Pits MUST be handled correctly.

  83. BCPitBullLover

    On January 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    You’re right. A Pit Bull isn’t a breed. But that’s how they’re referenced in society. It’s not “An American Staffordshire Terrier Attack” it’s “A Pit Bull Attack”. There is such a negative stereotype attached to this wonderful dog.

    The title of the article is politically incorrect with how you’ve laid it out. An “untrained dog” is not a dog. It’s a situation that the dog is placed in. A Pit Bull terrier is a dog, and it can be an untrained dog, or an unsocialized dog. It’s unfair that you single them out as a “dangerous dog” because not all are dangerous. I have two beautiful “pit bulls”… And I will defend them until the day I die. They are one of the most misunderstood creatures and if anyone dared to take it upon themselves to do some research, they’d realize how important their breed has been throughout history. Perhaps read “The Pit Bull Placebo”.. Great book. Might change your mind.

    And as far as I’m concerned, you just contradicted yourself with your answer:

    “…even though a Pom has killed a baby this does not happen regularly. These typically fall under unsocialized dogs”

    Even though a Pom has killed a baby? Can you really attach “even though” to that sentence? That’s ridiculous. “These typically fall under unsocialized dogs”… So when a Pit Bull bites, it’s always socialized and therefore it’s a dangerous dog? Give me a break. I could easily say that a “pit bull” who has attacked a male adult did so because it was unsocialized and untrained. Pit bull attacks may seem to occur a lot, but the only reason you don’t hear about other dog attacks is because they are not considered “dangerous” enough. If all dog attacks and bites were made public, Pit Bulls would NOT be at the top of the list as most occurring. Small dogs bite more than bigger ones in my opinion. But because they’re cute and cuddly and not built like a tank, they don’t warrant a headline in the news.

    A chihuahua is more territorial than a Pit Bull. They are more aggressive. But because they are small, they aren’t considered dangerous? Perhaps you should define what “dangerous” is to you. Do you fear for your life when in the presence of a Pit Bull? When you show fear, you give them your power and thats when they become aggressive. Show them no fear and they know who is leader. That’s people’s problem – they show fear when a dog asks for it. Dogs are not stupid. The Bull terrier breed are very intuitive.

    The Bull Terrier breed is great with children. They’re considered to be a nanny dog. They display devotion and loyalty. And this loyalty is what most people consider aggression. Only ignorant people will keep thinking that all Bully breeds are mean and should be banned from society.

    And when a dog bites a child, regardless of the breed, 9 times out of 10 the bite could have been prevented. It’s not the dogs fault. It’s the parents. Parents have to teach their kids how to behave around dogs. You can only teach a dog so much, and they can only have so much patience and tolerance when their ears and tails are being pulled. So when I hear a child was bitten by a dog, the first thing that come to mind is not “oh my, what kind of dog was it?” It’s “what was the child doing to the dog that provoked it to bite?”. You can’t always blame the dog. You have to look at the situation the dog was in and see what factors drove the dog to behave in that way. That’s the problem with media. They report what people want to hear, which aren’t always the (full) facts.

    Pit bull lovers are going to defend their dogs until their blue in the face. Just as I am doing now. You can’t judge a dog because of its breed and what others have said about it or experienced. You can’t. And if you do, I’ll call you a hypocrite.

    People are fighting to bring attention to the bullying that is going on in our school systems. How is what you’re doing to Pit Bulls any different? It’s bullying when you call them mean and aggressive and ban them from towns and provinces and states. It’s being prejustice and you can’t tell me any different. Just because they’re dogs, doesn’t mean a thing. You can’t ban a person because of the colour of their skin. There are laws against it and people will call you racist. But yet you can ban a dog because of it’s breed? Give it up. You’re a bunch of racist hypocrites.

    We let murderers and rapists back on the streets after they’ve “done their time”… Look at Obama. He’s the president of the United States and he supports Michael Vicks comeback? Have you all forgotten what he did to his dogs? He killed them. Purposely. Brutually. Without remorse. But hey, it’s okay right? It’s okay to kill Pit Bulls because they’re a “Dangerous Dog”. Look what you’re teaching our kids – it’s okay to give murderers, and rapists and robbers a second chance, but Pit Bulls are dangerous and they’re allowed to be killed.

    I think it’s about time that people open their eyes and minds and give the Pit Bull a second chance that they deserve.

  84. BCPitBullLover

    On January 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    You’re right. A Pit Bull isn\’t a breed. But that\’s how they\’re referenced in society. It\’s not \”An American Staffordshire Terrier Attack\” it\’s \”A Pit Bull Attack\”. There is such a negative stereotype attached to this wonderful dog.

    The title of the article is politically incorrect with how you\’ve laid it out. An \”untrained dog\” is not a dog. It\’s a situation that the dog is placed in. A Pit Bull terrier is a dog, and it can be an untrained dog, or an unsocialized dog. It\’s unfair that you single them out as a \”dangerous dog\” because not all are dangerous. I have two beautiful \”pit bulls\”… And I will defend them until the day I die. They are one of the most misunderstood creatures and if anyone dared to take it upon themselves to do some research, they\’d realize how important their breed has been throughout history. Perhaps read \”The Pit Bull Placebo\”.. Great book. Might change your mind.

    And as far as I\’m concerned, you just contradicted yourself with your answer:

    \”…even though a Pom has killed a baby this does not happen regularly. These typically fall under unsocialized dogs\”

    Even though a Pom has killed a baby? Can you really attach \”even though\” to that sentence? That\’s ridiculous. \”These typically fall under unsocialized dogs\”… So when a Pit Bull bites, it\’s always socialized and therefore it\’s a dangerous dog? Give me a break. I could easily say that a \”pit bull\” who has attacked a male adult did so because it was unsocialized and untrained. Pit bull attacks may seem to occur a lot, but the only reason you don\’t hear about other dog attacks is because they are not considered \”dangerous\” enough. If all dog attacks and bites were made public, Pit Bulls would NOT be at the top of the list as most occurring. Small dogs bite more than bigger ones in my opinion. But because they\’re cute and cuddly and not built like a tank, they don\’t warrant a headline in the news.

    A chihuahua is more territorial than a Pit Bull. They are more aggressive. But because they are small, they aren\’t considered dangerous? Perhaps you should define what \”dangerous\” is to you. Do you fear for your life when in the presence of a Pit Bull? When you show fear, you give them your power and thats when they become aggressive. Show them no fear and they know who is leader. That\’s people\’s problem – they show fear when a dog asks for it. Dogs are not stupid. The Bull terrier breed are very intuitive.

    The Bull Terrier breed is great with children. They\’re considered to be a nanny dog. They display devotion and loyalty. And this loyalty is what most people consider aggression. Only ignorant people will keep thinking that all Bully breeds are mean and should be banned from society.

    And when a dog bites a child, regardless of the breed, 9 times out of 10 the bite could have been prevented. It\’s not the dogs fault. It\’s the parents. Parents have to teach their kids how to behave around dogs. You can only teach a dog so much, and they can only have so much patience and tolerance when their ears and tails are being pulled. So when I hear a child was bitten by a dog, the first thing that come to mind is not \”oh my, what kind of dog was it?\” It\’s \”what was the child doing to the dog that provoked it to bite?\”. You can\’t always blame the dog. You have to look at the situation the dog was in and see what factors drove the dog to behave in that way. That\’s the problem with media. They report what people want to hear, which aren\’t always the (full) facts.

    Pit bull lovers are going to defend their dogs until their blue in the face. Just as I am doing now. You can\’t judge a dog because of its breed and what others have said about it or experienced. You can\’t. And if you do, I\’ll call you a hypocrite.

    People are fighting to bring attention to the bullying that is going on in our school systems. How is what you\’re doing to Pit Bulls any different? It\’s bullying when you call them mean and aggressive and ban them from towns and provinces and states. It\’s being prejustice and you can\’t tell me any different. Just because they\’re dogs, doesn\’t mean a thing. You can\’t ban a person because of the colour of their skin. There are laws against it and people will call you racist. But yet you can ban a dog because of it\’s breed? Give it up. You\’re a bunch of racist hypocrites.

    We let murderers and rapists back on the streets after they\’ve \”done their time\”… Look at Obama. He\’s the president of the United States and he supports Michael Vicks comeback? Have you all forgotten what he did to his dogs? He killed them. Purposely. Brutually. Without remorse. But hey, it\’s okay right? It\’s okay to kill Pit Bulls because they\’re a \”Dangerous Dog\”. Look what you\’re teaching our kids – it\’s okay to give murderers, and rapists and robbers a second chance, but Pit Bulls are dangerous and they\’re allowed to be killed.

    I think it\’s about time that people open their eyes and minds and give the Pit Bull a second chance that they deserve.

  85. Amazing

    On January 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    this is funny. it’s posted on this site, by a different user.

    http://therealowner.com/dogs/10-best-family-dogs/

    what’s that? #2 is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier? Amazing. Real dangerous.

  86. Brenda Nelson

    On January 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    to Amazing
    Anyone who list any kind of terrier as a top choice for a family dog is clearly not a dog expert, but rather a fan of a particular breed. Terriers have been bred to hunt and kill, all are prone to be nippy and thus risky with kids – of course many make great dogs but there are other breeds – such as the soft mouthed breeds that should be ahead of terriers on a breed specific list.

    to BC PitBull Lover
    I never said do not give this breed a chance – where did you see I said that? huh? I encourage ownership of these dogs – even wrote a link against BSL which you should read before you try to suggest I hate pits.. have you any idea what I own?

    http://therealowner.com/dogs/bsl-is-killing-family-dogs/

  87. sam

    On January 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    i must say that i got a pit bull terrier puppy from the local spca about 2 years ago and she never harmed any one EVER…i just had a baby a year ago and my dog is so gentle with her when we brought the her(the baby) home…now my baby girl is 14months old and she jumps on my dog,chases her around,and hand feeds her food,dog treats and her dog toys….and my dog is just as calm as the day we got her…never shows her teeth,growls, or snips at the baby ever…don’t get me wrong my girlfriend or i are always there with them…but we never leave the baby alone anywhere dog or not

  88. TheGodlessSwami

    On January 31, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I must disagree with the assessment of American Pit Bull Terriers or any of the the Pit Bull Terriers. While they do make dangerous dogs because of the physiological qualities mentioned (extremely strong jaws, ability to ignore pain, etc.) and some of the behavioral qualities mentioned (tenacity, ferocity, etc). The main thing that makes them so dangerous is the very behavioral trait that makes them one of the best pets to have, especially around children. Ever wonder how is it that these dogs are so tenacious and never give up in a fight? They were bred to be people pleasers. Thus, they are very tractable dogs and have strong instincts not to harm their human family. While one should always supervise interactions between dogs of any breed and children, a properly raised and trained Pit would probably pose less of a threat to a child than many other breeds because of their temperament (i.e. good temperament compared to other breeds). According to the American Temperament Testing Society, they fair comparably to other so called popular family breeds such as Golden and Labrador Retrievers, based on dogs tested last year until June 2010. However, they do possess a strong prey drive and were bred to fight other animals, especially dogs, thus they often don’t recognize many of the submissive postures other dogs display. However, that aggressive behavior can be controlled and largely exterminated with proper training (that every dog should receive). Dogs in general are usually more forgiving of training errors and mistakes than we humans are of ourselves but a badly raised and trained Siberian Husky is just as dangerous as a poorly trained Pit or German Shepherd or Rottweiler or…

  89. RufusJazzi

    On February 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I understand the point of this article, but t is not fair to only list 2 breeds of dogs. What about little dogs, they get little dog syndrome and can be just as viscous and mean as a so called “dangerous” breed of dog. How about collies and heelers, they to can be aggressive. They were bred to herd and bite ankles if the animal didn’t comply. I would take out the breeds and just focus on what causes a dog to be aggressive. Their owner and how they are treated. We have a pit mix and she is the sweetest most gentle dog I have ever met. I wouldn’t trade her for the world. It is all in how the animal is raise.

  90. Brenda Nelson

    On February 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    to RufusJazzi
    Part of the reason why the link started out with breeds then changed into behaviors – was that people “expect” a breed list.. and are then awakened (hopefully) to other facts. If you read carefully you will note that many times I mention Small dogs. However let’s be honest, would you rather be bit by a small dog, or big one?
    Of course smart dogs, like herding dogs, can be aggressive when not properly cared for.. but to list EVERY dog would be redundent.
    I am NOT saying “EVERY” ABPT is a deadly dog.. nor EVERY Chow…

  91. Lilly

    On February 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Just wondering, why to make such an adorable breed as a shih tzu, look so creepy in that sketch? Shih tzu’s are very lovable dogs, they loove kids, and are excellent dogs. You shouldn’t make a “good dog” look “evil”, not even as an illustration. People might get the wrong impression… God bless. =)

  92. Vanessa

    On April 20, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Actually, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Terrier are different dogs – even just looking at them they look completely different (well, not completely, but you get my meaning). I can tell them apart at a glance. Some people will try to enter a Pit into a competition under the Staffordshire monicker where Pits are not accepted. I once shocked an owner by acknowledging their dog as a Staffordshire rather than a Pit – but the differences are obvious, just as the differences between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier stand out so clearly to most people. To say that a Pit is bred to “kill and attack”, as people have said, can be applied to any dog. The difference? The Pit HAD to be people friendly. If a dog, during a horrifying fight that was being broken up by the owner, BIT the owner, even out of confusion, that dog was killed. As someone mentioned, in Canada (where there is a lower crime rate) Pits are low on the list for canine on human attacks. A lab or a golden retriever is more likely to bite their owner than a Pit. (largely documented, agreed upon, and on a personal note, I’ve experienced this!)
    In the US, people commonly associate the Pit with meanness and buy them with the intention of being a mean dog. This is especially true in crime infested areas where these people will cut their dog’s ears THEMSELVES for that agressive look so they don’t have to pay a vet to do it. This often results in infection and deformity. To them the Pit is a status symbol of their own ferocity, and so the Pit becomes the unwilling mouthpiece of violence for an ignorant human. Whether the dog has it bred into them against their nature, or has agressiveness beaten into them is of no concern to these people. This is unfortunate, because most Pits fall into this cycle of being born to human agressive dogs by people who prefer their human agressive traits even though this is against the truest nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. And let’s face it, crime concentration is highest where the population density is highest. You have these extremely agressive dogs roaming the streets (as if I haven’t made it clear enough already, the criminal owners do not care for the dog’s well-being and so they are highly likely to get out) where there are a lot of adults and a lot of children who have no playground nearby due to low SES, and you have the makings of the US statistics that stains the American Pit Bull Terrier’s reputation today. The American Pit Bull Terrier, more than any other dog, will be used as a status symbol of agression and as a human agressor by these criminals.
    In the end, the American Pit Bull Terrier, by its original nature, is not a human agressive dog. There are people out there who are breeding them with a preference for human agression, so there are dangerous pit bulls, but that can be said for any dog – infamously the Rottweiler, German Shepard Dog and the Doberman, none of which are on this list. (hmmm, suspicious?)
    I treat all dogs with respect and caution. Dogs, like people, are influenced by their genes, their past and even their mood for that day. Dogs also have different social cues and hierarchy than humans do. For instance, allowing a small dog onto the furniture to a human is a loving gesture to allow physical and emotional closeness; for the dog, it is a display of their high place in the home hierarchy, ESPECIALLY if there is another dog in the home who is NOT allowed on the furniture due to size.
    I guess what all these pro-pit people are saying is yes, this dog does have a propensity when bred incorrectly to be human dangerous, but not more so of a propensity than any other dog. Boxers, for example, have similar tenacity and pain tolerance without the owner loyalty of a Pit (not to say they aren’t, it was just not as prized of a trait in Boxers as it was in Pits). And your description of the dog left a lot to be desired, and your opinion seemed uninformed and dismissive. Also, you left out other famously dangerous dogs due to your biases.

  93. Vanessa

    On April 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Actually, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Stafford-shire Terrier are different dogs – even just looking at them they look completely different (well, not completely, but you get my meaning). I can tell them apart at a glance. Some people will try to enter a Pit into a competition under the Stafford-shire monicker where Pits are not accepted. I once shocked an owner by acknowledging their dog as a Stafford-shire rather than a Pit – but the differences are obvious, just as the differences between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier stand out so clearly to most people. To say that a Pit is bred to \”kill and attack\”, as people have said, can be applied to any dog. The difference? The Pit HAD to be people friendly. If a dog, during a horrifying fight that was being broken up by the owner, BIT the owner, even out of confusion, that dog was killed. As someone mentioned, in Canada (where there is a lower crime rate) Pits are low on the list for canine on human attacks. A lab or a golden retriever is more likely to bite their owner than a Pit. (largely documented, agreed upon, and on a personal note, I’ve experienced this!)
    In the US, people commonly associate the Pit with meanness and buy them with the intention of being a mean dog. This is especially true in crime infested areas where these people will cut their dog\’s ears THEMSELVES for that aggressive look so they don\’t have to pay a vet to do it. This often results in infection and deformity. To them the Pit is a status symbol of their own ferocity, and so the Pit becomes the unwilling mouthpiece of violence for an ignorant human. Whether the dog has it bred into them against their nature, or has aggressiveness beaten into them is of no concern to these people. This is unfortunate, because most Pits fall into this cycle of being born to human aggressive dogs by people who prefer their human aggressive traits even though this is against the truest nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. And let\’s face it, crime concentration is highest where the population density is highest. You have these extremely aggressive dogs roaming the streets (as if I haven\’t made it clear enough already, the criminal owners do not care for the dog\’s well-being and so they are highly likely to get out) where there are a lot of adults and a lot of children who have no playground nearby due to low socioeconomic status, and you have the makings of the US statistics that stains the American Pit Bull Terrier\’s reputation today. The American Pit Bull Terrier, more than any other dog, will be used as a status symbol of aggression and as a human aggressor by these criminals.
    In the end, the American Pit Bull Terrier, by its original nature, is not a human aggressive dog. There are people out there who are breeding them with a preference for human aggression, so there are dangerous pit bulls, but that can be said for any dog – infamously the Rottweiler, German Shepard Dog and the Doberman, none of which are on this list. (hmm, suspicious?)
    I treat all dogs with respect and caution. Dogs, like people, are influenced by their genes, their past and even their mood for that day. Dogs also have different social cues and hierarchy than humans do. For instance, allowing a small dog onto the furniture to a human is a loving gesture to allow physical and emotional closeness; for the dog, it is a display of their high place in the home hierarchy, ESPECIALLY if there is another dog in the home who is NOT allowed on the furniture due to size.
    I guess what all these pro-pit people are saying is yes, this dog does have a propensity when bred incorrectly to be human dangerous, but not more so of a propensity than any other dog. Boxers, for example, have similar tenacity and pain tolerance without the owner loyalty of a Pit (not to say they aren’t, it was just not as prized of a trait in Boxers as it was in Pits). And your description of the dog left a lot to be desired, and your opinion seemed uninformed and dismissive. Also, you left out other famously dangerous dogs due to your biases.

  94. Vanessa

    On April 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Actually, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Stafford-shire Terrier are different dogs – even just looking at them they look completely different (well, not completely, but you get my meaning). I can tell them apart at a glance. Some people will try to enter a Pit into a competition under the Stafford-shire monicker where Pits are not accepted. I once shocked an owner by acknowledging their dog as a Stafford-shire rather than a Pit – but the differences are obvious, just as the differences between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier stand out so clearly to most people. To say that a Pit is bred to “kill and attack”, as people have said, can be applied to any dog. The difference? The Pit HAD to be people friendly. If a dog, during a horrifying fight that was being broken up by the owner, BIT the owner, even out of confusion, that dog was killed. As someone mentioned, in Canada (where there is a lower crime rate) Pits are low on the list for canine on human attacks. A lab or a golden retriever is more likely to bite their owner than a Pit. (largely documented, agreed upon, and on a personal note, I’ve experienced this!)
    In the US, people commonly associate the Pit with meanness and buy them with the intention of being a mean dog. This is especially true in crime infested areas where these people will cut their dog\\\’s ears THEMSELVES for that aggressive look so they don\\\’t have to pay a vet to do it. This often results in infection and deformity. To them the Pit is a status symbol of their own ferocity, and so the Pit becomes the unwilling mouthpiece of violence for an ignorant human. Whether the dog has it bred into them against their nature, or has aggressiveness beaten into them is of no concern to these people. This is unfortunate, because most Pits fall into this cycle of being born to human aggressive dogs by people who prefer their human aggressive traits even though this is against the truest nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. And let\\\’s face it, crime concentration is highest where the population density is highest. You have these extremely aggressive dogs roaming the streets (as if I haven\\\’t made it clear enough already, the criminal owners do not care for the dog\\\’s well-being and so they are highly likely to get out) where there are a lot of adults and a lot of children who have no playground nearby due to low socioeconomic status, and you have the makings of the US statistics that stains the American Pit Bull Terrier\\\’s reputation today. The American Pit Bull Terrier, more than any other dog, will be used as a status symbol of aggression and as a human aggressor by these criminals.
    In the end, the American Pit Bull Terrier, by its original nature, is not a human aggressive dog. There are people out there who are breeding them with a preference for human aggression, so there are dangerous pit bulls, but that can be said for any dog – infamously the Rottweiler, German Shepard Dog and the Doberman, none of which are on this list. (hmm, suspicious?)
    I treat all dogs with respect and caution. Dogs, like people, are influenced by their genes, their past and even their mood for that day. Dogs also have different social cues and hierarchy than humans do. For instance, allowing a small dog onto the furniture to a human is a loving gesture to allow physical and emotional closeness; for the dog, it is a display of their high place in the home hierarchy, ESPECIALLY if there is another dog in the home who is NOT allowed on the furniture due to size.
    I guess what all these pro-pit people are saying is yes, this dog does have a propensity when bred incorrectly to be human dangerous, but not more so of a propensity than any other dog. Boxers, for example, have similar tenacity and pain tolerance without the owner loyalty of a Pit (not to say they aren’t, it was just not as prized of a trait in Boxers as it was in Pits). And your description of the dog left a lot to be desired, and your opinion seemed uninformed and dismissive. Also, you left out other famously dangerous dogs due to your biases.

  95. Vanessa

    On April 20, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Actually, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Stafford-shire Terrier are different dogs – even just looking at them they look completely different (well, not completely, but you get my meaning). I can tell them apart at a glance. Some people will try to enter a Pit into a competition under the Stafford-shire monicker where Pits are not accepted. I once shocked an owner by acknowledging their dog as a Stafford-shire rather than a Pit – but the differences are obvious, just as the differences between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier stand out so clearly to most people. To say that a Pit is bred to \”kill and attack\”, as people have said, can be applied to any dog. The difference? The Pit HAD to be people friendly. If a dog, during a horrifying fight that was being broken up by the owner, BIT the owner, even out of confusion, that dog was killed. As someone mentioned, in Canada (where there is a lower crime rate) Pits are low on the list for canine on human attacks. A lab or a golden retriever is more likely to bite their owner than a Pit. (largely documented, agreed upon, and on a personal note, I\’ve experienced this!)
    In the US, people commonly associate the Pit with meanness and buy them with the intention of being a mean dog. This is especially true in crime infested areas where these people will cut their dog\\\\\\\’s ears THEMSELVES for that aggressive look so they don\\\\\\\’t have to pay a vet to do it. This often results in infection and deformity. To them the Pit is a status symbol of their own ferocity, and so the Pit becomes the unwilling mouthpiece of violence for an ignorant human. Whether the dog has it bred into them against their nature, or has aggressiveness beaten into them is of no concern to these people. This is unfortunate, because most Pits fall into this cycle of being born to human aggressive dogs by people who prefer their human aggressive traits even though this is against the truest nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. And let\\\\\\\’s face it, crime concentration is highest where the population density is highest. You have these extremely aggressive dogs roaming the streets (as if I haven\\\\\\\’t made it clear enough already, the criminal owners do not care for the dog\\\\\\\’s well-being and so they are highly likely to get out) where there are a lot of adults and a lot of children who have no playground nearby due to low socioeconomic status, and you have the makings of the US statistics that stains the American Pit Bull Terrier\\\\\\\’s reputation today. The American Pit Bull Terrier, more than any other dog, will be used as a status symbol of aggression and as a human aggressor by these criminals.
    In the end, the American Pit Bull Terrier, by its original nature, is not a human aggressive dog. There are people out there who are breeding them with a preference for human aggression, so there are dangerous pit bulls, but that can be said for any dog – infamously the Rottweiler, German Shepard Dog and the Doberman, none of which are on this list. (hmm, suspicious?)
    I treat all dogs with respect and caution. Dogs, like people, are influenced by their genes, their past and even their mood for that day. Dogs also have different social cues and hierarchy than humans do. For instance, allowing a small dog onto the furniture to a human is a loving gesture to allow physical and emotional closeness; for the dog, it is a display of their high place in the home hierarchy, ESPECIALLY if there is another dog in the home who is NOT allowed on the furniture due to size.
    I guess what all these pro-pit people are saying is yes, this dog does have a propensity when bred incorrectly to be human dangerous, but not more so of a propensity than any other dog. Boxers, for example, have similar tenacity and pain tolerance without the owner loyalty of a Pit (not to say they aren\’t, it was just not as prized of a trait in Boxers as it was in Pits). And your description of the dog left a lot to be desired, and your opinion seemed uninformed and dismissive. Also, you left out other famously dangerous dogs due to your biases.

  96. Vanessa

    On April 20, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Actually, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Stafford-shire Terrier are different dogs – even just looking at them they look completely different (well, not completely, but you get my meaning). I can tell them apart at a glance. Some people will try to enter a Pit into a competition under the Stafford-shire monicker where Pits are not accepted. I once shocked an owner by acknowledging their dog as a Stafford-shire rather than a Pit – but the differences are obvious, just as the differences between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier stand out so clearly to most people. To say that a Pit is bred to \\\”kill and attack”, as people have said, can be applied to any dog. The difference? The Pit HAD to be people friendly. If a dog, during a horrifying fight that was being broken up by the owner, BIT the owner, even out of confusion, that dog was killed. As someone mentioned, in Canada (where there is a lower crime rate) Pits are low on the list for canine on human attacks. A lab or a golden retriever is more likely to bite their owner than a Pit. (largely documented, agreed upon, and on a personal note, I’ve experienced this!)
    In the US, people commonly associate the Pit with meanness and buy them with the intention of being a mean dog. This is especially true in crime infested areas where these people will cut their dog’s ears THEMSELVES for that aggressive look so they don’t have to pay a vet to do it. This often results in infection and deformity. To them the Pit is a status symbol of their own ferocity, and so the Pit becomes the unwilling mouthpiece of violence for an ignorant human. Whether the dog has it bred into them against their nature, or has aggressiveness beaten into them is of no concern to these people. This is unfortunate, because most Pits fall into this cycle of being born to human aggressive dogs by people who prefer their human aggressive traits even though this is against the truest nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. And let’s face it, crime concentration is highest where the population density is highest. You have these extremely aggressive dogs roaming the streets (as if I haven’t made it clear enough already, the criminal owners do not care for the dog’s well-being and so they are highly likely to get out) where there are a lot of adults and a lot of children who have no playground nearby due to low socioeconomic status, and you have the makings of the US statistics that stains the American Pit Bull Terrier’s reputation today. The American Pit Bull Terrier, more than any other dog, will be used as a status symbol of aggression and as a human aggressor by these criminals.
    In the end, the American Pit Bull Terrier, by its original nature, is not a human aggressive dog. There are people out there who are breeding them with a preference for human aggression, so there are dangerous pit bulls, but that can be said for any dog – infamously the Rottweiler, German Shepard Dog and the Doberman, none of which are on this list. (hmm, suspicious?)
    I treat all dogs with respect and caution. Dogs, like people, are influenced by their genes, their past and even their mood for that day. Dogs also have different social cues and hierarchy than humans do. For instance, allowing a small dog onto the furniture to a human is a loving gesture to allow physical and emotional closeness; for the dog, it is a display of their high place in the home hierarchy, ESPECIALLY if there is another dog in the home who is NOT allowed on the furniture due to size.
    I guess what all these pro-pit people are saying is yes, this dog does have a propensity when bred incorrectly to be human dangerous, but not more so of a propensity than any other dog. Boxers, for example, have similar tenacity and pain tolerance without the owner loyalty of a Pit (not to say they aren’t, it was just not as prized of a trait in Boxers as it was in Pits). And your description of the dog left a lot to be desired, and your opinion seemed uninformed and dismissive. Also, you left out other famously dangerous dogs due to your biases.

  97. Vanessa

    On April 20, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Actually, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Stafford-shire Terrier are different dogs – even just looking at them they look completely different (well, not completely, but you get my meaning). I can tell them apart at a glance. Some people will try to enter a Pit into a competition under the Stafford-shire monicker where Pits are not accepted. I once shocked an owner by acknowledging their dog as a Stafford-shire rather than a Pit – but the differences are obvious, just as the differences between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Bull Terrier stand out so clearly to most people. To say that a Pit is bred to \\\\\\\”kill and attack\”, as people have said, can be applied to any dog. The difference? The Pit HAD to be people friendly. If a dog, during a horrifying fight that was being broken up by the owner, BIT the owner, even out of confusion, that dog was killed. As someone mentioned, in Canada (where there is a lower crime rate) Pits are low on the list for canine on human attacks. A lab or a golden retriever is more likely to bite their owner than a Pit. (largely documented, agreed upon, and on a personal note, I\’ve experienced this!)
    In the US, people commonly associate the Pit with meanness and buy them with the intention of being a mean dog. This is especially true in crime infested areas where these people will cut their dog\’s ears THEMSELVES for that aggressive look so they don\’t have to pay a vet to do it. This often results in infection and deformity. To them the Pit is a status symbol of their own ferocity, and so the Pit becomes the unwilling mouthpiece of violence for an ignorant human. Whether the dog has it bred into them against their nature, or has aggressiveness beaten into them is of no concern to these people. This is unfortunate, because most Pits fall into this cycle of being born to human aggressive dogs by people who prefer their human aggressive traits even though this is against the truest nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. And let\’s face it, crime concentration is highest where the population density is highest. You have these extremely aggressive dogs roaming the streets (as if I haven\’t made it clear enough already, the criminal owners do not care for the dog\’s well-being and so they are highly likely to get out) where there are a lot of adults and a lot of children who have no playground nearby due to low socioeconomic status, and you have the makings of the US statistics that stains the American Pit Bull Terrier\’s reputation today. The American Pit Bull Terrier, more than any other dog, will be used as a status symbol of aggression and as a human aggressor by these criminals.
    In the end, the American Pit Bull Terrier, by its original nature, is not a human aggressive dog. There are people out there who are breeding them with a preference for human aggression, so there are dangerous pit bulls, but that can be said for any dog – infamously the Rottweiler, German Shepard Dog and the Doberman, none of which are on this list. (hmm, suspicious?)
    I treat all dogs with respect and caution. Dogs, like people, are influenced by their genes, their past and even their mood for that day. Dogs also have different social cues and hierarchy than humans do. For instance, allowing a small dog onto the furniture to a human is a loving gesture to allow physical and emotional closeness; for the dog, it is a display of their high place in the home hierarchy, ESPECIALLY if there is another dog in the home who is NOT allowed on the furniture due to size.
    I guess what all these pro-pit people are saying is yes, this dog does have a propensity when bred incorrectly to be human dangerous, but not more so of a propensity than any other dog. Boxers, for example, have similar tenacity and pain tolerance without the owner loyalty of a Pit (not to say they aren\’t, it was just not as prized of a trait in Boxers as it was in Pits). And your description of the dog left a lot to be desired, and your opinion seemed uninformed and dismissive. Also, you left out other famously dangerous dogs due to your biases.

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  99. viljan

    On May 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Different breeds come about due to breeders genetically selecting for different traits (often related to stages of the hunt: searching or pointing, killing and retrieving). Certain breeds will be more aggressive based on genetics. Environment may help shape it but genetics will place limits.Chows and poms are cute but breeders of those breeds generally acknowledge that they need a certain type of environment due to their personalities.

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  103. Ghostie

    On June 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Yes, I do agree that Chow Chows are very unpredictable. Though they look harmless and cute, if they stare at you for several minutes, you ought to brace yourself.

  104. max

    On June 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    If you look at statistics the dog that bites most offten are labs and goldens but there are just so much more of them…

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  105. Byron Shoffner

    On June 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    There are some dogs that have been bred to be ravening beast, but so far I have not seen one named. Any dog that is mistreated, unsosialized ro in fear of their life will attack to protect themselves.
    We had a neighbor that had two beagle pups that were four months old, and had never been touched. They moved, and of course left the pups to fend for themselves. I tried to befriend them, but at seven months they were still wild as coyotes, and getting distructive in the area. I finally decided to trap them in a live trap. The first one was easy to catch, but was like trying to handle a tiger. I spent several hours simply talking to her, and feeding her bits of meat, at first by dropping it in the cage with her. I then graduated to hand feeding her, and was then able to pet her. As soon as she accepted petting she was a changed dog. With in two days she was crowding the cage wire to be touched. At that point I released her from the cage and she was velcroed to my heels. The second pup was slower to respond, but also came around. Both are now well loved companions and hunting partners of teenage boys. When they were first caught they would have been put down as dangerous dogs by the Humane Society. Ask yourself how many animals are killed each year by organizations that collect money to do very little to help mistreated animals that are salavagable, but they won’t take the time to help them

  106. PetDoggies

    On June 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

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  107. abnerrichards101

    On June 25, 2011 at 3:58 am

    These dogs are looking very dangerous. I have already read about Chow chow dogs that Chow Chows are one breed that some dog groomers will actually refuse to handle, simply because of their unpredictable nature.
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  108. Soni

    On June 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hey..i don,t know much about these kind of dogs..but after reading your article now i came to know more..thanks..its a great post..Really.

  109. jaynee

    On July 3, 2011 at 2:11 am

    i have owned 2 rotts (their real name is warlocks) they have been around 6 of my grandkids all they do is love &play with them.i met a chiwawa she was more agressive then my rotts .my son has had lots of pitts ,they were babies too. a dog is a wild animal ,the dogs take on the personality of the owner!!!!! i wouldn’t any other kind of dogs…one of my rotts was150lbs he was the biggest baby out of them all. fear ended their lives,somebody fed them antifreeze.those were the worst days of my life.they were my babies,and the kids!!!!!!! saying they are the worst, owner needs to check thierselfs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. jaynee

    On July 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

    there only2 kind of dog i would not own is dobbie because after a few years their brains never stop growing,their is only so much a skull can hold!!!! 2nd is a chiwawa .all i have met are very mean,you have to have way more patients to get to know them ,them i still don’t trust them. i trust a pit i don’t more if you have a little time to let them know you are not there to harm them or their masters!!!!!! I love my rotts

  111. Brenda Nelson

    On July 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    to jaynee, I knew a horse trainer once that had the most well trained Rottie I have ever seen, in fact that dog was the most well trained dog I have ever know, the dogs name was Sara.

  112. Glenda T.

    On July 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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  115. the dude

    On September 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    shar peis are actually the only dog truly bred for fighting. pitbulls were bred for their gameness as hunting dogs for large game, it wasn’t until people just as ignorant as those who believe they were bred for fighting starting using them as fighting dogs…. many breeds over the years were used as fighting dogs, due to the pits gameness it won out as the preferred breed…. chow chows (slang term used by british sailors, not the original name) one of the 7 ancient breeds was actually bred as a all around working dog used for many tasks. chow chows have a very aloof personality, but rarely turn on there owners, only people who fail to understand the dogs actual psychology and don’t understand to leave them alone unless the engage you… and further more most herding breed are 10 times more dangerous around children than most breeds… people make dangerous dogs not the breed! i have never been attack by any large dog but have had several small breeds try to attack me in my lifetime… in my time spent in iraq i blew the minds of turkish security forces when i got 3 of their trained guard dogs to befriend me who previous to me were only capable of being handled by one handler; how is this possible, you have to think on a dogs level not a humans if you want to see how a dog really is… the breeds the used were rottweilers, doberman pinscher, and the mostly unknown holland shepard… any and all dogs are what we as people make them….

  116. the dude

    On September 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    american pitbull terriers and american staffordshire terriers were originally the same breed until the AKC wouldn’t accept the pitbull name i think it was in 1936 or 37 the am staff was acknowledged… but since then the 2 have had slightly different preferred characteristics or traits bred into them…. it amazes me how much urban myth and BS is stated as facts…. there is a laundry list of dog breeds who have had terrible but modern human preferred traits bred into dogs for the sake of commodity…..

  117. thevoiceofreason

    On October 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

    the breed has nothing to do with it. its the owner and the individual dog itself. you cant truthfully say that “all pitbulls are prone to attack, or all chows are aggresive.” because it simply isnt true. pit bulls get a bad rap from the media in the first place, and when ignorant people who think they want a guard dog or an aggresive dog hear this they go out and buy/find a pit ull. these people are usually pretty ignorant and do not have any clue on how to properly train a guard dog. there are people who starve these dogs, beat them, and isolate them to make them “mean guard dogs” any breed of dog put under these circumstances is sure to have some sort of mental instabillity.
    pitbulls, rottweilers, and german shepherds get bad names for these actions, people already ignoraantly assume that the breeds are “naturally viscious” so they seek out these specific breeds. call your local shelter and see what the breed is they bring in most for attacks on people. i live in houston texas, you know what breed it is here? theres ot a specific breed. that was the answe of a proffesional. that there isnt a specific breed that is more prone to violent attacks then another, that it does in fact depend on the owner, the dogs living enviroment, and the dog itself. to lump breeds altogether as vicous because of some incidents is completely ridiculous.
    also children should be taught at an early age not to approach strange dogs. this goes for all breeds small or large. you cant blame the dog if your child wanders into another yard to “play” with it. seeing as its the owners personall property and the child should have been taught better to begin with. if your four year old child was down the road and got attacked by a dog that was in a fence or otherwise then thats the parent or guardians fault for the four year old being down the street without proper supervison in the first place. there are grey areas obviously, but the fact remains apparant.
    google the american temperment charts of breeds and you ll also notice that golden retrievers, the supposed family friendly dog, has scored less than the pitbull and several other “dangerous” breeds, these past years.
    so once again, dont judge an entire breed for some incidents good or bad

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  121. Maria Nilsson

    On January 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I find it hard to believe that you worked at a shelter for 5 years. If that’s true, you should be ashamed to be void of any understanding of dogs/ dog breeds. It’s ignorant people like you who perpetuate the hatred for Pit Bull type dogs by writing asinine crap like this “article”. I take it you must agree with BLS too then, since that’s what you’re saying in your “article”.
    Your “article” and response to people’s comments is like saying, “blacks are dangerous people because a lot of them rob liquor stores, but I have nothing against them, I’m just telling the truth”.

    My opinion of you is that you’re just another idiot who knows jack about dogs, but since you say you’ve worked at a shelter for 5 years, you think you know it all. You don’t.

    Thanks for further fucking up the reputation of some great dogs with your ignorance. You ought to apologize to the people who work tirelessly day and night to show these dogs for what they really are. I hope you didn’t get paid for writing that garbage.

  122. Brenda Nelson

    On January 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

    hi Maria.

    I am very much against BSL and have written many articles against it. Here is one.
    http://therealowner.com/dogs/bsl-is-killing-family-dogs/

    If you read again you will see I said Pit Bulls are good dogs for some owners. To deny that they are strong is foolish. It is people who are ignorant about the dogs that make them dangerous by not socializing them properly (read the whole article not just the first heading). The people who defend Pit Bulls as though they were bred to be lap dogs are more dangerous to the breed than somebody who is factual.

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  124. Alex.

    On January 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Pits have been slandered for the last decade or so. they where oringaly meant for protecting the house and playing with kids. Only the owners who train the dogs to fight are the one’s to blame, and to be honest. The only reason for a pit to be picked for fighting is because they have a high pain tolerance than some breeds. The fact about Chows is yes they can be unpredictable WITHOUT their owner. Chow Chows are a one person dog only, they are great around children and protected anyone who the owner considers apart of their pack. I am a dog groomer and yes I am very cautious around Chows because of the unpredictable nature if they are away from their owners. Example of the reason is this, I had gotten a call from a lady who wanted her fathers Chow groom, She had told me that the Chow had soot all over it. I asked her why did the dog had soot and blacken stuff all over its fur. She had then told me that her father had died in a house fire and the Chow was literally trying to get into the burning house to get to her father. A couple of weeks ago she had called back and told me that she had to put the Chow down because it wouldn’t eat, sleep, drink, or even move, I then told her that it was very common for Chows to die with their owners because of their intense bond with their owners. The same can be said for Pits I own one who had been a bait dog for the fighting rings, She was six months old and terrified when I had gotten her. I know that if anyone tried to hurt me in anyway I know that my Gracie will protect me. Also Cocker spaniels are known to be fear biters, not vicious in any way just fear biters, I have one and she has finally gotten over her fear of people.

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    On February 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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  126. carlos

    On February 9, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I’m also a groomer and i do most of the aggressive/fearful dogs some without a problem i somehow gained the experience needed to work with them, i’ve been nip a lot worst bite a had was and old yorkie that was blind she just felt my hand close to its mouth and reacted, the most important thing i’ve learned its not to blame the dog after all they can’t speak to tell us if its painful or how they feel, some people are so ignorant and don’t even know what a pit looks like that they confuse my presa canario with a pit i even had someone say its a rottie and my dog its brindle anyway best dog ever its not dog aggressive i had to give away my boxer pup because it wouldn’t spot biting my presa’s face and was drawing blood i even have a pic of the boxer hanging form my dog’s neck

  127. Kevin Neff

    On February 13, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Cmon Brenda. Your last comment was really a poor attempt to qualify your ignorent article. How many breeds were bred to be lap dogs? Most of your small ” lap” dog breeds were originally bred to hunt small game and rodents. Does that mean they will hunt my small children?

  128. Brenda Nelson

    On February 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Kevin, some small dogs were bred to hunt, they often are not safe with small pets such as rabbits and can be nippy, others were bred to be pets, for example pugs, pekingese and so forth.

  129. Larry

    On February 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I grew up with dogs — dobbermans, great pyrnesse, border collie, a dog that looked like Benji that my Grandmother named Benji. And, I have a pit bull/golden mix. The original article written in 2008 — is pure nasty and pure ignorance and fear of bread. Since this article , an American Terrier has won the national dog show. How can have such a title of an article and name only one breed. There is definitely a hatred/negative bias opinion about the pit bull in this article. It is the person who has the dog that determines the nature of the dog. Go example — the Micheal Vick rescue dogs — many of them went to FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN and they are in loving homes and they are not acting bad. AND, I AGREE WITH KEVIN in the about comment. I have several friends who have large and small dogs with a rabbits, gennie pegs, and farrets. All homes are same and the animals get along well. Your title of the article and listing one breed is pure ignorance. I can not go into any more detail due to it is clear you are not a true dog lover and if you do own a dog, you have a very narrow vision of the dog world — kindda like saying — one type of race is better than another. Your whole thought process is foul!!

  130. Brenda Nelson

    On February 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Larry – re read the article. If you are trying to say that every dog is safe I think you are very mistaken. All dogs have the potential to be dangerous especially in the wrong hands, this is a fact, it is not hate based at all, a strong dog can do more damage than one that was not bred to be strong.
    No where did I say a certain breed cannot win a dog show – no where did I say “DO NOT KEEP THIS DOG AS A PET”. I think you have read too many articles that really are hate based and have assumed that this one is too.

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  133. bosta

    On March 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I think they are not most dangerous dogs like you mentioned it is a matter of taking care of the dogs whatever the breed so that they will become good to you also. Anyway I respect your opinion we have a freedom to express any opinion.

  134. Pitbull Momma

    On March 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My fiance and I currently have two Red Nose Red American Pittbulls, one male-1yr old and female-7yr old, which are both babies. They both love children of all ages, other dogs and cats as well. I always tell people that “IT’S NOT THE BREED, IT’S THE OWNER. IT’S ALL IN HOW YOU RAISE THEM.” To everyone out there that has something negative to say about a pitbull, spend some time with one and you will fall in love with the breed, I promise cause I did.

  135. Burgo

    On April 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    @Brenda Nelson I think the last half of your article was good, but the first half ruined it for me. Yes pitbulls are strong, and you need to be careful, but so many other breeds are strong and can be pushed the wrong way too. If you love pitbulls so much, you shouldn’t have started your article hating on them. All the pitbulls i have known have been nothing but nice and loving. It might not have been you intention, but posting on how pitbulls are dangerous just adds to the breedism. Instead of saying pitbulls, you should have said large strong dogs. Call me a behavioist, but when it comes to dogs, its how they are raised, yes some breeds need different or more attention, but anyone gettting a dog should know the characteristics of that breed.

    I think you are too busy trying to defend your article, rather than rephrasing or taking back what you have said. Pitbulls and chows are just as capable to be loving kind companions, just as a lab or a dutchound can be a vicous monster, and your article does not make that clear. And i’m sorry, but you keep acting concerned for children, but if a dog attacks, no matter what size, that child will be hurt.

  136. TLDS

    On April 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Despite stating that this is not an anti-breed link, the only thing making a list mentioning “dangerous” breeds does is discriminate against the breeds of dogs listed. ANY breed of dog can be dangerous in the wrong hands and when not bred correctly. Since it was the first breed listed and much has been mentioned in the comments about American Pit Bull Terrier (referred to in some of the comments as pit bulls), I will state that “pit bulls,” for one, already have enough bad press, enough negative stereotypes and enough myths surrounding them, without an article such as this adding to it. It is mentioned in this article that American Pit Bull Terriers were bred to be aggressive, but one important fact was left out…they were never originally bred to be aggressive or dangerous with humans. It was also stated that they were bred to fight…yes, they were bred to fight other animals, but not humans…aggression toward other animals does not equal aggression toward humans, nor is every American Pit Bull Terrier aggressive toward other animals. I urge anyone who has doubts about these statements to research the history of the American Pit Bull Terrier and you will find that what I’ve stated is fact. It has been people who have bred these dogs indiscriminately, with no regard for temperament (just the money that would be made from the sale of puppies), people who trained their dogs to be aggressive, and misidentification, that has caused problems for this breed. Well bred American Pit Bull Terriers owned by responsible owners are sweet, loving dogs. Furthermore, it was stated that “other Bull Terriers were bred to hunt and kill, these were selected and bred to create the American Pit Bull Terrier.” This statement is completely false. A Bull Terrier is a breed, so your statement about “other Bull Terriers” does not make sense, as there were not “other Bull Terriers” that were used to create the American Pit Bull Terrier, nor was the Bull Terrier used to create the American Pit Bull Terrier. I’m not going to delve into the history of what went into making the American Pit Bull Terrier, as it’s easily investigated on the web. It needs to be stated too that all terriers were once used to hunt and kill. Anyway, “pit bull” is not a breed. Breeds that fall under the pit bull moniker are the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and, as of late, the American Bully. That said, any dog that looks like one of these breeds, even if they’re not, commonly get dubbed pit bulls by unknowing people. Misidentification has, many times, led to pit bulls being blamed for aggressive acts undeservedly. In a day where we, as dog owners, are faced with Breed Specific Legislation causing our innocent dogs to get wrapped up in sweeping anti-breed laws, an article such as this is quite irresponsible, especially since, with all due respect, uneducated information was given. For the dogs that get swept up into negative breed stereotypes and their owners, please leave breeds out of it. There are far more American Pit Bull Terriers and Chows world wide that are not aggressive and cause no issues, than are and do.

    If people would be responsible dog owners, socialize their dogs responsibly, obey their local dog ordinances (like leash laws), get their dogs from responsible breeders or reliable shelters or rescues that do temperament testing, realize that no breed of dog is 100% safe alone with a child, understand that not every dog wants to be friends with another dog and that no one should touch a strange dog, it would go a long way in ending incidents with dogs (of ANY breed).

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  138. Marlo Tounsand

    On April 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Of course the pit bull is on there. It’s on every “dangerous dog” list.
    I didn’t bother reading the rest, since you only decided to mention two breeds, with extra common sense tagged on to the end.

    Why is that? You could have done just as well with “poorly handled” or “abused dogs”. What about the Chihuahua and its high bite rate?
    Lets just go ahead and mention that as well, or is it under one of the generic category’s mentioned there?

    No, I’m not mad that you state pitty’s are dangerous. They can be. I rescue them on a daily basis, but as someone else stated above, isn’t their already bad name enough?
    Why add “pits can make wonderful pets” in bold when, as already mentioned, it is ONE out of the only TWO breeds you’ve mentioned.

    All. Dogs. Have. Teeth.

    This article would have been wonderful if you wouldn’t have made it so painfully obvious that you think the AMPT and the Chow should be treated differently.

  139. Brenda Nelson

    On April 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    to Marlo
    While Chihuahuas are often apt to bite this link is not “what dogs are most likely to bite”, anyone who thinks the bite of a chihuahua is more dangerous than that of a bigger dog is just foolish.

  140. Amo

    On April 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I find this offensive. I do not own a pitbull but I work with them. These dogs are not aggressive unless put in the wrong hands, I had a friend that was mauled by a golden retriever while she slept, and I know of a baby that was killed by a Pomeranian for no reason. What I’m saying is that just because the media has to be ridiculous doesn’t make it true.

  141. Emmie

    On May 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    First of I don’t know why this post has attracted so much hatred towards an excellent writer – B. Nelson, who knows her stuff when it comes to animals.

    I think all the dogs you have listed as dangerous are rightly so to be listed as that. Not every dog in each breed is going to be nasty but statistics say these dogs are more likely to be aggressive, bite or even kill someone or something.

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  144. cinzia good

    On September 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I Had a wonderful chow, Who came from a shelter at 4 months of age. Friendly to everyone but children. he bit 4 times in his 15 years with us…. all children under 5. he just did not like them!
    I believe that temperament in a dog is something they are born with and then its up to the new owner to socialize and establish who is in authority. If the owner fails the aggressive part can take over… but they always have it in them. Of Course, there is always the exception! Respectable chow breeders will say that the problem with chows is that in the 80s they were poorly overbred due to popularity and now they are working very, very hard to correct that problem. good breeders temparment test chows at 6 and again at 8 weeks old for a good reason. Good breeding is key!!! This article was excellent!!!

  145. Roxanne

    On November 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I have a pitbull and a chiuahua and its more of the small dog everyone has to worry about rather than my pitbull…

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