Dogs are known as ‘man’s best friend’, but they, like all animals, can have a fiery side, too. Here are the ten most dangerous dogs in the world, ranked.
Often represented as fun, cute, and cuddly pets, you may not immediately associate dogs with dangerous animals. However, here are the top ten most dangerous dogs in the world.
10. Great Danes – the gentle (but mighty) giant
Great Danes have the lovely label of being ‘friendly giants’. Enormous in size and weighing an average of 54 to 90 kg (adult male), these excitable pups can sometimes underestimate their power, leading to accidents like knocking people over.
Overall though, they are extremely mild-tempered and loveable dogs. Just make sure you have tonnes of space for them to run and be free before welcoming one into your family.
9. Wolfdogs – a wild dog
Another one of the most dangerous dog breeds is wolfdogs. These are mixed breed or mongrel canines.
With a large portion of their DNA consisting of wild genetics, it comes as no surprise that these dogs can possess undomesticated attributes.
The first record of a wolfdog in the United Kingdom is from 1766 when a male wolf mated with a Pomeranian.
8. German Shepherds – the quick thinkers
German Shepherds, like the Siberian Husky, are working dogs. German Shepherds are quick thinking and highly intelligent. They are often portrayed as police dogs in the media.
While they find themselves on our list of the most dangerous dog breeds, German Shepherds make fantastic family pets – once they’ve been properly trained and given exercise and attention, that is.
7. Boxers – a hunting dog
Boxers are becoming increasingly popular as household pets. Saying that, they have historically been used as guard and attack dogs.
However, with proper training and a loving environment, there’s no reason why boxers aren’t a perfect addition to your family.
6. Siberian Huskies – a working dog
Originating in the United States, Siberian Huskies are known to be intelligent, friendly, alert, and gentle. However, it is essential to remember that inherently these dogs were first bred as working sledge dogs.
They need to be socialised at a young age with other dogs in order to mature with good social skills. Otherwise, Siberian Huskies can become protective of their owner and adopt aggressive tendencies.
5. Rottweilers – the quick tempers
Rottweilers are known to be one of the most dangerous dogs in the world. They have a temper that’s quick to rise and a mighty form. They’ve often been dubbed a danger to society.
That being said, with good training from experienced dog owners and a loving, warm environment, there is no reason why this canine won’t make a great addition to any family unit.
4. Fila Brasileiro – a large herding dog
Fila Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, is another breed that finds its way onto our list of the most dangerous dogs in the world.
This large herding dog makes for an excellent guard dog. But with unpredictable and aggressive natural disposition, many fatalities involving this canine have been recorded. With the right family fit, however, they can make a great pet.
3. Bullmastiffs – a naturally aggressive temperament
Bullmastiffs may be a common breed of canine seen in society, but they are also one of the most dangerous dogs on our list due to their naturally aggressive temperament.
Given their large size and dominant nature, they can be somewhat of a handful, but with love, learning, and lots of exercise, these dogs can make a welcome member to any household.
2. Doberman Pinschers – highly intelligent guard dogs
Highly intelligent and strong, with great problem-solving skills, Doberman Pinschers are a world-known breed of canine.
These European dogs often are seen in guard dog positions. They can have an intimidating presence when you stumble upon them, but don’t judge a book by its cover.
We’ll have you know that Doberman Pinschers can make fantastic home pets, and although they are highly energetic, they are also entirely loveable and affectionate.
1. Pit Bulls – the fighter dog
Pit Bulls find themselves on the top of our list of the most dangerous dogs in the world. The media and society generally give them a bad rep, stereotyping them as wildly unpredictable and highly aggressive.
While there’s proof in the pudding – they have killed more people than any other dog breed – it is also important to note that with love and training, they can become incredibly loyal and devoted family members.