The 3 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds Revealed! – Pit Bulls? Rottweilers? You’ll Be Surprised….

July 8th, 2008 by Dan

With Breed Specific Legislation acts being brought forward in more and more areas across the country, dogs like Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and other “scary” looking breeds are in danger of losing their homes and even their lives. These breeds are often touted as being extremely aggressive – however a new study released this week in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science provides some statistical facts on what breeds actually ARE the most aggressive – and the answers may surprise you!

White Pit Bull

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The study involved researchers from the University of Pennsylvania as well as 6,000 dog owners. The number one aggressive breed out of the 33 dogs surveyed? The Dachshund. Yes – the wiener dog. The study found that “one in five dachshunds have bitten or tried to bite strangers, and a similar number have attacked other dogs; one in 12 have snapped at their owners.”

Dachshund Vs Pit Bull

Photo by This Year’s Love

Number two on the list is an even more diminutive breed – the Chihuahua, while Jack Russells came in third.

The researchers say that the bite statistics that have been released in recent years are skewed because most dog bites are not reported. Big dog bites are more likely to require medical attention, but this does not mean that those breeds are doing the majority of the biting.

One of the teams researchers, Dr. James Serpell, believes that smaller breeds may be more genetically predisposed to aggressive behavior than their larger counterparts. Serpell says, “Reported levels of aggression in some cases are concerning, with rates of bites or bite attempts rising as high as 20 per cent toward strangers and 30 per cent toward unfamiliar dogs.”

Pit Bulls and Rottweilers scored average or below average in the aggression study. Breeds that scored on the low end are Basset Hounds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Siberian Huskies and Greyhounds.

Sleeping Basset Hound

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784 Responses to “The 3 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds Revealed! – Pit Bulls? Rottweilers? You’ll Be Surprised….”

  1. Chetan Says:

    I thought and heard on Discovery channel that Rottweiler are most aggressive dogs and in some countries they are now allowed as pet.

  2. nanci Says:

    I recently adopted a female rottweiler. I find it amazing she is considered to be an aggressive dog. All she wants is a bit of my attention. We go to the dog park 3-4 times per week and she loves to run. She enjoys being the chaser not the chasee and she does not like to be in the middle of a pack. She greets all the other owners and dogs with love. This dog has been one of the most well behaved pets I have ever had. She is 2 and very easy to train, eager to learn.

  3. dawn Says:

    The reason you may have heard that (I doubt it was the Discovery Channel, I couldn’t find anything to support that claim) is that most research into canine aggression up to now has focused on dog bites, but researchers said that data is misleading. Most dog bites aren’t reported, and because the bites of big dogs are more likely to get reported, they are generally viewed as more aggressive.

    How many times have you seen a tiny breed dog lash out, snap, and even bite people? Does anyone freak and call animal control? Do people rush to the emergency room after such an incident? No, because all they see is this funny, tiny dog. If it were a large breed dog, especially one of the falsly accused “aggressive breeds”, in that situation then it would not be taken so lightly.

  4. Wm. ERROL PACE Says:

    For me, it is not the breed, it is the arse behind the leash, if there is a leash a’tall, that shapes a dog. My Brothers has a Jack Russell Terrier and she is a dear soul. Why? Because my Brother is a dear soul. Oh the circle of Karma! I am the proud caretaker of a Rescue American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier and she is an amazing, loving, kind, pleasant, and caring dear soul. It is not the breed, it is the people who make the choice to do bad or choose to do good. Take Care, Happy Wagging Tails, and Happy Trails!!!

    Semper Fidelis,

  5. Nicki Says:

    I get so upset when pit bulls are discriminated against. I have had a female red-nose pit bull for 5 years. We have had her since she was 4 weeks old and would never hurt anything…maybe a cat and I think she got a gopher once. I find it funny because she did get into a tussle with a weiner dog, the most aggressive dog breed. She only scratched him a little bit though, and you can believe the little ankle biter started it. Guess who got in trouble though…NOT THE WEINER DOG!! Owell, I guess the world really has not come that far out of discrimination. I know that my Daisy Dot is an angel, I guess it does not matter what anyone else thinks, just as long as they leave my baby alone.

  6. debbi Says:

    My daughter has a blue pit & macoy and a red nose & macoy. Their both beautiful and spoiled. They think they’re lap dogs. They love children and are very friendly. She live’s in a mobile home park (please no judgements for that) in mount morris, michigan. After living here for over a year. The park now wants her to get rid of the dogs because this breed has a bad rep. Does anyone have any helpful advise. Please someone help me help my daughter save her babies.

  7. shelter volunteer Says:

    Debbi- Perhaps your daughter could provide proof to the park that her dogs aren’t aggressive. She could let them meet the dogs; provide a video of them; gather letters from family,friends, and neighbors defending them; or tell the park that the dogs are not bothering the neighbors and ask the park managers to speak to the neighbors about it. However, this still may not be enough. She should do whatever she can to keep her dogs because many shelters have to euthanize pit bulls since they’re hard to place and many cities are banning them.

  8. Josh Says:

    American Staffordshire Pitbull Terrier??!! unless its a mixed breed that’s impossible. Those are two very seperate breeds, I happen to own an American Staffy and am tired of being told he’s a pitbull. He’s registered with the AKC, as a staffy NOT as an APBT. There is a difference…..APBT are not even recognized as an official breed by the AKC…

    What irritates me more is the difference shouldn’t matter. Pitbulls, staffies, and other bully breeds are some of the most loyal affectionate breeds. It’s unfortunate that when they bite, unlike smaller breeds, it turns into a media blitz against the dog and the breed as a whole. When was the last time you saw a news story about any sort of dog bite not attributed to one of the “Aggressive” breeds?! It’s no wonder the general public fear these animals, they see them vilified by the media every single day at 6 and 10pm.

  9. Susan Says:

    There should be a study done of which medium to large breeds are most aggressive. If you are a dog person, you already know the small breed dogs have the biggest attitude and are more likely to turn. I personally have a Rhodesian Ridgeback, APBT, and a Min Pin. They all are supposed to be more aggressive, but all are sweeties. Ive never had a problem with guarding, snarling, biting, or snapping. No matter where we go. I have however been severly bitten three times. 12 stitches to the back of the calf by a Golden. 4 stitches to my left forearm by a labradoodle, and 2inch gash right under my eye from a lhaso apso.

  10. Georgia Says:

    I currently own a chocolate labrador retriever & a blue heeler/Jack russel Terrier mix. My terrier mix has always loved people,but hated any other dog other than his sister, our labrador & other small puppies. However, we tragically lost our Dixie, who was a purebred, beautiful, black and tan GSD because someone in the neighborhood that we recently moved into, shot her point blank in her own fenced in yard. She has never harmed a soul, or been out of the yard for that matter, so there was no reason for it. We caught the person who committed this heartless act & their excuse was this, “I have a 3 year old who was attacked by this breed at a young age, there is no place for them next door to me.” As I said, this dog would do nothing more than lick anyone to death regardless of the situation and had never even barked at someone passing on the street. Come to find out, the people on the opposite side of us claimed that the same person shot & killed their wonderful red nosed pit while she was let out to go potty. This person is serving community service for the murder of my “daughter” along with 5 years probation, but it seems to not even remotely justify the act. I do not have children of my own, my dogs are my and my husband’s children, & I feel that the judgement of any dog’s temperment before encountering each & every one individually is just as bad as judging a person before you have met them.

  11. James Says:

    I own a 27 month old Rottweiler named Bruno. He has never growled at anyone. He has never showed aggression towards a person or another dog. He plays with my 3 cats and our Dachshund. He licks babies and plays with kids. Bad dog owners have given the breed a bad name. Owners who wanted a “Bad ASS” dog. The owners are what made them mean. They are not genetically predisposed to aggression. They learn it from bad owners. Rottweilers are on the bottom of the scale as far as aggression tests go. The American Kennel Club lists the rottweiler as a calm and loyal breed. Aggression tests conclude that any animal can be aggressive. Certain health and mental disorders can play a role in a dog’s behavior just as in a humans. The Fact is this: “A dog is not genetically predisposed to agression and/or violence. How they are raised and treated is the major factor in their temperment”. Don’t blame the dog……..Blame the owner.

  12. Alix Says:

    I have been around and worked with and loved many dogs; I found that there are sweet and well mannered chihuahuas and dachshunds, as well as ill-mannered and aggressive ones. There are loving and sweet tempered ‘bully breeds’ or ‘banned breeds’ as well as unruly ones. The only consistant was the owners: what they tolerated or encouraged in their animals. I also noticed that it’s true with people and thier kids; you see an unruly and insolent little monster, chances are mommy and daddy think it’s “cute” or don’t have the backbone to properly chastise. Kids who have manners and can behave in public tend to have parents who know when to draw the line.

    These dogs need a firm and loving hand, a committed soul in their owners and the right living arrangements. If more people realized that in order to own a dog and enjoy it, you need to find the perfect match – maybe we’d have less surrenders and far less idiots buying a dog on a whim.

    I am the proud mom of an APBT, a GSD and an ACD/BC mix, and have no qualms telling people. Love knows no breed or obstacle. :)

  13. Lavamom Says:

    Rottweilers are fantastic family dogs, in all honestly, majority of Rotty bites are at the vet. As a vet tech I love the breed outside of work, they are good dogs, and great dogs with the right training. I own a APBT, she is my 17 month old daughter’s bff, and sleeps with 2 out of my cats every night. Chi’s, Doxie’s, Min Pin’s, pretty much 97% of small breed dogs are evil, and are deemed “land sharks” in my line of work. Poodles are the exception, even tiny they’re incredibly stoic, and make wonderful little companions :)

  14. Rich Says:

    The first problem I see is that people refer to their “animals” as their babies(or kids). This is wrong on a serious psychological level and means you are an unstable person and so it goes to reason that your dog will be unstable.(according to the good owner goood dog bad owner bad dog theory you all profess) ahh Karma as one person put it. You are doomed to a serious lawsuit because in an instant some kid will lose the end of his nose or a finger at the instantaneous and “amoral” whim of your dogs

  15. Rich Says:

    I have a Beagle that I refer to as my “pet” or dog because I also have Kids and know the difference. I find the article enlightening because when he was young he was food aggressive and growled at the kids who were young then too. We got him because we viewed the beagle as safe after giving away our rottweiler that went psycho after she had pups(until then she was great!) She suddenly decided to protect me from the world and my kids.

  16. michael Says:

    Certain dog breeds were created specifically to be used as guardian’s or for fighting. Pit bulls fall into this category and as such will have a natural instinct to attack other animals (especially dogs) and this will be a strong instinct around their territory. They were also bred to NOT be aggressive to humans as owners of dogs about to fight would need to inspect the dogs pre-fight to make sure that spikes, blades, etc… hadn’t been somehow affixed to the dogs. Rottys are agressive of their territory and family. Outside that they will rarely attack anything. You simply need to know the breed, it’s history, its natural instincts and adjust accordingly. Few, if any dogs, should naturally have aggression towards humans and the way they are raised will be the biggest defining factor in how they act. But just like people individuals vary widely. Know your dog and treat it right, for its safety and for yours.

  17. Jaimee Says:

    I applaud(sp?) the creators of this site. I am in the process of being certified by the state of Kansas as a large and “aggressive” breed rescue. My entire life has been full of beautiful and misunderstood dogs that we were always given due to their “aggression” (rottweilers, Great Danes, Dobermans, etc). Yet neither my parents,brother, myself or the other dogs we owned ever had to worry about being attacked or injured. I am a FIRM believer that EVERY dog has a chance at reform. For those who think that we are fools, let me tell you a story:

    When I was 12, we recieved a German Rot named Baronus Von Stoval who was aproximately 4 years old. My father brought him home and told us that Baron was fearful of strangers and that we were not to approach him for a while, until he became used to us and his new home. He had been given to my father as a last ditch effort to save his life because the county that he had come from wanted him put down due to previous aggresive acts. After exactly one week of him being with us, I came outside to what I thought was his attacking my father. The noise to a 12 year old was extremely frightening. As I came into view of the dog I stood back in amazment and watched my father laying on the ground, tossing this VERY large dog back and forth like a rag doll and LAUGHING! Baron would stand up each time and crouch in typical puppy form with his butt in the air and his stump wagging. Then would pounce on my dad and proceed to roll his head all over my dad’s chest, almost as if begging for more. We were fortunate enough to have this dog for several more years without ANY negative acts to blemish that first wonderful memory. He was put down at the age of 10 due to a cyst that had formed on his spine which rendered him paralized in the back and was the last of that breed that my parents could ever stand to own. the love that he gave and was given by our family ranked him as a MEMBER, NOT a pet.

    I have personally been training and rehabilitating dogs for over 15 years( I am over 30 now and began helping my father at 13 because of Baron)and have said for those same number of years that I concider smaller dogs to be more of a threat as far as biting and aggression (not damage) than larger breeds. I too consider my animals my children, and just like my children they need discipline mixed with LOTS of love. I hope that any future readers will take this true story as a sign that there are no bad animals, just rotten owners.

  18. Donna McGuire Says:

    I have a nine month female German Shepherd. She is very calm, gentle and loyal – which is what I have grown to know about German Shepherds. We bred this breed for sixteen years and all of the pups were of this temperment. I agree that the owners behind the leash are the reason the dogs have a bad rap. I purchased her from a breeder that in my mind is one of a kind. My girl is as I said 9 months old and over 80 pounds so needless to say she is going to be very large for the breed. Am I afraid of her – No No. Have I been training her – Yes Yes. She picks up very easily because of her natural intelligence. The breeder was and does belive in hands on when the pups are born. The are raised for the first 6 weeks with the family – small children. Please everyone understand if you are aggressive – your dog will pick up on that and be aggressive. There are no bad dogs – just bad owners. Happy dog owning.

  19. pursehappygal Says:

    We have had two dachshunds. The first one was a lovable dog, but he was prone to snapping. You would be too,if your previous owner’s kid threw you down the stairs and pulled your tail.
    Our most recent dog came from a pet store.He never snapped at me until he was 16 and a half.

    “The arse behind the leash”? I definitely agree.

  20. Samantha Says:

    @Josh… the only difference in an apbt and a staffy is the fact it is registered under a different name. they are the same breed. the akc did not want a dog with the name “pit” it in, so they came up with american staffordshire terrier. certain pit lovers wanted to keep the name pit bull terrier therefor branched out and made their own registry called the ukc. some dogs are dually registered under the akc as staffy and ukc as apbt. did you know petey the pup was the first akc and dual registered pit bull. i guess that would make him an american staffordshire pit bull terrier. also akc considers dogs without cropped ears apbt, so if your dog does not have cropped ears, it cannot be registered through akc.

  21. Dan Says:

    Hi Samantha, Actually the AKC allows American Staffordshire Terriers to be registered with both cropped and natural ears. Here’s the wording directly from the standard – “Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears are set high. Ears – Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized”

  22. Sue Cherry Says:

    This article doesn’t surprise me at all. After having and working with dogs my whole life, the only scars I have came from a “weenie dog”.

    As to the comment about referring to animals as “babies” or “children”, I don’t see a problem with it. As a parent you have to set limitations, rules and boundaries. If the lines are crossed you must discipline. Your job is to teach the child to be a successful part of society and to basically be a good person. You have to also nurture your child, love them and make sure they have all their needs met. They need exercise, mental stimulation and fun. How is this any different from a good pet owner?

  23. Pony Says:

    Of all the dogs I have owned, I love my blockhead bully dogs the best.

    After we put down our 10 year old American Bulldog, I was so lost without a bully buddy. Enter Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue.

    They had a dog for adoption who’d been seized in a drug bust. The dealers had been trying to make him mean and aggressive; all they succeeded in doing was to make him overly submissive.

    I was (and am!) so grateful to adopt my Bud D Dawg. Despite all the mistreatment he received, he has NEVER gone to bite any person or animal. It took some extra loving training to keep him from rolling on to his back whenever I gave a command, but he’s the apple of my eye.

    I used to work as a vet tech, and can tell you that (in general) the smaller the dog, the bigger the attitude. I think that’s because the owners did not train the animals, and spoilt the daylights out of them by treating them like toys rather than the dogs they are.

    Dogs are dogs and need to be what they are. When you don’t give a dog a job to do (even if it’s basic obedience), you will wind up with a troubled animal.


    It does not make a differnece what breed it is any breed can bite, pits people hate because of media BS totally! if any of you go on my face book account you can read how an am staff saved me from drowning the deal here i own over 80dogs they range from chihuahuas to doxies to jack russelS to rat terriers to basset hounds to beagles &catahoulas to cur dogs to border collies to basinjis an i have mixed breeds of many of these dogs crosses of the bigger dogs each one of these dogs could bite given the oppertunity, but my dogs will bite if you where to try an hurt them,so many people abuse their dogs mine are spoiled rotten all of them ,most the big dogs are hunting dogs an some are not, but it dont have to look like a pit to be a real pit but to the layman if it looks pit then it is a pitbull be real,my catahoulas an some cur dogs an even trialing bloodline beagles all have that blocky head some pit bulls have an amstaffs too so because they look pit they are not on your worse day,theirs a saying i believe in THEIRS NO BAD DOGS JUST ALOT OF BAD DOG OWNERS!

  25. TT Says:

    A “Staffordshire terrier” is a form of pitbull breed. . It Was given the name to be a breed of dog for akc to be satisfied. They weren’t even allowed to be shown till recent years. They even have “American pitbulls” who still are Not made akc. But a breed?? Wow shocker. .. goggle It. I worked vet feild for years and still makes no right. What makes it worse is people complain but no action.

  26. Patty Says:

    Bottom line as was stated above: It’s the owners NOT the dogs. I have had rotties, dobes, etc…have a rottie now. Grissom would NOT hurt a fly. We’ve had him since he was 6 weeks old. However, we know the potential, work with him, keep an eye on him, and he is ALWAYS leashed when outside of our fences.

    He plays with our grandsons, the cat, other people, and their animals, etc…but again, we DO keep an eye on him.

    I just find it sad that the animals are destroyed when things go wrong and the owners aren’t hit with stiffer fines.

  27. Kathy Says:

    My daughter has a 2 year old Staffordshire Terrier. She is very loving but a great watch dog. Her name is Spike…yes a girl named spike. Spike does not bite and has never bitten but does have issues with licking, she is great with kids and extremely affectionate. I have a 10 year old Black Lab who she fawns over. My sister has an aggressive yorkie who would go after poor Spike and Spike now is not good with other dogs other than my lab. Does anyone have any idea’s to resocialize this Staffy in a safe manner? I am concerned that she may go after another dog. Spike was great with all dogs until constant chastizing from the little yorkie. HELP

  28. Tiffany Says:

    Being a rescue and around all types of dogs between doing rescue and grooming and once working at the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, and various vets… I have never once been even looked at in a wrong way by a Pit bull, a Staffy, and other bully breeds, I have unfortunately while at the NHS been by a Rottie. Now as a groomer I get bit more times by Shiztu and s lot of Cocker as well than any other breed. I was also bitten by a Chow and Doxies on several occasions… BUT!! and it is a big BUT!!! It is the owners who I believe are to be blamed for their dogs actions BECAUSE they do not understand the breed they get, properly exercise them, train and socialize them and MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! ill breeding practices and not making sure they are coming from reputable breeders and end up getting from puppy mills and backyard breeders who are in it for the $ and do not care what characteristics that are breeding into their dogs, and some are actually breeding the bullies to be mean, for like fighting, and sell to poor people who are unaware and ill prepared. I believe there are truly no bad dogs out, other then those bred for such purpose (but can be rehabbed in most cases if young enough) there just bad people doing wrong by them! PLUS having your dog spayed or neutered will cut down on their natural instinct to find a mate and protect their mate/pack And that includes us humans… from other dogs and people they deem as a threat. I think it is our duties as sentient beings to realize this and educate and go after those who are not breeding to better the breeds, not saying accidents don’t happen as they do but we need to push harder and make it more affordable especially to low income folks who can’t afford to get it done and thus end up with problems.
    Right now in my rescue I have a Male lab for instance that an elderly gentleman had who at the time of rescue was unaltered and basically out of control due to the gent not being able to handle him and train him/exercise him as well as socialization. He is excellent with most people, sometimes barks or growls at people walking by, has SEVERE seperation anxiety if he sees that I am outside and he is inside, BUT has a major DOG aggression issue especially other males. I have been working on all his issues and have made progress other than the aggression issue, he has been fixed but being he was 3yrs old he had hit his sexual peak so it is going to be harder to rehab. But I am not giving up! I know of another similar issue with another loving Lab who is not fixed even though I have mentioned how it would help and he is now 6 and has attacked another dog.
    Okay I have said most of my peace and yet can go on and on as I am passionate that it is the owners more than the breed!

  29. Janice Says:

    I don’t find these statistics surprising at all. I’ve lived with both large and small dogs and the smaller dogs were far more aggressive than the larger breeds. My family has had a Siberian Husky, a German Shepherd, Dachshunds and Chihuahuas. I have found that chihuahuas are the most ill mannered breed and hard to train. I would never suggest one as a pet for children. However, I would suggest most large breeds as a family pet. We have never had an issue with any of the medium or large dog types. They tend to be more docile and loyal.

  30. denis Says:

    this is not a shock to find out. however, as to the comment about not calling animal control, emergency room visits and such, there is a reason. usually when a small dog bites, it doesn’t do damage. i love all dogs (i have a boston terrier), but i would much rather be bit by a weenie dog then a pitbull, if i had to be bit!

  31. kristy Says:

    I think that most of the bunk that comes from any dog being aggressive is the owner behind them. I have been around big and small dogs my whole life and currently have doxies….not an aggressive bone in their bodies unless someone or something is coming after them. My doxies will let anyone in the house and show them the silver if just stop and pet them….none of them are dog aggressive and in fact one of them was recently attacked by a large dog and now runs screaming like a baby whenever a big dog looks at her. Any dog can be aggressive, but the smaller ones are getting a bad rap now….a doxie is only 4 inches off the ground, how would you feel if a giant was coming down on you? I think unless the owners have socialiazed any dog properly there will be problems no matter the breed.

  32. Vanessa Says:

    I think a big part of the reason that small breeds are at the top is because of lack of proper training.
    People feel that, due to their size, these small breeds do not require proper training – and they are wrong. All dogs require training to ensure that they are not a danger to themselves or others.
    I know of very few small dog owners who have invested in proper training, and the behaviour of their dogs reflects that.

  33. Lorraine Says:

    Pitbulls are evil and ruthless. One attacked my friends 5 year old daughter and ripped her face in half.
    900 stitches and many more to go.
    Nerve damage and broken jaw.
    Really? thats nice dog.
    It happens every day. Those dogs should be outlawed

  34. Candi Says:

    It goes to show the ignorance of some people that want to do a breed specific law. Since when is a dog born saying I am going to be a mean, aggressive dog? We are here on earth to take care of God’s creatures. Who are those to decide which breed should be eliminated? Who made them judges? I cease to try to understand the thinking of some people. Their ignorance is above understanding. What about all the criminals? We house them, we pay for them. Some of them did heinous crimes. These crimes they did on their own choosing. A dog does not choose to become a “fighting” dog, it is by their willingness to please their masters that they do. It is man’s choosing to make them “fighting” dogs. It is by man’s choosing to abuse a dog to a point that the dog does become aggressive in it’s survival for life. Where is the logical sense? Wild animals kill other wild animals to survive, to eat. Man kills – just because they can. So where is the logical sense of these human beings that want to put in judgement certain breeds? Only one can judge. That is not you nor me. Animals were created first then man. Man was created to be these creatures caretakers not their abusers. I do not judge these people, but their rational thinking is way off. I feel sorry for them because they do not see. Any animal can become aggressive – and as our prison census shows – so can man. So think before you make a breed specific law. You are judging a certain breed a death sentence just because they are that breed. Do you think that is fair and just? Think about what you are saying, it just is not logical thinking.

  35. nanci little Says:

    There are millions of wonderful Pit Bulls that are valued family members. In fact they are some of the best dogs with kids there are because they don’t react.. as many other breeds do.. to kids bouncing on them, pulling on ears, teasing, falling over them. I was attacked by a Doberman … yet I do not disparage the breed because of a bad individual. People with no honor bred Pits, who in the past were renowned for their loyalty to their families, to be aggressive to people as protection of their illegal activities, i.e. drug dealing. It was epidemic down here in Miami. Now that Pit Bulls are illegal in Miami those same bad people are breeding Rottweilers, Presa Canaria dogs, Mastiffs, Dobermans and Shepherds.. to do their dirty work for them. They often cross Pit Bulls that are people aggressive into these other breeds which has created for them even bigger and badder ‘guard’ dogs. Blame humans because they control the breeding of dogs. NOT the dogs! Blame humans for their irresponsibility, NOT the dogs! The breed of Pit was meant to be the friendliest to people of any breed, AND the least aggressive. As horrible as dog fighting is, those dogs can be handled by people in the midst of the most horrendous pain and stress and never turn on the human in the ring. Any other working breed, in the midst of a dogfight (accidental or otherwise), is very likely, with the adrenaline and fear flowing freely, to inflict great injury on the humans trying to break it up. We owned the largest boarding and training kennel in Miami (Landmark Kennel) for 15 years and I ran countless obedience classes. During this time, Pit Bulls were numerous and popular. NEVER did I have a Pit Bull in class that ever once growled at his owner. There is no other breed of working dogs that I can think of, where that statement would be true. I am a dog trainer for the film industry, and I have had several great dog actors that were mostly Pit Bull and they were/are 100% trustworthy on set around strangers, children, and other animals. Petey of the Little Rascals was what Pit Bulls were, back before the criminals began to use their loyalty against them, and Petey’s example is what should be strived for now. Control the irresponsible humans that control the breeding/owning of aggressive animals with the possibility of JAIL time if their dog hurts someone! Until you can control the actions of the irresponsible dog breeders and owners, not to mention those using such dogs for criminal purposes, all of our working dog breeds are at risk from their whims and misplaced ego. Already there are Counties outlawing many other working breeds. This is a horrible trend. It is amazing that people cry out about civil liberties and Constitutional protection, yet Counties are getting away with outlawing my choice of pets, who are trained to be the best of the best of dog citizens.

  36. Sandra Says:

    Not even remotely surprised. When I owned three cocker spaniels (rescues), I found out that cocker spaniels bit more postal workers than any other dog in the uS.

    It’s all about how much damage a dog can do though. I’d rather be bitten by an aggressive weiner dog than a pit bull or dobey any day (remember–dog behavior is almost always the owner’s fault).

  37. Suzan Says:

    I have two Doxies and working on adopting a third. We had a beautiful German Shepard Lab that lived to an old age. I feel dogs are examples of what they are shown. If they get love, they give love. If mistreated they will be aggressive back. I don’t like the recent bad rap that Dachshunds are getting. The are very lovable!

  38. DeeDee Says:

    Lorraine, I’m sorry your friend’s daughter got attacked. However, the blame rests on the owner of that dog. Regardless of the breed, she would have gotten attacked due to the owner’s negligence or abuse. I have known my share of pits over the years and not one I would consider aggressive for no reason. One of them did attack a boxer, but it was to protect his owner’s friend who was being attacked by said dog after he tried to pet him. Even then I don’t blame the other dog. He was neglected by his owners and chained outside 24/7 regardless of the weather. I’d be pissed too. My husband was attacked by a rott several years ago because the owner (his friend) thought it would be funny to tell him to attack just to see if he would. My husband never blamed the dog or held ill feelings about him. I knew the dog too and he was just a big baby.

    I own a rescue myself. Before he was put into my care, he was chained up in a basement without food or water for 3 weeks and had been physically abused. Another week and he would have died of starvation. He was so weak he could barely stand on his own and was deathly afraid of people. During what may have been his first bath, he was so scared of me that he peed in the bathtub. It took a lot of love and even more patience before he became the wonderful dog he is today. I have never known a more loving, loyal, incredibly smart and protective dog. He protects cats, kids and women even if he doesn’t know them. He would die for me and I would gladly do the same for him. I call him my angel because that’s exactly what he is. I had to fight to keep him with me and I’d do it all over again. I can’t have kids and he is my son. No one can tell me any differently. I may have saved his life, but he saved mine in so many ways. The only time anyone would be in danger is to raise their voice or hand to me. Everyone who has spent time with him knows what a sweet boy he is including the vet. When he got his first shots, he looked back and licked the vet right in the mouth. He never even had a problem with other dogs until a female was put in the mix. He’d play with the male, but once the female came into the picture, the male stopped playing and we were never able to put them together again. The next time he came in contact with another dog, it was trying to attack him while he was watching our house burn. We stayed with the friend with the 2 pits while we looked for a new home, but kept them separated for their protection. Through a glass door, he saw the male jump on my husband and thought he was trying to hurt him when all he wanted was attention. We’ve kept him away from other dogs since then, but he knows it’s not ok to hurt anyone unless being told or to protect his home and anyone in it. Many people said he couldn’t be “fixed” and he’d be aggressive because of how he was treated at such a young age, but I’ve proved them all wrong.

    As for little dogs, my husband compares them to short men…short tempered and eager to fight in order to prove they’re “bad ass.” Not all are like that, but I’ve seen it and don’t discriminate based on the few I’ve known to behave in that manner. Banning dogs based on their breed is just nonsense. Every breed can get violent. It’s their owners who need to be banned from ever owning an animal.

  39. C Says:

    I own two small dogs: a chihuahua and a toy rat terrier. I also work with animals. My two dogs are amongst the most aggressive that I have seen. They were both rescues as adults so I have no history prior to them living with me. Both have been to obedience classes (and passed) and have been socialized with many people. However, they are aggressive and will bite. They will bite strangers given the opportunity. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world but in my experience small dogs are much more aggressive than large dogs. That being said there are definitely large aggressive dogs. Unfortunately those dogs are more likely to be dangerous towards human while being aggressive. A small dog may bite and break skin but a large dog who bites and breaks skin will do more damage.

  40. Jennifer Says:

    I work at a shelter and all breeds can be aggressive, but the ones that we have the most problems with are the smaller dogs. We have a lot of pits and pit mixes and the all receive a bad rap. People refuse to adopt a pit because of the “breed name” but yet will want to adopt the small dog even though he is a nipper or scared of kids.

  41. andrea Says:

    People are the problem….dogs will act how they are raised. And some people are jerks.

  42. Jordan Says:

    Lorraine, I am truly sorry for your friends suffering. Let me ask you though, because someone is attacked by a person of a different race are we then to assume that all people of that race are dangerous. According to a lot of people I guess that would be true, which is a terrible shame.
    I have worked in rescue, at shelters and at vets offices for my entire adult life, and I can tell you that when a Pit walks into my clinic I’m more likely to trust that dog than the cocker spaniel who walks in(no offense to cocker lovers out there..I have met some really nice ones too) They are on the whole, friendly, loyal, affectionate dogs. There have been several who have not been that way. Those who were abused, abandoned, not socialized. Dogs who are not fixed or chained are also more likely to bite.
    I know this will probably not change your mind, but take it from all of us who work in the field dealing directly with these animals, pit bulls are not the enemy. However I think we can all agree that more STUPID people own these bully breeds and therefore stupid things happen.
    And to the gentleman who thinks that thinking of your pet as a baby will lead to aggressive behavior..hmmm. Dogs want a pack and they are in a sense your kids. Unfortunately many kids and dogs aren’t disciplined properly and that can certainly lead to horrible things happening.

  43. Megan Says:

    I have a kelpie cross foxie and a jack russel x foxie and both were rescues. We found one on the highway running backwards and forwards terriefied for his life and the other came to use because he is the spitting image of the first one. They both showed signs of being neglected and abused. My kelpie cross was terrified of women and still shakes and cries if anyone yells or raises their hands in the air near him. My JR x Foxie has awful separation anxiety and has had training for an elderly person eg. comes and gets you when the phone rings or someone’s at the door etc. They are both darlings but both have nipped me on the occasion (usually it’s nail clipping time – they HATE it so the vet gets to do it now!). We also have two cats – one’s only 18 weeks old but they would never hurt either one of them – the kelpie cross thinks that the kitten is his baby and takes care of her. They are lovely natured dogs and they get a long with most other dogs, provided that the other dog isn’t in their yard!

  44. Terry Says:

    I have my daughter’s APBT now for a couple months, while she is looking for an apartment that allow’s dogs (esp. pitbulls!). She bought him when he was 6 weeks old. I also own a labrador/bloodhound mix. I do have a cat who is staying at my mother’s for now, as the APBT did grab the cat and wouldn’t let go! On the dog’s defense – he has never been around cat’s until he came to stay with me! But rather than see if he could be trained around my cat – I thought it best to keep the cat at my mother’s for the time being that he is with me. The two dogs get along very well – actually my labrador/bloodhound is the more agressive with the attitude and barking! The pit never barks! Also, not agressive (only to the cat!)He has been exposed to many people and places over the 10 months since he has been born! I do know they (APBT) have a bad rap – but it’s too bad people are so judgemental about the breed! My son was bitten by a collie in the face when he was 5 ! You just don’t know! But I believe that as long as you give a dog lots of love, and exposure to people from when they are puppies … they grow to have an outgoing personality and get along with others! Just like bringing up a child!

  45. K. Conley Says:

    My family and I have had a rednose pitty who had died of old age. He was the calmest most loveable baby ever. He would even let my daughters ride him like he was a horse. They would lay in the grass, the girls using him as a pillow, and he wouldn’t blink an eye. They would pull on his ears as babys and he would lick them to get them to stop, which of course they thought was funny.
    And we have a dauchsie, whom my girls know when she is laying down you have to leave her alone because she will nip. You get close to her face she will nip. You touch her belly, in the slightest of touches and she will nip. Our entire family are dauchsie owners and they are a very aggressive breed. It doesn’t matter how well they are being treated. My inlaws treat theirs as one of the children. She gets spoiled rotten, and she is aggressive. All the grandkids know to stay away from her because she will bite.
    As soon as we can afford a bigger house we are getting another pitty! My kids loved the big lug and miss him so!

  46. Judy Says:

    I have been bitten by a dachshund.. I also had a chihuahua & a doberman who were both the most loving of dogs. The doberman did become very protective of my twins from the minute they were brought home yet he never actually went for anyone..He was not vicious, he just placed himself between strangers & the babies, gave a low growl (without showing teeth)& no-one challenged him.. I also have 2 (had..1 passed on Sunday) chinese cresteds & 1 is extremely friendly & the other would go after any stranger coming to close to m & bite. I find that small dogs are more aggressive than large dogs..

  47. Jessie Says:

    I have rescued and fostered dogs for years, homing many different breeds. My pit bull was a rescue, and only showed aggression when I first got her. It was over food, which didn’t surprise me since her previous owners starved her. Now she’s perfectly stable and willing to share the food dishes.

    But I laughed out loud when I read this article. I have a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, and a Jack Russell, and they fight each other more than any other dogs I’ve ever had. Now it all makes sense to me!

  48. Caylan Says:

    I have a Pit Bull named Scabs who I will not be able to describe in words that will suffice how amazing he is. Besides the 2 labs that I have had in my life he is by far the best dog I have ever had. Scabs was used as a “bait” dog in fighting and got away somehow and wandered up into our yard. He was disgusting looking to say the least with nothing but scabs and bite barks on him (hence the name). Now I would be lying if I said we did’nt have any hesitations about keeping him around due to the fact that he was a Pit and in terrible shape, but after putting a good bit of money into him to get him all fixed up and having him neuterd as well, he has become one hell of a dog……my real life teddy bear. I will NEVER hesitate to get another Pit again and as soon as I get tha chance I will be adopting two more. Scabs has forever changed my life and my appreciation for this breed and any other for that fact has grown to a great fondness. I love my Scabbers! :)

  49. Lis Says:

    I was bitten by a Lab mix when I was a kid. So I guess that proves that Labs are all vicious slavering monsters, right?

    I have a Chinese Crested who, in her previous home, got beat up by the larger dogs there. When she came to me, she was terrified of all big dogs, and fear-aggressive towards them because of it. That was three years ago.

    Today, in a feed store, we turned a corner and encountered a greyhound. My little Crested gave a couple of “woof, woofs,” not loud or aggressive, just startled, and then settled down immediately. I was sooo pleased with her… and then the grey’s owner said to his wife, “It’s always the little ones!”

    I explained that she had been beaten up by larger dogs during her first year, and has made a lot of progress, and he said, “Yes, yes, I’m just saying, it’s always the little ones!” As if I should be nodding in agreement, and not all offended, because after all, he was agreeing with me, wasn’t he? *feh*

    From twelve inches or less off the ground, the world is an awfully big place, filled with giants, some of whom might mistake you for a toy if you don’t tell them you’re not. Despite that, small dogs generally do extremely well, and are calm and friendly–but nobody notices the little ones that are quiet and well-behaved, just as nobody thinks it’s a pit bull if it’s not aggressive and scary. Just EXACTLY the same.

  50. Stephanie Says:

    Wow, Rich, where did you go to school to say that animal owner who feel their pets are their kids are unstable? I am assuming with a statement like the one you made, it means you have a PHD in Psychiatry or Psychology because if you don’t, then you have no room to make such a conclusion. The only thing you have done in your statement is make yourself look foolish, but I am sure you were hoping it made you look intellectual and all. Better luck next time.

  51. Eric Says:

    While bad owners do invariably create bad dogs, it doesn’t change the fact that aggression doesn’t necessarily equate to danger. Risk management figures – multiplying the results of a catastrophe by the likelihood of a catastrophe – are probably more relevant. Even though a pit bull might be less aggressive than a dachshund, the larger dog has a much greater capacity to do damage, and therefore is a greater danger. As some of the commenters on this thread have hinted, the victim of a pit bull attack is far more likely to need medical attention than a person bitten by a dachshund.

  52. Grip getter Says:

    Look people, a breed of dog is NOT the same thing as a race of human. Being understandably wary of an aggro breed of dog is not racism, you twits.

  53. Kim Says:

    I have a chow and had a doberman many years ago. Two of the calmest, friendliest dogs ever. I hate to hear people label them vicious- dogs are only as vicious as the people that raise them. On the other hand, my neighbors had a cocker spaniel- a breed not known for being aggressive- that attacked every kid in the neighborhood.

    All my dogs over the years have been rescues. Some suffered horrible abuse by their previous owners- but they still responded to love and kindness, and in spite of the assholes that had them before joining our home, they were loving dogs… yes, these were the so-called ‘scary’ breeds- what’s scary is the way too many dogs are abused.

    Insurance companies etc. need to stop labeling certain breeds as aggressive and others as safe, and take a good, hard look at the owners treatment of them instead- a mean owner makes for a mean dog, but most of these dogs do fine once they are moved to good homes.

  54. Pamela Says:

    I doubt Rich has any dogs and would not understand the unconditional love that dogs offer to their person(s). A human-dog bond is tight and mine are considered family members, as most on this comment board seem to understand.

    A pit bull was at my dogs’ fence a couple of years ago when I drove up. The pit walked over to my neighbor’s yard, so I went into my home and called them to see if they had met the new dumpee in the neighborhood. I was told he was very friendly, so I went outside and placed a bowl of food for him to eat and he ran over and gobbled it up.

    Unfortunately, another neighbor who thinks all dogs are evil and trying to kill her cats saw the dog, too. She motioned him towards her and then screamed when he actually ran over to her. She called the police and then called me to tell me that there was a vicious dog outside. Grrrr…..
    the pit had rubbed up against me like a cat and was not aggressive at all towards me or my dogs, so I told her she was wrong.

    The pit was placed in my fenced back yard to protect him from getting picked up (she told them he was vicious) and my dogs were placed in the house. Within two hours, a pit rescue contacted me from, where I posted the dog, and the dog was taken to safety – away from my silly, vicious neighbor. It’s the people, not the dogs.

    I’ve been bitten three times: my rescued cocker spaniel (who was apologetic afterwards), another neighbor’s very small rescue dog (still scared of people) and my lab/chow mix who was on steroids due to a skin condition. He wanted the food that the other dog (his own brother) was eating and attacked him, so I broke the fight up and he reacted to me. He didn’t break the skin, but couldn’t handle the ‘roid rage. He also seriously apologized when I gave him a minute to calm down and before I hugged him to show forgiveness. No more steroid meds for him. Lesson learned.

  55. Tracy Says:

    I have 2 pit bulls, a black lab, a siberian husky, a catahula leapard and a bishon frize. We are all one big happy family, but the 8 pound bishon rules the pack…hands down. She is the only one who has snapped at me and the other dogs! I believe with my whole heart, not everyone should be allowed to own a dog. I hate to see some idiot walking his dog with 20 pounds of heavy chain around his neck…or too skinny. People need to be treated and judged according to how they care for their pets!! SICK OF STUPID PET OWNERS!!

  56. jclvt Says:

    if you want the truth about aggression and if it is breed specific or not go to a veterinary office and ask the staff who is more aggressive!
    vet staff have daily observation of every breed and every mix and can give you an opinion based on the breed’s continuous action regardless of the house it was raised in!

  57. Christina Says:

    It is so great to see so many positive comments about “bully breeds”. I have worked with dogs and known many dogs. EVERY Pit, Rottie, and Doberman, Chow, etc. I have ever know has been sweet, loyal, loving, caring, and like a big teddy bear. Some of them had come from abusive situations before being rescued….yet they were still so amazing.

    Whenever people talk about “bully breeds” being mean, vicious, etc. I laugh to myself. Then I proceed to tell them how, like this article says, after working with dogs I have never been hurt by a “bully”….I have been bit multiple times by Chihuahuas. *I am not, and would never, say all Chihuahuas are mean. That is profiling and stupid. I have met a very sweet Chihuahua. I am just stating that I have had more bad experiences with little dogs, as compared to no bad experiences with any dogs considered a “bully breed”.

    I love telling the story of how I was almost “killed” by some Pits. I was at the local shelter donating some food. I went to see the dogs on my way out. All the non-”bully” breed dogs were barking, jumping around, going crazy. EVERY SINGLE PIT that was there was sitting calmly. All waited until I asked them to come over. Then, I was almost killed. I got so many kisses I almost drowned in their saliva! ;) I came home crying because I had fallen in love with all of them, and wanted to adopt them all.

    I wish more people who speak against these dogs would do research and actually spend some time getting to know these breeds. There opinions…and lives…would be changed for the better.

  58. Tracey Says:

    I’ve had rottweilers since 1992. They are a wonderful breed and flourish in the right home. My male has his CGC and is a Certified Therapy Dog. Zendyle works primarily with children doing a reading program and also visits children in a psychiatric unit. He has such a gently way with people, children and other dogs. It would be sad to see BSL passed that would ban dogs like him who do wonderful things. He recently did a walk to help raise money for canine cancer…he was one of several hundred dogs…all on leash and there were no issues.

  59. Michelle Giesey Says:

    31 years ago, I purchased a Pitt Bull Terrier from a reputable breeder (I worked for a vet during college and was referred by him). This is before Pitties had the reputation that now have. All things were fine until I come home from school one morning (after 3 years of raising this sweet, beautiful creature, who slept in bed with me), and she was at the door when I unlocked it… She was baring her teeth and growling – she would not let me in the door. and unfortunately I ended up calling animal control. These dogs, through no fault of their own, are bred to protect/fight. I always say that Pitts are fine – - – until they decide not to be :(

  60. Herman Says:

    Perhaps the better measurement of dog “risk” from aggression i serious injury, maiming, disfigurement and deaths. it does not surprise me at ALL that Chihuaha’s and Doxy’s are at the top of the list for biting, but Pit Bulls kill and maim more children. Recently we had another pit bull incident where the animal ate the penis and testicles of it’s infant victim. Owner should be jailed for creating that situation (dog and baby left unsupervised). Less than a week later, another toddler attacked. Then an incident where a mother shot a pit bull that was attacking her children in her own yard. These animals have been bred for aggression and powerful violence. We don’t need such a breed on this earth.

  61. Mollie Says:

    Everything “Eric” said on comment #51 is what I wanted to say but couldn’t quite put into my own words. I’ve been bitten by a Jack Russel Terrorist. It irritated me beyond belief. That dog would have walked with a limp for the rest of its life if I would have been able to catch him afterward. That being said, I would take a bite from that dog any day of the week over the bite of any large breed dog.

  62. Cindi Says:

    I am very proud to say my breed Dobermans in 40 years I have never had a “bad” one. They are loyal, devoted, loving, friendly and have changed many peoples mind on Dobermans. We do several events to raise money in dog walks, parades, etc. The ankle biters known as small breeds seem to be the ones lashing out. There are good and bad in everyone, animal and humans. Animals there is a quote” it’s not the dog it’s the owner”. I know of a Wheaton Terrier that is very aggressive – has been away to several trainers, and will come back to the owner and be the same as before it left. It only likes certain people and is very protective. This is the 1st one ever that I have seen act this way. The dog came from a so called breeder”puppymill type” that could be the answer.
    Many of the so called dogs on the list for years have changed for the better, the new ones added. But it depends on how you bring them up, train, train, train and make it fun. Spend alot of time with them, treat then as you would like to be treated.
    Let’s hope the puppymills will be stopped, spay & neuter very important- unless you are a Responsible Breeder. I am so glad to see there have been so many positive replys to this article- about the “bully breeds” and hopefully more people will read articles seek proffessional help if they are having a problem with an animal. After all they are no different than kids.
    I was bitten by a Great Dane- that didn’t change my opinion of the breed- took into consideration – it was 99 degrees out without the high humidity,the dog was hot,tied up and tangled in a soft rope, he knew me but hadn’t seen me for a year. So you see it was not just the dog in this case.
    I had people in a WalMart parking lot torment and harrass my dogs in my vehicle one fall day. They were banging on my windows, rocking my vehicle, and pounding on the vehicle- they had my animals very upset- I was in the store for maybe 10 mins- came out and heard them barking. Came up 1 row in front of my vehicle and saw the people and what had been done. My 4 windows were down approx. 2-3 ” and they had made my animals so upset, they were hot, things tipped over, just a mess. (Plus this made a huge difference in my aninmals when they would get in my vehicle after this, and it took a long time with alot of work for them to over come the terrible thing they went through.) So now who is to blame on this?? The dog if the authorities came! But who really was to blame the people doing this to animals! The Sheriff told me when I called them these people go around and do this on purpose to have the animals taken away from the owners- These people are nuts!!! They are animals rights nuts! So before people blame animals- look at the whole picture.
    To end this I hope more of these animals will not end up in shelters, homeless, abused, etc….
    they are living beings too…..

  63. zkmc Says:

    Hot Dog dogs are horrible! I’m so glad this is out there. When I was little we there was one across the street from us and he always chased me on my bike. Once he jumped and bit my ankle and wouldn’t let go even as I was trying to kick him off. I had to go get stitches. I’ve been around Rots, Pits, Dobies, Shepherds and none of them even growled at me. But the little guys, yeah… I’ve been bitten by many. Mostly without a scrape or scratch, but they do bite. Some are extremely sweet of course, but my friends Chihuaha has bitten me SEVERAL times and does nothing but bare her teeth and bark at me. Plus, she attacks other dogs.

  64. wyrenyth Says:

    “The first problem I see is that people refer to their “animals” as their babies(or kids). This is wrong on a serious psychological level and means you are an unstable person and so it goes to reason that your dog will be unstable.”

    This is a crock of crap, and to make a blanket statement like that shows that you may be compensating for something – like your own “instability.” I have two “kids” – a six year old minx cat and a five and a half month old pointer mix puppy. These guys are pampered and spoiled and I call them my children – but when it comes to misbehavior or their well-being, I still understand that they are a DOG and a CAT. I treat my “kids” like I will treat my human children – they are fed a balanced meal (no table scraps or “crap” food), they are strictly disciplined, and I don’t put up with any nonsense, and that includes when other people watch them. They are astonishingly well behaved (except for the puppy’s jumping problem, but he’s learning, and I compensate for it by absolutely preventing him from doing it in situations involving those who don’t like it or can’t handle it, like small children.) and healthy – even mentally.

    Just because one overly sentimental idiot can’t be a parent doesn’t mean the rest of us should be thrown into eternal damnation with that person. You should never make “all or nothing” blanket statements. They are nearly always wrong, and only going to irritate those around you.

  65. Anonymous Says:

    Lots of comments on this, so I’m sure no one will get to mine.

    I’m a big dog lover and I own 2 chihuahuas. I’ve also in the past owned a Jack Russell. So those two being on the list doesn’t surprise me at all. Our Jackie was nuts.

    This whole idea of an entire breed of dog having the same personality is incorrect. There are traits that run in breeds, but socialization and training are a far better predictor of behavior than breed.

    It is a good point that the larger the dog the more likely the dog is to cause harm, accidentally or purposefully. I’ve had lots of acquaintances with Pit Bulls, Labs, and other large breeds. Not a single one has ever been aggressive or attacked. But a Pit Bull did tear open the sleeve of my ex-boyfriend’s leather jacket. She was jumping on him — not aggressively, but in excitement.

    My Chis are polar opposites. One is the sweetest, most social animal. He loves nothing more than having people come over. New people don’t bother him. New animals don’t bother him, he is intrigued. The other acts like a little monster. She barks and growls and attempts to bite when backs are turned. It takes her forever to warm up to a new person and even then she is highly strung. However, once she bonds with you she is far more affectionate, submissive, and loyal than my male Chi (who is sort of a jerk — but I love them both). I feel that this is partially due to their personalities, but mostly due to the very different habits I had when I got each of them. My male Chi was exposed to more people and places as a puppy than my female Chi, who got to stay with me 24/7 and didn’t get exposed to strangers or strange environments.

    I’ve always suspected strongly that small dogs get their deserved reputation of being “yappy ankle biters” due to the sort of people that get them and those peoples’ expectations. Small dogs are often acquired with the expectation that they will be easier to care for than large dogs. When a small dog is not trained to potty outside, not trained to jump on people, or not socialized it’s far less obvious than with a large breed. They’re still obnoxious, but they’re 15 or fewer lbs of obnoxious rather than 60 lbs of obnoxious.

    It’s also worth noting the instincts of these breeds. Pits and some other breeds are discriminated against and this is not right. But for families considering a Pit the instincts of that breed should be taken into account. Pits (along with lots of other breeds) were bred hunt vermin. As a result a Pit, if not properly socialized, will often display aggressive behaviors against smaller creatures: children, babies, small dogs, cats, etc. Just as border collies tend to try to “herd” other creatures by nipping at their ankles.

    Jackies were bred as hunters as were Doxies. Jackies toward formal hunts, Doxies more toward ratting. Same as a Pit, it’s in these dogs’ blood.

    I’m very opposed to breed discrimination, but it’s also true that breeding is often telling. It’s often astonished me that a greyhound taken from its mother at 6 weeks old will display a love of running, or a Jackie a propensity for digging. How we humans managed to instill these behaviors in the breeds we created I will never understand!

    And that’s the point. We created these breeds. We choose to acquire them and not socialize and train them after ignoring the breed characteristics. These poor animals should not be discriminated against and killed due to our negligence.

  66. Peg Says:

    Rich has real problems. I have 2 sons a wonderful daughter-in-law and two incredible grandkids. I also have 10 furry kids. My dogs stay on my property and behave better than most human children. They are loving beyond belief and have ‘adopted’ the grandkids into the pack with such joy even I was astounded. Yet I watch over their interaction 24/7. Kids punch eachother dogs bite. I see very little difference as my boys ‘fought more than these kids ever do! Rich do some research into those of us that know & love our furry kids and are responsible as we share our lives with them. Never ASS-U-ME.

  67. Leslie Says:

    For the folks here talking about how pitties are more likely to maim and do damage, do me a favor and “Find the Pit Bull”

    Also, look at these 2 news stories and tell me what you see (hint: the answer is in the headline):

    “3 Pit bulls attack college student”

    “Family says dog tried to pull baby out of burning home”

    My point is twofold: 1) dogs identified as pit bulls in negative news stories are often mis-identified but the breed name is always in those headlines anyway and 2) somehow the media seldom manages to mention the name of the breed in the headline when a pittie has done something good.

  68. Gabrina Says:

    I’m sitting with five dogs on the bed right now…lab/beagle, poodle, and three miniature dachshunds. None of mine have ever bitten anyone, but the first one to the gate when the meter reader comes every month….the weenie dogs. I tell him every single month….the big dogs might intimidate you, but it’s the low ones that will get you. Anything with teeth can bite ya, but it’s the fearless badger hunters that come yapping to the gate warning strangers to stay out.

  69. Germanicus Davis Says:

    I am not surprised because I had Dachshund mixes as a child. Known several chihuahuas and all were aggressive. the worst to me were Blue heelers in obedience classes and in the neighborhood chasing me and my huge bad rottweiler who was BYB and much tougher than my show baby.
    There are 2 differences: RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP is usually known by owners of those big bad breeds and we train out dogs and socialize them.

    Training is not a class for once a week but every day.
    and if someone tries to hurt me my rotty can kill them by the sheer jaw strength, but none of the litter terrors can help me out of my tub when my back it hurting. Nor can they protect me from push ins and thieves.
    I only had one dog not love me and I was a child and it was a cocker/X. Rotty love is bigger than the dog.

  70. linda Says:

    I’m not surprised about the weiner dogs! One of those suckers came after me when I was on my bike as a kid, and bit my ankle. To this day they are not my favorite. Mean little suckers!

  71. Karen Says:

    I’ve a 5yr old American Pit Bull (male)and two kids (ages 6 & 5). My dog is such a good dog that people, who’ve feared pit bulls their whole life, love him, once they try to know him. I’ve friends or neighbors who own pit bulls, pit bull mix, german shepards, boxers, mastiffs, rotties, labs, poodles, dog/wolf hybrids, dobie mix, dobies, chihuahuas, husky, and husky/german shepard mix. The only two that I know would bit is the chihuahua & the husky/german shepard mix. The chihuahua has bitten so many people that they muzzle it, whenever they have company and it still tries to bit you (but then all of this person’s dogs have been like that regardless of the breed). The husky/german shepard mix was chained to a tree 24/7 with little social interaction (by it’s ignorant owners) and almost bite me when I was 7yrs old, as I at that point didn’t know that not all dogs are friendly. It’s how you raise them that makes them act the way they do.

  72. Miss Michelle Says:

    Hip Hip Horray for the pitties. Loyal, agile, fearless, loving, empathetic, eager, friendly, funny, and many more. Of these characteristics the most valuable is their AMAZING loyalty.

  73. Miss Michelle Says:

    Proud Owner of Rescued Pits – Kissa-Bull/Irresista-Bull/Lova-Bull/Adopta-Bull
    “Stop Canine Profiling – Adopt a Pit Today!”

  74. brian Says:

    i have two pitbulls one a red nose and the other is a regular pit they both are very loving dogs the not aggresive it shows how people raise them with a little loving any dog can be kept from being acused of being a dangerous dog my red nose has been to court more times than a repeat offend because shes accused of being aggressive so i bring her in the court room to show them how aggresive she is she comes up and licks the judge the court cops com e up and pet her with no problem she just loves to loved thank you for your time

  75. kat Says:

    Just want to echo “anonymous” on comment #65 on a lot of his/her points. I agree thoroughly that it’s not all about the breed and much more about the owner. More specifically, I think it’s about the *type of person* that tends to own these individual breeds. IN GENERAL (not overall), small dog owners tend to be looking for a plaything, something cute and cuddly, like a baby; so they treat it as such. For this reason, small dogs tend to not get the training/socialization/discipline that large dogs get, which makes for a more aggressive dog. Large dog owners tend to take more seriously their dog ownership, as the consequences of not doing so are large, so you tend to see better behaved, socialized, disciplined large dogs, which results in less aggression. There are exceptions to all of this – I’ve certainly seen well-behaved small dogs, and horribly-behaved large dogs – but it’s *always* dependent on the type of person that’s raising the dog. So when you see a headline about a pit that’s attacked someone, look at the owner, and how he/she raised/disciplined/socialized the dog. You’ll almost always find your answer there.
    I’d like to add that MUTTS are the BEST – you avoid the inbreeding that results in pure breeds, therefore often “diffusing”, so to speak, lots of negative traits that can be more pronounced w/ pure breeds. I have owned a Dobie/Rott mix who was the biggest angel in the whole world; currently own a wolf mix and a boxer/dane mix, neither of whom have ever bared a tooth at anyone, ever. My nephews climb all over the boxer/dane and she doesn’t bat an eye (the wolf mix is old and somewhat aloof, so we keep them off of her – see, responsible dog ownership, amazing!).
    Thx for reading, there are a lot of good comments here.

  76. Christy Says:

    Pittys rule, gotta home full (of rescues). Our pits live with cats and babies, there ain’t no maybe’s – we love rott’n'pitts!

  77. Malitay Says:

    Big dogs have a bad reputation because owners lack proper judgement and companionship with their pets. Abuse and poor diet can also make dogs like dobermins, boxers and pitbulls aggressive. The abusive owners should be put down, not the animals! Save the animals if they aren’t past the point of no return. I believe there should be extensive requirements and rigourous tests in order to acquire a dog for a pet. People take them for granted all the time. I once found 3 baby puppies, couldn’t have been older than 8 weeks old, hanging ina plastic bag on a chain link fence. How cruel is that? -.- It’s a damned shame. I took them to a shelter immediately because I knew I could not care for all of them. Responsibility is what’s lacking in our sense of “humanity”.

  78. christopher Says:

    I know you people love your dogs but people don’t end up in a hospital or morgue from weiner dog bites. Pit Bulls and Rottwielers may be nice dogs but when they do attack they do a lot of damage to the innocent victim. I would not want one in close proximity to may child. I work in a hosp ER and I ahve seen the bloody victims.

  79. Bee Says:

    I have 5 dogs, two are small, one medium and two large. My largest is a South African Boerboel x Ridgeback, and one of my small dogs is a Jack Russel. I have an even tempered pack, the majority of the time, my Jack Russel and my small cross breed are by far the most troublesome. My medium and large dogs are extremely well behaved. So I think this survey is spot on. All my dogs have been nutured in the same environment with the same rules, so it cant be the “idiot” behind the leash, now can it?

    My Jack Russel has snapped once or twice at my daughter in the 6 years of her life, but my large dog, has not so much as even growled at my daughter.

    I think large dogs get a bad rap, and yes most often its the owners to blame, but we must also look to the smaller breeds as they do get away with more than their fair share!

  80. Pam Says:

    I am so happy that you posted this article. Growning up I lived across the street from a man who breeded dobermans. I use to go over to his house and play with the dogs all the time. I always told myself that when I grew up and was on my own thats the kind of dog I wanted to get. I owned one for 11 yrs. She was the sweetest dog in the whole world. I had two small kids ages 2 and 4 when I got her. She grew up with the kids.She never showed her teeth or even growled at anyone in her life. Now I am a grandmother of a 3 yr. old. I have 2 dobermans who are 4 yrs. old. A brother and a sister which I also was told was a “no no” . They have no idea they are dobermans. They know I am the alpha which I think is the number one thing. But they also know I love them and have been raised with kisses and hugs. I hired a trainer with my first doberman and I learned how to do it so with these dogs I chose to train them myself. They are obedient and loving dogs. They are great with my granddaughter. But I will never forget that they are an animal and I dont care what breed you have , if they feel threatened or fearful they will defend themselves. SO around kids you should always be careful and never take any animal for granted . All I know is they are the best family dogs . They are devoted and SOOOOO sweet. Yes, their barks are scary and they may look scary and it is so funny to me when people that come into my house actually are intimidated because if they actually knew what these dogs where like they wouldnt be. I totally agree , it is the owner , not the breed. Certain dogs may have been originally bread to be guard dogs and have that natual instinct to be alert but that doesnt mean that they have a natural instinct to be agresssive. That is taught to them .

  81. Bravo Says:

    There is one clarification that I would like to make to this article after reading the abstract from Applied Animal Behavioral Science regarding aggression. The scientific study was broken down into many facets of aggression, two of which were aggression towards people and aggression towards dogs. The only reason that the American Pit Bull Terrier scored average to below average was because the Pit Bulls tested showed aggression towards dogs,…which is a known behavioral trait of the breed. After all, they were bred to fight dogs. So, when looking at the overall picture, the top three most aggressive breeds exhibited aggression across the board, towards their owners, towards strange people, towards other dogs, you name it. The Pit Bulls and Akita’s scored average because both of these breeds exhibited aggression towards other dogs. The Pit Bull in particular did not exhibit any other aggression except towards another dog. The breeds that scored the lowest had the lowest incidents of aggression towards people and dogs. Just thought I would clarify.

  82. Kera Black Says:

    I am appalled at this article and its lack of research. I am a dog lover of all kinds, especially dachshunds since I have owned one for over 11 years now. She is my angel. She and I survived living in downtown Manhattan on 9-11. After I had to run from the first tower falling I came home to find her hiding under the pillow shaking. Since then I have suffered from anxiety and my dachshund has been my therapy dog ever since. She knows the right way to calm me down when I start to panic. She also like me loves children and people. She would never hurt a fly and when my son was born I was worried how she would react, but there was nothing to worry about. She loves him, even though he is in the toddler stage where he does things occasionally that annoy her, like pull her tail, she will not bite him. She will give him a dirty look, walk away and then a few minutes later she will be back licking him. Also, I belong to a few dachshund clubs and have been around 100 or more at a time. I have never had a dachshund try to bite me or see a dachshund try to bite anyone or any animal.

    It seems to me that pit bull owners are looking for a dog to change focus too. Furthermore, if a pit bull bites it can and has killed people, as well as other animals. One killed a miniature pincher in the dog run of the park near where I used to live. It is not always the fault of the owner why a pit bull attacks. My best friend had one growing up and they raised it to be gentle, but it still killed the neighbor’s cat for no reason. Also, recently Rachel Ray’s pit bull bit the ear of another dog off on the streets of NYC for no reason. Obviously we know and have seen from the commercials she was in with her dog that she loves her, raised her right yet it still attacked. It is in their nature and they have a split personality no matter how they are raised. To compare their rep with one recent survey of bite statistics with small dogs, specifically dachshunds is crazy because they are two totally different dogs .

  83. Dee Says:

    Not at all surprising with the breeds mentioned,what gets me is how society is still hell bent on the bully breeds being blood thirsty monsters when they are in fact the opposite,i wish we could do away with BSL it is just not fair,i wish we could do away with the media,they are just down right liars looking for a story to bring up their ratings,i wish we could get rid of all the animal abusers,wipe out dog fighting,oh and wipe out all the trash that are caught abusing any animal,I wish for alot of things but i really wish is they would leave my beloved pets alone,i am worried everyday i take my pibble out,worried someones dog is going to attack him and he will be blamed,this is not fair,i hope the insurance companies see this list of aggressive dogs and go after the people who own these breeds,see how they like being picked on.Next time you are faced with your homeowners insurance agent show them this article,see how they react to that

  84. Tish Says:

    While certain breeds certainly should not be discriminated against for being more aggressive or more likely to attack, In reality, some breeds were bred to defend and therefore have more potential to do bodily harm. A Rottweiler, for example, certainly has more powerful jaws and is more intimidating than a smaller breed. My Granddaughter was attacked by my very own Golden Retriever and required several stitches in her head. This is a Dog that was calm in nature and was a therapy dog with his CDC. He was startled by her and turned to defend himself. We should have a respect for all dogs and know that ALL dogs have a potential for doing harm. No matter how sweet or gentle they are, or how big or small, they are animals. They are what God designed them to be. It is up to us as their owners to see that they do no harm. I personally would rather fend off the attack of an angry Dachshund rather than an angry Pitt Bull. There is no contest there. I don’t think the blame lies on people who discriminate against these animals. It is important to keep things in perspective. Some dogs are more dangerous than others just because of their size and their design. It is the responsibility of the owner to keep them from doing harm.

  85. em Says:

    the behaviour of a dog often reflects its environment. people that say they own a dog that is beautiful natured that is listed as an aggressive breed is because they have met the dogs needs and raised it well, as it is for all dogs. it is in some breeds nature to become more feisty more easily then others and those breeds are often listed. yes some smaller breeds are quite aggressive but alot of the time the result of that is because the dog is small they get away with bad behaviour. im my experience i have noticed that small dogs get away with anti social behaviour because of their size and once over lookd causes problems. so i think people should think about that some breeds are more likely to snap then others but the biggest problem is the owners. personally i have seen more deadbeat looking people own most of the dogs listed to be aggressive, so i wonder why. people should grow a brain and if they dont look after their pet the best that they can they shouldnt have one at all.

  86. Alisa Simmons Says:

    I just want to say to those of you who think that pits are not wonderful pets, its only because you are uneducated about the breed. The pitbull is also know as the nanny dog. Did you know that? Also I grew up with a pit and he never was aggressive ever. I personally own pits and they are the greatest dogs, a super dog if you will. I also own a Rotti and a basset hound and none of my dogs are aggressive. I personally have been bit by a Daschund, a poodle, and a chichuaua. Little dogs are the number one biters and the only reason no one picks on these dogs is because no one reports it. I have 4 kids and the all play with my pits and that are super great with them. I even have a pit who loves kitties and also my chinchilla. So until you know more about the pitbull you should keep your mouth shut. They are a misunderstood breed due to the media blowing it out of proportion. Also by the way most dogs will chase cats and try to eat them, duh, cause they are dogs. Ban BSL!

  87. RescuerCares Says:

    It is nuture, not nature, that makes an aggressive or misbehaved dog. Just like in people, children raised right, act right. Dogs, like children, learn what they see and repeat what they are allowed to get away with. Plain and simple! Everyone should take responsibility for the misbehavior of their children and pets. Stop passing the buck!

  88. Heather Says:

    Here, read these… they define the most dangerous dog breeds PERFECTLY.

    and there is an extended list of this one somewhere, with 10 rather than 5, but i can’t seem to find it.

  89. Anita Says:

    IT IS NOT THE DOG–TRAIN THE OWNERS!! There are NO BAD DOGS! JUST VERY STUPID OWNERS!Do not kill the dog because the Owner’s are dumb, stupid MAKE THE OWNER PAY for their dumbness. Before anyone gets a dog I FEEL; that they should be REQUIRED BY LAW made to take K-9 courses, REQUIRED BY law to show proof of course completion,ALSO; show completion course of the breed they wish to obtain BEFORE they are allow to obtain,& OWN a dog! Also, if they DO NOT own their home, they should be required to have proof; that they can even own a dog signed by the LANDLORD, LAST BUT NOT ALL, have a fence or a kennel that proper fits the dog too.

  90. Raman Says:

    My all time favorite is Rottweiler, doesn’t bother me whether they are aggressive or not.

    Good Pedigree dog are versatile in nature.

    Insist on buying a show quality dog.

  91. anthony Says:

    I have rottie, and was in the market to rescue an English Mastiff. The rescue place interviewed my wife and I over the phone, and set up an appt. for a visitation. That got me to wonder why it isn’t required for anyone looking to get a dog to be tested to see if they can provide the right environment to care for the dog. If dogs are treated as possessions rather than a part of their respective families, then they’ll probably do the same as people would if they were treated so. Revolt, see slavery.

  92. M.Rao Says:

    To Tracy who wrote: “some idiot walking his dog with 20 pounds of heavy chain around his neck”

    Did you ever ask any of these “idiots” why they place chains around their necks?

    I grew up in South Beach (b4 it became ‘Soul’ Beach) where everyone there had some sort of attack dog, and plenty of pitts. Most owners who placed heavy chains on their pets neck did that to give their dog an extra work out – these are working dogs with alot of drive and energy – and no, one does not need to have 5+ acres for them to roam – most of these dog owners work their dogs out with a combination of running, and weight pulling.

    If you have a dog with drive, you need to work that dog, in order for the dog to be mentally well-balanced.

  93. rachel Says:

    Hi i have a 18 week old pitbull puppy and i have had her since she was about 5 or 6 weeks old, honestly i do not see all the fuss about pits they are as loving or more loving i should say than any other dog i have ever owned, and i have owned quite a few, and a large variety. Rhea ( my puppy) is very obediant as well as non agressive towards other dogs, and i think its mainly due to me taking her around other dogs, big and small, she generally gets to play with my brother in laws blue nose a couple times a day. The key is socializing them with other dogs, i feed her with him and they eat together without agression. I used to have another female pitbull whose name was mojave and at the same time we had a german shorthaired pointer, well the two got into a fight one day (which was instigated by our hound) and honestly i went out there to break it up and got bit by the pointer because as soon as mojave realized that i was there she stopped fighting but the pointer did not sadly, now i have a scar on either side of my elbow due to her, we ended up getting rid of the pit thanks to my mother, she didnt understand at the time who was at fault. luckily mojave ended up going to a really great home. As for my puppy now, i understand what it means to be a pitbull owner and i am proud to say i am one, i tell people all the time, oh yea my puppy is sooo vicious, she will lick you too death! people generally get a good giggle out of it lol anyways just wanted to shed some light.

  94. Robin Says:

    I have a weiner dog that will bite anyone that comes into the house. You say you rather get bit by a weiner than a pit. My dog took a huge chunk out of my friends knee cap. She is terrified of him now. Little dogs are much more mean than big dogs. You have to train big dogs to be mean, with little dogs it’s just their nature.

  95. Heidi Says:

    So, large dogs do more damage than small dogs…we are all agreed on that. So, is it a ban on ALL large dogs then?? Great Danes, St. Benards, Mountain Rescue Dogs, Labradors, Rottys, Pits – the list goes on and on and on…

    And whilst we are at it, lets wipe out all the breeds of wild animals that hurt and maim…horses, cos IF they felt like it they could hurt you, Oh, and Bears, Mountain Lions, etc etc etc…

    And why stop there?? Cars, trains, guns – all these things maim and kill innocent people…

    I have always owned big dogs, including a Pit – who was the most loving, caring dog I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. My daughter was 18months when we got our pit (she was 11months old, was locked in a cage in her own urine for days on end, starved, and beaten) and she could roll all around with her. My Cat used to beat our Pit up…

    Yes, some Pits turn – but, so do other dogs. The only dog I have ever been bitten by was a Labradoor cross.

    Its the media, and the government, feeding the public what they want to hear. Pits used to be known as ‘the nanny dog’, because of how brilliant they were with children…

    Just cos we are human, we think we have the right to KILL and MURDER anything we want. I completley agree, once ANY dog has turned, as unfortunate and heartbreaking as it is it has to be dealt with, but until an animal turns GET SOME PERSPECTIVE AND LEAVE INNOCENT ANIMALS ALONE…

  96. Audra Says:

    I have a Doberman and pitbull. My Doberman will probably bite you if you break in my house, scare her or appear to threaten me, my husband or my kids. She is not dog agressive at all. She is submossive and will fall down and roll over to any dog. On the other hand my pitbull would never bite you no matter what you do to me or my family, even if you broke in my house but if another grown dog snarls or nips her first she will fight. Both dogs are 5 years old and we didn’t have them the first few years of their lives so who knows what they’ve been through. Sometimes it’s nature sometimes it nurture.

  97. Randi Says:

    BLAME THE DEED NOT THE BREED!!! I have been bitten 8 times in my life and every bite was inflicted by a dog under 20 lbs! I have rehabilitated 2 aggressive dogs (that bit at the shelter), 1 a black lab/great dane mix and the other a black lab. supposedly the “less aggressive” breed. Both dogs became aggressive due to neglect, cruelty and lack of training. Love and proper training have made great dogs out of BOTH of them. I work with rescued dogs at a kennel and have never been bitten by ANY of the so called “aggressive” big dog breeds.

  98. S.M. Boyd Says:

    My former boyfriend had a pitbull that was about 8 years old when we first started dating. Mack (the pitbull) was the sweetest dog. He tolerated my chihuahua/terrier mix (looked like a used, rusty old Brillo pad with teeth) who could be the most cantankerous little mutt you ever saw. He would snarl and growl at Mack, attack and latch on to his neck like a tick. Mack would roll his eyes and look at me until I removed him. He was very protective of me, and would knock other dogs down when they came in the yard uninvited, but would not hurt them. He just wanted them to leave and he let them know it. I think pitbulls and other similar breeds get a bad rap.

  99. Noah Huggins Says:

    DBO states that NCRC is a private entity that is pro pit but DOB is nothing more than a personal blog run by Colleen Lynn that is strictly anti pit. Nice to see some factual info on this amazing breed. Colleen Lynn is also the “proclaimed” Divine lady. she thinks she is magical and mystical!! Seriously, she wrote a book on the meaning of “runes” a pagan alphabet which symbols have meanings. She thinks she is a witch. Ck it out on line to see for yourself you can search the info here

  100. D Says:

    Our family has included members of the “aggressive dog hit parade” – Chows, German Shepherds, Dobermans and now a Pit. ALL of them have been great dogs and especially gentle with very young children and our much older (in their 90s) relatives. Any breed can show aggressive tendencies or be “bad” if raised and socialized improperly. Yes, the big breeds can be dangerous because they’re bigger and stronger. They can also be the most loyal, trusted dogs to add to your family. No bad dogs, just bad people.

  101. ashley Says:

    I would have to agree with this. I have a pitt (male) and a Chihuahua (female) and my Chihuahua is way more aggressive than my pitt. I tell people you can pet the big one but leave the little alone. My boyfriend has two kids and they can do whatever they want to the pitt, he doesn’t care, just loves the attention. My Chihuahua likes them to pet her and plays with them but they can’t pick her up.

  102. Kimberley Says:

    I can totally agree with this, as over the last 50 yrs I have taken in Daxie, Rottie, Dobbie and Jack Russell rescues, and have not been bitten by any of the large dogs, but several times by the small ones, daxies being the number one offender, though they are the most numerous I have taken in!?

  103. Amy F Says:

    I have had big dogs & little dogs through out my entire life. For the past 20 years we have always had a Dachshund in our home, not one of them has EVER been aggressive. Neither has any of our big dogs. I think that it is all in how you raise & treat your dog, not the breed type.

  104. Lynnette Says:

    I don’t think it’s always “nurture, not nature.” Someone put an 11-week old pit mix over my fence. She had a broken leg. My dachshunds adopted her and helped raise her with love and discipline. She will be 2 years old this week and is not allowed around any of our other dogs anymore because she attacked her dachshund “mom” once and her dachshund “brother” who is almost the same age. She’s doing fine with a stray American bulldog we took in off the street who is submissive, but they both have to go, either to new homes or to the vet one last time. I wholeheartedly support pitbull rescuers and fans, and I am against BSL, but I never ever want a bully breed in my life again.

  105. lacey Says:

    I believe people need to be educated about the dog breeds. We can’t have wrottweiler’s due to insurance on the house but smaller dogs are simply ok. We as a family have always had pitbulls,mastiffs, & wrottweilers. I have never had any problems with the dogs. It’s all in how they are raised.

  106. rhonna Says:

    I used to be one of the first ones to say the only good pit is a dead one. I would read about all the bad things they did and was afraid of them. My husband talked me into looking at a litter to possibly get one. I absolutely fell in love with a fat little girl pup, who is almost 3 now. She is the kindest and sweetest dog ive ever owned. She sleeps with her cats and loves kids! I now own four pitties and love all my gentle babies! Its not the breed that we should punish, but the bad owners should be! You can make any dog the way you want it to be :-)

  107. lacey Says:

    I also wanted to say that as my 2 oldest boys went with my husband to take our 2 mastiffs to the vet to get updated on their shots a jack Russell bit my 5yr old for no apparent reason other than running past him to tech see the fish tank . The tech was so concerned with our big dogs biting someone she had set my husband in another area & let the little dog rome around. Ironically the dog was also there for his shots also but because of the bite I he could not her them. I strongly believe if the tech was educated this would have never happened .

  108. Desh Says:

    Anyone who believes pitbulls are bred to guard has not done research. Bully breeds such as the AmStaff and the ABPT were bred to be highly excitable with a high prey drive and tenacity for DOG FIGHTING. An dog that showed any type of “guardian” human aggression was culled. All in all, Bully breeds are exceptional breeds as I own 2 myself as well as a boxer. It’s sad that we dont hold the humans responsible for what they have caused. If a dog is aggressive in any way there is always a human to blame. Whether you did not set out boundaries for the dog and trained it, or you bred them it is always your fault. A dog will only do what you allow it to as well as what you tell it to do.

  109. Desh Says:

    Also to
    Kera Black who wrote “My best friend had one growing up and they raised it to be gentle, but it still killed the neighbor’s cat for no reason”
    I am appalled at YOUR lack of research, and your blind eye to the statistics of you dog breed. please refer to my previous comment. It is ignorance like this that is going to end a amazingly good breed. A pitbull again was bred with EXTREME PREY DRIVE and with this they make excellent hunting dogs as in the beagle. If you are so hell bent on assuming that pitbulls have “split personalities” you have not done any research on this breed. Personal experience is good but is no substitute for proper research. Also, your dog being your “angel” is the problem with dog owners now, not knowing how to clearly draw boundaries.

  110. Laura G Says:

    As a lover of both pits and Rotties, I appreciate the impulse to shift the negative attention away from these breeds. I absolutely get that this article’s intention is to open people’s eyes. That being said, I think we need to be mindful that whenever stigma shifts onto a new breed, then that unfortunate breed becomes the victim of abuse, neglect, bad legislation and general misery. We need to shift the spotlight off of the dogs and onto the owners.

    I would be delighted to send the author of this post a copy of Karen Delise’s excellent book, The Pit Bull Placebo, which traces the history of breed discrimination all the way back to the turn of the 20th century, when everyone was terrified of… wait for it… bloodhounds!

    Send me an e-mail with a mailing address if you’d like the book.


    Laura G

  111. Cara Says:

    I have what people have pinned as an Argentine Dogo, it is not a recognized AKC Breed. She looks like a pitbull, a boxer, and a great pyrenees got together and Lucy (my dog) happened. She smiles and loves people especially kids. The only time she ever showed even the slightest aggression was toward the pedipaw I brought to file her nails. She turned around and gently nibbled on my fingers to let me know she was not okay with the pedipaw. She loves all people. Even my neighbors have fallen in love with her and say I have a great dog. Lucy also hardly ever barks. My only complaint is she sheds and sheds and sheds. Any ideas how to get a handle on the shedding?

  112. Shari Says:

    Its about time that we’re seeing articles exposing these kinds of studies. Let the “REAL” truth be told. I have had pitbulls, and rottweilers all my life, and i will never love any breeds more than these. I’ve had to fight to keep my dogs in some instances because they
    are supposedly ” aggressive” yes I’ve had to deal with the stereotypes, and the dirty looks, especially when i would walk my pits and rotts together. The best is going to a dogpark. People look in horror when u go in. Oh gee and to everyones surprise, they’re the most well behaved, of all the dogs there. Its really sad that these beautiful, loyal, loving, dogs have been ruined by total and complete ignorance. Any dog, any dog can be aggressive, you must always research any breed before getting a dog. You must teach, train your dog, socialization is one of the most important things, so many people just don’t understand. I love my pitbulls, and my rottweilers, i will always stand and fight to make sure these beautiful breeds will some day be off that horrible “aggressive” list, and get BSL banned for good. Nobody, i mean nobody will tell me what Type of dogs i can or can’t have.

  113. Misty Says:

    That’s funny that the number one dog is a Dachshund! LOL I own 5 Dachies and a Pit Bull/Shar-pei the only one who will bite you is our Mini Dachshund Oscar! He tries his best to get folks ankles when they walk in the door, but when our Pit Name Max runs to the door all he wants to do is smell you and lick. Now he does scare folks but when I tell them not to fear him its our little dog you must fear, folks just don’t believe me!
    I have or grew up with Bully Breeds Like the Rotties, Boxers, Chows, Dobies, and Pibbles. I never in my life seen any of them being aggressive towards other dogs, unless they were in our yard, Where clearly they didn’t belong, but never had bitten anyone. Now I have 5 Mini Dachshunds and truly know Our Oscar will and can be ugly we just either pick him up or send him to his kennel. Thanks for having this info about Dachshunds being the number one biter!

  114. Keri Says:

    I believe that the “little breeds” are the worse offenders. As a kid my parents had a Pom that hated people, including me. I was a paramedic for 10 years and there was one call where we had a small dog come at us when we were “helping” the dogs owner.

    I just has to stop my furious 2 month old pit from “attacking” another dog. OK the dog was a stuffed dog, and my pup started shaking her head. I told her no and took the toy now she’s sleeping on the bed. Wow how dangerous!

  115. K.Traylor Says:

    I own two Pitbulls and a Sharpei. Both of my Pitbulls (which are rescues) are so loving. All they want is love, attention, and treats. I walk them without any incident….I am more afraid of my neighbors crazy labs that are almost never on a leash.

    How about being a responsible owner. Train your dog. Keep them on a leash. Learn how to introduce them. Don’t leave them alone with young children. Take some fricking responsibility! Both my Pits are going to go through CGC certification. Educate yourself….and your family.

  116. Michelle Says:

    Hold on…Where is the link to the actual study? 6000 dog owners…but it says only 33 dogs were surveyed. 1 in 5 dachshunds have biten or tried to bite strangers, and 1 in 12 had snapped at their owners…so…out of 33 dogs, at least 12 were Dachshunds? Or did they include 33 dogs from each breed studied? I don’t understand the math…maybe I need more coffee…

  117. Jim Foster Says:

    How often do you hear of a dachshund or chihuahua killing somebody? You don’t, because they can’t. Yes, some breeds may be more aggressive, but they aren’t more dangerous. I’m so tired of pit bull owners expecting everybody to love their vicious dogs because they do. Every time you read a story of some pit bull or Rottweiler viciously attacking somebody you hear their owner say, “It was always so friendly.” Some people are idiots, and they’ll defend vicious dogs because, well, they idiots.

  118. Beth Weisleder Says:

    I agree the larger breeds,especially ‘mutts’(or dogs of Mixed Heritage)are better with small children. It may be because if a child pulls an ear or steps on a small dog-it hurts MORE.However at almost 62 yrs.old, I have had a lot of personal experiences.When I was a tiny 2 yr.old my aunt’s Doxie would always growl & try to bite me. I was a very gentle child who loved all animals. But perhaps the dog had other experiences with a rough child.I just never approached that particular dog again. I received a miniature poodle pup for my 10th birthday in June & had the whole summer to work with her.She was the brightest,most loving dog ever.She let me dress her up in baby clothes, rode on my rt.hip on my bike,if we’d play hide & seek with her, she would stay wherever we placed her -like on a windowsill with the drapes closed.She would STAY there until she was ‘found’. After I got married & had a baby I rescued an Irish Setter who was one year old. She was kept in a basement because she was terrorized by 3 little boys, all under 5 yrs.old, & fortunately the youngest was allergic & the setter was placed for adoption.This was a large, goofy dog who would escape the yard & usually be found playing at the high school with the gym class – LOL.But my baby learned to walk by climbing up the dog & holding onto her collar.She knew to be gentle & slow when it counted.She would also never try to eat off the highchair when the baby was. If the food hit the floor we’d say “ok – fair game” -then & ONLY then would she eat off the floor. In years after, it seemed all our dogs were mutts in need of a home. ALL great dogs.One that sticks out was a pup my son found on the side of the road.He seemed to be a chow-pittie-lab mix per the vet.He had kennel cough(yes, he spent a week at the vet’s in a nebulizer room)that never really worked. He had a stubborn skin condition that didn’t respond well to steroids,etc.He was rather homely but OMG,was he sweet & gentle. One time he seemed to be choking so I shoved my arm down his throat & he was FINE with it.My son adored this dog!! We had cats = no problem.We had kids around all the time=no problem,even if they brought their dogs.When he finally HAD to be put down because he was dragging his legs around & was miserable. My ‘tough’ son was 30 & had a baby of his own but he cried like a baby. We all did.Dogs are individuals.NO breed should be condemned.But MANY people are not emotionally mature & should not have ANY dog.Or kids.

  119. peggy bennett Says:

    i dont know doxies i could maybe see that but i have a dopple the doxy and what will kill you is the kisses she loves everyone and licks you to death she doesnt know she supposed to protect , i also have a jack russel she also loves everyone never ever have my dogs bitten anyone

  120. Dan Says:

    There were 33 different breeds of dogs that participated in the study.

  121. C Dawg Says:

    I have 4 Rottweilers. I have had Rottweilers for 11 years. Not one bite. The only bites I’ve had that have done damage were from chihuahuas and one snarly toy poodle.

    Any dog can bite. That’s why BSL is BS

  122. roberta Says:

    I have to agree that the Chihuahua are very agressive. It is the one dog that bit me on the hand. I also find hounds of any breed are layed back and are not biters

  123. Anne Says:

    I think some aggression has to do with the owner and/or owner choices. However, I have witnessed so much unbelievably stupid behavior on the part of other people that I refuse to blame owners as much as the some who’ve responded here.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to my partner “That person is going to get bit.” When I’ve seen a dumb@#$% continue approaching a dog (to try to pet it or whatever) when the dog is growling or clearly upset by the person’s behavior. I have seen it happen so often I’m surprised no one else has seen this. Maybe you all aren’t paying attention to the human side of the interaction?

    I was reading a blog written by a cake decorator a while ago, she was talking about how she was trying to do something with her own dog. She actually said “The dog growled. I did it again. Then the dog bit me WITHOUT ANY WARNING.” WTH?! The dog did give a very clear and indisputable warning! What is wrong with people?! I have seen this kind of behavior with my own eyes just about every time I’ve been somewhere there is a dog. It’s like reality doesn’t register in their brains. If a dog is growling at you and trying to get away, you don’t keep approaching!!!

    I’ve seen people leave their idiot children alone with dogs and expect the dog to put up with annoying and sometimes painful actions that the stupid humans themselves wouldn’t put up with. Sometimes they just watch and laugh while their child pulls a dogs ears or tail. They’d probably swat their own child away and yell “Ow!” or something, but the dog is supposed to be even more superhumanly tolerant and understanding than they are, otherwise it’s a bad dog.

    I was on a message board one time, reading a story from a lady who was asking if her dog was ‘suddenly aggressive.’ The dog had never snapped at or growled or bit her children. But one night as they were leaving to go somewhere, their daughter ran over to say goodbye to their dog. The dog was sleeping in the corner. The daughter jumped on top of the dog to hug it (her exact words) but the dog jumped up and started to snap at her. It pulled itself back – didn’t fully finish the snap nor did it bite her or growl. She accused the dog of being suddenly aggressive after this. How stupid is she? If she was sleeping and her child JUMPED ON TOP OF HER and woke her up, would she be suddenly abusive if in her not-quite-awake-yet-very-startled state she would accidentally swat her child? No. But yet a dog – A DOG – who has less intelligence and understanding than a human is supposed to be more saintly than a saint when dealing with abusive children.

    The problem is rarely the dog and almost always the human.

  124. Lisa S Says:

    I have both rottweilers & doxies and yes the doxies are much more aggressive. When my kids have friends over, the doxies are the only ones that get crated. The big dogs are mellow & friendly & like to be part of the fun.

  125. Lissa Says:

    Well the only dogs I have ever been bit by which made me dislike them were Dachshunds!!! Never met one I liked. I am a dog lover, and will approach any animal on the street but much prefer larger breeds. I think the little ones feel insecure and that is their defence and the way they are treated by their owners…they end up with little dog syndrome!!! Never a good thing.

  126. Verjean Says:

    As a dog trainer,it is my experience that every single breed or mix, is capable of biting. And just from my experience, I would also say that this article hit the more frequent biting breeds superbly. I would even add Cocker Spaniels to the mix. BUT every single individual animal is capable of biting under the right circumstances with the right provocation. Large dog bites are reported because of damage, small dogs usually don’t do anything other than break the skin, although more serious injuries are possible, especially with children.

    Breed “is no longer considered to be of discernible value” when addressing dog bite prevention, according to a CDC spokesperson.

    The most important factors affecting the odds of a dog bite or attack have always been the ones ANY DOG PERSON can rattle off: Puppy socialization. Training. Pack behavior. The dog’s health. The dog’s care and condition. Something as simple as never leaving a small child unattended with any dog. Size of the dog: when big dogs bite they generally do more damage than little dogs — although that’s a moot point if you’re six weeks old.

    If you want facts on dog aggression, read A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention, the AVMA’s groundbreaking 2001 task force report.

    And the report that is most often cited with these “statistics”? The “Clifton” report? What a joke. It is littered with its own weaknesses. Dog bite statistics are not really statistics, and they do not give an accurate picture of dogs that bite. For those convinced that pit bulls send more people to the hospital than all other breeds combined – because “you never read about Lab attacks in the paper” — the Clifton report is the go-to reference.

    I’m embarrassed for people who cite it. It’s that bad.

    From an article:

  127. tc Says:

    .all terriers are by design are bred to kill…..they were used before cats were introduced to Europe….

  128. Katelyn Says:

    I am a dog groomer and a major pit bull advocate. I always prefer big dogs to little dogs because the little boogers are always more likely to bite. The only bad bite I have ever received came from a Maltese who punched 3 holes in my thumb. Whoever said little dogs leave no damage has obviously never been seriously bitten.

    My favorite dogs are always the breeds that everyone fears because they are nothing but big babies and I always try to make sure people know the truth about these great breeds. Small breeds are usually more likely to bite because people baby them and don’t give them proper discipline because they think it’s just funny or cute when a little dog acts big and tough.

  129. Verjean Says:


    Using that logic, then all dogs over 50 pounds are “dangerous”. And I can quote instances of small dogs inflicting serious damage and even death in infants. Most statistics that “attempt” to be accurate (which is impossible, since no standardized reporting is possible, and the CDC no longer finds it to be a important factor in bite prevention anyway….) usually list Golden Retrievers and Labradors as the most frequent breeds to bite? WHY? Because they are simply SO MANY MORE OF THEM…their registration numbers far outpace any of the other breeds, so it stands to reason, logically, that because of their numbers, there will probably be more bites by these breeds. To attempt to categorize by breed, or by type, doesn’t take into account the real reasons that dogs bite. I can give you a story of a pitbull HERO for every single story you can provide from media sources highlighting “attacks”. I have trained numerous Rottweilers, and every one, including MY OWN, was a marshmallow. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t protective…but she was also stable and friendly…to the day she died. By placing labels on breeds, and eliminating those breeds, doesn’t nothing to address the underlying issues of why dogs REALLY bite. And it usually lies in the fact that the owner has fallen short in their responsibilities to the dog. Or to supervising a situation responsibly. One of my favorite quotes to new families/owners…is that before the age of six months, if your puppy has an accident in the house, it’s YOUR FAULT!!! And I feel much the same about dogs biting. In almost ALL cases, the fault lies with the owner. A three year old Pomeranian tore out the throat of a very young infant, while the grandfather went to the kitchen to warm the bottle. The baby’s cries upset the dog. But what on earth was anyone thinking leaving a crying baby along with a dog? People who believe that breed specific targeting will solve the problem of dog bites, is stupid. Perhaps the better answer for those that believe BSL is a solution, is to simply outlaw ownership of pets, period. They both share the same amount of logic and rationale. All dogs are capable of biting. Not all bites are aggressive. And any dog of any size is capable of serious harm. To another adult, to another child, or to another dog or pet.

  130. Beth Says:

    I was bitten by a dachshund when I was a kid, but I’ve noticed that the mini dachshund has a much better disposition. My mother-in-law has a chihuahua and she thinks she can take on my German Shepherd. Funny to watch.

  131. Kinder Says:

    I do agree that many pittbulls are sweet natured animals, however, after my daughter was bitten, it is the potential for damage, or even lethality, that is the issue. How many, people/children have been killed or seriously maimed by dachshunds, jack Russell’s and chihuahuas…. None I would think. Yes it is up to owners to be responsible and to properly train their animals. But let’s be real these breeds are capable of greater levels of damage due to their inherent size and strength.

  132. Asil Raven Says:

    The reason you hear about big dog bites vs. small is simple…

    Big dog bites do more DAMAGE.

    So there is naturally a bias, but yes….small dogs are ABSOLUTELY 100% more aggressive and more prone to bad behavior.

  133. Kim Croft Says:

    I have pictures on my facebook that anyone is allowed to see. I have 2 babies that wallow ride and annoy my rotts and nothing the only time they are aggressive is if someone tried to hurt the children that are at my house. I have a full blooded dachshund and 2 dash/chi wee mix, the dashshund can be tempremental but the the other 2 no so my rotts are just gentle giants.

  134. Darren Says:

    Well I do believe its the owners that make the dogs, and love this site, added to my favorite! I have a Brindle Pit mix, he is Pit/Golden Retriever/Chow mix, and he looks 99 percent pit. He has been the best dog i have ever had. I had him since he was 6 weeks old, and when i was driving truck he was with me from 6months on. I can they are the most loving and friendly dogs i have ever seen or had. They are also very protective, i will say this, my dog, saved my life and cuz of that i will never get rid of him! A man got in my truck when i was sleeping with a gun, to steal the truck/load i had. Dog before i could even get up jumped up and took him down in the truck. Turns out he admitted to the cops that he was going to kill me while i slept. So I can never get rid of my dog. He is my best friend, and the only person (human) i trust with my life and to have around. He has been around babies and children of all ages, and love them all the same. They can tug on him, play with him, he never gets mad. He has been all kinds of dogs and loves anything for legged period. Even a friennd of mines dog that is a tiny toy dog keeps beat him up biting him and he just comes crying, so never judge a book by its cover. Pits are great! I will forever have a pittie in my life.

    Just wanted to say that about them.. They are great!

  135. sandra Says:

    50% environment 50% heredity….some breeds are bred to be predisposed to certain traits, that is after all why we have different breeds

  136. Tery Says:

    I’ve owned both chihuahuas and dachshunds and yes, they were little terrors, always nipping at the ankles of strangers when they’d come in and leave…lol, but my chow/husky that I have now, she just gives a bark or 2 when they come in, and when she sees it’s ok for them to be there, she doesn’t say a word, even when they get up to leave…she’ll just raise her head up to see what they’re doing, but then she lies right back down. And she’s never bitten anyone…unlike her 2 predecessors, who sadly passed away are are still missed (the chihuahua and dachshund)…

  137. Big P Says:

    So following that same logic, you’re telling me because I’m 6’8″, 300lbs and bench 600 I should have legislation specifically against me because my “potential for damage, or even lethality” even though a 5’4″ 220lb person can kill also? Dachshunds have maimed more than a few children.
    Quit generalizing based upon race/breed/size/strength and let’s come up with a test or common criteria if we have to pass legislation or insurance restrictions.
    My god daughter was bit in the face by a Dachshund. It’s lucky to still be alive and is no longer allowed near the children. She routinely plays with our boxer and doberman and has never been injured once. It’s the individual animal that’s the issue.

  138. E J Says:

    It’s not easy being small. When a large dog indicates he’s not happy with us, we wisely pay attention, but we commonly don’t listen in the same way to small dogs, and we don’t take them seriously. Small dogs can get pushed and pulled around a lot  - sometimes gently, granted, but without having much choice in the matter. This can predispose them to being a little wary of what’s going to happen next, a bit on edge, and more likely to be reactive. In addition, many small dogs are held in arms or carriers and don’t have the option of getting away. Flight is generally the first and wisest choice in a tricky situation, and when it’s not available concern can quickly escalate into action.

  139. emilie wagner Says:

    Awhile back, I was pushing my daughter, then bout 3 yrs old, in her stroller down the street. 2 big dogs & 1 little dog start wandering up to us. I scoop my daughter outa the stroller & close up the stroller (umbrella stroller) to use as a weapon if need b. Out of the 3 dogs, the tiny lil weiner dog is the one who attacked me. The 2 big dogs just kinda scattered in fear when the lil dog went crazy. Just wanted to put that out there since it was the little dog who attacked n not the big ones. Breaks my heart how big breeds, especially the pits & rottweilers r bein accused of such terrible things. It’s the stupid owners who turn a dog sour. People r too quick to judge those dogs. My friend has 2 giant pit bulls n my 4 yr old son gets in their faces all the time huggin n kissing em, so do I. They love us to death as we love them. The world needs to quit hating on big breeds. Just cause they could do more damage than a lil breed doesn’t mean they’re gona do any damage. Should we b afraid of severely obese people or extremely muscular people cause they could do more damage than a tiny person? No.

  140. Blondie Says:

    I have 2 rotties, the oldest is male and the pup is female. My male has bitten someone a few years ago, but here’s the scene and you decided if he deserved to be put on the hit list as aggressive? Our friends came down for a cook out her parents were in from Cali and they came too. we have talked about our boy around them and they knew his temperment when it comes to his home. so brad was standing at the fence talking to the boy and the dad came up behind brad and leaned on the fence after he was told about the dog and him not knowing the dad. Well the dog saw the dad as a threat to our friend and the dad had his hand over the fence then my dog got hold of his hand and bit him. He had to go get stitches and my dog was put on the list. I had a sign all around my yard saying do not put your hands on,over or through the fence gaurd dog on premisis!!!! how could you not see that? and do it anyhow??? I worked in a boarding kennel for 3 years and have seen alot of dog breeds, I have been bitten and chased out of the kennel house by many little dogs but never the big dogs. I have a problem with this labeling of dogs, they are all a part of the wild animal kingdom and have the potential to bite. Just like any animal you own. We as people don;t like to be discriminated against or labeled so why should we do it to animals??? The law doesn’t realize it’s the owners that make the dogs aggressive when they are abusing them. Those are the only ones you ever hear about, never the good things these dogs have done or their potential to be service dogs of some sort. and some dogs bite when they feel their family or home is being threatened, just like you would shoot a robber that comes in your home. Thats how i feel about all this and if the bite is justified i will spend my last penny defending my rotties.

  141. Kat Says:

    My pitbull and his brothers and sisters all love my Beagle, my cat, my 12 year old and my 4 month old. The pit recently found a baby opossum in the back yard and never even attempted to hurt it, although he was very curious about it. The chicken that flew into my yard didn’t meet his demise by the pitbull. I trust this dog 100%, he was raised right. The Jack Russel from across the street runs over into MY yard and growls and snaps at me though and I wouldn’t let it within 20 feet of my children…because the owners are not responsible pet owners. Any breed can create dogs to be loved or dogs to be feared…it’s the owners that need to be persecuted not the breed

  142. Barbara breita Says:

    I am 72 years old and have at least one dog all my life, sometimes 2 at a time and no SMALL pups..all adopted from rescue, all abused, all recovered. It is the owner that makes the dog, they are always looking for direction and want to please you if they can
    It is your energy and your care that makes the dog. YOU must always be the alpha, the “leader of the Pack” Only problem I ever had was with a Springer who became agressive when food was disturbed while he was eating, every other dog I could put my hand in the food while they were eating (in case a child did) “lothar” was a great dog, he allowed my boys to dress him up and would sit for hours waithing to be undressed. It is all about the owner. Use one word commands , otherwise they hear “bla bla bla” just say “no, stop, down, all. saying ‘NOW Junior, how many times have I told you not to chew the couch, I am so disappointed……”

  143. Anne Springer Says:

    Actually, it’s the “leader of the pack” theories that get a lot of dogs in trouble. Newer scientific studies show that dogs don’t form linear hierarchies and that using “dominance” as your training basis actually can cause aggression in many dogs. Hence, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has, through their position statement on dominance, asked that veterinarians no longer refer clients to trainers who use “alpha” techniques with dogs. You also don’t need “one word commands” you just need cues that the dog has been taught. For example, one of my dogs has been trained to “open the door” which, for her, means to flip the latch on the baby gate and either push or pull it open so that I can get through the doorway while carrying dirty dishes from my office to the kitchen! As a trainer, it disheartens me how much misinformation there is about dogs and their behavior, because ultimately dogs pay the price for human ignorance. One bright spot in an otherwise barren landscape is that the newest organization for dog trainers has expanded its offerings to include a membership (free at this time) for pet owners who would like to join us in supporting a force-free model of training that uses no pain and no fear. I would urge people to join, and to take advantage of the eventual educational opportunities and resources presented by the Pet Professional Guild. Science and ethics combined may be the only hope some dogs have!

  144. Rain Says:

    I have had dacshunds all my life and they have never bit or been agressive with anyone . I think some dogs bite or get agressive because maybe they were tormented or abused and and that happens with any breed , I noticed they really didn’t disclose or elaborate on what the situations were where the dogs bit people or were agressive . I ‘ ve had many daschunds and they are lovable and good with other animals and kids , so don’t judge them by this silly survey or report but no on

  145. Jackie Blair Coulter Says:

    Bad behavior, runs down leash. Just as it runs down stream.

  146. Devin Says:

    I have been a veterinary technician (nurse to an animal doctor) for over 20 YEARS and I have scars from a beagle, a poodle, chihuahua, shih tzu, many cats and a couple of mixed breed dogs. I have NEVER been bitten by a pit bull, German shepherd, Doberman or Rottweiler…and that’s all I’m going to say on this subject.

  147. Tammy Searles Says:

    The small minded, ignorant, uneducated about animals believe crap articles like this. Do your homework, research the breeds, find a good reputable breeder, then buy one and raise it with help from someone who does know the breed. Then reread this b/s. I have had Rotties all my life NOT ONE BITE!

  148. chris Says:

    All the ignorance! I used to breed staffordshires,its hit and miss, some are agressive by nature and some aren’t. As far as Im concerned, pits and rotts need to be exterminated! Terriers are naturally high strung and can be snappy but just need to be trained. You can’t “train out” behavior that was bred into a certain breed. Pits were originally bred for cattle and did not succeed, as then they were turned into fighters with the aggression bred INTO them. I have a dobe that’s a wonderful WATCHDOG. That’s what they are bred for,and she is never unsupervised around the kids but would rip anyone to shreds if they tried to harm my kids! Dogs should not be left with little children unsupervised for any reason whatsoever until the child matures and knows how to properly handle them! Dogs are not babysitters!

  149. dalynn Says:

    We had dobies along with my 3 boys for all of their growing up years. Dobies are the Best dogs hands down! We had a rescue male chi that lived with with my 11 1/2 year old male dobie for the last 6 months of his life and they both were great together. The chi wasn’t yappy and learned respect from my dobie. My dobie passed and the chi got depressed so my hubby took me and we picked up another female rescue chi from the shelter. They are totally cute to look at but they def. ARE much more aggressive and untrustworthy “biting wise” with people that come into my house then my dobie EVER were. And trust me I am on my little dogs just like I was with my dobies. Little dogs are just programmed differently. My dobies just knew…”if my family is ok with them we’re ok with them.” Dobies only look scary and I would give the world to have both my dobies back! I do love my chi’s but they are aggressive and need to be supervised all the time when people come in my house. They do deserve the 2nd spot. It comes down to training and socializing your dog, and being on top of them big or small.

  150. Trish Says:

    I have owned a lot of different breeds in my life and the two that were the most aggressive towards us in our family and strangers were the dachshund and my current chihuahua. Yodi, our dachshund was very aggressive towards strangers, kids and other dogs. We had to really watch her. The chihuahua we have now is a rescue and although we really love her, she is a really nasty little (5 lbs) dog if you do something she doesn’t like. We are calm, dog lovers, who require our dogs to be trained and behave but these two dogs were and are just aggressive.

  151. Leann Says:

    I have had several dachshunds and well as other breeds & mixes over the years, including a foster pit. I had to laugh when I saw that dachshunds were rated as the most aggressive, because I’ve long believed the “little” breeds are more aggressive than the larger breeds by nature. If raised/loved by responsible owners, I’ve found that the “bully breeds” are the BIGGEST babies! They are considered bullies now because of what MAN has done to them! Don’t get me wrong; I love my doxies, but I also love the big guys too!

  152. Lori Ossey Says:

    It is not these dogs fault it is how the owner raised them. My son has a pitbull and he is so gentle. They have a 6 month old and he just loves her. It makes me sick when I see a dog put down because he is a fighter or is aggressive. They were not born this way, it is how you bring them up with loving tender care. They are all great dogs!

  153. crystal Says:

    i have a 8 year old Bull Mastiff Zeus and a 3 year old Lasa Apso Molly .. if someone asked me who i trusted more its Zeus he is calm he is laid back .. i love my molly girl to death and she is a really good dog but somedays she has Major PMS and other days she’s fine but thats the same with any dog.. and BTW they are both rescues and everyone told us when we adopted Zeus it was trouble and he would bite one of our 4 kids..he’s never so much as looked at them the wrong way..he would rather lick them to death than ever hurt them.. my friend has a pitt and she’s one one of the best well behaved dogs i have ever seen ..

  154. Jeff Hutchison Says:

    I have four dachshunds and they are barkers but not biters. They only get agressive towards one of my neighbors and that is because he kicks a ball at the fence all of the time until I catch him. And his parents cannot understand why thet are like that and they know their son would never do what I am telling them he is doing.

  155. Beth Tennyson Says:

    I have one Dachi and one Boxer mix. The little one is guilty of the above posted aggressive behaviors down to attacking the Boxer mix. It has been my experience, the smaller breeds are far more dangerous. I think they have a size complex and out to prove “I maybe small, but I can kick your butt!”

  156. Ramona Says:

    I own a Neapolitan Mastiff, have had a couple of them…if they were 1/2 or even 1/4 as aggressive as some of the smaller breed of dogs, someone would’ve called the cops us…it’s amazing how people, especially owners of these little doggies think that those hostile behaviors are “cute” but the same behavior on a 125-140 lb dog turns them into a man eater. Animals are like children,they need love and behavior control….dogs are taught to behave as they do…Take the time to train them, love matter what their breed or size!

  157. Sarah Says:

    Wow! I actually have a chihuahua(9 yrs old), Dashound(7 yrs old), two pit bulls(5 yrs old)and a greyhound(9 yrs old). All of them rescues! Have never had a problem with any of them bitting! I agree with Ramona, train them and love them! But when people ask if they bite I say yes….they have teeth.

  158. Jas Says:

    i will have to say this Pitties are just scaredy cats, and its the little dogs you have to watch out for thats for sure. got bit by a damned dash hound! i work at a kenneling place and yeah. more afraid of the small dogs than the big ones!

  159. Peteroz Says:

    Interesting research.
    Anyone who has anything to do with Staffies (or any Mastiff-type) dogs knows that they are generally gentle ‘sooks’= big energetic but essentially harmless if properly trained. Of course there are exceptions – but look at the owner not the dog.
    As to ‘little dogs’ – it depends on the circumstances. I walk my Jack Russell every day. Off-lead he is a joy, meets and greets other dogs with no aggression what so ever, but put him on the lead and he is the ‘devil incarnate’ – barking and snarling at any dog we meet. Strangely enough he calms instantly when we have passed the other dog, never looks back, so I reckon it is all ‘show and no go’. It is well known that Jackies have ‘more front than the UN Building’.

  160. Jake byars Says:

    Josh, staffies and apbt are NOT “very different breeds. Years ago some apbt breeders wanted akc recognition so they changed the name to amstaff. Over the years they’ve bred a slightly larger dog. As i said, NOT a very different dog, bacisally the same. Its ok to read and educate yourself.

  161. Harley Says:

    It is not alway the owners fault if a dog turns aggressive or fearful of other dogs and people. Studies have proven that personality IS effected by inheritance and experiences. Anyone hear of he Russian fox experiment, which proved that domestication and a friendly personality can be ontained by breeding and only breeding.

    Furthermore, there are other factors that Can cause a dog to be aggressive or fearful. For excample, my lab use to be a very nice and outgoing dog when he was a pup. My Jackass of a neighbor had a Samoyed who was highly dog aggressive and had been known to even snap at people. This Samoyed had attacks my lab on four occasions, twice on a leash, and the other two times where in my own fenced yard. Yet the jackass owner couldn’t figure out his dog needed a leash and a fence himself. Now, my lab is very scared of othe dogs dispite seven years of trying to socializeing to many other dogs.
    And what about dogs from rescues and shelters who had been threw traumatizing events before being bought by new owners?

    Yeah, it’s easy to TALK about how you can “socialize” these dogs, and we would all like to bel

  162. Harley Says:

    Sorry, didn’t finish before accidentally clicking the post button.

    Anyway, we would like to believe that all you need to do us snap your fingers and your dog will forget about all traumatizing events, but the truth is it takes YEARS to get your dog to a point where they are comfortable confronting their fears, IF they even get to that point.

    It is not always the current owners fault if the dog shows signs of aggression. Sometimes they get attacked at the groomers or at a day care. Sometimes they where abused before you even met them. Sometimes you leave them in the care of someone you trust, only to find out too late that they have been beating your dog. Sometimes your dog gets out by a whole in the fence or slip their color, and while they are lose they may be picked up by a sick bastard who cuts off their tounge or they run into another dog who nearly kills them.

    Then what? The owner has little control over such situations, and now they have a dog who is not as confident as it used to be. And the owner can be like me and my lab, working for years to get the dog to recover, and making only a little progress. Can you really say its the owners fault if such a dog bites someone who tried petting him before he was ready and didn’t have the brain to ask the owner first?

    In some cases, it is the owners fault, or the previous owners. The wanted the perfect “guard dog”, and not only baught from a bad breeder, but spent the dogs puppyhood “training” it to be vicious. Or they may have wanted a little toy dog who they never felt interact with other dogs or people. Or maybe they where too dumb to research the dog and baught a cute puppy at the spur of he moment, not knowing te extent of excersize and training the dog would need.

  163. mamafropuff Says:

    I believe there is a huge bias (and prejudice) regarding “owner responsibility” based on breed and size.

    I have two boxers who are basically 60lbs 3-year old children (figuratively–the breed is know for its energy and playfulness). In addition they are both VERY LOYAL AND PROTECTIVE OF ME.

    As such, they are not always “dog friendly”–especially with dogs who are off-leash.

    So, recently my neighbor let her dog (a terrier/lab mix) just roam the neighborhood off-leash (the “dumber dog owner type” in the top-10-dangerous dogs list).

    I was walking through a breezeway with my dogs leading to a large field when I heard her calling the dog (that didn’t listen, clearly). I immediately started to back away, as her dog was coming closer. At this time, my dogs were behind shrubbery so they didn’t see the dog. I heard her calling and I started saying in a steady cadence, “you need to get your dog! you need to get your dog!” Well, she didn’t.

    When I saw the dog come into the breezeway where we were walking, my tone grew stronger, and my voice louder; and I said, several times “you really need to get your dog, NOW!” At this time, my dogs spotted the other dog, and I’m trying like hell to get my dog out of there.

    Had the dog been on leash, she could have grabbed her dog, I could have grabbed mine, and could have walked the other way. Problem solved.

    Yet, because she was dragging her derrière across the lawn, the dog ran up to me– and my dogs immediately smack him down.

    For about 20 seconds they both had the dog pinned on its back. The owner was standing dumbfounded until I told her “get your ass over here and get your damn dog!”

    Meanwhile, I’m wrestling with over 100lbs of dog trying to get them away (I was able to call to them ) and they released and came back to me.

    So, my morning walk with my dogs ended with me sitting on the ground mangled in shrubbery all because some clueless nincompoop thought is was “cute” to let her dog walk off-leash.

    Had there been serious injury to her dog, animal control would be at my door because my guys are boxers and big; and I’d be cited for failure to control or have my dogs labeled.

    Yet her pooch was breaking a state leash law, yet would have been injured and the narrative would have been, “oh, poor doggie got attacked by those vicious boxers.”

    i think she learned a very good lesson today.

    Over it.

  164. Dawn Corson Says:

    I have 2 beautiful pitbulls and they are the sweetest animals! One I’ve had since she was born and is now 55lbs. The other we rescued. At only 24lbs, hair falling out and scared to death, the now 60lb brindle blue is beautiful, forgiving and healthy! People judge each breed when what needs to be judged is the UPBRINGING. My daughter, at 5, was attacked by a 1yr old Husky and yet this states they are a lesser aggressive breed. ANYTHING with teeth has the potential to bite. Should we hate and kill all of them because of what ONE did to my daughter? Pitty’s learn what they live. They are the most loving, faithful family dogs. In this case ignorance ISN’T bliss!!!!! Own one and you’ll never want anything else…..

  165. dode Says:

    Since most people that commented on this cant read , it said rotts and pitts have average to below average aggression so in other words they are defending the breeds, and all u getting bent out of shape by this article most not have understood it.
    Ive noticed pure breeds tend to be more aggressive just due to year of inbreeding in the species .
    I have a rott and my 3 year old nephew hangs all over him never once has he been aggresive towards him or any one in fact he is a baby, ive seen the reactions I get from people with him yet my husky springer mix is more likely to bite then him

  166. Erica Says:

    I happen to own both a pitbull AND a dachshund … the study is spot on. A few years ago my pack also included a doberman who sadly died of bladder cancer. My pit is 13 years old and has never even growled at a human or other dog. She is an affectionate well behaved overgrown lapdog. Between myself and my siblings there are 8 children under the age of 7 in the family and the pit is their favorite toy. She sleeps just outside the kids room on sentry duty each night and every now and then we will find her curled up in bed with one of the kids if they were sleeping restlessly. She is absolutely a danger to prey animals, though, especially birds. The dachshund, however, is a short tempered dog with a bad attitude that barely tolerates anything. She has a habit of snipping at the smaller kids if the pit isn’t nearby. She barks and growls at everyone and I have to gic e guests safety rules to follow around her. Most people ignore them thinking the weenie is cute when she gets mad. They don’t take my warnings seriously until they get really bitten for the first time. The pit is not now and has never been a problem. The doberman wasn’t either. This little dog is an issue id you aren’t an adult member of her every day family.

  167. Ian Says:

    I know these things to be fact. When I started raising and owning pit bulls, the number one biter was the most popular dog at the time (the Cocker Spaniel. Poodles were right up there with them. But like most things today the media convinces you otherwise. Since you will never see cases make the news of small dogs biting, we are led to believe that all dog bites are from Rotts or Pitts. It’s a shame.

  168. Ellen Says:

    They need to include Akitas and Sheba Inus on the list. I will say the only dog that ever bit me was a doxie.

  169. sedna Says:

    I rescue dogs. If I see a dog loose on the street, If I can get them, I almost always find where they live. I rescue BIG dogs: huskies, rottweilers, dobermans, german shepherds, pit bulls, even a couple of wolfdogs. The ONLY dogs who have ever bitten me were chihuahuas owned by friends,and a toy poodle owned by a friend’s mother.

  170. jmac Says:

    This article is laughable. What is more dangerous, an aggressive kid with a BB gun or much less aggressive kid with a shotgun? Which would you prefer your children play with if you HAD to choose? Which would make headlines if something went wrong?

    IF you own a “kid with a shotgun” you better be watching that kid like a hawk AT ALL TIMES NO EXCEPTIONS AND NO EXCUSES WHEN SOMEONE GETS MAIMED OR DIES!!!!

  171. Sarah Says:

    I was attacked by a yellow lab a few years ago when I went to pet it. I got part of my face mangled and had to go to the hospital. I still have a tiny scar (I was lucky). The dog was chained up all the time and never given enough exercise. Goes to show it is more about the owners, given lab is one of the least aggressive dogs. So for the person who posted about big dogs (aka meaning pits)can do more damage and this is why outlawing them is possibly fair..would outlawing labs..retrievers then be a good idea as well. These are seen as family pets and can do just as much damage. Also I agree Rich’s comment was rude and inconsiderate, he seems cold toward his “pet.”

  172. Elle Says:

    I own a alb female chihuahua and a 65lb female Pit. THe chihuahua will attach about 70% of the people we meet and 100% of the dogs we cross. If she was the Pit’s size she would have been put down years ago. The Pit on the other hand allows the chihuahua to bark at her, bite her, eat her food, steal her treats, and turns around and just wants to love and cuddle her. My pit has even been attacked by other dogs at the park and will lay on the ground and submit without so much as a growl. The pit is exponentially the less aggressive and less dangerous, but she still has the bad rap. Its sad. BOTH were brought up in the same environment, same training, the chihuahua is just simply the harder to control and train of the two by far!

  173. Cassie Says:

    We rescued a pit bull mix over a year ago and this is the first one we’ve ever owned. Our whole family is an agreement: We will never own another breed. She is the sweetest, most loving dog we’ve ever seen and so much fun. She’s just like a child to us. I can’t imagine life without her now, but one day when that happens, we will get another pittie.

  174. Megan Says:

    JOSH – Just to clarify, APBT and AmStaffs were considered the exact same breed until the 1970s. And unless there has been a recent change, you can still dual register a AKC AmStaff with the UKC as an APBT (just not the other way around). The first American dog breed registry was developed for the APBT (ADBA). The breeds were separated and the AmStaff went to the AKC (a more conformation based kennel club) and the APBT went to the UKC (a kennel club that focuses more on working ability). And, I hate to tell you this, but you could have the worst looking purebred dog in the world and it could be AKC registered, while someone else’s un-papered dog could be a shining example of the breed. Registry really only counts if you want to be able to show your dog AND it happens to have good genetics OR you want to be able to charge people more for buying your puppies and know that the buyers don’t know any better.

  175. Darlene Says:

    As an owner of rotties for more than 20 years and a dog groomer I have only been bitten by 1 small dog an Australian Silky Terrier. We have groomed guard dogs that are so gentle and well behaved when not on duty and never did these dogs show any sign of aggression as they were taught how to behave but the silky was never taught how to behave. We trial our rottie and as with some of you when there is a scrap involving him most people point there fingers at him blaming it on the rottie and it has always been the other dog who starts it. It is unfair as he is so gentle and loves most other dogs

  176. Vicki Says:

    Have to respond to this one! I am a 57 year old female. I have been involved in dogs almost my entire life. I breed, train, groom, pet sit and show dogs as a professional handler as well as my own. I own or have owned and shown many breeds from Chihuahuas to Great Danes and every size and temperament in between. I currently own and show the top two listed “biters”. I also own and show sight hounds including Afghans(considered one of the dumbest breeds, which is another topic all together). I am really curious as to who, what their credentials are and how these studies were conducted. I believe there is no consideration given to each breed and how and why is was developed. Which is a reason for our over crowded shelters. Prospective puppy buyers do not research the breeds, they just buy what strikes their fancy and discover that the adult dog does not fit well with their life style. An example of variations in breeds: Dachshunds come in three varieties and two sizes. When I became involved in Dachshunds I heard the following phrase. “Longhair Dachshunds are the lovers, Wirehair Dachshunds are the clowns and if you have ever been bitten by a Dachshund it was probably a Smooth”. Exactly correct! Why? Dachshunds, specifically the miniature smooth Dachshund and Chihuahuas are two of the most popular breeds to own as pets in regards to size, longevity, cost of food and coat care. Dachshunds were used in Germany to hunt badgers, any display of shyness is a serious fault. So yes a Dachshund will and should take a stand to any threat. Many of the small breeds are carried around by their owners a good deal of the time. If someone approaches their owner with a hand or hands out stretched exclaiming “oh! can I pet your dog?” of course that dog is going to perceive this as a threat and protect their owner! Same goes if the dog in on the ground and someone looms over them. In these studies is anybody examining the ratio of reported bites to the total number of the breed? What the circumstances were? No, of course not and that would not even be accurate as many dogs are not registered with the AKC, CKC, UKC or any other dog related organization. Another important factor is inbreeding, when a breed is popular everyone jumps on the chance to make a dollar. Breeding to whom ever is convenient or cheap, paying no attention to the faults or defects of the parents(resulting in ongoing extreme deviations of temperaments, size, coat texture, skin and allergy problems, and breed specific attributes). Supply meets demand! One of my pet peeves is the way the term “breeder” is thrown around! If you own a bitch (female), she is bred and has a litter of puppies….Wha lah! you are now a breeder! I guarantee if the study was conducted with these factors included, the numbers and rankings would change dramatically!!

  177. Amy Says:

    Maybe so BUT I will take a wiener dog bite over a pit bite every time!

  178. A.Ramirez Says:

    I completely agree with Wm. ERROL PACE….its all about the owners NOT the breed on the animal….i have had 14 pit bulls at once and over the years have had 5 other pits, a boxer, a terrier, and a miniature Dachshund. Not one of them have ever bit or even snapped at me, other people, or animals (NOT even cats). they have all been very loving, caring, playful, and sweet dogs…I had one who love to eat at the table in a chair while we all ate dinner. one who chowed gum and suck on ice. one who slept with the cats outside. and many who went to your side when u would feel down, sad, crying, and/or even sick. so i took this article a little offensive on the account of dachshunds being aggressive.

  179. Sandra Says:

    I’m not too surprised about the Dachshund, (or the Chihuahua). A neighbour had a very, VERY aggressive Dachshund, the dog chased the children on the street any time it could. Then again, the owner was a bit… special, as well.

    My own Dachshund wasn’t too kind towards me and my siblings when we were little, bit us hard once or twice, though half of the times we might have earned it for being so clingy. He grew to be the loveliest dog I’ve ever had when I got to be his owner instead of mum. Dachshunds in general maybe have a shorter temper and problems with children, (especially clingy ones)?

    My current dog though, a mix between Dachshund and Tibetian Terrier is the most energetic, childrenloving, playful dog I’ve ever met. So patient and playful with everyone; animals and people.

    Makes me think that small dogs who are aggressive might be that way because:
    1. People tend to spoil smaller dogs and not train them like they would have trained and treated a large dog.
    2. Maybe smaller dogs feel more threatened because they are so small and have an aggressive approach towards what they consider threats.

    I dunno, it’s worth thinking about though.

  180. Tina Says:

    I own 2 Staffordshire Terriers, 2 mini weenie dogs and cats. They get along great. I have raised 4 kids around my staffies and now 8 grandchildren. I have in the past been attacked by the neighbors pitty. It was on the news and they wanted me to make a big deal out of it and I would not. I brought my staffies out and they used them on tv to prove that not all pits are bad. I have raised many breeds. Rotts are also very loving dogs. My Staffies are 10 and 7 years old and they are the sweetest dogs ever. And so are my weenie dogs so far. I am a Grandma and consider my pets my furrbabies. Don’t really care who might think thats crazy or that I’m unstable. They are very well loved and spoiled. And I have gone to hell and back again to keep my staffies safe. There was a situation a few months ago where an officer walked into our yard with a 9 year old boy present and shot my at that time 9 year old staffie in her face. He tried to say she attacked him which many witnesses saw she did not. Anyways to make a long story short. We lost in court, to save my babies I took off out of town leaving my family behind and take my staffies into hiding. Thank God for a lot of caring people out there my Staffie is healing and she still the sweetest dog. I get so tired of the BSL. For dogs that have attacked, That also doesn’t mean that they are Vicious. Shit happens. Have you ever hit someone????? If so then I guess you should be deemed Vicious as well. Get over it. Own a “Aggressive breed before you open your mouths”!

  181. Beach Mom Says:

    The statistics show otherwise. There is a huge difference between a bite that a dog gives as a warning and a dog that doesn’t warn first with a bark or a bite like a pit bull who kills first. Statistics don’t lie. Pit bulls are only 5% of all dog breads but make up for over 60% of deaths due to dog bits. Dachshunds don’t kill people.

  182. Suzanne Says:

    In my experience, the little dogs are far snappier than the big ones. But you don’t see gang members and dog fighters training Chihuahuas or Dachshunds. ; ) Little breeds are more likely to be pampered, coddled, and treated like a human baby, which probably makes them more obnoxious and ill-tempered. Any dog, big or small, can bite, but big dog’s tend to do more damage, thus drawing more media attention. Breed-specific laws aren’t the answer; owner education (and punishment, if need be), is.

  183. Carolyn Says:

    I have 2 rottweilers and 1 dachshund and 1 dachshund/chihuahua mix and the one that would bite someone first is the doxie/chi mix. My rotties are very loving!

  184. Shad Says:

    I would have to agree with jmac on this. Any dog will bite or turn aggressive under the right circumstances. To me, its more about what the dog is capable of if and when it does decide to be aggressive, for whatever reason that may be. My shih tsu can bite me 20 times and I will at worst bleed a little and need a band-aid. However, a pit bull can be the sweetest dog for 10 years and never bite anyone, but once it gets old and cranky and you accidentally step on its foot he has the ability to put you in the hospital, or worse. I’ll take an aggressive small breed any day over a sweet, loving, super powerful large breed. My rule of thumb, if the smallest person who might be in my house can’t overpower it, its too big!!!

  185. Rob Hammond Says:

    I live in the UK, where PITS are banned. I used to foster Staffordshire bull terriers and fell in love with the breed, I now own a rescue who is now 8, and one of her puppies (now 2).
    ALL dogs are capable of aggresion, and whilst I would agree that some owners are responsible for making their dogs that way, I believe there are a large number of very loving owners who make their dogs that way by accident, through lack of relevant training and not enough exercise. Many small dog owners do not give the dog enough exercise and I believe this goes a long way towards the problem. Socialisation is also a problem, and I often despair that other dog owners will not let my Staffies meet their dog because of a perceived aggresion. I feel that legislation should be put in place that all potential dog owners be given instruction on how to properly train their dogs… After all, a four wheel drive can do much more damage than a mini but that doesn’t mean the 4 wheel drive should be banned, but the driver should be held responsible for the proper steering of the vehicle. If a vehicle (4 by 4 or mini) is involved in causing damage to a person or property, the vehicle is not destroyed, but the owner may lose their right to drive again, and this is the way it should be with dogs.

  186. Paul Sadler Says:

    The simple reality is that laws are a way of managing risk which combines both probability of something happening and the impact if it does.

    Littering may happen frequently but nobody dies today if you drop a piece of paper out of your pocket.

    The three most aggressive dogs mentioned in the study are “high probability” but “low impact”. Most likely way to deal with that is training (reduce the probability) and muzzles when in public (reduce impact).

    For the big three for media-reported attacks (dobs, pits and rotts), probability might be lower (and training might lower it), there is very little that can be done to reduce impact. They are just too strong and when they attack, their attack pattern is to continue until the prey is down and lifeless.

    Which means the risk for the first one (high x low = small to medium risk) is low enough to deal with it. For the second group, Medium x high = moderate to high, which means you need a much more aggressive way to deal with it.

    Same reasoning behind most laws — shoplifters do it frequently but don’t risk life and limb to anyone (high x low); murderers do it infrequently but kill their victim (low freq x high impact). One gets small fine, slap on risk; other hopefully goes to jail for a long time.

    The alternative is considered “wrong” by ACLU types — it is strict liability, the same liability some argue for gun owners. If your pet does something, you are 100% liable both civilly and criminally as if you did it yourself. So, by extension, if your pit gets loose, and hurts someone, you will be charged with assault as if you delivered the blows yourself. Your pet, your responsibility, your penalty. If the person dies, you get charged with murder. Strict liability. If you have a tame dog, no aggression, and you keep them controlled, proper care, your risk is low — but it wouldn’t take more than a conviction or two before the yahoos out there get the message if you train them or breed them to be aggressive, and they react, you go to jail. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not claim “it was an accident, they got loose, they were really just a bundle of fur, they must have been provoked somehow, I’m not really responsible.”

    For thsoe wondering if this applies to all dogs, it should. Your terrier might bite someone or snap at them, and your penalty won’t be much for a nip, but you might think, “Hmm, maybe a dog with a better temperment is a better choice”. As for large dogs, like labs, you’re not banning any dog, you’re just saying “You own them, you own the risk if something happens.” With large dogs like labs, the risk isn’t as great — they don’t tend to keep attacking unless the opponent is fighting back — they immobilize (rather than shred to lifelessness) and then end their attack unless they feel frightened again. So impact is probably low enough to handle the risk.

    Some advocates want this for gun ownership too — if you buy a gun, you’re responsible for it for the life of the gun. Even if you sell it, lose it, give it away, you’re always still responsible for it.

    Problem is of course that strict liability rarely works in courts, considered too “harsh” on liberty and freedom. Tell that to the dead victims.


  187. JRT Dad Says:

    Jack Russells can be holy terrors. I have more than once had to pick up bigger dogs (who were foolish enough to act tough) to “save them” from my two on a tirade. My boy dog has come home with puncture wounds on opposing sides of his body which tells me he fought his way out of a big dog mouth. Neither has ever been aggressive toward children or women but I once saw my little 16 pound female jump up and grab a buddy’s fat roll and hang on like a staple remover on crack. She just doesn’t like big guys. I picked him up as a hobo who was living in downtown bars – we rescued my girl dog from a Pet Store about 6 months before they shut it down.

  188. Irene Hutton Says:

    I own two pitty babies. 1 Blue nose full pitbull, 1 lab/pit mix, neither are aggressive, if anything they are large lap dogs. When are we going to stop blaming the wrong end of the leash for agressive behaviors. Pitbulls are huge babies unless they are taught to be aggressive. Blame those who neglect and mistreat this bully breed by fighting them. Pitbulls are powerful, as are most large breeds, but it’s the deed of the owner, not the animal. Every pitty baby I’ve known want belly rubs and to give kisses. The only reason these large breeds make the news is because people fight them, including famous people which put them in the spot light, they are tough looking dogs, but if you know one, they are huge babies are heart, defender of children and woman, and lovable beyond all measures. Education of those that don’t know pitty babies, rotties, dobbies, get to know them one on one before you judge, I promise you’ll change your mind.
    ALSO, if you or someone you know who has been bitten by a large breed, keep in mind the dogs circumstances were they fed, watered, had any human contact or were they chained up outside in all elements with nothing but being hit, teased, or not fed and watered, no affection. Dogs defend themselves like humans only with retreat, growl, bark, then bite.

  189. Irene Hutton Says:

    I am sorry you were attacked, yes it’s the owners responsibility, but to your comment as to outlawing pitbulls, it’s not fair, your dog is your baby, MY pitbulls are MY BABIES. These dogs are like my children so it’s not okay to kill them because uneducated people think so. If you don’t know anything about pitbulls, go get to know one personally, it’s the owners responsibility with ANY large or small breed to teach their dog and to properly ensure the dog intereacts with animals, people, children, that’s a responsible owner. Pitbulls yes in all fairness do cause a lot of damage but I’ve seen a lab cause way more damage on a human. In fact labs are 10 times more likely to bite a human than a pitbull is. ALL dogs are taught by people, don’t blame the dog for what they were taught, it’s all they know. and please…don’t suggest outlawing a dog if you never even met one face to face…pitbulls honestly are tail waggin, face lickin, belly rub loving dogs…as most dogs are.

  190. Laurie Says:

    Thank you for posting this, i have passed it on for more dog owners to read.We just moved from California to Missouri (husbands job transfer) and found it hard to find a place to rent, because no one would rent to us knowing we have a German Shepherd dog.My male dog loves kids and al he ever wants is to play catch with who ever will play with him.We did find a house by a lake, in a friendly neighborhood.But i found it very rude for most of the people i talked to, to laugh and say “No will rent to you, having a German Shepherd”.I was in tears.

  191. Tracy Says:

    I am an animal lover and owner. I have trained dogs as well as horses, and have been around a large variety of animals my whole life. Certainly the way that an animal is treated and trained makes the potential for danger higher or lower, but the reason that these larger breeds have the reputation that they do is not really that they are the more agressive breeds by nature than other dogs. The reality is that all animals (including humans) have a switch that can be flipped at any given point. It may never happen, but if it does the sheer lethal damage that can occur from one of the larger breeds versus the smaller breeds is why they have the reputation. Anyone that thinks that the potential does not exist simply because their animal is always friendly is naive. If that switch ever does flip then there is the potential that someone could die or be disfigured/disabled forever. That is not the case with a small dog because they do not have the ability to overpower you. The sheer strength of the pit bull and the other breeds is what sets it apart from some of the other big dogs. Pit bulls were originally bred for bull baiting which meant they were to bite the nose of the bull, and not let go. They have continued to be bred as fighting dogs, and the fact that they will not stop and their incredibly strong jaws. The other dangerous dog breeds have similar lineages. Labs were bread to retrieve birds. There is a BIG difference in the two, and that means a BIG difference in the danger level. Those that think the potential is not there are fooling themselves just like my 17 year old that thinks he can drive a car really fast and nothing has happened the last 10 times that he’s done it, so it’s fine. It only takes once to end a life, or forever change it. My point is that people that want to have these breeds should be mindful of the potential, and take precautions that do not put their dog or others lives in danger. The breed potential IS a factor. I have seen it in all animals. Some have more potential for certain characteristics than others. Please just be careful when considering your next pet.

  192. Sarah Says:

    As an Animal Control Officer I am not shocked!! I get bit by smaller dogs 20 to 1 over the larger breeds. It saddens me that I have to euthanize alot of large dogs because of the media and ignorance. I truly hope one day people will open their eyes, for all dogs are worthy of love and compassion.

  193. Tia Says:

    I have a Boston Terrier (Roxy) and at one point had the sweetest Blue Pit (Cali). Both are female dogs so there were times when they didn’t get along and I’ll tell you, my Boston is a force to be reckoned with. My pit didn’t stand a chance against her. Cali honestly thought she was a lap dog and had no idea she was an “aggressive” breed. I miss her dearly. After my divorce, I couldn’t bring her with me because of her breed. I love my Boston though and wouldn’t trade her for the world but she can be quite feisty with other dogs when necessary.

    It is not the breed, it is the owner. Pits, when raised with other dogs actually take on the temperament of the other dog(s). Thankfully, mine took after the lovable side of my Boston. There is a reason why there is an etiquette when meeting ANY dog. It is understandable that individuals develop fears based on experience but blaming the breed for it is misplaced. Sometimes blaming the specific dog is too. Sometimes, most times actually, the dog attacks because it feels threatened. Follow etiquette, treat all dogs with respect, and don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

  194. Shawna Says:

    I have a German Shepherd and a Shih Tzu. Guess which one is more likely to take a bite out of you? That’s right the Shih Tzu. It’s the little dogs you have to worry about. My cousin has a chichuaua and he is not friendly to me at all. Little monster of a dog.

  195. Mally Says:

    As a dog-lover, I wish all dog owners took care of their pets well. Unfortunately, while many of you do this, your anecdotal stories are not a logical way to approach this situation. Yes, your pit bull may be lovely, but in areas where the owners do mistreat or ignore them, they are able to do far more harm than one of the dogs listed here. “Aggression” with these types of dogs does not equal injury like it does for larger dogs. Think of the types of dogs you see in dog fighting… they aren’t chiwawa’s for a reason.

  196. Doreen Says:

    That is so true I had a weiner and she was very aggressive. She bit me regularly, bit strangers that tried to pet her and attacked her sister all the time. She did mellow with age though. She is gone now and do I miss her she made me laugh.

  197. Laurel Says:

    I go to a animal shelter every weekend to walk the dogs but I LOVE pit bulls. I dot bite by more Chihuahuas then pit bulls. I love all breeds but pits r my favorites.

  198. Shelly Says:

    I agree completely with this study. I have a Yorkie X Chihuahua and she’s mean. I love her dearly, but I’m pretty much the only she hasn’t shown aggression to. I have gone out of my way to socialize her, and train her to be around people. It’s sad because she’s such a cute dog and little children are drawn to her because she looks like a puppy, but little kids are the worst. Not that I want my dog labeled as aggressive but I would really like for people to stop labeling dogs that only look mean to be labeled aggressive when they have nothing more to go on.

  199. Stef Says:

    The thing is that they might be the nicest dog breed ever but when they bite it gets more coverage bc small breeds can nip and bite all day and it won’t necessarily even break the skin but when a pit bull attacks it can be deadly. About twice a year on my local news someone dies from a pit bull attack. That’s about as often as from a mountain lion attack, not very often. I think what scares some people is that the owners (from what I have seen) are usually surprised. I’ve also heard that over 80% of pit bulls that attack are Males that have not been neutered. I’ve heard some people argue that the breed has been bred to fight so I can never be fully 100% trusted But on the other hand I have many close friends who rescue pitbulls and they seem to be the nicest dogs ever who’ve been given a bad name because of the few that have attacked people

  200. Katie Says:

    We had a rottweiler and she was the biggest baby ever. She was so sweet and always looking for love and attention and if you didn’t give it to her that minute she would climb on your lap and demand it:) They get a bad rap but it is all in the handling of the dog. She was very protective of my nieces and nephew and never showed a mean side ever except when someone tried breaking in. My parents shitzhu is more aggressive and mean than any other dog I know. Like I said it is all in the way you raise and handle your dog.

  201. Satchmo Sings Says:

    When I was fifteen, at my mother’s insistence, we got a Dachshund, a standard smooth who grew to be a well-proportioned 28 pounder (12.7 kilos).

    He was just about the smartest dog I ever met and while he never really snapped at anyone his overall attitude was one that could be viewed as overall fairly aggressive.

    The mailman was one source this way to him; when the mail would come through the slot the teeth would be bared and the hair went up on his spine.

    He also had the bark of a much larger dog, so much so that when we moved, the moving men refused to come into the house until they actually got to see the source of that bark!

    That, and the delight that he took in trying to kill squirrels; I did actually see him kill two of them; he’d just rip out the throat and then snap the neck!!

  202. Jennie Says:

    Doxies?? I have one that will lick you to death. he loves to meet people and other dogs. He has NEVER bitten or growled at any living thing..Loves to dig for moles..

  203. Heidi Says:

    I bred and trained horses for years, mostly quarter horses and paints. Certain lines in the quarter horse business are bred for certain purposes. There are lines of halter horses that have to be retrained every day…beautiful, but not a brain in their heads. Some of the working horse lines are incredibly well-balanced and good-tempered. Then, throw in the ability of the trainer and you have a wide range of results. Think about cats. Maine Coons are docile and dog like. Siamese are sassy and not just vocally. Most dogs were originally bred for a function and it needs to be taken into account when you make the decision to include them in you life. I’ve owned labs, dachshunds, Australian shephers, blue heelers and then bully breeds for the last 20 years. My last rottie was the kindest dog who ever breathed, and the smartest…she would have died for me. She never showed any aggression toward anyone. Of course, I never had someone break into my house in the middle of the night. I am sure that I would have seen another side of her. Training and socialization should be included in the life of each and every dog. Pitties get bred in back yards to fight because none of the sociopaths would show up to bet on a fight between chihuahuas. Pitties look like gladiators, unfortunately for them.

  204. jordan g Says:

    here is the thing pit bulls a gangster thug dogs and people who own then are that type or wanna be that type of hard ass person but if you want any type of dog how about going out getting a good job and buying a house with your money than you can have any dog you want…thats what i did and my purebred doberman is doing fine with no problems had to also spend money on a fence but with 2 children under 4 as well that will keep everyone in so stop trying to live in apartments with dogs that is the real crime here

  205. Melanie Says:

    Well…seeing that I don’t have that 1 in 5 weiner dogs, I am blessed! We have a dachshund that is going on 6 years old, and has never lashed out on anyone, I have 2 young kids 5 & 3, and they have pulled on the dog and everything a kid can do to a dog, and he is GREAT with them.
    I do agree with someone up above, it is not so much the breed of the dog, but the person raising the dog…yes, if you raise a small dog with one person and do not socialize this dog, he/she will have a tendency to be nippy. However, if the dog is socialized from day 1 with other animals, adults, children etc. it will have a better chance to being friendly!

  206. Andrea Says:

    I am a proud dachshund owner and my pet is the sweetest, most precious dog I’ve known. Let’s stop stereotyping ALL ( weiner dogs, Pitbulls…)breeds and focus on being a responsible “parent” to our dogs, large and small.

  207. lou Says:

    i adopted a 10month old ffemale pitbull .she is now 2 1/2 .she is a lover of everyone and everything..the only thing she ever bit or harmed is a crickett .she doesnt understand what they r and wants to ply with them ,but ends up crushing them..when she put her paw on them …so sad for the crickett :(

  208. Mary Ann Meihm Says:

    I own a dachshund, and it is true that they can be very aggressive, although none of mine have been that way. I also know and love many of my friends rotties and pit bulls. I also agree, it is often the owner, not the dog, who creates the problem. But lets also be honest here, a mean dachshund bite will hurt but a mean pit bull or rottie can kill. Lets not compare apples and oranges. They need to be leashed around other people or dogs, and the owner needs to be in control. Sadly, the very dogs that need that leash, are often owned by people who train them to be agressive, and do not care to control them when around other dogs or people.

  209. Tom Says:

    Interesting findings from that research. I have two chihuahuas myself, and neither of them has ever so much as growled at anyone in person. They are, however, very aggressive towards strange noises outside, to the point of it being comical. I like to say that they think themselves part police dog, part Rottweiler, descended from wolves, etc.. :)

  210. Angie Says:

    Wow guess my 22 years of training and raising dachshunds I must just have rare ones cause I have never been bite by one. Never trust a study go to someone who trains and knows the breed!!!

  211. Seachele369 Says:

    I agree with William E.Pace….It is not the dog…it’s the ignorant, non-educated Idiot at the other end of the leash that is the problem. Learn the rules about approaching and indroducing yourself and your children to dogs. It’s about respect of the dogs personal space.If the dog senses negative energy or fear, it causes anxiety. This can cause any dog to lash out. Well, that’s my opinion anyway….

  212. Dawn Says:

    For those who say that pitbulls should be banned. I say well I have been bitten by a collie so all collies should be banned, and I have also been scratched by cats so all cats should be banned. Sounds stupid you say? Exactly! It is stupid, you should not ban an entire breed just because of what a few do. Most of he time these hings happen as a result of owners who do not know how to properly take care of and train dogs. And they would have thesame issues no matter what breed they own. People who own pitbulls to fight abuse and hurt these dogs horribly. And the dog is the one who gets in trouble when I isnt even the dogs fault. But sadly sometimes pits that are rescued from those situations are to far gone to help. Ive had my own expriences with pits, rots, and Dobermans and they have been nohing but wonderful dogs in fact my doberman is the biggest wuss, my dads black lab pushes him around. As for dogs bein talked about as family well if one knows anything about dogs they know that to a dog we are considered their pack. So to them we r family. And in a way they are like children. In their eyes we are the alpha. As a dog owner that is how u should think, like u are he alpha of the pack. So to them its like a pack and they need that alpha. And if a person doesnt understand how to properly raise a dog, they will have a lot of trouble.

  213. justin Says:

    the problem is people. most people get a dog for the wrong reason and at the wrong time. my family has had dogs my entire life and most of my friends throughout have dogs. Started with a german short-haired pointer. She was an awesome dog and always slept in the tree out front while i was outside playing, she ripped apart a squirrel that ran in front of me one day. Very protective dog! After her we had another handful of GSHP and all were great dogs but would go after the mailman from time to time. we have since had an adopted mutt that took off one day, a goldie, two flat coated retriever/cocker spaniel mix, another german short haired pointer and I got myself a boxer. The most aggressive dog we have ever had was the goldie. Sister wanted it and didn’t want to train it. the dog would snarl, show teeth and snap very often. I trained him real quickly from that, any of spoken behavior and i would turn him on his back grab his nose and give him a good slap. needless to say he was no longer aggressive.

    Onto other people’s dogs. Every pit i have come across i would send to a pound immediately if it were my dog. jumping up uncontrollably, snapping at fingers and hands, constantly chewing and destroying anything in sight and many other unacceptable behaviors. A pit is not a typical dog, its a whole different breed and most people do not realize that, train or treat it accordingly.
    I train dogs with a friend for sled racing. She has a neighbor who has 6 pits, there have now been 6 occasions where they see us training the dogs in the field and they bolt over to us to try to attack our dogs and the thing is they don’t stop unless BEATEN. It took 4 snaps of a leather whip across the one’s face before it retreated. They travel in packs and are much more vicious around other pits. They are not the lovable cuddly breed that a lot of owners want to make them out to be. I travel around a lot and see hundreds of dogs. through my experiences the worst breed by far is the Pit

  214. Alice Peal Says:

    Comment #30 is naive. Agressive, biting small dogs can inflict a lot of damage. My brother-in-law was attacked by a small dog (Pomeranian). 70 stitches and plastic surgery later, he is healed.

  215. teresa cruz Says:

    I have a 3 pound red nose chihuahua an she is not friendly at all only with us the person that she see daily basis she don’t bother to be nice with nobody she will come to u and bite withno gesitation

  216. Thoracias Says:

    The next time one of those damn little chihuahuas or Pomeranians snarls at me, I’m calling the cops and reporting them as aggressive! When we start doing that to the SMALL breeds I bet things will change!

  217. Sarah Says:

    I hate that these amazing breeds are discriminated against because of ignorance and hearsay. I am the very proud owner of a 65lb American PitBull Terrier who’s favorite spot is in someone’s lap (he doesn’t discriminate who as long as they’re giving him lovin’) with his head on their shoulder. The only thing vicious about my pitbull is his tongue and his tail when he’s happy (which is nearly always). Anyway this “vicious” pit bull lives in a house where he’s bossed around by a cat, and scared to death of a pet rat. Oh, he’s also scared of the bathroom (he hates baths). He sleeps on his back and snores, and tries every day to sleep in bed with me and my husband, even though he knows he’s not allows because he’s just too big. He loves to play with any dog that will play with him and will just run and run. I like to take him to my mom’s where he has 45 acres of country side to run. Although, I have to admit the last time we were there a pack of 5 dachshund/beagle mixed dogs charged after him, and I just can’t believe how he reacted. Can you believe that my dog actually tucked his tail and ran towards me like his life depended on it?! I have never seen a dog with a more terrified expression on his face than I did that day. Definitley on of those moments you wish you had been able to record! Anyway, people need to start being responsible for their actions towards these beautiful breeds. Too many people are blaming the wrong end of the leash.
    Happy trails.

  218. Lena Says:

    I’m not surprised at all by those results. The only reason that you don’t hear more of attacks by the smaller breed is that they don’t inflict the damage of the larger breeds. I’ve never like dachshunds because although I’ve met a few that had nice temperaments, the majority have snippy, snappy and yappy. I’ve also found that to be true in the majority of Chihuahuas and Jack Russells that I’ve had the misfortune of encountering.

    And Dode…. Purebreds are NOT more inclined to bite. That’s a pile of hokum. Poorly bred dogs, with no thought given to temperament, are more likely to bite. We raise and show Boxers. Temperament is paramount in our breeding program. We’ve NEVER had an issue with ANY of our dogs or their offspring, biting. In the same sentence you state that Husky/Springer mix is more likely to bite….. a non-purebred.

  219. raquel Says:

    i just want to say that i have been bitten by only small dogs and so have my 5 year old daughter its kinds funny because here reading all these input by people who say these horrible things about certain breeds its not the breed its the owner.I myself have owned dogs all my life, all have been large dogs of many breeds and most recent i lost my two rottis to cancer they were the best behaved dogs ever and never bite anyone I am not judging any one here but to label a dog for there look or size is so wrong its like labeling someone who is of different color height or ability … people its comes from the raising and ownership of the dog when will you see this …. open your minds then your eyes cause your walking thru life uneducated and blind….

  220. Dottie Seidl Says:

    I have both a dacshund and a rot/bull mastiff. The rot/bull mastiff (Timber) is friendly loveable and loves our childrenand protects the family and the house from fleas, moths and grasshoppers. The dacshund aka: Romeo is not so friendly. He will not snap at me but on occasion has snapped at my children and does not like men at all. We have tried working with him but he is stubborn. It is ashame that some breeds of dogs are demonized in such a manner. For the most part a dog will take the personality of there owner.

  221. Sandy Moran Says:

    I totally agree that how the dog is raised and treated will affect it’s temperament. In the past two weeks, there have been three dog attacks within a forty mile radius of where I live, and one of the attacks was fatal. All of the attacks were by pit bulls. Can’t we just put the owners to sleep?

  222. nita Says:

    Our now deceased Rottie was always on a lead and more than once was charged by small dogs and she barked back. I do not blame her, but the owners of the small dogs that were not on a leash were upset, mine was on a 3 foot lead, theirs were on nothing,shame on them. Everybody does not love YOUR dog that YOU do not control.

  223. Sherri Says:

    I’ve been a Lic. Vet Tech for 29 years, They forgot one dog TOY Poodles. And Lhasa’s, they are very bull headed. Shepherd’s are fear biters, but like anything with teeth has the capacity to bite. I love Pitties/Am Staf’s they are sweeties, its all in the human that raises/trains them. Not everyone should have Golden Retriever for example. I love them had them over the past 30 years, but if you can’t handle them being teenagers for 3 years or so… even they can get out of hand. They should also include the Chow. They may be great at home, but when I see them, nooo thanks, I’ve jumped backwards over exam table to get out of the way of their cat-like temper and teeth.

  224. Lisa Says:

    @ lorrane Ok as i have been reading we have alot of breed discrimination. I have noticed that most people are defending the bully breeds and that is fine i love all dogs they all need love attention and training food water and grooming not to far off from a human if u dont like a breed dont rry to push your opinion on some one else u dont like pitt bulls but u should think about this one pit bull did a horrible thing and now u are damning the whole u should try maybe thinking about what the dog looked like and who its owner was and if it was old or not cause with all dogs they tend to get a little grumpy with old age especially if they are not neutered or spayed the dog was just trying to do what it was trained to do and that is protect its owner as much as u dont want to hear pittys are very loyal to their owners and familys and dogs are not as smart as humans if they see something that freightens them they will react they dont have the rational that we have so with that said i love all dogs and as vet tech i see a lot of them and i ha e never been bitten by a dog it is not only how the owners train the dog it is also how u approach the dog if u approach the dog right u wont get bit

  225. Nancy Bliss Says:

    First, let me say that I am against any breed specific laws, but I have owned dachshunds (“wiener” dogs) for many years and yes, they can be aggressive, especially when a stranger appears on their territory. But a dachshund will bite (usually on the ankle since that is all he can reach) and then leave. It does not seem fair to compare this “aggression” with the damage a pit bull or rottweiler can do if he decides to attack. The reason bites by large dogs are reported more frequently than those by smaller dogs is because the bites are more serious.

  226. Colleen Says:

    We have a 4 year old minidachshund who was great with my kids and strangers until one day when we had her outside with us during our neighborhood yard sale. We had her on a lead on our front lawn and a little boy who apparently wasn’t being watched by his parents walked right up to her from behind, grabbed her by the tail and started pulling her across the lawn! I heard her yelp, and ran over to see what was going on. The parents came over and accused me of not having my dog under control and biting their son! She actually hadn’t bitten him at all (which I couldn’t blame her if she had!), and she was tied up on MY lawn on MY property! Ever since this incident, our doxie has a tendency to become aggressive around children, especially if they approach her from behind and startle her. She has always been fine with my children. We had recently rescued a black lab puppy and when we brought her home our doxie acted aggressively toward her for the first few days, but after that they were fine. Now they are inseparable!! Getting a buddy for her was the best thing we could have done. She’s become much less aggressive with children and other dogs and barks far less!

  227. Nancy Says:

    I have a chihuahua…sweetest little licker you would ever meet. I was afraid because they are know to be little ankle biters, but I do think it is how they are raised. Socialization from 8 weeks was crucial. had him around kids, adults and other dogs…and he loves them all. He is 13 now, and only recently is slightly aggressive when he is on his leash around other dogs. Take him off, he is fine.

  228. Misty Says:

    I have now and have raised Doberman’s. I can say they are very loyal dog’s. I think the worst he does is barks at people and jumps. Every new person he meets he likes and sniffs. He has never bite anyone or any of the ones I had in the past had not either. I got bite by a Chow Chow when I was little and left a scar on my face but I don’t point them out as a bad breed. I feel it’s all in the way you raise them. All they are is a four legged child. I get really upset when people name a dog “Bad Breed”. I have had smaller dogs and they tend to be more aggressive then the large ones. I’ve always said they do it to make up for their size.

  229. Hunter Says:

    One breed not mentioned in the Yorkkshire Terrier. My little guy is lovable with people, and playful with other small dogs, 24/7 playpen. But, he becomes extremely agressive towards bigger breeds. He’s been socialized around people and other small dog breeds…toy poodles, Maltese, silky terriers, other yorkies, pekingese, etc. So he’s fine with them.

    Why he is agressive towards the big guys, I don’t know. He wants to play with one neighbor’s Yorkie-Poodle mix and the other neighbor’s Maltese all day long; but wants to kill the Shepherd across the street. He’s only 7 lbs. The shepherd must weigh 90 lbs. He barks, lunges, and snarls whenever he sees a big doog, put whines to go out an play with the little ones. But, I love the Yorkshire Terrier breed.

  230. SC Says:

    I don’t care what breed it is, it’s the owner, not the dog.

  231. Sharon McN Says:

    What people should think about; that aggressive, “cute,” ill mannered behavior of little dogs (folks don’t seem to invest in training with little dogs as much as the bigger breeds do) is considered dangerous behavior when exhibited by big dogs. Bad dog behavior is bad dog behavior, regardless the size (breed) of the dog.

    Having owned two Rotts and now a Pit, I can tell you they are NOT monsters. All loved kids; my girlfriend did daycare and if she had a sick kid while the others could go to the yard, she would ask me to bring my boy (Rott) over to babysit in the yard. First time the moms had a fit because they couldn’t go into the yard. (Then the light bulb lit up.) And my 5-1/2 year old Goddaughter has been pushing my Pit out of the way since she could walk. Before that she crawled under him or laid on him and got him all snotty and sticky…if she’s in a chair, he tries to be under it. She feeds him and he sits pretty when she give him treats. While Rotts live to work and love, Pits live to play and love. Same goals met, different paths.

    And yes, being a pet care provider, the little dogs are more likely to be unruly on the walks and during boarding.

  232. David H Says:

    It’s not about the breed necessarily. It’s more about environment and socialization. Granted some breeds have been “line-bred” so much that they are fractious. (Responsible Breeders breed for temperment and then “type”.

    More importantly many dogs come from puppy mills where there is little human contact. All dogs grow up best where they are involved with humans as much as possible. This is especially true when the puppies are raised around children.

    It’s also best when someone in the home becomes “Alpha” over the dog. Watch the Dog Whisperer for some great ideas.

  233. imarunner2 Says:

    If all is as it should be we naturally should look at the potential harm a dog might cause regardless of breed. Bigger dogs and those breeds that bread for fighting deserve a higher level of scrutiny.

  234. Dawn Says:

    My 3 year old Siberian Husky loves people. She hates other dogs. I socialized her a lot, but she became very dog aggressive at around 1 year. Especially to small dogs and female dogs. High prey drive, but is ok with cats. For all of you saying “blame the owner”….sometimes that’s just not the case. Some dogs are just that way. Maybe there’s someone out there that can help, but I have yet to find them.

  235. gamergirl Says:

    I worked for a veterinary clinic for 3.5 years and I would have to agree that the most aggressive dog breeds were the dachshund and the chihuahua. Corgis were on that list too. I was bitten 3 times while working there, the first was a Jack Rat Terrier that was so horribly trained and the owner condoned his terrible behavior and “babied” him when he was acting that way that there was no physical way we could even examine him. He would have to be put into a cat squeeze box and sedated for us to even get near him…he was my first bite while trying to gently put a muzzle on him and trying to gain his trust. I have never in my life seen a dog with a case of fear aggression such as that. I felt horrible that the poor guy had to live that way. The second bite I received was from a 10 year old golden retriever. She bit me in the face. When your working in a fast paced clinic and doctors are barking orders at you…you sometimes get miscommunication. I was not aware the dog had a sever uterine infection and my fellow assistant an I picked her up to bring her to xray and she snapped at my face in pain :( the poor baby. I felt so terrible that she was so sick I didn’t even remember that she bit my face and people were telling me I needed to go to the doctor. The third bite was a cat…ouch…and hospital stay. I was more intimidated by the small aggressive breeds then the breeds that are “tagged” as aggressive. The pit bulls and a very sweet loving doberman were some of my favorite patients :) I think most of this comes from little dog syndrome…also owners tend to BABY the crap out of the small breed dogs. Some of them don’t even know how to walk because they are carried all the time…how sick is that!

  236. Gail Says:

    Okay, okay. We all agree it matters mostly how a dog’s treated by its owner, and “bullies” can be big sweethearts.
    But how come everyone seems to think it’s okay to summarily dis the little breeds, and imply that they’re pains in the butts by nature? They will be sweet when treated sweetly too. My personal experience is with a number of sweet Chihuahuas, who were/are smart, lovable, and intensely companionable.
    I have also found Dobermans to be calm and patient and devoted. Currently i have an English Setter, and she is an absolute love bug.

  237. Dani Says:

    As a veterinarian, I can tell you that the dogs that we watch out for most are the Dauchshunds and the Chihuahuas. Granted, not all are bad, but more need muzzles than any other breed. Quite a few also bite the owner semi-regularly, and for some reason, the owner thinks that is ok. I have had very few large breed dogs try to bite, and that includes rotts, pits, and dobermans. As mentioned in the article, a bite by a small breed, just by mouth size and jaw design, will not cause as much damage as a pitbull, which has been bred to have massive crushing jaws. A large breed dog bite will almost always do more damage than small just because of size logistics. There have been studies that most of the “designer” breed mixes are more likely to inherit the bad tendencies from the parent breed than the good, including aggression. They have not found the same to be as prevalent in large breed mixes.

    Another point- people who adopt a larger breed dog GENERALLY seem to have more dominance and get the dog trained right, even farm dogs, because it is too dangerous otherwise. People get small breed dogs sometimes for the status, or do not think they need training as much as the larger breeds, and end up with a disaster.

  238. Jada Says:

    Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
    No child is bad from the beginning. They only imitate their atmosphere.
    Dogs reflect the attitudes and tempers of their owners. If you don’t teach your dog any manners, your dog won’t have any manners.

    Pit Bull or Poodle

  239. Sarah Says:

    I have a chiweenie, which is a chihauha, dachsund mix. There is nothing aggressive about her, she is sweet and loving. I also have a one month old son and all she has ever done to him is give him kisses. So, I find it hard to believe that both chihauhas and dachsunds are aggressive. If a dog is aggressive it’s not their fault, it’s their owners. Just like criminals are a product of their environment.

  240. Lauren Says:

    I have two JRT and they are the sweetest, loving souls in the world. Both rescues mind you. They have a little napolean’s complex, but I wouldn’t stop getting Jacks for anything in the world. And as others have said….it’s the person, not the breed.

  241. Scott Says:

    Remember The Little Rascals? Petey was a Pit Bull. He hung around rambunctious kids and never showed any sign of aggression. In fact, what he did show was how intelligent and trainable a Pit Bull was. I grew up with dogs of every size and breed. My largest, a Dane, was a pussycat. It isn’t the dog that is bad, it’s the owner!

  242. Orvil Says:

    I have a 5lb Yorkie, and he is asleep far more than he is awake but I must agree with an earlier poster. I think it’s all about the owner of the dog, they take on the personality of the owner. I can also see the smaller guys being more aggressive, lord knows the only time I have any issues walking “Sarge” is with another lil small breed trying to buck up.

  243. Doug Says:

    My Tree Walker Coon Hound is more aggressive than my American Staffy and my 105lbs APBT. The Staffy and APBT backed down from my sister wiener dog and my mom’s 2 yorkies. On the other hand they all backed down from Walker. But the Walker has been trained as a coon hunter so , yes she is mean.

  244. Maryan Says:

    I am the owner of a rescue Lhasa Apso mix. He has been part of our family for 5 years now, but he is very territorial and instinctively aggressive when he feels something belongs to him. He was just over two when we adopted him.

    We are not sure if he spoke the same language when we rescued him, but he was seriously in need of a stable home. Unfortunately, he had serious bad habits already established. He has gotten better with instinctive reactions, but he does bite when you try to grab some thing from him.

    Because we made the choice to add him to our family, we do work with his temperament as best we can, and we avoid established triggers. It is absolutely NOT ok when he does bite, but I wouldn’t send my child to a shelter for doing something wrong, I won’t do it to my dog either.

    Also, he does not play well with larger dogs. He will sniff and possibly bark at smaller ones, but has never tried to snap at them, while with larger dogs he is immediately pulling at the leash and barking like crazy. It seems to me that he has a bit of a Napoleon complex too.

    Other than those incidents, of which the frequency has diminished over time, he is very inquisitive, affectionate and coexists with our cat quite well.

  245. Kyle Says:

    I have been a dog owner all my life and have owned many many different breads Schnauzers, dalmatians, great dane etc. The most mean aggressive dog I had was the Schnauzer and he was the smallest.

    In my opinion dogs are very much like children some are naturally more aggressive than others but in the end they will be as aggressive as they are taught or allowed to be.

    I would never consider getting any of the smaller breads because they are more high strung and mean.

    Bigger dogs get a bad rap because often times they are mis-treated and taught to be aggressive. Couple that with their natural size and power and its now wonder things go bad. The problem is the media and such don’t really focus on the problem which is probably the owner they just focus on the actions of one animal.

  246. Michelle Says:

    Wow… it’s scary to see the inner thoughts of the average ignorant dog owner. Rottweiler do not just go psycho after giving birth, the dog was unstable to begin with, and you shouldn’t be breeding dogs if you couldn’t tell! Now all of those pups have that predisposition! Did you bother to contact the people you sold the dogs to, and warn them? Of course not! So now another dangerous generation can be bred and more idiots like this can breed them, causing further genetic damage to this beloved breed! It’s not just bad owners, it’s lying money grubbing schiesty “puppy pimps” selling dogs for money!!

  247. Nikki McGee Says:

    I must say that I agree 100% with what is being said. I myself have a Jack. He is very aggressive with my husband. We have a squirt bottle that we use when he gets aggressive. It puts him in check, so to speak. But I wouldn’t trade him for the world as he also very affectionate. Loves to cuddle “under the blankets, lying with his head on your shoulder.” He is very talkative. When we say good morning he replies. When we come he says hello. When he starts to talk if we shhhhhhh he talks quiet. He was very easy to train. He is also not my 1st Jack. My last Jack was a little baby. He didn’t have a vicious bone in his body. I have been raised around dogs and I do feel that the dog needs to know who their master is but it does not need to be done in an aggressive manner. The more aggressive you are the more your dog will be aggressive. I truly believe that it is not the dogs fault but the owners and the way they raise them.

  248. Dog Lover Says:

    I do not care who you are or what kind of dog you have. If you are not in a dog park or private property and your dog is not on a leash… That dog is fare game if it comes after me or anyone near me in an aggressive manner. In other words that is a dead dog.

  249. Dutch Says:

    Our family has had several dogs over the course of my life, we’ve had a rottie, a big mutt, a great Pyrenees, a German Shepherd, a lab and two lab/husky crosses. Surprisingly enough, my lab was the most likely to bite out of all of them. (NONE of our dogs have EVER bitten, but he showed the most aggressive tendencies)

    Lorraine, I am sorry about what happened to your friend’s daughter. I have to say though, that this is a result of poor training or a lack of socialization. Not the breed.

    I do agree that small breeds tend to be more aggressive, but again this is largely due to a lack of training and socialization because many small-dog owners do not feel it is necessary or that the aggressive behavior is cute. As many people have said, a small-dog bite is vastly preferable to a large-dog bite, but either way I’d rather not get bitten. I would encourage all dog owners to take training and socializing seriously.

  250. Leslie Ann Nick Says:

    I so agree with this study! My daughter’s pit bull was attacked by a chihuahua! My daughter’s dog was on a leash so she quickly walked her dog away from the chihuahua and tended to her dogs wounds. Her dog was dog friendly so this really surprised her dog! Now when she walks to her dog, my daughter will cross the street if she see a small dog, especially chihuahuas. This is differently the reverse of what most people would think! Her dog is dog friend and loves people but my daughter doesn’t want her dog attacked since being that her dog is a pit bull her dog would automatically be deemed the aggressive dog! My son has a female Rottweiler that is a big baby! Loves to play and be loved! She goes on walks and play little or no attention to another dog! She is a real people loving dog! She has been taken to events where there are other dogs and has never been a problem! She is usually to busy look for attention! I really believe that the smaller dogs are more hyper and are more likely to bite for any reason or no reason. But because their bites are small people don’t report them and if they do it isn’t very news worthy!

  251. Jim Says:

    I’ve raised several Dachshunds over the years and poor treatment is almost always going to give you an aggressive Dachshund..They were originally bred to fight Badgers…ever fight a Badger? Treat them well and teach them not to be quite so territorial around strangers and nine out of ten times you’ll have a well mannered if somewhat independent dog. That independece is really a characteristic of any breed who was bred to hunt down prey without human supervision.

  252. terrie Says:

    all dogs have the penitential to be aggressive if not taught proper behavior by its human friend but i do agree with this study to a certain extent rotties, pits and other bull breeds have had a bad name put on them by people whom have abused them over hundreds of years for fighting we seem to forget thats the humans fault and they were also breed to look like they do its not fair on them when smaller dogs do the most damage !!

  253. shelley Says:

    the bottom line is, it’s all in the way they are raised. People blame the breed but the truth is, it’s the owners. the dogs only learn what we teach them. just like kids, if you don’t teach kids right from wrong and let them run lose with out respect for others your going to have not so very nice kids. another mistake I feel people make is they don’t learn about the breed of dog they get. alot of times people get a puppy cuz it’s so cute but when the cuteness wares off the dog is the one that gets the bad end of the deal. you should find out if the breed is going to work for you and your family.

  254. Ryan Says:

    I was attacked by a pit when I was a kid. It was because of a bad owner. That being said, I will never own a pit. But that is simply my choice and I have nothing against people that do own them, as long as they are trained! If a pitbull tries to jump up when it “greets” me I will take that as an aggressive action and leave or defend myself. No dog should jump on people, big or small breed. If your dog does do that, you need to get back to training it.

  255. Deborah Says:

    I recently had a mixed breed that was some sort of hunting dog, medium to large size and beautiful spots. Vet thought maybe a Aussy mix about a year old. He was great at first, got him from SPCA. Then he became very aggressive in his barking and growling and snapping, very hyper too. He got away from me one day when transporting him to my car and was killed on the road chasing car tires like the devil. I’ve had Aussies before. They were not at all like that.

  256. Pit bull bry Says:

    Ever stop to think of why these large breeds are getting a bad wrap? There has got to be a bigger picture. We don’t have any bsl where I live but I just read a story where people on parole had there houses raided and parole agents took there put bulls for no reason at all. I’m telling you this goes right along with gun control the government doesn’t want you to have any way to protect yourself pit bulls included

  257. Leslie Says:

    I had a LLasa apso that you wouldn’t want to mess with…loved that guy….but was pretty sure the breed was going to be # 1 in aggression!! :)

  258. Rachelle Says:

    My dad has 185 pound lapdog, actually a Rottweiler. Biggest danger is that he will turn around too fast and knock you over. My dad has trained him very well, but still, if he decides he wants to be vicious he could easily kill a person.
    My 12 pound Dachsie is a nipper, much more likely to bite than the Rotty and though she has never nipped me I am always aware that in the wrong situation she is capable. BUT, when was the last time you heard of a person being mauled by a little dog. They generally nip and even if mistreated or taught to be mean they can still only nip, not knock a person to the ground and maul.
    Case in point; I was 13 and a neighbors Doberman wandered into our yard, chased me, bit the back of my calf and shook, wouldn’t let go until my neighbor heard me scream and grabbed a bat and had to repeatedly hit the animal until it let go and ran away. I ended up with 40 stitches and a dislocated knee. Yes, it had to be put down, the poor things injuries turned out to be irreparable but I have no doubt I might have been killed if my neighbor had not come to my rescue. I still consider that violence as traumatic as my own injuries. In reference, I had a friend in school with a little Rat Terrier that would grab my pant leg growling and I would literally drag that thing behind me, laughing at it. I still like big dogs but I will never own a large dog myself because of being attached.
    When my Dachsie nipped someone I was so upset I took her to the vet and worked with her to minimize that behavior and I take precautions to make sure she doesn’t get the chance to do it again.
    I guess it all comes down to being a responsible pet owner and being cautious around all dogs, not just a certain breed because someone has decided that it has the potential to injure a human. Labeling a specific breed as bad is unfair.
    All dogs have that potential but to varying degrees and that is definitely based on size.

  259. Kristina Says:

    Pitbulls, like MANY dogs, are only agressive if they are taught to be that way. My pitbull is a sweet, loving, dog that does not bark, or show any signs of agression. If a dog is bad, it is the owner that has failed, not the dog.

  260. Katie Says:

    I have had several breeds of dogs growing up.
    Our Border Collie took a chunk out of the neighbors kid(the kid kept teasing him through the gate) and a pug lab mix who went after people and eventually killed a neighbors rat terrier.
    I now have 4 American Pit Bull Terrier mixes, and have NEVER had an issue.

    I find it amusing that the other two dogs I had were well likes breeds and known “family” pets” yet they were the most aggressive, and I know it was from genetics, cause I’ve never trained my dogs any different then the others, and those two were the only ones who ever had issues beyond my control.

  261. Tony Says:

    This might suggest that the breeds thought to be the most aggressive have OWNERS who fall into the most aggressive. When I see a Pit Bull or an English Bull Terrier or a Rottweiler it’s usually the owners who have the common characteristics i.e. low intellect, tattoos (some), little guys with something to prove. My take is usually big dog small brain. Of course this isn’t across the board and has many exceptions,.. Woof !

  262. Minister Says:

    I have a Jack Russell, the coolest, friendliest dog I’ve ever owned, he just loves people, especially kids. If visitor knocks on the door, he’ll bark like a lunatic, but when you open the door he’s instantly in love with them.

    My friend has a Rottweiler, my brother has a Dachshund and another friend also has a Dachshund. All have very different dispositions, but all are very sweet friendly dogs.

    Although I recently dated someone who owned a Chihuahua… the meanest mentally unstable dog I ever met. It would take the dog at least 30 minutes to stop barking non-stop at anyone who arrived, even if the dog knew them. Sometimes, the barking wouldn’t stop.

    Or, if her chihuahua did settle down and finally get friendly, it would suddenly decide to bite your face or hand. You could be there for hours, the dog sitting on your lap, everything is cool, all face licking “lovey dovey”… then BANG, it would suddenly snap and decide to try and remove your nose with it’s teeth.

    Totally insane.

    Sad to say, her dog was so annoying, unstable and out of it’s mind I was relieved the relationship ended. Also realized why she’s been single for so long, lol. Hard to date anyone, no matter how nice, when you have to deal with a completely insane dog every time you stop by.

    Anyway, my point being, I think it’s not the breed, it’s the dog… although the last breed I’d ever own is a chihuahua.

  263. Marie Says:

    We have a Jack Russell. We adopted him at the age of 3. He can go from sweet and cute to trying to bite you in seconds. We try to tell ourselves he was poorly socialized but I don’t think that is the case. It doesn’t come as any surprise to me that a Jack’s are in the top 3. You can say it is the dog not the breed but Jacks are breed to be little hunters. He is territorial, protective and aggressive. He has bitten both my husband and I on several occasions. We talked to our vet about behavior modification but there is little hope that he will become less aggressive. Fortunately, he hasn’t done any real harm but I would never own another JRT.

  264. Sheryl Says:

    I believe that Doxies, and many smaller dogs, are more prone to bite than other dogs. A bite hurts no matter the size of the dog but having been attacked by 2 German Sheperds while walking to school when I was a kid, I can tell you I would much rather be attacked and bitten by a small dog.

  265. Salem Says:

    I am the proud owner of a boxer-pitt (named Harley). She is the sweetest dog and is not aggressive to anyone (dog or human). My children use her as a pillow, she lays on the floor by their bed and “guards” them through the night, when my daughter was a baby she would pull Harley’s ears and all she would do is look at me with a plaintive look as if to say “momma make her stop” but never once showed teeth, barked, or nipped my daughter. She will go to the door with curiosity when someone comes over, but doesn’t bark or intrude the visitor’s space. The only time Harley has ever barked was when we had someone creeping around our backyard in the middle of the night. I trust her implicitly.
    I have previously owned a Black Lab named Boomer. One day he was leashed to the front pillar of our porch while my husband readied the tub to give Boomer a bath. One of the neighbors was out with their dog unleashed and the dog ran into our yard. He attacked Boomer, but Boomer ended up ripping his throat open and killed the dog (don’t know the breed, just that it was of a similar size with our Lab). The owner wanted compensation and called the cops. My boy was unable to escape, the dead dog was the attacker and unleashed, but we had to put our dog down due to municipal ordinance because he’d killed another dog. He had never been aggressive to any other dog or my family and co-existed peacefully with Harley. One bad incident, one stupid dog owner later, and we lost a loving member of our family.
    Now we live in another town next to a Chihuahua and across the street from a Chi-Weenie. My children go out to play and the Chi-Weenie is running around freely. It comes in our yard all the time. Once it brought a bone with it (into MY FRONT YARD) that it was keeping away from the cats at it’s own house and growled at my daughter and my dog when they got too close. It frequently chases, growls at, and barks at stray cats in the neighborhood and I worry about my children playing in their own yard. The chihuahua next door is allowed to go outside to potty alone. There are no fences in anyone’s front yard, so it usually goes in my yard! If I go outside (to leave for work, come home from work, check on my children, any reason at all), the Chi will run at me barking furiously. I have had to draw up short multiple times, hoping it would stop a foot away and not bite me. It is a menace. But my neighbors just “pish-posh” it away when I mention that I’m worried it will bite someone. It’s their “grandbaby” and wouldn’t really hurt anyone…pfft!

  266. Melisa Says:

    Growing up I had an APBT she was the friendliest biggest baby ever. She was protective and would not let other dogs in our yard. She never once growled or snapped at any other human. She was trained to work cattle and horses on our farm and was fantastic pet and work dog. When she passed it was as if a member of our family died. It is the owner not the pet that makes the animal aggressive or not!!!

  267. Rebecca Says:

    I had my bottom lip pulled off by a jelous dachshund when I was a kid ….and now I have the most beautiful loving english Bull Terrier, who loves all beings, including kids and cats…need I say more.

  268. Phyllis Says:

    I just recently lost my sweet pitbull mix, 15 yrs old. She was the sweetest dog I have ever owned. She never threatened anyone and was so gentle and caring of other animals. She would bring baby birds to us when she found them in the yard and she “took care” of the neighbor’s old cat when he came over to visit at our house.

    As a Home Health nurse, I encounter many different dog breeds every day. I am most wary of the smaller breeds. I have been bitten and threatened most by Chihuahuas but the Yorkies, Daschunds and Jack Russells are equally aggressive to me. I would much rather go into a home with a larger dog than the smaller ones.

  269. Karen Says:

    The problem with Pits is not whether or not they are aggressive. The problem is their strength. When they do get aggressive as almost any dog can and will–say, if they think they are being threatened–they have the strength to kill. My sister’s small dog was recently killed by a “nonaggressive, sweet” pit bull.

  270. Cody Says:

    Aggressive behavior can often be a result of poor breeding mixed with inexperienced owners. These people, many of them posted here, are the ones guilty of creating the ‘aggressive pitbull’ stigma and causing the deaths of tens of thousands of dogs in our shelters. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Especially thinking that because you have met a breed, that you are some kind of behavioral specialist. Get over yourself and teach people to take responsibility for their pets.

  271. Steve Says:

    The problem with pit bulls is that they are basically bred to hurt or kill people.

    Dogs are kind of like young children. If you have a bunch of 5 year-old kids playing in the yard, sometimes some of them are going to scratch, bite, and hurt each other. Now, imagine that some of the kids have razor blades attached to gloves that they wear when they play. There would likely be serious carnage in the playground. That’s kind of like what it is with pit bulls: massive jaw strength and sharp teeth.

    Police forces use German Shepherds, in part, because they have a strong, but not too strong, bite. They are good at grabbing a fleeing suspect’s leg and holding him, without causing serious damage to the suspect (who may, of course, turn out to be innocent).

    Small dogs might sometimes be aggressive, but, even if they bite someone, they are unlikely to seriously injure or kill them.

    There will always be good dogs and bad dogs, and good owners and bad owners. I don’t think we should breed dogs that are essentially killing machines.

  272. Kimberly Says:

    OMG… so ridiculous. I have two dachshunds and they are the sweetest, most loving dogs anyone can hope for. The only way any dog becomes agressive is if they have been mistreated, or have agressive owners. Dachshunds are continuously reported as one of the best family dogs to have. Unless you call snuggling, licking, and kissing agressive behavior, I think we all can relax.

  273. Tyler Says:

    All 3 of these dogs are ridiculously small! There is no valid point any where here as far as I am concerned.

  274. amanda Says:

    I can assure u the little dogs are aggressive because I have one… But if he was 2 bite any1 (which he never has) he wouldnt have the jaw power as a bigger breed… That said it is the size that frightens people, because the bigger breeds DO have that powerful jaw…

  275. faye Says:

    i have owned a few dogs . i grew up with a doberman and then we had a german sheperd. we also had a toy poodle and now i have a rhodesian ridgeback. funny that the big dogs never bit or were agressive to anyone were as our toy poodle bit anyone he could sink his teeth into and was not trustworthy around children at all. give me a so called big agressive dog any day

  276. Zach Says:

    Simply put raise and treat a animal like your suppose to will never have a problem. Pets attitudes come from there owners.

  277. Bridget Says:

    I am the proud momma of a mini dachshund and she is GREAT! She loves to cuddle and loves to run. I can see where ANY dog can be considered aggressive–it would be the owner who is at fault NOT THE DOG!! The dog learns from how it is treated. I grew up with THREE Dobermans(my grandparents had them) and THEY NEVER ONCE were aggressive to the kids in the family. Now the male DID NOT LIKE my father, however, he would irritate the dog and the dog just responded to it. Bottom line–TREAT YOUR DOGS WITH KINDNESS AND RESPECT and you will get a GOOD DOG no matter the breed!

  278. Ryuichi Says:

    I had a German Shepard/ wolf mix growing up. My parents had gotten Banshee before I was born. He was trained by my dad as protection for my mom while my dad was deployed in the Navy. As my parents like to say while my mom was pregnant with me, there was one night where my uncle was coming up from North Carolina to work on my mom’s car and got in late. My dog wouldn’t move from where he lay in front of the door until he heard my uncle’s voice; then he moved so my uncle could come in.

    My parents also tell me about how when they brought me home from the hospital after I was born, that Banshee sniffed me then looked at my parents and proceeded to lay down and stare at me. He always slept in my nursery and would get my parents when I woke in the night. He even put up with me putting my feet in his mouth.

    We lost him when he was 14 to a tumor in his stomach, but in the years we had him he never barked, growled, or bit any people or animals. In fact, there was one day that my mom and me were walking in through the neighborhood when a dachshund attacked him out of nowhere. He ended up with some scrapes on his nose, but he never retaliated.

    I also forgot to mention the he was 3/4 wolf 1/4 German Shepard.

    I hope someday I can have another just like him.

    I have never owned a small dog, but as with any dog if trained properly, they can be great companions.

  279. kaky Says:

    that is the true i have both pit and rott

  280. jacqui Says:

    I have 2 rottweilers plus 5 puppies at the moment they are the most gentlest dogs i have ever had and my male is the softest he doesnt even bark at people who come in the driveway and is so layed back its not funny and my girl is a little proctive at them moment but as i said has puppies but she has never bitten only growled

  281. krista Says:

    I think the bigger issue for people is that if my wiener dog bites you, you’re probably not going to be seriously injured or die. Personally, I think a lot of it has to do with the owner . Some people raise these breeds to be aggressive and it’s pretty sad . There are just as many good owners out there that treat them like a loving member of the family.

  282. Jane Doherty Says:

    Ive seen different studies with different findings. An animal is only as bad as its upbringing (just like kids but they arent banned)

  283. Krysten Says:

    I’ve had many different breeds of different sizes. Labs, Chis, Spaniels, Chow mix, Terriers, Doxies, Rotties, Pits, and straight up mutts. The only bite I’ve ever received was an accident, I was running up to greet my cockerspaniel puppy as she was running to greet me and my knee met with her top tooth and made a small gash. Not even technically a bite and my fault to boot because I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. Many bites I’ve heard about have been incidents that could have been avoided by the owner watching the dog and treating it better or the person who got bit didn’t know how to interact properly with a dog, such as pulling their tail or letting kids stand/stomp on them. The only bad dogs I’ve ever known were dogs either ignored, or the ones not disciplined because someone thought they were ‘cute’ when they misbehaved. It’s all in the way the dog is/was treated. Bad owners create bad situations in which the dog doesn’t know how to react, and usually the dog pays for it. Thankfully some dogs get a second chance like my chihuahua. She was a neglect and abuse rescue. She would not let anyone near her tail, and would freak out if she left my side. 9 months later, she wants everyone to play with her or pet her, she is great with small children and elderly, she isn’t glued to my bum anymore, but is the best cuddle buddy I’ve ever had. She works as a therapy dog for my grandfather. All the dogs I’ve ever rescued just needed some love, and structure. The only dog I’ve ever had issues with was a 4 lb chihuahua I dogsat, the owner had ‘cute’ issues and wasn’t consistent on house training which led to destructive behaviors.
    Honestly, I think the real issue is that people are treating them as if they are toys, belongings or protection, rather than a living creature you are signing up to nurture, raise, and protect for it’s entire life. Ironically enough the behavior of domesticated animals that have been neglected and abused mirrors that of children that have also been neglected and abused. Seems like that similarity alone should at least hint towards the treatment of the pet being the issue, not the breed.

  284. Karen Murphy Says:

    I have 2 Pitbulls and a Chi/Doxie Jack Russell mix and he is the only one to snap. I find it funny that everyone is afraid of my big dogs and not my little devil. When I saw this article I was not surprised by the results.

  285. Sharon Wilkie Says:

    Sorry but it is usually 99% NOT the fault of the breed and/or the particular dog. Humans teach them to hate or fear -or- it’s the foolish humans who think it is “cute” when their puppy growls & snaps at anyone else because he/she is “just protecting mama, ha ha”. Then, when the little one eventually bites someone, the foolish owner just “cannot understand why their doggie is so suddenly aggressive”. B.S.!!! In my 47+ years of dachshunds, only one little rescued one with an unknown background (abuse? neglect?) that we wanted to adopt bit me. With what cruel humans perpetrate on these poor angels, it is amazing any of the horribly tortured, abused, neglected and abandoned can ever trust any human again. And yet, even the most despicable, unconscionable sins of dog-fighting and using bait-dogs most often do not dampen the dogs desire to please and love, if they live through the torture. Look beyond the dogs to the morons behind as the cause/effect…

  286. lisa Says:

    this is a plug for pitbulls and dogs who are bred to be aggressive. check the human fatality reports for the US and you’ll see this article is not factual. misinformation such as this, will put uninformed dog owners at great risk

  287. Nicki Babila Says:

    I have 3 dogs, a pit/boxer/red heeler mix, a doberman mix and a chorkie. None of them are aggressive at all. Nor is my chorkie yappy, as most little dogs can be. They all absolutely love kids and are very good with them, to the point of just sitting there and letting the kids pet them. My dob mix, is the biggest wuss that ever walked on 4 legs lol. Two are rescues and my pit mix I got as a pup, they are all well socialized with kids of all ages and other animals as well.
    A lot of people get a dog without researching the breed that they are getting and so have no clue as to how big they may get, protective, and so forth. Please educate yourselves people. And most of all realize that this is not a well if I dont like it I will get rid of it, this is supposed to be for the rest of thier lives..they are not throw away toys !

  288. kd muller Says:

    I KNOW you’re not suppose to read any of the replies, but the a.h. that insists that “pit bull” owners are gangster dogs is as stupid as Kelly Ripa. I teach grade school. By the way, I was bit by my uncle’s “pure bred doberman”. I agree, educate, don’t assume because the old spelling adage is true.

  289. Muneca Says:

    To all that discriminate on Pittbulls and rottweilers you are very uneducated read and learn more i**** You are just a bunch of haters. I have a bully red rose pitbull and a german rotti and they are the most loving dogs ever they are my babies they are wondeful with my children and family. I love the H*** out them.

  290. Sue Says:

    Maybe the point being overlooked here is that IF a big dog bites — and they do — they cause more injury, scarring, sometimes even death than a little yappy dog does no matter how excited and aggressive the little one becomes. And trusting that the owner has done the right thing in training a large dog is taking a huge risk with your child’s or your own safety.

  291. Togu Says:

    Pitbulls should be banned and period. The concept of agressivenes is useless. A beta fish is likely much more agressive than any dog, but what harm can it make to a human. Likewise, can a dashhund or a chiuaua kill someone if very very very angry? No. However, a pitbull, which has intermediate agressiveness, can easily kill or seriously injure someone. And we cannot rely or hope every owner will give the ideal training or education to its dog. Having those dogs around is a threat. With so many dog options available that are not life- or severe injure- threatening (meaning, small but potentially agressive or big but docile), why pick a pitbull? I can’t understand…

  292. Shelly Says:

    I am so tired of people who own pitbulls making them out to be such sweet dogs that would lick someone to death. These dogs were bred to be attack dogs, therefore they have an innate predisposition to attack and harm when provoked. If you are bitten by a weiner dog, I am quite certain you will survive, but a pit can and will potentially kill you. I think these owners are all out to prove something and clearly need some kind of help for their social shortcomings. It’s people that feel so compelled to prove something so ignorant that clearly have other issues. Everyone loves a pitbull until they are in a situation where they are either bitten or someone they know is mauled by one. The fun seems to end when that happens….just sayin.

  293. meeplet Says:

    This does not surprise me at all! The only dog who ever bit me was a little weiner guy because she was jeaolous of my husband holding me hand (she belonged t a friend of ours). The breed people call ‘scary’ are usually, I have foud, the goofiest and loveliest dogs and I love them (had a rotty mix myself). I think the problem is, in teh event of of those big dogs does show aggression and bite, they do more damage. People are not going to report a bite by a little dog. This little cutie that bit me actually tore my jeans and broke the skin….but no big deal. An isecure pit or rotty could tear part of you off with the exact same reaction. But I have personnally never seen it.

    I think a lot of people do not know how to approach dogs. THey are a part of human culture and eveery child should be taught how to deal with them and how to treat them with respect

  294. Kate Says:

    Oh Shelly and Togu, you haven’t got a clue between you!
    APBT were NOT bred to be attack dogs, or to attack humans. If you are going to come on her spewing facts, you might want to check up on them first.
    APBT were originally bred as farm dogs and companions. They were so good with and watchful over the children in the family that they were referred to as “Nanny dogs”.
    APBT were NEVER bred to be aggressive towards humans. In recent years, some idiot gangsters have taken it upon themselves to bred dog aggressive APBTs. These dogs should never have been bred, no matter what the breed! A dog of any bred that does not have a good temperament should be sterilized and never bred. Aggression and poor breeding breeds more aggression.
    You cannot fault the dog OR the breed. It is what man has made them. Not ALL of them. There are some very reputable breeders of APBTs out there and wonderful family pets who are APBTs out there. But there are also those who have been bred by these hoodlums who want “bad ass” dogs.
    You would do well to EDUCATE yourself on the facts BEFORE coming on here and giving your UNINFORMED opinion.

  295. Trueblueiris Says:

    Wow lots of words about dogs. Here’s my 2 cents; we have had big dogs and little dogs…9big…180 lbs taller than me standing on his hind legs playing with us .. to little 12lbs min poodle springs into our arms when we open them and say up…)My big dog could do serious damage and went ballistic with Thunder and lightening and rifle shots our house took on the appearance of a ghetto during storm season and hunting season. He was a huge outside guard dog and at 3:30 in the a.m when you live alone with kids you want a dog that looks down into the strangers car who thinks it’s gonna be fun to wake up people in the house with loud behaviour. I always felt safe and covered when my husband was gone and I was alone.. his instinct was strong so much better than humans, he had a keen instinct for people and if his giant chest rumbled I looped my fingers into his collar because trust me he would do damage if you tried to come near me, other people could come and go but if he sensed something off of you I wouldn’t trust him I kept a sturdy small hand leash close to the back door where most of the people came too. He was a Hungarian Kuvas..Loved him to death and cried like a baby when we put him down he was our faithful friend for 11 years. Then my husband bought me a what was suppose to be a toy poodle for Christmas a few years after we put our Kuvas down, Her legs kept growing but not her head and she is the funniest proportioned mini(Small mini to be sure)toy (But really a little too tall) to be toy poodle you will see and she is just as delightful to live with as the samoyed or the kuvas ever were. Folks it is all about working with what you have brought home, it’s about being responsible and attentive to your animal and the only blame for violence lies with the handler. You know your dog even rescue dogs with the right owners are able to be watched and read if you pay attention to what you have taken responsibility for when you brought it home. Stop blaming the world for things that happen with dogs and take it on the shoulder that you goofed and the dog did indeed make an error in it’s judgement and work forward from that point. Some people are good with dogs others are cruel with them, some people are good with people others would rather work alone on a project. Know your self and as you know yourself be prepared to work with whatever breed of dog you deem right for your personal reasons, and for the love of all that is holy start treating everything with respect, human children are always and will always be a gift then everything else from: dogs, cats, birds,cows, chickens, whatever fill in the blank we share this earth them, we don’t own it.

  296. jimbob Says:

    wow look at all these know-it-all dog owners

  297. DM Says:

    We took in my brother’s dog, an Australian Shepherd-Blue Heeler cross. He had earned a bit of an aggressive reputation (largely, I think, because his natural behaviors were misunderstood and he lacked direction), and we knew he might be a handful. Thanks to my husband’s experience with hunting dogs and their training, our pooch has changed his ways. Regular exercise, consistency from us, and clear expectations have helped him a lot.

    He can be a goofy creature, full of mischief, but I’m glad we gave him a chance.

  298. Corinna Says:

    I am a dog groomer and agree with this article. I have found little dogs to be way more aggressive then the bigger ones. Have also been bit by little ones. I also own a pitbull and she is the most loving loyal dog. We still have to be careful with because of her strength and desire to love everyone she has knocked little ones down trying to kiss them. That’s usually the only harm they will do.

  299. Tom Pir Says:

    Who cares if chihuahuas are aggressive? We can handle it. Maybe lions are less aggressive than chihuahuas. If they bite your head off, let’s ‘blame it on the owners.’ It’s not anybody’s need or God-given right to be allowed to have in the city animals that are capable of killing or seriously injuring people.

  300. DH Says:

    I’ve had dogs my whole life. We had two long-haired chihuahuas then a cocker during childhood(the cocker was evil!)

    As an adult, had a lab/retriever mix for 16 yrs and finally put him down 3 yrs ago. Had a retriever before that for a long time, both from a shelter. My husband decided it was his turn to pick the next pet and decided he wanted a Rott. We found out about a litter of Rott/Pitt puppies. I was leary based on what I heard about both breeds, esp a dog mixed with both! Figured it would be psycho for sure. Suffice it to say my husband picked up one of the 9wk old pups who wrapped his paws around his fingers and started licking it. We knew we had to have him. Not “dogging” on my past furry family members, all so sweet and loyal, but OMG, Stymie, our now 3-yr Rott/Pit mix is the most amazing dog I’ve ever had or even known. He looks all Rottie but a little taller and thinner than a full Rott. He can do so many tricks, runs the obstacle course at the dog park like a police dog, hits the bell to go out, recognizes and resonds to a TON of words, I could go on and on. He never ceases to amaze me! If something ever happens to him, I WILL definitely get another Rott or Pit.

    The only thing I would change is how “verbal” he is and some assume he’s growling and get nervous. Although I probably encouraged it teaching him to “speak”, say “I love you”, etc. But he’s seriously a big “talker”! Anyone else’s Rottie like that? We all play with him and even get right in his face .. he growls, teeth show, but nub is wagging and licks us. None of us have the slightest concern he would bite us. But if he’s growling and his hackles go up, then he’s being defensive but always been because another dog was aggressive first. Has still never bitten another animal or person. I feel horrible that I ever even had such a misconception of Rotts or Pitts.

    But oh, I do remember seeing that documentary on Discovery, A&E or something that tested which breed had the most powerful bite (wasn’t about which breed was most aggressive). They somehow tested the PSI when various breeds bit down on a stick or toy. So yeah, next to a “wild” dog, Rotts were #1, Pitts #2 and Shepards #3. But just because they HAVE strong jaws and COULD cause some major damage, doesn’t mean most will unless trained or provoked. Rotties Rule! :)

  301. Chrystal Kecht Says:

    So everyone with a dog over 20lbs should have them put down? Tom Pir that’s ridiculous. Children should never NEVER be left unattended with an animal. The reason why dog attacks get published and are so shocking is because they are rare. It’s more likely you’ll choke on a balloon.

    BSL is just that- Bull SHIT Legislation

  302. Dani Says:

    Boy, I’d like to find out what vet clinic lavamom works at, and avoid it at all costs. And warn others to do so. I have worked in shelters AND at vet clinics for 20+ years. Her statement “pretty much 97% of small breed dogs are evil, and known as Land Sharks in my line of work” makes me cringe. Makes me feel bad for all the awesome small dogs I’ve worked with who were well mannered and sweet. Yes, there are plenty of wee dogs who are very snarky. But 97%? Good grief. No way. Discrimination like that is just as ignorant as bashing the bully breeds.

  303. Licia Pannucci Says:

    Honestly? Y’all are debating the value of our best friends~ bitchy or not?~ We all have opinions but what do our kids say?
    “WE are as individual as you are~Quit your mouthy sheet~ Love US, raise us right with respect and love~ We will love you and others too ~ I heard someone say what goes in…Comes OUT! Epiphany? THINK ABOUT IT!”
    My credentials are good and so were my babies…THINK ABOUT IT

  304. Shelma Says:

    I worked at a few of the hospital ER here in OK. the dog that bit and required coming to the ER ? it is the German Shepherd.. But this breed is loved.

  305. Lorraine Says:

    I had a small dog she was a Chihuahua one of the meanest dog i had ever known I had her for 14 years not one person had said anything about her…Not sure why everyone has such a pick on pit-bulls its not the dog it is the person that brings them up or it’s the damn kid that is picking and hitting or kicking the dog so come on people look at your own actions before you blame the breed

  306. Carey Says:

    I really think these studies are focusing on the wrong point here and missing all the contributing factors. It is whoever raises the dog that really counts. Also, the fact that smaller dogs are probably more likely to be approached by unknown persons than bigger more menacing dogs.

    I own a doxy as well as a cat and they are the best of friends. He has never harmed her in any way whatsoever. He has also never harmed a person either. He barks a lot but all he does when we open the door is sniff them, then he runs and grabs one of his toys to present to whoever just showed up.

  307. Christy Says:

    I find it interesting that Greyhound would be at the low end of the aggression levels considering I was bit in the face by one when I was only 11 years old just because I was playing with a toy that belonged to the owner’s son. I have always been calm around dogs, a little nervous around small dogs after I was bit by one belonging to a neighbor when I was 4 and terrorized my may Aunt’s doxie. For 17 years, I grew up with a german shepherd/coyote mix, a dog that should have had high aggression levels based on her sires nature, yet I have never since known a dog of her gentleness. Because of her, I’d trust a coyote before I’d trust a doxie. But as it has been said before and I am a firm believer that it all depends on the owner. The problem with small breeds is that they are so small that most owners are afraid to be firm with them when they do bite someone, most owners think it’s cute when their little dog tries to be aggressive. They need to grow up and start treating their dogs as dogs and not children. And on that note, you’d expect a parent to discipline their child if they bite someone, why wouldn’t you do the same to a dog regardless of how big or small they are? That’s my opinion. It’s not given very often, but I want would like to keep my favorite breeds from being destroyed because of a few immature, irresponsible idiots. And to add to it, one of my brothers was bit in the face by an Australian Shepherd because he reached for the dog’s bowl. He was only 4 years old. Australian Shepherd are not known for having much aggression, yet there is always the occasional one that shows it. And I do plan to have one of those supposed aggressive breeds soon because my husband works nights and I am home alone with my children at night and very few criminals are dumb enough to break into a house with one of those big “aggressive” breeds.

  308. Pam Says:

    I realy like Rotties. Most people dont know, they were not bred as guard dogs. They are actually a cattle dog, bred to hold a bull by the nose.

  309. Claudia Says:

    I have a chihuahua and a dachshund and both of them play with my five year old granddaughter and have never been aggressive towards anyone its all in how their raised.

  310. Melanie Says:

    My daughter was bit in the face by a black lab. While I have owned pitbulls for years. They are most definitely the best and sweetest breed I have ever owned.

  311. Debbie Says:

    I think any dog can be aggressive. It depends on how you treat them. If you play rough with them, they’re going to be aggressive. If you love them, they won’t. I have a long haired Chihuahua that’s 8 years old and is very laid back and I never have any trouble with her when anyone comes around unless the act like they’re going to hurt me. Then she protects me. Even so, she’s only bit one person…my ex, because she sensed the tension in me. She’s one little fluffy ball of love. Even when strangers come to the door, she’s more likely to love them to death than hurt them in an way as long as they aren’t aggressive to me.I also know Pits that are the same way. It’s how they are treated that depends on how aggressive the are.

  312. Erica Says:

    This article’s most aggressive breeds comes as no surprise. I have worked as a veterinary technician for years; and the trend seems to be that the smaller breeds are more inclined to bite. Personally, I would rather handle a pitbull or doberman than a chihuahua or dachshund. It is unfortunate that these sweet breeds seem to getting a bad rep.

  313. Cara Says:

    I ownd 3 doxies, 1 rottie and one wolf/malamute mix. The most aggressive of -all- of them happens to be our male and female twins (from the same litter and same color etc) we had finally gotten rid of the sister (gave her to a different home not put down) and the male calmed down but HE has killed chickens, birds, cats, other things, tears up the furniture. My family blames the big dogs but they are the most loving and gentle out of all of them. Our other doxie is a year older than the male and happens to be quite calm.

    Doxies – are – dangerously aggressive.

  314. Hector Says:

    4 dobermans, one pit bull, 2 mongrels, one mexican hairless and one french poodle at home and the only one that bites in anger is the poodle.

  315. Al Says:

    Regardless of what the statistics state about breed agressiveness, how many times do you hear about a Pit Bull mauling a child severely or fatally? All too often.

    How many times does this happen with Doxies or Chihuahuas? You don’t. Pit Bulls are dangerous, end of story.

  316. Stephen Says:

    I own 4 dogs and work with a number of other dogs through the local Humane Society and I fully believe the smaller dogs are more apt to bite and attack than the larger dogs. Out of the 4, 1 is a dachshund. She is by far the most aggressive dog that I have. If things aren’t going her way she will not hesitate to snap but she can be a sweet and loving dog as well… just as long as you dont catch her in one of her moods.

    As for the pits that I have dealt with in the humane society they have all been very loving and sweet dogs. I even fostered one until she was 8 months old and all she wanted was for you to rub her belly. To be honest the ones that I have dealt with are more chicken than aggressive.

  317. Diane Ferguson Ross Says:

    i use to think this about rotts until my daughter took my nephews because his wife did not want it when he got married. well he was the most amazing dog ever. when my daughter went to work my senior dad would baby sit molson the rott. my dad was lonesome since my mom had passed and we had always had dogs but dad really never paid much mind to them.But he had to retire from Ford motor co after he was 84 and Molson became his loyal companion he would not let my daughter take him back to her home after a few visits. He cooked him eggs and i never thought i would see the day, this dog gave him the will to go on. He was the best dog i have ever seen in my life .My dad pass at 86 and my brother took him up north with him he had just lost his wife of many yrs cori the love of his life.HIm and and my brother became the best of friends and my brother made eggs for molson i could not believe my eyes. He did not let his grand kids ride in his car but he took molson to get his drive threw burger at mcdonals he liked them there he said. This kind gental dog eased the pain of many people lives . Two weeks ago molson passed away and there were many tears. You politicans would have loved him as we did if you had known him. i was afraid of him for about the first five min. because i bought into the lies i had been told. i also did about pit bulls too. untils one day five came up to me at a garage sale and i was petting them and i asked the woman what kind of dogs they were . i had never seen this kind of dog before. well there were pits. i guess its the same thing as any thing else. you teach a person predjuice and they will be predjuice. if you teach them love they will learn how to love. all animals are the same. i have now spent my life making up for the lies i have spread about the injustice i spread of lies i believed and found not to be true. until the day i die i will advocate for these animals now. did you know that the dog that was on spanky and our gang back in the day was a pit bull. the on that played with all thoes kids the one that was the most famous dog. did you know the dog for the rca victrolla was a pit bull. some how they made the story change., like indians scalpe people, like german put people in gas chambers, like jews are cheap, like itallians are greasy, like cettian races kill, certian rases smell, certain ra are terrost, certian people believe in god only , come on this is being a bigot this is a racest there is such a thing as a racest against dogs. my very best friend is black, my first husband was jewish my kids are half jewish my husband now is arab, my dad was scotch and was not cheap he was the most generous man in the world, my dads rot would never bite any one. thoes five pit bulls were frindly. the many many many pit bulls i advocate for and find homes for are sweet. jack russels are nice dogs. if you beat a kid it will eventurally hit you back when it grows up big and stong. so stop the bulling and you will stop any kind of animals from biting,. find rings where they have animals that they abuse. and this will stop., and they will just change breads , they will go to another to another to another, they make money off this. make laws to punish animal crulity and you will find animal that bite will stop

  318. Kinga Says:

    Truth is pitbulls and rotties have a bad reputation for a reason,not just for being used for fights.Dogs bred for hunting like jack russel and the bad tempered chihuhua bites many people their bite does not come near to the damage as to what rotties and pitbulls do when they attack.Most of the pitbulls I see being walked are very aggressive towards people and dogs.Most breeds have a strong hunting instinct and people do not know how to control them,Pit bulls are more dangerous than jack russels,simple reason for it is that a pit bull does not back down.Jack russels do.

  319. Kayla Says:

    I have an 8 year old Yorkie. He is pretty aggresive because when he was 6 months old we took him to a dog beach and he was trampled by 3 huge dogs (that meant no harm they were just having fun running) but ever since he has not liked big dogs. If we are on a walk and a big dog is out without a leash (which has happened several times) I will have to pick him up to avoid a fight. One day I did not see a pitbull coming and he bit my dog and my little yorkie tried to fight back. I finally got him away from the big dog but I do not take chances anymore! Owners keep your dogs on leashes!! My main point, I think Yorkies are pretty aggresive little breeds too but they are small and their bites don’t harm, but big dogs bites do harm.

  320. Nick Says:

    Pitpulls and the like are dangerous. Give it a rest. You can easily neutralize a wiener dog or chihuahua (pick them up and punt htem 20 yards, or snap their necks). However a pure bread crazed fighting/killing machine that weighs 40 pounds or more is a different story. Especially when they are determined to maul and kill.

  321. Jennifer Fisk Says:

    I own a boarding kennel and I agree pretty much with the breeds chosen. Most of the problems are fear based aggression but biters just the same. I’ve never had a problem with Pitts, Rotts, Dobes, or GSDs but I’ve had a couple of biting Goldens.

  322. Brenda Says:

    alot of the issue is mislabeling of the actual dog, alot claim its a pitbull type???? what the heck is that? Accuracy needs to be demanded and required otherwise out pitties and bully breeds will continue to be targeted!

  323. Julie Says:

    I have two large breed mixes, one a Dobe,Malamute, English Bull Terrier, and one a Boxer/Mastiff. They are the most loving, gentle dogs, great with people, superb with all dogs big and small. My beef is people that think its funny to tell their little dogs to go after–kill-or sic-em to my big guys. Then to top it off when the Boxer/Mastiff cringed back when a doxie tried to aggressively go after him, they mocked him –and me. Oh well, I guess they wanted him to devour their little one and then take me to court.

  324. Barb Kaminski Says:

    You know what they say about opinions, right? Just like people there are good & bad, and if you can’t ridicule people due to racism, why do you think you have a right to ridicule animals? That’s whats wrong with the world today………some people have too much time on their hands, and just sit around drawing their own conclusions! You can’t judge all by some, so unless you are an expert please keep your opinion to yourself!!!!!!!

  325. Jim Says:

    Love the responses, 100% spot on, it is not the dog, it is the owner… Regardless of breed, teaching aggression or neglecting animals leads to dogs with poor manners.

    My rottie is probably the most docile pet I have ever owned and as was previously mentioned insanely loyal and just wants to please.

  326. Kim Young Says:

    My brother’s doxie bit me last weekend. They got him as a pup, and he is extremely aggressive towards anyone but the family. He’s already drawn blood from a friend of theirs. I told them that they need to work on the aggression before he bites a kid and someone reports it.

  327. Tammy Says:

    I have a pit,pug and Chihuahua and believe it or not the Chihuahua is more aggressive than the pit. My lil guy will tear up my pit and most the time the pit just plays back sometimes it gets ruff but because the Chihuahua took it to far and he defends his self but most the time they get along fine.

  328. Wayne Says:

    Aggressive dogs with 2 inch mouths are not deadly. Pits are bred to bite to kill! There is a difference.

  329. Brenda Says:

    I saw a documentary on pit bulls and about BSL…. they had several statistics on what dogs breeds had bitten the most humans in the US… turns out pit bulls were very low on the list. The top dog for bites and mawlings… was the hidden retriever!!!! The good old American family dog!!!! But no one ever does news reports on dogs unless its a pit, rott, or sober, …. these dogs need to stop being portrayed as aggressive and have people be able to learn the truth… they are triply loving dogs!!!!

  330. sweet caroline (bombombom) Says:

    The number one common factor in dog attacks is the dog not being altered. 98% of attacks are un-neutered males or females protecting their young. Fix your dogs. Save yourself the trouble.

    I have a staffy. And a lab. 2 Boston’s and a Shepard/chow mix. One Boston and the mix are by far the more aggressive dogs.

    My staffy knows that responding to either of these dogs are an absolute no-no. If she even tries to fight back she gets chastised and I put her on the ground. BECAUSE she is a staffy I have to be twice as safe. I have to watch her twice as closely. Because if another dog comes up and starts a fight I know she will be blamed.

    It makes me very angry to hear people say my dog is more likely to attack another dog because of her breed. So I raised a good dog to prove all people who come into contact with her wrong. That’s the best thing you can do to change the myth. Raise a well behaved dog.

  331. rlaw Says:

    Seriously, who is going to report being bit by a little dog that you probably kicked across the street after biting you??

  332. Carol Says:

    My father always said, “You have to know more than the dog to train it.” We had a doxie when I was a child. He had a huge attitude but was a loving family dog. There were always kids around the house and he never bit any of them. He was protective of his home to adult male strangers. RIP Otto.

  333. jeanette lawrence Says:

    As a previous owner of big dogs, Rottweiler & Bloodhound, I find it amazing how many people are deadly afraid of large dogs.
    My Rottweiler was the most gentle being & my baby used to crawl all over her whenever she had an opportunity. To which Sasha would sigh & give my little girl a look & then lay her head down again. Maybe give me a glance that meant “oh kids,you know” :)
    My neighbor had a Chihuahua though, most snappy little thing that would attack your ankles at any given time. This little dog snapped at all of us many times and always yipped at everything.

  334. john Says:

    Willingness to bite is one thing. There are a couple of ways of looking at the problem

    Dachsund, Chihuahua & Jack Russell = BB

    Pitbull = Glock8mm

    or, postbite:
    bandaid is not equal to stitches

    or length of teeth & psi… I could go on.

  335. David L. Burkhead Says:

    One issue that I’ve seen is that folk with small dogs often see aggression as “being feisty” and “cute.”

    It’s not cute. It’s aggression. And it’s a problem in _any_ dog, no matter how small.

  336. Carol Says:

    Growing up I had a “Pit Bull” and he was an amazing and loving pup. He would rather have licked your face off than bite you. His breed is now banned where I live. Heavy fines and immediate destruction of the animal.

    My mother currently owns a Papillon and he has taken chunks off of her and other people as well as dogs.

    I will take the Bull breeds. It isn’t the dog so much as the owner for the big ones that give the breed a bad reputation.

    Small dogs tend to be more aggressive because they are small and feel the need to dominate their surroundings.

  337. Phil Says:

    I have one of each. Rotty wolf shephard and a long haired doxie. Little guy has an attitude. Big girl Sandy just wants to be pet!

  338. Marita Says:

    I was under the understanding that the “Akita”, along with the Chow Chow, was the most aggressive…I have a “Blue Heeler”, and he is very lovable, but don’t piss him off, even me, as he will show his other side….also the best guard dog I’ve ever owned….shocked about the Dachshund tho, I always thought they were even tempered…

  339. Jane Says:

    My Rottie, Rose was the most calm and gentle dog I have ever known. We got her when she was a couple of months old and had her until she died as a result of cancer at the age of 10. They were the best and worst days of my life. Rotties are generally a calm, good natured, loyal breed and I have never been bitten by one nor have I even seen one that reacted badly. If you raise them to be a good, confident, loved dog they will be the best pet you will ever have.

  340. Christy Says:

    if you’ve ever been even affectionately nipped by a doxie you know they have razor teeth. And anyone who spends time working with a wide variety of dog breeds knows it’s the JRT, Chi and doxies you have to be most wary of. Sure, they are great dogs. But too often they don’t hesitate to bite and my opinion is it’s because their people tend to treat them like human babies, not dogs, and don’t give them the structure of rules dogs crave and think bratty, aggressive behavior is cute. I have a house full of personal rescues and fosters and since one is a greyhound and the rest are bull terriers or pit bulls/staffies and I’ve handled or rescued just about every type of dog imaginable (and been bitten several times despite best efforts not to), the findings of this study are very accurate with what I’ve found in real life.

  341. Christy Says:

    Wayne…pit bulls are NOT “bred to bite and kill”. Please get some facts. And yes, one of my index fingers no longer bends, courtesy of a bite from a 10lb miniature Poodle. Little dogs can do serious damage and assuming they cannot due to smaller size is foolish and ignorant. Most people don’t bother to report them because it is embarrassing to do so but an infected bite from a little dog will kill you just as fast.

  342. Jennifer Says:

    Small breeds bite more often; for me this is self-evident. The world is a big place and they have little defenses given their diminutive stature. I read up on smaller dogs before adopting my Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix – when people approach small dogs, the dogs often cannot tell the difference between a friendly approach and a threat. Think about it: if some HUGE mammal (ie: a person) approaches a very small creature (a small-breed dog, squirrel, rat, etc.) the animal’s first instinct is to run from the large creature. If that isn’t an option (domesticated dogs are often in captive areas – homes, cages, etc.)they defend themselves the best way they know how (biting – it’s natural). Luckily they do less damage than large dogs too.

    Just use good, common sense when approaching animals that do not belong to you; we have domesticated an otherwise wild creature. They are bound to have some animal instincts left. It’s not THEY who have forgotten what they really are, it’s us.

  343. Dianna Says:

    I am owned by a mixed breed Black Lab/Husky/Rotweiller, a Shih-Tzu, and a Chihuahua. The Husky and Rotweiller are very prominent in my mixed breed dog. She is the sweetest, most gentle, and loving dog that I have ever seen…and I was a dog trainer for a long time.
    My Shih-Tzu is very hyper, but she is a loving dog. She is a hunter, so I have to be careful because I have birds too, but she loves people and would lick them to death if she could.
    My Chihuahua is aggressive. He has bitten people that have come in to my house. He is very protective of me and the house and he will even attack my mixed breed dog.
    I even havce a sign up on my front door warning that I have a biting dog in the house. People come up to my door and they worry about the large dog. She may look intimidating, but she woldn’t hurt ANYBODY. I trust her so much that I will even let her around ANY one of my birds without a worry of her attacking them (I own a Parrot rescue and refuge, so I have quite a few birds here at any given time). She is more afraid of them than they are afraid of her.
    All three dogs are rescues, and the mixed breed dog certainly has a reason to be mean, if she wanted to be. She was abused as a puppy, then dumped onto a puppy mill, where she endured even more abuse. It took me almost a year to teach her that she was even allowed to bark.
    My Chihuahua was on a different puppy mill and he had been locked up in a tiny little cat carrying crate all of his life. He was not socialized at all, and he never had attention paid to him. When I first got him, he had atrophy so bad that he was unable to walk. A lot of physical therapy and messages got him walking again.
    I don’t know too much about my Shih-Tzu. She had been picked up as a stray, but I am thinking that she had a loving home before. She is a runner, and I am thinking that her former owners just didn’t have the energy to run after her after getting out so many times, so they just let her go. She is quick to forgive, and she loves everybody who comes through my front door.

    There is no such thing as a bad dog, there are just bad owners. Dogs are really only mean because their owners have either given them reason, or have trained them to be mean.

    My mixed breed dog has been with me for almost 5 years, the Shih-Tzu almost 4 years, and the Chihuahua has been here for more than two years.

    BTW…when I was a young child, I was bitten by a Dachsund in the face. I almost lost my eye because of it, and I had done nothing to the dog.
    So these results are not surprising to me at all.

  344. Andrew Says:

    I think reports like this can be skewed, The number of people who own Dachshunds is higher so there will be more instances where they would have bitten people. I think most dogs are a product of past experiences with current or previous owners My Dachshund would not bite anyone, only show them affection. But I have seen them otherwise.

  345. Kim Says:

    I’m surprised Cocker Spaniels didn’t make it to the top 3. I had one growing up and she bit at least 7 different people. Bit me at least 4 times and I had to go to the hospital and get stitches for one of the bites. She was spoiled and treated well, but was still very mean.

  346. Jessica Says:

    This does not surprise me at all. I have owned small and large dogs and currently have a Rottweiler. I feel as though most large dogs have better dispositions towards people and other dogs. I owned a dachshund and she on many occasions tried to attach friends and family. It got to the point where she began to snap at us as she got older. With larger dogs, I feel like their size is what is intimidating, not their demeanor. My Rott is so loving and has an excellent temperament with everyone she meets. She is still young so we are careful that she does not get too excited and jump on people. She craves attention and always wants to be close by.

  347. No poodles here Says:

    The ONLY dogs that have ever bit me are poodles – 2 of them – 2 different owners – 2 different decades. Both drew blood.

    I was once mildly hurt by a Rottweiler who jumped in my lap so that he could lick me up close and personal. His paw hit me “just wrong.”

    That dog was all bark and no bite…

  348. Nancy Says:

    I always have had Shelties. They are great family dogs. I will be sharing this as information everyone needs to know. Thanks so much.

  349. Lorie Stanton Says:

    So true. I remember being chased into my house every day after school by two dachshunds when I got off the bus…and no they weren’t mine. I think maybe shih tzu could be added to the list. My lab allows my grandson to hit her and pull her hair and never snaps at him but the shih tzu snaps at him and I have to keep them apart. Also my granddog is a pit bull and she’s one of the sweetest dogs I know.

  350. Pete Says:

    My pit bull is very protective of her territory. Any animal that appears on TV gets barked at. If she is tied in the yard and see an animal she barks. If I take her for a walk she just looks at any dog that barks at her, she may put towards another dog or squirrel but does not try to get them. My daughter has bought her dog to my house and my step-son brings 3 dogs when he visits, my pit has no problem with any animal I allow in the house.
    Someone stopped at my house with a lost dog, my wife did not stop the pit in time and she got out. What did she do? She checked out the basset hound that a couple of kids were trying to find home for. Then I took her back in the house.
    I walked her today and a small woman asked to pet her. After being petted my dog sat down and waited as we had a little chat.

  351. Dawn Says:

    I have owned a rotty and she was great. I had her from the time she was 8 weeks until she passed from old age. She was never aggressive and allowed my kids to ride her like a pony and was very watchful over them. I currently own a lab/Doberman mix and a pitbull! They play well together and neither of them have ever bitten anyone. My lab mix is very loving, calm and laid back. My pit is a bit hyper but very loving. He sleeps with my daughter and thinks he is a lap dog. He is a 100lbs of baby love! He doesn’t even realize he is big. Not one person in my neighborhood has had a issue with them. They are both registered with the police dept because of their breeds. (Pitbull and Doberman) they are like my children and I have been told that both dogs are very well behaved by several people in the police force!

  352. Eric Says:

    Al, you are a fool. A scientific study demonstrates a fact and you cite local news reports which, more often than not COMPLETELY FAIL to report the breed of the offending animal. They just stick the stock photo of the angry pit bull up next to the anchor’s head and report that “a child or old person was hospitalized today after being attacked by three dogs.” Is it unfortunate? Yes. Was it a pit bull? Statistically speaking, not likely.

  353. Doug Says:

    I am a Postal Worker with a walking route in the city.(Ok let the chew-toy jokes begin) Of course every day my job brings me into contact with many different breeds. This has been my personal expierience. Larger dogs will be agressive untill they get to know you, some will continue to do so. Small dogs if agressive will remain so, long after you become familiar to them, the Chihuahuas,Yorkies, and Daschunds are by far the worse. I myself will never pick out any paricular breed as the worst, Most of it depends on training but the big thing to remember is the undying insinct of any dog to protect “Its Pack”. One more thing, the other day as I was delivering in “The Projects” there was a Pitty tied up on the porch between me and the mailbox, as per city regs it had a muzzle on. I’m damn glad it did I may have been mauled. Later that day I ran into the dogs owner and my fears were confirmed, this time , W/O his muzzle on the dog ran up to me and covered me with slobber, yep pitbulls are aggresive. (I had never seen that dog before but knowing how to read animals body language helps a lot in knowing what to do, to many people lack this knowledge and end up on the recieving end of an attack.

  354. erick @ cardinal building inspections inc. Says:

    where can yo get the list of most aggressive dogs

  355. ole Says:

    yes i know the numbers here seem small. but isnt the dachshund one of the most popular owned dogs so if you interview 6000 people and only 50 people owned pits and 1000 owned dachshund and it would be easier to say 1 in 5 dash bit but the thing is i believe all dogs bite about the same. just when some bit it ends up more devastating then others.

  356. Lori Toupal Says:

    I have a Standard Poodle and I have never, ever seen her growl, snap or bite at anyone or anything. She has had her ears cleaned when they were sore with infection and didn’t even growl at the vet. She has never been in a fight with another dog, ever. I can tell you right now, if you want a good dog, go for a standard poodle or one of the cross/bred standard poodle dogs, like a labradoodle.

  357. Kien Tran Says:

    Dachsunds and Chihuahuas (And most small dogs in general) are not predisposed for aggression. It’s their owners that don’t take care of them properly and make them aggressive. Because of their size they treat them differently and they don’t discipline them when they act aggressive. This leads to the dog thinking it’s okay to be aggressive and so on and so forth. This article is pretty good but it still pushes the myth that bad behavior is the dog’s fault. It’s not. It is and always has been the owners fault.

  358. Bonnie Says:

    I have owned German Shepherds and a Giant Schnauzer, both used by the police as guard dogs, and they have all been big loving babies. A dog is only vicious if the owner lets it be or trains it to be. The sweetest dogs I have known were the Rotties and Dobes. The only dogs that ever bite me or at me were small dogs like the Cocker Spaniel. The owner is always at fault and the dog gets the blame. You have to properly socialize and train a dog. They are a pack animal and they follow what the “alpha” of the pack teaches them.

  359. dawn Says:

    biggest bullshit survey ever!!! the little dogs probably do bite more people but not because they are aggressive…let’s think about this. little dogs get handled a lot more then big dogs, adults get little dogs with little kids and let the kids hold them, pick them up and whatever else and in my opinion are simply reacting to being scared or hurt. You can’t pick up a rottie and swing it by one leg!

  360. Michele H Gardner Says:

    I was just attacked my miniature dachshund this past weekend.. I did nothing to him he has always been aggressive and has snapped at me before .. Never like what his did this past weekend .. He is gone. I’m sorry to say he will not return home… I had to go to the hospital. He bit me so severe that I had to have stitches in my ankle and and they steri strip the rest of my injuries.. Now I am fighting a infection
    I will never own another dachshund again

  361. Peggy Says:

    As a professional dog groomer for over 30 years, I can say that any breed with teeth can bite if frightened or pushed. I love Pomeranians, and have owned many myself, (my male pom is in my lap as I type this). Ironically the two worse bites I got while working fulltime as a groomer were by Pomeranians. I haven’t been bitten too many times, and can remember each time someone in the shop was bitten. These are the breeds that bit the most…Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Chow Chows, Shih Tzu, poodle, Schnauzers and mixes. We didn’t groom too many Pits, but never had one of them bite. Outside the shop we had a vicious Doxie that would threaten us in our own yard when he ran free….but we groomed many at work, and only one was fierce, but she also was partially paralyzed from a bite from a German Shepherd. I never was bitten by a Chihuahua but know one of the bathers at the shop was terrified to groom them, but had no fear of grooming the other dogs that have bad reps. (Chows and the like). Bottom line, any dog can bite…just that when they do, how bad are the bites? I’d rather have a few puncture wounds then have to have reconstructive surgery, or death. I really think there is a big difference between which dog is more likely to nip, or kill. If you google fatal dog attacks, you can see Pit bulls are the leader in deaths caused by dog bites. I have not seen the 3 main biters listed in killing anyone.

  362. Lo Says:

    You want to know why my chihuahua lashes out and bites at people? Because everyone thinks they can just run up and grab my dog without giving him a minute to adjust. Yes small breeds have attitudes. Why? Because everyone treats them like little toys. It’s the only way to hold their own.

  363. Lisa Says:

    I agree with some on here that state that it is who raises the dog not the breed and that goes for all breeds because I have seen the most gentlest of all the breeds of dogs and I have seen the most aggressive as well. It is all about how they are raised and treated at home. Also, I do not believe in cropping ears or tails as I believe that also a trait of an aggressive dog because that is torture to a dog. They should be as they were born and raised with love and compassion and treated with how you would want them to treat others and other dogs unless they are protecting someone. I have had a lot of different breeds that have been supposedly aggressive and never have had an aggressive dog because of that love and good treatment my family gave them. Also training them is important too of course.

  364. ken Says:

    i had an white Argentinian mystif,i thought he was bullterrier and Rottweiler mix,.the local city ordinance banned pit-bulls.some cop came over ordering me to get rid of my dog after he lived at my house for 5 years without incident.i did so under threat and people saying i would get a 500 dollar a day fine.the cop told me any breed that has terrier in it.iam very sad and miss the dog he was my good friend and very loyal.did he have the legal right to threaten me by saying any mixed breed with terrier in it?

  365. Laurie Says:

    I have to say, I do believe the Chi being second. I took in an abused one, and truth be told, she can be very nasty! She attacks people and other dogs!

  366. Anna Says:

    I was bitten by a small dog many years ago. His family was fighting. I could hear them as I walked by on the street. The little dog could not stand it. He rushed out of the house, under the gate, and bit me on the ankle as I walked by. Four puncture marks. I had to go to the hospital for a tetanus shot just in case. It was not his fault.

  367. Chelle Says:

    I was attacked by a 6 month old chihuahua just the other day, he was given to my daughter as a gift and this would be the third time he has attacked me or attempted to and this last time he drew blood. All because i took him off the coffee table and food he stole off of a plate away from him. Two different vets have called him a dog from hell,. My cousins have 2 little chihuahuas and they are the same way will bite person without a warrant. We have also fostered dachshunds who are also mean they tried to bite my daugher for simply walking by them. Larger breeds like the rottweiler,pit bull and german shepard are seen as scary and mean. Which in ways they do not deserve that reputation i would rather my daughter have a german rottie for a pet than a super aggressive chihuahua. It is the lack of responsible pet owners not working with their dogs that leads to dog bites and attacks, if you cannot train, constrain a larger dog you should not have one. They deserve a owner that will teach them and show them their dominant or “pack leader” is. If you cannot you should not own any dog. Most of the so called aggressive breeds need a take charge owner who knows how to challenge a dog and most of all control them. Dogs need exercise, discipline and then lastly love. Bad owners not dogs…

  368. Madison Says:

    I have what is possibly a pitbull/rottweiler mix and he is the BIGGEST baby ever! He is so mild mannered and has never shown any form of aggression minus one time when a BOSTON TERRIER tried to attack him and he somewhat fought back a little, no dog was hurt and I honestly think my dog thought they were playing because he is such a sweetie and is clueless that not everyone human or dog wants to be his friend, he is the most loving, friendliest dog I have ever met and everyone is TERRIFIED of him, it gets pretty annoying sometimes!

  369. Heather Says:

    I am 130 pound woman who has owned BULLY breeds,as well as rotts all my adult life I was raised with GSD and I can easily stop my dogs from engaging in unsavory behavior. If dog owners can not control their dogs they do not need them as far as being determined to kill and maul really? Instinct is instinct its fight or flee with animals and you will come across breeds that rather flee than fight its all about the spirit of the animal I have a APBT whom was abused and thrown in a dumpster I rescued her and she is the most passive dog I have every encountered she lets the cats eat out of her bowl with her,the squirrels that play in our yard dont phase her and other dogs dont catch her eye in the least bit she wants to please me and only me,if I say no she backs down and corrects her own behavior..Weak pet owners make weak pets..plain and simple! the bottom line is anything with teeth or ability to bite is dangerous! Just educate yourself and the children in your life that DOGS(no matter the breed can and will bite) Cats will bite and scratch! Teach Respect NOT Fear!

  370. Dan Says:

    This whole write up, I would like to know who did the study cuse I have had two daschounds and both of them were the most loving animals! You play rough, he will play rough! Never have I ever had one of them ever bite or go after another person. Both of them would only pee on you cuse they got excited. Your study I think is a crock!

  371. Murph Says:

    Best dog in this world that I ever had was a full blood German Rottweiler we named Moose. He was the biggest teddy bear and was an amazing 130 lbs protector for my family. If anyone came through that door they would probably die of suffocation from the kissses over being mauled or even slightly bitten. It’s been 10 years since his death and I still miss him. My chihuahua was more aggressive then Moose was. Like with any dog imbreeding and immproper raising are more likely to be the culpret of an aggressive dog.

  372. Andi Baltes Says:

    Here is the problem: It doesn’t matter which breeds are the most aggressive or nippy; what matters in my opinion is WHICH BREEDS ARE CAPABLE OF KILLING A HUMAN BEING!! People are constantly sticking up for Pitts and pitt mixes and I have nothing against them; they are a sadly used breed and have endured a lot of cruelty from people who should not own them BUT that said, they have been bred to fight and are an extremely powerful breed with tremdouns jaws……… which breeds, if they go off(regardless of how often) are capable of killing a human being I ask? Most certainly PITTS, ROTTYS and some of the other large dogs that have been bred for guarding and fighting breeds ARE capable of killing a human, especially children. Some dachshunds are nippy. Chi’s are very nippy(and by the way I believe this article is inaccurate because I just read one the other day that said Chis are number one for nipping(I say nipping because they really can’t deliver a real bite by the way. Dachshunds, especially minis which are bred in LARGE numbers by puppy mills, are very nippy also there is no doubt. But again, I repeat, would you rather have a dog nip you a number of times or kill you once? Small dog breeds that are nippy(and I own std. dachshunds and NONE of them bite by the way!) are often very nippy because their owners coddle them because they are CUTE and because there are a number of small dog breeds bred by puppy mills who give no thought to temperament at all. They still are incapable 99.99% of the time of taking a human life unless perhaps it was a newborn in which case the parents have no business having a newborn on the floor with a poorly trained small dog. One poorly trained pitt bull or Rotty can take a human life. There is the whole difference.

  373. Tamara Says:

    It is my personal experience while working with dog rescue for many, many years. This study is POINT ON! It is the smaller dogs that do bite more frequently and sometimes without much provocation. Also they do tend to be aggressive towards larger breeds. Especially the chihuahua (I have 2 of my own). Because they’re so small, some owners find it amusing when they’re vicious and act out and reinforce the behavior by laughing or enticing it for reaction. It’s not good for the dog to be in a constant state of ALERT ATTACK either. Sad.

    Again, the pitbull and rotties…they’re NOT vicious by nature. The difference is their bites are more likely to require medical attention which is why the studies are inaccurate. The German Shepherd is also a dog who bites sometimes unprovoked and is very dominant in personality. But any dog, if trained well, big or small, can be taught NOT to bite and not to be overly aggressive or dominant.

  374. matt armstrong Says:

    both myself & my brother i have owned numerous breeds from mastiff down to jack russels.without doubt the worst for snapping or biting was a border collie i owned ! the 2 friendliest was a rottweiler,and the one i have now which is a staffordshire bull terrier !never had a problem with either !

  375. Fenbeast Says:

    This is not in the least surprising to anyone who really knows dogs. My grandmother was a dog breeder; my husband’s father was a vet who also ran a boarding kennel, and my husband learned from caring for the boarders that small dogs, particularly terrier breeds, are quickest to bite. The ONLY reason that the “tough” dogs like rotties, pitties, and shepherds have such a bad rap is that they do more damage when they do bite, and they are often intentionally trained toward viciousness by people who want fighting dogs or attack dogs. Raised *properly*, all three breeds are gentle and sweet natured, though they also can be territorial — which is why they make good guard dogs — and this should be kept in mind when they’re trained (and ALL DOGS SHOULD BE TRAINED.)

    If a dog is mistreated or mishandled, it is more likely to bite. That’s reality. The problem isn’t the dog, it’s the owner, a good 90% of the time, regardless of breed.

  376. Tiana Says:

    I have 3 dogs & the most aggressive out of the Pit Bull Mix, The Lab & the Border Collie Mix- is the Border Collie! She has attacked & growls constantly at my Pit Bull when she isn’t in the mood for anyone or anything to be bothering her. She barks and goes after people outside too…
    Not sure the reasoning behind this, I have raised all 3 of them since pups… However, the Border Collie mix isn’t normally aggressive towards other dogs- It just needs to be her idea to be introduced. What is important- is how you raise the dog & how you treat the dog. Teaching it to be mean and aggressive comes from humans-but also, it comes from humans to teach love, respect and trust.

  377. Ken Says:

    The problem with these “studies” is in the misidentification of the breeds. Dog bites are investigated by animal control. While animal control officers do their best, they are not experts on breeds and many times misidentify the dog.

  378. Rose Says:

    I used to believe in the slogan “There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.” Then I adopted a dog who was fostered in a loving, stable home since he was weeks old. Lo and behold, he’s got serious resource-guarding issues. We’ve enlisted the help of a behaviorist, who confirms it’s extremely innate behavior.

    It breaks my heart that my dog growls and snarls at me multiple times daily. I’m working to correct it. But man, I get sick of hearing that “there are only bad owners.”

  379. Annie Says:

    The most aggressive, crabby dogs I’ve been around were two separate golden retrievers. Our doxie is totally aggressive, growls at kids, chases baby strollers, in general, just acts like little Napoleon. However, if he did actually attempt to bite he would not kill a person as he is only 15 pounds. We had a Bull Terrier who was the sweetest, least aggressive dog I’ve ever met. Even if she was accidentally caused pain, she would never snap. I think peoples fear of the “scary” breeds is mostly driven by the fact that though most are not aggressive, when one individual is, they are powerful enough to maim and kill. Breed specific bans are not the answer, but I’m not sure what is.

  380. Tracey Says:

    I have a 3yr old dachund/pomeranian mix, she is one of the most lovable dogs. She may bark and growl and pretend to be big and bad but shes a coward lol. I have also met 2 gorgeous pit bulls, both of which decided they wanted to lay in my lap. Any dog can be mean, it all depends on the environment they grow up in and how they are treated.

  381. Liam Says:

    I have three rottweilers there the best dog anyone can ask for I aslo have two young kids and all get on great wouldn’t have rotty if I thought they would be a risk to my kids.people annoy me when they comment on the breed.there not scary at all would you call a black man scary I think not

  382. Gloria Says:

    I own a dashound, have owned many dashounds and I have NEVER had a problem with any of them. my main dashound was born a few weeks before my oldest and has loved her since we brought her home. He would take naps with her and lick her when she was crying to make her happy. He is the most gental thing in this world and I would never class him as a dangerous dog. Min Pins however…they are friggen MEAN!!!!! I have had many run ins with min Pins, where they lash out at me or my children.

  383. Gloria Says:

    I must add that I have rasied a Rotweiler as well, they are quick learners and I loved him to death! We had to get rid of him because he started snapping at our children which were raised around him, for no reason. after the third time I said enough is enough and sent my baby away. Maybe there is a reason their called agressive? I know if my dashound started snapping I would do the same thing.

  384. Cheryl Says:

    I have. 5 year old Doberman who is the biggest baby.. He loves to run and can be timid. He may appear aggressive when he barks but he just has a loud bark and he only barks when he’s at home protecting his yard and home. He has never harmed anyone. I would recommend this breed anyone who. Likes to train, very easy to train and constantly learning and his cheeky attitude makes me laugh everyday, I love him more than anyone ever. Dogs makes life better!

  385. Taryn Bailey Says:

    Have been around numerous dogs in my life, and for the most part, no problems with any of them. There was a German Shepard that my grandparents had, that I’m thinking was a retired police dog. The only time had any problems was when he got old and crochety. If I remember right, he ended up developing cancer, so yeah, the grumpiness was totally understandable. Then Grandma had a rott for a while as well. Zeus thought he was a lap dog. Imagine being a kid, bout 10 or so, and having a large dog trying to sit in your lap when you’re sitting there on the floor watching tv. We had a chow mix that we got as a puppy. People-wise, he only showed aggression to a couple of my uncles, but they were assholes, so it’s not surprising. Animals do tend to pick up on more of a person’s real personality than people do. Other than that, Snowball was a big baby. Only fights he got it was when my uncle’s dog would come into his area. We had a mini poodle that was a rescue, he thought he could take on the chow and would either end up hanging from the neck ruff, or being sat on until someone came to get him. Both were excellent with my daughter until they passed. She would try and carry the mini poodle around, and he would end up hanging over her arm from the waist down and being carried around like that. He didn’t care, he just loved that he was getting attention. Then for a short time after they passed, we had what looked like a pit-rott mix, guessing she was about 6 mo old when my brother rescued her off the street. Even the first day we were there, Arshes would drown us in kisses, and my daughter could do whatever with her. She slept with us the first night, and every night after that, and didn’t even care that my daughter, who is incredibly restless in her sleep, was rolling all over on top of her, kicking her all over, etc. The dog didn’t even twitch an ear. We had a Jack Russell for a bit, she was scared to death of my brother for some reason, but then, he was scared to death of her as well, no clue why for either of them. She was a bit aggressive in general, so we were kinda glad to see her go when my aunt found a home for her. Neighbors had a weenie dog that was dumped, he went everywhere with Keith, and they were even buried together. There was another that was dumped there, looked like a basset beagle mix. Freakin sweetheart. My uncle who lived behind us, had a chow mix that liked to pick fights with our chow mix, and a black lab. Only time I’d heard of the lab showing aggression was when some stranger pulled up and accused my brother of kicking rocks at his car when Sam was just walking on the side of the road. My uncle had to call her back from starting to circle the guy, since he was being threatening to one of the ‘pups’. And other than picking fights with our dog, his chow mix was a big sweetie too. Last summer, met a friend’s pitbull that ran from the fireworks at the 4th of July and ended up at their place. Once he got over being scared, Fred became one of their pack like he’d always been there, and is just a big old baby. Even got on with the other dogs brought by other friends for camping, all weekend, all of them were romping and playing like best friends. All in all, have not met an aggressive dog that didn’t have a reason to be. It’s not just the owners though, that make a dog good or bad. Some dogs are specifically bred to be more aggressive. Like terriers and a lot of the smaller dogs, they’re bred to go after vermin, like moles, rats, etc, so they have a higher prey instinct. Some are bred for guarding, some are bred for hunting, etc. Just have to know the breed, and the individual dog itself, and work with their idiosyncrasies. Like border collies tend to be ocd, and will try to herd you. My aunt and uncle have one, and if something is out of place, she will let you know! But yes, a large part of it is also the owner. A firm hand and lots of love will get you far with a dog, just like a child. Just make sure to learn the limits of what they can handle, etc. Keep those things and mind, and should be good. Just remember, like people, dogs can snap too, with little to no provocation!

  386. denny Says:

    Biting and aggressive are not positively correlated. A dog can bite out of aggression, or it could bite simply out of fear. Any dog can bite given the right circumstance. Dogs should not be labelled by their breed. It is important to assess each animal as individual for its temperament. An under-socialized backyard and fearful lab can bite out of fear, but would anyone want to sell the news about biting lab? Perhaps it’s time to stop over analyzing and just help educate the public about the importance of how to proper raise a dog by using positive reinforcement and and reward based training as well as the importance of proper socialization with both people and other animals.

  387. Terminator Says:

    The owner is usually to blame not the dog…….if they are treated mean they will be mean

  388. pit lover for life Says:

    Why was the German sheperd not mentioned in this category of viscous breads? They r a very agressive dog and that is y the police use them.
    I have two pitbulls and when they r gone glady replace with another one. U see it not the breed. I thought racism and discrimination was a human thing. These dogs r not born fighters, but, lovers.
    Damn u people like Michael Vick.
    U assholes have damn near destroyed a breed that is more loyal than most fuckin people.
    Like I said before I have two,but before u judge my dogs hear this.
    My dogs both come with letters of recomendation from a mayor and a dog catcher in Idaho.
    Told me I need to make a commercial so that all u uneducated sheep would understand their love and loyalty. U can’t find a more loveabe friend till the end.
    So don’t discriminate because assholes like u trying to end their fate deserve the same final walk down the hall to get your life ending shot that u try to impose on one of the greatest breads…
    Didn’t u read about the pit that killed the couger that was attacking two children that were playing. Of course not all u do is focus on the dogs raised by idiots.

  389. Dani Says:

    I work at a doggie-daycare. In the 8 years we’ve been open, we have had exactly one incident involving a pitbull. He was a former fighting dog turned companion. He didn’t even start the fight. A jack russel but his ankles and then his belly. No one got hurt, except for the pit. Two weeks later, on the other hand, a dachsund maimed and nearly killed one of our dear sweet yorkies. The attack was entirely unprovoked. Our little yorkie wasn’t near or even looking at this dachsund. The dachsund chose her out pf nowhere and shook her so bad, her whole front end was ripped to shreds. Our little yorkie girl pulled through and is back at daycare with a huge grin and a wagging tail. I am not even a little afraid of my little 14lb muttly being anywhere near our nearly 30 pits, but I always get nervous of dachsunds. My little boy’s future siblings will always be pits or rotties. I trust them the most. Dachsunds have the highest rate of unprovoked bites of any dog breed out there.

  390. Sara Says:

    Any chance we could get your references so we could check the studies ourselves? Although I want to jump and believe these are the statistics, I would feel more comfortable supporting your statements and article if I could check out the references.

  391. hog dog bull dog Says:

    Pits are dangerous and if you don’t think so your lying

  392. Rachel Says:

    I am so sick of people blaming Pits. I have one and I have a Fox Terrier. The terrier is a nightmare sometimes. He was abused as a pup and absolutely hates black dress shoes. If you are wearing them in my home your feet will be attacked. You know how my pit attacks? With love. All she wants to do is kiss your face. She has been aggressive with a few other dogs but it has only been because they have attempted to take her toy while she is playing with it. Every single person on here that says “Pits should be banned” should be banned from speaking. You want to know why I chose a pit? Because she cuddles with me every night, she is an amazing faithful dog that is obedient and amazing. I am 24, a female and I live in a first floor apartment. My pit protects me. Small dogs are not only annoying and yippers but every time I have ever been bitten it has been by a small dog. “bread to bite and kill” go to hell, my pit is amazing as is basically every pit I have ever met!

  393. Thomas Says:

    Yes, those are the three most aggressive but what are the top three dogs reported in the most attacks? I bet it’s none of those three.

  394. Maria Says:

    I have both a chihuahua and a boxer and my 75 lb boxer is the sweetest dog and great with my two little girls. My chihuahua on the other hand is very snappy and I would not trust her with my kids, luckily she only weighs 7 lbs but I keep them away unless I am there to supervise. My cousin has a pit bull and she is also just a big baby! Little dogs definitely have the Napoleon complex thing going for them!

  395. Ann Woolwine Says:

    I disagree with the Dachshund being the number 1 aggressive dog. I have had dachshunds all of my life and I am 42, I have never been bitten by one nor have they tried to bite anyone. Their worse crime would be licking someone to pieces!

  396. Kazza Says:

    I and my family have had dogs all our lives. From Labs to Chihuahuas x to Kelpies to Bull Mastiffs x to Bull Terriers x to Jack Russell x to Pure Dachshund, and other; and the one thing they all have in common is (and I am not being funny here) they are Dogs! As such they NEED; training, exercise, socialising, boundaries, discipline, medical attention when required, food & water, shelter, love and most importantly a balanced informed responsible caring ‘Owner’ who is capable and prepared to supply these requirements for their dogs.

    Why bother with ‘Research’ into which ‘Dog Breeds’ bite the most or the least or cause the most damage etc, when the ‘Research’ should be into the ‘OWNERS’ of the dogs that have bitten or caused issues to the public! How about supplying some research/ statistics into the real issue! Let’s find out the demographics of the “Problem Owners” not the dogs! That way the real issue can be addressed and perhaps corrected.

  397. J.H. Says:

    Ummm, okay. What does this article prove? What if I found a report that said beta fish were more aggressive than pirhannas? Would you all of the sudden feel safer with the latter? The problem is not aggression but natural power/ability.

  398. Summer Says:


    If the park wants to make a rule against allowing “aggressive breeds” into their park, they are allowed to do so. However, they have to provide a list of prohibited dogs prior to lease signing. Your sister would be covered under the grandfather laws in the state of Michigan if they were allowed at the time of move in. The exception to this would be if they attacked someone. However, the park could cite her for other violations and refuse to renew her lease. Hope this helps.

  399. Summer Says:


    I have a shi tzue and she is the sweetest thing ever. If you even raise your voice to her she just rolls over. We live in an apartment building and she runs up to anyone who will let her for love and affection. Our next door neighbor has a pit bull and they are the best of friends. Both dogs constantly go next door to see each other. I firmly believe that like children they learn what we teach them, regardless of breed.

  400. Sara Says:

    I worked as a vet tech for many years and, by far, the worst breeds I had to deal with were Chows. I wouldn’t trust a Chow dog, ever. Following closely were Dalmations. The problem with Chows and Dalmations is how quickly they turn on you without any warning. I never once had a problem with a Pit Bull or Rottweiler. They were two of the most cooperative breeds that came in.

  401. tonyfan Says:

    I volunteer at an animal shelter – have been there for a year and 8 months. Prior to volunteering, I had never had any personal experience with pit bulls, but often dog-sat for my brother’s rottie. I can say without hesitation that, in my experience thus far, our pit bulls and pi mixes have been THE sweetest, most affectionate, lovable, eager to please dogs at the shelter! I have always liked dobermans, rottweilers, and GSD’s but I have now been converted into a pibble-lover! My next dog will most certainly be a pit! They are NOT dangerous – no more so than any other breed, anyway!

  402. RGDole Says:

    I think it’s crazy how bad a rep pit bulls have… they’re usually sweet dogs… while i have a miniature schnauzer that’s barely 20 lbs and who would love the chance to attack every child in my neighborhood… straight up evil… i still love her though… but seriously have to keep an eye on her…

  403. Courtney Ann Harris Says:

    One of the cuddliest, most loyal, and likable dogs I’ve ever met was a doberman. Rest in peace, good boy, Smokey. :)

  404. dayna gable Says:

    This is for Debbi. I know how bad your daughter must feel about her dogs. If she gets an AKC CGC on her dogs, the park may let her keep them. I know a lot of people get around breed restrictions by getting the CGC or a TDI certification proving they have a good temperament, manners, and are social and well behaved.

  405. Hal Says:

    I’m sorry, but this article is a red herring. The discussion is about how much harm different breeds cause. There are bad apples in every breed. You’ll always get irritable or badly-raised dogs no matter the breed. The question is: which breeds are associated with the most fatalities? Which breeds are dangerous in the hands of owners that aren’t willing/able to live up to the responsibility of their greater potential destructiveness?

  406. Peter Baugh Says:

    I was bitten by a chihuahua when I was six. Not much damage, but I was surprised because most (all)animals like me. My cousin had a chihuahua also, but I think it was a real one from Mexico, and was very sweet, and smart. No problem. Also met a rottweiler, doberman, elk hound (owned), many german shephards. All seem scary to some people, but they were very sweet and smart- obedient. The elk hound would sleep with my cat! Little kids would ride her. Yeah real scary. My border collie was more apt to snap at a child, (smaller high-strung dog, very smart). I believe, the larger, stronger dogs, will only become aggressive, or protective of you and your friends and family, ONLY if there is a real threat. I have seen this. A good dog will give its life for you. No doubt. It depends on how you raise them- train them. No bad dogs. Just bad owners.

  407. Scholastica8 Says:

    Small dogs tend to have “fear aggression.” They live in a large, dangerous world and live by the philosophy, “If I don’t scare whatever it is away or get the 1st bite in, I’m toast.” I have a doxie mix who handles her big Boxer-Chow-Huskie mix brother quite well. He pokes at her like a bear cub with a bee hive… He knows what she’s going to do and he’s trying to get her to do it. She jumps and flies at him like an insane weasel. He runs, then comes back for more. However, if he wanted he could kill her with 1 bite around the head or the neck…. and he could hurt her badly with one slap of that paw. Nevertheless, the worst dog bite injury I’ve ever seen was when a vet tech had her nostril and upper lip ripped off by a Pomeranian. Fortunately the dog didn’t swallow it. It was reattached and plastic surgery repaired the injury.

  408. NOKIA AYALA Says:


  409. Nina Says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to label one more aggressive than another. My experience is the way a dog is raised from a pup and on up is what determines their behavior.

  410. Maria Says:

    For me the most aggressive dog I’ve encountered is the Chihuahua. I have a pitbull. She’s the most lovable, kind, sensitive and greatest babysitter that I could get for my 3 y.o., who loves to ‘ride’ her as a mini pony! Anyways, I took my dog to the dog park one day and as usual here’s my dog making friends and saying hello to this tiny Chihuahua when the darn little thing snapped at my dog’s mouth and left her bleeding, my dog jumped back and came running to me for protection!!! and when I saw her lip it was bleeding!!! I was upset and told the owner of this little thing to not bring her dog to the park until it behaved itself!

  411. cathy Says:

    OMG, it has nothing to do with the breed of dog and all your stupid stories about your personal experience… It’s how a dog is raised. Of course there is always the exception to the rule.

  412. Bictoria Says:

    I was an MP in the Army and dealt with a lot of dog bites, and most of the dogs that were called in was smaller dogs and mutts. The reason for most of the bites were human stupidity involving food or small children. I am an aggressive breed lover and owner of a pitbull,(his my 80lbs lap dog lol). I am a firm believer that any dog can bite and most bites are because of human stupidity.

  413. Michelle Says:

    If Chihuahua were the same size a s a Rotti we would all be dead, they are vicious little bastards. BSL have been proven not to work, we need to start blaming the real problem….MAN
    Every dog can bite, just some idiots train them to do it :(

  414. Mike Gardner Says:

    RE: #4, William
    William, there is no such breed as an American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. It would have to be an American Staffordshire Terrier, or an American Pit Bull Terrier. The AKC only recognizes the AmStaff. Both can be wonderful, loving dogs. Both have their bad apples too. I have had both and currently have a Miniature Bull Terrier. Another breed that many people are afraid of just by sight, but he is the nicest, most loving dog I have ever had the pleasure of owning. He won’t hurt birds, mice, cats, bugs… Lol

  415. Myf Says:

    I’m surprised that Golden Retrievers haven’t made the list. Every dog bite that has required medical attention that I’ve personally been around to notice was from a Goldie. One kid I used to babysit will bear scars on his face from a neighbor Goldie turning on him and the girl it lived with it’s whole life. Golden Rage gets no press, but if a Pit Bull acts in a defensive manner it’s on the news for days.

    I’m sure part of the reason small dog bites don’t get reports is that people treat smaller dogs more like babies and less like dogs, and they don’t want their baby seen as aggressive. These dogs are more likely to be spoiled to the point of running the roost rather than being a ‘pack member’, like dogs actually want to be. The smaller size of the dog makes it feel like it has to prove itself all the more, especially with other dogs.

    I bet if we tallied the numbers from every season of The Dog Whisperer, we would see a larger number of smaller dogs being rehabilitated season to season.

  416. Lina Says:

    Thank you for posting this! We have owned a sweet Rottie girl for 5 years now and she is a very loving pet. She does have an issue with other dogs however because when we first got her (at 2yrs old) she was being introduced to my neighbors dalmation mix breed dog and the neighbors dog attacked my dog’s rear leg. Prior to that she got a long fine with other dogs but now I think she feels that she is not going to give them a chance to sneak attack her again.

  417. amy fleming Says:

    I’m totally behind the thought that it’s the owner who brings this out in the dogs and not the dogs itself.

  418. Russ Says:

    While these breeds may be more aggressive, when they do attack, they do not leave permanent scares and fatal injuries.

    I agree that many dogs in the bully breeds get a bad rap and no one loves dogs more then I. But you can’t ignore the statistics.

    I will add that I saw a Pit Bull attack another dog. It was horrific. I’m not willing to take a risk like that my grandchildren and family members.

  419. ck Says:

    I agree that many pitbulls are sweet as pie, and that many dachsunds are not. The thing is, an agressive dachsund never killed anyone.

  420. Dawn Says:

    How interesting, all the expressed doubts about the research notwithstanding. Over the years I’ve owned and/or cared for a Field Spaniel, an English Springer, several Newfoundlands, a Kuvasz, 2 Chow / Spitz mixes, a Doberman, a lab, a Dane, a few Goldens, and I now have a Shih Tzu/Maltese dust mop and several Old English Bulldogs. The only time I have ever been bitten in my entire life in an unprovoked attack by a dog was by a miniature Dachshund. I would also have added a Pit Bull attack to that tally when one came racing out of nowhere whilst I was walking one of my Newfies and the dust mop a few years ago, but the Newfie intervened before the Pit could get to me or the dust mop, and my beautiful Newf took many injuries to his head and neck that day. He saved our lives, I believe, because the only thing that took that Pit Bull off my Newfoundland was the driver of a pickup truck who kept bumping the Pit Bull with his vehicle to get it to let go of my beautiful boy. (This dog was so vicious that SEVERAL drivers who witnessed this attack, which occurred in the middle of the road upon which we were walking, were afraid to get out of their cars to help me until that dog ran away.) I would never consider owning a Dachs or a Pit. Ever. I know that PEOPLE are usually the reason for a bad dog, but I just wouldn’t want the liability.

  421. John Says:

    I have agree. I have not met a large breed dog that was aggressive toward me. I have, however, run across more than one small breed dog that thought it was a big dog. One of my best friends has a pit bull. Every time I drop by his work place to visit, Victor comes over to say hello as if to say, “OH BOY, a playmate!” Talk about addicted to attention.

  422. Amelia Says:

    I’ve had plenty of dogs in my life, at times several at once and ranging in all sizes and many breeds. Had 2 dachshunds. Loved them both very much. I would agree that they are a more aggressive breed than public would think. Part of that is that small breeds need to be more protective of themselves from perceived threats, by being aggressive they are better able to ward of those who may potentially harm them. Its also in their breeding. They were originally bred to be badger hunters and flush out their quarry, its even in their name! Such a job requires great tenacity and ferocity.

    But they are very loving and loyal dogs. I have found them to be protective over their pack and willing to go to great lengths to protect their owners.

  423. Brandon Says:

    I feel you are all looking at this like idiots. Of course people aren’t gonna report a 6 pound dog nipping at you and perhaps making you bleed 1 – 5 drops of blood or needing a bandaid…. Those comparing that to a dog KILLING A HUMAN or SENDING THEM TO THE HOSPITAL REQUIRING 100′S OF STITCHES AND PLASTIC SURGERY OF THE FACE AND NECK are dumb as doorknobs…. I mean honestly.. this stupid debate continues…. the facts remain… pitbulls and rottweilers kill people.. dauchsunds don’t.. end of story.. IN ADDITION, people don’t run up on pits and rott’s like awwwww and sticking their hand in their face like they do small dogs.. this is where the “bites” come from… rotts and pitts CHASE DOWN AND BITE PEOPLE….. ahh society.. putting animals before humans…

  424. Cori Says:

    I have a pitbull/shepherd mix and she is the best dog I have ever come across. She has never showed any sign of aggression. She loves to cuddle, and I could never see her biting anybody. I also have a pitbull puppy and he is the friendliest puppy. Sure he nips, but he is 9 weeks old! Every puppy does! So many people are so against pits, but really, society just has given them the worst image.

  425. David Hunt Says:

    Regardless of what this said, out of the entire breed of dogs in america in 2012, the fatal attacks where someone was killed was done by the pitbull. 68% if I am not mistaken. Pitbulls only make up 3% of the dog population. I never heard of a jogger, or a child, or a defenseless women walking down the street, killed and mauled by a Jack Russell. So call it what you want, I call them a dangerous breed. End of story.

  426. Lisa Says:

    While I have not known anything but the nicest, calmest pit bulls, my parents have a continuous prejudice against them I have tried to change. Of course, the ONE first hand experience they had was when our neighbor’s girlfriend’s pitbull attacked my family dog, I tried to explain to them that the owner was never the brightest bulb when I went to high school with her, and obviously did not take the time to socialize her dog when our big lumbering lab mix initiated play. Here’s hoping one day I can adopt a nice pit mix doggie to change their minds!

  427. Zach Says:

    That is all very nice, but when a weiner-dog acts aggressively the results usually aren’t quite as tragic as when a pit bull does. If I neglect a Chihuahua or even raise it to be an attack dog, it might hurt someone’s toe. If I do the same with a Rotweiller it could easily kill a person. Hence, the larger breeds should be more closely regulated.

  428. Ron Ruiz Says:

    It starts with the owner. As an owner of 3 doxies, I never had a problem. Its the owner and how he/she brings their pet up,. Don’t give the dog a bad rap because he/she does not have an ADULT owner. Nuff said

  429. Cary Says:

    To RICH…I find your comment in reference to people who see their animals as their children, an insult. People, such as myself, who view their pets as family or their kids, are not unstable. Loving an animal so much that you would protect and care for it like a child, does not mean you have psychological issues. For you to say that, I believe means you must have detachment issues. Judging by your disregard of your supposed beloved rottweiler I would say you are one of the types of people that has put so many dogs in shelters. Instead of taking the time or considerable effort(as is needed to raise a child) with your Rottweiler to retrain it, because old dogs CAN learn new tricks, you disposed of her like a product that is no longer beneficial to you. Animal owners like you are the reason there so many rescues, OVERFLOWING with pets. Dogs are much like children, in the sense that they copy what they see and practice learned behaviors. And just like a child, those behaviors can be worked on and adjusted. Both dog and child, need consistency, reinforcement and discipline in order to be respectable creatures…and as far as their general temperament goes, dogs personalities generally DO reflect their owners. Its called intuition…being able to judge their owners moods and what not. If I don’t like someone, typically my dog doesn’t either and in some cases she lets me know before I do, that they are someone to watch out for. She is pitbull mix that I have had since 3 weeks old and I am willing to bet money that she would growl like crazy at you, right off the bat. All you need to do is look into all the studies and research behind service dogs, such as ones that help alert seizure patients of oncoming fits, dogs used for therapy, horses for that matter too, to really see that animals are more than people like you give them credit for. I have worked in the rescue field of horses,dogs and cats for over 5 years as well as working with High Behavior children. So before you go bashing people for loving their animals more than you love yours, you should really take into consideration what you say before you decide to say it. You have no sense of empathy for animals, so more than likely no sense of it for people. In which case I am glad I do not know you personally, because its people like you that are causing so many issues among children today. Empathy is about having respect for other people and obviously you have none. I hope your kids learn otherwise. If anyone, such as yourself, were to ever come within 10 feet of my dog and make a statement like that, it would awfully hard, dang near impossible for me to even tolerate your presence, let alone, to not give you a piece of my mind and then some.

  430. Kristian Says:

    I find the whole article and comments funny and missing the point. I’m sure there are studies out there showing that bears are less aggressive than cats, and there are more people that get scratched by cats than by tigers. Who cares? You just laugh about it and kick the cat. It’s better than being torn apart by a tiger. My real lithmus test has always been can this thing kill me or not? If not, who cares, if yes, keep it away from me. Animals are unpredictable! There are cases all the time about the nicest dogs suddenly flipping out and attacking a child. No one knows usually what happened and what provoked it. Could be the child’s error. Regardless, it’s unsafe… Wiener dogs maybe aggressive, and snap at people from time to time, so? What’s your point?? Completely irrelevant! Fling it with your finger and laugh at it. What would you do when your Rotweiler attacks and kills the 2 year old next door? Oh wait, but you sleep with it and it’s never done that before? Lmao… Happens all the time!

  431. Evelyn Says:

    My uncle and aunt used to always have a dachshund and they were all aggressive – yet a friend had one and he was a real sweetheart – the hand that feeds determines the behaviour.

  432. Tap Gnik Says:

    I didn’t see Dalmatians on the list. They can be very aggressive. That’s why they are associated with fire fighting. They would run ahead of the horse drawn fire apparatus and clear the way, often attacking horses and people that didn’t move out of the way fast enough.

  433. paul Says:

    we had a Rottweiler that lived for 12 and a half years broke our hearts when she died.She was a cuddle monster and never hurt anyone.We rescued a female Rottweiler from the pound just before our last one passed away.Had her three years now.Recent addition 10 month old male Rottweiler,hes huge.Again he was in the pound 24hrs from being put down.They are cuddle monsters and even our seven year old daughter commands respect from them.She walks them{under supervision}.They don’t pull her.And very gentle when she gives them treats.Fed up with rottweilers having a bad name.You know how the bad rep started.From the first omen film.Hence devil dogs.Nutcases bought them and mistreated them till they turned.Give them love and you will receive love,give them violence and they will respond.Not out of a bad breed,but out of love.Why cause rottys will do anything to please you.

  434. Sophie Cairns Says:

    You are up to 2007-2008… and it is totally OUTDATED.. things have gotten much much worse.

    So far this year, PitBulls have killed 15 people and over 300 individual attacks needing ER/medical attention. There is a trending of repeat attacks by dogs…. mainly because the dogs are returned to the owners or even worse, adopted out to other either sociopaths or unaware soft hearted individuals….. to attack and maul again. Courts are getting fed up with this revolving door. The legal trends are for $250,000.00 awards against SHELTERS who adopt out these dangerous dogs…. even if they pass the fraudulent ATTS test.

    Sometimes, you have to ignore the mush-head pleas…it’s a dog. It is a dog, a dog breed with 200+ years of breeding to attack without warning or provocation. Retrievers RETRIEVE. Pointers POINT. Hounds TRACK. Collies and shepherds HERD…. it’s what they were bred to do… just as the PitBull was designed to grab and hold cattle while they were being slaughtered…. while blood lust sociopaths watched and enjoyed the spectacle. When slaughtering moved in to a slaughterhouse, those personalities moved to bull baiting. When that was outlawed, they moved to PitBull dog fighting…. and made the dog bigger, stronger, more aggressive. Doubt this is true? YouTube has countless of videos on contests of pulling (over 5000lbs – so how can you control THAT dog?) of hang time, of scaling 12 ft fences, of ‘gameness’ (i.e. attacking) Humans made this dog… Humans are going to have to take the results in hand to control this breed. It isn’t just the OWNER It isn’t just the BREED… it is the COMBINATION of the two…. the bred-to-kill dog and the sociopath that values that trait.

  435. Rod Says:

    The problem with the small ‘lap dogs’ is people forget they are dogs. They allow the pet to become the pack leader. Then the problems begin.

    People respect the larger breeds as dog and usually recognize they need to be lead.

    You can survive a poorly trained, poorly adjusted dashhound. There is a pretty good chance you won’t survive a pit though. So although someone came up with a study that wants to paint the pit as a non aggressive super pet, (I call BS) you won’t ever find one in my house.

  436. diane Says:

    All dogs can be aggressive. I have owned jack russell and dauschunds. While they can become aggressive under certain circumstances, the important question is… How many of these smaller breeds have mauled and killed other dogs, children or others????

  437. Imelda Says:

    I have a rottweiler, 4 labs and 2 chihuahuas and I too consider them all my children…..they all get along well together play with each other no problems….my little ones yes they are the first ones to bark at anything that moves but told to be quiet and they obey….I too think it is up to the owners to be able to discipline their animals such as they would their human children…because most dogs are intelligent and will understand and I know this for a fact because all my dogs listen and obey my husbands commands which are said in spanish and they also understand when I ask the same command in english….most animals act upon how other humans act towards them and they know when they are unfamiliar people that have not been around their home so they are protective of their family……don’t judge the animal judge the owner as they say even when children are uncontrolable its the parents fault because they let it happen…all breeds and any breed can be aggressive if you let them….

  438. Scooby Says:

    When I worked at a vet clinic I was warned that I the breeds I had to worry about were cocker spaniels, terriers (holy terrors), and any small, yippy dog. The larger the breed were less of a concern. All of the pits I’ve met have been very sweet.

  439. Dan Says:

    If you’d like to check out the study, you can find a link to it here:

  440. Marge Says:

    My husband has a 9 year old mini-wiener dog and she is very aggressive. She has bit at least a dozen people in the 3 years I have known her. She hates kids and other dogs and one day barked at a cat for 4 hours straight until her voice was gone the next day. She has even bit my husband (her owner)a couple times. If you are a family with kids I would not advise a wiener dog for you. They were bred for working and digging and she is always on the hunt to kill something (not kidding)

  441. Sharon Putt Says:

    I have a 3 year old Border Collie Mix,Annie that I call my Baby .That doesn’t mean I don’t know the difference between a pet and a real baby or child.I don’t have children and I hate the term KIDS being used for children.Kids are baby goats not children.I see nothing wrong with calling my Annie my baby.She is my baby girl doggie not my baby girl child.

  442. Clarita Says:

    I have owned 5 Chihuahuas in my life. All have been sweethearts. They act aggressive with strangers because they are strangers. They only snapped a couple of times because they were napping. I only had to smack them n the nose a few times and speak in a stern voice, they stopped. You have to train them to understand what is and is not acceptable. Just like a child or they will take over. I love my chihuahuas, when they died, I was inconsolable. We just got a new one and they only bad thing is…potty training. I don’t believe any dog really is “aggressive” , its the owner who trains it or doesn’t. Besides, what would you do if you were a dog and a stranger walked in to your home or you were snapped out of your sleep? even as a human, it would piss you off.

  443. christine Says:

    Ugh. I hate ignorant comments like Lorraines. Yes, one time one pit bull once bit someone. That does not have ANYTHING to do with all other pit bulls. Seriously, it doesn’t get much more closed-minded and stupid than that. I’m sure that particular dog WAS aggressive, and I’m sorry that happened, but to outlaw a dog? Does this sound familiar to anyone (cough racism sexism x-ism cough).

  444. tawnya Says:

    Ihave a Bischon Frise and he his mine and my fiancee’s baby and he would just lick you to death or wanting you to chase him with his toys. When he goes to the vets office he gives them all kinds of kisses, and the most part is he thinks he is a cat. He doesn’t go up to any strangers unless I tell him it is ok. He has never bit or tries to bite. He’s just a hyper little boythat has overcome alot of obscicles in his 4 yrs of life.He only weighs 9lbs. He gets along with other animals. he owners have to know how to work and train them, People just have to find the pet that is perfect for their family.

  445. Police Dispatcher Says:

    “An average of 89 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2011—an average of one every 16 minutes.” Natl. Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2011 data (the latest full year they have ( ).

    “31 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2011.” 2011 statistics ( ).

    More than twice as many people are killed EVERY DAY by cars than were killed in the entire year of 2011 by dogs. Why are people not screaming for us to outlaw all motor vehicles?

  446. bobbi Says:

    We adopted a 7 month old pit bull who is the most non agressive dog, she crys at the corgi who is defintely the more agressive. She is out pitty bull, loveable and one of the best dogs that I have ever owned. I have owned alot of dogs in my 53 years and pits are now what we choose to adopt.

  447. APD Says:

    My dachshund recently bit my husband (because my husband was being mean to him). Unfortunately, although the bite wasn’t bad, he developed a staph infection from the bite and we had to go to the ER. The docs said they were required to report all dog bites to the police, who came to take a report. When we responded to their question about what breed of dog was involved, their response to learning it was a dachshund: “I’m not surprised at all. They’re a very aggressive breed.”

    I will add to that, though, that my dog has never bitten or attempted to bite anyone but my husband. Karma will get you every time! I think dachshunds are a naturally defensive breed, so if they have been mistreated they will get aggressive to the dummy who was mean to them.

  448. Jo Presley Says:

    Our household consists of 3 APBTs, 2 dobermans and 1 Jack Russell Terrier and I know for a fact that my small 10 lb dog would try to bite a stranger before any of our so called “vicious breeds”. If you’ve never owned one of these breeds, don’t judge!

  449. nicandsadie Says:

    We own eight dogs and fostered many more. The dogs we own are a Doberman, three Poodles, a Pom, a Chin and two Doxies. One a Wheaten the other a Black and Tan. The Dobie is the sweetest and our Doxies are the brats that bite anyone they feel they should or even shouldn’t. I have own Saints, Mastiffs and other large breeds including Aussies, English Shepherds, German Shepherd etc….. we love our Doxies but just don’t trust them and they certainly are the ones we have had problems with. Why there are laws against a certain breed are beyond me. If the ones who made that decision would only go to go dog shows and stick their hands out to each breed you can be sure if they start with the toy breeds or Doxies they would not have fingers left to test the larger dogs. But like many other things in life my question is “who made this law up anyway” ????

  450. Kyle Says:

    This story is totally misleading. Just because a dog is aggressive doesn’t mean that it is dangerous. Nobody is ever going to be mauled to death by a wiener dog or a chihuahua, even if it is aggressive. A Doberman, Pit, or German Shepard, hell even my ACD (cattle dog) is incredibly strong and capable of causing great bodily harm if they act out aggressively. I do think some breeds are unfairly singled out as being dangerous, but I also feel that people that have larger dogs need to be extra cautious and really need to know that they are doing while handling their animals. Dogs can be set off by strange situations or people that they don’t know and their first instinct in most cases is to go on the defensive. Bottom line, a dogs behavior is in the hands of the owner.

  451. Beth Says:

    I’ve never liked “little yippy dogs”

  452. Cindy stanton Says:

    This article made me lol.
    I was bit by a dog once in my life and it was
    By a dachound. Never liked them or trusted
    Them. Proud owner of an aggressive breed
    (German shepherd), sweet as can be.

  453. Ilpalazzo Says:

    The big dogs are known because it’s not about ‘aggressive’, it’s about ‘dangerous’. Hell, most people are ‘aggressive’.

  454. Rene Says:

    I own both pitties and chihuahuas. Again, it is how they are raised. Never had a pitbull or chihuahua cause one minute of trouble. And, they are friendly.

  455. A. Dunham Says:

    I was shocked at a lot of the comments I read. People talking about how they have dogs that bite “everyone”. The kids know better then to pet them because they bite. Oh my dog bites everyone that comes in my house. My dog is always biting me or fighting with other pets. I don’t get it. Regardless of the size of the dog or the breed why in the world would you think this behavior is ok? An aggressive dog is DANGEROUS. Why would anyone think it’s funny or cute for a dog to bite? I just don’t understand.

  456. gene retske Says:

    Isn’t breed specific legislation a form of racial profiling?

  457. Geoffrey O'Nan Says:

    I had a Neighbor that had a Pitbull named Rocky. Rocky was a very gentle soul. He was a loving dog and very affectionate. One day he was with the Mother of his owner laying in the front yard while she weeded her flower garden. The maillady walked up the driveway to give them their mail. She had done this several times previously when Rocky was outside. Rocky for some unknown reason jumped up, ran toward the Maillady jumping on her and Biting her neck and almost tore off one of her breast. No one knew why Rocky acted this way. I know you have heard the phrase” there is no such thing as an irresponsible dog, only an irresposible Owner. I believed that too until this happened. Something snapped in Rocky, His owner had him since Puppyhood so I know he was socialized. He was never treated badly. I don’t have an answer for what he did and no one can give an excuse because they weren’t there when it happened. The fact remains that some dogs are just bad. I heard everything from” well they never took him for walks and he should have had more chew toys” There was absolutly no human reason for Rocky to act the way he did. Now his dog reasoning may have saw a threat but we will never know. Rocky had to be put down, it was Court ordered. There isn’t much difference in the emotional state of dogs and people. We react to things the same way alot of times.The dogs I have, do things so wild, sometimes I think the’re human. If we ever advance to where we can give Dogs thumbs through surgery, lookout Just putting it out there.

  458. Hannah Says:

    I have owned 3 German Rottweilers and they are the sweetest, most gentile things. I had them all certified to be therapy trained to visit hospitals and the elderly. They LOVE people.
    Where the Rottweiler misconception comes from, is that people who do not own them, or study up on them get the “German” and the “American” confused.
    American Rottweilers are what you’d find at a puppy mill. Most are inbred, and can be VERY vicious. They are skinny and not very appealing to look at alongside of a German. Who has a beautiful coat, square head, sticky body and a sweet face(:
    Also any dogs behavior lies in the hands of the owner.
    I’m 21 and I can not take my 2 year old rottie to my new apartment because there’s a breed restriction.
    That’s not right.

  459. Luann Says:

    I have had 4 rottie’s and they are the best animals you could ever ask for!!! I now have a pit, and she’s great!

    People feed off of the crap that they hear, and because ignorant, sadistic animal abusers what to use them for fighting, because they are too damn lazy to go get a job! So they get a bad rap! Don’t believe everything you hear!

  460. Pam Grimm Says:

    I frankly get tired of the protest that aggressive dogs are always due to the owners. Anyone who has had more than one dog knows that they come with an inherent temperament. I know someone who thought her pitbull was a sweetheart. She gave it to a family when when she needed to move and the first day the dog killed the family cat. I don’t see a distinction in this thread between aggression towards humans vs other dogs. My dogs are sweet with us, but I can’t take my rat terrier to the dog park,she takes on all the large dogs. And yes, I socialized her but it was a built in thing, she just doesn’t get along with dogs outside our home. Boston terriers are the same, sweet with the family, but fighters with all other dogs. The story about the pit bull and the little girl makes me sick. Pit owners need to wake up, their dogs are ticking time bombs and should never be around strangers off leash. By the way, what about Cocker Spaniels? I believe they are another sweet looking dogs but that is very high strung.

  461. Clay Says:

    It seems that 90% of the commenters here realize that Pit Bulls are among the tamer/friendlier breeds. That’s great! But there is still a lot of hate and dog racism out there.

    Please take a minute to spread the word and to call out misinformation sites like


  462. MaryAnne Says:

    I have a lot of friends who have or had pit bull or Rotties, and they were always so very well behaved and friendly. The dogs are not at all aggressive unless you give them something to be aggressive about. These dogs are great towards children and can be very protective of them. I think putting them down because of the bred is what we would call racist. It doesn’t matter the breed, it is how they are raised, if you have someone teaching them to be aggressive, what do you expect from the dog. More smaller breeds are known for being very aggressive, and those are the ones that should be watched. Leave the dogs alone, unless they are being very aggressive, punish and hold the owners accountable.

  463. Michael Doyle Says:

    As a owner of a Rottweiler and a pitbull they are 2 of the most wonderful breeds there are. What you put into these dogs you get out. They have a natural protective instinct, and if you try to modify it and you don’t know what you are doing you will make Frankenstein’s out of them. They are both lovable and loyal to a fault. The Rottweiler is one of if not the smartest dogs on earth!! the only problem is the WRONG PEOPLE have them. Giving a Pitbull or a Rottweiler to someone who doesn’t know what they are doing is like giving a gun to a crack head!! And we all know the rest of the story. I wouldn’t trade my dogs in for a million bucks, that’s how much I love them. Brothers and sisters both the Rottweiler and the Pitbull RULE!!! :D

  464. Sioux Says:

    As a behaviorist and trainer who has also spent some time in a grooming salon, I can tell you that I, and every animal professional I know, respect all dogs’ teeth. We are careful around large breeds – they can do a lot of damage if provoked. We are EXTRA SUPER careful with small breeds, because they are more frequently provoked – and they do some damage, too. I have never been bitten by a large dog, but I will NEVER forget that Pekinese, or that Jack Russell …

  465. Rob Says:

    The distinction that should be made isn’t the aggression of a particular breed of dog, as in tendency to bite, BUT the effectiveness of a bite. A bite from a chihuahua isn’t dangerous, it’s annoying.
    It’s not how often pit bulls bite that matters, but what happens when they do bite. Pit bulls have are responsible for more fatal attacks than any other breed.
    Something to consider.

  466. Dr Says:

    Many intelligent comments have covered the responses I would have given to people who are misinformed or biased by select personal experiences. Their situations are not representative of select groups of dogs as a whole. This is a well-established fact. I would add that there is no such thing as a “pure bred” anymore than there is a “pure race” of people. An animal could be cloned from another and it doesn’t change the fact that previous genes down the line all came from a mixture of multiple types of those animals with different DNA. It’s not as if canines suddenly appeared in the animal kingdom last week. Also, with regard to the comment I read about someone who “bought” a “pitt bull” from a breeder, YOU likely share blame. Even if you raised the dog properly, breeding dogs can result in poor genetic traits, causing mental health problems, as well as physical defects. Of course, that is not always the case. But you take your chances when you purchase a dog, versus adopting from a shelter or rescue group. It’s true that rescued animals can also have problems, but at least when they have been cared for by people who care about animals, some of their traits and history are usually known (although behaviors seen at shelters are often not a true reflection of the animal due to fear, sadness, lack of exercise, and so forth – the majority of adopted dogs act differently after being placed in a loving home, meaning better adjusted). What also needs to be considered in this regard is evolutionary research. The animals most adaptable survive. Aggression toward humans is not an adaptable behavior because such dogs are likely to be discarded, neglected, or abused in some other way. Breeding is an artificial atrocity committed by humans for money. The US kills an estimated 4 million homeless animals every year in shelters, yet people continue to buy from so-called “responsible” breeders (as well as puppy mills and the pet stores that buy from them). I implore you to reconsider how you acquire your next pet. And to the person who wrote that people who refer to their pets as “kids” are unstable: That is an ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS statement. I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, by the way. The bottom line is extensive research shows people who lovingly care for animals are compassionate and caring.

  467. Kristen Says:

    I think it’s kind of ridiculous that people are commenting just to slam pit bulls, rottweilers, etc just to contradict the research. What exactly is your research or your qualifications? I can definitely attest to agreeance with the results because I’ve never once met a pit bull or Rottweiler who was less than an absolute sweetheart; however, every single Dachshund and every single Chihuahua except for one, has been a tooth-showing snarling biter. Just let the experts share their results without pushing your non-expert opinion on everybody else.

  468. Judy Says:

    I have chihuahuas and they act ferocious until a person sits down. I think they act aggressive because they are so small and afraid.

  469. Kim Says:

    It isn’t always the owner. Our dachshund bit my daughter in face leaving a huge wound. He was never mistreated in any way and most of the time would snuggle up to us in the chair or on the couch. He was jealous. She was playing with our Lab and he just snapped. It was a high price to pay. He is now living happily w/ my in-laws where there are no children. Little dogs do seem more aggressive than any other breed, one reason why they are called ankle biters.

  470. Suzie Says:

    The only dog that has ever attacked my husband was a daschund. The two dogs that have attacked me were a Great Dane (while opening a can of dog food for her- apparently too slow because she bit through the can and me) and neighbor’s pit bull. In defense of the pit bull, the neighbor trained him to attack. (especially me as I had to have the jerk arrested when he broke into our house) I agree Pits can be wonderful pets, I think that when purchasing one, people should look at the source of the dog. Too many people in our area have still used them for fighting and breed for that. Sad.

  471. ReadAboutIt Says:

    Educate yourself.
    UKC registers as American Pit Bull Terrier
    AKC registers as American Stafforshire Terrier

  472. ReadAboutIt Says:

  473. Joe Says:

    To commenter #256, Tony, you are an absolute moron. So because I’m tattooed my rottweiler is automatically aggressive? Nice stereotyping to not only the breed but to a very wide array of people as well. I’m sure everyone found your $.02 very useful here.

    And to #410, Brandon, who said “rotts and pitts CHASE DOWN AND BITE PEOPLE….. ahh society.. putting animals before humans”. Another stereotype rearing its ugly head. Nice overgeneralized blanket statement coming from the guy who started his comment off calling everyone participating in this conversation “idiots”. Oh the irony. Your comments are completely useless and you have done nothing but to try and further perpetuate the terrible reputation people exactly like you created.

    And to provide yet another example, I’ve never gone out to a park or area with kids around who didn’t come running up to pet my rottie which he responds by obediently sitting while the kids take turns. He is my 1.5 year old son’s best friend, and my son does everything from chase to climb to all out play with his dog with nothing in return but licks and kisses.

  474. Paula Says:

    I had always heard that Cocker Spaniels were one of the worst fear biters. If i meet a vet tech i usually ask and many have said that Cockers are most likely to be snappy.

  475. Sarah Says:

    Just wanna say that I knew a pit bull who was so very gental. Not only a year old and wouldn’t bark at anyone or another dog. His name was Rex. Then came a Chihuahua and palmeranian mix. He barked at Rex non-stop. He barks at anyone especially if they are strangers. Even bites at a little 2 year old. This just shows the difference between a big lovable pit bull verses a tiny aggressive Chihuahua/palmeranian. Miss you Rex <3

  476. todd grant Says:

    this whole thing about breed is bull. if you want to know what a dogs demeanor is just look at the owner.i dont own dogs and i dont much care for them. that doesnt make me an idiot though, my sis has owned rots and all they wanted to do is sit in my lap and lick me. their personality matched my sisters. its really not that hard to understand. there are way too many stupid people out there that listen to the media and take everything they heard as gospel.

  477. Ed Says:

    Although an interesting article. There are a lot more than 33 breeds. In addition, although the rotts and pits may not be the most aggressive according to the study. Their bit can do far more damage than a weiner dog or a Chihuahua.

  478. Kat Says:

    These small dogs are aggressive because their daft owners don’t take the rearing of them seriously. It pisses me off because even the smallest dog can severely injure a child.

    I spoke with a woman whose 2-year old son was mauled by a Cocker Spaniel. Needed 17 bloody stitches in the face. When she tried contacting the media about this, what was their response? “Sorry, but we’re not interested unless it’s about a pit bull.”

    Utterly disrespectful to that poor mother. People need to get their act together.

  479. Dave Says:

    Rottweiler’s are gentle giants, pits are love bugs and Dobies are hyper. Any dog can be aggressive, the problem is media sensationalism and skewed statistics. No one reports a little dog bite just the big ones and most those who do are looking for fifteen minutes of fame and money from the owner.

    Talking about your standard dog bite: 9 out 10 times a dog bite is initiated by the idiot approaching the dog. A dog is not a toy, it is a living breathing being and like humans they have good and bad days, they things that upset them and if your dumb enough to provoke the bite you get what you asked for.

  480. Jacki Dent Says:

    I love this article for the simple fact that my daughters have all been bitten by big dog and that did require medical attention, but neither dog that did the biting is on the list of them are the most dangerous dogs alive. One dog was a golden retriever, the other I’m not to sure. On another note I was bitten by a daschaund this year. And after the dog bit me the owner says oh she bites and then gets in her van and drives away seeing blood just pouring down my hand. Not to long later I started getting sick my hand started turning blue and swelling and I ended up in the er with a very bad infection from it that same night I was bitten. Not once have I ever seen in my life a pit bull, Doberman etc bite anyone. But another dog that needs to be on this list is Pomeranians, my grandmother has one and she’s a bitch and will bite anyone besides my grandmother. All she’s doing is being protective of my grandma but still a bitch. People really need to stop putting labels on dogs the labels need to be aimed at the owners. Just like a child dogs pick up on how they get treated and give that back in return.

  481. Brinnie Says:

    Having seen or been on the receiving end of bites from Pit Bulls and Dachshunds, I would take the Dachshund bite any day over the Pit Bull bite. Yes, there is a great deal to be said about their training, nature, and the owners. We have seen unprovoked attacks by Pit Bulls (with bad results) more often than unprovoked attacks by Dachshunds. Most of the Pit Bull bites have required professional medical care, including stitches or surgery. The Dachshund bites are painful but less severe and usually require first aid using a kit, anti-inflammatory and antibiotics. All these dogs have had appropriate vaccinations.

  482. Brinnie Says:

    @ 431 tawnya June 7th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    Bichons are really the sweetest dogs. Your little guy will no doubt remain cheerful and loving to all, with funny antics that will endear him to everyone he meets. Generally, it’s a wonderful, laid back breed. :-)

  483. Sherri B Says:

    Since i was a little girl, I have trained and had the acquaintance of many dog breeds. Since i grew up on a dairy farm, I was very partial to herding dogs (english shepards, australian blue/texas white heelers and border collies. i have owned the small toy breeds such as Lsaha Apso and Papillpions. If you would have asked me ten years ago on whether i would ever own any kind of Bull breed dog, I would have declined. But guess what, I’m in love with a rescued Am. Staffy mix that is just a doll! She is so smart, very trainable and loves to cuddle; her adoption should be complete this week.
    This past February, I got stranded in a bad snow storm and had to walk a few blocks to my home. i got attacked (for no reason) by a black lab that was running loose in it’s front yard. so, it is is not the dog, it is the owner that should be responsible.

  484. Guinness's mommy Says:

    People forget that dachshunds were bred as hunter/killers. Mine are very cute. Pretty is as pretty does.

  485. Elie Says:

    I grew up with a Dachshund and not once did he bite me or my sister and we lived with him for almost 12 years. I now own a rescued ACD X and he is as sweet as can be, shows no aggression, is well behaved and loves our children no matter what. I don’t think the behavior is always related with the breed. Unfortunately I had two different neighbors who owned a Rottweiler and both dogs attacked other dogs and one attacked a child. BUT both dogs haven’t been exercised appropriately (if ever) and I think that’s a big problem with many dog owners. Get of the couch and exercise your dog! Good for you and your pet!

  486. Cat Says:

    In my opinion, so many little dogs are biters because when they misbehave or show bad behavior, their owners don’t correct them. Instead they pick them up and hold them in their arms. Being held feels good, it is a reward, not a correction. Some owners chuckle at their pet’s bad behavior. Many dogs like to make their owner laugh, it becomes a reward also. Other owners baby talk the dog, “whats a widdle dog like you acting so bad? kiss, kiss, you bad widdle thing” Doesn’t it sound like these owners enjoy it when their dog is bad? If you were a little dog, wouldn’t you try to get some lovin’ from your person owner? It seems all you’d have to do to get love and affection is to be bad.

  487. Cat Says:

    Please strike out that last “owner”

  488. Emily Says:

    I have 2 doxies and they are the sweetest and most chill animals ever.
    I had a doxie before these 2, but she was killed at the age of four when the German Shepard who lived next door jumped over our fence and killed her in our backyard.
    It has been about 10 years since that horrible incident, and my family hasn’t recovered. We still get teary eyed when we talk about it.
    Our vet tells us that our dachshunds are the most gentle and well behaved doxies they have ever met. It kills me that dachshunds are being painted with this negative brush. People who hear the story of the dog I lost assume that my dog was an ill tempered brat :(

  489. Sandy Cain Says:

    I was about 3yrs old when I was bitten on the face by my Aunt’s Dachshund who wanted my pacifier. My sister has a mini Dachshund who is also very snappy to people. Give me a Rottie or Shepherd anytime..

  490. Hubert Says:

    It is disturbing to see how many people want to see an entire breed of dog annihilated due to the actions of a few poorly trained animals. I had an aunt and uncle murdered by a black man. By these peoples logic, should I want all black men to be killed? Use your brains people. Dogs are just like children….their behavior is influenced by their upbringing, not their breed or race. The worst thing any of my pit bulls has ever done is to drool on someone when they say hello. I am the proud owner of 5 American Pit Bull Terriers, 4 black labs and 4 mixed breed dogs and every one is just as important to me as human family. If you people want to ban everything in this world that can potentially harm you, you are looking at living in a very empty and boring world.

  491. keith carey Says:

    Rottweilers are second to no breed in versatility! Due to superior temperament and intellegence. Handicapped and rescue dogs.seeing eye dog. Poor owners and poor breeders are the. Problem. Ok go sell stpid somewhere.

  492. Rose Says:

    Yes, dachshunds can be very fearful, as can most dogs. Dachshunds where born bred hunters in which so people choose too ignore. They are a dog that needs a job. And most of mine have needs a thump or two. But none of “and all of my dachshund with senior hunters have bit a soul or threatened too do so”. Now I have had a few of em try too threaten me as pups over an item, but found themselves deep in the Sh*t hole or kennel. But never has happened sense.

  493. Wallace Hattenhauer Says:

    Having just been bitten by a pit bull for absolutely no reason while walking down the road on this past July 4th, I can tell you that pit bulls may not be scientifically categorized as “most aggressive”, but I can tell you that scientific data confirms that they are the MOST DEADLY and have the most viscious result from their bites. Just look at these death stats from 2012: is a great site for plenty of statistics and detail.

  494. Caitlin Boeing Says:

    My sister left her Dog that she got with an ex and took the dog to a dog training class 1 time and said that the dog is not learning and that she will never take the dog to training class again.

    The dog is a sulky/cairn terrier mix and has bit me 3x drawing blood, my friend 1x drawing blood and my ex-wife’s Dad drawing blood. The dog is shaved once a year and never is brushed and no dog groomer will groom the dog.

    I have worked Petsmart Pet’s hotel and have never encountered a bad “PitBull” and only encounter ones that would attack me with affection and licking over anything else. Giving the Bully Breeds the one on one was the highlight of my shift.

  495. Rebecca Stillwell Says:

    Come on…..I really can’t believe it. I’ve owned doxies all of my life (total of 6 of them) and never once did any of them bite anyone. They have absolutely loved everyone… When my Julie was 15 years old with cataracts, I had to remind the neighborhood kids to make sure they talked to her before touching her – she couldn’t see them anymore and I didn’t want her to be frightened. I’ve never even know any other doxie owners who have had any incidents with biting.

  496. Stacy Says:

    I have 8 dogs, pitbulls and pomeranians. 1 pom from a breeder, 3 poms from rescues, 2 pom mixes born here 14 years ago, 1 pit from an individual and 1 pit from a rescue (our most recent). All of these dogs live, eat and sleep together. A responsible owner will teach their dogs that there is no alpha dog; the owner is the alpha and the dogs will respond and act accordingly. Every dog has the trait and ability to be aggressive and will be if the owner allows it. My vet and his staff, the groomers and all our friends say we have the most sweet and lovable dogs and ask what we do to make them this way. Even poms have a bad rap for being aggressive. One of my vets staff members said “believe me, they are not all as sweet as yours.”

  497. Dawn Fields Says:

    My daughter was mauled by my grandmothers Jack Russel in the face. I at the time had a Rottweiler and Pitt Bull we had both if them for over 8 years they never bit anyone or snapped at them. The grandmothers dog they didn’t force her to put him down so she kept him. Three years later she tried to get the same child around the dog again. It’s the OWNERS!!!!

  498. Stacie Says:

    I have had a wringer dog who was aggressive that attacked anyone who walked by me I had a shiatsu attack me I’ve had a pit bull (not mine) try to attack me but have had my own who played on the floor with my pet rabbit.. I now have a chihuahua a Yorkie a lab mix and a rot… The Yorkie is the boss of all of them the chihuahua will bite an ankle of a person she don’t know the lab mix is a playful lab who don’t care and my rottie is the biggest and biggest baby of them all ! The neighbors who have 2 pits and all of my dogs play together in the yards daily and they all love each other… I agree it goes with how they are raised for the most part.. But my daughters Gma had a pit from 6weeks and beautiful big baby slept with my daughter all the time enjoyed car rides and everything but didn’t like loud noises or anyone knocking on the door so one day a loud car went down the road and the Gma got up to keep the dog calm and he attacked her bad she had over 80 stitches from her forearm to her head (yes they got rid of him) so on that note idk what to say really?

  499. chris Says:

    More than anything, I’d think that training and owner awareness of their dog are probably the 2 main factors. Not in any way related to breed. All 3 of the dogs on this list are tiny. Which dogs tend to receive the least training? Little dogs. Think about it – if you have a badly behaved big dog, you’re in trouble, so you train it….if you have a badly behaved small dog, you pick it up and place it somewhere out of trouble. Can’t do that with a rottie or a pitbull very easily.

    Makes me sad that we equate dog issues with breed. True there can be some badly behaved dogs in a given breed, but there are also great dogs of the same breed. What if we took this approach to determining who the “best” people are? Oh wait…we already tried that…and decided it wasn’t just a bad idea, but gave it names like “racism” and “antisemitic” an so forth…hmm…

    Lets look at the source of the issue here – responsible ownership – and stop bothering to blame the dogs. Under most circumstances, it’s not the dog!

  500. Linda Says:

    All very interesting comments. I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. My husband and I both come from very large animal loving families. I have been exposed to many, many breeds of dogs. Some very little training, some with professional training. I have owned many dogs myself and all were very well trained. I presently own two sweet adorable little Morkies. They are very well trained and obey my every command. Can they get aggressive? Will they bite? I would never be foolish enough to answer those questions with a “No”. The only thing any of us can be 100% certain of is death. I have seen a pitbull have to be shot because he turned on his owner, my brother-in-law and another dog. A Shitzu that would attack anyone that said the word bath. Both dogs were normally sweet gentle and cuddley. I have seen a Chihuahua that attacked everyone that came near it except its owner. My sons pitbull was a beautiful brindle and absolutely sweet as honey. She turned on him one day when he got on his daughter for misbehaving. He loved her but weighing the fact that she could turn on anyone at anytime and be capable of killing them, he had to let her go. She never showed any aggression towards anyone before or after that incident. The point is whatever breed you have large are small, well trained are not, sweet as sugar, you can never be certain that your dog will not someday lash out. We see everyday that a murderer, bomber, molester is portrayed by family and friends as kind, loving, and gentle and can’t believe they would commit such a horrible crime. Animals are no different. 9 times out of 10 it is not the breed, not the owner and not the training, it is just life! Large breeds take the rap only because the damage they do is so much worse than a small breed. Pitbull and Rottweiller owners my heart goes out to you. But you have to face reality. I know you love your adorable big guys as much as I do my little ones but the truth is they are so very capable of killing someone in just a few short seconds. Just please don’t be that foolish person that thinks, believes or says “Oh he doesn’t bite”! “Oh my dog would never hurt anyone”! You can never be 100% sure of any breed. If you were upset about something you would lash out verbally, a dogs bite is their only defense.

  501. Cindy Says:

    It doesn’t surprise me at all; our little dogs are the most aggressive dogs. My kids were raised with Rotteweiler, Doberman’s & German shepherds…my kids were all over them, great protectors & I wouldn’t have anything but them around my kids. Our poodle & miniature pincher are the ones that bite. However, it is in the way you raise and socialize them I believe, to be the most true.

  502. Marilyn Says:

    I’m really surprised that people are so prejudice. I don’t think the breed of dog makes a difference at all. It’s just like people discriminating against different cultures or colours of humans. A dog is a dog… they are all capable of biting, they are all capable of being trained not to… it all comes down to how they were treated and trained. Not all people that own dogs know what they are doing when it comes to training. People think that giving the dog a home and food and walks and love is enough for the dog to turn out to be a well behaved dog but in reality that is not even close. Dogs need specific training and even if you love them and take great care of them they can turn out to be aggressive if they know they can get away with certain things. I’ve seen many people turn their dogs into problem dogs by punishing the dog or giving them praise and treats at inappropriate times because they didn’t understand that the dog doesn’t understand the punishment or thinks it’s being praised for the wrong behaviour. Training can be very specific and is all about timing and is not simple unless you know something about what you are doing. You can be the nicest person in the world to your dog and they still could end up being aggressive. People just need to learn or read more about training dogs when they are planning to get one and the problem is that people don’t do that, they just adopt or buy puppies and think that love/food/exercise is enough for the dog.

  503. Jenn Says:

    I have volunteered at many animal shelters. I have several bite scars on my legs. What animals did they come from? Chihuahuas, Boston Terriers, Shitzus etc. The only large dog I have ever been bitten by was a Boxer when I was delivering news papers. The pet-parents of this Boxer left the gate to their back yard open and the dog was just protecting her families territory. That poor baby lost her life… for protecting her people. I understood that even when I was 15 years old!

  504. DeAnne Davis Says:

    My children were born into a house with two Great Danes and an Australian Shepherd. I now have a Great Dane, 2 Rottweilers, and 2 Huskies. Of all the dogs I’ve had over the years, my rotties and Danes are the most reliable and tolerant. I have had 2 dogs bite me, in the past 30 years. My own toy poodle, and a friend’s chihuahua. I still have the scar on my leg from the Poodle. People love to generalize and vilify.

  505. Mark Baker Says:

    Pitbulls and other dogs like it are given a bad name because if the owner torchers the dog and trains it be agressive, it can do the most damage. Owners can train any dog to be aggresive, just most dogs can’t do the damage a pitbull can. Pitbulls and rotties are amazing dogs and are put down because of humans. People who can’t see that are dumb. This article doesn’t suprise me at all

  506. Caroline Says:

    I have a Mastiff and a Lab mix. My lab mix is the guard dog – will not let anyone come over to pet him either. But, I would not have a pitbill or a little monster either.

  507. Barbara Says:

    We have 2 dachshunds, a dachshund/chi mix, a beagle/dachshund mix, a dachshund/basset/bloodhound mix as well as a pekingese and I refer to them as my as my four legged kids..That neither makes me or my dogs unstable by a long shot, as while I refer to them as such, they are well aware of who the head of the pack is and they know their place in the pact..They get along with everyone they meet with exception to the rabbits that occasionally get in our yard as they are all hounds and that is what they were bred for with the exception of our pekingese who loves to be petted and snuggle up against a warm body…It doesn’t matter how you refer to them, it is how you train them and treat them that determines on whether they are good or bad…I do personally think that there should be a psych eval should be preformed on anyone who wants one of the bully breeds if they appear to be unstable or a hot head before the adoption or sale of such a breed to these people as that is where you find most of the problems with the breed being aggressive…And yes, I agree totally with dachshunds being among the most aggressive, but then again, it is mostly on how they are raised..

  508. Mike Says:

    It is true about the little dogs I have 3 of them that have been taken in so they have homes and or rescues and I have a great Dane timber wolf mix and she is a big baby the little dogs are far more aggressive then she would eve be but people she the Dane mix and are scared of her because of her size as soon as they see her and don’t have a thing to worry about unless there worried about a sloppy tong and big feet stepping on there feet same as rottweilers we have had in the past big lovers people buy them for watch dogs unless there trained not a good idea there only good for window candy because they don’t attack they would help carry out stuff for a robber lol.

  509. Kate Says:

    Pit bulls were never bred for guard dogs. They bark when someone comes to the door, if that’s what you mean buy the term, but the amoral assholes who fight them professionally (yes, they actually have professional fights for these asses) will cull (kill) a dog that shows any sort of human aggression. They need to be able to pick them up in the middle of a fight and the dog needs to stop everything it’s doing. Rotties, on the other hand, were bred as German guard dogs. I have found that both breeds are awesome family dogs, with the right training. A friend of mine had a female Rottie who had puppies and she got a little aggressive toward the other dog (a beagle) for a little while, but after the pups were bigger, she calmed down again. Any large breed dog can be dangerous, and labeling any breed as a “dangerous breed” is a waste of time and money. All it does in discourage responsible owners from getting these dogs and spreads the false myths about them. I love my pittie and he’s a very good dog. But I also know he’s not all that comfortable with kids, having not been around them much, so I will strictly supervise any sort of interactions with kids, so he has nothing but good experiences with them, and will hopefully start becoming less timid with them. All dogs have quirks and it’s the owner’s responsibility to know them and those who don’t are a danger to their dogs and the public.

  510. Connie Says:

    There really is no such breed as “aggressive” breed. It is how the owner, breeder. breeder/owner train the pup, young dog….For to long especially the Pit, Dobie and the Rott have been accused of a notoriety they should not be given. The GSD also and the Wolf breeds….basically the list is on going. I even noticed a few times on the CDC list for “bad” dogs even the dalmation and the Lab were on it….I for one have seen several aggressive Dalmations and Labs. Quit blaming the breed. Time to be honest and admit dogs respond to how they are trained and handled…..A dog that is well loved and socialized is calmer than one who is taught to be a “guard” dog or fighter…Think about it. And it is also true…the little breeds are buttheads…I have a Chihuahua and his attitude is way bigger than his 4 lb body, going up against some big boys and girls……They have no fear, many times forgetting how small they are and sometimes this ends in a disaster. Crucifyin the breed for being just that a certain breed is wrong. Spaying/neutering and controlled breeding of all breeds should be enforced. Rescue, foster and or adopt….save lives do not take their lives. Educate yourself on the breed, read about it….don’t go on looks and the cute small size….forcast the future, are you going to be able to keep this pet forever….No, not sure don’t get one….they deserve to be just that…a forever, loved companion. They loves us with undying loyalty, eager to please no matter the cost…meaning facing death, holds no grudges, not judgmental….Time to smell the roses and coffee and admit we not the breeds are responsible and We need to make the changes.

  511. Johnny Says:

    I have known for years that while bigger dogs are considered dangerous that most people thinks it’s cute or adorable that the smaller ones have the ” little man ” syndrome. Most attacks I have endured or seen were from the smaller ankle biting breeds. Ity may take more of them to do as much damage as a bigger dog but in return they pick the most fights, attack the most often, and bite just as fast at their owners as they do strangers. Infants and babies are not immune to their attacks either. Rotties, Pit bulls, and shepards and even the doberman have gotten a bad rep due to the dog fighting rings but no one wants to go see a dachshund fight a chihuahua .. it just wouldn’t earn the money they want. Instead they have these bigger breeds for fighting and the owners of these dogs should be put down not the animal. These fur-babies are threatening looking but also the most loving, caring, and protective of the breeds I have owned. The littler dogs such as dachshunds, chihuahua, and terrier breeds are very fast to snap at, bite, or even terrorize anything that they think they can over power or threaten. They will force a bigger dog to fight back against their attacks and when a Big dog does it is the big dog’s fault for attacking the smaller one. In fact it is the littler dog’s fault for attacking the big dog. It isn’t cute to watch a small dog atagonize a big dog into a fight, or force it to defend itself against the smaller one. Dog’s do not think as Human’s do and will not stop when the smaller one is subdued .. it becomes a blood bath that could have been stopped by the owner of the smaller breed dog. When the owner has to take their fur baby, that they could have stopped from terrorizing a bigger breed,to a Vet to put it down. It is no longer funny. And they expect the other owner to foot the bill for their own fault and not stopping their fur baby from doing what it did. Seems very unfair to say that these big mean looking fur babies are the real threat. We need to look at all Dog’s and look at their owner’s. It is always the other end of the leash that’s the problem .. the Dog is doing what comes natural when faced with aggression.

  512. Carlitos Way Says:

    Well, yes a Chihuahua or Wiener Dog might be more aggressive than a Pitbull, but if a Pitbull bites it can be deadly. Would you rather take a chance???

  513. Carlitos Way Says:

    So, if a Chihuahua attacks me I might kick it like a field goal, can I do the same with a Pit Bull?

  514. Alden Says:

    With any breed of dog it comes down to how you train and raise them. If the dog is being aggressive do not meet it with aggression it does not work. I have a Shetland Sheepdog and she is very friendly to people. But when it comes to food she was at one point aggressive due to the fact that my fathers lab that he rescued attacked her while she was eating and he did nothing about it and he puts his hand in her food and pretends to eat it thus making her panic and starts gorging. But what I did was have a sit down with my father and told him to keep his hand out of her food. Also when my dog started glaring or growling I would say her name in a authoritative (not aggressive)tone and she would look up at me and stop. But if she tried to nip at any other animals I say “what did you do?” in the same tone and she would walk away and automatically put herself in a time out. It all comes down to being consistent and discipline. Dogs are like kids and they try to test the rules and if you let them get away with bad behavior once it takes a long time to break the habit.

  515. Brooke Says:

    I owned a doxie and a pitbull they were best friends and yes my doxie was in charge. Although my doxie never bit anyone he knew I was always careful around strangers. If someone approached my two dogs I would let them pet my Pit but not my doxie. Although in the town I live in pitbulls have a very bad name and people are scared of them and act like you are committing a crime to take them on a walk, very frustrating.

  516. Janet Says:

    My pit bull was mauled by a choc. lab. She didn’t even fight back. I am glad we were able to pull the lab off by it’s back legs, if not I may have lost my pit bull.

  517. udi Says:

    While it’s interesting to see the results of this survey of dog personality by breed, this has little relevance to possible public safety legislation. New legislation is aimed at curtailing the ownership of dangerous dogs and the risk they pose to the public. While the aggressiveness of a dog has some bearing on this question, it is by no means a decisive factor. While the risk of being attacked by a Chihuahua may be higher, the possible consequences of the Rottwelier attack are so much more severe that it makes them the more dangerous dog. The CDC in the US for example, catalogues the deaths resulting from dog attacks and the list is dominated by the usual suspects, with not a single Dachshund on it.

  518. Lance Says:

    I’ve had numerous daschunds. Assuming they are the most aggressive dog out there, that doesn’t really get to the point.

    I’ve never heard of a daschund killing a 4 year old, or killing anyone. When I think of dogs being dangerous, it is combination of strength and size and their possibility of being aggressive. A Newfoundlander is huge, but they will not hurt you. A daschund is maybe aggressive, but can’t hurt you badly. Pit Bulls have that mixture of capability to do damage and the temperament to use that strength.

    That said, I’ve known so many Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, etc, that are lovely dogs.

  519. Heather Says:

    I can tell you this- Support AKC!! The American Kennel Club. They have all sorts of ways to fight Breed Specific Legislation. This is done YEAR ROUND! Go to their website and see for yourself!
    Also, Every purebred dog was bred for a purpose. Many of the Herding and Working Breed ARE protective of their property, NATURALLY. This is their “job” that we, as humans, bred them to do. Secondly, what is behind the dog, in terms of breeding DOES affect his/her behavior. And, Thirdly: Training and Environment: This makes up a crucial part of how a dog will behave.
    Educate yourself, educate your dogs! Read, “Mother Knows Best” by Carol Benjamin. Learn HOW a dog learns. Teach your dog to be a benefit to your life and the life of everyone around him or her.
    Many small dog’s bites don’t do damage- consider a Chihuahua, while, lets say a G.Shepherd’s bite would cause more damage. Naturally of course, as Chih’s have a smaller mouth and smaller teeth, and a GSD has larger mouth and teeth. Also, many smaller breed are nervous, because their owners coddle them and DON’T train them! :(
    The MAIN problem is this:
    ANYONE considering a dog, especially a Large breed should TRAIN the dog. If you train a dog correctly, he/she should behave as you taught him to, regardless of the situation With exception to the rule of your own life in danger and the dog naturally protecting it’s owner, and if the dog, itself is injured. These 2 things are acceptable times, to me, if a dog bites someone.
    Dogs should ALWAYS be in the control of the owner- whether that means a 2′leash AND a fence,, or no leash and hand signals is ALL up to the owner!
    If dogs were trained properly, had wonderful pedigrees that come from reputable breeders that do research into their dog’s bloodline, carefully breeding superior dogs only, sold them to excellent homes only with a return policy, and purchaser’s properly train and socialize these dogs, most dogs would be loved by all.
    Now, we have these “DESIGNER” Breeds of dogs- say a Labradoodle. Labrador Retriever/ Standard Poodle CROSSES. (Mixed Breeds/ MUTTS) People now need to understand the background of the 2 Breeds that their dog is made of. A Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle are both sporting dogs-n used for hunting. BUT…did you know that a STandard Poodle is VERY protective? Probably not, as the owner’s/breeder’s make sure their dog is trained! Also, The, as some people call it, FruFru hair cuts aren’t appealing to many men. (you know, those people who attribute THEIR manhood to their dog-that’s another topic…) Thus, the reason why the man gets the GSD (German Shepherd Dog) instead of the Standard Poodle… Because they want a dog that no one will want to be near, and prevent someone from breaking into their house.
    Companion Dogs are companion dogs (company), Terriers, big and small were bred to kill things, rats to bulls. Herding dogs to chase, nipping at heels of animals. Working Dogs bred to guard, save, and lead. Sporting dogs to hunt, point, and retrieve. KNOW YOUR BREED!
    Also, SPAY+NEUTER all of your pets, at 6 mos latest! Leave the breeding, showing, numerous vet visits for proper screenings of hereditary problems/diseases to the professionals who put so much time in research, traveling to shows, trials, obedience, and IMPROVING the breed with each litter, each generation born. OR… do the SAME as these people+ LEARN. Almost all of you will find that breeding a dog correctly is NOT a profitable business at all. More of a loss of profit, but a SERIOUS LOVE of the dog BREED.
    Now, that said, I have dealt with most breeds of dogs, I’m a retired ACO, a Dog Trainer, and I show + Breed 2 Breeds of Dogs. The makeup of animals in my house may surprise you. I breed and show: Shih Tzu and Rottweiler’s. I have 6 Shih Tzu, 2 Rotties (1 neutered), 3 cats, an African Grey, Chickens, and 4 Horses all living in harmony. I have NEVER had any disputes over WHO can be allowed in MY house, as I, and I ALONE, am the ALPHA DOG. I say when it’s ok to eat, when it’s time to play, when it’s time for rest. I’ve NEVER had a dog roaming, nor a dog bite occur since I have bred dogs. I bred+showed Labs for 20+yrs, have owned at least one Rottie since 1991, and have bred+showed Shih Tzu since 2000. All my animals get along with company, because I say that they should. There’s NO dispute under my roof, as I say what goes and what doesn’t. I do all of this WITHOUT hitting, beating, TREATS, or screaming. I do what the Mother Dog does with it’s puppies, to TEACH them correctly. I respect my neighbors, so there are NO dogs roaming in anyone else’s yard. They know the boundary, because I taught them it, and they aren’t left outside by themselves. I am present to oversee things. NOR, are they tied up, so they can become aggressive towards everyone/everything going by.
    ***I BEG ALL OF YOU: Please do these simple things for your pets- If you “LOVE” them, then train them, train them right, and under various circumstances-TONS of distractions brought into their training, so you can “steer” your dog into behaving (correctly=the way you want)for each circumstance, and so you know what you may expect their reaction to be. ALL can be mastered by a 6′ leash and a buckle collar! A training collar may also be utilized, ONLY if YOU know how to use it correctly- the name choke chain came about, as people were NOT using training collars correctly, and they were choking their dogs. Training should have already begun at the breeders- how to be a dog, how it feels to bite and be bitten, how to submit to dominance of the all-knowing Mom. Start your training, AT HOME (until they have their series of vaccines completed) You can teach them the basics, house training, and some tricks, BEFORE they are old enough to go to Obedience classes. In just 15-20 minutes/day, you could make your dog a BETTER member of society.
    SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL COMPANIONS, PETS, FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, THERAPISTS, etc whatever you call Man’s Best Friend. Do your part to keep our freedom. Keep our dogs.

  520. Neil Says:

    Being on the receiving end of an attack of two pitbulls, I would much rather be bit by a chihuahua or wienerdog than a pitbull or rot. You are much more likely to walk away with a less devastating injury. I realize people love their dogs, but some ARE more dangerous than others. Sorry.

  521. Maria West Says:

    I have a 3 year old male staffy he hates cats & other male dogs. he is a rescue & fixed. he loves people but there are a few he detest (neighborhood drug addict, i am in wheelchar and he never shows me aggression, but i pity the jerk who messes with me

  522. Pat Says:

    I am in my 70′s and had more dogs and breeds than you can imagine. My favorit, the Pitts. They are the most loyal and lovable breed I’ve ever owned. I’ll tell you a little story, I lived in the Bronx at this time and I owned a beautiful Ridgeback and really wasn’t looking for another dog but one morning as I came out of my house, it was in January and it was very cold, I see this dog sleeping in a cardboard box in a driveway across from me, as I walked by she picked up her head and gave me a little bark, then layed back down. I had seen her before playing with the kids in the neighborhood so I knew she was a Pitty. It bothered me to see her out in the cold like that so when I came back home I offered her some food and saw how friendly and beautiful she was,although she had scars on her she possibly could have used for fighting but it was very obvious that she had a litter recently. I told my wife too come see her but she was afraid of Pitts because one had attacked my Ridgeback a year before, in the Park. My wife was so impressed with her beauty she broth her out a bone and told me if she would let me take the bone from her, while she was eating it, she would accept her in our home, I took the bone from her with no problem what so ever, however my Ridgeback would not accept her in the house. I emptied out a shed I had in our backyard, insulated it and made a home for her. She was very content, but I don’t like to leave my pets outside even though I had a heated pad for her. I bought a cage for her and brought her in a couple of hours at a time, my Ridgeback really resented her, but she never showed any signs of aggression and would even push times out of her cage for my Ridgeback to share with her. It took about 4 months before I got up enough courage to let the two of them loose together, they were like two sisters, when my wife got home and saw the two of them playing together she started crying, it was Mother’s Day and she said it was the best present ever. We named her Miss Daisy because she was a real lady and just adored my grand children. The first time I walked the two of them togeher it was early morning and I took them to a wooded area in the park that allowed dogs to run loose. It was about 10 minutes into our walk when I noticed a very large black man walking toward us, he did not look threatening but I didn’t know how my dogs would react to him, so I yelled out to him not move until I releashed her, he stopped but Miss Daisy charged his and grabbed him by his left arm, his hand was behind his back, and she was pushing him back, I ran over and grabbed her harness and started pulling her back, with that his hand came out from behind him and I was looking straight at a 12″ kitchen knife, fear came over me and I could feel a sudden rush of fear, at this time Daisy bit down hard and he dropped the knife, when he did she released him and he ran off. I immediately releashed the dogs, went home and called the police, would did a manhunt for him in the wooded area because he had previously attacked several other people in the area/ Daisy made the papers as a Hero, she was always my hero until I finally had to put her yo sleep at the age of 18 and in that time that was the only person she ever bit or attempted to bite. I was so in love with breed after the first year of owning her I adopted a male who also was a lover but was not good with other dogs, but Daisy raised him from a pup to be gentle with people and children. PS, Daisy was attacked 3 times by a neighbors Jack Russel, never hurt her but she never hurt him either. Daisy was a nary large Pit, she weighed 122 lbs and Sid, the puppy she raised was 108lbs of solid muscle. I lost Sid to Cancer and for the last 4 years I have my new pal Mike, who I adopted as an abused dog, Mike is a cross between Pitt ans Mastiff and is a lover but very protective.

  523. Thomas McCartney Says:

    Give me a break, a wiener dog could not catch a tourtose to do it harm and the others can only give you a nip, a pit bull type dog will rip your face off and eat you alive, the comparison is laughable and obviously made up by a bunch of pit nutters.

  524. Penny Says:

    I think that the people need to be checked out since they have been putting smaller dogs who are aggressive not as, are not as dangerous as the medium to large breeds! Yes, I do understand that the bigger the dog the more powerful the bites are. Just because they are the smaller dog should not give anything to them! Any size dog can do some harm, and with only the large breeds making the news its really propaganda! I just find it so disgraceful that the pit bulls are ONLY being seen for the bad and not the good that they do and have done in the past! I bet most people do not even know that the pit bull was a dog that American warriors used to pass messages back and forth for the earlier
    wars? That in Europe before they were known as “bully breed dogs” that they were actually nicknamed “nanny dogs” ???

    And the fact that they are normally dog aggressive IF PROPERLY SOCIALIZED they wont be that way! The prejudice and stereotypical people need to know what they are talking about before they open their mouths! I have had plenty of dogs as growing up if my dad got tired of a dog he would get rid of it…therefore the best dogs I have ever had were pit bulls!

    I have a 2 year old daughter and a blue pit bull who is almost 2 years old and who probably weighs in around 100 lbs and he watches her like I do whenever we are outside! He would never hurt a soul, shew (my daughter) could take a treat out of this dogs mouth without any problems what-so-ever! He will listen to her as if she was an adult! This dog does everything my daughter tells him to do! It is really amazing! And yes I did train this dog from the time he was 4 weeks old (which is whenever we got him because the mom was not producing milk for the puppies) that is when his training started!! Maybe I’m bragging but he is my baby and I love him! He is definitely the best!!! I love the breed because I was saved by one a long time ago and he paid his life to save me from some horrible pain, I miss him soo much!

  525. Penny Says:

    What idiot comes up with this stuff! I have to say Chihuahua’s are @1, definitely the noisiest & aggressive. Every Pit Bull I have met, as been the SWEETEST of breed ever! My breed is Jack Russell’s so to rank them #3, is ridiculous! They are very protective of their humans and can be aggressive because of that. It is up to the owners to control their Dog/Dogs and know their personality, behavior and limits.

  526. Penny Says:

    @Carlto – You have no business ever having a pet!!
    You do not handle being bitten by kicking a dog, especially a little one like a chihuahua!It is BAD owners that make the Dog bad, not the Dog!!!!

  527. Celeste Cline Says:

    I have a friend who has 3 full-blood rotweiller(sp?), and 5 children under the age of 10…the youngest twins are 2. They are the most loving dogs…letting the kids jump on, roll on, & ride them. These dogs take care of her children. They’ve never bitten anyone…just barked at…but, that’s a dog’s job…to warn when there are strangers around, or if they’ve heard an odd sound. I’ve been snapped at several times by another friends 2 Chihuahuas…can’t stand these little ankle-biters!

  528. Wendymphx Says:

    We have five kidlets in a host of breeds. We don’t have any of the “aggressive” breeds but have had one lab/Queensland mix who became highly aggressive toward her kidlet-sibs, one in particular and we had pack fights. was it the breed or pathological we don’t know. She was highly territorial and this caused her aggression.

    Likewise, our son had a pit bull who was super sweet and gentle, played with the kids, until there was violence against him. The dog had to be destroyed to get him to release his victim. He was highly protective of his owner.

    Our common sense tells is that whole we trust our dogs implicitly, we will advise others to be cautious around them, such as don’t out your face in theirs, don’t lunge after them, don’t pull appendages.

    We consider each of ours to be the most easy-going, gentle, loving dogs, but we will never be so foolish as to think they aren’t capable of aggressive behavior given the appropriate provocation.

  529. Selene Says:

    I wish people would work on changing their vocabulary. Humans don’t “own” dogs. Humans are caregivers.

  530. Abby Says:

    Most aggressive dogs won’t attack owners. But any dog if approached wrong might attack, so that is why we have leash laws, and why fences should be maintained. Dogs shouldn’t be allowed to roam free, not even in “special” parks, no one ever knows when they will attack, you might think your dog won’t but we can’t read their minds or know their moods. Two dogs will get territorial, even in a public park, keep them apart, don’t think they will all get together and play fair. They don’t think like humans, and some humans can’t even play well together. I hate it when people say, “But he never did that before” their is always a first time, and someone gets hurt and someone will get sued. Some dogs were bred to be killing machines, jaws that lock and don’t let go. If they decide someone is threatening them, they will do serious harm. If I tick off a dog I would prefer it be a little chihuaha than a pit bull. I have a 6 lb Yorkie, she is a loveable dog, but if you touch her while she is eating she turns into Cujo. So any dog can attack.

  531. Amanda B Says:

    Have a dog and not consider what it was for.. moron.. and why some breeds get a bad rap.. people who get Chi, or dachunds dont expect them to be anything more than pets. but put a working bred or breed bred to be Dog aggressive into a apartment.. then expect that same dog to be fine, no exercise, and oh with EVERY dog?? no kidding.. who expects a border collie to not want to herd? who expects a rat terrier not want to catch kill rats?? I am against BSL.. however to discount what PITS where bred to do.. fight kill other dogs.. is the majority of complaints.. yeh no kidding… people no not as much a issue beyond some basic not all dogs succeed.. but this idea oh lets forget tons of selective breeding and then shocked when bruser attacks a dog, or heck I dont have time for a dog.. so NEEDS and must have daycare.. is where the real issues are.. shame.. nice dogs, not the right dog for about99% of the people who own them.. but despite that..they adapt..

  532. Amanda B Says:

    the dog never show any issues intil
    the owner got on the other dog.. yeh says a whole lot.. wake up.. get physical and aggressive with a dog = aggression unless you have a very soft dog.. irony is soft dog does not need this.. so dogs not willing to be bullied, or worse take physical abuse.. are labeled random aggressive
    .. or dangerous..

  533. Mary Michelle Says:

    It all depends on the personality of the dog and the training and socialization it receives. I have had 2 Lhasa Apsos, one was a rescue the other from a breeder. The rescue dog had many issues and was an agressive biter, the one from the breeder is very sweet, docile and loving. I had each from the time they were 6 months old and each received the same training, attention, socialization, etc.

    On a side note, my cousin had identical twin children – one was a hellion who is in jail on drug charges and the other became a pediatrician. So who can say? Same goes for dogs!

  534. azpoolguy Says:

    I have a Chihuahua Jack Russell cross ,and this is one bad ass man killer lol , I better get some better insurance

  535. Heather Says:

    I run a pet hotel & I work in dog rescue, primarily with great danes, so I am pretty much surrounded by dogs 7 days/week. I also own a dachshund & great dane. We have had the dachshund since he was 8 weeks old & I always tell everyone, of my 2 dogs he is the 1 to be worried about. People are so nervous about my 6ft tall Dane who has rarely even growled, certainly never bitten anyone, whereas my dachshund has bitten me & will absolutely bite anyone he feels like. I work with dogs & I see what not being socialized does to dogs, so I have always made it a point to have him around people, with me at work, at doggie daycare & in training classes. None of that has ever kept him from being aggressive with people he decides are a threat. At the pet hotel, we have always told new employees to be most careful with dachshunds, shih tzus & chihuahuas because they are always the first to bite. I’ve been bitten more times than I can even remember at this point by small dogs, & I can only think of 1 larger dog ever trying to bite me. And that was a Dane who had been through more hell than you can imagine! There is not a doubt in my mind, based on my experience with the dogs in this area, that this report is completely accurate.

  536. mjinthesav Says:

    I Have An Italian Cane Corso. He Is About To Be A Year Old And Weighs In At 120 Lbs. I Also Have A Pit/Lab Mix Who Is Only 65 Lbs. I Just gave Birth To My First Child And Have Not Had Any Problems. My Boys Walk On Leashes And When Given A Command They Listen. While Pregnant The Bigger Dog Would Not Let Me Out Of His Sight And When I Went Into Labor He Was Very Protective Of Me, But Not To The Point That I Couldn’t Control Him At All Times. They Love My Baby And Any Time She Cries Or Makes Any Sound They Make Sure I Know. I Love Them And Would Do Anything For Them ButThey Know We Are The Alphas And They Except It.

  537. Mike Urspruch Says:

    I have Dobermans and Great Danes, my dogs are amazing. I`m a Manager of a large pet retail store, and definately, it`s the small dogs and ridiculous owners that cause more issues pound for pound. The ridiculous owners of the small and tiny breeds always have their “Little Darlings” on flexi leashes, letting them run 15 ft ahead of them, causing havoc and trying to dominate larger dogs. I`m CONSTANTLY reprimanding people to put their small dogs in a cart, or pull them in…They think RULES don`t apply to them. a daschund attacked my dobe as a pup, luckily, I scooped my boy up in time before he was bit, so no emaotional or pysical damage was done. I will say, I yelled at the dogs owner and THREW her out of the store.

  538. Mike Says:

    You are all missing the point. It’s not the aggressiveness of the dog that is the issue, it is the lethality. Lets put this in a different perspective. A lion vs a common house cat. The lion isn’t nearly as aggressive as a house cat. In studies with trainers it doesn’t attack as often as the house cat. It sleeps 20 hours a day. The issue comes when it is aggressive, it can kill or injure a lot easier than a house cat can. If the logic you are using with pit bulls and dashunds is applied to cats it just seems ridiculous. Doesn’t it?

  539. ellen elford Says:

    In my 74 yrs I have had Great Danes, German Shephards.a pitbull/lab mix, a chow mix, 2 cocker spaniels, several australian shephards, 2 Lhasa Apsos, a papillon, a german short hair and 2 doxies. they have been around infants with no problem. none have ever bitten. they remove themselves if they are being innocently annoyed after a long visit and have never bitten anyone with the exception of one of the doxies who used to launch himself off the couch to attack my chow mix. never bothered a human though. As I get older i will stick to small dogs because they are easier for me to lift in and out of the car for the dog park etc. I would never hesitate to get any of the bully breeds. we have several in the family. 2 blue pitties, a boxer, a pit boxer cross and husky a lab golden cross. they all are fine. it is the calm discipline that the owner has and the introduction to small people who the dogs now do not see as prey or something to worry about when ears are pulled and noses tweaked.children have to be instructed on proper behavior around dogs, just the other night, my 1 yr old gt grand daughter walked up to my pittie who was lying on the couch and kissed his nose after petting his front feet. not a worried look on anyone’s face! It is not the breed, it is the individual dog and how the owner has raised and trained. I highly recommend that people with small dogs stick to the medium or large size dogs as they are less likely to be injured by small children and who may bite them out of fear. There is a leash law for a reason. Dogs who are loose and run in packs are a danger because of the pack mentality. This is why people who are attacked by any breed wind up with injuries. Pack mentality is different than a single dog who will avoid a confrontation.

  540. Lisa G Says:

    I agree with this study 100% I am an RVT, have been one since 1980 and as such see dogs at their worst-the dreaded vet clinic. Most of the clinics and hospitals I have worked at routinely muzzles chihuahuas, dachshunds, and often JRTs. Seldom ever must we muzzle a pit or other large “aggressive” breed. They are very tolerant of exams, injections and blood draws. As I read down the comments I read one about how their dachshund couldn’t catch a tortoise etc etc. I beg to differ. I have a friend who has two of the most blood thirsty little wiener dogs you ever saw. They teamed up and KILLED a lab puppy when they got the chance. She had to buy the owners a new one. They were bred to hunt and can be very very aggressive. Chihuahuas are just attack dogs in a little dog suit!
    That being said, it is all a matter of training. I think people take more effort with the larger dogs and the little dog is a lot more spoiled and the training is more lax.
    I agree with Mike, (comments right above), also.

  541. Lisa Wood Says:

    I have only had one (1) bad experience with a “bully breed” dog. I was asked to enter the home of my chemistry tutor. She had a male and female Rottie. The female had just given birth and the puppies were in the living room where me and my 5-year-old just walked into. The male went straight for my little boy. I stepped in between them and pinned my little one to the wall and had a very pissed off Daddy biting at my face. Yes I have scares but I do not now nor have I ever blamed the dog for doing what comes naturally to him. I blame the idiot who would call me to come to her home and then take me right into the birthing room. It is not the dogs, it is the idiots who are allowed to own them. I wanted to press charges on her but was told that if I did, they would put all of the dogs in the home down. Incredible…that the authorities could not see who was at fault. All they saw was the breed not the pure stupidity of the owner. It broke my heart but the authorities still put the male down. I cried for weeks because he did nothing wrong. Things have to change!

  542. Renee Florsheim Says:

    As someone with 2 doxies and who is currently fostering a chihuahua mix, I find that they are often aggressive toward one another (usually fights over food or real estate on my lap), but with humans, they just bark. I took a lot of bites from my first one when he was just a puppy and thought it fun to pull on anything, including my skin, with his tiny teeth, but these days, the only bites I get are collateral damage when some part of my body falls between two dogs in a dispute. They never really break skin, and they have never hurt one another either. If they were larger, stronger dogs, they would almost certainly have injured me and one another by now. I think that when most concerns about aggression are expressed, those complaining are more worried about injury (or injury to a child) than they are about aggressive intent.

  543. Dackelmommy Says:

    OK … I’ve had dachshunds since 1976. Seven, with two, currently. NONE of them snapped at a human, and the one who didn’t care for other dogs (but wasn’t a fighter) actually passed a temperment test, and was a “volunteer” at a local Indianapolis hospital for several years … she got along with the other dogs within the program, with no problem. I’ve had two seizure detectors within my dachshund family members. And, I have many friends with dachshunds, who haven’t had any issues. Was this article paid for by the pit bull people?!?!?

  544. Ruby McCune Says:

    Pit bull dogs were used to watch over children. I read this years ago. I don’t remember what country but that is what they were used for. Someone may want to check that out. It’s been too many years I am 68 and it was when my children were young. When you love something or someone you get love in return. Your spirit will show up in your animal.

  545. Kristin Says:

    This hurts my heart only because I own two doxies and grew up around them as well. All dogs are individuals, more like people then we give them credit for. I also have a pit bull who is sweet as pie. All three of my dogs are, all of them were rescued and while they have their quirks, they are not aggressive. I’ve been bitten in the face by a rottie, but they’re still one of my favorite breeds. I’ve also been bitten by a chessie mix and a Dalmatian mix (I used to volunteer then work at a county shelter). Does that mean I damn all of those type of dogs? No. While I support the fight against discrimination towards our misunderstood bullies and otherwise, I also want to support discrimination against all breeds. I’ve encountered aggressive dogs of all shapes and sizes, including labs who were downright scary!

  546. Cheryl Gentry Says:

    I disagree with this study. I have been owned by Doxies for many, many years and I have never had an aggressive one. Perhaps this study results are tainted by the writer opinion.

  547. Lar_Dog Says:

    Enjoy the comments AND let’s all remember they are anecdotal, and this is reporting on a STUDY. Big difference!

  548. Tia Says:

    I want to start by saying that I love dogs, all dogs big and small. I do however choose to own large dogs the bigger the better. I was raised with dobermans and they were very loving and sweet even the one my parents rescued from an abusive owner. I was always a firm believer that it was all in how you raised them, if you were aggressive they would be too!!! I don’t believe that anymore… Five years ago my daughter (she was four at the time) was playing at a neighbors house that owned a pit bull this was a lap dog, sweetest thing in the world, raised with children (the dog was six), very well acquainted with my daughter just your typical family dog. My daughter was waiting on her turn to jump on the trampoline she was waiting with the little boy who’s dog it was and her cousin. The dog came from behind her, knocked her down then began biting her. She had cuts on her scalp in her hair line, down the side of her face and completely ripped her throat open. I heard her screaming and went running towards her as the owners were bringing her to us they yelled that she had been attacked by their dog. My first thought was she was playing too rough and scared the dog but the owner said she had been doing nothing but standing there and the dog came out of nowhere. Within the hour they were performing emergency surgery on her which took quite a while to get her all stitched up. The surgeon said had it been a fraction of a hair over she would have bled out before she got to the hospital. I know that God was watching over her that day. Why the dog (which was put to sleep) chose that day and my daughter to attack we will never know especially since he never showed any aggression before that day but I hold no ill will towards the breed. My daughter is very cautious around them but not to the point that she won’t go near them. We still have our dogs an 85 pound English Bull Dog and a 65 pound Boxer that she loves dearly however u would never own a pit bull while my children were still living at home and that is my right and my choice. I do not think you should be judged if you choose to own them. I do think that no matter what animal you choose to have you should be a responsible owner and know the breed and exactly what they are capable of. As I said earlier I was raised with Dobermans and never had a bad experience with them but I would also not own them either as long as my children are small, once again my choice!!! Just be a responsible owner and know your pet and the characteristics of the breed!!!!

  549. Patricia Says:

    Absolute HOGWASH! It’s not the “nipping” aggressiveness that is worrisome. It is the mauling, bone-crushing, flesh-tearing brutality of those so-called “gentle” vicious dogs, such as Pit Bulls. No Pit Bull owner has ever fessed up to how violent their “pet” is, even after mauling and murdering young children.
    Live through it and you will know.

    Insurance companies have NO PROBLEM with small dogs with no bite history.
    But try to insure a Pit or Rot – and if you lie about owning one – you WILL pay.
    There is a REASON insurers won’t insure those dogs – and it’s based on fact and REAL history.

    their evil, beady little eyes say it all!

  550. Dan Says:

    Cheryl, If you’d like to read a summary of the article you can find it here: No results were “tainted.”

  551. Hannah Curry Says:

    i LOVE THIS!

    i have a pit mix. Never been aggressive, LOVES everyone. Not saying she could not be aggressive. EVERY ANIMAL AND HUMAN HAS THE ABILITY TO BE AGGRESSIVE! But what causes a mean dog? a mean owner.


    The top three most agressive breeds of a 6, 000 dog study? The Dachshund, Chihuahua, and Jack Russells.

    Pit Bulls and Rottweilers scored average or below average in the aggression study.

  552. Sue Says:

    Wow Patricia, you are the typical uneducated hater of bully breeds. I was bitten in the face as a child by a Cocker Spaniel but I don’t hate the breed. Small dogs bite more people than large dogs. I rescued a rottie who had an ify past, who growled at me when I 1st approached him, and I would have put my infant on the floor in front of that dog after I brought him home. I would own a pitbull in a heartbeat, love the breed. I have alot of friends who have pits and they are amazing, loving family pets. If you had a bad experience with a pit or some other “horrible vicious” breed, I’m sorry but that doesn’t give you the right to bash every bully. I was a vet tech and I would hold down a pit or rottie anyday over a Chihuahua or some other small dog. I now own 2 Italian Mastiffs, both very protective and great watch dogs. If someone breaks into my home, they won’t be leaving but friends, family and even strangers that we come in contact with, as long as there is no threat, they are sweet, loving dogs. Owners need to know how to handle a bully, control must be kept but that certainly doesn’t make them dangerous. My dogs are my babies, which isn’t a problem as Rich stated in an earlier post. I love my dogs and they are family members but I am absolutely the alpha in my home. My male mastiff is a rescue who was abused and he will snap when he is fearful. It’s not aggression, it is fear and I know how to handle him but he is still a loving, wonderful dog. Someone stated earlier that “Newfoundlands are huge but would never hurt anyone”. Untrue, ANY dog, large or small, has the capability to bite. There are many reports of dog bites from Golden Retrievers to Labs. In the right circumstance, any dog can be aggressive. Unfortunately pits have been the breed of choice for POS owners who do horrible things to their dogs (fighting, abusing, etc) because they are a strong breed, so they get the bad wrap. Breeders and owners need to be held accountable for their dogs. More times than not they are the problem, not the dog itself. Dogs do what they are trained/shown to do. That’s what they do, they please their owners. Shitty owner, shitty dog.

  553. Bill Says:

    TRAINING and SOCIALIZATION are a must for owning a dog. Terriers are bred to hunt/kill vermin, whether it is a APBT, JRT, Scotty. Herding breeds (Aussies, Border Collies, Heelers, Rotties, Corgies) are bred to protect their flock be it livestock or humans. Both types of these dogs are often smarter than their owners, that is the reason that they are sometimes called hard to train.
    If you grab up Muffy (most often small breeds) every time a person comes around then Muffy will think people besides her family are to be feared. If you let everyone hold Muffy as a pup then she will be everyones friend. Don’t get a dog and let it get by with everything. Just like children they have to know the rules.

  554. Courtney Says:

    Reading some of the comments on here are ridiculous. Every owner of these top 3 dogs are outraged and defending their dogs, just like every owner of a nice bully breed dog does when they are accused of being aggressive. Welcome to their side of the fence. Sucks when your dog, who wouldn’t hurt a fly, is accused of being aggressive. I am a firm believer and have seen first hand that the training the owner does or doesn’t do is one of the biggest factors. My family has always owned big dogs and I currently own a bully breed. They all knew who alpha was the second we brought them home and haven’t snapped at anyone. In fact my current dog doesn’t even use her mouth when playing or at the dog park, she pushes people or dogs away with her paw or nudges them with her nose. Our training with her also never stops. Just because she knows all the commands we want her to know and just because she is no longer a puppy, we constantly take the time out (even if its just 30 min a day) to have a training session. On the flip side, a lot of friends have owned small dogs and even some on this list and most of them did the same thing when they got their small dog. It seemed silly to them to be showing their little 5lbs puppy who the boss was, but they did it anyways and their dogs behave just like the big dogs. The are extremely obedient. But I also have a friend who has multiple dogs and treats them all like her little babies. Do they listen to a single word she says? Are they housebroken yet (after having them for 4+ years)? Do they constantly bark, growl, snap at, and try to bite my bully breed anytime we are there or anyone they come in contact with? She has no control over the dogs but when we take the dogs on a walk together people are afraid to pet my bully breed who will sit or lay down the second we stop and they walk up to us and try to pet her dogs instead. They often pull their hand back quickly after getting snapped and growled at and then turn to my dog and pet her saying she’s the sweet one of the group. The bottom line is that big dogs can be aggressive and small dogs can be aggressive too. MOST, not all, take the time to properly train their big dog but don’t see the harm a small dog can do. Their bite isn’t as big but it still hurts and can cause just as much damage (physical and emotional) to a person or other dog. Breed restrictions shouldn’t be happening. As silly as it sounds, a pet “interview” of some sort should take place and apartments or wherever can decide then, after meeting the dog a few times if they think they are too aggressive to live there. If I was looking at a place to live and really liked it, I wouldn’t be put off by the fact that I had to take my dog in for them to meet first.

  555. Sandee Says:

    Just a simple response to Patricia……
    You are a MORONIC imbecile and have obviously No experience with larger breeds!

  556. Frank Says:

    Most aggressive and does the most damage is totally different. We all know from statistics that pit pull injuries are the most severe because of the way the jaws are on the animal.I’ve had dachsunds all my life, and they are the sweetest dogs alive.

  557. Shane Says:

    I do not find this surprising. I had a Dachshund and they extremely loving and affectionate dogs but they are also extremely protective of their family. She did not like strangers and would take on any animal of any size. I used to get a laugh out of her chasing the cows out of the yard when they got out. They were after all bred to hunt badgers and go in holes after them so aggressiveness is in their nature.
    On the same note I watched my brothers Pitbull that was also a great family dog just attack a 700 lb steer by chasing it a grabbing it taking it down by the throat.
    Small dogs are more aggressive but big dogs are more dangerous due to the damage they can cause.

  558. Amy Says:

    Rottweilers are not the most aggressive dog. We have raised and bred Rotties for over 25 years and have had ZERO issues. As a breeder, a farmer, and a former vet tech the most aggressive breeds are the small dogs. Very apt to bite. Large dogs often cower in unfamiliar circumstances, while little dogs (have a Napoleon complex) and will bite more often. These “studies” are so bogus though. We used to have vicious dog insurance added to our policy (at the insurance company’s insistence) because of the Rotties. People are just morons. They see a Rottie and think T-Rex and freak out. Totally unrealistic behavior. ALL DOGS have the potential to bite.

  559. kimmy Says:

    We had our home owners insurance cancelled because we owned 2 Siberian Huskies. The insurance company told us that the husky breed was on a list of vicious dogs. We were told that we did not disclose that we owned the dogs on our application. I asked to view a copy of that application. The question was never asked. I asked how they became “aware” of the dogs, and was told a representative of the insurance company came to our house and observed the animals inside our home through our living room window!
    I wrote a letter to the comptroller for the state requesting an investigation. They deemed the cancellation of the policy unwarranted and made them re-instate our policy. I provided proof of vaccinations, training and city license (our dogs were # 4 & 5 registered for our city that year), pictures of these dogs snuggling with our 3 and 5 year old children, and our securely fenced in back yard. We promptly found a new insurance company shortly thereafter…. By the way, the only dog that has even shown aggression toward me was a dachshund and he bit me on the calf of my leg!

  560. Megan Says:

    To Patricia, you, are and idiot.
    Although I do not own a pit bull, I have many friends who have them (all rescues) and not one of them has ever been aggressive. Some are even in households with other animals such as cats and birds. I myself own a German Shepherd/Bloodhound, a Border Terrier Mix, a Savannah cat, and a domestic shorthair cat, all except the Savannah were rescues. Each has been trained extensively and socialized. All are non aggressive, and just want loved and petted. They DO have jobs however. Our German Shepherd/Bloodhound tracks deer for us when we lose it after shooting it on the hunt. And my border terrier is trained to hunt moles, groundhogs, rabbit, as squirrel. Because they are trained and know their jobs, they CAN kill one of those animals. And guess what? They are in the same household with cats. They SLEEP with the cats. It’s teaching them what they are and are not allowed to do. They are socialized with other dogs as much as possible. Just like people, there are dogs they like, and dogs they avoid. Usually you can tell that it’s aggressive dogs the other dogs try to avoid. My brother and sister-in-law raise long haired chihuahuas. They do not get socialized as much as they should, and they WILL bite if they do not know you. I have lived in a household of doxen as well, and it was the same. They are WAY more aggressive than most bigger dogs. Just because they “nip” and not “bite” is not a valid excuse. Ever seen a big dog “nip”? It’s called trying to bite, people. It is one and the same. A “nip” IS a bite, and should not be tolorated, no matter the size of the dog. I have fostered for dogs as well, and the most aggression I’ve seen always has come from the smaller dog breeds. The bigger ones are usually just ill-trained, scared, or their owners got rid of them cause they were scared of the dogs’ size and strength. It’s just common sense people. It takes training, socialization, common sense, and love.

  561. Kristina Says:

    I have a dachshund now, and he is sweet as can be… he tolerates kids pulling his tail and getting in his face. On the other hand, I’ve also been bitten… by a golden retriever who put a hole in my eyelid, just barely missing my eyeball.
    These breed studies always change. “Someone” has to be top of the list because people are always looking for a reason for bad behavior, trying to find a way to prevent it.
    As far as nature vs. nurture, according to this study if it was nature the dachshund should have been more likely to bite me, and it wasn’t nurture in this case because I can tell you that both these dogs were loved the same, like they were my children. I loved that golden retriever even though she bit me, even while I took her to be put down- and I cried my eyes out.
    We may love them like they are our children but the truth is it doesn’t matter the breed… each is an individual, and in the end animals are animals- anything with teeth can bite.

  562. Angela Says:

    Personally I believe the human is the most aggressive dog. People teach their dogs all their bad habits and this is very confusing to your new fur baby. I have a very timid cat and then we got a dog 5 years ago, she’s German Sheppard ,husky, wolf, and I am the first to tell you she loves to socialize, but I am the first to tell you that if you don’t want her near you we can arrange that. About a year ago I got a Japanese chin cross with ShihTzu/Havanese and he is so aggressive, I had to get professional help to socialize him. He has gotten much better but I still would prefer you stay away from him till he warms up to you and believe me he does cause when he see’s the bigger dog getting attention and see’s she is not aggressive he to then wants that kind of attention. It’s all in the owner/handler. BTW my dogs and cat are my fur babies and all three are treated as a part of our family. Big dog was a rescue from the reserve her, she would probably be dead today had we not taken her. My little guy I bought from a breeder.

  563. Melinda Says:

    Smaller dogs are by far more aggressive than bigger breeds, they bite and ‘attack’ more often. The only reason we hear about the bigger dog ‘attacks’ is because the bigger breeds inflict more damage which require medical attention and in turn is reported to the authorities. ANY dog bite treated at a hospital or emergency clinic is reported. And on another note.. children should be taught by their irresponsible parents how to behave around animals of all kinds. Not approach strange animals, touch, pull, grab, ride, poke, kick or otherwise ‘maul and wallow’ an animal. Maybe you’re having a back ache and you don’t want your kid jumping up and grabbing you around the neck.. you can verbally tell your child that, an animal has no other recourse other than to move away and if the child persists.. growl or snap. Then it’s bad dog, confiscated dog and euthanized dog when in all actually.. it was the humans fault.

  564. Carrie Says:

    I worked for a wonderful vet in 1995 and there was a top 10 list of bad dogs and not one of the wrongly perceived “aggressive dogs” was on there. Which I have owned all and they are not mean. But yes all the small dogs were and there were dalmations and a couple of other with the German Shep as #1. No Rotts, Pitts, or Dobermans.
    Also if anyone is living in an apt or trailer park that allows dogs of large size but they try to say you can’t have “pit bulls” legally that can be challenged as long as they are not outlawed in that county or city. Go to your library and check out the dumby book for renters/landlords, all else fails call the equal housing dept and ask to speak to one of their attys. Keeping Loving pets

  565. Death to the Pit Says:

    Don’t care. Pits were bred to kill. Period. Tired of hearing people say how “sweet and loving” their pitbull is. Pitbulls are target practice. Ban the breed, jail the breeders!

  566. Wheel Barrow Says:

    I own a dachshund, a basset hound/dachshund cross and a lab. I got the doxie because her original owners, my nephew and his g/f, were not giving her the discipline and exercise she needed and she was a terror. Peeing and pooping all over the place, bity and bossy. She bite my nephew’s g/f and he asked me to take her. My brother and I made a set of rules for her and enforced them evenly. She is now the most sociable, friendly little dog anyone could want. She’s friendly to stranger and loving with friends.

    My basset hound is standoffish with strangers…until they start petting the doxie, then he’s all over them doing his dance.

    My lab is a big baby and always has been.

  567. Lori Biddle Says:

    I love all breeds!

    I own a Dachsund named Vern and he’s protective but has never bitten anyone. He really dislikes small children due to his breeders’ little ones being rough with him before we purchased him. We’re working on that. With a brand new grandson we give him opportunity to be close and sniff and become familiar with him before he begins to walk.

    We are even allowed to take Vern to work with us so he’s very social – yet still protective toward people he doesn’t know…(he’s all bark and no bite)!

    He LOVES all dogs – he’s hilarious chasing large dogs!

    I would assume any dog that is kept home all the time and not exposed to other people would become a little apprehensive when around crowds of people.

  568. joan Says:

    i have yet to see an owner of a pug, wiener dog etc tell it to attack and kill, i highly doubt it could do that, however have been there and seen an owner issue the command to his pit and it tore apart a little yorkie who was on a leash next to its owner. yes i agree its the ass behind the leash however some breeds attacking is in their genetic make up

  569. Kendra Says:

    I have a rottie and a few years ago my mail person refused to deliver my mail if my dog was outside. She could easily walked around my yard instead of next to my fence but was to scared of my dog. Her fear came from being bitten several times by a Chihuahua along her route. I don’t believe that it’s all in the breed of the dog though, most of it comes to how the dog was raised. Unfortunately often times small dogs are not trained. What would be inappropriate from a large dog tends to be thought of as cute or funny when a little dog does it.

  570. Glenn Dalton Says:

    I ran the Rohnert Park animal shelter for 10 years and I firmly believe that Chihuahuas are a rat piranha cross. Complete vermin with no redeeming qualities. Very sad.

  571. Nikki Says:

    I have had a Doxie for 8 years and have never had a problem with aggression (except at the Vet’s he hates the Vet). He is so laid back and easy going. He is even great with my 1 year old. He would rather lay on the couch then bite someone!

  572. Chris Says:

    Happy to see this is not your usual list of powerful dogs.
    I am the owner of 3 wonderful dogs:
    A 6 yr old female American Pit Bull Terrier named Special.
    A 1 1/2 yr old female American Pit Bull Terrier/German Shepherd named Riddles.
    And a 10 month old American Pit Bull Terrier/German Shepherd/Rottweiler named Blaze.

    None of my dogs have ever attacked anyone. They are great guard dogs, but not attack dogs. They are filled with love for people. Special and Riddles love to pull me on my skateboard. Riddles and Blaze love to chase each other around the yard and wrestle with each other, but they never get violent. Riddles and Blaze are both dog friendly. Special[who lives in NY with my family] is weary of other dogs, as she has not had much exposure to them and does not know how to conduct a proper first encounter.

    Pit Bulls are a very misunderstood breed. I have been bitten by 2 Pits in my life. 1 was from walking into a friends house unannounced, not knowing they had gotten their old dog back. It did not break skin, but was trying to submit me as a protective dog would do to any intruder. The other one was from Riddles mother, who is not really friendly at all because she has no exposure to anyone outside her family. That is an owner problem, not a breed problem.

    Now on the other side of the fence, you have your truly aggressive dogs. I have been bitten by multiple chihuahuas, schnauzers, pomeranians and chows. Usually just on a shoe’d foot or the ankle. They’re not big dogs, so the bite force is minimal and is not such a big deal. But if they were bigger with the same aggressiveness, they would be outlawed everywhere.

    Pit Bulls, German Shepherds and Rottweilers are your usual top 3 “bad dogs” but they’re also the loving companions of millions, war hero’s, police dogs, therapy dogs and show dogs. It is a hard process to make one of these dogs mean. Naturally aggressive Pit Bulls are that way because of years and years of bad breeding/back yard breeding, where they take a dog which has the undesirable trates of aggressiveness and breed it with another dog with like trates.

    We can not keep blaming the breed. Owners/breeders need to take responsibility for their dogs. Because if these dogs get banned, then we’ll have another top 3 and then another and so on and we’ll be driving many breeds to their ends.

  573. Shana Zeestraten Says:

    i believe that cocker spainels should be on this list two. they are very unpredictiatble. On the accout i no longer allow my children to be around my uncle’s house on the account of his blonde cocker spainel. the dog has bitten my daughter numerous times and which dog control wouldnt do any thing about and has also bitten my uncle’s grandsons two of which live in the home with the dog and the other is babysat by my uncle’s wife. the dog pound said that the dog isnt aggressive and that the childnren have to be teasing him. but all my daughter has to do is walk in the house and the dog attacks her. he has bittened her it the face and has tried to maul her. so i diffently agree with this study and i think all small dogs should be band in the USA instead of people banning pit-bulls or other large breeds!

  574. Chris Says:

    To add onto my post above.

    Special was a rescued dog. She was found in the basement of an apartment building in the middle of the ghetto. She was malnourished and scared. We do not know how long she was kept down there. We took her in and she became our first dog.

    3 years ago my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer and was in and out of the hospital. When he was gone, Special would lay at the top of the stairs at night[which had direct view of the front door and which had to be used to get to all bedrooms] She would not go to sleep until the last person was in bed. She would nudge her way into everyones rooms in the middle of the night to check beds and make sure everyone was in them and safe. If someone went downstairs in the middle of the night, she went with them and then once again, made sure they got back in bed and were safe. My stepfather died 2 years ago and I moved back home to help my family. I slept on the first floor and Special started sleeping in my sisters room. She knew their was another grown man in the house to protect everyone and protect her. Every night though, she would come down and nudge her way into my room, lay down with me and my fiance for about 30 minutes and make her way back to my sisters room for the night.

    She is a very special dog, and i know everyone says that about their dog. But she is proof that a neglected dog can still be an amazing and sweet dog as long as it has training and enough love.

  575. Lydia Says:

    Pits and Rots are less aggressive in that they attack much less frequently, but get a bad rap because when they do attack, the result is much more devastating. This article doesn’t surprise me. I grew up in a house of wiener-beagle mixes and they have always been extremely aggressive and food jealous. One of them killed both my niece’s rabbit and my parakeet.

  576. Jessica Says:

    to: Death to the pit…. please Sterlize yourself.. Pits were not BRED to kill. But do your research ,Developed from the Bull and Terrier types of yesteryear, the American Pit Bull Terrier was bred as an all-around farm dog, working the farms as a cattle/hog dog. Just like a Rhodesian Ridgeback was used in Africa to Hunt lions. You are just one of many village idiots running around talking out your ass.BAN STUPIDITY!! and Sterilize the village idiots!!!Wouldn’t want your temperamental traits and lack of credible intelligence to spread and infect those with common sense. No pitty for stupidity!!!

    And JOAN, I have seen a pug and pom attack on command. any dog can be trained with a command.

    Any ways…
    I have a rednose pit /chihuahua mix hes AWESOME!!Mine was a rescue/surrender from an irresponsible pet owner. I have had many different dog breeds in my life. He plays well with everything and everyone. Hes even gone nose to nose with a black bear at a fence and had no problems. He has been on the receiving end of an attack by another dog at the dog park. HE WAS BIT IN THE FACE (MINOR SCRATCH). he yelped look the dog in the face and took a moment to stare at the dog and didn’t even attack back just walked away and went and sat to be petted by the dogs owner(sniffed out the owner). It always comes back to the owner and training. I have no doubts my dog would be a beast to defend me. He is strong like a pit when he pulls on a leash. He is smart well trained and socialized.

    I think for people who want the dog that isn’t aggressive you need to socialize and train your dog and educate yourself to be a responsible owner/parent.I would rather legislation be in effect to have classes or training to have a tag for ownership of dogs(or any pet). If you dont have your paper work in order. Folks should be subjected to be fined ,work at a shelter for community service mandated hours , have your dog(any breed) surrendered, go to jail.. You don’t give licenses to just anyone to drive a car or practice specific career field. Lets quit punishing the dogs and hold humans responsible for there actions.

  577. Doxie and Pit Owner Says:

    I have had a mutt mixed with Pit-bull, she was the sweetest dog in the world. Wouldn’t even hurt a fly and her best friend is my other dog a dachshund! When she passed we got another dachshund who is a big baby. Now their sister is a mastiff/boxer/lab mix a 90lbs. dog. All are amazing. It is how you raise them! Some dogs don’t want to be bothered and may bite. It is a dog, that is their defense. Just like people hit.

  578. Dawn Gardner, CPDT-KA, ABCDT Says:

    Most of the time it is how they are raised. But be careful blaming the owner! I have rescued several dogs that did not trust people and bit. Some of them are still works in progress. They love me, my family, their vets, but still afraid of strangers and may bite.

    One of the big problems is that some people don’t realize that they can be very threatening to a dog. We rush up, make eye contact, and stick out our grubby little hands without asking the dog or the owner first. Even dogs know you have to sniff butts first! You don’t just go for the face if you don’t mean trouble! So not performing these stupid human tricks would help.

    I would assert that there are dogs being inbred now to get certain breed characteristics and we are seeing some breeds increase in cases of aggression. The Golden Retriever is one of them. I work with a lot of troubled dogs, and some of these guys are just wired wrong due to bad (in)breeding. I believe the same is true for the Rottie. I had a 14 week old puppy try to take my face off because she wanted me to put her down and I was holding her to keep her from running into a road. She bit me several times, and believe me I KNOW HOW TO KEEP FROM BEING BITTEN. But you don’t expect it with a young pup. I made her owners sign a release form before we completed training. There was something wrong with that little (soon to be very big) dog. I blame the breeder, not the breed, because some of them are sweet as pie. But just like humans, dogs can be wired wrong.

  579. love pits Says:

    “death to pits” laughing out loud!!
    Quick Death to all Ignorant Humans!

  580. lacy s Says:

    I have two rotties a pit and German Shepard, none of which are aggressive. I had a chiweeny when I was younger and he bit me several times, bit others and was very aggressive.

  581. Michael Says:

    But when a Chihuahua, a Jack, or a Dachshund bites, it wont scar you for life, or even kill.

  582. kyle bethards Says:

    this is a bold out lie my jack russel is the sweetest dog u could ever see she dosnt try to bite or anything.

  583. mj Says:

    I have to say I’ve owned two doxies, and both bit multiple strangers and other dogs……still love them. They were the sweetest dogs to those they knew. But very aggressive. I have a pit mix now,while very loud and seemingly “aggressive ” once you are in the house/yard hes a big baby and all over you.Never bit anyone or any dog. And he is 7 years old.

  584. Ryan Schartz Says:

    While the Dachshund “may be” aggressive. How much Serious damage can they do. I have owned 7 Doxies in my life and not ONE has ever bit me hard enough to break skin. If one of these other ones were to bite me I would be done for. (Not literally just saying though)

  585. Daniel Says:

    The glaring question here is… who cares which are more aggressive? You’re a billion times more likely to get shot by a spit wad than by a bullet. Is that proof that we need to stop worrying about guns? Pit Bulls are focused on because they kill. How many people have Chihuahuas killed? How about red herrings?

  586. Nathan Says:

    I have noticed that the biggest problem with dogs is the temperament of the owner. A lot of people that own larger dogs tend to be more committed to training them and keeping them well behaved, partly due to necessity. A lot of owners of smaller breeds are not as committed to the training aspect and will be more likely to spoil their dog rotten leading to a greater likelihood of aggression or attacks.

    Most of the instances of attacks that I hear of by the restricted breeds are instances where the owner has trained them as an attack dog, or a guard dog and they were acting as they were trained/instructed to do.

  587. Lena Says:

    My family has had five dogs now and all but one has been rescue. All five been the sweetest dogs, protective beyond belief but they have never harmed a human. The most that was harmed were two cats, a couple rabbits, and some chickens. Abby was an over-sized Golden Retriever/Black Siberian Husky. Her parents were over-sized as well so she ended up being about 135 lbs overall. She was the only one we got as a puppy. The dog we had with her as a companion, also because we were not living in the middle of the woods without a large dog as protection, was a purebred Siberian Husky we got because the neighbors that originally had him wanted the wiener dog instead. Kalis was so docile that he let my sister use him as a horse. He would not bark. He would not growl. He would not attack anything or anyone unless it was a horse, a wiener dog, or a Chow. A horse had kicked him once. The wiener dog bit him on the nose. The Chow attacked him. He only growled at people in uniform and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Abby would bark at intruder’s but she never bit or attacked anyone. She hated men for some reason, we never knew why, but she never attacked anyone and we made sure both were trained in a way that they would listen to commands no matter what happened. We didn’t take them to obedience school or anything. They were constantly around kids and we used a reward system. They were one of the two most loving dogs I ever met. Friendly. Knew the boundaries of what to cross and what not to cross but were protective and sweet at the same time. Sadly, Kalis was put down after multiple seizures over a week that took away any sense of direction he had, his hearing, his sight…it was more quality of life vs longer life. We didn’t want him to suffer longer. Abby got some form of viral menangitus overnight and it killed her overnight. There was nothing we could do to save her.

    We rescued three more dogs, two of them Black Lab/Rottweiler mixes. They were brothers and going on 8 or 9 when we got them. Luckily they had had good owners before but we knew that if they went to a pound or shelter, they would not be adopted by anyone because of their breed reputation and their age. The most they would attack was a bear and they would die to defend us from a bear. If it was a human that was near us, you may as well be around two giant teddy bears with goofy grins on their faces. Harley looked total Black Lab and Sam looks total Rottweiler. We lost Harley to cancer but even when he was suffering from the cancer, he never hurt a fly. Sam was depressed after Harley died, to the point of digging up Harley’s skull and sleeping with it, but he had never been without his brother. Tara, our other rescue, is a Mini Bull Terrier/Jack Russell mix. We got her maybe a month before Sam and Harley and she had been abused. She does boss Sam around and he listens to her. She is still a little sweetheart. Yes they are both spoiled rotten but we treat them like dogs no matter what size they are. She is a bit more aggressive than Sam but she has never bitten anyone or attacked anyone since she has been with us. She loves kids as does Sam. If you give Sam the chance, he will become a lap dog and despite how sweet he is, 130 lbs of dog is a lot on your lap so he does not often succeed. Our only special thing we have to do is when we go get Sam’s nails clipped, we have to bring Tara with him or he will freak out and panic. He gets scared without her with him. And yet everyone will completely cross the road to avoid walking near him simply because of how he looks.

    Our neighbor has a pit bull named Bella. Bella is the most hyper, sweetest pit bull you could meet and we almost took her in when the family was almost forced to give her up. My aunt’s Rottweiler, Annie, was just like Sam. Sweet as can be and never hurt a fly. The city forced my aunt to put Annie down because of her breed.

    So I think it really does depend on how the dog is trained and how the owner treats them and teaches them.

  588. Aj Says:

    How “dangerous” are small breeds? Simple: I was hospitalized twice by my cousins’ small dogs: one was a bulldog who bit my calf and one was a Pomeranian who nearly took off my finger. I DID, in fact, call animal control on that little hellion, and I’m glad I did, since my cousin gave birth not too long after. On the other end, my boyfriend has a rottie who is dead convinced he is a lapdog and happens to be the friendliest dog I’ve ever met.

    In conclusion: don’t write off the “little anklebiters.” I’ll never look at one (or my finger) the same way again.

  589. Dave Says:

    I have had many breeds over the years. It is true that the smaller the dog, the more aggressive it seems to be. They are more head strong, and just harder to train.
    One little correction on a lead will spin the little guy around leaving the owner felling guilty, and therefore less likely to persistently train. Whereas the larger dog can take a tug on the leash.
    I have two dachshunds now, and one is completely easy going and one is dominant and a bit aggressive. He has snapped at people on a couple of occasions, however I think the reason is, that they approached him quickly from the side, and he doesn’t have very good sight, so he went to bite them.
    My point is not only are the bad owners, and bad Breeders, there are also the physical limitations of the dog that can cause them to bite.

  590. Caitlin Says:

    I grew up surrounded by all breeds of dogs. My family bred German Shepherds but we also trained and kenneled other breeds. I learned a lot from that experience and my perspective on dogs is this: even though breeding may have some influence on a dog’s behavior, most of the time I have seen that dogs, like people are all individuals with their own minds, feelings, reactions etc. With them it comes down to PSYCHOLOGY like it does us! I don’t like to use the word ‘training’ but when it comes to smaller dogs especially, owners seem to be more reluctant to not ‘teach them good manners’. Some dogs need more training than others. But when a dog isn’t given important tools often used in training that can lead to a mess of problems such as aggression. Same thing happens if a dog doesn’t receive enough stimulois and activity. So really a dog’s behavior most of the time is a result of the owner’s ability to guide and educate their dog, unless of course the dog has a mental disorder or phobia or something. The people I came across who had the most difficult time with their dog was usually the person who couldn’t get past the idea that their dog was their ‘baby’. My dogs are my babies too but I would never let my canine baby or human child jump all over my friends and neighbors, bite, scratch, pee on, bark (yell), hit and behave in any aggressive manner.

  591. Heather Says:

    I am a long time dog owner and have had many different breeds. If people who had a traumatic dog experience as a child never give dogs a chance, then I do believe very few people would own a dog. I was chased by two full size dobermans as a child. It terrified me at the time, but the very next day I was at the owners house with my mom and was able to pet them.
    It changed my world, as up to this point I had never had a pet of any kind. I currently have a Lab, a Lab/Shepherd mix, a German Shepherd, a Blue tick heeler/wolf hybrid and a mini poodle. I had a min pin and a pit bull. The min pin and the poodle are the most aggressive dogs i had/have. They like to nip at people, and even though they have been trained not to bite, they will attack if they perceive(d) a threat to me or my family. The pitt we owned was the most loving animal, he would lay down and snuggle you, climb on your lap like a big baby, play tug of war, run, jump, swim, and just play. He acted like any other breed of dog that people find acceptable. He was trained and raised with love and care. He was then later poisoned, not once or twice but three times by the same person. Just because she thought he was ugly and dangerous.
    I see people with the designer dogs and they have scars from all the bites, but laugh about it. “oh isn’t my dog precious?” kind of thing. Hell no it is complete bs. If that was a bigger dog you wouldn’t be laughing about it thinking it was cute. you would have them put down or just simply abandon them.
    People get some common sense, the breed and size of a dog doesn’t matter. If you don’t take the time to train a dog properly, to give it love, care and affection how do you think it is going to act. The same way a spoiled child does… hatefully.

  592. Kara Says:

    This is ridiculous! We have had a Rottie mix for almost 7 years and she is the most loving dog. Has never even raised a lip to anyone. The only time she has been the least bit aggressive and only in a teaching manner was to a puppy that we adopted to set boundaries and establish a pecking order within her pack. I was recently turned down for home owners insurance from a well known company because she is a Rottie mix. Needless to say we had been with this company for car insurance for 10 years and will now change to another company for this reason.

    A dogs demeanor has not so much to do with the dog, but with how the dog is trained by the owner as well as if the dog is getting enough exercise and attention. If you have a large breed dog and keep it locked up in a small space with no outlet to release pent up energy yes they will become destructive and aggressive, but that it true with any breed. If you are an aggressive and angry owner your dog will be as well.

  593. Amanda Says:

    A family friend had a Rotti I grew up with her and she dind’t have a mean bone in her body! I was knocked on my back by a Rotti giving me KISSES! The dog had me pinned to the ground licking my face, and that dog with available for adoption through a rescue. A Dog I didn’t know, I love Rottis no one will tell me different! Rottis are an amazing family dog! They were bred to protect the family, and that they do!!! Now for the Weiner dogs, Chis, and JRT being the most aggressive I believe it! Those are the breed of dogs who get Small Dog Syndrome the worst and will go after people. I have a weiner dog live across the street from a park, I was there one time a the damn dog came charging across the street towards up (I was with my friends and we were kids) I’ve been bitten by a JRT and growled at by another, Haven’t had any happen with the Chi wise but those two yes.

  594. Wendy Says:

    Patricia you are a COMPLETE AND TOTAL IGNORANT IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a staffordshire, jack russell and chihuahua and a cat…..The meanest is the chihuahua!!!!!! he has bitten me and others in the family numerous times and let me tell you he sounds like stephen king’s cugo……I don’t get rid of dog’s once I own them but let me tell you dumb ass he is one mean dog when he doesn’t get his way!!!! so was the jack russell!!!!! no shit head it isn’t me because my animals are treated like royalty and the staffordshire was the most gentle and mellow of all my dogs….I have also had a beagle, shitzu, and a cocker spaniel… grandson could lay on top of and poke at the pit and she wouldn’t even flinch…..the chih always growls and snaps towards him….the cat goes towards the pit of course and one cat used to wait for the pit to lay down and he would lay down on top of her legs and the dog would hold her head up till she got sleepy and then lay her head gently on the cat and the two of them would fall asleep…..another cat I had would constantly rub back and forth at the pits head…..the jack would tolerate the cat until she thought she could get away with or just plain couldn’t take it anymore and she would take a chunk of hair from the cat BUT the pit NEVER did……the pit and cat would play chase…..I have plenty of stories…..I will get another pit but jack and chihuahua nope! I’m sorry they hurt and my brother also had a lab and a pit and the lab beat up the pit and started the fight and the pit was so bad she almost died at the paws of a lab… miss ignorant if you can’t say nothing nice don’t say nothing at all and better yet DON’T TALK SHIT WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!!! You seemed pretty damn aggressive yourself bitch I think you need to be check with your beady little eyes and for your info they don’t have beady little eyes but the little shits do!!!!! later dumbass

  595. Karen Says:

    We have 3 dogs 2 small ones and 1 big dog, the 2 small ones are a Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu and a Pitt Bull, I have seen these small dogs attacking people when they come to the door, and I have seen them bite people as well, but the Pitt bull I would very much trust with my granddaughter around her compared to the other 2 small dogs, the pitt bull would lick you face off and just want to play….pitt bulls are not what people think they are to be…any type of dog can be aggressive but that is how people train the dogs to be like it don’t matter what the breed is if you train a dog to be aggressive it will be aggressive no matter what type of breed of dog it is….I love our pitt bull dog that she sleeps with us too

  596. ChrisDSM Says:

    j’ai eu un Rottweiler. Il se nommait Taram. C’était un gros toutou, d’une grande gentillesse, très doux et câlin, adorable avec les enfants. De tous les chiens qui ont partagé ma vie Taram était, de loin, le plus obéissant.

    Le Rottweiller n’est pas un chien dangereux. Quelque soit la race du chien, le danger vient de son maître : “A bon maître, bon chien ; à mauvais maître, mauvais chien”.
    Le chien devient ce que son maître en fait.

    C’est l’Homme qui est dangereux.

  597. donm Says:

    you all are acting like children

  598. john5651 Says:

    i’ve had 2 dobermans and neither one ever bit anyone and they were good guard dogs (in my house). i know a lot of people that have pit bulls and they’re very nice dog’s too. the only aggressive pit bulls i’ve seen were owned by black people who either made them that way or just never spent enough time to train and/or control them. i’ve seen a lot of little dog’s that are a lot more aggressive and meaner than any big dog’s.

  599. Juliet Says:

    I have owned dachshunds (not anymore) and now am Mordecai’s Momma (Pit Bull). I got him when he was 6 weeks old, and he is now 18 months old. I have also owned a Rottweiler, and would have to say, my long haired dachshund was by far my worst pet ever, I have many scars from him still to this day and I got him as a present when he was a 6 week old pocket puppy. My Pit Bull loves everyone…even strangers. :)

  600. AmyB Says:

    I’m more of a cat person than a dog person, but I still really like dogs. I’ve had a variety of experiences with various breeds, including the so-called aggressive breeds. A LOT of the behavior is based on how they are raised/socialized in general and treated. I’ve met those highly aggressive little ankle-biter dogs. I’ve also met the sweetest, most affectionate big “dangerous” dogs. I knew a Doberman that was raised in a not-too-good environment, and she was aggressive, even to people she liked. She seemed to enjoy scaring you. On the other hand, I knew a Doberman raised in a sweet, caring environment, and she was so gentle and friendly that I kept telling my friend who owned her that she was a “Golden Retriever in Disguise.” And as for Pit Bulls, the first one I ever met, I had to ask what breed she was, and her owner told me “Oh she’s a Pit Bull, but she’s really friendly. Her only fault is she really likes toes!” And of course I had open-toed sandals on that day and got thoroughly slobbered on. :)

  601. Mark Says:

    OK, which breed is more likely to leave you in a hospital or morgue if you do have an aggressive interaction; the Dachshund, Pit Bull or a Rottweiler? It’s not about the aggressiveness, it’s about the potential to do serious harm.

  602. Mark Says:

    I also want to say I’m against banning ANY breed but I am an advocate of making owners criminally responsible for any injuries inflicted by their dogs.

  603. Marla Says:

    Dachshunds are small hunting dogs, and naturally seek out prey. They are extremely attentive and can definitely be aggressive if they feel threatened. People should treat small dogs with the same respect with which they approach big dogs. Don’t stick your hand in a car window to pet the cute doggie – or you might get bitten! (Had someone actually do this with one of my doxies.) I honestly think that one cause of small dog bites is that people do things around small dogs they would NEVER do around a pit bull or a rottweiler. Dachshunds are lovely dogs, but they should be treated like the little hunting dogs they are – strangers should not assume the cute little doggie will not bite.

  604. DonnaF Says:

    We have a rescued standard Dachshund who is very mellow and will not snap or bite regardless of what goes on with him. Kids are his thing. We also have a rescued Chiweenie (half Chihuahua half Dachshund) who will lift her lips and show her teeth if she is displeased with anything whatsoever. Even at nine pounds, I was afraid of her for almost a month, but regular discipline and constructive behavioral reinforcement has brought her a long way over the last two years. I would still not trust her with children.

  605. kikimarin Says:

    I hate that Rotties have such a bad rap. I’ve had many Rotts in my life and have never known them to be anything but a loyal and loveable pet. My last girl Tasha was such a lover we had her for 14 years RIP. There has been no other dog that can live up to what we had in her. So many people were scared of her because of the rep but after just coming in contact with her I know she changed many discriminating minds. I took her everywhere to all the humane society functions to teach people not to fear the dog but to better understand them. We had five dogs in the house one Rott, one Eskie, two Chihuahuas and my sons Rott that came to stay for a few. Guess who tried to be the Alpha. The male Chihuahua! I also owned a Dot and he was the meanest nastiest dog I ever came in contact with. No matter how much love we gave he lashed out. With my kids being small at the time he had to go. Tired of the biting. My Rott Tasha always made up for it though because she loved unconditionally and comforted the kids when they needed her. I hope people read our posts and come to understand our beloved pets are no more aggressive than a fish. All bark and no bite. I will always remain loyal to Rotts!

  606. Susan Says:

    Can you post a link to the actual study? I’d like to see the full list.

  607. Pamela Says:

    LOL it is true smaller dogs are always more aggressive. They are also usually the instigator in all situations. I now own a 25lbs Lhasa Apso, and we have trained him, loved him he is great with us and our children, but he goes bananas with strangers he barks and nips. I have had a red nose/staffordshire cross whom was 90lbs, the most easy going girl. She had an altercation with a big white german shepherd once, she never bit but rammed him with her nose. There should be no breed discrimination. Animals are like people, there is good and bad to every breed/race.

  608. Dan Says:

    Susan, here’s a link to the article :


  609. Deeanna Says:

    This article is ridiculous. Since when is a Dachshund able to inflict serious injury on anyone, unless the “anyone” is as tiny as another Dachshund or maybe a Chihuahua? While I agree that some are aggressive if not socialized correctly, they are not able to cause any serious injury due to their size.

  610. Fennec Says:

    Saying more people are bitten by Chihuahuas than Pit Bulls and therefore breed-specific legislation against Pit Bulls is wrong is like saying more children are shot in school with rubber bands than with fully automatic assault rifles, and therefore all children should be allowed to bring AK-47′s to school.

    It is true that large dogs generally have mellow temperaments, strong loyalty, and kind dispositions. It is also true that Pit Bulls and Rotweillers alone are responsible for the majority of dog-bite fatalities, and the Molosser group accounts for the vast majority of fatal dog bites. Both are true, and if you actually love dogs it would be best you came to terms with the facts and started living in reality. Then we can actually do something to educate owners and improve things both for people and for dogs, instead of bickering and basing our opinions on emotion or personal experiences instead of observable fact.

  611. Fennec Says:

    It should be also noted that people who actually know anything about dogs would not be remotely surprised to see Dachshunds on this list. Dachshunds were bred as baiting dogs, to fight in the cruel bloodsport of badger baiting. The reason they are aggressive is the same reason for the (usually unrealized by potential) aggression in Pit Bulls: hundreds of years of human cruelty and bloodsport bred into them.

  612. kristi k. Says:


  613. tiffany Says:

    ANY dog CAN BE aggressive if they are NOT treated right. Studies need to be based on how a person treats an animal and not on the breed.

  614. Phyllis Says:

    As a Home Health nurse, I have always felt much more threatened by my clients’ smaller breeds, especially Chihuahuas and Yorkies. They are more likely to snap at me than any of the bigger breeds.

  615. John Says:

    Finally someone did a real study. I own a Pit bull bull mastiff mix and he is a little baby. I take him to the dog park all the time and he has been attacked by multiple dogs including labs and has never once shown aggression back he always submits. I have to deal with ignorant people on a daily basis that think he is a mean dog because of the way he looks. I even take him with me when I go to bars and he loves everyone, not once has he growled,snapped, or even barked at a human or another animal. Its sad that these dogs get a bad reputation because of the people that raise them wrong. I am the first to admit an aggressive pit bull is a dangerous thing but with proper training and socializing (like with any dog) they are the most loveable and mild tempered dogs you can own.

  616. John Says:

    and too you people who say ” pit bulls are breed to fight” do your research pit bulls were originally breed as nanny dogs .. that’s right they were bread to watch over babies in nurseries because they are so loving and can handle babies and small children tugging on them. Humans make them into fighting dogs because of there high threshold for pain and extreme athleticism. it’s sad that all you people are so ignorant on the issue because you are truly missing out on one of the best family dogs ever. shout out to Michael Vick for ruining Americas opinion on pit bulls.. thanks bro.

  617. Trish Says:

    I grew up with two miniature poodles who were the sweetest dogs around. They loved other dogs and loved people and eachother. When I was very young, my father had a chow. Anyone who has owned these dogs should know that they are “one person dogs” and very loyal and protective of their owners and families. He loved the other dogs we had (husky/wolf hybrid and a white lab/mutt) and loved us kids who were under the age of 5. We had it posted on our fence to not come try to pet him, as he was very territorial and a three year old child stuck his fingers in the fence. Our chow LICKED him and then barked “aggressively”. His mother called the cops and he was taken away from us because she lied and told them that he tried to bite her son.

    I now have two lab mixes, one of which is an English lab/border collie mix. He has a very boxy face and is quite large (about 90lbs). I have been asked to leave dog parks when he is laying down next to me because they think he is a pitbull mix and dangerous. The only time he has ever gotten into a fight with another dog is if a dog tries to hump him or hurts our other dog. He is the most loving dog ever and has never hurt anyone or any dog. But because of stereotypes and assumptions, I am asked to leave. He is not mixed with pitbull at all, he just has a boxy head and is big. I can wrestle with him and he doesn’t leave a mark. He has never hurt me and protects me at all times. He is a wonderful dog. I get told regularly that he looks vicious. Just because a dog is big and has a boxy head, doesn’t mean he is vicious. People are pathetic. My small girl lab mix gets in more fights than he does, and even then, it’s only when she gets trampled. (Which happens to her at the dog park by other female dogs sometimes, it’s sad.) she was limping once from a small dog biting her foot for “coming too close”. I was told by the owner that if I didn’t have such a mean dog, her dog wouldn’t have bit mine. I then watched her dog bite several other dogs in the short time I was at the park. I love all dogs, I believe it is the owner that trains the dog to be mean, not the breed. I do think that some dogs are more likely to be mean, but large dogs aren’t the ones I am talking about.

  618. Kim Says:

    I married a wonderful man in April of 13 and he owns a Chihuahua and I think this dog is the Devil’s spawn!! He attacks me I can’t even breathe loudly without him growling at me! My husband does not have any children and he says this dog is his baby, he would let him sleep in the bed eat from the table and get this the dog won’t drink water unless it is in a GLASS with ice….I have bred Great Danes in the past and I DON’T tolerate Aggressive Animals of any breed….I will not have a dog on my bed nor will one ever eat from my table…I think that is just disgusting! This dog is dictating how we live our lives and is the only argument that my husband and I ever have….I have told him that it is me or the dog and he has made it very clear that the dog is not going anywhere, he was here first……anyone have any suggestions? I am trying to save my marriage!!! HELP!!!!

  619. Larei Says:

    As an ER nurse, I agree with these stat although I think Pomeranians should be in the top 5. Ive seen more little dog bites in my 20 plus yrs of nursing than bites from large dogs

  620. griff Says:

    ive had 2 pitbulls and a jack russel, the pitbulls were the nicest dogs , only show of violoence was when another dog bit my hand and she almost ripped its face off “i appreciated the sentiment” while my jack russel is the barkiest snappiest dog ive ever met

  621. Mandy Says:

    I truly believe it is the person that defines how their dog acts and not just the breed. I have a little Dachshund who is the sweetest. She has never been food aggressive, growled at us or ever tried to bite us or any strangers. She loves all people and is actually a little shy around strangers. But we’ve trained her that when she plays she can never bite too hard; when we tell her to “let go” of the toy she has to. On the flip side, I’ve met a couple more “vicious” Dachshunds that have growled at me but never tried to bite. I have, on more than one occasion, had chihuahuas and terriers attempt to bite me – the only chihuahua I’ve ever really liked was the one my grandparents owned, and they bred, raised and trained Basenjis for upwards of 10 years. I’ve met wonderful pitbulls and mastiffs and “aggressive” dog breeds that were trained right and others that were not. There was even an aussie I met who is super sweet, but when I held my hand out to pet her when I first met her, she growled at me. I did not for one moment think she was vicious. I was new to her. She did not know me. So I backed away and left her alone. My fault for getting in her space. Two weeks later she comes up to me herself and wags and falls to her back to ask me to rub her stomach. But with any dog – even horses and kids, too – if you are not their leader and do not enforce discipline, they will become their own leader and end up leading/training you. I feel that for most people, when the small dog misbehaves or bites they think, “Oh, look how cute and funny that is! Oh, they just have so much personality.” Which is really stupid to me. Any dog can be loyal and loving and sweet and kind with the right treatment and training. Plus, I think people just don’t know what to do or how to be the leader. Also, look into the history of the breed. In some breeds, get a male because the females were used for hunting and have the potential to be unfriendly to strangers (Basenjis). Some are bred to hunt vicious badgers (doxies). Some are guard dogs that are fiercely loyal and protective (Rotties and Shepards). You just have to understand the breed and match it to what you want. Plus, why don’t you ask the owner if you can pet their dog instead of just reaching out to touch it? They will tell you “My dog doesn’t quite care for strangers” or “Yes, they love kids!” or anything similar to that. Get a background before you place judgement on all dogs of any given breed. I believe wholeheartedly that it isn’t the breed but the person.

  622. Justin Vanwoert Says:

    I have two Chihuahuas and I will tell you they are definetly the most aggressive breed. lol. They are the worst with small kids. We have raised them with nothing but love but they will protect you til the end. Attack someone they don’t know. Funny at times.

  623. Rakki Says:

    I currently dont have a dog of my own, but my father has had a lasa apso (small breed) for almost 8 years now and , frankly, I don’t trust him. he had some medical issues when he was a pup and since then he has been very aggressive to the point where he had to be put on prozak (sp) in his younger years to calm him down. On the other hand my neighbor next door has 2 hulking pitbulls and I cringe every time they get out of the house. Not because I am afraid of them but because they are huge and will tackle me just so they give me love. They are the two friendliest dogs i have ever met. I will admit that sometimes when I hear them fighting over toys through the wall I get a bit nervous, but then i remind myself that they’re just big old babies.

  624. Labdogs Says:

    I think I’ll stick to my labs, they are so sweet and good with my three kids. I had a Chow Chow when I was younger and still lived with my parents and that was the most aggressive dog I have ever seen, we played with him when he was just a pup, he stayed inside with us, he started off as a real nice mannered dog and one day he just snapped, he attacked my little cousin for no reason, my dad grabbed him and pulled him to safety, then the dog started to attack my dad. He got the dog in a bedroom and shut the door. He was put down a few days later, he never did come out of his aggressive behavior. I will never own another Chow, I’ve seen several that have acted aggressive towards humans. To me that should be on that list.

  625. B Says:

    I most certainly believe that Daschund, Chihuahua, and Jack Russells are extremely agressive. I am the owner of one and there is not doubt that while she is trained and well behaved most of the time, she has “normal” reactions to being crowded and situations that make her feel anxious. My dog in particular gives a few good warning barks too. The good news is if she bites it’s highly unlikely that she’ll even break the skin. She weighs 12lbs. If she comes at you–shake her off? The reasons large breeds and pit bulls can be dangerous are because they are capable of serious damage and death. They have a large jaws. They are bigger, heavier, faster, and stronger. I don’t not believe that there is anything wrong with the breed. I think that ANY dog, of ANY breed, is an animal who will react to situations based on their instincts and training….

  626. samantha Says:

    I have a rottweiler puppy who is the biggest sissy on earth. She is an attention hog. She plays with the kids and is great with commands. I also have a Labrador who mauled my one year old daughter in September. Breed has nothing to do with it.

  627. Laura G Says:

    A). I HATE the headline. How many people won’t click through to see it’s a misdirect? B ) I think we need to be extraordinarily careful in how we talk about the concept of “aggressive” or “dangerous” breeds. I’m not willing to throw any dog under the bus. There are typical breed characteristics yes, but all dogs exhibit a wide range of personalities within their breeds too. The most important point is that an educated and RESPONSIBLE owner should be able to compassionately manage any breed or personality of dog.

  628. Inarus Says:

    I’ve worked in the veterinary field for nearly 7 years, and I can tell you that hands down, we are bitten by small dogs exponentially more often than large dogs, and a chihuahua is much more likely than a pit bull to need a muzzle for us to work with them. The results of this study do not surprise me in the slightest. In fact, it’s relieving to see that the truth is finally coming out.

  629. Jarrod Says:

    I have a 90lb American Bulldog who is a gentle giant. He loves kids and is very gentle with them. Worst thing he will do is lick them in the face. When we go on walks, it’s always the little dogs that go after him. A dachshund mix went after him and bit his leg. Toby swung his head around and head butt the dachshund(it was actually funny). Of course the owner freaked out and said my dog should be put down. Um hello, moron. My dog was minding his own business. It was your dog that attacked. I just hate that because my dog is big and a Bully breed, some assume he is vicious.

  630. blchrtcat Says:

    Maybe the difference is, although these doggies may be the most agressive, when a little dog bites you it does not tear out your throat.
    What a silly thing to say.

  631. kcm Says:

    It all depends on the individual animal, its socialization, it’s past experiences, the owner, the individual things during an “incident that may cause the dog to bite…ect ect ect.

    I owned Rottweilers, German shepherds, Chihuahuas, all sized poodles, great danes, some different terriers, muts & pitbulls.
    Been biten a few times.
    A Shepherd bit, technically “punched”, me right in the face By Accident when he was afraid.
    A “toto dog” bit when I stopped her chasing a car. Then torn the side of my nose in half cuz my friend shoot her face & it pissed her off.
    My chihuahua bit my friend idk y but im Positive there was a good reason.
    Been bit “punched” by a Rottweiler.
    Been “punched” by almost Every dog @ least once.
    Most “Bites” are Actually what’s called a Punch.
    Most ppl dont know what being “punched” by a dog is, they think “OMG! That dog just viciously snarled & Bite me!”
    Its Esp scary getting punched by Big dogs!
    I’ve read & seen articles & shows about it. & experienced it.
    Its how they say “STOP!” to whatevers happening that they dont like & want to stop happening.
    There’s usually Always warning signs b4 that have been missed.
    Punching is when a dog lets out a Vicious Snarl, Lunges @ & Hits you With Their Teeth.
    Its meant as a last resort b4 a bite to get whatever’s they’re asking to stop to stop! Its meant to shock you & tell you that the dog is seriously saying “”Hey, I Said Stop!”
    Like when my shepherd or Rottweiler did it. There was no wound, no broken skin, no blood.
    If a dog That big & powerful Actually Bites you, there’s gonna be one if not all those things.

  632. Stephanie Says:

    I have known dogs in shitzan (not sure of spelling) training, which is the training for attack dogs. Seen them in the ring all aggressive, and then come out of ring and have small children able to hang all over them and everything. This included some dogs that came but were not taking the course yet. And these dogs are the so called aggressive breeds. I have notice that there are some that yes have the nature, but many it is the training and way of raising. Many small dogs because they are cute, or actually never formally trained. I had a dalmation which don’t have a great reputation either and she was a big love bug. Loved almost everyone. She did have a couple exceptions but her attitude told us so we could keep her away from them. She could go to public places off leash, travel, be with kids and small animals and large both. Even around babies. Wonderful. Yet she carried enough instinct that time someone walked into my house when I wasn’t there that she didn’t know, she defended. But in general once she knew soeone was good with me, she was fine with them.

  633. Karen Says:

    I do not believe I have heard of death by Dachshund, Chihuahua,or Jack Russell Terrier, so I personally think your study is very misleading. These smaller breeds do not have jaws that lock down when they bite and do horrendous damages and death. These little ones may bite more, but they are not even in the same league with a Pit Bull who bites to kill. I hear all these stories blaming the people who own these dogs for their bad behavior. That is just nonsense. You may be able to blame some dog fighters or punks, but there are a ton of these big dogs owned by people just like you and me. Do your research and go look at pictures of people who have been mauled by Pitt Bulls and then tell me they are not as dangerous as these little dogs. That is just ridiculous. Read the stories about the sweet Pitt Bulls who were part of a loving family who one day just turned on someone for no apparent reason, then tell me again they are not a danger. Think with your head instead of your heart. I own Yorkies and three times a part pill bull dog has come into my yard and attacked one of my dogs, the last incident resulting in the horrible death of my 10 year old Maggie. The dog that attacked her was a cherished pet in a home with 5 kids under the age of 13 and the owner had no idea that the dog was vicious. But I knew and so did my sweet Maggie girl.

  634. Emma paterson Says:

    Omg and staffies where not meantioned woow first time for everything!!!!! As a dog love and a massive lover on the bull breeds when is it people are going to dam well learn ITS NOT THE BREED ITS THE DEED!!!! Not dog is born aggressive they didn’t ask to be born into this world where us as humans thinks it’s right to over breed sell and abuse and fight dogs any dog can be aggressive and bite hello it’s the only way a dog knows how to protect them self I would love for my three staffies to talk to me would think it would be amazing! Av got three children under 5 all brought up together and both my children and my fur babies have respect and their own space my dogs get training everyday alone with my 4 year old son to help him understand dog behaviours and how to react around animals people shouldn’t judge a breed without true facts and prove and without even understanding them!!!!!! And av still to met these evil dogs!!!!

  635. Richisajerk Says:

    To live such an empty life is sad. Rich, are sure it’s not Richard? aka Dick?

  636. Hayley Hull Says:

    OMG!!! Its not the dog on the leach its the idiot behind the dog holding the leach. I have 2 pitbulls and a rot and they are all very loving and protective over my 2 kids and my 1 month old. If one of my kids cry you better believe that one of my dogs is there before I am. STOP JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER BEFORE READING IT!! Just because you hear that pits are fighting dogs does not mean that they are all fighting dogs. Like I said it is the person behind that leach holding that dog to make a dog the way they are!

  637. Sally Waters Says:

    When I was a young girl my family raised Labs, I aquried an AKC registered Male Lab, with a big beautiful blocky head, and the softest eyes you have never seen. When I was about 6 I was playing in the river Mufassa (my Lab) was near the house about 70 acres away from me, well while playing i got swept into a deep part of the river, I screamed for my dog, within 3 minutes he had found me and pulled me to safety, all of his puppies were sweet loving and wonderful hunters (100+), My male dashound was raised with all of these labs we had 3 female labs, my male dash was (and still is) intact, normally Mufassa was slightly aggressive to other intact males, but with my Dash (Pussom) he was a submissive sweetheart, from that day forward both were best pals, I later rescued two beagles that i found running free, one unfortunately had to be put down. The other Beagle I house trained, socialized and started the hunting training, but he was later rehomed to a day care home, he is doing well, and loves all the children he encounters. I recently acquired my little sweet dash (Squirrel) my husband and i picked her up at a humane society out west, I had no idea she was even there I was looking for a bigger dog for Possum, I didn’t find any thing that i had liked, when we were leaving, this sweet little brown dog comes running and (Singing) other people may call barking, Squirrel wasn’t ready to be adopted for a few days, we showed up a half hour before the shelter opened to take her home as there was a list of people that wanted her, we took her home and she has been my best friend since, When i had my son, she instantly attached herself to him, mess with him you’ll get messed with, she is not mean, she is the sweetest thing ever, but she does not stand for anyone hurting my son (EITHER DO I), she has never snapped at anyone, but she sure watches intently when a complete stranger comes near my son, not long after getting Squirrel I found a family in need to rehome their Fox terrior Jack russell mix, so out of the kindness of my heart we picked him up and took him home, we have not had him long and he still has his moments, but the most amazing thing ever is watching a 6 month old child pull on his eye lid (yes his eye lid) and him not ever flinch, you set a small child near him and he just melts like butter. I love all of my dogs!!!!!!!! NO ONE WILL EVER TAKE MY BABIES! NONE OF THEM!! I am a mother to my son and my animals that does not only include dogs, but also includes horses, thats right i love my 1200 pound horse like a daughter. I love them all but will not stand for bad behavior, and only being 5′ tall and 100 pounds, I’m not intimidating to nearly anything, but This I Can Say My DOGS & HORSES know that I am the leader and they know how to act at home and in public. I don’t believe in beating my animals but i do believe a swat on the rear end won’t hurt any of them, let a 1200 pound animal act however they want and let me know how long you keep your toes, the same goes for my dogs they know boundaries and don’t cross them. Be a intelligent, Loving, & Respectful owner and you’ll have intelligent, loving and respectful MEMBERS of the family!

  638. Amy Says:

    I totally agree with the Chihuahua ranking. I have had Chi’s for 15 years and they are the most protective little dogs ever. The usually love the immediate family and are very, very protective of their family.

  639. Tam Says:

    Someone else may have said this, I didn’t read all the comments. I think this question is not the important one. It doesn’t MATTER very much if a chihuahua is aggressive because the chances of one killing or severely injuring someone are low. I think the more important question is, “What breeds are most DANGEROUS.” Any animal has the potential to be aggressive, given the right circumstances, but there is a big difference between a dog that will nip at your hand at any and all provocation and one that will go for your face. A friend has a dog that was very mild tempered for years and then suddenly bit her 10 year old viciously in the face because it felt cornered. Pit Bulls and Rottweilers get a bad rap because they are strong, heavy dogs who are bred specifically for aggression and when one of them goes postal someone frequently dies or is maimed for life. I personally know a child whose face was torn to shreds by a Rottweiler who was previously known as “friendly and nice”. It chased him down and attacked his face, witnessed by several adults, for no apparent reason.

  640. Jessica Says:

    my mini pincher was the worst about biting people when i first got him. i was told there was no hope in training him, that’s just how they are. but after a good bit of love and attention, you can actually walk into my house without being mauled, and if you sit down on the couch he will jump right into your lap to be pet. it’s all in the training. and, honestly, i think the dog adapts to the owners personality more than anything else. i’m a lover, and now my little monster dog is, too.

  641. nikkie Says:

    Dogs are like kids. it all depends on who raise them and how they are treated. just like are kids if you don’t give the discipline then they grow up disrespectful to every body and end up in jail. Dogs are the same way. if you don’t show them right from wrong then they turn out aggressive. I own a pitbul and he’s the sweet thing very and let’s my kids climb all over him. I have owned a Rottweiler and she was the sweets of them all. And would lick you to death. I have a Jack Russell. the only thing with him is he is really hyper. I’d we didn’t have people out here fighting dogs our using dog for dum stuff they would be great dogs. like I said it all depends on how you treat and raise them. And I completely agree with emma paterson and alot of others

  642. Brett Says:

    As probably has been said before, dogs are not born aggressive, they are made aggressive by stupid owners. I have personally owned 2 Rottweilers, 2 Dobermans and 2 mixed breeds (one was Lab/Rott/St Bernard X, the other same mother, lab/Rott and not sure about the dad). I now have a dachshund cross. She is the most loving girl, 4 years old. Ok with women, funny with men. She will bark at men (all the while wagging her tail….) but has never bitten a soul. All of my dogs have been well disciplined and well behaved, because THATS HOW I TRAINED THEM!!!!!!!

    My 12 y o son has a paper route and at one house there is a very large, very aggressive dog. Looks like a ridgeback cross, but MUCH bigger. This dog will run to the fence and jump up, bark, spit, slather, and generally harangue ANYONE or ANYTHING that walks past. I watched a family member of the household SHOUT at a passerby, walking his own dog (which I must admit he had very little control of….) telling him to go another way, you are aggravating MY dog. The funniest thing was the owner of the house was East Indian, the passerby was Chinese, and they started shouting at each other in their respective languages.
    When this dog attack the fence, and the homeowners are home, they will come out and timidly call the dogs name and quietly say stop. I was always told that the owners, every family member, is the Alpha dog, or at least above the dog in the pecking order. This dog is the boss of his domain.

    Not only are the family unable to control the dog, but they are also the dogs pack, not his owners. The dog calls the shots. The OWNER (young 20 something male) struts the dog around like a status symbol. Using the dog as a penis extension I suspect, the owner has trained this dog to be aggressive because he is trying to assert his own manhood.

    Turning this whole thing around, my previous neighbours had a border collie/pit bull cross AND a rescue dog, rescued from a GROW-OP where this dog was chained outside to scare off people approaching the grow-op. He was malnourished and cowering when they rescued him. This dog has all of the circumstances to make it aggressive, yet this dog is the most placid, sweet, loving, attentive creature it think I have ever met (excluding my own, of course). He used to play with my children when they were very small, 6 and 3 years old. My daughter, 3 at the time would sit on him like a horse and he would just sit there and look like he was oblivious to it all. Why was this dog not aggressive? Because the rescue owners loved him and treated him well….

    There are no aggressive breeds, just aggressive owners

    End of rant…..

  643. Bev Says:

    I understand that many vicious dogs are made that way by owners. However, explain THIS…. my Aunt’s neighbor had a 12 YO little girl and raised a pit bull from a puppy for her. The dog was protective over the little girl. Very well-adjusted dog, or so they thought. The lady then had a baby and one day after coming back from a walk with the baby and dog, she stopped to unlock her door when the baby started crying. The dog grabbed the baby out of the stroller and bit down, shaking it. The woman tried everything to get the baby away from the dog, but it was too late, the baby died in minutes. The dog did not let go until it was dead. I had a neighbor about 20 years ago who had two foals killed in the pasture by a neighbor’s pitt bull who escaped it’s fenced yard. The dog was owned by another, elderly neighbor and the dogs were loving and friendly. Right this second there is a news report (channel 21, Harrisburg) that three pit bulls tore apart a woman’s Pomeranian.

  644. Becca Says:

    A chihuahua bit my dad in the face once. Left marks too. It doesn’t surprise me at all that the small breeds would be more aggressive.

  645. Debbie Says:

    I have had the pleasure of owning or knowing family that has owned various breeds of dogs, My son has pitbull and he raised her to be a very friendly and obedient dog, I have owned a boxer, golden retriever, Rottwieller, dalmation, alaskan malamute,saint bernard, several mixed breeds and a cocker spaniel. The only dog to show aggression was the cocker spaniel, she bit my son twice and mauled my daughters face. When she nipped my son I gave her the benefit of the doubt because it was food related, but my daughter was just pure evil. She merely walked by him at 16 months old and he attacked her. She spent 5 days in the hospital and had to have plastic surgery. I am a dog lover but chose to own larger breed dogs because they are more gentler and calmer than small breeds.

  646. Shelly Says:

    Interesting. I definitely think that pitbulls get a really bad reputation that isn’t fully deserved. Yes, there have been circumstances where they have been vicious, but not all of them are like that by any mean. Also- chihuahuas? really? I have one, and she definitely is the sweetest thing in the entire world!

  647. Davisdekennel Says:

    First for those confused on the staffordshire bull terrier and the pit bull…Thank you for contacting the American Kennel Club (AKC(r)). The breed was originally called the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, Half and Half,and at times Pit Dog or Pit Bull terrier. Later, it assumed the name inEngland of Staffordshire Bull Terrier. These dogs began to find their way into America as early as 1870, wherethey became known as Pit Dog, Pit Bull Terrier, later American BullTerrier, and still later as Yankee Terrier. In 1936, they were accepted for registration in the American Kennel Clubstud book as Staffordshire Terriers. The name of the breed was revisedeffective January 1, 1972 to American Staffordshire terrier. Breeders inthis country had developed a breed type which is heavier in weight thanthe Staffordshire Bull Terrier of England and the name change was todistinguish the American Staffordshire terrier as a separate breed. The American Staffordshire Terrier is not the Pit Bull Terrier that youare thinking of (American Pit Bull Terrier or APBT). “Pit bull” is ageneric term and is not an AKC breed. This term is used to describe dogsthat are used for dog fighting, which is an illegal activity. AKCstrongly supports all laws against dog fighting and supports dangerousdog legislation. The AKC has developed a prototype for dangerous doglegislation that has been passed in many communities. However, the AKCdoes not believe that any dangerous dog legislation should bebreed-specific.”
    Then to the “agressive” dog breeds…it is the owner that is to blame for the way the dog acts. Just like a child will learn from observing their parents and from how their parents treat them so too will a dog learn from their owners. At the same time all dogs once they feel comfortable in their home will be protective of their family and their surroundings if they feel it is threatened. And SOME people (not all) are to blame for getting bit and the dog should be left alone because the person did something to cause the dog who has no other way to tell you to stop then to growl bark and bite. Situations need to be examined before the dog is punished.

  648. Jane Says:

    I’m not surprised about the dachshunds being top of the list. In the past 2 weeks I’ve had 2 different dachshunds have a go at my staffies. And their owners did nothing – just glared at me as if I’m at fault for owning staffies.

  649. Adam Says:

    I definitely agree about the weener dog being aggressive. I have a half weener half collie and he is the sweetest pup ever but he has so much energy in him that when its play time he tends to go overboard and bites a little to hard. When he gets in one of these moods i just take him out side and throw some toys around for him to chase till he is tuckered out. I could definitely see him getting a little too crazy in his play, not aggression if I did not wear him out from time to time.

  650. Katie Says:

    When I was four I got bit around the eye by a chiwiener, a tooth got stuck in my face, and the bite almost took my eye. My face was so torn open they couldnt put stiches on, they had to use multiple butterfly bandages and put gauze and tape over it. For the longest time I was terrified of small breed dogs sometimes I still walk the other way, but never really had a fear for a large breed. I now own an americsn staffordshire terrier/mastiff mix and people tell me all the time to get rid of my “pitbull” I get so angry, if they were “human” they would give her a chance and see that all she does is think she’s a lap dog and gives kisses all day to anyone she meets, she is the best dog ever and I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

  651. kayla Says:

    I really don’t care what people say about any dog… It isn’t the species of the dog. It is the owner, and how the dog was brought up. I have a pitbull/Jackrussel mix at the moment and a small baby and my dog loves kids and would never hurt any child or person or any other animal. She is great all around, all she wants is attention… And it wasn’t just this pitbull I have had that is like that.. It is 5 other ones plus all my friends pitbulls, which probably makes it 20 that I know so far. And they are all friendly and wouldn’t hurt a fly. And that goes on from puppies to adults, this goes to my friends who also have rotties, Dobermans, shephards, dashhounds etc.. it is not the dog. It is the person. So the media and everything else need to get it right!!!

  652. Melody Says:

    I own a Pit Bull, a JRT, a Catahoula Leopard and a miniture Aussie (all but the JRT are rescues). The JRT is the ONLY real aggressor in the bunch, the Aussie will bite if provoked and the Catahoula and Pit Bull wouldn’t bite if you were beating them.

  653. ronnie Says:

    Pitbulls and Rottis should never be allowed to be owned by parents with kids period. Why would a parent trust those dogs around their children, i will never understand. They will not be bragging about them dogs when they suddenly attack their children. I know of someone that owned a rotti and use to brag how it was the most gentlest dog and would never hurt anyone and then years later had to put it down because it bit someone.

  654. martha Says:

    Vicious?, come on were talking about very small dogs here that shouldn’t be in the same class as these big dogs That KILLS people every friggin yr! The excuses people will scramble for to try and find excuses for these killer dogs is unreal!

    Common sense really isn’t very common anymore!

  655. Don't agree Says:

    I disagree! My dog Sophie is a chihuahua and she is loving and kind. Yes she has growled at strangers that have approached me in a harsh manner but never has she chased anyone or bitten anyone! I think dogs are trained to protect their owners and if the owner is not payin attention then a situation may escalate.

  656. Candace Says:

    I have a rotti/mastiff cross and a pitty and they just want to play and love and be loved, my mother had a jackrussle chihuahua cross and it damn near ripped my daughters top lip off, she was bit and the teeth went right through the top lip and tore straight down, she ended up have three or four layers of stitches by a plastic surgeon to repair it and had to have a piece cut off due to it hanging down to her chin, so I totally see how those two dogs made it in the top three, and yet ppl are scared of pitties and rotties, dogs are what you raise them as.

  657. tatbrat Says:

    I dont think society is so concerned about which canines are responsible for the most biting as which ones are most responsible for the maulings and attacks leading to disfigurement and or death of the victim. my family has owned dogs for as long as i can remember, from great danes to bassetts to mutts, all were gentle natured dogs that never showed aggression because in part in how they were raised, however i did own a chinese shar-pei that mauled any animal it came into contact with and it was a fight to the death, and he was socialized as a pup with other animals and grew up with another dog in the house so there was just no rhyme or reason for his behavior other than the breed was originally bred to fight. if you mix one breed with aggressive traits to a different breed of the same traits and then breed the hell out of them, what do you get? an anger surpressed, bi-polar, schizophrenic canine!! and that, in my opinion, is the reason why some of these dogs tend to snap. check the dogs lineage before adopting and try to get one from the bitch’s first or second litter!!!

  658. Chris Says:

    We have a JRT since he was 4 weeks old (he is now 7) and has NEVER been aggressive….not once! He is even wonderful with small children pulling, sitting on etc on him. I also have a Chiweenie, which is half Dachshund and half Chihuahua….all he does with us OR stranger s is jump on their lap and goes to sleep….doesn’t even bark….Then we have a Yorkie, another small breed, who LOVES people! Also NEVER aggressive…..infact, both the Chiweenie and the Yorkie will roll over in front of strangers to have their bellies rubbed. I’m not sure where information comes from or what or whos dogs they use for this information, but I have both the breeds they speak of and I see NO aggression….could it be the owners? :(

  659. Laure Says:

    The fact is that when smaller dogs bite someone, it’s never made public. And although some people have pointed out that you won’t here of a fatal bite by a Chihuahua or other small dog, there are more bites by small dogs than larger breeds. It is not true that Pitbulls have locking jaws, that’s a myth. Of course, larger dogs do more damage when they bite, duh! But responsible dog owners do not put their dogs in a position where this can happen. Irresponsible people allow their dogs to roam free, neglect training and exercise, attention and then are surprised when a dog bites. It’s all about education and responsibility.

  660. Michael Says:

    This study gives the correct answer to a question that no one cares about. Which breed is most aggressive? Who cares? Which breed is most dangerous? That’s the question people are most interested in.

    If your aggressive dachshund bites you once a year and causes you to have to put on a band-aid, it’s no big deal. If your below-average pit bull bites you once in its life, won’t let go, and you bleed to death, it is a big deal.

    People don’t care about aggressiveness, they care about danger.

  661. Gabby Says:

    Wow, this article is ridiculous. Facts are, Pit Bulls kill more people each year, than ALL OTHER DOGS COMBINED. That’s a fact. Is Chihuahua going to kill anyone? No, never, of course not. A Pit will. This article was clearly written by a Pit-nutter (weird, obsessed people). The facts clearly show, how dangerous Pits are. Then, the Pit-nutters have the balls to blame the victim of Pit attacks (often innocent children). The author of this “article” completely leaves out the number of deaths via Pit attacks, And the fact that Jack Russel’s don’t kill people, but Pits do, duh. The fact that the “author” continually spelled the word “percent” as “per cent”, is a just a little clue into their lack of knowledge.

    Most Pit-nutters don’t want to see the truth, or flat out lie about Pits. “It’s all in how they are raised”. Yeah…right. Excuses. No one ever said ALL Pits will kill. But all CAN. And too many HAVE. Again, that’s just a fact. “They are the “nanny” breed. Again, that is made-up propaganda, that just isn’t true. Not even remotely. It’s a fallacy that’s been around for years, but history proves it’s just a lie (something Pit-nutters are known for).
    If a Chihuahua “attacks” you, try kicking it. If a Pit attacks, you’d better have a gun. I know I do, and won’t hesitate…..

    Oh and…I don’t respond to Pit-nutters, don’t bother.

  662. Gabby Says:

    Pit-nutters LOVE to regale of stories about “how sweet and loving their Pit is, but their small dog (or someone elses small dog), is a terror, or is mean. But not their precious babies. Oh no, they will “lick you to death”, they are just soooo loving. But, when they go to prison because their precious Pit killed an innocent person, they won’t be so positive about their mongrels.

  663. A dog lover Says:

    As a licensed insurance agent I can tell you that the reason that dogs like pit bulls and rottweilers are on the “bad dog” list has very little to do with their temperament and much more to do with the jaw structure. Yes small dogs are more aggressive but if one bites you, you may need a stitch. The Jaw structure of most of the dogs on the dangerous dog list could break your arm if they did choose to attack, it has also been proven in multiple studies that if one of these dogs is pushed over the edge unlike a little dog they don’t stop right away, which in the end causes more damage. They are on the bad dog list because when they do bite it quickly turns into a high liability situation.

    There is certification that a pit bull or other dog on the “bad dog” list can go through that shows they can handle high stress situations without attacking and often times with this certification the insurance companies will still allow them, you just need to speak with an underwriter and send the certification into the insurance company. Please take the time to be educated about why rules are in place because like in this instance, it often has nothing to do with what you think it does. Be a responsible pet parent, if you get one of these breeds check with your insurance companies to see what can be done :) .

  664. Adam Says:

    Sound about right. I own a Dachshund and he has done everything this article has mentioned, he’s a good boy just protective and moody.

  665. Geena Says:

    I’ve owned a Chow, and a mixed Chow (supposedly aggressive also), been around Rottie’s and Pits but never had a problem with them. My daughter (10 at the time) was bitten in the face by a shih tzu while she was sitting at a park. Give me a bigger breed any day!

  666. Jase Says:

    I can agree with little dogs being vicious monsters. I’m tired of hearing “Oh, my little Minpin/Chihuahua/Weinerdog/etc is the cutest, sweetest thing in the world! He’d never hurt anybody!” but they’re literally Hell unleashed upon the rest of the family and friends.

  667. Mark Says:

    Of course a dachshund is aggressive. You would be, too, if your private parts were nearly scraping the ground when you walked.

    Sure, a lot of small dogs are aggressive. BUT… they are not capable of planting their jaws around your neck or ripping your face off.

    When was the last time a POMERANIAN ever did that?

    98.9875% of the time… it’s a Pit Bull.

  668. Swissy Says:

    I too am a dog lover who has lived with many breeds. I’ve also been a Vet assistant, groomer, trainer, breeder (giant breed)and boarded animals. I’ve trained for obedience competition, drill team, drafting, agility, and classroom presentations. Only once have I had a breed that was too agressive for my liking…. mini doxies. I had two of them kill another one of my dogs. It was not a case of a single aggressive dog. The two of them weren’t happy enough to just bite or even kill. They tore the Papillon’s skin right off it’s skull. Unfortunately it was our young son who made the discovery. This was before entering the world of dog clubs and training. No, we did not do our research on this breed. It is important to know what the breed was bred for and to adapt your training to those strong points. In the case of doxies, they are fearless hunters who are great at tracking wounded animals. In other words they are “beaters”. As a person who works with animals, I’ve been attacked by a dobe but on the other hand I’ve had my heart stolen by a dobe. So would have to say that the first dobe had “owner error problems”. I agree that the bigger dogs get the bum rap because they do more damage. Problem little dogs usually suffer from “handler error”. God forbid that that cute little thing should be made to listen and behave. No matter what the breed is, if it is not happy in it’s situation, it will show some level of bad behaviour or aggression. Important to match your lifestyle with a breed that would be happy with it. My giant breed is a draft breed. My toy breed is a companion dog who likes obedience training and meeting people. A few of my boarding dogs are status symbols. Their unhappiness shows in their behavior. Don’t like to see any dog breed given a negative tag but the knowledge is beneficial.

  669. Bill Campbell Says:

    The ultimate responsibility for what a dog does or how it behaves is with the person who owns it. If a dog is trained to fight, it will. If a dog is trained to be gentle, it will be. No matter what the breed. If you mistreat a Lab, it will be just as aggressive as any other breed. Same apples to Pit Bulls. And I am sick of people who blame a dog for doing wrong when what the dog did was in reaction to something wrong done by a person.

    Don’t walk up to my dogs and think its OK for you to touch them with no introduction. Don’t walk into my house or yard and think you have some rights there. You are the guest, not the dogs. If you can’t deal with that, go away. Dogs have their space, the same as humans do. So why do people think they can intrude on that space without permission? That’s how people get bit. If you intrude on a dog’s space without proper introduction, patience and care, you may be inviting a reaction you won’t like. And it will by your fault, not the dog’s.

  670. Brandy Dixon Says:

    We had a Rottweiler when my sister was a toddler and honestly he reminded me of Goofy. He had that personality, just kinda hey here I am ,,lol,,,Can we play ball?? He adored my sister and everyone. It is all in how you raise them.

  671. Savannah Says:

    It is funny that grown adults can have so much hate for a breed (pitbulls) as a whole without taking into consideration that all of the dogs are not the same. Consider looking at humans for example. If you based your opinion of the human race on death row inmates then your opinion of humans were be beyond negative. It’s the same thought when you group the pitbull breed as a whole. In every society there will be good and bad. BUT the good and bad is taught through their upbring. A person or dog who is taught anger will be an angry individual. I do agree there are pitbulls in the world who are aggressive, BUT they were taught to be aggressive.

    My mother has a red nose pitbull and a pitbull/greyhound mix. We got both when they were only weeks old, now they are 5 and 12 years old. Personally I have a pitbull/lab mix who is a year old and he is my “furbaby”. Each of these dogs were raised by only females and have grown up to be very sweet, loving and behaved dogs. The temperament of a dog is based on it’s surroundings and the lessons being taught. I found it insulting when someone made a comment about people who consider their dogs as their child are unstable people. I am a psychology major in college and far from unstable. This is just another example of ignorant people who group EVERYONE together.

    It is ignorance that leads most opinions. Individuals who cannot look at the whole picture are the first to point fingers. To be a well-rounded person one must be able to view both sides and NOT be closed minded.

    Blame the breeder not the breed.

    God Bless.

  672. mariah Says:

    I have a lot of mixed feelings. I have a friend who breeds pits. SHE SAID: this breed is NOT FOR EVERYBODY, they need to know what they are getting. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should anyone macho – female or male get one. They have been bred to kill..hence the name pit bulls. They can be great dogs but it doesn’t take much to bring out that aggression. My kids had several. All but one were great dogs.

    Even that ONE was great with the family but you did not turn your back on him and ALL OF THESE DOGS WERE TREATED THE SAME way, so there ARE bloodlines of ANY breed that can be prone to aggression. This one was – he was appropriately named PSYCHO.

    I personally would not own one (my kids were adults when they got them) simply because I don’t need the worry or the insurance costs….that is, if your insurance company KNOWS you have the breed.

    NOW, having said that, my favorite dog of all time was my Siberian. I had to give him to my aunt in Tennessee because he KILLED anything smaller than him (animals, not people) from cats, little dogs, and even taking geese out of the air. Sad thing is he got loose there and killed the neighbors chickens so you know what happened to him. HE was THE BEST DOG EVER WITH PEOPLE – he thought he was a lapdog. I miss him even now and that was 30 years ago.

    I tried all the wives tales tricks to get him to stop. Finally contacted AKC. They said you CAN’T get it out of them, because that’s what they were bred to do….get rid of vermin and to them a smaller animal was vermin. Evidently some bloodlines are stronger in that than others. But I have CATS – I CANNOT have a breed around that kills or chases cats…and that includes the neighbors…if they chase my cats, they will get ONE chance to make sure their dog stays in their yard. There won’t be a second chance. Same if they are chasing my livestock.

    I have always had the large breeds, GS’s,labs,goldens…never a problem except my GS now….only aggressive if you come on our property uninvited. He has the GOOD CITIZENSHIP award – can take him anywhere. But he is territorial at home. Once you are invited in and he smells you he will be in your lap.

    So, I don’t totally agree that the owner makes the dogs. Some dogs just are aggressive period, some bloodlines are just aggressive period, but that happens in ALL BREEDS.

    Problem is that big dog bites get the news because they are always bad and often fatal. So, let’s be fair…small dogs may be more aggressive, but they are not as DANGEROUS as in life-threatening as the bigger dogs. And I say that from having owned non-aggressive (except that one Siberian) large dogs. BTW: the Siberian was an escape artist. HAd to keep him on a 40′ logging chain when he was outside because he would chew through a chain link fence and these suckers are FAST…can’t catch them, lol.

  673. Versitek Says:

    There is a huge difference between “aggressive” and “dangerous”. One aggressive pitbull is far more dangerous than a pack of chiwawas.

  674. ed jordan Says:

    As a breeder of these dogs I can assure you this is absolutely NOT TRUE! I have never been attacked by one of these and have raised and sold them for more than 10 years! They are a jealous dog and want to be the Only Dog in the house, but they have never bitten me or any of the hundreds of them I have sold. I keep detailed records and am in contact with all of the people I have sold to. If they can not tell the truth then maybe they should not say anything at all!

  675. angel Says:

    I have a 1 1/2 year old male rottie. No aggression what so ever. I see dogs as people. some are very gentle. some are mean and dont want any attention. some are in between. depends on the dog and how they are raised. if a dog is a fighting dog they were raised to be mean and attack. or a dog can jsut snap one day. it is not baised on the breed

  676. Penny Kappas Chandler Says:

    We had a Rottie named Ivey. I would put her up against any dog. Mildest manner, most lovable dog ever had. All she wanted was to rub on you and be petted. There was no one that did not love her, not a mean bone in her big body. Unfortunatly we only had her for almost 11 wonderful years. She had weak rear legs to where we had to help her down steps to take her out. Then one day her front legs gave out and we had to make a difficult decision, she was 11. We’d been told they suspected a cyst on her spine. It’s a shame how people label rottie’s.

  677. Savannah Says:

    Has anyone here even mentioned that maybe we shouldn’t have domesticated dogs in the first place?

  678. Pinky Says:

    To judge ANY BREED of dog as a whole is wrong in my opinion for the simple fact that each individual dog is just that “Individual”. That being said, although certain breeds might have similar characteristics that seem to be common with the breed, those are just commonalities, nothing is set in stone, that would be impossible. Why is that impossible? Because like I stated earlier each dog is its own “Individual Being” no matter what breed or category it may fall into period. I am 99 percent sure that there are mean, aggressive, vicious, (whatever you want to call it) dogs in All BREEDS just like there are gentle, sweet, harmless dogs in ALL BREEDS but again, to judge them as a whole is completely wrong in my opinion. I believe it IS ALL ABOUT HOW THEY ARE RAISED so ultimately the dog is in a sense a reflection of the owner & how they raise it, however, we must keep in mind that certain situations can occur that might cause a typically calm, sweet dog to react in a negative way, the best thing is to be aware of whats going on & use your common sense when evaluating a situation because I believe more often than not when a generally nice, gentle dog all of a sudden lashes out & possibly biting a child or anyone for that matter, they react that way because they feel threatened or something not because they are just vicious, mean dogs. Look at it this way, if someone or something was poking you in the eyes, biting your ears, smacking you, kicking you, etc what would your reaction be? Here’s an example: When I was a little girl my Auntie had a male Collie, super sweet dog, we went to visit & I was in backyard with “Jason” (that was his name)I was running around, he was chasing me, we were playing then I guess he got tired or something & didn’t want to play anymore but I didn’t recognize that cause I was just a youngster myself so I started pulling his hair, grabbing his feet trying to get him to play with me, I sat on his back, etc then I remember him lunging towards me & barked once really loud right in my face then ran away & of course me being a persistent little girl I ran after him & started pulling his hair & stuff again then he turned did the loud bark again, jumped up & bit me in the forehead. Of course I started screaming, mom came running she picked me up, took me in the house so she could clean up my face & assess the situation, she asked me what happened, what was going on before Jason bit me so I told her what happened & her response to me was that I needed to respect the dog, when he barked in my face the first time it was a warning & since I didn’t recognize the warning for what it was & continued to pester the dog that is why he bit me. From that moment on I learned to respect animals & not overstep the boundaries so basically in my opinion even when some dogs lash out that doesn’t make them a vicious dog, it could just possibly be the circumstances that provoked the dog to react the only way they know how. Common sense people, there are good & bad in all breeds so its not fair to single out certain breeds as a whole simply because they have the capability to do more damage that does not make them a more vicious breed. Small dogs can be equally as vicious if not more so they just don’t have the capability to do as much damage, that is the only difference in my opinion. COMMON SENSE PEOPLE, EVERYONE HAS IT BUT SO MANY JUST DON’T USE IT…

  679. Pinky Says:

    P.S. I agree with Mark from comment #602, the owners should be held responsible for the actions of their dogs.

  680. Lissa Says:

    I have a weiner dog and a pit bull…. My pit bull is the sweetest dog I have ever owned… She goes to the dog park everyday and loves on the people even more than she loves the dogs… She is a sweet loving dog… My weiner dog was a rescue from a bad situation and he’s so protective of me and very aggressive towards dogs and people… He even gets aggressive with my pit and my pit does nothing about it

  681. Kerry Says:

    Karen, I am terribly sorry about what happened to Maggie but that is not a reason to blame an entire breed of dog. Just like people, there are “bad apples.” I have a Pit Mix that lives harmoniously with 3 cats and has never met a dog he doesn’t like. Please do yourself a favor and educate yourself about dog anatomy as the “locking jaw” theory about pit bulls is false, naive, and antiquated.

  682. jane Says:

    One simple question, has a Chihuahua or dachsund ever mauled or bitten someone to death?

  683. Noelio Says:

    Since they didn’t include POODLEs as #1, this study wasn’t actually a study at all. Poodles are satans.

  684. Maria Says:

    I have a Pit Bull and let me tell u I got him when he was 7 weeks old at the beginning I was scared do to that I small poodles well he got along really good with them they eat together and its sad to say this but the ones that are mean to him are my poodles they snap at him all the time he is so sweet never does any thing to defend him self then I recue another dog small and I said well I hope he does not attack him well he plays with them he is adorable and people say they cant eat in the same bowl but he does find with the other dogs my poodles are aggressive with him and he is a big pit bull he also loves children even if he does not know them am saying this because my grandkids come and visit me and they come out where he is at and he just licks them and try to go to them but he nocks them down cause he so heavy

  685. schmidt Says:

    It is always annoying to me to read stories about aggression in these breeds. Anyone with minimal experience with dogs knows that aggression depends on how they are raised. And anyone who socializes their dog with other dogs as often as I do also learns from experience which dogs to avoid. ANY dog could turn aggressive, even during play, which I have seen happen more than once. The seriousness of the attack is the difference. The breeds mentioned in this article could rip my dog apart in a second, a dachsund could not. Also, I am physically able to break up a fight if it is a smaller breed, I would not be able to save my dog if one of these breeds attacks. I have tried, believe me. Thankfully, so far, she’s never been seriously hurt. In 4 years of daily park walks, the worst attacks on my dog have been from a Dogo Argentino, (during play) and 3 German Shepards together walking past my dog (my dog was the only dog on a leash). I now avoid allowing her to play with certain breeds because I don’t want my dog to be hurt and quite honestly, I don’t want to spend the time or money in treating her wounds. She has many canine friends, it’s not worth the risk.

  686. Chelsea Says:

    I own and have owned Dachshunds Pit Bulls and Rotties my whole life and I have only ever been bitten by the dachshund. The dachshunds are also the only ones that bite the other dogs. The pits and rotties try to avoid any confrontation unlike the dachshunds who seek it out. When kids come to our house they play with the pit not the dachshunds.

  687. Mindy Reeves Says:

    We have a 6 month old rott. He is the most loving dog we have ever owned. The only time he is ever aggressive is if you try to hurt my 5 year old son, or myself being pregnant. He is the most cuddly, loving, well behaved puppy.

  688. Lynn Devers Says:

    I have a 101.5 lb rottweiler named
    Gunner , whom I love with all my heart.. hes’ never ever been agressive towards a human, He loves children and plays gently with my sisters 4 small children in our living room, laying on his back while they crawl around on him like he’s a jungle gym. He is my 3rd rottweiler, and not one of them was ever agressive, towards anything, EVER. they are the most faithful, trustworthy breed I’ve ever had, having raised labrador retreivers, cockerspaniels, and basset hounds. I cant imagine every owning another breed once I was given my first rottweiler. Once a rottweiler owner.. forever a rottweiler owner.

  689. Layla Says:

    There is no such thing as an aggressive dog breed. The personality and the way the dog behaves does not correlate with the type of breed they are. Their personality and aggressive instincts reflects the person at the end of the leash, their owner. If their owners raise them in a violent environment, well guess what, the dog will be violent. If you raise a dog in a loving environment AND TRAIN IT WELL, well you will have yourself an amazing, well mannered dog. Research has proven it.

  690. Dave Says:

    It’s funny all of these comments are how great the pit’s and dobie’s and Rott’s are but no one has come to the defense of the Doxies. I have two mini long haired dachshunds and sweetest dogs you couldn’t ask for. Are some aggressive? Uh yeah! If you were bred to go into game holes such as Wolverine and badger your butt would be pretty badassed too! Have mine ever bitten anyone, nope, nor have they ever fought with other dogs. They are protective of my kids and my wife even from me giving hugs and slapping on the back at the same time (my kids are boys ages 27 and 23) Anyway back off the dachshunds and just pet your pit when you feel like jammin’ on em..

  691. Elizabeth Says:

    I also have found the smaller the dog the more aggressive they are, without proper training. My sister in law has a Pomeranian, while he is nearly 11 years old he has always been the aggressor. Brushing bathing in cars on leashes, he was never properly trained. We took him in for about a year at one time, and he was perfectly fine being in a single dog family with a couple cats, fine in the car let us brush and bathe him, we found out it is a nervous condition that causes him to be aggressive. Now that he is back in her home again with yet another shizhu/doxi mix he has become aggressive yet again, and i fear the other one will be the same as well since they dont get socialized/walked/taken in the car and are never around other people. We have had two pugs in our home over the years and they also get a bad rap for being not necessarily aggressive, but hard headed and difficult to train. The first we had from 6 weeks old and he was a doll but we trained him from day one and would even put his toys away and immediately drop anything upon the command “what do you have?” the second one was about three and a retired breeder that had to be altered we got when him. Still a good dog that would have been trainable but by the time we got him he was used to pack mentality which can be dangerous if you don’t handle it.

  692. Sharon Says:

    I have 2 yes 2 Jack Russell’s they are my best friends. I would not have any other breed the have more energy they any other Dog I have ever meet. I hate to see a Dog that just lays around with no will to live but a Jack is smart, loves to play ball, and protective of those they love by all means. Sorry I Love My JACKS

  693. Brett Says:

    I adopted a female Pit Bull and she is the sweetest, most loving, easiest dog I have ever owned. I she was in the shelter for 6 months just because she is a Pit Bull. This is just an atrocity as this breed is this way normally. Any dog can be a mean dog and I couldn’t agree more that it is the owner’s fault, not the dogs. I am trying to raise awareness about this breed and others that have been wrongly assumed to be aggressive breeds. I have since lost my Pit Bull, but I have every intention of adopting another one as soon as the time is right!

  694. Jennifer Says:

    I have a weenie dog and he is in a very loving home but he is a mean little turd.. He’s snapped at several kids and barks at everyone.

  695. Pittie momma Says:

    A shepherd attacked my dog and drew blood. My pittie backed away and growled. The shepherd owner went to everyone and said my dog was aggressive and should be put down,without ever recognizing that the shepherd bit and drew blood and my dog actually backed away and growled for the other dog to leave it alone. The prejudice is absolutely horrible and fails to protect people and other animals.

  696. jt Says:

    This Article IsAs Ignorant As They Come. Maybe Some Of These Smaller Breeds Are More Aggressive, But TheyAlmost Never Do Any Serious Damage, And That Is The Real Issue. I Am A CabThatle Service Tech, And I Go To Several Strangers Homes On A Daily Basis. If A Small Breed Threatens To Bite I Could Easily Kick A Field Goal With It And Not Worry About The Stupid Thing After That. They Learn Their Lessons Pretty Quick. With Other Larger Aggressive Breeds You Really Don’t Have Any Other Choice But To Put A Bullet In Them Do You? I’m Not Going To Risk My Face Or Life Or Limb Because People Don’t Have A Clue! They Have So Much Pride In Their Stupid Animals That They Can’t Figure Out That Maybe Someone Else Doesn’t Want Their Nasty Slobber On Them. Maybe I Don’t Want Them Sniffing And Digging At My Crotch When I Come To Your House. By The Way Those People Who Have Two Or More Dogs In Your Homes, Your House Stinks! You Don’t Think It Does, You Don’t Smell It Because Your Used To It, But It’s Nasty, And Your Guests, Your Family And Your Friends Are All Offended By The Smell And End Up Feeling Nasty When They Leave. So Good For You, You Have Friends That Make You Feel All Warm And Fuzzy Inside, But The Humans In Your Life Think It’s A Joke When YouCall Them Your Kids And You Say They Won’t Bite And You Are Clueless To The Stench In Your Home And Your Clothes. At Least You’ve Got Your Stincky, Slobbery, Nasty Little Buddies. Awwww Aren’t They Soooo Cute And Sick!

  697. reallyjt? Says:

    Wow JT, if you’re any indication of what the alternatives to animal companionship is, then I’ll take the warm and fuzzies over the the ignorant and abusive anyday.

    My wife and I have more than one dog that we call our ‘children’ and we have fostered 7 dogs this year (2013) and have found homes for them with caring individuals who would not “kick field goals” with them and while I hate to even acknowledge your existence with a response, I think that it’s important to point out that your attitude is indicative of the type of owner has been repeatedly mentioned above.

    I hope you come to terms with whatever has made you what you are, before someone decides that the best way to deal with you is the same solution that they impose on impounded pit bulls.

  698. Kristopher Says:

    I had a Jack Russell with nothing but sweet love and a friend had one that barked ALL the time…guess which one got into trouble at a dog park? Also, I now have two Chihuahuas and a Lab. At the dog park they both have problems with certain breeds of dogs (Bostons and Frenchies)getting in their space (and the occasional “grabby” child). My one barks when angry and gets bad attention from other dogs but if you teach the dog his commands in a foreign language, the other dogs don’t know why he relaxes but he does. Try it.

  699. Matt Says:

    I have a dachshund. He’s an asshole. He’s bit me before. But it barely left a bruise.

  700. Mia's Musings Says:

    I just love the comments that say, “So a little dog bites you, it can’t kill you.”
    The worst dog bites I’ve had to date have been from small dogs. A small terrier mix bit me on the leg while I was bike riding and a small fluffy purebred toy dog bit me on the face and almost took my eye out!
    Owners of small dogs need to be just as conscientious about training their little dogs as anyone with a huge breed.
    All the folks at the vets’ office would rather deal with a pit-type dog than a toy breed or most Cockers. They’re not overly fond of my herding breed but they’ve always liked my dogs (for the last 13 years) because I expect my dogs to behave and they get tons of treats at the vets office.
    I notice a sad trend with Breed Specific Legislation; it’s big dogs. BSL is prejudicial, racist and in study after study, it doesn’t help.

  701. Stephen Says:

    I have owned, bred, and shown ADBA and UKC registered American Pit Bull Terriers for most of my life, about 18 years……….. my grandfather did the same for about 20 years before I was born……….. for an individual to say that an APBT has a “natural” aggression to other dogs because they were “bred to fight” is simply idiotic and illogical………. if a characteristic can be implanted into a dog through the process of selective breeding, which is the process used on every pure breed known to man, then the VERY SAME process can be used to remove that same characteristic………… my very first pure bred APBT was a Red Boy bloodline, or “game bred”, which was a very dominant bloodline in the fighting ring………… I still breed game bred dogs to this day………… I have corrected all aggression issues within these so called “fighting bloodlines” and I produce some of the finest competition dogs in the country, mostly for weight pull and conformation…………. I currently have 3 ADBA champions, 1 of which is a GR Ch………. I have 2 AOA (Ace of Ace) which is the title given to a multiple time weight pulling champion……….. I also have an ABKC Ch. which is classified as an American Bully (Razor Edge bloodline)…………. anyone who says that the temperament or the psychological genetic structure of a dog cannot be altered is an idiot and should not be able to own a dog period……….. if you breed dogs then you should be doing so to IMPROVE your preferred breed of dog, not to just be breeding or for monetary gain…………

  702. Laura Says:

    I have been bitten by two dogs, one was a JRT & the other was a chihuahua….. Pretty ironic that they are on the list.
    I have been growled at by many dogs and purely from my own personal observations over the years I have to say its the smaller breeds that seem to be the worst.
    I own Great Danes and they are sweetest dogs you could ever come across, as long as you buy from reputable breeders that breeds for temperament, standard & conformation.
    A lot of the unstable dogs we see around nowadays is because people who back yard breed, breed for money only.
    They have no care in world about the temperaments of the offspring they are producing.
    My female Great Dane has been attacked twice by an American Pit Bull Terrier.
    Once while we where just walking alongside the street and the other time at the dog park.
    I now know better than to let my Danes play with off leash Pit Bulls.
    It states in the standard that the APBT can display dog aggression, it is a trait for the breed.
    You get people claiming ‘it’s not the breed, it’s how it’s raised’ but that is not always the case!
    My father in law has been breeding APBT’s for many years and he certainly does not deny this trait, he always makes new puppy owners are aware of this before he will even consider rehoming his dogs.
    Through selective breeding he has bred a lot of this out but will still often get some his pups displaying some level of dog aggression.
    There’s no denying genetics and perhaps if people where made aware of this trait in the breed then precautions could be taken.
    They are lovely dogs but they certainly are not a breed for everyone.
    Which is unfortunate seeing as though they are extremely overbred.
    The media clumps together something like 10 bull breeds & mixes and calls them ‘pitbull types’ and I’ve even seen dog owners referring to their mutts as Pit Bulls.
    Well there’s no such thing, there’s only one ‘pit bull’ and that’s the American Pit Bull Terrier.
    Correct breed identification is so important in the fight against breed specific legislation.
    Of corse clumping multiple breed together and giving them one name is going to raise the number of attacks from apparently that one ‘type’ of dog.
    When realistically most are just ill bred mutts from irresponsible breeding practices….

  703. Chelsea Says:

    I used to have a mini dachshund that chased our next-door neighbor’s huge rottweiler around a tree in their front yard (right next to ours). It was quite comical

  704. dogowner Says:

    The thing is these little dogs don’t kill as much because they are so small.

    Pitbulls (and others) get the rep because the events are more graphic in reproccusiosn from a attacks by such a strong determined animal.

  705. J Says:

    I work at a veterinary hospital, over the years met many different breeds, each individual dog definitely has it’s own personality. I’ve met big mean dogs, mean medium dogs, small mean dogs and vice versa. I would never dare categorize a whole breed based on one dog.

    Never approach a dog you’re not familiar with. Teach your children to not approach an unfamiliar dog either! Because as some previous comments suggested you can not trust owners to train their animals correctly, which is why, no matter the breed you should never assume a dog is friendly.

    With that being said, I fully believe smaller breeds bite people more often. I would much rather deal with a bigger dog over a “yappy” small dog any day of the week. (Especially over mean cats, yikes)

  706. paul Says:

    There is a big difference between most aggressive and most dangerous. I don’t fear tree weiner dog.

  707. Joyce Says:

    Our daschund / Jack Russell terrior mix is extremely kind and gentle. She has never bitten anyone; however, we had a golden retriever who could be highly aggressive at times and had bitten several people.

  708. Jim S Says:

    As a Dachshund owner, I know that they are food-aggressive and territorial. The picture of a Dachshund on his back baring his teeth is one of the behaviors bred into the breed – they’re used as hunting dogs, to go after badgers and wild boar. When hunting wild boar, they lure the boar to charge them, then as the boar nears at top speed they roll over on their backs and use their teeth on the boar. So many other breeds roll over on their backs as a submissive sign, but not the Dachshund. It may be that people, thinking they’re being submissive, reach for the Dachshund and get bit when they weren’t expecting it… it’s a people-education thing, not a problem with the breed.

    They are bred to be independent thinkers rather than to wait for the hunter’s instructions. This is why so often it’s misinterpreted as the Dachshund being a stupid breed, because they just don’t listen unless they feel like it. But they are not stupid by any means. They’re just stubborn, and because they’re bred to act on their own, will do what they want. The trick is getting them to want to do what you want them to do.

    Our 14-year-old male “tweenie” Dachshund is a lover, not a fighter. He even gives kisses to one of our cats, who loves the attention…

  709. Cait Says:

    One thing to consider on prior studies is that most dog bites reported are from larger dogs because their jaw/mouth is capable of much more damage than a smaller breed. So that doesn’t necessarily mean they are attacking more often.
    Because a smaller breed may not cause as much trauma, many do not report it. This does not make them any less aggressive, though, as this study shows.
    From personal experience, this is actually very accurate…most wiener dogs and chihuahuas I’ve met tend to be very possessive of their owners and act out more often.

  710. Delany Says:

    I have worked with dogs for 10 years in veterinary offices, as a groomer and as a supervisor at a doggy daycare. In all my years working with them I have been bitten by nothing other than small dogs particularly Chihuahuas and dachshunds. I am owned by two dogs myself,a pit bull and a 20lb terrier mix of some kind. Both were adopted, my pit bull was beaten, over-bred, and then had acid poured all over her by her previous scum-bag owner and yet she is the most loving, gentle dog I’ve ever known, but my little terrier is an ass. He beats the crap out of the pitty and there are times he’s even gotten snippy with me.don’t get me wrong, he’s a great, loving dog himself, it’s just funny to see how scared people get of my pitty when the little one is the one with an attitude…

  711. john Says:

    pitbull is a nickname given the breed because of dog fighters throwing them into pits. staffordshire terrior is the dog breed. I have had a few and all were decent loving dogs, all of which were taken by different cities and destroyed because of the news rep. it’s upsetting that the news only reports pitbull bites, not poodle,dalmation, sheperd, lab, or the ankle biter breeds.

  712. Steve T Says:

    It’s not the quantity of the bites that count, it’s the quality. I have been bitten several times by a Dachshund. No damage. I just swat her on the nose and she stops doing that. When I got bitten by a Saint Bernard, it did damage right through a winter coat!

  713. kristen Says:

    I have always owned rotties, they all have been great dogs with wonderful attitudes. I also have a boston terrier. She is the one I have to watch, we spoiled her rotten because we figured she is little what does it matter, well we learned the hard way. She can be bossy, bitchy, and snarly. She is the boss of our female rottie and our rottie just deals with her. I believe what matters is how you train and discipline your pets and treat them.

  714. PetGal Says:

    I am a Vet Tech. I have Two Jack Russel Terriers, a Chihuahua and a pocket-Peek-A-Poo. ALL of my dogs are rescues and NONE of them have ever bitten anyone. Most of the problem comes from owners that get breeds based on “cuteness” and not the temperament of the breed. They get animals and do not have any inkling about what that breed requires in time, training and correction. Poor owners end up having dogs without rules. Without a proper leader in their lives, any dog can become aggressive. ANY DOG. The same thing with kids can be said…poor parents wind up having unruly children.

  715. Andy from India Says:

    Firstly I’d like to say that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. Irresponsible owners with improperly trained dogs give all dogs a bad name.

    Breed specific legislation is just stupid.

    I’m surprised that no one had commented on or studied the correlation between head size and the tendency towards aggression. A long time ago I read an article that mentioned that species are differentiated by the volume (in cubic centimeters) of the brain of the animals. So all dogs being the same species should have the same size brain. When the brain that fits in the skull of a medium sized dog is stuffed into the skull of the miniature and toy breeds it creates a lot of pressure on the frontal lobes of the brain. As the frontal lobes house the centres for aggression (as anyone who has seen “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest” will remember)the smaller breeds can display aggressive behaviour for no apparent reason, because of the pressure on the frontal lobes.

    Rather than punishing the “bully breeds” for aggression the owners should be jailed as that might keep unsavory characters away from them.

  716. Cat N Says:

    I have owned both Mastiff, German Sheppard, Pomeranian, Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, dachshund (the husbands when we married), Rottweiler, and mutts.
    I must say the most aggressive of all of these pets over the last 50 years has been my Poms and the dachshund. the most gentle of them all the Rottweiler. the most protective, a tie between the German Sheppard mix and the Mastiff. I will say from experience, I found the large breed dogs to be easier to train, more relaxed and friendly dogs. only barked when alerting me to a stranger or something. friendly to other animals, people I introduce them to and my children. the Poms and dachshund have been aggressive to other animals, people, friends, kids, family and even us. they are harder to train and they bark at everything. they are hyper and high maintenance. very aggressive as they are getting older. never experienced this with large breeds. will never have a small breed dog again.

  717. Dorie Says:

    I don’t see chow on the list. Terrible Terrible dog. I’ve never seen a good one. Rots, Pits, German Shepherds about 50/50 good and bad. IMO CHOWS need to be looked at.

  718. Jeff Says:

    It’s a moronic distinction. Virtually 100% of hamsters take a nip at humans when they get a chance. Nobody dies from it. The question is not which breeds are more aggressive. It is, which breeds are more dangerous.

  719. Nat Says:

    Three Rottweilers, and they have NEVER shown aggression to ANYONE!!! Once again, owners are totally to blame for behaviors of their dogs. Most people let their dogs run the owners lives instead of the owner being the ones who need to TRAIN, yes TRAIN their pets.

  720. Brandon Says:

    Think Napoleon Bonaparte, the little man complex. Because of their small stature, little dogs tend to be more vocal, more afraid, and more aggressive towards things that take them them out of their comfort zone. I used to work a pet boarding facility where they separated dogs by size. I was always more alert when working with the small dogs because they were often afraid of us. My only semi-serious bite came from a German shepherd, but that was because I was trying to break up a dog fight. The funny part was that the dog instantly knew he had bit my hand, and stopped what he was doing to say sorry in his own way. When it comes to big dogs, its all in how you raise them. Dogs big and small don’t understand us, and put far more faith and trust in their owners than they should. The results are horrible to a dog when that faith is broken.

  721. Melissa Says:

    I think that a dog is a reflection of his/her owner. My dachshund is sweet and lovely. If my husband gives me a high five or tickles me…she does get a “mean bark”/growl because she thinks he is hurting me. She is a rescue (her situation was terribly sad) and I think she is just so grateful to be out of there.

  722. Sami Says:

    I have owned 3 dachshunds, 1 pitbull, and 2 mutts over the years. For starters my doxies have always been yappy, but only until they get to sniff what they’re barking at, and they were never aggressive, only occasionally skiddish around young children. My pitbull was highly protective, but never aggressive until I brought a new dog into his territory (aka my home) which I was already expecting so I was prepared for the consequences. He nipped at my new 10 week old doxie, but after that they became inseparable. And my mutts have traits across the board. My male is very calm unless evoked, but my female is highly territorial and she is part collie! She won’t bite she’ll just yelp to scare off the intruder.

    So saying any dog is any more aggressive/temperamental/protective/etc. is just like stereotyping people. Of course there are going to be those who fall into the stereotype as it’s inevitable, but it is also inevitable that far more will fall outside the lines of the stereotype. People forget dogs were not put on this earth to please humans. They have only adapted to be our best friends because we have decided that that is what they are best suited to do. The way I see it is we are lucky to have someone so eager to please us no matter what we’re asking them to do.

  723. Lindsey Says:

    I had a Chihuahua rat terrier mix and she died on november 11 2013 and she was the best dog I ever had never bit anyone.

  724. Lindsey Says:

    I also owned a Dachshund for 14 years and he randomly would go up and bit people for no reason. Also my sister owns a dachy and he would never bit.

  725. emily Says:

    My rott is the most lovable, affectionate baby in the world. Yes, i said baby. He is a big baby. We have 3 cats and my rott and believe me, the cats would kick his butt any day! I hate that the breed has such a bad rap, because it is simply not true. Anyone who has everyone owned a rott would have nothing but wonderful things to say about them. They are one of the best breeds you could have. A true loyal companion and best friend.

    As many others have already said, it is all in how you raise and treat your animals. If you are abusive to your animals or let others be that way when they are in your home, then the animal will at some point say enough- and this would be true for any type of dog.

    For me- I believe that rotts are extremely amazing dogs and prefer him to most humans! :)

  726. Kathleen Says:

    My husband and I have had dachshunds off and on since we were both children. Neither of us have had a biter. Our most recent one, Duchess (who passed away Sept. 2012) was 15 1/2 and NEVER tried to bite anyone. Our outside cats loved her. The only time she would get “aggressive” (with our Norwegian Elk Hound)was if she thought Rainy was getting more treats than her and then there was little chance of anyone getting hurt – they were too funny. She was my napping buddy as well as our daughters’ napping buddy from the time they were born. Miss her a lot :-(

  727. James Says:

    The problem with pits and rottweilers is that they don’t let go when they fight. They’re called maulers, they’re bread that way, and it’s why so many people have been killed by them. I agree that bad dogs are made, but a 100lb pit is a lot more dangerous if it goes nuts than a chihuahua.

  728. Brian Says:

    I grew up with Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and they have mistakenly been identified as an aggressive dog. People associate the raised hair of their “ridge” with threatening behavior, but the hair simply grows that way. It’s a big dog with a lot of energy. When properly trained, they are gentle with kids and people. My only complaint is the tail waging. With a dog that size, you need to avoid leaving nice things lying around at tail-height. They generally clear the area of everything that isn’t bolted down.

  729. paul Says:

    Huge difference between aggressive and dangerous. A hamster can be more aggressive than a tiger. This article is pointless.

  730. Corinne Whitchurch Says:

    I have had a Staffie, my sister had a Rottie and they were both lovely, but I’ve also had a jack russel cross yorkie and she was lovely too. However I have known extremes for lots of different breeds. My main thought goes to the owners as every dog can’t be trained the same way, though alot think they can. So when they hit an obstacle they give up and have a naughty dog or they give it up or kick it out. For example if a big dog pulls they try and teach it not to but a little dog majority gets left as it is perceived that they can be pulled back under control easily, or thought of as funny or sweet when they pull but can’t pull the walker. Not everything that looks cute and sweet is.

  731. Reswan Says:

    Let me preface this by saying that I do not agree with breed restrictions. I should be able to live anywhere with any dog I want as long as I can raise and train it correctly.

    I’ve spent years working with dogs. Through my experiences I can definitely agree that smaller dogs are more aggressive. With that being said, that does not mean that they are more dangerous. I would rather interact with an overly aggressive Chihuahua than an average or below average aggressive Pitbull if both of them were set off for any reason. An average person can handle a tiny dog easier than they would manage a full-sized Pitbull or Rottweiler.

    Interesting to note that the article does state that bites from these smaller dogs go unreported more often than bites from larger dogs, which has to have some influence by how bad the bite actually is (i.e. a bite from a larger dog is more likely to be worse than a bite from a small dog).

  732. Katie Says:

    So… as someone who has had dogs, worked with a local rescue and worked for various vets, this study really doesn’t surprise me. Two of these three breeds were developed for killing rats and badgers. Dunno about you, but I’r rather not take on either of those, and I’m a lot bigger. The third.. chihuahuas.. well… regardless of the original intent of breeding, they’ve been overbred and undersocialized to the point that they don’t know HOW to deal with multiple people. Even in their own families, they will often pick one person they can handle being around and will be ferociously protective of that person and strictly monogamous to them. Pitts, dobies, rotts, they will ALL let you know when they’ll snap. Some of the smaller dogs don’t. And honestly, in all my time working at low cost animal care facilities, I’ve never met a pitt that was violent, and I’ve only met two rotts I worried about. But here’s the thing about rotts, they can’t see very well. So most of them tend to attack out of surprise. Most of the time, they’re big, docile doofuses who would rather sit on your lap and kill you with kisses than growl. If you want to know what overall breeds I worry about.. it’s cocker spaniels (they’re getting better now that they’re not so popular) as they will just get it in to their head to bite and will with no notice or apparent reason… most retrievers, save for goldens, again who have been overbred and undermanaged, and will bite out of lack of knowledge and WAY too much energy (retrievers AREN’T apartment dogs, people) and anything that ends in “doodle”.. they all bite, they all snap.. again, overbred and undersocialized. Here’s a good rule of thumb, if you want something to keep in your house and keep safe, get a statue (yes, purse puppies count in this regard). If you want a buddy to go on walks, meet other dogs and accompany you on adventures through life.. be a part of your family and personal “pack”, get a dog.

  733. Katie Says:


    That statement was ignorant. A tiger is more dangerous than a hamster due to its size, not its disposition. A cannon will kill you surer than a pistol more efficiently, but if you gave the pistol the same ammo and size, they’d be equal. Help us all if we find a tiger-sized hamster…

  734. Darlene Cutts Says:

    If all large dogs disappeared tomorrow they would come after my sweet little Chi-pin. The “they’s” of the world try to take everything the anyone loves! Fight, fight, fight to the death! NEVER let then take anyone’s pets!!!

  735. Jennifer LVT Says:

    The only reason Pitts are known as the most aggressive canine out there is because of the body structures. They are a very muscular and powerful breed. They also have what is known as a lock jaw. None of which is their fault. These attributes in no way make them aggressive. The way you treat your pets or interact them with other people/animals is what makes the difference between whether they turn aggressive or are just really big teddy bears. Difference between a pitt biting you and a toy breed biting you is the size and strength of their jaw. Just like you and I. An adults jaw is stronger than a child’s jaw. Stop blaming the pitts and start educating the owners!!

  736. James Says:

    This is a stupid article, the canine equivalent of saying: Paper is more dangerous than a chainsaw because 9 out of 10 cuts are caused by people licking envelopes.

    I understand you all love your dogs, and you would swear that they are the nicest natured animals on the planet, but certain dogs have the potential to cause far more damage than others. Every breed today is the result of thousands of years of selective breeding by humans, and many of these breeds were selectively bred for the specific purpose of fighting.

    Aggression is not the issue, POTENTIAL danger is. If you choose a potentially dangerous breed of dog then you have to accept that society values the protection of people (and other dogs) more than your feelings!

  737. Kim Says:

    I have two dachshunds and know allot of people who own them, and they are aggressive, mostly with kisses and tail wags. However,when these little breeds bite, it’s out of fear and they back of; but I have never heard of anyone dying from a bite from a dachshund or Chihuahua.

  738. Brandy Says:

    I am really sick of ignorance! Breed Specific Legislation is a way of hurting innocent well raised and loved animals. Truth is any breed can be aggressive or dangerous. I have a rescue Doberman, one of the three breeds mentioned and commonly singled out all the time!! This is a breed that only an experienced dog owners should own. They must be socialized and trained from the start. Dogs are a product of their environment!! I wasn’t experienced with Dobermans at all. When we first met her she had been recently rescued from horrid conditions and had almost been starved to death. These are things that can really screw up a dogs temperament for life. We kept her for the weekend as a trial to see if she would work out for our home. She never left us, we fell in love!! I bought/read a ton of books on Dobermans, watched Victoria Stilwell videos, and researched positive reinforcement training. Sadie was used in a puppy mill type environment strictly for breeding purposes we believe. She had severe behavior issues but we gave her a ton of love, care, and training. Now she is a great dog!! I NEVER THOUGHT I’D OWN A DOBERMAN!! I was terrified if these dogs because of articles like this and what I had seen from the media. YOU the media are causing the FEAR of these breeds by your “portrayal” of them!! YOU are the ones making these dogs desirable for the dog fighters by saying their aggressive and mean! YOU are the reason innocent pets in our families are being senselessly murdered, banned and discriminated against! Get some education go visit the canine behavior assessment test site, you will see these breeds actually pass tests more often than a lot of other breeds do. They can’t help the humans and the way they raise them. Please stop this ridiculous spreading of all the breed bashing. Please educate yourselves before you go hating a dog just because of it’s breed. I will forever be grateful for my Doberman and all the training we had to do with her. We learned so much about her breed while training her. She changed my whole outlook on her breed and so many others like her that are considered “bully breeds”. I have met some really awesome owners of these breeds and I have witnessed first hand it’s not the breed it’s the kind of human that owns them that makes the difference!!

  739. Jennifer Says:

    How many Dachsunds or Chihuahuas have mauled people to death? This will answer your question about why some breeds are singled out over others.

  740. Shelby Says:

    My husband & I began the search for a dog two years ago. As children, both of our families owned small dogs. My mother has always owned Pomeranians & Daschunds. My husband’s family are a loyal Welch Corgie owners. After months of debating and taking into consideration our past experiences with small dogs, we chose to go a different route as pet owners. We bought our “daughter” Layla, a Great Dane, almost two years ago. We also have two small children, ages 6 & 4. Layla weighs approximately 160 lbs, and stands 40″ from nose to floor. However, she has never shown aggression to any of our family members, friends, neighbors, nor any other dog in our neighborhood. The exception was last week. While getting groceries out of my car, I was approached by my neighbors’ mixbreed weighing approximately 10-12 lbs. Me, being unafraid of dogs, reached down to pet it. It immediately latched onto my hand, bringing blood. Now at this time, I screamed in pain, because of course it ABSOLUTELY hurt. My Great Dane came to investigate, and seeing me being attacked, she attacked too. Layla seriously hurt this dog, but I believe she has every right to. Layla has NEVER bit, snapped, growled, or snarled at any living creature other than birds until that day. My neighbor called Animal Control on our dog. We had to get the Sheriff’s Dept. involved. And would you BELIEVE even after seeing my cuts, bites, and bruises, the dog catcher had the audacity to say “Well Great Danes can be very violent.” ?!? Of course she was violent, her owner was being attacked. I call that PROTECTIVE. And I’m proud of her for it. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel bad for the other animal, I even offered to help pay some of his vet expenses. But in now way was my dog at fault. I won’t let my children play with my mother’s Daschsund because he is very aggressive. Any dog can bite, any dog can injure. It takes caution, patience, and love to make a dog gentle, not genetics.

  741. Christa Says:

    As a former full-time professional dog groomer for six years and 1 year at the humane society…it is the small breeds. My worst bite was a dachshund. But chihuahua’s, shih tzu’s, did plenty of damage.

    I was bitten so bad by an 8 month old shih tzu, and when the owner came to pick it up, my hand was swollen twice it’s size and I had blood dripping. When I told the owner of how the dog was behaving, she said “Oh, my poor baby!”

    So owners – just because your dog is small is no excuse to not train them and for God’s sake, they are not an accessory to be carried in a damn purse. They have legs and feet of their own.

  742. Cricket Wood Says:

    I noticed with interest the comment by Georgia back in ’09 where a neighbor shot her dog. I live in AL and we have laws about things like that. If someone shot her dog while in his own yard (or on a leash) then that person is subject to a fine, jail time and community service. In many places he’d also be required to replace the animal or pay for any vet bills incurred. Naturally, he’d also have to attend classes on the wellbeing & care of animals. If he refused, then he’d be subject to additional fines and more jail time.
    I guess I’m just so used to everyone putting AL down like they are the bottom of the barrel, but perhaps some other states could learn a bit from us! We don’t put up with people abusing animals. Period!
    {Once, a neighbor’s children came and untied my gate & took my lab over to their house to play. That would have been fine with me, till my daughter came to tell me that their dad was going to shoot the dog. I got up – migraine & all – and went over to see what was happening. He’d left the gate open & the electric fence turned off and the dog had gone into the horses pen. He was upset that he thought the dog would hurt his horse. I called 911, sent the kids to turn off the fence, told his kids to go to the other end of the corral and slowly walk toward the dog. He just ran into my arms. WOW – so hard. When the cops got there, he was arrested.

  743. Jawania Ammerman-Hargis Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this report. All three of my children have bee bitten by dogs-all of them were small type dogs. My youngest son bugged me to death to get a pit bull, and I admit I was scared of them because of all the reports. I finally gave I and got one. He has been with me 5 yrs come 6-9; he will be 5 yrs old. He thinks he is a Chihuahua. He sits on our laps, gets on the back of the couch and stretches out like a small breed.
    I watch 5 of my 9 grandkids; ranging in age of 1-8. I have 2 pit bulls. They are wonderful with my grandkids. My grandkids will get on the older one and ride him like a horse. He lets them. He gets up and walks with them til they slide off, then he lays down and does it again. The 2 yr old grandson will take food out of his mouth and he does nothing but go back to his food bowl ad get him some more, lol. The 6 month old pit just love to chase the cat all over the house and play with the older pit bull. They get along wonderfully. The worst thing you will ever get from either of them is jumped on and licked to death. We call them our WalMart door greeters lol. They are the best dogs I have ever had (along with the Sharpei I used to have). My 8 yr old granddaughter was bitten by a dog at my house. It was by my landlords Yorkshire Terrier.
    I’m so tired of pit bulls getting a bad rap. Read up on them on the AKC page. They are best for families with children. They never report a dog attack that’s not a pit bull. If it’s a different breed of dog they just say a dog attack w/o mentioning the breed. People need to realize all animals can attack if provoked. But they also need to know that animals act by how they are raised, Don’t blame the animal, blame the irresponsible owners. Instead of putting down the animal, do something to the owners!!! I am now an avid supporter of Pit Bulls and shall remain as such!!!!! I love my Oso,5; and Osa, 6 months; and will NEVER part with them. They are extremely spoiled and the are my babies!!!

  744. Danielle Says:

    I have had an American Pitbull Terrier/Boxer mix as well as an American Pitbull Terrier/Lab mix. They were the most sweetest and loving babies ever… If it wasn’t for the idiots that think fighting pitbulls is fun, pits wouldn’t have a bad rep today. I think that anyone who has any kind of common sense and knowledge about dogs or any animal for that matter, should know that 9 out of 10 times an animal will not attack unless its feels threatened or provoked, right??

  745. Cyndi Says:

    Aggressive does not mean dangerous… a bite from a small dog is usually not deadly, however, a bite from a larger dog certainly can be. I think that is an important distinction. On the other hand, I am not so much worried about pitbulls or rotties, but Akitas and Chows are the dogs I wouldn’t trust around my kids OR my dogs!

  746. Nancy Dively Says:

    I have been involved with all breed, and min pin rescue for well over 10 years. The only bite I ever received was from a minpin. Anyway, I have always had big dogs, 2 Rotties a Rhodesian and a Rhodie mix. I lost them all and someone told me that a dog would come to me when I least expected it. Well, that happened. A friend brought me an American Staffordshire, according to the vet. Mister has longish legs and is not large chested. Well, I tried to get him into a rescue, and they were all full or would not take him because they did not think he would be adoptable. well, he is still here, 6 weeks later. he is so loving and very gentle, but does want to be with you ALL THE TIME. He follows me everywhere. He is a young dog and you just can’t help but love him. My only concern is that I have an inhome pet sitting business. It is not a full time gig, but sometimes I am pretty busy. So far no problems, but I am wondering how my clients will react to him. People just have to have an open mind. As someone wrote, every dog can’t have the same personality. aggressive breed or not. Since Mister has been here I have done a great deal of reading on both breeds, the APB and the AST. He really fits the personality of both. I was amazed at how these dogs are used for so much good, but only seem to get noticed when something bad happens.Did you know that a APT is the new mascot for the Voodoos, a football team in New Orleans. He is a bit overweight and watching him run out on the field was too funny. Great exposure for the rescue I am actually considering putting him (Mister) through a program to be a therapy dog. Well, any ideas on how to approach my clients, and on my therapy dog idea? YOu all sound so knowledgeable. Thanks for reading. I tend to go on a bit.

  747. Jonny English Says:

    The dogs that have bitten me to date:

    1. Small Jack Russel x 3 incidents, when I was younger.
    2. Yorkshire Terrier x 2.

    Snarled at numerous times by small to miniature breeds. Chihuahuas many time. Smaller breeds are far more aggresive than medium to large breeds.

  748. Elizabeth Says:

    I find the dachshund being the most aggressive hard to believe. I have had three dachshunds in my life and I have beenaround them all my life. I have never once had one be aggressive towards me or anyone else. I even have my little baby around them. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that every dog can be aggressive no matter what the breed. Dachshunds are nice and loyal but they are also protective. They also could nip at you if you are doing something bad to them, all dogs usually do that. I love dachshunds!

  749. Cate Says:

    I have been a vet tech for two years and I am studying to complete my degree in that field. I have found that smaller dogs are prone to bite more, but that’s in a vet clinic where they could be fear biting. In my study books, a book I read says, “70% of the animal behavior comes from the environment (e.g. how it’s raised), 30% comes from it’s parents (e.g. genetic background).” A lot of people want to say it’s 100% how they are raised, in my opinion it’s not entirely true. My mom got an 8 week old chihuahua last year, right out of weaning pretty much. We were trying to teach her not to tinkle in the house and she tried snapping at me when I tried to correct her. That, my friends, is not 100% how she was raised; that is deep down chihuahua breed that came out in her then. She’s gotten better at not snarling/snapping as she’s gotten older, but it hasn’t completely disappeared. I have raised dogs all my life and my terrier and golden retriever are absolute angels, they LOVE people and they have never ever growled, snapped, snarled at anyone. Food for thought. :) The chihuahua is now over a year old and I still love her to death!

  750. Sophie Whitmarsh Says:

    All dogs have the ability to be aggressive. As do all humans. Whether or not we use that aggression depends upon circumstances, usually upbringing or experiences that have affected our trust or mistrust of others. Dogs are no different to humans, regardless of their breed. If you treat a dog wrongly (not necessarily badly) but wrongly, then this will affect their temperament. I have two miniature Dachshunds, 1 Alsatian (German Shepherd) and 1 Newfoundland. Not one of them has ever shown any sign of aggression.

  751. tommy Says:

    I grew up from a wee infant with a Doberman at my side, she was the most loving dog. All she cared about was her family. My mom told me when I was little she would put me on a blanket in the yard and if I tried to crawl off she would either nuzzle me back toward the blanket or if I got off it start barking til Mom came back over.

    My Mom’s had 3 Doberman’s since and I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. They’re amazing.

    Same with Rotties, my best friend has a Rottie and she is the sweetest most cuddly love bug you could ever find. She wouldn’t harm a fly.

    I have two friends with Rescue Pitt Bulls and same thing – they are the sweetest dogs ever.

    ANy dog can be raised to be mean – just like people. They’re a product of their environment. It’s sad that because they were used in the past as attack dogs, etc. that they have such a bad rap.

    :( Humans can be so stupid. Animals love unconditionally – they don’t care if you’re fat tall short skinny black white gay asian purple handicapped whatever… they just love you.

  752. colleen bayer Says:

    Lorraine, when I hear that a child has been attacked and hurt my heart breaks but it is not the breed. These breeds were bred to be human docile. A dog’s actions lays on the owners. Please, do not spread hate. IF you want to stop it then help make people be held respnsibel and punished.

  753. Keith Sauer Says:

    I would really like to see a proper citation for the article the author mentions. I have gone to the Applied Animal Behavior Science Journal and was unable to find any article remotely similar to this description. Not saying it isn’t true, I just like to verify things for certain.

  754. Dan Says:

    Here’s a PDF of the study – it’s a lot to get through, but the information is there

  755. Gia Says:

    Growing up we always had daschunds & every single one of them were aggressive & biters….. Not to anyone in the family (to us they were just the sweetest) my family loved the breed & did train them not to bark/bite & when that failed they went to trainers who usually were “too booked” to take them in. We always found someone eventually but truthfully after reading everything I just did here I’m shocked !!! One of our weenie dogs (we had 3-all minis) jumped up & bit my best friend in the behind!!! My friend is only 4’11 but even so….. We are a quiet loving family and tried so hard to train these dogs w/help… & they got better but not great…. Next one of them bit my nephew & it was bad!!! My sisters husband sued my parents. We got a warning. Nothing else. I now saved a German Rotweiller (as the doxies have all passed) and she was so sad & abused plus lived outside 24/7 & had fur missing all over (just a mess) but I have known friends with rotts & really love the breed so I knew in my heart I walked in to this shelter & met this poor very young Rott & knew I had to help her!!! She was found living on the streets & I’m thinking she must have escaped from the Hell she was living in & thought the street life was better…. She was under a year (about 10 months) or so the vet at the shelter said but I think she’s a bit older… Not much….. Anyways The amount of paperwork and the amount of interviews with the family Amazed me as we were saving this dog’s life I thought for sure they would basically give her away and that is not the case….. It’s been over a year and my point is that she is the most wonderful dog I have ever known!!! After being hit by a car and shot and God knows what else while she was on the streets I work with her every single day And she is the most wonderful precious loving kind dog I could have asked for!!!! She is a purebred German Rottweiler And I would not trade her for any other dog in the world. We both needed each other & I see a completely different dog in her eyes. They are no longer sad eyes but happy confident proud eyes!!! She is yet to bark at anyone or anything but the cruel people that don’t know her look at me and give me filthy looks constantly yet people that know this breed walk right up to her & pet her & she loves the attention she was starved. They go on to tell me that she Is one of the most beautiful Rottweilers they have ever seen. I call her my baby my daughter whatever it doesn’t matter it’s what I did in my heart I know what’s right for her!!!! Save a life!! Adopt or rescue your next animal ….

  756. Tiberius H Twill Says:

    I especially enjoyed this article as I have a rottweiler and a jack russell-chihuahua cross. Guess who the aggressive one is?

  757. rose young Says:

    I have two adopted dogs one I got from a shelter and the other was given to me by a lady when I lost my male.he is part chiahuahua and was very protective of me befor he learned to really trust me.i have had him over four years and you can see the change in him when you show a dog love.any dog that gets love I think can change.

  758. Blue nose lover Says:

    I am a pitbull owner, I have an 85lb blue nose he is the biggest lap dog I have ever owned. I had a female german Sheppard as well, a neighbor down the street let my two dogs out of my back yard and his dog went after mine, my pit put the dog onrottiesound showing his dominance never really hurt the dog but could have torn it to pieces had he seen the reason to. This guy proceeded to tell media that he beat my dog for twenty minutes with a 4X4 8′ fence post. Now I work on the rigs on the floor I could swing that for twenty minutes straight also if that was my dog getting attacked as seriously as he had said that dog would’ve been dead in a couple swings, his story had changed a few times over the span of a few days. The cops had shot my dog with a tazer but only one prong stuck and he ran away, my dog knows what guns are he doesn’t like them he has never been pointed at but doesn’t like the sound they make so of course he ran away, the cops had 4 guys tackle my dog they said he was aggressive but they hit him so hard he was peeing blood. When the “head” of animal control took him he grabbed my dog by the front quarter right by his face and lifted him into his truck, he later told me he was never scared of my dog and the cops actions were uncalled for. My dog was put through aggression tests and licked the people trying to piss him off. Because I was out of town at the time my mother came to pick my dog up from the pound after all was said and done, my mother is not a very big lady and the doctors asked her if she needed help to get him into her vehicle and she looked down at him and said sit. Then she looked back at them and said no he won’t be a problem. The bylaw officer who handled my case later stopped by my house to see me and see how my dog was doing, walked in my front door got down on his knees and gave my dog a huge hug. As people have said before it’s the idiots behind the leash. Punish the deed not the breed. Yeah I have a big dog just come over and pet him it’s not his bite you have to worry about its that whip of a tail that leaves the marks. I love pitbull rotties, dobies, king coursos, german Shepards, any working dog. They just need the proper training and attention

  759. Susannah Says:

    My fiancee and I are the proud owners of 2 Rottweilers. Before I met him I was afraid of the breed. But he had our female who at the time was about 1 1/2 years old. I fell in love with her instantly. She is the sweetest and most loving animal that I have known. We have since adopted a 2 year old male. We know that he came from an abusive home and are working to repair his trust issues with humans. Both of our dogs are loyal and protective. They will bark and alert us anything on our property. With that being said, they have left our yard on a few occasions and our neighbors have said they are sweet and loving. Our male will even walk up and down the road with one of our neighbors. They are big and have a loud bark. I hate the view of most people that they are attack dogs. When we took them to the vet, we were secluded in an exam room, and they staff put a warning on the door that we had vicious dogs. We were also threatened with the vet techs putting muzzles on them because they were BARKING! Not growling, but barking at new sounds and smells. A normal reaction for any type of dog. But because of the breed and their lack of understand they assumed a bark was a threat. Both of our dogs are behaved and trained. I am glad that there are articles out that put the so-called “Bully Breeds” in the correct position as far as being aggressive and attacking others. I am more afraid of the smaller breeds than anything else now.

  760. sam Says:

    I was a dog trainer/handler in the army in the 80′s the problem with pitbulls is the aggression
    factor that is breed into them, that is why the
    armed forces and police do not use them you idiots
    because once they start the aggression they will
    not stop until the prey is dead, the very first
    thing if you get a pitbull or any other breed for that matter are you ready to kill that dog if it is killing another dog or a human.
    I don’t think so, I have over the years seen so
    many little cute pitbulls kill and mame animals
    and humans ,if you want my respect de-breed some
    of that aggression out of them, by the way it is
    both the dog and the owners fault, the dog is a loaded cannon that can go off at any time, the
    dog was originally breed to try to kill bulls
    and other animals, where as germen shepherds and
    Dobermans were breed to listen and protect. Know the breed you morons before you buy if you did that a lot less dogs would not be in shelters!

    Professional dog trainer for over 30 years!

    Know your dog most people don’t

  761. Tammy Says:

    I have had many breeds of dogs showed them trined them and just loved them! from Akitas to Rotties and can honestly say Jack Russels, Poodles and Akitas seem to be the Fiercest of all! I have had Rotties for 27 years and 1 problem ever and thats when a taxi driver came to my door to go to the airport the dog went Crazy! I found out later on the guy was a child molester! Akitas are either people dogs or dog dogs there is no mixing they are beautiful wonderful dogs but if they dont like other dogs they will kill them! Jack Russels will snap and bite without alot of warning. I currently own an Olde English Bulldogge, a Catahoula dog and 3 Pugs and I can say I have never dealt with a bulldogge and as much as I love my 8 month old baby (100lbs) he is most stubborn dog I have ever owned!

  762. Mary Moloney Says:

    I am the proud owner of a wonderful rescue Rottweiler. He came to me when he was two, and is now six. Whenever I walk him he gets huge attention from people of all ages. He is quickly surrounded by children, sitting in the middle of them and they hugging him. People have even crossed the road just to stroke him. All ages seem to love him. He won ‘Best Rescue’ and had much praise lavished on him saying he is ‘A true Ambassador for his breed’. It is so true. He had ‘worked the field’ that day and went around standing or sitting beside everyone. Everyone was amused as they all were dog lovers. He loves people and sits next to anyone who strokes him. Many are surprised when they discover he is a Rottweiler, expecting him to be aggressive etc. Every time I take him for his walk, I hear comments in passing e.g. lovely dog, fine dog. A very common comment with those who stop is that he has a very even temperament. He is a wonderful dog who is changing the hearts of many regarding the unfair reputation of the Rottweiler breed. I will never forget one comment somebody made to a friend of his after befriending my rottie. He said if anyone wanted to know the true nature of Rottweilers, they should come and meet my dog. He is loyal, obedient, very affectionate, guards the house. He is also intelligent, athletic and very entertaining. It is a privilige for me to own a dog such as he. A Rottweiler is one of the finest dogs a person could have. Each dog should be judged on an individual basis, not on a breed specific basis.

  763. Deagon1982 Says:

    Hello I am Kevin and live Tallahassee FL. and all I have to say is that rott’s, pitt’s, and few other dog types, are the rarest at of all breeds to attack anyone or anything. the only dam reason that any of they or their owners were being harmed. The thing is the only reason a dog like that would attack is because the owner or someone is doing something wrong or hurtful for them. The owners are the ones who are solely dam responsible on how their dogs reacts to others is the owner.

  764. Dianna Hunter Says:

    I live in a very bad neighborhood and I hear all these stories about aggressive white pit bulls that only turned aggressive after a certain age. My husband wants a white bully so bad but I’m scared to have one in my home because I don’t know what to believe. Can someone please give me the facts?

  765. Cindy Says:

    I have two GSD’s, yes they have gotten loose from my husband twice and ran the neighborhood, shame on the hubby but all they did was run the block licking everyone and visited all the kids outside playing to which they loved, even the little boy across the street who is terrified of all dogs was fawning all over my babies (he now visits them on a regular basis). I am truly lucky my whole neighborhood loves my dogs. There is no such thing as a bad breed but as stated many times above it is a bad owner. I swear if anyone tried to harm my babies I would go to jail in a heartbeat. My Female has even saved the neighbor kid from someone else’s aggressive dog that got out, she was about to attack them and tymber jumped her fence to which she has not done since and put herself between this other dog and the kids. She backed the other one off and paced the front lawn to keep it away. At the time these were brand new neighbors and she did not know them in the least, now on a weekly basis they give her a treat and love on her and my male banyan. They even wanted a pup if i ever decided to breed but alas they are both fixed. Again i socialized my dogs from day one. only bad thing about dogs is their owners and so forth. My grandsons babysitter has a apbt and he has loved and protected him since he was born and he is now 16 mos. old. i have no worries about him what so ever when the dog is around.

  766. Courtnee Says:

    From my own experience with an array of breeds. The only one I have come to hold fear toward is the dachshund. This is after years of having Rottys, and Pitts as well. I grew up around the larger breeds and it is the owner not the dog. The experience with the dachshund was exactly this. We had a rat terrier that had come into heat and the dachshund lived with the people behind us. It dug it’s way into our backyard and got her pregnant, well every time we would find it in our yard we would return it back to it’s home, however one day we had a school concert to go to and did not have time to take it home right away so we separated it from our two girls by putting it in the side yard. This dachshund didn’t like this idea, he kept barking and growling trying to get back into the main yard with the two girls. He eventually moved from the gate connecting the yards and was in the corner by the gate connecting to the driveway. I was trying to get out of the yard, this was when I was 16 so I knew how to behave around dogs already, as I tried to coax him nicely from the corner by saying things like, “come here boy.”, “please move boy”, he decided to start snapping at me. The dachshund proceeded to lung at my ankles aiming to bite me. I have never moved so fast in my life that I cleared the 6ft chain link gate in less than 5 seconds when he came after me. We had done nothing but separate him from our girls, so there was no reason for him to snap like that. We had given him space and to this day 5 years later I am terrified of dachshunds. That is the only breed I’ve had be aggressive towards me. My Pitt, Dyson, feared by the neighbors and mailmen, was as sweet as could be. He’d lick you to death before anything else, My German Rotty, Princess, was the same way. Never agrressive. Big dogs have bad names and it’s not fair when it’s the little ones that seem harmless that are truly mean.

  767. Randye Says:

    There is such a thing as a bad breeding; POOR TEMPERAMENT is the cause of that. There are animals with questionable temperament in all breeds. BUT, PEOPLE contribute so much to altering a dog’s temperament & make ANY dog a biter & aggressive. I have been bitten (TOTALLY UNprovoked by me) by a Dachshund. I thought Cocker Spaniels were #1! They have finally been dethroned. Having bred Rottweilers for many yrs, IMHO, BREEDERS need to be MORE RESPONSIBLE about WHOM gets their puppies, no matter the breed. Let’s face it: Some people are not suited to own any living being no matter how many legs it has.

  768. jennifer Says:

    I think its the way you train them if your not going to take the time then why do you have a pet

  769. Georgina Says:

    It doesn’t matter what breed of dog, they can all become aggressive with the wrong handling. It is the owner that gives a breed the bad name. Example..Pitbull,what do the bad people use them for? A bad dog is never born, it is the human being that makes it bad!! I am with the SPCA and have seen every breed and there are aggressive individuals in every one of them, but you read their background and you can see why! There are very aggressive cats because they were abused and tortured, by guess who…humans. WE are the most aggressive animal and should always be listed as NO.1.

  770. RAL Says:

    I have no doubt wiener dogs, Jack Russell’s etc are more aggressive than pits. The point that gets glossed over is those breeds might give you a nasty bruise with a few stitches needed…..not quite the same with pits for two reasons. First the power of the animal and second is the nature of the breed. Pits were bred for a quality called gameness. Gameness is the drive to not only win the fight but to not stop till the opponent is utterly destroyed. A properly trained pit is no problem. A unsocialized pit, one that’s been neglected or abused is like leaving a loaded pistol out with kids in the house. Compounding the pits problem is that too many get them to make them mean. So what’s to be done? First do not be in denial about the breed. Pits are wonderful dogs when raised properly. A pit breeder I worked with told me he was VERY selective on who he would allow to get one of his babies. He loves the breed “the best friend you could ever have”. He also acknowledges the great potential for grief if they are not “raised right”. Love your pit, educate people but discourage those that are not suitable “parents” for the breed.

  771. Esther Says:

    I own a Labrador retriever. She’s an incredibly hyper miss behaving puppy even though we’re stick with her, which just means we need to be consistent. Now she is better, but when she was very little she would overwhelm small dogs with her energy. We were once in a vets office and in came a chihuahua pikgnse mix and it just came in barking it’s head off and snapped my dog in the nose. All small dogs we’ve met since then have been really mean to her, which I can understand because she is still learning personal space. But we’ve never had a problem with pits or rotties. The know they can take her so they don’t feel threatened, and they have always played nicely with my dog. I’ve met pit bull owners whose dose are impeccably trained to the point where my mouth drops.

  772. Angel Says:

    I have owned 20 Chihuahuas.And most all my family has.I have 6 now and I have never had a mean one. People make them mean.

  773. kay Says:

    I really am wondering the kids… what kind of kids do you have that can’t be controlled? If you have issues with dogs, that you don’t want them to be euthanized…..? What types of other animals, do you you have?

  774. amy Says:

    I have grown up with bigger dogs so I havnt had smaller dogs much I got my chi 2 yrs ago. ( from my aunt when he was 12wks old) my vet told me not to let him around the park or other dogs cause since he didn’t have any shots he could get sick…. Which means I didn’t get to socialize him like I wanted plus he had no previous socialization either. I have tried but failed. To socialize him he is ok with mmylittle family which includes my 5 yr old son. But he has bit 2 kids at my son’s bus stop thank god the parents only wanted to make sure he had all his shots. But I havnt took him back cause I’m afraid he will continue and get us kicked out of our trailer park. Iv tried the muzzle the vet ordered for him but he knows how to get it off and it doesnt stop him nipping. I feel the he is is my fault. I feel I’m the bad owner. So I keep him to ourselfs so he can’t hurt anybody. But me being a bad owner is because I didn’t understand u can’t treat small dogs like big dogs u can babify them. But I wonder if genetics could b to. My dogs dad is an ankle biter and his mom was timid. I thought if I got one. Cause we would shower him with love he would b diffrent but I was wrong. Any ideas about if genetics could possibly b a minimal factor of where I went wrong…..I am worried about him cause I’m pregnant and due in june. I don’t want my new baby to be bit.. Cause my husband says he’s had about enough of our chi and his attatude. He has however bit my husband twice also since I been pregnant he has become kinda possive of me….Hmy husband got bit cause I was sleeping and the dog was by me my husband went to pick him up to take him to the kernnel for the night like always and he has bit him twice for that.. I love my dog but where did I go wrong was it when I did what the vet said or is it how I raised him… Cause it making me think Chi’s should b on aggressive list.

  775. Bmoore Says:

    It is truly all about how you raise them. I’ve had 3 pit bulls, and they’ve all turned out fabulously. My current girl, Cora, is the biggest baby. Protective? absolutely, but listens to my every command. I live with my sister who has children, 9, 4 and 2. And Cora loves them all, she’s great with children, people she doesn’t know (for the most part) and other dogs. Dog’s have a great sense of character, Cora can definitely warn me about strangers or people that i shouldn’t trust. My ex had a weiner dog, and he was very aggressive, so to see them as one of the most aggressive dogs was no surprise.

  776. Dolores DeLuise Says:

    I read a statistic that claimed that the most dog bites received in a year were from Golden Retrievers–surprising. Pit bulls rated quite low. The pit bulls I’ve known all have wonderful temperaments with one exception; he is not treated very well and is encouraged to be vicious. He attacked me once while on a leash; I was walking the other way. His owner was able to control him, though.

  777. Patty Furkin Says:

    So so many opinions here. Yeah, I know, everyone has one, lol! But, the biggest thing I remember when looking at statistics on biting and aggression is that most law enforcement agencies, newpapers, etc, that do the reporting tend to label dogs as the breed they think it resembles, not the true breed. It’s amazing how many dogs actually look like bully breeds according to someone without true knowledge. The same goes for small dogs. An example of that is, my neighbor has a pitbull/bassett hound mix that’s cute and sweet as pie, but everyone asks her if he’s a jack russell terrier. Plus, the circumstances of the bites/aggression are not reported. One of my rescue buddies had a German shepherd that went nuts and tore up his son’s arm. Of course it was reported and put on record, but as a straight statistic, without the fact that a week before the same dog went after a dog pack that came in his yard, and they were rabid. He protected the owners, but at his own peril. None of the sites that record statistics qualify any of their statistics with details. Takes up too much time and space.

  778. Leah Payne Says:

    No dogs are most aggressive at the end of the day it’s not the dog it is the owner. If you treat a dog right they won’t end up being aggressive but if you play fight with them or miss treat them then they are going to get annoyed and turn on someone. If you were to think as if you were a fog you would do the same. Dogs don’t live in the past they live in the now. What ever happened 5 minutes ago has already been forgotten. No dog should have to get banned and killed because of irresponsible ownership. In my opinion it’s sick how some people treat dogs. They are just like us they get annoyed with people constantly in their face so they are bound to snap and then people with think they are aggressive. People need to get a grip and stop treating dogs in the wrong way and then we won’t have a problem with aggressive dogs

  779. Imelda Says:

    I am not agree at all with all the statistic. I am a dog lover and I have and had all kinds of dogs. From the small one up to a the 98 pounds German Shepherd. It is all depend on the owner on how to raise & train them. Dogs are like kids, If you raise them right, they will become a very well manner citizen. No discrimination please.

  780. Steve Says:

    I have always had large breeds of dogs. GSDs, my last dog was a beautiful natured Presa Canario and my current dog is a rottweiler. NONE of them has been aggressive in any way! I was out with my rottie today (on lead) and he was attacked by a highland terrier (off lead). My dog showed no aggression or defensive behaviour and when I tried to protect him I actually got bitten by the terrier! The owners were very apologetic. ‘He’s had bad experiences with big dogs’ was the excuse. No wonder I thought! My experiences have always been that smaller dogs are much more aggressive. The sad thing is that if my dog had acted in the same way he would no doubt have to be muzzled and kept on a lead at all times……no so for the ‘small’ breeds!!!!

  781. Amanda Says:

    I own a sweet Labrador mix who just wants to always play with people, and other dogs. My neighbor’s dog “A toy poodle” who is way smaller than my dog got out one day and my dog followed her trying to lick her. He is also best friends with “Honey” a very loving Shepherd mix and they always play together. But these people just moved above me “I live in a apartment” and they own a Rottweiler. Before I knew this I was walking my dog “I take him on long walks” so he can get alot of exercise.. Well this dog started growling, showing teeth and barking at my dog. I’ve seen this dog chase down a little kid trying to attack and the kid was screaming in fear.. When i’m in my apartment I can sometimes hear the dog growling.. The dog seems to love it’s owner pretty well tho.. Very worried for the small toy size dogs around here…

    When I use to go up and talk to my neighbor who lives next to them, the moment that dog heard my foot steps it would attack the window tearing down everything and growling, followed by barking.. It scared me once because I didn’t see it coming and I swear the window was about to pop off the wall!!! The owner of this dog walks it on a choke leash and tries to avoid “from what i’ve seen” other people.. I do believe these dogs are a very strong breed and need ALOT of room to move around. He seems very mean, and hates my loving dog who did nothing wrong to it what so ever for some reason..

    So no not all Chihuahuas are aggressive and not all Rottweilers are loving, and wouldn’t hurt a fly! They can have alot of issues if not work with a trainer at a young age.. And I can tell this dog hasn’t been trained! Pulling it’s owner, trying to bite, getting away, chasing down small kids! SMH!!

  782. Darin Says:

    At least staffys aren’t here

  783. inf3rno Says:

    I have been attacked several times by dogs. Almost all of them were Dachshunds, so it was not a surprise to me. I think the problem is not just aggressivity. A Dachshund is not that dangerous, to be honest I managed to repel these attacks without any injury. Just a few kicks or running towards them was enough. On the other hand aggressive big dogs are rare, but they can cause serious injury or sometimes even death. And that ~85% success on the aggressivity test by bigger dogs is not that reassuring:

  784. Deandre Says:

    you guys have no idea how loving these dogs are you re re’s

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