Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs

By September 11, 2012December 8th, 2021Animal Attacks

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This is probably one of the better known dangerous breeds of dogs and regularly tops the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) list of most dangerous dogs in America. The CDC bases their lists on reported attacks and the severity of the attack. One of the things that make these dogs so dangerous is their ability to aim for the neck and then to lock their jaws on their opponent’s throat. They typically weight in at 55 to 65 pounds but are a stocky, muscular dog.


Rottweilers are often listed as dangerous because they are such a territorial breed. The CDC also lists Rotties in their top dangerous dog breeds list. Google offers tons of pictures of these breed, both adult dogs and puppies. Rottweiler is a registered breed with the American Kennel Club (AKC). They are most often used as guard dogs for businesses and individuals. They can weight in at a weighty 100 to 130 pounds.
German Shepherds
Since the time of the Rin Tin Tin TV shows, kids have seen German Shepherd dogs as a sort of hero. After all, these dogs are often guide dogs, family companions and even serve as police officers. As with any animal, this breed can be made mean if not treated properly. However, German’s are highly intelligent and physically powerful animals that weigh in around 70 to 100 pounds. That is why this breed makes the top 10 list.
As we move down the list of dangerous dogs, the bites grow fewer for some of these breeds. For example, over a period of nearly 20 years there were only fifteen fatality bites from huskies. Huskies are full of energy and need to be walked and exercised regularly. Huskies weight between 44 to 66 pounds. There is a myth that all huskies have blue eyes, but that is simply not true. These are very family oriented dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes
An amazing dog with high intelligence and devotion to family. Because they are so energetic, if that energy is not directed in a positive pursuit the dog will become restless and sometimes aggressive. They weight between 75 and 100 pounds. These dogs are built to withstand the Arctic weather and have a coarse, double coat. offers funny stories, pictures and opportunities to rescue dogs that need a good home.
Doberman Pinschers
Wonderful website, filled to the brim with information about this sleek, yet muscular breed. Owners of Pinschers seem to concur that the key is raising these dogs with a firm, but gentle hand. They weight between 55 to 90 pounds grown. Dobermans are highly protective of their family and this is what sometimes gives them the reputation of being a dangerous dog. You’ll find many Dobie rescue services all over the country.
Chow Chows
Fuzzy and wrinkly, chows look like giant teddy bears that you just want to cuddle. While most will be into this type of affection, the CDC still has this dog on its most dangerous list, so proceed with caution if you don’t know the dog well. Although these dogs can give the appearance of not needing a lot of attention, they actually need much guidance and encouragement. If the owner does not take command and let the dog know who the alpha is, the dog may not take well to obedience training. They weight between 50 to 70 pounds.
Great Danes
The enormous size of these dogs makes them a scary undertaking for some dog lovers. They can weight from 120 to 200 pounds. That’s a lot of dog! One of the main problems with this breed is their need for physical activity. The Great Dane needs to be taken on a daily walk that is fairly long. Unfortunately, if they do not get this attention and exercise, some dogs will rebel.
St. Bernards
Known as the rescue dogs that help people out of avalanches, these dogs are typically gentle giants that wouldn’t harm anyone. However, their sheer size can make this a dangerous animal in cases where the animal has not been trained or some other tragedy has struck the household. Learn all about the history of this breed, learn about Saint Bernards in action and rescuing people.
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