What do we mean when we write the title ‘meanest dog breeds’? Are these the dogs that have been reported to have caused the maximum number of human fatalities and attacks? Well, the most important point to be kept in mind is that all these categorizations depend on the number of reported cases of dog bites and attacks/fatalities. However, it is obvious that the more severe the bites, the greater the probability of it being reported to authorities. Hence, dogs that have caused severe bites are more likely to be reported than those that caused less severe bites, even if such bites occurred more frequently. This is just one facet of the dilemma we faced when writing the article, top 10 meanest dog breads,
10 – St. Bernard
Origin: Italy; Switzerland Weight: 60-120; Height: 27-35
At #10, we’ve included the St Bernard. St Bernards were original bred as rescue dogs and are giant, strong, and muscular in proportion. As long as the weight stays in proportion with the height, the taller the dog the more prized it is. They are reserved and peaceful, enjoy being in the company of children, but are not built for active and fast paced games. St. Bernard will need all of your attention, so if you spend days in the office, this dog is not for you. They are tremendously strong and, of course, they require a good bit of space. If you don’t give them the space, they will become aggressive.
9 – Chow Chow
Origin: China; Weight: 40-65 lbs; Height: 18-22 inches
The Chow Chow looks lovable and sweet. It is not quite so, though. Better don’t try to get near a chow chow’s owner without his or her permission. The dog breed is an independent dog often focused only on its own needs. They need constant physical activity and communication, even if they don’t seem to like being disturbed much. It’s not surprising to read that were bred for hunting and helping shepherds.
8 – Shar Pei
Origin: China ; Weight: 40-65 lbs; Height: 18-22 inches
Once identified as one of the rarest dogs on the planet, the Shar Pei has been a resident of China for over two thousand years. There is no clear link between the Shar Pei and the Chow Chow, but they do have a common ancestor and both are extremely antiquated breed. Although they look cute on motivational posters, the Shar Pei’s loose skin has a gruesome purpose – it allowed the dog to twist and bite during dog fights, leaving it capable of retaliating even if an opponent got a good hold in. Do not grab this dog by the fur, you may not like the outcome of it.
7– Presa Canario
Origin: Canary Islands, Africa ; Weight: 100-125 lbs; Height: 25-26 inches
The Perro de Presa Canario is a large Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means “Canarian catch dog”. An attack by this dog has been described as hopeless for the victim. They have incredible power and they are really fearless animals.
Origin: North America; Weight: 80-110 lbs; Height: 23-28 inches
Being the closest in nature and appearance to wolves, Alaskan Malamutes find themselves included in this list of the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds. As working dogs, one can’t find any fault with them. They are capable of putting in a lot of work and are extremely valuable in areas where normal transportation methods just aren’t feasible. What makes them dangerous is that they are awfully hard to calm down once they get started. Since they always travel in a pack, you can also expect that they attack in a pack as well. Imagine a bunch of 35 to 46 kilogram-dogs hunting you down. That has got to send shivers down anyone’s spine. When they are bored, they will become destructive, so watch out.
Origin: Germany; Weight: 70-85 lbs; Height: 22-26 inches
German shepherds are very beautiful and intelligent dogs dogs, distinguished from other breeds by their reliable and obedient temper. They are in need of constant and serious physical activity though, and they seem to give preference to long walks and active games.
4 – Doberman Pinschers
Origin: Germany; Weight: 65-90 lbs; Height: 26-28 inches
The Doberman Pinscher (alternatively spelled Dobermann in many countries) or simply Doberman, is a breed of domestic dog originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany. Doberman Pinschers are among the most common of pet breeds, and the breed is well known as an intelligent, alert, and loyal companion dog. This dog breed can be very vicious since they are very strong, intelligent, and powerful. They are also very head strong so if the owner of these dogs don’t let them know they are not the boss they will try to do as they please. The Doberman is not for any novice owner since they have tremendous strenght and are very fearless.
3 – Boxer
Origin: Germany; Weight: 50-64 lbs; Height: 20-25 inches
The Boxer is a breed of stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover the entire body, and white. It love to walk and play. Unlike their aggressive look, they can do cooperate with children. They are bright, energetic and playful breed. Also they have one of the most powerful head, which makes them dangerous to be around as well.
2 – Basenji
Origin: Central Africa; Weight: 24 lbs; Height: 16 inches
Basenji is a breed of hunting dogs that originated from Central Africa and are classified as a sight hound. They exhibit alertness, curiosity and affection, though they are reserved with strangers. They are the 2nd least trainable of all breed types, which makes them even more dangerous to be around.
1 – American Pit Bulls
Origin: US; Weight: 30-55 lbs; Height: 18-22 inches
Nobody in their right mind can deny that this dog has aggressive instincts. The Pit Bull stood far ahead of all the other breeds with around 66 fatalities a year attributed to it. Known for their extremely aggressive nature, many states have legislation banning the breeding of pit bulls, including in Canada