Appearance is deceptive: top most aggressive dog breeds

Any dog can bite. But some dogs do it much more frequently than other breeds. We used to mistakenly believe that the most biting and aggressive is a large and dangerous dog breed, such as Pitbull Terriers, Rottweilers and Dobermans. For many it will be a surprise, but more often the smaller breeds of dogs are more aggressive than truly dangerous ones.

Below we present you the TOP 10 of most aggressive breeds:

1. Dachshund


What a surprise! Recent studies by scientists who studied the behavior of dogs, showed that the Dachshund is the most aggressive dog in the world. Serious harm to the person it will not cause, no matter how much it bites, but Dachshunds are known for their hatred to strangers. Statistics showed that every 5th Dachshund once in its life had bitten a stranger, and each 12th - attacked its master. The breed does not get along very well with children.

If you don’t want your Dachshunds to show aggression, satisfy your pet needs in exercise, that it is able to perform on its short legs. In this case it will not gain excess weight, which can lead to excessive aggression.

2. Chihuahua


On the second place in the ranking is even a smaller breed of dog - Chihuahua. Recently this breed has become very fashionable and many people do not take these dogs seriously. But in vain! When Chihuahua is aggressive, not many dogs will surpass it. More likely you can be bitten by the Chihuahua than a Rottweiler.

Leadership qualities of this breed are very strong, so the owner must properly train their pets and from early childhood to socialize Chihuahua and habituate it to the company of other dogs.

3. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack russell terrier

The world's third most aggressive breed is not a Pitbull or Doberman Pinscher. It is another «toy» dog - Jack Russell Terrier. Terriers of all sizes do not tolerate rough handling and will fight. It is therefore necessary to ensure that children do not hurt the dog.

Jack Russell Terriers often have aggression issues with other dogs. To make this breed calmer, you need to practice a lot with your dog train it and letting it run a lot.

4. Pekinese


Pekinese can't threaten people because of the small size, but this breed can be very jealous and aggressive. Mostly it is aimed on other dogs or strangers coming to visit.

Reforming the Pekinese is difficult. It is stubborn, and usually chooses for only one person as a master, to whom it attaches and makes friends with. With the rest the Pekinese is very wary and aggressive. The breed also does not tolerate small children.

5. Shar Pei

Shar Pei

The Shar Pei is a Chinese dog listed in the «Guinness Book of World Records» as one of the rarest breeds in the world. Dogs of this breed have very independent and dominating nature, love to be a head of the family, so from the childhood they should be taught who the boss is.

The Chinese Shar Pei successfully took part in the fights, so in it is in the breeds’ genes to show aggression towards other dogs. In the families these dogs behave pretty well, but they are not always patient with children. The early socialization of the dog can help to minimize its aggression.



6. Chow Chow

Chow chow

Some will be surprised seeing the Chow Chow in this ranking, but, nevertheless, this breed is one of the most aggressive dogs in the world. At first glance, Chow Chows are very attractive and cute fluffies, also the representatives of China. Before you buy this dog, you must remember that an adult Chow Chow cannot safely play with unfamiliar dogs and be left alone with children, because they are very irritable and defend their right to their food with a spiteful grin.

Also Chow Chow are good guards, as they are very devoted to their owner, would not allow a stranger to approach to the master, and won’t not let anyone into their territory.

7. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

A Shiba Inu is a very ancient Japanese breed used for hunting in mountainous terrain. The dog is very loyal, but at the same time it shows that it can live on its own, without its master. Early socialization helps this breed to get used to people.

The Shiba Inu gets on badly with other dogs, towards which it behaves very aggressively. In case of danger and aggression the Shiba makes a strange sound similar to a cry and a howl. This dog needs constant attention and different physical exercises.

8. Papillon


The stylish and decorative Papillon bites heavily. The aggression is often aimed on children, who irritate this dog quickly, and can be bitten by it.

The Papillons are very acquisitive dogs, and out of jealousy can attack the stranger. So even though this dog is small, it is very aggressive. Early socialization of puppies will help to avoid deviations in behavior, and prevent the aggression.

9. American Cocker Spaniel

American cocker spaniel

Originally Cocker Spaniels were bred as hunting dogs, specializing in small game on a rough terrain. Now this is one of the most popular domestic breeds.

Good defenders and not prone to aggression, Cocker Spaniels were included in this ranking due to genetic disease «rage syndrome». The disease is dangerous because the dog may suddenly lash out at its owners. If in a Cocker Spaniel develops this disease, the only way is to put your dog down.

10. Shih Tzu

Shi Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a dog from China. Its name is translated as a «lion dog» because it resembles the depiction of the Chinese lion. They are fearless, intelligent and energetic dogs, but like any predator, they need to restrain their temperament. Otherwise the Shih Tzu will take on itself the role of a wayward leader.

Aggression can be caused by careless treatment of this breed, the lack of communication or if it was offended by the previous owner. The dog can clutch at legs, bite and lash out at any object, including people and children. If you don’t want your Shih Tzu to show its aggressiveness you need to train and socialize it properly from the puppyhood.

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If you want to write about dogs please get your breeds right.  What you describe as a cocker spaniel is actually an American Cocker Spaniel which is a separate breed
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I don't understand why people post this sort of rubbish on the Internet without adequate research. I have 2 of these so called aggressive dogs and you can't get the information more incorrect. I suggest you get more facts and research your information before you post information in the future
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What a load of shit
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The "Cocker spaniel" is an American Cocker - different breed, which does have worse temperament problems than the English Cocker Spaniel
And where do you get this "research" from?
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Awful article!  This is the sort of rubbish that creates fear and stigmatizes certain breeds.  You only mention one statistic in this article, and this isn't even cited!  Shame on your for writing such a worthless sensational piece.
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Read it and weep people. THIS is the research, and its there in black and white. So before trashing an article why don't YOU do your research. It's not hard!!!!!!
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The author is supposed to site their sources, not the other way around. I have two of these dogs, and this article is unfounded.
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If you read the article on the link it doesn't even mention most of the dogs on the list and it's from 2008 - absolute load of rubbish I have 2 dogs from the list and they couldn't be more placid, plus the breed description is absolute nonsense....
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I hate articles like this! Crrates unnecessary fear of certain breeds of dog! Statistics of this kind change every year, they never stay the same because any dog is capable and any dog could possibly bite. It's luck of the draw which breed bites the most that year...... love your dog, treat him well, exercise him well, and train him even better and they will love and respect you. Children should be taught how to behave around dogs too, dogs can't tell them to "go away".
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Where is the data? This just reads like the author's opinion. Zero references to the data source or any citations at the end of the article.

Just semantics but I've got to say that the idea of "aggressive breeds" is a misnomer. Breed itself isn't a causal factor so why is it mentioned in this context?

Typically comes down to the owner.

I'd sooner see articles about "common errors made by owners that can lead to heightened aggression in dogs" but it's not as punchy!

As dog owners we need to start acting responsibly and nip these kinds of articles in the bud unless there is empirical evidence to back it up as it creates such a misunderstanding amongst people.
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