Angry dog attacks. The dog looks aggressive and dangerous.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs

10. Akita Inu – Courageous, Proud, Loyal

The Akita Inu is the most dangerous dog to originate from Japan. The Akita Inu is one of the most fearsome guard dogs to originate from Japan. They’re perhaps second only to the Tosa Inu, which were bred as fighting dogs. Even today, the Akita Inu has remained as the national dog breed and symbol of Japan.


Their protective instincts tend to kick in and they will probably attack to defend. A dog with the physical strength and size of an Akita can do a lot of damage. And in many cases, they could easily kill or severely hurt a human being, whether intentional or not.

9. Doberman Pinscher- Vigilant, Devoted, Brave

A Doberman Pinscher isn’t aggressive by nature, but their gigantic size and strength makes them potentially dangerous dogs.

training of dobermann pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a fearless dog from the working group. They have a long history as being top guardians and protection dogs. In fact, they were bred to guard. It’s why they’re outstanding aid for the police force and regarded as top guardians of homes.

All potential and new owners need to know that keeping a Doberman requires extra attention. Those that failed to do so are probably the ones with the Dobermans that contributed to the fatalities.

8. Boxer- Bright, Social, Energetic

Pound for pound, the boxer is one of the strongest dogs, which can make them dangerous.
Most Boxers are dominant dogs and show aggression towards other same sex dogs. In fact, they may show aggression towards human too. However, Boxers are not aggressive by nature. But they do have a lot of energy and a strong prey drive, which can lead to aggression.

Sad boxer dog closeup portrait

7. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever makes the list of most dangerous dog breeds because there are too many of them in the US.

Labrador retriever with leash is waiting for walk.

The Labrador Retriever isn’t as dangerous as the numbers make them out to be. While the number of Labrador bite fatalities is high, it’s worth noting that there are a lot of Labradors. In fact, they’re the most popular dog breed in the United States (and for several years now!).

6. Siberian Husky

Huskies are generally fun and loving dogs but can also be aggressive and dangerous. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you may have seen funny memes of an evil husky circulating the web. Sure, they may look “evil” with their sinister-looking eyes and the black fur that surrounds it. But are they really that dangerous or aggressive?

siberian husky dog

Looking into isolated incidents, I can tell that many of these fatal attacks by Huskies involved small kids. It’s not generally a great idea to let large dogs play with small children, especially if the dog is energetic and aren’t familiar with the kids.

Though when properly trained and socialized, these dogs can still be lovable and playful dog companions for any home.

5. English Mastiff

If properly socialized, there should be no reason for a Mastiff to be dangerous. An English Mastiff is, by nature, docile and gentle – at least, for the most part. However, like with all big dogs, the Mastiff can become aggressive for a variety of reasons. For instance, neglect and bad training will do the trick.

English Mastiff dog

Without socialization, it’s quite possible they will become suspicious of everyone outside the family. In addition, the protective instincts of the Mastiff will kick in and they may be over-protective, which often leads to dangerous situations.

4. Bulldog

Bulldogs are more ferocious than you think and can be downright dangerous dogs.
A Bulldog won’t do your bidding or obey your commands if you aren’t a firm and consistent leader of the pack (or family). Needless to say, these dogs aren’t the best for novice dog owners.

A bulldog hiding underneath furniture.

The fact that these dogs are so difficult to train, and control raises an issue. But let’s consider this. Perhaps the fact that Bulldogs occasionally attack humans is because the owners couldn’t adequately train their dog.

Bulldogs are often described as friendly, social and docile dogs. However, there is a lot of work and attention when it comes to these dogs. If properly socialized and trained, there should be no reason for them to attack a person for no apparent reason.

3. German Shepherd

With so much strength and size, the German Shepherd is one of the most deadly and dangerous dog breeds. German Shepherds are the bread and butter of any reputable K-9 Unit. Many people believe the GSDs are synonymous with police dogs. But because they’re so dependable for fighting crime, if put in a bad situation, they can become dangerous.

German shepherd lying on the grass in the park.

As long as your German Shepherd perceives someone as being dangerous to the pack (your family), they will attack and defend. And not many people can withstand a German Shepherd attack.

The fact that they stand tall at 25 inches and weigh in at 80 pounds of pure muscle, the attack can be brutal and, in some cases, fatal. Even if they don’t intend to, they can accidentally hurt a small kid with a simple whip of the tail.

2. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler ranks second among all dog breeds for most dangerous dogs. The Rottweiler, or “rottie,” isn’t just one of the most expensive dogs, but also one of the most dangerous breeds. To own a Rottweiler means you’ll have to pay a premium. But in return, you get one of the fiercest guard dogs that this world has to offer.

training of rottweiler

Although the Rottweiler is generally a good-natured dog, they will do whatever it takes to protect the pack. Most owners will describe them as loyal, fearless, courageous and confident. All of which, are fantastic temperament traits of the perfect family guard dog.

1. Pit Bull Terrier

The Pit Bull is the most dangerous dog in the world.
There are no inherently “bad dogs.” But there are bad people that may treat these dogs in a manner that they tend to develop aggressive behavior, thus becoming “dangerous.”

Autumn background with red Pit Bull Terrier

But if were looking at straight statistics, the Pit Bulls are considered to be the most dangerous breed.

If socialized and trained properly, a Pit Bull can be one of the best companion dogs. Unfortunately, many Pit Bull-related attacks are believed to be from dogs with irresponsible dog owners.


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