The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that more than 43 million households in the U.S. own at least one dog and that figure isn't a shocker. After all, what's not to love about these furry friends, big and small, who offer up loyalty and unconditional love to their owners?
Commonly known as "man's best friend," it's hard to think that there are a number of dogs that are known as "dangerous breeds." Especially when you find your dog on the list and can't imagine Fido doing anything worse than chewing up your slippers.
Unfortunately, there are some dog breeds that do have a bad reputation, but, according to List 25, most incidents that involve the so-called "dangerous" dog breeds below are due to "harsh ownership" and improper training.
Bottoms line, some of these pups get their bad rep from irresponsible humans.
If your dog's breed on the list of 24 dangerous dog breeds below, you may finally realize why your neighbor gives you the side-eye every time you take your dog out for a walk. Chances are your nosey neighbor doesn't know how great your dog really is. Perhaps they assume everything they read about dogs is true — especially the stories about the breeds that cause serious harm to humans. But if you are a responsible pet parent, you know that these dogs have nothing but love to give.
Loyal and intelligent, dobermans are considered great guard dogs who only attack if they are provoked or sense their family — or the property they are protecting — is in danger.
Boxers aren't aggressive by nature, but they were bred for hunting and have a rather powerful build and a headstrong personality when full-grown. They are smart and loyal, so with proper obedience training, it's easy to see why these adorable dogs are such popular family pets.
Great Danes can weigh as much as 200 pounds, so it's easy to see why they are considered dangerous. Originally bred for hunting wild boar and deer, this breed holds the world's record for being tallest dog — a whopping 44 inches. Their massive size coupled with the fact that they startle easily and don't respond well to harsh training lands them on the dangerous breed list.
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Rottweilers rank in the top ten of the most dangerous dog breed, but their reputation can be a direct result of their owner not training them correctly or simply from lack of socialization. They are massive animals typically weigh between 75 and 130 pounds, so their sheer size and strength is a good reason to make proper training a priority.