18 / 100
Contents hide

Regardless of the breed, every dog needs good training and species-appropriate exercise. Because even in the “most dangerous dog breeds” lies the potential of a loyal and loving friend, helper, or protector. And just as there is a lid for every pot, there is a suitable home for every breed of dog. That is why these breeds should only be kept by experienced dog owners who have enough time to train and exercise the animals appropriately.

American Staffordshire Terrier

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 37

Temperament and essence

Family-friendly or aggressive? At the Amstaff, what you hear is very different. The fact is that the ancestors of today’s American Staffordshire Terrier were bred for dog fighting in the second half of the 19th century. As a result, a high protective instinct, a lot of courage, and a muscular statue are simply in his genes.

Some of the dogs were used as “nanny dogs” even back then and were valued for their friendly, sensitive and watchful side. The four-legged friends can form a strong bond with their family and usually show loving affection towards children.

Nevertheless, the Amstaff can get into conflict with strangers and above all with his conspecifics. Due to his self-confident and courageous appearance, he does not necessarily resolve these conflicts aggressively. Properly socialized and with a good upbringing, the four-legged friends are well-tolerated, playful, and eager to move.

Upbringing and attitude

Due to its history, experienced owners who are familiar with the breed and the behavior of the four-legged friend should be found for the Amstaff. A consistent upbringing, the right empathy, and a heart for four-legged friends are simply a must. You should also find out about any requirements in your federal state regarding the keeping of this breed before you buy it.

Attention should also be paid to early socialization so that the American Staffordshire Terrier can learn to interact appropriately with other dogs. Although he is not the →greatest sportsman, he can also enjoy a common hobby such as dummy work or mantrailing.


The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 38

The Rottweiler-loving powerhouse

The large and compact Rottweiler is one of the classic German dog breeds. As a recognized service dog, the strong four-legged friend supports the police and fire brigade in action. Its short, black fur with reddish-brown markings is reminiscent of the smaller Pinscher. Although the “Rotti” is one of the most dangerous dog breeds due to its physique and its strength, it likes to become a clingy lap dog when it is cuddled with its master or mistress.

Temperament and essence

The “Rotti” is quickly and unjustifiably labeled as aggressive due to its physique and the strength that goes with it. Once master or mistress has earned the affection of the intelligent four-legged friend, he wants to give love unconditionally and hardly ever leaves their side.

Alertness and a protective instinct make the imposing dog a loyal sidekick and protector of the family. Because when properly challenged, it becomes a great family dog. Due to its affectionate and sensitive side, the Rottweiler seeks a real partnership and is very loyal. The muscle man is characterized by his willpower and willingness to perform. He is quickly inspired to work and wants to please. Due to its sensitive side, the fur nose can also be suitable as a therapy dog.

Upbringing and attitude

The dog, who is willing to work and has a strong character, needs an experienced hand at the end of the leash from puppy age. With self-assured and consistent education, the “Rotti” is steered in the right direction and becomes an obedient four-legged friend. The socialization of the puppy in the first weeks of life forms a dog with a strong character. A seriously bred Rottweiler is not too heavy and is characterized by agility and endurance with the right training. Sufficient time and effort should therefore be planned for the utilization of the muscular fur nose.

Due to the strong protective instinct of the loyal Rottweiler, it is suitable as a reliable protection and watchdog for the family, house, and yard. When he’s not watching over his loved ones, the four-legged friend wants to indulge his urge to move on long walks every day. The large, active “Rotti” feels particularly at home in a house with a fenced-in garden.

Pitbull Terrier

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 39

Essence and temperament

Studies from various universities, such as B. the University of Kiel, come to a completely different conclusion. Here the American Pitbull or other Pitbull breeds are not certified as breed-specific aggressiveness. Rather, the good steerability of Pitbull dogs is emphasized, which ultimately makes them very sensitive to misdirection and therefore particularly interesting for dog fights. As a result, the Pitbull Terrier is only aggressively trained to be dangerous by humans. Is the pit bull a beginner dog? No, as just mentioned, the pit bull needs good training. Going to a dog school is also a must.

Today, the American Pitbull Terrier is one of the best family dogs. He is not suitable as a guard dog. His medium-sized and physically strong to stocky figure weighs up to 27 kilograms and is extremely athletic. Confident and friendly, as well as being very intelligent and playful by nature, are the true characteristics of the Pitbull dog. The American Pitbull is also very fond of children. The Pitbull character, full of panache and energy, makes the dog an ideal partner in search and rescue.

Activities with the American Pitbull Terrier

As an extremely agile and intelligent dog, the Pitbull Terrier can be used for almost any leisure activity. However, cycling with the dog on a leash should be practiced beforehand. The previously mentioned dog sport is also possible with the Pitbull. Here, a character test of the animal is required from every dog owner per se before dog training. Water sports such as fishing or sailing shouldn’t bother your four-legged friend either. Pitbull breeds are not known to be afraid of water. In fact, your pit bull will happily grab any rubber ball or stick out of the water for you.


The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 40

Origin and breed history

The Bull Terrier originated in Great Britain. In its native country, the breed was originally used as a bull and badger biter and was a good watchdog. The history of the bull terrier begins at the beginning of the 19th century when the widespread English bulldog was crossed with local terriers. The aim of breeding was to breed a strong and very courageous dog that is not too big in its physique. Brave and loyal, these dogs soon became well-known throughout Great Britain and were particularly valued by the middle class as guard dogs and protection against vermin. Unfortunately, the dogs were repeatedly used for dog fighting, which was not illegal in England at the time. It was bet on the animals winning or the time they spend in the ring. It was not until 1835 that cruel fights were banned. After the ban, the Bullis lived again as normal family dogs, which were particularly appreciated in large families for their patient and friendly nature.

The Bull Terrier breed was not officially recognized until 1850. At that time, animal dealer James Hinks campaigned for the breed and tried to make the dogs better known abroad for the first time. This led to the white bull terrier becoming a status symbol among English nobility. Even today there are members of the royal family who own white or at least very light colored bull terriers and value them as family members. Towards the end of the 19th century the breed was changed again by crossing pointers and Dalmatians. These should give the Bull Terrier a slightly slimmer appearance while still retaining the patient character with the low inhibition threshold. At that time, the breeding goal was still pure white bull terriers. It was only after the Second World War that color approval for breeding changed and spotted and dark Bullis were also approved for breeding. There was no exact size specification and two lines were bred, the large Standard Bull Terrier and the small Miniature Bull Terrier, which is now considered a separate breed.

Nature and character of bull terrier

The Bull Terrier is known for its friendly and calm character. These strong-bodied dogs are hard to shake and bravely stand by their owner. As a typical terrier, the Bull Terrier can tend to be stubborn, but with a consistent and positive upbringing, this can be controlled very well.

The Bull Terrier is strongly attached to its caregiver and is described as being very affectionate in dealing with the family and especially the children. Most Bull Terriers are very playful and enjoy interacting with people and other dogs once they have been socialized well. However, the Bull Terrier is not suitable for beginners, although he has an absolutely friendly nature, his slight stubbornness is a hurdle for beginners. The Bull Terrier owner must be familiar with dog language and how to get their dog to cooperate without applying pressure. Under pressure, the Bull Terrier usually switches completely to stubbornness and can no longer be persuaded to train. Positive reinforcement and training with lots of play is just right for the working dog. The Bull Terrier loves long walks and can get enthusiastic about nose work and fetching.

The Bull Terrier has a hunting instinct, but this is not very pronounced and is easy for the owner to control. A protective instinct is also present, if the owner were attacked the Bull Terrier would be ready to defend and would bravely face any opponent, even a wild boar attack. Since he has a high stimulus threshold, he usually reacts calmly in stressful situations and weighs up his interactions carefully. This makes him an absolutely friendly and controllable dog with a good character and education, which is a good companion and family dog.

Is the Bull Terrier a family dog?

Yes! Bull Terriers are very good family dogs that are very friendly and patient with children. Because they love to play and are very attached, they are good companions, and their robust bodies can handle wild romping. Of course, you should always make sure that the dog is not overwhelmed with a situation.


The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 41

Dog breed Bullmastiff: Loyal companion for dog connoisseurs

Small stubborn in a big dog body: The Bullmastiff is one of the English dog breeds and, contrary to the first outward impression, is quite relaxed and sociable. Nevertheless, you should inform yourself well about the large four-legged friend before purchasing the breed.

Temperament and essence

Like most Mastiffs, the Bullmastiff is a good-natured and laid-back fellow. At the sight of its beefy exterior, many prefer to retreat a little, although the four-legged friend is actually a real philanthropist. He can even be very cuddly and likes to lie on the sofa with his people. However, it cannot be counted among the classic family dogs.

Due to its strong guard instinct, it is ideal for guarding houses and yards. He doesn’t bark loudly when he sees someone strange but knows how to assess the situation calmly and confidently. In general, the Bullmastiff is a very courageous and self-confident dog that gets along well with other dogs if properly socialized.

Big dog, big hunger? Definitely with the Bullmastiff! The big four-legged friend eats up a lot of things that end up in his bowl. Above all, you should make sure you are getting enough protein.

Training and husbandry of the Bullmastiff

Purchasing a Bullmastiff should be well thought out despite its good-natured and affectionate side. Poor posture or ignorance on the part of the owner can lead to the four-legged friend’s guard instinct going astray and attracting attention through aggressive behavior. That is why the Bullmastiff counts as a list dog in some federal states and may only be kept under certain conditions.

If you are familiar with the nature of the furry nose and want a self-confident and strong dog, you will find a friend for life in the Bullmastiff. With a self-confident, consistent upbringing and the right sensitivity, the four-legged friend shows itself from its best side. In a family where he can actively participate in life, he really thrives and has no problems with children. A house with a garden or a yard would be advantageous for keeping the large four-legged friend.


The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 42

Temperament and essence

The American Bully has two sides: The courageous, self-confident and spirited side, which he likes to “hang out”, especially among his fellow dogs. And a friendly, loving, and sensitive side, which above all his family gets to see.

An American Bully is a very docile and loyal dog. He has a high stimulus threshold and would like to orient himself to his owners. With us he is often counted among the dangerous dog breeds. However, like any other breed, a dog only becomes dangerous in the wrong hands. It is therefore very important for these four-legged friends that they are in experienced hands who are familiar with their nature.

There is also a loyal and cuddly family dog in him, who is also wonderful with children. He’s a real philanthropist, although he’s a bit skeptical of strangers at first. One should not underestimate his protective and guard instinct.

Upbringing and attitude

In most federal states, the American Bulldog is a list dog, which is why keeping it is only permitted under certain conditions or is completely prohibited. However, it is often wrongly labeled as an aggressive breed, which is why experienced lovers should definitely be found for it.

A confident and spirited breed also requires a confident and consistent upbringing. That doesn’t mean, however, that the American Bully should be bred with drills and hard training! The sensitive four-legged friend needs sensitive yet self-assured leadership. Early socialization also helps ensure that he can later get along with other dogs in a relaxed manner. What many also underestimate is: The American Bulldog needs a lot of exercises to live a balanced and species-appropriate life. So it is a great companion when jogging or swimming. Real dog sport like agility is a bit too much of a good thing.

American Bully

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 43

American Bully – hard shell, softcore

As the name already suggests, the American Bully is a well-known and popular dog breed, especially in the USA. But we also have a few lovers of our four-legged friends. The term “Bully” is derived from “Bulldog”, which is why it is not surprising that the breed has the typical bulldog look: an imposing physique with a powerful head.

As with many of its kind, opinions about the American Bully differ greatly: loving cuddly cheek or demanding fighting dog? We’ll tell you what to expect if you want an American Bully to move in with you.

Character and essence

One might think that two hearts beat in the American Bully: that of the loving family dog that wants to be hugged. And at the same time that of a watchful guardian and protector whose tendencies require proper handling.

He wants to please and is willing to cooperate with his owners. At home, the four-legged friend is even cuddly, affectionate, and definitely wants to be a permanent part of the family.

However, one should not underestimate his clever nature. Just because he sometimes doesn’t do what you want him to do doesn’t mean he doesn’t get it. On the contrary: the typical Bully stubborn person is known for stubbornly wanting to get his way.

Upbringing and attitude

Due to its distinctive and muscular exterior, the Bully appears quite aggressive and self-confident. The latter may be true, but no American Bully is born aggressive. If you value good socialization early on, you can exploit the full potential of the American Bully’s social side.

Unlike a classic family dog, however, this breed requires strong leadership and consistent training right from the start – consistent, but sensitive! Because there is a little sensitive thing in the Bully, which switches to draft if there is too much pressure.

Experienced owners of his temperament with dog sense and a lot of love for the breed are suitable for the American Bully. If you are looking for an all-around talent among four-legged friends, you should better take a look at the classic dog breeds for beginners.

Conditions for keeping the American Bully

Does the American Bully belong to the list of dogs or fighting dogs? That depends on the state. So-called list dogs are dog breeds classified as dangerous, which can sometimes only be kept under certain conditions. However, since the American Bully is a relatively new breed compared to the related breeds, it does not (yet) appear on many breed lists.


The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 44

The Doberman – elegant muscle man with a sensitive side

With a sleek, muscular build, the Doberman pinscher certainly makes an impression on walks. The strong dog was long considered the epitome of a sharp military or guard dog – “sharp dogs” are said to be able to attack quickly and bite hard. This view goes back to the origin of the breed. Because the breed, which started at the end of the 19th century, was intended to produce a first-class protection dog.

Even today, the impressive four-legged friend is therefore still classified as a dangerous dog breed. In fact, the black and brown four-legged friend with the lop ears typical of a pinscher is very intelligent and sensitive.

Character and characteristics – is a Doberman suitable as a family dog?

The character of the Doberman is basically friendly, peaceful, and smart. However, the guard dog in it makes itself felt through territorial behavior. The “Dobi” always wants to know that his home, including his caregiver, is safe. The combination of temperament, willingness to work, and regular training definitely make the Doberman a loyal, albeit demanding, companion.

If the strong four-legged friend is well-trained and busy, dealing with children is also possible. However, puppies should be socialized with children and used to them at an early age. It is also advisable not to leave small children alone with this dog breed – older children who respect the limits of a dog know how to deal with the “Dobi”.

Training and keeping – is the Doberman a beginner’s dog?

The character traits of the Doberman described above make this dog breed a dog for experienced dog owners. In addition to consistent training, the big dog needs clear leadership. Confident handling of the four-legged friend is very important – violence quickly leads to insecurity, nervousness, and aggression in the sensitive Dobermann. The correct interpretation of the dog’s body language not only helps to understand him but also to react appropriately to his behavior.

Chow Chow

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 45

Chow Chow – cuddly lion dog with confidence

The wise face of the cuddly Chow Chow almost reveals that this dog breed is a very old one – and it is even one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The history of the Chow Chow goes back to the 11th century, where the Asian dog breed was used in a similar form – but definitely with a blue tongue – as a pack and hunting dog. Translated, his name means nothing else “puffed-up lion dog” – the designation is optically program.

Character and essence

Its leisurely gait already shows that the Chow Chow is a particularly quiet breed of dog. He tried cosiness for a long time and thinks it’s great to be alone from time to time. As much calm as the fur nose brings with it, so much stubbornness has also been brought along. This long-skinned stubborn person only listens to his closest reference person, to whom he is loyal and affectionate.

The Chow Chow doesn’t really like strangers and his alert side often comes to the fore with new people in his area. The Chow Chow likes to do without fun and games – but he doesn’t say no to a cozy place on the sofa.

Upbringing and attitude

Its stubborn and alert nature definitely does not make the Chow Chow a dog for beginners. This four-legged friend has potential and is happy to have an experienced hand that can offer him either a job as a guard dog or a hunting dog and who takes care of his nature, maintains an equally relaxed lifestyle, and at best does not live in a large family. Because what Chow Chow prefers to do without is the hustle and bustle, which is why it should not live in a household with (small) children.

When it comes to education, you need a practiced and patient two-legged friend who knows about the peculiarities of strong dog breeds. Through early socialization with other dogs and people, the furry nose learns how to behave, which is particularly important for introverted dogs with a tendency to be extremely alert.

The Chow Chow feels at home in the house and in the apartment. If he has his place of retreat, he is content and if it were up to the fur nose, his day would consist of sleeping and quiet walks.

Chow Chows and Grooming

A species-appropriate husbandry also includes the taming and care of the fluffy, dense fur. The many skin folds in particular offer the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, which is why the fur must be free of knots and tangles. Check the wrinkles regularly for inflammation.

Is the Chow Chow dangerous?

Due to its special character and strong appearance, the medium-sized dog breed is often suspected of being aggressive fur noses. It is his loyal nature that dog lovers appreciate about the Chow Chow. In any case, he is not a dangerous dog just because he does not like hectic and children. The four-legged friend opens his heart to his loved ones, he simply avoids everyone else.

Staffordshire Bullterrier

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 46

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier – misunderstood family dog?

Just like the Amstaff, people have mixed feelings about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. For some, the English dog breed is one of the most misunderstood family dogs. For others, the staff is and remains a list dog.

Character and essence

Nice or aggressive? Many people ask this question when it comes to the staff. The fact is that with this furry friend a lot stands and falls with breeding. Because the Staffordshire Bull Terrier definitely has a loving, loyal, and friendly side to it. Due to its extremely high stimulus threshold and people-friendly nature, it can even be an excellent companion for children in a family. Here he is very cuddly and affectionate.

At the same time, the four-legged friend is a real powerhouse, very attentive and intelligent. Exactly these characteristics were exploited in the past for illegal dog fights and the Staff was bred to be more aggressive than it actually is by nature. If you are interested in the breed, serious breeding is very important.

Such a powerhouse on four paws like the Staff also needs something to bite! The four-legged friend cleans up a lot that ends up in his bowl. Above all, you should make sure you are getting enough protein.

Cane Corso

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 47

Puppy training with your Cane Corso

The intelligent dog breed usually has pronounced herding and protective behavior. Therefore, your Cane Corso puppy should learn early on that he does not have to protect you from everything and everyone. Otherwise, it can happen that the strong dog reacts in emotion and can become dangerous. Especially in puppyhood, the strong dog likes to turn out to be quite self-confident and tests your sovereignty and steadfastness. The upbringing should therefore be consistent but still loving. Then the Cane Corso shows its friendly, attentive, and even cuddly nature and can also be kept as a family dog.

In the puppy school you will learn the 1×1 of puppy training together, at the same time your Cane Corso puppy will have experiences with other dogs and people. The socialization that takes place there is very important for its further development, but it already starts in the puppy room.

In addition to the daily program of play and fun, you should not underestimate rest and sleep phases for your Cane Corso puppy as a balance. This not only ensures that your dog learns to relax, but also protects the joints. Because too much strain can lead to joint damage as well as restrictions and pain.

How dangerous is a Cane Corso?

Basically, the Cane Corso is a friendly dog ​​that is not born dangerous or aggressive. With the right training, he becomes an affable and obedient four-legged friend. Of course, the power behind the adult dog, which can weigh up to 50 kg, should not be underestimated! With continuous and meaningful training, you should teach your Cane Corso all the important commands from a young age.

You should pay attention to this when buying a Cane Corso puppy

Before buying a puppy there are a few things to consider! It is also important for Cane Corso puppies to look for reputable breeders and not to be lured in by a supposedly “cheap” price. After all, it is about the health of your future four-legged friend.

Ear and tail cropping is illegal in Germany. Since the dog breed is still quite rare in this country, you will, unfortunately, find some docked Cane Corso puppies from abroad. Spare your puppy with this unnecessary suffering and bring it into your home with its natural floppy ears and long, slender tail.

Dogo Argentino

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 48

Temperament and essence

Like most mastiff-like dog breeds that were once bred for hunting, the Dogo Argentino is a very brave, self-confident, and independent four-legged friend. He knows exactly what he wants and who he is and shows this to his fellow dogs. So it can happen that a meeting of two males of his kind causes tension.

But the white pretty boy can also be different. Although his friendly and sometimes warm-hearted side is usually only seen by his caregivers. He is distant and skeptical towards strangers. His protective instinct must be kept in mind.

Although the Dogo Argentino can be headstrong, they are perfectly willing to cooperate. With the right people at his side, he likes to work together and is also enthusiastic about one or the other praise.

Bordeaux Dogge

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 49

Character and essence

Large, strong and imposing: the appearance of the Dogue de Bordeaux belies the gentleness of the four-legged friend. The breed is very good-natured and affectionate and by no means aggressive. Due to the extremely high tolerance threshold, the Great Dane is not easily disturbed, which is why it is often kept as a →large family dog with children.

As a true guard dog, the Dogue de Bordeaux can sometimes have a protective instinct. However, the dog doesn’t want anything bad, he wants his family to be safe. Once the initial skepticism of strangers has been overcome, he turns out to be a real philanthropist and a cuddly bear. The Dogue De Bordeaux prefers to have all his loved ones around him and is very cuddly and affectionate.

Upbringing and attitude

Anyone who has fallen in love with the French Mastiff should be aware of its size and weight. What is messed up here in puppyhood in upbringing has to be straightened out again later – with a few more kilos on the leash. Only those who can keep such a stocky and strong dog should decide on the breed.

A healthy dog mind and a confident demeanor are also important for the training of the Dogue de Bordeaux. You shouldn’t underestimate your four-legged friend’s protective or guard instinct and steer it in the right direction right from the start. With a consistent, clear, and yet patient upbringing, living together with your four-legged friend is very harmonious and the Dogue de Bordeaux shows its best side.

Due to its size, keeping it in a house with a garden or yard is recommended. The bulky four-legged friend is not a dog for the city or an apartment.

Fila Brasileiro

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 50


The history of Fila Brasileiro already suggests it: he is self-confident, courageous, and very territorial. Most representatives of this breed always have the tendency to want to decide for themselves where to go, which is why leading such a dog requires a lot of consistency and knowledge. This excellent watchdog is always wary of strangers. His deep bark underlines the imposing appearance. Since the Brazilian Mastiff tends to behave aggressively towards other dogs, early socialization is essential. Hard shell, soft core: The breed is quite cuddly and reacts sensitively to everything that affects their caregiver(s) – they will protect them with full commitment. This hunter’s excellent nose doesn’t miss a trail, but be careful: he’s only too happy to follow it.

Mastin Espanol

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 51

Is a Spanish Mastiff right for me?

Due to its size alone, the Spanish Mastiff is not an easy dog ​​to keep. He also needs 3 to 4 years to fully develop his physique and character. In terms of movement and care, he does not make any great demands. A daily walk brushed once a week, that’s about it. He doesn’t need a big garden, but a garden is helpful. A small apartment on the umpteenth floor would be absolutely inappropriate. It also doesn’t fit in every car. The Spanish Mastiff is a cool partner and not an object for achievement junkies. You should keep in mind that in today’s society, which is supposedly so animal-friendly, large dogs often meet with great, sometimes aggressive rejection. Some people are simply afraid of him out of ignorance. Last but not least, it is not advisable to keep it in the big city. Finally, before making a purchase, you should have considered what to do if your dog is sick and 80 kilograms may want to be carried. You should keep in mind that with an adult Spanish Mastiff, the leash is merely symbolic control. The Spanish Mastiff easily has the strength to maneuver the other end of the leash at will. But he doesn’t want to, at least not if he’s had at least the basic elements of a good upbringing. The Mastin is not easy to raise because he is used to thinking and acting independently. You have to win over his stubbornness with consistent mildness. He wants to follow his master and mistress and does so very reliably. It is an elementary duty of a Mastin owner to pay attention to the consistent upbringing of the puppy. Only this and not the leash enables wonderful walks in nature, which, together with this really cool four-legged friend, become a balm for the soul of people who are used to the hustle and bustle. The investment you put into it, it gives you back umpteen times.

Mastino Napoletano

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 52


The impressive dog keeps uninvited guests away with its stately appearance – in case of danger, however, it will not hesitate to reliably defend the house and yard. This also shows that the Mastino Neapolitan dog belongs in experienced hands: the very territorial and protective character of the breed should definitely be considered before you think about moving in with this four-legged friend. The courageous and independent dog acts at lightning speed when it sees its territory or loved ones threatened. However, under the impressive guard, there is a quiet and quite friendly four-legged friend who can impress with almost stoic composure. He will always be loyal and loving towards his owner. He is usually reserved with strangers, even when meeting conspecifics he usually remains critical or sometimes even hostile – early socialization is therefore important!


The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 53

Is a Mastiff right for me?

Due to its size alone, the Mastiff is not an easy dog ​​to keep. In terms of his nature, he makes extremely low demands. A daily walk brushed once a week, that’s about it. He doesn’t need a big garden, but a garden is helpful. A small apartment on the umpteenth floor would not be suitable. It also doesn’t fit in every car. It should be noted that he drools at times. If it gets wet, the whole car or the hallway will be wet as well – if you don’t take precautions. The Mastiff loves to get in the water and is often a good swimmer. He can handle heat but shouldn’t be challenged then; However, he prefers the cold. The Mastiff is a cool partner and not an object for performance junkies. One should also bear in mind that in today’s supposedly animal-friendly society, large dogs are often met with great, at times aggressive, rejection. Some people are simply afraid of him out of ignorance. Last but not least, it is not advisable to keep it in the big city. You should have a sufficient budget to be able to pay for lots of good food and, if necessary, the vet bills. Finally, before making a purchase, you should have considered what to do if the dog is sick and 90 kg may want to be carried. You should keep in mind that with an adult Mastiff, the leash is merely symbolic control. The Mastiff easily has the strength to maneuver the other end of the leash at will. But he doesn’t want to, at least not if he’s had at least the basic elements of a good upbringing. The Mastiff is very easy to train. You just have to break your stubbornness here and there with consistent mildness. He wants to follow his master and mistress and does so very reliably. It is an elementary duty of a Mastiff owner to ensure that the puppy is trained consistently. Only this and not the leash makes wonderful walks in nature possible, which together with this cool four-legged friend become a balm for the soul of people who are used to the hustle and bustle.

Tosa Inu

The 18 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds Ever Existed 54

Character: Quiet and sensitive

The quietest are the bravest: This samurai proverb applies surprisingly well to the largest dog breed in Japan. The Tosa Inu is a quiet, sensitive dog with a sublime, almost majestic charisma. From a distance, he closely observes what is happening around him, without reacting nervously or aggressively.

While the confident giant’s courage and fearlessness make him a reliable watchdog and protector, he always strives to remain calm. Wild and loud barking is not his style.

Keeping dangerous dog breeds

If you have fallen in love with one of your confident four-legged friends, you should first clarify whether this breed is →possibly banned in your state or may only be kept under certain conditions. You can find up-to-date information on this at your responsible authority.

Why are some dogs more dangerous than others?

A look at the list of the “most dangerous dog breeds” shows that the animals often have common characteristics. Many of them have an enormous guard or protective instinct. An inhibited feeling of fear can also be genetically predisposed in the breed. Is that why these dogs have it in their blood to be dangerous? The answer is: yes.

Just as one should know about the hunting instinct of a dachshund or the herding behavior of an Australian Shepherd, one should also be well informed about particularly distinctive behaviors in the case of “dangerous breeds”. If the posture is wrong, these character traits can turn into aggressive behavior. The same goes for all other breeds.

Are these dogs inherently dangerous?

No, no dog is dangerous from birth or snaps wildly. Due to their genetic makeup, a Pitbull’s fuse may be shorter than that of a Golden Retriever. Whether aggressive behavior is shown – no matter what breed of dog – depends on several factors.

Among other things, the owners, the upbringing, the environment and the experiences of the dog are very important. It is not without reason that the Dobermann and German Shepherd are considered excellent police dogs, despite their pronounced protective and guard instincts.

Which is the most dangerous dog in the world?

The most dangerous dog in the world is probably the one that gets to the wrong owners. Because even the most affectionate Labrador can bite when something isn’t right. That’s why it’s all the more important to find out exactly about the attitude, character traits, and possible history of your potential new darling. If you are unsure which breed suits you, find out more from our breed article, from dog trainers or kennels.