Dog Breeds Qualified as Being Aggressive
(Or Which Dog Breeds Are Known to be Aggressive)

Let's face it - when it comes to aggressive talks, they come in all shapes and sizes.

Some dogs are "known" to be aggressive, while others are known to be sweet and
lovable.

As with people, it's hard to generalize regarding dog bread and aggression, although
there are varying degrees of truth to some of the better known stereotypes.

When it comes to dog aggression, the size and appearance of the dog are generally not the most relevant factors to consider. For example, statistics show that poodles are among the dogs most likely to bight strangers, all the while maintaining their small, sweet dog appearance. On the other side of the spectrum, the Newfoundland, which can be monstrous in size, turns out to be one of the friendliest breeds of dogs on the planet. The moral of the story here is that looks can be deceiving.

What's more, as mentioned already, like people, these characteristics often vary from dog to dog. And perhaps even more important, how a do is trained (or is not trained) plays an important part in how aggressive a particular dog is. So in a very real sense, when it comes down to it, a dog's aggressiveness is- to some extent - a function of how their owner has trained the dog.

With that all said and done, it is indeed true that there are breeds that have been shown time and time again to be more prone to aggressive outburst. Some of the feistiest include:

-- Chow-chow (aggressive towards people it does not know)

-- Rottweiler (aggressiveness depends heavily on how they were trained at a young age)

-- Old English Sheepdog (again aggressive while protecting their owners)

-- Chihuahua (aggressive towards children, other dogs and those not part of their family)

-- Small poodles (have a tendency to almost always feel threatened and can lash out)

-- Dachshund (not known for being a patient dog)

-- Jack Russell Terrier

-- Cocker Spaniel

-- Pekinese

-- Mini Pinscher

And the dogs that tend to have a bad, but not always accurate, reputation for aggression include:

-- Pitbulls (they can be very aggressive, yet also rather gentle)

-- Boxer

-- Mastiff

-- German Shepherd (often used by police, special forces, the military, etc)

-- Rottweiler (repeated here because once you gain their trust they will generally be as loving or gentle as any other bread)

Keep in mind that no matter the bread, a dog's behavior depends heavily on the training - and lifestyle - provided by its owner. So if something goes wrong, don't immediately assume that there is something inherently "wrong" with the bread. It's true, some dogs are better for certain types of families and living situations than others, but an aggressive or dissobedient dog is also a sign that something has gone wrong with your training methods.