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The 3 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds May Surprise You

The 3 Most Aggressive Dog Breeds May Surprise You

A lot of Care2 readers already know that some bigger dogs, like Pit Bulls, are misunderstood and unfairly labeled as aggressive breeds. So what are the most aggressive dog breeds? I came across a study published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science a few years ago, and the answer surprised me.

The most aggressive breed, the study found, was the Dachshund. The researchers discovered that that one in five have bit or attempted to bite a stranger, and one in twelve have lashed out at their owners. Chihuahuas were in second place, and Jack Russells were the third most aggressive breed. Up to 30 percent of these smaller breeds have bit or attempted to bite unfamiliar dogs.

Surprised? One of the study’s researchers thinks that bigger dogs were thought to be more aggressive because past research looked at bite statistics—but most bites are not reported. Bigger dogs have bigger bites, which makes it more likely that those–not Dachshund bites—are the ones being medically treated and therefore reported. This study, however, surveyed 6,000 dog owners instead.

The least aggressive breeds included Basset Hounds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Siberian Huskies, and Greyhounds. Pit Bulls and Rottweilers scored about average to below average in the study.

Image credit: fionamcallisterphotography via Flickr

Related:
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7:21PM PST on Jan 27, 2015

thanks

1:05PM PST on Jan 7, 2015

tyfs

1:05PM PST on Jan 7, 2015

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1:04PM PST on Jan 7, 2015

wow.

10:29PM PST on Dec 24, 2014

The safest breed is :Stuffed. If you want to fell safe, get a stuffed dog. Any dog can lash out at any time. Odds are for Las Vegas. If you F*$k with a dog there is always a chance it will react. You take the bad with the good. Mauling is different than a nip.

10:29PM PST on Dec 24, 2014

The safest breed is :Stuffed. If you want to fell safe, get a stuffed dog. Any dog can lash out at any time. Odds are for Las Vegas. If you F*$k with a dog there is always a chance it will react. You take the bad with the good. Mauling is different than a nip.

11:24AM PST on Dec 24, 2014

Dachshunds are very intelligent, high spirited dogs, not surprising since they were bred to hunt badgers. Treat them right and they will reciprocate.

10:26AM PST on Dec 24, 2014

I have both a husky mix and a chihuahua/terrier mix. I trust the husky mix more, but she has attacked a cat when the chihuahua mix went into a barking frenzy over seeing the cat. The husky probably would not have attacked the cat on her own. It was a team effort. The little dogs do tend to get somewhat aggressive when they feel the need to defend themselves due to size. Most dogs are territorial and will protect their turf....except a lot of labs I've known. Some of them don't even bark!

7:22AM PST on Dec 24, 2014

It is misleading, well no, it's just plain wrong, to compare dog "bites" to the maulings committed by Pits.

7:22AM PST on Dec 24, 2014

It is misleading, well no, it's just plain wrong, to compare dog "bites" to the maulings committed by Pits.

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