An article published by the Applied Animal Behavior Science, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania list the Dachshund as #1 for human aggression. Followed by the Chihuahua and the Jack Russell Terrier. The Pitbull came in at #6. Not first for a change.
How was this information gathered??? It seemed to me that they did an online survey and collected information - not very scientific. That being said, it doesn't mean that I don't agree with the results. I am a firm believer that smaller dogs are more aggressive toward humans in general. My rat terrier mix has a huge human problem - he has never bitten anyone, but he will act like he can take your arm/leg off. The only dog that has ever bitten my son (or anyone else in my family) was a chihuahua, and my mother's dachshund is the most territorial dog I have ever met! Pit bulls, rottwielers (sp?) and other large dogs have horrible reputations, but IMHO, they are the most gentle dogs to be around. Pits, especially, get horrible publicity because everyone is scared of them, however, when you get down to the actual numbers of attacks by breed, they are not number one on the list - and that list is compiled by the number of dog bites reported in each state and their most dominant breed (a lot of bite cases are with mixed dogs). I hope that one day people will not be so prejudiced against pits and other large breed dogs, who knows, maybe this will help!?!
"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
Funnily enough, when I was growing up in England, the dog to beware of was the Jack Russell. (not the Parson's) We had Staffy's all over the place, and nobody was scared of them. I honestly believe every dog has the potential to be human or dog aggressive, depending on a number of things. Breeding, and blood lines make a huge difference, socialization and training also a large component, and how much time, love and attention given by the owner can make or break a dog. Just my opinion.
I almost always find myself irritated by "most aggressive" lists. At first, it was because we had a rottie, and I couldn't stand to hear or read anything negative about the breed. Now that I have chihuahuas, I feel the same way. Pebbles is an absolute lovebug, while Bailey is trying to adjust to a normal life. I see the difference between the two and it just makes me sad. I guess the whole point of my reply was to agree with Pen, lol. I'd rather people stress the importance of socialization, training, etc versus actual breeds.
I can believe those results. Working as kennel staff the breeds we disliked dealing with were Chihuahas and other fear-biters.
I think that there's more to it than just small dog anxiety.
People with small dogs often do not rigorously correct aggressive or anti-social behavior because it may be seen as funny or harmless due to the dog's size. Which is fine for the owner who knows how to handle the dog but bad news for strange people and dogs.
damn my chihuahuas are evil. i agree with the chihuahua part fully but also dogs are never fully agressive by themselfs. it all depends on how you raise them. my chihuahuas was both rescued and they both had bad pasts with their owners.
people say pitts are agressive dogs, i believe it's the way they wqas brought up because my oooold dog his name was harley barley and he was the sweetest pit ive ever seen or even hurd of. never bit no one always extreamily playfull adn never out to hurt anyone, infact he was afraid of little dogs and would run from them. the worst thing he would do to another dog was slap them on the head when they was playing. =)
Saw this and thought I'd share. Sorry if it's been seen many times before =)
Top 10 Most Dangerous Breeds
10. Criminal Dog Owners - They vary in size, shape, color and creed. Whether urban or rural, they thrive in environments where crime does pay.
This breed may deliberately train dogs to be human aggressive. This breed has been known to shoot dogs for fun it. They fight dogs and use sweet tempered dogs as bait. Here in the New York area - they've been known to feed dogs ground up glass and gun power to toughen them up - you know-In case the police kick the front door - they're out the back - and the dogs are in between.
9. Irresponsible and Ignorant Dog Owners
Characterized by a complete lack of common sense and or manners, these dog owners come in three distinct varieties - Dumb, Dumber and Plain Stupid.
However they do share the same breed traits, like complete disregard for local leash or pooper scooper laws Stubborn, self-centered rudeness, the inability to see the potential consequences for their behavior.
So here are the three types if I & I's:
Dumb- When Snowball whines to go out, they throw open the front door and let her out to wander the neighborhood. Snowball is free to poop and pee wherever she likes. And if Snowball should wander into my yard and my dog defends its territory, like many dogs .......we've got a problem.
Dumber - Easy to recognize, this genius nonchalantly walks their dog off leash in the neighborhood, like it's no big deal. WEll in my book - it is a big deal. How would you like it if I let my dog run up to your children off leash. Or run up to any person who may be afraid of dogs. (and BTW - I support off leash space - just not on the block). And it's not OK if your dog takes a dump in my flowerbed, got that?
Plain Stupid- Waaaaay short on common sense - they let their children play unattended with dogs, or let them run up to pet a stranger's dog or get in a strange dog's face.
8. Negligent or Abusive Dog Owners
Like sociopaths who lack basic the human trait of compassion - this all-too-common breed is well known for a lack of care or concern. They are, however, gifted and talented in the areas of neglect or cruelty.
These G & Ts routinely fail to give their animals even the basics of food, water or shelter or fail to provide vet care. David Owens, an employee of Child Services in New York, has been accused of leaving his dying Akita out in the cold for weeks.
Even beating the dog is OK for these people- it's only a dog. Even if it's not their dog! Kick it if it gets in your way, wants food or attention. OK - so cruel and unusual punishment is against law, so giving them the same treatment is out. Too bad.
6. Ignorant Shelter Workers & Rescuers
We give shelter and rescue workers big snaps for the great job they do on a daily basis. That said - they are some bad apples in this bunch. Who? These people are marked by their staggering ignorance, leaving the rest of the dog world stammering in surprise.
Statements from these so-called "professionals" include, "We don't adopt out Pitbulls - they have locking jaws", and "We don't adopt out Rotties or Dobermans - they're aggressive". Better yet, they hide a dog's health or behavioral history, thinking that all dogs can be saved, from adopters who may be in for a big surprise. Someone needs to teach this breed a lesson - and quick.
5. Ignorant Dog Fanciers
Nose and tail always in the air with, "Breed restrictions don't really apply to me - I own a PUREBRED dog". Oh, really ? Maybe you'd like to share you magical powers with the rest of us....or better yet ............
4. Arrogant Dog Fanciers
Not only are nose and tail always in the air, but his type will even dis their fellow dog fanciers with, "it's not my breed". Ain't that special? Now bend over ...........this won't hurt a bit....
Numbers 4 and 5 do a diservice to the many hardworking, ethical home breeders who care deeply about their dogs and the welfare of dogs in general.
3. Irresponsible News Media
They attack -unprovoked, when you least expect it. Out of the blue, and really just when those ratings are starting to take a dive. That's just the perfect time to lead with a dog story. These media outlets target large working breeds, they thrive on fear. And they are yellow to the core.
2. Greedy Insurers
These insurers aren't dogs - they're pigs. And who's to stop them when...........
they can chow down of easy profits on the backs of good dog owners by denying, limiting or eliminating coverage of dog owners in 37 states? They stuff so much of their piggy bank bucks into the pockets of politicians? Then politicians, hoggin' up all that campaign dough , do the bidding of the insurance sector, blocking bills that would make it illegal for insurers to discriminate against good dogs and good dog owners.
There's a saying - pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered. I'd like to invite you all to a barbeque :-)
1. Opportunistic Politicians
These dogs will whine - they beg - they'll do anything for attention - and money - especially from those fat cats in the insurance lobby who ensure obedience with juicy campaign donations. These politicians breed fear, thrive on ignorance and count on apathy.
Ha ha! I can't tell you how many times a Chihuahua or Dachshund has run up to Harley and me looking for blood. Their owners either scold me for having such a vicious dog (who calmy sits and waits for the idiot to come and get their dog) or they think their dogs behaviour is cute (I don't). Having said that, I still don't think either breed is inherently bad.
Oh this is ridiculous, I currently own three daschunds and not one of them has ever bit or shown any sign of aggression. In the past we also have had a Jack and he was a loving dog as well. I dont believe in these studies because I think that its all about the owners and how they raise their dogs !
It is not all about how they're raised!!!! Breeding plays a role! You can't completely train out dog aggression or a weak temperment. I think the myth that any aggressive dog is the result of abuse or neglect is very damaging. Look at how well the Vick pitbulls have been rehabilitated. They were almost put to sleep b/c people think it's all about how they are raised. There are more and more succesful cases of rehabilitated fighting dogs. Responsible breeding is just as important and socialization and training.