Is a dog violent because of nurture or nature? While it is true that some dogs are only violent when they are trained to be so, there are some breeds that are more prone to vicious attacks – regardless of upbringing. A person can own one of these vicious breed types and never have an issue, but it is important that all owners be aware of the likelihood that their dog will attack and take measures to prevent it.
Most Vicious Dog Breeds
- Great Dane – Great Danes can be very gentle, but only if they are trained right. Because of their size, they are often trained as guard dogs or even fighting dogs. Great Danes can weigh as much as 200 pounds and be over 85cm tall – making them a risk.
- Boxer – Boxers are one of the original hunting dog breeds; they were even used in WWI as attack and guard dogs. They are naturally headstrong and can be difficult to train. But, with proper training, a boxer may never attack anyone.
- Wolf Hybrid – Technically all dogs are descendants of wolves, but those that are specific hybrids with their original species are skittish, unpredictable, and highly territorial – especially if you own more than one.
- Malamute – Malamutes were originally used as sled dogs, but as a pet, they are hyperactive, intimidating, and have high prey drives.
- Husky – Huskies are also sled dogs. They are highly energetic, athletic, strong, and they are typically very unsocial.
- Bullmastiff – These can be very large and intimidating, as some males can weigh as much as 130 pounds. Their large size alone makes them a threat, but because they are also natural guard dogs that are territorial and aggressive, they can be a risk for attacks.
- Doberman Pinscher – Dobermans used to be used as police dogs until German Shepherds took over. They are extremely aggressive toward strangers and their size and strength make them a serious risk for vicious attacks.
- German Shepherd – A bite from a German Shepherd carries the astounding force of 1,060 newtons, and they have a tendency to bite other animals. They are used as police dogs today because they train exceptionally well, but also because of their size, strength, and vicious behavior.
- Rottweiler – Rottweilers at one point were the main cause for dog attacks and attack-related deaths in the United States. They have a tremendous amount of strength and an extremely powerful bite that can break human bones.
- Pit Bull – Pit bulls have a reputation for unprovoked attacks. They are one of the most aggressive and dangerous dog breeds out there – regardless of training. Pit bulls have been used as guard dogs and fighting dogs due to their powerful bite, force, and size.
What if You Are Attacked?
If you are attacked by a dog, regardless of breed, you may be entitled to compensation. Speak with the attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers, P.C. regarding your attack. It is estimated that every 40 seconds someone in the United States is attacked by a dog. Our attorneys know that vicious dog breeds can attack unprovoked and even the best-tempered dog can deliver a deadly bite. Schedule your free consultation with an attorney at 1-877-737-4806 or fill out an online contact form with your dog attack questions.