The truth is that any pet can attack you. From the 6-pound Chihuahua to the 180-pound Saint Bernard, no pet breed comes with a 100% guarantee that it will not attack you. However, the vast majority of pet attacks come from pets that have not been well socialized.
So, what goes into classifying some breeds under the “dangerous pet” banner? For beginners, small pet breeds—those weighing below 20 pounds—are largely not thought to be dangerous. This is because regardless of how feisty or mean-spirited a Chihuahua is, it is too small to deal significant harm. A redden Rottweiler, on the other hand, is a completely different prison of worms.
With that said, not all large pets are considered harmful. A breed’s signature temperament is not what determines whether a large pet is harmful or not. A pet’s temperament is determined by the purpose the pet was bred for.
As such, it should not come as a surprise that the most harmful dog breeds consist primarily of fighting and guard pets, as traits such as aggression, resilience, and gameness were heavily liked when designing these breeds.
If you ask a responsible Pit Bull parent whether their pet is dangerous, they will tell you that it is a misunderstanding and that Pit Bulls are the sweetest pets in the globe. However, most Pit Bull owners forget that proper socialization is what molded their pooch into a gentle soul.
As a breed, Pit Bulls are the most harmful dogs walking God’s green earth, and for a few reasons.
Pits can pose a substantial threat to those around them because many were selectively bred for dog fighting. As such, traits such as aggression and tenacity were highly liked and run in this breed’s blood.
The Rottweiler is known for its excessive bouts of aggression. Sadly, their fearsome reputation is not without merit, as an unhinged Rottweiler is an absolute terror.
However, Rottweilers are incredibly calm and obedient around their family. Their mean streak only surfaces when an unusual individual is around them or their loved ones. It makes sense since Rottweilers were bred to be guard pets.
As such, early socialization is obligatory for Rottweilers.