While dogs are a man’s best friend, they can also be extremely dangerous. Perhaps the first choice as pets all around the world, the canines often become integral parts of families they are adopted by. While loyalty and faithfulness are primary qualities that are associated with dogs, they can also be aggressive and, sometimes, pose a threat to life. Of course, a lot depends on the environment they are in and the way they are trained. Here is a list of some of the deadliest breeds of dogs in the world. These top 10 breeds of dogs can even put Hitler to shame, considering you take him as a one mad canine.
10. Great Danes:
Also known as German Mastiff or Danish Hound, it is one of the world’s largest dogs. Its weight varies from 45 to 91 kilograms. As a breed which is often referred to as the gentle giant, Great Danes are usually very friendly as pets. But if the training is not done appropriately from its years as a pup, it might also turn out to be very aggressive in nature.
9. St. Bernard:
This is a breed of dog from the Alps. It was initially bred for rescue operations and is known for its enormous size. The weight of a St. Bernard varies from 64–120 kg while the height varies from 70 to 90 cm. It is instinctively very territorial in nature and hence appropriate socialization with people and other dogs is important to harness its aggression.
8. Alaskan Malamutes:
These are a breed of domestic dogs which are related to the Husky and are predominately used as sled pullers. In areas where normal transportation is unfeasible, these dogs come in handy. They are known to travel in a pack and hence if attacked by one, the rest of the pack, too, can be expected to join in. Their weight varies from 35 to 40 kg. While an Alaskan Malamute is generally friendly, it can become exceedingly threatening when provoked.
7. Perro de Presa Canario:
One of the biggest dogs in the world, Presa Canario weighs between 37 to 59 kilograms. It is one of the best breeds to be used as guard dogs and is not only formidable but terrifying to look at, too. It has an extremely strong biting power such that getting rid of its grip is virtually impossible. Its origin dates back to the 18th century when it was used as hunting and war dogs.
Bred in Germany, Boxer is a breed of stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dogs. Like many canines on this list, these dogs, too, have very strong jaws and a powerful bite. In fact, their bites are so crushing that they are capable of hanging on to their prey. It is harmless to its owners but takes time to mix with strangers. When rubbed the wrong way a Boxer can be worse than a heavyweight pugilist gone nuts.
This is a breed of dog which is most commonly used as pets. The Dobermans are known to be intelligent, alert, and loyal companions. It was also once extensively used as guard dogs or police dogs but off-late the use of this breed has reduced substantially. The Doberman is known to have very high stranger-directed aggression. Their size and strength coupled with the aggression makes them extremely dangerous for strangers and, at times, for owners too.
This breed of dog is used in the northern hemisphere to pull sledges. Their weight varies from 20 to 30 kilograms and their howl is such that it can be heard even 10 miles away. Inspite of being one of the most intelligent canines in the world, due to lack of proper training the Huskies are known to have obedience issues. This results in them being extremely aggressive. With a high prey drive these dogs have the constant need to be active.
3. German Shepherds:
Originating from the country it gets its name from, the German Shepherds are also known as Alsatians. As a breed, which is also extremely territorial and over-protective of its owners, the German Shepherds can be terrible enemies for burglars as well as trespassers. These are also very good as guard dogs and companions in search and rescue missions. If trained in a proper manner, they are excellent dogs to own and are also highly intelligent and obedient.
Also known as ‘Rottweil Butchers’, these come second in the list of the deadliest dogs in the world and are one of the oldest herding breeds, too. The weight of a Rottweiler varies between 46-59 kilograms. It is known to have the most powerful jaw as compared to any other breed of dog in the world. These dogs, though very much loyal to their owners, are at the same time lethal to strangers and other animals. With heightened territorial instincts, Rottweilers are undoubtedly one of the most hostile breeds in the world. There have been many cases of people mauled to death by a Rottweiler.
1. Pit Bull:
The Pit Bull is by far the deadliest breed of dog in the world weighing about 25-30 kilograms with its sturdy muscles and big jaws. It has the strongest biting power among all the dogs in the world. Data available in medical records suggest that Pit Bulls were involved in majority of fatal dog attacks. In the United States, Pit Bulls are used for illegal dog fighting. These dogs are also used by criminals to guard narcotics operations and fight off the police. So, on either side of the line, the nefarious nature of Pit Bulls makes them the dogs that can put Hitler to shame.