10 Popular But Dangerous Dog Breeds
10. Great Dane
Weight: 99-200 lbs; Height: 28-34 inches; Life span: 6-10 years
Great Danes are known to be one of the largest breeds of dogs ever domesticated. Although they have a low hunting instinct, their massive body weight and height make them an obvious threat to children and even adults.
9. Chow Chow
Weight: 45-70 lbs; Height: 17-22 inches; Life span: 11-13 years
Don't let it's fluff fool you! The Chow Chow is an irritable dog known for its bad attitude. Though they may not be as dangerous as a Pit Bull, they do attack their owners or anyone else that happens to rub them up the wrong way.
8. Doberman Pinscher
Weight: 60-100 lbs; Height: 24-28 inches; Life span: 10-13 years
Doberman Pinschers are famous for their loyalty towards their owners, which is why so many deem them lifelong friends. But with their ferocious bite and horrendous strength, they are potentially a danger to strangers. If you are not their owner, keep your distance.
7. Alaskan Malamute
Weight: 70-110 lbs; Height: 22-28 inches; Life span: 10-12 years
Powerful, energetic and active, the Alaskan Malamute can destroy anything around them and they can become aggressive if they get bored. Dogs of this breed should be watched carefully with other small pets and young children in the home.
6. Wolf Hybrid
Weight: 70-130 lbs; Height: 25-33 inches; Life span: 12-15 years
As the name suggests, half of this dog breed is wolf. Even with proper training and domestication Wolf Hybrids still maintain much of the hunting instincts that come with their wolf genetics. This is why it is dangerous to keep them as pets.
Weight: 35-66 lbs; Height: 20-24 inches; Life span: 12-15 years
Huskies are primarily known as sled dogs. Because of their history as a working dog, they are unsociable, resistant and independent. They have their own way of handling things and reacting to different situations. This unpredictability is among the reasons why they are considered dangerous.
Weight: 50-71 lbs; Height: 20-25 inches; Life span: 10-12 years
Boxers are descended from hunting dogs and are known for their strong jaws, powerful bites and headstrong personality. If not properly raised, they can turn out very aggressive attackers. Despite being considered a dangerous breed, Boxers were still one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in 2016, according to AKC's data.
3. German Shepherd
Weight: 50-100 lbs; Height: 22-26 inches; Life span: 9-14 years
German Shepherds, the first K9 Police dog breed, are intelligent, confidence and have little fear. They also have the potential to become overprotective and they can become very territorial. If not well-trained, these dogs can easily become a hazard, well beyond their intimidating looks.
Weight: 77-132 lbs; Height: 22-27 inches; Life span: 8-11 years
Rottweilers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. These dogs are very powerful and have a natural instinct to protect their owners. They generally don't like strangers and other dogs. They can become dangerous if poorly socialized from an early age.
1. Pit Bull
Weight: 30-60 lbs; Height: 17-22 inches; Life span: 8-16 years
The Pit Bull, a combative breed, is capable of killing almost any enemy. The incorrect upbringing of this dog is suicidal both for passers-by and owners themselves. They are responsible for more than half of dog-related fatalities in the U.S., according to the CDC and Animals 24-7. Be really careful when keeping this dog!