Are some breeds of dogs more dangerous than others? Here, we discuss some of the most dangerous dog breeds that could seriously injure you in a dog bite attack.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Considered Dangerous

Some dog breeds are considered by many people to result in more aggressive and dangerous dogs. While some breeds can have a tendency to aggression, it is important not to stereotype all dogs in these breeds as dangerous. Unfortunately, dog owners can create more aggressive dogs by stereotyping their dogs this way, physically abusing them, or engaging in painful training practices. However, until dog owners stop forcing their dogs to fit a stereotype, it can be helpful to be aware of the breeds that many consider to be the most dangerous.

Dangerous Dog Breeds

There are a number of dog breeds that are commonly considered dangerous because of the nature of the breed, including:

  • Pit bull. Pit bulls are fighters with strong jaws. When they attack, they do not give up, making them extremely dangerous to victims of their attacks.
  • Rottweiler. Rottweilers have some of the worst tempers. If they are not trained properly and constantly monitored, they can be dangerous to others.
  • German shepherd. This breed can attack with great speed and is tenacious in taking down what they perceive to be a danger. Victims of a German shepherd attack can suffer scarring, disfigurement, and more serious injuries.
  • Dobermann pinscher. Dobermanns are intelligent and strong. They can be naturally aggressive toward strangers, which increases the risk of an attack.
  • Wolf-dog hybrid. These dogs are the result of a domestic dog mating with a wolf, which makes them very unpredictable. Some states have banned them as pets given their dangerous nature.
  • Alaskan malamute. If an Alaskan malamute’s energy is not properly directed, he can channel his high energy into aggressive behaviors.
  • Chow chow. Chows are strong hunters and should not be underestimated. If determined, a Chow can pin down both shoulders of a person in an attack.
  • Great Dane. Great Danes can be sweet and gentle if properly trained. When improperly trained, the opposite can be true.
  • Siberian husky. Siberian huskies need training and the right socialization or they will become aggressive and dangerous.
  • Boxer. Boxers have strong jaws and a strong bite. They are good guard and attack dogs, which can make them dangerous in the wrong situation.

Can Local Municipalities Ban Dangerous Dogs?

Under Washington law, local municipalities have the authority to ban certain breeds of dogs as dangerous to regulate them. Many municipalities ban certain breeds, such as pit bulls. Others, like Seattle, do not specifically define a breed as dangerous, but have regulations regarding when a dog can be considered dangerous and what happens if the dog bites someone.

Were you or a family member injured in a dog bite attack? Fortunately, you have a number of legal options for compensation of your injuries under Washington’s dog bite laws. Schedule a free consultation today. Call our office or fill out our online form.