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    Default aggressive dog breeds

    The dogs on this list are sorted in order of lowest to highest percent of dogs that passed the temperament test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society. Breeds with the lowest percentages are ones that frequently showed signs of aggression, panic, or extreme shyness during the test.

    While there are breeds with even lower percentages than the ones mentioned in this article, I've decided to limit the list to 10 breeds that are most frequently ranked as highly aggressive (i.e., these are breeds that are most commonly considered "aggressive" or "dangerous" and/or are included on breed-specific legislation).

    Definition of Dog Aggression

    Dog aggression is defined as dangerous behavior directed at another individual, including other animals. This behavior includes barking, biting, lunging, snarling, etc. The cause can range from territorial defensiveness and protectiveness to fear or social anxiety.

    10 Meanest Dog Breeds


    Breed
    1.
    Chihuahua
    2. Dachshund
    3. Chow Chow
    4. Doberman Pinscher
    5. Dalmatian
    6. Rottweiler
    7. Jack Russell Terrier
    8. German Shepherd
    9. American Staffordshire/ Pit Bull Terrier
    10. Siberian Husky
    Sorted by most aggressive to least aggressive based on percentages by the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS)


    Dachshund (Standard Smooth) This is my baby


    • The dachshund is categorized in the hound group by the AKC.
    • They can range in size from 8 to 32 pounds.
    • The dachshund comes in both long and short hair and can be any color.
    • This small dog breed originated in Germany in the 17th century, and they were used primarily to hunt badgers. They were on the verge of extinction after World War I but are now one of the most popular dogs in America.
    • The dachshund is susceptible to "small dog syndrome," which basically means that it tries to make up for its small size with a large attitude. This can lead to behavioral issues. We have.
    • If socialized at an early age, they do well with children, but do not do well with too much rough play.
    • Take caution with small pets, such as mice, rats, hamsters, as dachshunds have a strong hunting instinct towards this type of animal.

    Understanding the Results of the Temperament Test

    I do not fully agree with the percentages provided by the American Temperament Test Society because the number of dogs tested per breed is not the same. For example, when conducting the aggression test on the Rottweiler breed, over 5,000 Rottweilers were tested, while only 46 Chihuahuas were put through the same test. Therefore, the percentages cannot fully represent the aggression level of an entire breed.
    How the Test Is Conducted
    According to the ATTS, the test "focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat."
    The test simulates a walk through the neighborhood where the dog encounters neutral, friendly, and threatening situations. This is conducted with a series of different strangers approaching the handler, as well as a number of hidden noises. The goal of the test is to examine how the dog reacts to people, noises, and its surrounding environment.
    How the Passing Rate Is Determined
    The percentage listed under each breed indicates the number of dogs that have passed the temperament test based on the total number of dogs tested for that breed. If there were 46 dogs tested for the Chihuahua breed and 14 of those dogs failed, the percentage would be the number of dogs that passed (32) divided by the total (46), which yields a 69.9% passing rate.
    Failure is determined when a dog shows any signs of the following:

    • Unprovoked aggression
    • Panic without recovery
    • Strong avoidance

    Shortcomings to Consider

    • Because "strong avoidance" is considered a failure, the ATTS test may not be an accurate measure of aggression alone.
    • The number of dogs tested per breed varies greatly, so the percentages may be skewed.



    A Divided Debate: What Is the Most Dangerous Dog Breed?

    There are many dog trainers who, when asked what the most aggressive dog is, will not respond with a specific breed. Celebrity dog behaviorist Cesar Milan is one such person who is against breed-labeling. Milan strongly believes that "the most dangerous dog in the world is the one that has been made that way by a human."
    His view reflects the importance of seeking out the truth beyond mere numbers and statistics. Anyone who has owned a pit bull — a breed notorious for viciousness — can attest to the pit bull's gentle, if not overly-affectionate behavior when it is raised with love and care by its owners.
    Dogs are a reflection of their family environment and training, so if a certain breed is commonly considered to have an "aggressive" personality, it could point to the type of person who tends to own that specific breed (e.g. German Shepherds are often owned by people who train them to protect property, hence their hostile behavior towards strangers).


    Conclusion

    Again, this is information that I have compiled from many sources, as well as from personal experience. Just because a certain breed has landed on this list does not mean that they would not make good family pets given the right owners and training.
    Because training (or lack of training) and how the dog was previously treated can make a huge difference in the personality of any dog, doing some type of background check would be a good idea.

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    Going to have to try socialization work this spring.
    Last edited by houghchrst; 02-25-2018 at 05:48 AM.

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