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Dangerous Dog Breeds

My family has had a German Shepherd for almost 12 years now. She’s a wonderful dog. Her name is Bella (no, she isn’t named after the girl from Twilight), and she is a sweetheart.

German Shepherds have the uncanny ability to look brilliant. Like, brilliant to the level of being able to buy groceries and defuse bombs upon command. Bella is the same way. Her ears stand erect, her posture is vigilant, and her overall demeanor commands respect and epitomizes courage.

At least, that’s what she looks like. As her family, we know that Bella is afraid of cats, poodles, most birds, fireworks, thunder, the sound the heater makes as it’s turning on, and anyone going more than thirty seconds without petting her. Basically, she’s a big sissy.

The only time I ever really saw the German Shepherd side of our German Shepherd was once when tried to get her to move from the spot she was occupying on the couch. I commanded her to get down. She looked up at me with her puppy eyes, as if to say, “Who, me?” Then, I tried to pick her up and set her on the ground. Her lips curled back and she snapped in the air at my fingers.

This is the only time she has ever exhibited any sort of scary, territorial behavior, but it made me realize one thing: ‘Holy cow,’ I thought. ‘We have an 80-lb. animal with big teeth walking around our house.’

Dogs are wonderful, and I’m convinced there are no dogs out there which are hateful or seek out opportunities for violence. There are several breeds, however, which, thanks to the folly of man, have been bred to be more violent than other breeds. If you are a dog owner, and are worried that the fuzzy little ball of joy might one day get into trouble, you’re not alone.

Here are the breeds most often reported in incidents:

  1. Dalmatians – These cute Disney character dogs actually have a bit of a reputation for being territorial and will occasionally bite.
  2. Doberman Pinschers – The stereotypical guard dog, though loyal and lovable for its owners, is built like a torpedo and has very heavy guarding instincts.
  3. Rottweilers – With instincts similar to the Doberman, these big, lovable animals can have a rough side.
  4. Chow Chows – Originally bred as guard dogs in China, these dogs have terrible eyesight and peripheral vision, which causes them to occasionally get snippy when surprising things enter their field of sight.
  5. Pit bulls – Perhaps the dog with the worst reputation, pit bulls are solid blocks of muscle which, though years of unfortunate breeding, have aggressive instincts. When they bite, they tend to hold on.
  6. Other occasional offenders: German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, other guard dogs.

These dogs are not evil. If you ask me, I’ve known Chihuahuas with far worse dispositions than most pit bulls. The problem lies in the animal’s size and opportunity to cause real damage in a potentially tragic situation.

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