Pit bulls are a group of dogs that include a mixture of any of the following breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Bully, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and the America Bulldog. These breeds of dogs are inherently aggressive when provoked and so they were cross bred to develop the best fighting dogs. Pitt bulls were created when bulldogs and terriers were bred together several hundred years ago. Breeders sought to combine the strength of the bulldog with the speed, agility and assertiveness of the terrier.
Their large size, along with their protective instinct, their difficulties interacting with other dogs, and their strong will and independent and stubborn nature combine to make Akitas a dangerous breed of dog. Insurance companies have grouped Akitas in with other dangerous dogs and they have been the subject of breed-specific legislation in other states. They are popular dogs throughout the United States despite the fact that they are the third most likely breed of dog to bite someone unprovoked.
Chow Chows originate from China and are thought to be one of the oldest recognized breeds of dog. They were breed for many purposes including herding, hunting, pulling supplies and guarding. They have a thick coat that resembles a lions mane. They have a sturdy stout build and can weigh upwards of 70 pounds. Chow Chows are pets in many homes however, most insurance companies list them among the high-risk dog breeds because of their over-protective nature aggressive tendencies towards strangers.
Boxers are medium size dogs and can weigh up to 71 pounds. Boxers were bred in Germany using the Old English Bulldog. They were used for dog fighting and big game hunting where they were called to chase and bring down bison and boars. High energy levels and an inherent desire to hunt make this breed dangerous to children.
Doberman dogs are medium-large breed canines originally bred for companionship and to serve as guard dogs. They are intelligent, fast and powerful, and because of their loyalty can be very territorial or protective of their owners. Although Dobermans may not attack as often as some other breeds, they were bred to have an elongated snout that gives them a very strong bite so even a single bite can cause tremendous harm to either a child or an adult.
The word Husky is used to describe many northern breeds and snow breed dogs. The following are a few of the types of Huskies: Siberian Husky, Alaskan Husky, Norwegian Husky and the Greenland Husky. Huskies have great intelligence and physical endurance. They are sled dogs and can run for hundreds of miles. They are famous for competing in the 1,000 mile dog sled race called the Iditarod which takes place in Alaska interior wilderness. These dogs can be restless and aggressive if their owners are not getting them enough exercise.
German Shepherds are large dogs. They were originally bred to be sheep herding dogs and quickly became a favorite for families due to their protective instinct. German Shepherds engage in two forms of biting that usually involve children. The first is the guiding nip and the second is the grab-and-drag. These dogs will bite children using the grab-and-drag bite in order to pull a child out of harms way. Children will sometimes misread this protective instinct and will panic and pull away which can increase injury. If these dogs bite to defend territory or the home or yard they usually will first bark and or growl in order to get the perceived threat to retreat.
Rottweilers will attack adults almost as much as they attack children. Because of their strength they are capable of inflicting great harm even when they are not trying to. Rottweilers are one of the first dog breeds to be developed with a strong prey drive to herd (bred to chase other animals). Because of their large size and herding instinct, rottweilers can cause serious bite injuries with their powerful jaws, but they can also cause injuries that result from being chased, tripped or even pinned by these large dogs.
Bullmastiffs are large dogs and can weigh anywhere from 100 pounds to 200 pounds depending on the sex. Bullmastiffs are not considered one of the inherently vicious breeds of dogs. They can be a family favorite as they are very protective. Although they have a relaxed and lazy way about them they were originally bred to be guard dogs. They were trained to stay quiet and not bark in the face of intruders. The bullmastiffs extremely large size along with the inherently aggressive traits of the Bull breed can lead them to cause serious injuries.