Is it Nature or Nature that makes these breed so..?
When man’s best friend turns into man’s worst enemy
When it comes to dogs, as long the human have cultivated land and settled down so have dogs. They became somewhat a part of the family.They protected our livestocks from other predators and even they fought back to the people who came to steal from us.
Nature versus nurture: It’s the age-old debate, especially when applied to the question of who the most aggressive dogs are.
Any dog who endures an abusive, neglectful or life-threatening situation can become aggressive. Does that mean these are bad dogs?
Absolutely not.However, some dog breeds were bred for centuries to become protectors and hunters, and those traits are stamped on their genes. This doesn’t mean that every animal in the breed is aggressive, but simply that the potential is there
Here below I have compiled top 5 dangerous known dog breeds, there are more than that and it’s growing in numbers due to various reasons.
The term “pit bull” is actually not a breed — it refers to the American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Bully.
There’s a lot of debate about pit bulls, and these dogs are often in the news having injured or killed someone.But, the news or media often fail to say why in the first place the pitbull attacked. Even snakes don’t bite until they are provoked.One thing is for sure the grip of pit bull is massive it’s bite-hold and shake. In the year 2017 74% of the dog attacks were blamed to pit bull.
This breed is capable of being a loyal, friendly pet and excellent guard dog, it has also attracted the wrong kind of attention from around 1980, where these dogs were bought by many criminals and people involved in dog fighting rings as a statement of masculinity. Aggressive dogs were bred and encouraged to be aggressive towards other canines in order to be excellent fighters. As a result, many once friendly, sweet-natured breeds are now illegal in many countries and American states.
Lastly, apart from their danger Pit bulls can make wonderful, devoted and loving pets. But it’s critical that their humans socialize, evaluate and continually train them so that, in any given situation, the dog knows how they are to behave.
Magnificent or other depending upon the eye of the beholder, this Italian giant is certainly one of the best. This breed was bred as a guard and has a strong sense of protective drive. They are very devoted to their owners, calm , responsive and not normally aggressive until they are provoked or pocked to the irritation.
This breed is suitable for confident and experienced owners only. They need extensive socialization, training and firm leadership otherwise they can be so over over protective to the point of danger.Neapolitan Mastiff are said to the descended of Roman fighting dogs. This breed was nearly extinct in 1940’s, when a painter named Piero Scanzianini and preserved the breed. It reached the rest of the world in 1970 from Italy.
Neapolitan is not recommended as a family dog as well, he is devoted to the family and is loyal but he is too powerful to left unsupervised.Final thoughts this breed is only for highly committed and experienced owners who can manage a dominant dog. Also they do not get along with other dogs , although they their own personality they are messy and they drool a lot, plus they have high development of guard instinct that means they need a very heavy supervision.
They are also known as Canarian Catch Dog. Originally from Spain,Canarian Mastiff, is a large Mastiff-type breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means “Canarian Dog of catch”, and is often shortened to “Presa Canario” or simply “Presa”.
Presas require early socialization and obedience training. In some situations, the Perro de Presa Canario can be aggressive toward other dogs and suspicious of strangers. In the past these dogs were used in dog fighting rings due to their size.
In 2001, Diane Whipple, a lacrosse player and coach was killed when she entered her apartment building in San Francisco and was attacked by two dogs, Bane and Hera, owned by Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel.In County Galway, Ireland in 2017, a woman was killed when she entered her son’s home and was attacked by three of these dogs, which were being used by the son as guard dogs.
As per the dog fightings,Until the 1950s it remained a common practice in all of the islands. There exists ample testimony from former fans. The owners agreed on whether the fight had to be witnessed in silence or if they could incite the animals. No spectator could touch or bother the dogs in combat. The most widespread method was to place the animals within a circle marked on the ground, face to face. The fight began when the collars were removed. These were not organized public events. Instead, they emerged sporadically at the challenge of the owners. However, practically the whole neighborhood participated in the show once it became aware of the fight. The fights were banned in the mid-1940s, but lasted for another decade.
The Tosa Inu is one of the world’s most dangerous dogs. This massive breed can typically weigh anywhere between 130–200 lbs and stands around 32 inches tall.It is legally banned in many countries due to the aggressive nature of the breed. It originated in Japan, where it was bred to be a powerful, muscular dog for fighting other dogs. Even the best-trained dogs of this breed could become overprotective and attack humans.
The Tosa (土佐, also called the Tosa Inu, Tosa-Ken or Japanese Mastiff) is a breed of dog of Japanese origin that is considered rare. It was originally bred in Tosa, Sikoku (present day Kochi) as a fighting dog and is the only breed still used (legally) in Japanese dog fighting.
This is not a breed for first-time dog owners. A well-balanced Tosa that knows his place in the pack will not snap or bite. Early proper manners and training is a must with this breed; teach the dog to heel on the lead and go in and out doorways after the humans.The Tosa is a rare breed, even in its native land and has only recently been introduced to the USA. Unfortunately, this breed is banned in some countries as a dangerous breed. It is definitely unsuitable for beginners, but with the proper socialization, handling and training, it can make a wonderful family companion. This massive dog excels at weight-pulling and makes a great watch and guard dog.
Rottweilers have also been bred to be heavy-duty guard dogs and can be very good as such. Unfortunately, Rottweilers have earned a bad reputation due to a fair number of attacks on both people and other animals, including livestock such as sheep, which have died as a result.Many individuals say these instances occurred due to poor training and a lack of socialisation. But it is generally agreed that this breed is prone to developing a vicious streak if managed incorrectly, can be overprotective of its family and home and also has a high prey drive—more than a handful of Rottweiler attacks have happened recently involving toddlers.Rottweilers are a territorial breed by nature. It is not uncommon to see a Rottweiler showing guarding behavior towards strangers.
How the Rottweilers became Rottweilers
The Rottweiler originated in Germany. They were a multifaceted herding dog which was also used for stock protection. They are a very intelligent breed, and they are very protective by nature. They were believed to be descendants of ancient Roman droverdogs, and were known for being rugged and dependable dogs that had great guarding instincts. The Rotty ancestor soon became a well known guard, particularly for the travelling butcher, he guarded the meat, money and even the butcher himself from potential thieves. This is when the they got their first name, the Rottweil Metzgerhund, or Butcher’s Dog. Rottweil is a town in Germany where the Rottweiler first became utilized by the Germans. Eventually the Butcher’s Dog became known simply as the Rottweiler. The Rottweiler is a strong, obedient, confident breed of dog. They are very loyal and willing to please and are completely versatile.
What NOT to do With an Aggressive Rottweiler
Do NOT… pressure your dog when it’s in a stressed state. If your dog is growling at you when you approach it, don’t think it’s a good idea to get closer. When the dog is growling, it is warning you not to come closer or to stop what you’re doing. So respect your dog’s wishes. Do NOT… shout, yell or hit your Rottweiler. Your goal is to diffuse the situation, not to make things worse. Those should be your last options and should only be used if you’re under attack. If you feel in danger, try to remove yourself from the situation as soon you can. Do NOT… play aggressive dominance based games with your Rottie if it already is showing signs of aggression. This means no tug of war, keep away or chasing games of any kind. Instead focus on other games like fetch.
Why Dogs Display Aggression
The dogs who cause damage most likely do so because of their ancestry.
These dogs were bred to be workers, hunters and baiters. Aggression was deliberately encouraged to get these dogs to perform their specific task better.
Centuries later, those traits are still coded into our dogs’ DNA.
Abuse, neglect and poor training also play a large role in how any dog of any breed responds to their environment. Any dog can become aggressive under the right conditions. (Say it louder for the people in the back, right?)
When we’re choosing to adopt history is as important as the dog’s breed:
- Dogs who were allowed to exhibit poor behavior because of their small size often become aggressive, as they see themselves as the alpha.
- Dogs who were abused become aggressive out of fear.
- Dogs who were starved often become food aggressive.
- Dogs who were not properly socialized often become aggressive to other animals.
- Lastly, people often push their dog into aggression without realizing it.
Child parenting around dogs is critical. Don’t let your child hit, punch, pull tails, ride the dog or in any way harm or make your dog uncomfortable.
It may make for a cute Facebook video when your child is face-to-face with your dog, but dogs see direct eye contact and full-front facing as a challenge. The dog will be very uncomfortable with a child getting right in their face.
If you constantly let your children treat your dog as their personal jungle gym, don’t be surprised when your dog “suddenly snaps” and bites back. Chances are your dog had been telling you all along with their body language that they were uncomfortable, afraid and unhappy.
We have the ability and the responsibility to teach our dogs appropriate behavior and response starting in puppyhood, and this can make all the difference. We can promote nurture over nature.