I found a website today that listed “Deadly Dogs - The Most Potentially Violent Dogs to Own”. The ranking was sorted by most to least US fatalities.
1) Pit Bull/Pit Mix
A Pit will take on any opponent and has no fear of losing a fight. Although it is a fallacy that they can lock their jaws, it is unlikely that they will release their prey until it is dead.
These dogs are intelligent and serious. They have keen territorial instincts that may lead to aggression against intruders and are the size of an average woman.
3) German Shepherd
If badly bred, Shepherds can have a nervous and untrustworthy disposition. If mishandled, this dog will never forget and could lash out.
4) Husky Type
This breed is independent and domineering and if not trained well as a puppy, anxious tendencies can lead to nipping, then biting.
5) Alaskan Malamute
These dogs are high energy and strong willed, if bored they can become destructive.
6) Doberman Pinscher
This dog does not typically enjoy children. Males can be nervous and aggressive towards other males. Dobermans frequently suffer from abandonment issues if left home alone too often.
7) Chow Chow
Their aloof and independent nature can cause them to be aggressive towards unfamiliar people or animals. They are also obstinate and need constant reinforcement.
Other Breeds that have attained a bad reputation for a few rare attacks…
Some experts say that their aggressive tendencies have been “bred out” but they are naturally suspicious of strangers.
They have protective tendencies, active minds and require a ton of exercise to avoid retaliation from boredom.
Originally bred to guard and fight with cattle, an attack by this dog has been described as hopeless for the victim. They are a guardian breed with man-stopping ability, incredible power and a complete lack of fear.
Any dog crossbred with a wolf will have some wild instincts to hunt and harm.
This list caught my eye because the top seven included Malamute and Chow Chow along with the ‘dishonorable mention’ including Wolf Hybrid. My lovely mate has Malamute/Wolf mixes and a Chow Chow. Am I in horrible danger? Probably not. The comments on the original website pointed out that bad dogs are often nurtured instead of natured. Breeds do have tendencies and their owners need to be aware of these traits. The wolf/malamute mix needs firm but loving discipline, lest they assert an alpha pull on their owners.
The other thing that caught my eye was the pictures that the person used for the dogs. The Dalmatian got a really bum wrap when it comes to a pictorial image. Shoot, I’d never have one if this was the typical behavior!
The Chow Chow did not fair much better...
Oh well... I suppose personal experience is the best teacher for confirming or dispelling the perceptions of others.