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The Ten Worst Dog Breeds for Your Family

I call the dogs on this list the Terrible Ten, not because the breeds listed below are "bad" or "evil".  On the contrary, the only thing "terrible" about these ten dog breeds are the people who call themselves breeders but don't carefully screen their breeding stock for both conformation AND disposition.  These are the same breeders who sell these wonderful breeds to pet stores, where the puppies will be placed with families who don't know anything about living with dogs outside of what they've seen on television.

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Each breed listed is large and popular.  Keep in mind that despite all the odds being stacked against them, there are still literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of breed representatives listed below who are living happily in homes acting as protectors of small children.

The breeds on the list are, according to the Center For Disease Control, the top ten breeds of dogs involved in human dog bite related fatalities.  That means dog attacks resulting in death.  


I didn't pluck these breeds out of thin air to "pick on" them.  I am such a fan of the breeds listed below that I want to see irresponsible breeders literally driven out of business.  With that said, flaming me won't get your favorite breed removed from this report by the government.  If you're a breeder and you're complaining, then you're probably part of the problem.  You can see the full report here.    

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In a majority of cases (51%) the victims were children under the age of 12, making this an important topic for consideration if you have children either in your household or in your neighborhood.

I include this list as a warning to potential puppy buyers.  If you are considering a breed listed below, make sure you acquire your puppy from REPUTABLE BREEDER!!!!!!

Choosing the right breed to fit your family is the first step to avoid becoming part of an ugly statistic.  The second is choosing a responsible breeder.  Finally, you must properly socialize and train your family's dog  While these steps will practically ensure that your family dog doesn't become a statistic, every parent should teach their children about dog safety for strange dogs they may come in contact with at school, the playground or even in their own backyard.

Now, on to the list.  Clicking on a link causes a small pop-up window to appear with information about the breed.  To see all the breeds on a single page, click here.

  1. Pit Bull
  2. Rottweiler
  3. Chow Chow
  4. Doberman
  5. German Shepherd Dog
  6. Siberian Husky
  7. St. Bernard
  8. Alaskan Malamute
  9. Great Dane
  10. Akita