The 5 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds in the UK
Let’s get something straight. Most dogs are absolutely our best friends. They love us, slobber on us and provide us lots of companionship and love. Nevertheless, dog attacks do happen and they can be serious especially for children. Ensuring we choose the right breed for our family and providing proper training and socialisation is key to having a happy and safe dog at home. We’ve looked at the most dangerous breeds based on number of bites suffered, using figures from Merseyside Police.
1. Jack Russell
These tiny balls of energy were originally bred for ratting so it's not surprise that a lack of exercise and training can lead to unwanted aggression piling up. This may be a small breed but needs a lot of attention and shouldn't be left alone for long periods.
2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Featured in a number of high profile dog attack cases in recent years, this breed is for many the archetypical 'dangerous' breed. However, many Staffy lovers argue that it’s poor ownership and mistreatment that leads to incidents with humans.
3. Pitt Bull Terrier
Currently banned in the UK, this hasn't stopped a number coming into circulation. Bred primarily for blood sports they have been known to attack without provocation.
4. German Shepherd
Smart, strong and the dog of choice for the police, a German Shepherd can be difficult to control if they lose their temper. They can easily outgrow owners in both size and behavioural needs.
Large and muscular, Rottweilers developed a reputation as a 'status' dog due their power and perceived aggression. They require an experienced and committed owner to ensure this huge lump of dog is properly developed.