Most Dangerous Dog Breeds: Protect Against Bites

most dangerous dog breeds

We all love dogs, and they can be great companions. However, some breeds can be very dangerous. Dogs killed 392 Americans between 2005 and 2016. 297 of those deaths were caused by two general dog breeds — pit bulls and rottweilers. Based on the number of dog bites, attacks, and fatalities, these are two of the most dangerous dog breeds in the United States. 

Dangerous dogs are unpredictable and aggressive. At Christensen & Hymas, we regularly represent dog bite victims in injury cases and work to help them understand their rights. Therefore, this post explains some details about dangerous dog breeds and how to prevent bites.

Characteristics of the Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

Pit bulls and rottweilers are two of the most dangerous dog breeds, but they are not the only dogs that can bite. Always use caution around larger dogs, especially if they seem to be acting aggressively.

  • Pit bulls

The general breed of “pit bulls” includes several different mixes, and all of them are dangerous. American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American bulldogs, and other mixes are all types of pit bulls. Sadly, pit bulls were originally bred for fighting, and thus are larger and very strong. They were specifically bred for incredible jaw strength, a vicious bite style, and a high pain tolerance. Pit bulls’ bite style is known as the “hold and shake,” and can cause serious damage. Often, pit bulls attack seemingly out of nowhere. So, caution around them is particularly important.

  • Rottweilers

Rottweilers cause less fatalities than pit bulls, but they are also very dangerous. This breed is very powerful, and their body type is built for strength and endurance. Furthermore, they are extremely loyal and protective of their owners. Therefore, they may act out aggressively towards strangers.

How to Prevent Dog Bites and Attacks

Dog attacks are often very unexpected and unpredictable, but certain scenarios can increase risks. Think about the following precautions when you are around larger or potentially dangerous dogs, and do what you can to avoid dangerous situations.

  • Do not leave infants or small children alone with a dog
    • If you are visiting someone with a dog, be extra cautious with your children
  • Do not approach a chained dog (especially if it is male)
  • If you encounter a pack of loose dogs, find help and safety right away
  • Do not approach a vehicle with a dog inside

Children are frequently the victims of dog attacks. Therefore, you should be extra cautious in how you handle situations where your children are around them.

Bitten by a Dog? Christensen & Hymas Can Help

If you are attacked by someone else’s dog, you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury case. At Christensen & Hymas, we regularly help people who have been bitten by some of the most dangerous dog breeds, and are looking to recover their losses. If you think you may have a case and want a free case consultation, please contact us today!

We also wrote a book about dog bites and animal attacks — The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook. This book can help you understand your rights and prepare you for a successful case. Order your absolutely free copy today by clicking on the title above!


Ken Christensen
Partner, Founder at Christensen & Hymas
Ken Christensen is the founding partner of Christensen & Hymas. He is an avid cyclist, loves baseball, and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

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