Dog breeds pre-disposed to aggression?

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levigsp

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Any red head in a night club post midnight !!!
Most redheads suffer from red rage syndrome and that include humans.
Some years ago i was blessed with two red coats that suffered rage, you did not need to be anywhere near them when they went off on one. They remain to this day the ONLY thing that has frightened me in my lifetime other than my Pop.
 
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Mountain Bug

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Most redheads suffer from red rage syndrome and that include humans.
Some years ago i was blessed with two red coats that suffered rage, you did not need to be anywhere near them when they went off on one. They remain to this day the ONLY thing that has frightened me in my lifetime other than my Pop.
Truer words were never spoken. I married a crazy redhead and now have two redheaded daughters. If they have inherited my pre-disposition for fighting.....I am a doomed man when they become teenagers.

Scott
 

glasshalffull

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Most aggressive dog I've had to date is the japso. That's a laso apso terrier cross. She's no size looks like a parsons terrier and so far has nipped 4 people. It'd be for the long walk up the garden many times but it's the kids dog. But it's the best yard dog I've ever had. On a recent weekend away she attacked a rhodesian ridgeback about 5 times bigger than her. Bad wee b...h.
 

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Sierra

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Pit bull
Akita
Collie

Would be the most aggressive in my experience.

All dogs will be protective and territorial by nature but bad ownership and life experiences will turn any dog, no matter what the breed.

People have issues with Staffies because they look aggressive and anecdotally are the dog of choice for your average miscreant.
 

marrajack

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I think you can’t generalise with breeds and I also don’t agree it’s how a dog is brought up to be honest
I have had terriers that were brilliant around other dogs to the point of being ok to go in a transit box with strange dogs with not an issue. I had one that was fine with my dogs and any that did not growl or try to assert
Present one is a little tosser but great with family pups and some dogs
 

Fair Hill

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Two friends of mine have Malamute's, they are both very capable with lots of animal's and both have been bitten by their own dogs when trying to stop them attacking other dogs.
 

Twodogs

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A big thank you to all who have contributed, some interesting and very valid observations. Interesting read.

The bottom line, as identified by many posters, is regardless of breed and any predisposition, perceived or otherwise, to aggression, any dog given the circumstances is capable of aggression and being dangerous to humans, other dogs or any other thing. The breed does somewhat dictate the outcome.

Interesting debate on The Moral Maze on radio 4 about whether animals should be treated as sentinent beings?

Evaluating various research studies, generally and I must emphasise generally as it does vary by country and a number of other factors, the most aggressive dogs are, this is not to say all dogs of these breeds are aggressive or even dangerous.
Dog on dog attacks - Akita, Pit Bull, Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier.
Dog on stranger human attacks - Dachshund, Chihuahua.
Dog on owner attacks - Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Chihuahua.

Interesting, perhaps? Regardless take care and stay safe.
 

T.eddie

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A big thank you to all who have contributed, some interesting and very valid observations. Interesting read.

The bottom line, as identified by many posters, is regardless of breed and any predisposition, perceived or otherwise, to aggression, any dog given the circumstances is capable of aggression and being dangerous to humans, other dogs or any other thing. The breed does somewhat dictate the outcome.

Interesting debate on The Moral Maze on radio 4 about whether animals should be treated as sentinent beings?

Evaluating various research studies, generally and I must emphasise generally as it does vary by country and a number of other factors, the most aggressive dogs are, this is not to say all dogs of these breeds are aggressive or even dangerous.
Dog on dog attacks - Akita, Pit Bull, Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier.
Dog on stranger human attacks - Dachshund, Chihuahua.
Dog on owner attacks - Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Chihuahua.

Interesting, perhaps? Regardless take care and stay safe.
The akita, is that the American or the Japanese variation?
 

Keith Edmunds

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A big thank you to all who have contributed, some interesting and very valid observations. Interesting read.

The bottom line, as identified by many posters, is regardless of breed and any predisposition, perceived or otherwise, to aggression, any dog given the circumstances is capable of aggression and being dangerous to humans, other dogs or any other thing. The breed does somewhat dictate the outcome.

Interesting debate on The Moral Maze on radio 4 about whether animals should be treated as sentinent beings?

Evaluating various research studies, generally and I must emphasise generally as it does vary by country and a number of other factors, the most aggressive dogs are, this is not to say all dogs of these breeds are aggressive or even dangerous.
Dog on dog attacks - Akita, Pit Bull, Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier.
Dog on stranger human attacks - Dachshund, Chihuahua.
Dog on owner attacks - Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Chihuahua.

Interesting, perhaps? Regardless take care and stay safe.
When it comes to 'Dog attack on owner' this depends hugely upon the personality and confidence of the owner. Sadly, the notion of being the 'pack leader' can be frowned upon by some in these modern times. Some owners treat dog-training like some kind of 'negotiation or 'debate'. Call me 'old school' but a dog needs a confident and consistent leader and needs to know that it is the absolute lowest member of the pack, from a very early age.
 

Twodogs

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When it comes to 'Dog attack on owner' this depends hugely upon the personality and confidence of the owner. Sadly, the notion of being the 'pack leader' can be frowned upon by some in these modern times. Some owners treat dog-training like some kind of 'negotiation or 'debate'. Call me 'old school' but a dog needs a confident and consistent leader and needs to know that it is the absolute lowest member of the pack, from a very early age.
Well said, I couldn't agree with you more. Barbara Sykes, a well known dog trainer, puts most dogs issues down to perceiving they are, or actually being the pack leader, her training approach aims at redressing this.
 

uptonogood

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i think staffs in their history are generally very friendly and were known as nanny dogs as they were so good with kids. problem lies with people fighting them and then breeding from that, making "fighting lines" which could then get bred into the wider population etc also
Couldn’t be further from the truth mate .Dog aggression requires a switch ,human aggression is there 24/7 .
Dont confuse issues with bull breeds with stupid owners geeing up dogs on chains .Well socialised bull breeds are rounded and perfectly at ease with sensible human interaction .Wind a dog up and they deserve everything coming their way .
Been around bull breeds and their crosses all my life and only seen 1 unbalanced bitch that was pts as soon as it was proven .
Id rather a yard full of bull than one collie at home as they are very unpredictable with strangers even when worked .
One man dogs to the core .
Theres a place for every pack member and it’s below us if you want peace to reign .
Stamp on anything out of order early with a firm hand ,gain respect not fear .
 

countrryboy

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Plenty of decent experience already, not had much experience with 'urban'/city dogs

But id say any farm dogs can be a bugger, my dad would never get out of his van in a farm yard without a stick for that very reason.
Id say collies and jack russels being the worst, but also probably the most numerous too. But any dog allowed too free roam and claim a big area as its territory ur potentially asking for trouble.

1 thing id add is the breeds (or a line, might be more approiate) for aggression cold be pretty fluid, if ur for example breeding grumpy aggressive dogs with other grumpy aggressive dogs those lines are only going to go 1 way, which could be completely different to a properely bred pup off the same breeding.

And as others have said a truelly massive difference between prey drive and aggression, but i do think working dogs with high prey drive when bought purely as a pet may be more prone to aggression/behavioural issues as theyre not doing wot they were breed to do and not being stimulated.
I think that could be a big issue with many collie or terriers

Fortunately never really had my dogs attacked badly but i do remember 1 keepers day 1 lab had a go at mine and ripped its lug, that same lab done another 5or 6 dogs that wknd, it was like it knew the season was over and was settling some scores. (In reality being a keepers day we were mixing and mingling more and not payig as much attention to the dogs as u normally would on a shoot day, so it got the freedom, normally were all watching out for it)
It was always a nasty bugger, but was a few other related labs and they all tended to be quite sharp, so cant all be in the training.
The owner had multiple generations of that line all real nasty dogs. But 1 day i remember him laughing about his new 6 month ish old pup/son getting taught a lesson by its dad in the shared kennel, he just said u heard the squealing/whinning in the middle of the night
Wot chance did that pup ever have of being a normal well socialised dog, no wonder they were all nasty.
Just a viscous repeating circle
 

countrryboy

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Personally not in to bull type breeds, just not my type of dog.

But i always remember at a game fair years ago, speaking to the gundog trainer in the car park who put on the display, which was a very good display.

I think he said he had something like 50-60 dogs in his kennels ( his own and clients dogs he was training) but his house dog was a staffie, was quite shocked and really changed my opinion of the breed
 
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