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Dog Breeds That Seem Dangerous but They Aren’t

12 dog breeds that seem dangerous but they aren’t:

Have you ever been strolling with your dog and going about your own thing when you see other people crossing streets at different angles or bringing their kids closer to them because of the stigma regarding the breed?

Unfortunately, certain folks just don’t know any different, which leaves some dog breeds with a terrible reputation. Perhaps your puppy belongs to a breed that is entangled in the negative reputation craze, even if they’re probably the sweetest pup in the world.

The thing is that the majority of breeds are neither violent nor dangerous at birth. So, without further ado, let’s debunk these myths together.

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Neapolitan Mastiff

The stereotypes about this dog breed are that they’re mostly slobberers, stubborn, and fight-starters. That’s a huge lie, and in this case, it applies the rule of never judging a book by its cover.  If you want to adopt a lap dog, go for a Neapolitan Mastiff! It is possible to educate a Neapolitan mastiff to be a little less unwilling and eliminate such myths with the right training and early socialization. This is the dog for you if you want it to watch over you and your home!

And trust us when we say they’re going to make your heart melt.

Canary Mastiff

This dog breed is also seen as very aggressive and territorial, but in reality, they’re super attached to their owner, and they’ve shown a soft spot and a docile character. Canary mastiffs, rated 3 out of 5 for devotion and playfulness, make excellent family dogs with the right training. If you require a dog that can protect your home in your absence, this breed is an excellent choice.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are among the cutest dog breeds, so I don’t understand why they look like a threat to many people. For almost a century, German Shepherds have served as police, military, and security dogs. The American Kennel Society (AKC) describes German Shepherds as intelligent, devoted, and the perfect dog for dog lovers. Breed data from ATTS shows that they also passed the temperament test with flying colors, with 84.4% passing.

So, I personally don’t see a valid reason not to adopt one!

Doberman Pinscher

They are stereotyped as being menacing and violent, especially toward strangers. Dobermans serve as security dogs most of the time, and no, they are not just fierce toward outsiders and devoted to their masters.
Per several studies, they scored 3 out of 5 for having fun and 5 5 for their degree of attachment to people.

Chow Chow

These giant teddy bears look so cute and ready to give a hug, yet they’re seen as dangerous dog breeds. The majority of Chow Chows are ill-trained or have insecure owners. They are typically reticent about strangers and were initially employed as guard dogs in China, but when they find the right person, they will be incredibly devoted.

These dogs often exhibit feline attitudes and require a gentle reminder to maintain proper behavior. When you prove your leadership to them, they will follow you, defend you, and shower you with kisses with that tongue that is both blue and black.


You won’t believe that, but Chihuahuas are among those dog breeds that can be quite aggressive, especially without proper training. And they are known as ankle biters, which can be quite unpleasant (haha).

Other than that, the American Kennel Society claims that chihuahuas are adorable, elegant, and spunky.

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Pit Bull

…But just look at their adorable faces! So innocent and playful, seeing a pit bull puppy without knowing it’s a pit bull will certainly win your heart. But then there is the stigma and the stereotypes that describe this dog breed as dangerous, and you should avoid letting them near kids. Only lies!

Since the 1980s, dog fighting has gained popularity despite being completely illegal and unethical. Pit bulls are the most common breed of dog used in this “sport.” Thirty years later, the stigma surrounding the breed still exists because of this practice, which ruined the reputation of pit bulls.

Dogs’ stability, shyness, aggressiveness, friendliness, and general protectiveness are all measured by the nonprofit American Temperament Test Society (ATTS). An overwhelming 866 out of 870 American Pit Bull Terriers passed the test. Pit bulls are not the monsters that some people would have you think; instead, they are devoted and loving dogs.

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Alaskan Malamutes

This dog breed resembles the Siberian Husky quite a lot but it is substantially heavier. These dogs weigh around 90 pounds or more. These big, strong canines are also quite lively. They enjoy getting into mischief and rolling around like a rubber ball. Sadly, a contributing factor to that issue is that they don’t always pay attention to their owners. A little training can be very helpful; however, they may be a bit stubborn and hard to train.


Sissy, fancy, and adorable are three words that define poodles. For those who don’t know, this dog breed is a delicate creature that needs quiet environments. When abruptly handled or in a chaotic environment (such as a dog run with lots of people), they are more likely to get uncomfortable. A poodle is a dog for you if you want it to protect you, go on long, brisk walks with you, and thrive in advanced obedience lessons.


Another adorable dog breed that “wears” a stigma over their forehead is Akita. Originating in Japan, Akitas struggles to socialize with other dogs and has a strong protective instinct. This is perhaps partly because of their independent and unyielding attitude. Despite being the third most likely breed of dog to bite without provocation, Akitas are nevertheless quite popular in the United States, according to a 32-year assessment by Animals 24–7.


People feel more at ease with boxers because of their goofy appearance. They are, however, energetic, muscular worker dogs. When you combine it with their tendency to be protective, issues may occur.

Dogs can protect themselves when they don’t think well of someone or feel threatened by them. They’ve also been bitten in the past but not fatally. Similar to other dog breeds on the list, it’s critical to understand how to care for and teach them from an early age.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador retrievers are still used as hunting dogs in teams with people. They are bigger canines that may weigh up to 80 pounds and have a height of around 2 feet. Family dogs typically come to mind when we think about labs.

Furthermore, because they tend to trust people too much, they don’t make the finest security dogs. However, they will bite or knock you over in case they feel threatened.

Which of these dog breeds that seem dangerous but aren’t is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.

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