Don’t just look at a dog’s breed when selecting one. Even the gentlest of breeds can be violent ones, especially if they aren’t given enough socialization and training. Did you know that the breeds that are more likely to bite are the ones people rarely think about – like the cuddly toy poodle or the Jack Russell Terrier?
- Chow Chows are one-man dogs that be given to bite with no warning. They’re also a bit ferocious around unknowns, and can be quite tenacious fighter. So be sure to discipline this dog and set right from wrong, immediately.
- The Papillon is fiercely loyal of their owners – to a fault. They can be quite possessive and standoffish to strangers.
- Old English Sheepdogs are very protective of their owners so they might be aggressive if anybody tends to be too close to its owners.
- A Llasa Apso often gets cranky around kids.
- Rottweilers are extremely protective of their masters.
- Chihuahuas aren’t too fond of kids. They’d rather be with adults than play around with tots.
- Toy Poodles bite people and other animals out of self defense. Unfortunately, ‘playing’ according to you may be perceived as a form of ‘attack’ to them.
- Dachshunds aren’t known for their patience.
- Jack Russell Terriers are feisty creatures who require early training to prevent long-term biting and digging problems.
- Giant Schnauzers are very dominant. They often challenge adults, particularly strangers.
- Cocker Spaniels often suffer from a dangerous genetic disease known as “rage syndrome.” This syndrome causes spontaneous violent action against not strangers, but actual family members. Many Spaniels have been put down because of this unwanted behavior. Check with the breeder to ensure your Spaniel is free from this dangerous dog disease.
- The Pekingese isn’t all that tolerant of strangers.
Here’s a rundown of breeds that are typically gentle but can’t shake off their “bad dog” image.
* Boxers are pretty good with kids. They are good watchdogs, but will only become aggressive
* Bulldogs are very playful and gentle.
* Great Danes, while considerable in size, happen to be kind and affectionate.
* Mastiffs are especially quiet and docile.
* German Shepherds are great with kids too. These are courageous, fiercely loyal dogs who, if trained properly, will be extremely gentle to family and guests.
* Rottweilers are also capable of tenderness and affection. They have a bad rep, but if they trust you, you’ll never have to worry.
Amber: oh... I'm on the list... hmmm....
Dawn & Snowy: and that's quite true!