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The World's 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

Is a vicious dog's behaviour down to nature, or nurture? Regardless of the breed, we can typically point to a puppy's upbring to explain significant parts of its personality. However, certain breeds o

Is a dangerous dog's behaviour down to nature, or nurture? Regardless of the breed, we can typically point to a puppy's upbringing to explain significant parts of its personality. However, certain breeds of dog have earned their terrible reputations, often labeled as vicious because of their apparent predisposition to violent interactions with other dogs and humans. Still, it has been suggested that training and domestication could iron out the kinks in the nature of an aggressive canine: Famous dog trainer Cesar Millan has a gentle and docile pit bull - a notoriously vicious breed - that he often uses to help train dogs that are out of control. “It’s not the breed that makes a good companion,” says Millan. “All dogs are great companions. Communication creates a partnership and dogs have the simplest communication on the planet. For them, everything is about trust, respect and love.”

So, almost any breed of dog can be a wonderful companion, but almost any breed of dog can kill. It's true, though, that certain breeds are most susceptible to falling victim to a powerfully aggressive nature, and with a combination of improper care and the physical attributes and characteristics of a violent breed, these ten most dangerous breeds of dogs cause a higher number of injuries and fatalities than any other.

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Pit bulls are by far the most dangerous and aggressive breed of dog there is. Pit bulls were responsible for 22 deaths so far in the United States this year. They require extensive and proper training to prevent aggressive outbursts. Many countries around the world have even banned this extremely aggressive breed of dog.

A study released in 1991 found that 94% of the attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked. This percentage is significantly higher than that of other breeds, which average 43%. A five-year review of dog attack victims, between 2001 and 2005, conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia determined that pit bulls were implicated in more than half of the bites wherein the attacking breed was identified. Of the 269 incidents where breed was noted, 137 of those were attacks by Pit Bulls.

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