20 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds, According to UK Data

In the UK, certain dog breeds have been associated with higher rates of attacks and aggressive incidents. Understanding these statistics is essential for fostering safer interactions between dogs and the public.

1. American XL Bully

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This breed has been involved in a number of fatal attacks, leading to its recent ban in the UK. Owners now face strict regulations to control these powerful animals.

2. Pit Bull

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Though banned in 1991, Pit Bulls are still responsible for serious attacks. Their strength and aggressive potential make them a significant risk if not properly managed.


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Rottweilers have been involved in several aggressive incidents, including fatal attacks. Their size and strength require experienced handling to ensure safety.


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Chosen for police work due to their intelligence, German Shepherds can become difficult to control without appropriate training and socialisation, leading to aggressive behaviour.

5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Despite being popular pets, Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been linked to numerous bites and attacks, often attributed to poor training and socialisation.

6. Labrador Retriever

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Unexpectedly, even Labradors, known for their friendly nature, have been involved in aggression cases, illustrating that any dog can exhibit dangerous behaviour under certain conditions.

7. Boxer

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Boxers are energetic and strong, which can lead to aggression if they are not properly exercised and trained.

8. Doberman Pinscher

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Used often in security due to their alertness, Dobermans need careful training to prevent aggressive outbursts towards strangers and other animals.

9. Bullmastiff

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Their protective nature can make Bullmastiffs aggressive if not guided by a firm and consistent training regimen from a young age.

10. Akita

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With a strong protective instinct, Akitas can display aggression towards strangers and other animals without proper management and socialisation.

11. Husky

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Huskies’ high energy and strong prey drive can lead to aggressive behaviour if not channelled through proper training and exercise.

12. Dalmatian

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Dalmatians can be standoffish and sometimes aggressive, especially if they feel threatened or are not well-socialised.

13. Chow Chow

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The independent and aloof nature of Chow Chows can lead to aggression, particularly without consistent early socialisation.

14. Mastiff

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The sheer size and guard dog instincts of Mastiffs require knowledgeable handling to prevent aggressive tendencies.

15. Great Dane

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Despite their gentle reputation, Great Danes can become aggressive if they feel threatened or if their socialisation is neglected.

16. Weimaraner

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Weimaraners need active engagement and consistent training to prevent aggression due to their high energy and intelligence.

17. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Originally bred for hunting, Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a strong prey drive and protective nature that can result in aggression.

18. Shar Pei

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Shar Peis are loyal and protective, which can turn into aggression towards strangers if they are not socialised from a young age.

19. Cane Corso

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Their natural guarding instinct makes Cane Corsos prone to aggression without experienced handling and training.

20. Alaskan Malamute

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Similar to Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes have a high prey drive and strong energy levels that, if not managed, can lead to aggressive behaviour.

Handle with Care

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These breeds highlight the importance of proper training, socialisation, and understanding of each dog’s unique traits. Whether a dog is large or has a history of aggression, responsible ownership and education are key to preventing harmful incidents.

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