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7 Dog Breeds that Turn on Their Owners

Doberman Pinscher Baring teeth

No matter how loyal a dog is, at the end of the day it’s still an animal. Therefore, dogs can turn on their owners and attack them, in some specific situations. In most cases, a lot of provoking is needed to force a canine to retaliate. However, the danger of mishap is always present. Let’s take a look at some dangerous breeds that are most likely to attack their owners.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow laying on hardwood floor in front of fireplace

This dog may seem like a fluffy, adorable cloud, but don’t let his/her innocent face fool you. Chow Chows are notorious for having a bad attitude because they try to show dominance over anything and everything. Their protective nature exacerbates this bad attitude and they can end up attacking strangers.

It may come as a surprise, but Chow Chows are listed among the most dangerous dogs. They have also caused several human deaths, mostly involving strangers. Therefore, they should be trained and socialized early on in their lives to avoid serious problems. The scissor-like bite of a Chow Chow is a complete contrast to its beautiful appearance.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher laying on leaf covered trail

Doberman Pinschers pack brutal strength and their sheer size makes them one of the most dangerous canines in the world. They are loyal guard dogs and are often used by police. Although these dogs are extremely loyal to their owners, they can be incredibly ferocious and unforgiving to strangers. They have extraordinary strength of biting that can cause some serious harm to humans.

There are many reported attack cases in which Doberman Pinschers are involved. Trained or not, they always have the potential to cause a problem. For this reason, you must check in with the homeowner’s insurance provider before bringing this dog home.

Great Dane

Great Dane Standing outside among bare trees

The Great Dane is often called a gentle giant because of its calm demeanor. There is no denying that this 200-pound dog is very friendly if trained and socialized properly. However, they can lose their composure and become anxious in strange places. Therefore, Great Danes can cause a lot of chaos and trouble in unfamiliar places and around unknown people.

As long as a Great Dane is not agitated, he/she will not cause any trouble. However, this giant pup can be quite unforgiving when provoked.

Great Danes can be extremely brutal when not cared for and trained. Make sure to train this canine properly if you adopt one because bad habits are very hard to unlearn. You can also use the services of a professional to train your Great Dane properly. Sometimes, behavioral conditioning is needed to control this breed.

Pitbull Terrier

Pitbull Terrier walking on boardwalk with head down as if it will attack.

American Pitbull Terriers are strong dogs and often make it to news headlines for attacking people. These dogs can turn on their owners at any time. The historical background of this breed (bred as fighting dogs) probably offers the best possible explanation for this behavior. Combine this with their short, aggressive temper and you will have a threat for everyone.

Even if accidentally provoked, Pitbull Terriers will attack anyone in their path, be it children or the elderly. This is the reason why many insurance providers straight up refuse damage coverage related to this breed. Over the years, several owners of these dogs have claimed that their pup will never attack anyone. Despite all these claims, Pitbull Terriers sit at the top of the list of ‘Human fatalities caused by dogs’.


Rottweiler laying in field of flowers

Rottweilers are among the most dutiful dog breeds. This is the primary reason why they make the most common police dogs and guard dogs. They have incredible strength and can show a lot of aggression. An abused, untrained, or non-socialized Rottweiler will be a threat towards anything that comes in its path.

On top of that, Rottweilers are extremely territorial. They can even turn on their owners due to the lack of behavioral conditioning. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to provide professional training to Rottweilers, whenever possible. The strong jaws of these canines are very much capable of killing a human being.

Siberian Husky

Close up of a  Siberian Husky's face

Young Siberian Huskies are volatile and wild. They are the closest relatives of wolves and were originally bred as sled dogs. Although adult huskies are very elegant and beautiful creatures, their younger selves are restless and skittish. This breed is very famous for its fast speed, sheer strength, and a lot of stamina.

Huskies love adventurous activities and that is the primary reason for their lack of social skills. Young pups of this breed can also turn on their owners when they are abused, provoked, or anxious. For this reason, this dangerous dog breed is NOT recommended for first-time owners.

Wolf Hybrid

Wolf Hybrid standing next to tree

You may have already guessed why this particular breed may turn on their owners. This mix of different creatures results in a dangerous dog that retains many traits from its wild half. Wolf Hybrids should NEVER be kept as pets due to the threats they pose.

Most wolfdogs are a highly threatening mix that may turn on their owners in a moment. However, if consistent and proper training is provided, a Wolf Hybrid can be tamed to a certain extent. Unfortunately, this is a short-term success because the wild side takes over as the dog matures.

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