What are some of the worst family dogs?
1. Pit Bull
Pit Bull is a generic term that includes several breeds all of which are fine family pets…if socialized and trained properly. Pit Bulls have been bred to be aggressive fighters, and even the most well-trained, loved animal will exhibit these tendencies. For this reason, this is a dog to be cautious about getting as a family pet.
The Rottweiler is an unpredictable and aggressive breed. The CDC reports that between the years of 1979-1998 it held the number two position in regards to fatal bites. This breed needs to be well-trained and in the presence of mature and confident people. It is a great pet for older children who have the maturity and confidence to handle a powerful dog.
3. Chow Chow
Chow Chows have a tendency to seem unfriendly and distant if they are not socialized properly…not the greatest companion for a young child who wants a best friend. They like to have alone time, and need to be trained well from the start so as not to perceive themselves as the leader of the pack.
The Doberman has been bred to be a guard dog, and this contributes to its protective nature. It needs to be socialized and well-trained. This breed responds to gentle correction rather than yelling or slapping which can cause the dog to turn aggressive. This makes it a breed not suitable for children because children will sometimes hit or yell without intending harm.
5. Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies were bred to be outside and active all day every day as they pulled sleds across the northern tundra. They are playful and exuberant. They need lots of exercise to curb their massive amounts of energy. Additionally, they have a high “prey drive” which means they are not good for small children. A running or squealing child can be easily mistaken for prey and attacked by this breed.
6. Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute is a wolf-like dog. Its instinct is to either lead or be led, so this makes the breed require good training earlier than other dogs. Like the Husky, the Malamute has a high prey drive that can make it a dangerous dog for small children to be around.
Akitas are naturally stubborn and require good training from the start. They can turn aggressive quickly in unfamiliar situations or around unfamiliar people. They also become aggressive when they are annoyed…such as if a small child were to pull the tail…
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