5 “Aggressive” Breeds Prove You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You Hear

Written by: Tasmai Uppin

February 17, 2015

All dog breeds have their own distinct personality but none of them start off inherently “bad.” It’s the way we humans hone, mold, and train these pups that’s created the so called “unadoptable” category. Here are 5 breeds that have unfairly carried the burden of being generalized as difficult, dangerous, or intimidating.

1. The Rottweiler

There’s a reason why the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is still used today. Looks can be deceptive, and while Rotties may look big and a teeny bit scary, they are often described by their owners as being gentle giants. With consistent and firm training, they can be great family dogs. Watch these Rottie videos to get a sense of their silly, playful sides.

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2. The Pit Bull

Commonly misunderstood as fierce and “dangerous”, Pit Bulls are often mistreated and abused due to that perception. According to the ASPCA, in 2000, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes made up 20% of the shelter population. These beautiful tail-waggers are anything but the vicious breed they are made out to be. In actuality, they are loyal, loving, gentle (even with toddlers/kids) and playful. Their strength and size in the wrong hands is what’s perpetuated their aggressive/dangerous stereotype.

With appropriate awareness and patience, these dogs may finally be able to dispel their bad rap.

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3. The Doberman Pinscher

If you think back to all the movies/shows/cartoons you’ve watched, you may realize that the bad guys either always had Dobermans or WERE Dobermans (remember the mean dog in UP?). Did you just have an AHA moment like I did? Add to that their height, muscular body and speed, in real life they can come across as downright intimidating. This negative portrayal has perpetuated a bad reputation about the breed. But in reality, this Dobermans arehighly active and extremely intelligent, and with proper training, great pups!

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4. The German Shepherd

These smart pups are agile and alert and are often used by the police and armed forces for that very quality. But perhaps it’s that association that makes us hesitant when approached by a German Shepherd. They might be majestic in appearance and demeanor, but they learn quickly and make very loyal furever friends.

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5. The Dalmatian

The 101 Dalmatians probably made you fall head over heels in love with this breed, but out in the real world, Dalmatians tend to have a destructive-ish rap attached to them. Again, it comes down to firm and consistent training. With the right care, love and attention, this breed is likely to blossom into gentle, loving beings.

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Written by: Tasmai Uppin

February 17, 2015


A themed collection of BARK-designed toys, treats, and chews.


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