Are most dogs dangerous? No. Are some? Yes. But most can be reigned in with training, and proper care, time, and attention from the owner.

Find out 4 of the most dangerous dog breeds to avoid in this post.

Every dog wants to be a “good” dog. Unfortunately, some think that means biting and attacking innocent people because their owners haven’t taught them it’s not okay.

Just because you see a dog without an owner, or one that’s barking aggressively, doesn’t mean you will get attacked.

Some dog breeds are more dangerous than others. Here’s some of the most dangerous that you should watch out for. And – if you can – meet the dog with the owner so the dog understands you’re not a threat:

Pit Bulls

This one should come as no surprise. You hear about vicious pit bull attacks on the news all the time.

Interestingly, the phrase “pit bull” in and of itself does not refer to a specific dog breed. Rather, it’s a general term that refers to a number of breeds which originate from the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Bulldog.

They were originally bred to bait bulls and bears. And they’ve been used for years in dog fighting circles throughout the world.

Rottweilers

Yes, you hear about bites from these dogs on the news all the time too. And the news in this case does not distort reality: Rottweilers are truly dangerous dogs.

Their breed has a fascinating history though. The Roman army bred these dogs to drive herds of cattle that fed their army as it marched throughout Europe. These dogs then bred with local dogs, and butchers used the resulting dogs to drive cattle to market.

Rottweilers have a naturally vicious temper. They are not recommended as suitable in any way for family life. And they require a calm, assertive, and attentive owner to help them keep their emotions in check.

German Shepherds

These dogs were originally bred to do exactly as their name suggests: help shepherds protect and watch over their flocks.

However, over time, German Shepherds have also been used as guard dogs because of their loyal, but courageous and even vicious nature.

If properly trained and raised, German Shepherds can be wonderfully nice dogs. But the story completely changes if the owner is irresponsible.

Doberman Pinschers

Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector who did his work door-to-door in the early 1800s, is credited as the original person to breed Doberman Pinschers. Looking at the nature of his work, you can see why. Interestingly, he also ran the local dog pound.

You don’t want to run into a Doberman Pinscher all on your own.

Nearly every dog breed can make a wonderful family pet when given the proper time and attention. However, the breeds on this list, simply by nature of the dogs’ genetics, make them susceptible to unwarranted attack.

Remember: Texas law typically allows dogs “one free bite” but that does not apply to certain breeds of dog which are inherently dangerous such as a Pit Bull. The owner of a Pit Bull is expected to know from the get-go that the canine could be dangerous and pose a risk.

If you were bitten by a dog contact a good personal injury lawyer today.