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Is YOUR dog on the list of the most aggressive dog breeds revealed?


  • Researchers found that fighting dogs are the most aggressive 
  • This includes American Bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Terriers
  • Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Scenthounds are least aggressive

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Despite being referred to as 'man's best friend', many dogs have an aggressive side.

And now a new study has pinpointed exactly which breeds are most likely to be aggressive towards other dogs.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, researchers from the University of Helsinki found that fighting dogs are the most aggressive.

This group includes American Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers.

In contrast, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Scenthounds were found to be the least aggressive dogs.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, researchers from the University of Helsinki found that fighting dogs are the most aggressive. This group includes American Bulldogs (pictured), American Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers

In the study, the team set out to investigate the personality differences between dog breeds.

'The breed of the dog is the most important determinant underlying personality differences,' said Dr Milla Salonen, lead author of the study.

'All dogs are individuals, and all breeds have different traits, but the breeds differ in what kind of personality most dogs within each breed have.'

The team collected an enormous behavioural survey dataset containing information on 11,000 dogs across 300 different breeds.

These were then categorised into 52 groups.

The most aggresive groups of dogs 

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  1. Fighting dogs (American Bulldog, American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino and Presa Canario)
  2. German Shepherd Dog
  3. Parson type terriers
  4. Asian primitive breeds
  5. Miniature Pinscher
  6. Belgian shepher dogs
  7. Middle European herders
  8. Middle European utility dogs
  9. Jack Russell Terrier
  10. Lapponian Herder
  11. Australian Shepherd
  12. Chinese Crested Dog
  13. Primitve sighthounds
  14. Mixed breed
  15. Brachycephalic dogs
  16. Yard terriers
  17. Northern hunting spitzes
  18. Bull type terriers
  19. Pinschers/Schnauzers
  20. English herders
  21. Welsh Corgis
  22. Teacup dogs
  23. Border Collie
  24. Hunting terriers
  25. Spanish Water dogs
  26. Poodles 

The least aggressive groups of dogs

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  1. Golden Retriever
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Scenthounds
  4. Shetland Sheepdog
  5. Rough Collie
  6. Whippet
  7. Other breed
  8. Bernese Mountain Dogs
  9. Schapendoes
  10. European sighthounds
  11. Other companion dogs
  12. Pointers
  13. Retrievers/Flushing dogs
  14. Lagotto Romagnolo
  15. Northern companion spitzes
  16. Bichon type dogs
  17. Sled dogs
  18. Smooth Collie
  19. Finnish Lapponian Dog
  20. Dachshunds
  21. Mastfiff type dogs
  22. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  23. Livestock guardian dogs
  24. German spitz related breeds
  25. Miniature Schnauzer
  26. White Swiss Shepherd Dog 

The data revealed a strong link between breed and seven personality traits - insecurity, training focus, aggressiveness/dominance, energy, dog sociability, human sociability, and perseverance.

'Dogs scoring high in aggressiveness/dominance are aggressive to other dogs, dominant, and territorial,' Dr Salonen told MailOnline. 

'Whereas dogs scoring low are submissive, social with other dogs, and calming.'

Fighting dogs were revealed as the group with the highest levels of aggression.

This group includes American Bulldog, American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino and Presa Canario.

Golden Retrievers (pictured), Labrador Retrievers, Scenthounds and Shetland Sheepdogs were found to be the least aggressive groups

Also at the top of the list were German Shepherds, Parson type terriers and Asian primitive dogs.

At the other end of the scale, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Scenthounds and Shetland Sheepdogs were found to be the least aggressive groups.

Aside from breed, several other factors were found to be linked to a dog's aggression.

Male dogs were found to be more aggressive than females, while dogs were most aggressive at age nine.

'Based on our research, personality traits are extremely complex and have astounding similarities between dogs, humans and other animals,' Dr Salonen added.

WHAT ARE THE TEN COMMONLY HELD MYTHS ABOUT DOGS?

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It is easy to believe that dogs like what we like, but this is not always strictly true. 

Here are ten things which people should remember when trying to understand their pets, according to Animal behaviour experts Dr Melissa Starling and Dr Paul McGreevy, from the University of Sydney.

1. Dogs don't like to share 

2. Not all dogs like to be hugged or patted 

3. A barking dog is not always an aggressive dog 

4. Dogs do not like other dogs entering their territory/home

5. Dogs like to be active and don't need as much relaxation time as humans 

6. Not all dogs are overly friendly, some are shyer to begin with  

7. A dog that appears friendly can soon become aggressive 

8. Dogs need open space and new areas to explore. Playing in the garden won't always suffice 

9. Sometimes a dog isn't misbehaving, it simply does not understand what to do or what you want 

10. Subtle facial signals often preempt barking or snapping when a dog is unhappy

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