Rough Collies are the most aggressive dog breed, according to a new study of more than 9,000 pets.
Research conducted by the University of Helsinki found that small dogs are more likely to behave aggressively, growl, snap and bark compared to medium and large dogs. While no dog breed is inherently vicious, other breeds are found to be aggressive, including German Shepherds, Miniature Poodles, and Chihuahuas.
The results, published in Scientific Reports, found that male dogs are more aggressive than females, while a puppy’s personality can also affect its likelihood of displaying aggression towards people.
“In our data set, the Long-haired Collie, Poodle (toy, miniature and medium) and Miniature Schnauzer were the most aggressive breeds,” Professor Hannes Lohi of the University of Helsinki told MailOnline. “Previous studies have shown fear in long-haired Collies, while the other two breeds have been shown to express aggressive behavior towards strangers.”
Elsewhere in the study, the team also found that dogs who spend time in the company of other dogs are generally less aggressive. Not surprisingly, some of the less aggressive breeds include Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.
Professor Hannes explains the importance of doing your research before adopting a dog, saying, “As expected, the popular Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever breeds were on the other extreme. People who are considering having a dog should familiarize themselves with the background and the needs. of race. ”
Take a look at the full results below …
23 of the most aggressive dog breeds
- Miniature poodle
- Miniature Schnauzer
- German shepherd
- Spanish water dog
- Chinese crested
- German Spitz Mittel
- Cotton Tulear
- Wheat terrier
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Cairn Terrier
- Border collie
- Finnish Lapland
- Smooth collie
- Jack russell terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Lapp Shepherd
- Golden retriever
- Labrador retriever
Like this article ? Sign up for our newsletter to receive more articles like this straight to your inbox.
Do you like what you read ? Enjoy Country Living magazine delivered right to your door every month with free UK delivery. Subscribe now to save on store price + get instant digital access to the latest issue! SUBSCRIBE
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and uploaded to this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and other similar content on piano.io