and how to handle them 

By Josie February 20th, 2023

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Scary Dogs

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Let's take a closer look at scary dogs:

It can be scary when you encounter an unknown dog that seems provoked, especially if it’s one of the larger breeds.

A scary dog can vary depending on several factors, including size, breed, and temperament.

What makes a dog scary?

Furthermore, a scary dog’s demeanor is key; aggressive behavior or an aversion to strangers can result in anxiety for all involved.

The Most Scary Dogs

While all dogs are “man’s best friend,” some breeds are often associated with characteristics that may make them appear “scary.”

However, it must be underlined that it all comes down to how you raise and socialize them.

#1 Pit Bulls

Breeding of Pit Bulls began in England for bull and bear baiting, an immensely popular pastime until these activities became illegal in the 19th century.

While they can vary between sizes, the typical Pitbull is usually quite large and muscular.

#2 Rottweilers

The Rottweiler breed has its roots in Germany and where it acted as a herding and guard dog on farms.

While they can be intimidating at first glance, many people find them gentle giants when properly trained and socialized.

#3 German Shepherds

German Shepherds have historically been hailed as scary dogs, but are nothing of the sort.

Originally bred in Germany for herding sheep, this regal breed has become a beloved pet worldwide due to its intelligence and loyalty.

#4 Doberman Pinschers

Other than their dark and often short-trimmed coat, their upright ears and curved tail make them easily identifiable.

They were developed by a German tax collector in the 1890s who wanted a strong guard dog.

#5 Chow Chows

Chow Chows have been around for centuries, having roots in China.

They were originally bred as working dogs and used to pull carts or guard camps and compounds.

#6 Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies sometimes receive the label “scary,” perhaps because they are reminiscent of wolves.

The breed originates from the cold climates where they were bred to help herd reindeer and pull sleds through snow.

What to do if you encounter a hostile dog

Don’t stare the dog in the eyes or move too quickly (this can be interpreted as a challenge.)

Slowly back away and don’t make any sudden movements.

- Clean the wound with soap and warm water for at least 5 minutes

How to Treat a Dog Bite

- Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment afterward

- Seek medical advice as soon as possible, you might need a tetanus shot.

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If you’re thinking of owning one of these dogs, be aware of their personality so that you can provide them with the right training and socialization.