Sometimes, at the dog park, the topics of conversation can get pretty interesting. Sometimes, too, they can almost lead to warfare.
I’m thinking of a recent visit when the talk turned to what some of us consider to be the most annoying dog breeds. Al (Dad of Otis, the Saint Bernard) chimed in with, “Gotta be the Beagle!” only to swiftly clamp his hand over his mouth once he remembered that our friend, Debbie, was standing there with her two dogs, one of which is a Beagle.
It took a few more visits to the park before Debbie saw fit to forgive Al for his faux pas. At least she didn’t slug him, which looked like a distinct possibility for a minute.
Anyway, for my part, I spared a sideways glance at Joanne and her purse dog, Pierre. I told you about them in 23 Crazy or Just Plain Stupid Things Some People Think About Dogs. It was just a passing glance, though, since I have come to tolerate Pierre, and even kind of like Joanne.
Following Al’s outburst, we continued the conversation. We did, though, keep a close eye out to make sure we didn’t say anything unfavorable about a breed of dog that might be close by.
Are There Really Annoying Dog Breeds?
My take on it is that no breed of dog is inherently annoying. However, I would suggest that from my personal observations, some people are pretty neurotic, and that it often appears as though neurotic people gravitate toward certain breeds – breeds that are high-strung to begin with – and then the human’s neurosis aggravates the dog’s sensitive nature.
Back to the question, though. Are there really dog breeds that could generally be considered annoying?
Not surprisingly, there’s no real research available on the topic. You can look at studies that will tell you which dogs are most likely to bark, which ones are hardest to house train, and which are most likely to bite, to name just a few issues. But “most annoying” dog breeds are not identified by actual research. So, in an effort to try to identify the most annoying dog breeds, I’ve decided to take a look at public opinion on the matter.
I read several posts at DemocraticUnderground.com, which is a site devoted to unfiltered discussion on many topics, and I found a wide range of opinions on the matter of annoying dogs. I’ll quote some posts verbatim. Others, I’ll just describe or edit a bit (largely in order to clean up grammar, spelling, and offensive language). I’ll offer my own take on things from time to time, too.
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So, here we go. I present to you the 29 most annoying dog breeds. Some will appear more than once, so the number actually represents the number of posts, not the specific breeds. Also, counting up the actual numbers would take a while, and I’m lazy. I think you’ll be able to tell easily enough though, from the frequency with which a particular breed is mentioned, which dogs people consider to be among the most annoying breeds.
1. Any Dog
AG points out that any breed or any mix can be annoying, because people don’t bother to properly train their dogs or consult a professional if they’re having issues.
I don’t think I can find too much to argue with there.
2. Mini Dachshund
According to ceile, the Mini Dachshund definitely tops the list of most annoying dog breeds. She dog-sits for friends but doesn’t enjoy doing it, saying that the dog “drives me crazy.”
3. Any Lap Dog
smirkymonkey doesn’t like toy dogs at all, finding them yappy. This is someone who identifies, as I do, as a “big dog person.”
My readers know that I have a marked preference for large dogs. That said, I wouldn’t classify all small dogs as particularly obnoxious.
hobbit 709 pretty much agrees with smirkymonkey, and singles out the Chihuahua as being particularly annoying. LibDemAlways begs to differ, though, saying that small, yappy dogs are not especially objectionable, unless they also bite.
bif agrees with my friend Al when it comes to beagles topping the list of most annoying dog breeds. He says that his neighbor has a Beagle that never shuts up.
bif again. Apparently when bif was growing up, the neighbor had a Sheltie that never stopped yapping.
It kind of sounds as though maybe bif’s problem isn’t really with any particular breed, though. It’s just the constant vocalizing that’s a problem.
Another poster, TZ, added their voice to the argument that Shelties are among the most annoying dog breeds, telling the tale of their mother’s Sheltie and her parrot. Apparently, the parrot used to imitate the sound of the smoke alarm, and then the Sheltie would chime in and bark at the parrot.
So, was the problem really the Sheltie, or was it the parrot? Either way, I’d think that kind of racket would have to be beyond annoying!
7. Jack Russell Terrier
lost-in-nj doesn’t think much of Jack Russells, finding the hyperactive nature of the dog irritating.
8. Any Dog
Mr Coffee might want to think about switching to decaf. He’s targeting “any dog,” saying, “Anything in the whole dog family is annoying.”
Must be a cat person.
9. Jack Russell Terrier
Demoiselle claims that she finds it very hard to warm up to Jack Russell Terriers. She’s definitely a cat person, and says that she knows a Jack Russell who’s the scourge of every cat in her neighborhood. Demoiselle loves dogs, too but would rather that they left cats in peace.
10. German Shepherd
Yeahyeah dislikes German Shepherds – not, apparently, out of any real issues with the breed, though. Yeahyeah’s grandfather was a veteran of World War II, and didn’t much like Shepherds because they reminded him of fighting “the Krauts.” Apparently, that dislike filtered down through the generations.
11. Golden Retriever
Arugula Latte doesn’t much care for Golden Retrievers, considering them to be the dogs most likely to want to sniff your crotch or pant in your face. Arugula admits, though, to being a cat person who doesn’t really tolerate dog behavior in general all that well.
12. Any Dog
Here we go again with the “Any dog is among the most annoying dog breeds” thing. I’m including this, though, because I just find it interesting. Brickbat claims that “pretty much any dog” is annoying.
Brickbat has two dogs. Go figger!
Common Sense Party is not fond of mutts. Again, though, this likely has less to do with the actual type of dog than it does with the neighbor’s dog, who barks incessantly.
nickinSTL also has a problem with the neighbor’s mutt, who leaves its yard to bark at nickin in nickin’s own yard!
HopeHoops detests Pugs, calling them “snotty little hump-your-leg” dogs.
Blue Iris disagrees, claiming never to have seen a Pug hump anyone. Perhaps BlueIris hasn’t met a lot of Pugs, since, as I’ve pointed out in Happy Harold the Humpy Husky, virtually any dog can be prone to that type of behavior.
The most irritating dog The Velveteen Ocelot has ever met was a Papillon that was “hyper and jumpy and yippy and leg-humpy, and none too bright, either.”
These little guys really do seem to invite a lot of dislike. kimi claims to love all dogs, with the one exception of the neighbor’s Sheltie, who barks constantly. The neighbor keeps promising to take the dog to obedience school but never follows through.
From what I’ve been seeing so far, Shelties do seem to be pretty yappy, but obviously, the real problem here is the neighbor that can’t be bothered to do any training.
17. Blue Heeler
carlyhippy acknowledges that there must be Blue Heelers who are pleasant dogs but claims to have never met one that wasn’t mean.
yankeepants, on the other hand, rescued a Blue Heeler and says that it took some training, and some work at socializing. The main problem now, apparently, is that the dog is so people-friendly that when she meets new friends, she gets so excited that she pees.
I think carlyhippy and yankeepants need to meet one another, so that we can take the Blue Heeler off this list of most annoying dog breeds!
Chellie doesn’t like Chihuahuas, calling them “yappy, vicious little ankle biters” that “all seem like they’re born with a chip on their shoulder.” Chellie also compares the Chihuahua’s appearance to “what would happen if Yoda mated with a rat.”
Come on, Chellie, tell us how you really feel!
azmouse’s grandparents had Pugs, and loved them. azmouse, on the other hand, couldn’t stand them, finding their tendency to snort annoying.
20. Labrador Retriever
It’s hard to imagine anyone disliking these exuberant, loving dogs, but WildEyedLiberal is not a fan of the breed, considering them to be over-active and prone to jumping. This contributor admits that some Labs must be pretty brainy, since they’re often used as service dogs but claims that none of the half-dozen or so Labs they’ve encountered have been overly bright.
21. Pit Bull
smalll claims that getting “killed/horribly maimed out of the blue” can be pretty annoying. smalll further suggests that the only purpose of the breed is to “fight, kill and/or maim.”
If you want to know what Pit Bulls are really like, see The Real Truth About Pit Bulls. As to smalll, I think all I really have to say is this: I call bulls***. Oh, I also think that what baldguy had to say in response was accurate and to the point: “You win the prize for most ignorant post of the day.”
smalll really earned a lot of invective over the Pit Bull post, and from where I’m sitting, it was well-deserved.
22. Any Dog
There’s “Any Dog” again, making the list of most annoying dog breeds. liberal trucker says the most annoying breed is any dog that starts with the letter “d” and ends with the letter “g.”
23. Jack Russell Terrier
Yet another vote for the Jack Russell comes from Lurks Often. This poster points to the hunting nature of the breed, and suggests that although you can suppress the Jack Russell’s prey drive, you’ll never really get rid of it.
LurksOften suggests that Jack Russells are not good for novice owners or people who can’t make sure that the dog gets a lot of exercise. I agree.
Tommy Carcetti finds this cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle highly annoying, and Tommy should know, since he owns one.
dropkickpa refers to his brothers Corgi as a “dumbf***,” and says that it is the most annoying dog in the world.
femmocrat disagrees with dropkickpa, and suggests that drop’s brother probably didn’t devote any time to training the dog. femmocrat has three Corgis, one of which is a therapy dog.
ding ding ding ding ding points out that Corgis are herding dogs, and claims also to have an idiot brother. Without training, ding says, the breed will take on practically every trait that’s undesirable in the breed.
KamaAina dislikes Schnauzers, and Blue-Jay agrees, calling them “vicious, horrible beasts!”
27. Jack Russell Terrier
applegrove has dog-sat Jack Russells, and always thought they were pretty cute until they started digging up the park looking for ground hogs.
Well, it’s that Jack Russell prey drive again.
Wolverine DG hates Chihuahuas, suggesting that they are nothing more than “barking rats.”
29. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Posteritatis hasn’t got much good to say about this breed. The poster admits to disliking “yap dogs” in general but also takes breeders to task for breeding brachycephalic dogs that are prone to skull deformities.
This is a sad truth; there are a number of defects that can affect Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. While I wouldn’t necessarily agree with Posteritatis that “their existence is intrinsically cruel,” I am troubled by what I consider to be “breeding for defects.” The issue here, as it so often is, is less about “bad dogs” than it is about bad breeding practices.
Is This a Small Dog Thing?
Are you seeing a bit of a trend here? I’m not representing any of this as being founded in any kind of science, but it does seem that if you take a group of people and throw out a topic, certain commonalities will begin to emerge. Jack Russells, Beagles, Chihuahuas, and Shelties seem to dominate here when it comes to what people view as being the most annoying dog breeds. It also appears as though small dogs are very much over-represented when it comes to the breeds that are most disliked.
So are there traits that are common to small dogs, and their owners, that invite a dislike for small breeds in general, and for specific small breeds? For answers to this question, I turned to a Reddit discussion. I have edited the comments in the same manner, and for the same reasons, as I did with the Democratic Underground discussion.
Small dog owners, fasten your seat belts. This could get nasty! Mostly, what you’ll find here are comments that are very “anti small dog,” although once in a while, you’ll come across a rebuttal by a “large dog person” who thinks that the little guys aren’t all that horrible.
(1) We’ll begin with a post from byu/hello___there__, who has a pretty interesting take on the dislike for small dogs. Byu talks about having discovered videos showing hawks that were attacking small dogs, and reading comments like “The dog looks like a rat; it deserves it!” The comments were not along the lines of concern for dogs whose owners weren’t supervising them. They were not comments to the effect that you can’t blame a hawk for following its instincts. These were comments to the effect that a dog deserved to be attacked for no reason other than being small. So why the hatred? Let’s look at some further posts and see if we can get a handle on that.
(2) PuddlemereUnited suggests that small dogs are the preferred choice of owners who can’t be bothered with training. Hey, it’s just a small dog, so a puddle on the floor is easy to clean up. A small dog isn’t going to jump up above knee level, so if it does jump on a person, nobody gets hurt. PuddlemereUnited assumes, on meeting a small dog, that it’s going to be ill-trained, and is always pleasantly surprised when proven wrong.
(3) nkdeck07 says that her neighbor’s Morkie (I hate these names that attempt to confer breed status on a mix, but that’s another story) has “the same level of training as a gnat” and that 100% of the annoying dogs she’s met have been less than 25 pounds. She points out that not all the small dogs she’s met have been annoying, but that every annoying dog she’s met has been small.
(4) Larkari points out that people get small dogs and fail to train them, often seeing obnoxious behavior as somehow “cute.”
(5) Soot 7990 says that she trained her mother’s three dogs – two Pomeranians and a Pomeranian mix. She trained them “like big dogs because I cannot stand untrained small dogs.” She goes on to say that they’re “the sweetest, smartest little buggers.”
Sounds to me like it has less to do with size here than it does with training. There’s no difference in training methods when it comes to dealing with dogs of any particular size. Maybe this goes back to PuddlemereUnited’s theory that owners of small breeds frequently just don’t bother.
(6) dog_hair_dinner puts it even more concisely, saying “Douchebags who think they can’t handle large dogs get small dogs because they know they can be lazy owners and get away with it.”
(7) Coyotestories also puts the blame on lazy owners, saying that his large dog has been repeatedly attacked by Shih Tzus and Poodle mixes. “Their owners do exactly nothing.” Coyotestories has no dislike for little dogs, though, saying that he once took a handling class with a breeder of Chihuahuas, who “would have about 10 little teeny dogs there, all sitting politely and quietly.”
(8) Sheepheadslayer also has a large dog, and says that he just wants to play with other dogs, but “It’s always the little ones that want to kill him. And most of the time their owners don’t say or do a damn thing about it.”
(9) Shibahuahua defends small dogs, saying that her father used to find small dogs highly annoying. Then he acquired a Chihuahua mix, and “They are attached at the hip. Dad would do anything for that dog, seriously. Now I have a small dog too and when we come and visit my dad just sits in random chairs and hopes that someone will jump in his lap. It’s funny how people change.”
Of course, there has to be a reason for that change, and as Shibahuahua points out regarding small dogs, “If they’re well-trained then they are fantastic. Hand anyone a well-behaved small dog for a week and they’ll come around.”
(10) Vamzies “adores small dogs,” being the owner of two Pug/Pomeranian mixes. Both are well behaved. However, Vamzies works in a doggie daycare center, and says that “Most of the small dogs make me lose my mind. Mostly mini doodles. I hate doodles in general…they all suck, except a couple.”
Vamzies further states that other small dogs can also be pretty horrible, because “People just buy these dogs and put zero work into them. They let them bark, they let them jump, they dont try to house train them. It’s not the dog’s fault, its 100% the human’s fault.”
I think we may be seeing a common theme here.
(11) twistedLucidity says, “I don’t hate small dogs. I hate ill-mannered, untrained dogs. Or, more specifically, I pity the dog and hate their owner.Unfortunately, small dog owners seem to think “My dog is small, can’t do much/any damage, so I will not put in the effort to train him. It’s just the mindset that some people have of “Oh I don’t really have any experience with dogs and can’t dedicate a lot of time to one, so I’ll just get a small dog!”. A lot of people are also let small dogs get away with a lot more because if a small dog growls and barks at a bigger dog, it’s “cute,” but if a larger dog does it people see it as a more serious concern.”
Well, if we’re going to be totally realistic here, if a large dog displays aggressive behavior, it most definitely is a more serious concern. A full-on bite from an ill-natured small dog is never going to cause the same kind of damage as even a nip from a large dog. But does this mean that owners of small dogs should get a pass on training their pets because “Hey, you only needed three stitches, it’s not like a Rottweiler tore your arm off”?
No, it most definitely does not. Sure, “small dog” means “small bite.” However, some people are more vulnerable to injuries than others. A senior, for instance, will be much more vulnerable to harm from any dog bite than a young person who is in good health. And what if it’s not just one bite? One story that still comes up in the news from time to time is that of a toddler that was killed by the family Pomeranian in 2002 – the child was left unattended, and repeated bites caused the child’s death.
So should owners of small dogs get a pass on training their dogs to behave like civilized canines? Obviously not. The potential for harm is still there.
Same goes with a lot of other behavioral problem. By all means not saying that all small dog owners are this way, but some are. People will almost always remember bad experiences over neutral ones, so the little aggressive yappy dog will stick in peoples minds and over time give them a bad impression.
(12) Twzl is a Golden Retriever owner, and points out that “If you own a big dog, you either train it, or it doesn’t leave your house. Few people are stupid enough to parade through a crowded place with an untrained 100-pound dog on the end of a leash. But people are OK with taking a 10-pound dog almost anywhere. Then you have a nasty, untrained animal in a public place. People know that they have to train the big guys, but some people think it’s adorable when their little dog tries to bite someone or guards the owner.”
Twzl also points to the discrimination that many owners of big dogs encounter, saying “When I go to the vet, and I have to interact with a stupid owner, 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be someone with a small dog, who doesn’t get that if they don’t get their dog under control, their dog stands a good chance of antagonizing a big dog. And when that happens, it’s always the big dog’s fault. Always, always, always even though it isn’t really. I love dogs, doesn’t matter the size. But I don’t like some of the attitudes that are in attendance with small dog ownership.”
(13) Athenrein points out that sometimes “small dog problems” have less to do with size than they do with circumstance. She has two small dogs, one of whom suffered a broken leg in puppyhood, and as a result, missed out on socialization in the early months. The other was a rescue whose previous owner didn’t bother with training and constantly yelled at the dog. Athenrein says that she is working with her dogs, and that a lot of work is going to be needed. However, she points out that the same amount of work would be needed if her two dogs were bigger. She also believes that a lot of people don’t put the necessary effort into training small dogs, in the same way that they would with large dogs.
(14) Laquei, interestingly, puts the blame squarely not on owners, but on people who encounter small dogs! She says about her Chihuahua, “It has been appalling how other people have treated him. I work in a dog friendly office and many of my coworkers think it’s just peachy to swoop down and snatch him up really fast, and then hold him against his will when he struggles to get away…. LIKE, REALLY?? I think most dogs would not be okay with this behavior from strangers, even the more laid back and mellow larger dogs. Sure, they might not bite, but I can’t really envision most dogs enjoying this sort of treatment. Thank god my dog didn’t bite any of the dumbasses that did that, although I almost wish he did. This has happened more than once and I don’t bring him to the office anymore because of this.”
I tend to agree with her. A lot of people don’t realize that dogs in general, no matter how cute and cuddly they might appear, really don’t enjoy being grabbed up and hugged. They tolerate hugs from the people they know well, but can be very snappish when confronted with the same behavior from people they don’t know. It’s not specific to small dogs. But where most people would not attempt a full on hug with, say, a Rottweiler, or a Pit Bull, or even Boxers like my Janice and Leroy, have no restraint at all when attempting such a thing with a small dog. Then they wonder why they got bitten. Well, it’s because they didn’t respect the dog’s boundaries, and they got a completely understandable reaction.
Back to the training issue, larkari points out that “small dogs just tend to attract shitty owners, and poorly trained small dogs are out in public more than poorly trained large dogs.”
I’m not sure why this person’s name was deleted from the Reddit conversation, but I think that hi/her opinion has value here. We’ll just call this person “Anonymous.”
(15) Anonymous is an owner of large dogs, who says that they don’t have it all that easy. This person’s German Shepherds are “very social and well behaved with people and even cats, and yet people…seem to act extremely nervous. Lost count of number of times I’ve been asked if they bite, if they are police dogs. People snatch up their small dogs and look horrified if my guys want to sniff or interact. I’m sure Pit Bull, Doberman and Rottweiler owners know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s not hatred so much as nervousness or maybe people have had a bad experience with similar dogs. So I try to not take it personally. I have not had enough good experiences with small dogs to make me like them more after many negative encounters. I’ve had them get all cocky and confrontational in dog parks while the owner just laughs and jokes about it. I’ve had MANY small dogs on flexi leads charge up to my Shepherds barking. My mother’s mini Dachshund bit my daughter years ago drawing blood. My MILs dox full on attacked my very calm social gentle German Shepherd. I don’t hate small dogs, but my main issue is how many owners don’t take them seriously and do not train them properly to interact appropriately with others. Maybe it’s stereotypical, but my dogs are stereotyped just as much, so I try my best to train them well and have them be approachable and calm. Additionally, most small dogs I have known personally have been dedicated barkers and few seem to be capable of being fully house trained even with good consistent work.
This doesn’t sound to me like a person who hates small dogs. It’s more like someone who has large dogs, and resents the fact that the little guys are given a pass on bad behavior. Anonymous works hard at training and socialization, and dislikes the stigma attached to certain large breeds.
(16) KestrelLowing reports coming to a better appreciation of small dogs after attending various dog events, and points out that when you go to dog shows, there’s a better chance of finding dogs of any breed that have been properly trained. Kestrell suggests that you can get a much better picture of how a particular dog breed is likely to behave if you encounter one at a show than if you just meet one randomly on the street.
(17) Saintaw goes back to the fact that “People get annoyed at the yippy barky dogs, which tend to be the tiny ones, and thus don’t like them.”
Well, that’s a pretty succinct assessment.
(18) hh059n claims to be “not a small dog person at all,” but does “like some small dogs,” and has an American Cocker Spaniel named Jax. Hh059n’s life experience led to not being able to accommodate a large dog, but a “yappy shit dog” or “crazy terrier” still wasn’t going to be part of the picture. The best “small dog” seemed to be a Cocker, since if a dog could hit at least 30 pounds, hh059n was willing to give it a try.
As to big versus small, hh059n says “Most small dogs I’ve met are assholes, and their owners don’t care. I’ve volunteered at a spay/neuter clinic and I don’t think twice to help hold a Pit or anything like that to administer shots, but a little dog, I’ll usually get the owner to help a little more. I’ve never been bitten there, but I watched a Chi flip out on his owner and split a lip and his hand wide open. And I’ve been bitten by a Schnauzer who I was house sitting. The dog was in my lap licking me one second and went ape shit on my hand the next.”
So, there you have any number of reasons, or opinions, as to why people don’t much like small dogs. If you look at the commonalities through the discussion, though, it seems as though it’s the same as it is with specific breeds of small dogs. You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” right?
Well, it seems as though it’s not the level of nasty in the dog, it’s the level of stupid in the owner.
Any dog, without proper training, has the potential to be a menace. This is true whether you’re talking about a Shih Tzu or a Rottweiler, a Toy Poodle or a Pit Bull, a Yorkshire Terrier or an English Mastiff.
A dog is a dog. Size doesn’t matter. Training methods are essentially the same for all dogs, no matter how large or small, and any dog can be a menace if not properly trained. A Rott or a Pitty might rip a chunk out of your arm with little difficulty, but a small dog can still cause a lot of damage if not properly trained and socialized.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the most disliked dog breed?
There seems to be no definitive answer to this question as it is largely subjective. However, some of the breeds that are commonly cited as being disliked include small dogs such as Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and Toy Poodles. Other breeds that are sometimes mentioned include Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and English Mastiffs.
What is the Most Yappy Dog Breed?
The most commonly cited answer to this question is the Jack Russell Terrier. Other breeds that are sometimes mentioned include the Miniature Schnauzer, the Brussels Griffon, and the Bichon Frise.
Which Dog Breed Has the Most Annoying Bark?
The beagle has the most annoying bark according to a recent study. They are known for being very vocal and will often howl, whine and bay to get your attention. If you’re looking for a quiet dog breed, this isn’t the one for you!
What Are the Naughtiest Dog Breeds?
The naughtiest dog breeds are those that are more likely to get into trouble. This can include getting into fights with other dogs, chewing on furniture or other objects in the home, and barking excessively. Some of the most naughtiest dog breeds include the American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, and Chow Chow. If you’re looking for a dog that is less likely to get into trouble, consider breeds such as the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
What is the Most Aggressive Dog?
The most aggressive dog is the pit bull. Pit bulls were specifically bred for fighting and are the most likely breed to attack other dogs. They also account for the majority of fatalities from dog attacks.
What is the Most Hyper Dog?
The most hyper dog is the Australian Shepherd. They are high-energy dogs that were bred to herd livestock all day long. They need a lot of exercise and plenty of things to keep them occupied or they will become bored, which can lead to destructive behavior.
What Dog Kills the Most Humans?
The answer to this question is not straightforward. Different sources provide different answers, and it is difficult to get an accurate count because many dog attacks go unreported. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the approximately 4.5 million dog bites that occur in the United States each year, about 800,000 require medical attention. Of those, about 16 die as a result of their injuries.
While the CDC does not keep statistics on which breeds of dogs are responsible for the most human fatalities, other sources do. In 2018, the website DogsBite.org compiled a list of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. from 2005 to 2017. The data shows that pit bulls, rottweilers, and wolf hybrids were responsible for the vast majority of fatal attacks during that period.
Some people believe that certain breeds of dogs are more dangerous than others and should be banned. However, experts say that it is not the breed of the dog that is to blame, but rather the individual animal’s temperament and the owner’s training and handling of the dog.
Which Dog Has the Loudest Bark?
The dog with the loudest bark is the Rottweiler. They are known for their deep, hoarse bark that can be heard from quite a distance.
Which Breed of Dog Barks the Least?
Basenjis bark very little, if at all. They’re quiet, easygoing dogs that make good pets for apartment dwellers.
The Final Word
It seems as though there are a lot of dog breeds that people find annoying, and that a lot of people find little dogs in general to be annoying. If you look back through the “most annoying breed” list, though, you’ll also see “Any Dog” well-represented, usually in the context of “any dog” that hasn’t been properly trained. And if you look at the comments as to why small dog breeds are so annoying, you’ll see that this also goes back to training, or lack thereof.
So, are there really dog breeds that are inherently annoying? I don’t think so, but then I’m known in my neighborhood as “that crazy dog person.”
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What do you think? Is there a particular breed of dog that gets under your skin? Why? Does it actually have to do with the breed, or is it because of the size of the dog? Would you change your mind if you met a small dog that you liked?
Just some things to think about, I guess. Until next time, I wish you and your dogs, regardless of breed or size, much happiness, love, treats, snuggles and all other good things!