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Are some dogs more aggressive than others?

Some dogs have a reputation for being more aggressive than others. For instance, you often hear reports of terrifying attacks by pit bulls, which leads to claims that these dogs are the most aggressive. But is this actually true? The Morning Call looks into these claims, which may help you protect yourself against a potential dog attack. 

It's difficult to rate dog breeds according to aggressiveness. This is because there is no national database regarding dog attacks, which makes it difficult to identify a meaningful pattern. However, some research shows the more popular a breed, the higher the rates of attack. One study reviewed worldwide dog bite injuries over a 40-year period and compiled a list of those canines most often cited. This list includes Rottweilers, German shepherds, collies, pit bull mixes, Jack Russell terriers, and Labrador retrievers, among others. 

However, experts claim that any dog can be prone to attack despite the breed. In fact, smaller dogs are often associated with increased aggressiveness and biting, but because of their stature, these injuries are not usually reported. The best defense against an attack is responsible dog ownership, which entails training a pet to behave in a certain way. In this case, The Spruce offers advice to dog owners to stop their pets from biting. 

Obedience training is key in preventing a dog from attacking. You should also be acutely aware of the situations or people that cause your dog to become aggressive. If you notice your dog becoming agitated it's best to remove him from the situation immediately. Also, don't punish your dog using violent tactics. This only conditions an animal to become more aggressive. 

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