Most and Least aggressive dog breeds – Who’s right for your family?


If you are planning to adopt a new pup into your home, especially if you have children, the type of breed and a little bit of research is very important. To make your job simple, we have listed down some of the most aggressive and least aggressive dog breeds. Choose wise and thank us later!!

Most Aggressive Dog Breeds

It is worth noting that the below dog breeds scored very less in the temperament test conducted by the American Temperament Test Society. They test the dogs based on aggression, panic, and extreme shyness. While there are a lot of breeds that have the lowest scores, here are some of the breeds that are listed highly aggressive.


Though Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dogs in the world they are also considered highly aggressive. Chihuahua is considered to be the oldest dog breed in America and they have short or long hair. They come in various colors. They only weigh about 4 to 6 pounds and are included in the toy group of dogs. But don’t under-estimate them because of their small size. Chihuahuas are very loyal creatures and tend to be devoted to their owners, but they are extremely possessive and are generally one to two-person dogs. They tend to get very jealous and snip or bite at those who are close to their owners. They are not a child-friendly dog though as they are often very temperamental. They bark a lot and are good as an alert dog rather than a family pet

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman’s origin is traced back to Germany and it is listed under medium size dogs. They usually weigh around 70 to 90 pounds and have a thick, glossy, short-haired coat. They come in various colors like red, black, blue or fawn. They are very intelligent and are mainly used as guard dogs and for police work. They have a very strong protective instinct towards their masters but if trained well can get along with children.


Rottweilers are usually large dogs and weigh about 85 to 130 pounds. They are short-haired dogs with a dense straight coat that is black with either rust or mahogany markings. These dogs originated in Germany as well and were used for hunting and herding in earlier days. Later, they became popular as army and police force dogs. This breed is very aloof and territorial. They do not accommodate strangers very easily and are usually good with children but because of their size, they may not be a good family dog with babies and children.
Few other dog breeds that come under this category include German shepherd, Siberian husky, Pit-Bull and Jack Russell Terrier but they can be good family dogs if trained properly and can adapt to changes. Though these are the behavior traits of each breed the dogs can show various personalities depending on the conditions they grow up in. 

That being said, let’s talk about some of the least aggressive family dogs and why you should consider to adopt them into your family especially when you have kids.

 We all know of the common family dogs like Labrador and Golden Retriever, Pug, Poodle, Collie, and Beagle, so in this article let’s discuss some of the not-so-common dogs that make good family pets.

Bernese mountain dog

Bernese mountain dogs are known for their loyalty and for having a friendly and calm disposition. This large and sturdy breed is a great family companion and is wonderful with kids. Their origin is traced back to Switzerland and they were originally bred for herding cattle. These dogs have quirky personalities and are vocal. They are very sensitive and affectionate beings. Because of their size and personality, they need a home with a backyard or access to the local park where they can run and play.

Brittany Dog

Originally known as Brittany Spaniels, they originate from France and are used as hunting and retrieving dogs. Now, commonly called Brittany, these dogs are very energetic, friendly and easy to please. Their sweet-nature allows them to be a great family pet. They get very attached to their owners and easily get along with other people and animals. Since they are very energetic they need vigorous exercises. Since they are also dependent dogs, training them very young will help them from being very submissive and shy. They tend to get anxious if not cared properly. So, they are suitable for an attentive family who can smother them with love.


These bulldogs come in all shapes and sizes. Though they all a smaller feature with an upturned nose and unique wrinkled face. The bulldogs have various breeds like English, French, British and American bulldogs. Despite their grumpy-looking facial expressions, these dogs are very friendly, courageous, playful and patient. They are great for homes with kids and elderly people. They also get along well with other dogs. They form a very strong bond with children and do not need excessive exercise.

Newfoundland Dog

They are called, ‘Gentle Giants’ because of their massive build and friendly personality. Despite their size, they are calm and gentle dogs with docile nature. They are especially good with children. They have webbed feet and water-resistant coat, which requires regular brushing. Earlier days, they were used for fishing, retrieving, hunting, hauling heavy equipment and in rescue due to their brave and courageous demeanor. They are fairly active and need plenty of exercises. They will be suitable for homes with big space and access to the outdoors.

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