12 most dangerous dog breeds that kids should be aware of

Chow Chows can be aloof and territorial, which might not make them the most patient or tolerant around energetic children.

Chow Chow

Akitas are known for their loyalty but can be reserved and wary of strangers, making them less suitable for households with active, unpredictable kids.


These strong and independent dogs are better suited to families with older, more responsible children who can handle their size and energy.

Alaskan Malamute

Dalmatians can be high-strung and may not tolerate the rough play that often accompanies younger children.


Bulldogs are generally gentle, but their brachycephalic (short-nosed) anatomy can lead to breathing difficulties, which may not be ideal for families with active kids.

English Bulldog

These large and powerful dogs require strong, responsible handling, and they may not have the patience for small children.


While they are energetic and intelligent, their high activity level and tendency to be nippy might not be suitable for households with young children.

Jack Russell Terrier

Chihuahuas are tiny and delicate, making them prone to injury when handled by small children who might not understand their fragility.


Basenjis are known for their independence and aloofness, which may not align with the patience and tolerance needed around children.


Shiba Inus are strong-willed and can be reserved, which might not make them the best choice for families with rambunctious kids.

Shiba Inu

These dogs are strong and can be headstrong, which might make them a challenge to manage in a household with young children.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Greyhounds are gentle and quiet dogs, but their thin skin and low body fat can make them more sensitive to rough handling, making them better suited to homes with older children.