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21 Dog Breeds Not Suitable For First-Time Owners

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Some dog breeds are just not right for inexperienced dog owners,

Some dog breeds are just not right for inexperienced dog owners,

It's in Their DNA

Dogs are our most loyal friends, known for their honesty and dedication for centuries. Almost all breed dogs are loyal and devoted to their owner and family. But still some breeds of dogs are not suitable for everyone, because dogs were developed thousands of years ago by domesticating wolves. And they still have the original characteristics of wolves, such as aggression, dominance and pack leader tendencies. The different breeds of dogs were developed according to the different needs, so they have more or less these traits depending on the breed.

Some dogs have more traits of aggression, dominance and pack leader mentality, and should be raised only by experienced dog owners. In addition, the dog's physical ability, bite intensity, and size also matter. For example, the Chihuahua dog is known to be quite aggressive, but still these small dogs are considered less dangerous.

In this article, we'll discuss 21 breeds that are excellent dogs, but they should be kept only by an experienced owner.

Dog Breeds That Need Experienced Owners

Mastiff DogsTerrier

Argentino Lino (Dogo Argentino)

American Bulli

Bullmastiff

American Pitbull Terrier

Bully kutta

American Stanfordshire terrier

Boerboel

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Presa Canario

Tibetan Mastiff

Tosa Inu

Working GroupShepherd Dogs

Akita Inu

American Alsatian

Alaskan Malamute

Caucasian Shepherd

Doberman Pinscher

Central Shepherd

Rottweiler

Dog breeds that need a firm and experienced owner (by category)

HybridsNon-Sporting

American Bandogge

Chow Chow

Wolf Hybrids

Akita

Akita

1. Akita

Akita is medium to large sized, ancient dog breed, native to Japan. Which are available in two variants, Japani Akita Inu and American Akita. Japanese Akita is recognized by its red, white, or brindle coat, while the American Akita doesn't have any specific color coat, that can be of different colors. Akita dogs are strong, sturdy, athletic, aloof and suspicious dogs, which have square shaped body structure and curly tails. They are known to be aggressive and dominant dogs, which need a good training and early socialization.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

2. Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a big and powerful dog, originated in the USA, that was originally bred to haul heavy freight over long distances. Despite its strength, the breed is very friendly. The Malamute is a very intelligent and loyal dog, but because it was bred to survive in harsh conditions, it is also incredibly resourceful and independent. The Malamute may not be a great fit for families that have other pets, particularly small ones since the breed does have a fairly developed prey drive.

American Bandogge

American Bandogge

3. American Bandogge

The American Bandogs are strong, muscular, fearless, mastiff dogs, which were developed in Britain to participate in big games like boar hunting and dog fights. This breed was developed by mixing between a couple of terriers, English mastiffs and English bulldog. American Bandogs are a further extension of English Bandog. They are developed by American veterinary John Swinford mixed by mixing between English Mastiffs (a Neapolitan mastiff) with Pit bull terrier and other American Mastiff Dogs. These are energetic, dominant and courageous dogs that need a firm and expert owner, who can prove himself the pack leader for them and provide them sufficient mental and physical exercise.

American Bully

American Bully

4. American Bully

The American Bully is a relatively new dog breed from America, which are 5 categories of the American Bully—pocket, standard, extra-large (XL), extreme and classic. They are not recognized by AKC (American Kennel Club), but recognized by the American Bully Kennel Club since 2004, and by the United Kennel Club since July 15, 2013.

American Bully Dog was developed as a companion dog, by mixing between an American Staffordshire Terrier and other Bull and Terrier dog breeds. Which is basically a wonderful family dog with a laid-back personality, but its an aloof and reserved dog and if not well trained and socialized at an early stage it can be aggressive and dominant.

American Pitbull Terrier

American Pitbull Terrier

5. American Pitbull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a medium sized, short coated, broad chested, muscular dog, native to America, also known as Staffordshire Fighting Dog, Bull Baiter Dogs, Yankee Terrier and Rebel Terrier. The American Pit Bull Terrier is an aloof and reserved dog that had got the bad reputation to be aggressive and dominant, due to back door breeders and bad training to participate in a dog fight. This dog was developed as a working and companion dog that need an experienced owner, good training and early socialization.

American Stafordshire terrier

American Stafordshire terrier

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6. American Staffordshire Terrier

American Stafford shire terrier is a small to medium sized dog from America, also known as Staffy, Staffie, Stafford, Staff, Am Staff, Amstaff, American Staffy, and Stafford dogs. American Stafford shire terrier is a hybrid dog breed, that was developed by mixing between "English Terriers and English Mastiff dogs".

American Stafford shire terrier dogs are strong, muscular, energetic and sturdy dogs which are reserved, and very protective of their family and owner. And if not, well trained, then they can be aggressive and violent towards other pets and strangers.

Argentino Lino (Dogo Argentino)

Argentino Lino (Dogo Argentino)

7. Argentino Lino (Dogo Argentino)

The Argentino Lino is a large, white, muscular, sturdy dog from Mastiff dog breed category of dogs. This dog breed was developed in 1928, in Argentina, for big-game hunting, including wild boar, and protect its human companion. The Argentinian Lino dog is also known as Argentinian Mastiff, Argentine Dogo, Dog Argentina, or Dogo Argentinho. It is a very combative, strong and dedicated dog. Some dogs of this breed, which were trained to participate in a dogfight, developed aggressive and dominant instincts. Who were aloof and suspicious not friendly with other dogs and other pets.

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

8. Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a large-sized, powerful, firm and fearless family guardian dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. Bullmastiff dog was originally developed in England in the mid-1880s, by mixing between an English Mastiff with an extinct Old English Bulldog. This dog was developed as a gamekeeper to guard estates. Its is a powerful, active dog that needs a firm owner, who can teach him that he is not the pack leader.

Bully kutta

Bully kutta

9. Bully kutta

Bully kutta are giant, powerful, mastiff dogs, native to India and Pakistan, also known as the Kumaon mastiff, Sindh mastiff, Pakistani bully, and even Indian bully dogs. In Pakistan, they are known as Bulli mastiff or Bulli Kutta. The name comes from the Hindi/Urdu word bohli, meaning "heavily wrinkled" and kutta, which means dog. This dog breed was developed as watch dog, and latter used for dog fight. Bully Kutta is basically a calm and gentle dog, but its highly dog to dog aggressive and reflect high prey drive.

Boerboel

Boerboel

10. Boerboel

The Boerboel is a large, mastiff-type dog, originated from South Africa.. also known as South African mastiff. The Boerboel is powerful, courageous, loyal, but a dominant dog with black mask and a short coat. It has strong bone structure and well developed muscles. This is known as farmer's dog, which was developed by South African Farmers, for protection from dangerous animals and predators. This dog needs early training and a firm and experienced owner.

Brazilian astiff

Brazilian astiff

11. Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)

The Fila Brasileiro is a large, powerful, mastiff dog from Brazil, that has a broad head, powerful muzzle, and brindle or fawn coat. This dog breed was developed to be a hunting dog, and a ranch and plantation dog, and also known as Brazilian Mastiff. This is a brave, determined, strong, and courageous dog that was used in dog fights and known to be a dominant dog that has pack leader tendency.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

12. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Caucasian Shepherd dogs originate from a Russian region called Caucasus. They were commonly used to protect flocks as well as premises against wolves and other wild animals and strangers in the mountains of Caucasus. This is where they got their name Caucasian mastiff or Caucasian mountain dog. They are also known as zhaul zhali (Chechen, Ingush). These dogs powerful, courageous and aloof , which have tendency to grow dominant and aggressive, if not well trained and socialized. Also Caucasian Shepherd dogs have high pack leader tendency, and need a firm and dominant owner.

Central Asian Shepherd

Central Asian Shepherd

13. Central Asian Shepherd (Alabai)

The Central Asian Shepherd is a large, powerful, athletic, shepherd dog, which is descended from a Mastiff-type breeds of central Asian countries, but some people believe they have developed form the Tibetan Mastiffs. Central Asian Shepherd dogs were bred to be a livestock guardian, and also known as the Alabay or Alabai. This is powerful, devoted, hardy and aggressive dog that needs a firm owner.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow

14. Chow Chow

Chow Chow dog is an aloof, reserved, bold, and proud-looking dog, originated in the arid steppes of northern China, also known as the Tang Quan, or the "Dog of the Tang Empire." They are commonly the models for the stone guardians found in front of Buddhist temples and palaces. Chows can be aloof or quite aggressive with strangers. They need to be trained at an early stage by an experienced owner.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

15. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher dogs are large, sturdy, powerful, fearless and intelligent dog from the hound category of dog breeds, originated in Germany. They are very loyal and obedient companions that make good family pets, and their dedication to their owners is unmatched. But Doberman Pinscher is known as "one man's dog", which is aloof, suspicious and highly protective to its owner and family, some dogs can be aggressive and dominant. This need firm training and early socialization.

Presa Canario

Presa Canario

16. Presa Canario

The Presa Canario is a large sized, strong, mastiff type dog, originated from Spain. It has has powerful muzzle, and brindle coat, and look very similar to Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), and also known as Canary Mastiff or Canary Dog or Dogo Canario. The Presa Canario dog was bred to participate in dog fights, guarding and herding in Spain's Canary Islands. This breed was almost extinct and modern Presa Canario dogs are developed after 1950s by mixing the existing mix breed Presa Canario dogs with mastiffs and other dog breeds.

Rottweiler Dog

Rottweiler Dog

17. Rottweiler Dog

The Rottweiler is a medium-to-large sized dog, native to Germany, also known as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs. Because, it was bred to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat to market. It's a powerful, courageous and a dominant dog breed, which is most popular dog breeds in the U.S. and all over the world. But this is an aloof and reserved dog that must be well trained and socialized at an early stage, otherwise can be aggressive towards other dogs and strangers.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

18. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog is medium sized, short-haired, muscular dog, native to England, also known as Staffy, Staffie, Stafford, and Stafford dogs. Its an agile, muscular, companion dog from terrier category of dogs, which is known for unconditional love and devotion. But Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog must be properly trained and well socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult. Also, this is an athletic and energetic dog that needs daily exercise to burn calories, otherwise it can be destructive.

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

19. Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan mastiffs are ancient domesticated dogs. These dogs are large, strong, and powerful mountain dogs whose traditional purpose was to protect livestock and help for herding. They look like a lion, and nowadays, Tibetan mastiffs are one of the most demanded dogs in Asian and European countries. But Tibetan mastiffs is an aloof, suspicious and aggressive dog. that have very high pack leader tendency and known to be dominant and dog to dog aggressive. Tibetan mastiff dogs, must be well trained and socialized and need a firm and dominant owner.

Tosa Inu

Tosa Inu

20. Tosa Inu

The Tosha Inu is a giant, powerful, courageous dog, originate from Tosa-Wen (Tosa Bay) in the Kochi Prefecture area of the Japan. It's an ancient dog breed that has presence in history since the 11th century and also known as Japanese Tosa, Tosa-Ken, Japanese Mastiff ·The Japanese Tosa dog was originally bred as a fighting dog and known to be an aggressive and dominant dog breed.

Wolf Hybrid Dog

Wolf Hybrid Dog

21. Wolf Hybrid Dog

Wolfdogs, or wolf hybrids are the mix between a domestic dog with wolf, that can be described as “wolf like a dog” or “dog like a wolf”. The wolves are much smarter and more intelligent and bigger than dogs. Also, they have many powerful bites and better smell senses that attract many people to own a wolfdog. But wolves have very high prey drive and they are not loyal and obedient like dogs. There are many examples, when these domesticated wolf dogs or hybrids dogs attacked on other pets. Wolf Hybrid Dogs are not predictable and not reliable with kids and other pets, and not recommended for first time dog owners.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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