When it comes to most dogs, it’s more about nurture than nature. Sure, they are dogs that are more protective than others. Some are stubborn, while others are better with kids. But no one breed has the monopoly on aggression, although larger dogs can cause more damage if they bite a person.
“Pit bulls and rottweilers can also be misused by people who either train them to appear aggressive or who don’t train them at all, which makes them seem unruly or scary to others,” states Askeland. “It’s important to understand that any dog is capable of biting or showing aggression when put in a situation that makes it fearful. Aggression is a term that is often used to describe a lot of different behaviors, not just biting/injury/damage that is showcased in the media. Some breeds can be more protective of their families, be less friendly with other animals, or be aloof with strangers, causing them to be labeled as aggressive. Energetic breeds such as rottweilers and pit bulls can appear unruly when not [given] enough exercise and mental stimulation.” In other words, don’t skip out on playing fetch and keep your routine stroll to the park consistent.