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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    For me, it differs depending on how you interpret "intimidating".

    I have a deep respect and appreciation for GSDs, Rotties, and Dobes. I think they're gorgeous and one day, I might have one of any of those breeds. But man, they do intimidate me in a "I'm not worthy" and "you're a little scary" kind of way. Maybe it's the coloration? LOL

    Chows intimidate me in that I don't trust them. They make me very nervous.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Ovcharkas, hands down
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Chows and GSDs are the worst for me. I don't trust either breed really. The Chows just seem like they're always sizing you up and the GSDs I've met have been nervous/aggressive wrecks. I don't like the focus in their stare and the way they move (the slinking) really freaks me out.

    I know that either breed can be handled safely, I just avoid them when possible.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    A GSD that slinks is not a correct GSD. Too bad you don't live near me. You could see what good temps are like.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I agree wholeheartedly with the Ovcharkas, but I'm also going to say Sarplaninac, a closely related breed.

    Saw them in real life and they are both stunning and intimidating. Caucasian Ovcharkas:
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    Also seen two of these in real life. I like their look less than the Caucasian and Sarpla, but they're the embodiment of humongeous and powerful. Central Asian Ovcharka:
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    And the Sarplaninac, also seen in real life and like the Caucasian they're both stunning and intimidating. Sarplaninac:
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I find any largish, unsupervised dog intimidating. There's a yellow lab a few houses away who is always out roaming the neighborhood and I'm terrified he and my dog will get into a fight someday. For general look, I'll agree with Crantastic - large, short coat, and cropped ears.

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    Personally, black labs (but only if I have my dogs with me). The majority of loose dogs that have rushed mine have been black labs or black lab mixes. Only two seriously wanted to eat my dogs (one I grabbed before he could, and the other the owner called off), but my heart still jumps whenever I see one running loose.

    Based on my dog knowledge, I'd probably be most intimidated by something like a Tosa Inu or a Caucasian Ovcharka, and (more common in my area) some chows and Akitas.

    As far as for what LOOKS most intimidating to me, probably anything large with a short coat and cropped ears. Cane corso and dogo come to mind.
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    I grew up with GSDs and loved them to death, and still do. I was bit by one in the face in 2011 that left a pretty good scar and several stitches. I thought I would be scared of the breed after that, but it didn't phase me one bit! I can understand where one would feel intimidated by them though!
    I was bit by a GSD, but still think they're gorgeous dogs. They only time I'm intimidated by them is if they are unsupervised. I'd love to own one (my husband has fond memories of the GSD his family had), but I don't think I could provide the proper home for one

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    If it's a Fila or Caucasian Ovcharka,

    and I don't know the dog really well,

    Then I'm not going anywhere near it,

    Even though that big dog might be swell.


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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I had a Min Pin try to bite the face off of a dog I was dog-sitting (it escaped out of it's owner's apartment and came tearing through the yard over to us) and a pug/beagle mix try to bite Alannah's face off recently. I wouldn't call them intimidating - but they certainly weren't very pleasant.

    I wouldn't say I'm really intimidated by any dog breeds....I just realize that they need and deserve respect, some more that others, if you know what I mean?


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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Fila was my first thought. CO's and CAOs are also really intimidating. And the boerboel I met was pretty intense too.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Honestly? Anything significantly stronger-looking than me... until I know it's friendly.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I find Tibetan Mastiffs very intimidating looking... and rottweilers too.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    It really varies for me, first and foremost is any loose dog, supervised or not! That scares me to death! Especially larger dogs, but I'll admit if I'm visiting someone their small terrier type dogs scare me if they are barkey or growling.

    Also, I know how totally ridiculous this sounds but I'm intimated by dogs with blue eyes!

    I guess, to just be honest, I'm in love with dogs but I'm terrified of almost all dogs that aren't mine, even if I know them!

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I'm always surprisingly intimidated by Weimaraners. I think it's because all the ones I've known have been really bouncy and badly-trained, with wide eyes and a huge grin... they kinda remind me of the Joker from Batman!

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    The only dog I have been intimidated by was my old neighbor's dog. She was a mix of some kind. I watched her grow up from a few houses away. Our neighborhood did not allow traditional fences so everyone who had a dog had a tie out or an electric fence. One day, Pepper and I walked by and she was out. She was held back by her electric fence but just barely. Lunging, barking madly, hackles raised. Pepper hid behind me and I stepped on his paw as I backed up, seriously injurying him. I carried him home, crying, even though I was like 10 and he was fifty pounds (a lot for me at the time). My mom called the neighbor and she had her electric fence backed up a couple more feet as it was right on the sidewalk line. We always walked on the opposite side of the street until we moved.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    No one judge please.... I am way more intimidated by small fluffy dogs than any big dog. In my experiences, the little fluffy ones are more unpredictable and more apt to bite. For looks, any dog slinking with it's head low, and teeth showing.

    For most people, I agree, it is the short coat with cropped ears though.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    A wet, adolescent Lab, running towards me, ready for mischief....

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    To me these are the most intimidating dogs and intimidating to me means the dog scares me. Where I would see the dog and walk the other way.

    1) Certain Pit Bulls (I say certain because some don't look scary, while others do)
    2) Cane Corso
    3) Fila Brasileiro
    4) Black GSD
    5) Canary Dog
    6) Rottie
    7) Tibetan Mastiff
    8) Tosa Inu

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Chihuahuas!(sp?) Some reason my aunt picks the worst ones.

    Most people think our family dog is scary, he is 140 pounds of bulky Rottie/GSD. He has a shepherd face and tail, with Rottie markings.

    I actually am not really afraid of any dog. But large black dogs are pretty intimidating. Also large dogs that are loose! Except my neighbor's Lab, he is a sweet old man.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    For the record, when I say physically "intimidating", I'm not referring to dogs that scare me. I think instead of dogs with the physical traits that I would typically assign to an powerful looking dog. So, based off of appearances alone - if I didn't "know" dogs - I'd probably say a well conditioned, cropped, working bred American Pit Bull Terrier with its mouth closed.

    Mouth closed specifically because when a Pit Bull opens its mouth, all you can see is the biggest, happiest, silliest ear-to-ear grin ever.

    They're one of my favorite breeds, but I recognize that from a visual standpoint they are one of the fittest and hardiest dogs I know. And almost nothing but muscles and bone. To me, any dog with a thick coat (Akita, Chows, Tibetan Mastiffs, CAOs/COs) does not look intimidating. Any dog with wrinkles (Mastiffs) does not look intimidating. Doberman Pinschers look, to me, very pretty and fragile (I know they are not the latter) and not intimidating. In comparison, a conditioned game bred APBT is compact muscle and intensity in picture. Love the breed, can't think of another breed I'd trust more to be people friendly, but I associate an intimidating appearance with a dog that simultaneously looks both powerful and striking.

    In actuality and in person, the breed that scares me the most would be the Caucasian Ovcharka, as several others have mentioned. The videos online and my one passing experience with a neighbor's CO or CAO is enough to convince me. I thought about adding Tibetan Mastiffs to the list just based off of pictures/video and what I do know of their temperament, but I've met many TMs and they were the goofiest dogs ever. They were, of course, American show bred and probably a world away from the dogs still being trained for work in Tibet, but that's what I associate them with now.

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    I don't like the focus in their stare and the way they move (the slinking) really freaks me out.
    Really? That's extremely odd. I've known many German Shepherds of different types and temperament, but I've never known one to "slink". Much less enough to make a generalization.

    The focus and intensity in the eyes I do get, though.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roloni View Post
    The one eyed junkyard dog..with a hubcap for a dish.
    Quote Originally Posted by missPenny View Post
    ^^ This xD lol
    Your dogs breed doesnt mean anything to this type of dog..
    This dog has never been loved..and never been trained...Its fearless and working on survival instinct !

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