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    What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I was just wondering what eveyone thought? What do you consider to be the most intimidating dog breed? Not aggressive or vicious but intimidating.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I guess if I had to choose, going strictly on looks not considering genetics or original use, whatever etc.

    The Neapolitan Mastiff can be pretty intimidating at first glance.

    btw I actually really like all mastiff type breeds, not really intimidating to me, but I can see where some might think they are.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I have no idea why, but I always felt Chows were pretty intimidating. I used to work at a dog day care, and it's nothing against the breed but I was always so intimidated by that breed when we had them in daycare.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    For me Cane Corsos are have a very intimidating look.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    For me, personally?

    GSDs.

    Something about the look or my associations. My dad was a cop who was a K9 handler for a while, and those dogs were not... well balanced/of sound temperament. I understand that's unusual, but the dog snarling and lunging at EVERYONE except my dad (including my mother and I), breaking free to tear up some random neighborhood kid walking by, left a mark.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Any dog breed that does not belong to me, You just never know what a strangers dog is like.


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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Quote Originally Posted by CptJack View Post
    For me, personally?

    GSDs.

    Something about the look or my associations. My dad was a cop who was a K9 handler for a while, and those dogs were not... well balanced/of sound temperament. I understand that's unusual, but the dog snarling and lunging at EVERYONE except my dad (including my mother and I), breaking free to tear up some random neighborhood kid walking by, left a mark.
    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!

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Quote Originally Posted by SydTheSpaniel View Post
    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'm pretty sure my youngest puppy is a good part GSD and I'm okay with that - honestly, I can get over it for an individual dog with a bit of time. I've been bitten by dogs since (and of other breeds) that didn't have that effect, but something about the combination of my age and LIVING with the dog that was that... unstable left me twitchy with them at first, or just seeing them walking down the street.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    The one eyed junkyard dog..with a hubcap for a dish.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Hmmm, I mean, I'd guess most of the Mastiffs are pretty intimidating to most people... just by sheer size, and the more 'droopy' face, etc. I've never been intimidated personally by Mastiff-type breeds I've encountered but I know dog behavior fairly well, and just never sensed any reason to worry with them, but I've only ever been around a DDB and an English.

    Honestly, Pit Bulls intimidate me around my dog. Whenever we go to dog events, etc, sometimes I just don't like the way they look at Jackson, or try to interact with him, so we try to stay away whenever we can. Not in a rude way. I just have seen too many idiots who bring their Pits into the dog park on the big dog side and try to start fights. I don't know, the tendency for DA and seeing a few fights at the DP with them have made me not want my dog around them. I've never had an issue with people.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I am personally very intimidated by Akitas I was almost attacked by one and it would have been really bad if my dog Smokey had not jumped in the way while the dog was in mid jump at me with his mouth open and everything. It was like time stopped. After Smokey fought the dog off I ran home with him and warned a old man walking his yorkie that same way. My mom found out it was a guard dog of a warehouse up a hill that apparently got out. I was really young at the time and I didn't know what to do. I did end up hitting it with a stick trying to get him to run off I felt so bad for doing it, but Smokey didn't get hurt at all this wasn't his first fight unfortunially I am so glad he was there I would have probably been killed or seriously seriously hurt.

    I also am intimidated by pitts around my dogs. I was almost attacked by one of them to, but I am still not afraid of them for some reason. I love them, but don't trust any of them around my dogs. I have had a few people tell me theirs is friendly then they attack my dog, so I am just avoiding them if I see them and I have my dogs.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Ive been attacked by 3 different dogs, all of them being labradors...and yet i own them. They use to be my breed of choice, they dont intimidate me nor does any breed specifically. For me it's all about how they act when i make eye contact with them

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Not sure if this dog was a purebred, but the most intimidating dog I've ever seen was an amstaff (x?) who used to live up the street. He got out quite regularly, and one day I saw him standing across the road from our house. He wasn't actually doing anything, he was just standing there looking around, but the confidence and the look on his face was really scary. (I never met him, but he was really scary aggressive whenever we walked past his yard too. He might have been the sweetest thing in person though, I wouldn't know).

    Other than that, I think any heavy built, black dog would be very intimidating.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    There are a breeding pair of Dogue de Bordeaux that live near my parents house.
    When momma creeps up to the fence and snarls at you, that is pretty intimidating!
    The angle of their yard, makes it so she is just as tall as me, I freak out every time :/ lol

    They are actually amazing dogs though <3
    one of their pups from the last litter is in Stella's obedience class and is just a droopy faced, uncoordinated, little spaz lol

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I can't say I find any breed intimidating, but there are some scary Tibetan Mastiff photos out there! I only find dogs that are difficult to read slightly intimidating.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Black Bov's,, and my neighbor had a beautiful Black Great Dane male that was huge and muscular, he was so regal so confident was an ominous presence just standing there not making a sound staring at you, especially at night.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    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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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Doberman Pinschers. When I was growing up a neighbor had one, named Darkness.

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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    I would have to say the Caucasian Ovcharka. Never met one only have watched youtube videos of them doing protection work. Hubbie talked to a guy whos grandmother has one in Russia. She lives out in the country and I guess gypsies are a problem over there. She has never been bothered by the gyspies since this dog has been on her property. After watching the videos and talking to someone who has met these dogs in real life I would have to admit I would be intimidated by them.

    When I was an animal control officer on the road doing calls, I was on alert if at a farm and knew they had blue heelers. Not intimidated by them, just knew these guys were not much of a barker. They would suddenly appear out of nowhere and try to bite you on the back of the leg. Sneaky little buggers they were.
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    Re: What is the most intimidating dog breed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bones' Mom View Post
    Doberman Pinschers. When I was growing up a neighbor had one, named Darkness.
    That was gonna be my pick. Visually intimidating, though many are friendly.

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