dog training

All would-be dog parents should familiarize themselves with the natural temperament of the dogs they are considering to take home. This is especially true for first-time dog owners. For starters, here is a list of dogs considered to be prone to having dominant behaviors.

1. Rottweiler

This large dog belongs to the American Kennel Club’s working group. Their weight could reach 130 pounds. These dogs are equipped with a short black coat with bright tan markings.

The Rottweiler originates from Germany, in a town called Rottweil. They were once called “Rottweil butcher’s dog”, and served as herding and hunting dogs. Rottweilers once aided cattle farmers as well as bear hunters.


In the United States, Rottweilers are popular guard dogs. They have been working alongside the police force and the U.S. Army. These dogs are not very friendly with strangers.

2. Jack Russell Terrier

The AKC does not list this dog due to some bureaucratic reasons. However, they remain popular among dog owners. Jack Russells are small dogs amassing 18 pounds at most.

Most Jack Russells are equipped with a white coat which have markings of either tan or black. Their coat comes in various lengths. Hailing from England, Jack Russells were originally employed as hunters of badgers, foxes, and groundhogs.

These dogs are known for their stubborn and impatient nature. Owners must uphold their dominance in the household as early as possible if they are to ensure that their Jack Russells don’t act up in the future.

3. German Shepherd

The AKC lists the German Shepherd as a herding dog. This medium-sized canine can amass at least 70 pounds. Their country of origin is Germany, where they were first bred back in the 1800s.

The French and German armies employed German Shepherds as military dogs during the Second World War. This is because of their guarding skills, complemented by their dominant and protective nature.

German Shepherds are some of the smartest dogs out there. Although they have become popular among families, it is worth noting that this breed is still very prone to aggression if not given proper obedience training.

4. American Staffordshire/ Pit Bull Terrier

Yes, this dog has two names. Whatever name you choose to call it, this breed remains what it is – a medium-sized dog that grows up to 65 pounds as an adult. This breed hails from the Staffordshire region of England, hence the moniker.

Bred to develop stocky and stronger frames, these dogs can be physically intimidating. If not properly trained, their temperament can match their build via manifestations of dominance and aggression. Keep in mind that the Pit Bull Terrier once worked as dog fighters and guards.

The American Pit Bull is now known to be less dominant, both in size and temperament. This turned them into becoming favorite house pets. Nonetheless, their natural instinct for aggression still manifests from time to time, especially if they are being protective of their humans.

5. Siberian Husky

This dog might look all cute and adorable, but they can be stubborn and dominant too. Huskies need to be trained on obedience as they can become very territorial. This medium-sized dog is categorized by the AKC as a working canine.

Originally, Huskies pulled sleds through the snowy and coldest parts of Siberia. They are not suited for warm climates.

While individual personalities vary within the breeds, the above dog breeds trend to need an experienced owner.  A dog’s personality is shaped by his environment and training as well as his genetics.



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