The 7 Most Intimidating Dog Breeds

Imposing size matched with a thunderous bark fuels the intimidation factor of standoffish Bullmastiffs.   


With impressive strength, endurance and powerful bark, Rottweilers pose an imposing figure to unfamiliar passersby.


Known as alert guardians and police dogs, Dobermans elicit fear with sleek muscular frames, massive teeth and bark.

Doberman Pinscher  

German Shepherds rank among the most intimidating breeds based on acute intelligence and physical capacity protecting territory.   

German Shepherd  

Media coverage unfairly casts Staffordshire Bull Terriers as aggressive despite their usual docile companionship.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Frosty faced, relentless Arctic sled pullers deter strangers with wolf-like features and robust 95 lb frames.

Alaskan Malamute  

As imposing fighting dogs from Japan, Tosa Inus require strict supervision despite some mellowing in domestication.   

Tosa Inu

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