I’m not scared of any breed as a whole. But there are some individual dogs I’m wary of.
I show one of my dogs, so I’m exposed to about every breed at the shows, those dogs are well trained & socialized nearly 100% of the time.
But if I see some gang-banger walking down the street with an unruly dog I would cross the street to avoid them. Or it doesn’t even have to be a gang-banger, if someone is in the petstore with an untrained dog, or the dog is giving body signals it’s uncomfortable/scared/annoyed, I avoid that aisle. Not so much that I’m scared for my safety at that point, but my dogs are all 6-11 pounds, if a 50+ pound dog decides to seriously bite them, it could easily kill them with a single bite.
We had a German Shepherd when I was a kid. We had trained her for a year for a service dog organization, but when she went back to them for her advanced training, she failed her medical screening due to hip displaysia, so we got first-dibs to keep her as a pet, which we did. People were terrified of her just because she was a German Shepherd! Even during her training, when she had a cape on that clearly identified her as “Service Dog in Training”, parents would grab their kids away. In crowded areas, it was like the parting of the Red Sea, people were scared of her.
@PilotsGirl56 In reply to your comment about: “its owner fed it raw meat and wanted me to train it as an attack dog”
Raw meat doesn’t make a dog vicious. I understand there were other reasons involved with the dog in question, but raw meat is a non-issue.
I feed my dogs raw meat (prey-model raw diet). They are 2 papillons and a pomeranian-mix. None of them even understand that animals are made from meat (I’ve tried feeding “whole prey” before, such a an unskinned rabbit or a feathered chicken, they didn’t understand it).
Look how vicious they are! Ready to tear out someone’s jugular vein at a moment’s notice!
I’m a member of a local AKC affiliated toy breed dog club, I’d say about half the members feed their dogs (all toy breeds: yorkies, toy poodles, papillons, etc.) raw meat. I know of sheep ranchers and competitive herders that raw-feed their herding dogs, they don’t have a problem with the herding dogs attacking the sheep.
Before 100 years ago, all dogs were fed a combination of raw meat and kitchen scraps, there was no “dog food”.