Dog Bite Injuries – Dangerous Breeds
Any dog can be dangerous in the right situation. Even otherwise apparently tame dogs will defend themselves if provoked. However, based on objective data, there appear to be certain breeds that are more dangerous than others.
The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) gathered data about dog attack fatalities occurring in the United States over an eighteen-year period. The CDC’s data included the number of deaths by breed. While this number alone is not conclusive proof that one breed is more dangerous than another, it can indicate that attacks by some breeds are more ferocious than others.
Based on the number of deaths by breed, pit bull-type dogs, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers may bite and cause fatalities at higher rates. The CDC reports that Doberman attacks ended with the death of eight people during the reporting period.
Studies from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS ) and media accounts indicate that pit bull-type dogs were involved in approximately a third of human dog bite related fatalities reported.
Below are the top 7 breeds that the CDC listed as most dangerous based on fatal human attacks caused.
- Pitbulls – The Pitbull was at the top of the CDC’s list of dangerous breeds, with 66 dog bite-related deaths from 1979-1988.
- Rottweiler – The CDC says Rottweilers ranked second in dog bite-related fatalities with 39 deaths from 1979-1988. When combined, Rottweiler and Pitbull breeds were involved in approximately 60 percent of human deaths in the CDC’s study.
- German Shepherd – German Shepherds may be targeted for “banning” in certain areas, or refused coverage on some homeowners’ insurance policies because of their tendency to become territorial and protective, which can result in aggressive behavior. The CDC says German Shepherds were involved in 17 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
- Husky-type – This breed was responsible for 15 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979- 1988 according to the CDC.
- Malamute – Although similar looking to husky-type dog breeds, the Malamute is its own unique breed. The CDC reports that the breed was still involved in 12 dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
- Doberman Pinscher – These dogs were once common as guard and police dogs giving them a reputation of being intimidating and aggressive, especially towards strangers. The CDC reported this breed to be involved in nine dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
- Chow Chow – These dogs are known as an aggressive breed, fiercely protective of their people and property. The CDC reported this breed to be involved in eight dog bite-related fatalities from 1979-1988.
Although larger dogs are capable of causing greater injury, small dogs may be the most prone to bite.
If you have been attacked by a dog the owner and any additional responsible party should be held accountable.
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