Most Dog Attacks by Breed

Dog bites are especially common in America. During the stay-at-home covid-19 pandemic, many Americans resorted to getting pets, especially dogs, to keep them busy at home. According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. Of those dog bites, 800,000 resulted in the need for medical care. That means 1 out of every 73 Americans experience a dog bite within their lifetime.

Dog Breed Statistics

  • There are about 900 million dogs in the world
  • 50% of children around the world were bitten by dog in their childhood
  • American Pitbull terriers are considered to be the most dangerous dog in the entire world
  • Around 70% of dogs in the world do not have homes or owners
  • The odds of dying by a dog bite is 1 in 118,000
  • Dogs are considered to be the fourth deadliest animal on Earth
  • 26% of those fatalities from dog bites were children between the years of 0 to 2 years old
  • The majority of dog bites are from dogs that have not been spayed or neutered

Which countries have the highest population of dogs?

  • China
  • United States
  • India
  • Russia

Why Do Dog Bites Happen?

 Although it is very difficult to determine how a dog is feeling at the time of biting, there are some common instances that have led to severe dog bites. Below are some examples as to why a dog bites in the first place:

  • Dogs bite in order to protect themselves. This is especially common when the dog has babies nearby. 
  • When they are not feeling well. A dog is more likely to bite their owner when they are not feeling well and do not want to be touched.
  • the dog may be thinking that there are play fighting. Many veterinarians advise that rough play should not be encouraged in the house to prevent any serious bites
  • The dog may be scared or threatened
  • The dog may be stressed and in an unfamiliar environment

Dog bites can occur by any dog, and it could happen to any person ranging from a small child to an older adult. Even dog owners would think they know their dog, and in a split-second the dog can completely change and become aggressive towards another person.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can result in severe injuries that may require extreme medical attention. Most common results from a dog bite include:

Top 10 Fatal Dog Breeds

There have been numerous studies among dog bites, and according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, below are the top 10 dog breeds that have been involved in biting attacks:

  • Pitbull
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Mixed breed
  • American Bulldog
  • Mastiff
  • Husky
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Boxer
  • Chihuahua

One thing to consider is that the dog’s breed is not always a marker or predictor of how a dog will be. There is no single breed that is the most dangerous out of all breeds since it depends on each animal and how they are treated. For example, Pitbulls may have dangerous tendencies if they have been treated aggressively. Further, statistics have shown that dogs between the range of 60 to 100 pounds with short wide heads are more likely to bite.

Which Dogs Have the Strongest Bite?

Below is the list of top 10 dogs that have the strongest bites

  • Kangal 
  • American Bandogge
  • Cane Corso 
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Mastiff
  • Wolf dog
  • Akita Inu 
  • Rottweilfer Leonberger
  • Dog Argentino 

How to Protect Yourself from Dog Bites

If you are in an area where there are a lot of other families nearby, such as apartment complexes where other owners have dogs as well, our dog bite attorneys suggest you protect yourself by buying dog liability insurance. Liability insurance could also be provided for by the landlord of the apartment complex. This provides protection in case your dog bites another person. Liability insurance provides protection where an owner could file a claim and the person bitten could be reimbursed for the cost of their medical bills. The average cost of a dog liability insurance payout would be around $35,000.

Dog Bite Factors

There are specific factors that could indicate the likelihood of a dog fighting another, these factors include:

  • Size: the larger the dog the more frightening they could be, and the more severe their bite could be
  • Age: the younger the dog, the more likely they are to bite another
  • History: if a dog has an aggressive past, they are more likely to bite another
  • Triggers: if the dog is triggered by specific acts, there are more likely to engage in repetitive dog bite Behavior 

How to Prevent Dog Bite Injuries

There are specific actions one can take to prevent any type of dog bite injuries, which include looking for any signs of aggression the dog may have (depending on the dogs breed).  Below are some steps one can take to prevent themselves from being bitten by a dog:

  • Do not approach a dog you do not know
  • Do not disturb a dog while they are sleeping or eating
  • Do not engage in play fighting with a dog
  • Avoid eye contact with a dog
  • Do not run from a dog
  • If you see a lost or stray dog on the streets, report it immediately, and do not come very close to it

How to Prevent Your Dog from Biting Others

Dogs can be very unpredictable; however, a dog owner can take some measures to prevent their dog from biting others.

  • If your dog has a history of aggression, take them to K9 training class
  • Consult a professional if your dog still repeats their aggressive behavior
  • Spend time with your dog to socialize them
  • Spay or neuter your animal 

Difficulties with Dog Bite Lawsuits

It is very important to hire an experienced dog bite injury attorney to determine the best course of action to take when filing a lawsuit for a dog bite claim. Problems exist when tracking dog bite victims and their owners. For example, oftentimes, dogs would bite others and run away, making it difficult to find the dog and the owner in the future. Further, a large portion of dog bites occur to travelers who do not have the means necessary to track dog owners in another country. 

Have You Been Injured from a Dog Bite?

If you or a loved one have ever experienced a dog bite, contact our dog bite attorneys today to determine how to move forward with the legal process in order to obtain reimbursement for your injuries. Dog bites can result in several thousands of dollars in medical costs, and the person injured should not have to pay for that. Dog owners should be responsible for their dogs.

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