Dog biting manAnimal control deals with problematic dogs of all breeds. Sometimes, smaller dogs such as poodles and Chihuahuas have somewhat of a Napoleon complex and can be of the most vicious. In general, certain dogs are known for specific qualities. For instance, German Shepherds are regarded for their intelligence, Labradors for their sense of smell, and St. Bernards for their size. One notorious breed known for its violent tendencies is the Pitbull. Among having razor sharp teeth and a jaw that locks once it sinks into a target, the dogs are also known as a notorious threat. Does this threat hold true? Are Pitbulls more prone to bite than other species? In general, does the species of a dog factor into its potential for danger?

Pit Bull Bite Statistics

In order to understand the overall statistics for dog bites in America, it is best to begin with the Pitbull. No dog carries a more heinous reputation, but are these fears clouded in myth or reality? Let us check the statistical period over the ten year period of 2005 and 2014. According to, a non-profit organization that compiles and analyzes all of the dogs bite attacks in the country, Pit bulls accounted for 203 deaths in those ten years. This is a staggering 62 percent of the overall dog related death incidents, at 326 Americans killed between 05 and 14. Another dog known for its brutal reputation is the Rottweiler. If you combine the figures of both dogs, you’ll find 74 percent of the total death from dog attacks. These numbers may appear shocking, but they could say something else. Instead of arguing that Pitbulls bite more, one could say they are more efficient once they strike. Whereas a bite from a smaller dog might not be fatal.

Death by Dog Bite from Other Species

Let’s look at some other statistics as we rank the ten breeds of dog most likely to bite or attack according to the information. For number ten, the big St Bernard dogs produced seven fatalities in total. It’s not so much that they are violent, but big and unaware of their own strength. The Great Dane, at number nine, also carries seven deaths and is dangerous because of its size. Another massive dog, the Chow Chow, is the number eight dog and resembles a big bear. They produced eight fatalities and are known for not liking strange company. Number seven is the Doberman Pincher, which is known for its aggression and usage as a guard dog. They resulted in nine deaths by attack, but most of them came defending their owners from danger. At number six, the Malamute dog looks like a sturdier Husky. With 12 recorded deaths, consider this species more wolf than pet.

Speaking of wolfs, the Wolf-dog hybrid species begin the top five of dangerous dogs. These animals pose a threat because they are more wild-animal than domesticated friend, even under the best guidance from a trained master. The Husky comes in at number four. This dog is often sought out for its majesty, but with unqualified or lack of training, Huskies will be very aggressive. This is not a deterrent, as Huskies are among the smartest species. Simply, owners don’t give them the attention they deserve. German Shepards are the third most likely dog breed to attack. However, their fatality statistics, much like the Doberman, are more a result from helping humans than harming them. As mentioned above, Rottweilers and Pit bulls are the second and first most dangerous species.

Safest Dog Breeds

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Statistically speaking, there are two dog breeds that are known for their safety. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are the species least likely to bite or inflict harm on a human. Consider that these dogs are used for hunting. Their soft teeth are not meant to penetrate the fowl they capture. By that logic, their teeth would hardly penetrate human skin. The Retrievers understand their bite is not fatal, so they hardly even attempt it unless prompted by danger. Retrievers are also among the friendliest and most sociable breeds for human companionship and work related partnerships.

Train for Safety

Being that some of the most dangerous dogs, statistically speaking, are also among the most popular breeds for domestication, a question may come up in pet owners’ minds. That is: how can one make sure their dog will not bite? The battle will begin when the dog is still a puppy. Vigilant dog owners will ensure that mouthing, chewing, and nibbling on items is frowned upon. When the dog tries to sink its teeth in, one should draw back their hand and scream out of pain. This will teach the dog that its bite is dangerous to your safety. It is also important that your dog socialize with other dog and human friends on a regular basis. The more company is expected, the least dangerous the dog will be. Let him see that most humans mean him no harm. Also, keep the dog active in healthy exercise throughout its upbringing. Pent up aggression can get the dog (and its owner) into trouble later on. If all else fails, one should call a professional dog trainer to set proper limitations for their furry friend.

Final Thoughts

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In short, there is some truth to the myth that Pitbulls are a dangerous breed of dog. However, under the right guidance and loving household, even the most aggressive dogs are a welcome addition to the family. Some of the dangerous dog species are very popular for pets, including Huskies, German Shepherds, and of course, the aforementioned Pit bulls. If one worries over their safety, a Retriever is always an option. But a lot of the dog’s behavior is learned by its upbringing. No two dogs are alike, even of the same breed. For more information on dog bites, contact an accidental attorney.