Over 5 million people are bitten by dogs each year around the country, and many attacks prove to be fatal. As many Texas residents likely assume, the breed of dog makes a huge difference in the severity of the bite.
The most dangerous breeds
When assessing the data regarding dog bites, researchers discovered that there were a handful of breeds that kept coming up over and over again. These included pit bulls, German shepherds, terriers, mixed breeds, and Rottweilers. They are the most likely to inflict damage on humans.
Apart from assessing the number of bites that these dogs inflicted on humans, researchers also assessed the amount of damage each bite had on the victim. They found that pit bulls and mixed breeds tended to have the greatest damage per bite. While a dog’s breed does play a role in its behavior, it’s just one of many factors. The behavior of the victim, the training of the dog and the dog owner all are factors that need to be considered when assessing how dangerous a dog is.
Breeds less likely to bite
Not all breeds are likely to bite. In fact, the research revealed that there were a handful of breeds that had a very low number of bites reported. These included pointers, Great Danes, Pekingese, and Dalmatians.
While dogs can be our furry friends, they can also be dangerous. As researchers have revealed, there are five main dog breeds that are the most dangerous to humans. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, it’s vital that you seek legal counsel as these bites can become very expensive when they require medical treatment.