What dog breeds are involved in the most attacks?
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in the United States. Dogs have been beloved members of American households for our nation’s entire existence, and even though they typically are harmless to people, many are involved in attacks every year. 4.5 million bites is a staggering number that would shock any dog lover, and it’s important to know that certain breeds are far more likely to attack than other breeds are.
In 2014, Animals 24-7 compiled a comprehensive list of all recorded dog attacks between 1982 and 2014. In this list, specific dog breeds were included, making it easy to tell which dog breeds are most likely to attack. The results aren’t too surprising, but there are some dog breeds that are typically considered perfectly tame that surfaced as breeds responsible for some of the most attacks.
As one might expect, Pit Bulls were responsible for the most attacks in the nation. Pit Bulls were recorded in 3,397 attacks doing bodily harm, and 295 fatal attacks. Generally, Pit Bulls are considered the nastiest, most dangerous breed out there. On the other hand, many Pit Bulls are incredibly loving, affectionate, and safe dogs. They certainly have that potential to be dangerous, but a large majority of them are good dogs.
Surprisingly, the Labrador Retriever was listed as the breed responsible for the eighth most attacks in the nation. Despite the fact that Labrador Retrievers are often described as the perfect family dog and a breed that is always safe to pet, they were actually responsible for 56 attacks doing bodily harm, 3 of which were fatal. Generally speaking, Labs should for the most part be trusted, but it’s interesting to note that they do have the capacity to attack.
Among other breeds with the most recorded attacks were the Rottweiler, the German Shepherd, and the Siberian Husky. Any breed of dog has the potential to be dangerous, but it’s important to be aware of the breeds that are most likely to attack. Dogs, like people, have distinct personalities. Specific dogs of the same breed could have completely different temperaments, so you can never really be completely sure if a dog is friendly or not.
In the state of New Jersey, dog owners are considered liable for an attack under the circumstances that they own the dog, the dog bit the victim, and that the victim was attacked on public property or property owned by the dog owner that the victim was lawfully on. So, dog owners carry a lot of responsibility for their pets, and can face sizeable lawsuits if their pet is responsible for an attack. It’s always a shame to see a dog attack a human, but it’s an unfortunate event that occurs millions of times every year.