Does a dog’s breed play any role in the risk of a bite?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2022 | Dog Bites

People say that you should never judge a book by its cover, which is a way of saying that appearances can’t tell you everything. It may seem like judging an animal by its breed is essentially the same thing as judging a person by their appearance, but that isn’t really true. 

People primarily differentiate between different breeds of dogs based on their unique physical characteristics and appearances. People know that chihuahuas are small with upright ears, while golden retrievers are much larger with droopy ears and long fur. Every breed of dog is different, but within the breed, each animal is unique. Still, certain breeds are known for having certain temperaments. 

Does a dog breed have any influence on the likelihood that it will bite you or someone in your family?

Statistics show some dog breeds are more likely to hurt people

By tracking dog bites that require medical attention, it is possible to determine if there are certain common factors shared between different attacks. Looking at the breed of the animals that attack could help people more quickly gauge if a dog approaching them might be dangerous. 

According to recent research, along with mixed=breed dogs, pit bulls, German shepherds, terriers and Rottweilers are the most likely dogs to bite. Researchers did note that “unknown breed” was the most commonly reported breed involved in attacks, but that doesn’t mean you can discount the risk of the named breeds with a significant appearance on the list of dog attacks. Giving pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers and terriers more space and respect could help you or your children possibly avoid a bite. 

Learning more about dog bites can help those who want to protect their family from animal attacks or who are in the process of responding to a recent animal attack. If you’ve been injured by a dog attack, find out more about your legal options.