Do dog breed bans help prevent bites?

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2022 | Dog Bites

Breed bans are bans against certain kinds of dogs being present in apartment complexes, towns or other areas where they are implemented. It’s common to see bans against vicious dogs, like the American Pit Bull or Doberman Pincer, but you don’t often see bans against smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terriers.

While dog breed bans can help protect people from bites from large dogs that could have the propensity to bite, they don’t necessarily prevent all dog bites or address the underlying issues of poor genetics or poor control by the owner.

If you want to avoid a dog bite, you can’t just look at the breed

To avoid a dog bite, you need to make sure you understand a dog’s language. You should never approach a strange dog or attempt to interact with one that shows signs of discomfort or aggression.

Even the calmest dog, whether it’s a golden retriever or Maltese, can nip or bite. Living in a community with a dog breed ban won’t necessarily limit your risk.

Can you hold someone accountable if they break a breed ban?

Sometimes, breeds on the ban list are there because of previous issues with that breed in the area. If someone continues to bring that breed into the community, then it’s possible that they could be fined or have their dog removed.

If that dog attacks, the fact that it is a banned breed doesn’t help or hurt the case as far as seeking compensation from the owner goes. You have a right to hold that owner responsible for their dog’s actions no matter what size it is or if it is part of a ban or not.

You need to seek help if you’ve been bitten by a dog

If you’re bitten by a dog, remember that you need to seek medical care for that injury. Even if it is a minor wound, there is a risk that you could end up with an infection that could lead to more serious injuries. After you seek care, you can ask that the owner of that dog pays for the treatment you needed.