Most Dangerous Breeds List
Dogs Most Likely to Be Involved in Attacks Against Humans
Not every canine receives specialized breeding as an attack or guard dog. While historically, some dogs were bred for particular hunting, protective, or herding characteristics, other working dogs received selective breeding for aggression and resilience, like Pitbulls. However, all domesticated dogs are the ancestral descendants of wolves and prone to attack in the right triggering circumstances.
Also, when a man's best friend faces a new environment, each dog, regardless of breed, reacts differently. Furthermore, being around children or strangers always carries a particular risk. Most dog bite attacks happen to children. Understanding more about each breed and the likelihood of attack reduces the chances of such an incident.
Besides, it is a valuable resource when deciding which breed to get for your family, especially around infants. Below we list some of the dog breeds most likely to become involved in biting incidents, based on nationwide statistics.
Breed Types and Incidence of Attacks.
These dubious statistics are based on a 20-year study by the Centers for Disease Control on the breeds they consider most likely to attack. Of course, the debate will go on forever, if it's the breed or the owner that makes dogs attack. One fluke is the CDC study fails to explain that the numbers are from limited figures.
As an example, these numbers don't consider that far more people buy these breeds of dogs. So naturally, these types of dogs are involved in more attacks. Nor does the study show number and type of dogs licensed in each study location. In contrast, we have produced highly detailed records of San Bernardino County dog bites, city by city. We were able to do so using official public records requests.
We discovered that more people license and own German Shepards, Rotties, etc. than poodles or tiny dogs in many cases. And we also saw that when provoked, smaller dogs like Chihuahuas bite in the same scenarios a larger canine would.
Also, nationwide, the CDC studies diseases, namely rabies. Since dogs can have rabies, the CDC study's intent was not to determine the most dangerous dog breeds. Instead, it simply listed dog breeds, hospitalizations, and quarantines for rabies control nationwide.
The CDC study did not include dog ownership records for the areas studied, so there is no way of knowing the per capita instances a particular dog breed would be likely to attack when compared with a more assumedly docile creature.
So take it with a grain of salt. Consequently, the CDC study would be no different than saying an AR15 sporting rifle is the most dangerous centerfire rifle. After all, it's the most common configuration of rifle used by police and civilians. Since it's the most commonly used rifle in the U.S., use in more shootings just based upon ownership math would follow.
But we could do this all day. You could say that Honda's are more dangerous than Mercedes because they are in more car accidents. But a Mercedes Benz costs far more than a small Japanese compact, so there are more Honda's roaming the roadways. In other words, they will be in far more car crashes based upon sheer numbers. Get it? We can play with statistics and figures to make them say what we want.
Because of the defense insurance company and other propaganda, many people now associate dog bites with breed type. Some breeds are allegedly, statistically more violent than others, while we assume some others to be virtually harmless. But several studies and surveys exist on this topic. And many ciphers have attempted to find a connection between the extreme nature of some dogs and their breeds.
But use common sense when choosing what and who to believe. Most of all, censors and human statisticians are not always valid methods to achieve figures. Often it could just be a fluke.
So below are the most commonly owned dogs, and thus considered by many to be the most dangerous breeds, as follows:
- Pit Bulls
- Siberian Huskies
- Perro de Presa Canarios
- Great Danes
- Alaska Malamutes
- American Staffordshire Terriers
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- Chow Chows
Also, the American Veterinary Medical Association did a survey and completed a study on this matter.
Following are the dogs' breeds that AVMA has found out to be more frequent biters (See also.)
- Doberman Pinscher
- Pit Bull
- German Shepherd
- Labrador Retriever
- Jack Russel Terrier
- Saint Bernard.
Additionally, studies conducted by AVMA and the CDC went on for nearly two decades. According to the results, Rottweilers and pit bulls are the dogs most prone to biting. More than 50% of dog bites involved similar dog breeds. The results of both studies were quite similar, apparently relied upon some of the same study materials.
However, the AVMA did not recommend labeling dogs as biters based on their breeds. Aggression in all types of animals is associated with many factors. So a dog's attack is not necessarily due to its strain.
Combination of Breed and Circumstances
Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Breeds, too. And, of course, temperaments. Family members and protectors value dogs. They are also a point of pride for owners. However, dogs are involved in attacks on people every day.
Some are so severe as to cause serious injury or even death. Not every case is the same, of course. Furthermore, factors involving the dog itself and its upbringing are important as well. We delve into some of the major causes of dog attacks and aggression and how to ID the potential for attack.
Physical Issues that Can Cause Attacks
- Hypothyroidism. This is commonly caused by issues with the dog's thyroid gland. This is common in dogs and affects those between 4-10.
- Hydrocephalus. Commonly called water on the brain. This happens when too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in the brain, causing stress on brain tissue.
- Neurological Issues. This can result from hereditary issues or after illness or injury. This can cause similar effects as traumatic brain injuries in humans. This includes aggression or reckless behavior.
- Encephalitis. Either bacteria or viruses can cause this infection.
- Cancer. Brain tumors can press upon other parts of the brain, affecting both motor function and behavior.
Behavioral Causes of Aggression
- Asserting Dominance. This is instinctive and very common. This can occur between dogs or people due to their pack mentality. This is especially the case with children.
- Asserting Territory. Dogs often protect their household or young. The dog sees this as a protective action against other people, dogs, or animals.
- Pain. Injured or sick animals often lash out more than healthy ones.
- Predation. This includes the dog's so-called hunting instinct. This can include injuring or killing small animals or even children.
- Fear. Just like us, dogs react to sensory stimuli and can bite when feeling threatened.
- Misdirected aggression. This may happen when an owner restrains a dog from attacking another target. The dog could then turn on its owner.
If a dog attacked you or a loved one, make sure to contact a medical professional immediately. Follow this with legal assistance. The Ehline Law Firm APLC is here to help anytime, anyplace. Call or email us for more info. We will meet with you anywhere. We offer a free, no-pressure consultation.
Elsewhere on the site, we dissect the causes for each breed's characteristics. We expand on the stats behind each breed's attacks and fatalities. Just because a race of animals has a poor reputation does not automatically make it more dangerous and worthy of banishment. Remember, a dog, like a firearm, should always be treated as if it is loaded. Proper canine training saves lives. Ultimately, you have to decide if the CDC and other study numbers are proof or a fluke.
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