Are some dogs more dangerous than others? Which breeds bite most?
Any dog can bite anyone at any time in Arizona. But some dog breeds have proven to be more dangerous than others judging by dog bite statistics. Which breeds bite most? The answers may surprise you.
Statistically, pit bulls bite people the most, resulting in some of the most horrific, sometimes-fatal injuries. Rottweilers are probably the breed of dog that bite the most after pit bulls, according to dogsbite.org, a non-profit web site dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Between 2005 and 2011, pit bulls and Rottweilers accounted for 74 percent of all recorded fatal dog attacks, the web site reported. And between 1982 and 2011, a report by Animal People showed that "pit bulls (215) and Rottweilers (81) and their mixes accounted for 64% of the total recorded fatal attacks (466) in the United States and Canada," dogsbite.org reports.
A closer look at dog bite statistics
Statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm such reports. Between 2004 and 2007, pit bull dogs were responsible for 67 percent of fatalities. During that same time period, Rottweiler dogs accounted for 12 percent of all fatalities. As for other dangerous dog breeds, some dog owners might disagree over certain dogs being labeled dangerous. But based on data compiled by the CDC, other dangerous breeds include German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Dobermans, Chow Chows, Boxers and Dalmatians.
Each year, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, according to the CDC. Of those people bit by dogs, one in five injuries require medical attention. That's nearly 900,000 people requiring medical treatment for injuries caused by dog bites.
Contact a Phoenix dog bite lawyer today
No matter what the breed, if you've been injured by a dog, you need help handling such a complicated case. So many different factors need to be taken into account. That's why you need an experienced, knowledgeable Arizona dog bite lawyer on your side. You need Israel & Gerity, PLLC. Serving clients throughout Arizona, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of people injured by dogs and other serious injuries.
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