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Breeds Most Often Implicated in Dog Bite Injuries

By Kelly Balamuth on February 11, 2013

Northern California Dog Bite StatsChoosing a dog for your family is not a decision to be made in haste. Your local veterinarian will ask the appropriate questions regarding your unique family situation and, based upon your responses, will be able to recommend an appropriate breed of dog for your situation. Whether or not there are children in the home will be a primary factor in choosing an appropriate breed of dog. The Bay Area dog bite attorneys at Balamuth Law want you to be informed as you make your selection. Your concern and ours is the safety of your children around your pet.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), certain breeds of dogs were involved in more dog-bite attacks than others. This information should be taken into serious consideration before acquiring a dog. Dog bite cases resulting in deaths or in extremely serious injuries most often involve pit bull type dogs. Overall, breeds most often represented in biting attacks include the following:

  • Pit Bull
  • German Shepherd
  • Mixed breed
  • Rottweiler
  • Chow Chow
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Others (Springer Spaniel, Collie, Saint Bernard, Lab)

Dog attacks in certain parts of Canada mainly involved sled dogs and Siberian Huskies due to the dominance of these breeds in those areas. Researchers found in areas like Denver, Colorado, where pit bull type dogs are prohibited, serious bites occurred most often by German Shepherds and Chow Chows.

Based upon owner surveys the AVMA has found small to medium-size breeds to be more aggressive towards people. Small dogs may be more aggressive, but due to their size they are not as likely to cause serious injury or death.

The Northern California lawyers at Balamuth Law know that victims of dog attacks can suffer serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. If you have been the victim of a dog bite caused by the negligence of an irresponsible dog owner, call (888) 254-1234 or fill out our online contact form to discover your legal options/rights.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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