When trying to understand which dogs are the most vicious or dangerous, look at studies that examine which dog breeds are the most aggressive. The San Diego personal injury attorneys at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC are focusing on which dogs cause the most injuries and deaths.
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The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association completed a two-decade examination of the most dangerous dog breeds based on the number of deaths that they caused. Here are the top ten:
The St. Bernard.Although lovable and affectionate, St. Bernards caused seven deaths. Their sheer size seems to be the cause of their potential danger.
The Great Dane.Similar to St. Bernards, Great Danes are huge dogs that when groomed and trained can be great pets. During the study period, they caused seven deaths.
The Chow Chow. Do not the let the loveable teddy bear appearance fool you. The chow chow has an aggressive personality that can be injurious to strangers and other pets. They caused eight fatalities.
The Doberman Pinscher.Widely used as guard dogs, Doberman pinschers are known as one of the more aggressive dog breeds. Dobermans caused nine deaths but most occurred while defending its owner.
The Malamute.Like the St. Bernard and Great Dane, Malamutes are not such an aggressive breed. However, its large size led to 12 fatalities.
The Wolfdog.Despite domestication, training and proper care, the Wolfdog hybrid is an animal of prey because of its wolf genetics. They are dangerous pets.
The Husky.Although extremely intelligent, huskies have a reputation as aggressive dogs. Responsible for 15 deaths, they are linked to bad training and obedience incidents.
The German Shepherd.Because of their superior intelligence and aggressiveness, German shepherds are often used as guard and police dogs. The study revealed that they caused 17 deaths.
The Rottweiler.Responsible for 39 deaths, Rottweilers are the second most dangerous breed. Although they have a passive and attentive nature, they are prone to violently aggressive outbursts.
The American Pit Bull Terrier.The American pit bull terrier is the most dangerous of all dog breeds because pit bulls caused 66 fatalities. Known for the aggressive nature, many states have enacted legislation banning their breeding.
Dog bites can cause minor injuries requiring ointment and a bandage or more serious wounds that necessitate extended hospital care. If you have been injured by a dog, call an experienced San Diego dog bite attorney for a free consultation.