There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend, as they boast an undying level of loyalty, companionship, and camaraderie that can be seldom found anywhere else. Unfortunately, though rare, these best friends can sometimes be the worst enemies. According to the CDC, an average of 4.5 to 4.7 million dog attacks occur in the United States each year. Of those 4.7 million, around 800,000 people will be sent to the emergency room for their injuries.
Though unlikely to kill you, a dog bite can still leave a mark, or more accurately, marks. These can come in the form of scarring, swelling, blood loss, muscle and nerve damage, and lasting emotional scars. Even if it’s irrational or unwarranted, you’re probably going to be a little more hesitant to be around other dogs if one maimed your hand the week prior.
If you’re victimized in a dog attack, seek prompt medical attention, and seek prompt personal injury representation if it happened at the hands of someone else’s dog.
Are Some Breeds More Dangerous than Others?
Just as dog bite attorneys take things case by case, you should also treat dogs case by case. There are no bad breeds, only bad individual dogs. But if you were curious to know which dogs have the worst temper issues, a study published on ScienceDirect narrowed it down to five breeds:
- Pit Bulls
- Mixed Breeds
- German Shepherds
The study accounted for bite frequency, bite severity, and the size and weight of the breeds in question based on dog bite literature from 1970 through today. Odds are, you’re probably not surprised at the #1 result. Again, we stress that you shouldn’t discriminate and stigmatize entire breeds, but pit bulls have a complicated history of being bred as fighting dogs across the United States.
It would be a misnomer to claim that all pit bulls are innately aggressive and violent, and their anger levels are still a matter of heated debate. However, given their history, the aggressive ones might be prone to worse incidents, and unfortunately, that’s seemed to hold true due to incident severity.
So What To Do?
As stated previously, don’t judge books (or dogs) purely by their covers. Some sources rank Great Danes as among the least bite prone breeds, but you wouldn’t know that by just eyeballing their intimidating, physically imposing, maximum 200-pound frame. Gentle giant or tiny terror, approach all dogs with empathy and care unless they give you a reason to think otherwise.
If you suffered injuries from a dog bite, you should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if a wound does not seem serious, professional cleaning and evaluation are critical to prevent infections and other possible complications.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a preventable attack from someone else’s aggressive dog, you may have a personal injury case to recoup some of those damages. Always learn about your rights from an experienced San Bernardino dog bite attorney.