CDC has labeled dog bites in America an “epidemic” In 1999, 4.7 million people were bitten by dogs, (nearly 2% of the American population) (CDC). Around 800,000 of these people require medical care In approximately 10 - 20 cases per year, the bite victim is killed.
Which Breeds Can You Trust? Mixed breed dogs, not pure-bred dogs, are most often involved in inflicting bites to people. The pure-bred dogs most often involved in biting incidents are German Shepherds and Chow Chows.
Breeds Responsible for the Most Lethal Attacks The 10 breeds involved in the most lethal attacks: Pit Bulls German Shepherds Malamutes Rottweilers Chow Chows Dobermans Akitas Great Danes Huskies St. Bernards
Lethal Attacks - Two BreedsFrom 1979 to 1998, at least 25 breeds ofdogs have been involved in bite relateddeaths. However, Pit Bulls and Rottweilerswere involved in more than 50 percent ofthese deaths.
Dog Bites: Facts & Stats Children make up 60% of dog bite victims. Dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury (AMA) Male children are bitten about twice as often as females. Dogs not known to the victim account for approximately 10 - 20% of all reported dog bites. Younger dogs (1-5 years) are involved in more dog bite incidences than older than dogs (>6 years). Male dogs bite more frequently than female dogs. The chained dog is 2.8 times more likely to bite than an unchained dog. (CDC)
Preventing Dog Bites Never approach an unfamiliar dog. Stand still when a strange dog comes up to you.
Preventing Dog Bites Never run from or scream at a dog. If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball and stay still, and cover your head.
Preventing Dog Bites Never pet a dog unless its owner says it ok. Dont play with a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
Preventing Dog Bites Dont look a dog right in the eye. Look at his chest.
Preventing Dog Bites Dont disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
Preventing Dog Bites If you see a stray dog or a dog acting strangely, call Animal Control, Humane Society or ASPCA.
Preventing Dog Bites If a dog bites you seek help.
Dog Owner Responsibilities Restrain your pet. Unrestrained dogs cause about 82% of all fatal bites Socialize your puppy and obedience train your dog Spay or neuter your dog. Non-neutered male dogs are responsible for approximately 80% of fatal bites. Watch your dogs behavior and train your dog not to bite